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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine September / October 2018


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine September / October 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
In the course of trying to prove that no-one can hear the difference in quality between his own hi-res recordings and lower-quality versions, Mark Waldrep seems to have proved the exact opposite


6 Audio News
JL Audio at Len Wallis, Raidho X-5 & XT-5, Sennheiser Design Award, iFi iPurifier3, Exposure 5010, SGR Audio, NAD C538, Brinkmann Edison MkII, Esoteric N-01, Mag-Lev ML-1, APL Hi-Fi, Aesthetix Saturn Series, McIntosh MC462, Jico Seto-Hori, Sonitus, Vinnie Rossi L2, and RME ADI-2 DAC.


52 EISA Award Winners 20182019
When EISA went global last year, Australian Hi-Fi became the newest member of EISA's Hi-Fi Expert Group, voting on this year's winners. And here they are!


82 Hi-Fi Deconstructed
Rod Easdown's late night musical introspectives are being hi-jacked... and he blames The Wiggles.


42 Subscription Offer
Subscribe using the form on page 42... or renew your existing subscription and you could win a fantastic audio-video system valued at $9,944 that includes a BenQ projector, a Denon AVR-X1400 AV Receiver and a 5.1-channel Klipsch surround speaker system.


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine September / October 2018


Equipment Reviews
16 Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier/DAC
Built in Norway, the H80's sound and performance depend on its unique patented 'SoundEngine' circuitry.


22 Parasound JC 3 Jnr Phono Preamplifier
Not fancy on the outside, but pretty fancy inside, and its sound is breathtakingly beautiful!


30 Mytek Brooklyn DAC+
It's a DAC, it's a phono preamplifier, it's a headphone amplifier... it can do anything... and does it really, really well...


36 B&W 702 S2 Loudspeakers
Trickle-down technology directly benefits not one but two models in B&W's latest Series 2 speakers.


44 Krix Estoterix Altum Loudspeakers
Outstanding sound quality and measured performance from this small two-way design.


70 Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBB Headphones
Blue, blue and more blue... but you can also buy them in red, white and black... and there's good reason that you should because they're a great buy!


62 Rock On
Jez Ford listens to two new Paul Simon releases, one appalling and one divinely perfect and also to a new batch of hits from Olivia Newton-John, but it's a Zep re-issue that gets the blood racing!


64 Super Fidelity
Jazz by Erroll Garner, Gary Burton, Chick Corea and Ray Charles, and classics from Bach, Shostakovich, plus a salute to Sir Dan Godfrew on his 150th anniversary.


68 Top Picks
New music from The Bronx, Noah Gunderson, Paper Thin, Foo Fighters, He Dives and Pagan reviewed by Pete, Matt, Emily and Ed.


68 Blu-ray
This month, Stephen Dawson takes an in-depth look at the UltraHD Blu-ray format, explaining the technicalities behind the image quality and the sound quality.


69 Jazz Track
This month, John Shand listens to Anouar Brahem, Barney McAll, Stefano Bollani Trio, Polymorphic Orkestra, Toby Wren Trio and Plait Ensemble.




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