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Hi-Fi World Magazine
Hi-Fi World    February 2013


Hi-Fi World February 2013    Hi-Fi World is an independently owned and run specialist hi-fi magazine, started by Noel Keywood, a highly respected technical journalist of thirty five years standing. Dedicated to equipment of all types, the emphasis is on 'affordable audiophile' kit which doesn't have to be expensive, but has to perform. Our readership is worldwide and diverse in nature, but all share a passion for music and the desire to hear it as enjoyably as possible. Run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, our commitment shows in everything from the rigorous technical measurements we undertake on almost every product reviewed to the weird and wonderful editorial mix. No product is too small or obscure; old and new, budget or high end, if it's great then Hi-Fi World will say so!


3 In This Month's Issue... The Struggle Of HMV
Editorial By Noel Keywood

7 News: Words from the front...

26 Mail: Seven pages of your views; no small amount of controversy here...

17 Competition: Your chance to win a pair of Wharfedale Denton 80th anniversary loudspeakers in this month’s competition.

50 World Classics: Brilliant designs that have stood the test of time...

56 Subscriptions: Ensure your copy every month and save money too!

64 World Standards: Brand new, updated guide to the latest and greatest hi-fi hardware on sale.

68 Audiophile CD: Paul Rigby spins the latest audiophile CD releases.

73, 75, 77 Opinion: The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!


18 Meridian 818: Rafael Todes and Noel Keywood review a complex digital preamplifier.


23 Exposure 2010 S2 DAC: Want good quality from computer audio? Paul Rigby listens closely.

36 Halide DAC HD: A DAC in a cable – no less. Noel Keywood listens to high resolution digital.

47 Samsung DB-8500m Blu-ray Player: A budget Blu-ray player that does so much, Martin Pipe finds.

100 Rega Apollo-R: Rega has drawn praise with its entry-level brio-r amplifier and matching DAC, now Jon Myles listens to the new Apollo-R CD player.


13 Naim NAC-N 172 XS Preamplifier: Rafael Todes and Jon Myles check out Naim's latest wonder machine.


41 Audacity Auditions: Martin pipe explains how to record analogue using audacity, the free editor. 


60 Ashley Griffin Amplifier: Haden Boardman checks out a rare old amplifier.


39 Sennhesier CV 890i earphones/TDK IE800 earphones: Paul Rigby checks out two pairs of quality headphones.

71 Hush Isolation Platform: Paul Rigby explains the benefits of isolation.


Vinyl Section
78 News: All the latest and greatest vinyl releases for you, from the pen of Paul Rigby.

81 Beatles Stereo LP Box Set: A close look at the new Beatles stereo LP box set, by Paul Rigby. 

87 Nagaoka MP-110 Stylus Upgrade: The Nagaoka MP-110 is an upgradable budget cartridge, by Noel Keywood.

90 Steam Turntable Feature: Forget direct drive – try steam! Yes, we look at a steam driven turntable. 

93 MichellGyrodec: No steam, just Tony Bolton huffing and puffing over a Gyrodeck upgrade!


Cables Section
104 Intro Page: Paul Rigby listens to a range of black rhodium's cables.

105 Black rhodium twist/tempo interconnects

107 Black rhodium twirl/samba loudspeaker cables

109 Black rhodium libra/cratos power cables

And More!
102 Dial-A-Dealer: A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers.

110 Classifieds: Two pages of second-hand bargains.

112 Next Month: What we hope to bring you in the next sizzling issue...

113 Advertisers’ Index

114 Classic Cuts: Paul Rigby listens to Peter Gabriel


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