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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
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 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 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.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jun 03, 2015  |  0 comments
PRODUCT Q Acoustics 3050 ORIGIN UK/Germany/China TYPE Floorstandingloudspeaker WEIGHT17. 8kg DIMENSIONS(WxHxD) 298 x 1,000 x200mm FEATURES ● 1x 25mm softdome tweeter ● 2x 165mm mid/bass drivers ● Quoted sensitivity:92dB/1W/1m DISTRIBUTOR Armour HomeElectronics TELEPHONE 01279 501111 WEBSITE qacoustics. co. uk Read full review in issue 398 .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jun 02, 2015  |  0 comments
DETAILS PRODUCT Scansonic MB-1 ORIGIN Denmark TYPE 2-way standmount loudspeaker WEIGHT 6. 1kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 178 x 312 x 286mm FEATURES ● Ribbon tweeter ● 115mm mid/bass driver ● Impedance: >6ohm DISTRIBUTOR Dantax A/S TELEPHONE +45 982476 77 WEBSITE scansonic. dk Read the full review in issue 398 . .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jun 01, 2015  |  0 comments
Pop quiz time. What’s the biggest growing sector within the hi-fi industry of the last four or five years? Bluetooth adaptors? Hi-res music streamers? Portable music players? No, give up? Would it come as a surprise if we were to reveal that headphones is the answer? Probably not given the fact thatthe rest of the page is filled with picturesof them. . .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  May 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Welcome to the June 2015 issue of Hi-Fi Choice – the essential guide to getting the best possible sound from your hi-fi, whether you're buying, tuning or tweaking. . . 

 Flicking through the pages of our latest issue shows that the LP usurped by CD in the mid-eighties is still very much alive and well.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 20, 2015  |  0 comments
After years in the wilderness it looks as though vinyl is finally coming in from the cold. Vinyl sales are higher than they’ve been since 1997 when Britpop ruled the world and many people are universally shunning poor quality downloads and streams in favour of the black stuff. You see, there’s nothing quite like the routine of removing an LP from its sleeve, placing it onto a turntable and then putting the needle into the groove and sitting back to enjoy your music as it really should be heard. But what’s that, you don’t own a decent record player? We might just be able to help you out with that.