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Whereas my previous review was based on the What Hi Fi magazine, this competitor in the magazine market is in stark contrast. This magazine definitely is aimed almost purely at the hi fi traditionalists, you will not find any mention of televisions or the like in this one.
The sole focus of the magazine is based around yep you guessed it, hi fi and mostly it's not just any old hi fi, it is something of a rarity to see anything grace their pages which would not max out your credit card in one fell swoop! However there are still people out there who will gladly pay thousands of pounds for an amplifier for instance and in that respect although it seems a little alien to me, people will likewise spend jaw dropping amounts on jewellry, so put into that context it's perhaps a little more understandable.
The name given to consumers who crave that extra sonic perfection is audiophile and in some respects some of them are purists, who see listening to music as a serious hobby. The presentation of the magazine itself sees a number of experienced journalists giving their general views on all things sound wise, a preview section and of course a review section. The reviews themselves are very well written, particularly attention is paid to the technical aspects of measuring sound and this is both beneficial at times because it puts things into context, but other times is confusing as the results seem to contradict their own findings.
You do get a very detailed picture of the sound produced but unfortunately for people like me, the picture is likely all I will ever see as these items are terrifically expensive and is something I can only dream of owning and if I did, the police would probably seize it for noise pollution. However it is a magazine I buy occasionally just to window shop more than anything but if you do have the money, this is definitely the magazine for you.
Hi-Fi World has never been the most fashionable of Hi-Fi magazines and whilst it contains reviews which on the whole agree with the other press it has never been afraid to test those products which others did not. Some magazines, such as stereophile, would never dream of reviewing kit that doesn't cost in excess of a year's wages. Others, (see the What Hi Fi comments) are too scared of losing advertising revenue to consider other manufacturers. Hi fi World has a better (if not perfect) mix of budget/hi end equipment, old and new, valve and transistor technology. Perhaps in an effort to make themselves different they now include 'Computer Audio' such as MP3 players and PC sound cards. I, personally, hardly read this section as i do not have a PC but for anyone who has an interest i cannot think of another mag that reviews the sound quality of PC kit with reference to Hi Fi qualities. The reviwers can sometimes be valve biased but i get the feeling this comes from a genuine belief in valves rather than the need to be different. Their Classics section does however seem to show that they believe old HiFi had certain merits over the modern 'boom n blow' stuff. The other section of note is their DIY sections. Although these are heavily biased towards their own kits (which they sell inside the mag), as a long time HiFi nut, I find their reviews of speaker and amplifier kits to be very interesting. This is a part of HiFi that not enough people have considered and could cure people of Upgradeitis and turn their obsession into a real hobby. You can pick up some real bargains in their 2nd hand section. Its also cheaper than the rest! In conclusion, keep up the good work but don't try too hard to be different, you're good as you are.
This is a magazine for people who want to get the best from their hi-fi without getting into the technical side of it. The reviews are a mixture of budget through to hi end products with a ratings system to show what the reviewer thinks of the product. One of the strong features in the magazine is the reviews of older items in the world classics section. Olde world is another feature which can be useful to anyone trying to construct a quaility system on a budget. The mag contains a lot of adverts from dealers who sell secondhand hi-fi and with a little bit of searching it is possible to assemble a great sounding system for not a lot of money. A recent innovation has been the introduction of a computer audio section which looks at soundcards,recorders and the like for quaility reproduction through your computer. The monthly competition normally has a great prize and is free to enter