Columbia 82876834391

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Bgo Records B00000DB3J

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Ronald Corp conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Dutton Epoch CDLX  7233. Released 2009 More »

Now don’t get me wrong I do like computers. I use a computer daily. I’m even using one now to write this article. Computers have enabled me to work from home, do that away from the UK and even allows me communicate in real time with folks all over the world at the push of a mouse button. I get computers and I use one daily despite my sausage fingers and one fingered typing style!

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Michael Erxleben (violin), Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Claus Peter Flor conducting.

Berlin Classics CD 0183632BC . Released 2003.

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Klaus Tennstedt/London Philharmonic

EMI Digital – CDC 7 49951 2:  1990

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Naxos  8.572554. Released 2010. More »

Opus 3 SACD Cat 19421

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Earlier this month Hifi Pig reported on the “Pie Fi Show” – the Hifi show organized by the Hifi Wigwam forum. The show will take place at the Scalford Hall Hotel in Melton Mowbray on Sunday 4th March, from 10 am – 5pm and is certainly the one that you should really make the effort to attend.

This is not your usual hifi show by any stretch of the imagination and offers people the opportunity to listen to forum members own real life systems. You can buy advance tickets on the dedicated website (linked above) for just £10 if you want to avoid the queue, or you can pay on the door.

Scalford Hall the Venue for this year's Pie Fi Show.

Hifi Pig is pleased to announce that we have just got wind that the owner of the Hifi Wigwam Forum, James, will be getting interviewed on radio 103 The Eye this coming Tuesday morning around 11.30am on the station’s Steve Edwards Show.

You can tune in on 103.0 FM in Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire “if wind is in the right direction”. Or listen online where you’ll find a listen live button, top right, on their home page.

Now, Hifi Pig would love to be at the show as he was last year, but alas this year pigs are not destined to fly and he’s a bit afraid he may well become a pie himself.

Onkyo recently announced the release of the first models from its 2012 range. These comprise four receivers all engineered to deliver superior sound quality, better features, and value for money, compared to their outgoing equivalents.

Onkyo's TX-NR616 AV Reciever.

The receivers are:

TX-SR313 5.1-channel home cinema receiver
networked 5.1-channel home cinema receiver
networked 7.2-channel home cinema receiver
THX Select2 Plus-certified home cinema receiver

Beginning with the affordable TX-SR313 (100w per channel) this boasts WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), a low negative-feedback design philosophy that Onkyo says “reduces signal noise and guarantees superb performance with minimal distortion”. Discrete output-stage components – not cheap ‘all-in-one’ chips –  are said to significantly improve audio quality. More »

A new CD compiled by IsoTek, the pioneering brand of power conditioning products for hi-fi and home cinema systems, aims to improve the sound of audio systems by ensuring they are set up correctly and ready to perform at their best.

The Ultimate System Set-Up Disc comprises 20 tracks to test and fine-tune key elements of two-channel system performance, and is designed to be both practical and easy to use. The CD includes a selection of superbly performed, recorded and produced music from the legendary Opus3 audiophile record label, each one chosen to test specific elements of audio performance, together with a unique sequence of specially prepared sounds and test tones to help with things like speaker positioning and system optimisation.

Isoteks Ultimate System Set-Up Disc

The disc begins by testing stereo and phase, with further tests for basic speaker positioning, then stereo and front-to-back soundstage depth. These tracks (1 to 12) help to fine-tune the way a system is set up, in order to optimise its performance.

Tracks 13 and 14 provide a frequency range test – a useful way to examine the bandwidth that a system is able to deliver. The disc then concludes with six music tracks that have been specially selected from the Opus3 catalogue, each one capturing a certain quality associated with two-channel replay, be it timing, atmosphere, soundstaging, dynamics or bass depth.

The six music tracks from Opus3 include an interpretation of Frank Zappaʼs Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat by the Omnibus Wind Ensemble, Everybody Loves My Baby performed by Eva Taylor, Bachʼs Toccata and Fugue in D minor with organ played by Matthias Wager and a track from Eric Bibbʼs new album, Blues, Ballads & Work Songs.

The Ultimate System Set-Up Disc is available now from IsoTek stockists, priced at £19.95.

Hot on the footsteps of the DacMagic Plus, Cambridge Audio announces another arrival to the DacMagic family. The DacMagic 100 is an entry-level digital to analogue converter designed to enhance a whole range of digital audio devices.

Based on the same compact chassis as the iD100 iPad / iPhone dock, DacMagic 100 is said to be the ideal partner for this digital dock and it claims to significantly upgrade the quality of audio stored or streamed from a docked Apple device. In addition, there are three digital connections for connecting a wide range of products including TVs, network music players and Blu-ray players. DacMagic 100 is equipped with Cambridge Audio’s latest USB audio input which allows studio master, uncompressed 24-bit / 192kHz files to be upgraded from any Windows or Apple computer. More »

A little late on reporting this but this weekend (Friday 24th Feb – Sunday 26th Feb) sees the 25th annual “Sound and Vision –The Bristol Show” taking place at the Marriott City Hotel in Bristol.

This is the UKs largest hi-fi, home cinema and audiophile show and all the major industry players, large and small will be in attendance.

The show boasts a great location right in the heart of Bristol with easy access by train, plane or car. Prices are Adults £9, Senior Citizens (over 65)/Student £6 Accompanied Children under 16 free  and students can even claim a free pair of Headphones worth £14.95 when producing valid Student ID. Sadly that was a long long time ago for this porker.

At the time of writing there are 192 exhibitors taking part.

BD Audio is an established company providing high-quality products and services to the U.K. hi-fi market. Based in Malvern, Worcestershire, the firm is owned and operated by Jack Durant. Well known to audio enthusiasts, Jack has many years of experience and has been involved in the design and manufacture of a number of interesting projects. Jack is also a fully-qualified and registered electrical installer, and in addition to routine installation is able to offer services such as the fitment of dedicated, high-current mains supplies for audio and audio-visual systems. Installations are issued with certification to building regulations, and is fully insured and guaranteed for five years. BD Audio can also offer servicing, repair and upgrade facilities for older and existing Ming Da products.

BD Audio will be exhibiting at this years Bristol Sound and Vision Show and will have the full range of 2 channel amplifiers available for demonstration throughout the 3 days, along with the cd player and phono stages, just drop in and let Jack know if there is a particular amp or pre/power combo you’d like to hear and he’ll will be happy to arrange this for you. More than happy to play your choices of music too which makes a refreshing change.

I recently received a message through one of the websites i go on about a new audiophile hifi cable manufacturer from the UK. Curious I had a look at the website as i was after a headphone cable for my new Grado 325is ‘phones.
The guy I spoke to at Reference Fidelity Components couldn’t have been more helpful and although he didn’t have a suitable cable on the site he agreed to make one for me. The cable is very well built and does its job perfectly -so much better than the flimsy stuff you can buy through manufacturers themselves. The cable is now on sale through the website priced at a very reasonable £45 for a 5metre cable. The headphone cable uses Klotz low capacitance twin core cable and professional quality Neutrik quarter inch NJ3FC6 sockets with NP3X black gold plated quarter inch jack plugs.

I did suggest that he call the cable the “Hifipig Headphone Cable” but he decided to go with Fidelity Voyager in keeping with the rest of his range of interconnects, mains cable and digital cables.

If you are after a great audiophile hifi cable at a fantastic price you really could do a lot worse than talk to these people.