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Hi-Fi World    December 2015

 

Hi-Fi World December 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...
Queen's Entire Collection And Abbey Roads Studio
Article By Noel Keywood

 

8 News
Words from the world... 

 

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

 

23 Competition
Your chance to win a Cambridge Audio 851n network player worth 1200.

 

20 Subscriptions
Ensure your copy every month and save money too!

 

Loudspeakers
12 Quadral Rhodium 400
Jon Myles and Noel Keywood are impressed by Quadral's Compact floorstander.

 

49 Thumbsup! Boomtube
An affordable Bluetooth portable loudspeaker that's a bargain says Jon Myles.

 

Digital
24 Wadia Di122
An entry-level DAC from high-end manufacturer Wadia puts the emphasis on detail, finds Jon Myles.

 

28 Fiio X5 2nd gen hi-res music player
Noel Keywood listens in to Fiio's latest high-resolution portable digital music player.

 

51 Audiolab 8300 CD/DAC/preamp 
Audiolab's new one-box disc spinner, DAC and preamplifier is a winning combination, declares Jon Myles.

 

Amplifiers
16 Ming Da MD-150 monoblock amplifiers 
Noel Keywood finds Ming-Da's 150 watt valve monoblocks a powerful proposition.

 

Soundbites
47 Noble BTS Bluetooth / Cowon Plenue M
Jon Myles tries out a Bluetooth headphone adaptor and new high-resolution mobile digital player from Cowon.

 

Features
7 News feature
Chord's new portable DAC, Mojo.

 

54 National Audio Show
We bring you the latest news and products from the national audio show in Whittlebury.

 

42 Get the tube
Jon Myles assembles a great sounding valve-based system based around PrimaLuna and MartinLogan components.

 

91 Audiojumble show report
Martin Pipe hunts out the bargains at the latest Audiojumble show.

 

OldeWorlde
74 Quadraphonic part iv
Martin Pipe on the fall and subsequent cinematic rise of quadraphonic sound.

 

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

 

79 Queen Studio Album Remasters Box Set
Paul Rigby reviews the new queen box set of all 15 studio albums - and talks to the men behind the remastering...

 

84 Rega Queen Turntable
...While Noel Keywood tries out a limited edition turntable to play them on.

 

87 Miyajima Takumi MC cartridge
Paul Rigby listens to a new moving coil cartridge from Japanese specialist Miyajima.

 

88 Vivac RCS2 record cleaning machine
Mark Osborn tidies up his vinyl with a dedicated record cleaning machine.

 

Cables
57 Chord cable loom 
Jon Myles hooks up a system with a full wiring loom from chord cables. And likes what he hears.

 

Book Review
33 The crack in the cosmic egg
Paul Rigby reviews a new book which tells you all you need to know about German electronic and experimental music.

 

And More...
64 Audiophile CD
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 back at Paul McCartney's classic tug of war album.

 

 

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