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Hi-Fi Choice Yearbook 2017

Hi-Fi Choice is the essential guide to audio excellence in the home. It is a no-nonsense guide to the finest products available, from vinyl and valves, to multi-channel digital audio and high-fidelity video. Hi-Fi Choice sorts the best from the rest with rigorous test processes and a highly experienced team of reviewers.

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www.hifichoice.co.uk Welcome to the Hi-Fi Choice Yearbook 2017. In putting together this special edition, it’s clear to see that it has been another landmark year for audio, with a staggering number of high-performance components emerging to feed our passion for sound in increasingly innovative ways. From the continuing rise in popularity of vinyl to on-demand music streaming services delivering CD-quality sound and higher, the way we access music and the products we listen on is as diverse as ever. Inside this 164-page issue you’ll find our pick of the greatest-sounding audio products to undergo our respected reviewing process in 2017. From hi-res digital players to turntables, loudspeakers and headphones, every product is a coveted Hi-Fi Choice badge winner applauded by our experts for a winning combination of outstanding sound quality and value…

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b-sharp super pack

European Audio Team has been going for a number of years now, initially with the manufacture of high-quality vacuum tubes, before moving on to high-end turntables such as the mighty Forte a decade or so ago. Run by Jozefína Krahulcová, it shares Pro-Ject’s manufacturing facilities but has never set out to make budget turntables, unlike its sister company. Indeed, a spokesman describes the relationship as being like that of Volkswagen and Porsche – Pro-Ject being a high-quality mid-market brand delivering high sales volume, whereas EAT delivers premium-level, high-end products. All well and good then, so why has the latter just announced a starter turntable that costs ‘just’ £1,298 including dustcover and EAT’s 9in B-Note tonearm? There’s also the option, as reviewed here, of the ready-to-play Super Pack, which includes a pre-installed…

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omega 100 riaa bt carbon black

Taking the design of its Omega 100 RIAA BT (HFC 415) a step further, Elipson’s Carbon Black has a carbon fibre top plate. This has been added to increase the rigidity of the deck and reduce any chance of flex between the main bearing and the mounting point for the tonearm. Additional changes relate to the tonearm. The original Omega launched without any form of arm lift – this oversight has now been righted. The mechanical parts of the lift are made from aluminium and finished to a very high standard. Finally, the cartridge has been upgraded from the Ortofon OM10 to an Ortofon 2M Red (HFC 345) moving-magnet. As denoted by the RIAA BT suffix, the deck is fitted with a phono stage that can handle moving-magnet and moving-coil cartridges…

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valore 425 plus

Despite the fact that Gold Note is not an especially large company, every part of the Valore 425 Plus is a bespoke design. It ships with the company’s own 9in B5 tonearm, which has captive bearings for both the horizontal and vertical movements. The armtube looks like a one-piece design, but the headshell is separate from the tube and is secured via a small grub screw on the side. This makes for easy azimuth adjustment and once secured, feels very solid. The cartridge is the Vasari Gold (£369). Built in-house, the Gold is the higher spec of two moving-magnet models with the more affordable Red (£206) having a simpler stylus profile. Perhaps the most interesting part of the design is the power supply. This is in a separate chassis and offers…

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essential iii a

An unsuspended, beltdriven design, the Essential III A is beefed up by a number of significant additions that were aftermarket extras for its forerunner. The most noticeable of these is the Acryl-IT E platter in place of the MDF one that was supplied with the Essential II. Less obvious, but no less significant, is the move from an Ortofon OM5 moving-magnet cartridge to the higher-spec OM10. Furthermore, an internal ground link for the motor simplifies the connections to the amp, and aims to reduce overall noise. The motor driving the platter remains unchanged and is the same single-speed unit with 33 and 45rpm selected by moving the belt position on the pulley. The other big carry over is the 8.6in tonearm, which is one of the more venerable parts of Pro-Ject’s turntable…

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primary phono usb

Combining elements from two of Pro-Ject’s existing entry-level designs – the Elemental and Essential II – the Primary Phono USB borrows the same 8.6in aluminium tonearm from the Elemental, uses sapphire bearings and comes pre-fitted with Ortofon’s OM5E cartridge. This means that there is no need to set the tracking force or anti-skate adjustment. The platter is spun by the same perimeter belt-drive type found on the Elemental, and is driven by a low-vibration synchronous motor that is controlled by a built-in regulator to provide good speed stability. The acoustically neutral MDF plinth and platter are borrowed from the Essential II and a phono stage is built in. Sound quality With a superb Decca recording of Khachaturian’s Spartacus, the performance is big and full with the drums providing plenty of clout. The frenzied…