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Volume 8 No. 3
July / August / September 2014


Reviewed In This Issue
HIFICRITIC Volume 8 Number 3 July / August / September 2014
2 The Audio And Music Evolution
Paul Messenger discusses music and audio over the years.
Editorial By Paul Messenger

4 Stan's Safari No27
Stan Curtis examines some of the real world implications of amplifier power ratings.  

6 Will Streaming End CD?
Andrew Everard discusses the future of music software, as computer-based formats continue to evolve.

12 Headphone Amps
Stan Curtis tries out three serious headphone amplifiers, each of which has different strengths.

17 Antelope's DAC
The Antelope Zodiac Platinum is a Pro-oriented

20 Uniquely Different
Paul Messenger tries out the Well Tempered Versalex, which is a very unusual record player indeed.

22 State Of The Cambridge Art
Chris Bryant checks out Cambridge Audio's latest top-of-the-line separate pre-/power amp.

26 More Magic?
Can this Magico S3 repeat the considerable success that Martin Colloms encountered with the larger S5?

32 Crossing The Rubicon
This Rubicon 6 is the middle model of three floorstanders in Dali's latest range of speakers. Paul Messenger listens in.

34 OPPO-Tunity
Andrew Everard finds that the combination of Oppo PM-1 and HA-1 is even more than the sum of its parts.

36 Naim Fraim
Naim's modular Fraim racking system is much more than a simple 'me too' product, as Martin Colloms discovers.

38 Come In The Red 100
Russell K is a new speaker brand that combines UK design with Polish manufacture to deliver very fine value for money.

40 Activ Quadral
Martin Colloms scrutinises the compact Quadral Aurum AltanAktiv VIII active monitor from Germany.

42 B&W CM6 S2
The latest tweeter-on-top stand-mount from B&W, assessed by Paul Messenger.

44 Super Buds
Martin Colloms is surprised by both the price and the performance of Sennheiser's IE 800 ear-buds.

45 Bits & Pieces
Interesting recent interconnects from The Chord Company and SliC Innovations.

46 Physikally Unlimited
Martin Colloms checks out the German Physiks Unlimited MkII, with its ‘travelling wave' omnidirectional main driver.

49 From MusoTo MU-SO
Malcolm Steward gets to play with Naim's new mu-so music centre.

50 The Return Of The Multiformat Release
Internet notwithstanding, high quality software on legacy formats continue to proliferate, as Mark Prendergast discovers.

52 Favourite Things
Chris Frankland chooses ten favourites from his long term ‘must play' collection.

54 Jazz Picks
Greg Drygala picks six recent jazz releases.

56 The Best Of Classical
Colin Anderson selects some favourite new classical releases.

58 Rock, Pop And Other Nice Music
The Chord Company's Nigel Finn searches out six mostly recent releases.

60 Subjective Sounds
Speaker reviewing is full of paradoxes, and Vertere makes a great tonearm.



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