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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

    16

    Leak Stereo 130 Integrated Amplifier and CDT CD Transport Review

    by Ed Selley
    Leak Stereo 130 Integrated Amplifier and CDT CD Transport Review
    The newest arrivals from the International Audio Group come from a ‘new’ brand that isn’t new at all. Are the new Leaks a retro curio or a stroke of genius?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    29

    Rotel Tribute Editions: A11 Amplifier and CD11 CD Player Review

    by Ed Selley
    Rotel Tribute Editions: A11 Amplifier and CD11 CD Player Review
    Rotel’s latest affordable amp and CD combo is more than a pair of Hi-Fi components; they’re the last work of an industry titan. Are they any good though?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    30

    Kudos and Exposure Active System Review

    by Ed Selley
    Kudos and Exposure Active System Review
    Kudos and Exposure have teamed up to produce an active speaker system that’s a little different from active designs we’ve seen before. Does it deliver?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi Review

    22

    Sonus faber Lumina I Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Sonus faber Lumina I Standmount Speaker Review
    The Lumina range is the entry point to the world of Sonus faber. What can the Lumina I, the smallest member of the family do to tempt you in?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    62

    NAD M33 Streaming Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    NAD M33 Streaming Amplifier Review
    NAD’s take on a premium all-in-one offers a killer spec wrapped in Masters casework but does on paper dominance translate to real world greatness?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    6

    Ruark R3 Wireless Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Ruark R3 Wireless Speaker Review
    Ruark takes their retro aesthetic and adds a new member of the family to the range. Is the R3 a sweetspot or a bit wooden?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    Technics Ottava SC-C30 Wireless Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Technics Ottava SC-C30 Wireless Speaker Review
    The smallest member of the Technics wireless speaker family packs an impressive spec but can it compete with the established order?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    5

    JBL HDI 1600 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    JBL HDI 1600 Standmount Speaker Review
    The HDI Series is designed to bring some of the benefits of ‘big’ JBL speakers in a less dominating form factor. Does it work?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    12

    Musical Fidelity M8xi Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Musical Fidelity M8xi Integrated Amplifier Review
    Musical Fidelity’s latest integrated amp is a monster in all senses of the word but is this a sledgehammer to crack a nut or a genuine amplifier superstar?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    39

    KEF LS50 Meta Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    KEF LS50 Meta Standmount Speaker Review
    KEF has updated its ‘affordable high end’ standmount with some new thinking that keeps the striking aesthetic. Is this the best way to blow a grand?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi News

    14

    Best Hi-Fi Products 2020 - Editor's Choice Awards

    by Ed Selley
    Best Hi-Fi Products 2020 - Editor's Choice Awards
    Many of us have had a fair bit of time to sit and listen to music this year and manufacturers responded by delivering some truly stellar products.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    9

    Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo Turntable Review
    Pro-Ject’s latest iteration of the Debut looks similar to those that have gone before but does a combination of material improvements and spec changes make it the best yet?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    5

    T+A Caruso All in One Speaker System Review

    by Ed Selley
    T+A Caruso All in One Speaker System Review
    T+A turns its attention to wireless speakers with the Caruso, a device that sets out to take the category to places it has never been before.  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    37

    Bowers & Wilkins 705 Signature Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins 705 Signature Speaker Review
    The smaller member of the Signature family has the same upgraded parts as its bigger brother but do they add up to something more?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi Review

    6

    Elipson W35 Wireless Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Elipson W35 Wireless Speaker Review
    Elipson, the masters of the spherical speaker, turn their attention to wireless audio with the extraordinary looking W35, does the performance match the looks?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    13

    Spendor Classic S4/5 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Spendor Classic S4/5 Standmount Speaker Review
    Spendor’s latest speaker might not scream modernity but the company has been hard at work taking longstanding design ideas and adding some new thinking. Does it work?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    19

    Audiolab 6000A Play Integrated Streaming Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Audiolab 6000A Play Integrated Streaming Amplifier Review
    Looking for a smart integrated amplifier but wanting to spend under a grand to do so? Audiolab thinks it has what you need in the form of the 6000A Play.  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    2

    Nura NuraLoop Wireless Noise Cancelling In-Ear Earphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Nura NuraLoop Wireless Noise Cancelling In-Ear Earphone Review
    The makers of the fascinating NuraPhone have shrunk the technology down to create their first in ear - does the cleverness transfer successfully?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    31

    Mission LX-2 MkII Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Mission LX-2 MkII Speaker Review
    Mission’s latest affordable standmount is designed to build on the success of the original but does the extra money spent on aesthetics leave anything left for performance?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    21

    Philips Fidelio X3 Home Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Philips Fidelio X3 Home Headphone Review
    Philips’ latest headphone is very much from the old school of design and aimed at ‘audiophiles.’ Is this the secret to open back bliss?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    1

    Elipson Chroma 200 RIAA BT Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Elipson Chroma 200 RIAA BT Turntable Review
    Elipson updates its unique range of affordable turntables for 2020. Does the intriguing specification of the Chroma 200 RIAA BT translate into real world greatness?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    22

