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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   May / June 2019


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 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
Music festivals, amongst the last bastions of live music in Australia, look like being no more in NSW, thanks to regulations introduced by the Berejiklian government.
Editorial By Greg Borrowman


6 Audio News
Audio Research Ref CD9SE, Onkyo A-9130, D'Agostino Momentum HD, Audiolab 8300CDQ, SVS Prime Pinnacle, Monitor Audio Gold 300, Bryston Qobuz, Dynaudio Evoke 10, ParaSound NewClassic 200Pre, Wisdom Audio P4M, JBL Charge 4, Ayon S-10II, Questyle Wireless Eco, Metaxas T-RX, Altec-Lansing True Evo, GoldenEar Triton One.R, YG Acoustics Hailey 2, TechDas Air Force Zero, and the B&W Formation Suite.


44 Sound Travels
In this issue, we visit a British audiophile, ex-Hong Kong, domiciled in Australia, whose home is like an audiophile's Aladdin's Cave.


54 Interview: Brian Zolner
Brian Zolner of Bricasti, talks to Jez Ford about his new M5, streaming, and why USB doesn't work as well as it should!


Equipment Reviews
18 Grado GH3 Heritage Series Headphones
Sound quality that is very 'airy', up-close, personal and right in your ears...involving, accurate... indeed, precise!


20 Mag-Lev Audio ML1 Turntable
The platter rotates in mid-air, so there's no bearing, no drive motor, no rubber belt and, thus... no rumble at all!


28 Revel F228Be Loudspeakers
The superb clarity of the Revel F228Be's midrange, and its incredible ability to reveal even the tiniest musical details, is just a part of these speakers' capabilities...


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2019


34 Arcam CDS50 SACD Net Player
The CDS50 does it all... CD, SACD, streams... and it does it all easily and gracefully whilst also delivering supremely good sound.


50 Bricasti M5 Network Music Player
Computer audio... but without the computer. The Bricasti M5 is the perfect solution for your high-end audio dilemma!


60 Record Cleaners Compared
Stephen Dawson tests four different systems for cleaning LP records, one of them all-Australian and one of them super high-tech!


And More...
82 Hi-Fi Deconstructed
Rod Easdown reminds us about some of the most remarkable devices in audio... and why they met a bitter end!


58 Obituary
Alan Robert Pearlman, rocket scientist, musician and musical instrument designer, has died, aged 93.


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


69 Rock On
Jez Ford thrills to two 'new' Yardbirds releases and wonders at the staying power of Susi Quatro, who says she's going to retire when 'there's silence when I shake my ass on stage.'


70 Super Fidelity
Speakers Corner is doing a great job releasing 180g vinyl re-issues of classic LPs. This issue, Robbie Gerson looks at The Mahavishnu Orchestra's Birds of Fire, David Lindley's El Rayo-X and Milt Jackson's Ballads & Blues.


71 Top Picks
The Smashing Pumpkins, Alex Lahey, Bec Stevens, Dear Seattle, Pup and Hozier... Matt Doria finds there's a lot to like when listening to the music that's currently making news!




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