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Hi-Fi World   Volume 22 Number 8    October 2012


Hi-Fi World Volume 22 Number 8 October 2012    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... Hi-Fi Bling!
Editorial By Noel Keywood

7 News: Words from the front....

25 Competition: Your chance to win a pair of XTZ 99.26 Mk.2 loudspeakers in this month's competition.

32 Mail: Nine pages of your views; no small amount of controversy here...

64  Subscriptions: Ensure your copy every month and save money too!

68 Audiophile CD: Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile CD releases.

75, 77 and 79 Opinion: The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!


58 EPOS ELAN 35: Super sensitive floorstanders that run deep, enjoyed by Jon Myles

16 SPENDOR A3: Compact floorstanders with the smooth Spendor sound, Jon Myles finds.

81 TRACK SPEAKER STANDS: Paul Rigby checks out some fine loudspeaker stands .


55 SANSUI WLD+201L MEDIA STREAMER: Another affordable media streamer is auditioned by Paul Rigby

46 SONY STR-DN1030 AV RECEIVER: Martin Pipe grapples with a complex but affordable AV receiver.


12 LUXMAN L-505u AMPLIFIER: Tony Bolton lives with a big, classic Luxman amplifier .

20 VTL IT-85 VALVE AMPLIFIER: This is a nicely crafted valve amplifier, says Paul Rigby.

50 DENSEN B-175 AMPLIFIER: Paul Rigby reviews a powerful Danish beauty.


27 LEAK TROUGHLINE II UPGRADE PART II: Neville Roberts rounds off his feature on the Leak Troughline tuner.

66 MODERN RECORDING TECHNIQUES PART II: Rafael Todes talks to record producer Tony Faulkner.

108 MEASURED PERFORMANCE: Noel Keywood explains our rigid testing regime.


Vintage Values
70 TOSHIBA SR370 TURNTABLE: Haden Boardman uncovers a forgotten turntable...


60 SONOS STREAMING PLAYERS: Paul Rigby listens to music over wi-fi with these low cost players.


Vinyl Section
82 NEWS: All the latest and greatest vinyl releases for you, from Paul Rigby.

84 INSPIRE QUEST CLEAR TURNTABLE: Tony Bolton checks out an interesting Rega upgrade path.

90 CREEK WYNDSOR PHONO STAGE: Creek's top phono stage catches Tony Bolton's ear.

96 SRM ATHENA TURNTABLE AND EL-1 TONEARM: Tony Bolton reviews a new SRM turntable with tweaked Rega arm.

93 CLEAR AUDIO DA VINCI CARTRIDGE: A bank breaking moving coil cartridge, auditioned by Tony Bolton.


73 TELLURIUM Q USB CABLE/FISULA SPEAKER CABLES: Paul Rigby checks out some stunning new cables.

89 OYAIDE STB-MS TURNTABLE WEIGHT/ILFORD ANTISTATIC CLOTH: Paul Rigby looks at interesting turntable accessories.


19 CLARUS CABLES: The Clarus Aqua cable is complex but revealing, says Tony Bolton

101 VERMOUTH CABLES: Paul Rigby auditions cables from Jakarta, Indonesia, no less.


Other ...
106 DIAL-A-DEALER: A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers

110 CLASSIFIEDS: Two pages of second-hand bargains .

112 NEXT MONTH: what we hope to bring you in the next sizzling issue...


114 CLASSIC CUTS: Paul Rigby on Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings, 1972-1982.


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