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Hi-Fi Choice

Hi-Fi Choice

August 2021

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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1 min
on tour

PRICE: £279.99 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: JBL.COM JBL HAS ANNOUNCED a new headphone is joining its range for the Summer. The new over-ears are the JBL Tour ONE featuring Adaptive Noise Cancelling, Adaptive Ambient Aware and TalkThru technology with handsfree Google and Amazon voice assistants, which can be used either with voice commands or by holding on to the earcup. The JBL Tour ONE promises up to 50 hours of total playback time which the company claims can power a full week of activity on a single charge.…

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new hybrid

PRICE: £12,995 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB:KARMA-AV.CO.UK THIS MONTH’S BANK-BUSTER comes in the shape of Karma-AV’s introduction to the UK from Wilmington, Delaware of Balanced Audio Technology’s hybrid VK-3500 integrated amplifier which, the company says, “marries a ‘SuperTube Unistage’ preamplifier with a solid-state power section generating 150 watts per channel into 8-ohm loads, doubling into 4-ohm loads.” With the 6H30 SuperTube Unistage the signal is apparently transmitted through only one gain stage with zero feedback. The VK-3500’s revised preamp topology uses 2nd generation oil capacitors which, the company adds, “provide damping so that the signal passing through it delivers more organic, natural sounding music reproduction.” The VK-3500’s output stage employs a zero-feedback symmetrical bipolar design to complement the 6H30 tube-based preamplifier by providing high current capability as well as wide bandwidth. It comes with a machined-aluminium…

1 min
back to bass

PRICE: £149 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: ISOACOUSTICS.COM IsoAcoustics is adding to its line of isolation products with the Aperta Sub, an isolation stand designed for subwoofers weighing up to 80 pounds (36.3 kg). The company says the Aperta Sub, “allows the listener to discover greater bass definition from their subwoofer with less complaints from their neighbours. “(While) low bass frequencies allow the listener to feel a deep syncopated connection to their favourite music… the large pulsating driver produces energy and vibrations that travel through solid structures and that can create issues in the listening space and can often be disturbing to others. Room treatment can be costly and doesn’t mitigate structure-borne noises.” The Aperta Sub isolation stand has been designed to reduce these disturbances by decoupling the subwoofer from its supporting surface, managing the…

3 min
audeze lcdi3 £900

At first glance, it’s obvious the Audeze is reading from a different script. An IEM with a squidgy tip securing the seal, yes, but what’s going on with the miniature Star Wars Tie Fighter hooked over and covering most of the ear? A different look and a major point of departure from the rest of the group, which is made up of closed-back designs using combinations of armatures and dynamic drivers, single full-range or multiple. The LCDi3, conversely, has a cast magnesium housing with a semi-open backed grille to suppress resonance that contains a planar magnetic driver, a configuration that has been borrowed from the company’s LCDi4 IEM flagship. The low impedance driver (20ohm is quoted) uses Audeze’s patented ultra-thin Uniforce voice coil and Fluxor magnet tech and claims class-leading resolution…

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CD Harmonia Mundi HERE’S A CRISP and highly feisty Eroica played on period instruments that’s bristling with energy and attitude from Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth. The slight slurring of the opening chords is just one of many interesting individual touches and there are some great raspy horns in the scherzo! Méhul’s rarely heard Les Amazones Overture is the coupling – a seriously weighty Beethovenian piece that makes a powerful impression on the listener. Harmonia Mundi’s recording sounds beautifully natural; it’s clear, open and very detailed, with a nice sense of depth but plenty of impact when needed. JH…

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furutech ncf clear line mains optimiser

MANY DEVICES PRODUCE RF noise that can interfere with the sound from your audio system. Mobile phones and computer systems generate RFI that can be picked up by your house wiring. Also, low-quality switched-mode power supplies, such as those often supplied with chargers can generate high-frequency noise that can be injected back into your ring main and further pollute the sound. Detail improvement To filter out noise from the mains, Furutech has utilised its proprietary Nano Crystal2 Formula (NCF) technology in a conditioner that is entirely passive containing no electronics. It eliminates electrical and mechanically induced resonances from the power socket and AC circuit by using a combination of the NCF material with air coils. The NCF material is a special crystalline one that not only generates negative ions intended to eliminate…