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Hi-Fi News & Record Review

The latest issue: February 2016

Welcome to the 140-page February issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review – the heartiest read in hi-fi by far – on sale 15th January. Our uniquely in-depth reviews kick-off with a world exclusive on Dan D'Agostino's Master Power Classic Stereo amplifier before we scale the considerable heights of YG Acoustics' flagship Sonja 1.3 loudspeaker – a true heavyweight at over 200kg each and £100k per pair... Fans of the black stuff will surely be sated by Inspire Hi-Fi's Elevation turntable while T+A continues to astound with its latest 'HV' technology, now squeezed into the new slimline 2000 R separates.
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




Classical Companion Christopher Breunig's guide to classical music continues with his pick of the recordings made of Sibelius's Symphony No 5
Vinyl Release It's regarded by many as one of the finest debut albums ever released. Steve Sutherland listens again to Arcade Fire's Funeral, which has now been reissued on 180g vinyl
Vinyl Icon Motoring melodies, dual-guitar riffing and solos that had naysayers floored... Mike Barnes has the story of the make-or-break LP that was Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak from 1976
Classic Rock Venues Steve Sutherland continues his tour of the world's iconic music venues at one of the most prestigious in the world: New York's Carnegie Hall
Music Reviews Our selection of audiophile LP and hi-res downloads reviewed by our specialists alongside the latest rock, jazz and classical albums


D'Agostino Master Power Classic Stereo First 'affordable' amp from the US marque packs greater power than the mighty Momentum at less than half the price. What gives?
YG Acoustics Sonja 1.3 It's modular and comes with a price tag of £100k. Is this loudspeaker really the 'best in the world'?
T+A MP 2000 R/PA 2000 R Revamp for R-Series draws on tech from company's flagship 3000 HV line-up, but how does this 'real-world' media player/amp shape up?
Inspire Hi-Fi Elevation Belt-driven deck with revised Rega arm and PSU from Pro-Ject hopes to shine in what is a keenly contested segment of the turntable market
Aurender N10 It's touted as the only music player with on-the-fly precision DSD-to-PCM conversion by FPGA. But what can this caching music server do for you?
Gauder Akustik Berlina RC 3 UK debut for Berlina range as we hear a compact two-way standmount that could well be a boon for small rooms
Audiobyte Black Dragon DAC/headphone preamp offers PCM and DSD functionality served up with a twist of Romanian know-how...
Kennerton Magister Titanium-coated Mylar diaphragms and capsules made of bog oak ñ will these premium-priced cans appeal?
Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Pedigree entry-level speaker ups its game with improved crossover and 'dished' driver for even greater value


Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear measure up today? This month we look at a mighty Japanese receiver from 1969 ñ the Sansui 5000A
From The Vault This month's dip into HFN's archive is from 1985 where we hear the first modern full-range ribbon speaker to reach UK shores: the Apogee Scintilla


Welcome A message from the editor
News Monitor Audio's new Platinum flagships, Rega unveils its Aphelion MC, Bryston to launch BDA-3 DAC plus new headphones from Sonus faber and Beyerdynamic
Show Blog Paris, Serbia, Hungary... not just audio excellence but innovation too as Ken Kessler, Ljubisa Miodragovic and Rezso Soltesz report from the key shows in the late 2015 calendar
Investigation Steve Harris traces the early moves to digital recording, from its WW II beginnings, through the 1970s to the commercial reality that was CD
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 An in-depth look at MM cartridge matching, adding digital ambience to music, the 'hidden cost' of hi-fi, plus which kit do you regret selling?
Off The Leash Trainspotters, plutocrats and oil billionaires... which have the most in common with audiophiles? Ken Kessler zips up his anorak...
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