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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   November / December 2020


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 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
Who would have thought that you could win an Ig Noble Award with little more than a bucket of worms and a subwoofer?



Equipment Reviews
16 Klipsch Heresy IV Loudspeakers
One of the most revered names in loudspeakers has made major upgrades to one of the longest-running models in history.


22 Chario Constellation II Lynx Speakers
The Constellation II Lynx is the smaller, less costly version of Chario's award-winning Constellation II Delphinius!


28 Shure Aonic 50 Headphones
Shure's new wireless noise cancellers are the first it's ever made that support Sony's LDAC format, and superb 'phones to boot.


32 Record Doctor VI Record Cleaning Machine
Cleanliness not only get you closer to Godliness, it also improves an LP's sound quality and extends the life of your phono stylus.


36 B&W DB4S Subwoofer
B&W delivers a budget-priced subwoofer whose performance comes very close to that of its top-of-the-range model.


46 Musical Fidelity M8xi Integrated Amplifier
MF's latest model has won two prestigious awards… one from EISA and the other from Sound+Image. Is it really all that good?


58 Yamaha R-N303D Network Stereo Receiver
Network audio and DAB+/FM are built in, so you need only add speakers to have a good-sounding, cost-effective hi-fi system.


64 Panasonic RZ-S500W ANC Wireless Earbuds
The only problem with Panasonic's new earbuds is that they don't stay in your ears if you smile, eat or take a brisk walk.


66 Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2 In-Ears
This is Sennheiser's second go at this type of design and this time around, they've got it pretty much right....


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 2020


6 Sound Bites
Wilson Audio SabrinaX, Harbeth XD Series, B&W PX7 Carbon Edition, Acoustic Blinds, entry-level Reed tonearms, NAD C298, Meridian Awarded, M&K Sound S150 Limited Edition, REL Le Carbon Special, Melco Adds Roon, Vicoustic at Busisoft, Sound United buys B&W and more....


42 Sound Travels
Audiophiles are often regarded as a conservative lot who, as they say, 'don't get out much'. So it's a breath of fresh air to meet an exception—one who's ready to party at the drop of a stylus.


54 Carlton Audio Visual
Anyone living in Melbourne, even if they know absolutely nothing about hi-fi, will be familiar with Carlton Audio Visual… and there's a very good reason why!


62 Book Review
The owner of a very famous audio company has flouted both local and federal US laws, been on the run from police and spent time in prison.


82 Feature
One of our very own staffers says he'll never own a turntable? We could barely believe it ourselves!


40 Obituary
Josef Riediger, the founder and owner of hi-fi distribution companies Kedcorp and Advance Audio, and of the retail store Audio Connection has died, aged 70.



69 Rock On
JD Simo's second album, Deep Purple's Whoosh!, Flying Colours' Live in London, Savoy Brown's Ain't Done Yet, Stray Cats' Rocked This Town and Roger Waters' Us + Them reviewed.


70 Top Pix
Australia's own Blake Scott releases his first solo debut, while Melbourne's Obscura Hail bundles its latest EP with Zero. Plus Laura Jane Grace and Ben Harper.


72 Mixed Bag
Something for everyone this time around, but the thing they all have in common is that they're all great albums and it's likely you won't have heard any of them.


68 Oldies And...
Two 'Best-Ofs' that should be in all music collections, one from Fruupp and one from George Benson, plus AA William's fabulous debut album: Forever Blue.




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