I would love to see a "Rewind" feature in WHFS&V every month?..
OK I've had any idea (though it's probably been had before). What Hi-Fi is great at comparing current models, helping would be buyers pull together a short list to audition. However, as nearly everyone is always upgrading from older kit, the question I always find myself asking is "but would it be better than what I own", especially if it was something rated highly when new.
So, how about a "Rewind" section in the magazine along the following lines:
- Reprint a review of an award winner or favourite from between 5-20 years ago.
- Discuss its technology in comparison to today equivalents
- Go out and buy second hand a very good example. Write about things to look out for and average price for mint/good/fair examples.
- Review the one you bought against today's equivalents, ranging in price from what you paid for it up to the level it sat at originally - what does it take to better it, is it comfortably outperformed by modern models or does it still easily punch above its weight.
You could then even introduce a new star type rating system for used gear.
I know advertisers might be twitchy about their new stuff being beaten by older, now cheaper models s/h, but if their products are as good as they say they are, a victory over an originally more expensive piece of kit may actually get them new buyers who previously dabbled in the second hand market.
Personally I would love to see the following as examples of potential reviews (you would probably be better placed to make up the categories and components though):
How far have CD players moved on?
Arcam Alpha 7se, now readily available under £100 in good condition vs current crop of budget players
Arcam rDac vs Arcam Delta Black Boxes, Linn Numerik, Audiolab DAX (lack of USB could be catered for by MF V-link
Older favourite integrates such as Audiolab 8000A, Pioneer A400 vs Marantz Pm6004 (etc etc)
I appreciate you may have to stick with the traditional Hi Fi back bones (CDs, Amps, Speakers etc) as AV stuff has moved on at such a pace and with differing formats.
What do you think? Anyone with me? Personally I'd buy a whole magazine with this sort of stuff in!