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Volume 12 Number 2
April / May / June 2018


HIFICRITIC Volume 12 Number 2 April / May / June 2018


Reviewed In This Issue
4 Stan's Safari No42
Stan recalls the virtues of monophony.


6 Munich MOC 2018
Jason Kennedy reports from the Munich show.


9 Astell & Kern Acro L1000
Andrew Everard investigates A&K's desktop audio.


10 Passing Notes
Julian Musgrave puts an LP in the deep freeze, hosts a panel show, and makes some DIY mains cables.


Audeze iSINE10 + Cipher Review
13 Audeze iSINE10 + Cipher
Rafael Todes finds the perfect headphone package for music-on-the-move.
Review By Rafael Todes


14 Dynaudio Special Forty
Kevin Fiske tries these good sounding stand-mounts.


16 Reflecting On The Cepstrum
Keith Howard looks at the latest speaker measurements.


20 Four DACs
Andrew Harrison compares ADL Stratos, Chord Qutest, Prism Sound Callia and Rega DAC-R.


HIFICRITIC Volume 12 Number 2 April / May / June 2018


25 Unbalanaced Is The Best
Harley Lovegrove of Pearl Acoustics describes the tests that led to the above findings.


26 Roon Nucleus
With Roon moving into hardware, Andrew Everard takes stock.


28 Pro-Ject Essential III+Phono Box 2
Martin Colloms assesses a low-cost turntable and phono stage.


30 AURALiC Aries G2
Andrew Harrison tries the G2 AURALiC Aries 'bridge'.


33 Clean Up Time!
Regularly cleaning contacts may improve sound quality, as Antony Hamza explains.


34 Marantz ND8006
Andrew Everard examines if this is really 'the complete digital music source player'.


37 Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL
Martin Colloms reviews a high quality phono stage.


38 Neat Iota Explorer
Chris Frankland checks out Neat's bigger Iota Xplorer.


40 Audio Networking
The sound quality of different network switches assessed by Martin Colloms.


42 Behind The Borg
What is the Finkteam? Andrew Everard investigates.


45 CAD USB Cable 1 & 2
CAD re-invents the USB cable; Andrew Harrison explains.


46 NAD D3020 V2
Andrew Everard reviews a reborn classic.


48 SVEDA Audio Blipo
The Polish active-drive Blipo is very competitively priced, as Paul Messenger discovers.


49 Jern W8000
Paul Messenger tries Jern's 'stealth' wallspeaker.


50 Quiescent Technologies Park
Kevin Fiske is totally seduced by these speaker cables.


The Hart Loudspeaker Review
51 The Heart Loudspeaker
Can this hybrid deliver deep bass from a compact box? Paul Messenger finds out.
Review By Paul Messenger


52 The Violin And All That Jazz
Julian Musgrave discusses the violin's place in jazz.


54 Jazz Picks
Greg Drygala's jazz reviews.


56 The Best Of Classical
Recent classical releases by Colin Anderson.


58 Rock, Pop And Other Nice Music
Nigel Finn picks six discs.


60 Subjective Sounds
Are we seeing a revival of the DIY kit market?




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