    Klipsch The Fives Powered Loudspeaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Klipsch The Fives Powered Loudspeaker Review
    Klipsch takes its powered speaker concept and ups the connectivity, power and drive units to create a more premium offering. Is this a true alternative to a premium stereo soundbar?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    92

    Arcam SA30 Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Arcam SA30 Integrated Amplifier Review
    Arcam’s flagship stereo integrated arrives with a killer specification and tempting price tag - is this the real world integrated amplifier of choice?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    59

    MartinLogan ElectroMotion ESL Hybrid Electrostatic Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    MartinLogan ElectroMotion ESL Hybrid Electrostatic Speaker Review
    You’ve got £3,500 burning a hole in your pocket for a new pair of speakers and a world of dynamic drivers is available. But wait… does MartinLogan have a better way?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    10

    Bowers & Wilkins 702 Signature Floorstanding Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins 702 Signature Floorstanding Speaker Review
    The Bowers & Wilkins 702 has been given the Signature treatment and now sports a new finish, uprated internals and a hefty new price tag. Has the makeover delivered the goods?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    26

    Quad Artera Solus Play All in One System Review

    by Ed Selley
    Quad Artera Solus Play All in One System Review
    Quad takes its quirky but talented all in one and adds some network audio smarts. Is it good enough to challenge for top honours?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Article

    19

    The Deep Dive Project: Creating the Ultimate Album Resource

    by Ed Selley
    The Deep Dive Project: Creating the Ultimate Album Resource
    We’ve done a broad church, we’ve done live, now it’s time to get specific… but for this to work, first we need your opinion on how it is to be done.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    22

    Astell & Kern A&Futura SE200 Portable Audio Player Review

    by Ed Selley
    Astell & Kern A&Futura SE200 Portable Audio Player Review
    Astell & Kern has been updating its product ranges and the SE200 arrives with features never seen before on a portable player. Does it translate into a must have product though?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    77

    iFi Audio Zen DAC Review

    by Ed Selley
    iFi Audio Zen DAC Review
    iFi sets out to make its most affordable DAC yet - is the Zen DAC a true bargain or has it bitten off more than it can chew?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    37

    Rega io Integrated Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Rega io Integrated Amp Review
    Rega reaffirms its commitment to affordable audio with the io, but is this tiny integrated amp able to cut it with the big boys?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    2

    Triangle Borea BR03 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Triangle Borea BR03 Standmount Speaker Review
    The Borea BR03 is Triangle’s take on the ‘premium entry’ standmount speaker and it faces some stiff competition. Can it stand out from the pack?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    21

    Krell K-300i Integrated Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Krell K-300i Integrated Amp Review
    Fancy an integrated amp that combines prodigious power with all the connectivity you could reasonably need? Krell thinks it has just the ticket in the K-300i.  
    10
  • Hi-Fi Review

    17

    Leema Acoustics Pulse IV Integrated Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Leema Acoustics Pulse IV Integrated Amp Review
    Leema Acoustics has been making Pulse amps for a long time and this fourth iteration offers a very tempting specification indeed. Does it deliver in reality?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    29

    T+A Solitaire P Over Ear Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    T+A Solitaire P Over Ear Headphone Review
    The Solitaire is T+A’s first ever headphone and they’re not doing anything by half measures. Does this statement of intent match the interstellar price tag?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi Article

    255

    Not One Wasted Second; The Pursuit of the Perfect Album

    by Ed Selley
    Not One Wasted Second; The Pursuit of the Perfect Album
    We all have at least one perfect album so it’s time for a free and frank exchange of ideas about what defines them, who has made one and whether they still matter in the age of the playlist.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    12

    T+A DAC 8 DAC and Digital Preamp Review

    by Ed Selley
    T+A DAC 8 DAC and Digital Preamp Review
    The DAC8 is part of a range of T+A components that form an independent system but it has a number of virtues that mean you might want to look at it on its own - so we have.  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    23

    Rega Aethos Integrated Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Rega Aethos Integrated Amp Review
    The Aethos is the amp that Rega would like you to partner with its more expensive turntables. Does it deliver the same levels of performance?  
    9
  • Movies & TV Article

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    50 Great Live Albums For Easing Yourself Back Into The World

    by Ed Selley
    50 Great Live Albums For Easing Yourself Back Into The World
    Feeling a bit isolated? Groups of six not doing it for you? Revel in the thrill of the live event with these considered cuts.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    23

    Eclipse TD712z Mk2 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Eclipse TD712z Mk2 Standmount Speaker Review
    The TD712z Mk2 is the flagship of the Eclipse range and the ultimate expression of their design philosophy. How does it stack up against more conventional rivals?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    13

    Focal Kanta No2 Floorstanding Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Focal Kanta No2 Floorstanding Speaker Review
    The smaller of the two Focal Kanta floorstanders takes the same driver technology as the very capable Kanta No1 and ups the size. Does it maintain the same high standards?  
    9

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