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ENTREQ’S NEW PRODUCTS

Things are booming at Entreq and as a company they are developing and learning at a fast rate. In my first year take up and traction for this Sweedish brand has been immense and the responses to Entreq demos have been quite amazing. Out of all my brands you may be surprised to know that its been keeping me busier than almost anything else. Entreq passive grounding, whether at the simple level of a single minimus or at a more invested level, has proved a massive hit with customers. One of the reasons for this I think is that [...]

8th October 2015|

THE ALL NEW RCD-101 CD/DAC, £7,990

The RCD-101 is one of Vitus newest units to the market which replaces the outgoing RCD-100 cd player. In true Vitus fashion, they have really gone to town on the update, leaving no stone unturned and going in and improving every single aspect of the design. So comprehensive was the final set of revisions that the RCD-101 not only trounces the older 100 model into a cocked hat, but it is also sonically superior to the previous Siganture class cd/dac the SCD-010 which I believe used to retail for around the £15,000 mark. Both the RCD-100 and SCD-010 were [...]

13th September 2015|

MOVING FROM NAIM TO VITUS

Written in August 2015. Prices and model names might be out of date. Like many people I started my Hifi journey with Naim back in the late 1980's. A 62/140 which later saw the addition of a hicap, a 250 and then a move to SBL's and a CDi. Its my belief that everyone should try a Naim system at some point. The chaps from Salisbury have a very singular approach, a very unique house sound and whatever finer points devotees and detractors may argue over, one thing is for sure and that's the Naim sound involves you, gets [...]

18th August 2015|

THE OASIS IN DETAIL

Let's take a good close look at the direct drive OASIS. The table comes extremely well packaged in one large box with a ton of accessories, tools, a microfibre cloth, gloves, a speed measuring disc and pretty much everything you need to get up and running. If you've ordered an accompanying Tonearm then it will be shipped fitted. The deck also has a very useful elasticated cover around its entire plinth which protects it from any rubbing. Installation is very simple. The deck needs to be levelled like any other and this is simply achieved with the [...]

26th February 2015|

AN INTRODUCTION TO BRINKMANN

BARDO £4,895/£5695 The skeletal Bardo is Helmut Brinkmann's entry turntable and a direct drive deck. The Bardo was preceeded by the Oasis and developed as a simplified, more affordable variant with an acrylic topped platter and no plinth. It has an outboard power supply and an integral tonearm base and armboard. The Bardo has very high resolution, an extremely neutral and even handed sound and not really much of its own character to taint the signal. As a direct drive deck, pitch stability and coherency is a major strength as is the precision, speed and [...]

24th February 2015|

THE MASTERPIECE DAC/PRE, £24,000

The MP-D201 is Vitus's flagship top of the line digital device. What does it have in store over its lower priced SCD-025 brethren and can it justify the £24k asking price ? My initial relationship with this handsome device has been a deeply satistying one. I predominantly listened to the MP in a highly revealing system .... Vitus Signature amps or Allnic pre and power, Avalon Transcendent through to Diamond, the best Enhanced and Ultimate wires available from High Fidelity cables and Entreq mains ancilliaries. The Masterpiece DAC essentially builds upon everything that the SCD-025 does [...]

6th September 2014|

NEW PRODUCTS FROM VITUS

VITUS RCD-101 CD player/DAC £7990 The eagerly awaited RCD-101 reference CD player is now available to demo and purchase. Compared to the model it replaces (the RCD-100) this CD player/DAC has had a very extensive rework including DSD/SACD compatability, a brand new & highly modified sony drive, a better power supply and a much improved dac section. This is now pretty much on par with the RD-100 sonically and amazingly, as good as the old Signature class SCD-0101 (which eventually was developed into the current SCD-025). The UK distributers have decided to offer this new improved RCD-101 for [...]

3rd September 2014|

SCD-025 The world’s finest single box CDP ?

As the months roll on and I spend more and more time with the entry RD-100 preamp/DAC, it continues to impress. There is a fine linestage in that unit but the DAC is seriously top draw. It falls short of a few of the 'ultra' Dacs which have passed through these walls of course (Zanden, Metronome, Trinity ...) but then that's hardly surprising given the modest price compared to those units. Back in sensible money league though it is possibly more than most people would ever want and I personally could live with one for good if pressed. Many [...]

6th July 2014|

Entreq a huge hit with Devialet

My on site and home demos here at Lotus have shown Entreq grounding to provide a signficant result in nearly all systems. The magnitude of that effect does however vary a little with the brand of the partenring equipment. The power supplies and ground planes are designed differently across different manufacturers so its hardly surprising that some makes benefit even more from even a small dosage of Entreq. Of all the equipment tried so far though, perhaps the biggest upgrade using Entreq that we have observed has been with Devialet. The effect of using Entreq grounding or indeed [...]

30th June 2014|

Introducing Entreq Grounding

Any discussion of the Entreq range has to start with their grounding products, not just because its fundamental to their whole approach but also because nearly all their other products like signal interconnects and mains cables, can themselves be grounded to further upgrade their performance. Passive grounding of audio equipment might be a completely new concept to you or you may have recently seen a few other companies offering products which offer something similar. Whichever camp you fall in, rest assured that Entreq have been doing this for about 15 years and simply hooking a single ground cable [...]

14th May 2014|