Wharfedale Diamond 10.6 Floorstanding Speakers

For almost 30 years, Wharfedale’s famous Diamond speakers have served as the classic entry point to true high-fidelity sound, their exceptional value for money earning dozens of awards around the globe.  Now, with the introduction of the all-new Diamond 10 Series, Wharfedale has again raised the bar for affordable, high-performance loudspeakers. The latest evolution of this classic speaker range builds upon the success of its multi-award-winning predecessors with numerous enhancements.  The result is a sound that’s crisp, focused and spacious, effortlessly dynamic yet firmly in control.  Add the visual appeal of elegantly curved cabinets, enhanced by a choice of six...

How to align your turntable cartridge

Proper alignment of your turntable stylus ensures the most accurate reproduction of the recording and stops it from wearing down immaturely. There are various tools available for achieving this alignment. Note: Before aligning your cartridge, make sure your turntable is set up properly and the tracking force is adjusted. Stylus Overhang At the very least, the specified stylus overhang (the distance the stylus tip extends beyond the centre spindle when the headshell is positioned directly above the spindle) should be set. A simple way to set overhang is to use an overhang gauge that has markings in millimetres (mm). Common stylus...

Fiio A5 Review

FiiO started with amplifiers, that is how they made their name and the $129.99 A5 could be considered the 3rd generation of the original E12 which came out in 2013 and was then an answer to the crazy power output quest we all had when planars made a big comeback. The E12 DIY was a refinement of the E12 born out of positive feedback on the MUSES02 opamp which was one of the rollable opamps FiiO offered with the E12 DIY Limited Edition in 2014. In came the E12a in late 2014 with that MUSES02 opamp at the heart of...

How to change the stylus on your Audio-Technica LP60 & LP3

Are your records starting to sound a bit dull? Have you lost some of the higher frequencies? Have you owned your turntable for over a year? It might be time to change the stylus on your turntable. ‘When’ you need to change the stylus on your turntable varies from person to person. If you use your turntable every day, it’s best to change your stylus every 6 months. If you only use your turntable every so often, then you might only need to change the stylus once a year. Trust your ears! If your favourite records are sounding funny, then it...

How to change the Stylus on your Audio-Technica LP5, LP120 or LP1240

Audio-Technica’s entry-level and mid-range styli have a lifespan of over 300 hours of use if they are well maintained. To ensure the best audio reproduction, replace your stylus once a year for general home use. Turntable | Headshell | Cartridge | Stylus LP1240 | HS10 BK | AT95E | ATN95E LP120 | HS10 BK/SV | AT95E | ATN95E LP5 | HS10 BK | AT95E | ATN95E For the LP60 and LP3, head here. More > See Cartridge Glossary How to change the stylus on your AT95E cartridge Remove the headshell from the turntable for easy installation. Hold the Headshell at a vertical angle. Grab the stylus body at the ridges on either side of the body. Pull the stylus body away from the...

Wharfedale Diamond A1 Review

Score: 4.5 Stars Pros  Superb scale and decent detail  Classy looks and build  Great value Cons  Too many cables and plugs Key Features Review Price: £599.95 130mm mid-bass driver, 25mm fabric dome tweeter 1x coaxial digital, 1x optical, 1x RCA stereo phono inputs Bluetooth aptX 2x 50W amplification Remote control What is the Wharfedale Diamond A1? The Diamond A1 is a relatively high-end pair of Bluetooth speakers, and the active, more attractive version of the Wharfedale Diamond 220. If you’re after something more room-filling and high-fidelity than the army of one-box wireless speakers out there, these are a truly impressive...

How to set up your Audio-Technica Turntable

Setting up your Audio-Technica turntable is easy but there are specific steps you need to follow to make sure your turntable is in the best condition to play your records and ensure the longevity of the components. AT-LP60 AT-LP120 and AT-LP1240 Assembling the LP120 and LP1240 is the same process but the most important part is setting your Tracking Force. Setting the Tracking Force means adjusting the tone arm to fix the ideal weight for your cartridge. This is relevant for most manual turntables. Failure to do so could result in premature wear to your stylus and damage to your...

Kef Egg review: Cracking sound quality that’s worth shelling out for

Earth-shaking bass isn’t on the menu, but Kef’s Egg speakers serve up crystal clarity from both wired and wireless connections Pros  Crisp, expansive sound quality Great looks Lots of connection options Cons  Maximum volume is limited Bass doesn’t go that deep Kef is synonymous with eggs. Not because the company has a particular penchant for high-protein foodstuffs, but rather because Kef’s up-market surround sound systems were famed for their egg-shaped satellite speakers. Now, Kef has adapted the design for this equally upmarket set of desktop speakers. Design and features Measuring just 27cm off the desk, the Eggs are not a...

Yamaha RX-V683 Review

‘ The Verdict Yamaha consistently pumps out good sounding AV equipment and this year’s Yamaha RX-V683 easily makes the cut. This amp has the finesse and brawn needed to breath new life into most home theaters. Design: 8.5 Features: 8.5 Value: 8.5 Ease of Use: 8.0 Sound Quality: 8.5 Overall Score: 8.5 The Good The Yamaha RX-V683 offers good sound quality and an enviable set of features at a competitive price. Its substantial HDR video support is a big plus for 4K TV owners. The Bad The 683’s connection choices are a little sparse. It has a solid amount of...

Review: B&W’s Z2 is an impressive AirPlay speaker and iPhone dock

Bowers & Wilkins’s $400 Z2 is the apparent successor to the company’s Zeppelin Mini, but instead of a 30-pin dock connector, the Z2 features a Lightning-connector dock and AirPlay wireless streaming. Supporting the latest iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod nano models, the Z2 is available in black or white glass-filled ABS. (The black model is available now; the white model won’t ship until June.) Like the earlier Zeppelin mini, the Z2 measures 7.1 inches tall, 12.6 inches wide, and 3.9 inches deep; it weighs 5.7 pounds. The speaker looks cool, with a distinctively angled round top, and a pleasantly curved recessed area surrounding the Lightning dock itself. On the bottom...