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Offline Andrew Everard  
#1 Posted : 10 December 2020 14:23:14(UTC)
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Our 60th issue will be on the way soon – here's a sneak preview of what we have to offer, and here's the complete rundown.


PETER QVORTRUP

Marking his 70th birthday, and with more than 40 years in the hi-fi industry, the founder of Audio Note looks back – and forward. How does he thinks the industry has changed? ‘Oh, definitely for the worse,’ he says, but he sees a bright future, provided we’re prepared to learn the lessons of the past, and stick to what we know best.

STAN’S SAFARI
Stan’s taking a break from the minutiae of hi-fi design – he’s been working on electronic systems to detect viruses – but has had time to think about the emotional connection between music and the way it’s played. And it’s not good new for those investing heavily in streaming systems!

CH PRECISION P1, L1, X1 AND A1.5
In this issue’s feature review, Martin Colloms gets to grips with all-analogue audio electronics from Swiss manufacturer CH precision, taking in a modular, expandable phono stage, which would eventually run to four boxes for a full, dual-mono set-up, and a pre/power amplifier built with a similar view to long-term system growth.

BEHIND THE BRAND: FLORIAN COSSY
The CH Precision founder explains his design philosophy, and the company’s background and history, and offers a listening tip

HOWARD ON FEEDBACK
Once seen as the magic bullet of amplifier design, feedback is now a hotly-contested subject among designers. Keith Howard investigates and explains

METAMATERIAL ABSORPTION TECHNOLOGY
It’s the ‘secret ingredient' of the latest generation of KEF’s LS50 speakers, but what is it, how does it work, and could it be about to revolutionise speaker design?

BROTHERS IN ARMS?
The latest high-end offerings from stablemates Denon and Marantz may initially appear to have similarities, but look closer at the Denon Anniversary 110 player and amplifier, and the new-look Marantz 30 Series, and it’s clear differing design priorities are involved

TOTEM ACOUSTIC SKYLIGHT
As the name suggests, this is a lighter version of the Canadian company’s Sky speaker, but Chris Frankland finds its far from being a lightweight

SPENDOR CLASSIC 4/5
The latest addition to Spendor’s Classic line is ‘like a 3/5, but better,’ says Ed Selley. But the story’s not that simple: with its decidedly retro looks, this is a cohesive, refined design that’s also a whole lot of fun

SENNHEISER HD 800 S
This classic headphone design is its manufacturer’s flagship open-back moving coil design, and has become established as a reference design thanks to its neutrality and accuracy. Keith Howard takes a long listen, and suggests a little tweak to improve it!

STAX SR-L700 Mk2/SRM-50

‘Never meet your heroes,’ they say – but Jon Honeyball has always hankered after a pair of Stax ‘earspeakers’. Now he has pair, and their partnering DAC/energiser, will it be a case of a dream finally coming true?

COLLOMS ON CABLES
Martin gets together a range of cables, both interconnect and loudspeaker, and puts them through their paces in a variety of systems. With brands including The Chord Company, Kimber Kable, QED, Townshend and Vertere, there’s something here for every system, and at prices from just a few pounds per meter to ‘How much???’

KUDOS TITAN 505
Chris Kelly finds all the heavy lifting of setting up these substantial standmount speakers is worthwhile – they take a while to come on song, but finally reveal themselves to be really rather special

GRATEFUL DEAD 1970
50 years on, Mark Prendergast examines the explosion of creative energy behind Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty

THE MUSIC
Andrew Mellor reviews the latest classical releases, plus new jazz and more on DSD

SOUNDSTAGE
As we hit our 60th issue, a look back at how it all began – in 2007

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Offline Simon Briggs  
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Splendid!! received mine today. A great effort by the team in getting this out to subscribers very promptly, and have been saved from boring Christmas TV!!
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#3 Posted : 20 December 2020 20:16:56(UTC)
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Splendid!! received mine today. A great effort by the team in getting this out to subscribers very promptly, and have been saved from boring Christmas TV!!


Thanks - will take that as job done, then. BigGrin
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#4 Posted : 27 December 2020 14:33:17(UTC)
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Really enjoying this new issue, savouring it piece by piece over the Christmas break. MC's review of the CH Precision system must mark some kind of landmark in its scope and depth. Interested to read how favourably current mode performed over voltage amplification in the P1 phono stage. Way out of my price league, but great to read nevertheless.
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