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Volume 5 No. 2     April To June 2011

 

HIFICRITIC Volume 5 No. 2  April To June 2011Reviewed In This Issue
THIS EDITION'S EDITORIAL

4 ST4 STANíS SAFARI
Stan Curtis explores the past, present and possible future of Class D amplification

7 HI-FI MYTHS: Part 10
PMCís Peter Thomas asks some pertinent questions about modern recording and CD production techniques

10 RAIDHO C1.0
Martin Colloms tries out a hi-tech Danish stand-mount

14 LETTER FROM SHENZHEN
Peter Comeau looks at the real cost of low cost

16 ICE MELTDOWN
Genesis proprietor Gordon Taylor explains why the in-car aftermarket went into decline

18 A SIMPLE NETWORK MUSIC
SYSTEM BY NAIM
Martin Colloms gets to grips with Naimís UnitiServe/DAC combination

22 ANOTHER DAC CALLED DAC
The Rega DACís name might be predictable; its performance is anything but

24 DIVIDING STREAMS
Jason Kennedy looks at some of the complex issues around streaming

25 A WIRELESS FUTURE?
With several competing implementations, wireless connectivity is growing rapidly

27 TWO HIGH END CARTRIDGES
Martin Colloms assesses the Dynavector DRT XV1S and Koetsu Urushi Vermilion

30 A TRUE AUDIO COMPUTER?
Brystonís BDP1 is a unique computer audio solution. Chris Bryant asks the pertinent questions

33 HIGH END DIY
David Cathro explains why and how DIY hi-fi is making a comeback

36 MAINS ISOL-8-TION
Finding mains conditioners that work well with a Naim system can be a thankless task, as Malcolm Steward discovers

38 CYRUS STREAMLINE
Jason Kennedy plays with Cyrusí elegant one box streaming solution

40 AMATI FUTURA
Sonus Faberís latest Amati floorstander comes under Colloms scrutiny

44 THE GRAIL QUESTION
Van den Hulís high class phono stage scrutinised

46 FOUR VALVE AMPLIFIERS
Chris Bryant tries out four likely low power valve amps, from Audio Note UK, Pure Sound, Pathos and Unison Research

54 BITS & PIECES
Short reviews on interesting new accessories

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

58 ROCK, POP & OTHER NICE MUSIC
Nigel Finn selects several new rock/pop releases

60 SUBJECTIVE SOUNDS
Hi-fi priorities and early adopting
 

 

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