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Ken Kessler  |  Nov 29, 2023
This month we review: Tito Puente And His Latin Ensemble, Elvis Presley, The No Ones and Nina Simone.
Ken Kessler  |  Nov 29, 2023
This month, we review: The Eagles, The John Williams Syndicate, Matt Monro and The Art Of Hifi.
Mike Barnes  |  Nov 29, 2023
This month we review: Unthank : Osees, Deeper, Explosions In The Sky and Hiss Golden Messenger.
Steve Harris  |  Nov 29, 2023
This month we review: Nanny Assis, Johnathan Blake, Kurt Elling and Emma Rawicz.
Peter Quantrill  |  Nov 29, 2023
This month we review: Cleveland Orchestra/Welser-Möst, Iceland SO/Ollikainen, Helsinki Chamb Ch/Schweckendiek and Elizabeth Atherton, Jess Dandy, Peter Rose, BBC PO/Storgards.
Andrew Everard  |  Nov 27, 2023
This month we review and test releases from: Simon Callaghan/Sinfonieorchester St Gallen, Gianluigi Trovesi & Stefano Montanari, Justin Kauflin Trio, Morten Georg Gismervik and Karnataka.
Review: Jamie Biesemans,  |  Nov 24, 2023
hfnoutstandingBuilt into an enhanced H590 chassis but featuring 'sound tuning' from the P30A/H30A pre/power, Hegel's fully-networked flagship integrated gets off to a flying start

After an extended period of Covid and component shortage-related calm, Oslo-based Hegel has seemingly shifted into overdrive, launching multiple new products in just half a year. First up in 2023 was a major update to its flagship pre/power system in the form of the P30A and H30A [HFN Jun '23], followed by the Viking CD player [HFN Sep '23]. The third act is the launch of the H600, which takes over from Hegel's popular, top-tier H590 integrated streaming amp, and sells for £10,500 in a very dark grey, almost matt black finish.

Martin Colloms  |  Nov 21, 2023  |  First Published: Oct 01, 1992
hfnvintageThis slim design offers the traditional benefits of transmission line bass loading yet manages to overcome the drawbacks, says Martin Colloms

New ideas are being introduced at Celestion to bring its upmarket SL series into the 1990s. The first example, designed by Bob Smith, was the 100 [HFN Nov '91] followed now by the 300 reviewed here. This is a £1000 floorstander that aims to bring improved bass extension, power handling and superior dynamics to the genre, while sensitivity remains below average at 84dB/1W. A remarkable aspect of the 300 is its transmission line loading, a first for Celestion, and developed with an unusually authoritative theoretical approach, by the designer Martin Roberts.

Review: Andrew Everard,  |  Nov 20, 2023
hfnoutstandingDeveloped to celebrate Krell's 40th anniversary, the KSA-i400 combines all the brand's proprietary circuit ideas in one very powerful amplifier. We partner it with the Illusion II

Over time, most hi-fi brands develop an image: ask any audiophile and you'll be told this one is warm, that one is all about rhythm and timing, and another is 'bright and detailed, but I could never live with it'. Of such generalisations, myths are born, and I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that most enthusiasts 'know' what Krell is all about – big, heavy, and massively powerful American amps, with the ability to drive just about any speaker to any level you want, or could imagine.

Review: Adam Smith,  |  Nov 17, 2023
hfnvintageSurprisingly advanced yet appealingly affordable, this semi-automatic flagship deck from 1985 sought to unseat Rega's market-leader. How does it sound today?

Vinyl fans in the early '80s were well catered for when it came to affordable turntables. If your budget was tight, the capable NAD 5120 made a fine starting point. But if you could stretch your funds a little further then there was only one choice: the Dual CS 505 [HFN Feb '13]. First introduced in 1981, it proved to be a robust and reliable performer at its bargain price of £75.

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