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Hi Fi News June 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
AV Tech Media Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome

At the time of writing we are all one month into our new lockdown lives, and one more sizzling issue of your favourite hi-fi magazine has been served up on schedule to the printers. As I promised last month, Hi-Fi News will continue to publish throughout this period and serve our loyal readers with the high quality reporting, in-depth reviews and entertaining music features to which you have all rightly become accustomed. Thinking of those selfless NHS heroes – including Mrs P – working on the front line in Covid wards across the country, certainly puts what we are doing into some perspective. Nevertheless, I believe it is important we play our small part in keeping each and every hi-fi fan entertained and informed and, most importantly, feeling very welcome as…

1 min.
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…

1 min.
yamaha backs stereo

Anyone who recalls classic Yamaha audio products like the CT-7000 tuner will immediately recognise the aesthetic – silver fascia (there’s also a black option), rectangular toggle switches and moving-coil panel meters – of its new three-model A-S series of integrated amplifiers. In order of ascending price the range comprises the A-S1200 (£1999), A-S2200 (£2999) and A-S3200 (£4999), rated at 160W, 160W and 170W, respectively, into 4ohm. Junior of the three, the A-S1200, offers five line-level inputs plus a switchable MM/MC phono input. Next up, the A-S2200, features balanced circuit design and adds a balanced XLR input along with a fully discrete headphone amplifier. Top model, the A-S3200, also incorporates a discrete headphone amplifier, doubles up on the balanced XLR inputs and uses superior internal components such as polyphenylene sulphide film capacitors.…

1 min.
contour quartet

Dynaudio has updated its four-model Contour series to create the Contour i range, comprising the 20i standmount, 30i and 60i floorstanders, and 25Ci centre-channel speaker. Overall design remains as before but the new models feature improved cabinet finish, internal damping, crossovers and drive units, with trickle-down from the flagship Confidence range. All four models are fitted with a new Esotar2i tweeter which allows simplification of the crossovers as impedance correction is no longer required within the highpass section. UK prices for the standard walnut, grey oak high-gloss and black high-gloss finishes are £3999/pr, £6199/pr and £7999/pr for the 20i, 30i and 60i, with the 25Ci priced at £2899. Dynaudio A/S, Denmark, 01638 742427; www.dynaudio.com…

1 min.
hi-fi news’ nuggets

CAMBRIDGE & ROON Following on from Roon Ready updates for its Edge NQ preamp/network player and CXN (v2) network audio streamer, Cambridge Audio has now made available a free firmware update for the £1399 Azur 851N network player featuring Roon Ready, which integrates Roon’s high-resolution streaming and music management technology. Once it’s updated, the 851N will be recognised by Roon on your network. www.cambridgeaudio.com, www.roonlabs.com MOON & RAIDHO Canadian high-end electronics brand MOON has formed an association with the Danish speaker manufacturer Raidho Acoustics. MOON’s press release suggests this is a meeting of minds, not a merger: ‘Later this year, hi-fi lovers across the globe can expect to see Moon and Raidho Acoustics performing together at audio shows and in retail stores’. www.simaudio.com, www.raidho.dk/raidho-acoustics…

1 min.
new niagara

AudioQuest has expanded its series of Niagara mains power conditioners with the introduction of the midrange, slimline (445x88x386mm, whd) Niagara 3000 model, priced at £2599. Like the larger, costlier Niagara 5000 and 7000 [HFN Sep ’17], the 3000 features AudioQuest’s ‘AC Ground Noise-Dissipation System’, ‘Transient Power Correction’ (which can deliver a claimed 55A of peak current for 25msec), and widebandwidth ‘Level-X’ linear filtering which AudioQuest suggests is free of the multiple electrical resonances typical of standard mains filters. Non-sacrificial surge protection, which is proof against multiple mains transients of up to 6kV and 3kA, is also included. AudioQuest, California, 01249 848 873; www.audioquest.com…