I don't normally support what hifi, but they are right. High fidelity is available more widely than ever.
Arguably, a movie looks better in an iPad than it did on a CRT tv and DVD, 10 years ago.
Music sounds better on flac files played through a 200 quid DAC and amp than an old cd player and amp. Possibly.
Given that the WHO rank mobile phones as class 2 carcinogens, and the Italian court has just ruled that they do cause brain abnormalities, perhaps WHFSV shouldn't be supporting the mobile phone industry.
Oh, there are some studies that say they are safe...guess who paid for them? ;)
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To be fair, didn't the Italian court also send seismologists to prison for not predicting an earthquake?
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I think they reassuringly predicted no earthquake ( so that people didn't evacuate) rather than just not predicting an earthquake? Subtle difference, but people died.
Hurricanes and weathermen spring to mind...
No, they said they had no data that would indicate a significantly increased risk of a major earthquake, which was absolutely correct, they had no data to make any predictions with, it didn't mean there was no risk of an earthquake. The problem was that a non-scientist local government representative took that as meaning "There won't be an earthquake" and went public with it, when what the scientists had said meant nothing of the sort.
Despite that the court decide the scientists were at fault. It's a total travesty of justice, complete nonsense.
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I really enjoyed reading the magazine but had a break from it around the end of 2011. I bought the April 2013 copy and was disappointed that there was a big tablet ultimate guide, a big double page spread on the Sony Xperia Z smartphone, plenty of things on DACs and it felt like the mag was drifting away from what I enjoyed reading about.
I know everyone's different and you have to cater for many differing tastes but if I wanted to read about smartphones (which I don't) I'd buy a smartphone mag. The same goes for tablets and dac's.
Sorry but I want pages of AV receivers/processors/bluray players/TV's/cables/CD players/HIFI amps/and lots of speakers, etc.
I don't think you're going to get very far suggesting DACs aren't part of hi-fi. Tablets and phones, sure you'll get some support there but your DAC gripe is misguided.
I miss the reviews of the high end av receivers, I remember the first year when the awards only went up to the 1500 pioneer lx81. Bring back the high end pre and power combos.
Times move on, and the way that people consume content is changing quickly.
I remember when plain old WHF became WHF S&V and it received complaints from people who basically said "if I want a mag which reviews tellies and VCRs then I will buy one, so can we please have our HiFi mag back?". Fast-forward to now, and the 'V' bit is now very much an accepted part of the mag (though it's still something which doesn't really interest me...and no, I wasn't one of the complainants).
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I do read and read but sometimes I do miss it (painkillers eh).... do amps themselves not have dacs to convert the sound ?
(sorry if I miss the point given because at times my thinking does go around in circles... srry in advance if I'm wrong)
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So far :)
I can't say the phone reviews do it for me but I understand why the reviews are being done.
Personally I would like to see more system matching type reviews from budget gear upwards and a bit more hi-fi 'education'. What is impedance and why does it matter, what are the differences between class A, AB and D amps, etc, etc, so when purchasing a piece of new kit people can make more of an informed choice.
I would also like to know what kit is used in testing. It's no good saying that a £500 pair of speakers are amazing when they are being tested with a 2k amp as most people who buy £500 speakers are generally using other equipment at around the same budget/level. So a little more info around this area would be helpful.
Just my pennies worth....
Enjoy the music!
Circulation figures may be a guide...
I want more snowboard reviews, and a football column, maybe we could have a guest player show us his (or her) system every month...
Perhaps some damage testing with tanks and flying caravans too ?
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How about some articles about the companies and brands that operate in the HiFi/AV category, with particular emphasis on British brands and their history ?
Some of the greatest brands in HiFi started in the UK and continue today - despite being a little Island, one of the few industries in which we have always excelled is audio design - in all its forms, from the music performance (bands), through to the recording of that performance (studios and producers) and then on to playback of the performance at home (the equipment).
We have world-class brands operating in the UK - still competing head-to-head with the overseas giants and winning.
Why not celebrate this ?
Still, what do I know.
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