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Hi-Fi Choice Sep-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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Ten years ago, few of us could have predicted the major shift that would take place in the way we consume music and that we’d be able to stream CD-quality and hi-res music files straight into our homes via robust broadband services. To my mind, this is still the stuffof science-fiction fantasy and in a relatively short time, music fans like myself have gone from buying CDs from a high-street record store to streaming content directly to our home music systems with just the tap of a touchscreen. I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember the last time I purchased any physical digital media, although I know I am listening and discovering more music than ever. Streaming services have undoubtedly revolutionised the way we experience music, and several now…

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power and finesse

PRICE: £2,000-£4,550 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01273 423877 WEB: EXPOSUREHIFI.COM RECENT YEARS HAVE seen British hi-fi company Exposure downsize the dimensions of its electronics with the introduction of its half-width XM series in 2016. Following its considerable success in squeezing its extensive hi-fi know-how into smaller dimensions, the audio component specialist has turned its attention to the top of its lineup and replaced its highly regarded but bulky MCX series pre and power amplifiers with slimline units. The new 5010 series features two products: a preamplifier priced at £2,000 and a mono power amplifier priced at £4,550 per pair and rated at 200W into 8ohm and 370W into 4. At first glance they don't look all that different to the brand’s existing 3010 and 2010 series of audio components, but the new 5010 models…

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PICTURE THIS Early in July, pop star Jaden Smith (son of 'Fresh Prince' Will Smith) quietly released a five-track EP. Although the fanfare that Electric received was nothing compared to when other major artists have dropped unexpected albums, it's relevance could be something that won't be fully realised for months or even years from now. What was significant about this release was not the timing or even the content, but the carrier. Instead of going down what's become the more traditional route of late of using Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or latest streaming service Youtube Music, Smith instead chose to release his mini album on Instagram. For the uninitiated, Instagram is a photo sharing app where users take snaps of everything from what they've had for breakfast through to the sunset…

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klipsch art

PRICE: £3,750 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01235 511166 WEB: HENLEYAUDIO.CO.UK EXPANDING ON ITS Reference II floorstanding loudspeaker, the new RF-7 III – with its distinctive copper-coloured twin mid/bass drivers and horn-loaded tweeter – claims a feast of upgrades and sound enhancements over its predecessor. In selecting the ideal tweeter, the Arkansas-based team settled on a 45mm titanium compression driver with an enhanced phase plug geometry design. By coupling this new tweeter to a new Tractrix horn formed from compressed rubber to give a circular throat with a square mouth, Klipsch boasts that high frequency response is improved, enhancing the overall dynamics for the most natural sound delivery. Also, each 254mm mid/bass driver utilises a robust aluminium frame for resonance-free performance fitted to the elegant 352 x 1,245 x 454mm (WxHxD) cabinet. Claiming 100dB sensitivity…

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aesthetix eclipse edition

PRICE: FROM £12,455 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01225 478400/01642 267012 WEB: AESTHETIX.NET Californian brand Aesthetix’s renowned Saturn series gets a 2018 update with its seven-strong Saturn Eclipse collection of high-end components. Distributed in the UK by Cool Gales in Bath and Hi-Fi Sound in Stockton-on-Tees, prices range from £12,455 each for the Rhea Eclipse all-valve phono stage and the Calypso Eclipse (pictured below) line stage preamp, to the Atlas Eclipse mono power amplifier pair at £31,190. The other components in the collection are the Pandora Eclipse DAC (£14,950), Janus Eclipse full-function preamp and Romulus Eclipse DAC/CD Player (each £16,200) and the Atlas Eclipse power amp (£18,700). According to the manufacturer, enhancements include new StealthCap capacitors for subtle detailing and improved spatial imaging; electrical upgrades; advanced mechanical chassis isolation and sophisticated power supply grounding. For the Eclipse…

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elac’s debut encore

PRICE: £220-£799 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01285 643088 WEB: ELAC.COM THE DEBUT SERIES from ELAC made waves on its original release when we reviewed its B6 standmount (HFC 407) and F5 floorstander (HFC 411) in the performance versus value-for-money stakes and the manufacturer has set its sights on doing it again with the Debut 2.0 collection. Less a reboot and more a complete redesign from the ground up, prices for the 11-strong Debut 2.0 series featuring MDF cabinets in black ash vinyl finishes range from £250 for a B5.2 standmount speaker to £799 for the F6.2 floorstanders The collection also includes centre, subwoofers and Dolby Atmos add-ons, should expanding to a multichannel configuration appeal. According to ELAC, its new silk-dome tweeter features a wide-roll surround, taking the high-frequency range up to 35kHz. Also, the…