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Hi-Fi Choice September 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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At CES Las Vegas in January, HFC discovered that MQA encoding was to be used for Tidal’s new Masters hi-res streaming, available to subscribers of its top-tier HiFimusic service. Content duly arrived on my desktop platform and I enlisted a special DAC with MQA support, connected to my laptop to unfold the packaged lossless hi-res treats. The world of content streaming is a difficult one to master – see Comment on p7 to see the financial challenges that many music streaming services face in these uncertain times. Qobuz knows all about such difficulties and after facing near collapse in 2015, the French streaming and download platform is back on track following an overhaul of its services under new stewardship. It now looks set to be the streaming option of choice for…

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stereo trio

PRICE: £945-£1,395 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01903 221710 WEB:ROTEL.COM FOLLOWING THE ADDITION of its 14 Series of components in October last year, Rotel has been hard at work on models further up its hi-fi hierarchy with three new stereo-only 15 Series components – plus a multi-channel surround amplifier, the RAP-1590 (£3,395) – aimed at aficionados looking to make the next step up. First up, the RC-1572 two-channel preamplifier (£945) is ideally suited to match with one of the company's existing 15 Series stereo power amplifiers. The new preamp is fitted with relay switching for analogue sources (rather than IC based), which claims to ensure the integrity of the signal path for analogue inputs that include XLRs, 4x RCA and a movingmagnet phono stage. Its 32-bit AKM4495 DAC handles optical and coaxial inputs (up…

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keith monks vinyl cleaners

PRICE: £1,795-£1,995 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01983 857079 WEB:KEITHMONKS-RCM.CO.UK KEITH MONKS HAS unveiled two new record cleaning machines, one of which is its smallest ever – the discOvery microLight. Designed to remove mould release oils, grime and dust from vinyl, they can clean both sides of the record in around three minutes using the company’s specialist fluid before fully drying with a medical-grade suction pump that’s imported from Germany. Best of all, the entire process is carried out in near silence. The £1,995 discOvery One Redux brings together the best of previous Keith Monks cleaners in a compact, low-profile cabinet (bottom pic), while the £1,795 discOvery microLight offers the same functionality in a smaller chassis with a specially designed panel into which personalised images can be attached. The discOvery Natural Precision cleaning fluid…

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jbl 4312se monitor

PRICE: £2,500 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01423 358846 WEB:KARMA-AV.CO.UK WHAT BETTER WAY to celebrate 70 years of being in the business of sound than by introducing a new model that harks back to a legendary three-way speaker from the seventies? That’s precisely what JBL had in mind when it decided to rework its classic three-way compact studio monitor, and the result is the 4312SE. Reprising the driver configuration and aesthetics of the renowned 4310/4311 studio and L100 ‘Century’ hi-fi monitors, the new speaker includes JBL’s latest transducers in the shape of the 300mm Aqua-Plas-coated pure pulp cone bass driver, 125mmm polymer-coated pure pulp cone midrange and a 25mm aluminium/magnesium alloy tweeter with waveguide and configured in mirror-image pairs. Additional features include a bass reflex enclosure with front-firing port, front panel mid and high-frequency…

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Cassette boy Forget the vinyl revival, as far as Elbow is concerned tape is where it’s at. And by stripping away most of the mechanical parts, it’s come up with a super portable and strikingly minimal way to play back your beloved cassettes: elbow.co.nf Music library One of the most enduring problems for the serious vinyl collector is where to keep it and how to store it so that you can quickly and easily find a specific record. The Médiathèque musicale de Paris might just have come up with the ultimate music storage system: bit.ly/2tNp8Nk New look Anyone that’s familiar with Spendor’s speaker output will tell you the company is known for its simple, elegant designs – something that’s reflected by the website’s new look. There’s no nonsense here, just everything you need to know…

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the hi-fi show live 2017

No, these aren’t KEF’s distinctive LS50 standmounts (HFC 384), they’re actually the LS50W fully active music system with wireless, USB, S/PDIF and analogue line inputs. Hear them on demo with two mono amps per speaker at the Hi-Fi Show Live Tickets On Sale Now SME provides an enticing insight into its plans for the future as visitors to The Hi-Fi Show Live get to see and hear its very latest vinyl-spinning delights, fresh from the famous factory A tapered tube absorber shows the form and function of Vivid Audio’s G3 speakers in perfect harmony. These iconic designs will be making sweet sounds alongside Mola-Mola’s latest electronics at The Hi-Fi Show Live Music Masterclass The extraordinary cellist, Vincent Bélanger, will be playing live to audiences in the Audio Note room and illustrating just how much influence…