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Volume 11 Number 2
April / May / June 2017


HIFICRITIC Volume 11 Number 2 April / May / June 2017


Reviewed In This Issue
Digital Music And Online Music Streaming
Editorial By Paul Messenger


44 Munich Report
Jason Kennedy reports on highlights from the 2017 Munich High End show


7 Alvin Gold (May 13th 1948 -- April 7th 2017)
Philip Gold's tribute to his older brother Alvin.

8 Stan's Safari No38
Stan points out the importance of human hearing in the hi-fi system.


10 HDMI Cable Comparison
Jon Thompson uncovers sound quality differences in HDMI cables.


13 Classic Hi-Fi
Jon Vizor describes an extraordinary hi-fi retail experience.


Chris Frankland tries out an ultra-compact floorstander.


16 Who's Minding The Store?
Andrew Everard checks out the means of storing music files.


18 Pass Labs INT-60
Kevin Fiske tackles a solid state integrated amplifier.


HIFICRITIC Volume 11 Number 2 April / May / June 2017


21 Fostex PC100USB-HR2
Chris Bryant tries out a very useful computer-to-headphone amplifier.


22 Speaker Distribution
Keith Howard on controlling speaker directionality through DSP and active drive.


26 In Pursuit Of The Super Cleans
Julian Musgrave suggests reviving the livevs-recorded approach to evaluating hi-fi equipment.


Rupert Neve Headphone Amplifier RNHP Review
29 RNHP The Rupert Neve Headphone Amplifier
Martin Colloms assesses a headphone amplifier from a famous Pro-Audio name.


30 Naim UNITI Core
Martin Colloms examines Naim's new reference hard-disk ripper/server.


35 The Jordan Finds Its Voice
Andrew Collett reckons he has significantly improved his Jordan Aurora 800s.


36 Marantz SA-10
Marantz' new reference series CD player takes upsampling to a new level.


39 AURALiC Aries
The stream-literate Rafael Todes tackles AURALiC's impressive Aries.


40 Sennheiser HD 800 S
Martin Colloms gets to grips with an upmarket moving-coil headphone.


42 Sonus Faber Olympica I
An elegant Sonus Faber stand-mount, assessed by Martin Colloms.


44 AVM Inspiration CS2.2
Andrew Everard reviews the entry-level Inspiration CS2.2 system from German newcomer AVM.


46 Schiit MJOLNIR 2 + VALI 2
Martin Colloms tries out two valve-based headphone amplifiers.


48 Crossing The Streams
Andrew Everard gets us up to date with the complex world of music streaming.


50 UK Car Audio 2017
Gordon Taylor explains how car audio has evolved since our 2011 article.


51 Bits
Short reports on this 'n' that.


52 Favourite Things
Adam Fairless of Ziro Audio picks ten albums.


54 Jazz Picks
Greg Drygala's half dozen discs.


56 The Best Of Classical
Colin Anderson's picks.


58 Rock, Pop And Other Nice Music
Nigel Finn is back!


60 Subjective Sounds
Paul Messenger and the cast iron upgrades.



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