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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 2015


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 2015    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.


03 Editor's Lead-In
Is the enjoyment of recorded music related to fidelity or to the situation in which you're listening? A weird experience in the Blueys caused Greg Borrowman to ponder.

6 Audio News
Yamaha A-S301, A-S501, A-S701; harman/kardon Aura, JBL Clip, Eat C-Sharp, Westone W-Series, Icon Audio MB81, Metronome Le Player, Shelter Accord, Naim Super Lumina, Bryston AC-1, McIntosh D150, Koss Pro4S, Burson Timekeeper, Sheng Ya A-203GS, SME Model 15, Chord 2Qute & Hugo TT, Sennheiser RS and more...

37 How Many Bits Are Best?
Everyone thinks music sounds better when you add bits, but what happens when you take them away? Stephen Dawson explores what happens when you drop from 16-bits down to just 8...


Equipment Review
18 Hegel H160 Integrated Amplifier
All the way from Norway with a host of innovative circuit features, a very high power output and a wife-friendly design.

28 Marantz CD6005 CD Player
The performance of the CD6005 is nothing short of miraculous: it's time to upgrade your player!

40 Richter Thor Series V DSP Subwoofer
Richter has rationalised its subwoofer line-up and in the process completely re-designed its mighty Thor, with wonderful results...

80 Yamaha NS-F901 Loudspeakers
These are speakers that deserve to join the High Fidelity 'Hall of Fame.'

84 AURALiC Vega Digital Audio Processor
Can this company do no wrong? One of the best-designed, best-sounding, highest-performance DAPs we've ever reviewed!

90 AVM Inspiration CS2.2 Streaming AV Receiver
The perfect component for everyone who wants to 'do it all' in hi-fi quality, but wants to do so with only a single classy-looking component.


96 Rock On
Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows, Diana Krall, Bob Dylan, The Waterboys, Madonna and Yes... Jez Ford is certainly mixing it up this issue, and not a bad 'un amongst them.

98 Super Fidelity
All Wagner's operas, newly performed and recorded, in a 32-disc SACD set, complete with a DVD? This is a set no Wagnerian can afford to be without!

100 Jazz Track
John Shand finds Roger Dean returned to his old role of jazz pianist to record the final works of the late Grahame Collier, to fascinating effect...

102 Blu-ray Reviews
Stephen Dawson looks at the latest releases from two musicians who died before their time: Michael Hutchence and Bob Marley.


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