Review: Adam Smith,  |  Mar 04, 2024
hfnoutstandingPreviewed at the UK Hi-Fi Show Live '23, Musical Fidelity's much anticipated Nu-Vista front-end components – a DAC and phono preamp – see the latter leading the charge

Visitors to Henley Audio's room at the UK Hi-Fi Show Live at Ascot's Grandstand back in Sept '23 will already have seen three new items from Musical Fidelity, all partnering the Nu-Vista PRE and PAS amplifiers [HFN Mar '23]. The new M8xTT turntable [HFN Dec '23] has already premiered in these pages and this is followed here by the Nu-Vista Vinyl 2 phono stage and Nu-Vista DAC, both priced £9999.

Review: Andrew Everard,  |  Mar 01, 2024
Unusual, if not unique – does this Canadian company's idea of stacking two speakers for each channel pay sonic dividends?

The idea of stacked speakers is nothing new: SME founder Alastair Robertson-Aikman was famed for using double-decker Quad ELS57 electrostatics [HFN Sep '77 & Dec '01] and the idea was even endorsed by the speaker company which provided instructions to achieve the same thing, with the upper speaker mounted in a frame upside down above the lower. Even the late brand ambassador, Ken Ishiwata, was for a while demonstrating his Marantz electronics with stacked pairs of Mordaunt-Short Performance 6 speakers mounted in frames he'd spec'd and had custom-made.

Ken Kessler  |  Feb 29, 2024
This month we review: The Doors, The Connells, John Fogerty and The Yellow Balloon.
Ken Kessler  |  Feb 29, 2024
This month, we review: Taj Mahal, Black Sabbath, Martin Denny and Miguel Espinoza Fusion.
Mike Barnes  |  Feb 29, 2024
This month we review: Madness, Cat Power, Raze Regal & White Denim Inc. and Micko And The Mellotronics.
Steve Harris  |  Feb 29, 2024
This month we review: Jim Rotondi Quintet, Paul Mottram, Logan Kane and Aaron Diehl & The Knights.
Peter Quantrill  |  Feb 29, 2024
This month we review: Scottish CO/Maxim Emelyanychev, Pina Napolitano, Wiener Concert-Verein/Zlabinger, etc, Dubois, Orfeo Orch/Vashegyi and Household Cavalry Band, St George's Chapel Winds Orch.
Andrew Everard  |  Feb 27, 2024
This month we review and test releases from: Thierry Fischer/Utah Symphony, Espen Berg et al, Jack Dejohnette's Special Edition, Chris Kramer & Jens Filser and Sons Of Liberty.
Review: Andrew Everard,  |  Feb 26, 2024
hfnoutstandingKEF's R series adopts all the 'acoustic principles' of its far costlier Reference range, but is the big R11 Meta a 'disruptor'

How to make sense of the KEF speaker range? A sideways glance helps no end: comparing ostensibly similar models from across the company's four mainstream lineups – five, if you count the highly polished Muon flagship [HFN May '08] – will give a clearer idea of the way these various loudspeaker series dovetail together, even when the similarities seem greater than the differences.

Steve Harris  |  Feb 23, 2024  |  First Published: Aug 01, 1999
hfnvintageSteve Harris on a small British manufacturer making a bid for the high ground with a single-ended amplifier offering a choice of output valves

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the audio underground in the US and Europe finally picked up on the efforts of Japanese audiophiles two decades earlier, and started a revival of single-ended triode amplification. The American interest really got going when enthusiasts started salvaging dusty pre-war systems out of old movie houses. Western Electric's 300B triode, dating back to the dawn of cinema sound systems, became the tube of choice.