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Hi-Fi World Magazine
Hi-Fi World    March 2017


Hi-Fi World March 2017

    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!


3 In This Issue... Vinyl, Valves, And USB DACs
Editorial By Noel Keywood


7 News
Words from the world... 


27 Competition 
Your chance to win a Cryus one amplifier worth 699.


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


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


15 Neat Iota Alpha Loudspeakers
A small floorstanding loudspeaker that sounds much larger than it looks. Jon Myles is bowled over by the neat iota alpha.


63 Audiovector Loudspeakers
Danish loudspeaker brand Audiovector debuts a new entry-level model. Jon Myles takes a listen.


43 Cowon Plenue S
Cowon's new Plenue S digital audio player has the likes of Astell&Kern's top models in its sights. Noel Keywood finds out if it measures up.


55 Audio Research ARC DAC9
A valve-based DAC from high-end legend audio research charms Jon Myles.


11 Quad VA-One Amplifier
Martin Pipe discovers quad's latest compact valve amplifier offers superb value. 


19 Yamaha R-N402d Receiver
Yamaha's latest network receiver is put through its paces by 
Martin Pipe.


39 Blue Aura V40 / PS40 Limited Edition 
A compact valve amplifier and matching ribbon-equipped bookshelf loudspeakers make a potent combination, says Jon Myles.


23 Black Rhodium Tempest
Derby-based black rhodium's new loudspeaker cable brings the best out of high-end systems, says Jon Myles.


48 Hi-Fi World At Bristol 2017 
Come and meet the hi-fi world team and read about our latest subscription offer!


35 Trinity Hyperion Headphones / QED USB Cable
A 35 set of in-ear headphones for everyday use plus an excellent value USB cable to improve your listening.



Olde Worlde
51 Radiogram Part II
Martin Pipe continues his look back at how radio advances helped usher in the world of hi-fi as we know it today.


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


84 Luxman EQ-500 Phonostage
Noel Keywood gets under the skin of one of the most advanced phonostages on the market today.


89 Mobile Fidelity
Paul Rigby explains all about mobile fidelity's innovative one step remastering/pressing process.


60 Audiophile Vinyl
Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile vinyl releases.


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


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


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


95 Classifieds
The latest batch of 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 on Thomas Dolby's the golden age of wireless.



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