Hi Fi News May 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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Passion is the fuel, and source of inspiration, that drives much of the enthusiasm and innovation within our very specialised quarter of the broad ‘audio’ community. We audiophiles are a fastidious lot – we love our music and we love the kit that makes our music come alive at home. It’s a recipe we’ve all come to appreciate even more over the last year, for obvious reasons. I also know it has brought many more mainstream listeners into our world, those that once consumed music as a bite-sized snack now giving time for, and being rewarded by, the immersive experience of ‘real hi-fi ’s’ five-course meal. Welcome, if you’ve just discovered us! Passion is also what has kept us going this past year. Thinking about all our readers – many potentially isolated…

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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…

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goldmund sacd

Swiss marque Goldmund is bringing its design and engineering nous to the silver disc with the £175,000 Eidos Reference SACD player. Weighing 110kg and available in either ‘classic’ aluminium or a new matt black finish, the Eidos is intended to meet the demand for ultra high-quality disc players, particularly in Asian markets. Goldmund says it explored all available disc mechanisms before alighting on a device from D&M, which was then integrated into its mechanical grounding/damping systems. Proprietary PSU regulation, DAC and analogue circuitry create a ‘perfect audio source for demanding music lovers’. Outputs are on balanced XLRs and unbalanced RCAs, with digital on coax, optical and AES/EBU. A USB input supports 384kHz PCM and DSD512. Goldmund, Geneva, Switzerland, 0330 111 5653; www.goldmund.com; www.sonatahifi.com…

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founder’s keepers

The first loudspeaker range to emerge from Paradigm since it was bought out by original founder Scott Bagby in 2019, the Founder series debuts new driver and ‘Cascade’ cabinet designs across six models. Prices range from £2400 for the 40B standmount to £8600 for the 120H floorstander [pictured], an active/passive hybrid with powered bass drivers and ARC Genesis room correction. The speakers are available in walnut and black walnut wood veneer, piano black and midnight cherry, and feature faceted enclosures in place of ‘traditional square cabinet geometry’. New drivers include AL-MAC (aluminium/magnesium/ceramic) tweeters, AL-MAG mid units and CARBON-X woofers (140mm-200mm depending on model). Paradigm Electronics Inc., Canada, 01279 647 039; www.pulsecinemas.com, www.paradigm.com…

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hi-fi news‘ nuggets

NEW MOON Streaming DAC products from the Canadian MOON stable that include the latest MiND2 module (MOON intelligent Network Device) are also benefiting from its enhanced feature set. This includes the latest £2950 MOON 280D that not only decodes native DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 and PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit but also supports Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2, Tidal Masters, Deezer Hi-Fi, Highresaudio and Qobuz Sublime+ music services. Its seven digital inputs include AES/EBU, coax (x2), optical (x2), USB, Bluetooth, and an eighth through the MiND 2 streaming module (via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet). www.simaudio.com VERTERE FEET Designed to support low/medium mass components (2.5kg per foot), Vertere’s Iso-paws have a Sorbothane dome located into a hard acetal cup and felt base. Prices are £95 for three or £115 for four. Improved immunity from external vibrations…

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magnesium cans

Focal has updated the M-shaped dome driver of its Clear headphone with a new magnesium alloy. Priced at £1400, the Clear Mg is described as ‘chic and elegant’, its 40mm units housed in full-sized open-back earcups with microfibre pads and honeycomb grilles and supported by a solid aluminium frame in a ‘chestnut’ finish. The moderate 55ohm impedance should suit the output of portable players as well as the more robust audiophile headphone preamps used by stay-at-home enthusiasts. Should you be on the move, a carry case plus 1.2m mini-jack and 3m four-pin XLR cables, are also supplied. Focal-JMlab, France, 0845 660 2680; www.focal.com…