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Ken Kessler  |  Mar 03, 2021
Ken Kessler turns to his pile of permanently on-hand CDs to bring you his pick of the discs that will shine a light on your system's performance

Like asking to choose your favourite food or movie, narrowing down 15,000 CDs and SACDs to a mere 20 is torture. The brief was to cite those I use regularly for reviewing purposes and which can reveal the qualities of a component or system. That said, this is also the stack of CDs which never gets filed with the rest, sitting there ready for action.

Review and Lab: Paul Miller  |  Mar 02, 2021
hfnedchoiceOne of nine speaker cables in one of five separate ranges, this 'Micro Air' design from In-akustik's Reference series represents a sweet spot.

Once Germany's best-kept cable secret, the In-akustik brand – part of the family-run Braun Group – is nothing if not comprehensive in its offering. Every type of power, analogue, digital and AV cable is included, across multiple ranges, alongside custom-install accessories that extend to ambient LED lighting solutions.

Review: Mark Craven, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Mar 01, 2021
hfnoutstandingThis flagship monoblock is not only more powerful but features significant design enhancements over other Class D amplifiers in the Stellar range, including a tube input...

The best of both worlds' is an oft-used rallying cry in the hi-fi industry, rolled out to extol the virtues of everything from compact loudspeakers with big bass output to digital network players with phono stage inputs. It's also the self-proclaimed raison d'être of PS Audio's Stellar M1200 monoblock amp. Sold in pairs for £6000, this recent addition to the Stellar range combines a high-power Class D output stage with Class A vacuum tube input, in pursuit of both efficient speaker-driving muscle and spine-tingling musicality.

Hi-Fi News Staff  |  Feb 28, 2021
This month we review and test releases from: Daniil Trifonov, Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Carmen Gomes Inc, Zurich Chamber Orch/Daniel Hope, Ragnhild Hemsing & Tor Espen Aspaas and Paper Motion.
Ken Kessler  |  Feb 26, 2021
This month we review: Charles Mingus, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lou Reed and Margriet Sjoerdsma.
Ken Kessler  |  Feb 26, 2021
This month, we review: Joni Mitchell, The Everly Brothers, Nilsson and The O'Jays.
Mike Barnes  |  Feb 26, 2021
This month we review: Casper Clausen, Flying Moon In Space, The Left Outsides, and Passenger.
Steve Harris  |  Feb 26, 2021
This month we review: LAN Trio (Argüelles, Laginha and Norbakken), Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Patrick Cornelius and Blue Note Re:imagined.
Christopher Breunig  |  Feb 26, 2021
This month we review: CBSO/Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, RAM Soloists Ens/Trevor Pinnock, James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong and Budapest Fest Orch/Iván Fischer.
Review: Andrew Everard, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Feb 25, 2021
hfnoutstandingWithout any sense of irony, the man most identified with rival brand Marantz for 40 years is posthumously recognised for his work in 'tweaking' Rotel's budget CD and amp

Synchronicity is a strange thing: for whatever reason of scheduling, I found myself embarking on this review a year to the day since the passing of audio legend Ken Ishiwata. The anniversary was marked by his daughter with a YouTube video of some joyously retro Latin music performed by an all-Japanese vocal group. 'Instead of making this a very sad day,' she wrote, 'we would like to share one of his favourite songs with you. He used to play this all the time, it brings back lovely memories and a smile upon our faces'.

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