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HIFICRITIC
Volume 5 No. 1     January To March 2011

 

HIFICRITIC Volume 5 No. 1  January To March 2011Reviewed In This Issue
2 THIS EDITION'S EDITORIAL

4 STAN'S SAFARI No14
Stan Curtis wonders whether we'll end up 'downloading' our favourite hardware in the future

6 APPLE DOES VEGAS
Jason Kennedy notes the pervasive influence of Apple computers at the 2011 CES

8 LETTER FROM SHENZHEN
Peter Comeau discusses China's pollution problems, and how they're being tackled

10 BLU-RAY'S TOWER OF BABEL?
Will Blu-ray Audio's promise of a high resolution disc format be fulfilled?

12 MADE IN JAPAN
A single-driver, field-coil Japanese speaker shakes Paul Messenger's preconceptions

14 SILLY QUESTIONS Part 2
Malcolm Steward discusses more computer audio dos and don'ts

17 EGGSQUISITE?
Eclipse's latest egg-shaped speaker is critically examined by Martin Colloms

20 CURTIS ON CABLES - The Intro
A sceptical Stan Curtis begins an investigation into the 'speed' of cables

22 TRK - THE RHYTHM KING Part 1
A radical new BMR-based kit loudspeaker designed specifically for HIFICRITIC

26 HARD YAKKA
Recordings today are tapeless and take place inside computers. Chris Binns describes a revolution

29 SERVING & STREAMING
Computer audio is coming of age, but installation is still far from straightforward, as Martin Colloms discovers

32 DELECTABLE?
Stan Curtis examines a surprisingly inexpensive four-box valve CD player from Italy Linn Akurate DS

35 LINN AKURATE DS Martin Colloms conducts an exhaustive investigation into Linn's latest mid-price streamer

40 HI-END DACs
Chris Bryant tries three very serious upmarket DACs from Bryston, MSB and Weiss

47 BABY DIAMOND
Bowers & Wilkins' new 805 Diamond stand-mount scrutinised by Martin Colloms

50 BITS & PIECES
Supra Sword speaker cable
and the measurements for Audio Research's Reference 2 Phono

51 THE BEST OF CLASSICAL
Colin Anderson picks some more recent classical music releases

54 ROCK, POP & OTHER NICE MUSIC
Nigel Finn selects half a dozen new rock/pop releases

56 A MUSICAL ODYSSEY
Paul Darwin chooses some milestones from a 50 year music obsession

58 INDEX 2010
Index to the hardware articles, music reviews and contributors in Volume 4, 2010

60 SUBJECTIVE SOUNDS
Loudspeakers are multi-dimensional constructs, so which dimension matters most?

 

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