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Welcome to the August 2016 issue of Hi-Fi Choice.

After many years spent assessing audio equipment as a member on listening test panels, you’d probably think that I was blessed with what is sometimes referred to as having golden ears. It’s true, in my twenties I was able to easily distinguish differences in audio quality between CD players, but I have never believed that my hearing ability is any different to anyone else of a similar age, just that I had a bit of experience and learned what to listen for.

Our Group Test of six hi-res portable players starting on page 24 is a case in point. There are plenty of music fans who still listen to lo-res MP3 music files on their portable devices and remain sceptical of the need to hear anything better, but if the current buoyant personal player market is anything to go by there’s a growing number of us embracing the joy of listening to music in high-resolution formats. Storage capacity is on the rise, format support has become more standardised and prices are leveling out as the competition hots up with newcomers muscling in and making the establishment prick up its ears.

Operational differences are still likely to be one of the main reasons for choosing one player over another, but they do sound remarkably different to one another too. Of course, you’ll always need a decent set of cans to hear the players perform at their best, so turn to page 102 to see our top five choices for a personal listening experience like you’ve never heard before.

Lee Dunkley (Editor, Hi-Fi Choice)

Also in the August issue: 
Roksan blak stunning £2,750 integrated amplifier, Spendor A5R loudspeaker, Technics SU-C550 CD/networked system, Rega Plannar 2 turntable, plus we discover what happened to David Bowie’s mysterious soundtrack to The Man Who Fell To Earth...


Group Test: 
Six hi-res portable players battle it out in our group test with models from Astell&Kern, Audio-Opus, Fiio, Pioneer, Questyle and Sony…




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About Hi-Fi Choice

Hi-Fi Choice magazine has been at the forefront of audio equipment reviews and advice for 40 years. 

Our tagline, "passion for sound", reflects our desire to find the latest and greatest affordable audio products on the market today for the home and on the move...

Our philosophy is based around in-depth reviews by some of the UK's leading audio journalists. Central to this is our Blind Listening Group Test where panels of industry members listen to products without any knowledge of the brand or model on test for truly impartial thoughts, backed up by comprehensive test and measurement. carries many of our back reviews and helpful features, plus the latest news and information about the industry. and Hi-Fi Choice magazine are brought to you by AVTech Media Ltd., the UK's newest specialist audio and video media publishing group.

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