Hi-Fi Equipment Reviews










Yamaha KX-580 with Tapes 1
What? A cassette deck review in 2017? A little anachronistic, surely? A few weeks ago, I mentioned to AA's own Ashley that I'd been getting a bit nostalgic for the defunct format, especially after seeing Andy Hall's extensive collection of Beatles cassettes on his great YouTube channel. Search him, and you'll see what I mean. I mentioned to Ashley that my favourite cassette deck had been my Yamaha KX-580 SE which I'd owned from new since 1999, and which I'd sadly sold for the price of a plate of beans on toast a few years later. I'd also thrown away a lot of tapes that I'd kept in the loft, when I made a necessary downsize in accommodation. I couldn't quite kick the cassette habit though, and shortly after I bought a NAD 613 deck.

Yamaha KX-580 Cassette Deck Review





Arcam’s A29 packs some clever tech, useful features and bags of power into a sleek, slimline chassis. There are no digital bells and whistles here - only pure analogue goodness with cracking headphone and phono stages onboard to boot. With the ability to seamlessly interface with Arcam’s rSeries components and more analogue inputs than many will ever need, the A29 can form the basis of a system that is as complex as you want it to be. It’s a lot of amp for what is - in hi-fi terms at least - little money. But is it any good?

Arcam A29 Integrated Amplifier Review