How to Safely Rollback Your Novafidelity X12 Firmware

With the previous recent update release of Novafidelity version X12 firmware, some users have experienced problems during the upgrade process. In this piece we take a quick look at how to safely perform an emergency firmware recovery on the Novafidelity and Cocktail Audio X12 model.

  • Posted on 10 December 2018 by Roy Brockington

Metric Halo On Mac OS Mojave and Beyond

Whilst the announcement of a new operating system may inspire a feeling of deep, uncomfortable dread in the gut of many audio industry professionals, users of Metric Halo hardware and plug-in software can once again breath a sigh of relief. The new operating system for Mac: Mojave, Apple’s 15th major operating system release for the Mac platform, was announced in June 2018 and replaces High Sierra.

  • Posted on 30 November 2018 by Roy Brockington

Fostex Release TH909 Premium Headphones

Last month Fostex announced a brand new high-end headphone product building on the success of their TH900MK2 closed-back model. Their new model aims to retain the same sound characteristic whilst adopting an open-back design: presenting the new flagship TH909.

  • Posted on 29 November 2018 by Roy Brockington

Meze Audio Releases Empyrean

A culmination of three decades of research and development, ‘Empyrean' is the brand new flagship high-end headphone from Romanian manufacturer Meze Audio. The aim of Empyrean was to develop the most technologically innovative pair of planar magnetic headphones in the world by harnessing premium materials, exquisite craftsmanship and ‘Meze standard’ detailing.

  • Posted on 22 November 2018 by Roy Brockington

Two New Releases From Benchmark Media Systems

Last month at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Audio Fest consumer audio show in Denver, Colorado, Benchmark Media Systems presented several new additions to their family of Hi-Fi converters and amplifiers. In this article we take a closer look at the the new kids on the block as well as a deeper dive into their respective features.

  • Posted on 14 November 2018 by Roy Brockington

Focal Release Utopia & Questyle QP2R Bundle

Revered speaker and headphone company Focal JM-Lab have teamed up with Shenzhen audio manufacturer Questyle Audio to present a high-end headphone and high-resolution digital audio player combo that offers a gold standard in personal listening experience.

  • Posted on 23 October 2018 by Roy Brockington

SCV at The Hi-Fi Show Live 2018

The Hi-Fi Show Live in Windsor is an annual and highly-popular speciality audio event brought to audiophiles from the fine people at Hi-Fi News and Record Review magazine. Each year fans and connoisseurs of hi-fi personal audio and portable audio gather to experience demonstrations, meet designers and attend insightful audio industry presentations.

  • Posted on 22 October 2018 by Roy Brockington

Avantone Announce CLA200 Power Amp

Earlier this year Avantone Pro announced a revamped homage on the classic NS10M passive studio monitor design, the CLA10 - built in partnership with engineer and producer Chris Lord Alge. At lightning speed, New York based manufacturer Avantone Pro has now announced a follow up and a much lauded addition to the new CLA range of products.

  • Posted on 19 October 2018 by Roy Brockington

IsoAcoustics Extends OREA Family

On a continuing mission to systematically free your hi-fi system from parasitic vibrations, IsoAcoustics have this month announced a new model which will extend their isolation stand family to cater for an even greater variety of hi-fi equipment.

  • Posted on 18 October 2018 by Roy Brockington

Focal Presents Elegia

After their entry into the high-end headphone market in 2016 with the groundbreaking Utopia and Elear models, Focal’s reputation for offering world-class reference listening has gone from strength to strength. Last year Focal also announced the introduction of another innovation: Clear, a third reference headphone which sought to bridge the gap between Elear and Utopia at a mid-way price point.

  • Posted on 12 October 2018 by Roy Brockington