Hi-Fi Choice December 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.hifichoicemag.com Issue No. 456 December 2019 Hi-fi enthusiasts understand the importance of employing a pair of full-range loudspeakers in their listening room to achieve the best stereo soundstage. There’s no better way to bring music to life in a tangible three-dimensional way. When it comes to smart wireless speakers, however, their popularity stems from the simplicity of their single-chassis designs equipped with impressive speaker arrays and utilising multiple high and low-frequency drivers powered by sophisticated DSP technology to give an approximation of an involving soundstage. It’s a neat trick, but one that’s not always entirely convincing. Although these ‘plonk-anywhere’ wireless cabinets are targeted at those wanting to get into multi-room, I can’t help but think that true music fans are missing out. By not pairing these single-chassis designs together to deliver two-channel…

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sound evolution

PRICE: £450-£1,200 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 01480 452561 WEB: WHARFEDALE.CO.UK HIGH-END SOUND AT down-to-earth prices is the promise touted with the introduction of Wharfedale’s EVO4 Series. The new loudspeaker line sits between the Diamond 11 Series and the company’s flagship Elysian range and comprises six models with two standmounts: EVO4.1 (£450, pictured) and EVO4.2 (£600); two floorstanders: EVO4.3 (£1,000) and EVO4.4 (£1,200); plus a centre speaker: EVO4.C (£500); and on-wall surround speaker: EVO4.S (£1,000) to cater for multi-channel setups. An additional centre speaker is said to be joining the series by the end of the year Developed side by side with the company’s Elysian flagship speaker series, the EVO4 is said to benefit from processes lavished on the upmarket range and borrows design cues for the cabinet construction and driver configuration. Each EVO4…

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cut the cord

PRICE: £170-£350 AVAILABLE: NOW CONTACT: 0800 2321513 WEB: BOWERSWILKINS.COM INTRODUCING FOUR NEW headphones to Bowers & Wilkins’ product portfolio, all supporting aptX Adaptive wireless tech. The flagship PX7 over-ear (pictured right) is priced at £350 and has active noise cancelling. It has a 43mm dynamic driver in each earcup and proximity sensors built in to pause music when the headphone is removed before resuming when placed back on the head. It comes with fast USB-C charging and claims battery life of up to 30 hours – a 15-minute quick charge claims five hours playback. The smaller PX5 on-ear (£270) has 35mm drivers, customisable adaptive active noise-cancelling tech and claims battery life of up to 25 hours – quick charge claims three hours playback. The PI3 (£170) is a wireless in-ear headphone with…

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innuos adds usb reclocker

Known for its flagship Statement and comprehensive range of Zen music servers, Innuos showcased its recently launched PhoenixUSB reclocker at the UK Hi-Fi Show Live event held at the Ascot Racecourse Grandstand at the end of October. Said to be three components in one, the PhoenixUSB is a USB regenerator, linear power supply and external master clock with its own linear power supply. Evolved from the company’s experience with its Statement music server priced from £9,800 fitted with 1TB SSD, the PhoenixUSB claims to take a USB signal from any source and regenerate it to a high-precision signal to feed any DAC with the very best audio. It’s on sale now priced at £2,250 and is finished in black. INNUOS.COM…

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sonus faber olympica nova

PRICE: £5,950-£14,900 CONTACT: 0208 9713909 WEB: ABSOLUTESOUNDS.COM The Italian luxury loudspeaker maker unveils its Olympia Nova series that builds on the original range with improved drivers and crossovers, cabinet structure and a new look. With four hi-fi models and three mutli-channel options, the Nova I (£5,950) is a two-way standmount with a 28mm silk dome tweeter using Sonus faber’s Damped Apex Dome tech partnered to a 150mm mid/bass driver – optional stands cost £995. The three floorstanders – Nova II, III and V (pictured) – are all three-way designs priced at £8,950, £11,950 and £14,900 respectively fitted with the same 28mm tweeter, 150mm midrange and matching 180mm bass drivers. The range comes in walnut or wenge finishes and is on sale now.…

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audio jumble

This twice-a-year event is the largest secondhand and vintage audio gathering in the UK. There’s something rather exciting about attending a vintage sale, with rows and rows of stalls stacked high with hi-fi goodies to tempt every kind of visitor of all ages keen to get their hands on a renovation project or simply to browse and wander down memory lane. Stepping through the doors of the Angel Leisure Centre, Tonbridge on Sunday 6 October, the main sports hall bustles with activity as enthusiasts haggle over used vinyl and previously loved hi-fi. Wading through the yesteryear components on display that many visitors remember owning – or wanting to – is a truly mesmerising experience. There are stalls selling ¼in reel-to-reel prerecorded tapes and if you’re looking for blank tape stock, there…