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The latest issue: October 2016

Welcome to the 156-page October issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review – the heartiest read in hi-fi by far – on sale 26th August. This special EISA Awards issue, featuring the cream of the hi-fi crop as voted for by 40+ of the top UK and overseas magazines, also includes our world exclusive lab test and listen to B&W's eagerly anticipated flagship floorstanders – are these the very best of British?. To drive these statement speakers, lucky owners might care to audition the mighty M400 monoblock amps from D'Agostino – not before reading our comprehensive review, of course! Meanwhile headphone aficionados should turn directly to our technical reports on AudioQuest's diminutive DragonFly Black and Red USB DAC/headphone amps and Ultrasone's Edition 5 Unlimited cans to discover the stories behind these much-anticipated products.
 
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


 

EISA AWARDS 2016-2017

This month the very best audio products, as voted for by the editors of over 40 specialist European magazines, are revealed exclusively in the UK by Hi-Fi News across no fewer than 12 pages

MUSIC REVIEWS & FEATURES

Vinyl Frontier Christopher Breunig continues his guide to classical music with pianist/composer Friedrich Gulda
Vinyl Release A mix of weirdness and welcome experimentation... Steve Sutherland listens to The Move's debut album, recently reissued on 180g vinyl
Vinyl Icon It was the day the underground went overground... Mike Barnes on the Velvet Underground's Loaded, where the band would split in their search for hits
Meet The Producers From Pink Floyd to cutting-edge British folk... Steve Sutherland considers the career of Joe Boyd
Music Reviews Our selection of audiophile LP and hi-res downloads reviewed by our specialists alongside the latest rock, jazz and classical albums

DEFINITIVE PRODUCT REVIEWS

B&W 800 D3 The best speaker the company has ever made? All is revealed as we test the 800 D3 series flagship
Clearaudio Innovation Basic Latest addition to Innovation series offers high performance without the faff with a deck able to take two arms
Ming Da Dynasty Cadenza Priced a shade over £2k, is this the perfect tube starter amp for those not wanting to sacrifice sheer power?
Hegel Mohican Optimised to play 44.1kHz/16-bit discs, this dedicated CD player hopes to be the last you'll ever buy
D'Agostino Momentum M400 A hearty increase in power with new PSU, driver and output stage, but does extra juice improve sound?
Neat Acoustics Iota Alpha Short on space? Why this unusually shaped, reflex-loaded speaker could be the compact solution for you
Bricasti M1 Gold Ltd Edition DAC gains USB and enhanced DSP, plus a greater choice of filters, all wrapped in real gold. We listen...
Gato DIA-400S No DXD or DSD and USB limited to 192kHz, but 'Super' version of this Class D amp/DAC is still one to hear
Ultrasone Edition 5 Unlimited Here's a headphone that promises to improve stereo imaging by relocating the drive units. It's called S-LogicEX...
AudioQuest DragonFly Black 1.5 & Red 1.0 – the third gen of company's headphone amp/USB DAC offers different prices, specs and colours. Which to choose?

VINTAGE

Vintage Review How do the classic components of yesteryear measure up today? We test the Harman Kardon HK505 amp
From The Vault Time to rewind to 1957 and join Ralph West as he hears the Quad ESL in this article from HFN's archive

NEWS AND OPINION

Welcome A message from the editor
News Mola-Mola Class D amplifiers reach the UK, No526 preamp/DAC from Mark Levinson, Quad's compact tube amp plus NOS DAC from Aqua
Hi-Fi Show Live 2016 Early preview of our October 29th-30th Hi-Fi Show in Windsor
Show Blog Bob Hawkins reports from Hong Kong on the launch of the very first HK Audio Visual Expo Show
Opinion Comment on the audio topics of the day from Paul Miller, Barry Fox, Jim Lesurf, Steve Harris and Barry Willis
Sound Off The pick of your emails, and letters from this month's postbag
Off The Leash High-end hi-fi and Sherlock Holmes? Ken Kessler goes looking for clues...
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