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Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Big news has reached us from Roksan concerning the latest addition to its K3 Series – the CD Di, which is acombination of CompactDisc player and digital-to-analogue converter that expands the range to a greater choice of input sources, the manufacturer tells us. We loved Roksan's first set of K3 components, launched earlier this year, when we partnered the CD player with matching integrated amplifier and the combo received a well-earned Editor's Choice back in the April issue (HFC 396). Roksan continues: "The idea behind the CD Di is to provide audio enthusiasts with a high-quality digital source that will not only play an existing CD library to the expected audiophile standard, but willalso host an array of other digital sources as one audiophile 'hub'. By incorporating both CD player and DAC into one box, users can save space by avoiding the need for extra boxes and achieve consistent audio performance across digital platforms.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 04, 2015  |  0 comments
One of Britain’s leading contemporary composers has written what is thought to be the longest single piece of music ever to be recorded. Sleep is eight hours long – and has been composed with the sole purpose of sending the listener off to the land of nod. “It’s an eight-hour lullaby,” says its composer, Max Richter. The piece is scored for piano, strings, electronics and vocals, but features no vocals as such.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 03, 2015  |  0 comments
DALI'S new ZENSOR PICO loudspeakers have been designed specifically for those that are short on space but don't want to comprimose when it comes to sound performance. Comprising the ZENSORPICO and ZENSOR PICO VOKAL (centre speaker) the new designs are,essentially, a scaled down ZENSOR ONE (HFC 402). They useexactly thesame 25mm treble driver, married to a 4. 5inmid-bass driver, all housed in a tiny bass-reflex cabinetthat's designed for on-wall or near wall mounting (both models have keyhole mounting brackets).
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 02, 2015  |  0 comments
Welcome to the October 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. . . 

 Our cover story this month is an exclusive review of Inspire's stunning Elevation turntable package, raising vinyl playback to new heights.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 01, 2015  |  0 comments
Tesco has revealed that it will become the first major UK supermarket to once again sell vinyl records, following the announcement that it will release Iron Maiden's next album later this week. The new release,The Book Of Souls, is Iron Maiden's first release in five years and will be available on vinyl in 55 Tesco Extra stores across the country from Friday 4th September. Tesco's music buyer Michael Mulligan toldMusic Business Worldwide: “In the last year we began selling record decks in our largest stores and initial sales are very encouraging so giving our customers some new vinyl to play on those decks seems like the logical next step. If this trial is a success then we would consider selling more vinyl albums before the end of the year.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 27, 2015  |  0 comments
Andrea Bocellihas announced details of his new albumCinema, which is due for release worldwide on23 October. Cinemacelebrates Bocelli's pick and interpretation of the greatest movie songs of all time and reunites a team of musical legends including David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis who worked together on Bocelli’s best-selling album Amore. Bocelli’s first new studio recording in two years, Cinema includestheme songs featured in movies including Gladiator, The Godfather and Breakfast At Tiffany’s, as well as popular songs from stage musicals, immortalised by their film versions, likeWest Side Storyand Evita. True to his status as an international artist, Bocelli has recorded songs in five different languages (Italian, French, Spanish, English and Sicilian) and has partnered with Ariana Grandeon E Piu Ti Penso from Once Upon A Time In America/Malena andNicoleScherzingeron Evita's Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (available on the deluxe version of the album).
