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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2017


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2017


    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: Zen And The Art Of The Ear-Bud
A sad, sorry, but ultimately educational tale about how not to buy a pair of ear-buds.
Editorial By Greg Borrowman


6 Sound Bites
Klipsch Wireless Audio, Cyrus One App, Sugden Grande, Densen Cast, IsoAcoustics Aperta, Audio Research DAC8 Upgrade, KEF Space One, Pioneer XDP-300R, Benchmark DAC3, Amina Edge, NAD M50.2, Marten Mingus Quintet, and more...


16 Loudness Controls:
Why they're wrong... just plain wrong... even though the circuits have improved dramatically over the years.


48 Sound Travels
We meet one of the founders of the Melbourne Audio Club, who owns some rare hi-fi components, including the 88th Linn Sondek ever made, complete with original Decca tonearm.


58 Interview
Demetris Backlavas of Yypsilon, where 'Greek austerity ends at the factory door' according to Michael Fremer.


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2017


Equipment Reviews
14 HiFiMAN Edition X V2 Headphones
The original V1 won a 'Headphone of the Year' award and this V2 looks to do the same, but in a different price category...


18 Harbeth Monitor 30.1 Loudspeakers
Designed with the aid of the BBC, the University of Sussex and the help of the British Government, Harbeth is British to its boots!


28 Denon DCD-2500NE SACD Player
Denon's latest Advanced AL32 Processing Plus circuitry elevates CD — and SACD — sound to new heights!


38 Questyle Reference System Golden Edition
Though not without its quirks, this is the best desktop audio system available, or the 'ne plus ultra' according to reviewer Ernest Denman.


50 Torus AVR2 Power Conditioner
Using a state-of-the-art power condition such as the AVR2 in a high-end audio system can provide tangible benefits, says Greg Borrowman


54 Krix Epicentrix Mk2 Centre-Channel Speaker
This model from Krix will most likely improve the sound of your home theatre speaker system, no matter what brand it is...


62 Rock On
Kate Bush has come out of hiding with a fabulous live 4LP set (also on CD) that's available at an unbelievably low price!


64 Super Fidelity
This month, a truly fine selection of new, rare and very listenable hi-res recordings.


66 Jazz Track
The clarinet has faded from favour as a front-line jazz instrument, but John Shand's found a rare exception that shows what music lost...


68 Blu-Ray Music
Stephen Dawson reveals his real feelings about Shania Twain and Alice Cooper, based on two fabulously good Blu-ray releases.... 



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