Ed Selley

Ed Selley (Twitter, Google+) has been active in the audio industry since 1999 initially in retail before moving to work for manufacturers. A five year shift at Audio Partnership overseeing technical support, product training and competitor analysis was followed by shorter stints at Yamaha and Opus Technologies. The fortunate side effect of this chopping and changing was that he was involved in multiple product categories so is equally at home (or at sea depending on your perspective) with conventional two channel audio as he is with streaming and multichannel.

He now works as a journalist and consultant in the audio industry. As a member of the forums since 2003, he became part of the reviewing team in 2012 specialising towards the audio side.

At heart, Ed is still a two channel fan and spends far too much time messing about with turntables and vinyl. He tends towards the more explosive end of cinema and has managed to avoid watching every ‘must watch' TV drama for nearly a decade. His other interests include photography, cookery and the consumption of beer both blond and brown. For reasons that seemed more relevant at the time, he also has a degree in War. To nobody's greater surprise than his own, he also has a wife and son.

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  • Hi-Fi Review

    3

    Roksan Attessa Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Roksan Attessa Turntable Review
    An all new turntable is still a fairly rare thing. An all new Roksan turntable is rarer still. Has the Attessa been worth waiting for?  
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  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Roksan Attessa Streaming Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Roksan Attessa Streaming Amplifier Review
    Roksan’s latest integrated amplifier is a sophisticated, powerful and thoroughly modern piece of kit. Is it any good though?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    14

    NAD C700 Streaming Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    NAD C700 Streaming Amplifier Review
    NAD’s latest arrival brings its ‘streaming amplifier’ concept down to a new price point. Can this clever box of tricks cut it against the competition?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Q Acoustics Concept 30 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Q Acoustics Concept 30 Standmount Speaker Review
    After years of will they/won’t they, Q Acoustics finally has a crack at the c£1k standmount sector. Is the Concept 30 worth the wait?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    33

    Vertere MG-1 Mk2 Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Vertere MG-1 Mk2 Turntable Review
    The MG-1 Mk2 is comfortably the most expensive turntable to grace AVForums but it’s only in the shallow end of what Vertere does; welcome to serious analogue.  
    10
  • Hi-Fi Review

    VSSL A1.X Wireless Streaming Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    VSSL A1.X Wireless Streaming Amp Review
    Looking to add a Hi-Fi system, not just in one room but in many of them all at once? VSSL thinks it has just what you need to do it.  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    21

    Kudos Super 20A Floorstanding Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Kudos Super 20A Floorstanding Speaker Review
    The Super 20A looks very similar to the more affordable Cardea models but it makes use of hot rodded internals. Does this make for a masterpiece?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    9

    Fyne Audio F500SP Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Fyne Audio F500SP Standmount Speaker Review
    Fyne Audio has been busy repatriating some of its production and the F500SP is the most affordable member of the range to get that treatment. Is it any good though?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    15

    XTZ A2-400 Power Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    XTZ A2-400 Power Amplifier Review
    Fancy joining the monster power club but don’t think you have the budget for it? XTZ is here to make your dreams a reality.  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    23

    Mission LX Connect Wireless Speaker System Review

    by Ed Selley
    Mission LX Connect Wireless Speaker System Review
    Mission enters the all in one market with a sophisticated re-jig of their LX speakers. Do the excellent qualities of the passive versions make the jump to a powered speaker?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi News

    30

    Best Hi-Fi Products of 2021 - Editor's Choice Awards

    by Ed Selley
    Best Hi-Fi Products of 2021 - Editor's Choice Awards
    Another varied year of intriguing, exciting and sophisticated equipment but who gets the gongs? Time to reveal the winners...  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    18

    Copland CSA 70 Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Copland CSA 70 Integrated Amplifier Review
    Copland Audio’s entry level model still offers an impressively comprehensive specification; can it make good on that and reach the top of the pack?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi Review

    12

    Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Speaker Review
    The iconic Bowers & Wilkins wireless speaker is back with an all new version. Is this still the one box design to beat?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    4

    Astell & Kern SE180 Portable Audio Player Review

    by Ed Selley
    Astell & Kern SE180 Portable Audio Player Review
    The SE180 takes an idea that Astell & Kern has shown before and refines it further while adding some more new toys. Does this make it a portable player you can’t live without?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    12

    JBL L52 Classic Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    JBL L52 Classic Standmount Speaker Review
    Have you unironically uttered the phrase ‘They don’t make ‘em like they used to’ recently? Well, good news, JBL does just that and the L52 Classic is here to make you feel very nostalgic indeed.  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    23

    Mission QX2 MkII Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Mission QX2 MkII Standmount Speaker Review
    The revamp fairy sets about Mission’s QX Series with its customary enthusiasm - is the newly upgraded QX2 MkII still at the top of the tree for sub £500 speakers?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    26

    Arcam ST60 Network Audio Player Review

    by Ed Selley
    Arcam ST60 Network Audio Player Review
    Full width, self contained network streamers don’t come along very often but Arcam’s ST60 is here to show us why they still have their uses.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless In Ear Earphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless In Ear Earphone Review
    The more affordable true wireless earphone from Bowers & Wilkins saves a fair chunk over the flagship PI7 so what’s the catch?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

