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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   July / August 2019


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine July / August 2019


    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 : Who's Talking... And Who's Listening?
Voice assistance from voice assistants. Sounds like a good idea, but hi-fi manufacturers could be in danger of getting it seriously wrong... especially if they're planning to sell in the Middle East... or Germany.


6 Audio News
Parasound XRM, New ATC distributor, Yamaha Airplay 2, Magnepan MG30.7, Heschl HAL350, Canton Smart Soundbox 3, Acoustic Energy AE308, Oceanic gets Stealthy, Clearaudio Smart Power 12V, Lumin D2 and Power Amp, NAD licenses Purifi, Miller & Kreisel 750 Redux, Ortofon Super OM5E, Magico A1, Audio Research CD6SE, Sonus faber Minima Amator II, Schiit Audio Aegir.


46 Show Report
The High End Show in Munich is now the show you just have to attend, whether you're a manufacturer, a distributor, an audio journalist or an audiophile. Jason Kennedy was blown away by this year's event...


Equipment Reviews
18 Dynaudio Evoke 50 Loudspeakers
Dynaudio has trickled down the 'Hexis' technology used in the Esotar3 into a pair of totally affordable floor-standers.


26 Yamaha CD-S300 CD/USB Player
This good-looking, high-performance budget-priced wonder is choc-full of welcome surprises!


30 ifi Audio Pro iDSD DAC/Amp/Streamer
Steve Dawson finds much that's right about this new DAC from ifi, and a few things that are wrong about it.


36 Rega Planar 8 Turntable
We review and test not only the new Rega Planar 8 turntable, but also the Rega Apheta 2 MC phono cartridge. How'd they fare?


58 Audia Flight FLS10 Integrated Amplifier
Not only a high-power integrated amplifier, but also a DAC — and if it's missing a feature you want, you can probably option it in!


82 Hi-Fi Deconstructed
Rod Easdown investigates who's responsible for the terrible acoustics of England's House of Commons and discovers several culprits, including Sir Winston Churchill, are to blame.


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine July / August 2019


68 Super Fidelity
Craft Recordings is releasing re-mastered versions of classics such as The Best Of R.E.M and James Taylor's One Man Band on 180 gram vinyl. How good is that? Find out here!


69 Top Picks
Matt Doria and Britt Andrews bring you their top picks from new releases from Carlos Santana, J.J. Cale, Father of the Bride, Middle Kids, The Damned Things and Fluorescence.


70 Rock On
Jez Ford decides to take it easy and not only write all the reviews, but take all the photos, do all the proof-reading, and also act as lay-out artist, putting it all on the page you'll find at location 70.


72 Jazz Track
Cartoonist Michael Leunig, singer/songwriter Katie Noonan, saxophonist Zac Hurren and axeman Steve Magnusson join forces on Gratitude and Grief, an album that works oh so well, says John Shand.



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