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HIFICRITIC
Volume 10 No. 1
January / February / March 2016

 

HIFICRITIC Volume 10 Number 1 January / February / March 2016

 

Reviewed In This Issue


3 We Have Another Great Issue... Including Our Annual Awards
Editorial By Paul Messenger

 

4 Stan's Safari No33
Stan explores the backwater of component microphony, while packing everything up for a house move.

 

6 Money, Money, Money
It's A Rich Man's World (Abba 1976). Julian Musgrave muses on inflation and value in High End Audio.

 

9 Rega Apheta 2 + Aphelion
Rega has upgraded its Apheta cartridge and added an upmarket Aphelion derivative. Paul Messenger reports.

 

10 Man Of Note
Chris Frankland talks to Audio Note UK boss Peter Qvortrup about his 35 years in hi-fi, and some exciting new developments

 

13 Missing Link Passion Amplifier
Kevin Fiske examines an interesting new interconnect

 

14 Leadingedge Panels
Paul Messenger finds that Vertex AQ's ‘Leadingedge' panels are a most effective form of room treatment

 

16 Heco Direkt
This daringly different loudspeaker has exceptional sensitivity and an evenhanded balance, as Paul Messenger discovers

 

18 Private Investigations
Keith Howard explores the ideal headphone frequency response, and envisages further developments

 

22 The Road To Great Bass
Peter Truce explains why and how multiple subwoofers and heavyweight filtering are necessary to deliver seriously smooth bass in the listening room

 

25 Soundsmith Zephyr Mimc
Chris Bryant encounters an unusual high end cartridge

 

26 Eclipse TD712zMK2:
Never mind balance or bandwidth, this ‘dinosaur egg' speaker is all about timing – ‘TD' in Eclipse-speak

 

28 Naim's Dr Technology
Does the Naim Statement research programme constitute a revolution in amplifier design and technology?

 

34 ATC SCM11
Martin Colloms discovers a compact but powerful sealed-box, two-way, stand-mount loudspeaker

 

37 Allnic HPA5000
Rafael Todes tries a transformerless valve headphone amplifier

 

38 Benchmark DAC2 HGC
Chris Bryant tries a compact yet unusually versatile DAC/pre-amp/headphone amplifier

 

41 Astell&Kern AK500 NAS
From a company known for hi-res pocket music players comes a high-end ‘network audio system'. Andrew Everard investigates

 

44 Bristol 2016
Jason Kennedy reports from the biggest British hi-fi show on the calendar

 

46 Musical Timing
Martin Colloms and Stephen N. Harris pick favourite tracks for assessing musical rhythm and timing

 

49 Bits & Pieces
Short reports on SC Platinum interconnects and Wychwood Audionics

 

50 HIFICRITIC Awards 2015
Our retrospective Awards include Audio Excellence, Recommended and Best Buy components

 

52 HIFICRITIC Index To Vol9 (2015)

 

54 Krautrock
Mark Prendergast examines Germany's crucial contribution to the music of the 1970s

 

56 Jazz Picks
Greg Drygala picks several recent jazz releases

 

58 Classical
Colin Anderson picks a number of classical releases

 

60 Subj Sounds
Paul Messenger encounters a gorgeous but flawed Estonian speaker

 

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