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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   January / February 2020


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 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.


3 Editor's Lead-In
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine is now being published by Future Publishing Overseas, a part of Future plc, which is good news for us, and for you!


6 Audio News
McIntosh C53, Technics SL-1200G, Meze Audio Rai Solo, Anthem MDX Series, Layla Aion IEM, Redgum RGEL, Sonos goes private, JBL Pulse 4, Roon Valence, Rogers LS 5/9, Sonnet Morpheus, Miyajima Soboten L, VRCC, Bose Portable Home, McIntosh MC901, Jelco MkII, Clearaudio Concept Active.


48 Sound Travels
Tom Waters, of the Sydney Audio Club, tells the story of a well-traveled audiophile who's gone from hi-fi to home theatre... and returned!


36 Aarhus Musikhuset
They do things differently in Denmark. There's Dynaudio for a start, whose speakers feature prominently in this world-class venue.


39 The Meridian Lounge
UK company Meridian has pushed the boundaries of audio for more than 40 years. It recently launched a new way of demonstrating (and selling) its products, and it's now being used here in Australia for the first time.


82 Hi-Fi Deconstructed
Hugh Grant, of Hugh Grant fame, thinks there's something wrong with movie theatre sound. Rod Easdown disagrees...


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2020


18 Exposure 2010S2 D Integrated Amplifier
Neutrality is a wonderful characteristic for an amplifier, and the Exposure 2010S2 D has it in spades!


24 Pro-Ject X-1 Turntable
Smaller than your average turntable, easier to use, and with exceptionally good performance.


28 Gold Note DS-10
What doesn't it do? It's a DAC, it's a network player, it's a headphone amplifier… and it's beautifully Italian.


38 Blue Satellite ANC Headphones
Blue has developed a new way of actively cancelling noise that doesn't alter the sound quality. Amazing!


52 Focal Kanta No 3 Loudspeakers
These are speakers that will knock you out. Their sound, their looks, the stunning variety of finishes available. Très chic.


59 Ayre Acoustics EX-8 Integrated Hub
Stay warm with Ayre's tasty but toasty EX-8... and no, it's not a valve amplifier, though it does sound a bit like one!



66 Jazz Track
Walkley Award winner John Shand reviews new albums from Adam Simmons, Dave Douglas, Andy Milne, Jeff Ballard, Chris Potter and Casey Golden.


68 Top Picks
Two standouts even amongst the top picks, with Anna Rose simply ecstatic about Algiers' 'There Is No Year' and Avery Jacobs over the moon about Pinegrove's 'Marigold'.


70 Super Fidelity
Something to please everyone this issue, as well as intrigue, given some of the albums selected for review!




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