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Hi-Fi World    August 2016


Hi-Fi World August 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!


4 Editorial: Electrostatic Speakers In Focus
Editorial By Noel Keywood


7 News
Words from the world...


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


25 Competition
Your chance to win a pair of Dali loudspeakers worth £649!


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


44 World standards
Updated guide to the latest and greatest hi-fi hardware on sale.


64 Audiophile Vinyl
Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile vinyl releases.


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


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


10 Magneplanar 20.7
A Large Panel Loudspeaker That Rewards Careful Set-up, Says Jon Myles.


61 Q Acoustics 3050
A Budget Floorstander That Punches Well Above Its Weight, Finds Jon Myles.


19 Opus#1 Digital Audio Player
Noel Keywood Tries Out A Worthy Competitor To The Likes Of Astell&Kern And FiiO In The High-Resolution DAP Market.


35 Arcam IrDAC-II
Martin Pipe Discovers Just How Good The New Upgraded Arcam IrDAC-II Can Be.


14 Unison Research Sh Headphone Amplifier
Martin Pipe Finds Unison Research's Combination Of Valve Power And High-resolution DAC Technology A Good Way To Drive His Headphones.


40 Leema Elements
A Well-specified Package From Leema Combines A New Pre-amp/DAC Plus Versatile Power Amplification. It Makes Perfect Sense, Says Jon Myles.


23 Atlas EOS IEC Power Cable
Scotland's Atlas cable company debut a new entry-level power lead - which Jon Myles says is a bit of a bargain.


54 T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 
Noel Keywood heads to California to bring you all the latest equipment from Newport's high-end show.


75 Pioneer PL-12D Turntable 
Martin pipe looks at the heritage of the pioneer's budget but brilliant PL-12D belt drive deck.


Portable Loudspeakers
51 Urbanista Melbourne
Small, powerful – and perfect for the summer. Jon Myles goes out and about with Urbanista's impressive Bluetooth loudspeaker.


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


87 Goldring 1012GX/1042 MM cartridges
Noel Keywood tries out two new MM cartridges from Goldring - and can't help but be impressed at the value for money.


91 Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro Ultrasonic
Paul Rigby dusts the dirt from his record collection with the new Audio Desk Systeme vinyl cleaner.


And More... 
92 Dial-A-Dealer
A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers.


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 Labisiffre's classic 'crying, laughing, loving, lying'.


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