Hi Fi News February 2021

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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Strange as it was to witness the Vienna Phil projecting its New Year’s Day Concert into the empty Golden Hall of the Musikverein, it was also deeply reassuring to see this annual musical institution prevailing despite the challenges faced by the orchestra and conductor, Riccardo Muti. Enjoyed by 50 million people in 90 countries this traditional ‘message of hope’ was never more uplifting or, indeed, timely. It was also illustrative of how we have been living our lives vicariously, ensuring that 2020 will also be remembered as the year that ‘virtual’ gatherings and conferencing really took off. Eventbrite – the platform we use to sell advance tickets to the Hi-Fi Show Live, more of which in a mo’ – recorded a 35x increase in the ‘attendance’ of virtual events. As the worldwide vaccine…

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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’ MARK CRAVEN Editor of our sister title Home Cinema Choice, Mark’s passion for music extends from stereo to multichannel and Dolby Atmos 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 Editor of Hi-Fi Choice, Steve was at the helm of…

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audio art

New from UK high-end distributor Absolute Sounds is Ten, a portfolio showcasing ‘extraordinary sonic creations’ selected by company founder and Managing Director Ricardo Franassovici. Complementing Absolute Sounds’ existing 21-brand catalogue, Ten will feature selected products from ‘audio artisans’ rather than each of the manufacturer’s full ranges. Furthermore, only companies that have a specific focus – amplifier, loudspeaker, etc – will be chosen. The first entry in the Ten portfolio is DeVore Fidelity’s Orangutan 96 (aka O/96), a two-way wide-baffle standmount priced from £13,500 depending on cabinet and finish. Praised by Absolute Sounds as ‘a rarity in these modern times’ by virtue of its 96dB sensitivity and partnering potential with SET valve amps, it will be joined by three other loudspeakers from the New York company, including the four-piece O/Reference system…

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arc’s integrated

The I/50 integrated amplifier is the first offering in a new ‘entry-level’ series from Audio Research, with the P/50 preamp and A/50 power amplifier to follow later in the year. ARC is now privately owned and managed, the 50-series marking a return to the company’s roots, with a nod to the brand’s 50th Anniversary. Featuring 6922 input and driver tubes and a claimed 50W output from two matched pairs of 6550 beam pentodes, the I/50 promises to be ‘a robust amplifier capable of breathtaking performance’. The other cylindrical protrusions emerging from the top plate are ARC’s LexieTubes, providing an indication of volume and input. Prices are anticipated to start at £5000, with phono and DAC modules offered as options. Audio Research Corp, Minnesota, USA, 020 8971 3909; https://audioresearch.com; www.absolutesounds.com…

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hi-fi news' nuggets

PRISMA BOOSTED Primare has announced new Prisma apps – for Android and Apple devices – enabled for its Prisma products via an OTA (Over The Air) firmware update. Effectively providing a new ‘build’ of its Prisma network player platform, the update promises increased control, speed and stability in advance of the pending Roon Ready roll-out, first for the NP5 Prisma, and shortly thereafter for all Prisma-equipped models. As of this update, all Prisma models are now AirPlay 2 enabled. www.primare.net RETRO ELIPSON Inspired by the compact but still substantial, angled floorstanders popular in the 1970s, Elipson has announced its £1790 Heritage XLS15 design. Weighing in at 28kg, this retro-styled loudspeaker comprises a three-way mix of 25mm silk dome tweeter, 55mm coated-dome mid unit and 300mm cellulose pulp coned woofer. Stands are £199. https://en.elipson.com/…

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apex ortofon

Moving the 2M Black [HFN Mar ’11] aside as its premium MM pick-up – and named to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven – Ortofon’s 2M Black LVB 250 is on sale this month, priced £830. Inspired by the cartridge specialist’s Cadenza Black MC design, it employs a Nude Shibata diamond stylus (which can also be fitted to existing 2M Bronze and 2M Black models) mounted on a boron cantilever – a combination Ortofon says delivers detailed reproduction and ‘remarkable transparency, speed and responsiveness’. A new ‘nano-tube’ rubber suspension compound claims improved damping and greener credentials, while the body and other materials are carried over from the proven 2M Black. Ortofon A/S, Denmark, 01235 511 166; www.ortofon.com/hifi; www.henleyaudio.co.uk…