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“At, or very close to, the state of the art”: HiFi Critic reviews Townshend’s Allegri Reference preamplifier

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?

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Aesthetix and Furutech demagnetisers in Hi-Fi Plus round-up of top vinyl accessories

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.

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“A game-changer”: StereoNet reviews Townshend’s Allegri Reference Preamplifier

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.”

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“Blown away”: Hi-Fi Choice gets very excited about Exposure’s VXN active crossover with Kudos Audio’s Titan 505 loudspeakers

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

“The most insightful amplifier we’ve reviewed in years” says What Hi-Fi of Ayre Acoustics’ KX-R Twenty / VX-R Twenty pre/power combo

“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.” 

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New Hi-Fi Choice Top 100: Exposure, Furutech and Townshend among “pick of the best”

“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.”

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Exposure’s XM CD player “does everything right” says Hi-Fi World

Exposure’s XM series of compact-but-feature-laden components has earned a healthy complement of accolades and awards, and the latest component in the series, the XM CD player, is no exception. Having already won over reviewers at Hi-Fi News, Hi-Fi Plus and Hi-Fi Choice, and with a Hi-Fi Plus ‘Disc Player of the Year’ Award, will it also impress Hi-Fi World? Jon Myles puts it to the test in the March issue.

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“Magnificent sound quality”: Hi-Fi News reviews Audio Analogue’s Bellini & Donizetti Anniversary pre-power amplifiers

To mark its twentieth anniversary, Italian hi-fi brand Audio Analogue took a fresh look at several of its most noteworthy amplifiers, redesigning them from the ground up to create a new flagship range. The range kicked off with the Puccini and Maestro integrated models, which were then joined by the new Bellini preamplifier and Donizetti power amplifier. Hi-Fi News has been enjoying the latter pairing.

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