Hi-Fi+ Celebrates Our 200th
Issue 200 is quite a feat for any magazine. I mean, back when Hi-Fi+ was producing four issues per year, that would have been 50 years' worth of publishing! OK, so we've upped our run rate since then and now publish 12 editions every year, but even at that still represents more than eight years' worth of magazine publishing. However, if you cast your mind back to when we did publish our 100th issue some eight or so years ago, what's remarkable is how consistent our team has been. That's pretty rare in any field, although not in audio, it seems.
Absolute Multimedia's UK team – Pete Collingwood-Trewin, Tom Hackforth and me – were there for issue 100, and many of our extended family of writers, designer, and even our Chairman remain constants in the running of this magazine. Of course, there have been some changes and we've lost some people and gained some more along the way, but at its core, many of the same faces are still a part of Hi-Fi+, 100 issues later; a bit crinklier here or a little broader there, but it's still the same team at heart.
It really is a team effort, too. While there are almost always too many words from the Editor each month (one of the strictures of modern publishing), every issue of Hi-Fi+ is a collaborative affair, and it couldn't be made without the stirling work of all those people who feature in the 'flannel panel' to the left of this page. Admittedly that Mr. QR Code is a bit of a slacker, but the rest of the people on that list month in, month out make the magazine what it is today, and what it will still be in issue 300. Hopefully.
That doesn't mean what we do in Issue 300 will look exactly the same as it did in Issue 200. Behind the scenes, the Hi-Fi+ team has been busy. The first step is to bring our website up to date. That's been long overdue and the change has been time-consuming; even just translating some of our pages out of the original Latin took a while. But once that process is complete, it's only logical that we turn our attention to the look – and maybe even the content – of the magazine itself.
Most of all, though, we've only managed to stay the course thanks to you, our readers around the world. The last part of that sentence remains a constant challenge and shapes the magazine greatly; balancing the requirements of readers here in the UK with those of Hi-Fi+ followers in the rest of Europe, the USA and the rest of the world is not an easy task, but it remains one hell of a ride.
Thank you, everyone!