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The latest issue: January 2017

Welcome to the 140-page January issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review – the heartiest read in hi-fi by far – on sale 16th December. Our cover features the new Renaissance ESL 15A loudspeakers from MartinLogan – its largest electrostatic/moving-coil hybrid design short of the flagship Neoliths [reviewed in our July '16 issue]. To drive these magnificent loudspeakers we have Luxman's mighty C-900u/M-900u pre/power combination – the apex of this brand's solid-state technology. For those readers looking for something a little more 'portable' we have the first in-depth review of AudioQuest's NightOwl Carbon headphones in addition to the analogue-only 'Golden' edition of Questyle's CMA800R headphone preamp. Vinyl fans have something to look out for too: the first technical review of Audio Alchemy's much-anticipated PPA-1 phono preamp, tested with the PS-5 outboard power supply, and the uprated mkIII version of Pro-Ject's Essential turntable/arm/pick-up package. Is this the best value deck on the market? Read our review to find out! 
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



Classical Companion For this month's guide to classical music Christopher Breunig looks at the recorded work of English conductor Sir Neville Marriner
Vinyl Release Packed with over-the-top show stoppers, Screamin' Jay Hawkins' debut LP changed rock 'n' roll forever. Steve Sutherland hears the 180g reissue of At Home With
Vinyl Icon This month we've put one of the ultimate audiophile LPs into the spotlight as Mike Barnes brings you the story behind Rickie Lee Jones' self-titled debut, released in 1979
Meet The Producers His name is synonymous with the big rock sound of the 1980s... Steve Sutherland reflects on the work of producer Steve Lillywhite
Music Reviews Our selection of audiophile LPs and hi-res downloads reviewed by our specialists alongside the latest rock, jazz and classical albums


Luxman C-900u/M-900u No digital inputs or phono stage, but this all-analogue pre/power pairing is a niche worth exploring
MartinLogan Renaissance ESL 15A Company's latest electrostatic packs twin woofers and digital room correction built in. We listen and lab test...
Audio Alchemy PPA-1/PS-5 Variable MC input loading and priced to appeal... why this phono preamp from an unlikely source has the makings of a masterpiece
Audio Research LS28 Company's new Foundation range now includes this stripped-down preamp with tubes plus solid-state PSU regulation. A case of less is more?
KEF R300 Smallest speaker in R-Series sports a Uni-Q driver and utilises trickle-down tech from the Reference range to create a mightily persuasive package
Convert Technologies Plato All-in-one storage/player solution built on a PC platform, but does it better a system comprising separates?
Questyle CMA800R Golden Gold version of headphone preamp comes with a pared-down feature set but offers uprated internals. Oh, and it costs more. What gives?
AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphone range gains closed-back design based on semi-open-backed NightHawk. But why carbon? Read on
Pro-Ject Essential III Evergreen entry-level turntable enjoys a revamp thanks to a glossy plinth, upgraded platter and change of cartridge to Ortofon OM10


Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear measure up today? We test the B&O Beovox M70 loudspeaker from 1975
From The Vault This month's dip into HFN's archives finds us in 1978 with Gordon King, who's seeking silence using Garrard's MRM/101 'music recovery module'


Welcome A message from the editor
News SME and Harman International have new owners, bigger HV integrated from T+A, JBL unveils retro horns, headphone preamp from Neve and first pics of Wilson's new WAMM
Show Blog Hand-made turntables, gold-plated preamps, speakers in the shape of string instruments, plus a towering tube or two... Bob Hawkins reports from the 14th Hong Kong AV Show
Investigation Steve Harris looks at how the arrival of the LP awakened both major and independent jazz labels to the importance of album cover artwork
Opinion Insider comment on the audio topics of the day from Paul Miller, Barry Fox, Jim Lesurf, Keith Howard and, writing from the US, Barry Willis
Sound Off Help with choosing between two SACD players, drilling down into the iPlayer Radio app, a Radford mystery unravelled, valve amps and power
Off The Leash Are hi-fi companies right to be cheered by an uptick in sales of non-traditional product types? Ken Kessler weighs the arguments
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