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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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“Crisper, clearer, faster and more detailed”: Hi-Fi News goes active with Exposure’s VXN crossover and Kudos Audio loudspeakers

Active versus passive loudspeakers? It’s a topic that’s been known to divide audiophiles almost as much as valves versus solid state, or even analogue versus digital. But what if you could have it all… Hi-Fi News reviews Exposure Electronics’ new VXN all-analogue outboard crossover, partnered with Kudos Audio’s Titan 707 loudspeakers.  Continue reading “Crisper, clearer, faster and more detailed”: Hi-Fi News goes active with Exposure’s VXN crossover and Kudos Audio loudspeakers

“A new benchmark for mid-priced high-end headphones”: Hi-Fi Plus is impressed by Dan Clark Audio’s new Aeon 2 closed-back planar magnetic ‘phones

Dan Clark Audio, formerly known as Mr Speakers, has just released a new version of its Aeon Flow planar magnetic headphone. But the enhancements in the new Aeon 2 are such that this is less an upgrade, more a completely new product. Hi-Fi Plus is seriously impressed by its performance.  Continue reading “A new benchmark for mid-priced high-end headphones”: Hi-Fi Plus is impressed by Dan Clark Audio’s new Aeon 2 closed-back planar magnetic ‘phones

Why Magnepan is considering a mini version of its flagship 30.7 loudspeaker

Magnepan’s flagship 30.7 loudspeaker is a giant in every sense of the term. It’s a four-way, four panel titan of a design that stands more than two metres tall, with a sound quality that has earned both ecstatic reviews and highly prestigious awards.

But since you need a BIG space for this loudspeaker, the 30.7 isn’t for everyone. Perhaps it should be though, says Magnepan…

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Ken Kessler’s pick of the pick-ups: the entire DS Audio range!

Hi-fi journalist Ken Kessler doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is – both in the positive and the negative. In the 2019 Hi-Fi News Yearbook he focuses on the former, looking back on “two of the greatest new products to ever enter my listening room.” High praise indeed!

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Cost-No-Object Loudspeaker of the Year: Magnepan 30.7 highly commended in Hi-Fi Plus Awards 2019

This December sees one of the largest ever issues of Hi-Fi Plus magazine, which is devoted to the magazine’s annual Awards. Our wider world may be in turbulent times, but “the level of innovation and intuitive design that has gone into recent audio products is hugely uplifting,” says editor Alan Sircom. So, while we may not all have access to ‘cost-no-object’ budgets, we can still rest assured that these categories of award-winning models are contributing to the advancement of hi-fi and hence the musical enjoyment of us all.

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Dan Clark Audio headphones doubly commended in Hi-Fi Plus Awards 2019

Every year, Hi-Fi Plus magazine picks out the best products its review team has seen over the previous 12 months. When it comes to headphones, not one but two from Dan Clark Audio are commended as being among the very best: one at the high-end and one high on value.  Continue reading Dan Clark Audio headphones doubly commended in Hi-Fi Plus Awards 2019

Exposure’s XM CD player wows yet again, winning Hi-Fi Plus Awards’ ‘Disc Player or Transport of the Year’

It’s had rave reviews from Hi-Fi Choice, Hi-Fi Plus and Hi-Fi News. Now, the latest addition to Exposure’s compact XM series earns yet another gong for this multi award-winning range: the XM CD player is ‘Disc Player or Transport of the Year’ in the Hi-Fi Plus Awards 2019.  Continue reading Exposure’s XM CD player wows yet again, winning Hi-Fi Plus Awards’ ‘Disc Player or Transport of the Year’