Hi-Fi archive

  • Naim makes a bold Statement, the £125,000 home amplification system that comes from outer space
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    Naim makes a bold Statement, the £125,000 home amplification system that comes from outer space

    By 8 January 2014

    Cue Strauss's Blue Danube, the Statement has landed. Naim Audio has revealed the Statement, a super high-end home amplification system for hi-fi audio that costs a mind-bending £125,000. Comprising Naim's NAC S1 preamplifier and two NAP S1 mono power...

  • Teac USB DAC Amplifier AI-501DA review
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Teac USB DAC Amplifier AI-501DA review

    By 3 December 2013

    If you live on your computer and want to hear better sound then you need to break away from the in-built soundcard and move to an external digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). That's where the Teac AI-501DA - an integrated amplifier and USB DAC - comes...

  • Panasonic portable NA Wireless Speaker Systems charge your phone and pump out tunes for an impressive 20 hours
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    Panasonic portable NA Wireless Speaker Systems charge your phone and pump out tunes for an impressive 20 hours

    By 2 September 2013

    Panasonic wants you to play your music through a good quality portable speaker that doesn't compromise on battery life. It's new NA series claims to have the longest playback time currently available on the market, at up to 20 hours. Using the iPhone...

  • Sharp DK-KP85PH all-in-one Hi-Fi system announced
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    Sharp DK-KP85PH all-in-one Hi-Fi system announced

    By 25 June 2013

    Sharp has launched a new all-in-one hi-fi system, the DK-KP85PH, which is both Bluetooth and iPhone and iPad compatible. The unit uses two 25 Watt digital amplifiers with speakers mounted either side of a central CD unit. It reminds us of the Bang & Olufsen...

  • Naim UnitiLite review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Naim UnitiLite review

    By 12 March 2013

    High-end audio is always fun, there's lots of money to spend, but some very nice kit when you've plucked up the courage to plonk down the cash on your dealer's counter. But at a shade over £1,600, is the Naim UnitiLite worth the money, and what will...

  • Marantz NR1603 review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Marantz NR1603 review

    By 15 February 2013

    Getting enough oomph from your home cinema system normally requires you to store a super-size brick of a receiver underneath your television. Marantz likes to think otherwise, with its slimline set of NR receivers. Sitting in the middle of the new range...

  • Dali Epicon 2 bookshelf speakers review
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Dali Epicon 2 bookshelf speakers review

    By 8 February 2013

    We wouldn't want to be the person at Dali in charge of re-calling review stock. It must yield a fair number of snarling "Fine, take them then" calls and a decent number of "Prise them out of my cold, dead hands" type emails. From a review perspective,...

  • Onkyo CR-N755 review
    Home Cinema 5 out of 5

    Onkyo CR-N755 review

    By 31 January 2013

    For most people the hi-fi is dead. The days of needing two large speakers and a central unit to play music died when we switched to MP3s and AAC audio tracks from the likes of the iTunes store, or Amazon MP3. It wasn't that people didn't want CDs anymore,...

  • Pure A140B wireless Hi-fi adapter pictures and hands-on
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    Pure A140B wireless Hi-fi adapter pictures and hands-on

    By 8 January 2013

    Pure has expanded its Jongo range of wireless hi-fi kit with the A140B wireless hi-fi adapter. Designed to let you use the Jongo multiroom system with your own speakers and amplifier, the A140B is a simple piece of kit that makes Jongo much more exciting....

  • Pure expands Jongo range with wireless speaker and adapter
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    Pure expands Jongo range with wireless speaker and adapter

    By 6 January 2013

    Pure promised plenty more on the speaker front when it announced the Jongo wireless music multiroom system, and now it as delivered. Adding to the Jongo family are the T640B stereo wireless speaker and A140B wireless hi-fi adapter. The latter builds...

  • Onkyo TX-8050 review
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-8050 review

    By 5 December 2012

    Onkyo is a brand more typically associated with AV receivers. Some boast price tags that only the most serious of movie-lovers would consider. But what about those who want a good, standard, stereo amp? The TX-8050 might just be the answer. Build The...

  • AQ Audio SmartSpeaker review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    AQ Audio SmartSpeaker review

    By 22 November 2012

    The affordable all-in-one AirPlay speaker is becoming a bit of a trend. The likes of Pure with its Jongo and Logitech’s UE speaker have both been bringing wireless audio to the Pocket-lint labs. Next up is the AQ Audio Smartspeaker, which promises superior...

  • Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees
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    Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees

    By 13 November 2012

    AirPlay, Spotify and DLNA all made significant changes to the way people listen to music in 2012. The technologies started to appear in pieces of Hi-Fi hardware, reducing the need for laptop-connected cables and even the iPhone dock. There was certainly...

  • Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint awards contenders
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    Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint awards contenders

    By 25 October 2012

    It’s that time again: start voting for your nominations for the 9th Pocket-lint awards. The best home entertainment category is always fun, being full of all sort of different kit. Whether it be docks, surround sound systems or even headphones, there...

  • Pure Jongo multiroom speaker pictures and hands-on
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    Pure Jongo multiroom speaker pictures and hands-on

    By 11 October 2012

    Pure has come up with a rather clever multi-room music solution with the Jongo S340B speaker. The speaker is designed to be portable and affordable, so you can put music in each room of your house while controlling it using the Pure app. It is the first...

  • Pure goes multi-room with new Jongo speaker and updated app
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    Pure goes multi-room with new Jongo speaker and updated app

    By 9 October 2012

    Pure has rolled out a new speaker and app update that will bring multi-room audio capabilities to its products. Called the Jongo - or s340b for those who are fans of complex product names - the square wireless-capable speaker does some rather clever things....

  • Libratone Zipp is the AirPlay speaker that doesn't need a Wi-Fi network
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    Libratone Zipp is the AirPlay speaker that doesn't need a Wi-Fi network

    By 27 September 2012

    The Libratone Zipp wireless speaker has been unveiled and claims to be the “first and only device” to stream music from iOS products without the need for a Wi-Fi network.  Instead the speaker – available in eight striking colours – creates its...

  • Sony CMT-V75 dock, radio and CD player pictures and hands-on
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    Sony CMT-V75 dock, radio and CD player pictures and hands-on

    By 16 July 2012

    In the latest of a seemingly endless line of 30-pin products, we thought we'd get down and dirty with Sony's 2012 offering in the shape of the licence plate impersonating Sony CMT-V758BTiP. The most important thing to notice about this shelf-side audio...

  • The Voice coach will.i.am working with Onkyo on new project
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    The Voice coach will.i.am working with Onkyo on new project

    By 2 May 2012

    Will.i.am, master of punctuation and coach on hit TV series The Voice, has revealed to Pocket-lint that he is working with AV manufacturer Onkyo on a new project. Speaking at the Royal College of Art’s Innovation Night, the popstar and Intel's director...

  • Best compact Hi-Fi systems
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    Best compact Hi-Fi systems

    By 19 December 2011

    MP3 players are great but, on a long winter’s night, it’s hard to beat a proper hi-fi. Good hi-fi systems cost money, people. They always have, and a £50 iPod dock just won’t cut the mustard in comparison. Naturally, there’s plenty to choose...

  • Canton your_Duo Hi-Fi system ditches the wires
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    Canton your_Duo Hi-Fi system ditches the wires

    By 2 November 2011

    If it's confusing bad grammar and expensive Hi-Fi setup that you're after then you've come to the right place, because Germany’s largest loudspeaker company, Canton, has just announced the your_Duo system and Pocket-lint is here to tell you all about...

  • Bowers & Wilkins releases high quality version of new Peter Gabriel album
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    Bowers & Wilkins releases high quality version of new Peter Gabriel album

    By 11 October 2011

    Bowers and Wilkins has released a super high quality version of the new Peter Gabriel album New Blood. It uses a 24-bit FLAC encode and is available for download exclusively via Bowers and Wilkin's website. Included with the special edition double disc...

  • New Pioneer micro-hifi systems announced for fans of small things
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    New Pioneer micro-hifi systems announced for fans of small things

    By 30 August 2011

    Prepare to be confused by complex hi-fi nomenclature and gadgetry as Pioneer launches a trio of micro stereo systems. The robotically named X-HM20DAB-K, X-HM50DAB-K, X-HM70DAB-K and X-HM10-K feature a range of different features to suit various audio...

  • Bang & Olufsen launches master of all music hubs - the BeoSound 5 Encore
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    Bang & Olufsen launches master of all music hubs - the BeoSound 5 Encore

    By 26 July 2011

    Bang & Olufsen, the ultra high end home audio and television manufacturer, has released the "gasp" slightly more affordable BeoSound 5 Encore. The plug and play audio system acts as a little brother to the BeoSound 5 and is intended to be a one-stop-shop...

  • Libratone launches pair of AirPlay combatible wireless speakers
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    Libratone launches pair of AirPlay combatible wireless speakers

    By 21 July 2011

    Libratone has unleashed two super slick AirPlay compatible speakers designed to pump out audio into your living room in the most inconspicuous of ways. The Libratone Live and bigger brother Lounge are essentially all in one speaker systems that you can...