Sweet and fine. Pure and sim­ple and sub­lime.

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Welcome - Si­mon Lu­cas, editor

“Pu­rity and sim­plic­ity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth.” It may seem a stretch to ap­ply an ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal quo­ta­tion from the 15th cen­tury to the world of home en­ter­tain­ment and hi-fi, but bear with me. I’m go­ing to give it a go. Pu­rity of pur­pose has long been a hi-fi Holy Grail. Make a prod­uct’s func­tions few, and let it do them with­out in­ter­fer­ence. A high-end CD player (for ex­am­ple) may put power sup­ply, disc trans­port and dig­i­tal-to-ana­logue con­ver­sion in sep­a­rate boxes. That’s hardly the last word in con­ve­nience, though, and the six-way test of great new stereo amps

(p40) proves the point: prod­ucts like this used to am­plify and have vol­ume con­trol. Then head­phone out­puts crept in. And now some brands won’t come to mar­ket with­out a hi-res DAC and Blue­tooth wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity strapped on. It all de­pends on your pri­or­i­ties. I’d sooner sac­ri­fice func­tions be­fore per­for­mance, but you may feel dif­fer­ently. Ei­ther way, we can help you achieve au­dio tran­scen­dence.

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