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    iFi Audio ZEN Blue v2 Review

    by Ed Selley
    iFi Audio ZEN Blue v2 Review
    The updated version of iFi’s standalone Bluetooth DAC pulls from the same parts bin as the DAC V2. Are the same improvements on offer?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Q Acoustics M20 Powered Speaker System Review

    by Ed Selley
    Q Acoustics M20 Powered Speaker System Review
    After going all radical on us with the Active 200, Q Acoustics returns to more conventional engineering with their next self-contained offering but does normality help the M20 to shine?  
    9
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    iFi Audio ZEN Stream Review

    by Ed Selley
    iFi Audio ZEN Stream Review
    The latest member of the Zen family is by far the most technically ambitious and specialised. Is this exactly the device you need in your system though?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    4

    Elipson Music Centre Connect HD All In One System Review

    by Ed Selley
    Elipson Music Centre Connect HD All In One System Review
    Elipson revamps its all in one with a sprinkling of new features - do they keep it in the running in an intensely competitive market?  
    8
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    Bowers & Wilkins 805 D4 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins 805 D4 Standmount Speaker Review
    The smallest member of the new 800 Series is a technical tour de force; a speaker for which no aspect of the design is ‘good enough.’ Is this the one by which all others are to be judged?  
    9
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    Spendor D7.2 Floorstanding Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Spendor D7.2 Floorstanding Speaker Review
    As well as its sublimely talented standmounts, Spendor makes a selection of floorstanders too. With high technology solutions everywhere, is the sober suited D7.2 the way to go?  
    9
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    Philips Fidelio L3 Bluetooth Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Philips Fidelio L3 Bluetooth Headphone Review
    Philips builds on the success of the existing Fidelio X3 by taking some of the same technology and making it wireless. Can it challenge the best in the category?  
    9
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    Pro-Ject Debut Upgrade Program Review

    by Ed Selley
    Pro-Ject Debut Upgrade Program Review
    When we say a turntable has ‘scope for upgrades’, what does that actually mean? One of our favourite affordable turntables and a huge selection of boxes are here to explain.  
    9
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    Etymotic Evo In Ear Monitor Review

    by Ed Selley
    Etymotic Evo In Ear Monitor Review
    One of the longest running in ear monitor manufacturers treats us to a new flagship and goes multi driver for the first time. Is it any good?  
    8
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    Bluesound Node Network Streamer Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bluesound Node Network Streamer Review
    Now in its third generation, Bluesound’s compact network player boasts new looks and some interesting new features. Is this still the affordable streamer to beat?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi News

    14

    Bowers & Wilkins announces new 800 D4 Series speakers

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins announces new 800 D4 Series speakers
    The new line-up builds on the success of previous generations with new technology.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    14

    Triangle Borea BR08 Floorstanding Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Triangle Borea BR08 Floorstanding Speaker Review
    Do you want room filling sound for under a grand? Do you want it to have a hint of Gallic chic to it? Triangle is here to offer both with the BR08.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Helm Audio Bolt DAC/Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Helm Audio Bolt DAC/Amp Review
    Its THX headphone amp was quirky but rather good, so how does HELM Audio get on with making a portable DAC?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

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    T+A Caruso R All in One System Review

    by Ed Selley
    T+A Caruso R All in One System Review
    Having given us the unconventional but rather brilliant Caruso, T+A has removed the speakers to give us the (marginally) more normal Caruso R - how does it stack up?  
    9
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    iFi Audio ZEN DAC v2 Review

    by Ed Selley
    iFi Audio ZEN DAC v2 Review
    iFi has taken the already formidable Zen DAC and tweaked it in the pursuit of higher performance - does this add up to a meaningfully better DAC?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    11

    Rotel A14 MkII Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Rotel A14 MkII Integrated Amplifier Review
    We’ve seen how Rotel makes affordable amps and we’ve tested its flagship offering too. What can the firm do in the middle? Let's find out...  
    8
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    KEF LS50 Wireless II Streaming System Review

    by Ed Selley
    KEF LS50 Wireless II Streaming System Review
    KEF’s answer to an all in one system gets the Meta treatment. Is the Wireless II ready to take on all comers?  
    9
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    Technics SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Technics SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier Review
    Technics is settling back nicely into the present day Hi-Fi market but the SU-R1000 is here to demonstrate that the company still has some bold ideas. Do they work in practice?  
    8
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    PrimaLuna Evo 300 Integrated Valve Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    PrimaLuna Evo 300 Integrated Valve Amplifier Review
    Conventional wisdom says valve amplifiers are fragile, underpowered and demanding. PrimaLuna sets out to refute those claims with the Evo 300 - does it work in practice?  
    9
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    HiFi Rose RS201E All in One Streaming System Review

    by Ed Selley
    HiFi Rose RS201E All in One Streaming System Review
    The all-in-one streaming market is a Hi-Fi technology arms race. What are the prospects for a newcomer? When the newcomer is the RS201E, they’re better than you might think…  
    8
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    Sonus faber Lumina II Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Sonus faber Lumina II Standmount Speaker Review
    The Lumina I was one of the surprise products of 2020. Now, the scaled up Lumina II is here to show us what it can do - is bigger always better?  
    9
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    Wharfedale Diamond 12.2 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Wharfedale Diamond 12.2 Standmount Speaker Review
    The latest version of the long running Diamond series is here and it features design input from an industry luminary. Is this the budget speaker to beat?  
    9

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