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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   July / August 2022


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine July / August 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.


Our Front Cover: Rowland's simply gorgeous Continuum S2 amp had to take centre stage this month, but JBL's beautifully blocky surround set and Silent Angel's small-but-versatile Munich M1 also sated our eye candy cravings.


3 Editor's Lead-In
In her first spin in the editor's chair, Becky Roberts
pays respects to the recently retired iPod, which
paved the way for how a lot of music is consumed
today. Digital audio has come far, and its quality is
continuing in the right direction...


Front Cover
Triangle's highly lauded Borea BR08 steal the spotlight
for their inside-and-out je-ne-sais-quoi, while Technics
headphones and a Cyrus amp show that there's always
room for classy minimalism on a cover. 


6 Audio News
Bowers & Wilkins Px8, Astell & Kern Kann Max, Dali Kore,
Pro-Ject MaiA, Fyne Audio Vintage, KEF LSX II, iFi Go Bar,
Marantz CD 60, Klipsch Reference Premiere, McIntosh MR89,
dCS Lina, Rotel Diamond Series, Monitor Audio Concept 50,
Triangle Borea Active, and more....


60 Hi-Fi Primer
It feels as though streaming has now been accepted into
the hi-fi community. Indeed, you no longer need physical
media for decent sound. So if you're ready to welcome
network streaming into your system, here's how to do it.


Equipment Reviews
22 Cyrus i7-XR Integrated Amplifier
Like your hi-fi practically compact, aesthetically traditional
and effortlessly articulate? The lowest-powered integrated
in Cyrus's all-new XR component range is all that and more.


28 Technics EAH-A800 Wireless Headphones
Lots of brands have lots of wireless noise-cancelling
over-ear headphones to sell you — and now Technics
can be added to that list. Its new EAH-A800 are sonically
superb and boast a startling battery life.


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine July / August 2022


32 Nura NuraTrue Pro Wireless Earbuds
The intrepid Aussie audio brand forges ahead in the
wireless earbuds world with a future-proofing 'first'
that could pave the way for improved Bluetooth quality.


36 Triangle Borea BR08 Loudspeakers
Pander to their particularities and these French
floorstanders thrill more than any other speaker
at this price point… especially when volume is pushed
up to 11.


64 Musical Fidelity Mx6 Vinyl Phono Stage
If you're a multi-turntable user or an inveterate cartridge
swapper, this game-changing (for more reasons than one)
phono stage simply demands your attention.


Esoterica Section
48 Interview
In the wake of the LS60 Wireless launch, KEF's VP of
Technology, Jack Oclee-Brown, discusses how the new
and innovative speaker system is the "transition point"
for him in the passive vs active debate....


53 High-End Review
The apex (wink wink) of disc-playing performance is the
promise of this versatile CD player, DAC and network
streamer from one of the best British brands in the
digital hi-fi business.


80 Rock On
ZZ Top sound more soulful than they have for yonks in their
soundtrack to the 2019 Netflix documentary That Little Ol'
Band From Texas, while the 11-year-old son of Anthrax
guitarist Scott Ian is ripping it up in new three-piece
band Honeybee.


81 Top Picks
Interpol once again turn understatement into seductiveness
for their seventh studio album; Mystery Jets bassist Jack
Flanagan turns in a desk-clearing debut; and Journey
somehow manage to justify their 15-track comeback album.


82 Reissues
Mercury Rev's All Is Dream gets covers, demos, B-sides,
outtakes and (the best part) a release on yellow or green
marble vinyl, though garage fans will no doubt delight in
a four-album clamshell boxset from 1980s sensations Milk Box.




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