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Offline Andrew Everard  
#1 Posted : 09 December 2021 08:38:23(UTC)
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Soon to hit doormats is the final HIFICRITIC of 2021, and here's what's inside:

ANDY WHITTLE
Having designed for some of the biggest names in hi-fi, he’s now spearheading the revival of the Rogers brand, with new products made in the UK

STAN’S SAFARI
Teaching an old dog new tricks? Stan says there are some lessons of the past today’s amplifier engineers would do well to learn

KUZMA’S COMPLETE PLAYER
Martin Colloms assesses a vinyl playback system from Slovenian manufacturer Kuzma. He finds it delivers breathtaking results

HIFI ROSE RS 250
The name may be unfamiliar, and the large touchscreen eye-catching, but this network player is a compelling listen. Oh, and it’ll stream 4K video, too

ROON REDISCOVERED
Martin may be a relative latecomer to Roon, but having installed one of the company’s Nucleus+ control units, he finds it’s taking over most of his listening – especially with a little tweaking

BOWERS & WILKINS 805 D4
It may be the entry-level model in the British company’s all-new flagship speaker range, but this compact standmounter offers more than a tantalising glimpse of the magic these latest designs can deliver

TOWNSHEND PODIUM LOUDSPEAKER PLATFORMS
Will these speaker isolation devices elevate Martin’s listening and have him floating on air? It’s not quite as simple as that...

CHORD ELECTRONICS ANNI
Designed as a desktop companion for the Qutest DAC, this tiny 10W amplifier is ideal for personal listening. But there’s rather more to it than that

FINKTEAM KIM REVISITED
Martin liked these innovative speakers so much, he bought a pair – and the production version is even better

KUDOS SUPER 20A
The result of extensive development, this compact floorstanding speaker more than lives up to its Super title

QOBUZ CHEZ COLLOMS
How Martin has discovered the joys of streaming his music

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MOTIONAL FEEDBACK?

Once heralded as a major speaker breakthrough, MFB has all but faded into obscurity. Keith Howard explains why

GOING TO GROUND
Can system grounding lead to huge sound quality gains? Kevin Fiske explores, with the help of expert advice and boring machines

iFi AUDIO ZEN STREAM
This £400 streaming transport offers remarkable performance for the money. Could it be all the streamer you need?

LFD MISTRAL 50
A new no-nonsense amplifier from one of British audio’s unsung heroes deserves to be better-known, says Chris Frankland

VERTERE DOES VINYL
You know the London company’s turntables – now explore its arm, cartridges and even a phono stage

APPLE AIRPODS 2
Martin is delighted with his now bargain-priced wireless earbuds

ROTEL A14 MkII
The top amplifier in Rotel’s entry-level 14 Series range combines flexibility of inputs with a fine, powerful sound

432 EVO STANDARD
This Belgian-made network player is a superb performer with a novel approach to sound-tuning

JON HASSELL
Mark Prendergast reflects on the career and influence of the man called ‘the most famous trumpet player on the planet’

MUSIC
Views on releases old and new, from the latest classic arrivals to jazz and more on DSD – and some enticing secondhand stars

SOUNDSTAGE
Is Spatial Audio the future of hi-fi listening? Steve Harris isn’t so sure...
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Offline ashandger  
#2 Posted : 10 December 2021 09:41:49(UTC)
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Are you shipping to EU yet?
Offline Andrew Everard  
#3 Posted : 10 December 2021 09:47:52(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ashandger Go to Quoted Post

Are you shipping to EU yet?


Magazine should be shipping in the next week or so, though deliveries to the EU may be subject to delays due to the VAT regulations and associated admin charges. We're working on ways of resolving this situation.

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Offline ashandger  
#4 Posted : 10 December 2021 21:04:23(UTC)
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Ok, many thanks. We are now experiencing major delays (e.g. 1 month) and VAT and duty charges on all products coming from UK! A digital edition would be great.
Offline Andrew Everard  
#5 Posted : 10 December 2021 22:44:45(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ashandger Go to Quoted Post
A digital edition would be great.

It's been under ongoing discussion.

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Offline en1omb  
#6 Posted : 04 January 2022 10:55:08(UTC)
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Has the latest issue been posted out?

If Martin or Andrew could reply to my email, it would be appreciated. As usual, my auto subscription payment came out in October, but it requires you to send me a top-up invoice, which I haven't yet received.

