Heos by Denon
Heos is Denon’s entry into the rapidly crowding multi-room streaming market. For the uninitiated, these devices allow you to stream music that’s stored on your computer, or directly from an internet music service like Spotify, to multiple zones around your home. Denon have offered a few streaming products in the past, notably in their amplifiers, but the Heos represents a clear attempt to go after the market’s biggest player in Sonos.
House of Usher
The mighty Usher Dancer series graces our show room.
The Dancer Mini-Two
We've been running in the not-especially-mini Mini-Two and Mini-X over the last couple of days and they are starting to sound great. Designed and built in house in Taiwan by dedicated audio aficionados, these great hulking towers and stand-mounts are well worth a look and a listen. Their use of materials in the tweeter is reminiscent of an old love of mine being the Yamaha NS1000M, unlike the NS1000 the Mini Dancers are physically beautiful and free of tonal aberrations.
Good Things, Small Packages
It’s difficult to write about Cyrus without mention their size. Most of the reviews you read about bang on about their diminutive size, the half width magnesium alloy chassis, or their frankly dated looking appearance. But I want us to look past the chassis and tell you what we love about Cyrus.
Cables ain't cables.
QED have put together a nifty explanation about how HDMI cables differ, giving a very plain text explanation of just how important timing information is to getting a great image. Rather than it losing something in translation, here's a link to their PDF flyer:
QED Cables Matter
Densen B-130 amplifier for life ...
At first glance it appears to be a fairly plain looking box: Squared off design with clean and obvious controls on the front. Looking a little closer the attention to detail becomes more apparent. Simple brushed metal casing wraps around giving the impression that it's all one piece and the weight of the unit makes the 130 seem like less of an amp and more of a solid ingot of steel. The detail of this products construction is actually beautiful like a Bimota or Bugatti ... unlike those brands Densen has a lifetime warranty ...
Rega Brio - Our favourite small amp
We had the first Brio-R in the country, being the first made for Australia unit prior to stock shipment. Immediately out of the box it impressed as resembling mostly an ingot of solid steel, a real piece of cast in England.