Hi Fi News

Hi Fi News Nov-18

Since its launch in June 1956 - two years before the commercial realisation of stereo - Hi-Fi News & Record Review has been delivering insightful reviews of the key products and technologies that lie behind our shared hobby... the passion of listening to music on the very best equipment available to the enthusiast. Every issue, Hi-Fi News delivers uniquely in-depth reviews of high-end audio equipment, including the best in vinyl replay and iconic vintage gear from the early days of audio. It is essential reading for all music enthusiasts.

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Science Journalist Jim Lesurf has spent a lifetime in audio, both as an engineer at UK hi-fi company Armstrong and reader in Physics and Electronics at St Andrew’s University Back in the April issue, I explained that I was something of a latecomer to the DAP (Digital Audio Player) party and outlined my reasons for choosing the Questyle Audio QP1R. As the months have passed I’m using it more and more, but as is so often the case when new components come into one’s life, it has revealed shortcomings in another piece of equipment I use: my headphones. Using them with the DAP rapidly made clear that they weren’t really up to the job when it came to sound quality. What’s more, as I began to look at them with a more critical…

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IN MEMORIAM We are saddened to report that erstwhile Hi-Fi News contributor John Bamford has died. He passed away peacefully at home in early September, remaining upbeat and good company to the last. John began his hi-fi career in the early 1980s when he became assistant editor on Hi-Fi Answers. He then edited Hi-Fi Choice before joining Pioneer GB and later Meridian Audio. When he left Meridian he took up the pen again, briefly working as a staffer on HFN before becoming a freelance contributor and one of the mainstays of the magazine’s review pages. We will miss him. DENON 800NE SERIES Promising to bring ‘the features and sound quality of Denon’s flagship models to an affordable price point’, the new three-model 800NE Series – comprising the PMA-800NE amplifier (£449), DNP-800NE network player…

sergei rachmaninov symphony no 2

A six and a half foot scowl’ was how Stravinsky defined his fellow compatriot composer (they both left Russia for the States). But there’s plenty of historic film which shows this aperçu was wide of the mark. You can see him on the boat crossing the Atlantic, relaxing with family and friends in America, and standing with one of the big cars he enjoyed there [www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwpWRYwUvVA – to the accompaniment of the slow movt of Symphony No 2 in the 1959 RCA/Sony Ormandy recording]. But we have no performance material, alas, either as pianist or conductor. His First Piano Concerto (1891, revised in 1917) was one of his early successes, his First Symphony premiere catastrophic in its effect. It was badly conducted by the composer Glazunov and panned by critics. As…

klipsch hp-3

‘Compared to other audiophile-grade headphones, the Heritage HP-3 is vastly different because of its high efficiency, one of Paul W Klipsch’s original founding principles in loudspeaker design.’ So says Klipsch’s marketing material for the HP-3 but its own specification belies the claim. The quoted 98dB sensitivity for 1mW input is equivalent to 114dB for 1V across a nominal 25ohm impedance, and that’s slightly below what we typically measure even for headphones of higher impedance. For the HP-3 we actually recorded an average for the two capsules of 112.1dB for 1V at 1kHz, which is certainly nothing to crow about from a modern dynamic headphone. Klipsch is right, though, when it says the HP-3 has a largely flat impedance versus frequency curve through the audible range, with measured maximum and minimum values…


SCHUBERT Oktett; Two Minuets D89 (arr. Oscar Strasnoy) Isabelle Faust, Schreiber, Waskiewicz, von der Goltz, Munro, Coppola, Zafra, van der Zwart Harmonia Mundi HMM902263 (downloads up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution) Schubert’s Octet (1824) resulted from a commission by Count Ferdinand Troyer, an amateur clarinettist seeking something along the lines of Beethoven’s Septet. Rather as Viktoria Mullova formed a group for her Onyx CD, so has Isabelle Faust here – opting for period instrumentalists. The two minuet fillers are transcriptions from an early piece for string quartet. At first hearing I thought Faust and van der Zwart (horn) were the stars of the show. But there’s some lovely liquid playing from the clarinettist and even the cellist has her big moment in (iv). But here, you’ll think more about the work than the playing. CB Sound…

reloop turn5

The promise of super-slick start-up times and excellent absolute speed accuracy are met in this new direct-drive design but the claim of ‘0.01% wow and flutter’ is not. Reloop adds the caveat ‘impact of stylus, record and tonearm not taken into account’ but, as users will obviously be listening via all three of these appendages, Reloop’s figure is evidently not reflective of real-world performance. In practice while drift and low-rate speed variations (wow) are low, our sample of the Turn5 suffered substantial flutter sidebands [see Graph 1], visible at ±6Hz, ±12Hz and ±24Hz. The peak-wtd W&F is a high 0.25%, with 0.21% accounted for by these higher-rate speed fluctuations. Noise, in the form of rumble from the direct-coupled 16-pole 3-phase motor, is very well isolated here, so much so that Reloop’s…