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Hi-Fi Choice May 2016

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 If this month’s cover star is anything to go by, hi-res audio is gaining traction among serious audio fans. Audiolab’s hotly anticipated M-DAC+ sits alongside its original M-DAC model – one of our favourite digital-to-analogueconverters since its launch in 2011 – and adds 32-bit/384kHz PCM format support as well as compatibility with DSD64, 128 and 256 music files. It’s undeniably one of the best specified digital-to-analogue-converters around at the price, but how many of us actually own any DSD content? There seems to be a dearth of DSD files of any form around and I suspect that most of us will continue to play just a few hi-res files via USB and a lot more CD-quality material for a good while yet. The launch is undoubtedly seen as an encouraging…

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quad's z stars

PRICE: £ 1,200-£3,200 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01480 447700 WEB:QUAD-HIFI.CO.UK ITS REPUTATION AS one of the world's greatest audio brands is largely based on its iconic electrostatic loudspeakers, which first set the hi-hi scene alight in 1957. Any Hi-Fi Choice reader will know all about Quad's impressive legacy, and successive loudspeaker models from the Cambridgeshire-based company have been able to justifiably boast that its approach gets closer to the original sound than its challengers. Like the company's S Series released last year, the new Z Series combines advanced Kevlar-coned bass and midrange drivers with a specially designed ribbon tweeter. The new lineup comprises two standmount models and two floorstanders. The Z-1 standmount (£1,200) – pictured right – is 383mm tall and utilises a 150mm mid/bass driver, while its larger Z-2 standmount sibling (£1,500)…

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devil's advocate: record store day

Over the years, HFC has proudly championed the vinyl format – at times being a lone voice crying out in the wilderness among the naysayers that favour digital over the pure pleasure that comes from the black stuff . And now, it would appear that our out-dated, old-fashioned thoughts on the matter have been adopted by the mainstream as records have once again become the format de jour. But while we're delighted that the general public is realising something that we've been banging on about for years, we can't help but feel a sense of dismay about what the popularity of vinyl means for the independent record labels that stayed true to the format. And nowhere is this better illustrated than by Record Store Day. In the past we've been a…

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mission launch

PRICE: £200/£400 AVAILABLE: LATE SPRING CONTACT: 01480 447700 WEB:MISSION.CO.UK BUDGET TWO-WAY SPEAKERS the LX-2 and LX-3 (shown) are the debut models from Mission’s latest entry-level loudspeaker range, the LX Series. Despite their affordable price tags, Mission informs us that the new models have been designed to deliver compelling musicality. For the LX Series the company has produced a tweeter with a neodymium magnet (selected for maximum magnetic force in such a small space) and a 25mm microfibre dome. This is partnered with the 130mm mid/bass driver unit (one in the case of the LX-2 and two for the LX-3), sporting cones fashioned from an advanced fibre formulation apparently selected for its superior self damping and excellent stiffness. The standmount LX-2 has a claimed sensitivity of 86.5dB, while the floorstanding LX-3 claims…

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leema expands elements series

● The Elements Pre-Amp is Leema Acoustics’ latest addition to its space-saving range of components. Retaining the same half-width chassis for which the range is famed, the Elements Pre-Amp also boasts an onboard digital-to-analogue converter. The result is a S/PDIF coaxial input, three S/PDIF optical inputs and an asynchronous USB port all capable of handling files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. Analogue inputs include three unbalanced RCA inputs, a pair of balanced XLRs and a 3.5mm input jack on the front panel. Leema’s proprietary communication system (LIPS) is also onhand for system integration with other Leema products. The Pre-Amp is available to buy now and costs £1,395. LEEMA-ACOUSTICS.COM…

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clearaudio record cleaner

PRICE: £3,250 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0118 9814238 WEB:CLEARAUDIO.DE There can be few things more frustrating than sitting down to listen to a favourite record only to find that it’s filthy. Giving your vinyl a proper wet clean can be a time consuming and at times messy job. Enter Clearaudio with what it’s describing as its best solution for cleaning records yet – the Double Matrix Professional Sonic. Integrating both sonic and vacuum cleaning elements, the Double Matrix Professional Sonic record cleaner is claimed to deliver a deep, but importantly, gentle cleaning of pressing residues and persistent dirt that’s deep within the grooves of your vinyl – enabling you to listen your music as it really should be heard. The Double Matrix Professional Sonic is able to clean LPs, EPs and 7in singles, thanks…