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Hi-Fi Choice Apr-18

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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welcome

One of the things we love about hi-fi is that it’s continuously evolving. As our systems grow with a mix of carefully chosen components based on our format needs and total synergy with the rest of the setup, it feels like audio art in the making – and it doesn’t stop once all the components are in place either. Years of tinkering has taught me that significant improvements in the sound of my system can often be gained by simply rearranging the furniture in my room or by trying out one of the vast numbers of accessories designed to help prevent interference from external forces or maintain audio signal integrity throughout the chain of components. Not all of them have had a positive effect on the sound of my setup,…

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music studio

PRICE: £1,000 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01268 740580 WEB: MONITORAUDIO.COM ON DISPLAY FOR the first time at The Bristol Show in February (see our full report starting on p10), the Studio is the latest two-way standmount design from Monitor Audio. Without any kind of grille, Studio's designers tell us that the intention was to make the two metallic-silver RDT II speaker cones the focal point and give it an eyecatching contemporary edge. The dual 102mm drivers are modified versions of those found on its Platinum range flagship PL500 II floorstander. Utilising the same design principles and materials, a micro pleated diaphragm (MPD) is used as the cental high-frequency transducer. It works like an accordion, rapidly squeezing the pleats to produce a super-fast and extended frequency response, resulting – so the theory goes –…

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secondhand vinyl sales boom

With Record Store Day just around the corner (21 April), the fact that vinyl sales continue to enjoy significant success is no surprise. For those that haven't been paying attention, it enjoyed a 26.8 percent increase year on year in 2017, taking it to the heady heights not experienced since Nirvana unveiled Nevermind in 1991. The unexpected growth in the popularity of the black stuff has seen record labels all too eager to cash in, re-releasing anything they can grab from their extensive back catalogues, but all too frequently in the shape of poorly mastered and lazily put together packages that don't really do the format justice. The result is that the more dedicated vinyl enthusiast is better off buying the original releases secondhand. And the first place the smart shopper…

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astell&kern acro l1000

PRICE: £799 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0208 3585858 WEB: ASTELLNKERN.COM BRANCHING OUT FROM its portable hi-res players, Astell&Kern has unveiled its new ACRO desktop audio series with the introduction of the ACRO L1000 headphone amplifier/DAC. Featuring two AK4490 chips, the ACRO L1000 can playback PCM files up to 32-bit/384kHz with no downsampling and supports native DSD up DSD256 without conversion. Crafted in aluminium and designed to sit at a 30° angle for ease of use, it incorporates a balanced XLR jack and speaker binding posts offering a claimed maximum output of up to 15W per channel at 4ohm. Meanwhile 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs are also included. At the centre of the ACRO L1000 is a large volume wheel that is surrounded by LED lights to indicate volume level. These double up…

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avm30 series in the uk

PRICE: £699-£3,250 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01767 686300 WEB: AVM-AUDIO-UK.COM Originally launched exclusively in Germany to celebrate its 30th anniversary, AVM has revealed plans to introduce its AVM30 series into the UK via PMC UK Distribution. The entry-level range includes integrated pre and power amplifiers and a CD and media player and visitors to the Bristol Show got to see for themselves what it has to offer – see Show Report on page 10. Drawing on the heritage of the AVM A2, the new £2,750 A 30 integrated amplifier takes the direct double-mono setup of its predecessor and adds additional functionality such as digital inputs, the latest version of Bluetooth and adjustment options for input sensitivity and sound control. The PA 30 preamplifier boasts an MM and MC phono module, the same adjustment options…

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jamo studio 8

• Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Jamo has reintroduced its Studio speakers to the UK. The Studio 8 features compact cabinet designs incorporating 25mm soft dome tweeters while adopting reflex ports and WaveGuide technology for what Jamo describes as a dynamic, powerful performance. The range consists of three floorstanding models – the £625 S 809, £499 S 807 and £349 S 805 – two bookshelf speakers – the £249 S 803 and £155 S 801 – as well as centres and sub for home cinema use. The Studio 8 is available now in three matte finishes. HENLEYAUDIO.CO.UK…

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