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HIFICRITIC
Volume 4 No. 1     January — March 2010

 

HIFICRITIC Volume 4 No. 1     January — March 2010Reviewed In This Issue
4 This Issue's Editorial (click here)
On the significance and the limitations of measurements

10 STAN'S SAFARI
Stan Curtis discusses the gulf that can exist between listening to hi-fi and enjoying music reproduction

7 HI-FI MYTHS NO 7
PMC's Peter Thomas looks at the curious evolution of vinyl replay techniques

11 TRUMPING THE ACE
Does Audio Research's new Reference 5 pre-amp raise the bar again? Martin Colloms investigates

14 LETTER FROM SHENZHEN
Peter Comeau checks out the Chinese ‘hi-fi mall’ retail experience

16 SLIM AND SILKY SMOOTH
Martin Colloms and Paul Messenger try out the fact.8 – the first of PMC's 'new generation'

19 DAC AGAIN!
Martin Colloms, his lab and a variety of components delve deeper into the Naim DAC

22 THREE DISTINGUISHED EUROPEANS
Chris Bryant assesses three sub-£1,000 CD players from England, France and Italy

27 CABLES AND RF INTERFERENCE
A groundbreaking technical investigation into the increasing threat that RF Interference poses to high quality hi-fi systems

39 REGA ISIS – SLIGHT RETURN
Martin Colloms benchmarks the sound quality and lab performance of this
outstanding CD player

40 HEADPHONE AMPS
Following the group of headphones he reviewed in the last issue, Chris Bryant tries
out seven amplifiers to drive them

47 HEADPHONES REVISITED
Analysis and background measurements corresponding to Chris Bryant’s headphone
reviews published in the last issue

49 CURVI BY NAME
Martin Colloms analyses the strengths and the weaknesses of the striking Curvi Model 1 V2
(CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW)

51 THE BEST OF CLASSICAL
Colin Anderson’s latest classical picks

54 ROCK, POP AND OTHER NICE MUSIC
Nigel Finn’s regular trawl through recent releases

58 INDEX
A comprehensive guide to the four issues of Vol3 (2009)

60 SUBJECTIVE SOUNDS
An impressive new US speaker brand arrives on the UK scene

 

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