Hi-Fi Choice October 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

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www.hifichoice.com Issue No. 467 October 2020 On p83, occasioned by the closure of Q magazine, you’ll find a piece I put together on the sad demise of the once great British music press. The gist of it is that if your business depends on finding people who are willing to pay for your thoughts on any forthcoming music release, it is likely to be in a spot of trouble. Now, you may think it highly ironic that this piece should appear in the Opinion section of a magazine you’ve just bought, and I have to admit you’re probably right, but buying hi-fi equipment can be a complicated business and it’s likely to set you back a fair bit more than a Spotify upgrade. And that’s why we’re pleased to do what we…

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dawn of a new era

PRICE: £2,700 EACH AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: MARANTZ.COM MARANTZ HAS ANNOUNCED details of its new Model 30 integrated amplifier and SACD 30n network audio streamer and SACD player, which it claims are the first products to feature: “the brand’s new industrial design language, celebrating and modernising signature design elements from legendary Marantz products of the fifties, sixties and seventies.” Manufactured in Shirakawa, Japan, the Model 30 boasts an all-analogue design featuring a fully discrete two-stage build, with independent power supplies for the pre and power amplifier sections. A phono stage is incorporated (compatible with both moving-magnet and coil carts) for vinylistas, complete with Marantz Musical Premium Phono EQ circuit and Marantz HDAM technology. Distortion is reduced using two-stage amplification in the phono stage, and Marantz HDAMs are combined with JFETs in the input stage, giving…

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we are the champions!

EISA AWARD WINNERS 2020-2021 CHOSEN BY JOURNALISTS from 61 publications spanning 29 countries, the annual EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) Awards are the world’s most prestigious hi-fi accolades. The plan for 2020 was to follow the same pattern as those of previous years with companies presenting their entrants at the EISA convention in Antwerp in April, followed by voting which would have been finalised at EISA’s annual global meeting in June. However, that was all banjaxed by the Coronavirus outbreak. Not to be defeated by a global pandemic, EISA organised the awards virtually via Skype and email, each category voted by one of six expert groups. The winners have just been announced and here they are – the very best in hi-fi. BEST VALUE FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKER Focal Chora 826 PRICE: £1,300 REVIEWED: HFC 457 The panel…

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go outdoors with diggit 55

PRICE: £50 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: KITSOUND.CO.UK KITSOUND HAS ANNOUNCED the launch of the Diggit 55, the latest entry in its outdoor Bluetooth loudspeaker range. Fitted with a removable stake for sticking in the ground, it comes with added features such as an Outdoor EQ Mode and new ‘Tap to Pair’ for those that have more than one Diggit 55. Kitsound explains that the speaker uses double dual opposing drivers – two active and two passive – to deliver crisp notes and deep bass. It also boasts IP66 water and dust resistance, up to 15 hours of battery use and an LED downlight for night-time listening. Kitsound has made it easier to stereo pair two Diggit 55s, thanks to the aforementioned Tap to Pair feature you can simply touch two speakers together to create immersive stereo…

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cassette store day cancelled

Cassette Store Day, the annual co-ordinated release of music on collectable tapes that was inspired by the success of Record Store Day, has cancelled its 2020 event in the light of sexual misconduct claims made against one of its principal participants, Burger Records. The event was planned for 17 October worldwide and would have been a boon to the resurgent industry re-emerging after difficult times under lockdown. It was immediately cancelled when news broke that Burger, based in Fullerton, California and the fount of many of the events’ tape releases, was accused of “normalising a culture of sexual assault” at its shows and within its catalogue of artists. Despite an attempt to rebrand and launch a separate imprint for female artists in response to the claims, Burger has been forced to shut…

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kimber ks phono tonearm cable

PRICE: £2,400-£7,650 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: RUSSANDREWS.COM REPLACING THE PREVIOUS KS-1216 and KS-1236 cables, Kimber’s three-model KS (Kimber Select) Phono range comes in copper (CU), hybrid copper-silver (HB) and pure silver (AG) variants. The company says that each cable shares a construction methodology based around four 24 AWG signal conductors insulated with dye-free, air articulated PTFE to ensure minimal capacitance and dielectric losses and maximum integrity. The CU version uses copper for the four conductors, while the HB and AG cables are made using pure silver. Shielding, to ensure the signal remains pure and hum-free, surrounds the four conductors and is manufactured using a 44 AWG, heavy (8 percent) silver-plated copper shield – the company claiming it can be drawn to finer diameters to give greater coverage while retaining flexibility. This design is common to…