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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 2013


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 2013    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 In This Month's Issue...
Why Does Your Voice Sound Strange?
Editorial By Editor Greg Borrowman


8 Audio News: Vitus Audio R-100, SVS SB-1000, Perfect Wave half price, Q Acoustics, Wharfedale Denton, Sony Shake-5, Accent Digital Muse, Quadral Aurum P8/M8, Axiom tonearm, Chord DSX1000, Audeze LCD-3, Avid Ingenium, Icon Audio KT150, Shelter 501III, Free Ortofon 2M cartridges, Rega RP40, Yamaha Aventage, B&W CM10 and more...

36 Hi-Rise Hi-Fi: The adventures of a Kiwi tonearm designer in the high-end hi-fi stores scattered throughout Singapore's famous Adelphi Centre. For him it was merely a stopover, but for many audiophiles, it's a destination!

76 Sound Travell: Edgar Kramer interviews an audiophile who says that although he finds the sound quality from LP irresistible, that in the future, the computer audio is going to be the main game in town.

93 Obituary: A true giant in audio, who was a household name in every country throughout the entire world, known by billions, passed away quietly last month.

94 Finding the Father of Hi-Fi: David Briggs recounts his memories of his famous cousin, Gilbert Briggs, the founder of Wharfedale and the author of dozens of books about audio and High Fidelity...


Equipment Reviews
20 Yamaha A-S3000 Integrated Amplifier: Yamaha has deliberately setting about designing a product that would achieve 'icon' status, not only at its initial release, but also well into the future. Has this famous Japanese company succeeded?

28 Marantz CD5004 CD Player: Marantz has decided to outfit its lowest-priced CD player with features previously reserved for its high-end models, and build in a high-performance DAC to guarantee state-of-the-art sound quality.

40 PureAudio Vinyl Phono Preamplifier: Michael Wong, of Audio Enz, claimed this component to be the finest phono stage ever made in New Zealand. So who was he kidding?

80 Wilson Audio Alexia Speakers: 'Alexia will be a landmark product for Wilson Audio, of that I have little doubt, and may even outsell the smaller and less expensive Sasha', says Edgar Kramer.

88 Xavian Bonbonus Loudspeakers: Czech manufacturer Xavian says that its latest (and budget) loudspeaker was specifically designed to deliver its best sound when partnered with budget amplifiers, so this was a model we just had to hear for ourselves...


96 Rock On: Jez Ford discovers that Sting plans himself to play a despondent Georgie Docker in some upcoming stage musical. 'He should be stopped!' he argues in this issue's column, in his review of Sting's latest album, The Last Ship.

98 Jazz Track: The Alister Spence Trio, Chris Potter, Roger Dean, Orchestre National de Jazz, Steve Barry and Abel Cross... Australia's finest jazz reviewer passes judgment on a varied line-up of the newest releases...

99 Super Fidelity: Some record companies have seen the light, and are now offering their albums in multiple formats, from standard CD up to full high-res 192kHz/24-bit... not as options, but as a full set.

100 Blu-ray Reviews: Should you worry about not being able to attend a concert by your favourite band? Yes, but Stephen Dawson says that these days, you have the option of watching the same concert on DVD... or do you?


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