Whoops! We didn't manage to get
our review of The Beatles in Mono LP box set into this issue – so I
apologise to all those readers eager to find out about this new release.
You can read about the Abbey Road demo of these new albums
in this issue, on page 25. OK, it isn't the same as an album review, but in
there you'll see that the world consumes surprisingly large quantities of
vinyl with a release like this – and it dwarfs production: there are not
enough LP stamping machines to cope.
The upshot is, review samples are secondary to meeting
pre-order demand. I've been begging for ours and we have been assured a box
set will arrive soon – but too late for this issue I'm sorry to say. The
review will now – hopefully – appear in our next (October) issue. We have
a special 'authentic' system ready and waiting for them, featuring
Ortofon's dedicated 2M Mono SE cartridge and sparklingly new Tannoy
Kensington Gold Reference loudspeakers, whose dual-concentric predecessors
were used in Abbey Road Studios at the time. So I hope you like it – when we
can publish it!
We had more success with other planned items. Yamaha's new
Soavo loudspeakers were eagerly awaited, because we loved their predecessors.
Yamaha are a company dedicated to audio quality, graced by the pedigree of
their historic piano division, and we all heard this in the new NS-F901s
reviewed on p10.
If you use headphones, you owe it to yourself to hear a
valve headphone amplifier – and we review a great one on p22. It'll drive
any phones, no matter how insensitive and exotic, and give that lovely big,
spacious and liquid smooth sound only valves offer.
There's no whiff of the past in the Invicta Mirus DAC
reviewed on p36. This is as hot as it gets in digital today – no fewer than
two ESS Sabre32 DAC chips strapped for full performance lurk inside – and
what a sound!
So the success of LP today defeated us, you could say –
but perhaps that is no bad thing: vinyl will forever sound wonderful.
There's still plenty in this sizzling September issue – I hope you enjoy
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