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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 2015


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 2015

    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
Why did Taylor Swift cancel her contract with Spotify? And why wasn't this a surprise to Mark Waldrep of Aix Records? Questions, answers and apologies...
Editorial By Greg Borrowman


6 Sound Bites
Yamaha's new Sonos-killer products, Sopranino add-on Supertweeter, changes for Music Hall and Dynaudio, arty grilles for VAF, a total revamp for B&W, discounts on Harbeth M40.1, game-changing DAC from Chord, DSD from Sony, Gold Note's Atomic clock for CD, dCS future-proofs its Rossini... and more.


18 Headphones for Women
What do women really want? No-one really knows... but headphone designers are having a go. Rod Easdown reckons they've missed the mark.


88 Meet the Designer
Australia's REDGUM is not only now 21 years old, it also has a new flagship amplifier. Designer Ian Robinson tells us the secret of his success...


114 Obituary
Dieter Burmester, founder and CEO of famous German high-end audio manufacturer Burmester Audiosysteme GmbH.


120 Subscriptions
Tired of traipsing down to the newsagent to secure your copy of Australia's best and greatest hi-fi publication? If you subscribe, we can deliver the real thing to your door, or an electronic facsimile to your device.


Equipment Reviews
24 Triangle Elara LN05 Loudspeakers
An exclusive! The world's first review of the new Elara LN05. Not only a clean, crisp look, but also clean, crisp and totally musically satisfyingly sound!


28 Cambridge Audio CXA80 Integrated Amplifier
A fantastic new anti-clipping circuit, superb build quality, sophisticated industrial design, high power and super-low distortion. But how does it sound?


36 Naim CD5 XS CD Player
Is it ominous that reviewer Lesley Swan's conclusion contains both a recommendation and a warning?


80 Axis VoiceBox S Loudspeakers
'We have a new small monitor reference in our hot little hands!' says reviewer Edgar Kramer of the latest creation from designers John Reilly and Brad Serhan.


86 Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones
Near-perfect sonic presentation and supplied fully loaded with all the options—wired, wireless, USB, and active noise-cancellation.


92 Richter Wizard V Loudspeakers
Richter's Wizard design is the biggest-selling Australian speaker in history and when you read our review of the newest Series V version, now with a 10-year warranty, you'll know why...


98 Rock On
Great new albums from Public Image, The Waifs, The Strypes, and Squeeze, but Boy & Bear and David Gilmour get their card marked 'Could Do Better'.


100 Jazz Track
Lenny Breau spent over 20 years of his short life figuring out how to play stuff on his custom 7-string guitar that were supposed to be technically impossible. Now you can hear the result.


102 Super Fidelity
Classical pianist Christian Jacob has released his first jazz album and Sonja Fraki has released an album of works for solo piano written by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho.


104 Blu-ray Reviews
Experience The Who live at Shea Stadium from back in 1982, and Eric Clapton's farewell tour (Planes, Trains and Eric) from 2014. In both cases the magic of Blu-ray means great sound... mostly.


Esoteric Section
76 Sound Travels
The thundering bass sound at a Wishbone Ash concert at the Odeon Hammersmith in London started a lifelong quest for thundering bass...


80 On Test
When was the last time you saw a badge on a product that said 'Proudly Made in China'? No, we thought not... so get ready for a first-time experience.



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