“Call it what you will – the very best of the best, the cream of the crop, top of the list, head of the heap, king of the hill,” says Hi-Fi Choice editor Steve Sutherland. Either way, the magazine’s Yearbook is packed with ideas for either tweaking your system or seeking a whole new change of direction – or simply fantasising about ideal setups.
The Grand Master optical cartridge is not only DS Audio’s new flagship, but its completely new design also sees in the company’s ‘third generation’ of what is proving to be a peerless approach to phono cartridge engineering. Ken Kessler finds his music delivered “with such conviction that I was getting too emotional to be critical.”
Editor-in-Chief Marc Phillips has a plastic storage bin that’s filled with all the audio tweaks he’s tried and rejected over the years. “You know what’s not in that box? Anything from Furutech. Especially the Furutech NCF products, which I’ve been using happily for the last few years.” But is the new The NCF Clear Line “just too easy, too simple? Can sonic bliss really be this effortless?”
PRESS RELEASE: In 2013, DS Audio unveiled the world’s only optical phono cartridge, which it has since followed with a small but impressive collection of further advanced models, all of which have met with rave reviews from the international audiophile press. Now, the new Grand Master design pushes the exceptional potential of optical technology for analogue sound quality even further and heralds, says DS Audio, “the third generation of optical cartridges”. Continue reading Optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio’s ‘next generation’ Grand Master model is now ready for shipping
PRESS RELEASE: Furutech’s new NCF Clear Line is an audio grade passive AC optimizer, small enough to hold in your hand, that instantly enhances the quality of your power supply. Simply plug it into any vacant mains socket on either a power distributor or wall outlet, then sit back and relish the improved performance of your audio and video systems.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.”