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HiFiman Sundara Silver
How much headphone can you get for comparatively little money? Can a headphone do everything? And is there a sensible threshold for entering this world? The HiFiman Sundara Silver tries to answer these questions. To do justice to my enthusiasm,...
Monitor Audio Hyphn
In a hotly contested market, doing without a flashy appearance is a luxury that you have to be able to afford. Monitor Audio has been quietly and successfully doing just that for decades now. But just so no one gets...
Esoteric K-05XD SACD-Player
The K-05XD CD/SACD player doesn’t make the slightest “esoteric” impression on me. The solid aluminum block, crafted with the precision of a Japanese swordsmith and jam packed with high-tech components, testifies to the rather sober skills of a huge development...
Skyanalog Reference Moving Coil Pickup
There are always some analog gems that we are delighted to report on. Insiders have known about Skyanalog – from the Middle Kingdom – for some time now. Actually for even longer, because Skyanalog has been supplying various manufacturers worldwide...
Comedy Of Errors
If you’re human, you make mistakes. Sometimes they are driven by emotion, sometimes by ignorance. But you’re never going to escape them, and you’ll always be sorry you didn’t, or couldn’t, avoid them. Making mistakes and being sorry is part...
Elvis has left the Building
Recently, I’ve been spotting Elvis quite regularly. Every morning on the fridge, but that’s not unusual. A few years ago, one of my daughters pinned a printed PDF of this column from FIDELITY No. 44 to the fridge. Headline: “Elvis...
Noisy Tomato, Quiet Clematis
Plants sing, as biologists at Tel Aviv University in Israel have recently discovered. They’ve also done some research on what the noises tomatoes or clematis make might mean. Recently, I reported on a study into the courtship behavior of mice....
OWLs Restaurant & Bar, Bielefeld, Germany
Casual, colorful and peppered with many original ideas, OWLs in Bielefeld presents a mix of jazz kissa sound, restaurant and retailer. We ordered the “cocktail recommendation of the day” on a hot summer evening. “Can you see that? Very typical...
50 Years of hip-hop
A short journey through a revolutionary genre based on three seminal albums. In August 1973, DJ Kool Herc celebrated an event at his sister Cindy’s back-to-school party that would plant the seed for the birth of hip-hop. That night, he...
Chico Hamilton vs Incognito
Sometimes the best ideas are born out of necessity. When no piano was available on the stage of the jazz club “The Haig” in Los Angeles in 1952, Gerry Mulligan simply invented a new jazz aesthetic on the spot: To...
Dire Straits - Tunnel of Love
Prog rock entails tempo changes, classical and jazz reminiscences, extensive instrumental parts and surprising instruments. Because all of this is hard to fit into a three-minute song, there is the long track. By 1980, progressive rock music was already dead...
St. Luke's Church, Dresden
Today we are once again discussing a church, albeit one in which only a few concerts take place, but all the more recordings. Especially in the golden age of vinyl records, the mixing desks in St. Luke’s Church in Dresden...
Ferrum Erco Gen 2
Ferrum Erco DAC Advances to Gen 2 with Extensive Firmware Update and Circuitry Enhancement. In a groundbreaking development, Ferrum announces the evolution of the Ferrum Erco DAC to Gen 2, achieved through a significant firmware overhaul and crucial upgrades to...
Boerresen X1 Standmount Loudspeaker
Børresen Introduces the X1: Where Sonic Excellence Meets Elegant Compact Design. Børresen proudly unveils its latest innovation in the world of audio technology: the Børresen X1 standmount loudspeaker. As the newest addition to the esteemed X-series lineup, the X1 sets...
Chord Electronics Ultima Integrated now available globally
Chord Electronics has launched its latest offering, the Ultima Integrated stereo amplifier, which is now in full production at the Kent factory and available for purchase worldwide. The amplifier made its international debut at High End, Munich, in 2023. Enthusiasts...
Linn Klimax Solo 800
Two wrongs don’t make a right. Combining hi-f components into a system is always an exercise in making compromises. Speakers and electronics are swapped around until a middle ground is found. Connecting a power amplifier with a sub-optimal output to...