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

    24

    Bristol HiFi Show 2024 Report

    by Ed Selley
    Bristol HiFi Show 2024 Report
    Like a weird seasonal migration with speakers, the audio industry once again descended on Bristol to show off their wares and Ed was there to take notes.  
  • Hi-Fi

    6

    JBL Spinner BT Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    JBL Spinner BT Turntable Review
    The Spinner BT takes the functionality we might reasonably expect from an affordable turntable… and adds a massive dollop of JBL design language. How does that work out?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi

    11

    Leema Neutron and Graviton Pre and Power Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Leema Neutron and Graviton Pre and Power Amp Review
    For its latest range, Leema Acoustics has refined its production and design processes to produce a pre/power duo that, on paper at least, looks to offer huge bang for your buck. Does it pan out?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    15

    Audio Technica AT-SB727 Sound Burger Portable Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Audio Technica AT-SB727 Sound Burger Portable Turntable Review
    Do you feel that streaming music from your phone is a bit… dull? Audio Technica thinks so too and has re (re) released a classic audio curiosity to liven things up a bit.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    22

    Neat Mystique Classic Loudspeaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Neat Mystique Classic Loudspeaker Review
    Neat’s remastered original trilogy concludes with the Mystique floorstander. Have the boffins from Barnard Castle saved the best ‘til last?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi

    9

    JBL Authentics 500 Wireless Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    JBL Authentics 500 Wireless Speaker Review
    JBL’s latest take on a wireless speaker is a heady combination of retro and bang up to date. Is this big box of tricks enough to win you over?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi

    29

    Sonus faber Duetto Active Wireless Loudspeaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Sonus faber Duetto Active Wireless Loudspeaker Review
    Having dipped a toe in more lifestyle oriented products with the Omnia, Sonus faber has combined more traditional speaker engineering with wireless tech. Is the Duetto a perfect hybrid?  
    7
  • Home AV

    10

    Tangent Ampster TV II Review

    by Ed Selley
    Tangent Ampster TV II Review
    Do you have a big screen TV with underwhelming audio plus a pair of old bookshelf speakers doing nothing? Tangent has created the device that sticks them together.  
    8
  • Hi-Fi

    4

    Ruark R410 Wireless Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Ruark R410 Wireless Speaker Review
    The R410 is aimed squarely at the ‘wireless speaker that dabbles as a sound bar’ segment and the spec and appearance suggest it is well up to the job. Does it deliver?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi

    71

    Wiim Amp Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Wiim Amp Integrated Amplifier Review
    Not content with revitalising the budget streaming market, Wiim has turned its attention to amplifiers. Is the Wiim Amp as talented as the digital front ends?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi

    14

    Vertere Phono Cartridge Range Review

    by Ed Selley
    Vertere Phono Cartridge Range Review
    With a four strong range of turntables to support, Vertere has created a series of cartridges to complement them and it felt like a good opportunity to look at the lot of ‘em.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    4

    Philips Fidelio L4 Wireless Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Philips Fidelio L4 Wireless Headphone Review
    There was very little amiss with the Fidelio L3 so you probably won’t be too surprised to find it’s a case of evolution rather than revolution for the L4. Does the extra polish show?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    61

    Bowers & Wilkins 805 Signature Loudspeaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins 805 Signature Loudspeaker Review
    Bowers & Wilkins has been tinkering with members of the 800 Series to make already formidable speakers that little bit better as Signature models. Is the 805 Signature the best standmount on the planet?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi

    31

    Fyne Vintage Five Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Fyne Vintage Five Standmount Speaker Review
    Enthused by the Editor’s Choice winning Fyne Classic VIII but thinking they’re a bit on the big side? Well, good news, Fyne has another solution….  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    8

    Gold Note Vasari Shibata Phono Cartridge Review

    by Ed Selley
    Gold Note Vasari Shibata Phono Cartridge Review
    Looking to upgrade your cartridge and thinking that moving coil is the way forward? Gold Note is here to show you an alternative.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    9

    Ortofon 2MR Bronze Moving Magnet Cartridge Review

    by Ed Selley
    Ortofon 2MR Bronze Moving Magnet Cartridge Review
    Ortofon squeezes its long running 2M carts into a smaller form factor; is this now the moving magnet for all seasons?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    36

    Rega Naia Turntable and Aura Phonostage Review

    by Ed Selley
    Rega Naia Turntable and Aura Phonostage Review
    The Naia is the pinnacle of Rega’s series production turntables; nothing less than the most sophisticated turntable they’ve ever made. What does that actually sound like?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi

    31

    Triangle Magellan Cello 40th Anniversary Floorstanding Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Triangle Magellan Cello 40th Anniversary Floorstanding Speaker Review
    Triangle’s extended Birthday bash has now reached the flagship Magellan line of speakers. Is the Cello a gift for all involved?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    56

    Arcam Radia A25 Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Arcam Radia A25 Integrated Amplifier Review
    The Radia series is Arcam’s new family of Hi-Fi and AV components and the A25 is the current top of the tree. Is Arcam’s take on a modern stereo integrated the right one?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi

    12

    iFi Hip DAC 3 Portable DAC Review

    by Ed Selley
    iFi Hip DAC 3 Portable DAC Review
    Now in its third generation, iFi’s portable Hip DAC is a compact solution for extracting more performance from your phone, tablet and laptop. Is the third time the charm?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    3

