Arcam IrDac-II coming soon - Sure to be ad-DAC-tive!

Exciting news for anyone in the market for a new DAC or fans of the ever popular Arcam IrDac. The IrDac set to be succeeded by the Arcam IrDac-II at the end of this month. The new revision will include some substantial additions, including Bluetooth connectivity, a headphone output and DSD128 support. 

For more information on the unit, including specifications click here! 

13 May, 2016 by Cade Dunbar
Tags: Arcam DAC New

PS Audio Directstream DAC and Perfectwave Transport Bundle!

We have a very limited special with the PS Audio Directstream and Perfectwave transport. These products use innovative technology to give you the most bang for your buck. Along with regular updates which improve performance for free. Thanks to the unique architecture of the Directstream PS Audio have been able to make a huge improvement to the point where the journalists have been reviewing the new software update. Click here to read.

Bundle Without network bridge RRP $12584 Special $9978

Bundle With network bridge RRP $13538 Special $10977

Please call 0262474844 or email to purchase. 



18 March, 2015 by Omer Sheikh

The Deviliad

The walls were tall - very tall - and at least a few metres thick.  Even if soldiers managed to climb them, they'd be vastly too tired to continue the fight when they got to the top.  This was the kind of construction often lazily ascribed to supernatural forces; built by giants, or angels, or gods.  The truth was much simpler; these walls were built by men and women, probably slaves, and paid for by the immensely profitable tin trade coming through the straights the city overlooked.  They were a statement of wealth, of strength and, ultimately, of pride.

As I looked up at the walls, the faces of the heroes immortalised by their role here took shape in the clouds - Hektor, Paris, Priam, even Aeneas - and I thought how incredible it was that we remembered them, the defeated rulers, even now.  Down the hill, upon the plain, beside the shore, there were the camps of Agamemnon, Achilles, Menelaus, Ajax and the hero of the story, Odysseus.  For ten long years, the Helenes looked up at the city upon the hill, hating its walls... though no less in awe of them.

I walked inside the city of Troy led by Mustafa, our guide, as he explained the ruin which lay before us; a ruin encased by impenetrable walls.  Time, rebuilding, the drifting sands had eroded much of the original city, but the message this defeated kingdom sent was still clear these three and a half thousand years later; a great idea can change the course of history.  Odysseus putting a few good men inside a big wooden horse is something we look to, even now, as being the kind of idea which defines the greatest minds.

I know what you're thinking - what does this have to do with hifi?  It's tangentially related, I grant you, but I don't like writing dry, factual descriptions of gear if I can help it.  But this is special, really special, and I feel the comparison is warranted.

We've been witness to an Odysseus moment.  A wooden horse has been wheeled through the gates and the course of history has changed.

I'm speaking of Devialet, the most incredible new product we've had in the store for some time.  The idea is simple - it's an integrated amplifier with a customisable set of inputs and outputs, it's own platform-ambivalent music streaming system and the cleanest, most precise sound courtesy of a minimum of analogue circuitry.  These are ideas that have been tried before with mixed success, but the Devialet engineers are from a telecommunications background rather than being the usual audio and electrical engineers.  The end result is nothing short of stunning.

I cannot stress enough how important it is that you come and see the Devialet and hear the difference it makes.  We've all been blown away by just how good it is and we're sure you will be too.

28 February, 2014 by Angus Perry

How I Hi-Fi?

"We don't like you, we just wanna try you," opens the second album, "Take Them On, On Your Own" from Californian heavy rock revivalists, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.  While the song may be about the excesses of rock 'n roll, it applies just as easily to the consumption side of our great little industry.

There's such a wealth of choice in product and formats that it can make it a little hard to be confident in choosing a path.  Is digital the future?  Will old analogue formats, like vinyl, make it to the hundred year mark?  Is it a waste of money to try and do both?

Whoa there, friend.  So much doubt!  The division isn't black and white, it's one big grey splodge.  Great analogue systems are now open to the digital realm, even from very basic and affordable levels.

Take, for example, our friend the Cambridge Audio 351A, a popular entry level integrated amplifier which is easily paired with a matching CD player or all manner of turntables (I'll quickly plug the bundle while I'm at it).  It also has a super-duper USB input which allows the most classic of stereos to pull sound and music from a computer, effectively acting as an external soundcard.

The other option, easily added to any existing stereo, is a DAC.  These units take one or more digital sources (computer, CD player, TV, Apple Airport Express, etc.) and convert them to a good quality analogue audio stream.  Prices and quality vary, but the idea is fundamentally the same - allow the convenience of digital to interface with the old school cool of analogue.

So if you're not necessarily computer-savvy or technologically flexible enough to undergo a digital transformation, fear not.  You can still try it out on a basic level to get to grips with the fundamentals without having to drop huge money on digital streamers or media centers.

21 February, 2014 by Angus Perry

New Chord Qute Ex DAC

The new Chordette Qute EX DAC is an upgraded version of the multi-award-winning QuteHD DAC: a What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 'Best DAC' winner for both 2012 and 2013. The Qute EX, which is available alongside the QuteHD, now offers both 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback for today’s high-resolution DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) music files. 

Forming part of the bijou Chordette range, the new Qute EX adds an advanced new chipset and motherboard which enables decoding at up to 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 over USB (against the QuteHD’s 192kHz PCM and DSD 64). Existing QuteHD DACs can be upgraded affordably with the new chipset and motherboard at the factory. 
24 October, 2013 by Omer Sheikh
Tags: Chord DAC Qute
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