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Hi-Fi Choice February 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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welcome

www.hifichoice.co.uk Issue No. 420 February 2017 2017 got off to an exciting start following our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show last month to witness the latest technology developments and product launches for the year ahead. The massive event attracts trade visitors from across the globe, and you can read all about the hottest new trends and audio highlights coming your way on p10. One of the most significant stories at this year’s show was MQA’s announcement that its Masters hi-res content has been added to Tidal’s HiFimusic platform. Tidal is the first to offer hi-res audio streaming content, and regular readers will know that its top-tier HiFisubscription offering is our preferred music service of choice after winning our blind listening streaming services Group Test for the last two years…

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material world

PRICE: £28,880 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0207 89713909 WEB:ABSOLUTESOUNDS.COM PRODUCING A NEW loudspeaker every 12 months is no mean feat, but that's precisely what high-end manufacturer Wilson Audio has consistently managed to do over the last five years. And now we're treated to the latest innovation, playfully named Yvette – a three-way design that sits between the entry-level Sabrina and Sasha 2 floorstanders. Described by the company as drawing from traditional Wilson virtues including dynamic resolution and soundstaging, Yvette derives its core technology from its enviable R&D department and is modestly described as the most advanced and musically refined single-enclosure loudspeaker in the company's history. Hand-built in Utah, the three-way floorstander boasts a more compact form factor than what's come before and perhaps more significantly, it's more affordable. Like its more recent predecessors,…

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the continuing success of vinyl

Just as we were all preparing ourselves for Christmas, vinyl fans received an early present with the revelation that for the first time ever record sales were higher than digital downloads. According to the Entertainment Retailers Association, £2.4 million was spent in week 48 of 2016 on vinyl as opposed to £2.1 million on digital downloads. Compare this data with the same week in 2015 – when £1.2 million had been spent on vinyl albums and £4.4 million on digital downloads – and it's easy to see just how far vinyl has come – and how the digital download appears to be on its way out as streaming becomes the music distribution method of choice for the vast majority of listeners. And the good news for the black stuff kept on…

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q acoustics’ new flagship

PRICE: £3,599 AVAILABLE: FEBRUARY CONTACT: 01279 501111 WEB:QACOUSTICS.CO.UK HAVING RECENTLY CELEBRATED its 10th anniversary, Q Acoustics announces its latest flagship floorstander from its Concept series. The Concept 500 is a new speaker design with a Dual Gelcore construction to all sides, where three layers of MDF are separated by thin layers of gel that remains as a viscous liquid and turns cabinet vibration into heat. The floorstander utilises refined versions of its existing 28mm fabric dome tweeter and 165mm mid/bass drivers, while bass extension is aided by a large bass port at the back. The contemporary style of the Concept 500 keeps some house design features from its award-winning Concept 20 and 40 models (HFC 372 & 404 respectively), but combines this with some new aspects. The most notable of these…

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vpi’s prime signature

PRICE: £6,000 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0131 5553922 WEB:RENAISSANCEAUDIO.CO.UK As the vinyl format continues to attract greater audiences, so does the rise in the number of players available to spin LPs on, with many turntable brands covering all sectors of the market with a range of prices to suit. US-firm VPI Industries is no exception, and covers starter turntable packages as well as mid-priced and more specialist decks to appeal to vinyl newbies and junkies alike. The Prime Signature fits into the growing super deck category, and is the latest model to join the New Jersey firm’s expanding lineup. Its plinth is composed of layers of gloss MDF and machined aluminium partnered with a stainless-steel motor housing – claiming improved resonance damping, owing to its heftier weight over the original Prime motor –…

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ces 2017

THE BEGINNING OF January saw the 50th CES – formally known as the Consumer Electronics Show – an annual event where big-name consumer brands come together to showcase the latest developments, and an effective indicator of what products will find their way into our lives in the year ahead. The huge electronics show first started in New York in 1967, and now dominates the Las Vegas strip with a sprawling arrangement that makes use of various convention centres and the Venetian Hotel. It remains exclusively for trade attendees rather than the general public, but attendance levels held up well again this year, building on the success of last year’s recordbreaking 177,393 visitors across the four-day event that gathered from across the globe to experience technology innovation spanning the show’s 2.47…

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