The Latest Issue: February 2019

Welcome to the latest, 140-page February issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review – the heartiest read in hi-fi by far – on sale 18th January. Our cover stars this month are the huge Ultima amplifiers from Chord – a preamp and two monoblocks that represent the flagship of the brand's analogue technology. This issue also features the first full technical review of Avantgarde's UNO XD horn loudspeakers, first seen in the UK at our Hi-Fi Show Live in 2018. This, plus the first review of EAT's E-Petit phono preamp, the Due hybrid integrated from Unison Research and AVM's first turntable, the Rotation R 5.3.

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Music Reviews & Features

Classical Companion
Christopher Breunig explores both the history and recordings of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra

Vinyl Release
Steve Sutherland hears the 180g reissue of Odessey & Oracle, The Zombies' baroque pop masterpiece he reckons ranks with Sgt Pepper

Vinyl Icon
Perhaps the most fabled rock opera of them all, Tommy was to see The Who grow into globe-trotting rock titans. Mike Barnes brings you the story of the LP's recording...

Meet The Producers
'Bash it out, we'll polish it up later' was said to be the mantra of this British-born '70s pub-rock veteran. Steve Sutherland digs deeper...

Music Reviews
Our selection of audiophile LP and hi-res downloads reviewed by our specialists alongside the latest rock, jazz and classical albums

Definitive Product Reviews

Chord Ultima Pre/Power
Astounding audio and aesthetics from this month's cover star – a no-compromise flagship pre/power amp to bring any speaker to heel

Avantgarde Acoustic UNO XD
Horn speakers without the hassle as we hear these 'entry level' models with built-in, user-configurable DSP

Pioneer UDP-LX800
This big-ticket universal Blu-ray player promises to be a hit with cineasts and audiophiles alike. We find out...

AVM Rotation R 5.3
It's not just a dual-pulley drive system and bespoke arm that sets this deck apart, but can it deliver on sound?

Revel Performa F228Be
Company ups the ante by bringing another pair of speakers boasting beryllium to its PerformaBe range

EAT E-Glo Petit
Both compact and keenly priced, company's latest phono preamp proves itself to be a bargain package

Shelter Model 9000
Made by an enthusiast for enthusiasts, this hand-built Japanese MC cartridge puts in a world-class performance

Unison Research Unico Due
Integrated amp/DAC fuses the best of valve and solid-state technology

Dekoni Blue
Will these eye-catching cans cut it when it comes to sheer sound?

iFi Audio xCAN
Portable headphone amp hopes to turbocharge your personal listening


Vintage Review
How do yesterday's classics shape up today? We test a pre/power amplifier from 1986 – the Primare 928 System

From The Vault
It's Aug 1989 and Air Tight's ATC-1 and ATM-1 amps land on UK shores. Ken Kessler is lost for superlatives...

News And Opinion

A message from the editor

Magico expands M-Series with a four-driver loudspeaker, VPI unveils anniversary direct-drive deck, Dual returns with ten turntables, plus 'reverse' hybrid amp from Copland

Show Blog
Outlandish-looking loudspeakers, Russian-made amps, tweaky digital disc spinners... Ken Kessler reports from Warsaw's Audio Video Show

Achieving optimum sound quality from a subwoofer comes down to where you position it. Keith Howard makes sense of the science

Comment and analysis as Barry Fox, Barry Willis, Jim Lesurf, Steve Harris and Andrew Everard consider the hot audio topics of the day

Sound Off
Choosing an aftermarket PSU, Roon in a Logitech/Chord set-up, advice on changing rectifier tubes, plus Boenicke speaker upgrade quandary

Off The Leash
This month Ken Kessler reflects upon the lure of the limited edition album release with advice on how not to come away empty-handed