Hi-Fi Choice

Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 15, 2015  |  0 comments
You might be forgiven for gaining the impression that there is really only one option when it comes to portable digital players capable of 24/192 resolution – Astell&Kern. But it was always only a matter of time before other players appeared. Those in search of an alternative to the somewhat pricey players from iRiver pricked up their ears whenFiiO trailed the availability of a more affordable unit using the same Wolfson WM8740 DAC. A similar frisson was felt when it released an excellent portable headphone amp – the E17 – a year or two ago.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 14, 2015  |  0 comments
The latest and most expensive Bowers & Wilkins headphones are also the most desirable. The smell of the leather as you open the box, the contrast of chrome and black, it all says luxury. You also get a lot in the box. There are two alternate cables, one for use with Apple portables with inline volume and play/pause control, and another straight wire (without gain) for more discerning listeners.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 14, 2015  |  0 comments
By combining hi-fi sound quality with real world convenience, all-in-one digital music players signify a step-change for the hi-fi industry. Their allure is like that ofCD in the eighties, appealing to both audiophiles and music lovers alike who simply want a fuss-free way to hear music, which in the modern age could be stored on a smartphone, laptop or sophisticated NAS drive. Cambridge Audio clearly gets this and its Minx Xi combines features cherry picked from its affordable separates range, packed into an even more affordable do-it-all single box. So what you get is a 40W (claimed) Class AB amplifier derived from the company’s 351A integrated amp, dual Wolfson WM8728 DACs lifted from the 351C CD player, the streaming functionality of CA’s NP30 network player and Bluetooth connectivity courtesy of the company’s BT100 apt-X receiver.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 13, 2015  |  0 comments
Bit perfection – unleash hi-res music from your computer with these six USB DACs PRODUCT Denon DA-300USB PRODUCT ADL X1 PRODUCT Hegel HD12 DSD PRODUCT Henry Audio USB DAC 128 mkII PRODUCT iFi Nano iDSD PRODUCT LH Labs Geek Out M ORIGIN China TYPE USB and S/PDIF DAC/headphone preamp WEIGHT 1. 5kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 170 x 57 x 182mm FEATURES ● 32-bit/192kHz DAC ● Format support: PCM 44. 1-192kHz; DSD64; DSD128 ● Inputs: USB-B port; S/PDIF coaxial; 2x Toslink ● Output: stereo RCAs DISTRIBUTOR D&M Audiovisual, UK Ltd TELEPHONE 02890 279830 WEBSITE denon. co.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 12, 2015  |  0 comments
Does the classic NAD 3020 integrated amplifier need any introduction? Most HFC readers will have owned one, heard one orat least known someone else who used one. It came out 35 years ago, for the princely sumof £59 in the UK, and was painfully uncool looking back then; its 3030 predecessor wasa far more fashionable beast with its broad expanse of brushed aluminium, inset with big chunky analogue power meters. By contrast, the 3020 had a dull charcoal grey plastic fascia, a miserly mono LED power meter,and precious few facilities by the standardsofthe day. Worse still, it put out a piffling 20W RMS of power into 8 ohms.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 12, 2015  |  0 comments
PRODUCT Primare PRE32/A34. 2 ORIGINSweden TYPEPreamp with mediaboard and Class Dpower amplifier WEIGHT10. 5kg each DIMENSIONS(WxHxD)470 x 109 x 343mm FEATURES ● Preamp withvTuner internetradio, upsamplingDAC, network andaptX Bluetoothstreaming ● Quoted power:150W/8ohms ● Balanced inputs/outputs ● Burr-BrownPCM1792 DAC DISTRIBUTORKarma-AV Ltd TELEPHONE01423 358846 WEBSITEkarma-av. co.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 12, 2015  |  0 comments
PRODUCT Stream Magic 6 V2 ORIGIN UK/China TYPE Network streamer/ DAC preamp WEIGHT 4kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 430 x 85 x 305mm FEATURES ● Dual Wolfson WM8740 DACs ● Wi-fi, Ethernet and optional aptX Bluetooth streaming ● USB; S/PDIF; Toslink; Ethernet; Wi-fi inputs ● S/PDIF; Toslink; balanced XLR audio outputs DISTRIBUTOR Richer Sounds TELEPHONE 0333 9000093 WEBSITE cambridgeaudio. com ISSUE 393 . . .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 12, 2015  |  0 comments
When a manufacturer hits on a design philosophy that works it shouldn’t be too surprising to find that it will use the same basic pattern for as many products as it can. However, in the case of Avid, this methodology is taken one stage further. The company’s extensive range of turntables has all been designed ‘top down. ’Theflagship Acutus turntable wasdevelopedfirst and every other turntablesince is effectively as much of the Acutusas it is possible to retain at the new lowerprice point.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 20, 2014  |  0 comments
Welcome to our Yearbook 2014 – a 164-page ultimate collection with over 70 reviews of the greatest-sounding audio components and accessories from 19differentcategories. Plus, eight pages ofMusic Reviewsand the top tunes to own on CD, download, vinyl and Blu-ray. Click here to purchase the Yearbook 2014. .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 19, 2014  |  0 comments
Chord Electronics Hugo ORIGIN UK TYPE DAC/headphone amplifier WEIGHT 0. 4kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 100 x 20 x 132mm FEATURES ● 32-384kHz, DXD, DSD64, DSD128, 16-32-bit ● aptX Bluetooth, optical, coaxial, 2x USB inputs ● 6. 3mm and 3. 5mm headphone, RCA phono outputs ● Rechargeable battery operation ● Volume/output level control DISTRIBUTOR Chord Electronics Ltd TELEPHONE 01622 721444 WEBSITE chordelectronics.