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Download delusions? CDs are still the album format of choice

By Dominic Dawes | Thu, 12 Jul 2007, 11:46am

Despite all the hype about digital downloads and hysteria over the death of the recording industry, 96.5 per cent of all album sales are still sold in the form of the CD, writes Dominic Dawes. While downloads have had a huge impact on the ...

NEWS: TCI's cost-effective short-run HDMI cables

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 12 Jul 2007, 11:00am

The new HDMI cable from True Colours Industries is unusual in that it doesn't claim to deliver superior picture or sound in runs that would let you put your projector down the other end of the garden. Instead, Copperhead Lite is designed ...

NEWS: Isotek launches 'best ever' mains cables

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 12 Jul 2007, 10:46am

Mains specialist IsoTek has launched upgraded versions of its four-strong mains cable range, with treatments including deep cryogenic treatment of the the connectors. The new range claims 'a cleaner, fresher, more natural delivery from audio ...

NEWS: Controversial MP3 website shut down

By Dominic Dawes | Thu, 12 Jul 2007, 10:14am

Russian website allofmp3.com has been shut down by the Kremlln after international pressure – particularly from Britain and the U.S – which insisted that the site was breaking the law by not paying royalties to artists and record labels. The ...

NEWS: Martin Logan charges up its Dynamo subwoofer

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 11 Jul 2007, 6:16pm

Kansas-based audio company Martin Logan, best known for its electrostatic speakers, had added a subwoofer to its range. But the Dynamo is far from the usual American 'oversized, overpriced and over here' exercise: it measures around a ...

NEWS: Lehmann adds USB input to high-end headphone amp

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 11 Jul 2007, 6:00pm

German manufacturer Lehmann Audio has expanded the appeal of its upmarket Black Cube headphone amplifier, which is neither cube-shaped nor always black (it also comes in silver), with the addition of a USB input. The new USB Headphone Pre ...

NEWS: Atlas upgrades its Equator interconnect

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 11 Jul 2007, 8:02am

p>New from Atlas Cables is an upgraded version of its popular Equator interconnect. The Scottish company has improved the quality of the conductors within the cable, and fitted it with proprietary high-performance RCA plugs.  Described ...

NEWS: Let's get this Parrot Party started!

By Joe Cox | Tue, 10 Jul 2007, 6:02pm

We had a visit from French company Parrot today, who brought a whole host of goodies for our delectation. Bluetooth technology is its forte, with brand new speaker systems, in-car FM transmitters and even photo frames set for release this ...

NEWS: KEF expands Instant Theatre concept to AV speakers

By Andrew Everard | Tue, 10 Jul 2007, 11:17am

Having used flat-panel loudspeakers to provide surround channels by reflection from walls in its Instant Theatre systems, KEF is now bringing the concept to a range of speakers designed for use with conventional AV amps and receivers. The ...

NEWS:Spyder puts speakers on your back with NXT

By Andrew Everard | Tue, 10 Jul 2007, 8:48am

Using flatpanel speaker technology from NXT, outdoor and ski-wear company Spyder has developed a backpack with built-in amplification and stereo speakers, making it just the thing for everyone from snowboarders and skiers to students and business ...