Monthly Archives - December 2017

KEF LS50 WIRELESS REVIEW

When someone says the words ‘hi-fi system’, what do you think of? If you’re anything like us, you’ve just pictured a combination of separates comprising source – maybe a streamer, CD player or record player – an amplifier and a pair of speakers. If we could go back 40 years and ask the same question, we suspect any enthusiast would have given a very similar answer – minus the digital sources, of course. While hi-fi has certainly improved and been developed over the decades, on a [...]

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KEF Q350 review

If there’s one overriding theme across the new KEF Q350s, it’s: refinement. Nearly every aspect of the speakers has been redesigned to achieve a cleaner, more sophisticated presentation – both sonic and physical. The original KEF Q300s, which we tested back in 2011, went from a five-star First Test to winning a What Hi-Fi? Award. But newer, better speakers came along and demoted those £450 speakers down to four stars. A new generation of the Q series was due. And so we have [...]

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Select Denon and Marantz AV receivers first to support DTS Virtual:X technology

DTS’ collaboration with Sound United (owner of Denon and Marantz) sees its virtual surround sound technology integrated into home cinema amplifiers for the first time. As elaborated upon in our ‘DTS:X – what is it? How can you get it?’ explainer, DTS Virtual:X is a way of getting three-dimensional surround sound without extra speakers. Instead of being encoded into the Blu-ray disc (like DTS:X), Virtual:X is a post-processing technology that aims to create the effect of a 7.1.4 surround set up [...]

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QED’s latest entry-level speaker cable: XT25

Designed as a ‘first upgrade’ cable, XT25 will be in stock with retailers around the world next month. QED has announced details of its latest entry-level speaker cable. XT25 is intended as a ‘first upgrade’ cable for systems of all types: stereo, home cinema, custom install, you name it. Its 2.5mm² cross-sectional area makes it ideal for longer runs. Like all QED speaker cables, XT25 adheres to the principles outlined in the (recently updated) Sound of Science Report. And like all QED speaker cables, [...]

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