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Hi-Fi Choice July 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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Thanks to the large number of you that shared pictures with us of your vinyl setups in response to last month’s Twitter poll asking whether or not you own a record player. The result of the poll shows that 65 percent of respondents do indeed have a turntable, with a further 10 percent looking to discover or return to the format soon. Receiving the pics of your systems on our Facebook and Twitter feeds was very enlightening and provided a clear demonstration of the level of equipment owned along with the care and attention lavished upon turntables. With this in mind, we felt it was a perfect time to look more closely at moving-coil cartridges, and this month’s Group Test compares six upmarket MC pickups (£650-£1,000), designed to make a significant…

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rock of ages

THE LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS… PRICE: £150-£1,000 AVAILABLE: JULY CONTACT: 01480 447700 WEB:WHARFEDALE.CO.UK SINCE 1981, WHARFEDALE has been making an attractive entry point into hi-fi sound quality with its Diamond series of loudspeakers, enticing audio fans with their fine design and performance. The latest range, unveiled at the High End Show in Munich (see p10), comprises eight new models: three two-way standmounts – Diamond 11.0 (£160), 11.1 (£270) and 11.2 (£350), a 2.5-way floorstander – 11.3 (£600) plus two three-way floorstanders – 11.4 (£780) and 11.5 (£1,000) and two centre speakers for surround sound installations – 11.CC (£150) and 11.CS (£230). The Series 11 represents the most significantly enhanced Diamond series in years and sees the return to the elegantly curved cabinet sides sported by the Diamond 9 and Diamond 10 ranges, giving…

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astell&kern a&ultima

PRICE: £3,299 AVAILABLE: LATE JUNE CONTACT: 0208 3585858 WEB:ASTELLNKERN.COM ASTELL&KERN HAS UNVEILED what it’s describing as a true hi-res music player that’s the ultimate in sound quality. The new A&ultima SP1000 comes equipped with an octa-core CPU to provide quick, lag-free operation with minimal distortion and speedy file transfers and charging. It boasts independent AK4497EQ DAC chipsets for the left and right audio channels, claiming no compromise in sound quality of native 32-bit/384kHz PCM audio and support for bit-to-bit playback up to DSD256. It has a USB 3.0 Type-C port for speedy file transfer up to 10Gbps and boasts a 5in bezel-less touchscreen panel with a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. Battery life is claimed to provide 12 hours of playback from just a two-hour charge time, while A&K’s popular distinctive…

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closed-back pioneer cans

● Pioneer has unveiled its new SE-Monitor 5 closed-back headphone, designed to provide a hi-res audio performance while also offering support for both balanced and unbalanced audio. Utilising custom-built 50mm cellulose nano fibre full-range drivers refined from organic wood pulp, the headphone claims 99dB sensitivity and impedance of 40ohm, making it an easy load for most sources. Priced at £999, it comes with three sets of detachable cables (1.6m and 3m unbalanced with 3.5mm jack plug and 1.6m balanced with 2.5mm jack) and two sets of changeable ear pads – one velour cloth, the other leather. PIONEER-AUDIOVISUAL.EU…

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oppo’s audiophile player

PRICE: £1,400 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0845 0609395 WEB:OPPODIGITAL.CO.UK Not content with providing some of the best headphones and headphone amplifiers in the business, Oppo has also carved out an enviable reputation as a producer of similarly impressive Blu-ray players. And now the two worlds have collided as the company unveils the UDP-205 Audiophile Universal Player. Carrying many of the same features as the UDP-203, the new disc spinner offers playback of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD as well as providing an HDMI 2.0 output for UHD, HDMI 2.0 input for streaming and set-top boxes and HDMI 1.4 for audio. So far, so very home cinema, but where things start to get interesting is when you consider its audio capabilities. The UDP-205 boasts a dedicated stereo output – in addition to…

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munich high end show 2017

THIS YEAR’S SHOW marks the 13th time that the MOC Exhibition Centre in Munich hosts what has come to be Europe’s pre-eminent high-end audio show. It’s an event that’s become extremely important in terms of showcasing new audio products and one thing that has helped the Munich-based show grow to become such a major event is the venue’s ability to expand its capacity as demand increases, and even with 2017 being the largest yet with some 21,412 visitors (up 10 percent on last year), it never feels overcrowded or under strain. Just as important to the show’s overall attraction is the spread of price points that it covers. It might have High End in its name – and make no mistake, the show has some seriously upmarket equipment on display –…