Hi Fi News November 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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How we all choose to listen to music has been going through something of a revolution this past few years. The mass market is moving almost exclusively over to streamed media – paid subscriptions to the various online services accounting for over 60% of revenues – but I’ll wager our readers are just as interested in physical media. We listen to music, rather than consume it like a throwaway commodity – we like to read the liner notes and immerse ourselves in the musical experience. Difficult to do when running for the train, earbuds trailing in the wind… CDs and LPs account for less than 30% of the market but the balance of power, and the profit margin, is clearly going the way of the black stuff. Last year both the RIAA…

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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 Melody Maker and then edited NME from…

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primaluna evolves

Dutch valve electronics company PrimaLuna has done something extraordinary: after 16 years in business, it has replaced its entire product range with its new 13-model EvoLution Series. To provide clear gradations in performance, the incoming range is divided into EVO 100, EVO 200, EVO 300 and EVO 400 models, from entry-level to flagship, each division comprising an integrated amplifier, preamplifier and power amplifier. Prices start at £2198 for the EVO 100 Tube Integrated Amplifier, Preamplifier and Power Amplifier, rising to £4598 for the costliest item, the EVO 400 Tube Integrated. Completing the range is the £2888 EVO 100 Tube Digital AnaLogue Converter, which boasts ‘the world’s first valve-based data clocking device’. All the integrated and power amps are supplied with EL34 output valves but the auto bias circuit means these can…

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chorus to chora

French loudspeaker and headphone specialist Focal has replaced its Chorus range of high-value speakers with a new Chora lineup comprising the £599 806 two-way, two-driver standmount, £1099 816 2.5-way, three-driver floorstander, and £1299 826 three-way, four-driver floorstander [pictured]. All three models feature a novel diaphragm material for the midrange, woofer and mid-woofer cones called ‘Slatefiber’ – a composite which uses recycled, non-woven carbon fibres to achieve what is claimed to be an even better combination of lightness, stiffness and internal damping. Available finishes are black, light wood or dark wood, the latter two with light grey and dark grey baffles. Focal-JMlab, 0845 660 2680; www.focal.com…

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hi-fi news' nuggets

KLIPSCH T5 BUDS A four-model T5 Series of earbuds has been launched by Klipsch. Each targets different usage: the £175 T5 True Wireless offers up to 32 hours of play between charges in the smallest package, while the £110 T5 Sport is designed to remain securely in position during exercise. The £115 T5 Neckband has wired buds but Bluetooth connectivity via its neckband, and the £70 T5 Wired provides a conventional wired connection for ultimate sound quality. www.klipsch.com FURUTECH PLUGS Japanese brand Furutech has shown a range of three chunky IEC mains connectors, suitable for cable diameters from 6mm to 20mm. The FI-46 NCF (gold), FI-48 NCF (silver) and FI-48 NCF (rhodium) all feature glass-filled nylon bodies with Furutech’s ‘Nano Crystal Formula’ and its ‘Floating Field Damper System’ but differ in the plating…

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streaming dac

Bryston has upgraded its BDA-3 standalone DAC to the BDA-3.14, adding extra features. Most important of these is the provision of built-in music player software providing access to NAS and USB drives as well as to Internet radio and music streaming services such Qobuz, Tidal and Roon. The DAC stage itself – which connects to the network card using an I2S interface – is compatible with PCM sampling rates of up to 384kHz and also supports up to DSD256. No fewer than ten digital inputs are provided: four two-channel HDMI, two asynchronous USB, two coaxial S/PDIF (one RCA, one BNC), one AES/EBU and one Toslink. The UK price is £3900. Bryston Ltd, Canada, 0870 4441044; www.bryston.com…