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Volume 3 No. 4     October December 2009

 

HIFICRITIC Volume 3 No. 4     October  December 2009Reviewed In This Issue
2 This Issue's Editorial (click here)
Peter Comeau brings a China perspective to our writing team

4 STAN'S SAFARI
Stan Curtis queries the value of improving measured performance when designing amplifiers

7 CH..CH..CH..CHANGES
Paul Messenger and James Almey look at how hi-fi business practice as well as technology has evolved

9 MYTHS No6
PMC's Peter Thomas spells out the benefits of active drive

11 VANDERSTEEN QUATRO
An interesting US speaker with room compensating active bass

15 LETTER FROM SHENZHEN
Peter Comeau reports from Shenzhen on the Chinese taste in loudspeakers

17 JITTER YE NOT!
Malcolm Steward gets to try out Naim's new DAC

29 A HANDFUL OF HEADPHONES
Four upmarket headsets from Audio-Technica, Denon, Grado and Stax are compared to a couple of less costly Sennheisers

35 FOUR+ INTEGRATED AMPLIFIERS
Martin Colloms tries out four high class integrated amplifiers plus variations

35 GAMUT Si100

38 KRELL S-300i Integrated Amplifier
A Pocket battleship of an integrated amplifier
Review By Martin Colloms
(Click here for complete review)

41 NAIM NAIT 5XS + Flat-Cap

44 UNISON P40

47 AMPLIFIER OVERVIEW

48 SUPERNAIT + Hi-Cap
An update on the Naim SUPERNAIT

20 WILSON AUDIO SASHA W/P
Paul Messenger and Martin Colloms provide two very different perspectives on Wilson Audio's latest

49 INCESTUOUS TWINS
First impressions of Rega's new upmarket Isis CD player and Osiris amplifier

51 HIFICRITIC AWARDS
A hopefully helpful list of hi-fi hardware that meets our critical approval

52 RUSS ANDREWS iPOD CABLES
The best iPod hi-fi sound to date?

53 THE BEST OF CLASSICAL
Colin Anderson's latest classical picks

56 ROCK, POP AND OTHER NICE MUSIC
Nigel Finn's regular trawl through the new releases

60 SUBJECTIVE SOUNDS
Paul Messenger is still obsessed by mains cables

 

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