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Hi-Fi Choice April 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 Issue No. 422 April 2017Spotify is the world’s most popular music streaming service and has recently surpassed 50 million subscribers, according to its own stats. The streaming service giant’s popularity is also confirmed by the results of our own Twitter poll that ran online in early March asking: “What’s the best music streaming service for you?” – see full survey results on p69. Somewhat surprisingly, the results show that even among quality audio fans Spotify’s ad-free Premium subscription service with sound quality only up to 320kbps for its music streams comes top of our poll.As an advocate of lossless streaming services, the results are a little disappointing. In our most recent streaming services test (HFC 414) covering six of the main players, Tidal HiFicame out top for its near-CD…

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value mission

PRICE: £110-£750 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01480 447700 WEB:MISSION.CO.UKSHOWCASING ITS SIX-STRONG LX lineup at the Bristol Sound & Vision show held in February – see highlights starting on p10 – visitors to the fourth floor of the Marriott Hotel City Centre got the chance to experience Mission's complete entry-level range of loudspeakers for the first time. Touted as offering exceptional performance and value, the £160 LX-2 standmount and £400 LX-3 floorstanding speakers were launched almost a year ago. They are joined by four new models that augment the range with a further standmount speaker, two additional floorstanders as well as a centre channel model if your audio aspirations extend to multi-channel loudspeaker installations.Mission controlAs with the first models unveiled, Mission tells us that its LX series has been designed to deliver…

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avm in the uk

PRICE: £3,995 – £11,695 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01767 686300 WEB:PMC-SPEAKERS.COMGERMAN AUDIO SPECIALIST AVM (Audio Video Manufaktur) has been around for 30 years, and has established a considerable lineup of components spread across three key ranges called Inspiration, Evolution and Ovation. The new brand to the UK got its first outing at the Bristol Sound & Vision show in February and carries a comprehensive range of models including integrated, pre and power amplifiers, receivers, CD player/DACs and all-in-one solutions like the £11,695 Ovation CS 6.2 and 8.2 flagship models (pictured middle and bottom). Rated at a hefty 2x 500W with streaming capabilities and support for up to 32/384 and DSD128 files, the CS 8.2 also offers a Tube Line Stage claiming a warmer sound. The MP 6.2 (top) is a digital…

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ds audio optical pick-up

PRICE: £4,800 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0118 9814238 WEB:SOUNDFOWNDATIONS.CO.UKFollowing the launch of the DS-W1 optical cartridge from DS Audio, the Japanese company has announced the introduction of its most affordable optical pick-up to date in the form of the DS 002. Drawing on its experience with developing the original DS-W1 optical cartridge that arrived in the UK in 2015 and quickly followed by the Master 1 design released here in 2016, the DS 002 sports an aluminium chassis, aluminium cantilever and classic Shibata stylus with the same enhanced optical-mechanical system and wire-suspended cantilever, and claims to deliver a similar output to the Master 1 with 500mV and 25dB of separation.The DS 002 optical cartridge also comes packaged with a more compact and lightweight phono stage/equaliser unit, in which a newly updated…

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bristol show 2017

(Pictures by Ed Selley)THE BRISTOL SHOW is arguably the main event in the hi-ficalendar for music fans and the audio industry alike, and if the number of brands, hi-fi press and music lovers in attendance at this year’s gathering were anything to go by it’s more popular than ever. Once again, audience numbers exceeded all expectations over the course of the three-day February event, as an impressive number of audio fans headed South West to the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre eager to experience the latest products and trends geared for discerning audio fans.This year the show celebrated its 30th anniversary, and with many brands occupying the same space that they did when it first started in 1987, it was business as usual with over 170 brands jostling to get…

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Clean up your actProperly cleaning loudspeakers isn’t as simple as you might imagine. Fortunately Dynaudio’s Customer Care Manager, Otto Jørgensen is on hand to explain all, including how to turn a pushed in tweeter out again: bit.ly/2mAJrytMQA Q&AOne of the most recognisable faces in the hi-fi industry, few people are better placed to talk about the merits of Master Quality Audio (MQA) than its creator Bob Stuart. The Bob Talks site sees the man behind the music format answer questions on every aspect of MQA: bobtalks.co.ukCash in the atticThe picture disc single of Madonna’s Erotica featuring Madge sucking on some toes was hastily withdrawn by her record label in 1992, making copies of the record now worth a cool £2,500. Find out which other singles are worth the most. Might…

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