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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 2016


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 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: Why Hi-Res Is Not 'Hi-Res'
Why are audiophiles aiming for perfect audio reproduction when recording engineers keep stuffing up the music before it gets to us?


6 Audio News
Gold Note, B&O, MQA on NAD, Audeze, Aqua Formula, Focal, Sennheiser, Dali, BeyerDynamic, ClearAudio, Mark Levinson, Boenicke, Bryston, Holton Audio, Pioneer, and more...


18 Preview
Bang & Olufsen showed its monumental Beolab 90 loudspeakers at the Melbourne Audio & AV show, and Jez Ford dropped by the room for a serious listen...


Equipment Reviews
20 Lumin D1 Network Audio Player
Budget-priced, yet still one of the best-looking and best-sounding network streamers available!


26 Prism Sound Callia DAC
What happens when one of the world's most famous manufacturers of pro studio DACs decides to 'go audiophile'?


32 Krix Acoustix MkII Loudspeakers
If you want big sound from bookshelf speakers, you need look no further than the Krix Acoustix MkII. And at the price, they're a bargain!


36 Redgum Magnificata Amplifier System
A unique, quirky and extraordinarily powerful amplifier system that's personally hand-crafted by the designer himself. But it's an amplifier that's steeped in controversy...


80 Audio Analogue Maestro Anniversary Integrated Amplifier
It's an amplifier of lights, but not a light amplifier! Is this a cryptic clue to the amplifier's performance? Turn to page 80 to find out!


85 Music Hall mmf 9.1 Turntable
Reviewer Chris Croft reckons you should grab one of these while you can, not least because the Australian version is fundamentally different from those sold overseas.


88 Garrott Bros OptimFGS Phono Cartridge
Can a moving-magnet cartridge sound better than a moving-coil cartridge? The answer, according to Andrew Ryland, is yes...


92 M&K Sound V12 Subwoofer
M&K's powerhouse V12 subwoofer is room-friendly, partner-friendly and sounds great. Who could ask for more?


95 Sony MDR-1000X Bluetooth NC Headphones
With Bluetooth as well as noise-cancelling, these Sony headphones tick all the right boxes to make them true contenders.



76 Sound Travels
This issue Edgar Kramer interviews an audiophile who's improved his B&W DM70s with new Focal bass drivers and treble panels from Christian Feillafé.


97 Obituary
E. J. 'Ted' Jordan, the English loudspeaker designer and engineer, who pioneered full-range, metal coned drivers, is dead.


96 Rock On
Jez Ford reviews a star-studded line-up that includes Jack White, Bruce Springsteen, Barry Gibb and Loretta Lynn.


98 Super Fidelity
Fans of Gerry Mulligan will have to get in fast to order this new box-set of five LPs, with music never released on CD, because Mosaic Records is only pressing 3,500 of them.


100 Jazz Track
John Shand reviews new releases from Lloyd Swanton, Paul Grabowsky, Stu Hunter, Kristin Berardi and, would you believe it, nonagenarian Tony Bennett.


102 Blu-ray Reviews
Is The Great Gatsby a musical? Well, not technically, says Stephen Dawson, but the music is so important it may as well be, and it's in DTS-HD Master Audio 16-bit/48kHz.


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