Hi Fi News

Hi Fi News Yearbook 2018

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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uk – hi-fi show live!

HI-FI NEWS SHOWBLOG One of the advantages of being the oldest hi-fi magazine in the world is that over the years Hi-Fi News has had time to station its journalists in audiophile hot-spots across the globe from where they’re able to bring you coverage of the biggest shows. Every issue we offer our Showblog from a major international event somewhere in the world, from Germany’s vast High End Show in Munich through to the annual exhibitions in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Portugal and Stockholm – not to mention our very own Hi-Fi Show Live event in Windsor. Here’s our pick of the world-class demonstrations that impressed us in 2018! Whirlwind guitarist Joncan Kavlakoglu performs a duet with one of his own recordings through an awesome system including an Aurender W20 music server, a…

sonoma acoustics m1

‘It’s impressive how these’phones punch out fast, crisp rhythms’ The idea of clamping electrostatics to your head has been with us for nearly 60 years. Stax unveiled its SR-1s in 1959, Koss following a decade later with the first USmade electrostatic designs, which weighed almost a kilogram! Yet Sonoma says its £4995 M1’phones/energiser system has a novel twist. This is in the form of the drivers used – the ‘High Precision Electrostatic Laminate’ transducers in the earpiece – and the associated drive electronics, the work of the UK’s Warwick Audio Technologies. The three-layer laminate diaphragm is just 15μm thick, its ultra-low moving mass required for ‘speed’ and high-frequency extension. Sonoma also claims better bass extension with minimised break-up modes for these diaphragms. The single-ended drive also simplifies the structure, reducing diffraction effects. The company…

audio-technica ath-adx5000

‘Grace Jones strutted the streets propelled by an intoxicating rhythm’ If you thought you’d know what to expect from A-T’s most expensive headphones, this may surprise you a little. Firstly, the £1990 ADX5000 does not use A-T’s unique 3D Wing Support system for locating itself on your head, but has reverted to a more conventional headband arrangement with sliders for capsule adjustment. Secondly, while many of the costlier A-T headphones have Y-cables with separate connection to the left and right capsules, the ADX5000 is the first, we believe, to have a detachable cable. This is ideal for those who want to try out aftermarket headphone cables or are aficionados of balanced headphone drive. The ADX5000’s single 3m detachable cable allows for both, and features 6N oxygen-free copper, terminated in a ¼in (6.35mm) jack…

constellation audio pictor/taurus stereo

‘Crisp, superbly etched sound flowed forth in a lovely, unforced way’ Over the past few years this company has been carving out its very own place in the high-end firmament. The Pictor/Taurus Stereo pre/power is in the vanguard of its new Revelation series – the £22k Pictor preamplifier (with outboard PSU) is dual mono, featuring Constellation Audio’s fully balanced Line Stage Gain Module with ultralow noise J-FETs, all on suspended circuitboards to counteract vibration. Hidden underneath the display panel are minor controls dealing with input gain, mute, phase, home theatre bypass and screen set-up. Three balanced XLR and three RCA stereo inputs are offered – and there’s no DAC. The new £24k Taurus Stereo is based on the Inspiration power amp but with a larger, quieter power supply. It shares with the…

creek cas4040

‘Fine vocal integration and sharp percussion rounded off the session’ It was the success of the NAD 3020 that encouraged Mike Creek to enter the market with his own amp, the CAS4040. Strong orders quickly followed and Creek Audio Systems scored a hit with its very first product. Competing against units whose construction benefited from far greater economies of scale, the electronic design of the CAS4040 had to be particularly frugal. One result was that when using the line level inputs, the signal passed through a mere seven transistors per channel – quite a feat given the claimed 2x30W output power. To simplify the design, a single rail supply was used in conjunction with AC coupling to the speakers via a pair of 3300μF electrolytic capacitors. Further savings in parts were made by…


COMPACT DISC SUPERAUDIO DVD BLU-RAY VINYL DOWNLOAD HIROMI & EDMAR CASTANEDA Live In Montreal Telarc TEL00026 Colombian harpist Castaneda moved to NY as a teenager to join his father, discovered jazz and, encouraged by Paquito d’Rivera, went on to an international career. When he met Hiromi backstage at the 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival, the two were wowed by each other’s sets, and for the 2017 festival they joined forces. Here ‘A Harp In New York’ makes a buoyant and festive opener, then a breakneck ‘Cantina Band’ from Star Wars becomes a riot of smashing chords, while on Castaneda’s ‘For Jaco’ the two wittily trade dancing bass lines. But the centrepiece is Hiromi’s superbly descriptive four-part suite ‘The Elements’, exploiting the unique sound palette of piano and harp to the full. Joyful, exciting and unmissable. SH ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ The Little Dream Mack Avenue…