“One of the masters of the old ways turns their attention to some new thinking – and the results are sensational,” writes Ed Selley in his review of British brand Exposure’s XM5 integrated amplifier for the audio website AVForums.
The AVTech Awards may not be the most familiar of audio gongs to your ears, but trust us, this is an award that’s worth having. Why? Because AVTech Media is the company behind three of the UK’s premium AV magazines – Hi-Fi Choice, Hi-Fi News, and Home Cinema Choice. Every month, the company tests and reviews more hi-fi, TV and home theatre equipment than any other organisation in the UK, and so its annual Awards represent a considerable achievement by the winners. What’s more, there are no long lists here, just one winner in each product category.
“If you think you know how it’s going to sound, best think again,” writes Roy Gregory in the November issue of Hi-Fi Plus magazine. “It’s hard to make a case for the sonic quality of Orange Juice recordings, but when Edwyn Collins sings through the XT-5s, you really do wish you’d met a girl like her.”
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“If you haven’t got the right amplifier to drive your speakers, your system doesn’t stand a chance,” says Hi-Fi Choice. And to prove that the ‘right’ amplifier doesn’t have to be a stratospherically expensive one, the magazine picks out “six great designs worth checking out” from £399 to £1,990.
“Pitch slurring,” “warbling” and “watery pitch” are just some of the unwanted results when a turntable suffers from speed variation, writes Noel Keywood in the November issue of Hi-Fi World. “Subjectively it isn’t an obvious issue until you hear the same music played on a pitch-stable turntable,” and then it’s “like taking off misty glasses.” Unfortunately, the problem is surprisingly common. Fortunately, there are some handy gadgets that enable DIY solutions.
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Catch up with the latest news and reviews over at The Reel-to-Reel Rambler, in which David Denyer and fellow hi-fi journalists delve into the world of tape.
In recent posts, Ken Kessler atones for his sins (well, sort of!), Neville Roberts meets a US audiophile record label that’s doing things a little differently, David Denyer discovers a new recording of an old favourite and UK label Chasing the Dragon makes entry into the world of tape a tad more affordable….
Each autumn, the editors of US-based hi-fi magazine The Absolute Sound pick out their audio peaks and pinnacles and crown them worthy winners of the annual Golden Ear Awards.
In 2018, Associate Editor Neil Gader singles out Clearaudio’s Charisma V2 phono cartridge. “Like its name implies, you’ve either got it or you don’t. This cartridge has got it,” he writes.
“We may be in the streaming age, but this hasn’t stopped vinyl sales booming. Audiophiles and analogue devotees, as well as digital converts, are rediscovering the joys of records,” writes Wired magazine, which has just singled out (no pun intended) its best record players for any budget in 2018.
“Sharing the same chassis design as its 3010 series, but boasting double the clout,” Exposure’s new duo of amps replaces the former MCX series at the top end of the brand’s range. Hi-Fi News reviewer Andrew Everard is mightily impressed, finding them as convincing on detail and finesse as they are on power and grip.
“Cable risers are not exactly news, nor are they universally used, accepted or even recommended. In fact, even those who advocate them have trouble agreeing on what they do or how they do it,” writes reviewer Roy Gregory in The Audio Beat. “None of this is, of course, any reason to ignore them,” he adds, having recently been provided with a set of Furutech’s NCF Boosters and Booster-Signals to review. “They have become utterly indispensable,” he concludes.