Welcome to the October 2016 issue of HFC... Whether you’re returning to the vinyl format after a 20-year hiatus, say, or a newbie just starting out with the black stuff, you’re in for a treat as six of the newest mid-priced decks go head to head in this month’s Group Test. The turntable market has grown considerably in the 12 months since our last roundup, and with so many people starting out or returning to the format with very different requirements, I’m confident you’ll find the ideal deck for your needs in one of the six models on test. Of course, hi-fi isn’t just about vinyl, and this month’s reviews also feature a new CD/SACD player along with the latest amplifiers, speakers and even an exotic hybrid CD/DAC and preamp for those with high-end aspirations.

Speaking of which, as autumn approaches, the hi-fi show calendar gets into full swing and for the fourth consecutive year The Hi-Fi Show Live 2016 comes to the Beaumount House Estate, Old Windsor. The two-day show runs from the 29th to 30th October and is the UK’s only luxury audio event to showcase the finest two-channel components money can buy under one roof. With exclusive premieres, interactive workshops and demos galore, it’s sure to be a thrilling event. Visit the show website for previews and ticket information.


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