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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2015


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 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.


05 Editor's Lead-In
Greg Borrowman reckons he's yet to see a negative review published by any of the totally fear-free independent internet operations and invites readers to submit their contributions.

10 Soundbites
Exposure 1010S2-D, Isotek Evo3 Venus, YG Acoustics Carmel 2, Magico S7, Extrema Evolution, ElacAirX, Legend Acoustics Kurre 8, Sunfire XTEQ, Sony ZX Series, Q Acoustics 3000 Series, Auralic Gemini, Golden Ear Triton Five, Alpha Design Labs H128, Audio Research Reference 250SE Upgrades, Arcam Solo Bar & Sub, Harbeth at Class-A Audio, new Bose QuietComfort 25 versions and much more...

46 Sound Travels
This issue, we visit a music lover who, wisely, takes room acoustics very seriously, whilst also loving his big American muscle McIntosh kit.

48 Audition
On a recent trip to Melbourne, Edgar Kramer grabbed the chance to audition a system that included Goldmund's Eidos 17 Universal Player, Mimesis II Wireless Hub and ProLogos Wireless speakers.

65 Obituary
David Graebener was a pioneer in the field of planar magnetic loudspeakers and also the founder of Bohlender-Graebener Corp. (now BG Radia).

68 Magnetic Cellulose Speakers
Swedish researchers have built the world's first magnetic cellulose loudspeakers. They don't require a large permanent drive magnet, nor do they need a moving voice-coil.


Equipment Reviews
20 Opera Mezza 2012 Loudspeakers
For use in a smaller room or as a near-field monitor, Opera's Mezza 2012s would be a wonderful choice, with superb midrange and highs and imaging that's amongst the best we've heard.

24 Parasound P5/A23 Pre/Power Amplifiers
Designed by none other than the famous John Curl, of Mark Levinson fame, the Parasound P5/A23 duo gives you heaps of power and incredible performance at a ridiculously low price...

36 Avid Sequel SP Turntable
'A level of performance that I would not have believed possible unless I'd heard it with my own ears...' says reviewer Ernest Denman.

52 SVS SB 13-Ultra Subwoofer
Maybe there are other subwoofers out there that offer an equally wide range of options and adjustments but we've yet to hear of them. A top-shelf subwoofer at a bottom-shelf price...

58 NAD C546BEE CD Player
NAD hit on a winning formula for its designs more than forty years ago, but under new ownership, its products are more exciting than ever before.

66 Sennheiser Urbanite XL Headphones
Reviewer Jez Ford says he'd take the cool industrial Urbanite XL over the studied luxury aesthetic of the Momentum any day. Would you?


70 Jazz Track
This month, John Shand auditions new releases from Joseph Tawadros, Paul Grabowsky, George Lewis, the Java Quartet, Tiny Hearts and Melissa Oliveira.

71 Blu-ray Reviews
Waddy Wachtel plays Jimi Hendrix's guitar on the movie Jimi: All Is By My Side, but it's the very talented Holly Hunter who plays the piano on Jane Campion's film of the same name.


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