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Steve Sutherland  |  Dec 07, 2020
Packed with tracks that would become staples of rock radio, this 1970 LP from Creedence Clearwater Revival is now released on 180g vinyl. Steve Sutherland listens...

Let's talk 'covers'. Surely everyone knows the rule by now: a cover version is only acceptable if it takes the original and does something different with it, which at least equals or at best improves it. There. It's not exactly rocket science is it? So how come there are still so very few classic cover versions after all these many years?

Review: Andrew Everard, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Dec 04, 2020
hfncommendedThis SE version of Marantz's former 'Japan only' SA-12/PM-12 player/amp combo borrows very heavily indeed from the costlier KI Ruby series, but saves £1000 into the bargain

So what do we have here? The new SA-12SE SACD/CD player and PM-12SE integrated amplifier, selling for £2999 apiece, are the latest in a long line of 'special edition' products from Marantz. Its family tree includes 'Original Special Edition' models, when other brands got in on the 'SE' thing, and the 'KI Signature' versions tuned by the company's late Brand Ambassador, Ken Ishiwata.

Review: Adam Smith, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Dec 03, 2020
hfnoutstandingOne of the oldest and most revered names in vinyl's history is back, refreshed and under new ownership, and with a deck that mixes modern materials with classic design cues

How many audiophiles ten years ago would have thought that come 2020 you would be able to buy a brand new Leak amplifier and a pair of Wharfedale Linton speakers? Not many, I'd bet. And it's now possible to front a system comprising these components with a belt-drive, suspended subchassis turntable made by Thorens, and one with 'TD160' in its name. It seems the onward march of 'retro' is unstoppable!

Hi-Fi News Staff  |  Dec 01, 2020
This month we review and test releases from: Minnesota Orch/OSMO vänskä, Mancini, Piazzolla, Gardel, Bacalov Filippo Arlia/Cesare Chiacchiaretta, Pacific Chorale/Robert Istad, Jos Van Immerseel and Dr. Chesky.
Ken Kessler  |  Nov 30, 2020
This month we review: Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, The Doll Squad and Whitesnake.
Ken Kessler  |  Nov 30, 2020
This month, we review: The Guess Who, Grateful Dead, Joe Jackson and Keith Relf.
Mike Barnes  |  Nov 30, 2020
This month we review: Bill Callahan, The Lemon Twigs, Motorpsycho and Tricky.
Steve Harris  |  Nov 30, 2020
This month we review: Chick Corea, Rymden, Artemis and Jo Harrop & TRYPL.
Christopher Breunig  |  Nov 30, 2020
This month we review: R Strauss, Paul Lewis, Rodrigo, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Falla, Franck, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner.
Review: Andrew Everard, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Nov 27, 2020
hfnoutstandingIt looks like the S5 stereo power amp, both inside and out, but the Michi M8 monoblock is altogether more powerful and, as a result, offers a sound with a charm all its own

You'll have to examine the £5399 Michi M8 monoblock power amp very closely to see how it differs from the company's S5 stereo model, reviewed previously alongside the £3299 P5 preamplifier [HFN May '20]. The two are the same price and size, look identical and have much the same 'ask a friend to help' mass. In fact, the M8 weighs marginally less than the S5, at 59.1kg – the difference presumably accounted for by the need for two-channel inputs on the stereo amp whereas the mono version has only single-channel connections, on both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA sockets.

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