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February 2022


Many Great Reviews Within February's Hi-Fi World
A great assortment of gear within our February 2022 issue.
Editorial By Noel Keywood


Hi-Fi World February 2022


  Big loudspeakers able to shake a building don't come cheap. One of the most memorable reviewed by us recently (Dec 2021 issue) was JBL's HDI-3600, an imposing floorstander with thunderous bass yet a price tag of 3198. That's well below so many others with similar pretensions. But in this issue we have for your delectation the Acoustic Energy AE320 a floorstander that similarly packs a powerful punch low down. If you dream of seismic lows that move the body it could be the one, the speaker of your dreams price just 1599. Don't miss reading about it on p11.

Another classic British product that appears in this issue is Exposure's new 3510 amplifier. Very deliberately a honed update of the way it was done long ago, it uses well developed circuitry in Class A/B output configuration, equipped with modern transistors. The result is low distortion and excellent load tolerance, unlike that of Class D amplifiers. Add in a huge linear power supply and the end result is worth hearing thinks Martin Pipe, as he explains on p18.


Hi-Fi World February 2022


Yet another great British brand Naim also appear in this issue. You can find them on p66 where we look at their Uniti Atom HE streamer/headphone amplifier. With numerous balanced headphone outputs this is for headphone aficionados that want a smooth Naim sound from the internet or from their own home-network sources, not forgetting Bluetooth from the 'phone. The HE is a different way of doing things.

Lenco's budget LS-55 turntable seems to offer it all from the vinyl LP, including digital recording to a flash-drive, replay from that drive and Bluetooth output. But with all this costing just 135 there were drawbacks we found. Read about them on p73 to find out why a turntable like this is not the bargain it appears.

I hope you enjoyed Christmas and wish you Happy New Year, but sadly the magazine and I won't be at February's Bristol Show in sunny 2022 because it has just been cancelled due to the accursed bug. Better luck in 2023 perhaps!


Noel Keywood
Editor, HiFi World




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