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HIFICRITIC
Volume 4 No. 2     April — June 2010

 

HIFICRITIC Volume 4 No. 2     April — June 2010Reviewed In This Issue
4 STAN'S SAFARI 11
In which Stan explores the diverse jungle of loudspeaker technology

7 IN THE BEGINNING WAS……..
The Voigt Domestic Corner Horn was arguably the first domestic hi-fi speaker. Paul
Messenger tries out a pair

11 HI-FI MYTH No 8
PMC's Peter Thomas reveals how speaker designers use psychoacoustics to good effect

13 CRITERION + COPPERHEAD
Martin Colloms examines a radical upmarket vinyl spinner from Australia

18 LETTER FROM SHENZHEN
Peter Comeau watches China grow and likes its energy and enthusiasm

20 SUBSTANTIAL SPENDOR
Martin Colloms puts Spendor's latest heavyweight A9 under the HIFICRITIC
microscope

23 IT'S THE SYSTEM, STUPID…
Steve Elford of Vertex AQ describes how he uses a complete system approach to
evaluating hi-fi

28 EUPHORIC UPHORIK?
How does Linn's new standalone phono stage stack up? Martin Colloms investigates

30 THE FAT JERBIL
Paul Messenger gets to play with JBL's latest flagship speaker

33 KRELL GOES ECO
Martin Colloms compares Krell's latest ‘e-series' power amp with its predecessor

38 CLASSY CANADA/CHINA COLLABORATION
Chris Bryant discovers an affordable Canadian-Chinese valve amp

40 CDX2 IS DEAD... LONG LIVE CDX2!
Naim's CDX2 CD player has undergone a major redesign; Martin Colloms assesses the results

43 THE ART OF LOUDSPEAKER DESIGN
Tony Gee describes the subtle art of loudspeaker system design

46 MINI MINORCA
Martin Colloms tries an unusual standmount from France's oldest speaker brand
(CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW)

48 CLASSICAL ON PC
Arthur Barton searches for the best ways to rip, store and access classical CD and vinyl
on a PC

51 DR STRANGEGLOW
Mike Blackmore describes his valve conversion, and outlines the thermionic alternatives

54 THE BEST OF CLASSICAL
Colin Anderson finds some interesting new classical discs

57 ROCK, POP & OTHER NICE MUSIC
Nigel Finn's regular collection of interesting recent releases

60 SUBJECTIVE SOUNDS
The radical looking Magic Flute is much more than a pretty shape

 

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