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HIFICRITIC
Volume 8 No. 2

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HIFICRITIC Volume 8 Number 2 April / May / June 20142 My Personal Collection Goes Back Over Fifty Years
Editorial By Paul Messenger

Contents
4 STAN'S SAFARI No26
Stan describes a radical technique for assessing the audibility of musical changes.

6 REGA'S TOP TURNTABLE
The new RP10 record player can rival far more costly alternatives, as Paul Messenger discovers
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9 PONO ETCETERA
What will give high-resolution audio massmarket appeal? Andrew Everard speculates.

12 LINN'S KLIMAX EXAKT 350
Martin Colloms tackles Linn's uniquely flexible digital active loudspeaker system and its partnering streamer interface.

18 MUNICH 2014
Jason Kennedy spends a tough couple of days covering the vast High End Society Munich show.

21 SPIRAL GROOVE
Martin Colloms tries out the Spiral Groove SG2 turntable and partnering Centroid tonearm.

24 THE PPE EXPERIENCE
Bob Pyle describes his sometimes tortuous journey in putting together a system that truly satisfies his passion for music.

28 LISTENING TO TOMORROW
Barry Diament discusses the basics and benefits of servers from a recording engineer's perspective.

31 UPGRADING THE SASHA
Wilson audio has upgraded its two-box Sasha floorstander. Martin Colloms assesses the new Series-2.

36 ADAM F7
ADAM stands for 'advanced dynamic audio monitors'. Chris Bryant tries a pro-oriented active monitor.

38 OLD VERSUS NEW(ER)
Paul Messenger compares three generations of Naim power amplifiers.

40 RIBBON ACTIVITY
Chris Bryant tries Morgan Audio's active rms15, which has a digital input and a ribbon tweeter.

42 U GO WITH HUGO
Hugo is a DAC, but also a totally portable headphone amp. Paul Messenger tries Chord Electronics' game-changer.

44 THE FLAT RESPONSE STORY
Chris Frankland describes why and how he founded the radical 'The Flat Response' magazine back in 1984.

47 KSA50 REVISITED
Martin Colloms reviews Krell's classic 1983 class A reference power amplifier.

48 NO SCHIIT
Andrew Everard tries Schiit Audio's very inexpensive Modi and Loki USB DACs.

50 THE GIANT SLAYER
Paul Messenger discovers a remarkable but costly interconnect from Kansas City.

51 BITS & PIECES
Tangerine Audio's Karmen Linn top plate replacement, and HighEnd Novum's Initium 'baby bell'.

52 FAVOURITE THINGS
Ambient music specialist Mark Prendergast chooses his ten favourite albums.

54 JAZZ PICKS
Greg Drygala selects six recent jazz releases.

56 THE BEST OF CLASSICAL
Colin Anderson selects a handful of new classical releases.

58 ROCK, POP AND OTHER NICE MUSIC
Six more new releases discussed by The Chord Company's Nigel Finn.

60 SUBJECTIVE SOUNDS
The difficulties of getting the best performance from review components.

 

 

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