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Hi Fi News Dec-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.

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A box of candy, the Jo No5 moving-coil from EAT is wrapped and ready to tempt your musical tastebuds (p60)Compact, comprehensive and compelling – we test Weiss’s innovative DSPpacked DAC501 (p68)MUSIC: From rock ’n’ roll circus to success, Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs… is this month’s Vinyl Icon (p88), while Steve Sutherland thrills at The Exciting Wilson Pickett LP re-released on 180g (p86)Hi-Fi News & RR is the UK’s representative of EISA’s Hi-Fi Expert Group. Editor Paul Miller took over as EISA’s President in June 2016Despite the onward march of streamed media and other forms of ‘virtual entertainment’ our world of hi-fi remains a very hands-on place. Even the advent of digital audio in the early 1980s, championed by compact disc, failed to diminish the audiophile’s inbuilt urge to fettle, refine…

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Mark Levinson 5000‘ENTRY LEVEL’ SERIES FROM HIGH-END BRAND KICKS OFF WITH TWO INTEGRATED AMPLIFIERSWith the stated intention of delivering ‘renowned Mark Levinson luxury and fidelity at an exceptional value’, the new 5000 series breaks cover with two DAC-equipped integrated amplifiers. The key difference between them is that while the No5802 offers digital inputs only, the No5805 also caters for analogue signal sources. Three line-level inputs are provided – one balanced on XLR and two unbalanced on RCAs – plus a flexible MM/MC phono stage with gain and infrasonic filters selected via the fascia and variable capacitance and resistance settings at the rear. In addition the No5805 has four digital inputs: one coaxial and two optical S/PDIF inputs plus asynchronous USB. PCM capability is limited to a 192kHz sample rate but…

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rocky mountain audio fest

Although the Denver Marriott Tech Center has just received something of a revamp, this was its last year as host venue for the USA’s largest audiophile show, the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF). The 16th event, in 2019, will up sticks to the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, a short cab ride from Denver’s International Airport. So new, in fact, that it’s not yet fully opened, but the Gaylord Rockies promises more and larger event spaces for this much-loved show to grow still further. The 2018 RMAF was accompanied by a very successful CanJam headphone extravaganza with launches from Focal, Abyss, Meze and many others. Back in the hotel proper, RMAF 2018 was notable for the number of $1m systems being debuted. All were remarkable, but none sounded alike!Two…

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valves: ready to roll?

Hooked on valve sound and want to tweak? Tubes need careful handling, and you must play safe with power amps and their lethally high voltages. But once you get started, tube rolling can become really addictiveOnce strictly the preserve of the technically--inclined, tube rolling has become just about the trendiest to tweak. We’ve seen an explosion of tube manufacturing, and the range of tubes and hi-fi tube amplifiers available is greater than ever before.Also, the boom in headphone listening has brought a proliferation of tube headphone amplifiers. When based on a single double-triode tube, these simply invite experimentation, even among users new to hi-fi who’ve never previously owned a tube product.The 12AX7 or ECC83 is the most common preamp tube, with many different flavours to choose from – including the…

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where to buy?

Online sources for tubes range from large-scale vendors of new tubes to smaller dealers who offer used or NOS tubes. While we can’t endorse individual suppliers, here’s a representative selection.AMP VALVESwww.ampvalves.co.uk Reading-based Amp Valves caters for the guitar market, offering re-valve kits for guitar amps, as well as matched sets and trade bundles of 20, but it can also sell you single tubes for your hi-fi amp.EAT (EUROPEAN AUDIO TEAM)www.europeanaudioteam.com EAT’s own brand tubes (KT88, 300B and more) for Audio Research, McIntosh, PrimaLuna and Canor amplifiers are available in the UK through Absolute Sounds at www.absolutesounds.com.HI-FI COLLECTIVEwww.hificollective.co.uk Hi-Fi Collective offers new valves from Sovtek and Chinese company TJ Fullmusic, including the older four-pin base types such as 101D, 2A3, 211 and, of course, the 300B.ICON AUDIOwww.iconaudio.com This amp manufacturer also…

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focal grande utopia em evo

Articulated cabinet can be adjusted to time-align the drivers to the hot seat. A 27mm beryllium tweeter is flanked by two 165mm midrange drivers, with a 270mm woofer on top and 400mm EM sub-bass unit in the cabinet baseWhen it comes to the description of products – and not just in hi-fi – one word has become so ubiquitous that it no longer has much meaning: that word is ‘iconic’. Yet Focal has dodged that particular bullet by describing its new Grande Utopia EM Evo – all 265kg, two metres and £160k-a-pair of it – and its smaller stablemate, the Stella Utopia EM Evo, as ‘the most emblematic high-fidelity loudspeakers of all its collections’.You can kind of see where the company’s coming from. After all, the unusual design, with its…