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Sound+Image Nov-Dec 2021: new issue out now

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It's out now in print and digital form – the November-December 2021 issue of Sound+Image. 

Check out all the global EISA Award Winners for 2021-2022, and the full details on all the AV winners!

We listen to Bowers & Wilkins' brand-new 805 D4 and 20 – yes 20! – other pairs of stand-out standmount speakers from $359 to more than $13,000, so you can get BIG hi-fi sound from some remarkably small speakers. 

Read our full review on Yamaha's top-of-the-line Aventage RX-A8A - the compan'ys first 11-channel integrated receiver since the classic Z11.

Plus plenty more – audio-technica's new dynamic vinyl deck at just $699, the new Cambridge Audio smart amplifier, and more... 

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AV & HI-FI EQUIPMENT REVIEWS

Yamaha Aventage RX-A8A networked AV receiver
The top one-box receiver in Yamaha’s 10th anniversary Aventage range gets both movie soundtracks and Atmos music mixes flowing.

LG SP9YA soundbar+subwoofer
LG again teams with Meridian for its new soundbars, this SP9 model promising 5.1.2 channels with Atmos and DTS:X. 

audio-technica AT-LPW50PB turntable
Looks great, sounds great, and at $699 it’s priced well for those getting into or returning to vinyl. We struggle to find anything against this deck.

Bluesound Node streamer
The latest-gen Bluesound Node improves this streamer’s ability still further, and adds a very handy HDMI ARC input for TV playback.   

Cambridge Audio Evo 150 smart amplifier
The UK brand delivers a just-add-speakers smart amplifier that gives the key players an impressive and attractive run for their money. 

HEADPHONES
JBL Live660NC wireless noise-cancelling headphones
Fully-featured app-enhanced noise-cancellers at a remarkable $249.95. But how do they sound?

Yamaha YH-L700A wireless noise-cancelling headphones
Loaded with tech, including ‘surround’ sound fields, while sounding their best used straight.

Klipsch T5 II wireless noise-cancelling earphones
Internal tech from Dirac and Bragi help Klipsch’s ANC buds justify their premium presentation.

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GROUP TEST
Standmount speakers
The advantages of standmounts over large floorstanders extend beyond mere size and aesthetics to finer focus and cleaner bass. We round-up 21 pairs of top-performing small +speakers from the entry-level to the luxurious.

ELAC Debut 5.2 + DALI Spektor 2 + Q Acoustics 3030i + Triangle Borea BR03 + Bowers & Wilkins 607 S2 Anniversary + ELAC Debut Reference DRB62 + Polk Reserve R200 + Richter Merlin S6 + Definitive Technology Demand D9 + Sonus faber Lumina 1 + Chario Constellation II Lynx + KEF LS50 Meta + Revel Performa3 M105 + Spendor Classic 4/5 + KEF R3 + JBL L82 Classic + Krix Esoterix Altum + Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 XD + Fyne Audio F701 + Bowers & Wilkins 805 D4  + Sonus faber Electa Amator III 

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EISA AWARDS 2021-2022
Sound+Image is Australia’s EISA AV member of this global society of magazines; so we laid our votes – and here are the winners! 

COAST WITH THE MOST: smart home
Nine audio zones, five 4K video zones, full Savant control — and not a bad view outside. This is blue-sky smart design from Len Wallis Audio.

+ news, views + so much more! 

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