Second, customers didn’t want a slot loader and a drawer loader wouldn’t work in a compact half-width design. Exposure have therefore crafted something very satisfying indeed: a rather smart top-loading mechanism that sports a sliding lid and comes with a magnetic clamp. Suddenly, loading a CD feels almost as pleasing as cueing up a vinyl record.
Why has Exposure worked so hard to cleverly pack a full quota of high quality features and performance into a compact, half-width design in it’s XM series?
Because ‘real world’ Hi-Fi at ‘real world’ prices is something that the company has always been passionate about. The XM series offers an appealing alternative for music lovers who crave superior audio performance but aren’t necessarily in the market for a Hi-Fi system that risks emptying their bank account and taking over their home.
While some Hi-Fi die-hards draw a clear line between ‘music lovers’ and ‘audiophiles’, Exposure’s chief designer is not so quick to categorise. “Why divide?” he asks. “Music lover versus audiophile, analogue versus digital, this format versus that. I’m all for embracing the whole and for using the differences to inspire products that offer the best of all worlds. People want soul-stirring sound quality and convenience and flexibility and value for money. For a designer that’s an exciting challenge.”