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Hi-Fi World     January 2021


Hi-Fi World January 2021


    Hi-Fi World is an independently owned and run specialist hi-fi magazine, started by Noel Keywood, a highly respected technical journalist of thirty five years standing. Dedicated to equipment of all types, the emphasis is on 'affordable audiophile' kit which doesn't have to be expensive, but has to perform. Our readership is worldwide and diverse in nature, but all share a passion for music and the desire to hear it as enjoyably as possible. Run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, our commitment shows in everything from the rigorous technical measurements we undertake on almost every product reviewed to the weird and wonderful editorial mix. No product is too small or obscure; old and new, budget or high end, if it's great then Hi-Fi World will say so!


3 Hi-Fi World's Annual Awards Edition
We pick out the products of 2020 that impressed us most.
Editorial BY Noel Keywood


7 News
What's happening out there...


66 Mail
Five pages of your views, wonderful as always...


71 Competition 
Your chance to win a Cambridge Audio CXA61 worth £750.


60 Quadral Sedan 9 Loudspeakers
From Quadral of Germany, a technically impressive stand-mount loudspeaker with advanced ribbon tweeter. Noel Keywood listens closely.


94 Mission LX-2 MK2 Loudspeakers
John Pickford enjoys mission's new LX-2 MK2 budget mini loudspeakers.


74 Audiolab 6000a Play
Audiolab's affordable and acclaimed 6000a amplifier gets DTS Play-Fi to add in streaming. Noel Keywood runs the app.


110 Copland CSA100 Amplifier
A powerful FET amplifier with 6922 valve preamplifier. John Pickford enjoys what he hears from this sophisticated hybrid.


106 QED XT5 Power Cable
Martin Pipe auditions QED's latest power cable.


Hi-Fi World January 2021


11 Hi-Fi World Awards 2020
The products that rocked us in 2020. Find out the best you can buy in our easy-to-read summary.


23 Award Reviews
The original reviews of our selection of 2020's best products.


59 Christmas Quiz
Hi-Fi World's staff put their heads together to come up with wicked questions for Christmas!


86 Christmas Wish List
Our expert contributors on what they would like to see in their (large) Christmas stockings. Ideas for the family perhaps?


109 Christmas Crossword
Our most strenuous Christmas crossword ever, again delivered by the staff at Hi-Fi World.


114 News 
All the latest and greatest vinyl releases for you, from the pen of Paul Rigby.


117 Hana Uumami Red Cartridge 
A high-end moving coil cartridge, reviewed by Noel Keywood.


120 Audiophile Extra Vinyl 
Paul Rigby on top quality vinyl for Christmas.


123 Audiophile Book Review 
Jimmy Page The Anthology – Led Zeppelin's front man in detail. Reviewed by Paul Rigby.


80 Astell & Kern T9ie In-Ear 'Phones
High-end in-ear 'phones reviewed by Martin Pipe, complete with history!


And More...
72 Subscriptions
Ensure your copy every month and save money too!


78 Audiophile CD
Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile CD releases.


99, 101, 103, And 105, Opinion
The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!


125 Classifieds
Second-hand bargains.


127 Next Month
What we hope to bring you in the next sizzling issue...


128 Dial-A-Dealer
A comprehensive guide to UK hi-fi retailers.


129 Advertisers' Index


130 Classic Cuts 
The Frenz Experiment, from The Fall. A Paul Rigby favourite...




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