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October 1st: Free edition on lineminicover95b1
     
We've been doing it for many years: publishing not just our print issue, and then our electronic issue, but also a free edition, through the Reading Room. Like the reading room in a library, our own Reading Room lets you sit down and leaf through any of our magazines, at least since issue 68.
     Since we are still selling magazines (and indeed we must if we want to stay in business), we can't give away quite all the issue. You'll see that some articles begin in English, but then tail off into what looks like Latin (but would have puzzled Horace and Caesar). Even so, there's a lot to read.
     The free issue is a PDF, readable on nearly anything electronic. Maggie's electronic issue is also a PDF. The two are identical, except that Maggie's version is complete, down to the last word.
     If you want a good overview of what we've done, drop by the Reading Room. Or if you want to get the complete electronic issue right now, for $4 (applicable sales tax in Canada only), just click here.

Sept.26th: UHF 95 in the mailminicover95b
     There was a delay getting this issue out, but the printed magazines are now in the mail, and on their way to subscribers. Maggie's electronic issue, especially popular with readers who own iPads or other tablets, came out a week ago.
     By the way, we have big plans for that electronic issue, and we'll be letting you know as soon as we can. We do think that an electronic magazine can be a lot more than just a screen copy of a print magazine.
     We'll be finishing up the free issue of the magazine too. That, as you possibly know, looks just like the paid ($4) version, but only about half of its content is fully accessible. We have plans for that version too, since -- not surprisingly -- it is the most-read version of UHF.
     With VISA or MasterCard in hand, click on this link to
get the print version mailed to you, or click here to get Maggie's electronic version, which is both cheaper and faster
     Better yet, why not subscribe?.

BY THE WAY: It's Flash Sale time again. Until Monday morning, that is.

Sept.19th: Maggie has UHF 95
     Maggie is of course the (virtual) lady who offers the electronic version of UHF Magazine. She has sent out notices to subscribers to her edition, to let readers know that the issue is ready for download.mailfail1
     If you're not a subscriber, you can download the issue as well, for just $4 (taxes in Canada only). It includes our in-depth step-by-step article on making an inexpensive computer into a terrific music source for your system. Just click here to order the issue.
     We'd better warn you, though, that some of our notices are bouncing back, like the one shown at left. If that's yours, it's because you've changed e-mail address without letting us know. It's not too late to call or write, and keep us in the loop.
     The print issue is being prepared for mailing, and will be in the mail this coming week.
     Yes, there's still a free edition. That's the one with articles that are all complete. It will be on line early this coming week.

BY THE WAY: Our Flash Sale has just started, and it offers you an economical way to have superior electronics for the Fall season. But only until Monday morning.

Sept.15th: Goodbye Pioneerpioneer
     Well, actually, we're saying goodbye to just one particular Pioneer product. Our Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray player came into service in early 2009. Over five years it has had a lot of use, and actually we have been nursing it along. We gave it a firmware upgrade (not quite following Pioneer's detailed Web instructions, since they were wrong). When the transport began to misbehave, we used the cleaning disc we used to stock in our Audiophile Store to set it right. And it worked.
     Only now it no longer does. The player began freezing on more and more films, and now it will no longer load the cleaning disc. Some discs, including the cleaning disc itself, make it crash (it is a computer, after all). It crashes so hard that the only cure is to pull the plug.
     Sadly, our relationship is over. In the meantime, a lot of players, even ones with famous names, have become mere commodities, selling for under $100, with performance to match the price.
     We'll be writing about our Pioneer's replacement in UHF No. 96. There weren't a lot of choices.

Sept.12th: UHF 95 comes to Maggie next week
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     The print issue went into production on Monday, and will be out shortly. We're just getting Maggie's electronic version ready, and it will be on line next week. Of course, if you have a subscription, you'll get a download link as soon as it's available. Watch your mailbox.
     Why do we need to get it ready? The electronic edition has something that the print issue can't have: it's interactive. Click on a topic in the table of contents, and you go right to the article. Click on an ad, and your browser takes you to the advertiser's Web site.
     We'll also be preparing the free edition, the one some of whose articles are not quite complete. (We have to eat, after all.)
     We're also preparing the renewal notices for readers whose subscriptions are coming due, or have lapsed. We e-mail renewal notices for print subscribers too. If there's no response, we then follow up with a snail mail reminder.
     Of course, you can save us the postage. Thanks in advance.

