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Hi-Fi News & Record Review


The latest issue: February 2015

Welcome to the latest issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review. Our February cover reveals exclusive reviews of Technics' inaugural R1 series amplifiers, EAT's new C-Sharp/C-Note turntable/arm combo and the multi-box Zodiac Platinum/Voltikus/Atomic Clock LPCM/DSD DAC from Antelope Audio. This 140-page issue is on sale from the 9th January 2015. 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 continues his guide to classical music with his pick of the essential recordings of Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau
Vinyl Release Steve Sutherland re-examines America's debut LP from 1971, now reissued on 180g vinyl
Vinyl Icon The second most influential band behind The Beatles? Mike Barnes looks at Kraftwerk's pioneering synth-pop LP, The Man-Machine
Classic Venues Steve Sutherland continues his tour of world iconic rock venues with LA's Gazzarri's, Rainbow, and Roxy
Music Reviews Audiophile LPs, hi-res downloads and the very latest rock, jazz and classical albums reviewed


Technics SU-R1/SE-R1 The brand is back and hopes to make a splash with this big-ticket network music player and amp
EAT C-Sharp/C-Note Slim deck with E-Flat DNA and all-new 10in arm makes a play for tweakers and luxury seekers alike
Charisma Audio MC-2 Sapphire rod and improved wiring as Canadian company adds second MC pick-up to its cartridge range
JansZen zA1.1 Not for headbangers, but this hybrid electrostatic standmount delivers purity and realism that will enthral
Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DSD/Voltikus PSU/10M Atomic Clock Why this spectacular-sounding three-box outboard DAC and clock could be a truly sound investment
Krell Vanguard With a retro-fittable digital module in the works this high power integrated is truly fit for the 21st century
Melco N1Z What's this? A NAS drive built with the audiophile in mind? We check out the sound of this specialised music server
Quad PA-One Company's first ever headphone amp brings together valve power and a DAC in a neat 1950s-styled package
Oppo PM-2 Can Oppo's more affordable planar magnetic headphones still cut it where it counts? We find out...
PS Audio Sprout USB DAC, Bluetooth, MM phono stage and a promise of fuss-free sound. Can this diminutive Class D amp deliver?


Vintage Review How do the classic components of yesteryear measure up today? We test Acoustic Research's AR-7 speakers
From The Vault Adrian Orlowski attempts to put subjective listening on a rational footing as we rewind to April 1980 in our pick of articles from HFN's archive


Welcome A message from the editor
News Exclusive preview of Devialet's Phantom 'Implosive Sound Centre', new pre/power from Classe; and McIntosh's first headphones
Show Blog Flagship Focal speakers, dazzling Devialet amps, a full McIntosh set-up and a Marten system costing 70,000 Euros... Jorge Goncalves reports from the Lisbon Audioshow
Investigation It's not just sound quality that amp makers are striving to improve but energy efficiency too. Are the two incompatible? Keith Howard reports
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 Vintage amps and reverse stereo switches, using Quad II amps with modern speakers, aptX explained, price reviewers pay for kit, plus why no test of amp's balanced output?
Off The Leash We're experiencing a curious phase in hi-fi history, says Ken Kessler, and it's one creating insecurity for manufacturers and audiophiles alike


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