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Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Bang & Olufsen has today unveiled its new multi-room solution linking up all of your B&O products into a singleBeoLink wireless system so that you can have music playing throughout the home, or different tunes in different rooms. Called BeoLink Multiroom, the system is claimed to provide simplicity of operation akin to switching on a light – simplytouch your Bang & Olufsen product to join the Multiroom experience – in any part of your home. If you've got one, your Bang & Olufsen TV can also join the Multiroom experience through your BeoRemote One or the new BeoMusic App, which offers an intuitive and transparent overview of the system. The BeoSound Momentmusic system sits at the centre of the setup and is claimed by B&O toadapt to your listening patterns to select music that fits with the relevant time of day – based on the sort of music you've listened to at that time of the day before.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 04, 2015  |  0 comments
Online hi-res music provider HighResAudio is now offering VirtualVault,a systemthat allowsits existing customers to stream their own music librariesfree of charge via the HighResAudio mobile home page. The system, claims HRA, works with all mobile devices (smartphone/tablet PC), desktop web browser and/or evenvia the web browser in your car. It caters, for wireless transmission via Bluetooth and is compatible with wireless multi-room solutions, says company CEO Lothar Kerestedjian. HRA claims to be the first to introduce Adaptive Audio Streaming (HLS/HTTP) and, depending uponthe available network bandwidth, it promises to deliver sound quality that’s on a par with CD.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 03, 2015  |  0 comments
The high-end headphone market has seen major growth recently, and Pioneer is among the latest brands to enter the fray with its flagship SE-Master1, that has been tuned and tested in London by Air Studios. Handmade in Japan and engraved with its own unique serial number, it is claimed that up to 100 individual processes are requiredto produce a single SE-Master1 headphone. According to Pioneer, it features 50mm driver units with an aluminium diaphragm finished in a special surface treatment called PCC (Parker Ceramic Coating), that it claims is advantageous for high-frequency resolution. In addition, the company says that its PEEK (Poly-Ether-Ether-Ketone) compounding material helps to reduce distortion and achieve a smoother sound quality.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 31, 2015  |  0 comments
Founded in 2010, TIBO Electronics has built up a considerable product list for a new brand, including hi-fi systems, loudspeakers and home entertainment stands. The appeal of wireless speakers has seen TIBO moving in this direction with established models already in its range. Its new Plus series active speaker system is the latest line to be added to the range and uses the latest Bluetooth 4. 0 technology along with the aptX codec.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 31, 2015  |  0 comments
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has teamed up with legendary Oscar winner Martin Scorsese to tell the tale of a fictional record label in the seventies. The hour-long special is being produced and shown on US cable network HBO and has been named Vinyl. AsVarietyreports, the drama – which isritten by Terence Winter (who collaborated with Scorsese on The Wolf Of Wall Street and TV series Boardwalk Empire – features Bobby Cannavale as label boss Richie Finestra, who hasa knack for discovering talent, but faces a crisis when confronted with a life-changing decision. Vinyl is expected to appear on US screens in 2016, but as yet no details have been announced about who has picked up the UK rights to screen it.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 30, 2015  |  0 comments
Earlier this month, Neil Young announced his intention to remove his music from streaming services due to the poor quality that they provide. In a social media outburst that appeared on both Facebook and Twitter, Young told the world: "Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans. It’s not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 30, 2015  |  0 comments
The Chord Company has launched what it calls its most advanced mains product to date, the Sarum Super ARAY power cable. First unveiled at the Bristol Show 2015, the mains plug is a bespoke version of an MS Power mains plug, with silver-plated conductors, says the maker. It’s also claimed that the fitting of two silicone tubes improves mechanical damping and vibration. Cable insulation is gas-foamed PTFE and the shieldingis high-density silver-plated braid.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 29, 2015  |  0 comments
