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....
We do test products with price-comparable kit as well as our hi-fi/AV reference systems. One of the advantages of having a very large, well filled stockroom is that we can pull out any number of amps/speakers/CD/Blu-ray players to test with other items at around the same price.
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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.
I totally agree but Hi-fi News & RR already do this.
I'd also argue that, whilst they don't appear in the magazine, there's quite a lot of articles like that on the website.
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From a personal perspective, provided it stays primarily loyal to it's "roots" - firstly Hi Fi and then A/V, i'll still happily purchase, view and interact.
Traditionally stereo amps don't, no. Largely because, traditionally, most sources were analogue and CD players (again, traditionally) generally have analogue outputs and kept their DACs to themselves.
Things are changing though and digitally integrated stereo amps are becoming more commonplace. AV amps have DACs in them of course because their sources are generally digital devices. Purists will sneer at using an AV amp for music though of course.
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Indeed. In fact, our Tech Ed recently paid a trip to Linn in Scotland, as you can read here:
And over the years we've visited the likes of Cambridge Audio and Arcam, among others:
And beyond the British companies, we've been to Sony's UK HQ:
Dolby Laboratories in London:
Bang & Olufsen in Denmark:
Focal in France:
Plus, further afield, IAG in China:
You have to know they are there and know how to find them. Once they have 'rolled off' the blogs list they effectively disappear (unless you remember a particular one and search for it using specific keywords).
I'd also make the point that the (relatively) new products we're doing don't come in place of more traditional core products, but as well as. We still endeavour to cover and review as many core hi-fi and home cinema products as possible (which tends to be practically all of them!).
Always interesting to hear what you'd like to see more of, so keep the ideas coming...
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More feedback on the forum about a new product review would be good. When can you review the Oppo 105? Thinking about the 103 review still makes me laugh! That was a brilliant review!
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Although of course if you hit on one of our writers whose stuff you especailly enjoy, you can click on the link to their blog at the bottom of any of their blog posts, and then you can trawl back through everything they've ever written.
Jus' sayin', like...
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Yeah, some of them are sh-te though...
Fair comments from all.
But......I believe that those who pick up a copy of the magazine on an irregular basis, perhaps because they are thinking of buying a specific item, don't then spend time trawling through the website looking at blogs. They'll probably move straight to the reviews section, or worse, the 'best of' section.
The printed media is perhaps the only way in which to get the POTENTIAL customer to engage in a robust manner with the industry. They've purchased the magazine for a reason - advice/guidance/what's available in the market. They'll read it cover-to-cover simply because they have bought it - and a story on a British brand is always a good thing.
And although I fully appreciate that other publications do run stories on brands, as market leader (as evidenced by ABC figures), there is an argument that WHFS&V perhaps has an interest in better promoting the industry, specifically the UK brands, as without them there would be a lower page count in every issue.
Don't mean this to be challenging....its just an observation.
But like I said - what do I know.
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A little more of that info in the review itself might be helpful
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Did you have any one in mind particularly?
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