Roksan Attessa
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Roksan Attessa

Roksan may have (slightly) democratised its turntable expertise to a new and (slightly) more attainable price, but it hasn’t scrimped on any of its long-established virtues. Pros Confident, unified, detailed sound Some impressive engineering Good spec includes cartridge and integrated phono stage Cons £1000 record players seldom look their money’s-worth Could sound more assertive with Read more

Clearaudio Concept Active
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Clearaudio Concept Active

Good to look at, great to listen to and painless to use – most audiophile turntables struggle to tick more than one of those boxes. But the Clearaudio Concept Active isn’t most audiophile turntables. Pros Potent, revealing and spotless sound Helpful specification As close to ‘plug and play’ as these things ever get Cons Not Read more

Rega Planar PL1
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Rega Planar PL1

Yes, a Rega turntable is the safest of bets – but that doesn’t mean the Planar PL1 isn’t always satisfying and intermittently thrilling.  Pros All the essentials – motor, tonearm, cartridge and so on – are judiciously specified Open, full and informative sound Wears the right badge Cons Could have even greater low-end alacrity Sound Read more

Sonus Faber Lumina 1
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Sonus Faber Lumina 1

Play to their strengths (and don’t expect big-room scale) and the Sonus Faber hit far more than they miss. Pros Direct, confident audio presentation Brand-name cachet (and hand-made in Italy cachet, too) Luxurious finish (if you like that sort of thing) Cons Not the most fluent listen Can sound underpowered Chintzy finish (if you don’t Read more

Samsung UE50AU9000
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Samsung UE50AU9000

Once again, Samsung treats the mass market with the respect it deserves, with the AU9000 (UE50AU9000) a deeply accomplished television. It’s excellent with native 4K content, upscales 1080p stuff confidently, and has one of the best smart TV interfaces around. And it’s much slimmer than you were probably expecting. Pros Impressive 4K picture quality Great Read more

Rotel A11 Tribute
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Rotel A11 Tribute

For well over four decades, Ken Ishiwata was in the business of improving already pretty decent pieces of hi-fi, mostly for Marantz. The closest the hi-fi industry came to a mainstream personality, Ishiwata particularly enjoyed bringing performance hikes to attainable equipment – and as a result, the Marantz range of ‘KI Signature’ amplifiers and CD Read more

Cleer Crescent
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Cleer Crescent

If ever a product was indicative of its manufacturer’s optimism, the Cleer Crescent is it. The world, as we are all aware, isn’t short of smart speakers – but the world isn’t what you’d call oversubscribed with big, ostentatious smart speakers that cost a significant sum of money. And in case that shape, those dimensions Read more