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iFi Retro is the new range from iFi aiming to engage everyone who has a love of music - all ages, all genders and of all technological understanding. The Retro Stereo 50 offers it all - from Bluetooth aptx (phone/pad) to High-res digital (computer) to vinyl (turntable). The Retro Stereo 50 brings everyone together through their music in a way that offers an incredible sound.
The LS3.5 accompany the Amplifier to complete the system and are a reboot of the classic BBS LS3/5A which are still in high demand. The refined design of the LS3.5 brings it into the 21st Century and is a prime example of the level of attention to detail you can expect from iFi.
"Knowing that a quartet of EL-84 tubes lurk under the hood of the iFi Retro 50, I knew it was time to break out the JBLs – and it was good. Just as with the Dynaco SQA-35 and even the Manley Stingrays, there’s just nothing like the sound of a pair of JBL L-100s driven by an EL-84 amplifier. Those little tubes have a soft-spoken magic about them that can’t be duplicated by the EL-34 or even an SET amplifier. And the slightly soft character of this output tube goes miles towards taming the upper register of the L-100s.
Listening to the bongos bounce around the listening room during the opening of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman” is delightful, and when his voice folds into the mix, it comes across much larger than life. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear the Retro 50 was something that has been in a box for 50 years, the dust just shaken off. It really does groove, with an abundance of musical detail as well – it doesn’t just round all the transient attack off to sound groovy. The sound is just more saturated throughout."
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