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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2018


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2018


    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
The number of Australians with music-induced hearing damage is on the rise, with National Acoustics Laboratories predicting that if things don't change, it will affect one in four Australians by 2050.


6 Audio News
Perreaux 255i, Open Audio Designs CP1 7 UF1, Audio Research Ref 160M, Denon AVR-X8500H, Audio Analogue AAPhono, Audio-Technica AT-LP7, DS Audio ST-50, Audioquest Beetle, BlueSound, Clearaudio Trace, Exposure XM9, Chord Qutest, Devialet Phantom, Astell&Kern AK70MkII, Musical Fidelity M6S, Focal Listen Wireless.


52 Interview
John Ong has been an integral part of the Melbourne audio scene for more than twenty years, across the field of R&D, design, manufacturing, and now retail (again!)...


82 Obituary
John Sunier wrote the Super Fidelity column for Australian Hi-Fi magazine for more than 20 years, but he also authored several books, created a world-famous website and was a famous broadcaster...


Equipment Reviews
16 Music Hall mmf 1.5 Turntable
A superb turntable whose performance belies its price — its's an exceptional performer and looks exceptionally good into the bargain.


24 Harbeth 30.2 Anniversary Loudspeakers
Harbeth seems to be stringing out its 40th Anniversary models at tad, but when they're as good as the 30.2, and finished in that unique veneer, who's going to complain?


30 Richter Thor 10.6 Subwoofer
Big is bad, ports are poxy and vinyl sucks. Research into what consumers really want is what informed the design of Richter's latest and greatest subwoofer...


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2018


36 Dynaudio Special Forty Loudspeakers
Their dynamics, their tone and their imaging are the highest on their long list of strengths, says reviewer Jez Ford. And how thrilling was the speed of the bass delivery?


40 Micromega M-100 Integrated Amplifier
They do things differently in France, and if you ever needed any proof, you need look no further than Micromega's M-100, because it's completely different in form and in function...


44 Nagra CDP CD Player
We review a state-of-the-art CD player, built by hand in Switzerland that delivers superb performance, but has more than its fair share of quirks!


58 B&W 800 D3 Loudspeakers
If you haven't yet experienced the gloriously spine-tingling high-frequency sound of B&W's famous diamond tweeter, there's no better place to start than with the new 800 D3.


66 Rock On
'Who cast John Legend as Christ in this version of Rice and Webber's classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar?', asks an incredulous Jez Ford. But he loves the latest Dylan release on Mo-Fi vinyl...


68 Jazz Track
This month, John Shand rustles up an eclectic half-dozen new releases, one of which was inspired by Donald Trump, whilst another was inspired by WA's Mungo National Park. That's jazz for you!


70 DVD Reviews
If you've already heard of Alter Bridge, you're ahead of Jeff Apter, but in for a treat, and if you're a fan of Barbra Streisand you won't want to miss this blast from the past. 



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