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The latest issue: March 2017

Welcome to the 140-page March issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review – the heartiest read in hi-fi by far – on sale 17th February. Our cover features Marantz's new flagship CD/SACD player/DAC – the SA-10 with its bespoke Bit Stream converter designed by members of the team behind Philip's DAC7 chipset in the 1990s. There's another 'dream team' behind Constellation Audio's first integrated amplifier, and it's truly an 'Inspiration' as our review illustrates! For those readers looking for something a little more 'portable' we have an in-depth review of B&W's P9 Signature headphones in addition to the analogue-only RNHP headphone preamp from mixing desk guru, Rupert Neve. Vinyl fans have something to look out for too: the first review of EAT's hybrid E-Glo S phono preamp and the uprated Signature version of VPI's Prime turntable/arm/pick-up package. Time to join the vinyl revolution? Read our review to find out! 
 
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


 

MUSIC REVIEWS & FEATURES

Classical Companion For this month's guide to classical music Christopher Breunig looks at the recorded work of German conductor Bruno Walter
Vinyl Release Steve Sutherland calls 'fowl' as John Cale's Fear is reissued on 180g vinyl – an album from 1974 which laid the groundwork for punk
Vinyl Icon Poppy chord progressions and the birth of 1960s peace and love as Johnny Black takes you into the studio for the recording of Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow
Meet The Producers His name is synonymous with the epic pop sounds of the 1980s... Steve Sutherland reflects on the work of producer Trevor Horn
Music Reviews Our selection of audiophile LPs and hi-res downloads reviewed by our specialists alongside the latest rock, jazz and classical albums

DEFINITIVE PRODUCT REVIEWS

Marantz SA-10 Ready to re-investigate your disc collection while exploring hi-res? Why this SACD/CD player with its bespoke DAC should top your list
Constellation Audio Inspiration
Integrated 1.0
Solid-state sound in a compact package with a handy saving over the price of company's pre/power
VPI Prime Signature Cracking deck with 3D-printed tonearm as US company aims to redefine the turntable market with a revamped version of its Prime
T+A MP 1000 E/PA 1000 E German company's most affordable media player system yet has all the bases covered. We test it with the matching integrated amplifier
EAT E-Glo S FET input, single chassis... what this stripped-down version of the maker's E-Glo phono stage gives in flexibility it sure makes up in ease of use and fun
Boenicke W8 A fascinating speaker from a designer who has thrown away the rule book, but how does this slim floorstander with 'Swing Base' feet sound?
ATC P2 Company with pro speaker heritage offers second power amp, promising double the power of smaller sibling
B&W P9 Signature Luxurious leather capsules, offset drivers, but can flagship headphones from premium British brand impress?
Rupert Neve Designs RNHP A headphone amp that won't break the bank from a designer feted in the pro audio world. We listen...

VINTAGE

Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear shape up today? We test Sony's PS-X9 direct-drive turntable from 1977
From The Vault This month's dip into HFN's archives draws together two takes on GEC's 8in Metal Cone loudspeaker – one published in 1957, the other in 1974

NEWS AND OPINION

Welcome A message from the editor
News 'Grand Class' integrated amplifier and new turntable from Technics, a clutch of components from Chord, Mark Levinson's network-ready DAC, plus DALI speakers and Dual's return
Show Blog From budget pedigree cartridges to blockbuster systems costing over £500k, Ken Kessler reports from the floors of CES 2017, bringing you the pick of the audiophile fare on show
Investigation Lathes discovered in saltmines, the secret of winding cutter head coils... Barry Fox talks vinyl war stories with Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios
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 The tonearm time forgot, drilling down into CD pre-emphasis, when more boxes can mean better sound, plus can MQA benefit vinyl replay?
Off The Leash 'Now the mono is worth three times as much...' Ken Kessler remembers how his immature ears fell under the spell of the first stereo releases
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