    Philips Fidelio T2 True Wireless Earphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Philips Fidelio T2 True Wireless Earphone Review
    Philips managed to get a great deal right with its first gen true wireless buds and the company is here to make good on the outstanding areas with the T2. Does it deliver?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi

    19

    Eversolo DMP-A8 Streaming Preamp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Eversolo DMP-A8 Streaming Preamp Review
    Having released the best all round streamer under £1,000 in the DMP-A6, Eversolo has set its sights on higher echelons with the DMP-A8. Does it hit the same heights as its little sibling?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    8

    iFi NEO iDSD 2 DAC Review

    by Ed Selley
    iFi NEO iDSD 2 DAC Review
    iFi has begun revisiting its Neo components and the iDSD has gone under the scalpel in the pursuit of higher performance. Can it harness its exceptional spec to deliver premium sound?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    47

    Hi-Fi Products of 2023/24 - Editor's Choice Awards

    by Ed Selley
    Hi-Fi Products of 2023/24 - Editor's Choice Awards
    Another year of technically accomplished, beautifully engineered and cracking sounding two channel equipment is complete and it’s time to round up the kit that impressed us the most.  
  • Hi-Fi

    104

    Musical Fidelity A1 Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Musical Fidelity A1 Integrated Amplifier Review
    Musical Fidelity is the latest company to feel the pull of the past and has resurrected its A1 amplifier for the modern world and, in so many different ways, it’s a hot prospect.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    14

    Moon 250i v2 Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Moon 250i v2 Integrated Amplifier Review
    The 250i V2 is the first rung on the Moon Audio amplifier ladder and, in a world of very complex integrated amps, it’s commendably simple. Does the route one approach work?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    47

    Rega Aya Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Rega Aya Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review
    The Aya is not simply a new speaker from Rega; it’s the beginning of a whole new way of making speakers for the company and represents a possible answer to an issue that has been bugging audio for the last decade. Is it any good though?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    94

    Audiolab 9000N Network Streamer Review

    by Ed Selley
    Audiolab 9000N Network Streamer Review
    The 9000N arrives to complete the flagship range of Audiolab components and it brings a whole new software platform to the party. Is this the digital front end to rule them all?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    2

    Gold Note IS-10 Streaming Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    Gold Note IS-10 Streaming Amplifier Review
    We’ve seen that Gold Note is more than capable of making decent record players but that’s only a tiny portion of what the company can do as the IS 10 will now demonstrate…  
    8
  • Hi-Fi

    27

    Focal Bathys Dune Wireless Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Focal Bathys Dune Wireless Headphone Review
    An interesting new upgrade and an all new colourway gives us the chance to look at Focal’s wireless flagship to see how it stacks up. Is this the premium wireless option to beat?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    68

    Cyrus Stream XR Network Streamer Review

    by Ed Selley
    Cyrus Stream XR Network Streamer Review
    The Stream XR combines Cyrus’ hardware with a front end that makes use of the all conquering BluOS software. Is the result enough to get the company back in the streaming game?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    30

    Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3 Standmount Speaker Review
    Having finished doing a spot of Signature work, Bowers & Wilkins turns its attention to more terrestrial matters with an updated 600 Series. Is the 606 S3 the sub £1k speaker you need in your life?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    3

    Gold Note Valore 425 Plus Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Gold Note Valore 425 Plus Turntable Review
    The Gold Note is that rarest of things; a turntable that owes no aspect of its design and construction to what any other brand is up to. Is it worth going it alone?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi

    52

    The UK HiFi Show Live 2023 Show Report

    by Ed Selley
    The UK HiFi Show Live 2023 Show Report
    After a few years away, the Ascot based UK HiFi Show Live returned to the famous racecourse and Ed went along to look at the runners and riders  
  • Hi-Fi

    39

    Naim NSC 222 and NAP 250 Review

    by Ed Selley
    Naim NSC 222 and NAP 250 Review
    The ‘New Classic’ range from Naim is nothing less than a complete rework of the core ranges of the company and brings a whole new aesthetic with it. It certainly looks smart but is it any good?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi

    26

    AVID Accent Integrated Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    AVID Accent Integrated Amp Review
    While better known for its turntables, AVID has been hard at work developing a range of electronics to go with them. Can the Accent take on the established order?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    34

    Neat Elite Classic Floorstanding Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Neat Elite Classic Floorstanding Speaker Review
    Neat produced a Product of the Year, in the form of the Petite Classic so the expectation is high that its big brother, the Elite Classic is going to be rather good too. Can it deliver?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    138

    Wiim Pro and Pro+ Network Audio Player Review

    by Ed Selley
    Wiim Pro and Pro+ Network Audio Player Review
    We’ve looked at the ridiculously talented Wiim Mini so now it’s time to see what the next two tiers of their model range can do with the Pro and the Pro+. Do they offer the same precocious value?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    7

    Goldring E4 Moving Magnet Cartridge Review

    by Ed Selley
    Goldring E4 Moving Magnet Cartridge Review
    The E4 arrives to top out the Goldring E Series range and comes with the bold statement that it’s the most cost effective upgrade you can make. Is there any truth in that?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    70

    Wiim Mini Network Streamer Review

    by Ed Selley
    Wiim Mini Network Streamer Review
    Fancy a dCS Lina but find yourself £12,420 short? Wiim is here with a streamer that promises to do an extraordinarily large amount for an extremely small sum.  
    9

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