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Hi-Fi Choice June 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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Is it just me, or is there something about turning 50 this year? It’s true, 1967 is indeed my birth year and as I look around at who and what else marks its golden anniversary in 2017, I realise I am in very good company with numerous culturally significant movies, albums, TV shows, books, and people all joining me to chalk up their half century. Looking back through the events of the year 1967, it’s astonishing to note that it gave us not only Pringles snacks and Twix bars, but also saw the arrival of The Doors’ seminal album; The Jungle Book and The Graduate movies in cinemas; Fleetwood Mac forming while Jimi Hendrix gave his first major performance at the legendary Monterey music festival in California. But perhaps most significantly,…

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high notes

PRICE: £14,208 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01329 279119 WEB:GOLDNOTE.IT The three-way XT-7 is the company's first loudspeaker to use a ribbon tweeter ITALIANS HAVE OFTEN been thought of as the masters of design, and the term 'made in Italy' is synonymous with elegance, craftsmanship and style. These have always been very desirable factors in hi-fi, and Florence-based Gold Note is hoping that its sumptuous designs – where every product is built by hand from scratch with high-quality materials – are going to attract the eyes and ears of audio aficionados here. Distributed by Audio Pinnacle Ltd, the new-to-the-UK brand has existed in its native Italy in one form or another for more than 20 years, and has plenty of experience with OEM collaborations worldwide in engineering and designing a complete line of domestic analogue…

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mcintosh’s mini system

PRICE: £7,500 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01202 911886 WEB:MCINTOSHLABS.COM DESIGNED FOR THOSE that are short on space but don’t want to compromise when it comes to sound, McIntosh’s MXA80 is the ultimate in unashamedly luxurious home audio. The setup features a miniaturised 50W (into 8ohm) stereo amplifier, plus a pair of specially designed aluminium chassis two-way desktop loudspeakers. There is a choice of four digital inputs (optical, coaxial, DIN and USB) – with the former three capable of handling up to 24/192 resolution music files and the latter 32/384 – while the onboard DAC also supports DSD and DXD. Two additional analogue inputs cater for existing equipment. A headphone amplifier is built-in, making use of McIntosh’s Power Guard technology in order to reduce unwanted clipping, while the similarly sized MP100 phono preamplifier (£3,000)…

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ae revives a hi-ficlassic

PRICE: £199-£549 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01285 654432 WEB:ACOUSTIC-ENERGY.CO.UK ORIGINALLY LAUNCHED BACK in 1996, the first AE109 set new standards for what was expected from an entry-level speaker, and now it’s set to return in the form of the new AE100 Series, consisting of the AE100 standmount, AE109 floorstander, AE108 subwoofer and AE107 centre speaker for home cinema setups. The AE100 standmount (£199) utilises a 110mm drive unit complimented by a 28mm soft dome tweeter featuring AE’s Wide Dispersion Technology, there’s also a slot-shaped bass duct port. Aiming to replicate the same effortless room-filling ability of its namesake from 20 years ago, the new AE109 is a slimline floorstander with a 2.5-way driver configuration. It boasts the same 28mm soft dome tweeter as its sibling along with a pair of the 110mm drivers…

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Tech talk This is the latest from Japan and the makers say it’s the smallest cassette player in the world”. So begins this wonderful archive of music technology videos from the BBC including everything from the birth of the Walkman to home taping: bbc.in/2orTNC6 Crossing over Dynaudio has released a new firmware update for the Focus XD, changing the crossover design, but what is an active crossover and what makes it different to a passive one? These questions and more are answered as Roland Hoffmann comes to the Ask The Expert studio: bit.ly/2oIk5vS Slave to the rhythm A team of eggheads has found that people are biased toward hearing rhythms composed of simple integer ratios – ie, a series of four beats separated by equal time intervals. Discover more on this MIT research about how…

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server solution

DETAILS PRODUCT Melco N1A/2 ORIGIN Japan TYPE NAS drive WEIGHT 7kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 436 x 70 x 352mm FEATURES ? 6TB internal storage ? Inputs: 2x Ethernet; 4x USB 3.0; 1x USB 2.0 DISTRIBUTOR Kog Audio TELEPHONE 024 77220650 WEBSITE melco-audio.com Hard drive storage systems have been something that an increasing number of hi-fiusers require, thanks to rapidly expanding digital music libraries hosting a multitude of different formats. One of the leading companies in this field is Melco. The audiophile division of Buffalo Technology, it was early out of the blocks with a pair of network-enabled storage devices with the flagship N1Z and more affordable N1A models. I was sufficiently enamoured with its virtues when I reviewed the original HN1A in HFC 397 and am suitably keen to be among the first to experience the newly updated N1A/2. Much of what…