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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   September / October 2020

 

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine September / October 2020

 

    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.

 

Features
3 Editor's Lead-In
Editor Greg Borrowman reveals that he once had a longing to go into the business of manufacturing hi-fi equipment, but has since changed his mind, not least as the result of reading a new book on the subject!

 

 

Equipment Reviews
16 Yamaha GT-5000 Turntable
Yamaha's unique GT-5000 turntable sets a new standard for turntable performance, as well as a new standard for excellence of construction. Reviewer Andrew Frazer was smitten.

 

24 Focal Arche DAC & Headphone Amplifier
Designed specifically to drive Focal headphones, this famous French company's new Arche will work equally well with any brand or model, thanks to a switchable output circuitry.

 

30 Michi P5 Preamplifier and S5 Power Amplifier
You may not have heard of the brand, but you know the company that makes it, and which recently won a coveted EISA award for this pre/power pair. Read our review and you'll know why it did!

 

40 Lumin U1 Mini Network Music Player
Lumin has released its lowest-priced Network Music Player ever, yet it shares the same software and almost exactly the same circuitry as its premium-priced siblings. So what's different?

 

76 B&W 702 Signature Loudspeakers
Legendary British loudspeaker doyen Bowers & Wilkins has released a 'Signature' version of its award-winning 702 S2 design that has a unique and exclusive Datuk Gloss finish, and an upgraded crossover. We listened to them, and then tested them...

 

90 Magico ASub DSP Powered Subwoofer
A phenomenally good-sounding, high-performance subwoofer that has the best and most flexible room-tuning and speaker-matching circuitry we've ever seen!

 

96 Audio-Technica ATH-AWKT Headphones
The secret to their great sound might just be due to the use of exotic Kokutan to construct the ear-cups... or it could be the Double Air Damping System. Jez Ford investigates...

 

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine September / October 2020

 

Features
6 Sound Bites
Astell&Kern A&Futura SE200 premium portable, Contrast Audio Lens speakers, Audia Flight FLS9 entry-level integrated, Electrocompaniet ECI 80D Amp/DAC/Streamer, Sumiko Songbird MC/MM cartridge, Klipsch T5II Wireless Headphones, Hana Umami Red Cartridge, Magico M9 Loudspeakers, Richter Harlequin S6 Speakers, Velodyne Microvee MkII subwoofer, Holbo Air-Bearing Turntable, Metronome Le Player 3 Transport, Perreaux 155ix and 255ix integrated amplifiers.

 

43 Len Wallis Audio Newsletter
Listed as one of the world's top ten audio stores, Len Wallis Audio has some amazing new brands for sale, and Australian exclusivity for some new, limited edition models from those brands...plus bargains galore!

 

86 EISA Award-Winners Announced!
The world-wide Expert Imaging and Sound Association comprises 56 technology magazine and websites from 29 different countries, including Australia, so this is definitely the definitive list of what should be on your hi-fi shopping list.

 

98 Interview
You have probably heard, owned or lusted after a component designed by Ole Lund Christensen, but this is likely the first time you've ever heard his name. Ian Kuah interviews this Danish man of mystery...

 

 

Music
102 Top Picks
Each issue, Australian Hi-Fi's own Matt Doria reveals the best new Australian music releases. This time around he reviews new albums from Benny Walker, Georgia Marley, In Hearts Wake, Ocean Alley, Fontaines D.C. and Pink Elephant.

 

103 Rock On
What a great line-up of new albums! Joe Satriani's Shapeshifting, Janus Stark's Angel in the Flames, King Solomon Hicks' Harlem, Gordon Giltrap's Woman, Albert Cummings' Believe and the great Richard Thompson's Live at Rock City.

 

104 Mixed Bag
A round-up of eclectic music that includes everything from new rock band, Black Swan and their first album to a 20-year-old re-release that features Eric Clapton and BB King, along with an album from a man James Taylor called "a complete virtuoso."

 

 

 

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