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Hi-Fi World    August 2015

 

Hi-Fi World August 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...
Network attached CD players, analysers, human hearing and quadraphonic.
Article By Noel Keywood

7 News: Words from the world...

31 Competition: Your chance to win a pair of Black Rhodium Samba VS-1 loudspeaker cables worth £599.

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

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

44 Dial-A-Dealer: A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers.

48 World Standards: Updated guide to the latest and greatest hi-fi hardware on sale.

 

Loudspeakers
10 KEF Reference 1
Jon Myles takes an extended listen to KEF's new high-end Reference 1 standmount loudspeakers.

42 Neo2go / Cowon SP2
Two new budget Bluetooth loudspeakers are put to the test by 
Jon Myles.

 

Digital
18 Rega DAC-R
Martin pipe is impressed by Rega's new high-resolution DAC-R.

21 Onkyo C-N7050 CD / Network Player
Onkyo's new combined CD / network player is a true hi-fi bargain, says Jon Myles.

46 Mitchell & Johnson DR-201v DAB / VHF Tuner
A low-cost DAB / FM tuner is just the ticket for martin pipe.

64 OPPO HA-2 DAC / Headphone Amplifier
Jon Myles gets better sound on the go from OPPO's new HA-2 headphone amp and DAC.

 

Amplification
15 Quad PA-One Headphone Amplifier
Power and poise combine in Quad's valve-driven headphone amplifier, finds Noel Keywood.

76 Exposure 3010S2-D
Exposure's digitally-equipped 3010S2-D takes a great amplifier and makes it even better, says Jon Myles.

Cables
55 Black Rhodium Sonata VS-1 Interconnects
Innovative design makes Black Rhodium's vibration-damped Sonata VS-1 interconnects stand out from the crowd, says Jon Myles.

 

Features
28 Custom Fit Noble Audio CIEMs 
Jon Myles visits a top audiologist to get fitted for a pair of Noble Audio's high-end custom in-ear monitors.

57 Munich high-end 2015
Jon Myles and Mark Osborn report back on the highlights of Europe's largest hi-fi show.

 

OldeWorlde
90 Quadraphonic Sound
Martin Pipe takes a trip back in time to the birth of quadraphonic sound.

 

Vinyl
80 News
All the latest and greatest vinyl releases for you, from the pen of Paul Rigby.

82 Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon Turntables
Mark Osborn hails the performance of a new budget turntable package from Pro-Ject.

86 Musical Surroundings Nova II Phonostage
Paul Rigby hears the benefits of musical surroundings Nova II battery-powered phonostage.

89 Soundbites
Paul Rigby plugs in Russ Andrews’ clarity pro mains conditioner and slides analogue studio's spike stands under his loudspeakers.

 

Soundbites
79 Lindy IEM-50x / Mitchell & Johnson Wave
Jon Myles tries out a pair of clever, inexpensive earphones from Germany and a novel Bluetooth adaptor.

 

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

67, 69, 71, And 73 Opinion
The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!

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 looks at National Health's positively anti-punk debut.

 

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