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Hi-Fi World Magazine
Hi-Fi World    November 2016


Hi-Fi World November 2016

    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 Many Great Reviews Within This Issue Of Hi-Fi World
Editorial By Noel Keywood


6 How We Test
Measuring two key products in this issue.


7 News
A host of latest products show where hi-fi is heading.


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


17 Competition
Your chance to win Chord Shawline cable set worth 680.


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


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


11 Martin Logan Eelectromotion ESL X
Noel Keywood tunes into an affordable, high-end hybrid electrostatic of unique ability.


18 Onkyo TX-8150 Receiver
Martin Pipe reviews a stereo 'AV' receiver that does it all, but for very little.


23 Blue Aura PS40 Loudspeakers
Small and neat and low priced. Jon Myles likes what he hears from these new budget mini speakers.


35 Gear4 Black Stream 1
An inexpensive powered network loudspeaker, with Bluetooth, reviewed by Jon Myles.


38 Prism Callia USB2 DAC
Martin pipe looks at prism's first consumer DAC, derived from their pro audio experience.


74 Chord Dave DAC
Chord electronics most advanced DAC, one of the world's finest perhaps, reviewed by Jon Myles.


60 Icon Audio Stereo 30SE
A single-ended valve amplifier with power catches the attention of Jon Myles.


43 Urbanista Seattle Dark Clown
Budget portables with a class sound, say Jon Myles.


55 Black Rhodium Quickstep loudspeaker cables and Harmony interconnects
Jon Myles listens to a new high quality cable set.


93 Elusive Audio Acryss Mat / Sorbothane isolation feet
Paul Rigby spins a quality LP platter mat, and tests Sorbothane isolation feet.


51 How laserdisc pioneered the way for CD and home cinema 
Martin pipe unearths the beginnings of the silver disc in this fascinating historical view.


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


87 Pink Floyd Feature
An extensive new box set from pink Floyd receives Paul Rigby's expert attention.


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


And More...
78 World Classics
Brilliant designs that have stood the test of time...


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


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


94 Classifieds
The latest second-hand bargains.


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


97 Advertisers' Index


91 Classic Cuts 
Paul Rigby unearths the Melvins Houdini album.


98 Classic Cuts 
Paul Rigby on cathedral oceans by John Foxx.


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