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HIFICRITIC
Volume 6 No. 2


Reviewed In This Issue
HIFICRITIC Volume 6 No. 2
2 EDITORIAL BY PAUL MESSENGER
Changes and moving forward.

4 SAFARI No18
Are analogu4 STAN'S SAFARI No18 Stan looks at the difficulties of correlating
measurement with subjective reactions.

6 LITTLE DEVIL
The Diablo: a classy stand-mount from Focal's Utopia range.

8 LETTER FROM SHENZHEN
Peter Comeau looks at working and living conditions in China's electronics industry

10 TWENTY.24
Martin Colloms tries out one of PMC's new mid-price floorstanders

13 RIPPING YARNS
Jason Kennedy unearths an interesting onebox Korean server

14 HIGH END 2012
Malcolm Steward reports back from Europe's biggest annual hi-fi show

16 ULTIMATE CD?
This Audio Note UK four-box CD player might be outrageously expensive, but is it also outrageously good?

20 Arcam's FMJ D33 SuperDAC
Arcam's new FMJ D33 SuperDAC evaluated by Rafael Todes

22 MID-FIELD MONITORING
Martin Colloms finds an inexpensive, high quality compact Pro monitor from KRK

24 BENCHMARK DAC
Vertex AQ's upmarket Aletheia dac-1 assessed by Paul Messenger

26 BERLIN CRAFTSMANSHIP
Stan Curtis spends time with Burmester's belt-drive 089 CD player

28 HOW WE HEAR
The ears are the final frontier. Stuart McGill reports on recent research findings

30 VOXATIV VOBISCUM
Field-coil driven and horn-loaded, the Ampeggio Due is probably ultimate single driver speaker

34 RP6 vs RP3 A REGA COMPARISON
How much better is the RP6 than the RP3? Chris Bryant investigates

36 THE PMC STORY
Peter Thomas talks to Steve Harris about PMC's 20 year success story

39 TWEAKING THE SONDEK PART 2
Paul Messenger checks out the unofficial Tiger Paw Khan top-plate upgrade

40 STREAMING MUSIC
Chris Bryant assesses Cyrus, Marantz and Pro-Ject music streamers

45 ULTIMATE CONTROL
Is Townshend's Allegri control unit the bargain-of-the-decade?

46 ALACRITY CATERTHUN
A convenient close-to-wall stand-mount

47 EVENT OPAL
A top class Australian active Pro-monitor

51 LEAPING INTO COMPUTER AUDIO
Scott Berry describes his approach to high quality computer audio

53 BITS & PIECES
Short reports on a component pot-pourri

55 THE BEST OF CLASSICAL
Colin Anderson's latest classical picks

58 ROCK, POP AND OTHER NICE MUSIC
Nigel Finn chooses half a dozen new releases

60 SUBJECTIVE SOUNDS
Computers can deliver the goods

 

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