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Hi-Fi World     Volume 19 Number 8     October 2009

Hi-Fi World Volume 19 Number 8 October 2009    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 Nostalgia Isn't What It Used To Be.
Editorial By David Price

7  News
Words from the front.

25  Soundbites
Patrick Cleasby tries one of the best digital audio extraction tools around, in the shape of Illustrate's dB poweramp.

43  Mail
Eleven pages of your views and queries this month!

71  Competition
Your chance to win a superb Cyrus 8 XP d integrated amplifier, with digital card fitted, worth £1,500!

74  World Standards
Our favourtie kit listed for your perusal.

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


David Price auditions Yamaha's freshly revamped floorstanders.

30 Triangle Quartet
Noel Keywood has a blast with French towers.

80 Wharfedale Diamond
Adam Smith listens to new bookshelf gems!


15 Group Test
Tony Bolton auditions six of the best sub-£2,000 integrated amplifiers from Cyrus, Icon Audio, Leema, Naim, NuForce and Roksan,

34 Electrocompaniet EC4.8
This balanced audiophile preamp gets a workout from David Price.

67 Onkyo TX-SR607
Noel Keywood is impressed with this fine budget AV receiver.


26 DCS Pagnini DAC
David Price is beguiled by a remarkable but expensive Ring DAC-based digital-to-analogue convertor.

36 Naim CD5 XS
Salisbury's latest mid-price silver disc player goes for a spin with Adam Smith.

40 Docklands
Paul Rigby auditions five iPod docks under £100.

58 Cambridge 650c & Rotel RCD-1520
Is the latter worth twice the price of the former? Paul Rigby compares these two new budget CD players.


63 Glowing Praise
Neville Roberts reports on a brand new name in valves, from a very old factory!

72 The Audio Show 2009
Noel Keywood explains what we've got to look forward to at the forthcoming Whittlebury hi-fi show.


Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile releases.

89, 91, 93, 95, 97  Opinion
The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!

98 Vinyl News
Paul Rigby with all the latest black plastic releases.

100 Linn Sodek LP12 Radika
David Price tries the new DC-powered version

104 SME 312S
Noel Keywood finds that size matters with SME's new twelve inch top of the range tonearm.

110 Avia Diva II SP
Adam Smith takes this super new £2,000 turntable for a spin.


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

123  Free Readers Classifieds
Three pages of second-hand bargains.

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

129  Advertisers’ Index

130  Classic Cuts
Paul Rigby remembers The Smiths' 1986 magnum opus, 'The Queen is Dead'.



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