Strictly for the few... Esoteric with a capital "e".
The Music Room opened 39 years ago with a motto and a non-commercial model that we hope makes us worth discovering.
By enthusiasts, for enthusiasts.
That means that we do not sell mass-produced, household names, or High Street products that we would not ourselves buy. The usual suspects are not cutting edge because the manufacturers only need to make them look high-end but they spend more (of your money) on the marketing and the path to the market. Interest Free Credit. Product Launches. Dealer Incentives. Reviewer Incentives.
Commercially it is a successful formula and it is internet and High Street – not just the online and printed magazines -- who support and grow those brands “who play the game.”
And every so often the disillusioned owners drop by The Music Room and discover some great brands, like Esoteric! "Why did the magazines not tell us?".
They come in pairs and men love them.
What comes in pairs and are beloved by men? Loudspeakers, of course.
Loudspeakers are the components which most reproduce your music and interact with listener, room acoustics and décor. Unfortunately, most manufacturers pursue the cheapest route to the […]
We're at Munich High End 2018
We're at Munich High End 2018, arguably the industry's most important event. A nice chance to catch up with manufacturers and colleagues old and new. A tiny taster below from day one below, with a full report when we're back home. Make sure to follow us […]
Roon Nucleus now available.
We're excited to announce the eagerly anticipated and long-awaited hardware counterpart to Roon Labs' magnificent software is finally shipping.
Roon Nucleus, put simply, is a computer pre-configured for running Roon software. It means you don't need to […]
ATC makes a welcome return to The Music Room.
We are delighted to be reappointed by ATC after a gap of 9 years. There could not be a better time and a more synergistic partnership. The Music Room offers artisan audio for the price of High Street Hi-Fi.
Put simply, you can buy a branded loudspeaker […]
Abyss AB-1266 Phi: beyond hi-fi.
The Abyss AB-1266 Phi headphones are among the finest headphones on the planet. Manufactured in USA, almost entirely in-house, using proprietary techniques, highest quality materials and patent pending technology. The more I listen to them, despite my […]
Digital audio file formats demystified.
Digital audio can be recorded and subsequently encoded in a variety of formats and qualities. When you're downloading a file from a download site or streaming from an online subscription service it can be hard to know which file format to choose from the […]
To stream is to use a device known as a streamer to access music from online subscription services such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music, as well as audio files on any PC/Mac/NAS or other such devices on your home network, and play it back through your […]
The real bargains.
The Music Room is upmarket and sells expensive Hi-Fi, but survives as the cheapest source of real Hi-Fi. Today’s online economy does not fool the discerning buyer. There is good reason to buy new from franchised dealers apart from the faking and fraud […]
Igor Stravinsky / The Rite of Spring – MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis
A bold new interpretation that dares to delve deeper into the music.
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is probably the supreme musical masterpiece of the twentieth century. It has received excellent performances in the studio and live concerts issued on vinyl […]
Turning the Tables
Truth, says The New York Times, is based on facts. The revival of vinyl has seen soaring sales but mainly of appliances under £100 that might be called record players but they are record grinders.
Every dealer claims to be an enthusiast. Every […]
MQA: the lossy codec no end user asked for or needs.
I’m not going to work up to a punchline with this rambling essay. I’ll lay my cards on the table right here in the opening paragraph and reveal that I’m skeptical about MQA, and you should be too.
If you’re wondering what MQA is then you are one of the […]
Splitting time: Esoteric G-02X Master Clock takes accuracy to new levels…
Having pioneered digital processing over three decades Esoteric’s 30th anniversary clocks are a technical triumph and a musical revelation. We tested the entry level G-02X – not cheap at £5,500 so what does it do?
Here is a clock that is extremely […]
Unison Research Max 1
Unison MAX-1 loudspeakers now on dem. Italian flair, gorgeous cabinets and the golden age sound you thought had gone forever. This could be for you. Read on.
The JBL 4425 studio monitor was launched in 1985. It employed a compression driver, bi-radial […]
On their 20th anniversary Esoteric, world leaders in CD and digital players, released a Super Audio CD Transport and DAC at a relatively accessible price point. What it lacked in overkill components it had in immersive natural sound. In 2007, the P-05 […]
ABYSS AB-1266 Phi headphone–the best just got better.
In Brief. Shipping dates of Diana ($3,000) and AB-1266 Phi ($4,950) coming soon. As before AB-1266 will be available with or without the leather case and desk stand. Upgrade to Phi drivers direct to the factory expected to cost $1,500 plus one-way […]
ProAc Tablette 10
At first glance it is an ordinary loudspeaker but ProAc has never made anything ordinary. In fact, the tenth “tablette” since 1979 is a breakthrough product and one which answers the needs of our time. To the best of my knowledge it is the first sealed […]
Mojo S: An Immersive Experience. A Pinnacle Product.
Are these the best loudspeakers in the world? I am being provocative, always determined to change the world, one review at a time, one reader at a time. The Mojo S cannot be the best loudspeaker in the world. Even at £20k they are a gateway to a range of […]
Gryphon Diablo 300: The King is Dead. Long live the King.
Listening to music. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it. In the past few years years I have trekked through Denmark, France, Italy, and Germany to visit Gryphon, Unison, Zingali, Burmester and others. I take products home. In this way I learn how […]
How much for a needle?
Record players are a return to real Hi-Fi in terms of emotionally involving sound and a lifestyle activity, not a peripheral. You focus on music, play throughout rather than surf tracks or relegate music as a background abstraction.
With the welcome […]
The Music Room is back online...
After a few months break The Music Room is back online with a freshly developed website which we hope will cater to all your needs. The content is a little sparse at the moment, but we'll be adding to it over the coming weeks.
Feedback on the new site […]
Luce Trio: Pieces, Vol. 1
A profound, understated album which successfully straddles the classical/jazz divide.
On paper this album is a recipe for disaster: a jazz trio of alto sax, electric guitar, and double bass improvising over themes by Baroque and early music heavyweights […]
Faure: Requiem (The Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
Sublime music, captured in vivid sound.
Arranged here in its original liturgical score and played with the sound of a 19th century French Orchestra (which is very distinctive), this is a feast for the soul as well as for the ears. Vivid recording captured […]
Bring out the best in your headphone with Unison Research SH
A few short years ago dedicated headphone amplifiers were few and far between. With the explosion in popularity of high-end headphones all that has changed and we’re now seeing headphone amps from a wide variety of manufacturers, old and new.
When news […]
Hear clearly with Clearaudio
We are delighted to announce that The Music Room is now an authorised Clearaudio dealer. The acclaimed German manufacturer are known for their exceptional turntables and vinyl accessories, and an exhaustive range of cleaning products to keep your shiny […]