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The latest issue: December 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review. Our December cover reveals exclusive reviews of D'Agostino's new Integrated amplifier, Dynaudio's flagship Evidence Platinum loudspeakers and the 2100-series CD/SACD/DAC and amplifier combo from Yamaha. This extended 148-page issue is on sale from the 7th November 2014. 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 continues his guide to classical music with a look at the essential recordings of conductor Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl Release Steve Sutherland revisits the rootsy rock 'n' roll of Eddie Cochran's Memorial Album, now on 180g
Vinyl Icon Mike Barnes looks at the making of Sly & The Family Stone's 1971 LP There's A Riot Goin' On, funk with fight born as the '60s hippie dream decayed
Classic Venues Steve Sutherland continues his tour of the world's iconic rock venues with the Copa Room in Las Vegas
Music Reviews Audiophile LPs, hi-res downloads and the very latest rock, jazz and classical albums reviewed

DEFINITIVE PRODUCT REVIEWS

D'Agostino Momentum Integrated First listen to integrated version of the world-class pre/power, derived from the existing amp separates
Dynaudio Evidence Platinum Latest drivers and fine-tuning tech revealed as flagship loudspeaker series gains a Platinum model
Yamaha CD-S2100/A-S2100 Trickle-down tech from the 3000 series flagships reaches mid-market with new SACD/DAC and amplifier
ExaSound e22 SACD/DSD stalwarts are going weak at the knees over this DAC with its bespoke ASIO driver. Might you?
Aesthetix Atlas Signature US company uprates stereo hybrid power amp with 'price-no-object' caps and specialised resistors
B&W CM6 S2 Compact, Kevlar-coned standmount with bolt-on stands, but will its performance at the price appeal?
Ortofon Quintet Blue Budget moving-coil cartridge with big ambitions proves refined yet fun
Exposure 3010S2 Pre/Mono We assess the sonic benefits of the British company's range-topping preamp/monoblock combination
AKG K812 Latest flagship headphones break the mould with their incisive sound
Atlas Asimi Ultra UK firm hopes to set new benchmark with statement silver interconnect
iFi Nano iDSD With DSD256 and 384kHz LPCM capability, this DAC/headphone amp is jack of all trades. And its sound?

VINTAGE

Vintage Review How do the classic components of yesteryear measure up today? We test the Alphason HR-100S tonearm
From The Vault It's Feb 1970 and R Hindle offers advice on buying an amp in our pick of articles from HFN's archive

NEWS AND OPINION

Welcome A message from the editor
News TAD unveils CE1 standmount, Music First launches two-box phono amp, AMT-equipped headphone hits UK and Copland announces DAC/pre
Show Blog Barry Willis visits the fifth Annual California Audio Show while Ken Kessler flies east to cover the International Audio Show in Tokyo
Investigation As HDtracks finally opens its online portals to music lovers in the UK, Steve Harris talks to co-founder David Chesky about prices, formats and the future for hi-res downloads
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 'Barnstorming' floorstanders sought on a two-grand budget, using a compact NAD D3020 amp with mighty MartinLogan speakers, plus do music streamers sound different?
Off The Leash Integrated amps are now appearing at prices one would expect to pay for a pre/power duo. Ken Kessler wonders what the heck's going on...

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