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Hi-Fi World    January 2015


Hi-Fi World January 2015    Hi-Fi World is an independently owned and run specialist hi-fi magazine, started by Noel Keywood, a highly respected technical journalist of thirty five years standing. Dedicated to equipment of all types, the emphasis is on 'affordable audiophile' kit which doesn't have to be expensive, but has to perform. Our readership is worldwide and diverse in nature, but all share a passion for music and the desire to hear it as enjoyably as possible. Run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, our commitment shows in everything from the rigorous technical measurements we undertake on almost every product reviewed to the weird and wonderful editorial mix. No product is too small or obscure; old and new, budget or high end, if it's great then Hi-Fi World will say so!


3 In This Month's Issue... Hi-Fi World 2014 Awards
Article By Noel Keywood

7 News: Words from the world...

37 Mail: Seven pages of your views, wonderful as always...

49 Competition: Your chance to win a quad vena amplifier/DAC worth 599

58 Subscriptions: Ensure your copy every month and save money too!


29 Focal Aria 926 Loudspeakers
Flax loudspeakers? Jon Myles gets weaving. 

80 JBL Authentics L16 Wireless Loudspeaker 80
An all-in-one soundbar catches Jon Myles' ear.


34 Benchmark Media DAC2 HGC
Martin Pipe gets his head into Benchmark's new DAC2 HGC.


10 VAC Signature Mk IIa pre-amplifier
Rafael Todes describes the best preamplifier he has ever heard.

50 Roksan K3 integrated amplifier
Martin Pipe listens closely to Roksan's latest amplifier.

55 Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 Network Player
Martin Pipe looks at this popular network player, now in V2 form.


91 Noble In Ear Headphones
Jon Myles is mightily impressed by these unusual multi-drive unit in-ear headphones.


15 Hi-Fi World 2014 Awards
The Products Of 2014 That Wowed Us
Here are the truly outstanding Products Of The Year, those with a special something.
They all receive Hi-Fi World's prestigious Globe Award for Product Of The Year.

53 Christmas Crossword
Get down to the black and white of it with our brain testing Christmas crossword.

61, 63, 65, 67, And 68 Christmas Wish Lists 
The Team Come Up With Their Christmas 2014 Wish Lists. Leave This One Lying Around Where The Wife / Girlfriend (Husband / Boyfriend?) Will See It! Then Keep Fingers Crossed.

83 Christmas Brainteaser
Think You Know About Hi-fi And Music? Try Our Annual Christmas Brain Teaser To Test Your Knowledge.


84 News: All The Latest And Greatest Vinyl Releases For You, From The Pen Of Arch Music Expert Paul Rigby.

87 Funk Firm Fx3 Tonearm
Tony Bolton Spends Happy Time With Funk Firm's Latest Arm, The Fx3, Available In 9" And 12" Versions.

74 Audiophile Vinyl
Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile vinyl releases

69, 71, And 73 Opinion
The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!

And More...
92 Dial-A-Dealer
A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers

94 Classifieds
Two pages of second-hand bargains

96 Next Month
What we hope to bring you in the next sizzling issue...

97 Advertisers' index

98 Classic Cuts 
Paul Rigby reviews the Average White Band's AWB album.


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