Hi Fi News Yearbook 2017

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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Welcome, audiophiles, enthusiasts, music fans and lovers of all things luxury to our annual Yearbook. The festive season has certainly arrived early this year as Hi-Fi News & Record Review celebrates the hardware that inspired our senses and the music that stirred our souls throughout 2017. True enough, few of the 65+ goodies reviewed in this special Yearbook issue could be described as stocking-fillers, but it’s certainly worth leaving this bumper annual in plain view should an especially big-hearted Santa be browsing for ideas in the run-up to the holiday season! OK, so we can all dream, but contemplating that next upgrade is part of the fun of our shared passion. That and listening to fabulous music from heavyweight vinyl and high-res digital sources while leafing through this bumper 172-page book. This…

usa, las vegas – ces

HI-FI NEWS SHOWBLOG One of the advantages of being the oldest hi-fi magazine in the world is that we’ve had time to station our reporters in audiophile hot-spots across the globe, eager to file stories from the biggest shows. Every month we offer our Showblog from a major international event somewhere in the world, including CES in Las Vegas and the High End Show in Munich through to the annual shows in Stockholm, Hong Kong and Portugal in addition to our very own Hi-Fi Show Live! event in Windsor. Our Showblogs bring you a unique glimpse of the world’s latest and tastiest hi-fi, all from the comfort of your armchair! Staggeringly good sound was produced by Lamm and Kharma, the former launching the M.12 Reference power amps, L2.1 Reference line-level preamp and…

ds audio ds 002

Photo-electric pick-up cartridge Made by: Digital Stream Corporation, Kanagawa, Japan Supplied by: Soundfowndations Ltd, Berks Telephone: 0118 9814238 Web: www.ds-audio-w.biz; www.soundfowndations.co.uk Price: £4800 DS Audio made a real impact with its DS-W1 cartridge [HFN Nov ’15] adopting a new (or forgotten) technology for a cartridge that was neither a straightforward MC nor MM design. Here the movement of stylus and cantilever interrupts an LED light source falling on a photocell within the cartridge body, producing a modulated (music) output. So intrigued was the audio world by the DS-W1 – though it was originally intended only for the Japanese home market – that the range has grown quickly to three models. At £4800 the DS 002 is the lowest-priced offering by a large sum. Its siblings include the original DS-W1 at £7500 and…

elac miracord 90

Belt-driven turntable with electronic speed control Made by: ELAC Electroacustic GmbH, Germany Supplied by: Hi-Fi Network Telephone: 01285 643088 Web: www.elac.com; www.hifi-network.com Price (turntable/arm/cartridge): £2150 Miracord’s all-new 90 Anniversary Turntable sells for an attractive £2150 including arm and MM cartridge. This includes a choice of finishes, which enhance and personalise one of the prettiest turntables we’ve seen in ages – you can have a black base with highgloss white plinth, silver base with gloss black plinth, or a black base with an oiled walnut plinth. The deck itself is made by ELAC in Kiel, although the arm is subcontracted to an unnamed German firm, while the cartridge was co-designed with and produced by Audio-Technica. With a clean plinth, rounded corners and a blessed lack of clutter, the Miracord 90 has a look…

kronos sparta 0.5

Belt-driven turntable with auto speed control and unipivot arm Made by: Kronos Audio, Montréal, Canada Supplied by: Decent Audio, County Durham Telephone: 05602 054669 Web: www.kronosaudio.com; www.decentaudio.co.uk Prices: £16,950 (turntable) / £7950 (tonearm) While Kronos uses dual, counter-rotating platters on its Sparta and Pro models, its ‘entry-level’ turntable, the £16,950 Sparta 0.5, just has one – although an upgrade kit comprising a second platter, motor and another layer of plinth is available for £9000 extra. The deck has a skeletal frame containing the motor assembly from which hangs a second frame carrying the platter and armmounting plate. This subchassis hangs on O-rings which locate inside four corner towers that offer easy adjustment. The belt-driven platter (and Kronos says belt-drive is the best method for decoupling motor vibration) runs on an inverted bearing,…

planalogue prelude

Belt-driven turntable with electronic speed control Made by: Planalogue Ltd, Oxford Supplied by: Planalogue Ltd telephone: 01865 693032 Web www.planalogue.com Price: £2295 Planalogue has launched its debut offering, the £2295 Prelude, right into the heart of a competitive market. But company founder and designer Peter Laitt is a qualified mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the automotive industry, so he knows the way in which different materials might be combined to optimum effect. His Prelude is quite a work of art in terms of both appearance and construction. Build quality of our review sample was immaculate and the finish commensurate with the asking price. The Prelude’s main plinth is a sandwich of birch ply and acrylic, bonded together in a specific pattern designed to disrupt and dissipate energy. It sits on…