Hi-Fi Choice May 2019

Hi-Fi Choice is the essential guide to audio excellence in the home. It is a no-nonsense guide to the finest products available, from vinyl and valves, to multi-channel digital audio and high-fidelity video. Hi-Fi Choice sorts the best from the rest with rigorous test processes and a highly experienced team of reviewers.

United Kingdom
AV Tech Media Ltd
13 Issues

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www.hifichoice.co.uk Issue No. 449 May 2019 Vinyl may be the format grabbing the headlines and encouraging music fans to embrace all things analogue following this year's Record Store Day which took place on Saturday April 13, but there are also plenty of remarkable things happening in the world of digital audio. The digital music landscape has changed significantly in recent years and instead of downloads dominating the way we listen to music, streaming has become the go-to way to access millions of tracks via pay-for services from the likes of Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal, to name a few. Digital is the way many of us listen to music at home and if you want to experience it at its best in whatever format, then you need a serious DAC, such as…

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classic reborn

PRICE: £4,000 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01223 203200 WEB: JBLSYNTHESIS.COM REMEMBER THE EIGHTIES Maxell tape ad where a guy sat in a chair sipping a Martini is blown away be the sound quality of one of its cassette tapes? Well, the distinctivelooking loudspeaker that appeared in the ad, with its sculpted foam Quadrex grille, was JBL's original L100. As the US-based company's best-selling loudspeaker, the recently reimagined L100 Classic retains the look and feel of the original in a three-way configuration with a newly developed 25mm titanium dome tweeter mated to a waveguide with an acoustic lens for optimal integration with the 125mm pulp cone midrange driver. HF and MF attenuators are located on the upper left of the front baffle. The slightly offset bass driver below has a 300mm white pulp cone…

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thanks for the memories

How well do you remember pop music? What is it about a tune that makes it stick in the mind and is it something that can be easily replicated? Is there a specific decade that produced more memorable hits than others? The sixties or maybe the eighties… surely not the nineties… In an effort to find out the answer to this most perplexing of problems, a research team from New York University's cognitive psychology department recently carried out a study with some 630 participants. The result was a paper entitled Who Remembers The Beatles? The Collective Memory Of Popular Music. Those that want to drill down into the finer details of the data can do so at bit.ly/2CG8XsA. But for everyone else here's a summary of what the decidedly dry report…

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akg pro on-the-go

PRICE: £109-£149 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01462 480000 WEB: SOUNDTECH.CO.UK DISTRIBUTED IN THE UK by Sound Technology Ltd., AKG Professional has announced three models sporting a three-axis, all-metal hinge that brings foldable practicality to its studio-quality cans for a life on the road. First up, the £109 K175 is an on-ear closed-back design with 40mm drivers that weighs 250g and claims a frequency range of 18Hz to 26kHz with sensitivity at 114dB/1V. The £129 K245 offers a similarly wide frequency range and sensitivity, but is an over-ear semi-open design with 50mm drivers and weighing in at 295g. The £149 K275 is a closed-back design with similar size drivers and weight, but offers a slightly extended frequency range. All three feature a self-adjusting headband with slow retention foam ear pads for a comfortable and secure fit…

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black rhodium classic cables

Part of a new range of cables that Derbyshire-based Black Rhodium has dubbed ‘affordcables’, its Twist Classic loudspeaker and Libra Classic power cables (pictured) are aimed at offering high-quality sound at an affordable price. Both cables have the same structure as their non-Classic versions, but are fitted with a powerful ferrite filter placed directly over the conductor wires at the component or loudspeaker end to reduce the amount of RFI and EMI entering the cables. Available now, Twist Classic comes as a 3m (£170) or 5m (£194) pair, terminated with gold-plated Z plugs, while the Libra Classic 1.7m mains power cable fitted with polarised Schuko plug and IEC socket costs £170 or £150 for a non-polarised version. BLACKRHODIUM.CO.UK…

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t+a extends flagship range

PRICE: £13,996-£23,400 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 02477 220650 WEB: KOGAUDIO.COM German high-end specialist T+A has strengthened its flagship HV Series with the introduction of two reference-class digital-toanalogue converters with the £21,990 SD 3100 streaming DAC and £23,400 SDV 3100 streaming DAC/preamp (pictured), plus the PDT 3100 CD/SACD transport priced at £13,996. The PDT 3100 is billed as a reference CD/SACD player, equipped with a tray-loading disc mechanism and fitted with optical, coaxial, BNC and AES-EBU output connectivity, as well the company’s own hi-res IPA Link that enables it to interact seamlessly with the matching HV DACs’ hi-res playback capabilities. The all-new SD 3100 claims to be the company’s most powerful and innovative digital-toanalogue converter to date and capable of handling PCM files up to 32-bit/768kHz and DSD to DSD1,024. The network streaming client supports selected…