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HIFICRITIC     January / February / March 2019


HIFICRITIC Volume 13 Number 1 January / February / March 2019


Reviews & Articles Within This Issue
4 Stan's Safari No 45
Stan looks at the appeal of loudspeakers with single full-range drive units, and admits he has a weak spot for an Eclipse.


6 Naim ND555
Martin Colloms tries out Naim's new top-of-the-line streamer/DAC, alongside colleagues Andrew Everard and Jon Honeyball.



Warsaw Show 2018 Warsaw Audio Video Show Report By Andrew Harris Of HIFICRITIC
11 Warsaw Audio Show 2018
Andrew Harrison has close ties to Poland, so his show report incorporates some unusual perspectives.


14 Passing Notes 6
Julian Musgrave mulls over media, considers classic kit and starts getting to grips with his new listening space.


16 Loudspeaker Phase, Straight And True
Keith Howard examines the whole concept of phase response in loudspeakers.


20 KEF R5
Martin Colloms assesses a new and well-priced floorstander from a famous name in loudspeakers.


Yamaha NS-10 Review
23 The Yamaha NS-10 Phenomenon
Why do recording engineers still use this old monitor?


26 Life-Changer Audio Icon 2
Andrew Harrison checks out an exceptionally flexible transformer-based passive controller, with full remote control.


HIFICRITIC Volume 13 Number 1 January / February / March 2019


28 Thoress Phono Enhancer
Kevin Fiske tries out an upmarket phono stage.


30 Kirmuss KA-RC-1 Record Cleaner
Andrew Harrison checks out the Kirmuss ‘vinyl restoration' record cleaning system.


32 Audio Alchemy
Chris Frankland investigates the mysterious world of the step-up device.


36 Sonus faber Sonetto VIII
Martin Colloms assesses a high power floorstanding loudspeaker from this well-established Italian brand.


39 Pro-Ject Stream Box S2 Ultra
According to Andrew Everard, this might be the perfect way to bring streaming capability to a DAC.


40 The Molybdenum Anode 211 Re-Born
Kevin Fiske checks out a new/old valve from Audio Note (UK).


42 Four Captivating Cartridges
Chris Bryant tries out cartridges from Audio-Technica, DP Audio, Linn and Rega.


47 In Pursuit Of The Supercleans – Part III
Julian Musgrave explains to Ben Lilly why he did not trade in his active ATC speakers.


Our Awards come in three forms: Audio Excellence, Recommended and Best Buys.


52 Index To Vol 12 (2018)


54 Jazz Picks
Greg Drygala highlights six more Jazz discs.


56 The Best Of Classical
Colin Anderson picks several new Classical discs.


58 Rock, Pop And Other Nice Music
Nigel Finn might have left the Chord Company, but hasn't lost his enthusiasm for today's music.


60 Subjective Sounds
Paul Messenger has Origin Live problems but loves the latest Quadraspire gear.




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