Moon 110LP V2

Moon’s 110LP V2 pre-amp

The Moon 110LP v2 sits between your turntable and amp to provide you with improved performance from your vinyl. John Pickford gets to grips with this compact and stylish black box. The MOON 110LP v2 is a new phono preamplifier from Canadian manufacturers Simaudio. It’s designed for use in conjunction with amplifiers without an in-built phono stage or as a major upgrade for those with … Continue reading Moon’s 110LP V2 pre-amp

Hana EH & SL Cartridges

Hana’s EH & SL cartridges

These Hana cartridges couple high performance with value for money, meaning there’s very little for Long Live Vinyl not to like. When I was asked to test these two cartridges, my ears pricked up, as I’ve been hearing great things about both their performance and value for money. Hana cartridges are produced by Excel Sound Corporation, a Tokyo-based manufacturer specialising in handmade Moving Coil (MC) … Continue reading Hana’s EH & SL cartridges

KEF LSX Wireless Speakers

KEF’s LSX Wireless: “bijou proportions…”

These compact and stylish wireless speakers possess all the superb coherence and detail we’ve come to expect from KEF. John Pickford dispenses with the speaker cables. KEF’s new LSX wireless loudspeakers are, in many respects, a scaled-down version of the company’s highly regarded LS50W wireless speaker system. I lived with the passive LS50s for several weeks a couple of years ago, borrowed from an audiophile … Continue reading KEF’s LSX Wireless: “bijou proportions…”

Acoustic Signature – Storm Mk2: “big, bold, strong…”

The Storm Mk2 is a big, bold, steely beast of a machine that’s likely to kick sand in the face of other decks. Paul Rigby meets a high-mass turntable that delivers with great authorityStorm Mk2 £5,650 & TA2000 tonearm £2,090 Unlikely, but if Darth Vader ever walked into a local high street shop and asked for a turntable, just before nipping into Boots to collect … Continue reading Acoustic Signature – Storm Mk2: “big, bold, strong…”

AVID – Diva II: “hugely impressive design…”

We sit down with leading turntable manufacturer AVID HIFI and find out why the Diva II model is creating such a buzz. AVID have always had their foot firmly in the door when it comes to making stunning high-end turntables, but it’s sometimes all-too easy to forget how much else they have to offer to the hi-fi world. When the Diva was originally released it served … Continue reading AVID – Diva II: “hugely impressive design…”

Deep dive – it’s our Gear Of The Year

There’s been a host of game-changing hardware released over the past year, so get ready to spend any leftover Christmas money as we announce our 2018 turntable, amp, speaker and headphone winners! This year has seen the turntable industry go from strength to strength, continuing its steady release pace and becoming more diverse in design. The notion of bundling technologies inside and adjacent to the … Continue reading Deep dive – it’s our Gear Of The Year

NAD – C 558: “open, clear and musical…”

NAD are a fixture in the hi-fi world, but they’re traditionally known more for their amps than turntables. Paul Rigby puts the £449 C 558 through its paces and notes some familiar features… Though not a company exactly reknowned for their turntable production, NAD’s latest deck looks clean and stylish in a graphite-coloured, curvy-cornered sort of way. The two-speed, belt-driven turntable sports a built-in tonearm … Continue reading NAD – C 558: “open, clear and musical…”

STST – Motus II: “built-in high inertia…”

This turntable from German manufacturer STST is a minimalist design with an ingenious approach to direct drive. Paul Rigby finds out more… Motus II, £6,399 | Vertex tonearm, £3,399 | Etsuro Urushi cartridge, £5,995 All the way from Germany, STST has been up and running since 1985, at the hands of Stefan Strohmetz. The company makes two turntables, the Motus and Motus II, using a … Continue reading STST – Motus II: “built-in high inertia…”

Audio Research’s Reference 160M

No other amp is built like it, looks like it, or sounds like it, says Audio Research. Paul Rigby introduces you to the ultra-high-end Reference 160M power amplifier, available here at £28,998 per pair. After two years in development, the new, high-end Acoustic Research Reference 160M (REF160M) Monoblock Power Amplifier features a refined audio topology that looks the business. Based on valve technology, it is … Continue reading Audio Research’s Reference 160M