I’ve been reviewing consumer technology for the best part of 15 years, making a shift into specialising in AV and hi-fi around 10 years ago when I joined the team at What Hi-Fi?. Now as freelancer, I get to do just the same but for more places and have peddled my words and opinions into fine publications including Wired UK, Metro, The Observer, TechRadar and BBC ScienceFocus – not to mention Sound Advice, of course.
Why do I do what I do? Quite simply because I love nothing more than helping people to get the very best from their music and movies. There’s nothing better than being wowed by a piece of music you’ve heard thousands of times or surprised by a scene in a movie you thought you had imprinted on your brain. Good hi-fi and AV has the power to do that, and that never gets less exciting, only more so.
More than ever, I enjoy helping those who may not be as inclined to go down the more traditional route of huge speaker packages or racks of kit. Don’t get me wrong, I love a stereo amp group test as much as the next hi-fi fan, but since gaining two small children and losing the space for my testing room, I’ve learned that convenience doesn’t have to mean compromise.
So, while some of my more expansive kit is packed away for the time being, I’ve enjoyed discovering what makes soundbars great, the joys of portable hi-fi and just how good active speakers and wireless devices can be.
You’ll always find me in the living room, re-calibrating terrible TV settings at parties.