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Hi-Fi World Magazine
Hi-Fi World    July 2014


Hi-Fi World July 2014    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 Month's Issue... Problems During Reviews
Editorial By Noel Keywood

7 News
Words from the world of hi-fi...

27 Mail
Eight pages of your views, wonderful as always...

21 Competition
Your chance to win Chord Signature Reference loudspeaker cables worth 1200

58 Dial-A-Dealer
A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers

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


22 The Beatles 
Paul Rigby checks out the new Beatles U.S. CD re-masters and finds they offer great insight into the American experience.


16 Chord Hugo
Chord's new DAC/headphone amplifier dazzles Noel Keywood

42 Sony HAP Z1 ES
Sony's latest hi-res player both beguiles and bewilders, says Noel Keywood

54 Astell&kern AK240
Astell&Kern bring DSD playback to its range of hi-tech portable players. Noel Keywood listens in.


10 McIntosh MA8000
McIntosh's new 300 watt integrated amplifier is an engineering tour-de-force, says Jon Myles

41 Meridian power supply unit
Tony Bolton connects Meridian's power supply unit upgrade to the company's well-regarded headphone amplifier


36 Spendor D7 Loudspeakers
Jon Myles listens to Spendor's latest quality floorstanders

60 Magneplanar MG 1.7 Loudspeakers
Magnepan breaks with tradition with its new panel speaker and Jon Myles is impressed

78 Roth Oli RA2s Loudspeakers
Jon Myles declares Roth's 150 Oli RA2s a true budget hi-fi bargain


66 Oppo PM-1
Noel Keywood tries Oppo's new hi-end magnetic planar headphones


46 B&W DM 7s
Martin pipe traces the history of his much-loved home loudspeakers


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

83 Eat E-Glo phonostage 
Tony Bolton extols the virtues of a new all-valve phono-stage from the Czech Republic

89 Origin Live turntable belt/Ortofon LW-7N lead wires
Tony Bolton tries out two accessories to fine tune your turntable

91 Record Store Day 
Paul Rigby discovers how a national event is helping preserve our independent high street record stores


51 Resonessence Labs Herus DAC/Cambridge Audio XS DAC
Jon Myles and Noel Keywood give you the low-down on two new DACs

64 Audiophile Vinyl
Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile vinyl releases


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

93 Classifieds
Two pages of second-hand bargains

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

97 Advertisers' Index

98 Classic Cuts 
Roy Orbison, the monument vinyl box by Paul Rigby


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