Hi Fi News April 2019

Since its launch in June 1956 - two years before the commercial realisation of stereo - Hi-Fi News & Record Review has been delivering insightful reviews of the key products and technologies that lie behind our shared hobby... the passion of listening to music on the very best equipment available to the enthusiast. Every issue, Hi-Fi News delivers uniquely in-depth reviews of high-end audio equipment, including the best in vinyl replay and iconic vintage gear from the early days of audio. It is essential reading for all music enthusiasts.

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With all the cutting-edge equipment on show in Hi-Fi News every month, it’s tempting to think of ours as a purely linear hobby – a straight arrow to the realisation of musical bliss through a series of logical upgrades. Really? What if you cannot decide between the lush warmth of a choice tube amp or the grip and headroom offered by a pair of mighty solid-state monoblocks? Ok, so I’m stereotyping here, but you get my point – why not choose both and use either when the fancy takes you? Do it, and don’t feel guilty about it! Where is it written that we can have only one hi-fi system (large speakers notwithstanding)? The new generation of headphone aficionados rarely have just one pair of cans to reach for – an open-backed…

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hi-fi news’ expert line up: the finest minds in audio journalism bring their experience to bear on all areas of hi-fi & music

BARRY FOX Investigative journalist supreme, Barry is the first with news of the latest developments in hi-fi and music technologies DAVID PRICE An avid collector of audio treasures, and life-long hi-fi addict, DP lends his ears and experience from analogue to digital KEN KESSLER is a long-serving contributor, luxury goods writer and champion for the renaissance in valves and ‘vintage hi-fi’ KEITH HOWARD has written about hi-fi for 40 years, and edited Hi-Fi Answers for nine. KH performs our speaker and headphone lab tests STEVE HARRIS Former Editor of this very title from 1986 through to 2005. A lifetime in audio and a love of jazz makes Steve a goldmine ANDREW EVERARD has reviewed hi-fi for over 30 years and is still effortlessly enthusiastic about new technology, kit and discovering new music STEVE SUTHERLAND worked on…

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ds audio lite

If you are a vinyl enthusiast who has hankered after one of DS Audio’s optical pick-up cartridges – in which a beam of light is used to detect cantilever movement – here’s some welcome news: there’s a new entrylevel model, the DS-E1, to tempt you afresh. Entrylevel still means a hole in your pocket of £2295, but that includes the matching phono stage required with this unique design of transducer which responds to stylus displacement rather than velocity. Despite being the new baseline model in the range, the DS-E1 nonetheless features a machined-from-solid aluminium body and the same optical-mechanical system and wire-suspended aluminium cantilever as used in the flagship DS Master 1 [HFN Dec ’17]. Expense has been saved in the partnering electronics by using an op-amp rather than discrete circuit…

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ls3/5a dna

Not only does the venerable LS3/5a refuse to die, it continues to spawn new incarnations. The Kingswood Warren Limited Edition from Falcon Acoustics – named after the famous but nowdefunct BBC R&D facility south of London where the LS3/5a was developed – recreates the ‘no compromise’ LS3/5a prototype, designed in 1974, two years before commercial production began. Cabinets, crossovers and drive units are all meticulously realised to recreate the LS3/5a as it was originally conceived. Component parts are scarce so just 50 pairs will be made at a cost of, wait for it, £6495 per pair. Falcon Acoustics Ltd, Oxfordshire, 01423 358846; www.falconacoustics.co.uk; www.karma-av.co.uk…

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hi-fi news’ nuggets

ACOUSTIC ENERGY 500 We’re used to seeing carbon fibre composite used in speaker cones but Acoustic Energy’s two new flagship models – the AE500 two-way standmount (£1000) and AE509 2.5-way floorstander (£2300) – also use it in their dome tweeters, which is much more unusual. The improved self-damping of CFC, says AE, results in a ‘smoother, more transparent sound’ than delivered by its previous ceramic aluminium drivers. www.acoustic-energy.co.uk OPERETTA CABLES Black Rhodium’s new Operetta interconnect cable is based on its costlier Opera but has a much simplified construction to reduce price. Protected from radio frequency interference by a braided silverplated copper screen, the signal conductors are of 99.99% (4N) pure silver with PTFE and air insulation to ensure low dielectric loss. Price for a 1m pair with gold-plated phono terminations is £360. www.blackrhodium.co.uk…

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focal flagship

Focal’s championing of beryllium diaphragms in its tweeters and headphones continues with the closed-back Stellia (£2799), which joins the open-back Utopia [HFN Feb ’17] at the head of the French company’s headphone range. As if to outdo a mere champagne gold finish, the Stellia’s distinctive mix of brown hues Focal calls cognac and mocha. In common with other models in the range, the Stellia uses Focal’s M-cone diaphragm which is constructed like a loudspeaker drive unit in miniature. Its 35ohm impedance gives it good sensitivity (106dB for 1mW specified) for use with personal music sources. Two cables are provided: a 4ft mini-jack-terminated cable and a 10ft balanced cable, terminated in a 4-pin XLR plug, for use with domestic hi-fi systems. Focal-JMlab, 0845 660 2680; www.focal.com…