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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine July / August 2014

 

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine July / August 2014    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
The editor of this august publication has never been a fan of Apple (not because they aren't great products), but Apple's latest venture has him seething under the collar.

6 Audio News
Marantz SA8005, Truaudio 2.1, Ortofon Quintet, Sonus faber Olympica III, Yamaha 77 Series, Isotek Evo3, Voice Viper, ArcamRdock-Uni, Naim Muso, YBA A-100, WBT NanoGen, Cayin CS-100A, Aedle VK-1, Kronos Sparta, Synergistic Xots, Sol Republic Tracks Air, Graham Audio LS5/9, JBL Flip2...

27 Subscriptions
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28 Feature
High End 2014: Munich. Jason Kennedy braves the alpine-horns and bier-fests to bring you the latest and greatest products from one of the world's largest hi-fi shows...

38 GPOs: Australia Wins!
Ever wonder why Australia has the best, the safest, and the most useable 240V mains power-points in the world? You'll be as surprised by the answer as Rod Easdown was when he investigated!

76 Sound Travels
Tom Waters visits an audiophile who loves to listens to live music every week, loves his music at home, and loves listening on vinyl—pretty much in that  order!

 

Equipment Reviews
22 Bryston 28B SST² Power Amplifier
Feel the need for 2,000 watts per channel of power? Want the security of a 20-year parts and labour warranty? Look no further... these are the amps you should buy!

32 YBA Heritage CD100 CD Player/DAC
European sonic sensibilities matched with expert (and cost-effective) Chinese engineering have delivered a unique CD player that's much more than just a CD player!

40 Rotel RA-12 Integrated Amplifier
Fifty years on, Rotel once again proves it can build an amplifier that's not only richly endowed with features—and more powerful than you might guess from the specs—but also sounds excellent.

82 B&W CM10 Loudspeakers
Where Bowers & Wilkins leads, other loudspeaker manufacturers often follow... but when it comes to the B&W CM10, that's going to be very unlikely, for any number of important reasons.

88 Clearaudio Performance DC Turntable
If you're thinking about buying the Clearaudio Statement, why not save yourself $183,000 and buy the Performance DC instead? Umm, actually, there's no good reason...

 

Music
96 Rock On
As Jez Ford is one of Led Zeppelin's greatest fans, this extended-length review of the remastered versions of Led Zeppelin I, II, and III may exhibit bias. Maybe you should read it and decide for yourself.

98 Super Fidelity
This issue, a super round-up of new releases on SACD, Pure Audio, Vinyl and 192/24, with artists including Colman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Eric Korngold, Handel, Prokofiev and the elusive George Antheil.

100 Jazz Track
Reviewer John Shand knows that touch is what makes one player sound different to another who's playing exactly the same instrument, and that it's this difference in touch that a good hi-fi system will reveal, so he was overjoyed to hear this fifth installment of 'Of Other Narratives'.

102 Blu-Ray Reviews
Grrr, released to commemorate the Rolling Stones' 50th Anniversary, is now available in a new Pure Audio High-Res incarnation. And for something completely different, how about the soundtrack to Muriel's Wedding, written by umm...

 

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SoundSites 20
Show Report 28
Behind The Scenes 28
Esoterica  75
Sound Travels 76
High End 81
Audiophile Recordings 98
Super Fidelity 98
Blu-Ray Reviews 102
DVD Reviews 102
Hi-Fi Marketplace 102
Dealer Directory 103

 

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