August 29th: Computers and musiccomputeraudio
     
Now and then we do this: we take up a major space in UHF Magazine to discuss a major issue we know you want our take on.
     For more than two years, we've been playing most of our digital music from a computer, not a CD player. More convenient? Certainly. Better sounding? Actually, yes. We own one of the best CD players ever made, and it sounds pale alongside a $600 computer sitting next to our Omega music system.
     But you know this, because we've been writing extensively on the subject. Perhaps you have already done the same. Perhaps you've been wondering which ones of our back issues you should order in order to get up-to-date tips on incorporating a computer into your system. We thought it was time we put down in one place everything we know. Or everything we think we know.
     That's what we've done. In a group of densely-packed pages, we've covered why your computer should be a music source, whether you need a dedicated computer just for music, how to set it up, and how to configure the software. You'll be seeing the issue in a few days.
     Computer audio may not be as plug-and-play as a CD player, but it will sound way better. And when you finally get it working just the way you want, you won't ever turn back. We certainly won't.

BY THE WAY: Over this long weekend, we're running an extended Flash Sale. This weekend's sale is one that is unlikely ever to be repeated. Just sayin'.

August 22nd: Magazine at the printer next weekminicover95a
     It's no secret that we've had a major delay in this issue, for an unusual reason. With the loss of some of the suppliers whose products can be found in our Audiophile Store, we have had to rebuild the store with new products. That isn't a quick process, because we curate the store, meaning that we won't offer you anything we don't like ourselves. That means listening, and listening lots.
     But it will be an issue worth waiting for. We'll have reviews of two tube amplifiers and a whole lot of cables. We'll take a first look at the Moon MIND digital streamer. And we'll have a major article on adding a computer to your music system as a source.
     If you're a subscriber to UHF and your subscription is nearing its end (or has even expired), now is a good time to renew. We'll be sending out notices shortly.
     And remember that there are two editions of UHF: the print version we've been putting out since 1982, and Maggie's electronic version.

BY THE WAY: During this weekend's Flash Sale, upgrade to the best interconnect we know of, and get a $300 credit.

August 1st: Product review from UHF 95coplandreview
     That's of course from issue 95, the one we are just finishing up. This Copland tube amplifier is one of the products reviewed in the issue. Another is also a tube amplifier, the Focus Audio Liszt Prelude.
     As we've already noted, other reviews will be of cables (interconnects, speaker and digital cables), and we'll have a first look at the Moon MIND, which has a particular talent for getting music from your computer to your music system.
     And of course doing that is the main focus of the issue. It includes a complete guide to integrating your amplifier to your sound. We've been doing that for years, and we recommend it. The guide will explain why...and how. Lots of how.
     It's coming soon.

BY THE WAY: As we enter midsummer, we have an extended edition of our
Flash Sale. Here's a chance to start the new season with terrific preamps and power amps. And of course, they're computer-ready. And vinyl-ready too.

July 21st: The next UHF coverminicover95
     With the photography done, we've put together the cover of the next issue of UHF, No. 95. The amplifier which seems to be floating against a bright blue sky with fluffy clouds, is a Liszt Prelude from Canadian speaker maker Focus Audio. It's one of two tube amplifiers reviewed in the issue, the other being from Copland of Denmark.
     Also reviewed in that issue are a number of cables, and Simaudio's MIND media streamer. And the issue will also feature a major article on using a computer as a music source.
     The other pictures are done, and we're writing up a storm so that we can send the magazine to the printer.
     You can see the cover full-sized over at The Reading Room, and you can see the table of contents as well. Naturally, you can also preorder the new issue.
     You can expect to see the magazine's famous
Audiophile Store transformed as well. We have dropped some products, including some we have offered for a long time, and we have added new ones. As always, anything in the store -- recordings, cables, accessories, full-sized gear -- is something we would be happy to tell our best friends about.

