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AirPlay, iPod, iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. BBC iPlayer is a registered trademark of The British Broadcasting Corporation

Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth Sig, Inc.

DEEZER is a trademark of Deezer Dolby Atmos is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories

iRadio is a trademark of Music of Your Life Inc.

QOBUZ is a trademark of Xandrie

Soundcloud is a trademark of SoundCloud Ltd. Spotify is a registered trademark of Spotify AB TIDAL is a trademark and brand of Tidal Music AS TuneIn is a trademark of TuneIn Inc.

UPnP is a registered trademark of UPnP Forum. All other products and services may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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Published by Audio T Design & Artwork Philippa Steward Printed in England by Gemini Press All prices, credit terms and interest rates quoted are correct at the time of going to press. E&OE

INTRODUCTION TO HI-FI & HOME CINEMA 6 Arcam 8, 9 Audio Note 10, 11 Audiolab 11 Innuos 12 Denon 12, 13 Marantz 14 JVC 15 Linn 16, 17 Naim 18, 19 Leak 20 Rega 20, 21 Ruark 22

INTRODUCTION TO LOUDSPEAKERS 23 Acoustic Energy 24, 25 Bowers & Wilkins 26, 27 Dali 28 PMC 29 KEF 30, 31 REL 32 Spendor 33 Monitor Audio 34

INTRODUCTION TO ACCESSORIES 34 AudioQuest 35 Chord Company 36 Isol-8 37 IsoAcoustics 38 STORES

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AUDIO T Who are Audio T?

Audio T are the UK’s leading specialist retailers of Hi-Fi and Home Cinema equipment, 100% UK owned by three hands on partners. By far the longest established group in the country, we were founded in 1966. We sell exciting products guaranteed to provide you with a system that will thrill you for years to come. We don’t try to sell you the latest magazine favourites or in-house brands, we actually offer independent, real world advice based on what things sound like, how reliable they are and how easy they are to use. Our knowledgeable staff will help you make the right choice based on what you hear and what you like. We stock all of the key brands so we can give you impartial advice based on what’s best for your needs. We only stock products that offer high performance and value for money whatever your budget, chosen by staff who have the knowledge that comes from being genuine enthusiasts.

When is a chain not a chain?

What Audio T is not, is a chain of stores all selling what central buyers tell them to. All Audio T stores are different and are run by enthusiasts for other enthusiasts and anyone who wants an honest opinion in these days of boring uniformity. We don’t produce or import any of our own brands so we won’t try to switch sell you. And we don’t pay our staff extra commission to sell particular brands and nor do we pay them to sell you unnecessary guarantees. We just make sure that everything we stock is best in class and let you make the final choice! We like to build a relationship with our customers that will see you using our expertise for years to come. Though Audio T are widely considered as the most reputable stores in the country we also have a Price Promise that ensures you always get great value. Not requiring vast central resources to spend on buying and marketing means our overheads are low and our prices are keen.

How will good music and movies improve my life?

Music provides entertainment and pleasure. It can stimulate you and relax you at the same time. Music is pure emotion, but this will only come through on equipment good enough for you to respond to it naturally. The more natural the sound, the more enjoyment and satisfaction you will derive. We hope you will enjoy it so much that you’ll buy lots of new music and rediscover your existing collection. That’s what good Hi-Fi is all about and why we love it so much! Likewise you can be transported into another world by watching movies, but you will need a Home Cinema system that produces natural pictures and great sound. No mass-market packaged home cinema systems achieve this goal not least because most of them are devoting only 20% of the budget to the sound. We believe, as George Lucas does, that the sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a film.

SHOPPING AT AUDIO T AND AUDIO T ONLINE How do I get the best sound and vision at home?

Independent journalists always give the same advice about buying Hi-Fi and Home Cinema - find yourself a good dealer and listen to the products for yourself. What do they mean by a good dealer? They mean shops that give knowledgeable advice, offer demonstrations and can deliver and install your purchase, giving you the benefit of their experience in setting up and positioning equipment to get the very best out of it. Everyone can see and hear the difference between equipment so don’t think you need to be an ‘expert’. A pair of appreciative eyes and ears are the only qualifications necessary when it comes to choosing a good system. Having said that, the world has changed and we have adapted to it with an excellent new on line store where you can discuss your needs from the comfort of your own home and have the products you want delivered directly to your door or use our click and reserve service. We have

I’m a beginner how should I use this guide?

If you’re new to Hi-Fi and Home Cinema then you might like to read the introductions to each section for a simple approach to the subject. After that use the Guide to get an overview of what’s available before coming into one of our shops for a chat and a listen. You will then have a better idea of what to ask us.

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PRICE PROMISE

BUT if you find a better deal from another authorised shop, let us know. As long as we can verify it we’ll be happy to match it.

We stand by our Price Promise so you can buy with confidence knowing you will have the best combination of service and value for money.

a chat box on line or you can phone us to discuss what’s best for you. We are happy to ship goods to you free of charge but this excludes some products that require special installation or those from suppliers who prefer us not to mail order. There is also a fixed £4.95 charge if the order is below £50. All items are subject to availability and we will always give you the best information we can on anticipated delivery dates. Please call or email us for prices or to discuss anything you are unsure about. Contact us via email on info@audio-t.co.uk and on the internet at www.audio-t.co.uk where, in addition to our online store, you’ll find our most up to date clearance list and news of our latest products. You can also find us on Facebook at facebook.com/audiotgroup and on Twitter at twitter.com/audiotgroup

Home Loans We can arrange home loans of equipment (subject to status) and also home demonstrations, especially for those customers who find travelling difficult. This is subject to arranging a mutually agreeable time and there is usually no extra cost involved (subject to the travelling distance). Delivery and Installation Having consulted the Hi-Fi Magazines, checked for reviews on the web, sat down and discussed your needs with one of our staff and then had a demonstration on your choice of equipment, you are ready to buy. We can deliver and set up your equipment to maximize its performance and we think you will be surprised at just how much difference a professional installation can make – be it correct rack building, cable dressing or just loudspeaker placement – this expertise can dramatically improve the sound and is part of the skill set you are tapping into when you buy from Audio T. Custom Installation Custom Installation ranges from something as simple as mounting a TV on your wall to specifying and installing a full multi-room system. It can include both Hi-Fi and Home Cinema along with lighting, blinds and other hardware. Whatever level of installation you choose we work with experienced installers to offer you the personal attention you expect. You may be about to embark on a refurbishment project, have an extension or new home built. Perhaps you have been thinking about a loft or basement conversion for a home cinema with a hidden projector and screen. Whatever your plans, Audio T can arrange these installations for you – working with our installers or your builders.

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AUDIO T Credit We offer a wide range of credit products to suit most budgets. Call into your nearest shop for full details. All our credit facilities are subject to acceptance for UK residents aged 18 and over*. Written quotations are available on request. We also accept all major payment cards, Visa Credit & Debit, Mastercard Credit & Debit and American Express plus Apple Pay. In addition payment can be made by PayPal for online sales as long as the goods are being delivered to your home address. Making your purchase safe and easy We are authorised by the manufacturers to sell all the products we stock. This means we have trained staff who know what they’re talking about. We have an after sales service you can count on: our warranty is backed up by the manufacturers and we can arrange the repair of items efficiently if they go wrong. We are also happy to answer any ongoing technical queries you may have. We allow you to upgrade your purchase to something better for up to 30 days, at no cost penalty provided the returned equipment is in perfect condition complete with all packing and instructions (excludes clearance items and special orders).

Join the e-Club Our customers can now keep up-to-date by joining our e-Club electronic mailing list that has special benefits for members: monthly newsletters with news of new products, special offers, competitions, extra discount on clearance items and more… Sign up today by visiting the Audio T website: www.audio-t.co.uk. We’ll only mail you once or twice a month and we will never, ever share your email address with anyone else.

Turntable Upgrades and Servicing

We are able to service your turntable if you need us to and an upgrade can often produce considerable sonic benefits. Our stores have been working with turntables for years, making improvements that are very cost effective.

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INTRODUCTION TO HI-FI AND HOME CINEMA as well as films but others don’t. It’s expensive to make them sound good on both so you need to think about where your priorities lie. Whatever you decide, our staff members are factory-trained so we can get it all working without any fuss and transform your living room into your own private cinema or concert hall!

