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Hi Fi News February 2020

Since its launch in June 1956 - two years before the commercial realisation of stereo - Hi-Fi News & Record Review has been delivering insightful reviews of the key products and technologies that lie behind our shared hobby... the passion of listening to music on the very best equipment available to the enthusiast. Every issue, Hi-Fi News delivers uniquely in-depth reviews of high-end audio equipment, including the best in vinyl replay and iconic vintage gear from the early days of audio. It is essential reading for all music enthusiasts.

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AV Tech Media Ltd
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feb/20

Audiophiles of an age will surely remember seeing and hearing Meridian’s first active loudspeaker, the M1, back in the late 1970s. The sloped baffle with its 10in woofer was distinctive, but it was the technology inside – a Meridian 105S power amp with electronic crossover – that represented the true innovation. The idea spawned a few other active loudspeakers, but Meridian stuck to its guns and developed the concept, right through to its MQA-ready DSP loudspeakers that are available today. Joined by the likes of Linn, Devialet and KEF, these self-sufficient, ‘system-in-a-box’ loudspeakers are addressing a slightly different scene – not strictly ‘old-school audiophile’ but one driven by the rapid change in the high-end consumer’s ‘digital lifestyle’. While the appeal of these sophisticated, DSP-driven speaker solutions is self-evident, it’s also true to…

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hi-fi news’ expert line up: the finest minds in audio journalism bring their experience to bear on all areas of hi-fi & music

BARRY FOX Investigative journalist supreme, Barry is the first with news of the latest developments in hi-fi and music technologies DAVID PRICE An avid collector of audio treasures, and life-long hi-fi addict, DP lends his ears and experience from analogue to digital KEN KESSLER is a long-serving contributor, luxury goods writer and champion for the renaissance in valves and ‘vintage hi-fi’ KEITH HOWARD has written about hi-fi for 40 years, and edited Hi-Fi Answers for nine. KH performs our speaker and headphone lab tests STEVE HARRIS Former Editor of this very title from 1986 through to 2005. A lifetime in audio and a love of jazz makes Steve a goldmine ANDREW EVERARD has reviewed hi-fi for over 30 years and is still effortlessly enthusiastic about new technology, kit and discovering new music STEVE SUTHERLAND worked on Melody Maker and then edited NME from…

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totally top tad

Pioneer spin-off Technical Audio Devices Laboratories Inc, better known to audiophiles as TAD, has launched its most ambitious Reference Series power amplifiers yet: the two-channel M700S (€56k) and monoblock M700 (€90k/pair). As you’d expect from TAD, much about these meticulously hand-assembled amplifiers is extraordinary, beginning with the ‘wide stance’ cast aluminium base – with adjustable spiked feet at the four corners – on which both amplifiers are built to suppress structural resonance within the audible frequency range. First used in the M600, the base has been redesigned to enhance its rigidity. Both models feature bridged output stages featuring multiple output devices. The M700 is rated at 700W/4ohm with 2x350W/4ohm for the M700S. For both models the rated outputs halve into 8ohm loads. The amplifier circuit espouses a minimalist, ‘simple is…

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more magico

Magico has been busy. Following the recent launch of its compact A1 [HFN Jan ’20], smallest model in the entry-level A-Series, comes the A5, the new largest model in the range. A five-driver three-way, the A5 features Magico’s first 5in midrange driver, and this and the three bass drivers have enhanced ‘Graphene Nano-Tec’ sandwich cones said to achieve an unprecedented stiffness-to-weight ratio. In common with other models in the A-Series, the A5’s tweeter is a 28mm beryllium dome unit with a carefully damped back chamber to dissipate rear radiation. Magico’s proprietary Elliptical Symmetry crossovers are employed and for the first time incorporate Mundorf’s new M-Resist Ultra foil resistors. Price in the UK is expected to be £24,998 a pair. Magico LLC, 0208 971 3909; www.magico.net; www.absolutesounds.com…

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hi-fi news' nuggets

NORDOST CABLE Nordost has spun off the technology from its Valhalla 2 tonearm cable into four new arm cables in its Blue Heaven, Heimdall 2, Frey 2, and Tyr 2 ranges. Each ‘Tonearm +’ cable comprises two twisted pairs, one per channel, of silver-plated, solid-core oxygen-free copper which are individually shielded to obviate crosstalk. Prices are £550, £740, £1290 and £2540 for 1.25m lengths. www.nordost.com PRO-JECT LP LABEL Austrian turntable manufacturer Pro-Ject Audio Systems has diversified into making audiophile LPs to play on its products. Its first offering, Jazzy Zoetrope, features Austrian musician 7RAY and is an all-analogue recording made at Pro-Ject HQ and Studio Baumgarten in Vienna. Classic tube microphones fed an eight-track Otari recorder, with the tracks downmixed to stereo on Studer tape machines. The 180g vinyl LP costs €39.90, or…

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ultimate arc

When you look at a property and its details say ‘price on application’, most of us know we can’t afford it. Audio Research’s improved version of its flagship Reference 750 monoblock power amplifier, the Reference 750 SEL, is similarly labelled – but importer Absolute Sounds says it will be around £75,000 a pair. Ten pairs only will be made, so if the price doesn’t daunt you get your skates on. Internally, component and wiring upgrades are said to provide higher resolution, greater transparency, better focus and effortless dynamics. Power output remains 750W into loads from 4 to 16ohm. Audio Research Corp, 0208 971 3909; www.audioresearch.com; www.absolutesounds.com…