Thanks

Oliver
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#7 Posted : 04 January 2022 22:47:29(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: en1omb Go to Quoted Post
Has the latest issue been posted out?

If Martin or Andrew could reply to my email, it would be appreciated. As usual, my auto subscription payment came out in October, but it requires you to send me a top-up invoice, which I haven't yet received.

Thanks

Oliver


I'm afraid I can't answer your questions, as Martin deals with all the magazine distribution and subscriptions, etc. I'll drop him a mail alerting him to your post, in case he hasn't seen it.

Regards

A

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Offline Martin Colloms  
#8 Posted : 05 January 2022 09:59:30(UTC)
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Dear Readers

Please accept our apologies

A perfect storm which we finally were not able to stave off, namely delayed printing, and delayed mail out, domestic and international,
EU VAT imposition and late production.

Copies are in the mail system and should now begin to clear.

Even my own proof copy has not arrived and I can almost see the printers with binoculars!

Kind regards

Martin
Offline Martin Colloms  
#9 Posted : 06 January 2022 12:46:17(UTC)
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Distribution went awry
please email martin@hificritic.com about a missing oct-dec 2021 issue
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Offline Martin Colloms  
#10 Posted : 19 January 2022 11:32:32(UTC)
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latest issue news

we have now reprinted both uk and europe and will mail out this week

Really really sorry, but let down by the mail service who seems to have thrown this magazine issue away

Martin
Offline Simon Briggs  
#11 Posted : 21 January 2022 16:18:31(UTC)
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Thank you for the update Martin

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Offline alfthedog  
#12 Posted : 26 January 2022 17:03:59(UTC)
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Thanks for the updates - Have these been mailed out now ?

Thanks

James
Offline Martin Colloms  
#13 Posted : 31 January 2022 12:11:49(UTC)
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Delayed oct-dec issue HIFICRITIC

Our sincerest apologies to many of our subscribers who have not received the latest issue Oct-Dec 2021.
On investigation, while we delivered them into the UK Royal Mail postal system on a trade order bulk mail out in the third week of December, (partly due to printer backlogs) it appears that our mail bags have been dumped with many tons of other mail in a pile at the Royal Mail London despatch office.
They explain that short staffing and Covid has made things worse.
It is said that several weeks may remain before the backlog is cleared and finally delivered.
After waiting nearly six weeks with no result and no communication from Royal Mail we have ordered a reprint of the issue, which we now have completed, and we are mailing the issue out for the second time. It is only a guess, but we hope these will be nearer the top of the pile and that you will receive your copy soon.

Martin Colloms
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Offline en1omb  
#14 Posted : 31 January 2022 20:45:39(UTC)
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Sounds very stressful! As a small operation, it must have been a hard choice to make but one that I hope others subscribers also appreciate and aren’t giving you a hard time over. I would prefer a delayed magazine rather than you have to make a decision that takes the magazine under. I hope the stress hasn’t stopped you enjoying your system!
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Offline Simon Briggs  
#15 Posted : 01 February 2022 09:35:03(UTC)
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Thanks for the update Martin, hope you can get some form of refund or compensation from Royal Mail
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#16 Posted : 01 February 2022 14:01:34(UTC)
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All good things come to those who wait!
Martin, looking forward to reading your review of the cover featured Kuzma Stabi R as I have its orange twin with 4 Point 14 and Viv Labs RF7.

Update: Copy arrived today, thanks

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#17 Posted : 03 February 2022 18:04:09(UTC)
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Arrived today - thanks all for sorting. Looking forward to a good read.

Cheers

James
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#18 Posted : 03 February 2022 20:34:30(UTC)
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Landed in Bristol 🙌🙌🙌🙌!
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#19 Posted : 04 February 2022 03:38:18(UTC)
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…and in Norfolk…
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Offline RussM  
#20 Posted : 04 February 2022 23:00:02(UTC)
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Well worth the wait.

My favourite article was Kevin Fiske's "Going to Ground"

I couldn't help smiling at "...WWII bombs are encountered surprisingly frequently in the UK.."

Then came "I had four 100m diameter vertical holes...bored"

Three of which were 1.6m [million ?] metres from the hub.

A groundbreaking endeavour of truly epic proportions.

It answered almost all my questions on the subject

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