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I had the pleasure of sitting down with the Fyne Vintage range of speakers which I was very excited to hear. I remember when Tannoy brought out their vintage range, they were stunning and I had high hopes that Fyne would really knock these out of the park with their expertise.    First of all, lets talk about the looks… They are naturally vintage styling, so that will be down to individual preference if you like that or if you prefer a modern take. Personally speaking, I love the styling, and it harks back to a time which really was...

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phonostage, Review -

I think it's fair to say that one of the biggest issues that any turntable user faces is noise. Unfortunately that normally stems from your phono stage do to the fact it has to amplify a tiny signal. It is a challenge however and it has been something which phono stage designers have been working around for many years. While undoubtedly modern day phono stages have improved this drastically, it is still a major concern for many customers.  The idea of a completely "silent" phono stage is something that seemed to be something that was never going to be solved....

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Metronome, Review -

Having recently taken on the Metronome range of CD players, Streamers, CD Transports and DAC’s I felt that now we had the chance to listen to the products we could explain to customers how the products sound.  Bearing in mind how popular streamers are at the moment I wanted to start with the Metronome DSS Network Streamer which retails at £3499. It’s certainly a high end priced streamer especially when there is no DAC in this model. However this is an absolutely stunning sounding streamer and like other Metronome products there is a real musicality to the sound. It’s much...

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Merason, Product Reviews, Review, Reviews -

Top dog in a range of just two outboard DACs from Swiss brand Merason, the DAC1 is a modern-day example of 'less is more' audiophile thinking. We lift the lid and investigate In common with a lot of HFN readers, I have a bit of a 'thing' about overly complex digital devices. I'm not referring to input flexibility – many of us will have systems in which different flavours of digital connection are accommodated, from USB links from a computer to good old S/PDIF from a CD player or the like. No, what I really find obstructive is devices bristling with digital-domain...

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HI-FI + (UK) AUDIOVECTOR R 3 SIGNATUREHI-FI+, DECEMBER 2020 HI-FI+ 2020 HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDAudiovector R 3 Signature “The R 3’s tonal balance is just about spot-on, too. The treble isn’t too soft or too aggressive, the mid-range disappears nicely, and the bass is deep and controlled without sounding too dry or too fat. Of course, there is room for growth here, thanks to the upgrade path. But primarily, the sound of the loudspeakers is both tonally accurate and perfectly pitched for the sort of moderate-sized listening spaces often found in UK, European, and Asian homes.“ “The R 3 Signature is...

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