January / February 2020
Editor's Lead In
Keen-eyed readers may have noticed something slightly different about our first issue for 2020. No, it's not that we've updated our '50 Year' anniversary logo — though we're very proud of that logo, as we know of only one other hi-fi magazine in the world that's been able to celebrate a 50th anniversary. No, what you should have noticed is that there's now a 'Future' logo above the barcode. Yes, Future Publishing Overseas, the Australian outpost of the giant UK-based publisher Future plc, is the new owner of Australian Hi-Fi Magazine.
This is exciting news for everyone here at Australian Hi-Fi Magazine, because Future plc is an award-winning, global multi-platform media company that publishes more than 80 magazines title across 56 countries, primarily in specialist consumer sectors such as music, photography, computers, computer software, television, gaming education and, of course hi-fi and audio, where the Future is now well-established as the publisher of the world-famous UK magazine What Hi-Fi?.
Future also has one of the world's most popular technology websites, Techradar — along with numerous other technology websites — that together with its magazine titles, give it more than 53 million social media fans and a total combined audience reach of more than 260 million people worldwide.
What all this means is that Australian Hi-Fi Magazine now has access to the full world-wide resources of Future plc, including hundreds of experienced technical journalists, so that in addition to continuing to bring you our world-class, cutting-edge reviews of the latest audio equipment available in Australia, written by Australian reviewers, and complete with full laboratory tests revealing their true performance, as well as all the latest local Australian news stories, we will now also be able to bring you the latest news, reviews, and stories from around the world — coverage of international audio shows, interviews with leading hi-fi designers, behind-the-scenes articles about hi-fi manufacturers plus, rather excitingly, even more reviews of the latest music releases, covering all genres of music, across multiple platforms, from streaming to hi-res.
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