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Michael Darroch

With a 20 year passion for home cinema ensuring he will never be able to afford retirement, Michael’s days involve endless dad-jokes and enjoying the short time before his son is old enough to demand the home theatre becomes a temple to Frozen II.


Krix LX-7 Linear LCR Passive ‘Soundbar’ Review

It may be the most daring design yet from this Australian speaker specialist, but does this soundbar-style product deliver big thrills from a compact box?

Posted in: Home Theatre Loudspeakers Dedicated Cinema Soundbars Applause Awards 2023


Devialet Dione Soundbar Review

After revolutionising wireless speakers with its sublime Phantom, Michael Darroch asks whether Devialet can bring the same performance to soundbars…

Posted in: Home Theatre Lifestyle Loudspeakers Soundbars Applause Awards 2022


Devialet Phantom II 98dB - Stereo Wireless Speaker Review

Michael Darroch thinks this striking new wireless speaker gives new meaning to the phrase "performance art"…

Posted in: Hi-Fi Lifestyle Loudspeakers Active Bookshelf / Standmount Smart / Bluetooth Applause Awards 2022


Velodyne Deep Blue 15-inch Subwoofer Review

Velodyne signals its return with a new and serious sealed-box subwoofer, says Michael Darroch…

Posted in: Hi-Fi Home Theatre Loudspeakers Subwoofers


Denon Home Wireless Speakers Review

Michael Darroch auditions Denon's new Home 150, Home 250 and Home 350 wireless loudspeakers…

Posted in: Lifestyle Loudspeakers Smart / Bluetooth


DALI KATCH ONE Soundbar Review

DALI's first soundbar makes an impression bigger than its minimalist form, says Michael Darroch…

Posted in: Home Theatre Loudspeakers Soundbars Applause Awards 2020