You’re my first, my last, you’re my fu­ture and my past

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Ads - Si­mon Lu­cas, editor

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.

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