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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   November / December 2019


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 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
Epistrophe, Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, Taylor Swift and streaming. It's all about joining the dots.
Editorial By Greg Borrowman


6 Audio News
HEDD now in Oz, Record Doctor VI, KEF Q250 LCR, Sonus faber Minima Amator II, Arcam SA30, Bryston BDA-3.14, Q Acoustics Q B12, McIntosh MA352, VAF I-33, VAF I-45, Degritter RCM, Linn Series III, Lithe Audio, Miyajima Takumi L, Audio-Technica ATH-CK3TW, AudioSolutions Virtuoso M, Melco S100, iFi Zen, Richter Wizard 6, Pro-Ject VC-S2, Bose 700.


48 Headphone Outputs
Your amplifier's headphone output could be ruining the sound of your headphones, says Stephen Dawson.


52 Sound Travels
Mark Reuton is the owner of Dutch Vinyl, which his customers reckon is the best-sounding record store in Victoria... if not Australia. Peter Xeni reports on what's spinning down there...


62 Meridian Factory Tour
Most factories are noisy, busy and big. Which makes Meridian Audio's factory in Huntingdon something of an outlier.


71 Subscriber Competition
We give you the chance to win a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia valued at $12,000. Not only for new subscribers, the opportunity is also available to existing subscribers as well!


82 Hi-Fi Deconstructed
Rod Easdown once met a man who was a guru about all things audio, but knew naught else about another important topic!


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 2019


Equipment Reviews
18 Dali Oberon 1 Loudspeakers
We review the current winner of EISA's Best Buy Home Theatre Speaker System Award (2019–2020).


24 Cocktail Audio N15D DAC/Network Streamer
Very compact, very versatile, totally capable and sounds great. But as for its app...


32 Hegel H590 Integrated Network Amplifier
An immensely powerful and totally musical amplifier that will easily and gracefully drive any loudspeaker load. It's also outstandingly well-designed and beautifully built!


46 Sennheiser Momentum3 Headphones
Smooth, stylish and with six innovations never before seen on a pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones.


56 Vivid Audio Kaya 90 Loudspeakers
Extraordinary loudspeakers... in every sense of that word!


68 Super Fidelity
A mixed bag, including Bruckner, Chicago Transit Authority, The Carter Family, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne and Beethoven.


69 Top Picks
The dream team — Matt Doria, Anna Rose and Sarah Comey — bring you all the best in new music from Australia, and from climes afar.


70 Jazz Track
Andrea Keller and Miroslav Bukovsky, Myra Melford, Time Haldeman, Geir Sundstol, Joe O'Connor Trio with Scott Tinkler, Dan Barnett Big Band… does jazz get any better than this? 




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