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Hi-Fi Choice Mar-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

www.hifichoice.co.uk Issue No. 434 March 2018(Picture credit: Jody Rogac)According to recent figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), music streaming services like Spotify, Tidal and Qobuz account for more than 50 percent of music consumption in the UK. On the face of it, music file streaming in one form or another appears to be the way many of today’s music fans choose to listen, but despite a statistical decline in physical sales, I wouldn’t mind betting that CD remains the music format of choice for the majority of hi-fi owners.Our own online survey (see results on p69) clearly shows that there are plenty of us still listening to music via the 12cm silver disc that prematurely promised “perfect sound forever”. Even if the rate we purchase new albums on the…

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premium sound

C-shaped 701 cabinet in aluminiumPRICE: £1,999-£4,999 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01344 893932 WEB: PIEGA.CO.UKSWISS MANUFACTURER PIEGA chose The Bristol Show (look out for a full report next month) to unveil its latest range of loudspeakers – the Premium Series. The three new speakers consist of a brace of floorstanders and a new standmount, and all come with a C-shaped chassis conceived by the renowned Swiss architect and designer Stephan Hürlemann. Manufactured from aluminium, the cabinet is claimed to be 30 percent more rigid while those distinctive curves have been adopted so that no standing waves can occur within the chassis, resulting – so Piega tells us – in a clear and precise delivery of all medium and low range frequencies. Meanwhile, bass plates and spikes have been introduced to the floorstanding…

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the robots are coming!

On 29 August 1997, artificial intelligence gained consciousness and, fearing that humanity was going to shut it down decided to wage war on all of mankind. Computer-controlled missiles were launched from Russia and the few humans that survived judgement day were imprisoned and hunted down by killer cyborgs. At least that's what the plot of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1984 movie The Terminator would have us believe.Jump forward 34 years, and though we have music systems that can access pretty much any song the user fancies listening to and speakers that will play music on demand when you ask them (see p61), it would seem that James Cameron's sci-fi horror film is still far from reality. Or is it?Friday 12 January saw the release of album Hello World by French collective SKYGGE.…

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monitor series

PRICE: £160-£550 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01268 740580 WEB: MONITORAUDIO.COMMONITOR AUDIO HAS unveiled its new Monitor Series with orange driver cones and the C-CAM dome tweeter that’s derived from its Bronze Series. The range consists of two standmounts, two floorstanders and a sub and centre for home cinema. The compact Monitor 50 bookshelf has a 25mm C-CAM tweeter, 140mm MMP II driver and costs £160. The larger £200 Monitor 100 (pictured) increases the size of the MMP II driver to 165mm and has two sets of binding posts. The £400 Monitor 200 is the smaller of the 2.5-way floorstanders and has a 25mm C-CAM tweeter, 140mm MMP II mid driver and 140mm bass driver. The £550 Monitor 300 increases the mid driver to 165mm and has two 165mm bass drivers. Sensitivity…

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cyrus one linear speaker

• Built specifically to partner the Class D topology of its half-width ONE amplifier (HFC 417), Cyrus has unveiled the £350 ONElinear; a compact bookshelf loudspeaker that managing director Simon Freethy says: “ ...is designed to showcase the amplifier’s true ability.”With its 25mm soft dome treble driver and 125mm woven Kevlar cone, the ONElinear is rear ported and designed to be positioned between 10 and 30cm from the rear wall. Sensitivity is quoted as being 86dB at 8ohm, while its crossover employs electrolytic capacitors for a smooth phase response through the transition from bass driver to tweeter. CYRUSAUDIO.COM ■…

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exposure unveils xm hp

PRICE: £1,299 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01273 423877 WEB: EXPOSUREHIFI.COMFor Exposure, 2017 was the year for downsizing, or at least it was as far as its XM series was concerned. A quick recap: back in HFC 424 the XM5 integrated amplifier wowed reviewers by providing an audiophile performance from the sort of sleek half-width dimensions more commonly associated with a lifestyle product. And then it repeated the trick in HFC 429 with the XM7 preamp/DAC and XM9 power amplifier. Now comes the turn of the XM HP headphone amplifier.Like it’s siblings, it offers the same slender dimensions (218 x 89 x 363mm – WxHxD), ensuring that it will be popular among those for whom space is a premium. A variation of the XM7 preamp that has been “specifically honed for the…

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