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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine July / August 2016


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine July / August 2016


    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
Crowd-funding hi-fi equipment: What could possibly go wrong?


6 Audio News
Densen, Hegel, PS Audio, Dynaudio, ATC, Lindemann, Magico, Naim, Sonorous, Sonus faber, Revel, Acoustic Research, Classe, Parrot, WBT, Scansonic and more...


26 Hi-Fi Show Report
Munich's High End Show has taken over from Las Vegas' CES as the most important event on the audio calendar


35 Book Review
Newell and Holland's new book makes a scientific case for using specific speaker cables for specific applications... and for different amplifier types.


40 Sound Travels
Tom Waters visits an audiophile who loves vinyl, the ritual of playing vinyl, and has some amazing componentry...


92 The Download Fandango
Sy Croydon looks at the practicalities, legalities and ethics of illegal copying and downloading and offers some very practical solutions...


114 Obituary: Roy Allison
Tom Tyson, who was a personal friend, pays tribute to one of the most original thinkers in the loudspeaker business.


Equipment Reviews
18 Yamaha CD-S3000 Super Audio CD Player
If you were thinking you wanted to buy a 'last' CD player, this is the one to get, says Hugh Douglas.


30 Krix Neuphonix MkII Loudspeakers
Truly superb high-fidelity speakers that would be a great choice in any sized room and for any style of music...


34 Einstein 'The Tune' Integrated Amplifier
Why is German manufacturer Einstein demanding a premium price for what is at essence an 80-watt per channel integrated?


40 Meridian Explorer2 DAC
Meridian's Explorer2 delivers such high performance that it really won't benefit from MQA compatibility or suffer from a lack of DSD.


80 Bryston 14B3 Power Amplifier
A Canadian amplifier that's so powerful that you'll need to upgrade your home's 240V mains supply to extract its maximum performance!


86 JBL Studio 530 Loudspeakers
The Studio 530s look unusual, and you may have to add a subwoofer in larger rooms, but they're very musical and more than a bit thrilling...


90 Stax RS-L700 Earspeakers
You may not be able to afford electrostatic loudspeakers, but you'll certainly be able to afford a pair of electrostatic headphones... so why not buy the best?


96 Rock On
Hey, hey it's... a new album from The Monkees! Plus a new one from Paul Simon... and another newie from his Bobness.


98 Super Fidelity
MoFi has remastered one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, Ellington at Newport, on a traditional mono LP.


100 Jazz Track
Sad, beautiful music that just for an hour, will sweep the foolish world from your mind, appropriately titled The Half-Finished Heaven.


102 Blu-ray Reviews
Stephen Dawson looks at a TV show that should be required viewing for all musicians and audiophiles... and most particularly those who were around in the '70s!


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