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU New technologies

Hi-Fi and Home Cinema come in a range of guises and as individual components, commonly known as separates, they offer the very best sound quality and the ability to upgrade easily. Combinations of these items can be tailored to build a complete system that will suit your sonic preferences, your home decor or whatever your particular needs may be. This modular approach to system building makes upgrading easy, as well as letting you add other components as your tastes develop, technology changes or your budget allows. 6

Having said that, some of our suppliers have introduced very high quality systems in one box and we stock a number of these amplifier/streamer combinations, some of which have CD players built in as well. We also carry a range of very affordable options from high quality radios to more comprehensive offerings that fit most budgets and room sizes. You can listen and look in our demonstration rooms (or at home) and decide what is best for you. A good Hi-Fi system will give you musical enjoyment that will excite you and involve you on an emotional level, just like live music. It will be an investment you will never regret. Likewise, everyone is thrilled by the excitement of surround sound when they visit the cinema. You can enjoy the same amazing experience at home; and not just with films. The same benefits apply to many TV programmes, sporting events and games consoles. Multi-channel sound from streamed content has made the experience ever more available. Home Cinema with surround sound is definitely something that the whole family will enjoy! All our stores can demonstrate how wonderful Hi-Fi and Home Cinema can sound, and you really need to discuss things before handing over your money. For example, some home cinema amplifiers sound great on music

Rarely has the Hi-Fi market been so exciting, with the arrival of music streaming from computers and the internet giving the industry a shot in the arm and sparking huge debates about the benefits of different file types and DACs. Not to mention the relative merits of turntables, CD players and streaming itself! All good fun and at Audio T you can come and hear the differences for yourself in one of our demonstration rooms.

Audio Streaming

There are several different ways to stream music but the basic principle is that your music is held in digital form on a computer drive somewhere - on your computer, in the cloud or at a music streaming company (see below). These digital files can be streamed into your hi-fi where they are decoded by a digital to analogue converter (DAC) and played back just like any other music source. Alternatively they can be stored on a network attached storage hard drive (NAS) from where they can be played using a suitable streaming product added to your Hi-Fi system. We can advise on which one would be best for your system.

Music Streaming Services

The internet, digital audio, and the advent of streaming have made listening to music today easier than ever. Subscription based music streaming services such as Apple Music, Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal and Amazon give you the flexibility of listening to an enormous range of music from the comfort of your favourite armchair without the need for any physical media at all. All you need is a music


INTRODUCTION TO HI-FI AND HOME CINEMA streaming device connected to an amplifier, headphones or DAC and a pair of speakers or headphones and away you go. All the music is served over the internet and you access your music using a mobile or desktop app. Music can also be held locally on your phone or tablet so you can listen to it when you’re not online. Another benefit of streaming is that you can copy (rip) your CD collection onto your computer or NAS drive (or to the internal storage in some systems) and you can then browse your music quickly and easily. Your CDs can be stored in your loft or garage freeing up space in your home. High resolution downloads have also become available so you can purchase and stream music at a higher quality than CD. Your music files can be played back in any room of the house that can see your network. This, in turn, has led a number of manufacturers to produce systems that allow such multi-room streaming. They provide the convenience of selecting what you want to listen to from wherever you are in the house using an app on a tablet or a phone. They avoid clashes of interest too: you can listen to the radio in the lounge while your partner listens to their favourite track in the kitchen! They can operate wirelessly, making installation both simple and inexpensive; however, if they can be wired they will stream more reliably and sound better. These much simpler options mean that expensive (and quickly outdated) built in systems are rarely required.

selection of CD players. For those who want to give their existing CD player a new lease of life we also carry a wide selection of DACs to enhance what you already have.

Home Cinema

A Home Cinema is something the whole family will enjoy together (and one of the few things that will keep teenagers socialising with you!) We supply and install the best televisions and projectors, along with the most upto-date audio electronics. However flat screen TVs remain our most affordable solution and have never been better value. We are now selling OLED (organic LED) TVs and the picture on these is quite stunning. With self-illuminating individual pixels, they require no backlight and offer both terrific black levels and an even sleeker appearance. All the TVs we sell are now both 4K, with four times the resolution of older 1080p sets, and “smart” so they are able to access the internet to stream BBC iPlayer, Netflix and the many other services now available.

Audio T has always sold turntables and, to help you buy new music on vinyl in particular, we sell a range of Diverse Vinyl’s own label audiophile pressings and these are now available in many of our stores (check the website for details). We also sell a comprehensive range of pickup cartridges and phono stages to get the very best from your turntable.

Traditional technologies

Yet, despite all the above, physical media in the form of records have had a conspicuous revival. More and more music is becoming available on vinyl and the sales of turntables are booming. Many people say that records still sound best and most would agree that the record sleeve and its accompanying artwork and information are worth having in their own right. Equally a lot of people still love playing their CD collections and just want to enjoy them, so we still carry a 77


ARCAM “It’s a complete stereo system in a box. The Arcam’s streaming abilities may steal the headlines but it’s the physical inputs that can make the SA30 the nucleus of a multi-source system.” – What Hi-Fi?

SA30 The SA30 is an intelligent integrated amplifier offering an impressive 120W of Class G amplification for impeccable sound, control and efficiency. The power doesn’t just deliver volume - it also gives large-scale music the dynamics it deserves. Featuring Dirac Live, the state-of-the-art room correction technology, and equipped with eARC support, the SA30 delivers unparalleled performance and sound quality that’s optimized to its surroundings. The SA30 is designed with all the latest cutting-edge features - Class G is expertly implemented and the highest resolution of audio support is presented. Built –in streaming means you can simply connect speakers for a superlative music system – or add other sources to do much more. Streaming is available with a mobile device using the native app of choice via Apple AirPlay2

or Google Chromecast. A superior DAC makes the most of other digital sources, and its superior-quality phono stage is compatible with both MM and MC cartridges. ST60 The ST60 is a high-performance streaming source that enables streaming audio from all of the major services (Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, Napster, Deezer, etc) over Cast or Airplay2. It will also handle UPnP sources and is Roon Ready. It is the perfect companion for the HDA range of stereo amplifiers and is also fully compatible with the MusicLife app.

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The SA30 alongside the JBL L82 Classics

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Stunning realism, immersive sound. The AVR30 with a JBL HDI 5.1 loudspeaker setup

AVR30 The AVR30 is a high-performance audio/visual receiver that delivers stunning realism for the ultimate home cinema experience. With an impressive 16-channel surround solution and featuring all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS, Auro-3D and IMAX Enhanced, the AVR30 exemplifies sound quality and engineering excellence. The AVR30 boasts the dynamic class G amplification, powering the most complex speakers with ease while delivering great efficiency. Audiophile listening experiences are optimised with full 16-channel Dirac calibration on board as well as simple streaming with a mobile device using the native app of choice via Apple AirPlay2 or Google Chromecast. “Precision decoding, powerful Class G amps and Dirac Live room correction combine to produce a superb performance” – AV Forums

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AVR10 & AVR20 The AVR10 features 12-channels of efficient class AB amplification for a level of transparency that delivers the most captivating sound. The AVR20 ups the number of channels to 16. Both models feature the same CODEC’s and DIRAC calibration as the AVR30 as well as the same streaming capabilities. All three models are designed with fresh, sleek looks to form part of the new HDA line.

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AUDIO NOTE (UK)

The Audio Note (UK) COBRA integrated amplifier. Our design goal with the COBRA was to create an affordable, powerful, integrated valve amplifier, capable of reaching a broader audience. We wanted an amplifier that would work with a wide range of speakers from other manufacturers, which are usually less efficient and less easy to drive than our own. Obviously it should also sound fantastic with a pair of Audio Note (UK)’s speakers!

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And with the COBRA, that is exactly what we have achieved. We knew we would not be happy with a ‘cheap and cheerful’ amplifier; that isn’t the Audio Note (UK) way of doing things. So we included our latest generation of double C-core output transformers and used all of our

renowned skill and experience when selecting components (paying particular attention to the PSU arrangement), to create an extremely harmonious composition. The driver valves are GE 6AU6WC (triode-connected), with a GE 5670W as the phase splitter, and a pair of EL34 per channel in the output stage, running in Class A Push-Pull, producing 28 watts per channel. For the first time in one of our integrated amplifiers, we chose to include an onboard DAC, which uses the trusty Philips TDA1543 converter. There are coaxial SPDIF, Optical and USB digital inputs, along with three line level stereo inputs and – another first for an Audio Note (UK) amplifier – we have even included a remote control for volume and input selection.


