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 News

    1

    Best Hi-Fi Products 2019 - Editor's Choice Awards

    by Ed Selley
    2019 was another busy year for two channel audio and these are the products that stood out above the others.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    112

    Amazon Music HD Review

    by Ed Selley
    Amazon has arrived in the world of lossless and Hi-Res audio (and promises to go even further in the future). Is this an audiophile bargain or a cynical headline grab?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    28

    Focal Kanta No1 Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    The Kanta range is where Focal’s more mass market technologies combine with their high end features at an almost terrestrial price point - is this their perfect combination?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    3

    Klipsch The Three II Bluetooth Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Klipsch does things a little differently to other companies so their take on an all-in-one speaker isn’t exactly what you might expect either - is it any good though?  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    4

    Amphion Helium 510 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Amphion maintains product ranges in both professional and domestic spheres - is the Helium 510 the perfect balance of accuracy and enjoyment?  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    37

    NAD M10 BluOS Streaming Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    NAD has built an all-in-one system that promises to take the fight to the best in class - can the M10 deliver on the potential of its outstanding specification?  
    10
  • Hi-Fi Review

    14

    Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo Review

    by Ed Selley
    The flagship of the Formation range promises class leading wireless audio performance but can it justify the asking price?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    9

    Mitchell & Johnson S800 Review

    by Ed Selley
    If you’re looking at a hefty optical disc collection and thinking, “I don’t want to rip all that”, Mitchell & Johnson have attempted to make the last CD player you’ll ever need.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    8

    AKG Y500 Noise Cancelling Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    With holiday season in full swing, how does a pair of compact, wireless, noise cancelling headphones for £130 sound? Too good to be true? AKG says no…  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    1

    Westone W40 v2 In Ear Earphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Earphones that offer both wired and wireless operation are becoming more common and Westone is the latest to try their hand at the process.  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    24

    Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation Review

    by Ed Selley
    Naim has revised the Mu-so with some useful new features and some aesthetic tweaks - is this still the all-in-one to beat?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    2

    Harman Kardon Citation 500 Wireless Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Harman Kardon’s range of Google Cast and Assistant speakers is broad in scope and nothing if not ambitious. Does the largest single box speaker in the range stack up?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    9

    Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins says its Formation Series is the most advanced multiroom system on the market but can the most affordable model deliver on the promise?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    5

    SOtM sMS 200 Neo Network Player Review

    by Ed Selley
    We’ve said in the past the interfaces make or break a network streamer. How then, does a product with no interface at all get on?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    20

    Volumio Primo Network Audio Player Review

    by Ed Selley
    The Primo is a compact streamer from a company that has previously worked solely on software - could this be the best way to build an affordable streaming product?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    38

    Technics SL-1500C Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Technics has taken their hefty direct drive motor system and put it in an affordable domestically orientated turntable called the SL-1500C. Time to see how it fares.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    5

    Audio Technica ATH-MSR7b Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    The Audio Technica MSR7b eschews wireless connectivity for higher levels of wired performance. Is the result an audiophile bargain?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    3

    Primare I15 Prisma Integrated Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Primare’s smallest integrated amp is a flexible device with some very useful features - does the sound do justice to the bells & whistles?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    3

    Polk S15e Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Fresh from their work making soundbars, Polk has given their S Series speakers a more European flavour - is the result any good?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    9

    Bluesound Pulse 2i Wireless Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    We’ve already established that Bluesound has some of the best operating software in the business but how does this translate to an all in one speaker?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    37

    Edifier S3000 Pro Active Stereo Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Edifier has already shown they can deliver a lot of bang for your buck with the S350DB but what happens when you double the budget and go for the S3000 PRO?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    8

    Nura, Nuraphone review

    by Ed Selley
    A headphone that adapts to your hearing to produce a perfect sound? That’s what Nuraphone promises - does it deliver?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    9

    Micromega M150 Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    The M150 takes many of the accepted conventions of stereo amps and throws them out the window - is this the future of stereo?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    12

    Tangent Ampster BT II Integrated Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Tangent has been busy refining their Ampster and giving it some supporting source equipment - is this a lifestyle trinket or the point where serious Hi-Fi gets going?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Article

    30

    Munich High End 2019 Show Report

    by Ed Selley
    The biggest and best Hi-Fi Show in the world rolls around again in a blaze of chrome, telephone number price tags and pork product.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    10

    Naim ND5 XS2 Network Audio Player Review

    by Ed Selley
    Naim’s new entry-level standalone streamer is an unusual combination of extensive functionality and aesthetic minimalism. How does it check out?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    90

    Roon Music Playback Software Review

    by Ed Selley
    Roon promises nothing less than the ultimate user experience for streaming and computer audio, does it deliver on those bold claims?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    11

    KEF LSX Smart Active Loudspeaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Following on from the hugely successful LS50 Active, KEF has taken the formula, shrunk it down and created the LSX. Do they still deliver the goods?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    19

    Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT Over-ear Bluetooth Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    What happens when you take a headphone that was designed to be wired and make it wireless? Thanks to Audio Technica, we can now find out.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    10

    Audiolab M-DAC Nano Bluetooth DAC Review

    by Ed Selley
    The smallest Audiolab DAC yet is rather more focused than its bigger brothers but there’s still plenty of technology there - does it deliver the goods?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    10

    Revel Concerta 2 M16 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    As part of Harman Luxury Audio, Revel is on a charm offensive and it’s time to see if the M16 is charming or offensive.  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    27

    Naim Uniti Nova All-in-One System Review

    by Ed Selley
    The flagship of the Naim All-in-One range, the Uniti Nova moves into a realm that buys some some serious separate systems - does it stack up?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    20

    SoundMagic E11BT Bluetooth Earphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Looking for a pair of wireless earphones that won’t break the bank? SoundMagic has a fine reputation with wired earphones so what happens when you cut the cords?  
    8
  • Hi-Fi Review

    7

    Rega Planar 8 Turntable Review

    by Ed Selley
    Rega's latest turntable takes theories they have been working on for years and brings them to a near terrestrial price point - does it work?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    27

    Musical Fidelity M6 500i Integrated Amplifier Review

    by Ed Selley
    How much power does an audio system need? If you’re Musical Fidelity, the answer is apparently ‘lots’ if the M6 500i is anything to go by.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    21

    Audio Technica VM95 Cartridges Review

    by Ed Selley
    Turntable not sounding as good as it did? It might be time for a new cartridge and Audio Technica has just launched a whole affordable range of them.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Article

    25

    Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2019 - Show Report

    by Ed Selley
    Bristol is now marketed as a Hi-Fi Show but this isn’t to say that there weren’t some interesting new arrivals and impressive sounds.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    37

    Bluesound Node 2i Network Audio Player Review

    by Ed Selley
    Fancy an affordable streamer that opens up access to a platform with some serious components in its inventory? You might want to have a look at the Bluesound.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    18

    Sennheiser IE800S In-Ear Earphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    The full size HD800S headphone was one of the highlights of 2018. Can its in-ear relative deliver the same sparkling performance?  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    12

    Monitor Audio Gold 100 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Monitor Audio has launched the 5th generation of their Gold loudspeakers. Does the smallest member - the Gold 100 - shake up the premium standmount market?  
    8

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