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 26, 2015  |  0 comments
John Grant’s third album, the invitingly titledGrey Tickles, Black Pressure goes on sale on 2 October. Recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, Swans), Grey Tickles, Black Pressurelooks set to cement Grant's reputation as the most disarmingly honest, caustic, profound and funny diarist of the human condition in the 21stcentury. “I do think the album’s great, and I’m really proud of it,” Grant says. “I wanted to get moodier and angrier on this record, but I probably had a lot more fun making it.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 25, 2015  |  0 comments
DALI has unveiled its latest wireless loudspeakers in the shape ofthefloorstandingZENSOR 5 AX (above) and the bookshelf ZENSOR 1 AX (pictured below). Each pair features one speaker withanintegrated 2x 50w digital Class D amplifier built in, while wireless connectivity comes in the shape of aptXBluetoothwireless. Connections include a subwoofer output for additional bass grunt, alongside an optical Toslink input and a single analogue input. Prices are £499 for theDALI ZENSOR 1 AX and £799 for theDALI ZENSOR 5 AX.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 25, 2015  |  0 comments
PRODUCT:Pro-Ject Essential IIDigital ORIGIN:Austria TYPE:Belt-drive turntablewith MM phonostage & ADC WEIGHT:4kg DIMENSIONS(WxHxD):420 x 112 x 330mm FEATURES 8. 6in aluminiumtonearm 33/45rpm Ortofon OM5emoving magnetcartridge Built-in phonostage with RCAanalogue andoptical digitaloutputs DISTRIBUTOR Henley Designs TELEPHONE 01235 511166 WEBSITE henleydesigns. co. uk Read full review in issue 401 .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 25, 2015  |  0 comments
PRODUCT:Musical FidelityMX-DAC ORIGIN:EU TYPE:32-bit/192kHz PCM& DSD-capable DAC WEIGHT:1. 9kg DIMENSIONS(WxHxD):220 x 53 x 215mm FEATURES 2x coaxial; 2xoptical; 1x USBdigital inputsRCA phono,balanced XLRaudio outputs 2-position digitalfilter setting DISTRIBUTOR Musical Fidelity Ltd TELEPHONE 0208 9002866 WEBSITE musicalfidelity. com Read full reveiw in issue 401 . .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 25, 2015  |  0 comments
PRODUCT:Monitor AudioGold 200 ORIGIN:UK/China TYPE:3-way floorstandingloudspeaker WEIGHT:22. 2kg DIMENSIONS(WxHxD):170 x 951 x 300mm FEATURES 1x C-CAM ribbontweeter 1x 100mm C-CAMRST midrange driver 2x 140mm C-CAMRST bass driver Quoted sensitivity:89dB/1W/1m DISTRIBUTOR Monitor Audio Ltd TELEPHONE 01268 740580 WEBSITE monitoraudio. co. uk Read the full reveiw is issue 401 .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 24, 2015  |  0 comments
Bixiga 70 has announced details of their latest album, III, which is released on 11 September on Glitterbeat Records. The São Paulo-based combo is one of the guiding voices of Brazil’s contemporary instrumental music scene. Taking Fela Kuti’s Afrika 70 band as a launchpad both in name and spirit, this explosive 10-piece unleashes a ground-breaking fusion of African and South American rhythms and sounds. The band’s aptly named third album, III, is a luminescent and energised mixture of Atlantic cultures.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 21, 2015  |  0 comments
Widely recognised as one of the most successful female recording artists of the modern age, Linda Ronstadt has graced dozens of hits, sold more than 100 million albums, won countless industry awards (including 11 Grammys®) and is among the best-selling artists of all time. So it's only iftting that she put together a collection of her greatest hits. Rhino looks back on the singer’s extraordinary career with a new double-disc retrospective that brings together many of her unforgettable recordings, including the #1 smash, You’re No Good. Just One Look Look: The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt, is released today and is also available digitally.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 20, 2015  |  0 comments
Purehas announced a new collaboration with the leading British fabric and wallpaper manufacturer Sanderson that will see its radios produced with floral prints. Pure's Evoke Mio D2 and D4 (above) digital radios are now available to buy in Sanderson’s “Chelsea” and “DandelionClocks” prints. The range will be available exclusively through John Lewisfor £149. 99 and £199.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 19, 2015  |  0 comments
August 24th-31st marks the return of Mod Week, with a whole host of events happening across the country to celebrate the influential subculture. From the Great Northern Mod & Ska festival to the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally and the Brighton Mod Weekender, there's something for every wannabe rude boy and skin head. Meanwhile, to coincide with the evenEddie Piller (DJ and founder of Acid Jazz records) has compiled a 75-track, three-disc CD compilation of rare and unusual cuts associated with the Mod movement. Our Generarion includes lesser known standards such as The Foundations' I'm Gonna Be A Rich Man(sampled in Blondie’s Call Me),Manny Corchado’s latino Mod favourite Pow WowandDexy’s Midnight Runners early single Dance Stancealongside classic hits including The Jam's Town Called Malice, The Lambrettas' Poison Ivy, Booker T and the MGs' Green Onions and of course My Generation by The Who.