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AUDIOLAB

Audio Note (UK) launched the original MEISHU integrated amplifier in March 1994. To say it caused a stir is not in the least an exaggeration, and it quickly became the standard by which all other 300B Single Ended Triode amplifiers would be measured. So when Audio Note decided to look at improving the amplifier, they knew the ‘New MEISHU’ would have to be something extremely special… Taking what they learned when developing their world-class 211 SET amplifiers, the JINRO, TOMEI and the legendary ONGAKU, Audio Note followed the principle that the elements in an amplifier circuit are like the lenses in a microscope. If these elements are not correctly chosen and adjusted, the image becomes blurred, and detail and information is lost. So to create a better amplifier, the natural idea was to simplify the circuit and optimise every element. This is exactly what they have done with the new ‘MEISHU Tonmeister’. This could only be achieved thanks to Audio Note’s ability to use their own extremely closely matched transformers and custom components. These allow them to exert total control over the performance and voicing of the complete amplifier, something that is simply beyond the possibilities of manufacturers who have to rely on ‘off the shelf’ components. The result is an amplifier that maintains the legendary Audio Note musicality, midrange magic and glorious tonal colour of the original MEISHU, whilst bringing new and previously unheard levels of information retrieval and dynamic expression. The MEISHU Tonmeister; the new reference.

Audiolab’s 6000 Series has earned a reputation as the finest range of audio electronics for those seeking high-end performance at affordable prices. The latest model to join the range is the 6000A Play – a truly ‘integrated’ amplifier combining the sonic prowess of the hugely popular 6000A stereo amp with the award-winning streaming facilities of the 6000N Play network streamer. The result is an amp fully equipped to make the most of every music format, from vinyl and CD to digital music files, internet radio and streaming services such as Tidal and Spotify – all for under £800. The 6000A Play joins the 6000N Play, 6000A and 6000CDT in Audiolab’s multi-award-winning 6000 Series. Crowned ‘Streamer of the Year’ for the second year running in the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2020, the 6000N Play harnesses the versatility of the Play-Fi wireless audio platform to deliver extensive hi-res streaming and multi-room facilities over Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. You can play from any source on your network – smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs, as well as NAS drives and music servers. The 6000A is widely acclaimed as the ideal integrated amp for modern music lovers seeking premium-level performance, build and facilities at an affordable price, packing in 32-bit DAC circuitry, aptX Bluetooth and a range of inputs for digital and analogue sources, including an MM phono stage. For CD playback, the 6000CDT CD transport is the 6000A and 6000A Play’s perfect partner, epitomising the expansive and engaging sonic clarity for which Audiolab is famed. IAG House, Sovereign Court, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon PE29 6XU T 01480 447700 www.audiolab.co.uk 11


INNUOS

DENON

PhoenixUSB Reclocker

Superb wireless sound for every lifestyle with Denon Home If you thought buying wireless speakers meant dipping a toe into the unknown, you’re in for a welcome surprise. Because it’s not just new, yetto-be-established companies that offer the technology, but also trusted industry favourite Denon. And with 110 years of audio expertise at its disposal, it knows a thing or two about making high-quality speakers. Denon Home speakers cater for all of your audio needs, no matter how refined. They support hi-res audio files, so your digital music can sound as good as vinyl, as well as a huge array of streaming services, including Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, TuneIn and Deezer. But your options aren’t limited to those. Thanks to wi-fi, Apple AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth wireless connections, you can enjoy your music however you see fit, whether you’re playing wirelessly from your phone, streaming from the internet, or over your home wireless network.

Innuos first started in the UK in 2009 with a fresh approach to Digital Audio and the goal of bringing new levels of sound quality and simplicity to Music-lovers around the world. Now well established with their third-generation range of premium music servers and streamers, Innuos turned their attention in 2019 to pushing the performance of USB-based audio for HiFi enthusiasts. The result was the PhoenixUSB Reclocker, a 3-in-1 device that combines USB Signal re-clocking and regeneration with a high-spec dual linear power supply. Designed to work with any USB source, it provides an extremely simple integration that unlocks a new level of performance for your connected DAC. Designed to work with a wide range of computers and music servers, the PhoenixUSB is a simple standalone upgrade that is plug and play, requiring no complex configuration or controls. Add it to your system and enjoy the music as new potential is unleashed from your digital system. The Venture Centre, Sir William Lyons Road, University of Warwick Science Park, Coventry CV4 7EZ T 01793 384048 sales@innuos.com www.innuos.com 12

Maybe you prefer a wired connection? No problem. Denon Home speakers have a 3.5mm aux input connection, so you can feed an analogue source directly into the speaker. There is also a USB input so you can play music files from a USB stick or USB HDD. In addition, you can play these analogue sources and USB songs on any other HEOS device in the house.


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Upgrade to award-winning home cinema sound with the Denon AVC-X3700H AV Amplifier Denon has been defining audio excellence since 1910, and this year saw them introducing the industry’s first 8K-ready AV receivers which usher in the next generation of home cinema, music and gaming superiority.

including HDR10+ and Dynamic HDR, and a new HDMI feature called Quick Media Switching (QMS), which allows a source to instantly switch the resolution or frame rate to eliminate screen blackout.

The new Denon AVC-X3700H delivers the ultimate home theatre experience and takes advantage of the latest HDMI technologies. With incredible picture quality and immersive audio decoding capabilities, it is easier than ever to replicate the cinema experience at home. Enjoy movies and shows with stunning picture quality thanks to a dedicated “8K” HDMI input enabling 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video pass-through, new HDR format support

With HEOS® Built-in, the AVC-X3700H can also stream music wirelessly across compatible HEOS components from a variety of free and premium streaming services. Play the same song in every room or select a different song for each connected room via a variety of streaming sources. Add Denon Home speakers to more rooms and control it all with the HEOS app. Apple AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth are also supported.

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M A RA N TZ Marantz Model 30 & SACD 30n: Reshaping hi-fi for the modern audiophile Marantz has married modern features and styling with classic sound and build quality, to deliver two products for the 21st century audiophile: the Marantz Model 30 integrated amplifier and the SACD 30n SACD player and network audio streamer.

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Upgraded aesthetics, the latest digital audio features and class-leading sound, combine to deliver a familiar yet entirely new Marantz listening experience, ideal for the audio enthusiast who values form and function. The Marantz products showcase a new industrial design language, which borrows signature elements from

legendary Marantz products of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Designed, tuned and meticulously manufactured in Shirakawa, Japan, the components continue the legacy of classic products such as the Audio Consolette, Model 2250 and Model 9 amplifier, while bringing the look and feel right up to date. The Model 30 and SACD 30n also refine the classic Marantz sound, led by the meticulous Marantz Sound Masters, to deliver a warm character, a wide and deep soundstage with natural positioning of instruments, and a smooth presentation of vocals. This is done not just by selecting high-quality components but by making sure those components work together in harmony. Listening is every bit as important as measuring – because music matters.


JVC

JVC Exofield wireless headphone home cinema system

JVC DLA-N7 home cinema projector

To fully realise the fantastic movie surround experience of Dolby Atmos or DTS-X would normally mean installing 14 expensive large loudspeakers driven by an equally expensive amplification system. Such systems draw you into the movie and sound fantastic. However, in the real world unless you have a sound insulated cinema room the levels involved can disturb neighbours or the children when trying to sleep. With JVC Exofield unique customisable wireless headphone system, you can enjoy the same sound experience at a fraction of the cost and without anyone else hearing!

JVC’s N series projectors have won several prestigious Best Buy awards in 2020, with all of these mentioning superb picture quality as the main reason for the award. Full Native 4K resolution is coupled with powerful active high dynamic range processing to produce the sharpest colour images possible. Also, by using a high end all glass lens we can ensure that all this information reaches the screen with detail as sharp at the edges as it is in the centre.

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The JVC XP-EXT1 uses JVC’s proprietary EXOFIELD out-of-head localization sound field processing technology. The sound field is uniquely pre optimized for each listener and listening environment to ensure the most realistic and immersive experience possible.

Exofield wireless headphone home cinema system

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LINN Sondek LP12: a revolutionary icon that’s still evolving. Unmatched for almost five decades, the Linn Sondek LP12 remains the pinnacle of record player design. Fully modular and upgradable, you can create your own unique spec or choose from three Linn models. The flagship Klimax LP12 turntable offers the pinnacle of vinyl reproduction, setting the benchmark worldwide for all other turntables on the market. Entry-level Majik LP12 is the ideal first step into high performance vinyl playback using carefully selected Linn-engineered components

to experience the iconic LP12 in an affordable package. Or upgraded Akurate LP12 will re-ignite your passion for music with a turntable that offers elegant design and exceptional performance. Make your mark and complete the package by monogramming your initials on the Keel armboard or upgrade to a personalised plinth in any colour you desire. Linn performance, your unique configuration. You’ll hear more music than you thought possible from the groove of a record. Selekt DSM Network Music Player & Majik LP12 Turntable

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Linn DSM network music players, the beating heart of a high-performance system. Stream everything. Connect anything. Linn DSM network music players are flexible and future-proof. From high-res albums on your hard drive to movie soundtracks in the cloud: it’s all at your fingertips. Connect all your other sources too. From Blu-Ray players to turntables - they all get the benefit of Linn’s expert engineering, with every last musical detail preserved. Plus, we’ve designed all our network music players to be upgradeable. New features, services, and even some performance upgrades are available - for free.

