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Volume 12 Number 3
July / August / September 2018


HIFICRITIC Volume 12 Number 3 July / August / September 2018


Reviewed In This Issue
2 Editorial: The Hi-Fi Industry Is Certainly Changing
Editorial By Paul Messenger


4 Stan's Safari No43
Stan asks why nobody has attacked inherent record player problems.


6 Naim NDX2
Examining the second generation of Naim's NDX network audio players.


10 Passing Notes NO4
Julian Musgrave asks why so many formats, chooses a cartridge, and criticises vinyl prices and acoustics.


13 Q Acoustics Concept 500
Martin Colloms finds an 'affordable flagship' speaker.


16 Tapping Into Better Digital Audio
Keith Howard scrutinises Chord designer Robert Watts' ultra-long digital filters.


Martin Colloms assesses a two-box all-triode phono stage.


22 Power Struggle A Personal View
Julian Musgrave tackles various power conditioners.


HIFICRITIC Volume 12 Number 3 July / August / September 2018


28 A Very Modern Amplifier Duel
Pioneer A-40AE versus Arcam SA10? Two amps slug it out.


31 Cambridge Audio CXN (V2)
Reviewing the new Cambridge Audio budget streamer.


32 Living With DSD (Part II)
Five years after Andrew Harrison's original piece, DSD gets stronger.


36 Falcon Loudspeakers R.A.M. Studio 20
Falcon has bought the R.A.M. brand, so Martin Colloms checks out the 6in stand-mount.


38 Moving House
Kevin Fiske describes the problems of moving house.


40 PMC twenty5.23
Andrew Harrison tries PMC's smallest floorstander.


42 Heco Direkt Einklang
Paul Messenger tackles a new single-driver Heco.


44 Two Ages Of Recording Come Together
Andrew Everard meets a pianist being recorded on both DSD and analogue tape.


46 Townshend Allegri+ Stereo Preamplifier
Martin Colloms undertakes a renewed (albeit brief) re-acquaintance with the 2017-2018 edition of a respected auto transformer volume control.
Review By Martin Colloms Of HIFICRITIC


47 Audience ClairAudient 1+1 V2+, And The ONE V2+ Loudspeakers
These tine loudspeakers are even smaller than an LS3-5a, so here's a review for those with a phobia of speakers.
Review By Paul Messenger Of HIFICRITIC


48 Mytek Liberty
A 'stripped down' Brooklyn at half the price? Not according to Andrew Harrison!


49 iFi Audio Nano iONE
Chris Bryant checks out a small and inexpensive DAC

50 Russell K Red 120
Russell K's smaller floorstander, assessed by Paul Messenger.


51 Qienscent Peak Interconnects
Kevin Fiske tries out Quiescent's interconnect.


51 Tellurium Q Black II
Paul Messenger asks if this MkII version is a real improvement.


52 David Wilson 1944-2018
Martin Colloms remembers a world class speaker designer.


53 Favourite Things
Naim Audio's Jason Gould picks a 'top ten'.


54 Jazz Picks
Greg Drygala's jazz reviews.


56 The Best Of Classical
Colin Anderson picks some classical releases.


58 Rock, Pop And Other Nice Music
Half a dozen Rock & Pop releases, by Nigel Finn.


60 Subjective Sounds
The return of Mana Acoustics




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