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The latest issue: September 2015

Welcome to the latest issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review. Our September cover reveals exclusive reviews of Focal's astonishing Sopra No2 floorstanding loudspeakers alongside Pro-Ject's complete RPM 3 turntable package with S-shaped 10s Carbon tonearm and 2M Silver MM pick-up – this is 'Budget Esoterica' at its very best. This 140-page issue is on sale from the 24th July 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...

 

MUSIC REVIEWS & FEATURES

Classical Companion Christopher Breunig's guide to classical music continues with his pick of the essential recordings of Mahler's Ninth Symphony
Vinyl Release Baroque 'n' roll... Steve Sutherland takes a fresh listen to Jethro Tull's third studio album, Benefit, which is now available on 180g vinyl
Vinyl Icon Mike Barnes looks at the making of The Pretenders' debut LP, an album that married '60s Brit-rock sensibilities to late '70s spiky punk
Classic Rock Venues Steve Sutherland continues his tour of the world's iconic rock venues at Armadillo World HQ, Austin, Texas
Music Reviews Our selection of audiophile LP and hi-res downloads reviewed by our specialists alongside the latest rock, jazz and classical albums

DEFINITIVE PRODUCT REVIEWS

Focal Sopra No2 A fresh look at its driver tech results in a new range of loudspeakers. We hear the floorstanding flagship
Luxman C-700u/M-700u Company marks 90th anniversary with all-analogue C-700u preamp and M-700u power amplifier
RCM Audio Sensor 2 Seven gain settings and eight input loads... this phono stage is certainly flexible, but how does it perform?
MÈtronome Technologie C8+ Big-ticket DAC with user-selectable solid-state and valve output stages. This is how digital should sound...
KR Audio Kronzilla DX With twin mighty T-1610 tubes used in parallel, these single-ended monoblocks promise 100W...
SPEC RSA-717EX Japanese company hopes to appeal with an energy-efficient analogue Class D amp having a tube-like sound
Paradigm Prestige 95F Four-driver floorstander that tops the firm's new seven-strong Prestige range proves compelling at the price
Acoustic Research AR-M2 Can this portable hi-res music player and headphone amp from revamped pedigree brand trump cheaper rivals?
AudioQuest NightHawk US company adds to its accessories range with headphones that offer radical tech at a conservative price
Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon Carbon arm, ready-mounted pick-up, keen pricing and an involving sound, and all ready to rock, out of the box

VINTAGE

Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear measure up today? This month we test Radford's first all-transistor amp, the SC.24/SPA.50, released in 1971
From The Vault This month's pick of articles from HFN's archive is from 1970 where Mary Morgan gives us the female take on the male disease called hi-fi mania

NEWS AND OPINION

Welcome A message from the editor, Paul Miller
News Marantz revamps 14 S1 Series components to SE status, new flagship deck from Well Tempered, Spendor's 'compact floorstander', plus Pro-Ject's futuristic amplifier
Show Blog Headphones take centre stage this month as Barry Willis reports from the Head-Fi Show in California
Investigation Thanks to the vinyl revival, the cutting lathes at Abbey Road Studios are some of the hardest-working pieces of equipment. Steve Harris explores the mastering rooms...
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 Frequency response and speaker performance, the effect on sound of cartridge loading, an update on accessing BBC net radio stations, plus the 'worth' of high-end hi-fi
Off The Leash As downloading music gathers pace, Ken Kessler reckons it might just be the time to revisit CD. Only be sure you do it before it's too late...

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