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Hi-Fi World Magazine
Hi-Fi World    December 2017


Hi-Fi World December 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!


4 Of Dreams, Retro-Revival Niche, And Hi-Res Analog 
Editorial By Noel Keywood


7 News
Words from the world...


28 Mail
Pages of your views, wonderful as always...


43 Competition 
Your chance to win a pair of Tannoy mercury 7.4 loudspeakers worth 399.


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!


10 Spendor D9 Loudspeakers
Spendor's latest floorstanders are a class act, says Jon Myles.

93 Rock Hi-Fi Stands
Jon Myles tries out a pair of loudspeaker stands constructed from granite.


21 Chord Hugo 2
Noel Keywood marvels at the sound of this new portable/desktop DAC from chord electronics. 


34 Cowon Plenue 2
Could this be the best portable digital audio player available at the moment? Noel Keywood thinks so.


51 Leema Quasar
A powerful Class D amplifier with streaming and Bluetooth on board. Jon Myles takes a listen.


Hi-Fi World December 2017


14 Exposure XM5 Integrated Amplifier
Slim yet potent. Martin Pipe is enthusiastic about exposure's latest amplifier.


18 Indulgence Show 2017 Report
Noel Keywood brings you latest products from the indulgence show in London.


80 Audiojumble 
Bargains aplenty at the latest audiojumble. Martin pipe picks out the best.


59 Teac X-2000m Open Reel
David Tutt considers the pros and cons of the classic Teac X-2000m tape machine.


Olde Worlde
39 Olde Worlde Panasonic SA-MP37md
Martin Pipe looks back at a classic midi-system - now available for 7!


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


84 Audio Technica AT700 Series MM Cartridges
Noel Keywood discovers a set of moving magnet cartridges that can challenge more expensive moving coils.


90 Stylus Geometry 
Noel Keywood explains why the shape of a stylus make such a difference to the sound you hear.


57 Brainwavz B200 Earphones
A set of in-ears ideal for getting the best from your portable devices, says Jon Myles.


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

65, 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...


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 on the glories of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.



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