Take your first step into authentic hi-fi with Majik DSM. One box does it all: just add speakers. The powerful combination of network music player, pre-amp and power amp, all in one timeless package, is peerless. Or enjoy the flexibility to configure your system your way with Selekt DSM. Revolutionise your interaction with digital music through Selekt DSM’s tactile interface to enjoy breathtaking musical experiences that will make you fall in love with your music all over again. With four stereo and four surround configurations to choose from, you’ll find a model that suits your needs, whether it’s music or movies you love.

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NAIM AUDIO

Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation

Putting music first for almost 50 years

Discover the Uniti difference

Naim has designed and hand-crafted class-leading audio products at its Salisbury HQ for almost 50 years. Music formats and tech may have changed, but one thing stays the same: Naim’s founding mission to take you closer to the authentic sound and emotion of the music you love.

Step up to Naim Uniti music-streaming players: the smart but simple way to enjoy music, radio and better TV sound in any or every room; just add speakers. Exceptional performance combines with excellent build quality and usability, wrapped in a beautiful British design that will give you years of entertainment. Choose from the compact Uniti Atom, the CD-playing Uniti Star and the range-topping Uniti Nova. Also consider the CD-ripping, music-managing Uniti Core.

Start or augment your Naim journey with the awardwinning Mu-so wireless speaker family. Authentic audio expertise meets the latest music-streaming tech in a striking, customisable design that suits both classic and contemporary interiors. Pick the Mu-so 2nd Generation (also a great TV soundbar) or the more compact Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation. Both sound excellent on their own or awesome in a multi-room music set-up – all with easy App control.

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NAIM AUDIO

Uniti Nova

Dedicated streaming excellence

Powering exceptional audio performance

The music-streaming pinnacle is reached with Naim’s dedicated network players: ND 5 XS2, NDX 2 and the flagship ND 555. They share the same acclaimed Naim streaming platform as the Mu-so 2nd Generation and Uniti families; all can seamlessly group as a multi-room system, and be controlled from the same Naim App.

Power your speakers to new performance heights by adding Naim amplification to your hi-fi system. The latestgeneration Naim integrated stereo amplifiers – the awardwinning NAIT XS3 and Supernait 3 – are perfect partners not just for Naim music streamers, but also your favourite turntable or headphones, as each feature a built-in phono stage and headphone amp.

Stream your own digital music library, favourite radio stations and podcasts, and music from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Qobuz. Or wirelessly stream direct from your devices via Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in and Bluetooth, while Roon support opens up even more music services.

Desire even more? Explore Naim’s class-leading preand power-amp options, peaking with the superlative Statement, offering a full horsepower of speaker-driving mastery.

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LEAK

REGA

One of the greatest names of the mid-twentieth century British hi-fi scene, LEAK is back with its first audio components since the late 1970s. The LEAK Stereo 130 integrated stereo amplifier is reminiscent of the classic Stereo 30 from 1963, with its tactile controls and walnut wood enclosure, yet nestling within are cutting-edge electronics delivering scintillating sonics with all manner of music. RCA inputs handle analogue sources including vinyl, thanks to the built-in MM phono stage, while USB, optical and coaxial digital inputs support hi-res audio up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD256; even the convenience of aptX Bluetooth streaming is included. It all adds up to an amp described as “outstanding” by Hi-Fi World whilst bestowing the title of Best Amplifier in the magazine’s 2020 Awards. For those with CD collections, the matching LEAK CDT is the Stereo 130’s ideal CD-spinning companion, incorporating the same slot-loading mechanism as the highly acclaimed CD players and transports made by LEAK’s sister-company Audiolab. And to complete the vintage aesthetic, why not combine with the wonderful Linton speakers from another of LEAK’s sister-brands, Wharfedale – recent recipients of the prestigious Readers’ Award at the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2020. Vintage aesthetic, contemporary features and state-of-the-art technical proficiency go hand in hand to herald this new and unique addition to the hi-fi separates scene – classic hi-fi, re-engineered for the modern age.   IAG House, Sovereign Court, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon PE29 6XU T 01480 447700 www.audiolab.co.uk

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The Myth that became reality, the Rega Naiad turntable. After seven years in research and development, the test bed project known as Naiad finally completed in 2017. A product unlike any other, created to push Rega’s philosophies to the extreme and prove beyond doubt that our lifelong mantra of ultra-lightweight, high rigidity plinths and the use of key materials in critical areas are paramount in constructing any serious performance turntable. At inception we did not intend to produce this turntable in any volume, building was restricted to two or three examples. However, after many distributors had heard the turntable whilst visiting Rega we came under increasing pressure to make a quantity exclusively for our distributors. We planned to make forty Naiad (one for every year Rega had existed at that point in time) purely as a celebration of engineering and Rega’s history. However, to make Naiad remotely affordable we had to order parts in quantities of 50 and this set the figure for the maximum number we would ever be able to manufacture. Each one is painstakingly assembled by hand by a team of our most highly skilled team including our CEO Phil Freeman. To this date, Rega has made and sold more than 25 Naiad at a cost of £29,999 each.


REGA

Rega Research Ltd. Est 1973. Engineering is the beating heart of Rega Research Ltd, a company obsessed with specialist materials, tolerances, and accuracy. Every Rega product is designed to achieve the best musical performance and deliver a lifetime of enjoyment at an affordable price. Over the past year, Rega have added two new moving coil cartridges, the Ania Pro and Aphelion 2, both of which are a masterclass in micro-engineering, and the ideal partners for their multi award winning range of turntables. They also introduced the hugely successful Aria MK3 switchable phono stage which joined the line-

up to complete the package. Arguably the most groundbreaking product was the astonishing io amplifier which delivers the true Rega signature sound in a compact case at an incredibly low price. Rega remains a dedicated British manufacturer and employs over 140 people. Rega designs and assembles every product by hand in their custom built 38,000 sq.ft facility in the South East of England, with their product range exported globally to over fifty countries. So confident are they in their ability, Rega offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects on every single product they make.

Roy Gandy, Rega’s founder

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RUARK AUDIO

Ruark is a family-owned, British company which has been creating audio products for a little over thirty years, and they’re just as passionate today as they were back then. Ruark’s timeless and elegant design principles remain the same as ever, and as technology has developed over the years, their products have too.

59 Tailors Court Temple Farm Industrial Estate Southend-on-Sea SS2 5TH T 01702 601410 www.ruarkaudio.com 22

From compact speakers and table top radios, to integrated music systems and perhaps the most elegant digital radiogram available. All of Ruark’s products are designed by their team of experts at their head office on the South East coast of England.

Like their customers, Ruark appreciates great music. And it’s this passion that pushes them to develop music systems of exemplary quality. Using only the best technology, all of their products are developed with sound and connectivity in mind. With their intuitive RotoDial Control System, all of the models share the same easy-to-use controls. Ruark is immensely proud to offer a new generation of music systems with wide ranging appeal, enjoyed for both their beautiful design and superior sound.  


INTRODUCTION TO LOUDSPEAKERS or Bluetooth, controlled by a phone or a tablet. This approach offers neither stereo nor the ultimate in fidelity but it is a simple (even portable) solution that will suit many people. These speakers are great in kitchens and other rooms where a traditional hi-fi solution is unnecessary and many DAB radios are now equipped with this option as well. Bluetooth enabled speakers can also be connected wirelessly to many Panasonic TVs. Whichever alternative you choose you will still need to think about how the speakers will react with the room and where you will place them. As you would expect, our staff have great experience in matching systems to rooms and will gladly guide you. Loudspeakers have changed dramatically over the past few years and nowadays you can get outstanding performance from a vast range of stylish designs – some grand and imposing and others so tiny that you will barely notice them.

Your options are, broadly speaking, traditional wooden speakers that have been the mainstay of the speaker market for years and give great sound. They are available as bookshelf, stand mounted or floor standing designs and can look very elegant. The finishes of these speakers have also changed and now, in addition to a myriad of wood finishes, they are often available in both white and high gloss black and look stunning. If your goal is excellent reproduction of music then these are still the best choice, although they are larger than some of the alternatives.

