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Barry Fox  |  Feb 02, 2021
Barry Fox on the music books that bring insights into audio

Polymath Humphrey Lyttelton not only played as he pleased, he wrote as he pleased in many excellent books on music, once appealingly disparaging sound engineers he suffered on tour as 'Marconis'. The reason? They couldn't stop fiddling with the controls, so destroying the natural balance of his live band and adding electronic distortion.

Review: Ken Kessler, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Feb 01, 2021
hfnoutstandingMark Levinson's second turntable, the No5105, has been designed to be a painless, all-in-one, 'turnkey' affair – but does it still tick all the high-end boxes?

Like that 'difficult second album', any sequel to the Mark Levinson No515 [HFN Oct '17] has to live up to a heady precedent. At £5799 less cartridge, or £6499 with Ortofon's Quintet Black S MC pick-up installed, the No5105 sells for just over half the price of the No515. While the inclusion of the cartridge does not save any money – certainly not always the case when buying a package – it does remove any set-up worries by being factory-fitted.

Ken Kessler  |  Jan 29, 2021
This month we review: T Rex, Fleetwood Mac, Girl In Gold Boots and Leon Thomas.
Ken Kessler  |  Jan 29, 2021
This month, we review: Fiona Boyes, Victoria Alexandra With Mike Skid Wroe, Buddy Miles Express and Vanilla Fudge.
Mike Barnes  |  Jan 29, 2021
This month we review: Calexico, Coldharbourstores, Jakko M Jakszyk and Smashing Pumpkins.
Steve Harris  |  Jan 29, 2021
This month we review: Joel Ross, Joshua Jaswon Octet, Django Bates and Dave Brubeck.
Christopher Breunig  |  Jan 29, 2021
This month we review: Yves Saelens, Lucile Richardot, Het Collectief/Reinbert De Leeuw, BBC Philharmonic/John Wilson, Ida Ränzlöv, The Mozartists/Ian Page and Philharmonia Orchestra/Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
Hi-Fi News Staff  |  Jan 28, 2021
This month we review and test releases from: RLPO/Vasily Petrenko, Don Gruisin, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Herbert Blomstedt, Philhofer Jazz Quartet and Robert Dean Smith, Dame Sarah Connolly, Berlin Radio SO/Vladimir Jurowski.
Martin Colloms  |  Jan 27, 2021  |  First Published: Jun 01, 1978
hfnvintageMartin Colloms hears four top-quality open-spool decks

The last year or so has seen the emergence of a new generation of high-quality open-reel tape decks, of which four are investigated here. As the price span ranges from £500-£600 for the Sony and Revox models to £850 for the Technics and £950 for the basic Pioneer assembly, these units are not strictly comparable, although their relative performances are nonetheless interesting.

Review: Ken Kessler, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Jan 26, 2021
hfnoutstandingLaunched in 1999, the original Debut turntable set the bar for starter vinyl packages. Twenty-one years later and the 'Carbon EVO' raises it to pole-vault standards...

Deck/arm/cartridge/dustcover: check. Price £449: check. A choice of nine finishes including wood veneer, or gloss or satin colours: check. Everything included in the package readying it for connection to a phono stage: check. That list tells you Pro-Ject's best-seller remains, after two decades, the go-to 'turnkey' record deck for newcomers (or seasoned audiophiles on a budget). The basic recipe is unchanged but refined, which is why it has sold over 1,000,000 units. Rest assured, however, that this latest incarnation, the Debut Carbon EVO, is far more than a merely cosmetic upgrade.

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