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Hi-Fi Choice October 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 Issue No. 415 October 2016 Regular readers will know all about the phenomenal return of vinyl to our hi-fi setups as the music format of choice for many fans of quality audio. But if you’re new or returning to the format after a 20-year hiatus, say, and picked up this copy of the mag because of the collection of turntables pictured on the cover and want to know more, you’re in for a treat as six of the newest mid-priced decks go head to head in our Group Test starting on p24. The turntable market has grown considerably in the 12 months since our last roundup, and with so many people starting out or returning to the format with very different requirements, I’m confident you’ll find the ideal deck for…

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modern classic

PRICE: £1,300 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01480 447700 WEB:QUAD-HIFI.CO.UK ICONIC AUDIO BRAND Quad has been making valve amplifiers since the forties, and its first mono valve amplifier set the audio standards of the day that saw it receive one of the highest accolades of the time when it was adopted by the BBC for its outstanding sound quality. The audio landscape has evolved considerably in the company's 80-plus year history since it first started out, but has continued with its valve-based audio expertise to this day and the VA-One joins the PA-One headphone preamp in the current One Series line of valve-based components, fusing Quad's considerable tube know-how with modern digital technology and facilities inside one of the smallest integrated amplifiers. With a footprint measuring just 180 x 330mm, the VA-One is a…

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musiccast expansion

PRICE: £400-£450 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0844 8111116 WEB:UK.YAMAHA.COM YAMAHA CONTINUES TO expand its MusicCast range with a host of recently launched products that include multi-channel receivers, soundbars, streaming speakers and even a piano, all geared for audio fans looking to evolve a multi-room system around the home. Models offering a more traditional two-channel focus in the new lineup include the R-N402D network stereo receiver (£400), that claims 2x 100W power output, supports PCM 24-bit/192kHz and DSD files, AirPlay and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and access to streaming services from the likes of Spotify, Qobuz, Juke and vTuner. There’s also a DAB/DAB+ tuner. Pictured right is the MCR-N470D Piano Craft music system (£450). It continues the company’s long-running line of micros and the latest model offers CD playback, DAB/DAB+ radio, support for 24/192 and…

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Diamond life Bowers & Wilkins’ 800 Series Diamond speaker has an illustrious heritage, and this fantastic time-lapse video captures the production process from the formation of the curved cabinets to the final performance test: youtu.be/5vRMOSbus5w Pure power To serious Japanese audiophiles, there’s no such thing as too expensive. Audio connoisseurs have taken to paying electricity providers to install individual power lines direct to their home to ensure their hi-fi has the purest power possible: bit.ly/2bHGROr Arcam makeover The online face of Arcam has been given a refresh and a stylish, clean new look. The new site is slick, easy to navigate and is full of product info, extensive support including firmware updates and comprehensive history about the company and its products so far: arcam.co.uk The truth is out there There are numerous theories behind vinyl’s popularity, and…

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the hi-fi show live 2016

B&W’s redesign and relaunch of its entire 800 Diamond series is arguably the biggest ‘loudspeaker event’ of 2016. Visitors will be able to compare and contrast across B&W’s entire range – including the supreme 800 D3 The Hi-Fi Show Live will play host to the full range of Melco’s network-attached music storage players, featuring solid-state drives and equipped with USB outputs to drive a wide range of outboard DACs directly. This is computer audio without the computer... Appearing for the first time at The Hi-Fi Show Live will be Gato Audio with its iconic, curvaceous and sublime-sounding separates. Pictured above is the PWR-222 reference monoblock amp, which will be heard through Triangle loudspeakers Plato will have its debut at The Hi-Fi Show Live with its ultra flexible Class A all-in-one music recording, storage…

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entering a new era

DETAILS PRODUCT Denon DCD-2500NE ORIGIN Japan TYPE SACD/CD player WEIGHT 13.7kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 434 x 138 x 335mm FEATURES SACD/CD playback Can also play files up to DSD5.6 from DVD-R/RW discs Pure Direct mode for optimal sound DISTRIBUTOR Denon UK TELEPHONE 02890 279830 WEBSITE denon.co.uk DETAILS PRODUCT Denon PMA-2500NE ORIGIN Japan TYPE Integrated amplifier with DAC WEIGHT 25kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 434 x 182 x 431mm FEATURES Quoted power output: 2x 80W (into 8ohm) Asynchronous USB DAC, plus optical & coaxial digital inputs Can handle files up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD11.2 DISTRIBUTOR Denon UK TELEPHONE 02890 279830 WEBSITE denon.co.uk So, you’re a company that launched with records and gramophone players, and was responsible for much of the digital technology that’s used in studios and CD players, yet you’re best known for your AV receivers: what do you do to redress the balance? Well, if you’re Denon you kit yourself out with a substantial SACD/CD player and even heftier integrated amplifier, and label them with a new suffix on the model names, indicating that…