Welcome to the May 2015 issue of Hi-Fi Choice - the essential guide to getting the best possible sound from your hi-fi, whether you're buying, tuning or tweaking...



With the continuous evolution of drive unit technology, the development of cabinet manufacturing processes and increasingly sophisticated measurement devices you’d think that we would have reached the pinnacle of loudspeaker design, manufacturing and performance and that loudspeakers would pretty much all sound the same. Anyone that has visited a dealers’ dem room will know that this isn’t the case.

This month's Group Test is here to help with our roundup of six high-quality standmount speakers priced from £869 to £1,000. The group’s close pricing demonstrates the plentiful choice of models that are on the market and each has its own unique design and sonic signature. Pick up the May issue to see how they sound with a range of musical styles, and then use it as a starting point before going to listen for yourself…

 

 

 

 

Record Store Day 2015
The annual celebration of all things vinyl is almost here as we prepare for the eighth Record Store Day to take place on Saturday 18 April. If you’ve not heard about the event before then you are missing an opportunity to bag yourself some exclusive vinyl as artists launch special editions and rare releases specifically as part of the celebrations through more than 200 independent record stores across the UK. To find a participating store head to recordstoreday.co.uk.

 

Also in the May issue....
We go In-depth with Exposure's 3010S2-D integrated amplifier, plus we take Pro-Ject's 2 Xperience SB DC turntable for a spin and get up close and personal with the AR-M2 hi-res player from Acoustic Research.

 

 

 

Competition time!
Win a Musical Fidelity Merlin 1 system worth £1,300. Reviewed in last month’s issue, this gorgeous slice of eye candy blew us away with its winning combination of stunning goods looks, beguiling build quality and impressive features – oh, and it sounds pretty good too. Pick up the May issue to enter.