And remember, loudspeakers are like car engines: they’re mechanical devices that need to be run-in. Treat them gently for the first week or two and you’ll find that as time passes their sound will improve noticeably.

The other approach to speakers is the custom installed way, where speakers are fitted discreetly into ceilings, walls and even rocks in the garden! This is a great way to lose those boxes but it generally compromises the sound unless you buy the very best. They are ideally suited to bedrooms, bathrooms, pools or patios, where ultimate sound quality is not the main requirement or the use of more traditional speakers would be inappropriate. Ceiling fitted speakers can also be used in home cinema systems (in combination with a floor mounted sub-woofer) or as a discrete solution to where to put the rear speakers. There are also stand-alone wireless options where speaker and amplifier are built into one box and the music is sent straight to it via your wireless network 2323


ACOUSTIC ENERGY

Acoustic Energy Loudspeakers, designed for the love of music.

for the love of music

16 Bridge Road Cirencester GL7 1NJ T 01285 654432 www.acoustic-energy.co.uk 24

Founded in 1987, Acoustic Energy is a British owned loudspeaker manufacturer based in the Cotswolds. The company’s first speaker, the AE1, gained an enviable reputation as one of the finest high-end compact monitors available, setting performance standards in accuracy, power-handling, dynamics, transparency and above all, musicality. These qualities reflect the company’s core product ethos, which is faithfully maintained to this day by using new driver technologies, cabinet materials and manufacturing techniques within a focused product portfolio.

Pictured above is the AE520 flagship speaker, which uses an industry first all-carbon fibre material for the low and high frequency drivers, encased within a luxuriously finished Resonance Suppression Composite (RSC) cabinet. From the 100, 300 and 500 Series ranges to the award-winning active version of the AE1, each loudspeaker is expertly conceived and crafted to deliver a lifetime of listening pleasure and enjoyment. With well over a 100 years of combined experience and knowledge of the audio industry, the people behind the Acoustic Energy brand are dedicated music lovers who


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AE520

believe the finer things in life such as nice cars, good coffee, great food, fine wine and aspirational design should all be enjoyed with the due care, respect and appreciation they deserve. Backed by press awards and critical acclaim from journalists around the globe, this belief is shared by music fans, retailers and professional studios in over fifty countries worldwide who’ve chosen Acoustic Energy loudspeakers, all helping to secure our status as one of the most highly regarded British brands in the audio industry.

AE1 Active

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BOWERS & WILKINS

The new 700 Series

The 700 Series Signature. Crafted. Honed. Perfected. Born out of our award-winning CM Series, the new 700 Series are the best loudspeakers we’ve ever made in their class. Borrowing features from the 800 Series 26

Diamond, the 700 series introduces ground-breaking studio-quality technologies to raise the bar for home audio performance - all in a range of speakers designed to fit beautifully into the home environment.


BOWERS & WILKINS 600 series anniversary edition. For the love of music. For decades, we have poured our passion for performance and our love of music into everything we do, from our most affordable loudspeakers to our studio-quality 800 Series Diamond range. Now, our 600 Series has turned 25 – an occasion we think is worth celebrating in style.

“An upbeat, entertaining, brilliantlybalanced sound from a beautifully-made pair of speakers” What Hi-Fi? September 2020 Dale Road Worthing BN11 2BH T 01903 221500 uksales@bowerswilkins.com www.bowerswilkins.com/en-gb

Introducing the 600 Series Anniversary Edition

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DALI

Oberon 7

DALI Audio UK Ltd. AV House, Unit 12 Amor Way Letchworth Garden City SG6 1UG T 0845 644 35 37 uk@dalispeakers.com www.dali-speakers.com/uk 28

DALI (Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries) grew from Scandinavia’s leading audio retail chain in 1983, with the aim to meet customers’ demands which existing brands could not offer. Driven by a raw passion for music and its honest reproduction, DALI design and develop loudspeakers in-house at their factory in Noerager, Denmark. DALI speakers are defined by sublime quality and an engaging audio experience across a wide area in any room. A key contributing factor to DALI’s success is their exclusive DALI drive units, which are designed from scratch by their engineers in Denmark. Because of their unique driver technologies and materials, they are able to design and manufacture speaker systems that allow

listeners to experience their favourite music exactly as the artists intended. DALI offer a wide range of loudspeakers, all of which reflect the true DALI principles. Today they offer loudspeakers to suit all tastes and budgets, from the cost-conscious DALI SPEKTOR series to the superb flagship DALI EPICON range. DALI not only produce fantastic Hi-Fi and home cinema loudspeakers, but have also in recent years released a selection of Active speakers and more recently, headphones.   Today, more than one million satisfied customers enjoy their favourite music and movies at home through DALI speakers.


DPAMLCI From PMC, the Emmy® award-winning British loudspeaker company, comes the twenty5i series, developed from the legendary twenty5 series, winner of five-star ratings and awards worldwide. The i stands for improved and the twenty5i has been enhanced using the innovations and knowledge gained during the creation of the flagship fact fenestria into vibration control, aerodynamics and high frequency driver design. Comprising five models of increasing size, plus a dedicated centre channel and an active subwoofer of astounding quality, the twenty5i series refines PMC’s established ATL™ bass-loading concept with Laminair aerodynamic vent technology. The new 19mm soft-dome tweeter is derived from the unit featured in the fact series, that provides a stunningly wide audio landscape with phenomenal definition. To further enhance the tweeter, the floorstanders are mounted on anti-vibration plinth bars, isolating the speakers from the floor and dramatically reducing unwanted vibration transmission. The result is an even more vivid and defined image. Together these innovations have created a loudspeaker range with unsurpassed realism and clarity, that deliver true musical involvement. Many loudspeaker brands claim a prestigious professional heritage; PMC has the true credentials. You’ll hear your music and movies exactly as the artists, composers and producers intended.

Holme Court Biggleswade SG18 9ST +44 (0)1767 686300 sales@pmc-speakers.com www.pmc-speakers.com

The twenty5i series

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KEF

KEF LS50 Meta, Royal Blue Special Edition with dedicated S2 Floor Stands

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KEF KEF LS50 Meta The World’s First Speakers with Metamaterial Built on revolutionary acoustic technology and taking design cues from the legendary LS50 lineage, KEF’s new LS50 Meta bookshelf speakers are the embodiment of KEF’s desire for continual development and innovation. Pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved, the LS50 Meta are the world’s first speakers to utilise the ground-breaking Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT). Developed in a pioneering joint initiative with Acoustic Metamaterials Group, MAT is a highly complex maze-like structure sitting at the rear of the tweeter. By creating this ‘acoustic black hole’, 99% of the unwanted sound radiating from the rear of the driver can be absorbed meaning the speakers can deliver a purer, more natural sound. Continuing the work started with KEF’s R Series models, LS50 Meta features a specially designed 12th Generation Uni-Q driver array with new and enhanced features that allow this solid, compact loudspeaker to deliver detailed sound anywhere in the room. LS50 Meta is available in four colours; Carbon Black, Titanium Grey, Mineral White and a Special Edition Royal Blue, all in a modern silky matte finish.

models, surround sound systems or discrete in-wall/ in-ceiling speakers, KEF exists to fill rooms with music as it was made to be heard. KEF’s passionate team of designers thoughtfully consider every detail in their continual pursuit for improvement with developments shared across many ranges. Of the many landmark innovations KEF has pioneered, arguably the greatest of all is the Uni-Q point source driver array – now in its 12th generation. With Uni-Q, the midrange and treble units are mounted at precisely the same point in space allowing for perfect integration and a more accurate threedimensional sound that’s dispersed evenly throughout the room. Everyone can enjoy the same great sound. Now, with the addition of the Metamaterial Absorption Dynaudio: listen to more Technology (MAT) as featured in the new KEF LS Collection, this latest iteration of the Uni-Q driver array delivers an even further elevated performance. The Eccleston Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6QP MAT driver array eliminates virtually all unwanted high T 01622 672261 frequency distortion and delivers a natural and immersive info.uk@kef.com uk.kef.com sound to all. The difference is audible. Listeners around the world revere KEF for its innovative, high-performance loudspeakers.

