Home  Hi-Fi Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News       


Enjoy the Music.com
Hi-Fi World
January 2015
In This Issue... Hi-Fi World 2014 Awards
Editorial By Noel Keywood


In This Issue... Hi-Fi World 2014 Awards By Noel Keywood Hi-Fi World January 2015  Our 2014 Awards Issue brings together an intriguing collection of products. Nothing is quite what it seems; all of them have an unusual or distinctive feature that, set in a background of good engineering, lifts them out of the ordinary.

Take the almost-bizarre McIntosh MA8000. At first sight it looks like a standard pattern U.S. super-amp. You know the idiom: large, heavy and with more of everything, especially weight and power. Well, the McIntosh does have all these things, but not for the usual reasons. It's a transistor amplifier that uses output transformers truly unusual. A great perceived benefit of transistors was always that they don't need heavy, cumbersome and expensive output transformers, unlike valve amplifiers. Yet McIntosh turn this design logic on its head and come up with a great amplifier that, for technically sound if obscure reasons, works wonderfully well. We were all mightily impressed by this beast.

Icon Audio's Stereo 845PP may appear to be world's apart from the McIntosh, but it too uses forceful engineering to overcome problems most designers shy away from, in this case to run no fewer than four transmitter valves in one chassis. It's big and it's very heavy, just like the McIntosh, and it is a transformer feast, again like the McIntosh - but what a sound! 

Audeze headphones have achieved a great reputation in their short time in the marketplace. They too are innovative, using planar magnetic drive units rather than the usual mini-cone drivers, to give a gorgeously smooth sound, a step up on everything else around. The LCD-3s were a fine example of what headphones can do when engineered well.

You can see the same thread of ingenuity and innovation in Martin Logan's amazing Summit X hybrid electrostatic loudspeakers and Usher's Dancer Mini-Xs, with diamond coated tweeter. These aren't run-of-the-mill products, short on innovation and long on hyperbole; they are genuinely advanced loudspeakers and they sounded it. It's always great to be able to review products like this.

So whilst so many hi-fi products seem stuck in rut, this is not universally true. It's still possible to sit in front of many new products, or clamp them over your head, and be wowed. This issue collects together the products that wowed us in 2014.


--- Noel Keywood, editor.


Click here to subscribe to Hi-Fi World
















































Quick Links

Premium Audio Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Superior Audio Gear Reviews


Our Featured Videos


Show Reports
Montreal Audiofest 2024 Report

Southwest Audio Fest 2024
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2024
Capital Audiofest 2023 Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023 Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Report
T.H.E. Show 2023 Report
HIGH END Munich 2023
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Report
AXPONA 2023 Show Report
...More Show Reports


Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty



Industry & Music News

High-End Premium Audio & Music News


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics





Home   |   Hi-Fi Audio Reviews   |   News   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright  1995 - 2024  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.