Home | Audio Reviews | Audio Shows | Partner Mags | News     


Enjoy the Music.com
Hi-Fi World
March 2013
In This Issue...
Editorial By Noel Keywood


In This Issue... Editorial By Noel Keywood Hi-Fi World Volume 23 Number 1 March 2013  There's no better symbol of high fidelity than the electrostatic loudspeaker. Pushing air with a gossamer thin Mylar film driven by electrostatic forces has got to be the most immediately and obviously evocative way of generating sound. It is something we can all understand is truly esoteric – and Quad produced one of the first domestic electrostatic loudspeakers in 1957. The world has been trying to beat them at it ever since, but none have managed to pull ahead convincingly. When Quad announced two new models recently we immediately lined up a review of the most affordable ESL-2812 and you can read about it in this issue on page 12.

Serendipity brought us an astonishing top quality, battery powered high resolution music player to play through the Quads, the Astell & Kern AK100. Ours flew in from Korea (as it were!) set up in Korean. I puzzled as to which bit of Korean I must select to get English up on screen. After a lot of menu searching and a few little expletives there was light through the darkness of my misunderstanding and I was off. What was immediately apparent was its superb sound. Peter Comeau, chief acoustics engineer of the IAG Group, and Quad designer, dropped in from China and was suitably impressed to hear Mastering Quality music files played through the Quad ESL-2812 electrostatics. What a glorious demo of where high fidelity is going!

We all thought SACD was dead didn't we? Oh enthusiasts of little faith; we thought the same about the LP too. Shame. Silver discs may be on their last legs, perhaps dragged down by a lingering sense of being inferior, but high quality digital seems peculiarly tenacious in its ability to retain fans. DSD digital lives on and may be winging its way to you in due course, over fibre optic and copper cables, as a download. See what we have to say about DSD on page 49. 

The world of high quality audio is moving on at a cracking pace as we swing into 2013 – and you'll find plenty of it here in the latest issue of Hi-Fi World. I hope you enjoy it. You can tell me personally at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show, in Bristol, February 22nd through 24th.We are on Stand 4A. I hope to see you there.


--- Noel Keywood, editor.


Click here to subscribe to Hi-Fi World















































Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews


Enjoy the Music.TV


Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles

Show Reports
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2023
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2023
Capital Audiofest Show 2022
KL International AV Show 2022
Toronto Audiofest Show 2022
CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
HIGH END Munich 2022
AXPONA 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022 Report
Click here for previous shows.


Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Sound Practices
The Absolute Sound
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2023  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.