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The latest issue: July 2015

Welcome to the latest issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review. Our July cover reveals exclusive reviews of Constellation Audio's spectacular Inspiration Preamp/ Stereo 1.0 amplifiers, KEF's new Blade Two floorstanding loudspeakers and the TTT-Compact battery-driven turntable from Thales. This 140-page issue is on sale from the 29th May 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 Beethhoven's Pastoral Symphony
Vinyl Release As Led Zeppelin's debut album is reissued on 180g vinyl as part of a series remastered by Jimmy Page, Steve Sutherland reminds us of the music that influenced their sound
Vinyl Icon ELO's Out Of The Blue couldn't have jarred more with the lo-fi DIY punk ethic of the day yet it went on to be a runaway commercial success. Johnny Black finds out why
Classic Rock Venues Steve Sutherland continues his tour of the world's iconic rock venues at California's Coachella Festival
Music Reviews Audiophile LPs, hi-res downloads and the very latest rock, jazz and classical albums reviewed

DEFINITIVE PRODUCT REVIEWS

KEF Blade Two Company equips Blade loudspeaker with more compact drivers to add appeal for those with smaller rooms
Constellation Audio Inspiration
Preamp/Stereo 1.0
New entry-level Inspiration pairing from high-end amp manufacturer costs £20,000. Value for money?
Thales TTT-Compact Swiss deck boasts a battery-driven motor and a 'tangential' tonearm comprising two tubes. We listen...
Lehmann Audio Silver Cube With four gain settings the German company's flagship phono stage is certainly flexible. What of its sound?
Metronome Le Player From a manufacturer with a passion for top-loaders comes a machine that simply plays CDs. Can it cut it?
Benchmark SMS1 Brand best known for DACS and amps branches out into speakers, with a two-way, sealed-box standmount
Cambridge Audio Azur 851N Something of a departure for the UK company as its latest network player packs a DAC and a digital preamp
Unison Research Triode 25 Anniversary valve amplifier offers switchable pentode and triode modes along with a convenient USB input
Oppo PM-3 Chinese firm expands its range of planar magnetic headphones with keenly priced closed-back cans
Acoustic Research AR-UA1 AR aims for the mass market with a USB DAC and headphone amp said to offer high-end sound at a low price

VINTAGE

Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear measure up today? This month we test the A&R Cambridge A60 amp, which first appeared in 1976
From The Vault This month's pick of articles from HFN's archive is from 1980 where Tomlinson Holman of THX talks power amps designed to drive 'real' speakers

NEWS AND OPINION

Welcome A message from the Editor
News Focal unveils Sopra speaker range, tube-based CD player from Icon Audio, Wilson debuts diminutive Sabrina floorstander, and more...
Show Blog Exotic-looking turntables, majestic amps, mighty speakers and early listens to new tech as we report from the Stockholm High End Fair
Investigation Not everyone agrees on the effect that phase has on sound quality. Keith Howard digs deep into the topic and also explains why speaker phase distortion is tricky to measure
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 Help with restoring a B&O turntable and receiver, seeking a modern amp to replace an '80s Krell, ripping SACD to hi-res PCM, plus internet radio and BBC changes revisited
Off The Leash With the recent passing of two of the high-end's most important figures, Ken Kessler takes time to mark their contributions to audio

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