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Hi-Fi Choice  |  Feb 09, 2015  |  0 comments
Computer music Computer audio is now one of the most important growth areas in two-channel audio. It is no longer the preserve of the budget category or lifestyle setups and thereis now a wider selection of equipment available at virtually every price point from the very affordable to the ultra high end. At the same time, the supporting infrastructure that allows computer audio to deliver on the promises of sound quality and convenience has made equally significant progress. Storage is cheap and getting cheaper.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 20, 2015  |  0 comments
Welcome to our January 2015 issue. This month’s group test looks at the latest USB DACs to upgrade your hi-fi and sound on the go, and we also go In-depth with a stunning Primare pre/power combo. Four of the best sounding DAB radios get rated, plus we listen to B&W’s T7 Bluetooth speaker and celebrate Topic Records at 75! Clickhereto buy a copy or become a subscriber by clickinghere. .
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
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  |  Nov 20, 2014  |  1 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.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 19, 2014  |  0 comments
PRODUCT:Devialet Ensemble ORIGIN:France TYPE:Amplifier andspeaker package WEIGHT:Amp: 5. 65kg Speaker: 8kg DIMENSIONS(WxHxD) Amp:383 x 40 x 383mm Speaker:200 x 330 x 250mm FEATURES ● Amp: Class A/Dhybrid analogue/digital ● Speakers: AtohmGT1 SE withmatching Zef cable ● AIR streamingmodule ● Fully configurableinputs for Ethernet,USB, RCA (line-leveland S/PDIF) Toslink ● Firmware updatesvia SD card/website ● 24-bit/192kHzupsampling DAC ● Phono stage DISTRIBUTORAbsolute Sounds TELEPHONE0208 9713909 WEBSITEabsolutesounds. com;en. devialet.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 19, 2014  |  0 comments
DETAILS PRODUCT:VPI Nomad PRICE: £795 ORIGIN:USA TYPE:Turntable packagewith built-inheadphone ampand phono stage WEIGHT:5. 9kg DIMENSIONS:(WxHxD)470 x 109 x 343mm FEATURES ● Belt-driventurntable withmanual speedchange ● 24V AC motor ● 10in tonearm ● Ortofon 2M Redcartridge supplied DISTRIBUTOR:Renaissance Audio TELEPHONE:0131 5553922 WEBSITE:renaissanceaudio. co. uk; vpiindustries.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 12, 2014  |  0 comments
The December 2014 issue ofHi-Fi Choicemagazine has the usual wide range of features and equipment reviews, including our unique group test. It's packed with products for getting the best possible sound from your hi-fi, whether you're buying or tuning and tweaking. Clickhereto buy a copy or become a subscriber by clickinghere . .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 01, 2014  |  0 comments
If it’s inspirational or even aspirational hi-fi you’re after then this is indeed a fantastic time of year. The hi-fi show season is well under way, and what’s more the high-end Hi-Fi Show returns to the Beaumont House Estate, Old Windsor for the second year running. Hosted by our sister magazine Hi-Fi News & Record Review and AVTech Media, the two-day, high-end audio event held on the weekend of November 1 and 2 will showcase a spectacular line up of hi-fi for audiophiles and music lovers alike. With informative demonstrations by industry specialists, it looks set to be a spectacular audio event that you won’t want to miss.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 20, 2014  |  0 comments
PRODUCT Naim mu-so ORIGIN UK/China TYPE One-box system WEIGHT 13kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 628 x 120 x 256mm FEATURES ● UPnP; aptX;AirPlay; wi-fi ● Ethernet; USBtype-A; opticaldigital and 3. 5mmanalogue inputs ● 24-bit/192kHzDAC ● Claimed outputpower: 6x 75W ● Support for WAV,FLAC and AIFF(24/192); ALAC(24/96); MP3; AAC;OGG and WMA DISTRIBUTOR Naim Audio Ltd TELEPHONE 01722 426600 WEBSITE naimaudio. com . .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 20, 2014  |  0 comments
Acoustic Energy AE 103 £550 Bowers & Wilkins 684 S2 £800 Cambridge Audio Aeromax 6 £900 Dali Zensor 7 £730 PSB Speakers Imagine X1T £750 Roth OLi RA4 £400 This well-executed British-designed floorstander has a build quality that’s well above its price point and a specification that partners nicely done anodised aluminium cones with a soft fabric dome tweeter. The second incarnation of the 684 is thinner than it’s predecessor thanks to the use of smaller drive units still utilising the brand’s characteristic woven Kevlar cones. But how does the heavily tweaked S2 design fare against price rivals here? Just 18 month’s after the launch of its Aero range comes the revamped Aeromax, complete with shiny cabinets, improved internal bracing and driver enhancements. It’s the most costly model here, but will that be enough to take the spoils? One of Denmark’s most respected loudspeaker makers, Dali should always be on your audition list.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 20, 2014  |  0 comments
DETAILS PRODUCT The Funk Firm Funk Flamenca ORIGIN UK TYPE Belt-drive turntable with tonearm WEIGHT 5. 4kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 414 x 110 x 320mm FEATURES ● 33 and 45rpm electronic speed change ● 12V DC motor ● Funk F6 thread bearing tonearm ● External wall wart PSU ● Removable dust cover DISTRIBUTOR The Funk Firm TELEPHONE 01273 585042 WEBSITE thefunkfirm. co. uk .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 26, 2014  |  0 comments
Radio 3's new controller Alan Davey, CEO of the Arts Council England is set to join BBC Radio 3 as Controller in January. Davey will take over from Roger Wright who has led the station for 15 years. With a passion for classical music, Davey also brings a long legacy of driving music educationforwardwhile at ACE and says he's committed to renewing the station for the digital age. .