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Hi-Fi World Magazine

Hi-Fi World     August 2020


Hi-Fi World August 2020


    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 Our Wonderful August Issue
After missing two issues, we’re back in full swing. 
Editorial By Noel Keywood


7 News
Words from the world...


15 Competition 
Your chance to win an English Electric 8switch worth £450.


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


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


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


11 Wharfedale Evo 4.3 Loudspeakers
A compact and elegant three-way floorstander with dome mid-range unit and AMT tweeter. Noel Keywood listens closely.


45 Martin Logan Motion 40i Loudspeakers
Tall, dark, and handsome, the motion 40i floorstander with AMT tweeter was an interesting experience for Noel Keywood.


Hi-Fi World August 2020


20 FiiO K5 Pro Headphone DAC
Martin Pipe tackles FiiO's impressive K5 Headphone DAC.


31 Chord Electronics 2go
2Go is a streamer for Chord Electronics' Hugo 2 DAC. Noel Keywood digs into its complexities.


34 Chord Electronics Hugo 2 DAC
A quick reminder of what Hugo 2 offers as a hi-fi DAC, updated from our November 2017 issue review.


36 SOtM SMS200 Mini Neo Special Edition Streamer
Chris Frankland looks at and is impressed by SOtM's SMS200 budget streamer.


59 Burson Conductor 3 Reference Headphone Amp
A quality preamp/DAC with headphone output, boasting ESS 9038 chips. Chris Frankland likes what he hears.


17 Black Rhodium Operetta 2 Interconnects
Martin Pipe tries out a new pair of top quality interconnects from black rhodium.


Olde Worlde
41 Technics SL-P550 CD Player
Martin Pipe digs into old technologies behind Technics venerable SL-P550 CD player.


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


83 Vertere Phono-1 MKII Phonostage
An MM/MC phono stage jammed packed with adjustments. Noel Keywood gets adjusting!


89 Sumiko Songbird Cartridge
Sumiko's high output moving coil (MC) cartridge, designed to match a standard MM input. Noel Keywood spins the vinyl.


93 Audiophile Book
Paul Rigby reviews everybody dance, chic and the politics of disco.


38 Audio Technica Asada Zakura Headphones
Audio Technica are a great name in headphones – as their new Asada Zakura's attest. Martin Pipe has fun.


And More...
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!


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


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


95 Classifieds
Second-hand bargains.


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


97 Advertisers' Index


98 Classic Cuts 
Supercar – an album of music from screen composer barry gray, brought to you by Paul Rigby.




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