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Hi-Fi Choice March 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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www.hifichoice.co.uk Issue No. 421 March 2017 The way we listen to music and the audio equipment we aspire to is continuously evolving. A quick glance through the pages of this month’s issue demonstrates that there are plenty of new products emerging to grab the attention of serious music fans, but many break with what hi-fi aficionados would consider to be traditional components. Take this month’s exclusive review of Acoustic Energy’s AE1 Active standmount loudspeaker (p16), which takes the iconic AE1 design – celebrating 30 years since its introduction – and has evolved it into a truly active loudspeaker for next-gen audio fans. Active speakers have traditionally been the staple of the pro audio sector, with few models making the crossover to the domestic market as home hi-fi fans prefer the potential upgrade…

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universal playback

THE LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS … PRICE: £5,999-£6,999 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 02890 279839 WEB:MARANTZ.CO.UK BILLED BY MARANTZ as "the new reference", the audio specialist introduces its Series 10 SA-10 SACD player and PM-10 integrated ampli? er ? agship components, with the latter proving a radical departure from the norm. For the ? rst time ever in a high-end hi-? application, Marantz uses an analogue high-speed Pulse Width Modulation switching power ampli? er section working in Class D. Brand ambassador Ken Ishiwata says this was chosen to give a high power output (2x 200W RMS into 8ohm, and twice that into 4) in a comparatively compact package; the PM-10 is still sizeable, but smaller than the Class AB monoblocks it supersedes. He emphasised that this was not done at the expense of sound quality,…

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exposure’s xm series

PRICE: £660-£1,236 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01237 423877 WEB:EXPOSUREHIFI.COM DESCRIBED BY EXPOSURE as being ideal for those that don’t want the cost or size of their system to spiral out of control, the new XM series ampli? er and phono stage are designed for users for who space is a premium. The XM5 integrated offers a claimed 60W per channel output (into 8ohm) and includes moving-magnet phono, line-level and ? xed gain AV inputs. Digital connections comprise two coaxial and two optical inputs able to accept signals up to 32/192 and a single USB port (up to 24/192 and DSD). It features a linear power supply with a 200VA custom-made toroidal power transformer. Meanwhile, the matching XM3 phono stage provides separate moving-magnet and moving-coil inputs as well as adjustable loading and gain switches.…

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in-ear luxury from aëdle

Looking to redefine audio luxury, French manufacturer aëdle’s in-ear headphones aim to combine minimalism and refined design with outstanding audio performance. Its latest release, the ODS-1 features a hybrid sound engine with a balanced armature driver and 10mm titanium diaphragm dynamic transducer that’s claimed to deliver powerful and warm lows with highly refined highs to render a fully immersive sound signature. Hand crafted in its Parisian workshop, the ODS-1 has a machined aluminium housing along with ear hooks and MMCX detachable cable sheathed in calf’s leather from Venetia. The removable cable has a remote control and microphone, and is compatible with iOS and Android operating systems. It costs £330. aedle.net…

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dual relaunches in the uk

PRICE: £125-£250 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01344 893932 A familiar name to older hi-fi enthusiasts, German company Dual was once the largest manufacturer of turntables in Europe – its name a reference to the dual-mode power supplies the company pioneered in the early thirties for its gramophones, which could be powered either by electricity or their wind-up mechanism. Throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties Dual produced a series of class-leading products, and now as vinyl enjoys a renaissance, it has returned to the UK with three new offerings: the MTR-15, MTR-40 and MTR-75 with USB (pictured below). The £125 MTR-15 is the most basic offering of the trio, offering fully automatic operation. Styled like a pro-audio DJ deck, the £230 MTR-40 is a direct-drive turntable with variable speed control, but of most interest…

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new re-evolution

PRICE: £1,299 AVAILABLE: APRIL CONTACT: 03332 22877 WEB:TECHNICS.COM FOLLOWING THE LAUNCH of the ? agship SL-1200G direct-drive turntable reviewed in HFC 418, the Japanese tech giant introduces two additional models, but with more wallet-friendly price tags. The SL-1200GR and the SL-1210GR decks have an identical speci? cation, but come with silver and black plinth top plates respectively. The new turntables claim to utilise the same design principles as the ? agship SL-1200G, but with slightly different materials and applications. Parts from the SL-1200G are newly developed, and the twin-rotor coreless direct-drive motor designed for the ? agship deck is replaced here with a single-rotor design. Technics says precise motor control technology, the high-rigidity platter – weighing 2.5kg – and a high-sensitivity tonearm, have all been carefully tuned for the new version…