Strong Signs of a Hi-Fi Revival: For Those Who Had Conventional Audio Components Consigned to History, There's Much in the Latest Arrivals to Refute That Argument

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Strong Signs of a Hi-Fi Revival: For Those Who Had Conventional Audio Components Consigned to History, There's Much in the Latest Arrivals to Refute That Argument


Everard, Andrew, Gramophone


Look at the sales figures for audio components, and while some things seem to be going according to trend--in that CD player sales are declining and interest in turntables keeps growing--there are some surprises for those who had the traditional separates arena heading for oblivion. Tuner sales are up, although admittedly buoyed by the inclusion of network-streaming features, but good old stereo amplifiers are again showing growth, and the latest launches from some big hi-fi names show that this is a trend they're backing. For example, among the new products launched by Denon and Marantz parent company D+M Group, there are new stereo components at each end of the price-range, AV receivers designed to make the most of music played in high-resolution stereo, and a revamp of the HEOS multiroom offering to add hi-res capability; there are also plans to extend the wireless audio functionality across the two companies' catalogues.

In what always used to be seen as the 'new listeners start here' sector, Marantz has ugraded its highly popular entry-level offering with the launch of the CD6006 CD player and PM6006 amplifier, selling for 399 [pounds sterling] apiece (1). Compare them side by side with the CD/PM6005 they replace and there's not much to see beyond an additional digital input on the amplifier, but the Marantz engineers have taken the opportunity to retune the audio circuitry for greater performance, including a redesign of the layout of both products, and have shielded the amplifier's digital section to avoid any interference with the rest of the signal path.

There's more on the Marantz range, in the form of its DSD-upsampling flagship SACD/CD player (2), in this month's Audio Essay, but the news from the HEOS division of D+M is that what has until now been a standalone brand is now being expanded into a feature, too: HEOS wireless multiroom functionality is being added to products in both the Denon and Marantz ranges. Already there are upmarket AV receivers with HEOS coming from both brands, and the functionality has been extended in the new HS2 HEOS wireless speakers to allow the playback of WAV, ALAC and FLAC files at up to 192kHz/24bit, with future plans to bring DSD and MFF formats onboard. …

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