Designed alongside the new bookshelf speakers, the dedicated S2 stands also come in matching colour finishes making them the perfect acoustic stand partner for LS50 Meta. KEF’s Innovation Through Technology Listen and Believe KEF has been a proud pioneer of excellence in sound since 1961. With a commitment to progress but with respect for a rich heritage, KEF continues to create remarkable speakers that impress listeners the world over. From the ground-breaking Uni-Q technology to a barsetting range of bookshelf speakers, floorstanding 31


REL REL makes subwoofers. That’s it. Nothing else. No distractions. Nothing to steal their focus. No kidding themselves that they can be good at everything. No trying to conquer the whole world. They just do their best to conquer their part of it. From the beginning this has been a labour of love, born from a desire for a more perfect sound experience. It began with one man’s dissatisfaction with the performance of subwoofers available at the time. That search for better, that pursuit of perfect sound remains the driving force behind REL. It has persisted

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through changes in ownership, it has driven massive advancements in technology and innovations in designs. Turning loose the power, the drama and the fun that lies within great music and movies. Each day the REL team works in pursuit of only one intention, to produce the most raw, perfect, pure sound possible in order to capture the raw intention of the artist. REL uses the best quality materials and employs the most exacting construction requirements. They think of the problem holistically and pursue the chase of the perfect experience of sound with an obsessive passion and vigour.

North Road Bridgend Industrial Estate Bridgend CF31 3TP T 01656 768777 w ww.rel.net


SPENDOR

A7

AWARD WINNING PRODUCTS Spendor design, engineer and manufacture loudspeakers exclusively in the UK. All Spendor loudspeakers are assembled at our production facility in East Sussex, with all components and cabinets refined through our R&D and manufacturing programme in Sheffield. Spendor loudspeakers are easy to set up, work perfectly with the HiFi equipment you have, and transform the way you listen to and enjoy your music. Three unique product lines all offer the authentic Spendor listening experience, carefully tailored for different preferences, needs and budget. Our A-Line loudspeakers offer captivating performance in compact,

elegant designs suitable for smaller spaces. Spendor Classic delivers an immersive listening experience that many listeners find missing in other speakers, whilst D-Line delivers resolution, accuracy and scale to bring out the very best in high-performance audio systems. Spendor loudspeakers look as good as they sound. The premium finishes perfectly complement many different interior designs. Oak, Walnut, Cherry and Black Oak real wood veneers allow perfect integration with room decor. Combining Walnut with a contemporary titanium finish, elevates Spendor Classic, with Satin White on A-Line and D-Line creating a distinctive modern look. Made for Music. Designed for you.

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MONITOR AUDIO

I N T R O D U CT I O N TO ACC E SS O R I E S The performance of your Hi-Fi or Home Cinema system is influenced most by your choice of major components, however, other seemingly less important items also play a vital role in the process. The cables, the stands and the supports under your system can all dramatically affect – and improve – the system’s performance. Spending relatively small amounts of money here can produce large improvements in sound quality. We aim to give you the best advice on finding the balance between what is truly worthwhile and running up huge bills on accessories you don’t need.

Bronze

Monitor Audio believes that amazing audio is for everyone. And they want to connect with you. Their single vision is to become the accessible audio brand for all those who seek excellence in sound. Globally renowned, Monitor Audio speakers are sold in over 80 countries. This wholly British owned and managed loudspeaker brand has been at the leading edge of loudspeaker design and technology, perfecting the implementation of metal drivers. It is renowned for exemplary speaker cabinet construction and finish. They deliver a performance to savour for a lifetime. Phenomenal audio is more than the sum of its parts. Yes, it’s about the finest metals and craftsmanship, but it’s also about the warmth: the flesh and blood of the listener. The connection. They are Monitor Audio. They are the people who make audio human. Bronze Series

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Stands and tables contribute significantly to the way loudspeakers and system components perform. Loudspeaker stands not only place your loudspeakers at the correct height they also improve detail, dynamics and bass performance. Equipment stands enhance the performance of Blu-ray/CD players, turntables and electronics by dealing with spurious air and structureborne vibrations. There’s a vast range available in different designs, different materials and different colours, so there’s no excuse for not giving your system the support it deserves! Good cables are crucial: the interconnects that come free with equipment rarely offer adequate performance and you should certainly consider replacing them. Poor speaker cables will also strangle the sound of your whole system. Likewise poor video cables will not exploit the full potential of your TV or projector. Headphones have had a huge renaissance and new audiophile models are appearing every month. They can sound even better than your speakers and, with the addition of a portable DAC, you can listen to your favourite music in HD audio. We sell Bluetooth wireless models and also headphones for travelling with built in noise reduction. But most of all we sell a wide range to upgrade those supplied with smart phones and the like. The headphones in the box are almost always very poor and upgrading quite inexpensively can make a huge difference to the sound. Replacement versions can also come with the ability to take phone calls - a very useful addition if, say, you are out walking.


AUDIOQUEST AudioQuest’s Niagara Series power conditioners and low-noise AC power cables are meticulously designed to create a complete Noise-Dissipation System. Unique among all power products, Niagara’s proprietary X-Level filters and patented Ground-Noise Dissipation work evenly, or linearly, across a far wider range of induced noise frequencies. Additionally, Niagaras 3000, 5000, and 7000 feature Transient Power Correction, which supplies a current reservoir of up to 80 amps peak to greatly bolster the performance of any power amplifier. The noisy and compromised power supplied from the wall socket simply can’t compete with the Niagara Series. In AudioQuest’s AC power cables, ZERO Tech (no characteristic impedance) enables uncompressed current transfer and linearised noise dissipation while GND Tech (Ground-Noise Dissipation) ensures quiet backgrounds and minimal active-circuit misbehaviour. These technologies start in AQ’s foundational and affordable NRG-Z Series AC power cables. Wind Series AC power cables, such as Monsoon (seen here), take performance and noise dissipation to the next level with larger-gauge, superior metals. The top models in the series, Blizzard and Silver Cloud, also feature AQ’s patented 72v DBS (Dielectric-Bias System) with Level-X RF Trap that “pulls” RF Noise out of the cable, further reducing audio circuit misbehaviour. AudioQuest’s complete approach to AC power will unleash the system you never knew you had, allowing you to experience greater dynamics, bass grip, extended high frequencies, and the blackest background you’ve ever heard.

Hoge Bergen 10 4704 RH Roosendaal The Netherlands T 01249 848873 info@audioquest.nl www.audioquest.com 35


C H O R D CO M PA N Y A team of dedicated music and cinema lovers, designing and hand building high-performance audio-visual products in England since 1985. Multi-award-winning cables and accessories. Unique advanced technology screening and insulation, with every component chosen for optimum performance. Whatever you play and whatever format you use, Chord Company’s class-leading products can transform your listening and viewing experience, making extraordinary degrees of musical honesty and realism possible. Chord Company enjoys an international reputation for realistically priced, audiophile-quality interconnects and speaker cables, and have become known for their unique ARAY/Tuned ARAY/Super ARAY conductor technology, proprietary TaylonŽ insulation, advanced shielding materials and their ground-breaking ChordOhmic speaker connectors. Regardless of budget or type of system, Chord Company has a range of cables and accessories that will let you hear just how good your music can sound and how vivid your TV, cinema and games can be.

Chord Company cables are designed and tested at their factory in Salisbury

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I S O L- 8

Pure Engineering…

Nic Poulson

ISOL-8 Teknologies Ltd PO Box 56402 London SE3 7WQ T 020 8856 8856 sales@isol-8.co.uk www.isol-8.co.uk

Nic Poulson’s background was originally in broadcast engineering. He trained and worked for the BBC as a sound engineer in the eighties. The corporation’s legendary high standards made a deep impression on him. After leaving the BBC in the early nineties to further develop his passion for audio, Nic had become an established electronics designer with success in both audio amplification, with ISOL-8’s sister company Trilogy Audio Systems, and also in the challenging field of international airport runway lighting systems. He then formed IsoTek Systems after identifying the need to tackle the problems of compromised power supply in Hi-Fi and AV systems. An area he believed was being misunderstood and neglected by mainstream manufacturers. ISOL-8 was then founded to continue developing Nic’s ideas.

Nic pioneered the use of multiple filter sections to tackle noise cross contamination between audio components. He also has championed the use of DC blocking to further improve sound quality. ISOL-8 has shaken off the negative image previously attached to power conditioning. In the past many poor designs, and the optimistic performance claims made for them, have meant that many people have closed their minds to the idea that there are substantial performance gains to be found. Nic’s innovative and no compromise approach has solved many of the performance shortfalls caused by compromised mains power.

