The High End Show in Munich,
Germany, is aptly named. A huge show spread over three vast halls, the price
tags dangling from gleaming products take my breath away. How about €120,000
for a Transrotor turntable? Germany and Switzerland seem able to support
this market, but we rarely see such high-end glamour in the U.K. Well, now one
of Germany’s more celebrated manufacturers, Burmester, has entered the U.K.
and in this issue we review their top 032 amplifier, shipped to us direct from
the factory in Germany, glistening in all its glory on our front cover and
p12-15 of this issue. European high-end arrives in the UK.
An amplifier of a very different kind, an Onkyo TX-8050
stereo receiver also gets close attention from us this month. Network
connected and Spotify equipped the TX-8050 is packed with features – and the
level of ability we’ve come to expect from Onkyo. It’s sort of an AV
receiver, but without AV! See what Paul Rigby thinks about it on p16-19.
Digital HD sound – offering better quality than CD –
continues to make the running in today’s market place. But digital was born
into criticism and controversy and top recording engineer Tony Faulkner tells
us about its drawbacks on p26-29, speaking to Rafael Todes of the Allegri
String Quartet. It isn’t all bad news of course. Modern digital is going
places and together Tony and Rafael explore the issues.
Rafael insisted we review the Rega DAC that, somehow, we
have missed. He compares it with the admired Metrum Octave reviewed last
month. It’s an interesting piece of technology and great Rega value as
In our section for vinyl spinners Tony Bolton sneaks in a
mono moving coil cartridge from Benz Micro of Switzerland, to better listen to
his Ray McVay (he won’t admit to that!). And Adam Smith sates his hunger
with a dual motor EAT E Flat turntable, complete with flat arm!
In all then, this month’s Hi-Fi World is as varied and
eclectic as ever. I hope you enjoy it.
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