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A high-res au­dio haven. Us­ing the best au­dio tech avail­able to­day, T3 shows you to make the most of your CD and vinyl col­lec­tion at home.

the reader Ben Courtney

Mu­sic-lover Ben wants to digi­tise his CD and record col­lec­tion into loss­less dig­i­tal files, then play them back on su­per speak­ers. And he’d like a sweet vis­ual juke­box to choose them on.

10Blue­sound Vault 2

There are many ways to rip your CDs and store mu­sic on a net­work, but noth­ing matches the sim­plic­ity of the Blue­sound Vault 2. This 2TB NAS drive acts as a me­dia server for your tunes, but also con­nects di­rectly to your hi-fi sys­tem, like any other com­po­nent. It rips CDs bit-per­fect from its own slot drive to FLAC or MP3, and will down­load High-Res Au­dio tracks from com­mer­cial sites. The BluOS app also lets you stream mu­sic from Tidal, Spo­tify, TuneIn, Deezer and Qobuz. It’ll even wire­lessly stream to any con­nected Blue­sound speak­ers on your net­work, so you can lis­ten to your col­lec­tion around the house. £1,099, blue­sound.com/en-gb

02Onkyo A-9010 st ereo am­pli­fier

Still of­fer­ing un­fea­si­bly good value for money, Onkyo’s A-9010 is a classlead­ing stereo amp to part­ner the Vault 2. It’s rated at 44W per chan­nel, fea­tures four ana­logue line in­puts, a ded­i­cated phono MM stage, and 192 kHz/24-bit­ca­pable coax­ial and 96 kHz/24-bit op­ti­cal in­puts. At­ten­tion to de­tail (we’re lov­ing the large trans­former and au­dio-grade ca­pac­i­tors) is high. £230, onkyo.com/en

03Au­dio Tech­nica AT-LP 5

So we’ve got CD rip­ping cov­ered, but what about vinyl? En­ter the lus­cious AT-LP5. First, this di­rect-drive turntable is a crack­ing vinyl player. Fit­ted with an AT95EX Dual Mov­ing Mag­net car­tridge,

the ex­pert Steve May

T3’ s au­dio ex­pert Steve May still har­bours an af­fec­tion for Mini Disc, but he’s far too busy col­lect­ing spe­cial edi­tion re­mas­ters of Pink Floyd and Bea­tles al­bums to wal­low in nos­tal­gia. mounted on a retro-style J-shaped ton­earm, it’s a per­fect com­ple­ment to our Onkyo amp. How­ever, a USB out­put also en­ables you to cap­ture pris­tine nee­dle drops in 16-bit 44.1kHz WAV, us­ing the sup­plied Au­dac­ity soft­ware. Once archived, all you need to do is copy the files over to the Vault 2. £349, eu.au­dio-tech­nica.com

40Ap­ple iPad 5th-gen­er­a­tion

The lat­est it­er­a­tion of Ap­ple’s ever­green tablet is as good a por­ta­ble in­ter­face for your dig­i­tal mu­sic sys­tem as you’ll find. Just load up the BluOS app and browse your Blue­sound Vault at leisure (though you could use an An­droid tablet, or even Mac or PC, in­stead). Al­bum art looks ace on the sharp 9.7-inch dis­play, and it’s plenty fast enough for brows­ing tracks. £339, ap­ple.co.uk

05Mon­i­tor Au­dio Sil­ver Se­ries Sil­ver 100

Ben should com­plete his sound sys­tem with these new step-up stand­moun­ters from Mon­i­tor Au­dio. Part of a rad­i­cally re­vamped 6th-gen­er­a­tion Sil­ver line, they fea­ture a num­ber of com­po­nent im­prove­ments (bet­ter mag­nets, im­proved voice coil) and tweaked cab­i­net de­sign. The Sil­ver 100 is a ported box, comb­ing a 25mm Gold Dome tweeter with a rigid 8-inch C-Cam mid/ bass driver, made from a sin­gle piece of ce­ramic-coated alu­minium/mag­ne­sium al­loy. Given how pretty these look, it’s handy the grille fix­ings are mag­netic. £650 a pair, mon­i­torau­dio.co.uk

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