Richard Varey’s faulty valve sees him discover a goldmine for vintage valves, right here in Auckland.
Sound and Vision
RICHARD VAREY finds modern day alchemy at Mad Scientist Audio – and the Heretical USB interconnect is not too bad either.
RICHARD VAREY auditions Albedo’s innovative Aptica loudspeaker system and finds some sunshine in a box. Yes, really.
It’s always nice when a product not only lives up to expectations but wildly exceeds them. This is especially true when the product in question is relatively inexpensive. Let’s take the FiiO Q1 MkII portable DAC/headphone amplifier being reviewed here for example. I’ve been shopping for a USB DAC/amp to […]
RICHARD VAREY has been hard at work indulging his inner audiophile. In the first of a two part review of a trio of products, he takes a close look at Metrum’s Adagio Digital Preamp DAC and Forte Power Amplifier. And his verdict?
GARY STEEL auditions two superb new audio products in the perfect venue. He’s so damn lucky.
There’s a lot of controversy around Tidal’s premium, ‘better than CD’ MQA formula. GARY STEEL has a good hard listen through an award-winning streamer.
Looking to immerse yourself in that movie or some music on your new TV? Then consider an AV receiver to take the sounds to another level. PAT PILCHER gives us the lowdown on what to consider before you buy.
There’s one place in Auckland where you can check out a selection of esoteric, and mostly stylishly European, sound gear: Audio Reference. GARY STEEL visits its new Devonport showroom and auditions the magical Magico S3 MkII speakers.
Gary Steel is in a state of mourning over a great brand biting the dust.
If you live in Auckland you’ll get a rare chance this weekend with the grand opening of the new Audio Reference showroom in Devonport.
ANDREW BAKER gets his ears bent by the new top-end preamp and amp from NZ company Plinius, and deems them big, heavy, and capable of extreme delicacy.