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Hi-Fi Choice Oct-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

I am sure many readers will have fond memories of putting together their first hi-fi separates systems, based on thumbing through hi-fi press review pages of the time in search of the best-sounding components to satisfy their quality audio itch at an affordable price. For me, my first hi-fi setup was an eclectic bunch of components comprised of a Rotel integrated amplifier, Sony CD player and a pair of Tannoy Mercury standmounts. I don’t recall the exact model numbers, but I’ll certainly never forget the lively and engaging sound this beer-budget system delivered and the fun I had playing disc after disc. It’s a long way from my system today, but it set me on the hi-fi path and this month’s bargain standmount Group Test – starting on p24 –…

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b&w's sixth sense

PRICE: £399-£1,249 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0800 2321513 WEB: BOWERS-WILKINS.CO.UKLATE SUMMER IS the time of year that Worthing-based Bowers & Wilkins likes to make announcements about changes to its loudspeaker lineup, and this year is no exception. In last year's October issue (HFC 428) we brought news of the then all-new, mid-priced 700 Series that replaced the company's long-running CM Series. Fast forward 12 months and summer 2018 sees another announcement, this time with the unveiling of the sixth iteration to its 600 Series entry-point range.The updated seven-strong loudspeaker range has adopted a similar model-naming structure to align it with 700 and 800 Series offerings. It includes three stereo models – two standmounts (607 and 606) and one floorstander (603) – plus a centre channel speaker along with three subwoofer designs…

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an end to piracy?

Ever since music has been available to buy, the record labels that produce it have been fighting against piracy and the illegal distribution of their artists' output. With campaigns like 'Home taping is killing music', labels have fought in vain to stop the public getting tunes for free and while you'd have thought that the introduction of the internet – and its multitude of illegal sites that make sharing content easy – would have exacerbated the problem, some claim it is doing the very opposite.In early August, the latest Music Report from YouGov revealed that – contrary to popular belief – the number of people that use illegal download sites is on the decline to one in 10 (a fall of 18 percent since 2013). Meanwhile, of those that admitted…

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heritage head candy

PRICE: £520 & £1,300 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: HENLEYAUDIO.CO.UK; KLIPSCH.COMUS-BASED LOUDSPEAKER FIRM Klipsch introduces two Heritage headphone components. The £1,300 HP-3 semi open-back headphone employs 52mm biodynamic drivers and is hand built using contrasting materials, including die-cast steel, milled wood, premium-grade leather and machined aluminium. It comes with 1.4m and 2.5m detachable braided nylon cables, a 6.35mm adapter and a custom headphone stand. It is available in walnut, ebony and oak solid-wood finishes.The matching £520 Heritage headphone amplifier (not pictured) is touted as a two-channel DAC for computer audiophiles with an ES90128K2M ESS Sabre32 Reference Stereo DAC supporting up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD256. It has outputs for balanced XLR and 6.35mm unbalanced headphone connections and inputs handle digital optical and coaxial as well as analogue line-level sources. A switchable output…

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sweeten up your vinyl

• Looking to spruce up the vinyl replay chain, UK distributor Henley Audio has introduced the SugarCube SC-1 from Californian-based firm SweetVinyl, designed to digitally remove pops and clicks from any record in real-time – “playing older records like they’re brand new”. Sitting between a phono stage and amplifier, it’s built around a Asahi Kasei analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), digital processor and an ESS DAC. It offers iOS and Android app-based control of the 24-bit/192kHz digital process and a Strength dial gives up to 10 ‘clean-up’ levels. The process claims to remove only the unwanted elements on the vinyl and that the audio signal retains all the space, depth and clarity of the original recording. A Monitor mode bypasses the process, allowing you to hear the original vinyl, warts and all.…

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chord redefines cd sound

PRICE: £3,495 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01622 721444 WEB: CHORDELECTRONICS.CO.UKKent-based digital audio specialist Chord Electronics has introduced its Hugo M Scaler. Billed as an advanced standalone upscaler, it is capable of redefining CD digital audio up to 705.6kHz (that’s 16x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution), ready to be passed on to a suitable DAC via dual BNC. Developed over 35 years, it brings the advantages of the company’s ground-breaking FPGA-based WTA (Watts Transient Alignment) filtering technology to digitally connected devices, offering sound quality improvements to all kinds of digital audio setups.There are five digital inputs – 2x BNC, 2x optical, plus a galvanically isolated USB Type-B compatible with PCM and DSD (up to DSD256). Digital outputs include optical, S/PDIF and galvanically isolated dual BNC, the latter of which extends 96kHz data to…

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