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Hi-Fi World    October 2015


Hi-Fi World October 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...
We've Got A Great Issue This Month
Article By Noel Keywood

7 News
Words from the world...

20 Subscriptions
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31 Competition
Your chance to win a Leema Elements CD player worth £1395.

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


10 Castle Avon 5 loudspeakers
Transmission line loading coupled with a ribbon tweeter make castle's latest floorstanders a true wide bandwidth loudspeaker, finds Noel Keywood.

48 Spendor D1 loudspeakers
Spendor's latest mini-monitors pack a real punch, says Jon Myles.


22 Lotoo Paw Gold digital audio player
Noel Keywood discovers a new portable player from china delivers gold-plated high-resolution sound.

28 Roksan K3 CD player
Martin pipe declares Roksan's latest CD player a sure-fire hit.

46 Chord 2qute DAC
Small but powerful – Jon Myles is impressed by chord's latest hi-tech DAC.


16 McIntosh MC152 power amplifier
McIntosh's latest entry-level power amplifier makes a big, bold and beautiful sound, says Jon Myles.


39 Cambridge Audio CXC CD transport / CXA80 DAC/amplifier
Jon Myles listens to Cambridge Audio's latest CX range of separates. 


Loudspeaker Stands
79 Iso Acoustics Aperta speaker stands
Jon Myles tests out a new set of stands for monitor loudspeakers.


Book Review
93 The Tapestry Of Delights
Paul Rigby reviews a two volume guide to UK pop and rock music between 1963 and 1976. Plus your chance to win a copy worth £100.


95 Damson Headbones wireless conduction headphones / Atacama Blue Eagle isolation cones
A set of bone conduction headphones and equipment isolation cones come under Jon Myles' expert eye.


53 Behind the scenes at the proms
Martin pipe goes backstage at the Royal Albert Hall to discover the engineering involved in broadcasting the annual BBC proms.


Olde Worlde
43 Quadraphonics Part III
The third part of Martin Pipe's series on the history of quadraphonic sound.


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

82 Pro-ject Essential II digital turntable
Pro-ject's latest budget turntable includes a digital output. Noel Keywood is impressed.

90 Heed Questar MC phonostage
Paul Rigby tries out heed's new Questar MC phonostage.


37 OPPO PM-3 headphones
Martin Pipe tries out OPPO's latest entry-level planar magnetic headphones.


76 Tellurium Q Silver Diamond cables
Tellurium Q's new high-end loudspeaker cable sets a new benchmark, says Jon Myles.


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

63, 65, 67 And 69 Opinion
The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!

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

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

94 Classifieds
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 back at Maria Muldaur's classic exhibit album.4 


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