“It’s difficult to believe, but the wretched, guilty truth is that not everyone that plays music in high-quality stereo wants large areas of their house to be occupied by hi-fi equipment,” writes David Price in the November issue of Hi-Fi Choice. Fortunately, British audio brand Exposure has come to the rescue with its niche XM series which packs “a serious punch in half-sized boxes”. Price puts the XM7 preamp/DAC and XM9 mono power amps to the test.
The XM7 sports a Wolfson WM8742 DAC chip served by two coaxial and two optical inputs plus a Class 2 USB. Analogue-wise there are two line inputs and an MM phono stage, and there’s also a headphone stage with switchable sockets. Under the hood is a mighty 200VA toroidal transformer, discrete transistors for the audio output stages, and some impressively high quality circuitry.
The XM9 monos are a direct-coupled Class AB design, putting out 80W RMS each onto 8 ohms. Again, they feature a 200VA toroidal transformer, as well as discrete Toshiba power transistors and cascade circuitry for improved power supply immunity.
“There’s something inescapably Exposure about this little threesome, and I mean it in a good way,” says Price… “a fulsome and warm bass, lots of detail across the midband – which has a wide soundstage – and a smooth yet spacious treble… it’s easy on the ear yet satisfies your soul.”
Price puts the Exposures’ analogue and digital capabilities through their paces with tracks in a variety of formats and ranging from Supertramp’s Just Another Nervous Wreck, through Microdisney’s Peel Session version of Town To Town, to Linx’s early eighties funk You’re Lying.
Read David Price’s full review in the November 2017 issue of Hi-Fi Choice.
Discover more about Exposure’s XM series and find your nearest dealer at www.exposurehifi.com