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          News Release: AVTech Media Ltd acquires Stereophile, AnalogPlanet 
                               
and four partnering AV magazines/websites 

 

 


The latest issue: April 2018

Welcome to the 140-page April issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review – the heartiest read in hi-fi by far – on sale 16th March. Our cover features three high-end superstars, fronted by Brinkmann's skeletal Spyder turntable with its multiple arm 'pods' and heated bearing. The digital realm is represented by the new 'Digital Sharing Converter' from Mètronome while the beef is supplied by Dan D'Agostino's Progression-series Preamp and Stereo power amp. Giving the latter a run for its money in the speaker-wrestling stakes is Perreaux's 255i – claimed to be the most powerful integrated on the market, while Exposure's half-width XM HP delivers full-width headphone-driving performance. As ever, all our reviews are backed up by uniquely in-depth and fully independent lab tests, so read our reviews for the full story.
 
Hi-Fi News – the oldest hi-fi magazine in the world is still delivering the best mix of international show reports, in-depth investigative features, world-class reviews, vintage celebrations and surely the most comprehensive range of music features available anywhere. And we're still the only magazine that tests high resolution music downloads.

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MUSIC REVIEWS & FEATURES

Classical Companion Christopher Breunig brings you his pick of the recordings made by The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Vinyl Release Steve Sutherland ponders the 180g reissue of The Killers' Sam's Town, a brazen batch of songs described by one critic as 'a monstrosity'
Vinyl Icon Big band meets ballads soaked in strings... Johnny Black explores the making of the 1959 album The Genius Of Ray Charles
Meet The Producers From one-time disco star to one of America's most succesful and prolific pop and rock producers. Steve Sutherland on Don Was
Music Reviews This month's audiophile LPs and hi-res downloads plus the latest rock, jazz and classical albums

DEFINITIVE PRODUCT REVIEWS

D'Agostino Progression Preamplifier/Stereo Dan D'agostino makes a fresh pitch for your pennies with a pre/power inspired by the Momentum series
Brinkmann Spyder 'Arm pods', heated bearing, a PSU based on tubes... what makes this modular turntable a must-listen?
Magnepan Magneplanar 20.7 We test the US company's largest single panel speaker yet. If boxes fail to grab then get ready to be beguiled
Mètronome Technologie DSC1 Handling DSD up to DSD512, this network-attached DAC promises to be the last digital front-end you'll need
Exposure XM HP Latest addition to the XM series is a half-width headphone amp and DAC. And it can be used as a preamp too...
Gato Audio FM-50 We hear the flagship loudspeaker from a Danish manufacturer known for its electronics. Tough to fault?
Perreaux Eloquence 255i Flagship MOSFET amp is revamped with a new digital input module. Oh, and it remains rather powerful...
ATC CDA2 Mk2 Refresh for 2013 model sees this UK CD player/DAC/preamp gain a 32-bit AK4490 DAC and TEAC transport
Atlas Ascent Scottish company relaunches its entry-level high-end speaker cable with 'Coherent Earthing System'
iFi Audio nano iDSD Black Label Sub-£200 headphone amp/USB DAC puts the focus on portable, delivering a compelling mix of detail and punch

VINTAGE

Vintage Review How do the classic components of yesteryear sound today? We test Sony's TA-F70 amplifier from 1979
From The Vault We return to Feb 1971 for a review of The Model 70 – B&W's first and only hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker

NEWS AND OPINION

Welcome A message from the editor
News Kii Audio unveils DSP speakers with Ncore Class D amps, new all-in-one for Quad's Artera series, refresh for classic Klipsch horn, MCs from Kiseki, new Melco CD ripper and hard drive
Show Blog Big ticket turntables and streamers plus no shortage of new launches... Adam Smith brings you the best of Bristol Sound & Vision 2018
Investigation Dr Doug Mahar and Barry Willis take a fresh look at the issue of hearing loss and how to protect the most important link in the hi-fi chain
Opinion Insider comment on the audio topics of the day from Paul Miller, Barry Fox, Jim Lesurf, Steve Harris and, writing from the US, Barry Willis
Sound Off Installing and running Roon, the effectiveness of using spikes, a deep-dive into measuring sensitivity, plus a reader's vintage Gale system
Off The Leash Major labels and trade associations will attend a 'Vinyl World Congress'. Ken Kessler wonders why those who kept the format alive won't be there
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