Simon Lucas

Simon Lucas is a freelance technology journalist and consultant, with particular emphasis on the audio/video aspects of home entertainment. Before embracing the carefree life of the freelancer, he was editor of What Hi-Fi? magazine and the brand's website – since then, he's written for titles such as Wired, Metro, The Guardian and T3, among many others. Should he find himself with a spare moment, Simon likes nothing more than publishing and then quickly deleting tweets about the state of the nation (in general), the state of Aston Villa (in particular) and the state of his partner's cat via @OnlySimonLucas
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  • Hi-Fi

    1

    Bose announces new QuietComfort wireless headphone line-up

    by Simon Lucas
    Bose announces new QuietComfort wireless headphone line-up
    The new additions include the flagship Ultra Headphones and upgraded Ultra Earbuds, with improved noise cancelling technology and extended battery life.  
  • Hi-Fi

    2

    Sony WH-CH520 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Sony WH-CH520 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Review
    Buried in Sony’s extensive list of ‘current products’ are the WH-CH520s - a pair of wireless, on-ear headphones that routinely sell for less than £50. With the high profile brand happy to scrap it out in what can only be described as ‘the entry level’, can it bring a little of its undisputed magic from its expensive headphones to bear?  
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  • Home AV

    36

    Sennheiser Ambeo Mini Soundbar Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Sennheiser Ambeo Mini Soundbar Review
    Sennheiser shrinks its Ambeo soundbar formula down to a size and price that at least a few more people can deal with…  
    9
  • Hi-Fi

    5

    Orange Box Bluetooth Speaker Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Orange Box Bluetooth Speaker Review
    We peel back the layers of the Orange Box portable speaker to see if it's really as refreshing as its citrous namesake.  
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  • Hi-Fi

    4

    Montblanc MTB 03 True Wireless In-Ear Headphones Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Montblanc MTB 03 True Wireless In-Ear Headphones Review
    The Montblanc MTB 03 true wireless in-ear headphones promise great sound, long-lasting wearable comfort and active noise cancellation; and with development handled by renowned earbud designer Axel Grell, they could well deliver on this promise. Is this a mountain worth climbing? We set off from 'bass' camp to find out.  
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  • Hi-Fi

    5

    FiiO FT3 Wired Over-Ear Headphones Review

    by Simon Lucas
    FiiO FT3 Wired Over-Ear Headphones Review
    FiiO wants to crash the high-end headphones party with its latest open back, over ear headset. With a great spec sheet and solid design, does the FT3 bring the heat?  
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  • Hi-Fi

    3

    Harman/Kardon celebrates 70th anniversary with new Bluetooth speakers

    by Simon Lucas
    Harman/Kardon celebrates 70th anniversary with new Bluetooth speakers
    Harman/Kardon celebrates its 70th anniversary with the launch of three new lifestyle Bluetooth speakers.  
  • Hi-Fi

    2

    Chord Electronics Huei Phono Amplifier Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Chord Electronics Huei Phono Amplifier Review
    Chord Electronics brings its undoubted expertise and undeniable eccentricity to bear on your record player’s performance with the Huei phono amp. We see if it lights up the vinyl experience.  
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  • Hi-Fi

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    Chord Mojo 2 Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Chord Mojo 2 Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier Review
    The first Mojo was (and remains) an extremely well-regarded DAC/headphone amp. We find out if its successor, the Mojo 2, can both improve on the original and also hold off the competition - no easy task on either front.  
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  • Hi-Fi

    7

    Chord Electronics Anni Integrated Desktop Stereo Amplifier Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Chord Electronics Anni Integrated Desktop Stereo Amplifier Review
    Eschewing the more traditional headphone amp/DAC combo, Chord Electronics' Anni - which can handle headphones for sure - has aimed its sights at a less populated market sector: desktop stereo amplifiers. Let's see what the company has come up with.  
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  • Hi-Fi

    16

    FiiO K9 Pro ESS Headphone Amplifier/DAC Review

    by Simon Lucas
    FiiO K9 Pro ESS Headphone Amplifier/DAC Review
    We had a recent look at the affordable FiiO K7 headphone amp/DAC and thought it a spirited performer. So what can the top of the range K9 Pro ESS deliver at over three time the price? Let's find out.  
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  • Hi-Fi

    9

    Campfire Audio Orbit True Wireless In-Ear Headphones Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Campfire Audio Orbit True Wireless In-Ear Headphones Review
    Even when it attempts to produce a mainstream product at a mainstream price, Campfire Audio just can’t help itself…  
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  • Hi-Fi

    18

    Campfire Audio Andromeda Emerald Sea In-Ear Monitors Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Campfire Audio Andromeda Emerald Sea In-Ear Monitors Review
    The new generation of Andromeda IEMs sails in with a new name and some stylish upgrades, but can it live up to its predecessors and really float your boat?  
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  • Hi-Fi

    5

    Volumio Integro Integrated Streaming Stereo Amplifier Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Volumio Integro Integrated Streaming Stereo Amplifier Review
    Don’t fancy building your own digital audio playback device? Volumio now offers the complete service…  
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  • Hi-Fi

    Final Audio ZE8000 True Wireless Earbuds Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Final Audio ZE8000 True Wireless Earbuds Review
    Final Audio has made sure that the ZE8000 TWS earphones are specified without compromise, sport all the features you'll need and benefit from a genuinely useful control app. But do they do enough to stand out in an over-stuffed market sector?  
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  • Hi-Fi

