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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 th
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Unique Group Tests
THE PROCESS OF reliably auditioning six USB-equipped digital-to-analogue converters isn’t quite as straightforward as it is when carrying out a single standalone review. Each DAC is tried with two source components – an (Ethernet-connected) Hewlett P
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ED SELLEY EXPERTISE: REVIEWER Active in the industry since 1999, Ed’s first record was Boss Drum by The Shamen. He splits his time between reviewing and protecting hi-fi kit from his son Will. NEVILLE ROBERTS EXPERTISE: ENGINEER Neville has an eclect
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Russ Andrews Internal SuperFuse
PRICE £25 TELEPHONE 01539 797300 WEBSITE russandrews.com WHAT IS THERE in a fuse to make it worthy of consideration as an upgrade for an audio system? Its primary function is to be the weak link in the power supply that breaks the circuit in the even
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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 Seri
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DESKTOP DACS £2,400–£4,860 Thrilled To Bits
WHEN BRITAIN’S A&R Cambridge (Arcam) launched the world’s first standalone digital-to-analogue converter, the Delta Black Box, back in 1988, it was seen as something of a curiosity. Fast forward 32 years and, boy, how things have changed. Modern digi
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Land Of Nope And Sorry
Considering our government appears to be running the country on a series of random handbrake turns, it really came as no surprise when the BBC followed suit and pulled an abrupt about-face in the Proms debacle. The issue, should it have escaped your
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Buying Guide
PRICE: £380 REVIEWED: HFC 447 The 6000CDT is exceptional at revealing what’s on your discs to deliver a great big soundstage with plenty of detail inside. It can dig down deep into the mix to eke out the different musical strands while dynamically an
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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
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Auralic Vega G1 £3,300
PRODUCT Auralic Vega G1 ORIGIN USA/China TYPE DSD-capable streaming DAC/preamplifier/headphone amp WEIGHT 7kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 340 x 80 x 320mm FEATURES Supports sample rates up to: 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD512 Digital inputs: 1x coaxial; 1x optica
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Classical Restart
UK government guidance states that from 11 July live music concerts were permitted to take place outdoors with a socially distanced audience present. But what is the future for indoor concerts and how can a symphony orchestra perform and still adhere
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Next Month
The updated ‘Wireless Streaming Transporter’ has even more functionality than before. Just add your own DAC… REVIEWS Sonos Five, Tellurium Q Blue, Ruark R3, Michell Cusis E, Longdog Audio LDA P6-100m and a six-way Group Test of high-class phono stage
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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 headphon
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Bel Canto DAC 2.7 £2,400
PRODUCT Bel Canto DAC 2.7 ORIGIN USA TYPE DAC/preamplifier WEIGHT 6.5kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 216 x 88 x 318mm FEATURES Supports sample rates up to: 24-bit/192kHz PCM Digital inputs: 2x coaxial; 1x optical; 2x singleended RCA; 1x USB; AES/EBU; Analogue
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Keep Your Distance
Did you see those strange photos of Sam Fender’s recent gig at Gosforth Park in Newcastle? It was billed as the UK’s first socially distanced outdoor concert since lockdown and, although it’s great that live music is starting to return in any form, t
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Hi-Fi Choice
Editor Steve Sutherland Production Editor Jake Day-Williams Art Editor Emily Hammond Andrew Everard, Paul Hirons, Paul Hocker, James Hughes, Cliff Joseph, Jason Kennedy, David Price, Neville Roberts, Ed Selley, David Vivian, Chris Ward, Nigel William
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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
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Chord Electronics Hugo TT2 £3,400
PRODUCT Chord Electronics Hugo TT2 ORIGIN UK TYPE DSD-capable DAC/preamplifier/headphone amplifier WEIGHT 2.5kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 235 x 52 x 238mm FEATURES Supports sample rates up to: 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 Digital inputs: 2x coaxial (BNC); 2
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Great Savings
SUBSCRIPTION ORDER FORM DIRECT DEBIT SUBSCRIPTIONS UK ONLY One year’s worth delivered to your door Great savings on the shop price Download each new issue to your device A 75% discount on your Digital subscription Access your subscription on multiple
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New REL subwoofers
PRICE: £350-£3,300 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: REL.NET REL has introduced two new subs: the Carbon Special, a new limited availability front-firing active woofer with down-firing passive radiator, and the Tzero MKIII, closed-box with down-firing driver. Feat
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Hegel HD30 £3,990
PRODUCT Hegel HD30 ORIGIN Norway TYPE DSD-capable streaming DAC/preamplifier WEIGHT 6.5kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 430 x 100 x 310mm FEATURES Supports sample rates up to: 32-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD128 Digital inputs: 1x coaxial; 3x optical; 1x USB; AES/EBU;
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Destination: Coventry
A couple of months back I was browsing the alphabetised used vinyl indie section at Just Dropped In when I noticed the prices took quite a hike when I came across anything by Yo La Tengo. Why, I wondered, should this be? Only one way to solve the mys
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QED XT5 Power Cable
PRICE: £150-£200 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: QED.CO.UK QED HAS ANNOUNCED the introduction of its XT5 power cable, the first of a new generation of audiophile mains leads made to complement its range of speaker cables and audio interconnects. The XT5 features
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PS Audio DirectStream £4,860
PRODUCT PS Audio DirectStream ORIGIN USA TYPE DSD-core streaming DAC/preamplifier WEIGHT 10kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 430 x 100 x 360mm FEATURES Supports sample rates up to: 24-bit/352.8kHz PCM and DSD128 Digital inputs: 1x coaxial; 1x optical; 2x I2S (HD
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CD Columbia THIS TIME LAST year I wrote a column about the dramatic rebirth of British jazz around a group of progressive artists in their twenties and early thirties from diverse backgrounds who have developed their own dynamic alternative scene. Th
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Elipson A680 Power Amp
PRICE: £900 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: ELIPSON.COM French company Elipson is launching the A680 multi-zones power amp, which it is claiming offers: “the perfect solution for all multi-room/zone installations.” With six channels of amplification – three of w
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T+a Dac 8 Dsd £2,914
PRODUCT T+A DAC 8 DSD ORIGIN Germany TYPE DAC/preamplifier WEIGHT 4kg DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 270 x 95 x 270mm FEATURES Supports sample rates up to: 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD512 Digital inputs: 4x coaxial; 1x optical; 1x USB; AES/EBU; BNC Analogue outputs
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Joachim Cooder Over That Road I’m Bound
CD Nonesuch AS AN 18-YEAR-OLD ingénue, Cooder was privileged to play percussion alongside the cream of Cuba’s virtuosic veterans on Buena Vista Social Club. Since then he’s played regularly on dad Ry’s records, but is only now in his early forties br
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Sennheiser CX 400BT
PRICE: £170 AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: SENNHEISER.COM SENNHEISER HAS UNVEILED its new CX 400BT True Wireless earbuds with customisable controls and a seven-hour battery life that can be extended to up to 20 hours using the supplied charging case. With the s
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Group Test Verdict
IF THIS BATTLE of the bits has confirmed anything, it’s that spending more garners significant sonic gains but also narrows the margins between competing designs. For the first time in a Group Test I’ve felt the need to call a midfield tie, while the
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