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Hi-Fi World     November 2021


Hi-Fi World November 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 Editorial: What Happened To Ornamental Audio?
Plus what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World.
Editorial By Noel Keywood


7 News
Words from the world...


17 Competition 
Your chance to win a pair of Black Rhodium Waltz S loudspeaker cables worth £900.


28 Mail
Six pages of your views, wonderful as always...


34 Subscriptions
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18 JBL HDI -1600 Stand-Mount Loudspeakers
A pair of hard rock loudspeakers from JBL of the USA, complete with a horn treble unit, impress Noel Keywood.


24 HiFiMAN Sundara Headphones 
Affordable planar-magnetic headphones from china impress Martin Pipe.


59 Devialet Gemini Wi-Fi Earbuds
Chris Frankland listens to a pair of high quality ear buds from innovative French manufacturer Devialet.


Hi-Fi World November 2021


36 Chord Electronics 2YU Bridge
A small bridge that turns their 2go streamer into a general purpose hi-res player, Noel Keywood finds. Reviewed here with their Qutest DAC.


10 McIntosh C8 Pre Amp & MC830 Power Amps
A lavish valve preamplifier together with two powerful monoblock power amplifiers deliver power in big fashion finds Noel Keywood.


46 Coherent 6D Gen 2 Phono Cables
A superbly built, very expensive, RCA phono-plug terminated digital cable wows Martin Pipe.


42 Tyre Kicking 
Tips and tricks for judging hi-fi products in the showroom, or at home. Noel Keywood rounds up years of hi-fi world experience.


Olde Worlde
62 Sanyo Plus N55
Martin Pipe looks at a late-1970s tape noise reduction 'companding' system from Sanyo of Japan.


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


68 Audio Research PH9 Phonostage
A specialised, high-end phono stage with valve power supply gets close coverage from Noel Keywood.


75 Classic Cuts
Al Stewert's Year Of The Cat, reviewed by Paul Rigby.


77 Audiophile Book 
Three books this month. Pegasus Epitaph about the band love, Renegade Snares on drum 'n' bass, and Attila The Stockbroker poems, lyrics and musings.


And More...
56 Audiophile Vinyl
Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile vinyl releases.


49, 51, 53, And 55 Opinion
The team get to grips with matters music, hi-fi and life!


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


79 Classifieds
Second-hand bargains.


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


81 Advertisers' Index


82 Classic Cuts 
Paul Rigby reviews Kaleidoscope from DJ Food.




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