price: £1,020 available: nowcontact: 01273 423877 web: exposurehifi. com Driven by a demand for digital connectivity, we saw Exposure’s upgraded 3010S2-D integrated amplifier in HFC 397 benefit from an optional plug-in DAC board. Buoyed by its success, British brand Exposure tells us that its mid-range integrated amp, the 2010S2, is also getting the same upgrade treatment. The 2010S2-D comes with six line-level inputs and, as with the upgrade options on the 3010S2-D, vinyl fans can also have a moving magnet or moving coil phono stage fitted at a cost of £110.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 29, 2015  |  0 comments
Japanese brand Luxman celebrates 90 years in the audio business with the launch of its new D-06u CD/SACD player, C-700u stereo preamplifier and M-700u stereo power amplifier. The D-06u is fitted with a Burr-Brown PCM1792A D/A convertor and supports PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD data up to 5. 64MHz via the USB input. According to Luxman, the player also comes with dedicated audio player software with support for FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3, DSF and DSIDIFF playback from either a PC or Mac.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 29, 2015  |  0 comments
Following on from the success of its P5 headphone (reviewed back in HFC 333), Bowers & Wilkins has unveiled a newly updated Bluetooth model, fittingly called the P5 Wireless. Adopting the same Bluetooth aptX technology that’s found in the company’s wireless T7 speaker (HFC 393), the P5 Wireless is easy to sync to compatible devices such as portable music players, smartphones, tablets or computers at the touch of a button. Intuitive controls allow users to play/pause and skip tracks, while those that opt to use their phone for listening can also answer calls, thanks to a pair of built-in microphones. The P5 Wireless features a rechargeable battery, which is claimed to provide up to 17 hours use and it can be replenished using the supplied USB cable.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 28, 2015  |  0 comments
We all know what a good speaker should do, but how to do it is another matter altogether – there are many different ways of attempting this. Moving coil drive units in a wooden box are the most common and simplest type to produce, but arguably the most flawed. Still, because the concept is so old there has been plenty of time to refine it, and Tannoy came up with its own solution nearly 70 years ago. Its first dual concentric design – the Monitor Black of 1946 – was a coaxial speaker combining mid/bass and treble units in one drive unit.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 28, 2015  |  0 comments
DETAILS Product:Devialet Silver Phantom Origin:France Type: Modular music system Price: £3,629 Weight:10. 5kg Dimensions(WxHxD): 253 x 255 x 343 mm FEATURES 3,000W internal ADH amplifier Internal DAC and wi-fi streaming upto 24-bit/192kHz Format support: MP3/AAC/ALAC/FLAC/WAV Ethernet and optical inputs Configurable for mono or stereo DISTRIBUTOR:Devialet UK WEBSITE:en. devialet. com Read the review here .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 28, 2015  |  0 comments
PRICE: £160-£700 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01268 740580 WEB: MONITORAUDIO. COM MONITOR AUDIO HAS been busy stepping its loudspeakers up a gear, and the latest range to get some attention is its popular BX range with the next generation of models. The redefined lineup of seven Bronze speakers draws on developments further up the maker’s extensive range. It carries four new hi-fi models that include the Bronze One and Bronze Two standmounts, along with the Bronze Five and Bronze Six floorstanding models.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 28, 2015  |  0 comments
DETAILS Product:Naim NAC-N 272 Origin:UK Type:Network music player/preamp/DAC Price: £3,300 Weight:12. 5kg Dimensions(WxHxD): 432 x 87 x 314mm FEATURES Streaming/playback at up to 192kHz/24-bit and DSD64/2. 8MHz Analogue volume control Digital inputs: BNC; 2x RCA; 3x Toslink optical Analogue inputs: DIN, 2x RCA Fixed and variable analogue outputs DISTRIBUTOR:Naim Audio Ltd TELEPHONE:01722 426600 WEBSITE:naimaudio. com Read full review in issue 400 .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 08, 2015  |  0 comments
This month sees our 400th issue, a special anniversary edition celebrating 40 years of expert hi-fi reviews and buying advice. In putting together this issue, I have come to realise just how significantly the world of audio has changed in an amazingly short amount of time. I was perhaps a bit too young to remember the very first issue of Hi-Fi Choice when it launched in its original A5 format back in 1975, but I do remember the music and sounds of the time that got me hooked, even if I was listening on a mono cassette radio recorder or my dad’s 8-track tape player in the family car. For anyone wanting to recall the era our Year In Music feature is just for you, and revisits 1975 with a comprehensive rundown of the bands and albums that defined the magazine’s birth year.

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