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Audio system: Pick one or take them all

Dale Davies |
In the sea of numerous high-end Hi-Fi audio devices we found a few pieces that could be a good addition to your existing audio system. Or, you can take them all and make yourself a new system with superb characteristics.

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mmf-7.1 turntable is a two speed (33/45 rpm) belt-driven audiophile turntable employing the unique dual-plinth construction originated by Music Hall, a company that manufactures its own range of turntables in the Czech Republic. mmf-7.1 features a unique dual plinth construction, a carbon fiber tonearm, flexible internal tonearm wire drawn from high purity copper, and completely isolated and decoupled motor. It sits on its own resonance damping puck while the front motor position eliminates motor to cartridge vibration.

Judging just by those few characteristics, it's obvious that this turntable is definitively a model you should take into account if you are a vinyl fan.

Having designed and manufactured radio tuners since the late 1970s Arcam has a wealth of experience in delivering high performance from radio broadcasts. The FMJ T32 Radio Tuner uses the Wolfson 8740 from Arcam's award winning DVD players. All circuitry is fed from a toroidal power transformer and multiple low noise regulated dc power supplies with components mounted on double-sided fibreglass PCBs. A bespoke iPod interface is also included and it is Sirius-Ready for use with a SiriusConnect Home Tuner for receiving Sirius satellite radio.

Don't be mistaken, there are a lot of internet radio apps out there but stand-alone tuner is a must if you want Hi-Fi sound.

Marantz PM6005 is an integrated amplifier you can connect directly to a vast range of digital sources and use its DAC to create a high level of audio enjoyment with new media. Marantz have retained the pre-amp and power-amp sections that exclusively feature discrete components - not a single IC in sight of the signal path. That's because specially selected single components not only outperform ICs in quality, they also make it possible to refine the sound in much more detail, resulting in more clarity and transparency.

The DAC is the 24bit/192kHz high current CS4398, which is already proven in many Premium Range products. If you are looking for an amplifier, PM6005 might be a very good choice.

The M30.1 by Harbeth is a loudspeaker that offers well-rounded sound which excels on acoustic music. Featuring the Harbeth RADIAL bass/mid unit, the new-generation M30.1 space-saving professional monitor disappears into the listening room. The M30.1's outstanding midrange clarity and well-controlled bass brings music to life in a wide range of listening environments including front/centre/rear-channels in professional surround sound systems.

It is the first choice for many professional audio engineers including Britain's National Film and Television school and the British Library's National Sound Archive. Need to say more?

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