“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.
Furutech’s new power cables are designed for the demanding listener, whether destined for the professional studio or the home listening room.
“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.”
Continue reading “An audio supermodel”: Hi-Fi Plus investigates the revolution afoot among Raidho’s loudspeakers and test-drives the “all-new” XT-5 floorstander
December… ‘tis the season for cranking up your favourite tunes, putting on a bit of a show, having some fun and, traditionally, giving generously. The folks at hi-fi brand Clearaudio have been entering into that very spirit, by supporting – and starring in – a ‘cheeky’ new short film inspired by one of contemporary cinema’s most iconic music and dance scenes.
New Italian audio brand Pegaso may be just a year old, but already it comes with decades of design expertise and a wealth of hi-fi know-how, thanks to the company’s family tree. What’s more, it plans to specialize, focusing purely on valve-based electronics. First ‘out of the stable’ is the P50A integrated amplifier.
Earlier this year, Colorado-based Ayre Acoustics previewed its new ‘8 series’ of hi-fi components at the Munich High-End Show and the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Now, the first product in the series, the EX-8 integrated ‘hub’ amplifier, arrives on the market and comes to the UK via a new distribution agreement with Decent Audio.
The elimination of static from audio and AV media is something that Japanese cable and accessories experts Furutech know a thing or two about. Their new ASB-1 antistatic brush is an upgrade on the earlier SK-III, and is a simple-to-use yet deceptively advanced gadget that effectively removes unwanted static charge from just about anything – from CDs and vinyl records to camera lenses.
“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.
Continue reading Turntable speed accuracy: Hi-Fi World editor Noel Keywood explores Clearaudio’s Stroboscope Test Record, among others