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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2017


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2017


    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
As a result of being Rick-rolled, Greg Borrowman discovered that YouTube tried to rip off Rick Astley, and that Vevendi short-changed mythic band Spinal Tap big-time!


6 Audio News
BeyerDynamicAmiron, Gold Note Donatello, SVS Ultra 16, Focal Elear, AudioNet Scientist Series, Cyrus One, Free Hi-Res Download, Goldmund Logos Satya, Def Tech 9000 Series, Denon X Series with HEOS, Klipsch La Scala, KEFLS50 Wireless, Wilson Benesch P1, YG Acoustics Sonja XV, Intona USB Isolator, Yamaha Plus Mini, Little Fwend tonearm lifter and more...


35 Obituary
Leo Beranek was responsible for the development of the bookshelf loudspeaker, the acoustics of the world's best concert halls and played a big part in the establishment of the Internet.


46 Sound Travels
If you'd like a pair of Quads restored just as Peter Walker would have done it himself, Melbournian John Hall's your man, as Peter Xeni and David Chambers discovered...


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2017


Equipment Reviews
18 Boenicke W5 SE Loudspeakers
If you want a pair of speakers that will make your music sound fabulous, the Boenicke W5 SEs will amaze you with their ability to do exactly that!


24 Sunfire XTEQ 8 Subwoofer
It's so small that you'll be able to enjoy deep bass while still enjoying domestic harmony. Sunfire has thrown all its technology at one of its smallest subwoofers... and to good effect.


26 Korg DS-DAC-100m USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier
Korg's smallest DAC has the ability to convert digital music between formats, including to that most stand-offish of formats, Direct Stream Digital... and for only $299!


30 Rega Planar 3 Turntable
The Planar 3 now on sale is the result of a two-year project that Roy Gandy says was 'the biggest re-design of the iconic Three model ever seen'. Jez Ford auditioned the result...


36 Dynaudio Emit M10 Loudspeakers
The Emit M10s are this Danish manufacturer's smallest model, its least expensive model, and in our view model that's most likely to take out a 'Best Loudspeaker' award in 2017.


49 MrSpeakers Ether-C Headphones
Riveting highs, real and taut bass, spectacular speed and long-term listening comfort are just some of the positives listed in this in-depth review of these new planar magnetic headphones.


50 Naim NAP 250DR Power Amplifier
The new Naim NAP 250DR uses exactly the same Naim-designed custom output transistors as well as the same discrete regulators (DRs) as the company's flagship Statement amplifier.


58 Spec RSA-717 EX Integrated Amplifier
Fairly new to the audio scene, Japanese manufacturer Spec and its designer Koichi Yazaki have delivered a quirky little amplifier with a unique exterior and a lovely, natural sound quality.


64 Rock On
Martha Wainwright's Goodnight City, Sting's 57th and 9th, The Beatles' Live at the Hollywood Bowl... all the albums Jez Ford reviews in this issue should go straight onto your 'must buy' list!


66 Super Fidelity
New recordings by Paul Meyer of Anton Weber's clarinet concertos take centre stage this issue, but some may argue that Vanessa Fernandez's homage to Led Zeppelin is the sleeper in this collection.


68 Jazz Track
John Shand kicks off the New Year with an eclectic collection of reviews, including of the Julien Wilson Quartet, Peter Dasent, Mette Henriette, Vince Jones (with Paul Grabowsky), Bungalow and James Muller.


70 Blu-ray Reviews
This issue, reviewer Stephen Dawson discovers an Irish musical time capsule of the 1980s, of youth, and of a youthful creativity that he characterises as 'producing a sense of joy'.



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