Hi-Fi+

  1. Meet Your Maker: Marc Gomez of SAT

    The Swedish Analog Technologies tonearm caused quite a stir when first seen a couple of years ago. Primarily that stir came about because of the arm’s very high price (it is one of just two arms – both launched in recent years – to cost as much as a new car); however, a few who looked beyond the big ticket saw a tonearm design that was a genuine step-change in vinyl replay, something that is all too rare in the 21st Century. SAT (the tonearm, and the company itself) isn’t the result of unearthing decades-old development projects, or falling back...

  2. Origin Live Sovereign turntable with Enterprise-C tonearm

    The British have two very galling character flaws. We are not good self-promoters, and we love a bit self-deprecation. So, when it comes to a turntable brand like Origin Live and it’s flagship tonearm and one-from-the-top turntable, we should be all over it like a nasty rash, praising the brand and stamping our respective feet about how the plucky little British brand takes on the big guys... and wins. But we don’t do that. Instead, we go all British and get embarrassed at the success of another. Origin Live is one of those old-school engineering-based companies that were supposed to...

  3. Hi-Fi+ Awards 2016: Analogue Audio

    Turntable of the Year Origin Live Sovereign The Origin Live Sovereign is a belt-driven turntable design featuring a high tolerance bearing, and a non-suspended chassis sitting on three adjustable towers. The platter is a composite of a machined aluminium top with an acrylic lower section and a felt mat, designed to decouple the record surface and is driven by a high-mass outboard motor. We used the Sovereign with the excellent 12” Enterprise-C tonearm, a hybrid design with six different materials in the armtube and a dual pivot bearing that mimics the stability of a gimballed bearing with the freedom of...

  4. Hi-Fi+ Awards – The Best of the Best

    2016 was something of a tumultuous year, both in and out of the audio world. Although audio is an extremely mature branch of consumer electronics, in recent years it has seen some significant changes, as we collectively embrace downloaded or streamed files, and re-adopt the vinyl LP. Neither of these drives toward better sound show any signs of slowing although we might have achieved ‘peak vinyl’ this year, as the pressing plants struggle to cope with demand. Regardless, the world of audio is changing and showing signs of being more animated than it has been in years. Moreover, with the...

  5. Japanese record label Ottava announces first MQA compact disc

    From the Ottava/MQA press release: A recording by Astor Piazzolla “the single most important figure in the history of tango” will be the first MQA recording to be released on compact disc in Japan. The album “A. Piazzolla by Strings and Oboe” – recorded by the UNAMAS Piazzolla Septet and mastered by respected producer and mastering engineer Mick Sawaguchi – will be released by the Ottava label on 17 March. Since launching in the early 1980s, the CD format has undergone a number of sound quality improvements, but these have depended largely on the manufacturing process, rather than an improvement...

  6. AKG Acoustics N90Q headphones

    Some reviews have a long gestation period, but this one takes gold. I first encountered the AKG N90Q back in June 2015, and received my review sample toward the end of the year. Almost immediately, the UK agency approached me and begged me not to review the headphones until the unprecedented order book had cleared a little. More than a year later, I’m still waiting for clearance, but if we don’t write about it soon, the product will be old enough to draw a pension. AKG has a substantial reputation in the pro-audio world. That’s not an exaggeration because there...

Go To Top