Furutech’s by-the-metre, off-the-reel DSS-4.1 loudspeaker cable is designed for the demanding listener, whether destined for the professional studio or the home listening room. HiFi World hears the difference it makes.
“It is several years – back in 2012 to be precise – since we reviewed the first compact Townshend line level control based on a ‘fractal’ miniature auto-transformer wound with cryogenically-treated wire,” writes Martin Colloms in the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of HiFi Critic. This was and still is the Allegri, which is still offered in Allegri Plus form as a six input, single-winding passive volume control or ATVC. Colloms continues to use the Plus as a reference. So how will the new Reference compare?
In the second part of Hi-Fi Plus’ round-up of some of the latest and greatest products for vinyl enthusiasts to “preen, clean, set-up and adjust their LPs and turntables,” Andrew Harrison discovers the joy of an anti-magnetic spin thanks to these two handy gadgets.
Professional musician and audiophile Rafael Todes “recommends without question” Max Townshend’s new Allegri Reference. “I never tired of this preamp’s ‘revelatory’ quality; everything you play somehow sounds different to before… [it] gives preamplifiers at any price and of any type, an almost impossibly hard time in terms of sound.”
A fine Balance of simplicity with complexity, and a multi-award winner that’s anything but Basic: Clearaudio’s ever-popular duo of mid-priced phonostages offer a raft of covetable options for the high-end audio beginner or upgrader – and both have now been treated to their own upgrade.
What do you get if you cross “a luxury loudspeaker and a high-end active crossover”? Kudos Audio’s Titan 505 and Exposure’s VXN analogue crossover “come together with extraordinary effect”. Hi-Fi Choice reviewer Ed Selley is “utterly smitten”. Continue reading “Blown away”: Hi-Fi Choice gets very excited about Exposure’s VXN active crossover with Kudos Audio’s Titan 505 loudspeakers
“What is the best amplifier in the world – and does such a thing even exist?” asks What Hi-Fi. Well, much depends on your definition of ‘best’. “But if sonic honesty and engineering integrity are anywhere near the top of your priorities,” says the magazine, “we think this Ayre pre/power pairing is in with a strong shout.”
Clearaudio’s multi-award winning Concept turntable has been updated to make it “a one-stop vinyl replay package”. Hi-Fi Choice gets its groove on with the new Concept Active. Continue reading “A mighty fine concept”: Hi-Fi Choice takes Clearaudio’s Concept Active turntable for a spin
In 2016 Audio Analogue celebrated its twentieth birthday with a handful of brand new ‘Anniversary’ editions of the company’s earlier classic amplifiers. Then, in 2018, the brand launched its ‘PureAA’ line of products, drawing key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding a raft of further features. Third in the line, following the AAcento amplifier and AAphono, is the new AAdac.
“Selecting the component you want to audition is never easy,” says Hi-Fi Choice. But help is at hand with the magazine’s new regular buying guide: the monthly Top 100 features “our pick of the best to pass through our respected reviewing process.”