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The latest issue: July 2017

Welcome to the 140-page July issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review – the heartiest read in hi-fi by far – on sale 3rd June. Our cover features four high-end superstars, fronted by ELAC's reimagining of its classic Miracord turntable alongside Luxman's own celebration of glories past with its limited-edition CL-38uSE and MQ-88uSE tube pre/power amplifiers. Mark Levinson's new No519 digital disc/media player brings the technology bang up to date as do the pristine Concept 500 floorstanders from Q Acoustics. Offering superlative performance without an inaccessible price tag, these sleek loudspeakers promise to stir up the high-end speaker scene! As ever, all our reviews are backed up by uniquely in-depth and fully independent lab tests, so read our reviews for the full story.
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 this month featuring five MQA-encoded albums.



Classical Companion This month Christopher Breunig brings you his pick of the recorded work of the Italian concert pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Vinyl Release Released in 1967, Pink Floyd's Piper At The Gates... was pivotal in the history of psychedelic rock. Steve Sutherland re-evaluates the album, now reissued on 180g vinyl
Vinyl Icon Another classic LP celebrating its half century this year is The Beatles' Sgt Pepper. Johnny Black looks into its recording and why its lyrical surrealism is still scrutinised today
Meet The Producers By bringing his dance chops to the mixing desk, this US producer has inspired the greatest of rock acts. Steve Sutherland on Nile Rodgers
Music Reviews Our selection of audiophile LPs and hi-res downloads reviewed by our specialists alongside the latest rock, jazz and classical albums


Q Acoustics Concept 500 Bargain loudspeaker alert! Why this pair of £4k floorstanders delivers sensational value for money
Mark Levinson No519 Do-it-all CD/DAC/streamer offers state-of-the-art decoding and a built-in preamp too ñ at a price!
Luxman CL-38uSE/MQ-88uSE Anniversary pre/power amplifiers pay tribute to past classics with upgraded valves and phono stage
ELAC Miracord 90 German company draws on its vinyl heritage for a fresh new turntable package boasting a carbon fibre arm and Audio-Technica MM cartridge
Oppo UDP-205 Feature-laden and boasting the latest 4K video tech, this universal Blu-ray player also promises peerless audio thanks to a pair of flagship ESS DACs
Van den Hul Crimson XGW Stradivarius We hear the wooden-bodied version of a 'mid-priced' MC cartridge which could well be one of the finest around
Ophidian Prophet P2 Conventional-looking loudspeakers hide some clever thinking by way of internal 'Aeroflex' bass loading, but will this British design impress?
Hegel Rost From Norway comes an integrated amp hoping to make a splash with its USB DAC and network audio functions
Blue Microphones Ella What's this? A headphone that shuns populism in favour of fidelity? Why this planar magnetic design delights
Arcam rPhono We hear the UK company's first ever standalone MM/MC phono stage, a budget design with a surprise or two


Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear shape up today? This month we test Rotel's RCD-855 16-bit/4x CD player
From The Vault Might RF effects be one reason why amplifiers sound different? Paul Miller explains his thinking as we dip into HFN's archives and revisit June 1989


Welcome A message from the editor
News Anniversary all-in-one music player from dCS, Magico's massive M6 flagship, Perpetuum turntables reborn, miniaturised Audiolab M-DAC and Primare launches Prisma
Show Blog Titanic turntables, quirky tubes, giant Japanese amps and iconic brands revived... Ken Kessler brings you the pick of Munich High End '17
Investigation Nimbus once blazed a trail with its legendary Supercuts and innovative CD mastering technology. Barry Fox finds out what Nimbus is doing now
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 The progress made by MiniDisc, help with a mysterious rack, a fresh look at measuring low-level RFI, in praise of classic British amps, plus the best high-end system you've ever heard
Off The Leash Books are being written about the revival of the LP and the big record labels are being given all the credit. Ken Kessler hails vinyl's true saviours
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