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Hi-Fi Choice May-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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www.hifichoice.co.uk Issue No. 436 May 2018 Few consumer electronics companies manage to be successful in both audiophile and home theatre markets as effectively as Oppo Digital has been. Known in hi-fi circles for its high-end headphone designs (like the PM-1 flagship), headphone preamps with built-in DACs (see its acclaimed HA-2SE portable DAC on p109), along with market-leading universal disc players that are just as happy spinning SACDs as they are delivering UHD Blu-ray images to 4K TV screens, the company has announced that it will be calling it a day. On the 2 April, the surprise announcement from the Californian-based company informed us that it would be winding down its manufacturing facility. In a statement it noted: “Existing products will continue to be supported, warranties will still be valid, and warrantee repair…

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cutting edge

PRICE: £2,500-£4,500 AVAILABLE: JUNE CONTACT: 0207 9402200 WEB: CAMBRIDGEAUDIO.COM 2018 MARKS 50 years since Professor Gordon Edge came up with Cambridge Audio's first product, the P40 integrated amplifier. And so it seems rather fitting that one of the British company's founders is the inspiration for this new high-end series, released specifically to celebrate its golden anniversary. In a marked change from Cambridge's more traditional affordable fare, the new Edge series is designed to bring all of the company's experience in 'Great British Sound' to produce its most accomplished system to date. Consequently, every product has been selected for its sonic merit through an exhausting set of blind auditions, rather than working towards a price, featureset or series of measurements. Keep it simple The result is a stunningly distinctive series with a simple, approachable…

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jive talking

Pushed to pinpoint which specific area of the hi-fi world is most likely to enjoy growth and help drive interest in music over the coming years, what would you suggest? Vinyl? Record players? Streamers? DACs? Portable players? Multi-room? Surprisingly, the answer is smart speakers. First released onto the market towards the end of 2014, with Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot (HFC 421), there were doubts as to how useful a loudspeaker that could be operated by voice alone would actually be. While it initially felt daft to stand and bark at your speaker: "Alexa, play David Bowie's Aladdin Sane", the idea isn't really any stranger than walking down the road and talking into the built-in mic on headphones instead of holding a mobile phone, and has enjoyed huge growth, with Google…

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a new kind of magico

PRICE: £11,998 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 020 89713909 WEB: ABSOLUTESOUNDS.COM HEWN ENTIRELY FROM aircraft-grade aluminium and coated in an elegant brushed anodised skin, Magico’s new A3 floorstander sure is designed to stand out from the crowd. Described by the Californian manufacturer as “the impossible made possible”, the A3 incorporates a pure beryllium-diaphragm tweeter with an optimised 28mm dome surface partnered by a 153mm multi-wall carbon fibre cone midrange driver with a layer of XG Nanographene for optimal stiffness and damping. A pair of 178mm low-frequency drivers complete the lineup, boasting the company’s new Gen 8 Magico Nano-Tec cone, which is claimed to offer the same properties as its midrange counterpart. With a quoted sensitivity of 88dB at 4ohm, the A3’s drivers are acoustically integrated using Magico’s Elliptical Symmetry Crossover topography to maximise…

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atoll’s new signature range

PRICE: £1,595-£2,495 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 07501 518580 WEB: ATOLL-GB.COM Atoll Electronics has unveiled its new Signature range, which incorporates a pair of amplifiers alongside a matching CD player. The IN200 and IN300 amplifiers are true dual mono designs with dual transformers, fast rectifiers and dual channel capacitors produced by Mundorf and Vishay. The £1,595 IN200 Signature boasts a claimed 120W output per channel into 8ohm, has two pairs of MOSFET transistors for each channel and symmetrical output stages with discrete components. Connectivity includes five line-level RCA inputs, a pair of XLR inputs, pre outputs for bi-amping or a subwoofer and a headphone out. An additional digital DAC board can be added for £200. Featuring the aforementioned DAC board – which adds coaxial and optical inputs capable of handling PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz…

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in brief

WHARFEDALE’S DS-2 GOES BLUE Following on from its desktop DS-1 Bluetooth loudspeakers, Wharfedale has unveiled its next-generation DS-2 follow up. Featuring a 19mm silk dome tweeter and 75mm mid/bass driver, the wireless DS-2 outputs a claimed 2x 15W continuos power (2x 30W peak) and is designed for hook up to PCs and mobile devices. Connectivity includes a 3.5mm analogue stereo input (on the master speaker) along with the aptX version of Bluetooth. Weighing 2.9kg each and with 120 x 190 x 140mm dimensions (WxHxD), the DS-2’s bass reflex enclosure is available to buy now in a choice of black or white finishes for £180. WHARFEDALE.CO.UK AKG UNVEILS IN-EAR FLAGSHIP Following the UK preview at The Bristol Show in February, AKG has officially unveiled its N5005 in-ear headphone. Priced at £800, the N-series flagship…