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The latest issue: May 2017

Welcome to the 140-page May issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review – the heartiest read in hi-fi by far – on sale 13th April. Our cover features T+A's flagship integrated amp – the PA 3100 HV – based on the earlier PA 3000 HV but now sporting power meters and with the facility to accept a boost from T+A's outboard PS 3000 HV power supply. Is this the ultimate 'two-box' integrated? Also from Germany, the extensive AVM brand of hi-fi components gets its first airing in the UK courtesy of the brand's top model – the Ovation CS 8.2 all-in-one solution which combines a full suite of digital inputs, a tube-based preamp stage and compact Class D power modules. Meanwhile, PMC is celebrating its 25th birthday with a new range of loudspeakers, so we take a long look and listen to its grandest two-way floorstander, the twenty5.24. All our reviews are backed up by uniquely in-depth and fully indepedent 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



Classical Companion For this month's guide to classical music Christopher Breunig looks at the recorded work of Italian concert pianist Maurizio Pollini
Vinyl Release Steve Sutherland listens to the 180g reissue of Chet Baker Sings, the 1959 album that took the James Dean of jazz to pop stardom
Vinyl Icon Self-financed, Live At The Apollo was a watershed in both musical and marketing terms for James Brown. Mike Barnes on its making...
Meet The Producers His aim at the mixing desk is to remain invisible. Steve Sutherland traces the career of Chicago-born music and film producer Lou Adler
Music Reviews Our selection of audiophile LPs and hi-res downloads reviewed by our specialists alongside the latest rock, jazz and classical albums


T+A PA 3100 HV/PS 3000 HV Integrated enjoys a makeover with meters, tweaked preamp and more power – has it the heft to impress?
PMC twenty5.24 'Laminair' vents, 'g-weave' cones... We hear the top two-way in the company's new twenty5 series
AVM Ovation CS 8.2 It's modular and includes tubes, but can this all-in-one solution from big German brand make its mark?
Benchmark DAC3 HGC Successor to DAC2 from 2013 is upgraded with ES9028 Sabre chip, but its rivals have moved on too...
Audio Analogue Maestro Anniversary Latest addition to the integrated amp pack can melt with its sheer musicality, but it comes at a price
KEF R700 A proven DNA, Uni-Q driver... what does this even-handed, all-round music maker of a loudspeaker lose to the company's Reference R3?
Exposure XM3 One of the first fruits of the compact XM series – a phono stage with eight gain options plus MM and MC inputs
Grado Statement GS2000e Maple and mahogany are used to make these range-topping 'phones. They say wood works – we find out...
iFi Audio micro iTube2 This tot of a preamp offers a 3D effect plus the promise of SET, classic or push-pull valve amp sound. We listen
RHA Dacamp L1 Portable USB DAC and headphone amp is certainly rugged, but can it earn its keep on the road on sound?


Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear shape up today? This month we test the A5-sized Technics SB-F1 speaker, first released in the UK in 1978
From The Vault This month's dip into HFN's archives sees us return to Oct 1976 where Angus McKenzie offers suggestions for putting together a top-notch system


Welcome A message from the editor
News Luxman unveils limited edition valve pre/power duo, mkII versions of Melco's music library/servers, first streamer from Densen, DS Audio releases third gen optical pick-up
Show Blog It's Japanese retro followed by French chic as Ken Kessler reports from this year's Tokyo Audio Show and the Paris Salon Hi-Fi event
Investigation Would you pay the equivalent of $100 for an LP? Ken Kessler talks to MoFi about its One-Step project and its search for ultimate sound quality
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 Measuring mains conditioners and filters; ears, brains and headphone listening; help with finding a CD transport replacement; plus two vertical turntables, decades apart
Off The Leash Ready yourselves for a world of scary money as Ken Kessler reports on the revival of reel-to-reel tape. Though you can buy secondhand...
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