Hi Fi News Yearbook 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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Welcome, audiophiles, enthusiasts, music fans and lovers of all things luxury to our annual Yearbook. The festive season has certainly arrived early this year as Hi-Fi News & Record Review celebrates the hardware that inspired our senses and the music that stirred our souls throughout 2019. True enough, few of the nearly 70 goodies reviewed in this special Yearbook issue could be described as stocking-fillers, but it’s certainly worth leaving this bumper annual in plain view should an especially big-hearted Santa be browsing for ideas in the run-up to the holiday season! OK, so we can all daydream, but anticipating that next upgrade is part of the thrill of our shared passion. That and listening to fabulous music from heavyweight vinyl and high-res digital sources while leafing through this bumper 180-page book. This…

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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 30 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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uk – hi-fi show live!

HI-FI NEWS SHOWBLOG One of the advantages of being the oldest hi-fi magazine in the world is that over the years Hi-Fi News has had time to station its journalists in audiophile hot-spots across the globe from where they’re able to bring you coverage of the biggest shows. Every issue we offer our Showblog from a major international event somewhere in the world, from Germany’s High End Show in Munich through to the annual exhibitions in Poland, Portugal and Stockholm – not to mention our own UK Hi-Fi Show Live, which now takes place at Ascot. Here’s our pick of the world-class demonstrations that impressed us in 2019! The foyer area of the Hi-Fi Show Live’s Sandringham building was buzzing with activity, not least for the first outing of Technics’ fabulous direct-drive…

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eisa global convention

IsoTek has taken a step forward in technology with the launch of its new ‘SMART Power’ range. Presented by IsoTek MD, Keith Martin, the new Alpha, Delta and Theta models offer full system control (and monitoring) of connected electronics through RS232, LAN and over Wi-Fi, all via a custom app. The demo was mighty impressive! www.isoteksystems.com Serbian brand Auris Audio made its EISA debut with the new tube-based D125 system and DHP DAC [inset], but the biggest stir was caused by its Euterpe headphone amp [HFN Sep ’19]. The wooden casework is shaped to act as a headphone stand – it offers both USB and analogue inputs, with a PL95 pentode-driven output. www.aurisaudio.rs/en Yosuke Asada of Japan’s Audio Accessory checks out KEF’s Uni-Q equipped wireless LSX speakers [HFN Oct ’19]. Engineer George…

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germany – high end

This is the six-input 91E Integrated Amplifier from Western Electric. Despite only one 300B per channel in single-ended mode, it can deliver 20W/ch. Bias is microprocessor controlled while the toroidal output transformers are removable, modular blocks, which can be matched to the speaker impedance. Finish is champagne or black. www.westernelectric.com VAC’s Statement 450i amplifier was an impressive sight, but so was the system with which it was demonstrated. Sources were an Acoustic Signature Invictus Jr turntable with TA-5000 arm and Airtight Opus cartridge, supplemented by a rack of Esoteric Grandioso digital goodies. As for the speakers, these were the Von Schweikert Audio Ultra 9s in a striking red finish. www.vonschweikert.com Wharfedale unveiled its flagship Elysian series with the standmount Elysian 2s seen here in white, either side of the company’s Lintons. The…

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portugal – the audio show

It was good to finally hear the Cambridge Audio Edge NQ preamp with network player, seen here below the matching Edge W power amplifier. The NQ offers a comprehensive range of digital inputs, including HDMI, and also has Chromecast, Spotify, AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX HD, Internet Radio and UPnP capabilities. What’s more, its USB input can accept DSD up to quad speed (DSD256) and PCM files up to 384kHz/ 32-bit in resolution. www.cambridgeaudio.com Polk Audio’s Signature S55e is a two-way speaker featuring the company’s ‘Power Port’ technology, which is said to enable the reproduction of frequencies down to 40Hz. Cabinets are in black or white only, but finish is first-rate. www.en.polkaudio.com This impressive lineup of components comprises Nagra’s HD DAC X and separate PSU (bottom right), Nagra CDT transport (bottom left), Innuos Statement…