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Hi-Fi Choice Jul-18

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

As a reader of HFC you’ll no doubt share our passion for great-sounding hi-fi gear. But I wouldn’t mind betting that each of us got hooked on our hi-fi habit for very different reasons. For some it’s all about the kit and a desire to listen to tracks that show off a system’s capabilities to the fullest, whether you truly enjoy a piece of music or not. For me, it’s always been about a connection to the music; the way a piece communicates when all the elements in a system come together and allow me right into a recording to hear the artist as they intended. This is just as addictive to me today as it ever was, as I lose myself on a journey of music discovery having enormous…

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audiofile

Focal revamps Utopia series French-based loudspeaker brand adds new editions to its flagship series showcased at Munich's High End Show PRICE: £89,999-£159,999 AVAILABLE: NOW TELEPHONE: 0845 6602680 WEB: FOCAL.COM/UK FLAGSHIP LOUDSPEAKERS ARE usually designed to stand out but as range toppers go, few models are as instantly recognisable as Focal's eye-popping Utopia III Evo series. The Utopia DNA has been around since 1995 and as with any crowning model or series, the current Utopia III Evo lineup is the very embodiment of what the company's ambitious team of designers, engineers and craftsman can achieve and a complete showcase of the French company's impressive audiophile capabilities. Back in May, the brand chose the High End Show in Germany (see Show Report starting on p10) to introduce two revamped models to its flagship Utopia III Evo series,…

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youtube joins streaming party

Joining the likes of Tidal, Qobuz, Apple Music and Spotify, Youtube has become the latest company to jump on board the music streaming bandwagon. Initially launching in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea on 22 May, the new app (pictured below) is available in two tiers – like Spotify. The free version is called Youtube Music, requires an internet connection to run and is supported by advertisements. Youtube Music Premium cuts the ads and – like Spotify – enables subscribers to put together playlists that can be listened to off line. Pricing is in line with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify at $9.99 a month. Where the Youtube service has an advantage over its rivals is in the depth of material it's able to offer.…

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isotek updates power range

• IsoTek has unveiled a trio of new mains conditioner products that include a mains power cleaner, mains synchroniser and 12-way power conditioner. Kicking off with the mains power cleaner, the new EVO3 Gemini is a compact two-way solution rated at 10A and offering filtration of common and differential mode mains noise. It costs £249 and is available from July. The Syncro Uni incorporates DC-cancelling electronics to reduce transformer hum when used with hi-fi separates. It’s also available from July, costing £545. Finally, the £5,995 EVO3 Nova (below) is a 12-way full system mains power conditioner with four high-current outlets. It’s capable of delivering 3,680W of continuous power and is available from August. ISOTEKSYSTEMS.COM…

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munich high end show 2018

ARGUABLY THE FLAGSHIP audio event of the year, the High End Show attracts visitors across all sectors of the market and not just those looking at a stratospheric price point as the name of the show suggests – although of course there’s plenty to see at the high end too. Part of the show’s wider reach is down to the host venue itself; the MOC Exhibition Centre in Munich is a unique space in show terms, able to handle booths in the spacious halls and more conventional rooms on the upper floors. Its effectiveness is borne out in the attendance figures, with 19,899 visitors over the four-day show, including over 7,500 trade members, but never feels overcrowded. Part of its success is in showcasing developments in the industry, thanks in part…

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webwatch

Turntable how-to Made completely by hand in its factory in Southend, the RP8 remains one of Rega’s flagship turntables. In this fascinating video, Rega’s Simon Webster talks us through the surprisingly complex procedure video from construction to testing: bit.ly/2rVKTwa Turn back time Back in 1998 if you wanted to listen to music on the move, chances are that you owned a single-purpose portable player like Sony’s Discman. This affectionate feature from music website Pitchfork looks back to a time when carrying hundreds of tunes in your pocket was a sci-fi fantasy: bit.ly/2IUSiWt Thank you for the music A love of music is pretty much a requirement for Cyrus’ employees, so it comes as no surprise to learn the company loves to share its playlists with the world. Tidal subscribers are advised to check out its…

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