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Review: Ken Kessler, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Jun 05, 2020
hfncommendedAn artisan brand with its own take on Hypex's tried-and-tested Class D amp module offers both tube and transistor variants to taste. Here's the low-down on the latter

Hybrid amps have always amused me. I still dream of Radford's TT100. This hi-fi equivalent of grafting two plant species hopes – ideally – to combine the best of a brace of disparate technologies. Too often, they marry the worst. Extraudio's X250T represents a first for me in that it promises to take efficient, compact Class D amplification and endow it with the sonic virtues of Class A, hence Class AD. Which made me think of playing with Krells way back in 1985.

Hi-Fi News Staff  |  Jun 04, 2020
This month we review and test releases from: Wolfgang Muthspiel, Scott Colley & Brian Blade, Marc van Roon Trio, Johan Dalene, Oslo PO/Vasily Petrenko and Morrissey.
Paul Miller  |  Jun 03, 2020
As one more issue of Hi-Fi News goes to press under lockdown we give thanks not only to the frontline workers but also to the gift of music recreated by the equipment at the heart of our shared passion. This is a time to count our blessings and appreciate that ours is a 'home hobby' – to tweak, to play and to listen... and to keep us all sane.
Review: Andrew Everard, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Jun 03, 2020
hfnoutstandingA sleek new look heralds the return of Rotel's premier sub-brand, and its new control amplifier – or preamp – and stereo power amp have the wherewithal to succeed

Michi is back: last marketed in the 1990s, Rotel's elite sub-brand has rejoined the hi-fi fray after a three-year development project, and the establishment of a dedicated facility within the company's factory to hand-build the new products. And I have to admit to a pang of nostalgia for I reviewed the company's RHCD-10 player, slimline RHA-10 preamp and substantial RHB-10 power amp back in the dim and distant, and it was a case of lust at first listen, not to mention sight of the high-quality metalwork with its red-lacquered wooden side-cheeks.

Ken Kessler  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month we review: The Kinks, Gene Clark, Al Dimeola/John Mclaughlin/Paco Delucia, and Grateful Dead.
Ken Kessler  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month, we review: Sam Cooke, Cantus, Poco and B W Stevenson.
Mike Barnes  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month we review: Jack Hues, Cornershop, The Boomtown Rats and Ren Harvieu.
Steve Harris  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month we review: Shabaka And The Ancestors, Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow, Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez and Pete Whittaker/Art Themen/George Double.
Christopher Breunig  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month we review: Vaughan Williams, JS Bach/Bartók, Bizet-Shchedrin/Respighi and Escales.
Review: Christopher Breunig, Review and Lab: Keith Howard  |  May 29, 2020
hfncommendedSan Diego-based Dan Clark Audio, previously known as MrSpeakers, has just launched its lightweight but resilient Aeon 2 headphone in both 'open' and 'closed' variants

If you're looking at the photos of the Aeon 2 here thinking, 'Isn't that a MrSpeakers product?', the answer is yes and no. The original Aeon was indeed made by MrSpeakers but recently the company changed its name to Dan Clark Audio, Dan Clark being the company founder. It was a sensible move because MrSpeakers had never made, or looked like making, a loudspeaker, but like all company name changes it can take time to bed in.

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