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ISOACOUSTICS

Dave Morrison

The driving force behind IsoAcoustics is Dave Morrison, a man closely involved in planning and building radio and television studios at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 20 years. Dave was part of the design team faced with building the world’s largest multimedia centre in Toronto: over 1.72 million square feet, with recording studios for drama, music, and chamber ensembles, special effects, radio and television shows. Dave’s IsoAcoustics speaker stands are built based on this experience, with a unique, patented isolation technology that allows speakers to “float” in free space, letting you

hear authentic, uncoloured sound. These eliminate energy transfer to and from surrounding surfaces. Bass becomes tighter. Overall imaging is enhanced. Your speakers perform to their full potential. IsoAcoustics has had various approvals from well-known speaker manufactures and is being discovered by more customers, at an ever increasing rate. The GAIA range, which won the EISA award for Best HiFi upgrade in 20192020, replace spikes on floor standing speakers up to 280kg. In a relatively short period of time, IsoAcoustics has grown rapidly and now sells in over 60 countries. GAIA II

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ISOACOUSTICS

ZaZen I

The IsoAcoustics range has expanded past its original beginnings in speaker isolation, now offering a full range of isolation products for entire HiFi systems. Applying the same proven and scientific approach found in the GAIA and Aperta speaker isolation products, three other product ranges now provide isolation for source components and amplifiers. The OREA range consists of four sizes of isolation ‘puck’, supplied in single units and weight rated between 1.8kg to 14.5kg per puck. The total weight of each component can be divided by either 3 or 4 and the closest puck model can be selected, matching the maximum weight for best performance. OREA are also suitable for placement under book shelf speakers. IsoAcoustics have also design two isolation platforms the DELOS and the zaZen - primarily designed to support sensitive turntables, featuring ‘preloaded’ wooden platforms ideal for isolation from the micro vibrations

GAIA Titan

transmitted by structural resonances during audio playback. The DELOS range are available in solid maple or walnut, with larger platforms and higher weight capacities for large high-end turntables or mono block amplifiers. The two zaZen models offer a highly cost-effective alternative for lower priced turntables, with capacities of 11kg and 14kg. Both zaZen platforms feature a smooth black finish for maximum compatibility with various product colour schemes.

Unit C1, Belcon Industrial Estate, Geddings Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0NT T 03301 222500 www.scvdistribution.co.uk 39


BRIGHTON

69 London Road BRIGHTON BN1 4JE

01273 609 431

brighton@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: John, Paul and Chris

BRISTOL

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 9:30 - 17:30 Wednesday 9:30 - 17:30 Thursday 9:30 - 17:30 Friday 9:30 - 17:30 Saturday 9:30 - 17:30 Sunday Closed We’ll Pay For Your Parking Refunded against purchase

Welcome to Audio T Brighton. Located here since 1980, we previously traded as Jeffries Hi-Fi before joining the Audio T group in 2002. Music is a key factor in our lives and we would be very pleased to have the opportunity to help you improve your enjoyment of music and movies at home. Extraordinarily, between the three of us we have amassed over 100 years in Hi-Fi retail.   Turntable specialists since the early days of the Linn Sondek LP12 and Rega turntables and with over 40 years of providing upgrades and servicing for these and other makes we can help you obtain the best possible sound.   Our refurbished Home Cinema room is well worth a visit so come along for a ‘wow’ moment.

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65 Park Street BRISTOL BS1 5PB

0117 926 4975

bristol@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Max, James and Justin

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 9:30 - 17:30 Wednesday 9:30 - 17:30 Thursday 9:30 - 17:30 Friday 9:30 - 17:30 Saturday 9:30 - 17:30 Sunday Closed We’ll Pay For Your Parking Refunded against purchase

The Bristol store is situated on the ever popular and vibrant Park Street in central Bristol. Here you will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff with many years of experience between them. The store boasts two demonstration rooms and a range of Hi-Fi and Home Cinema products to suit your every need. We encourage you to bring in your own music and movies so you can experience the delights on offer and we regularly enjoy greeting customers from Bath, Chippenham, Chepstow, Warminster, Shepton Mallet and Weston-Super-Mare.   We are fortunate in Bristol that our Operations Director Tony Revelle assists in carrying out turntable servicing. He has more than 40 years experience with Linn and Rega turntables and with many other brands.


CARDIFF

134/136 Crwys Road CARDIFF CF24 4NR

029 2022 8565

cardiff@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Hefin, Nick and Kerrin

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 9:30 - 17:30 Wednesday 9:30 - 17:30 Thursday 9:30 - 17:30 Friday 9:30 - 17:30 Saturday 9:30 - 17:30 Sunday Closed FREE CUSTOMER PARKING

Welcome to Audio T Cardiff, winners of the Technology Retailer of the Year at the Welsh Independent Retail Awards 2017 & 2019. As the best destination for quality Hi-Fi and Home Cinema in your area we pride ourselves on being friendly, helpful and knowledgeable with an insatiable passion for music. Two demonstration rooms let you evaluate products in a relaxed and informal setting. Our single speaker room allows you to listen to components such as CD players, amplifiers and the latest in streaming technology. Our Home Cinema room has an 80” screen, 7.1 surround sound system and controllable lighting.   From Hi-Fi separates, micro systems and TV’s to a complete multiroom solution, we will ensure a smooth experience throughout, with informative demonstrations and impartial advice.

C H E LT E N H A M

38 Winchcombe Street CHELTENHAM GL52 2LZ

01242 583960

cheltenham@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Jon, Farid and Andy

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 9:30 - 17:30 Wednesday 9:30 - 17:30 Thursday 9:30 - 17:30 Friday 9:30 - 17:30 Saturday 9:30 - 17:30 Sunday Closed We’ll Pay For Your Parking Refunded against purchase

The Cheltenham store was opened in Albion Street during the 1980’s and in 2000 moved to new premises in Winchcombe Street. It offers a large downstairs sales area and a dedicated Home Cinema demonstration room. Upstairs we have a large Hi-Fi demonstration room. We sell a range of Hi-Fi equipment from one box systems to high end separates, a good range of Home Cinema equipment, multi room audio and up to the minute streaming devices.   Jon, Farid and Andy have in excess of 40 years experience and are able to offer turntable servicing and upgrades.   Call in and you’ll be assured a warm welcome and a cup of tea or coffee. Home loans and demonstrations are available on request.

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ENFIELD

159A Chase Side ENFIELD EN2 0PW

020 8367 3132

enfield@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: John and Jason

MANCHESTER

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00 Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00 Thursday 10:00 - 18:00 Friday 10:00 - 18:00 Saturday 10:00 - 18:00 Sunday Closed FREE CUSTOMER PARKING

There has been a Hi-Fi store on Chase Side for over 40 years and, with a reputation for a warm, welcoming atmosphere and knowledgeable, experienced staff, Audio T Enfield is the best destination for quality Hi-Fi and Home Cinema products in the area. We can also undertake service and upgrades to Linn LP12 turntables. We are within easy reach of the A10 and M25 (J24 or J25) and have a customer car park at the rear. We have two demonstration rooms and lots of products up and running for you to play with. Tea and coffee are definitely part of the service, so feel free to pop in and have a chat or take a look at the latest technology in an informal environment. We look forward to seeing you and meeting your requirements.

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63 Bridge Street MANCHESTER M3 3BQ

0161 839 8869

manchester@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Dave, Munir, Mike, James and Haden

Opening hours Monday 9:30 - 17:30 Tuesday 9:30 - 17:30 Wednesday 9:30 - 17:30 Thursday 9:30 - 17:30 Friday 9:30 - 17:30 Saturday 9:30 - 17:30 Sunday 11:30 - 16:30 We’ll Pay For Your Parking Refunded against purchase

Audio T Manchester, formerly Practical Hi-Fi, has supplied quality Hi-Fi and Home Cinema for twenty years. We pride ourselves on customer service and impartial advice. We regularly welcome customers from Bolton, Salford, Ashton, Oldham, Altrincham, Warrington, Stockport, Rochdale, Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Wigan, Huddersfield, Buxton and Knutsford so please call in to discuss your plans. With 60 years of experience between us we all have a real passion for music. We offer turntable upgrades and servicing for a wide range of turntables including LInn, Michell & Rega, backed up by Dave the Manager’s 30 years experience with Linn & Naim. We have a demonstration room where you can audition in a relaxed atmosphere. If you’re playing records, streaming or watching films we can assist.


OXFORD

19 Old High Street OXFORD OX3 9HS

01865 765961

oxford@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Jon, Andrew and Luke

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 10:00 - 17:30 Wednesday 10:00 - 17:30 Thursday 10:00 - 20:00 Friday 10:00 - 17:30 Saturday 10:00 - 17:30 Sunday Closed We’ll Pay For Your Parking Refunded against purchase

A warm welcome from Jon who has been leading the team for many years. He is ably supported by Luke and Adrian who are as happy discussing streaming products as they are talking turntables or Home Cinema. We have a demonstration room where you can audition products in relaxed surroundings, and we have a fantastic range of equipment, which we are always happy to demonstrate, so bring some of your own music, or delve into ours and hear it as it should be heard! If you’re looking to give your Hi-Fi an overhaul, fit a soundbar to your TV or install a Dolby Atmos home cinema, we can make your dream a reality. We regularly welcome customers from Witney, Faringdon, Wantage, Newbury, Henley, Marlow, Thame, Northampton and Milton Keynes in store.

