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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   March / April 2019


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 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
Wow and flutter. Could it actually improve the sound of vinyl? And what is it with this supposed resurgence in the compact cassette?


6 Audio News
Q Acoustics Concept 300, ARR Moves, Falcon Acoustics LS3/5A, Boulder 2018 Phono Pre, Okki Nokki RCM, McIntosh MTI100 Turntable, Well Tempered Amadeus 254, Audiolab 6000A, Pro-Ject White Turntable, Musical Fidelity M2SCD, Tellurium Q Ultra Black 2, DS Audio DS-E1 Optical Phono System, Focal Arche and Stellia, Music Hall mmf 3.3, and two new SVS subwoofers!


76 Sound Travels
JB believes SRs improve SQ!


98 Obituary
Geoff Matthews, 53-year veteran of the Australian Hi-Fi Industry, CEO and owner of Convoy International has died, aged 68.


79 Obituary
Björn Erik Edvardsen was the head of the design team that created the best-selling amplifier in hi-fi history.


114 Hi-Fi Deconstructed
Teaser here.


Equipment Reviews
16 Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 Wireless Turntable
But it also plays Tidal, Spotify, Internet Radio and has AirPlay, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Ethernet... so what is it exactly?


22 ModWright PH 9.0 Tube Phono Stage
Essentially the same performance as ModWright's flagship phono stage at one third the price. What's not to like?


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 2019


28 ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Loudspeakers
Feel free to compare these against anything else that's on offer, even if they're two or three times the price!


36 Marantz SA-KI Ruby Super Audio CD Player
This machine was built to celebrate Ken Ishiwata's fortieth year at Marantz, so the engineers pulled out all the stops...


80 Cary Audio SI-300.2d Integrated Amplifier/DAC
It looks fabulous, sounds great, is very well-designed and is built to a high standard in the USA. But there's more you don't know!


87 Kennerton Thror Headphones
From Russia, with love, but with a middle earth model name. Jez Ford is awed by this pair of planar magnetics.


88 Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital Headphone Amplifier/DAC
Stephen Dawson doesn't have a problem with design overkill, unless it ends up costing a lot of money. So he was thrilled by Pro-Ject's Pre Box S2!


93 Stax SRM-D50 Driver/DAC & SR-L500 Earspeakers
Warning! Once you have listened to your favorite music through a pair of electrostatic headphones, you will be spoiled for anything else.


100 Jazz Track
John Shand reviews new albums from Jacob Bro, Laurence Pike, Christopher Young, Matt Keegan, Origami and SoundPrints.


101 Rock On
Jez Ford spins up Marianne Faithfull, Rick Wakeman, Vangelis, Jeff Wayne, Focus and The Carpenters.


102 Super Fidelity
Did Bach really write the St Mark Passion? Is this new recording of it any good? Steven Ritter gives us his take on it.


103 Top Picks
Matt Doria and Sarah Comey pick through new releases from established and upcoming Australian musicians.


Esoterica Section
80 Cary SI-300.2d
Full marks, Mr Wright!


87 Kennerton Thror
No, it's not a spelling error!




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