Linn’s MD on the challenges of the ‘new normal’, why the past year has been a great one for interest in turntables, inventing the ultimate wireless speaker, why streaming is the future – and how the only way to keep things stable is to ensure you’re always moving forward.
Stan pays tribute to his contemporary, Tim de Paravicini, and recalls time spent together, major bust-ups, and doughnuts on an industrial estate lawn in a Subaru. “Tim could always wear you down by sheer persistence,” he says.
Having been mighty impressed with the bog Borg standmount from the Essen-based design-consultancy-turned-manufacturer, Martin Colloms finds himself totally beguiled by its more compact, more affordable standmount model. It may look unusual, but it’s also incredibly involving, he says, in an extensive in-depth review.
HIFICRITIC Volume 14 Number 3 July-August-September 2020
Preview: HIFICRITIC Vol 14 No2 April-June 2020 issue
I have almost lost count of the 100 or so listening tests recently conducted on network cables and net switches, scrutinised with the aid of an exacting audio system founded on a Naim ND555 streamer with dual PS555DR supplies. With such a task you have to be prepared for a proportion of null results, i.e. no change or no discernible difference, and even these results need repeating just to be sure – as sure as you can be, in that set up, with that state of acuity, with that system, and those chosen track(s).
HIFICRITIC Vol. 13 No. 1 January – March 2019
The new issue sees the inestimable Paul Messenger leaving HIFICRITIC after some twelve years of valued effort. We wish him well and I am sure that more copy will emerge from his pen. I will take over as Editor-in-Chief having completed a heavy and extended workload comprising the rewrite of my near 700 page textbook, High Performance Loudspeakers, 7th edition for John Wiley. I will now be joined at HIFICRITIC by Andrew Everard, appointed Senior Contributing Editor, who has already distinguished himself in these pages.
The new issue is available here.
October to December 2017, due out end of December
Reviewed products from Rotel, NAD, Spendor, Magico, LINN, PROAC, Amazon Alexa, Pass, Chord, ATC, Sonos, HEOS , MusiCast, DSD Audio, QED, Focal and MBA.
In addition to Stan Curtis’ regular wise commentary on matters audio, here musing on pioneers of the analysis of subtle effects such as vibration on audio quality, Martin Colloms scrutinises the top of the line LINN KLIMAX Katalyst DS digital audio player, the one where the powerful DSP even includes micro correction for the tiniest errors emanating from the audio output transformers.
July to September 2017, due out end of September
We are busy finalising the features and reviews for the upcoming issue of HIFICRITIC.
Review product brands include Wilson Audio, Audio Analogue, KEF, PROAC, DCS, LINN, Audio Note, Rotel, Pearl Acoustics, Audeze, Tannoy, Phil Jones Airpulse Songkong, Naim, Tannoy, Audeze, Rega, MSB, Acoustic Energy and not least, PMC.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.