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Hi-Fi World    February 2016


Hi-Fi World February 2016

    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...
A new and fast moving market technologically.
Article By Noel Keywood


6 How We Test
Here's how we tested products for this issue. Our reviews have unique insight and state-of-the-art measurement.


7 News
Words from the world... 


34 Mail
Seven pages of your views, wonderful as always...


31 Competition 
Your chance to win a Pro-Ject Essential II Digital turntable worth £309.


32 Subscriptions
Ensure your copy every month and save money too!


23 Quad S2
Quad brings ribbon tweeters to its latest standmount. Jon Myles is impressed.


56 Alacrity Dundee 5
Jon Myles listens to a distinctive loudspeaker from a new British manufacturer.


11 Hi-Res Digital Audio Players Special
A round-up of the latest digital audio players from Lotoo, Cayin and Colorfly. Plus Noel Keywood and Jon Myles tell you what to look for and how to get the best from them. 


28 Leema Libra DAC
Leema's flagship DAC/preamp is a flexible performer, says 
Jon Myles.


51 Cambridge CXN Network Player
Quality streamers do not have to cost the earth – as Martin Pipe discovers with the Cambridge CXN.


42 NuForce DAC80/STA120 Amplifier
Slim and powerful - Martin Pipe checks out NuForce's latest DAC/power amplifier combination.


83 Audiolab 8300A Integrated Amplifier
Jon Myles takes a shine to Audiolab's update of a design classic.


55 Chord Clearway Digital Cable / Lindy Cromo IEM75 Earphones
Jon Myles takes a listen to Chord's latest mid-priced digital interconnect and Lindy's new dual-driver earphones.


65 Black Rhodium Aria DCT++ Stereo Interconnect / Athena DCT++ Speaker Cables
Jon Myles puts together a new cable combination from Black Rhodium.


Olde World
48 Quadaphonic: Alive Today
Martin Pipe concludes his series on quadraphonic sound with a look at where the format is today.


92 News 
All the latest and greatest vinyl releases for you, from the pen of Paul Rigby.


95 Clearaudio Absolute Phono
Noel Keywood gets an exclusive listen to Clearaudio's innovative new phonostage.


103 Hana & EH MC Cartridges
Paul Rigby discovers a pair of great-sounding moving coil cartridges at a budget price.


108 Audio Detail 'Technics' Phonostage
Noel Keywood enjoys the sound of a distinctive valve phonostage from Audio Detail.


47 Philips M2
Noel Keywood goes on the road with Philips latest M2 Bluetooth headphones.


81 Final Sonorous X
Flagship design and build from Japan in the shape of Final's Sonorous X headphones. Jon Myles takes a listen.


And More...
62 Audiophile CD
Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile CD releases


66 World Standards
Updated guide to the latest and greatest hi-fi hardware on sale


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


73, 75, 77 & 79 Opinion
The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!


110 Dial-A-Dealer
A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers


111 Classifieds
This month's second-hand bargains.


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


113 Advertisers' Index


114 Classic Cuts 
Steve Hackett, Spectral Mornings.



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