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

    19

    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

    223

    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

    22

    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

    97

    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
  • Hi-Fi Review

    4

    Pro-Ject Classic Evo Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Pro-Ject Classic Evo Turntable Review
    The Classic Evo channels both styling and design approaches from a bygone age - does it make for a great modern turntable?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    20

    PMC twenty5 21i Loudspeaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    PMC twenty5 21i Loudspeaker Review
    PMC has refreshed the twenty5 series and claims that the improvements are considerable. Does the smallest member of the family deliver on the promise?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    11

    Cyrus ONE Cast Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Cyrus ONE Cast Integrated Amplifier Review
    The latest member of the ONE range of amplifiers takes Cyrus’ baby in a slightly different direction and to a new price point. Is this the ONE you want?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Article

    109

    50 Essential albums for lockdown listening

    by Ed Selley
    50 Essential albums for lockdown listening
    With millions of albums at your disposal on streaming services, where do you start if you want to branch out from your existing catalogue? How about here…  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    37

    Campfire Audio Andromeda 2020 In Ear Earphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Campfire Audio Andromeda 2020 In Ear Earphone Review
    The Andromeda is one of the longer running models from Campfire Audio and here for 2020 is the newly updated version. Does it deliver?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi Review

    17

    Pro-Ject T1 Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Pro-Ject T1 Turntable Review
    Pro-Ject tweaks its entry level formula in the pursuit of higher performance and better looks. Can the T1 deliver on the brief?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    9

    Neat Ministra Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Neat Ministra Standmount Speaker Review
    The Ministra looks a little more conventional than some Neat speakers we’ve seen in the past but there’s still some unusual engineering at work - how does it stack up?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    12

    Campfire Audio Io In Ear Earphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Campfire Audio Io In Ear Earphone Review
    The Io is Campfire Audio’s approach to making a relatively affordable earphone that embodies the virtues that they consider important. Does it deliver?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Article

    17

    Social Distancing, Music and You; A Concert for One

    by Ed Selley
    Social Distancing, Music and You; A Concert for One
    We’ve taken a look at film and TV to see you through lock down, now it’s the turn of music to play its role.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    33

    AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt DAC Review

    by Ed Selley
    AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt DAC Review
    AudioQuest’s minimalist DAC line has a new flagship with claims of further improvements in performance and sleek new casework. Can it deliver on the promise?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    22

    Naim NAIT XS3 Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Naim NAIT XS3 Integrated Amplifier Review
    The smaller of Naim’s two new integrated amps has many of the improvements of the more expensive Supernait 3. Is this the sweetspot of the range?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    24

    iFi Audio Zen Blue Bluetooth DAC Review

    by Ed Selley
    iFi Audio Zen Blue Bluetooth DAC Review
    Bluetooth can deliver outstanding results but in order to do that you need the right equipment. Enter iFi with one of the cleverest Bluetooth DACs yet.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    19

    Marantz Melody X All-in-One System Review

    by Ed Selley
    Marantz Melody X All-in-One System Review
    Marantz promises that the Melody X is ‘True Hi-Fi’ in a compact and user friendly container. Is this the affordable one box of choice?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    15

    Vertere DG-1 Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Vertere DG-1 Turntable Review
    The DG-1 is Vertere’s take on an ‘affordable’ turntable and it is quite different to almost anything else you can buy. Is it any good though?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Article

    75

    Post AV - the stereo gear gunning for your AV Receiver

    by Ed Selley
    Post AV - the stereo gear gunning for your AV Receiver
    Recent innovations in two-channel have seen a concerted attempt to make it more AV friendly but does this mean that you would actually consider ditching multichannel for it?  
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    21

    Kudos Titan 505 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Kudos Titan 505 Standmount Speaker Review
    The Titan 505 is a standmount speaker that hides some rather clever ideas beneath its handsome exterior. Is it all the speaker you could ever realistically want?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi Review

    15

    Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Review

    by Ed Selley
    Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Review
    Sennheiser’s latest Momentum has the full gamut of technology that befits a modern Bluetooth headphone but is it able to challenge the existing hegemony?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    53

    Auralic Altair G1 Network Streaming Preamp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Auralic Altair G1 Network Streaming Preamp Review
    The Altair G1 is a network streamer that is intended to be a self-contained digital front end that wants for nothing - does it work?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Article

    71

    2020 Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report

    by Ed Selley
    2020 Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report
    Now officially a Hi-Fi Show, Bristol has a little more AV than you might expect and some impressive new two channel debuts too.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    13

    Acoustic Energy AE500 Loudspeaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Acoustic Energy AE500 Loudspeaker Review
    Acoustic Energy’s new flagship standmount uses some very of the moment technology - does it also pay homage to their past too?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    25

    Naim Mu-So Qb 2nd Generation Review

    by Ed Selley
    Naim Mu-So Qb 2nd Generation Review
    The smallest member of the Naim family gets the same round of updates as its bigger brother. Is this the most complete wireless speaker under £1,000?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    41

    Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier Review
    Cambridge Audio has moved to a lofty new price point with the Edge components but is their distinctive take on an integrated amplifier what the market is crying out for?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    44

    Quad Vena II Play Streaming Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Quad Vena II Play Streaming Amplifier Review
    Quad has taken its Vena II amplifier and added network functionality to create a product that is old school at the front and cutting edge at the back.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    35

    Marantz NR1200 Stereo Receiver Review

    by Ed Selley
    Marantz NR1200 Stereo Receiver Review
    The NR1200 is a stereo amp that does more. A lot more. Is this the perfect piece of affordable two channel or just a little too complex for its own good?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    35

    Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone Review
    The PX7 is the new flagship of the Bowers & Wilkins headphone range and is keen to take up where the equally accomplished PX left off. Is it up to the job?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    18

    Rega Planar 10 Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Rega Planar 10 Turntable Review
    Having wowed us with the Planar 3, 6 and 8 over the last few years, what happens when Rega pulls out all the stops? The Planar 10 is here so let’s find out.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    6

    Grado PS2000e Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Grado PS2000e Headphone Review
    Grado’s flagship headphone retains the unique aesthetics of its more affordable brethren but the differences are rather more than skin deep.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    21

    Naim Supernait 3 Integrated Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Naim Supernait 3 Integrated Amp Review
    Naim’s latest iteration of its flagship integrated amp takes a look at evolutionary changes in integrated amps… and largely ignores them. Are the old ways the best?  
    9
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    11

    XTZ A2-300 Power Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    XTZ A2-300 Power Amplifier Review
    XTZ has taken a break from speakers to design a compact power amp. This might seem unusually niche for 2019 but looks can be a little deceiving…  
    8
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    Parasound HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Parasound HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier Review
    The HINT 6 is Parasound’s latest take on an integrated amplifier and is absolutely of the moment and with their heritage in AV, is this the perfect crossover product?  
    8
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    Lindemann Limetree Network Streamer Review

    by Ed Selley
    Lindemann Limetree Network Streamer Review
    Lindemann has made the Limetree components as a birthday present to itself but the Network audio streamer is a bit of a gift for us all.  
    9

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