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HiFi World Magazine Closes

I have just received this sad news from the editor and publisher of HiFi World, Noel Keywood

The release says…

“Published since 1991, I regret to tell you that after 32 years Hi-Fi World magazine must now cease publication, since the company producing it – Audio Web Publishing Ltd – has became financially unviable due to loss of  bookstand sales in the High Street, at railway stations and airports around the world during the Covid Pandemic. Until 2019 Audio Web Publishing Ltd was trading profitably, but has currently ceased to do so.  

“As director I am obliged to liquidate the company and have appointed KSA Group Ltd (licensed insolvency practitioners) to assist and place the company into a creditors voluntary liquidation in order to protect creditors interests.


“All creditors of the company will receive, by post, from KSA Group Ltd, details of a forthcoming creditors meeting and how to make a claim in the liquidation for any financial loss you may have, or are likely to incur. 


“I offer heartfelt thanks to all the readers who have supported us for so long. It was the work of my lifetime and very enjoyable too. Thank you all so much. 
Noel Keywood, publisher.”

As many of you will know, I was a contributor to the magazine. In fact, the longest serving contributor until very recently. I’ll be sad to see it go. It was an odd, quirky little magazine which offered a voice, all its own. It scooted off in its own direction. It never felt corporate. If anything, it was the closest HiFi news-stand magazine I know to a hobbyist publication.

And that’s why I liked it. That’s why I was attracted to writing for the thing, all those years ago.

And end of an era.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Dermot
    12th September 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Ah no!!!!!!!!!!

    That’s desperately sad but unfortunately inevitable in these crazy times. God I don’t know what to say as it was so much a very important part of my life for all of those 32 years. In fact I still have that very first publication with the free Mary Black CD on the cover up in a special place in the attic. Your contributions Paul were the bits I absolutely looked forward to. Anyway I’d better stop here before I start on a tearful nostalgic crusade. Oh and congratulations on your long tenure too. You summed it pretty well – “If anything, it was the closest HiFi news-stand magazine I know to a hobbyist publication.” Bye bye Noel and the boys and thank you so, so much for making our lives that little bit more worthwhile.

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      ScotCan
      13th September 2022 at 12:48 pm

      I no longer have the first issue of the magazine, but I do have the Mary Black CD. Very sad but seemingly inevitable.

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    Mike Rubin
    12th September 2022 at 3:23 pm

    When the editor of a commercial publication begins his piece with a dangling participle, that’s a tell.

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    Mohsin
    12th September 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Very sad news, it was an excellent magazine.

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    Mike Goulette
    12th September 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Paul. Very sad to see it go. I was an avid subscriber during it’s DIY era and still have my WAD KAT6550 amp that I built from the design published in the magazine in the early 2000s. Covid has belatedly claimed another victim.
    Best wishes, Mike

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    John Norris
    12th September 2022 at 3:52 pm

    This is sad to read but perhaps not wholly surprising in the climate where magazine sales do seem in decline with the proliferation of website blogs and YouTube reviewers. As a graphic designer I feel for those who produced it and the printers who printed it. More work lost in design for print. Perhaps someone else will take it on and produce a digital version? You know more about this and the sector than I do, Paul. For me, its design did feel a bit dated but that’s no criticism of the writing.

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    Ian Barber
    12th September 2022 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Paul,
    Another sad day, indeed. I used to buy it every month without fail.
    Cheers

    Ian

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    Trevor
    12th September 2022 at 4:46 pm

    That’s sad. Though I was not a regular purchaser, I did buy occasionally when travelling through airports. In fact Noel once answered a question in relation to my valve amp that he had given a glowing (pun intended) review to. I hope the contributors can go on to write for other publications, as their knowledge and advice (alongside your own) is much valued.

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    Jacques
    12th September 2022 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Paul,
    As you say, this is very sad. I was a subscriber from 1991 up to 2022.
    I think I’ve read all your columns, and that’s a lot of reading over almost 30 years.
    The end of an era indeed.

    Jacques

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    William Hawkins
    12th September 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Sad indeed. I was a subscriber and enjoyed its independent take on things. Your contributions were always valued by me, Paul. Best wishes to Noel for the future, and thanks, too.

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    Tom
    12th September 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Worldwide FM announcing closure and now this on the same day. What a shame.

  • Reply
    Andy Rawlins
    13th September 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Rats. I’ve been a subscriber for some years (only recently renewed my subscription) and, as Paul says, its quirky and a bit different. What Hi Fi just doesn’t cut it for me as a regular read I’m afraid.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      13th September 2022 at 5:29 pm

      I’ll do my best to keep the quirk-flag flying, Andy.

    • Reply
      IAN DAVIES
      14th September 2022 at 12:04 pm

      Did you renew through Webscribe?

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    Matthew Taylor
    13th September 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Buyers appear to go online to read free utube reviews and prefer often to purchase from outlets like China Hi fi. Ali express also. This will save the consumer a fortune. This has contributed to Mr keywoodsdemisw.

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    IAN DAVIES
    14th September 2022 at 12:03 pm

    This is very sad news indeed, as a subscriber – wonder when I will be notified, possibly never? I had a couple of letters published, one about my Castle Avons – still going strong – and another about room acoustics, which as letter of the month won me a pair of AE 100 Mk2s. Always enjoyed the reviews and the comments sections and generally keeping up with developments, new kit, etc., and being a vinyl man, this publication had always been a strong advocate, whilst embracing streaming, etc., so for me it covered all bases. One assumes the September issue was the last?

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      Paul Rigby
      14th September 2022 at 2:34 pm

      No idea on the subs thing Ian, I’m afraid. As I’ve said elsewhere, I wasn’t even with the mag at the end. I left weeks before. So I’m thoroughly yet sadly divorced from the company and its remains, as it where. Yes, September was the last issue.

  • Reply
    IAN DAVIES
    14th September 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks Paul.
    Added pressure on The Audiophile Man to fill the void! If you are in contact with Noel, please pass on my regards and thanks.

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    Keith Gooden
    15th September 2022 at 8:28 am

    The best “read” for hifi enthusiasts. Always a pleasure to see it drop onto the doormat. Have been a fan since 1991 with you, Noel, Dominic and all the team. Thank you.

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    John
    18th September 2022 at 11:39 pm

    HIFI WORLD WAS AN ICON OF THE HIFI ENTHUSIAST WHO HAD LOST FAITH IN MAINSTREAM PUBLICATIONS. NOT AS GREAT AS HIFI ANSWERS BUT DEFINITELY ONE OF THE VERY BEST PUBLICATIONS.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      19th September 2022 at 12:48 pm

      Where’s my ear muffs? 🙂

  • Reply
    Wayne james
    19th September 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Top magazine.Got me up the ladder.separates H!F! ladder that is will have to have a wake to mourn the loss.

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    Wayne james
    19th September 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Forgot to say many thanks to Noel keywood & Dominic baker.👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍.. it’s a ten from Len.

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    Mark Rattray
    26th September 2022 at 11:01 am

    Oh no…….. what a terrible event to learn. i have been wondering recently if there was an issue as my monthlt Hi Fi World magazine has not arrived and looking at varios magazine shops ( WH Smiths) etc had no stock of the October 2022 copies. My fear confirmed as i have just recieved confirmation notice letter in the post this morning.
    I have many (100s) of your magazines saved and will keep as future reference reads and for nostalgia . I have also all of your additional supplements from the early 1990s saved too which will also be retained. i have enjoyed building your World Audio designs Pre and 5881 power amplifiers and purchasing the speciaised components ( PIO Capacitors) etc.

    May i wish all HI – Fi World staff the very best in the future

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