    2

    Astell & Kern AK HC3 Headphone Amplifier/USB DAC Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Astell & Kern AK HC3 Headphone Amplifier/USB DAC Review
    Designed to cover off a multitude of portable devices, Astell&Kern's AK HC3 dual DAC device aims to give a plug and play boost to on-the-go audio. It's got plenty of competition, so let's see how it fares...  
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  • Hi-Fi

    5

    FiiO K7 Headphone Amplifier/DAC Review

    by Simon Lucas
    FiiO K7 Headphone Amplifier/DAC Review
    With its affordable price point and impressive on-paper spec list, could FiiO's K7 headphone amp / DAC take on rivals such as iFi Audio for a coveted space on your desktop? Let's find out...  
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  • Hi-Fi

    19

    Astell & Kern A&ultima SP3000 Portable Audio Player Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Astell & Kern A&ultima SP3000 Portable Audio Player Review
    There's no doubting the build and specification of Astell & Kern's flagship A&ultima SP3000 DAP - the South Korean specialist has gone to town, come back, and then gone even further back into town - but can it justify the asking price?  
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  • Hi-Fi

    16

    PSB Alpha iQ Streaming Powered Speakers Review

    by Simon Lucas
    PSB Alpha iQ Streaming Powered Speakers Review
    The Alpha iQ powered loudspeaker pair represent PSB's first foray into the world of wireless streaming speakers. It's a crowded market but with 50 years of experience under its belt has the company managed to hit the ground running?  
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  • Hi-Fi

    9

    Audiovector QR 1 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Audiovector QR 1 Standmount Speaker Review
    Danish speaker company Audiovector says its new QR series of speakers is here to "put the fun" back into music. If that's the case, the QR-1 - the smallest and most nimble of the range - should be a laugh-riot. We find out if they are...  
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  • Hi-Fi

    15

    FiiO M11S Portable Music Player Review

    by Simon Lucas
    FiiO M11S Portable Music Player Review
    The M11S digital audio player is one of FiiO's more affordable devices and represents the company's latest attempt to establish itself as the obvious alternative to this product category’s overlord: Astell & Kern. How does it get on with this ambition?  
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  • Home AV

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    Sennheiser Ambeo Plus Soundbar Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Sennheiser Ambeo Plus Soundbar Review
    Sennheiser downsizes its Ambeo soundbar but does it still gets 'plus' points for its 7.1.4 virtual channels, streaming capabilities and connectivity? We check out the Ambeo Plus here.  
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  • Home AV

    66

    Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre Soundbar Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre Soundbar Review
    Bang & Olufsen's Beosound Theatre is big and bold and bloody expensive, but is it brilliant too?  
    7
  • Hi-Fi

    21

    Mission 700 Loudspeaker Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Mission 700 Loudspeaker Review
    After reissuing the 770 speaker, Mission has revisited the heritage well and drawn up a 2022 version of its 700 standmount loudspeaker; featuring updated drivers in the Mission IDG layout plus modern cabinet design. Has the essential character of its forebear been retained?  
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  • Home AV

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    Sonos Sub Mini Subwoofer Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Sonos Sub Mini Subwoofer Review
    Sonos has expanded its subwoofer options to now include the Sub Mini, a compact and nimble model which adds an element of choice against the larger, original Sub. As Sonos users are committed to their ecosystem, does the Sub Mini give them what they've been patiently waiting for?  
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  • Hi-Fi

    4

    Bose introduces QuietComfort Earbuds II

    by Simon Lucas
    Bose introduces QuietComfort Earbuds II
    Along with improved noise cancellation tech, the new buds also come with a personalised CustomTune sound calibration to automatically optimise their performance with every use.  
  • Hi-Fi

    19

    Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Headphone Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Headphone Review
    With the Momentum 4 Wireless, Sennheiser has taken a different design approach to its previous three noise-cancelling headphone models and set the cat among the pigeons with its pricing strategy too.  
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  • Home AV

    5

    Denon Home 4.1 Soundbar, Speaker and Subwoofer System Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Denon Home 4.1 Soundbar, Speaker and Subwoofer System Review
    When you bring together products from an audio range called 'Home', to be used in the home as home cinema speakers... your review is going to feature the word 'Home'. A lot. Thus it is with this 4.1 channel sound system drawn from Denon's Home series.  
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  • Home AV

    7

    Samsung HW-S800 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Samsung HW-S800 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review
    The Samsung HW-S800B is an ultra slim 3.1.2 channel soundbar and wireless subwoofer duo featuring Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual: X support. Lets's see if its dietary dimensions also conceal a full fat audio performance.  
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  • Home AV

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    Devialet Dione Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Devialet Dione Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review
    The Devialet Dione is big, beefy and bold with the eye-catching ORB acting as a centre channel. It's at the top end of the single device solutions for Dolby Atmos TV audio and will have to prove its worth against a serious rival...  
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  • Home AV

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    Sonos Ray Soundbar Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Sonos Ray Soundbar Review
    If you've already invested in the Sonos ecosystem, could the new Ray soundbar from the company be the ideal way to tie your TV's audio into it too?  
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  • Home AV

    1

    Denon DHT-S517 Soundbar Review

    by Simon Lucas
    Denon DHT-S517 Soundbar Review
    The Denon DHT-S517 is an affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar that comes with up-firing drivers and its own wireless subwoofer. It can now be found for under £300, so is it worth hunting down for a 3D audio experience with your telly?  
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