Two questions I’m often asked are ‘What got you into hi-fi?’ and ‘What got you into music?’. First one’s easy: over-indulgent grandparents who bough my sister and I first early transistor radios, then Philips cassette recorders – so handy for recording off the radio – and finally briefcase-sized folding record players, so we always had […]


There’s setting trends, there’s following trends – and then there’s apparently flying in the face of fashion, which is usually either very brave or very dumb. I mean, look at the consumer electronics market: it’s simply stuffed with ‘me too’ products, showing a woeful lack of inspiration and a entirely risk-averse strategy. A company launches […]

Interested to discover from this New York Times piece just how rabid camera enthusiasts can be when they feel they have been scorned – or just ill-served – by something they’ve read online. And I thought hi-fi fanatics – and indeed anti-hi-fi fanatics were bad… I’ve always found it completely bonkers that people can get […]

There’s a problem with locking yourself into what the computer commentators call ‘the Apple eco-system’: for all the advantages of the company’s ‘it just works’ interoperability between computers and mobile devices, when it comes to music beyond CD quality, iTunes and the various iOS devices are a bit of a dead loss. There are two […]

After my wife reviewed some of the Final Audio Design headphones recently for Hi-Fi Widow, UK distributor HiFiHeadphones  was keen for me to review one of the headphone amplifiers it sells. It’s an interesting reverse, for while the Final Audio Design headphones come from Japan, and are just being introduced into the UK, HiFiHeadphones’ Robin […]