Review: Jamie Biesemans,  |  Jan 04, 2024
hfnoutstandingFollowing hard on the heels of Denon's DCD/PMA-1700NE SACD player/amplifier, this new network-attached DAC brings a host of streaming options – including HEOS

Our review of the Denon PMA-1700NE amplifier [HFN May '23] included the observation that the Japanese brand was missing a standalone streamer. A glaring oversight, it seemed at the time, as Denon in all other respects is a believer in offering similarly dressed separates for a neat hi-fi stack. So while you could pair the PMA-1700NE (or another PMA series amp) with a DCD series CD player or a Denon turntable, if you wanted to listen to your Tidal playlists you had to look elsewhere. The introduction of the £1399 DNP-2000NE closes the loop.

Steve Sutherland  |  Jan 03, 2024
This album showcases the rule-breaking, genre-busting band in their prime, says Steve Sutherland, as he soaks up the sounds of its 20 songs, reissued on 180g vinyl

My friends and I, we were suit-and-tie guys...' This is Darryl L Lewis speaking. Don't worry, it's unlikely you'll have heard of Darryl. He's one of the people that musician and record producer Questlove invited into the edit suite when assembling the footage for Summer Of Soul, the film he created in 2021 documenting the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which took place on six Sundays between June the 29th and August the 24th at Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) in Harlem, NYC.

Review: Mark Craven,  |  Jan 02, 2024
hfnoutstandingDerived from Perlisten's S7t flagship, and featuring the same DPC array, the S5t is simply more 'user-friendly'

Few loudspeaker brands come racing from the gate, but Perlisten, from Wisconsin, US, has gone from unheard of to a serious challenger in very short order. First up, in 2022, was the EISA Award-winning S7t floorstander [HFN Apr '22], which introduced the company as a high-end marque, and this was quickly followed by its second-tier R series [HFN Aug '22]. Now we get the S5t, essentially a slimmed down version of the S7t, with all the appeal that this entails.

Ken Kessler  |  Dec 29, 2023
This month we review: Albert King, C.A. Quintet, Donny Hathaway and Randy Travis.
Ken Kessler  |  Dec 29, 2023
This month, we review: J. Geils Band, Trondheim SO Baroque Ensemble, The Fraternal Order Of The All and Audiophile Masters Volume VII/VIII.
Mike Barnes  |  Dec 28, 2023
This month we review: Lol Tolhurst X Budgie X Jacknife Lee, Emma Anderson, Animal Collective and Catatonic Suns.
Steve Harris  |  Dec 28, 2023
This month we review: Tenderlonious, George Freeman, Hiromi and Joshua Redman Featuring Gabrielle Cavassa.
Peter Quantrill  |  Dec 28, 2023
This month we review: Pierre-laurant Aimard, SFS/Salonen, Pygmalion/Raphael Pichon, Danish CO/Adam Fischer and Philharmonia Orch & CH/Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
Andrew Everard  |  Dec 26, 2023
This month we review and test releases from: A.R.C., Trichotomy, Leverton Fox, Jørn Øien and Vince Guaraldi.
Martin Colloms  |  Dec 22, 2023  |  First Published: Feb 01, 1998
hfnvintageThe Indian company has reworked its hybrid electrostatic speaker ready for production as the Arca. It's an ambitious project, says Martin Colloms

When they weren't playing, I found the appearance of these loudspeakers to be disconcerting because their normally exposed electrostatic elements are shrouded in a black cloth hood to keep out the dust. But when the cloth is removed, and the elements are exposed for use, their silvery perforated stator elements are presented in striking full view.