Home | Audio Reviews | Audio Shows | Partner Mags | News     


Enjoy the Music.com
Hi-Fi World
January 2013
In This Issue... Innovations In Audio.
Editorial By Noel Keywood


In This Issue Innovations In Audio Editorial By Noel Keywood Hi-Fi World Volume 22 Number 11 January 2013  Innovation doesn't stop it seems. The hi-fi business continues apace to produce a stream of fascinating products and this is the time of the year we have to decide which ones were the best. How do you choose between a £99 special like the Epiphany E-DAC and a £1500 tour-de-force NAD M51? Both do their job extremely well and have some great properties. The NAD in the end pipped it for its unique technology, range of facilities and breadth of application.

Then we come across the peculiar business of stripping the Direct Drive motor out of Technics SL-1200 turntable and building it into an entirely new product, the Inspire Monarch. I was amazed! At a stroke all those veiled criticisms of the Technics decks were exposed to the practical truth: Direct Drive wasn't doing "funny things" like hunting, as armchair pundits had speculated, it just needed to be put into an appropriate context, one Inspire built with the Monarch. I would have tried to design my own motor, but probably would have failed in the process! Concentrating on the bearing, platter and plinth instead was the (sideways?) way to go. Brilliant!

And so it goes on. This month we bring you more winners than ever, nineteen no less, because there were so many good products. Some are wallet burners, I admit, like the Chord Red Reference CD player at £15,000 no less, but every inch of it is unique and the machined casework astonishing; the DAC is unique too.

At the other end of the scale comes Sony's BDP-S790. Everyone has something critical to say about Sony these days but an SACD player for £230 or less is some bargain in my book, and it happens to do other things too like play Blu-rays! Good for Sony: there's nothing wrong with this disc spinner.

A wry smile creeps across my face as Beatles 'issues' creep into our offices, even before the first new re-release, this time of LPs, hits the streets. As time goes by the arguments seem to grow about which releases are – or were – artistically definitive. You'll see such issues arise in our Letter of the Month on p39 and in my column where I feel drawn to comment, because of my past connections with Abbey Road Studios and knowledge of their LPs. Will this (re)issue never die, I ask myself? I suspect not! As always, I hope you enjoy our issue though.


--- Noel Keywood, editor.


Click here to subscribe to Hi-Fi World



















































Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews


Enjoy the Music.TV


Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles

Show Reports
Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
HIGH END Munich 2022
AXPONA 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022 Report
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2022
Florida Audio Expo 2022
AudioCon Los Angeles 2022
Capital Audiofest 2021 Show
The HiFi Summit Q2 2021
T.H.E. Show 2021 Report
The HiFi Summit Q4 2020
The HiFi Summit Q2 2020
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2020
Click here for previous shows.


Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
The Absolute Sound
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2022  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.