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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   January / February 2019


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2019


    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
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine celebrates its 50th birthday this year.
Editor Greg Borrowman reminisces...


6 SoundBites
New models from Wilson Benesch, Audiolab, AudioFly, McIntosh, Wilson Audio, Musical Fidelity, Tibo Audio, Sonus faber, Vinnie Rossi, ifi Audio, Takatsuki, JBL, PMC, KEF, Linn and van den Hul!


44 In The Beginning
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine's founder, Gary Cutler, tells tales of the teething issues delivering Volume 1 No 1, and what came next.


46 Show Report
In Part II, we continue our report on the Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show that took place in Melbourne.


50 Obituary
Bob Metzler, co-founder of Audio Precision and author of The Audio Measurement Handbook has died.


52 Sound Travels
Dr Anthony Clarke is a professional conductor and concert violist who's also a keen audiophile and a member of the Sydney Audio Club. Tom Waters asks if he's happy with the sound of his system...


82 Hi-Fi Deconstructed
Rod Easdown hits the couch to examine his issues with the fabulous Gamut Hi Fi Lobster Chair!


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2019


Equipment Reviews
16 JBL L100 Loudspeakers
They make you want to get up and dance, or rip out a lead break on your air guitar!


24 B&W DB1D Subwoofer
A truly superb-sounding and fully-featured subwoofer... but one without any on-cabinet controls!


30 Sony STR-DH790 AV Receiver
A sensibly-equipped 7.2-channel AV receiver suitable for someone seeking surround at this level.


36 Cambridge Audio Azur 851N Network Player
Want to make it easier to listen to your music? Here's a highly competent, well-implemented, network streamer to consider.


49 Audeze SINE DX Open Headphones
These new planar magnetic headphones continue in a tradition of delivering great sound...


60 Gold Note IS-1000 Integrated Amplifier/DAC
A joy to listen to, the Gold Note IS-1000 sounds clean and powerful when playing any music genre.


66 Top Picks
Tom Morello, Gretta Ray, Mewithoutyou, Gang of Youths, Darren Middleton and Justin Courtney Pierre have exciting releases, particularly the ex-Motion City Soundtrack frontman's debut.


68 Super Fidelity
Here's your chance to hear the rarely heard String Quartet No. 1 by American composer Leon Kirchner, beautifully performed by the San Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet, winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award.


70 Jazz Track
This issue, Walkley Award-winning reviewer John Shand reviews a debut album from bassist / composer Zack Teran and re-releases from Keith Jarrett and Wes Montgomery, plus more...




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