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Hi-Fi World    February 2018


Hi-Fi World February 2018


    Hi-Fi World is an independently owned and run specialist hi-fi magazine, started by Noel Keywood, a highly respected technical journalist of thirty five years standing. Dedicated to equipment of all types, the emphasis is on 'affordable audiophile' kit which doesn't have to be expensive, but has to perform. Our readership is worldwide and diverse in nature, but all share a passion for music and the desire to hear it as enjoyably as possible. Run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, our commitment shows in everything from the rigorous technical measurements we undertake on almost every product reviewed to the weird and wonderful editorial mix. No product is too small or obscure; old and new, budget or high end, if it's great then Hi-Fi World will say so!


4 Editorial: What's Going On Within Our High-End Audio World Today.
Editorial By Noel Keywood


7 News
Words from the world... 


28 Mail
Five pages of your views, wonderful as always...


43 Competition 
Your chance to win a pair of MarkAudio Sota Cesti B loudspeakers.


17 PMC twenty5.2
Transmission line loading delivers big sound from a slim cabinet, says Jon Myles.


51 KEF LS50 Wireless Loudspeakers
KEF's LS50 standmounts go active - with impressive results. Jon Myles listens in.


33 FiiO Q1 Mk2 2ND Gen Headphone Amplifier
Noel Keywood thinks FiiO's new headphone amplifier is a true bargain.


80 AURALiC Streaming DAC
A DAC / streamer / pre-amp in an affordable package. This could be the heart of a great system explains Jon Myles.


Hi-Fi World February 2018


10 Luxman LX-380 Hybrid Valve Amplifier
Luxman's new LX-380 harks back to the past in terms of looks – but this valve/transistor hybrid is a sonic joy says Noel Keywood.


23 Astin Trew AT2-2100 Integrated Amplifier
Astin Trew's latest integrated amplifier has power with a silky sound, says Jon Myles.


39 Chord TToby Power Amplifier
Martin Pipe finds Chord Electronics' TToby power amplifier is something special.


57 QED XT25 Loudspeaker Cable
A budget loudspeaker cable which punches above its weight. Jon Myles takes a listen.


36 DSD Feature
Playing DSD. Noel Keywood explains how – and why.


21 Titan Audio Styx Power Block
A power block to improve your system - without breaking the bank. Jon Myles says why.


Olde Worlde
59 JVC KD-720
Martin Pipe looks back at a budget cassette deck that took on the likes of Nakimichi's high-end players.


82 News 
All the latest and greatest vinyl releases for you, from the pen of Paul Rigby


84 T+A G 2000 R Turntable
A German-engineered turntable with MC cartridge and a beguiling sound. Noel Keywood spins it up.


89 Audiophile Book
Paul Rigby casts his eyes over a lavish book detailing the best of Latin American and Canadian music between 1963 and 1976.


91 Pro-Ject Phono Box BT E
A phono stage with Bluetooth? Unusual but effective finds Martin Pipe.


And More... 
44 World Standards
Updated guide to the latest and greatest hi-fi hardware on sale.


54 Subscriptions
Ensure your copy every month and save money too!


62 Audiophile CD
Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile CD releases.


74 World Classics
Brilliant designs that have stood the test of time...


65, 67, 69, 71, And 73 Opinion
The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!


86 Dial-A-Dealer
A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers.


95 Classifieds
This month's second-hand bargains.


96 Next Month
What we hope to bring you in the next sizzling issue...


97 Advertisers' Index


98 Classic Cuts
Paul Rigby takes a look at The Alan Parsons Project seminal Eye In The Sky album.



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