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HIFICRITIC
Volume 10 No. 3
July / August / September 2016

 

HIFICRITIC Volume 10 Number 3 July / August / September 2016

 

Reviewed In This Issue


3 THE CD PLAYER, COMPUTER AUDIO AND THE INTERNET
Editorial By Paul Messenger

 

4 STAN'S SAFARI No35
Stan has recently moved and is suffering from excessive building work, so he's checking out headphone listening.

 

6 ON DISTORTION (1)
Julian Musgrave – high end audio's court jester – postulates, predicates and prevaricates on the topic of distortion

 


9 MYTEK BROOKLYN DAC
Andrew 'Harry' Harrison gets to grips with the first non-Meridian MQA-ready DAC

 

12 IFI PRO ICAN
Can this headphone amplifier/line preamp match its Pro expectations? Yes, it can, according to José Victor Henriques

 

14 SHUFFLE PLAY
Keith Howard examines a number of variations in stereophony

 

18 A SYSTEM OF NOTE
Chris Frankland tries out a complete Audio Note (UK) system

 

23 KEF CARLTON
Simon Briggs is very impressed by a fifty year old loudspeaker

 

24 SPENDOR SP200
This new loudspeaker redefines the meaning of 'big Spendor'

 

26 VOTU – THE VOICE OF THE UNIVERSE
This new Graham Audio model is essentially a domestic version of its high quality SYSTEM3D sound reinforcement system

 

28 B&W 802 D3
The latest series of D3 models incorporate a host of changes over their predecessors

 

31 BIG SPEAKER ROUNDUP
Paul Messenger puts the three large loudspeakers into a comparative context

 

32 NVA's INTRO SYSTEM
PM tries out a ridiculously inexpensive system from NVA

 

34 JL AUDIO CR-1/FATHOM F112 V2
This issue we've given Kevin Fiske a solid-state sub/sat system, to try and expand his world view

 

38 MAGICAL MAGICO S5 RE-INVENTED
Five years on, Magico has released a MkII version of the S5. Martin Colloms reports

 

46 AUDIOQUEST DRAGONFLY
Harriet Bryant tries several insects from the Audioquest roster

 

47 MERIDIAN EXPLORER2
Chris Bryant tries out an MQA-equipped USB DAC/headphone amplifier

 

 

48 BITS & PIECES
Short reports on a miscellany of hi-fi components

 

50 LOUDSPEAKER DYNAMIC RANGE
Martin Colloms investigates a measurement concept that's rarely applied to loudspeakers.

 

51 DYNAUDIO EMIT M10
Martin Colloms tries out a compact, versatile and relatively affordable two-way
loudspeaker

 

52 FAVOURITE THINGS
Andrew Rothwell chooses ten favourite albums, mostly from the jazz catalogue

 

54 JAZZ PICKS
Greg Drygala finds six more jazz releases, mostly from European trios

 

56 THE BEST OF CLASSICAL
Colin Anderson selects a clutch of recent classical releases

 

58 ROCK, POP AND OTHER NICE MUSIC
The Chord Company's Nigel Finn picks six new (and not so new) releases

 

60 SUBJECTIVE SOUNDS
Paul Messenger has power amp problems

 

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