Our English Synopsis 1. Audio Culture (Editorial notes) One of our gravest dilemmas, just like with other Hi-Fi publikations, is the need of having good quality sets for reference. However, if the basis for comparison is an overly expensive set we lose touch with the present day unsophisticated Hungarian market. We regard our reference set performing a dual funktion. It does not only measures against but it measures with, and the most accurately at that. Recently we have invited all those Hungarian engineers and amateurs for a contest who are trying to design good quality phono preamps. (If a worthy construction is found we will recommend it for local manufacturing.) Therefore we have to provide the "instrument" which is fool proof. Temporarily we have chosen an unusually expensive cartridge, the Ortofon MC3O with a T-30 trunsformer. For comparison it would be too demanding in Hungary, but again, we use it not to measure against but rather as an instrument of measurement. 2. Soundservice 3. The 100 year old Stereo 4. Digital Revolution The time has come to publish a professional survey of the universally adopted digital studio technology rather than the usual press and commercial treatment. Author of our article is the chief engineer of HUNGAROTON. 5. The Nimbus Triangle Even more puzzling than the Bermuda Triangle. An identical performance of Beethoven's Hammerklavier has hit the market in three separate records issued by the British Nimbus label. One of them is direct cut, the second is digital while the third originates from analogue tape recording. The records are not identified as such, consequently we were able to examine the sound without any prejudice. The label will subsequently provide the clue by telex. (Nimbus supplied the records on the recommendations of Mr. John Crabbe, Editor of HFNRR; we would like to express our thanks to both of them.) 6. Recording Sheet Reviews, criticism. 7. Screenplay ("From the mike to the recordshop") How long does it take for the concert recording to appear in the shops? The record taped at the gala opening of the HUNGAROTON Record Week -a Bartók concert by Zoltán Kocsis and Dezső Ránki- has reached the market in three days. 8. Funkausstellung '81 Picture report of the electronics fair in West-Berlin. 9. Taperecorder Ltd. Cassette recorders continue to remain inferior to reel-to-reel sets primarily due to their lack of tape guidance mechanism. 10. The Yellow Brick Road (Press digest) HiFi Stereophonie, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, L'Audiophile. 11. Siva's Child (Micro Seiki DQX-1000) Gods and semigods have more arms than mortals do. Siva for instance has four. A similar cult personality is the three armed Micro Seiki DQX-1000. In the Far-Eastern mythology she is sitting on the side of the gods deciding on the fate of styli. (Our test tries to decide if this special recordplayer is any better than ours, using identical Hadcock arm and Ortofon MClO cartridge. The answer: just on the contrary...) 12. The Bextréne Generation Test of the Audax BEX 40 speaker kit and the KEF B110/T27 - with special consideration for the raw material used in the woofers: Bextréne. 13. Cartridges From The Vicinity Hungary does not manufacture High Fidelity phonograph cartridges but (using a slightly antiquated definition) in the territory of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy AKG is producing them. Examining the latest series: P l0ED, P l5MD and P25MD. 14. Tape Test Finally we are ready to publish our hundred mile long (reel-to-reel) tape test on Agfa, Akai, BASF, Maxell, ORWO, Polimer, Sony and TDK products. 15. The blue Orion 16. Introducing Two stereo cassette decks (Technics RS-M215 and Akai CS-M3), two recordplayers (Panasonic SL-H401 and Tesla NC 450) plus a domestic phono preamp.