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Hi-Fi Choice May 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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welcome

A quick glance at the product reviews pictured on the left of this page demonstrate that vinyl is still very much on trend as it continues to appeal to music fans of all ages and budgets. Vinyl is no longer a revival format, it’s the format of choice for an increasing number of us and Roksan’s Radius 7 turntable and Arcam’s rSeries phono stage are fine examples of the continuing stream of products available to fans in what is one of the most buoyant sectors of the audio market. For a format that appeared to be on the brink of extinction just a few years ago, its return to the mainstream has been meteoric with more products and LPs than ever to fuel our passion.Our support for the much-loved format…

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italian traditions

PRICE: £13,600-£23,500 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0208 9713909 WEB:ABSOLUTESOUNDS.COMTHE LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS…IT'S FAIR TO say that Sonus faber loudspeakers typically embody the very idea of luxury style and design for many high-quality audio fans, thanks to the brand's impeccable build using quality materials. The company introduced its first models in the early eighties and each Sf speaker is handcrafted in its factory in Vicenza, Italy – around 40 miles West of Venice. The current three-strong Homage Tradition loudspeaker series had its UK launch at the end of March to an invited audience at Central London's high-end audio retailer KJ West One and currently consists of stereo models – Guarneri Tradition, Sarafino Tradition and Amati Tradition – while a Vox centre for multi-channel setups will arrive later in the year.Traditional valuesThe new…

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spotify delays new releases

In a major change to its policy that's been mooted for weeks, Spotify has announced that it will be giving some of the musicians whose music it hosts the choice of restricting new albums for the first two weeks of release. The decision is understood to be part of a new licensing deal with Universal Music Group and so only applies to its artists, but it seems inevitable that the likes of Sony and Warner will follow suit at some stage in the future.Before Spotify subscribers start searching in vain through their terms and conditions and considering cancelling the service, it's important to point out that the new policy only applies to the free version of the music streaming service.Having the option to hold back certain releases from Spotify –…

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pioneer’s new portable

PRICE: £350 AVAILABLE: MAY CONTACT: 0208 8363524 WEB:PIONEER-AUDIOVISUAL.EUFOLLOWING THE POPULARITY of its XDP-100R (HFC 413), Pioneer has announced its latest digital audio player. The XDP-30R boasts a lightweight aluminium chassis with twin Sabre ES9018C2M DACs alongside ESS9601K amplifiers arranged in a symmetrical layout under the hood and supports 32-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD files up to 5.6MHz. Meanwhile, support for MQA will become available later in the year via a firmware update.Weighing in at just 120g, the XDP-30R has a scratchresistant 2.4in touchscreen and potential 416GB storage (including utilising the expandable memory). There’s a 3.5mm headphone output along with a 2.5mm 4-pole jack for balanced output, while the knurled volume control of the XDP-100R is retained. Dual wi-fienables users to stream from built-in services like Tidal and TuneIn, while Bluetooth is…

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ifiaudio’s ‘do-it-all’ dac

•Adding to its family of digital-toanalogue converters (the impressive iDSD Black Label is reviewed in this month’s Group Test on p33), iFiAudio has unveiled its new nano iOne. Described as the ideal audio solution for the modern home by iFi, the ‘Hub’ DAC is designed to be used with everything from TV and gaming consoles through to tablets, smartphones and computers.Input options include coaxial, USB or aptX-flavoured Bluetooth for wireless hookup and there’s an RCA output for connecting to an amplifier. The nano iOne is compatible with PCM up to 192kHz, up to 12.4MHz DSD and 384kHz DXD and is available to buy now for £199.IFI-AUDIO.COM ■…

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melco nas drive updates

PRICE: £2,099-£7,700 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 024 77220650 WEB:MELCO-AUDIO.COMBuilding on the success of its original N1 series of NAS drives (we saw the N1A back in HFC 397), Melco has unveiled the three new models that make up the MKII range. Like the N1A before them, the new N1ZS20/2, N1ZH60/2 and N1AH60/2 store and play a digital music library without the need for any other computer or IT devices.The flagship N1ZS20/2 (£7,700) has two new second-generation 1TB solid state drivers (SSD) mounted on what Melco describes as a massive non-magnetic anti-vibration platform. These are supported by a dedicated power supply with additional capacitor banks using audiophile-grade components for the SSDs, ensuring purity right at the very start of the audio chain.The N1ZH60/2 (£4,299) takes the same rigid vibration damping casework and…

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