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The Event Opal Studio Monitors – By Steve RB Review

It’s an interesting predicament I’m in here, how to review Pro Studio gear on a ‘hifi’ website. Am I a music ‘pro’, no, do I have a studio, er, no…. am I an Audiophile? Well, probably, I may not be a hifi purist but I have sought excellence in music …

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Heco Celan XT 501 – Floor Standing Loudspeaker Review

Overview The 501 XT’s are the entry level floor stander in the Celan range from German manufacturer, Heco. Wigwam regulars will be aware of this brand, as they have made regular appearances at shows and “bake  offs” (events where members get together to compare hifi – and socialise). Over the  …

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Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge

  Label: Mute Records – P463 6992, Mute Records – 5099946369925, Parlophone – P463 6992, Parlophone – 5099946369925 Formats: CD, LP, Download Country: UK & Europe Released: 2012 Genre: Alt-Rock BUY ALBUM 50’s styled Sheffield native Richard Hawley first came to light as a member of the Britpop band, Longpigs, …

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RJC Audio, Sustainability is key!

Rain forest

One of the things that has concerned me since I have launched RJC Audio is the sustainability of the timber I use in my products. The more research I do into this subject the less convinced I am that tropical hardwoods are sustainable and the certification schemes are, at best, …

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Emeralds – Just To Feel Anything.

  Label: Editions Mego – EDITIONS mego 150 Format: CD, LP, Download Country: Austria Released: 07 Nov 2012 Genre: Electronic BUY ALBUM Electronica as the modern Electronic music universe is widely known these days (though not technically correct as Electronica is a style within Electronic music) seems to be a …

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Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire

Label: Pax Americana Record Company – PAX-AM 011, Capitol Records – 509996 79070 2 1 Formats: CD, LP, Download Country: US Released: 11 Oct 2011 Genre: Folk, Country, Rock BUY ALBUM The one time lead singer of Country/Alt-Rock band Whiskytown, Ryan Adams has lead a rather controversial career since leaving in …

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Reference Fidelity Components – Reference Pluto Phono Interconnectors Review

So, here we have the Reference Pluto interconnectors from Paul at Reference Fidelity Components. These are copper RCA interconnectors with Eichmann Tellurium Copper Bullet connectors and using a Furutech conductor. Full details on the design choices Paul has made and what they are there to achieve can be found on …

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The Unthanks – Diversions Vol 3: Songs From The Shipyards.

Label: Rabble Rouser Music – RRM011 Series: Diversions Format: CD Country: UK Released: 05 Nov 2012 Genre: Folk, World, & Country BUY ALBUM The Unthanks, an evolution in naming of the previously Rachel Unthank and The Winterset comprise of Adrian McNally, Becky Unthank, Niopha Keegan and Rachel Unthank and this …

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Music, HiFiWigwam and a reputation.

As this is a new venture for HiFiWigwam, a surprise to me (in a good way though) and maybe many that are reading this as to why I was asked to head up the music part of this review section of the site. I can only say that it is …

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Transfiguration Phoenix Phono Cartridge Review

Sitting near the pinnacle of the Transfiguration range, the Phoenix is a relatively low output moving coil phono cartridge with a current retail price around £1800. That pitches it into an area with a lot of serious top-end competition, but it is still usefully cheaper (a relative term, I admit) …

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