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The latest issue: November 2016

Welcome to the 140-page November issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review – the heartiest read in hi-fi by far – on sale 23rd September. Our cover is dominated by Wilson Audio's latest floorstanding flagship, the Alexx, which features technology and ideas from both its existing loudspeakers and the eagerly-antipated 'new WAMM' – Dave Wilson's magnum opus. To drive these magnificent loudspeakers there's Ayre's Twenty-series iteration of its KX-5/VX-5 pre/power combination, now embracing a 'Double Diamond' version of its famous output stage. For lovers of tube amps, and very high sensitivity speakers, we have yet another exclusive review, this time of Luxman's MQ-300 triode amp – 8W and £15k. Crazy? Read KK's reaction in this issue...
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 the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner
Vinyl Release 'It's a break-up album alright...' Steve Sutherland hears the 180g reissue of Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water
Vinyl Icon Tearing up the melodic structures of traditional rock, Can's music was bold, experimental, but above all, hugely influential. Mike Barnes on the making of 1971's Tago Mago
Meet The Producers He only works in analogue and likes to be paid 'like a plumber'. Steve Sutherland traces the career of ace indie producer Steve Albini
Music Reviews Our selection of audiophile LP and hi-res downloads reviewed by our specialists alongside the latest rock, jazz and classical albums


Ayre KX-5/VX-5 Twenty Colorado company updates its pre and power amps to Twenty status with a fistful of fresh tech for both power supply and output stages
Wilson Audio Alexx Hints of the 'the new WAMM' as we hear the 90k Alexx – the first Wilson speaker to feature two 'stair steps', one for each midrange module
Luxman MQ-300 Japanese marque celebrates its 90th birthday with an all-valve amp serving up 8W per channel while costing £15k. Madness or miracle?
Acoustic Signature Primus Why this sub-£1000 turntable package with Ortofon-inspired cartridge and Rega-sourced arm excels as a starter solution
Merging Technologies NADAC Pro company hopes to make its mark with network attached DAC boasting eight channels of audio thanks to the 'Ravenna' audio-over-IP system
Quad Z-4 The best Quad speaker you can buy if you can't afford, or give room to, a pair of electrostatics? We hear this floorstander with ribbon tweeter
Roksan blak CD/Amplifier Premium sounds at a mid-market price as Roksan adds a new CD player and preamp to its portfolio
Fostex TH610 Successor to TH600 headphones have echoes of the much missed Denon AH-D5000. What gives?
Arcam rHead Four decades in the making, Arcam unveils its first audiophile headphone amplifier? Worth the long wait?


Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear measure up today? We test Philips' 22RH544 MFB speaker from 1976
From The Vault No fewer than 11 versions of the LS3/5A speaker ranked and rated in this shoot-out from Hi-Fi News June '01


News Yamaha unveils standmount with NS-1000M DNA, all-in-one streamer from Pioneer, plus Gold Reference anniversary speaker from Tannoy
Hi-Fi Show Live 2016 Preview of our October hi-fi show
Show Blog Strapping speakers, arresting record decks, the resurgence of old names, plus 'a raucous raffle'... Barry Willis reports from T.H.E. Show 2016
Investigation From risque LP cover artwork to double-length plastic CD cases... Christopher Breunig looks at the marketing of classical recordings
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 Low bit-rate streaming and the BBC, thoughts on SHM-CD, drilling down on different sounds from a USB stick, plus Decca cartridge withdrawal
Off The Leash A history of the LP told by those too young to have experienced it and no mention of turntables or record shops? Ken Kessler is not pleased...
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