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SOUND & VISION SHOW

 

BRISTOL, 20th-22nd February, 2015




The Sound & Vision Show, held in Bristol (UK) every year, has become a national show attended by most UK hi-fi manufacturers. This year the sun almost shone – literally and metaphorically – on a busy and upbeat show.Yes, the financial gloom of "the recession" is over in the UK, people have money to spend again and want to indulge their passions, such as listening to music. Long queues formed on all three mornings of the 2015 show, even though February temperatures hovered around 5C (41F).
    There was plenty to see, because big names like Sony and Technics are returning to high fidelity, re-joining all the many names that never fled to AV. Add in an increasing number of European manufacturers discovering this 'local' show and managing to reach it – there are few direct flights into Bristol from Europe I was told by a German manufacturer who flew via Amsterdam – this year's Bristol Show was thronging with visitors and exhibitors. Here are some highlights.

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Audio Research new amplifers. Read more...

 

Tony Bolton  Read more...

 

Westminsters in Shoreditch. Read more...

 

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MERIDIAN LAUNCH MQA AT LONDON PRESS CONFERENCE


In a well attended press reception held at the Shard, London, Meridian announced MQA, a new digital processing scheme. Bob Stuart, founder of Meridian, explained that it improved digital sound quality, yet reduced file sizes at the same time. This was not, he said, a system that simply increased sample rate or bit depth, but rather looked at, and worked with, digital data in the time domain. Read more...

 

GRAHAM AUDIO LS 5/9 LOUDSPEAKER REVIEW


Amongst  classic loudspeakers, those used by the BBC for monitoring are enduringly popular. Graham Audio recently launched their version of the BBC's LS 5/9. Do old values still hold good today? Is this a relaxing but revealing way to listen to music? Find out by reading our in-depth review, guided by measurement. Read more…

 

LATEST ISSUE - APRIL 2015
 

Tannoy specialise in BIG. They have decades of experience building loudspeakers that are a two-man lift – or a forklift! So we looked forward to hearing their latest top-of-the-range Definition DC10 Ti, designed for larger rooms and fair-sized pockets. It's their technology flagship and offers stunning results, as you'll discover in our review within the April 2015 issue.
    We loved their X30 music server; NovaFidelity have followed it quickly with the X40, a substantial update – and a technology showcase.  It now has a top quality ESS Sabre32 DAC on board, as well as a digital phono stage no less, for recording LP to its internal hard drive. This is a top quality server at an affordable price: don't miss our in-depth review in the April 2015 issue.  And there is so much more…

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GETTING HOT WITH 200 WATT...

 

Here is Icon Audio's latest amplifier, the MB81, demonstrating what valve amplifier designers dream about in their spare time. In the case of David Shaw, who heads Icon Audio, it is an amplifier equipped with huge Russian GU81 transmitter valves. He built a pair for his own use and we finally managed to prise them away from him for review (just a few weeks mind!).
    Each monoblock weighs 55kgs and is a three man lift, so even getting them into our studio for this shot required a team. Think big. Power output measures 200 Watts apiece. You can read our review of them in our March issue. So keep your eye open for HI-Fi World, ask your news agent to order it, or buy on-line.

 

 

VINYL LP SALES RISE SHARPLY

Sales of LPs increased substantialy over 2014, in the UK and USA.

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