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Hi-Fi Choice  |  May 02, 2018  |  0 comments
Whenever the subject has come up for discussion at HFC, it seems that professional singers and musicians generally aren’t into audiophile-grade hi-fi. Why would they be? Immersed in their own music for a living, even the world’s greatest system is going to come off second best. Their ‘hi-fi jollies’ don’t involve 24/192 downloads but living and breathing the music itself. We can understand that.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  May 01, 2018  |  0 comments
Hewn entirely from aircraft-grade aluminium and coated in an elegant brushed anodised skin, Magico’s new A3 floorstander sure is designed to stand out from thecrowd. Described by the Californian manufacturer as “the impossible made possible”, the A3 incorporates a pure beryllium-diaphragm tweeter with an optimised 28mm dome surface partnered by a 153mm multi-wall carbon fibre cone midrange driver with a layer of XG Nanographene for optimal stiffness and damping. A pair of 178mm low-frequency drivers complete the lineup, boasting the company’s new Gen 8 Magico Nano-Tec cone, which is claimed to offer the same properties as its midrange counterpart. With a quoted sensitivity of 88dB at 4ohm, the A3’s drivers are acoustically integrated using Magico’s Elliptical Symmetry Crossover topography to maximise bandwidth and minimise distortion.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Atoll Electronics has unveiledits new Signature range, which incorporates a pair of amplifiers alongside a matching CD player. The IN200 and IN300 amplifiers are true dual mono designs with dual transformers, fast rectifiers and dual channel capacitors produced by Mundorf and Vishay. The £1,595 IN200 Signature boasts a claimed 120W output per channel into 8ohm, has two pairs of MOSFET transistors for each channel and symmetrical output stages with discrete components. Connectivity includes five line-level RCA inputs, a pair of XLR inputs, pre outputs for bi-amping or a subwoofer and a headphone out.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 27, 2018  |  0 comments
2018 marks 50 years since Professor Gordon Edge came up with Cambridge Audio's first product, the P40 integrated amplifier. And so it seems rather fitting that one of the British company's founders is the inspiration for this new high-end series, released specifically to celebrate its golden anniversary. In a marked change from Cambridge's more traditional affordable fare, the new Edge series is designed to bring all of the company's experience in'Great British Sound' to produce its most accomplished system to date. Consequently, every product has been selected for its sonic merit throughan exhausting set of blind auditions, rather than working towards a price, featureset or series of measurements.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 26, 2018  |  0 comments
Turntable orchestra What happens when Technics gathers 30 of the world’s best turntablists and gets them to scratch and cut Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor (the first LP issued, back in 1948)? The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra, that’s what. Check out the madness for yourself here. Procrastinate with RHA Glasgow-based RHA produces some of the most distinctive in-ear headphones in the business and its blog features everything from advice and news on its products to interviews with photographers from around the world and show reports. Find out more here.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 26, 2018  |  0 comments
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Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 04, 2018  |  0 comments
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Jamo has reintroduced its Studio speakers to the UK. The Studio 8 features compact cabinet designs incorporating 25mm soft dome tweeters while adopting reflex ports and WaveGuide technology for what Jamo describes as a dynamic, powerful performance. The range consists of three floorstanding models – the £625 S 809, £499 S 807 and £349 S 805 – two bookshelf speakers – the £249 S 803 and £155 S 801 – as well as centres and sub for home cinema use. The Studio 8 is available now in three matte finishes, is distriubted in the UK by Henley Audio and you can find out more about the range here.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 03, 2018  |  0 comments
Originally launched exclusively in Germany to celebrate its 30th anniversary, AVM has revealed plans to introduce its AVM30 series into the UK via PMC UK Distribution. The entry-level range includes integrated pre and power amplifiers and a CD and media player and visitors to the Bristol Show got to see for themselves what it has to offer – see Show Report in the current issue. Drawing on the heritage of the AVM A2, the new £2,750 A 30 integrated amplifier takes the direct double-mono setup of its predecessor and adds additional functionality such as digital inputs, the latest version of Bluetooth and adjustment options for input sensitivity and sound control. The PA 30 preamplifier boasts an MM and MC phono module, the same adjustment options and connectivity including digital S/PDIF optical, coaxial and USB inputs plus Bluetooth.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 02, 2018  |  0 comments
Branching out from its portable hi-res players, Astell&Kern has unveiled its new ACRO desktop audio series with the introduction of the ACRO L1000 headphone amplifier/DAC. Featuring two AK4490chips, the ACRO L1000 can playback PCM files up to 32-bit/384kHz with no downsampling and supportsnative DSD up DSD256 without conversion. Crafted in aluminium and designed to sit at a 30° angle for ease of use, it incorporates a balanced XLR jack and speaker binding posts offering a claimed maximum output of up to 15W per channel at 4ohm. Meanwhile 2.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 30, 2018  |  0 comments
On display for the first time at The Bristol Show in February (seeour full report in the latest issue), the Studio is the latest two-way standmount design from Monitor Audio. Without any kind of grille, Studio's designers tell us that the intention was to make the two metallic-silver RDT II speaker cones the focal point and give it an eye-catching contemporary edge. The dual 102mm drivers are modified versions of those found on its Platinum range flagship PL500 II floorstander. Utilising the same design principles and materials, a micro pleated diaphragm (MPD) is used as the cental high-frequency transducer.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  0 comments
Monster Mash The half-time ads in the American football Superbowl are among the world’s most expensive to buy, so it came as a surprise to see a hi-fi company’s commercial featured this year. Click here to watch it and look out for the cameo by Monster’s CEO, Noel Lee. Truth in sound Speaker manufacturer MartinLogan has redesigned its website and the results are as uncompromising and unflinching as its speakers. Gorgeous photography, fascinating videos and all the specs you could ask for, it’s well worth a look.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  0 comments
One of the things we love about hi-fi is that it’s continuously evolving. As our systems grow with a mix of carefully chosen components based on our format needs and total synergy with the rest of the setup, it feels like audio art in the making – and it doesn’t stop once all the components are in place either. Years of tinkering has taught me that significant improvements in the sound of my system can often be gained by simply rearranging the furniture in my room or by trying out one of the vast numbers of accessories designed to help prevent interference from external forces or maintain audio signal integrity throughout the chain of components. Not all of them have had a positive effect on the sound of my setup, but many have achieved a nuanced influence, bringing greater rewards to the listening experience.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  0 comments
Rock Jaw Audio has generously offered us three pairs of its Alfa Genus V2 (non-mic version) in-ear headphone to give away over the Easter holiday. To find out more about these in-ear headphones head over torockjawaudio. com. To be in with a chance of winning answer this simple question: What year was Rock Jaw Audio founded? A) 2001 B) 2010 C) 2012 Clickhereto submit your answer and enter the competition.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 05, 2018  |  0 comments
Built specifically to partner the Class D topology of its half-width ONE amplifier (HFC 417), Cyrus has unveiled the £350 ONElinear; a compact bookshelf loudspeaker that managing director Simon Freethy says: “. . . is designed to showcase the amplifier’s true ability.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 02, 2018  |  0 comments
Monitor Audio has unveiled its new Monitor Series with orange driver cones and the C-CAM dome tweeter that’s derived from its Bronze Series. The range consists of two standmounts, two floorstanders and a sub and centre for home cinema. The compact Monitor 50 bookshelf hasa 25mm C-CAM tweeter, 140mm MMP II driver and costs £160. The larger £200 Monitor 100 (pictured) increases the size of the MMP II driver to 165mm and has two sets of binding posts.