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Paul Miller  |  Jun 03, 2020
As one more issue of Hi-Fi News goes to press under lockdown we give thanks not only to the frontline workers but also to the gift of music recreated by the equipment at the heart of our shared passion. This is a time to count our blessings and appreciate that ours is a 'home hobby' – to tweak, to play and to listen... and to keep us all sane.
Review: Andrew Everard, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Jun 03, 2020
hfnoutstandingA sleek new look heralds the return of Rotel's premier sub-brand, and its new control amplifier – or preamp – and stereo power amp have the wherewithal to succeed

Michi is back: last marketed in the 1990s, Rotel's elite sub-brand has rejoined the hi-fi fray after a three-year development project, and the establishment of a dedicated facility within the company's factory to hand-build the new products. And I have to admit to a pang of nostalgia for I reviewed the company's RHCD-10 player, slimline RHA-10 preamp and substantial RHB-10 power amp back in the dim and distant, and it was a case of lust at first listen, not to mention sight of the high-quality metalwork with its red-lacquered wooden side-cheeks.

Ken Kessler  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month we review: The Kinks, Gene Clark, Al Dimeola/John Mclaughlin/Paco Delucia, and Grateful Dead.
Ken Kessler  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month, we review: Sam Cooke, Cantus, Poco and B W Stevenson.
Mike Barnes  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month we review: Jack Hues, Cornershop, The Boomtown Rats and Ren Harvieu.
Steve Harris  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month we review: Shabaka And The Ancestors, Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow, Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez and Pete Whittaker/Art Themen/George Double.
Christopher Breunig  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month we review: Vaughan Williams, JS Bach/Bartók, Bizet-Shchedrin/Respighi and Escales.
Review: Christopher Breunig, Review and Lab: Keith Howard  |  May 29, 2020
hfncommendedSan Diego-based Dan Clark Audio, previously known as MrSpeakers, has just launched its lightweight but resilient Aeon 2 headphone in both 'open' and 'closed' variants

If you're looking at the photos of the Aeon 2 here thinking, 'Isn't that a MrSpeakers product?', the answer is yes and no. The original Aeon was indeed made by MrSpeakers but recently the company changed its name to Dan Clark Audio, Dan Clark being the company founder. It was a sensible move because MrSpeakers had never made, or looked like making, a loudspeaker, but like all company name changes it can take time to bed in.

Steve Sutherland  |  May 29, 2020
The next time you hear the opening chords of 'Hotel California' spare a thought for the man who caught it all on tape... Steve Sutherland celebrates the work of a US-born producer who has shaped the sound of such greats as BB King, Joe Walsh and The Who

Here's a cool pub quiz question for you: who links 1960s Russian leader Nikita Kruschev to The Eagles' Hotel California? The answer? Bill Szymczyk. And while we're at it, here's another. How the heck do you pronounce that surname? Answer: Sim-Zik.

Review: David Price, Lab: Keith Howard  |  May 28, 2020
hfncommendedDespite the success of its Debut and Adante models, ELAC retains its traditional designs, complete with JET tweeter

Constant change is here to stay' as the saying goes. And it's certainly true of ELAC – one of Germany's most long-established hi-fi manufacturers – as the brand has spread its wings over the past few years. ELAC began life way back in 1926 in the coastal town of Kiel, where its main focus concerned the development of sonar systems. It was after the Second World War that it began manufacturing turntables and pick-ups.

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