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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2014


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 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 Editor's Lead-In
Following the debacle that is MP3, the hi-fi industry's most recent triumph is the re-introduction of monophonic sound. And while the Germans are to blame for MP3, the jury's out on who to blame for mono...

6 Audio News
Aerial7 headphones for children, YBA Returns to Oz, Clearaudio Master Innovation, First Thinksound On-Ear, Oppo BDP-105D Darbee Edition, Sol Republic studio-tuned, Parasound ZDAC, Rega Saturn-R, Yamaha LSX-700, Atlas at Westan, Wadia 321, SVS PB-2000, Cyrus Stream X Signature, Sennheiser DJ & Studio 'phones, Yamaha RX-V377, VAF DC-X63, Cocktail Dist Changes, Flexson now with Audio Dynamics, Legend upgrades Kanga, and more...

42 Reader Survey
Tell us what you think about Australian Hi-Fi, and how we could make it better, plus get the chance to win a pair of Bose QuietComfort QC20i Noise Cancelling Earphones!

63 Feature Article
Rod Easdown says there is an upside to DVD piracy, even though the sound quality is terrible and the images even worse. He reveals the terrible truths he uncovered on a recent trip to Bali.


Equipment Reviews
24 Evolution Acoustics MMMicro One Loudspeakers
'Extremely affordable for a speaker that gave one of the best sounds I heard in Vegas,' said John Atkinson of Stereophile.

34 Pro-Ject Elemental Turntable
An entry-level turntable, available with USB as an option, proves to be surprisingly capable...

40 Creek Evolution 50A Integrated Amplifier
This sleek new 50-watter from the UK doesn't put a foot wrong—indeed it's already won the award as best 'Stereo Amplifier of the Year Under $5,000' so you won't go wrong either.

48 Definitive Technology SC4000 Subwoofer
A magnificent subwoofer: powerful, well-equipped and easily outperforms larger, more expensive models. But...

58 Neodio Origine CD Player/DAC
According to Edgar Kramer, you're not going to find a better-built unit that's both a CD player and a DAC that's so distinctively styled!


64 Rock On
For his latest album, Liam Finn composed all the music, played all 67 instruments used to make it, recorded it in his own home, and also produced it... and Jez Ford was more impressed with it than he was with George Michael's latest...

66 Super Fidelity
Half-speed mastered LPs, Pure Audio Blu-ray discs, hybrid multi-channel SACDs… John Sunier listens to them all, and comes to some surprising conclusions!

68 Jazz Track
The latest sounds from Gary Peacock, Marilyn Crispell, Omar Sosa, Pat Methany, Ketil Bjornstad, Howie Smith, Mark Nock, Nat Bartsch evaluated by the critical ear of John Shand.

70 Blu-Ray Reviews
We're not sure if Andy Warhol would have approved of hi-res, but here's The Velvet Underground (and Nico) in hi-res… or at least as high as it could be from back in 1967. Chicago fares better, says Stephen Dawson.


Esoteric Section
54 Sound Travels
Tom Waters visits an audiophile who loves to listens to live music every week, loves his music at home, and loves listening on vinyl—pretty much in that  order!

58 Neodio Origine CD Player/DAC
According to Edgar Kramer, you're not going to find a better-built unit that's both a CD player and a DAC that's so distinctively styled!


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