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Finding your Sound DNA

The blue-sky lab at Sonneteer, hidden in the darkest suburbs of Guildford has once again taken high end audio research in an unexpected and curious direction. The audio pioneers who recently came up with The Bard’s Headspace, a £15 gadget, that makes headphones sound like loudspeakers, are better known for their high-end audio separates (Stereo amplifiers, CD players and what not).

2018 | Party till you’re…

Ultimately the year 2018 belongs to The Bard’s HeadSpace. This came to dominate Christmas for us in news and quite a few sales. A simple concept where our little gadget ‘corrects’ the image in stereo headphones making that sound more natural and more like real loudspeakers. It also helps to reduce listener fatigue. The HeadSpace is also the least expensive product we have released to date at a mere £14.95 in the UK.

25 years Under the Pink with Sonneteer.

Released in the same week as Sonneteer’s incorporation 21 (now 25) years ago, Tori Amos’ second album, ‘Under The Pink’ has been one of our reference recordings. As we both come of age I thought I’d dust off my reviewer’s cap and give the album a critical airing. Though in fairness it is hard to be critical of a piece of work that has served us so well in our development over the last couple of decades.

Sonneteer reveal Draft of ‘standard module’ connector for digital source modules

Named the Heart Beat D20, where the D stands for Digital, the connector looks to be a major part of future Sonneteer products. This is an early draft and some changes may occur before final implementation. The diagram indicates that module output can be either PCM or DSD, with PCM assumed to be I2S (Inter …

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2017

The year 2017 at Sonneteer was defined by reviews. Reviews of our product and our own reviews of some of our favourite reference recordings. These can be found on our Blog pages if you want to read more. Tone Audio Magazine started with the Sonneteer Alabaster, a review: Simply put, the Sonneteer Alabaster is a price-performance …

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2016

Audible luxury they said. This was the review of the Alabaster by Son & Image. The original was in French, but they, courtesy of the reviewer Jan-Erik Nordoen, provided us with a complete translation. Here it is on full to download: Sonneteer-SON-&-IMAGE2016_EN.  They seem to have like it quite a lot.   Here is an …

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2015

21 years of Sonneteer 2015 also marked the revival in Vinyl record sales. We had (have) been making the Sonneteer Sedley phono stage and its USB sibling for quite a while now, but it was apt that it too was getting a little more attention. The Alabaster got a Polish 5star from HiFi Choice and …

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2014

Marking our 20th Birthday the Mark Four Orton is our first aesthetic upgrade of the amplifier and is how it stands today(2017). We had also made some tweaks under the lid, which some lucky users will have enjoyed in the last few Mark three versions made as we were phasing out production of the older …

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It’s about control: Heart beat teaser, The Amps

A short while ago via our various social media accounts we ‘put out’ a teaser from our Heart beat project showing a pre-amp of sorts. Hopefully it spoke for itself. For those, like me, who have a typical social media attention span, I have repeated it below.
But first, a new one. There is one small red herring. I will leave you to work it out.

Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti

Tearing it all apart: Reference recordings

When CD first came about alongside the hails of crackle free and clarity you could also hear the moans of how the sound is just too bright or too harsh. Often this was due to the poor process of the transfer from an analogue master to a digital medium or simply poor early day digital mastering which was often more forgiven when played through analogue media such as vinyl and tape.

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