Sound + Image February - March 2017

SOUND + IMAGE magazine offers a comprehensive package focused on lifestyle home electronic entertainment. It provides easy-to-read information about audio and video equipment and how ordinary consumers can assemble extraordinary systems that look and sound fantastic.

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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the hi–fi headlines news letter no. 230

Most turntables on the market today are relatively simple devices, by necessity. The more mechanics you add to a turntable the more it increases the chance of external noise being transferred to the stylus, smearing the sound. For this reason most turntables are belt-driven, with manual operation. However we realise that not everyone is comfortable with a manual turntable, and wish for at least a minimum level of automation. Enter one of the most respected names in audio – Thorens. We have added two Thorens models to our range: TD190 (below) – a $999 fully automatic turntable that comes complete with the highly respected Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. TH295 (left) – $1,599 complete with an Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge. What makes this turntable unique is that it is promoted as a manual turntable,…

3 min
music is my sport...

I was pondering, the other day, on highly anecdotal evidence, whether there might be more widely spread support for a hypothesis that people who are mad about music are often not so much into sport, and that people who are mad about sport are, likewise and contrariwise, not so much into music. This might be, of course, just because there is not enough time in the day and night to accommodate two such all-encompassing passions to the full. Or perhaps it is a just matter of nurture — I have no recollection myself, for example, of being taken to the local ‘rec’ to kick or throw balls around, whereas many days of my school hols were spent in recording studios where my father was producing popular music artists and radio orchestras.…

1 min
marantz preamp for more than movies

Beyond the realm of Marantz’s premium integrated AV receivers lies the company’s long-running pairing of AV processor/preamp and power amps, and there’s a new version of the preamp model now available in the $3970 Marantz AV7703. The AV7703 carries full 4K UHD video capability and the latest processing and format capabilities, including Auro 3D, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround, DTS:X and Neural:X. (Neural:X is the DTS equivalent of Dolby Surround, spreading the channels from legacy formats across whatever speaker layout is available, including height.) HEOS multiroom abilities are also included, in keeping with parent company D&M’s plans to spread the now high-res-capable HEOS multiroom platform through a wider range of products. The AV7703 can deliver its output through up to 11 channels with two subwoofer outputs, the pre-outs being available on both conventional…

1 min
latest audio-technica

Just as we unplugged the AT-LP60BT from this issue, we heard of a new model that splits the difference between that and the AT-LP5 which won a Sound+Image award earlier this year. The new AT-LP3 will price here at $469 with a pre-mounted AT91R Dual moving magnet cartridge and a built-in phono preamp so you can take its output at line-level into any amp, as well as phono level into a phono stage. It is also fully automatic! The AT-LP3 will be available in black or a snazzy-looking white, both with the striking red removable headshell, and we aim to have a review next issue. More info:…

2 min
incoming: hdmi 2.1

Not only was it a surprise to have HDMI 2.1 announced when the current HDMI 2.0 is still settling in, the enhancements in throughput and capability are astounding. There is a three-fold increase in speed, from HDMI 2.0’s 18Gbps to 48Gbps, which will enable support for 8K (7680×4320) at 60Hz, and potentially 10K where applicable, as well as 4K and 5K at 120Hz, and the delivery of dynamic HDR on a frame-by-frame basis. Do some chroma subsampling from 4:4:4 to 4:2:0 and you can go higher, reaching right up to 8K at 120Hz. VESA’s Display Stream Compression DSC 1.2 will be required for 8K transmission at 4:4:4; this method promises “visually lossless performance verified by subjective testing”. Also in the HDMI 2.1 specification is ‘eARC’ (enhanced Audio Return Channel), which will create…

1 min
b&w’s diamond cinema at ise

New subwoofers, new in-wall speakers — Bowers & Wilkins has developed what it calls a ‘Diamond Cinema experience’, announced at the recent ISE Show in Amsterdam. The products creating this experience include new three new models for B&W’s CI800 Series Diamond custom installation range, introducing Diamond dome tweeters, Continuum and Aerofoil cones to its in-wall range, as used in the latest D3 versions of the legendary 800 Series. B&W says the Diamond Cinema is “a completely new level of home cinema performance… the ultimate 3D Cinema sound experience”. All 15 channels of the system deliver equal sound pressure levels and, subwoofers aside, full frequency response. The 15 channels of CI800 speakers in the Diamond Cinema include nine of the flagship CWM8.3 Diamond models, and five CCM8.5 Diamond in-ceiling speakers. The flagship CWM8.3…