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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2016


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 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
Press releases to news story or news story to press release. Which came first? Greg Borrowman reveals a chicken and egg situation...


6 Audio News
Classe Sigma Monoblocs, Bryston BP-2 MM stage, Marantz SR6010 AVR, Rega Planar 3 (Revisited), Astell&Kern AK320, Clearaudio LP Washer, Densen B-410XS CD Player, Luxman DA-250 DAC, PrimaLuna Distribution, Sennheiser HD630VB HP Award, Emotiva XPA Gen 3, Tara Labs Apollo, Tannoy Gold Reference, Klipsch Heresy III, GoldenEar Demo Day, KEF Egg Wireless System, and 64-Audio now in Oz.


30 Win A Holiday in Queensland!
Subscribe (or re-subscribe!) to Australian Hi-Fi Magazine and you could win a holiday on Queensland's Sunshine Coast valued at $7,100!


40 Interview: Roy Hall
In which he explains why he hates hi-fi reviewers: 'They know f**k-all about hi-fi!' he says, plus the true story behind his famous blue Armani raincoat...


50 Obituary: Maurice Chapman
Maurice Chapman was not only one of Australia's hi-fi pioneers, he was also a pioneer on the Australian radio scene, as an actor, announcer, reporter, producer and manager.


52 Sound Travels
We meet an audiophile with the engineering skills to build his own high-end amplification capable of mating with his true reference-level analogue source and loudspeakers.


Equipment Reviews
18 Lindemann musicbook:55 Power Amplifier
'The tonal quality reminded me of some of the better valve amplifiers I've heard... and that's something I don't think I've ever said before about a Class-D design!' says reviewer Leslie Dudman


26 PSB Loudspeakers SubSeries 300 Subwoofer
Not only a truly great subwoofer but one that will work just as well with large floor-standing loudspeakers as it will with smaller, bookshelf models.


32 AVM Inspiration P1.2 Phono Stage
You can pay more for a phono preamp but the premium you pay won't buy you any more tonal accuracy or higher-quality sound. This is one sweet little phono stage.


44 Richter Merlin Series V Loudspeakers
Richter's new Merlin Vs sound bigger, better and more beautiful than you'd ever imagine a pair of small two-way speakers could sound... as you'd expect when you discover who designed them!


56 Moon 780D Evolution Series Reference DAC/Streamer
The 780D is indeed what Moon says it is: a 'Reference' Streaming DSD DAC... but it's not just Moon's Reference DAC, it's a true 'Reference DAC', one by which all other DACs should be judged.


62 Pioneer XDP-100R-K Hi-Res Audio Player
Onkyo has wasted no time leveraging its purchase of Pioneer's audio division, as this new hi-res audio player proves, so we wondered how different the XDP-100R is from Onkyo's own DAC-HA300.


64 Rock On
Jez Ford discovers an unreleased Jeff Buckley album he declares 'unmissable', finds old-timers Dion and Loretta Lynn have still got it, as least musically, as have The Last Shadow Puppets.


66 Jazz Track
If you love feeling disoriented, and pleasantly confused by a blurred line between composition and improvisation, you're going to love Begin, from Alister Spence, Joe Williamson and Christopher Cantillo.


68 Super Fidelity
Simon & Garfunkel's complete series of albums for Columbia is now available as a six LP boxed set, re-mastered to 180 gram black vinyl, plus we reveal a new Brandenburg that rivals Ristenpart's.


70 Blu-ray Reviews
Peter Gabriel's 1986 breakthrough album, 'So', is getting a new lease of life thanks to a new Classic Albums documentary on how it was made. Stephen Dawson reviews both the album and the doco.


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