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Hi-Fi World    December 2014


Hi-Fi World December 2014    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... Talking About Beasts
Article By Noel Keywood

7 News: Words from the world...

27 Mail: Eight pages of your views, wonderful as always...

19 Competition: Your chance to win a world audio designs HD3s headphone amplifier worth 659.

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


10 Oppo BDP-105D Blu-ray Player
Oppo's latest silver disc spinner uses a Sabre DAC to offer high-end CD/Blu-ray and DVD replay, finds Noel Keywood.

51 Cocktail Audio CA-X30
Streamer, network player, server, CD... This innovative product has it all says Jon Myles.

64 Astell&Kern AK120 II
Noel Keywood gets wonderful sound from Astell&Kern's latest portable music player.


15 Acoustic Energy 103 Loudspeakers
Acoustic Energy's compact entry-level floorstanders make a big impression on Jon Myles.

39 Naim Mu-So
Naim's innovative Mu-So one-box powered speaker system breaks new ground for the company, says Jon Myles.

49 Bayan Soundbook Go
Jon Myles goes out and about with Bayan Audio's new portable Bluetooth speaker.


22 Yamaha A-S701 Integrated Amplifier
Martin pipe likes the sound of Yamaha's new retro-styled integrated amplifier.

73 ADL A1 24/192 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier
Martin pipe plugs his headphones into a new headphone amp/DAC from ADL.


57 Epiphany Atratus II & III Cables
Tony Bolton is impressed by two new affordable interconnects from epiphany.


25 Westminsters In Shoreditch
Tannoy's giant Westminster Royal loudspeakers take pride of place in a London bar. Noel Keywood just had to check them out...

45 New York Audio Show
Noel Keywood crosses the Atlantic to bring you all the latest from the New York audio show.

59 The Audiojumble
Martin pipe hunts down the bargains at the latest audiojumble sale.


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

83 Clearaudio Ovation Turntable
Tony Bolton gets into the groove with Clearaudio's latest turntable.

89 Miyajima Artisan MC Mono Cartridge
A hand made moving coil cartridge from Japan gives Tony Bolton a new perspective on his mono LPs.


87 Pro-Ject Measure It 2/Oro-Ject Brush It
Tony Bolton tries out a stylus pressure gauge and carbon fibre cleaning brush for LP.

62 Audiophile CD: Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile CD releases.

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

92 Classifieds: Two pages of second-hand bargains.

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

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

97 Advertisers' Index

98 Classic Cuts: Kirsty McColl's Kite, by Paul Rigby.


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