Jul 032016
Kennerton Audio Magister and Ego Headphone Amplifier/DAC - Headphone Magic ?

Kennerton Audio are a new name to me, a higher end division of the Russian company Fischer Audio (also a new name to me) but apparently a big deal in the headphone/in ear phones world, a world I confess I know precious little about. I think it only fair to say right from the get […]

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Jan 142016
Coconut Audio's Vibradome Blue Star - Into The Unknown

‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’   Firstly my heartfelt apology to Kamilla Liljegren of Coconut Audio, who contacted me last year (June) out of the blue to review one of her ‘Tweaks’, as she markets them, the Vibradome Blue Star. […]

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Dec 242015
Absolute Power - Power Supplies for The Technics 1200/1210 - Paul Hynes Designs, Origin Live, Longdog Audio

Dedication I want to dedicate this review to my parents – I miss you both.   ‘A Beginning is a very Delicate Time’. ‘Know then……..’ This was to have been the first in a series (1) of reviews aimed at exploring the various upgrade options to improve a stock Technics 1200/1210 turntable, a series of […]

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Oct 032015
The National Audio Show 2015 Part Two - Headzones and the Brooklands Suite

This years Headzones at NAS 2015 was located in the entrance hall to the show, in the Brooklands Suite and was sponsored by High End Headphones, part of the HiFi Lounge audio consultancy based in a beautifully converted granary, Dunton Bedfordshire. This year brands on show included Astell & Kern, Altas Zeno (headphone cables), Audeze, Audio […]

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Sep 212015
The National Audio Show 2015 - 19th to 20th September.

With great appreciation to Justin Anon (User211) I am delighted to be able to present a mostly photograph show report (I will add detail and discuss items of particular interest) of the National Audio Show (taking place as I write), held once again at Whittelbury Hall, in the beautiful Northhamptonshire countryside in England. Its been […]

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Jul 262015
The ‘Little Bear’ Moving Coil Step Up Preamplifier T8-1 - A Bargain ?

Such a simple circuit has no right to sound as good as this. With a little fettling, such as perhaps upgrading the input capacitors in the signal path, and replacing the Chinese sourced 200uF caps in the power supply, the performance could well be further improved. However, as it stands, this little device represents excellent value for money and is to be commended.

So if you want to try out a moving coil cartridge but your amplifier is only equipped with a fixed-coil input, the Little Bear T8-1 headamp can be recommended to get you started.

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