AVID HIFI – Acutus Classic: “seriously impressive…”

We take a look at the inner workings of the Acutus Classic turntable from AVID HIFI We’ve been raving about the new Plug&Play turntable recently, AVID HIFI’s more affordable adaptation of the classic Ingenium model, but now we’re turning our attention to something even bolder. Unlike other AVID record players, the original Acutus model has been designed with a completely blank canvas, allowing the well-known … Continue reading AVID HIFI – Acutus Classic: “seriously impressive…”

Buyers Guide – High-End Turntables

If money isn’t too tight to mention – or if you just enjoy dreaming, and reading about deluxe turntables – then let hi-fi guru Paul Rigby guide you around what’s on the market… Looking to spend some of that extra Christmas money on a top-quality turntable? Here are some of our picks, depending on your budget and other requirements… Which high-end turntable should you buy? … Continue reading Buyers Guide – High-End Turntables

Pro-Ject – RPM 3

Pro-Ject’s £599 RPM 3 Carbon is a perfectly fine performer straight out of the box, but here, Paul Rigby investigates the quality of the raft of sonic upgrades the company offers… The Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon (henceforth, the RPM) is an excellent turntable and performs well ‘as is’. That said, it also benefits from a host of Pro-Ject accessories that can be used to upgrade … Continue reading Pro-Ject – RPM 3

Dan D'Agostino’s Relentless

In our series showcasing high-end hi-fi to die for, Paul Rigby takes a closer look at the ingenious design of hif-fi legend Dan D’Agostino’s new monoblock amplifier model, the Relentless, which will cost you a whopping £275,000 per pair! Eye-wateringly expensive and larger than you might think at 22.5×11.5×32.5 inches, while weighing in at a hefty 484lb, this 1,500W monoblock amplifier features a precision input … Continue reading Dan D'Agostino’s Relentless

Gold Note’s Mediterraneo – “sonic stability…”

Paul Rigby reviews a stylish Italian-made two-speed belt-driven turntable with a classy-looking aged Italian walnut lower plinth, designed to reduce turbulence and aid sonic stability… Complete with B-7 ceramic tonearm, this beauty will set you back £6,008 and is available here. Right from the off, you notice it: that wavy lower plinth made out of walnut. This one feature provides a clue to the intriguing … Continue reading Gold Note’s Mediterraneo – “sonic stability…”

SME’s Synergy – “audiophile necessities…”

In our series showcasing high-end hi-fi to die for, Paul Rigby checks out an integrated belt-drive turntable that’s ready and waiting to deliver superior sonics, straight off the shelf… It’ll set you back a hefty £14,950 and is available here. The Synergy is a stunning new turntable design from British company SME, in collaboration with leading audio specialists. It combines the legendary SME Series IV … Continue reading SME’s Synergy – “audiophile necessities…”

Audio-Technica’s ATH-ADX5000

John Pickford finds out whether these aerodynamically designed open-back headphones heighten the listening experience. For many audiophiles, headphone listening is a serious business, and on test here is a serious set of headphones. Audio-Technica’s ATH-ADX5000 is the company’s new flagship model and when they claim they’re “a new reference in home listening”, they aren’t kidding; they haven’t been designed to plug into your phone. As … Continue reading Audio-Technica’s ATH-ADX5000

McIntosh’s MC275 MK VI

In our series showcasing high-end hi-fi to die for, Paul Rigby guides you through the features of an ultra high-spec power amplifier that positively glows with analogue radiance… and will cost you a cool £7,100! The MC275 MK VI is a supremely high-end power amplifier to slaver over and to drink in with the eyes – because there’s a lot going on here, and a … Continue reading McIntosh’s MC275 MK VI

Jadis’s Thalie – “Get Your Freq On…”

In our series showcasing high-end hi-fi to die for, Paul Rigby encounters the Thalie turntable – a precision-tooled marvel with only four rotating mechanical parts. This high-end machine will set you back a whopping £45,000 and is available here. Designed and built in France, this remarkable turntable is not only very heavy (it arrives at a hernia-inducing 80kg) but also rather gorgeous. The great thing about … Continue reading Jadis’s Thalie – “Get Your Freq On…”