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Hi-Fi Choice August 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. 426 August 2017Loudspeakers are easily the most popular sector of the hi-fi market right now, with more models vying for our attention than we can shake a stick at. A quick flick through the pages of this month’s issue is testament to this flourishing sector, with models of all different shapes and sizes designed to help you find the one that best fits your environment and meets your particular music needs. From the new Q Acoustics Concept 500 flagship floorstander (p16) using the latest cabinet construction and resonance control techniques, to seventies retro cool with the first model from Tannoy’s new Legacy line and the rebirth of the Eaton standmount (p42), there’s plenty of different designs to tantalise the audio taste buds. But it’s the speaker that…

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q series update

PRICE: £430-£1,430 AVAILABLE: NOWCONTACT: 01622 672261 WEB:UK.KEF.COMORIGINALLY INTRODUCED IN 1991, KEF has announced the eighth generation of its Q Series loudspeakers, which now forms the entry-level range from the Kent-based company. With this considerable pedigree in mind, the company hasn’t set out to reinvent the wheel with the latest revamp but instead to integrate some of the technologies and design experience developed for some of the maker's more sophisticated models and see them utilised at a new price point.The new technology is most apparent in the drivers. Like the rest of the KEF range, the Q Series uses a Uni-Q driver for upper and midrange frequency duties and mounts the tweeter in the throat of the mid/bass unit. The new series adds a Damped Tweeter Loading Tube that is intended…

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a-line series

PRICE: £1,095-£2,195 AVAILABLE: NOWCONTACT: 01323 843474 WEB:SPENDORAUDIO.COMTAKING KEY DESIGN elements of the technology and materials developed for its D7 (HFC 370) and A6R (HFC 381) floorstanders, Spendor has unveiled its new A-Line series of loudspeakers. The new models have been designed with more compact living spaces in mind and so have been made to be easy to drive and able to give their best even when placed close to walls.Priced at £1,095, the Spendor A1 is a compact two-way standmount with a 22mm wide-surround tweeter and 150mm mid/bass driver. The £1,595 Spendor A2 is the smaller of the company’s two-way floorstanders, which includes the same tweeter and bass driver as its standmount sibling, while the £2,195 A4 (pictured, right) is the biggest offering in the range. It also adopts the…

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hegel’s new h90 integrated

PRICE: £1,500 AVAILABLE: SEPTEMBERCONTACT: 000 47 22605660 WEB:HEGEL.COMReplacing the H80 integrated amplifier (which was HFC’s first introduction to the Norwegian company’s wares back in issue 391 and the first of many Recommended badge winners), Hegel unveiled its H90 to an expectant audience back in May at the High End Show in Munich. Described by Hegel’s Anders Ertzeid as “A Rost that’s been scaled down with a slightly smaller power supply. It’s more cleaner like the Rost, but can deliver more power than the H80”. Released under the banner “Better than yours”, the new integrated amplifier is driven by the manufacturer’s new and improved SoundEngine2, which is claimed to reduce distortion even more than previous Hegel offerings. The engine is also described as dramatically improving bass control and the amplifier’s grip…

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audiolab m-dac mini

PRICE: £299 AVAILABLE: NOWCONTACT: 01480 447700 WEB:AUDIOLAB.CO.UKTHE FOURTH ADDITION to the M-DAC family, the M-DAC Mini contains the same core technologies as its siblings – including the ES9018 SABRE32 Reference DAC – but, as the name suggests, in a smaller chassis that’s designed for use both at home and out and about. Connections include optical and coaxial digital inputs and outputs, asynchronous Type-A and Mini-B USB inputs, stereo RCA line-level outputs and a 6.35mm headphone output. Wireless connectivity is catered for, thanks to the inclusion of aptX Bluetooth and the M-DAC Mini can process audio files up to 32-bit/384kHz via USB as well as supporting DSD data up to DSD256.A Class A JFET output stage and dedicated headphone amplifier section ensures that the M-DAC Mini is equally comfortable whether outputting…

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audeze unveils lcdi4 in-ear

PRICE: £2,400 AVAILABLE: NOWCONTACT: 0208 3585858 WEB:AUDEZE.COMProbably best known as a manufacturer of full-size headphones that utilise planar magnetic driver technology to create thin and lightweight units with the voice coil printed into them, Audeze recently became the first company to repeat the trick by including the driver technology on its range of in-ear headphones – most notably in the shape of the iSINE 10. Reviewed on these very pages back in issue 423, we were very impressed and consequently issued a Recommended badge. So expectations are suitably high for the newly released LCDi4.Described by the maker as: “The end game in-ear headphone for music lovers”, the LCD-4 uses the same 0.5 micron-thick diaphragm as the LCD-4, which is described as being the width of a white blood cell. It’s…

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