Sound + Image February - March 2018

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

3 min
the hi–fi headlines

AVID LISTENING! We have been singing the praises of AVID turntables for some time, but this is the first time that we have had an Acutus SP on our showroom floor. AVID is different to most companies in that they initially set out to make the very best turntable they could, resulting in the Acutus. They then trickled this technology down to less expensive models. Most manufacturers produce an initial offering and then work to improve on that, releasing consecutively more expensive models. The fact that the Acutus turntable – released two decades ago – still forms the basis of AVID’s premium offering (and still remains competitive in a market where the ‘flavour of the month’ seems to change on a weekly basis) bears testament to the fact that they got it…

3 min
fat? or just foveated?

I recently celebrated 10 years with Sound+Image magazine — I know, it seems forever, doesn’t it, but prior to that I was hacking my way through Malaysian tea plantations, being attacked by hornets and generally having a good time, and prior to that, I was one of those UK hi-fi journalists who have such a deserved reputation for impartiality. I happened to look at my very first issue of Sound+Image recently, and saw that my debut editorial comment piece was on the subject of aspect ratio, and in particular the horror of visiting friends and finding them watching short fat people on their screens, and apparently not even noticing. A decade on, I remain highly sensitive to aspect ratio distortions (even after spending longer in Australia and growing to understand that…

2 min
jamo celebrates 50 with new 8s

Readers who perused S+I’s history of Jamo in our 30th anniversary issue last year will know that the company is hitting 50 itself this year, and plans to celebrate in style, beginning with a new Studio 8 speaker series which was on show at CES in Las Vegas. The ‘reimagining’ of this key series for Jamo extends to three floorstanders (S 809, S 807, S 805) and two standmounts (S 803 and S 801), plus two centre speakers (S 83 CEN and S 81 CEN) and two subwoofers (S 810 SUB and S 808 SUB), plus one Dolby Atmos-certified elevation speaker (S 8 ATM, pictured above right atop one of the floorstanders), so that the series can be configured to any hi-fi or home cinema requirement. The aesthetic certainly is striking…

1 min
nad delivers the next 3020

We’ve taken to referring to the Sound+Image award-winning C 338 Chromecast-equipped amplifier as the true successor to NAD’s world-busting history of ‘3020’ amplifiers through the years. But of course NAD has its own D 3020, for which it has just announced a new ‘V2’ generation. For such a modern looking thing, NAD has made interesting choices with the new version, and it’s worth studying the available inputs carefully to make sure they’ll meet your needs. The previous generation had a USB-B socket to play files direct from computer — but that’s now gone, to be replaced by… a phono stage for turntables! This adds to the onboard Bluetooth (with aptX), one analogue line-level input, and one each of optical and coaxial digital inputs. It retains the trigger and subwoofer outputs of…

1 min
cambridge spins up a vinyl double act

Cambridge Audio is celebrating the vinyl revival with a pair of phono preamps aimed to bridge the gap for those whose amplifier has no dedicated phono input — or for those desiring an upgrade from the mediocre circuits often used, especially through years of vinyl decline. There are two models — the relatively bare-bones Solo phono preamplifier for moving magnet cartridges, and the Duo which, as its name suggests, also supports moving coil models. The Duo (above right, with the back panel below) also adds a high-quality headphone amplifier, so you could have it on the desktop with just your turntable, enjoying vinyl in personal comfort. Both models use a switch-mode power supply and circuitry which is almost entirely surface mount, assisting extremely short signal paths. The left/right channel balance is adjustable…

4 min
meet’n’greet m8audio

We first heard from Mark Thomsen in mid-2016, when his new speaker company M8audio was under early development, and we invited him to contact us again when the company was launching to the general public. Which it now is doing — based out of Airlie Beach, Queensland, and debuting with three models named the Sweet Maxwell, the Rocket 5.1 SuperResolution, and The Sub OneTen. You can read full details on these speakers via the M8audio website, and to learn more about the company’s philosophy we threw him a few questions... SOUND+IMAGE: So what differentiates M8audio in what is, after all, a crowded loudspeaker market? MARK THOMSEN: Well there are usually heavy trade-offs between sound, price and aesthetics. Do you want a great sounding speaker, or do you want a speaker that looks…