Hi-Fi Choice September 2020

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

in this issue

1 min

“Sitting in a room, alone, listening to a CD is to be lonely. Sitting in a room alone with an LP crackling away, or sitting next to the turntable listening to a song at a time via 7in single is enjoying the sublime state of solitude.” These are the wise words of Henry Rollins and I’m sharing them with you because I was wondering if anyone else felt the same way about record players as I do. I’m not talking about the allure of vinyl here; the warmth, depth and humanity that explains its appeal over the digital delivery of music has already been well and passionately documented. What I’m talking about is the player itself; the tonearm, the plinth, the actual act of placing the platter on the deck and…

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back in the game

PRICE: £450-£800 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: LEAK-HIFI.CO.UK ACTIVE IN THE renovation business, Chinese company IAG (International Audio Group) – owner of Audiolab, Wharfedale, Luxman, Mission and Quad – has announced the relaunch of much-loved British franchise Leak. Founded in 1934 by Harold Joseph Leak, the brand was a trailblazer in the field of high-performance audio equipment. Among its firsts were the Point One series of valve amplifiers (1945) which were the first to reduce total harmonic distortion to 0.1 percent, and the ground-breaking Trough-Line FM radio tuner (1955) still considered one of the finest FM tuners ever. Leak’s Sandwich speakers (1961) heralded true-piston cone action by sandwiching polystyrene foam between outer skins of stiff aluminium foil. And the Stereo 30 all-transistor amplifier (1963) spearheaded the use of transformerless transistor output stages over thenstandard…

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elipson chroma series

PRICE: £280-£700 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: ELIPSON.COM ELIPSON HAS ANNOUNCED details of its new Chroma turntable range, which consists of the entry-level 200 models, the step-up 400s and the flagship Chroma Carbon. The Chroma 200 is strictly analogue, the 200 RIAA incorporates a built-in preamp, while the 200 RIAA BT comes with preamp, USB output and aptX Bluetooth. The turntables all have a matte-black finish and are constructed using PVC for the chassis with an aluminium tonearm and pre-fitted Ortofon OM10 cartridge. The 400 models include the Chroma 400, Chroma 400 RIAA and Chroma 400 RIAA BT, which features a stylish lacquered PMMA finish, carbon lift arm – which is higher quality than the 200’s aluminium one – and comes with a choice of glossy black, white or red plinth. These models also feature…

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ruark audio’s r3 all-in-one

PRICE: £630 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: RUARKAUDIO.COM Ruark Audio is launching its R3 all-in-one system, which will stream from Spotify Connect, Tidal, Amazon Music and Deezer over wi-fi or aptX Bluetooth, and features Smart Radio functionality to tune into internet, DAB/DAB+ or FM stations, or spin CDs using the onboard transport. The R3 can also be part of a TV and Smart Home setup, with switchable analogue and digital inputs for hookup to a TV, Alexa Echo Dot or Google Home Mini. It measures 420 x 167 x 220mm (WxHxD), weighs 5.3kg and is driven by a high-fidelity two-channel Class A-B amplifier (nominal 30W output) and comes in a choice of rich walnut or soft grey lacquer finishes bundled with an infrared remote control.…

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from kraftwerk to the chemical brothers

PRICE: £16-£18 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: DESIGNMUSEUM.ORG/EXHIBITIONS RUNNING UNTIL 14 February 2021, the Electronic: From Kraftwerk To The Chemical Brothers exhibition has been designed to recreate a club experience with a surround sound system supplied by PMC and a 3D show capturing Kraftwerk’s music and stage performances. “Kraftwerk has been using PMC speakers for many years and compiled their audio/video documentary collection, 3-D Kraftwerk Concert, on a PMC 9.1 Dolby Atmos setup,” says PMC Business Development Manager Chris Allen. “The system we are installing at The Design Museum will complement the signal accuracy, excellent dispersion and unparalleled level of image integrity of their main system and allow the museum to convey the clarity and transient response that Kraftwerk demand.” A spokesperson for Kraftwerk says the band invited PMC to support them at the London…

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klipsch and mclaren in-ear team-up

PRICE: £185-£260 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: KLIPSCH.COM/MCLAREN Created in partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team, comes The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport McLaren edition in-ear, claimed to be dust and water-tight with a moisture removal system to ensure the earphones remain dry. Supplied are six pairs of eartips, one pair of Comply memory foam tips and three sizes of no-budge wings. The case charges via USB-C or wirelessly with the included one-position wireless charging pad providing up to 32 hours of battery (eight hours in the earphones). Price: £260. The T5 II True Wireless Sport includes the same features and is available in black and white. While the case charges wirelessly and via USB-C, it does not include a wireless charging pad. RRP: £209. Finally the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless is…