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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 2014


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 2014    Since 1969, Australian Hi-Fi Magazine has kept audiophiles up to date on all the latest advances in audio technology and the hi-fi components available to enjoy music. All equipment reviews and music reviews are written by professionals who are experts in their respective fields, and are checked for accuracy by experienced sub-editors. Every audio component reviewed in Australian Hi-Fi Magazine is also independently tested by a NATA-certified test laboratory, whose test results and graphs are published with each review, together with a detailed technical analysis of those results. Australian Hi-Fi Magazine also maintains a complete database of all Australian and New Zealand distributors of hi-fi equipment, along with updated listings of the brands they distribute. Australian Hi-Fi Magazine is published six times a year and on sale at thousands of news agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as being available in selected audio stores across the country plus International mail and online via digital download.


3 In This Month's Issue...
Editor Greg Borrowman, who personally uses a pair of headphones endorsed by Pete Townshend (see also Steve Dawson's review of Tommy, on page 102) decries the popularity of 'celebrity' 'phones.
Editorial By Editor Greg Borrowman


6 Audio News
Yamaha AS-201, Cyrus CDi, Parasound Zdac, ArcamMiniblink, Sennheiser G4ME Zero, McIntosh McAire, SVS SB-2000, Aedle VK-1, Nitty Gritty Mini-Pro1, VPI Classic 3, Theil CS2.7, Kronos Counter-rotator, Audiolab M-Net, Wilson Audio Sasha Series-2... all are now available in Australia, plus more...

30 CES Show Report
Neither sleet nor snow could deter the intrepid Jason Kennedy from his annual visit to the world's greatest hi-fi show. Here is what he discovered.

86 Amp Camp
Ever thought that you'd like to build your own amplifier, but didn't have the confidence to make a start? Australia's first 'Amp Camp' is now up and running, where you can DIY under expert supervision!


Equipment Reviews
22 Krix Harmonix Mk2 Loudspeakers

28 Micromega MyZic Headphone Amp
Outstanding sound quality, excellent build quality, great price... how is it that it can be made entirely in France? Chris Croft investigates...

34 Arcam FMJ A19 Integrated Amplifier
It's a mystery. What do the letters FMJ really stand for? But when an amplifier offers so many features, for such little money, does anyone really care?

40 Avid Ingenium Turntable
Never heard the Ortofon 2M Red sound better than it did in the Pro-Ject 9cc arm fitted to the Avid Ingenium... indeed a ménage à trois made in musical heaven!

80 DEQX PreMate Digital Processor & Preamplifier
A superb tool for the correction of frequency response errors and deviations inherent in all speaker/room interactions... but it's much more than that...

90 Richter Sorcerer Valve Amplifier
When it comes to sound quality, Class-A rules, and that's what you'll find in the Sorcerer...along with magnificent KT-120!


96 Rock On

98 Super Fidelity
Sir Eugene Goosens, who was hounded from Australia after importing pornographic material and an affair with notorious Kings Cross erotic artist Rosaleen Norton, has returned... well his music has...

100 Jazz Track
John Shand discovers Down Deep, an extraordinary integration of jazz, African and classical elements that is as visceral as flamenco singing or Hound Dog Taylor's guitar.

102 Blu-Ray Reviews
How do you think he does it? I don't know. What makes him so good? Steve Dawson discovers a hi-res version of one of rock music's most famous operas.


Esoteric Section
76 Sound Travels
Edgar Kramer interviews an audiophile who claims that listening to music playing through his system, in his dedicated acoustically-treated room, is 'better than sex'...

80 DEQX PreMate Digital Processor & Preamplifier
The PreMate is an analogue preamplifier with built-in DAC that also features the DSP powers that have made DEQX world-famous. In fact it shares many of the features of the company's flagship model HDP4.


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