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Hi-Fi World     Volume 19 Number 12     February 2010

Hi-Fi World Volume 19 Number 12 February 2010    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 What It's All About
Editorial By David Price

7  NEWS
Words from the front...

45  MAIL
Ten pages of your views; no small amount of controversy here...

 

SUPERTEST
SUB-£1,000 HEADPHONES  15
Paul Rigby rounds up seven headphones from AKG, Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic, Denon, Grado, Sennheiser and Stax.

 

LOUDSPEAKERS
34 NEAT ELITE SX 
David Price auditions this quirky but capable floorstander.

 

AMPLIFICATION
30 ONKYO TX-NR1007
Noel Keywood grapples with this high end AV receiver.

40 MARANTZ KIPEARL
and integrated amplifier combination.

63 ICON AUDIO LA4
Noel Keywood auditions this impressive mid-price valve preamplifier.

 

TUNERS
37 NAIM NAT 05 XS
Tim Jarman tries Salisbury’s latest FM radio receiver.

 

DIGITAL
26 MICROMEGA CD-10
Tom Bolton welcomes this illustrious French brand back to the UK.

 

FEATURES
70 OLDEWORLDE
Tim Jarman remembers Sony’s classic diminutive duo,
the TA88 and ST88 amplifier and tuner.

72 CLASSICAL GAS
Rafael Todes recommends some great classical music recordings.

 

VINYL
10 KLIMOTAFELRUNDE
Noel Keywood and David Price audition a breathtaking statement turntable.

98 VINYL NEWS

100 CLEARAUDIO CONCEPT
Neville Roberts samples this new user-friendly turntable package. 

105 ORTOFON MC A90
Noel Keywood auditions a quirky high end moving coil.

109 ISOKINETIK REGA UPGRADES
Neville Roberts reviews an upgrade package
for the evergreen Rega P3 turntable...

 

67, 115 SOUNDBITES
David Price auditions Monitor Audio’s Airstream 10 radio and Paul Rigby looks at the Beatles Box of Vision, then Tim Jarman tries the Vinylcare record cleaning kit and David Price tests Origin Live’s Arm Load Meter.

74  WORLD STANDARDS
Brand new, updated guide to the latest and greatest hi-fi hardware on sale.

81  COMPETITION
Your chance to win a super Isokinetik Modular One turntable worth £850!

82  SUBSCRIPTIONS
Ensure your copy every month and save money too!

84  AUDIOPHILE CD
Paul Rigby rounds up the latest specialist silver disc releases.

89, 91, 93, 95, 97 OPINION
The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!

120  DIAL A DEALER
A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers.

123  CLASSIFIEDS
Three pages of second-hand bargains.

128  NEXT MONTH
What we hope to bring you in the next sizzling issue...

129  ADVERTISER'S INDEX

130  CLASSIC CUTS
Paul Rigby remembers 'Jazz at the Philharmonic in Europe' on
Speakers Corner/Verve, from 1963.

 

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