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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   January / February 2022

 

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2022

 

    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.

 

 

Editorial
3 Editor's Lead-In
Greg Borrowman is not a huge fan of Spotify, in fact not even a fan at all, but all his suggestions for improvements have been ignored. In this issue, he wonders why Adele has more clout with Spotify than he does... and what a difference this will make.

 

Our Front Cover: No, this is not some Photoshop trickery. You can actually have the Perreaux 200iX painted to look like a pack of Fruit Tingles. But it doesn't only look good, it sounds good too. See page 34.

 

6 Sound Bites
Monitor Audio Silver Series 7G, Q Acoustics M20 Wireless Speakers, Audio Research I/50 Integrated, NAD MDC2 BluOS-D Module, D'Agostino Momentum S250 MXV, Audio Technica Gamer Headsets, Astell&Kern Acro BE100 powered speaker, McIntosh C12000 Preamplifier, Aurender A30 at Synergy, Magico Titan 15 Subwoofer, M&K Sound Subwoofer and more...

 

52 Interview
Audio fanatic George Poutakidis has invested in a multi-million dollar, three storey luxury boutique hi-fi emporium in the trendy Melbourne suburb of Richmond that highlights the very best from Britain's Naim Audio and France's Focal.

 

64 Has Covid Killed Classical?
If you think you've been doing it tough during Covid just because your local supermarket ran out of chicken, give a thought for all the classical musicians who were doing it tough even before the pandemic.

 

66 Obituary: Gary Morrison
Amplifier designer, devilish drummer, fashion guru, boy racer, doting dad, vegetarian pioneer and the man whose circuit ideas informed the production of three of New Zealand's most famous audio brands.

 

Equipment Reviews
20 Polk Audio S60 Signature Elite Loudspeakers
Madonna's stage brassieres are famous for... well for many reasons... but it's surprising to find one on a hi-fi loudspeaker, though when you hear how it benefits the sound, you might not be so surprised after all.

 

26 SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer
The EISA Award-winning SVS 3000 Micro is the subwoofer that reviewer Stephen Dearnley will now be recommending to all his friends who ask him "what's the best small subwoofer out there?"

 

34 Perreaux 200iX Integrated Amplifier
Not a whole lot of amplifiers use MOSFETs in their output stages. And almost none are available in any colour — or colours — you'd like. But over in New Zealand it's a different story entirely...

 

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine January / February 2022

 

42 Music Hall Classic Turntable
What makes a turntable a classic? When you see and hear this one from Music Hall, you'll know. It looks fantastic, performs very well, is built to last a lifetime and won't cost you an arm or a leg.

 

48 Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Headphones
These low-priced, award-winning headphones look great and sound fabulous. But they don't have one feature that may very well be a deal-breaker for you.

 

56 Dynaudio Confidence 60 Loudspeakers
It's rare that a company removes a unique selling point from one of its models, so it's revealing that this Danish manufacturer has had the confidence to do so on its latest version of this model.

 

Music
68 Rock 'N Metal
Crazy Lixx play old-school rock like they're not supposed to make any more and their latest album is a massive dose of pure unembarrassed fun. Other great albums reviewed this issue include The Joy Formidable's Into The Blue, Mark Lucifer's Lucifer IV, and Quill's Riding Rainbows.

 

69 Sheer Class
When you discover that the first review in this column is of Carlos Santana's latest album, Blessings & Miracles, you'll know where the column got its name! But that's true of all the albums reviewed on this page, particularly My Morning Jacket's self-titled release.

 

70 Top Picks
The devil's in the detail, but there seem to be quite a few albums released lately with his name or number in the title. One such is Spoon's latest, titled Lucifer on the Sofa. With its best line-up ever, it's no surprise that this is Spoon's best album ever!

 

 

 

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