News and Updates

Streaming Without the Guesswork? by Nigel Payne

Have you ever wondered why there appears to be a strong vinyl revival? I remember when I was first introduced to music by a friend who owned a high-end Japanese brand over 35 years ago and being so impressed that I embarked on a journey of building and owning my own audio system based around a highly specified Linn Sondek LP12. At this time, Linn® pioneered source first with other high-end marques agreeing and developing products that were designed to extract as much information from the medium and introducing as a little as possible to influence this musical information. Graphic equalisers,...

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The Significance of the Peak Mains Connection System by Steve Elford

The recent launch of the Peak mains connection system is a significant event – and one that will remain significant for a considerable period of time. To understand the Peak story it’s worth briefly looking back at some of the old Vertex products like the Moncayo speaker cables and Roraima mains leads. The Moncayos and Roraimas were an all-in-one cable and module assembly using slim extruded aluminium modules. They were very good but suffered from two limitations. First, the complete cable/box assembly made getting the lengths just right and positioning the boxes for a system installation tricky, and if you...

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Connecting Up - Why the Apex is so important by Nigel Payne

I remember the times when manufacturers would state with apparent confidence and, in some cases, misguided arrogance, that interconnects and cabling does not matter in a musical reproduction system. At that time, as an electronic engineer learning my trade, I felt that this could not be the case. Thankfully, the industry has moved on significantly since and cables are not considered a necessary evil in a system but something that can aid in lifting performance higher. As Vertex, we made a number of cable options with the entry level Solfonn interconnects up to our Hi-Rez series. These cables did what...

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Is it Time for a Change? A View from Nigel Payne.

We believe so... The audio/visual industry has grown up to be a multi-billion dollar business around the globe with many manufacturers touting that they have a "no-nonsense" and "without compromise" approach to designing and launching new products. This has led to spiralling costs for consumers to, often, eye-watering prices for products that seem to offer small gains over the components that they are replacing. What we see is an industry that has now left many in the eco-system wondering whether it is time for a change. In particular, we have met many disillusioned enthusiasts who are looking for more with...

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HiFi Critic Mains Conditioning Group Test – Opinion by Steve Elford

In the latest issue of HiFi Critic, Julian Musgrave reports on an extensive group test of mains conditioners from five manufacturers. It takes a considerable amount of work to carry out such a review, and like all reviews it is very dependent on the reviewers personal tastes and experience and the systems they use to do the testing. The review cover's these issues off pretty well by using two very different systems and adding an additional listener into the process.  From our point of view of course, we were delighted to see that the HiRez Taga and HiRez Balanced Taga shone...

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