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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2018


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2018


    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: Fighting About MQA
Want to start a fight in an audiophile bar? Editor Greg Borrowman says you can do with just three words... or letters.
Editorial By Greg Borrowman


6 Audio News
Rotel RA-1572 Integrated, Dynaudio Sub6 subwoofer, Def Tech Demand series, KEF Performance Stands, McIntosh MA252 Hybrid amp, Soundcast BT speakers, Aries Serat Genus Integrated, Transfiguration Proteus D cartridge, Aesthetix Mimas Integrated, Elac Andante series, NAD C338 award-winner, Naim Uniti Nova streamer, Audiofly AF100W headphones, Vinnie Rossi in Oz, Sony WF-1000X earphones, Unison Max2 speakers and more!


18 Super Subscription Competition
Buy a new subscription or renew an existing one and you'll be in with a chance of winning a premium European River Cruise down the Danube that's valued at up to $21,980.


28 Show Report
The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is a small show, but a popular one. Jean Marie-Liere tells us why...


50 Sound Travels
Tom Waters visits an enthusiastic audiophile in love with live music.


61 Hi-Fi Deconstructed
Rod Easdown is worried. Very worried. His oasis of hi-fi tranquillity is being violated...


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2018


Equipment Reviews
20 Dali Zensor 5 AX Wireless Speakers
These award-winning active, wireless loudspeakers are absolutely outstanding value for money!


32 Marantz SA-14S1 SE Super Audio CD Player
When is a CD player not just a CD player? When it's an SACD player, and a DAC, and an award-winner to boot.


40 Audio Analogue AAcento Integrated Amplifier
Audio Analogue's Maestro Anniversary was just pipped at the post for the 'Best Amplifier Over $10,000' award. Its smaller brother costs a whole lot less than that.


54 Q Acoustics Concept 500 Loudspeakers
How good does a design have to be to win a 'Loudspeaker of the Year' award? Here's where you find out....


62 Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier
Yes, it's more than just a headphone amplifier, it's also a full-featured DAC that can handle DSD. Bargain!


66 Rock On
The Gallagher brothers are back and taking on each other with new albums. Which one is has the better album? Jez Ford is your referee... and your judge!


67 Super Fidelity
A rarity (Heinrich von Herzogenberg, anyone?) plus some classic composers and ... Philip Glass, but in all his glory.


68 Jazz Track
John Shand discovers an album so swollen with beauty it is like time-lapse photography of tulips blooming. Five other albums are not so far behind either...


69 Top Picks
This issue we feature Brand New, The Dream Syndicate, Trivium, Joan Osborne, King Parrot and Rosetta Teaser and their latest albums.


70 Blu-ray Reviews
Tom Petty's death last year reminded many people of how great an artist he was, and watching him on 'Live in Concert' with the Heartbreakers is sure to break yours.



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