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Review: Andrew Everard, Review and Lab: Paul Miller  |  Dec 02, 2022
hfnoutstandingAimed at very high-end headphone users, dCS's Lina Network DAC, Master Clock and Headphone Amplifier might also be the ideal compact system front-end for audiophiles

Headphone use has changed in recent years, from something to be endured through necessity to its own subset of hi-fi listening, with no shortage of ambitious and upmarket hardware currently available. Now dCS is on that bandwagon, for while it's been busy launching its APEX DAC technology for its 'full-size' offerings [HFN Jun '22] it's also developed the Lina, which is not so much a headphone amp as a complete playback system.

Ken Kessler  |  Nov 29, 2022
This month we review: Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, The Jazz Passengers and Richard Thompson.
Ken Kessler  |  Nov 29, 2022
This month, we review: Steeleye Span, Clandestine Amigo, The Police and Mary Wilson.
Mike Barnes  |  Nov 29, 2022
This month we review: Bonny Light Horseman, The Beths, Motorpsycho and William Orbit.
Steve Harris  |  Nov 29, 2022
This month we review: Kendrick Scott, Julius Rodriguez, Avishai Cohen Trio and Scott Hamilton.
Peter Quantrill  |  Nov 29, 2022
This month we review: Latvian Radio Choir/Sigvards Klava, LPO/Jurowski, B'Rock Orchestra/Jacobs and Beauty Farm.
Andrew Everard  |  Nov 28, 2022
This month we review and test releases from: Clare Farr, Paul Berner & Michael Moore, Octave Records, Howard Shelley/Ulster Orch. and Järvi/Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.
Peter Quantrill  |  Nov 25, 2022
As an ensemble that defined the sound of quartet playing in the digital age nears retirement, Peter Quantrill explores a legacy from Purcell to Prokofiev and beyond

In October 2023 the Emerson Quartet will take to the stage of Alice Tully Hall in New York. They will fiddle with the music on their stands, as they do. Their eyes will meet, their heads will lift a fraction and they will lay bow to string together for the very last time.

Review and Lab: Paul Miller  |  Nov 24, 2022
hfnedchoiceTaking its Carbon range to 'the next level', and celebrating Kimber Kable's 40th anniversary en route, the Carbon 18XL is its latest flagship.

Kimber is a stalwart of the cable scene, emerging alongside Monster and AQ in the late '70s but with its own spin or, more accurately, twist on things. The open-weave geometry, variable-diameter copper stranding and Teflon insulation of the now-classic 4TC speaker cable defined not only its lumped parameters but also informed its 'voicing' – a warm but richly detailed sound that won the hearts of many a budding audiophile.

Review: Mark Craven, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Nov 22, 2022
hfncommendedBest known for its 'silverback' speakers, SA also has a range of affordable, compact 'saxo' floorstanders

System Audio's product catalogue, although spanning only three loudspeaker 'families', aims to offer a solution for almost every eventuality. The Danish manufacturer, based in Roskilde, west of Copenhagen, makes on-wall models, including the legend 7.2 [HFN Mar '22], AV-specific centre channel enclosures and subs, plus various standmounts and floorstanders. Many can be bought in active 'Silverback' guise (or upgraded at a later date), their potential then expandable via DSP 'RAM tweaks' and a WiSA-based wireless streaming hub [HFN Aug '21]. There is, to put it mildly, a lot going on.

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