Ultimate Hi-Fi of 2018 includes DS Audio, Soulines, Timestep, Exposure, Raidho, Magnepan & Furutech

Each year, the expert team at Hi-Fi News brings us the magazine’s audio highlights of the previous 12 months – “the hardware that turned our heads and the music that stirred our souls throughout 2018.” In the bumper 108-page Yearbook issue, “the very best that hi-fi has to offer” includes source components from DS Audio, Soulines and Timestep, amplifiers by Exposure, loudspeakers from Raidho and Magnepan and cables by Furutech.

DS Audio Master 1 optical phono cartridge

“The DS Audio Master 1 can shock when its presentation is so clean and noiseless. It requires the listener to dispel any preconceptions about vinyl. And with the speed, detail and space to rival a Decca Gold this pick-up is just phenomenal.”

DS Audio Master 1 cartridge – in play


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Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable & Timestep T-609 tonearm

“Not only are the Kubrick DCX and Timestep T-609 compelling products in their own right but they also work very well in combination. The sculptural turntable is well engineered and sounds very fine, while Timestep’s new titanium tonearm sounds especially sweet when mated with low compliance moving coil cartridges.”


Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable with Timestep T-609 tonearm


Exposure 5010 pre and power amplifiers

“The 5010 system is highly revealing without ever becoming excessively bright or overbearing, while the power amps are especially worthy of praise for their power and grip.”


Exposure 5010 series: lifestyle image (titanium finish)


Magnepan Magneplanar 20.7 loudspeaker

“Most music lovers will be beguiled by this exceptional loudspeaker, but while the 20.7 avoids many problems of ‘box’ designs the big issue is whether you have a listening room large enough to accommodate it! But nothing else will sound quite the same.”

Magnepan 20.7 planar magnetic loudspeaker


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Raidho D-2.1 loudspeaker

“A highly enjoyable and sophisticated sounded floorstander, with its own unique character. For this reason alone it warrants an extended audition before taking the plunge.”

Raidho D-2.1 pair walnut


Find your nearest dealer via UK distributor Decent Audio






Furutech NanoFlux loudspeaker cable

“While Furutech’s NanoFlux conductors may be coated in a silver/gold-infused lubricant, there’s rather more science than snake oil at work here. The brand is not alone in employing cryogenics to treat its copper strands and connectors but is surely unique in its triumvirate of cryo, demagnetisation and nano-particle surface coatings. Gratifyingly, the sound quality it promotes is as refined as the processing, buffing your high-end system with a final polish.”

Furutech NanoFlux speaker cable


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Feast your eyes and ears on the full list of hi-fi to die for in the Hi-Fi News Yearbook 2018.