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A complete NVA amplifier system… P50SA MKII preamplifier, S150 power amplifier, M300 monoblock power amplifiers A HiFi WigWam review by Richard Bowles All together now… NVA is something of a ‘boutique’ brand, known for its founder’s somewhat eccentric approach to design. A comment that can equally be made about its marketing, or lack thereof. Nevertheless, NVA has undergone some changes of late, and though the characterful nature...
Visit to Guildford Audio By George Sallit I have written previously about a visit to Guildford Audio and Trevor (esteemed owner of Guildford Audio) suggested I might like a proper visit and spend the day in the demo room. Before he could say ‘possibly’ I had accepted the offer and was booking it into his diary! So, a week or so later I arrived at Guildford Audio towers. Guildford Audio have their normal ‘room’ sized demo room in the...
REAL REVIEW: ECLIPSE TD510Z Mk2 Loudspeakers Review by Andrew Eastham The ECLIPSE TD510Z Mk2 is a fascinating speaker that combines futurist looks with a compelling ability to evoke music as performance. In spite of their strikingly modern appearance, they embody the quite traditional sonic virtues of tonal naturalism and accurate timing, but the way they achieve this doesn’t come from any familiar tradition. They were designed from...
Teams or individuals? Designing audio is unusual in that some products are designed by gifted individuals and others by a large team who pool their skills. Examples of gifted individuals include Naim Audio started by Julian Vereker who designed their amplifiers, Nelson Pass who designs Pass Labs amplifiers, Bill Z Johnson who designed Audio Research’s valve (tube) amplifiers and Dave Wilson (and now Daryl) who designed Wilson Audio speakers...
And n’er the twain will meet. Pro audio and domestic audio. With both groups aiming for the best sound quality for the money, you would think there would be a lot of crossover products but that does not seem to happen. Pro Audio is seen as a group of people interested only in measurements, tuff boxes as the equipment will be given a rough life, with solid boxes costing 4p and of course, they are not that fussed over peripherals like cables...
The Longdog MCJ3 is a dedicated MC phono stage based on a sophisticated hybrid of jfets with valve technology. The valve component is a modest single ECC82 along with a pair of E88CCs, but it is quite clear from the first listening that this unit possesses what is typically thought of as the magic of valve technology, without what are falsely thought of as its limits. Clear, dynamic, expansive, and tonally pure: this is a combination of...
Ovation 1721 Power Amplifier By Alex Colburn Introduction: Ovation High Fidelity are a relatively new UK based designer and manufacturer of hand built audio products pitched towards the higher end of the market who sell directly to the end user. I was asked to review their most recently released flagship product, the Model 1721 power amplifier. The amplifier arrived in a substantial tri-walled carton packed with custom expanded...

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