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Hi-Fi Choice August 2016

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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After many years spent assessing audio equipment as a member on listening test panels, you’d probably think that I was blessed with what is sometimes referred to as having golden ears. It’s true, in my twenties I was able to easily distinguish differences in audio quality between CD players, but I have never believed that my hearing ability is any different to anyone else of a similar age, just that I had a bit of experience and learned what to listen for. Our Group Test of six hi-res portable players starting on page 24 is a case in point. There are plenty of music fans who still listen to lo-res MP3 music files on their portable devices and remain sceptical of the need to hear anything better, but if the current…

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it's in the dna

PRICE: £599-£1,799 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 056 02054669 WEB:DECENTAUDIO.CO.UK IF THE SCANSONIC name seems vaguely familiar it's because the brand has an illustrious history, being deeply rooted in Danish loudspeaker design and engineering. Scansonic goes back some 45 years to when it was introduced as the name on a then-new line of loudspeakers from famous Danish drive-unit manufacturer ScanSpeak. Now owned by Dantax, the same parent company as Raidho, the brand’s loudspeakers are designed by the creator of the renowned Raidho range, acoustic designer Michael Børresen. As a result, Scansonic has plenty in common with the respected Raidho family DNA and pedigree, but at a fraction of the cost. The new active M BTL-series comprises a standmount and two floorstanders equipped with wired analogue, digital and wireless aptX Bluetooth connectivity. The M-5 BTL…

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teac hp-a5

PRICE: £499 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: +49 8142 4208141 WEB:TEAC-AUDIO.EU AS MORE PEOPLE opt for headphones as their choice of transducer for music, there is a growing number of products designed to ensure headgear is giving its best. TEAC has one such portable item, and its HA-P5 headphone amplifier claims to be ultralight, weighing in at just 182g. Circuit design is based on the Tokyo brand’s UD-501 (HFC 375) and HA-501 hi-fi components, and hi-res digital audio signals are routed via a Burr-Brown PCM1795 D/A converter before being passed to a high-power 2x 160mW (at 32ohm) Class A/B amplifier. It has two separate master clocks to handle 44.1kHz and 48kHz digital signals, an arrangement that TEAC says delivers a much more accurate final digital-to-analogue signal conversion. As well as USB type A and…

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hegel mohican cd player

● Specialist audio brand Hegel, has garnered a reputation for doing things its own way, and so it’s no surprise to see the Norwegian name unveil plans to introduce a CD player just as many brands look set to trim down their silver disc-spinning models. Originally unveiled at the High End Show in Munich in May, the Mohican is a CD player without any digital inputs. There’s a true 75ohm BNC-output connector for transportonly use. The CD-only player uses a dedicated audio drive mechanism, and not a CD-ROM, and employs Hegel’s own servo boards which it claims have minimal impact on the digital signal read off a CD. The analogue stage is built around its HD30 DAC/digital preamp (HFC 408), but the icing on the cake – it proudly states…

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copland dac 215

Danish audio brand Copland has been absent from these pages in terms of new product launches for some time, but now it’s back with its long-awaited DAC 215 USB DAC/headphone preamp fed by a pair of ECC88 tubes. Described as a “Universal high-resolution DAC, preamplifier and headphone amplifier” it can be used as a headphone amp, preamp or as a pure DAC – the choice is yours. The Copland DAC 215 looks set to be bang on trend with its retro styling thanks to the rotary front panel controls for the volume level and input selection, and the faint glow of the valves from the headphone amp output section lurking behind the slatted grille will undoubtedly enhance any likely old-school feel for potential purchasers. But at the heart of the DAC…

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foundation debut

PRICE: £6,998 EACH AVAILABLE: NOW-AUGUST CONTACT: 0208 9713909 WEB:ABSOLUTESOUNDS.COM IF YOUR ASPIRATIONS extend beyond conventional solid-state hi-fi components but at more real-world prices, then this tube series from the US-based audiophile specialist Audio Research may well grab your attention. The Foundation ‘entry-level’ series is from the same engineering and design team responsible for its aspirational Reference series, and the threestrong range (for now) includes the LS28 line stage preamplifier with four balanced and four single-ended inputs, PH9 phono stage with five different impedance settings for cartridge loading – which can be changed on the fly with the included remote – and the DAC9 384kHz and DSD-compatible digital-to-analogue converter. All three models are built around the same chassis and 6H30 vacuum tubes, with four in the LS28 line stage preamplifier, three in…