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Volume 9 No. 2
April / May / June 2015


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HIFICRITIC Volume 9 Number 2 April / May / June 2015
2 Today's Hi-Fi Press
Editorial By Paul Messenger

4 Stan's Safari No30
Stan recalls that CD wasn't the only significant disc development in the early 1980s.

6 HIGH END Munich 2015
Jason Kennedy spends a couple of days at the biggest hi-fi show on the planet.

8 Ivor Tiefenbrun
Chris Frankland talks to Linn founder Ivor Tiefenbrun, a seminal figure in the British hi-fi industry.

11 And Now For Something...
Paul Messenger tries out Ted Jordan's Aurora, which takes a very radical approach to stereo imaging.

12 Aurorasound Preda
Martin Colloms tries an interesting Japanese pre-amplifier with transformer-coupled volume and full remote control.

14 Panel Controversy
Brodmann's VC7 has controversial vibrating 'sound boards', but Paul Messenger finds interesting characteristics nonetheless.

16 The Naim Statement
Martin Colloms finally gets his head and heart around Nain's fearsome Statement pre- and power amplifiers.

26 Vertex AQ'S Aletheia DAC-1.5
The Aletheia DAC-1.5 is one of the simplest and most costly DACs around, as Paul Messenger explains.

28 Naim's Super Lumina Cables
Martin Colloms tries out Naim's latest cables, intended for the Statement but finding applications elsewhere too.

30 Focal + Naim: Aria 905 + UnitiLite
PM investigates a complete budget music playing system from the Naim/Focal alliance.

33 Three Mid-Price Cartridges
Chris Bryant turns a critical ear towards the Audio-Technica ART9, the Lyra Delos and the Ortofon Cadenza Bronze.

38 Reviving The Minstrel
The Royd name has been revived and a Troubadour replaces the Minstrel. Paul Messenger checks it out.

40 Four Blogs
Andrew Everard, Malcolm Steward, Jason Kennedy and Paul Rigby all summarise their recent web-blogs.

48 1967 – Year Of Psychedelia
Mark Prendergast describes Psychedelic 1967: the year that changed the history of music.

52 Favourite Things
Andrew Everard picks his current and wonderfully eclectic ‘top ten'.

54 Jazz / Greg
Greg Drygala's Jazz reviews are covering new releases from Europe and the US.

56 Classical / Anderson
Colin Anderson selects a healthy handful of recent classical recordings.

58 Rock / Finn
Nigel Finn from cable specialist the Chord Company reviews six recent rock and folk releases.

60 Subjective Sounds
Single full range driver speakers are usually wonderful and frustrating in equal measure. A Finnish newcomer has great potential Three mid-price cartridges on page 33.




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