PORTSMOUTH

29 London Road North End PORTSMOUTH PO2 0BH

023 9266 3604

portsmouth@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Nick, Brad and Jake

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00 Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00 Thursday 10:00 - 18:00 Friday 10:00 - 18:00 Saturday 10:00 - 18:00 Sunday Closed FREE CUSTOMER PARKING

Located here since 1990, we were previously Jeffries Hi-Fi before joining the Audio T group in 2002. With 50 years experience and a passionate love of music and film we offer everything from superb two channel equipment to the latest in streaming systems. The latest TVs combined with Home Cinema offer an experience like no other, making this the number one local destination for all your home entertainment needs. Home demonstrations and home installations are available. We offer a customer install service and turntable servicing. Our main aim here in Portsmouth is for every customer to leave thrilled. We regularly welcome customers from Arundel, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Littlehampton, Petersfield, Waterlooville and the Isle of Wight in store.

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READING

4 Queens Walk READING RG1 7QF

0118 958 5463

reading@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Gareth and Rob

SOUTHAMPTON

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 9:30 - 17:30 Wednesday 9:30 - 17:30 Thursday 9:30 - 17:30 Friday 9:30 - 17:30 Saturday 9:30 - 17:30 Sunday Closed We’ll Pay For Your Parking Refunded against purchase

In the centre of Reading, our store first opened in 1978 as Reading Cassette & Hi-Fi. Audio T took over, with Simon Walker as manager, in 1996. Our focus and passion has always been predominately music, concentrating on new technologies like streaming, high resolution audio and storage advice, as well as traditional vinyl and CD based systems up to and including the high end in both solid state and tube (valve). We have an enviable reputation in turntable set-up and service especially, but not exclusively, of Linn LP12s, Well Tempered and Rega along with a range of cartridges to complement them. Our strength lies in ‘system building’. We aim to enable customers to realise the greatest performance from their investment through our deep understanding of the products we carry.

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12 Hursley Road SOUTHAMPTON SO53 2FU

023 8025 2827

southampton@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Alan and Wayne

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00 Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00 Thursday 10:00 - 18:00 Friday 10:00 - 18:00 Saturday 10:00 - 18:00 Sunday Closed FREE CUSTOMER PARKING

1969 was a year to remember. Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon. Concorde and the Boeing 747 flew for the first time. Stateside 400,000 people gathered for a music festival at Woodstock. Back home Monty Python first aired and Led Zeppelin’s first album was released. As if all this wasn’t enough a new Hi-Fi store named Hampshire Audio opened in Chandlers Ford. In 1999 Hampshire Audio joined Audio T and, 50 years after first opening, we are still here with the same goal of providing Hi-Fi systems that enhance the enjoyment of music at home. The only difference now is that we also offer CD, streaming, multi-room audio and home cinema as well as the Hi-Fi medium of choice in 1969, the 12” LP.


SWANSEA

9 High Street SWANSEA SA1 1LE

01792 474608

swansea@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Nic, Chris and Adrian

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 9:30 - 17:30 Wednesday 9:30 - 17:30 Thursday 9:30 - 17:30 Friday 9:30 - 17:30 Saturday 9:30 - 17:30 Sunday Closed We’ll Pay For Your Parking Refunded against purchase

A warm, welcoming atmosphere and knowledgeable, experienced staff make Audio T Swansea the best destination for quality Home Cinema and Hi-Fi in the local area. We regularly greet customers from Carmarthen, Mumbles, Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Llanelli, Pembroke, Brecon, Aberystwyth and Tenby.   Our main showroom features a wide range of Hi-Fi, from turntables to streaming and multi-room products as well as the latest OLED TV. Our ground floor cinema room features a projector based surround system with full Dolby Atmos speaker set-up. Upstairs is the refurbished demo room where the traditional stereo Hi-Fi demonstrations take place.   We can supply and install simple or more complex Hi-Fi systems, from a simple stereo, multi-room music or a fully automated home cinema system.

SWINDON

60 Fleet Street SWINDON SN1 1RA

01793 538222

swindon@audio-t.co.uk Contacts: Andy and Stefan

Opening hours Monday Closed Tuesday 9:30 - 17:30 Wednesday 9:30 - 17:30 Thursday 9:30 - 17:30 Friday 9:30 - 17:30 Saturday 9:30 - 17:30 Sunday Closed FREE CUSTOMER PARKING

A welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff make Audio T Swindon the number one destination for quality Hi-Fi and Home Cinema in the area. We regularly welcome customers from Marlborough, Hungerford, Chippenham, Cirencester, Devizes, Wantage and Burford and are happy to visit your home to discuss the best options for your system. With over 36 years experience we are passionate about both turntables and audio streaming. We offer a range of products from quality two channel Hi-Fi’s to large Home Cinema systems incorporating 4K screens and projectors. We have two comfortable demonstration rooms with tea and coffee always available. Feel free to pop in for a chat, or request a demonstration online. There is a customer car park at the rear.

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ORGANISED BY AUDIO T Friday February 25th to Sunday February 27th, 2022 ✔ See and hear almost every product in this Guide ✔ Meet the manufacturers and designers ✔ Visit the What Hi-Fi? stand for a demonstration or an answer to any questions you might have ✔ See loads of the latest products, hot from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas ✔ Get great deals on most purchases made at the Show ✔ Win a prize in the huge Show competition ✔ Easy to get to, right in the heart of Bristol and next to the Cabot Circus shopping and entertainment area ✔ Easy parking close to the hotel ✔ A great day out for all the family ✔ The Show’s 33rd year! Bristol 2021 Show Sadly The Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2021 had to be cancelled due to the pandemic but the Show will return in February 2022 on the dates above. We hope to see you there!

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Great Reasons to Choose Audio T

We’ve been in business for over 50 years and we are the UK’s oldest independent specialist Hi-Fi Retailer. Run by enthusiasts, we love music and film and are passionate about sound quality. This is what we offer you:

INDEPENDENT ADVICE We want you to be thrilled with your new purchase so we give impartial advice based on what’s best for your needs

PRICE MATCH PROMISE We’ll match any deal from any authorised dealer to make sure you always get the best value

PART EXCHANGE

We can give you a price for your old hi-fi which you can put towards a new hi-fi purchase

AFTER SALES SERVICE

We’re always on hand to advise and help solve any problems you may have

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DEMONSTRATIONS

We have listening rooms in store or we can arrange a home demonstration for you

FLEXIBLE FINANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE

Including interest free. With a small deposit and subject to status

HOME INSTALLATION

We can deliver and install your equipment to ensure you get the best possible result

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WHERE TO FIND US BRANDS STOCKED & OPENING TIMES

Please check the store pages on our website or call your nearest branch for full details of everything that we sell and our current opening times.

FREE PARKING

With increased pressure to park in and around town these days we offer a small but useful service to encourage you to visit us. If you come into one of our stores that does not have free parking on-site, and you buy something, then we will reimburse your parking fees. Just ask the salesperson when you are paying and we will credit this against your purchase.

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WE KNOW you won’t find better sound.

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PRICE PROMISE

BUT if you find a better deal from another authorised shop, let us know. As long as we can verify it we’ll be happy to match it.

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19 Old High Street Headington OX3 9HS 01865 765961 oxford@audio-t.co.uk

12 Hursley Road Chandlers Ford SO53 2FU 023 8025 2827 southampton@audio-t.co.uk

65 Park Street BS1 5PB 0117 926 4975 bristol@audio-t.co.uk

159a Chase Side EN2 0PW 020 8367 3132 enfield@audio-t.co.uk

29 London Road North End PO2 0BH 023 9266 3604 portsmouth@audio-t.co.uk

9 High Street SA1 1LE 01792 474608 swansea@audio-t.co.uk

134/6 Crwys Road CF24 4NR 029 2022 8565 cardiff@audio-t.co.uk

63 Bridge Street M3 3BQ 0161 839 8869 manchester@audio-t.co.uk

4 Queens Walk Broad Street Mall RG1 7QF 0118 958 5463 reading@audio-t.co.uk

60 Fleet Street SN1 1RA 01793 538222 swindon@audio-t.co.uk

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