Any opinions out there on the newer Audience conditioner? Other than HP's review of last year, I haven't seen anything written about the newer line. If it is all that they say, it should be, like, totally, like....AWESOME.
They were reviewed at length by Alan Sircom (Mr. Plus on this site) in HIFi+ 69 (last issue). In a nutshell, he liked it a lot.
PS He reviews the aR8
It's puzzling why he'd review the older model. The Teflon one is, in particular, (considered) far superior. And it even comes in a 2 outlet size, so one needn't go broke trying it out. There are several dealers with 30 day return privileges in the country. Take advantage of it, as long as you're ready to purchase it if knocks your socks off. (It shall.)
Presumably, it takes time to get a unit into the UK, then into the hands of a reviewer, then for testing, then write-up etc... I wouldn't think that he deliberately chose to review an older model.
The reason for not testing the Teflon version is simple - it isn't sold in the UK. I don't know if that sentence comes with a '...yet' attached.
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Well, that makes sense, Mr. Plus. I certainly hope you're able to get one. I'd enjoy reading what you guys might catch (in terms of weaknesses) that we on this side of the pond can't ascertain. (Good luck with that when you get it, though. It MUST have weaknesses, but they're going to be hell on the reviewer to find it.)
I strongly suspect the Teflon filters will not be made available for 230v countries. The reason is that the Teflon Auricaps are film/foil construction and as such will not be rated for mains use; using them at 110v may itself be problematic from a safety perspective at least in theory. That said the units appear to have sealed metal cases (I am not sure about the types with two outlets) and as such may contain any fire hazard.