Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November /
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3 In This Month's Issue...
Why Does Your Voice Sound Strange?
Editorial By Editor Greg Borrowman
8 Audio News: Vitus Audio R-100, SVS SB-1000, Perfect Wave half price, Q
Acoustics, Wharfedale Denton, Sony Shake-5, Accent Digital Muse, Quadral Aurum
P8/M8, Axiom tonearm, Chord DSX1000, Audeze LCD-3, Avid Ingenium, Icon Audio
KT150, Shelter 501III, Free Ortofon 2M cartridges, Rega RP40, Yamaha Aventage,
B&W CM10 and more...
36 Hi-Rise Hi-Fi: The adventures of a Kiwi tonearm designer in
the high-end hi-fi stores scattered throughout Singapore's famous Adelphi
Centre. For him it was merely a stopover, but for many audiophiles, it's a
76 Sound Travell: Edgar Kramer interviews an audiophile who says
that although he finds the sound quality from LP irresistible, that in the
future, the computer audio is going to be the main game in town.
93 Obituary: A true giant in audio, who was a household name in every
country throughout the entire world, known by billions, passed away quietly last
94 Finding the Father of Hi-Fi: David Briggs recounts his memories of his famous cousin,
Gilbert Briggs, the founder of Wharfedale and the author of dozens of books
about audio and High Fidelity...
20 Yamaha A-S3000 Integrated Amplifier: Yamaha has deliberately setting about designing a
product that would achieve 'icon' status, not only at its initial release, but
also well into the future. Has this famous Japanese company succeeded?
28 Marantz CD5004 CD Player: Marantz has decided to outfit its
lowest-priced CD player with features previously reserved for its high-end
models, and build in a high-performance DAC to guarantee state-of-the-art sound
40 PureAudio Vinyl Phono Preamplifier: Michael Wong, of Audio Enz, claimed this component to be
the finest phono stage ever made in New Zealand. So who was he kidding?
80 Wilson Audio Alexia Speakers: 'Alexia will be a landmark product for Wilson Audio, of
that I have little doubt, and may even outsell the smaller and less expensive
Sasha', says Edgar Kramer.
88 Xavian Bonbonus Loudspeakers: Czech manufacturer Xavian says that its latest (and
budget) loudspeaker was specifically designed to deliver its best sound when
partnered with budget amplifiers, so this was a model we just had to hear for
96 Rock On: Jez Ford discovers that Sting plans himself to play a
despondent Georgie Docker in some upcoming stage musical. 'He should be
stopped!' he argues in this issue's column, in his review of Sting's latest
album, The Last Ship.
98 Jazz Track: The Alister Spence Trio, Chris Potter, Roger Dean,
Orchestre National de Jazz, Steve Barry and Abel Cross... Australia's finest
jazz reviewer passes judgment on a varied line-up of the newest releases...
99 Super Fidelity: Some record companies have seen the light, and are now
offering their albums in multiple formats, from standard CD up to full high-res
192kHz/24-bit... not as options, but as a full set.
100 Blu-ray Reviews: Should you worry about not being able to attend a
concert by your favourite band? Yes, but Stephen Dawson says that these days,
you have the option of watching the same concert on DVD... or do you?
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