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Volume 4 No. 4     October To December 2010

 

HIFICRITIC Volume 4 No. 4   October To December 2010Reviewed In This Issue
2 THIS EDITION'S EDITORIAL

4 STAN’S SAFARI NO 13
Stan Curtis describes the considerable difficulties of correlating measurements with sound quality

6 THE SILVERFLAME
Martin Colloms assesses an exotic Swiss/Austrian Lumen White loudspeaker

10 LETTER FROM SHENZHEN
IAG designer Peter Comeau reports on his fascinating trip to Korea

12 HI-FI MYTHS NO 9
PMC’s Peter Thomas looks at the evolution from mono to stereo to surround sound systems

15 ABBINGDON’S BEST SHOT
Paul Messenger tries a seriously impressive amplifier from hybrid integrated AMR

18 EVALUATING AUTOMOTIVE AUDIO QUALITY
Commuters often enjoy more music in their cars than their homes. Dr Natanya Ford examines the implications

21 SEVEN SMALL SPEAKERS
Seven cheap stand-mounts assessed for listener involvement by Martin Colloms

29 WIRELESS TODAY
The internet is revolutionising radio listening: Jason Kennedy highlights some new possibilities

30 THE BMR EXPERIENCE
Paul Messenger spends time with a very radical new prototype speaker

32 REFERENCE PHONO 2
Audio Research has added a very flexible phono stage to its fine Reference series

35 DISPARATE PHONO STAGES
Chris Bryant picks the bones from five  diverse phono stages

43 BUDGET STREAMERS
Jason Kennedy tries getting to grips with two of the less expensive digital sound streamers

48 THE HIFICRITIC AWARDS
The annual listing of our favourite recommended hi-fi components

 50 SILLY (AND NOT SO SILLY) QUESTIONS?
 Malcolm Steward answers simple questions about computer audio

53 BITS & PIECES
Reviews on cables and accessories from Gamut, Tellurium Q, Supra and Crystal

55 THE BEST OF CLASSICAL
Chris Anderson’s round-up of recent classical
releases

58 ROCK, POP AND OTHER NICE MUSIC
Nigel Finn picks his latest favourites

60 SUBJECTIVE SOUNDS
The hi-fi industry’s perennial schizophrenia

 

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