Hi-Fi Choice November 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

Good news! Literally! Lots of good news! So much, in fact, that this month’s HFC features an expanded Audiofile section to accommodate all the fresh launch info coming your way. We have tons of exciting stuff from JBL, including wireless earbuds and mobile speakers, Mission upgrading its LX speaker range, iFi Audio adding to its Zen series, REL introducing a couple of ace new subwoofers, Sonus faber bringing in its Lumina speakers, Elipson presenting a brand new power amp, QED launching a high-quality power cable, Harman Kardon’s smart speakers, Sennheiser presenting its latest wireless in-ears, Bowers & Wilkins bigging-up a new set of speakers and L-Acoustics offering you the chance to host a gig or create a club at home! We’ll doubtless be reviewing the cream of that splendid crop over…

3 min
jbl gets busy

PRICE: £35-£400 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: UK.JBL.COM JBL IS LAUNCHING a slew of new products including two new wireless earbuds – the Live Free NC+ and Reflect Mini TWS – two new mobile speaker systems – the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go and PartyBox 310 – and three new portable speakers – the Xtreme 3, Go 3 and Clip 4. Beginning with the buds, the Live Free NC+ and Reflect Mini TWS both feature active noise cancelling and JBL’s Smart Ambient technology, designed to keep the listener aware of their surroundings when out and about. They also introduce the company’s new Dual Connect + Sync technology, which pairs with your device when the case is opened, each earbud connecting, “immediately and independently, allowing you to take calls with either side and assign unique functions to…

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mission lx mkii

PRICE: £190-£600 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: MISSION.CO.UK THE ORIGINAL LX speaker range was launched in 2016 and now comes in a new, improved version – the LX MkII Series. The fresh lineup utilises design elements evolved from the company’s upmarket QX Series to build on the already successful formula of the first-generation LX series. The LX range consisted of six models – two standmounts, three floorstanders and a centre for home cinema systems. The LX MkII range comprises nine. There is an additional standmount, a choice of two centres and a dedicated surround. For the LX MkII Series, Mission has designed a tweeter with a neodymium magnet, selected for maximum magnetic force in a small space, and a 25mm microfibre dome. It also features a new version of the company’s DiaDrive bass/midrange drive unit,…

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marantz 12 series special editions

PRICE: £3,000-£3,300 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: MARANTZ.CO.UK MARANTZ HAS UNVEILED its new PM-12 Special Edition integrated amplifier and SA-12 Special Edition SACD player. Building on the original SA-12 and PM-12, solely created for the Japanese market, it says the £3,300 PM-12 SE squeezes the ultimate audio performance from the core PM-12 concept using a fully discrete two-stage design with separate power supplies for the pre and power amp sections. The circuitry is claimed to offer the cleanest signal path to the amplifiers, which deliver 100W per channel into 8ohm loads or 200W into 4. Highquality nickel-plated copper input terminals and high-purity copper speaker connections are also used to ensure signal purity is maintained. Boasting a completely analogue design, the PM-12 SE draws on the PM-10 and PM-KI Ruby amplifiers that have come before…

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ifi audio zen can

PRICE: £150 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: IFI-AUDIO.COM Adding to its Zen Series – the Zen Blue (HFC 460) and Zen DAC – iFi introduces the Zen Can headphone amplifier. All-analogue, it connects to any audio source with an analogue output – such as the headphone output from a DAP, laptop, tablet, smartphone or the RCA outputs from a CD player or phono stage. It can then be paired with the Zen Blue to add Bluetooth connection or combined with the Zen DAC to upgrade its headphone amplifier stage. As well as offering headphone amplification, it can double up as a preamp to feed a power amp and speakers or a pair of active speakers. Headphone outputs include a 6.35mm jack for cans with a standard single-ended connector plus a 4.4 Pentaconn out offering…

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sonus faber lumina range

PRICE: £650-£2,000 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: SONUSFABER.COM ITALIAN MANUFACTURER SONUS faber is launching a new collection of speakers, with three models in the range: the £800 Lumina I standmount, the £2,000 Lumina III compact floorstander and the Lumina CI centre for home cinema setups, priced at £650. Utilising Sonus faber’s DAD (Damped Apex Dome) tweeter, the same as in the Sonetto series, the two-way Lumina I features a Kurtmueller hand-coated soft-silk 29mm tweeter with a 120mm midrange driver. Crossover is at 2,000Hz and sensitivity is quoted at 84dB into 4ohm loads. The compact and elegant Lumina III is a three-way floorstander that shares the same tweeter as its standmount sibling, paired with a 150mm midrange and two 150mm bass drivers made from Sonus faber’s natural fibre and paper blend. Crossover occurs at 350 and…