Hi Fi News November 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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Speakers come and speakers go, but every five or six years the perennial refresh of Bowers & Wilkins’ flagship 800 series marks a high point of excitement in the audiophile calendar. Due, in no small part, to ‘that which shall not be named’ the build-up to launch was more of a slow burn this year and the international press gathering necessarily rather subdued. None of which should detract from the achievements, more remarkable than ever under the circumstances, of B&W’s talented and surprisingly varied engineering team. These latest ‘D4’ variants of the seven-strong 800 series feature hundreds of detail improvements together with a handful of new innovations that, once appreciated, immediately provoke the question ‘I wonder why no-one had thought of doing that before?’. Such moments are rare in hi-fi but I’ll…

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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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back in black

Technics’ range-topping turntable has been reborn in a new ‘minimalist’ black finish, as the brand continues to target the audiophile community alongside its fervent DJ fanbase. The SL-1210G features the same specification as the previously released silver SL-1200G (which remains on sale), and follows last year’s now-sold-out limited edition SL1210GAE, which celebrated the brand’s 55th anniversary and debuted the black aesthetic. ‘We realised there was high demand for a “regular” black version of this flagship 1200 Series model’, says Technics European product manager Frank Balzuweit. The new deck features an iron-coreless twin rotor/single stator direct-drive motor, cold-drawn magnesium tonearm on a gimbal suspension, and a vibration-suppressing triple-layer platter – each model is balance-adjusted before leaving the factory. Technics’ four-layer ‘high-rigidity’ chassis is topped by a 10mm aluminium plate and damped via…

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fynely priced

Sporting the coaxial IsoFlare driver technology that has become the manufacturer’s calling card since it first arrived in 2017, Fyne Audio’s F500SP standmount is the most affordable model in its Special Productions (SP) range – speakers that are all ‘handcrafted and hand-finished’ at its Glasgow factory. It is available now for £1300 in white/black piano gloss, or £1500 in walnut veneer (pictured). The speaker vents its 150mm bass/mid driver (with centrally mounted magnesium dome compression tweeter) via a downfiring port onto its integrated plinth stand – bass extension is a claimed 42Hz and sensitivity 90dB. The crossover and components have trickled down from Fyne’s high-spec F700 standmount, while the speaker shares the magnetised grilles and diamond-cut chassis surrounds of its SP siblings. Fyne Audio Ltd, Lanarkshire, 0141 428 4008; www.fyneaudio.com…

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hi-fi news' nuggets

NEAT COMPACT Neat Acoustics has launched a fourth loudspeaker to bolster the scope of its existing Strata range. Joining the Ministra, Ekstra and Orkestra, the new Majistra expands on the form factor of the standmount Ministra, using the bass/mid driver and ribbon/AMT tweeter from the top-of-therange Orkestra. Once again, Neat is employing isobaric bass loading with pairs of its 164mm woofers mounted on the front ‘sub-baffle’ and behind, inside the cabinet. The Majistra is offered in black oak, satin white, natural oak and American walnut, priced at £3495 per pair. www.neatacoustics.com ISOTEK’S NEW HOME Ahead of its release of new AC power conditioners, IsoTek has announced its collaboration with Fine Sounds UK. From the fourth quarter of 2021, the specialist in ‘power optimisation’ devices will be distributed alongside McIntosh electronics, Sonus faber speakers…

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rose ripper

A recent arrival to the UK, Korean manufacturer HiFi Rose has expanded its product line with a CD player/ripper designed to partner its network audio hardware. The £399 RSA780, pictured here atop the RS250 network streamer, houses its slot-loading drive mech in a 900g silver-finish metal chassis with a rubberised base and high-performance insulators to tackle noise and vibrations. Output is over USB-B (HiFi Rose bundles its own RSA705 cable), and the drive can operate in either Isolation (read-only) or Normal (read/write) modes – the former with iCoupler-style digital isolation technology for optimal playback, the latter designed for use with a PC. Ripping to integrated or attached storage, and playback control, is managed through the Rose app. Citech Co., Ltd, South Korea, 01235 511166; https://eng.hifirose.com; www.henleyaudio.co.uk…