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Hi-Fi Choice October 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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www.hifichoice.co.uk Issue No. 428 October 2017 Are music systems getting smaller? In terms of physical dimensions, audio components are definitely shrinking in my setup. A quick flick through this month’s issue is testament to the audio industry’s move towards compact design and practical portability – and I don’t mean the kind of shrinkage that leaves you feeling short changed as you do with unscrupulous food brands reducing their pack sizes. Technology is a wonderful thing and a move to downsize a hi-fi product doesn’t have to mean a sacrifice in audio quality or resolving power, as Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 cover star (p16) and Audiolab’s M-DAC Mini (p58) demonstrate. Even the briefest audition of the all-new Hugo 2 DAC and headphone amplifier will leave you in no doubt that this is…

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b&w 700 series

PRICE: £799-£3,299 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0800 2321513 WEB:BOWERS-WILKINS.CO.UK DURING THE SUMMER, we visited B&W's impressive facility in Worthing (see Insider Feature starting on p64) to preview a new mid-priced series of loudspeakers being kept under wraps until now. The range, called the 700 Series, replaces the long-running CM Series with six new stereo models – three standmounts and three floorstanders – plus two dedicated centre channel models for fans of multi-channel setups. Unsurprisingly, it draws on the considerable expertise and technology established in the company's well-regarded high-end 800 Diamond Series and so employs Continuum midrange drivers. A new version of the Aerofoil cone has also been developed, but the 700 Series design uses paper rather than carbon fibre skins with an EPS filling material adopted instead of syntactic foam.. The series introduces an…

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RETURN OF MUSIC'S SILLY SEASON Traditionally, summer has been the season that has seen more novelty records enter the music charts than any other. This is in part because the great British public likes to go abroad on their holidays, imbibe cheap foreign booze and then dance like drunken fools at the local disco to some strange Euro pop before returning home and then hunting down said track in a desperate attempt to recapture the magic of their holiday. This peculiarly British trait has resulted in abominations from Y Viva España (1974) and (Woah, I'm Going To) Barbados (1975) to Shaddap You Face (1981) and The Ketchup Song (2002) enjoying a higher position in the charts than they ever had any right to. The general homogenisation of music and the fact that…

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b&o unveils beolab 50

PRICE: £22,930 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB:BANG-OLUFSEN.COM B&O’S NEWLY UNVEILED BeoLab 50 floorstanding loudspeaker utilises the same active room compensation technology that’s found in the BeoLab 90 – enabling it to use an external microphone to measure the physical acoustic properties of the room that it’s placed in and then adjust its compensation filters accordingly to provide what the company describes as optimum sound, no matter where you choose to listen in the room. B&O’s Acoustic Lens Technology is applied to the top of the BeoLab 50 to handle dispersion of the upper frequencies. Using beam width control, it is able to project the sound in 180° mode or a narrow sweet spot for a dedicated listening position. Each wireless active loudspeakers weighs 61kg and the system claims 2,100W of precision power connected…

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ORTOFON MC WINDFELD TI With similarities to its high-end Cadenza Series, Ortofon’s new MC Windfeld Ti moving-coil phono cartridge uses titanium to increase the rigidity of the body, eliminate unwanted vibrations and increase its dynamic capability. It uses “the finest diamond in the world” – the Ortofon Replicant 100 – which boasts a thin and light profile, with a long vertical contact surface making it as close as possible to an original record cutting stylus. By specially polishing the stylus and then mounting it onto a boron cantilever, Ortofon claims that it offers remarkable transparency, speed and responsiveness beyond that of any other combination. It weighs 11g and is available to buy now for £3,100 and is distributed in the UK by Henley Audio. HENLEYAUDIO.CO.UK…

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auralic’s streaming g series

PRICE: £3,899-£5,499 AVAILABLE: OCTOBER WEB:AURALIC.COM Auralic has unveiled its G Series of audio streaming components, comprising the Aries G2 streaming transport, Sirius G2 upsampling processor, Vega G2 streaming DAC and Leo G2 femto reference clock. The £3,899 Aries G2 streaming transporter (below) wirelessly connects to your system and offers outputs including USB 2.0, AES/ EBU, coaxial, Toslink and Auralic’s Lightning Link – a bi-directional HDMI enabling system control of everything from volume to processor engine setup. The processor at its heart is 50 percent faster than the original Aires with twice the memory and data storage and it can handle resolutions up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD512. Handling the same resolutions as the Aries G2, the £5,499 Vega G2 streaming DAC sports a quad-core A9 chip, 1GB DDR3 memory and 4GB of storage…

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