Awards 2010

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Ed Selley  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Equipment Support Quadraspire Sunoko-Vent T A clever solution to the twin problems of resonance and ventilation, the slotted-shelves of the Sunoko- Vent T provide additional airfl ow to components that need them. And while reducing resonance from external sources, the main frame design allows equipment placed on it to shine. A good enough reason to be an award-winner. Details PRICE: £800 (includes four shelves) TYPE: Equipment rack TELEPHONE: 01179 863228 WEBSITE: quadraspire.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Turntable up to £1,500 Pro-Ject 6 Perspex Winning the Blind-listening Group Test (HFC 338), against competition that included a more recent version of last year’s award-winner, the 6 Perspex truly deserves this year’s top-spot. We loved its open and even-handed sound, the handsome design and its excellent build quality. Details PRICE: £1,280 (incl arm) TYPE: Turntable TELEPHONE: 01235 511166 WEBSITE: project-audio. com Clearaudio Concept Details PRICE: £1,100 (incl arm/ cartridge) TYPE: Turntable TELEPHONE: 01252 702705 WEBSITE: clearaudio.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Turntable over £1,500 Dr Feickert Analogue Woodpecker Vinyl has been with us for decades and yet the Woodpecker manages to pack some surprising innovations into its handsome design. A composite of metals, laminates and acetal plastic, the deck offers an insightful and revealing sound that makes it a worthy award-winner. . Details PRICE: £2,995 (excluding arm and cartridge) TYPE: Turntable TELEPHONE: 01923 352479 WEBSITE: angelsoundaudio.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Tuner Pure Sensia More than just a simple radio, the Sensia won over the judges, thanks in part to its excellent Pure DAB reception. It can also stream music over a wireless network and even surf the internet. That it does all of these things with aplomb easily makes it this year’s award-winner. Details PRICE: £250 TYPE: DAB/FM/web radio/media player TELEPHONE: 0845 148 9001 WEBSITE: pure.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Loudspeaker over £2,000 PMC fact. 8 The fact. 8 is a speaker that does nearly everything right. It is capable of great performance, with superb bass extension, good tonality and sensitivity and some intelligent, well thought out tuning controls.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Interconnect Cable QED Signature Audio S The QED achieves the single most important aim of any hi-fi cable, in that it imparts no character of its own to the performance. The sophisticated ‘quasi-balanced’ design and excellent quality materials throughout, combine to give the QED a near total transparency that is the mark of an award-winner. Details PRICE: £190 (1m pair) TYPE: Interconnect TELEPHONE: 01279 501111 WEBSITE: qed. co.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best CD Player over £1,000 Resolution Audio Cantata We loved the Opus 21 CD player by Resolution Audio and always felt that it was going to take something special to better it. The Cantata is that something. Combining the roles of standalone CD player with that of a media streamer and DAC, the Cantata handles all roles with style, possessing a sound quality that is the equal of more expensive players. Details PRICE: £5,995 TYPE: CD/streamer TELEPHONE: 01268 858222 WEBSITE: resolutionaudio.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Loudspeaker cable Kimber 4VS The Kimber really stood out with a wonderfully natural and relaxed performance. It did a fine job of making itself unobtrusive and letting the music take centre stage. The traditional woven construction is retained and the fit and finish is extremely high. The price has even gone down since we reviewed it!.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best One Box System Aura Note Premier The Aura is a demonstration of what makes an awardwinning one-box system. It combines excellent sonics with an attractive and well-thought out design and an extensive feature set that should allow it to fi t into even demanding roles without issue. If you need top performance in one box, look no further than this. .
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best DAC Naim Audio DAC Having shown no previous interest in external DACs, for Naim to win this category at the first attempt is a remarkable achievement. But then this DAC combines the traditional Naim attention to detail with clever technology. The end result being a fantastic performer and a flexible addition to any system. Details PRICE:£1,950 TYPE: DAC TELEPHONE: 01722 426600 WEBSITE: naim-audio.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Amplifier up to £1,000 Denon PMA-1510AE The ‘1510AE won us over with a clean and immediate sonic performance, coupled with a power output that is up to the task of driving virtually any speaker it is likely to encounter. For the price, it also enjoys excellent fit and finish and an extensive feature set, including bypassable tone controls and a good-quality MM/MC phono stage. A worthy winner. Details PRICE: £900 TYPE: Integrated TELEPHONE: 02890 279830 WEBSITE: denon.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Amplifier over £1,000 Rotel RC1580/RB1582 This combination impressed us from the outset. The Rotels are handsome brutes with an impressive spec and massive power reserves. They went on to beat all comers in their group test, combining a powerful and convincing performance with an ability to reproduce the most delicate of pieces without losing a single detail. A very accomplished duo.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Loudspeaker up to £2,000 Castle Knight 2 The Knight 2 marks a welcome return by one of the premier British speaker brands. New owners IAG have successfully kept the values that made Castle speakers special and updated the models for the 21st Century. We love the detail and explicit vocals coupled with fast and detailed bass. This top-fl ight performance is presented in a gorgeous, real-wood veneer cabinet fi nished to an extremely high standard, resulting in a worthy award-winner.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best Headphone Beyerdynamic T1 The T1 impressed us from the outset. Even before it was plugged in, the beautiful build quality and attractive design did wonders for its desirability. This was backed up by a strong and engaging performance that showed remarkable detail-retrieval, resulting in a very transparent and natural-sounding headphone. .
Ed Selley  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Best CD Player up to £1,000 Roksan Kandy K2 The Kandy K2 is the only product from the 2009 Awards to retain its title. It returned to see off all challengers in a recent Blind-listening Group Test and the same qualities that earned it the award last year still apply. It is a truly accomplished musicmaker across a wide variety of styles and genres. With excellent timing and tonality the K2 is a great listen.

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