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The latest issue: November 2017

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 features three high-end superstars, fronted by the DreamPlay 'CD turntable' and partnering DAC from Metronome's flagship Kalista brand. This is joined by the INT-250 integrated amplifier from Pass Labs, a true heavyweight performer that leverages off decades of design experience. Naim Audio's Uniti Nova all-in-one digital media player/amp brings the technology bang up to date as does the most affordable loudspeaker from Dynaudio's Contour range – the model 20. Meanwhile Technics' range of direct-drive turntables continues to grow with another model – the SL-1200GR – its most affordable so far. As ever, all our reviews are backed up by uniquely in-depth and fully independent lab tests, so read our reviews for the full story.
 
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MUSIC REVIEWS & FEATURES

Classical Companion Christopher Breunig spotlights the recorded work of Gustav Mahler
Vinyl Release Steve Sutherland re-assesses the The La's debut LP, disowned before release but now on 180g vinyl
Vinyl Icon Few vinyl fans will be missing a copy of Tubular Bells, but how was it recorded? Mike Barnes finds out
Meet The Producers Steve Sutherland celebrates the work of Motown founder and 'mix mechanic' – Berry Gordy Jr
Music Reviews Our pick of the audiophile LPs and hi-res downloads, rock, jazz and classical albums of the month

DEFINITIVE PRODUCT REVIEWS

Metronome Technologie Kalista DreamPlay CD/DAC Cost-no-object French flagship CD player combines double DACs with arresting styling. And its sound?
Pass Labs INT-250 Bruiser of an integrated presents music in all its room-filling majesty, yet with bags of refinement too
Naim Uniti Nova Playful swing meets forceful punch as we hear the company's flagship Uniti series network music player/amplifier
Technics SL-1200GR A heady dose of turntable high-life at half the price... we spin the standard version of this iconic direct-drive deck
Dynaudio Contour 20 Slim in profile yet built for business this standmount offers a sophisticated sound yet knows how to boogie too
Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro This USB DAC packs perhaps the most advanced chip around yet comes at a price that makes it a bargain
Koetsu Onyx Platinum Boron cantilever, precision-machined stone body, sweetness to die for... this is one pick-up all LP addicts must hear
Spendor A4 Traditional looks, tried-and-tested tech, but the sound of this pedigree loudspeaker will keep you enthralled
1MORE H1707 New name to the headphone market hopes to make its mark with a novel design that boasts three drivers
Pro-Ject Pre Box DS2 Digital/Amp Box DS2 Stereo We take delivery of the latest pre/power in the company's Box Design series with its Hypex Class D amps

VINTAGE

Vintage Review How does the classic kit of yesteryear shape up today? We test a CD player from 1986 – the B&O Beogram CD X
From The Vault We return to July '82 as our reviewer takes a look at Trio's L-08C/M pre/ power amp, with Sigma Drive tech

NEWS AND OPINION

Welcome A message from the editor
News B&O's app-controlled BeoLab 50 speakers, Technics' 'Reference Class' motor unit, ELAC's Adante speakers, plus iFi Audio's new USB regenerator
Hi-Fi Show Live 2017 Final preview of our October show at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor
Show Blog Spectacular-looking loudspeakers, esoteric electronics, turntables that tempt and tube amps to tantalise... We report from Stockholm High End
Investigation Does the remixing and repackaging of recordings rob the music of its authenticity or bring us closer to the artist's intent? Mike Barnes is all ears
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 Best record cleaning machine on a £500 budget, speakers to match new Exposure amp, plus help with the perils of storing pick-ups
Off The Leash When it comes to audio you don't need presidential ambitions to appreciate the art of the deal. Ken Kessler offers some insights...
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