You’re my first, my last, you’re my future and my past
It’s been almost 40 years since the first issue of What
Hi-fi? was published – a fact we’re commemorating fully in our October issue – and the world, it almost goes without saying, is a very different place now. The way we consume music and movies has changed almost entirely out of recognition. And yet there’s one format that’s endured since that first issue, despite numerous reports of its demise: vinyl. The long-playing record has weathered the digital storm, shrugged off accusations of userunfriendliness and emerged as an entirely valid (and entirely vogueish) method of storing and listening to music. So we’ve served up a comprehensive guide to getting the best from your turntable, plus reviews of three great new decks and an enduring favourite (p42) – because there’s no time like the present to step back to the future.