Wilson Audio

Wilson Audio’s Sasha DAW: “amazing levels of sonic detail…”

You’ll need to pay a pretty penny for the world’s most accomplished loudspeakers… The Sasha DAW is hand-built in Utah, USA and finished in Wilson Audio’s automotive-class paint facility. The speakers trace their lineage back to the legendary WATT/Puppy – the best-selling loudspeaker above $10,000 in the history of audio. Oh and ‘DAW’? It stands for ‘David Andrew Wilson’, Wilson Audio’s founder, who passed away earlier … Continue reading Wilson Audio’s Sasha DAW: “amazing levels of sonic detail…”

Pro-Ject – X1: “refreshingly engaging…”

Jason Kennedy extols the virtues of a refreshingly engaging turntable from Pro-Ject’s growing range… The X1 is the latest addition to Pro-Ject’s burgeoning range of turntables; the company appear intent on covering all price points below the excessive in an attempt to corner the market, and they are doing well. The X1 is a bit different to the majority of the company’s models by virtue … Continue reading Pro-Ject – X1: “refreshingly engaging…”

Ebony Speakers

Monitor Audio Platinum’s PI500 II: “greater sound accuracy…”

These wondrous tech-heavy towers of power offer hi-end audio at a price… We have before us a mighty speaker system with a stylish turn of heel, packing in a mass of technology including four 8″ RDT II bass drivers, twin 4″ RDT II mid-range drivers and an MPD transducer. That’s a Micro Pleated Diaphragm high-frequency transducer designed specifically for the Platinum series and a patented … Continue reading Monitor Audio Platinum’s PI500 II: “greater sound accuracy…”

Bristol HiFi show

Show Report: Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020

New turntables may have been a little thin on the ground at one of the UK’s biggest hi-fi shows, but there was still plenty of audiophile gear catching the ear and tempting our wallets in Bristol. John Pickford reports… Back in February, we visited the Bristol Hi-Fi Show, the biggest event of its kind in the UK, to check out what’s new in vinyl replay. … Continue reading Show Report: Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020

The Top 8 Turntables of 2020

While the rest of the planet seemed to lose its collective mind in 2019, we’re pleased to report it was business as usual in the wonderful world of hi-fi engineering… It was impossible to ignore the existing giants of the turntable industry in 2019, notably Rega, who consolidated their position as heavyweight champions with notable additions to the range such as the sublime Planar 10. … Continue reading The Top 8 Turntables of 2020

Fluance – RT81: “does well in a face-off…”

This plug-and-go, twin-speed turntable is aimed at the lifestyle market… For some, Fluance seems to have popped into existence from nowhere, but the company has actually been around since 1999. Set up by Deepak Jain in Niagara Falls, Canada, Fluance began by offering home theatre products, but vinyl fans have now begun to notice its range of turntables. There are six in all, ranging from … Continue reading Fluance – RT81: “does well in a face-off…”

Q Acoustics’s 3050i: “fast and detailed…”

John Pickford runs the rule over a pair of full-bodied speakers Having been most impressed with Q Acoustics’ small 3010i bookshelf speakers, I was delighted to take a look at the largest pair in the company’s affordable 3000i range, the 3050i floorstanding speakers. Sporting twin 165mm coated paper mid/bass drivers sandwiching a 22mm decoupled soft dome tweeter, the speakers have a wide-band frequency response, reaching down to … Continue reading Q Acoustics’s 3050i: “fast and detailed…”

Monitor Audio’s Gold 300: “the forefront of cone technology…”

These floorstanding speakers offer state-of-the-art performance and a luxurious look and feel. The hairs on the back of John Pickford’s neck are suitably impressed. Back in issue 22, I tested Monitor Audio’s sleek and compact Studio loudspeakers with their smart bespoke stands. Now I have before me the much larger floorstanding Gold 300, which heads up the company’s Gold range, incorporating most of the technology … Continue reading Monitor Audio’s Gold 300: “the forefront of cone technology…”

Harbeth’s P3ESR: “steeped in the classic BBC tradition…”

Harbeth loudspeakers have been on my radar for many years and I’ve been consistently impressed with all the models I’ve heard. Astonishingly, until now, I’ve not had the opportunity to listen to a pair in the context of my own reference system. As the company is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, now is the perfect time to rectify the situation. The model I have before … Continue reading Harbeth’s P3ESR: “steeped in the classic BBC tradition…”