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DeVore Fidelity: The Nines Loudspeaker

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Remember those old TV ads for Remington electric razors, the ones where the guy proclaimed he liked the razor so much, he bought the company? Well, I heard some speakers a few years ago I liked so much that I shelled out my own money-no, not for the whole company, but for a pair of the DeVore Fidelity Gibbon Super 8s ($4,000; devorefidelity.com). Then, when designer John DeVore announced he was going to introduce a slightly larger Gibbon, I began salivating and didn’t stop panting until the boxes arrived with the new model, the Nines ($6,500). Unfortunately for my salivary glands, it was over a year from that first announcement to the day UPS showed up a month or so ago.

Now I could take the easy way out and refer you back to my review of the Super 8s and just say, “Multiply all those good things by about one point six,” and be done with it, making my job a lot easier. But that would be doing you an injustice, and it would be unfair to these stupendous speakers.

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