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Hi Fi News Nov-18

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.

United Kingdom
AV Tech Media Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Here’s a teaser for you: define ‘high resolution audio’. For most music lovers ‘high resolution’ is not determined by a set of numbers or a three-letter acronym – it’s simply the source, the vehicle, that gives them the greatest listening pleasure. That might be vinyl, which might also be a slightly noisy secondhand LP or a direct-cut 45rpm disc that’s pressed onto 180g of pristine black stuff. Or it might be CD, or in Ken Kessler’s universe [p146], reel-to-reel tape. But you get my drift – resolution, high or otherwise, is in the ear of the beholder. Until, that is, we drift into the realm of digital downloads and streaming where anything bigger/higher/faster than CD’s 44.1kHz/16-bit assumes the mantle of ‘hi-res audio’. Perhaps we should simply coin it CD+ and not obsess…

1 min
hi-fi news’ expert line up: the finest minds in audio journalism bring their experience to bear on all areas of hi-fi & music

JOHN BAMFORD JB’s passion for our hobby filled his life and infused his writing for HFN. He passed away after a long battle with cancer. RIP, our friend BARRY FOX Investigative journalist supreme, Barry is the first with news of the latest developments in hi-fi and music technologies 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…

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hi-fi news’ nuggets

IN MEMORIAM We are saddened to report that erstwhile Hi-Fi News contributor John Bamford has died. He passed away peacefully at home in early September, remaining upbeat and good company to the last. John began his hi-fi career in the early 1980s when he became assistant editor on Hi-Fi Answers. He then edited Hi-Fi Choice before joining Pioneer GB and later Meridian Audio. When he left Meridian he took up the pen again, briefly working as a staffer on HFN before becoming a freelance contributor and one of the mainstays of the magazine’s review pages. We will miss him. DENON 800NE SERIES Promising to bring ‘the features and sound quality of Denon’s flagship models to an affordable price point’, the new three-model 800NE Series – comprising the PMA-800NE amplifier (£449), DNP-800NE network player…

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dCS Bartók CAMBRIDGE INNOVATORS ANNOUNCE UPSAMPLING NETWORK DAC AND HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER What does Bartók have in common with Rossini? That might be hard to answer as a musical question but with the latest product from dCS it’s easy: the £9999 dCS Bartók borrows design cues and technical features from dCS’s Rossini range. The result is a network DAC that combines a UPnP network card and dCS Ring DAC with a headphone amplifier that provides unbalanced and balanced outputs via ¼in jack and 4-pin XLR sockets respectively. While the headphone amplifier is ‘unique’, dCS says little else about it other than it ‘works extremely well with both high and low impedance headphones’. Maximum output is 1.4W into 33ohm or 0.15W into 300ohm loads. Data Conversion Systems Ltd, Cambs, 01954 233950; www.dcsltd.co.uk, www.absolutesounds.com Halo effect PARASOUND HINTS…

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the hi-fi show live 2018

Tickets On Sale Now The remarkably sensitive, classy-looking and equally classy-sounding three-way Sonetto VIII floorstanders feature on p56, but visitors to the Hi-Fi Show Live can see the full range of Sonus faber’s new collection – entirely designed, developed and manufactured at its headquarters in Vicenza The Hi-Fi Show Live will offer audiophiles the first glimpse of Melco’s new-look, two-box flagship N10 music library. It’s an entirely audio-specific device with no standard IT or PC components! Want to witness interactive ‘voice-activated’ hi-fi in action? The Hi-Fi Show Live will feature Harman’s cutting-edge Citation series. From tabletop to 5.1-channel active speaker systems, Citation can form the hub of a ‘Smart Home’ Catch up with Krell at the Hi-Fi Show Live where the latest generation of its class-defining 300-series integrated amplifier, now the K-300i, combines incredible…

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hong kong av show 2018

Now Southeast Asia’s biggest audio fair, the 17th annual Hong Kong AV Show opened to a fanfare from the region’s Royal Police Band. The three-day event took place in Wan Chai’s Conference & Exhibition Centre with a record crowd of more than 13,000 visitors passing through the turnstiles on day one. Exhibitors came from around the globe, among them newcomers such as Fyne Audio and MAD from the UK and Cat Audio from Denmark. New launches included a digital audio player from Sony and each visitor received a free show SACD. The STST Modus llDQ may not be the most striking turntable around but strip away the wooden frame and beneath lies a suspended subchassis with a direct-drive motor. Once set up, says the company, the deck will never again need…