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Hi-Fi Choice  |  Dec 12, 2017  |  0 comments
Positioned above Mission’s entry-level LX loudspeaker range (see reviews in HFC 426 and 430), the new QX lineup comprises five stereo models – two standmounts and three floorstanders plus home cinema options. Priced from £299 to £999, all employ Mission’s DiaDrive cone system with inverted cone driven by a secondary sub cone and a new 38mm ring-dome tweeter that is designed to offer high detail and low levels of distortion. A slot port system allows for effective movement of air through the cabinet and helps to reduce unwanted noise. The range is available in a choice of black, white and walnut finishes.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Dec 11, 2017  |  0 comments
Pioneer has announced details of its new reference disc spinner in the form of the PD-70AE. Able to play CD and SACD via its large aluminium drawer-loading mechanism, the player promises to be a usefully flexible CD source and also act as a DAC via optical and a coaxial digital inputs at the rear. Decoding is handled by a pair of ESS9026PRO DACs and the entire circuit has been assembled to be fully balanced. A three-mode adjustable filter fine tunes the presentation with a choice of Slow, Sharp and Short settings.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  0 comments
Multi-room music systems are a popular choice for a growing number of music fans and Danish hi-fi loudspeaker brand Dynaudio is the latest to diversify and join the fray. Its new four-strong range of networked active speaker systems is called Music and can be used in any combination desired up to a total of six units. All four speakers share some common intelligent technology, designed to make them easier to integrate into your environment. Each is fitted with software called RoomAdapt, which claims to sense the proximity of the speaker in relation to rear or side walls and adjust its output for the optimum performance.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Dec 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Inside the January 2018 issue we take anexclusiveIn-depthlook at Auralic’s Aries G2 network streaming transport, whileExoticafeatures Yamaha’s NS-5000 standmount loudspeaker. Regular review pages feature VPI’s Player turntable package, Chord Electronics’ Poly wireless streaming add-on, T+A’s Cala SR one-box system and Bowers & Wilkins’ PX wireless noise-cancelling headphones. Plus,Beautiful Systembrings together US and Canadian brands VPI, Simaudio and Totem Acoustic whileMusic Legendscharts the life and times of the original king of rock and roll Fats Domino, and our six-wayGroup Testlooks at six in-ear headphones from Final, NuForce, oBravo, Oriveti, Sennheiser and Westone. Plus: Get our AVTech Awards 2017/18 supplement absolutely free.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 28, 2017  |  0 comments
Electricity is a vital ingredient in any home hi-fi system of course. But while on the one hand it’s essential in powering our music systems, on the other it can affect hi-fi performance if not handled properly. Think of it as the fuel that’s required to get a car running – if you want to get the best performance, you need to ensure that its being fed the cleanest ‘fuel’ possible. Our mains supply can be affected by numerous factors, whether it be the journey it takes from the power station to your home, the other components that are in the vicinity of your system or air-borne signals from smartphones, wi-fi or Bluetooth devices.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  0 comments
Electrocompaniet has unveiled the latest additions to its EC Living modular wireless audio range, the Rena series. The Rena SA-1 streamer (above) comes equipped with a Class D amplifier claiming 2x 75W and the built-in DAC supports 24-bit/192kHz files. Costing £610, it boasts wireless speaker connection and includes an optical in, coaxial in and out and a USB port for external storage. For those that already have an amplifier, the Norwegian company has produced the £582 Rena S-1.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  0 comments
Mark Levinson has unveiled two new designs, which can eitherbe brought separately to expand your system or as a pair to create an exceptional pre-power partnership. The £16,000 No 523 preamplifier is claimed to deliver an uncompromising performance regardless of analogue source and comes equipped with a Class-A phono stage, Class-A main drive headphone output and discreet balanced R-2R ladder volume control. It boasts five line-level analogue inputs, two balanced XLRs, three single RCA stereo outputs and a phono input with earthing post. Meanwhile, the No 534 (bottom in pic) dual-monaural power amp delivers 250W per channel (into 8ohm) in Class A (doubling to 500W into 4ohm).
