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iFi ZEN PHONO
At What Hi-Fi?, we often recommend investing in a decent entry-level phono stage to complement the growing market of budget record players, or as an upgrade to the phono stage built into the main amplifier. However, in doing so, we might be guilty of
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Amazon Prime Video Tips, Tricks And Features
Setting up a ‘Household’ account Amazon Prime Video will recommend content based on your viewing history - but what if you’re really into crime thrillers, your other half loves romantic comedies and the kids love cartoons? The answer is by linking to
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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo
It’s time for Evolution, according to Pro-Ject. Taking its I most popular turntable design and altering almost every aspect, while at the same time increasing the price, is a dangerous game, but the Debut Carbon Evo is a triumph of calculated risk-ta
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Rega Planar 10/Apheta 3
Like the Planar 8 (see p42) the ‘10’ takes its inspiration from Rega’s no-expense-spared Naiad flagship turntable. The result should be something that offers a good slice of the Naiad’s performance but at a far more approachable, though still premium
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Home Cinema
BLU-RAY PLAYERS March 2020 A highly competent machine at an impressively low price, this 4K Blu-ray player represents a big step up from streaming your UHD content. Compatibility 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, CD HDMI out 1 Best 4K Blu-ray player under £2
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Projectors
Best projector under £1500, Awards 2019 A ‘4K’ projector that brings top-tier technology to a budget price point, this device boasts punchy colours and insightful detail. Throw ratio 1.21:1-1.59:1 Inputs HDMI x2, VGA, 3.5mm Speakers Yes Best projecto
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Systems
Best turntable system, Awards 2019 An impressive all-in-one system with a level of functionality that’s difficult to replicate in individual separates for a similar price. Speed 33⅓, 45rpm Inputs Line-in, BT Outputs Line-out Best microsystem, Awards
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How To Digitize Your Vinyl Collection
What do you need? The basic building blocks are: a turntable, a phono stage, an analogue-to-digital converter with USB output, and a computer with suitable recording software. There are turntables that come with a phono stage, analogue-to-digital con
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DACs
August 2020 (issue 437) if you want to improve your smartphone sound, but don’t want a USB stick hanging off the end of it, this is a bit of a no brainer. Online only for now. Size 11cm long Resolution PCM (up to 384kHz), DSD (up to 5.6MHz), MQA Best
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Rega Elex-r
Michael Phelps wouldn’t be considered the greatest Olympian of all time had he settled for his gold rush in 2004 and not persevered by coming back every four years to win some more. Likewise, the Rega Elex-R has been nothing if not persistent since i
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Is There Such Thing As ‘British Hi-fi Sound’?
It is said that if an optimist sees a glass is half full and a pessimist sees it as half empty, then an engineer will tell you that the glass is twice as large as it needs to be. We are reminded of this old adage when we asked some of the best engine
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Wireless Speakers
Best wireless speaker under £100, Awards 2018 The Roll 2 has a sound that’s more open, more dynamic and goes louder than that of its predecessor. The drop in price makes this a bargain. Size (hw) 4 x 14cm Battery 9 hours Best portable wireless speake
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Moon 110lp V2
If you play records, no other electronic component in your system has as much impact on the sound as the humble phono stage. There aren’t many talented units around the £500 mark, so when we come across something as capable as Moon’s 110LP v2, it’s s
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Home Cinema Amplifiers
Best home cinema amplifier under £750, Awards 2020 Sony’s latest AV amp is a return to form, with cutting-edge features (inc. Dolby Atmos) and a compelling sound. It ticks all the right boxes. Power 7 x 100W Dolby Atmos Yes HDMI in/out 6/2 December 2
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Pro-Ject Primary E
You don’t need to set eyes on Pro-Ject’s Primary E turntable to know it has a lot going for it. It’s the most affordable traditionally designed Pro-Ject turntable – the brand’s £179 Elemental deck has a platter that sits over a long and thin, plank-l
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They Can Be Heroes
As unsung heroes go, the humble phono stage is surely a big hitter. It shouldn’t simply be commended for its work, it should be up there on the hi-fi podium wearing a medal for Outstanding Achievement. But it isn’t. The truth is that these plain litt
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Rega Planar 8
Rather than being a gentle evolution of the previous (and still rather good) RP8, the Planar 8 takes its inspiration from Rega’s Naiad – the company’s spare-no-expense uber-deck. Just look at it. This skeletal player can’t but turn your head with its
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Phono Stages
Awards 2017 A fine entry-level phono stage that will deliver a crisp and exciting sound from any good price-compatible moving magnet cartridge. Type MM Dimensions (hwd) 5 x 16 x 11cm July 2018 A gem of a phono amplifier that has stood the test of tim
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Made For The Stage
Back in vinyl’s heyday, the provision of a phono stage in your amplifier was almost a given. With records being the main source of music, the quality of the phono circuit was paramount for any manufacturer aiming to be a serious hi-fi contender. But
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AV & HI-FI RACKS
February 2018 Another class-leading support from Atacama that’s cheaper than its Award-winning sibling. It lets your kit perform at its best. Width 590mm Modular Yes Cable management No Reviewed online, 2018 Hi-Fi Racks has made the Ominium8 about as
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VPI Prime 21+
VPI’s Prime record player has been something of a favourite of ours since we reviewed it back in 2015. Since then, it has become one of our go-to recommendations for anyone wanting a true taste of high-end vinyl replay without a five-figure budget. T
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Audio Technica AT-LP5x
Audio-Technica’s original AT-LP5 turntable was a winner. Launched in 2016, its combination of solid engineering, useful features and fine sound were enough to make it one of our go-to recommendations for anyone wanting a sensibly priced, fuss-free re
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Rega Planar 6/Ania
nbox the Rega Planar 6 and you’d be forgiven for expecting Ua turntable experience not dissimilar to the company’s long line of Award-winning turntables. And so it is. Yet, when this model first appeared, it marked a huge step up in performance from
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Nine Of The Best Rock And Metal Songs
There is a tendency in hi-fi circles to stick to the same old genres, and even specific tracks, when demoing a system or piece of kit. Go to any hi-fi show and within the first hour you’ll have heard Stevie Ray Vaughan and Hotel California enough to
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Speaker Cables
June 2018 The C-Screen possesses the fantastic ability to mirror a system’s punch and drive. What it does, it does better than anything else at the price. Single or Bi-wire Single May 2018 Features the same characteristics as the more expensive XT40,
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Video Streamers
Best video streamer under £100, Awards 2020 Despite some caveats, this 4K device supports all HDR formats and delivers excellent picture quality for a very affordable price. Resolution 2160p, 1080p, 720p Storage 8GB 4K Yes January 2021 With a new rem
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SME Model 6
It might seem like an odd thing to say, but we suspect that SME doesn’t view itself as a hi-fi manufacturer. Talk to anyone at the company and it’s clear the brand is more about cutting-edge precision engineering than product types. SME makes world-c
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CD PLAYERS & TRANSPORTS
Awards 2015 If you already have a DAC (the CXC is useless without one) we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this transport over a standalone CD player. Type CD transport Outputs Coaxial, optical Best CD player under £500, Awards 2020 No one can accus
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LG Oled65c1
LG’s C-series model has been the go-to pick of its OLED range for several years. It has always been the most affordable model with the company’s best panel and picture processing wizardry. Spending more would get you a fancier design and potentially
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Sony PS-HX500
Let’s face it: the good ol’ record wasn’t brought back from the dead through discovery of a newfound convenience. An afternoon vinyl session still requires you to get up from your seat more than a 10-year-old in the final round of musical chairs. And
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