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  1. Devialet Expert 1000 Pro two-box integrated amplifier

    A company like Devialet seemingly churns through products at a fair lick. Since the launch of the D-Premier, there have been several different products launched, upgraded, uprated, and enhanced. And that’s before we include the newer Phantom line. Add in changes in distribution, prestige stores, exotic advertising campaigns, and lots of venture capital driving the whole brand, and it’s little wonder there is some confusion. Let’s backtrack and explain. The original D-Premier eventually became the Expert 250, and still remains (albeit with completely redesigned ’Pro’ internals) in the catalogue to this day. When the D-Premier became an Expert, it was...

  2. ELAC Uni‑Fi FS U5 Slim floorstanding loudspeaker

    Not only is white the new black, but speakers are getting skinnier. The pressure to be thin is not limited to us humans, it seems. That appears to be the ethos behind ELAC’s Uni-Fi Slim range, which – if the blurb is to be believed – is the same as the existing Uni‑Fi range in deeper cabinets with narrower front baffles. The spec for the Uni-Fi UF5 says it’s 200mm wide, the FS U5 seen here is 22mm narrower, which is less than an inch so not a lot but every millimetre counts in this image conscious era. A consciousness...

  3. Jadis JA-80 MK II mono valve power amplifier

    Sometimes it’s weird how these things come together. In quick succession, we have tested two amplifiers from different sides of France, both with a very shiny finish, both with a very distinctive way of doing things, and both with a very loyal following among the music loving fraternity. In all other respects, they could not be more different, and they reflect the huge dichotomy that exists within the audio world today. Based in Villedubert, just outside of Carcassonne and some 50 miles as the crow flies from the border of France and Spain, Jadis made its first amplifier back in...

  4. Stillpoints Ultra 6 resonance control filters

    I have been using Stillpoints as a fundamental part of my home system now for around a decade. I say ‘fundamental’ because I think that sums up the nature of their application and musical effectiveness rather well. From the ESS rack through the Ultra Mini, (the smallest commercial filter), to the Apertures (Stillpoints acoustic-treatment panels), I have found that Stillpoints products bring their considerable influences to bear right at the heart of the music, and this is where we need it most. Up until recently the resonance control filters came in three guises. The Ultra Mini, with attached base can...

  5. Meet Your Maker – Westone Laboratories

    It’s a mistake to underestimate Westone. On the face of it, to the untutored audiophile eye, Westone comes across as a relatively small, if powerfully professional company making high-quality earphones and custom-fit in-ear monitors. Westone has a similar cachet as a brand like Noble, and as a consequence it’s thought of in the same size. Then, you rock up to the company’s premises in Colorado Springs and realise the error of your ways. You see, when Westone isn’t making products for audio experts, it’s making custom earpieces for the hearing healthcare market, hearing protection for people like the US military...

  6. MONITOR AUDIO LAUNCHES NEW CUSTOM INSTALL PRODUCTS AT CEDIA 2017

    Monitor Audio is delighted to showcase their new custom install ranges for the first time at this year’s CEDIA show in San Diego. The new speakers and amplifiers benefit from Monitor Audio’s forty years of audio design expertise. The flush-fit In-Ceiling CF230 speaker delivers beautifully realistic sound from an ultra-discreet profile, whilst the ICS-8 In-Ceiling Subwoofer will deliver all the bass you’ll ever need. The three new super-slim In-Wall Speakers, WSS130, 230 and 430, demonstrate how Monitor Audio’s legendary sound can be delivered through a thin profile. All the audio is powered by five new Installation Amplifiers: IA150-2, IA60-12, IA200-2C,...

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