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Hi-Fi World     October 2020


Hi-Fi World October 2020


    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 The Relaunch Of Leak
And many reviews within this issue.
Editorial By Noel Keywood


7 News
Words from the world...


15 Competition 
Your chance to win a pair of Q Acoustics 3030i loudspeakers worth £329.


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


33 Klipsch The Fives
Active loudspeakers with more ability than any others "on earth" Klipsch say. Noel Keywood listens in.


36 Bricasti Design M3 DAC
Chris Frankland auditions a top us DAC – and is impressed.


58 Astell&Kern SE200 Portable Player
The masters of portable release a top player with two DACs. Noel Keywood gets busy listening.


10 Leak Stereo 130 / Leak CDT CD Transport
The historic Leak brand name returns with a modern amplifier and CD transport, dressed in Trad. Clothes. John Pickford enjoys.


46 Chord Electronics Ultima 6 Power Amplifier
A vastly powerful amplifier with custom designed FET output transistors impresses Noel Keywood.


Hi-Fi World October 2020


18 Leak History
One of the most venerable names in high fidelity is resurrected. Here's the history behind the name.


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43 Olde Worlde
Martin Pipe leads us through 1970s surround-sound headphones with AKGs as an example of the genre.


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


83 Rega Aphelion 2 Cartridge
Noel Keywood listens to Rega's new top moving coil cartridge.


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


93 Audiophile Book
Sharp shock, a compendium of 1970s to 1980s music, read by Paul Rigby.


59 Meze Rai Penta 3
Martin Pipe reviews a pair of exotic new in-ear phones.


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


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


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


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


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


95 Classifieds
Second-hand bargains.


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


97 Advertisers' Index


98 Classic cuts 
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrissett. A 1996 classic explained by Paul Rigby.




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