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The latest issue: October 2015

Welcome to the latest and very special 156-page issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review. Our October cover announces the best hi-fi products of 2015-16 as awarded by EISA's panel of Europe's most respected audio magazines. This 156-page issue is on sale from the 21st August 2015 but if you can't wait then click here to discover the winners of the EISA Awards 2015-2016 right now!

Our October cover also reveals exclusive reviews of SME's remarkable Model 15 turntable alongside darTZeel's LHC-208 integrated amplifier complete with built-in USB DAC and network media player – a digital first for this iconic Swiss brand. We also have the first review of the SE version of Marantz's SA/PM-14-S1 SACD player/amp combo plus an exclusive technical report on AudioQuest's JitterBug USB conditioner. 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...

 

EISA AWARDS 2015-2016

EISA Awards 2015-2016 The very best audio products, as voted for by the editors of over 40 specialist European magazines, are revealed exclusively in the UK by Hi-Fi News across no fewer than 11 pages

MUSIC REVIEWS & FEATURES

Vinyl Frontier Christopher Breunig continues his guide to classical music with a look at conductor Sergiu Celibidache
Vinyl Release Steve Sutherland listens again to The Psychedelic Furs' Mirror Moves, now reissued on 180g vinyl, and talks to singer Richard Butler
Vinyl Icon A watershed album in the history of the blues... Johnny Black looks at the making of Live At The Regal by the one and only B. B. King
Classic Rock Venues Steve Sutherland continues his tour of the world's iconic rock venues at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival
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

SME Model 15 Inspired by the Model 10, latest deck brings full suspension to the party in a bid to echo success of Model 20/30
darTZeel LHC-208 From the Swiss company comes its most affordable integrated amp yet with network player/DAC on board
Marantz SA/PM-14S1 SE An SACD player/amplifier combo celebrating 30 years of SE products tuned by Ken Ishiwata. We listen...
Monitor Audio Gold 300 Top model in UK company's new Gold series sports a ribbon tweeter plus dimpled drivers. A steal at the price?
Parasound Halo JC3+ US firm's only phono stage gains load adjustment for better cartridge matching. So how does it sound?
Unison Research Unico CD Primo New UK distribution has given this CD player/USB DAC a push, but can it appeal in a fast-moving market?
MartinLogan Motion 35XT Second standmount in the Motion series has a larger driver and tweeter for even greater luxury at a low price
Trilogy 931 The mid-sized headphone preamp pack swells with a simple all-Brit offering that's analogue to its core
Audeze EL-8 (open-back) A different look at lower cost but can these planar magnetic cans perform?
AudioQuest JitterBug Can this £39 filter improve the sound of your USB-connected DAC? Read on
JBL Arena 180 A rocker's delight, these amp-friendly speakers prove big on value and fun

VINTAGE

Vintage Review How do the classic components of yesteryear measure up today? We test the Technics direct drive SL-150 turntable
From The Vault Join John Crabbe as he hears and tests KEF's Reference Model 104 in this 1970 article from HFN's archive

NEWS AND OPINION

Welcome A message from the Editor, Paul Miller
News Queen's studio albums remastered, new floorstanders from Quad and Sonus faber, plus novel planar magnetic 'phones from MrSpeakers
Show Blog Mikhail Borzenkov reports from the 2015 Hi-Fi & High-End Show in the heart of Moscow, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary
Opinion Comment on the audio topics of the day from Paul Miller, Barry Fox, Jim Lesurf, Steve Harris and Barry Willis
Sound Off The pick of your emails and letters from this month's postbag
Off The Leash This month Ken Kessler shares his tips and tricks for bagging bargain music discs while surfing online

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