Hi Fi News March 2020

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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A chance meeting with D’Agostino’s CEO and designer, Dan, at an international hi-fi show a few years ago found us pondering one of life’s great questions: ‘how big is big enough?’. In this instance we were looking at his Momentum series of amplifiers – physically very dense with their solid copper and alloy chassis, visually distinctive with their green-illuminated watchface meters, and plenty powerful too [see HFN Jul ’11 and Oct ’16]. But what they offered in sheer performance they lacked in physical stature. ‘I am being asked by high-end customers for something bigger’, he admitted. Then, silence… until Munich’s High End event in May ’18 when Dan’s magnum opus – the Relentless monoblock amplifier – was unveiled to some fanfare in front of an eager press pack. Just the one, and…

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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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levinson no 5105

Mark Levinson has introduced a second turntable, the £6000 No 5105, to join its costlier VPI-built No 515 [HFN Oct ’17]. A machined-from-solid aluminium plinth almost 2in thick forms a substantial basis for the entire structure, supported on three adjustable aluminium feet inside each of which is a ‘mixed material’ suspension system. A bubble level on the turntable allows the feet to be adjusted for accurate plinth levelling. Within the plinth, an oil-free, maintenance-free main bearing supports a 6.35kg platter, also of solid aluminium, which features a record clamp that mimics the form of the hourglass-shaped knobs on Levinson’s electronics products. Belt drive is from a compliantly isolated 12V synchronous motor with a digitally generated control signal, which offers 33 and 45rpm operation. The integrated pick-up arm has a nominal…

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modern master

NAD’s feature-packed flagship DAC/amplifier, the £3999 M33, is the first such product in the world to incorporate Purifi Audio’s Eigentakt analogue Class D power amp module which claims ‘negligible THD and IMD’, ‘extraordinary low noise’ and ‘exceptionally clean clipping’. Available soon, the M33 claims 200W output into 8 or 4ohm loads and incorporates an ESS Sabre-based streaming DAC that supports 20 online music services. Dirac Live digital room correction is included, and the M33 can be networked with other BluOS products to create an integrated multiroom system. Lenbrook Inc, Ontario, Canada, 01732 459555; http://nadelectronics.com; www.sevenoakssoundandvision.co.uk…

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hi-fi news’ nuggets

RHODIUM OPERETTA 2 Black Rhodium has added a high-end version of the Operetta – the Operetta 2 DCT – to its range of interconnect cables. As ‘DCT’ suggests, deep cryogenic treatment is applied to this hand-assembled cable which also features a woven silver-plated copper screen, PTFE/air dielectric and bespoke gold-plated connectors. Price for a 1m pair with phono plugs is £600. www.blackrhodium.co.uk T+A TWO TRACK German audio manufacturer T+A has announced a new distribution arrangement within the UK, which will see its previous distributor Kog Audio joined by newcomers The Audio Business. Responsibility is split, with Kog focusing on T+A’s traditional and high-end products, while The Audio Business concentrates on personal audio and system-based items, specifically the Cala receiver, Caruso multi-source player and the Pulsar series of loudspeakers. www.taelektroakustik.de…

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ac by audiotricity

The mains conditioners and cables manufactured by Portuguese brand Audiotricity will shortly be available in the UK through Scotland-based Elite Audio. (The Chimera Signature mains conditioner was demonstrated at last October’s Hi-Fi Show Live.) Announcing the distribution deal, Elite Audio’s Mark Cargill emphasised Audiotricity’s bespoke service which customises its products to fit the particular needs of individual users. Audiotricity offers five power conditioners ranging from the entry-level Mormo to reference Stheno, and three ranges of mains cable from the entry-level Proteus to high-end Charon. Availability is soon but UK prices have yet to be announced. Audiotricity, Portugal, 01732 459555; www.audiotricity-hifi.com; www.eliteaudiouk.com…