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 16, 2017  |  0 comments
Astell&Kern’s impressive AK70 (HFC 428)has been given a reboot and for just £100 extra nowoffers a dual-DAC design, enhanced amplification, wi-fi connectivity and the ability to also be used as a USB DAC when it’s not playing back hi-res music files. Unlike the original AK70, the MK II version has a Cirrus Logic CS4298 chipset for both left and right channels, offering bit-to-bit playback of files up to 24/192 and DSD128. Its stylish block aluminium casing remains finished in two-tone black with a 3. 3in touchscreen, but now is a fraction larger and weighs 18g more than its predecessor.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 15, 2017  |  0 comments
Unison Research has launched its Unico 90 integrated amp. Intended to sit under its flagship 150 model, the 90 is a valve and solid-state hybrid with a preamp stage that is built around an Alps volume control and input switching that decouples inactive inputs. The valve-based gain stage uses ECC83 and ECC81 tubes in Unison’s totem pole configuration. These are directly coupled to the output stage, which consists of three pairs of HEXFET output devices to give it a claimed power output of 2x 100W into 8ohm and 2x 160W into 4ohm.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 14, 2017  |  0 comments
Fresh from updating its Prime family of turntables (Prime Scout HFC 422), VPI has released the Player, its entry-level deck. Builtas a complete solution with a moving-magnet phono stage and headphone amplifier on board, it consists of a non-resonant MDF chassis with an aluminium platter. The 9in tonearm uses bearings rather than the unipivot principle seen on VPI’s more upmarket decks and comes premounted with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge as part of the £1,500 package. The Player leaves the factoryin a pre-configured condition, meaning owners only need to carry out a very simple setup procedure to start playing LPs.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 13, 2017  |  0 comments
The market for stereo receivers is hotting up and Onkyo has launched two new models in the form of the £250 TX-8220 and £530 TX-8250 (pictured). The networkable TX-8250 claims a power output of 2x 135W into 6ohm, six RCA inputs and a moving-magnet phono stage. It has a hefty selection of additional features and sports optical and coaxial digital inputs, a USB audio connection and supports DTS Play-Fi, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and TuneIn. All decoding is handled by an internal AKM DAC, with support for 24/192 and DSD128 files.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Beryllium and Flax are not materials usually associated withone another, but that might be set to change with the announcement of Focal's all-new speaker called Kanta. Unveiled at a press conference back in September, the loudspeaker from the French manufacturer slots in neatly between its Aria and Sopra ranges. As with its existing models, it is handmade at Focal's manufacturing plant in Saint-Étienne, and marries concepts seen in both these designs while introducing a few new ones, too. The £6,999 Kanta No2 is a three-way floorstanding speaker.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Inside the December 2017 issue we take anexclusiveIn-depthlook at the new 700 loudspeaker series from Bowers & Wilkins with the 705 S2 standmount, while our regular reviews section features Simaudio’s MoonNēo 240i integrated amplifier, Technics’ SC-C70 one-box hi-fi system, Dual’s MTR-75 automatic turntable with USB, Acoustic Energy’s AE100 compact standmount as well as Wharfedale’s 11. 2 ‘big baby’ standmount and Sony’s NW-WM1A portable music player. Plus,Dealer Visitheads to the Nottingham HiFi Centre, whileMusic Legendscharts the songs that touched hearts and minds from singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell and our six-wayGroup Testlooks at floorstanding loudspeakers costing around £1k from KEF, Mission, Monitor Audio, Quadral, SVS, and XTZ. Get your copy here.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Introducing Lehmannaudio’s latest headphone amplifier, the £450 Drachenfels. Named after a hill in the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany, it can be used as a headphone amp and has twin 6. 35mm jack outputs with gold-plated contacts, or as a single-input preamp for a power amplifier or set of powered speakers. Lehmannaudio claims it provides 12dB of gain, and says that because of its Alps Blue Velvet potentiometer and synchronism with the ultra low-noise circuit, there is no need for a gain switch.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Welcome toThe Hi-Fi ShowLive2017, a specialty high-end audio event organised by the passionate audiophiles that bring you our sister titleHi-Fi News & Record Reviewmagazine every month. The world's oldest and most respected hi-fi magazine knows a thing or two about sound quality, so expect to experience some of the very best demonstrations ever attempted in the UK! In a refreshing departure from the conventional hotel show format, visitors will be treated to a series of memorable high-end audio events. Each of our major suites will feature examples of the very best that the high-end can offer with scheduled presentations and demonstrations by a mix of famous designers, engineers and audio personalities. Our other suites offer interactive demonstrations of the best headphones and headphone amplifiers, vinyl and hi-res/networked audio systems.