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    I binned What HiFi, HiFi Sound, HiFi Choice, HiFi World, most Audiophiles, but kept all my Stereophiles , HiFi Answers, Absolute Sound, HiFi News and HiFi +. Got rid of all the AV magazines, a sizeable bundle.

    I regret getting rid of the Audiophiles but I barely had the space. It gets worse as I continue buying but I don't these days by all. HiFi + isn't always worth the price of admission - I miss the Roy Gregory period as imperfect as that was but, + then was an exciting read. News is better than it was, but sadly it reflects the same companies portfolios each month, so is getting a bit stale.

    I prefer physical mags to read rather than online.
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    What about Hi-Fi for Pleasure, with front covers regularly adorned with scantily-clad girlies - remember? That was always good for a giggle!

    Marco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    What about Hi-Fi for Pleasure?

    Marco.
    They occasionally offered 'super quality' LP's. I have a couple, they're pretty good actually.
    Mr. Tact!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    'Hi Fi World', 'Hi Fi Review' and the excreable 'The Flat Respose', were a total waste of paper and nothing more than an organ of the arch Flat Earther. propagandist.
    Hi-Fi World was never Flat Earth - it was valves and DIY from the start. Linn was rarely reviewed and when it was it did not get good reviews, Naim likewise.

    Hi-Fi review I have some old issues of (the last 4 I think) and it was nothing like as bad as people claim to remember it being.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkless Electronics View Post
    I have one issue of "The Flat response" and yes it is laughable! I liked "Hi Fi World" though... a good mix of technical, DIY and reviews IMHO... and there is an amp designed by my good self on the front cover of the Nov '95 issue
    Got that issue, will have to dig it out and see what they say about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Hi-Fi World was never Flat Earth - it was valves and DIY from the start. Linn was rarely reviewed and when it was it did not get good reviews, Naim likewise.
    Yeah Bazza, you've got that one wrong. David Price (the editor for many years) always championed quality Jap gear and kit from small, specialist manufacturers - he certainly wasn't a Linn or Naim fanboy

    Marco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    They occasionally offered 'super quality' LP's. I have a couple, they're pretty good actually.
    It was before my time, but have seen some of the front covers since, from Hi-Fi for Pleasure, which doubled almost as 'soft porn'... I just loved how '70s' it was in its attitude, and how a 'pretty little filly' was always somehow considered necessary to get the message across, with adverts such as this:



    *SO* funny!!

    I seem to remember, during the late 80s and 90s, that a well-known UK hi-fi dealer (forget which one now) would place adverts in the back of all the magazines, showing pics of his (much younger) wife or girlfriend wearing stockings and suspenders, 'tastefully draped' over a pair of speakers, or whatever, which I also used to giggle at. The mentality was simply bizarre!

    Does anyone else remember that, and if so, who it was?

    Marco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yeah Bazza, you've got that one wrong. David Price (the editor for many years) always championed quality Jap gear and kit from small, specialist manufacturers - he certainly wasn't a Linn or Naim fanboy

    Marco.
    He is a member here is he not Marco?
    Mr. Tact!

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    Yes, but hasn't been on for some time. I get on well with David

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Got that issue, will have to dig it out and see what they say about it.
    They liked it. I wasn't so keen on it (Alchemist Axiom). I consider it my worst effort.... yet it's by far the biggest seller! I wanted to do a complete but quick redesign and basically replace the innards with totally different circuitry but the partners in Alchemist decided it was more than good enough to be their entry level integrated.

    It was a rather "outré" design which i later thought was just too off the beaten track to work well as a budget product. By the time I'd decided that within the tight parts budget I had, a more conventional topology would be both cheaper and better they had decided to run with it as it was...

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