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Hi-Fi Choice July 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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It’s always good to know that people are paying attention to what goes into the magazine, so we’ve been pleased to receive several letters in our postbag concerning the rise of vinyl and what some readers have described as our favouritism for the format over any other media. It’s true, Hi-Fi Choice has long supported vinyl even in the slump years, and the last six months have been an interesting time for the format as record sales continue to grow beyond all expectations and the number of turntable models coming to market is also steadily on the rise. As editor, I am proud of our ‘passion for sound’ tag line and strive to reflect real-world hi-fi market trends and the most interesting new audio products to share with fellow hi-fi fans.…

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air supply

PRICE: £1,870-£6,995 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01767 686300 WEB:PMC-SPEAKERS.CO.UK FORMULA ONE MOTOR racing and loudspeaker design might seem worlds apart, but a clear understanding of aerodynamics and the effects of air turbulence and drag is one of the key considerations in the design of PMC's Advanced Transmission Line bass loading, found in its new twenty5 series of loudspeakers. PMC's head of design, Oliver Thomas, has some experience in the motor sport, and has used his knowledge to develop an aerodynamic Advanced Transmission Line (ATL) bass loading Laminair vent that's employed in the five-strong loudspeaker series to reduce resistance and increase efficiency. Additional innovations incorporated throughout the new series include a new long-throw mid/bass driver with woven glass fibre cones, as well as refinements to its established Sonolex fabric dome tweeter to improve dispersion…

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smart multi-room start

PRICE: £1,099 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB:IXIONAUDIO.COM JOINING THE WORLD of multi-room music systems, Ixion is a new company from Norway. The Maestro is the first model to come from the luxury audio brand, and is touted as an all-encompassing music centre with Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music streaming services supported. It’s hand built in Oslo and is 220 x 220 x 220mm (WxHxD), with two 2.75in front speakers and a 5.5in subwoofer. Users can connect via wi-fi , LAN, Bluetooth, USB, digital Toslink, analogue stereo RCAs or 3.5mm jack inputs, while internet, DAB/DAB+ and FM radio options are also on board. It claims support for up to 24-bit/192kHz music file playback, and MQA format support is apparently on the horizon. The Maestro is sold exclusively through Harrods and is available in grey,…

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cyrus one reimagined

PRICE: £699 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01480 410900 WEB:CYRUSAUDIO.COM Getting its first official showing at the High End Show in Munich last month (see Show Report starting on page 10), Cyrus unveils its new ONE integrated amplifier. It’s not the first time that the Huntingdon firm has given the ‘1’ model name to an integrated amplifier, and the original Cyrus 1 some 30 years ago provided the footprint for its compact range of components that continue today. The reimagined ONE has a distinctly contemporary aesthetic with two large front panel controls for source selection and volume level control. Internally it offers a claimed 2x 100W maximum power output and utilises the third generation of the company’s hybrid Class D technology with automatic Speaker Impedance Detection (SID) circuit to instantly measure the speaker impedance…

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high end 2016

The High End Show is a true celebration of state-of-the-art hi-fi, held this year from 5 to 8 May in the heart of Munich. Mighty global brands and small hi-fi specialists come together from far and wide to showcase exactly what they can do. Running over four busy days, the show is a Mecca for those wanting to be the first to see and hear the cutting edge of hi-fi as well as enjoying weird and wonderful ways to recreate music. With true German efficiency, the doors open exactly on time and excited visitors pour through the four enormous, airy and light exhibition halls and atrium rooms to check out over 500 exhibitors. Vinyl is in abundance with many ‘uber’ high-end turntables needing a crane to move them and a…

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Bargain hunt In its latest Record Sweep challenge, which gives contestants 10 minutes to spend £100 on vinyl, The Vinyl Factory gets Scottish post-rockers Mogwai hunting high for 12in treasures at Vinyl Pimp. See the band’s basket at: youtu.be/-vPatV5oc0s Facebook freebie Headphone expert Sennheiser teamed up with intimate, invite-only gig specialist Sofar Sounds last month to give music lovers the chance to win free gig tickets in London, plus a pair of Momentum cans via Facebook. You can find out more here: sofarsounds.com/comp/sennheiser-1 Martin’s musings Norwich-based Martin’s Hi-Fi certainly has got plenty to talk about and its regular blogs are always a good place to point your browser for latest news, opinion and thought pieces ranging from the challenges of acoustics to preamp and CD player shootouts: martinshifi.co.uk/blog/ New move for Moorgate Sheffield’s Moorgate Acoustics has been…