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Hi-Fi+ Magazine

12 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From £1.25 per issue Hi-Fi+ is Europe’s premier English-language high-end audio magazine. Whether it’s the latest in digital audio technology or the best turntable you’ve ever heard, Hi-Fi+ magazine is the ultimate audiophile authority.

Our goal is clear; to seek out the finest audio components money can buy. Music is the soundtrack to all our lives and we think that the better that soundtrack, sounds the more enriched our lives can be. A good audio system can open up new avenues of music that might surprise you. We don’t differentiate; it could be a classic valve amplifier or a state-of-the-art music server – if it sounds good, we want to know and we want to tell you about it. The difference between good sound and great sound lies in the details… and we are obsessive about detail.

We aren’t constrained by measurement or bogged down in stuffy old paradigms. We are relevant and a little bit irreverent. Hi-Fi+ features some of the best writers in the business, all passionate about making music sound as good as it possibly can. We seek out the finest audio components – and the latest and greatest music – and aren’t afraid of finding the best, whatever the cost.

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Hi-Fi+  |  Hi-Fi+ Issue 170 - 20th Anniversary  


A lot has happened in the last 20 years. Skimming through the pages of the last 169 issues of Hi-Fi+ may not give you a map of the geopolitical landscape of the world (except in the broadest possible terms), but it does give you a very strong idea of just how much – and how little – high-end audio has changed since the end of the last millennium. While not all of those changes are good, we’re possibly in a better place today.

At the end of the 1990s, the hi-fi industry was in a state of flux, and not in a good way. Home cinema was coming to dominate the market so drastically, it was wondered if there would even be a hi-fi industry by the middle of the 2000s! The state of music replay was at a difficult tipping point, too; LP and cassette were dismissed as irrelevancies by the music business, who focused on CD and CD alone. SACD was still a year or so away, high-resolution didn’t exist, and the combination of Napster and the first MP3 players all pointed away from high-quality being a function of future formats.

In fact, what happened was transformatory. I remember being invited to a launch by Apple of a new product called the ‘iPod’ – at first, we dismissed the iPod, then we criticised the iPod, and finally we realised we should love the iPod... just as it became the iPhone! Far from being the nail in the coffin of audio, it was a much-needed kick in the pants!

Were it not for the iPod and the impetus it created, I suspect the whole downloading and subsequent streaming industry would be several paces behind where it is today. One could even argue that the the vinyl revival was a reaction to the ethereal nature of iTunes-based music. Whatever the reason, though, music is back in fashion and the joy of music and the sound it makes remains an important part of many people’s lives.

We’re happy to have seen the changes for the better in audio over the last 20 years, and we hope the same holds true for the next 20 years.
Hi-Fi+ is Europe’s premier English-language high-end audio magazine. Whether it’s the latest in digital audio technology or the best turntable you’ve ever heard, Hi-Fi+ magazine is the ultimate audiophile authority.

Our goal is clear; to seek out the finest audio components money can buy. Music is the soundtrack to all our lives and we think that the better that soundtrack, sounds the more enriched our lives can be. A good audio system can open up new avenues of music that might surprise you. We don’t differentiate; it could be a classic valve amplifier or a state-of-the-art music server – if it sounds good, we want to know and we want to tell you about it. The difference between good sound and great sound lies in the details… and we are obsessive about detail.

We aren’t constrained by measurement or bogged down in stuffy old paradigms. We are relevant and a little bit irreverent. Hi-Fi+ features some of the best writers in the business, all passionate about making music sound as good as it possibly can. We seek out the finest audio components – and the latest and greatest music – and aren’t afraid of finding the best, whatever the cost.
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Hi-Fi+

Well, over the (many) years as an Audiophile, I have read (many) Audiophile magazines...My first impressions of Hi-Fi+ came from reading a printed issue (unfortunately, landed to someone who should have sent it back to me but didn't), but that issue whetted my appetite, so I paid for the digital edition. Great reviews, of important products, well-written....very satisfied. Will re-activate my subscription when it expires (in two month's time). Thanks a lot! Reviewed 17 January 2021
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Hi-Fi+

Excellent magazine, well written articles, technically accurate, informative and entertaining. Reviewed 17 January 2021
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Hi-Fi+

Love the magazine for its well written reviews of equipment and music. Reviewed 28 September 2020
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Hi-Fi+

always excellent Reviewed 02 September 2020
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Hi-Fi+

For me, HiFi + is the benchmark magazine for UK AND international high-fidelity.

A must-see magazine.
Reviewed 15 August 2020