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Volume 11 Number 3
July / August / September 2017


HIFICRITIC Volume 11 Number 3 July / August / September 2017


Reviewed In This Issue

2 A Special Focus On Loudspeakers And Their Design
Editorial By Paul Messenger


4 Stan's Safari


6 Tannoy Kingdom Royal
Paul Messenger tackles Tannoy's enormous Kingdom Royal, and discovers it's actually a polite but very large pussy cat.


8 dCS Network Bridge
Rafael Todes and Martin Colloms assess an increasingly essential hardware item, that operates as a streamer and connects servers and hard drives to DACs.


11 Making Sense Of MetaData
The success of network-stored music is all to do with tags, but help is at hand from SongKong, as Andrew Everard discovers.


12 Audeze LCD-3 + LCD-4, Dechard
Kevin Fiske compares Audeze's latest LCD-4 headphones to the less costly LCD-3, then tries the cheap Deckard headphone amplifier/DAC


14 Pearl Acoustics Sibelius
The single-driver Sibelius speaker sounded very good at Bristol, and has an addictive quality that's difficult to ignore.


16 Headphone Imaging
Keith Howard makes a serious attempt at quantifying headphone imaging.


20 Naim Uniti Atom
Having waited for nearly a year, the Atom indicates that patience has been worthwhile, says Andrew Everard


23 In Pursuit Of The 'Supercleans' 2
Tongue firmly in cheek, Julian Musgrave gets to grips with the ‘super-clean' loudspeakers, including YG and Magico.


HIFICRITIC Volume 11 Number 3 July / August / September 2017


26 Rega Naiad
Paul Messenger gets to try out Rega's superradical turntable – zirconium main bearing, CFC chassis etc.


28 Wilson Audio Yvette
Martin Colloms tries the Wilson Audio Yvette, a one-box floorstander that replaces the Sophia range.


32 PMC Twenty5.24
Chris Bryant finally gets around to trying a speaker from PMCs new range!


34 Amplifiers Have Feelings Too!
Wayne Hyde explains his theory on why your friends are not audiophiles!


36 Airpulse Model-1
Martin Colloms assesses a new feature-rich miniature active speaker designed by Phil Jones.


39 Audio Note DAC 4.1x
Kevin Fiske examines the current and latest version of the balanced Audio Note DAC 4.1x.


42 Audio Analogue Puccini Anniversary
Italian specialist Audio Analogue has created the Puccini Anniversary with zero global feedback. Chris Frankland checks it out.


44 MSB M204
The price has gone up but the heat has done down – Chris Bryant tries MSB's latest monoblock amplifier.


46 KEF LS50 Wireless
Andrew Everard and Martin Colloms review KEF's active wireless/streaming LS50W system.


Acoustic Evergy AE1 Active Monitor Review
49 Acoustic Evergy AE1 Active Monitor
Martin Colloms assesses the new active version of a classic miniature loudspeaker.
Review By Martin Colloms


52 Favourite Things
Keith Howard picks ten favourite recordings, from his schooldays onward.


54 Jazz Picks
Greg Drygala picks half-a-dozen new releases.


56 The Best Of Classical
Colin Anderson's latest selection.


58 Rock, Pop And Other Nice Music
Nigel Finn admits his ignorance of The Grateful Dead!


60 Subjective Sounds
Paul Messenger on vinyl and single-driver systems.




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