Hi Fi News December 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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It was a huge pleasure to meet so many HFN readers at our recent UK Hi-Fi Show Live at its new Ascot Grandstand venue. Not only was this a chance for us all to explore the jaw-dropping architecture of this iconic building (something ordinarily reserved for Ascot box holders only) but it also gave us the space to experience a series of unforgettably powerful hi-fi demos free of interference from rival brands beavering away behind thin, party walls. Granted, there’s a little more walking involved than at your average audio show (the Grandstand is a quarter mile wide!), but aspirational, high-end hi-fi needs room to breathe. A top-quality AC mains supply is essential too – I’ve personally run enough demos at traditional hotel-based hi-fi shows over the decades to appreciate the…

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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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boulder 866

Boulder Amplifiers has replaced its 865 integrated amplifier with the 866, which will be available in two versions. The all-analogue variant, available now, will soon be joined by a combined analogue+digital version which includes a DAC stage. Rated at 200W per channel into 8ohm (50W more than the outgoing, and costlier, 865) the 866 offers three pairs of balanced inputs – no unbalanced inputs are fitted – and features a new output protection circuit that Boulder claims allows greater current output and peak power capability. The rated continuous output doubles to 400W/4ohm and increases to 700W/2ohm. Although in many respects a chunky high-end integrated amplifier of the ‘old school’ – it weighs 25kg, occupies a 440x190x390mm chassis (whd) and use Boulder’s large thumbscrew binding posts for its speaker outputs – the…

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prisma for all

Primare’s NP5 network player brings the Swedish company’s proprietary Prisma network technology to any system having a coaxial or Toslink digital input. Measuring just 143x36x125mm (whd) and priced at £450 – or half that for existing owners of various Primare products under the Prisma Update Program – the NP5 provides wired and wireless Ethernet connection with AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Chromecast and Roon compatibility, with voice control available through Google Home devices and Google Assistant. The digital output may be set at 48kHz, 96kHz or 192kHz to suit the DAC to which the NP5 is connected. An RS232 port on the rear panel and bundled serial cable also allow control of volume, mute, power on/off and input selection with older Primare products. Primare AB, 01423 358846; www.primare.net, www.karma-av.co.uk…

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hi-fi news’ nuggets

CHORD EPICX The Chord Company is continuing its switch from Teflon to XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) insulation in its non-Taylon cables with the introduction of EpicX, a shielded speaker cable which joins the costlier EpicXL launched earlier this year. Its 12-gauge signal conductors are of silver-plated oxygen-free copper, insulated with XLPE and shielded within an outer PVC sheath. Cost is £60 per metre plus £120 for termination with ‘ChordOhmic’ banana plugs. www.chord.co.uk ROON NUCLEUS+ Revised versions of Roon’s Nucleus and Nucleus+ music servers – now manufactured in the USA – have become available in the UK. A wider chassis allows the use of 15mm-deep SATA HDDs (9mm previously), and a second HDMI output has been added at the back. Cooling of the Intel Core i3 and i7 CPUs remains passive to obviate fan noise.…

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evolve to revolve

Following the recent launch of its X1 and X2 turntables [HFN Aug ’19 & Nov ’19], Pro-Ject has released – as part of the ongoing rationalisation of its turntable range – what it describes as ‘an evolutionary update’ of its The Classic model [HFN Aug ’16]. The Classic Evo merges The Classic with The Classic SB SuperPack. With belt-drive and easy switching between 33.3 and 45rpm, the Evo features improvements to its two-plinth isolation and two-part platter. Pricing is £1250 with the Quintet Red MC cartridge or £1050 without, and available plinth finishes are either eucalyptus or walnut veneers. Pro-Ject Audio Systems, Austria, 01235 511166; www.project-audio.com, www.henleyaudio.co.uk…