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HiFi Media Issue 114 January / February / March 2023


   Welcome to HiFi Media on Enjoy the Music.com! HiFi Media is a multi-media magazine that covers almost all aspects of modern audio/video media with particular accent on the music and film. We inform, test and review new products of the widest range: from audio/video/photo devices and gadgets to the newest music albums. We also cover all relevant related global events. The quality of our magazine earned us readers' respect in many countries, including the strong support of local distributors. HiFi Media began print publication in 1996 and have online readers in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, BiH and Macedonia. The annual "Zagreb Audio Video Show", the largest show of the kind in this area and celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2023, is closely connected to the publisher of the HiFi Media, and as the main sponsor. HiFi Media stresses that both the magazine and AV Show are the most influential institution in the home-entertainment segment at our location within Europe.


Articles & Reviews In This Issue
Editorial: Fluidity
The quality of music reproduction is a rather subjective category.
Editorial By Andrija Curkovic
Choosing the elements and designing a magazine cover page can sometimes take days if I don't have the inspiration for a satisfactory solution, and that can frustrate me a lot. On the other hand, this process can take a fraction of a second if I "hit" the right idea. Like for the one in this issue. I already had the editorial written, and a roughly established design concept for the cover of the magazine, with some of the equipment tested in this issue. Then I received an email inviting me to the exhibition of the internationally awarded Croatian photographer and professor at the Faculty of Graphics at the University of Zagreb - Maja Strgar Kurečić, and that changed everything. In addition to the invitation, the email also contained a poster for the exhibition showing her photograph, the same photograph that is now on the cover of this edition of the magazine.
---> HiFiMedia Fluidity Editorial.


6 AV News


86 Tehno News


Equipment Reviews
10 Denafrips Pontus II R2R DAC 


14 Acoustic Energy AE309 Loudspeaker


14 Davis Acoustics Krypton 6 Loudspeaker


14 Dynaudio Emit 30 Loudspeaker


14 Monitor Audio Bronze 500 Loudspeaker


HiFi Media Issue 114 January / February / March 2023

Cover photo by Maja Strgar Kurecic - Escape Landscape No.3
(From the Escape Landscapes series / Escape Landscapes)


22 Meitner MA3 Integrated DAC 


26 Primare NP5 Prisma MkII Network player


28 Bose Smart Soundbar 900 Soundbar


34 Octavio Stream Network player


36 Bose QuietComfort QC45 Active noise-cancelling headphones


38 Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2 Active noise-cancelling headphones



42 Roxy Music: "Fifty years since the debut of the band that invented the seventies - and art-rock".


48 Blondie - Against The Odds 1974-1982: "Champions of new wave pop".


54 Rock / pop - album reviews


60 Jazz Interview: Wadada Leo Smith - "Cosmic impact"


70 Jazz - album reviews



88 The Greek Strange Wave: Five Films by Yorgos Lanthimos


90 Documentary: Summer of Soul 


82 DVD / BD - movie reviews




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