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The latest issue: April 2015

Welcome to the latest issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review. Our April cover reveals exclusive reviews of Mark Levinson's spectacular No585 integrated amplifier/USB DAC, Astell&Kern's new AK500N CD ripper/networked storage and playback system and the fully active Dynaudio Focus 400 XD floorstanders with digital inputs. This 140-page issue is on sale from the 6th March 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 brings you his pick of the Beethoven recordings made by conductor Otto Klemperer
Vinyl Release The Replacements were a cartoon trainwreck of a band but left some classic rock 'n' roll LPs in their wake. Steve Sutherland hears the 180g vinyl reissue of All Shook Down
Vinyl Icon The Doors not only influenced pop music but popular culture itself and with L.A. Woman the drama that surrounded them spilled into the studio itself. Johnny Black explains...
Classic Rock Venues Steve Sutherland continues his tour of world iconic rock venues with The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
Music Reviews Audiophile LPs, hi-res downloads and the very latest rock, jazz and classical albums reviewed

DEFINITIVE PRODUCT REVIEWS

Mark Levinson No585 The US brand's first integrated amp since 2006 packs a built-in DAC plus a hi-res-capable USB input
Astell&Kern AK500N After a hi-res portable player comes this distinctive desktop/storage music system. How does it sound?
Dynaudio Focus 400 XD Could this active speaker render separate amps redundant or is it merely a nod to 'convenience hi-fi'?
Jadis I-50 What's this? A valve integrated with a USB input? We hear the French brand's first KT150-equipped amp
Acoustic Signature TA-1000 Germany company's first tonearm features a tube within a tube, said to self-damp. We test the 9in version...
Musical Fidelity MX-HPA First model in the company's new MX range is an upmarket headphone amp with balanced connections. We listen
NAD Masters M12/M22 Simple to use and with a refined yet powerful sound... Ncore power amp and modular pre prove addictive
Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo Dutch company brings its curved wall tech from Arabesque floorstander to a more affordable standmount design
Audience Au24 SE From the US comes a 'tweaked' speaker cable based on OCC copper
Marantz HD-DAC1 Company's first USB/headphone pre offers 192kHz/24-bit plus DSD64 and DSD128 compatibility via PC

VINTAGE

Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear measure up today? We test the 1958 Kolster-Brandes' PHC 20/PHA 30 amp
From The Vault This month's pick of articles from HFN's archive is from 1983 where Jens Hansen describes CD's possible rival – Soundstream's AudioFile

NEWS AND OPINION

Welcome A message from the editor
News Naim all-in-one network player, DAC and preamp; Magico revamps Q7 speaker using Graphene; Audiolab's new CD transport; 'fit and-forget' phono stage from Vinyl Renaissance
Show Blog A new single-box floorstander from Wilson, keenly priced cans from Audeze, more KT150 valves, one of the world's costliest MCs... join Ken Kessler at International CES '15
Investigation Meridian's MQA technology is said to deliver hi-res music files using far lower data rates than at present. Is this a true audio breakthrough?
Opinion Insider comment on the audio topics of the day from Paul Miller, Barry Fox, Barry Willis, Jim Lesurf, Tim Jarman and Steve Harris
Sound Off Advice on repairing a vintage system, feeding a streamer via a switch box, more bass from a Denon cartridge, the Allison dip explained
Off The Leash Ken Kessler encounters a list of what people are 'most looking forward to' when it comes to future technology. Guess what? Music replay isn't on it

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