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Steve Sutherland  |  Sep 03, 2021
Get your Vaccines here on 180g black vinyl (sorry, we couldn't resist), as Steve Sutherland sets out the background story to this UK indie/rock debut album

Remember Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong? Of course you don't. No reason why you should. They didn't amount to a hill of beans. To elucidate: they were one of those thousands of bands heaped on the steaming pile of what was rather cruelly described in the mid-'90s as Landfill Indie.

Review: Andrew Everard, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Sep 02, 2021
hfnoutstandingLaunched three years ago but only now released for review, PMC's flagship fenestria is a towering statement

The PMC fact fenestria – the British brand's flagship 'domestic' speaker (note lower case f) – was launched at a packed press conference at Munich's High End Show. That's the 2018 High End Show, and it's taken over three years for it to arrive for review – in which time the price has risen from the inaugural £45,000 to the £54,995 for the pair you see here. In the intervening period there's actually only been one Munich show – that in 2019, at which the company launched its smaller 'fact signature' models: the 2020 show fell victim to the pandemic, as did this year's at least twice, being rescheduled from May to September, then cancelled completely.

Ken Kessler  |  Aug 31, 2021
This month we review: Frank Sinatra, The Black Crowes, John Lee Hooker and Lyman Woodard Organization.
Ken Kessler  |  Aug 31, 2021
This month, we review: The Band, John Fogerty, Tommy James & The Shondells and Tom Petty.
Mike Barnes  |  Aug 31, 2021
This month we review: Lord Huron, Garbage, John Grant and Monster Magnet.
Steve Harris  |  Aug 31, 2021
This month we review: Dan Wilson, Kurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra, Chris Potter Circuits Trio and Sons Of Kemet.
Christopher Breunig  |  Aug 31, 2021
This month we review: Sandrine Piau, Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini, BBC Scottish Symphony Orch/Thomas Dausgaard, Freiburg Baroque Orch/Gottfried Von Der Goltz and Stephen Hough.
Hi-Fi News Staff  |  Aug 30, 2021
This month we review and test releases from: Manna Lucia Richter, Bamberg Symphoniker/Jakub Hruša, Daniel Murray, Marilyn Mazur & Michala Petri, Martin Stadtfeld, The Eye Of Time and Ryland Angel & David Merrill.
Review: Ed Selley, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Aug 27, 2021
hfncommendedThe third portable player in A&K's 'alloy brick' KANN series boasts extended battery life, a higher powered headphone amplifier and compatibility with Bluetooth 5.0

With modern smartphones able to offer high-resolution audio playback, the market for dedicated portable audio players is now fairly niche. One of the biggest fish in this relatively small pond is Astell&Kern, which offers an extensive range of models priced between £625 and £3400. These are divided into four lines – KANN, A&norma, A&futura and A&ultima – with the £1099 KANN Alpha being the latest addition to the KANN series and slotting in between the existing KANN and KANN Cube players on price.

Review: Andrew Everard, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Aug 26, 2021
hfnoutstandingWith deep roots in 'professional audio' and a novel discrete op-amp module as a key driving force, SPL is looking to bring a splash of colour to our audiophile universe

Well, it makes a change from the usual choice of silver or black… Yes, you can have the German-made SPL Phonitor xe USB DAC/headphone amp, which starts from £1899 depending on specification, in either of those colours if you want, but it's also available in the bright red anodised finish you see here. Not that it needs colour to catch the eye for the unusual battery of features makes it either intriguing or something of a head-scratcher: what do all those knobs and switches do? And then there's the pair of illuminated, retro-looking VU meters – this is clearly not your common or garden DAC/headphone amp.

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