June 27th: Photos done for UHF 95focuschart
     Nearly everything is in place for us to finish putting UHF No. 95 together: the review sessions (there's an if in there, and we'll tell you about it by and by), and most of the actual writing.
    And the product photos, handled, as usual, by Albert Simon. Hiding behind the color chart in this picture is a Focus Audio Liszt Prelude, one of two tube amplifiers we are featuring in the new issue. Indeed, it will be on the cover, which we'll put up on our site shortly.
     The main feature, which we are assembling, is a multi-part guide to what we know so far about using a computer as a music source. We use one in own system, not just because it's convenient, but because it's better. The feature is in a magazine rather than a book, because computer-based audio is shifting rapidly, and what we "know" now may not be what we're thinking a couple of years from now.
     Even if a computer is
already your major digital source, we think you'll want to read it.

BY THE WAY: Another
Flash Sale is on. We celebrated the return of a long-time favorite loudspeaker cable.

June 20th: A new super connectorft212a
     It has now been a number of years since Australian audio maven Keith Eichmann came up with an interesting discovery: putting a great big hunk of metal on the end of a speaker cable or an interconnect cable had a bad effect on the sound. His better way: using a small amount of pure copper, covered with gold to inhibit tarnishing. Sure enough his Bullet and Bayonet connectors sounded demonstrably better than even very expensive conventional connectors.
     Then came WBT's nextgen series, which followed Eichmann's example, using lots of plastic and the minimum amount of pure metal.
     Now comes Furutech's answer, and it doesn't look anything like the connectors from the other two brands. The FT212 looks as though it has a massive body shell, but that shell is not connected electrically to the cable. It's there for rigidity and protection. It's a little more finicky to install than the others, but the result is worth it. Like the WBT, it has a locking collar so that it connects under pressure.
     The new connector is now in stock on our
Connectors page, in both gold and rhodium versions, and it is available on either our new Alpha S4 single-crystal cable or the Atlas Hyper Bi-Wire cable, which you'll see here.
     There's a low-mass spade, too.

BY THE WAY: There's an eye-popping Flash Sale going on, but only until Monday morning.

June 19th: Updating the storecablepage
     What you see at right is the new look of our Audiophile Store, or at least the beginning of it. It looks nearly the way it has for years, but with an updated logo, and with pull-down menus for negotiating the entire UHF site.
     We're doing the updates a page at a time, and so you'll see the new format gradually appearing right across our site. The page you see here is the store's cable page. We've been busy listening to new cables, and negotiating to buy stock of old favorites. We're happy to say that we've been successful in getting new stock of selected Atlas cables from Scotlland. But we have also begun adding cables from BIS Audio, made about 25 km from our own headquarters. As usual, we won't list anything we haven't listened to.
     Later today we will be updating the connectors page, since our connector lineup has changed almost completely. In particular, we have a new low-mass banana from Furutech we're enthusiastic about.

June 17th: New cables at the storealphas4
     
It's no secret that our next issue will include a number of cable tests. There won't be only cable tests, of course, but we've been overhauling our Audiophile Store, and we needed to listen to a number of new cables. As you probably know, we won't list anything we don't like, and therefore anything we haven't heard ourselves.
     Among the new cables is the Alpha S4 speaker cable, shown here. It replaces the Atlas Hyper 2, which is now pretty much out of stock, and at $37.95/metre, it is nearly the same price. One major difference: the S4 is made from continuous-cast copper, which means each strand is a single crystal of metal. You don't expect that for that sort of price. Yes, we've put it through one of our blind tests, and it passed with high marks.
     You can choose among several connectors, with prices ranging from free to $120 per set of four. The S4 and the other cables are on our cable page right now. We'll be adding more cables, including new digital cables, later this week.

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