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Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 10, 2015  |  0 comments
From Queen and Universal Music comes Queen: The Studio Collection, featuring 15 remastered albums in an 18-disc box set. 24-bit/96kHz digital masters were first made from the original tapes with any speed errors, missing audio, clicks and other unwanted noises rectified in the digital domain, and then the tracks were pressed on heavyweight 180g theme-coloured vinyl. Though it’s not quite Radio Ga Ga, Rega’s latest turntable is sure to be a big hit with Queen fans too. Launched to complement the vinyl release, it features the band’s crest silkscreen printed across the platter and the exclusive ‘Queen by Rega’ logo on the gloss-black plinth.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 09, 2015  |  0 comments
Dynaudio has announced details of its new Contour LE series, consisting of the S 1. 4 LE bookshelf loudspeaker (pictured above) and the S 3. 4LE floorstander. The rigid cabinet design features what Dynaudio describes as a “unique baffle” made up of three layers – including a layer of damping material and a thick metal plate.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Monitor Audio’s compact S150 Bluetooth loudspeaker (£150) is constructed from a mineral-filled polymer surrounding a cluster of four specialised drivers. These includea proprietary gold dome C-CAM tweeter flanked on angled baffles by dual 3in C-CAM metal cone bass drivers and a rear-firing Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR). The C-CAM drivers are powered directly by Class D amplifiers, generating a claimed 40W, and are fed by a hi-res DAC. Frequency range is quoted at 80Hz-25kHz.
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.

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