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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    I take their measurements with a pinch of salt - I'm much more interested in their views on how an item sounds.
    Same here. I don't (didn't, as I no longer do) buy hi-fi magazines to read about boring measurements or look at graphs that mean absolutely nothing to me. I'm not a builder or technically minded. I bought them to read the subjective listening experiences of the reviewers.

    At least HFW championed products from many small manufacturers and looked at the bigger picture in the hi-fi industry, rather than at that time pander to the interests of the, as you refer to it, 'Linn/Naim axis'.

    As far as I'm concerned therefore, HFW were one of 'the good guys', and from speaking with and having met the editor, David Price, know that he's a genuine person and first and foremost a true hi-fi and music enthusiast, the same of which most certainly can't be said for some of the others!

    Marco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Hi Fi Answers was the first of the magazines to fall for, and promulgate the Flat Earth mythology.
    don't think Keith Howard or John Atkinson could be considered flat-earthers. Linnies maybe.

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    I just looked at the pictures
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    don't think Keith Howard or John Atkinson could be considered flat-earthers. Linnies maybe.
    Hmmm... In my dim past I bought two items/gear based on J.A's (stereopiles'; "rave reviews/recomendations" thereby discovering he was an imposter.
    Really pissed (at myself.. mostly) in that he Fooled me ...on TWO .. instances into buying his recommended 'Gear' which very quickly revealed itself as being genuinely inferior.
    Performing Nothing like 'His' reviews/analysis claimed.
    Caveat Emptor Kids... there IS earned reason that the few surviving Hi-Fi mags are hanging on by their advert dept's willpower alone.
    My audio bits: Thorens / diy phono, CD/dvd player(s), diy pre, F6, Tannoy Golds in my boxes / my xovers, and of course all strung together with basic diy Wires
    Lots of Cd's, yet more audio files, a couple of hundred semi worn Lps.

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    At a slight tangent, but on the subject of old magazines, if anyone has any copies of New Hi-Fi Sound from 1987-89 that they'd like to dispose of, please drop me a line!
    Adam.

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    I have a copy of HFN from August 1978.
    It's one of the most interesting copies I've seen, as it has a review of five
    MC cartridges:

    Sony XL-55
    Technics EPC-300
    Entre 1
    Coral 777 EX
    Ortofon MC 20

    Absolutely fascinating.

    I bought an Entre 1 in 1979 for £85 and still own it.
    Expert Pickups have fitted many new styli over the years and
    Wyndham Hodgson ( Expert Pickups Prop. ) told me it's still one of
    his favourite cartridges.

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    I bought Hi-Fi Answers religiously in the late 70s when I couldn't afford the kit but wanted to dream. I bought a stack from the 80s a while back and my bedtime reading is up to 1985 now.

    I still have a Practical Hi-Fi cartridge alignment protractor and screwdriver from that period.

    If I need something for a long train journey I'll give Hi-Fi World a go.

    Pete
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    I also bought them religiously until I put together my dream system and never bought one again.
    Technics SP10 mk2
    Jan Allaerts MC 1 Boron mk1 cart
    Miyajima Shilabe cart
    Hashimoto HM-X SUT
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    Townshend Isolda speaker cables
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete The Cat View Post

    If I need something for a long train journey I'll give Hi-Fi World a go.

    Pete
    Unless it's a very short journey, you might need several of them because it never takes me more than ten minutes to read.

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    I stopped buying them when it all became DACs, streamers and multi-channel. once you skipped all that guff there was about 6 pages worth reading. For four quid a pop? No thanks.
    Martin



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