This month sees our 400th issue, a special anniversary edition celebrating 40 years of expert hi-fi reviews and buying advice. In putting together this issue, I have come to realise just how significantly the world of audio has changed in an amazingly short amount of time.

I was perhaps a bit too young to remember the very first issue of Hi-Fi Choice when it launched in its original A5 format back in 1975, but I do remember the music and sounds of the time that got me hooked, even if I was listening on a mono cassette radio recorder or my dad’s 8-track tape player in the family car. For anyone wanting to recall the era our Year In Music feature is just for you, and revisits 1975 with a comprehensive rundown of the bands and albums that defined the magazine’s birth year.

Our six-page Anniversary feature journeys along the audio format timeline and hi-fi trends in a celebration of our first 40 years in print, while this month’s Opinion pages revisit audio highlights as seen by ex-editors and our team of contributors that remember the most. Happy birthday then Hi-Fi Choice, and here’s to the next 40 years!

Lee Dunkley (Editor, Hi-Fi Choice)      

 

 

 

Also in the August issue...

Devialet’s Silver Phantom music system is other worldly even by today’s standards, and we take an exclusive look at this modular music system as a stereo setup.   

 

Competition time!

This month we have seven accessory bundles to upgrade your system to be won. To be in with a chance of getting your hands on this great prize, simply answer the ridiculously easy question and post it to us at the usual address.