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Hi-Fi Choice January 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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AV Tech Media Ltd
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welcome

Welcome to the Hi-FiChoice Yearbook 2016. In putting together this special edition, it’s clear to see what a landmark year it has been for audio, with a staggering number of high-performance components emerging to feed our passion for sound in increasingly innovative ways. But this has also been the year we said goodbye to too many cherished musicians, and you’ll find our tributes to David Bowie and Prince starting on p122.Elsewhere inside this 164-page issue you’ll find our pick of the greatest-sounding audio products to undergo our respected reviewing process in 2016. From headphones to turntables and loudspeakers, every product is a coveted Hi-FiChoice badge winner applauded by our experts for a winning combination of outstanding sound quality and value for money – prices shown are from the time of…

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denon dcd-2500ne/ pma-2500ne

So, you’re a company that started with record players, and was responsible for much of the digital tech that’s used in studios and CD players, but you’re best known for your AV receivers: what do you do to redress the balance? If you’re Denon you kit yourself out with a substantial SACD/ CD player and even heftier integrated amp, and label them with a new suffix on the model names, indicating that this is the start of a New Era.That’s the story of the DCD-2500NE and PMA-2500NE, the former able to play hi-res files up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD5.6, the latter quoting a 2x160W output and a digital section able to handle files up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD11.2.But isn’t the conventional disc player and stereo amp a dinosaur concept in…

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arcam solo music

In hi-fiterms the standout feature of the Solo is the use of a Class G output stage, taken from one of the finest sounding amplifiers at its price, Arcam’s FMJ A29. It gives 80W RMS per channel (8ohm) and 125W per side (4ohm) – which is more than generous for this sort of application. Alongside this, a Cirrus Logic CS42526 DAC chip sits at the heart of the Solo. It is capable of running at up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM resolution, but doesn’t sport DSD functionality. Interestingly, it does have a disc transport capable of playing back SACDs and CDs. The DAC can play through its coaxial, optical and USB (storage media) inputs, and there’s aptX Bluetooth and UPnP streaming. Arcam always does good tuners and it offers both DAB (and…

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ear yoshino acute classic

This is no ordinary CD player, it’s one with a DAC that accepts extra digital inputs. Around the back, balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue outputs are joined by coaxial, Toslink optical and USB 2.0 digital inputs enabling you to feed digital signals from a streamer, portable player, transport or computer to the Wolfson WM8741 DAC. Pushing the source button toggles through these extra inputs, performing simple digital preamp duties. The chrome knob on the fascia is an analogue volume control meaning you can plug the player directly into power amps or active speakers. The traditional benefit of an analogue potentiometer over a digital volume control is that you won’t be truncating digital bits to reduce signal gain. EAR employs a pair of ECC88 valves and some rather special hand-wound…

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plato class a

It was always intended that the original Plato (HFC 400) would be an evolving platform, and sure enough the quest for even better sound quality has resulted in a new power amp that runs mainly in Class A, albeit with a clever technical twist. The original Plato (Class AB) continues in production, selling for £3,600, or £2,700 sans power amp. The Class A option may be more expensive, but it targeting true, high-end, audiophile sound quality without the need to plug in a third-party power amp.Plato’s appealing function as a repository for all things ‘entertainment’ is further enhanced by the ability to copy music and video stored on it to any other home network device such as a phone or tablet running the control app. As before, when new music…

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arcam fmj c49/fmj p49

Back in the late seventies, it felt like there were more preamp/power amplifier combinations around than there were people to buy them. But around the late eighties, when things began to downsize, we saw the appearance of the ‘super integrated’ amplifier breed. Fewer people bought separate pre-power combos as a result, and now they’re comparatively scarce.The C49 preamp is a cleanly styled box with a long row of buttons and a large central volume control, allied to a green alphanumeric display. Unlike many of its rivals, it doesn’t come with a DAC inside – for this, there’s Arcam’s rSeries accessories range. It does have a good-quality moving-magnet phono stage, and seven line-level analogueinputs, including one via balanced XLR. It also offers the choice of balanced XLR and RCA phono line…

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