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Hi-Fi World    July 2015


Hi-Fi World July 2015    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...
Schematics, 384kHz DAC, Plus Great Gear Within This Issue
Article By Noel Keywood

7 News: Words from the world... 

23 Competition: Your chance to win a pair of superb JBL Studio 290s floorstanding loudspeakers, worth £760.

30 Dial-A-Dealer: A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers.

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

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

64 Audiophile CD: Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile CD releases.

67, 69, 71, And 73 Opinion: The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!


28 Damson Vulcan Portable Loudspeaker
An impressive Bluetooth portable, reviewed by Jon Myles.

58 Tannoy Revolution XT 8F Loudspeakers
Tannoy's new and affordable dual-concentric floorstander impresses Jon Myles.


10 Cambridge Audio Azur 851n Network Player
Cambridge audio's latest and greatest streamer, reviewed by Jon Myles.

15 Cowan Plenue 1 High Resolution Player
Noel Keywood tests a new, advanced hi-res portable player.

51 Tascam DR-22WL Portable Handheld Recorder
Martin pipe takes to the field with a hand held digital recorder.


18 Arcam FJM A49 Integrated Amplifier
It's big and it's powerful - and it impresses martin pipe.

42 Luxman l-55OAX Integrated Amplifier
Jon Myles listens to a luxurious integrated from Luxman. 

54 Grace Design M920 Headphone Amplifier/Monitor
Headphone amps get ever more sophisticated Jon Myles finds.


25 Atlas Mavros Ultra Cables
A quality cable from atlas, auditioned by Jon Myles.


87 A new 7" record stabiliser/adaptor and the Benz demagnetizer ABCD-1
Tested by Paul Rigby.


46 Philips CD104
Martin Pipe takes a good look at Philips first player, the CD104.


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

80 Miyajima Zero B Cartridge
Paul Rigby tries out the new Miyajima .7 MC cartridge from Japan.

82 Open Reel Records
Paul Rigby talks to the people aiming to bring master tape sound quality to your listening room.

88 A Matter Of Balance - Part II
In the second part of our feature on balanced operation David Lord provides the circuits for a low noise head-amp and phono stage.


75Final Audio Design Heaven VII/VIII Earphones
Quality in-ear phones from Japan, auditioned by Jon Myles.


And More...
94 Classifieds: Two pages of second-hand bargains.

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

97 Advertisers' Index

98 Classic Cuts: Paul Rigby looks at a great classic album - Cressida 1970.


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