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Ed Selley  |  Jul 13, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThe audiophile brand shoots for the top with its first pair of headphones, and Ed Selley finds out if they can live up to the asking price

The No. 5909s are the first headphones of any description from Mark Levinson, and the company has elected to take the 'go big or go home' approach. Of the wireless models we've looked at recently, they've all resolutely stuck to sub-£500 price points. This pair blasts through that and comes in just shy of a grand – although perhaps that's to be expected from a company that sells stereo power amplifiers with five-figure tickets.

Mark Craven  |  May 05, 2022  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedThe smart illumination brand's newest invention is its most appealing yet, says Mark Craven

It wasn't that long ago that the options for upgrading the lighting in your living room or movie den were a) buy more lamps, b) get a dimmer switch or c) re-wire for a complete overhaul. These days, thankfully, you can do so much more, with Wi-Fi networking and app control bringing creativity and customisation. And a smart lighting setup needn't have you calling in an electrician, either.

Ed Selley  |  Mar 25, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3The Brit speaker maker has turned its attention again to compact, powered bookshelf models, and, says Ed Selley, cooked up a bona fide bargain

As well as multiple ranges of conventional passive speakers, Q Acoustics has been involved in making self-contained speaker solutions for most of the time it has been in business since 2006. The new M20 is the replacement for the long-running (but excellent) BT3, which launched in 2014, and takes its place below the more recent, and more sophisticated, Active 200 that we looked at in HCC #319.

Ed Selley  |  Dec 01, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendHi-res network playback, app control and multiroom expansion give Elipson's latest Music Centre a modern feel, says Ed Selley – but he appreciates its CD playback too

If you have had contact with French manufacturer Elipson in the UK, it is likely to be on account of its distinctive-looking (read: spherical) Planet loudspeakers, or its Prestige Facet lineup (the latter including Dolby Atmos upfiring modules – see HCC #291). But as well as these offerings, the company makes a small number of smaller electronic goodies. We previously looked at its Chroma 100 turntable in HCC #318, and now it's the turn of the recently updated Music Centre to receive our attention.

Ed Selley  |  Sep 14, 2021  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedLooking to drive a challenging pair of headphones with a portable player? Ed Selley thinks the chunky KANN Alpha might be what you need

The dedicated portable audio player market is not a massive one, and Korean brand Astell&Kern is the biggest fish in a relatively small pond. Its KANN series of players overlaps the more conventional A&Norma and A&Futura ranges, and is designed to be able to drive even very demanding headphones from a smallscale device.

John Archer  |  Aug 16, 2021  |  0 comments
John Archer is impressed by the new Apple TV – especially its remote – but questions how much of an upgrade it is from what’s gone before
Steve May  |  Jul 28, 2021  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedThis stylish, compact speaker, with omnidirectional driver array, is something of a wireless wonder in performance terms...
Steve May  |  May 21, 2021  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedWhy should gamers have all the fun? These MQA-enabled headphones are good for more than just a Call of Duty session, says Steve May

High-quality Hi-Fi headphones or gaming cans? The idea behind Asus's ROG Delta S is that you can have both.

Ed Selley  |  May 21, 2021  |  First Published: May 19, 2021  |  0 comments
Q Acoustics’ first active speaker is part of a wireless system that has some AV possibilities, says Ed Selley – even if he'd likely give the optional stands a pass...
Ed Selley  |  Feb 25, 2021  |  0 comments
Klipsch is targeting the soundbar market as well as stereophiles with its latest Heritage Wireless powered speaker pair
Steve May  |  Jan 15, 2021  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Humax teams up with Google to re-invent its Freeview Play PVR. Steve May investigates

Humax is hardly the most profligate of PVR makers. When it launches a set-top box, it tends to stick around, quietly serving its audience. Its new model, the Aura, is the company's first hardware overhaul in three years, assuming flagship status from its 2017-era FVP-5000T.

Steve May  |  Nov 19, 2020  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendImpressively specified, with fully integrated Alexa, the Amazon Fire TV Cube is easily the company's most versatile and sophisticated media player to date. But if you’ve already got a Fire TV stick, is it worth upgrading?
Steve May  |  Jul 13, 2020  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedViewsonic's M2 adds designer lustre to portable 1080p projection. Steve May also approves of both its performance and price
Mark Craven  |  Mar 09, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Mark Craven enjoys music on the move – and late-night movies on his sofa – with B&W's smart-looking and sonically superior PX7 headphones

Claiming the top spot in B&W's headphone stable is the PX7, which replace the previous PX. An active noise-cancelling design with high-spec Bluetooth hookup and some neat features, they're arguably worth every penny of their £350 ticket.

Steve May  |  Dec 20, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedAmazon's Echo Studio is the 3D audio speaker we’ve been waiting for...

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