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Australian HiFi November - December 2018

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Australian HiFi is the definitive magazine for discerning listeners and Hi-Fi enthusiasts. Every issue is packed with equipment and music reviews, new product information and ‘how-to’ articles. Australian Hi-Fi magazine is dedicated to helping you find the best quality sound for your home.

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Future Publishing Ltd
7 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
protecting your digital assets

Who owns your music if you die? I know it’s not such a joyful topic to be talking about, but death is inevitable and even if you’re one of those who believe in life after death, you can’t take your music with you. (And if you’re into rock ‘n roll, you won’t be listening to any cloudy concerts, because all your heroes will probably be in the other place…) But back to the topic at hand. Who owns your music if you die? If you’re old-school, and all your music is in hard currency, either on vinyl or optical disc—or, more likely, both—your children can fight over who gets what. (My kids would probably be encouraging each other to take the lot, as in ‘who’d want to listen to dad’s music?’)…

23 min.

NEW KLIPSCH REFERENCE PREMIERE SERIES Klipsch has released its new Reference Premiere series speakers. Michael Buratto, product manager for Klipsch, said that the new line comprises enhanced versions of the company’s previous award-winning Reference Premiere series models plus adds new models to the line-up. All models are now available in three finishes—ebony, walnut, and hand-sanded piano gloss black. ‘Now in its second generation, the Reference Premiere speakers feature the latest technological audio advancements, premium material upgrades, and dramatic cosmetic details,’ said Buratto. The top-line floorstanding model, RP-8000F ($3,299 per pair) is pictured below. The Klipsch Reference Premiere Series II models use Klipsch’s proprietary Tractrix horn technology and ‘Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) titanium tweeter. ‘This ultra-premium vented tweeter further smooths high frequency response for enhanced detail and clarity,’ says Buratto, ‘maximising dynamics and…

12 min.
b&w 606 loudspeakers

It has been eight years since British manufacturer B&W first developed its ‘Continuum’ cone material for use in its flagship loudspeakers, the 800 Series Diamond models, and it’s been six years since B&W released its first ‘Six’ series. Why mention both events? Because this year, for the first time, Continuum cones have been integrated into the sixth generation of the company’s critically acclaimed ‘Six Series’. The first Six Series speaker to arrive in Australia was the B&W 606 and, thanks to the help of Bowers & Wilkins Australia, a sample from the very first shipment was sent direct to Australian Hi-Fi Magazine for review. THE EQUIPMENT The new B&W 606 is a two driver, two-way, bass reflex stand-mount/bookshelf loudspeaker. As noted in the introduction, the 165mm diameter bass/midrange cone is made from…

6 min.
laboratory test report

Graph 1 shows the frequency response of the B&W 606 as measured by Newport Test Labs. It’s the combination of two different frequency response measurements, using two different measurement techniques. The section of the trace below 1kHz is the averaged result of nine individual frequency sweeps measured at three metres, with the central grid point on-axis with the tweeter using pink noise test stimulus with capture smoothed to 1/12th octave, with the bass reflex port completely open (no bungs). The section of the trace above 1kHz is the gated high-frequency response, an expanded view of which is shown in Graph 2. You can see that apart from the small dip in the response between 4kHz and 7kHz the B&W 606’s frequency response is remarkably flat, for the most part hovering just…

15 min.
audio-technica at-lp7 turntable

Dylan might have called it a simple twist of fate. In 1952 Hideo Matsushita, at just 22-years of age, landed a plum job at Tokyo’s Bridgestone Museum of Art where one of his duties was to organise concerts to promote LP records which had just arrived in Japan. One of the chief difficulties in presenting these concerts was the reliability and performance of the phono cartridges available at the time, so in 1962, after deciding there was a future in building reliable high-quality phono cartridges, Hideo rented a small warehouse in Shinjuku, just across from the Imperial Palace, hired three employees, registered Audio-Technica as a brand-name and started building the AT-1 stereo phono cartridge, his first product. Well before the time of Matsushita’s death in 2013, Hideo had turned Audio-Technica into a…

4 min.
laboratory test report

Newport Test Labs first measured the frequency response and channel separation of the Audio-Technica VNM20EB cartridge with pink noise test signals. Along with square waves, pink noise is one of the most difficult test signals for any phono cartridge, since it requires the stylus to simultaneously reproduce all frequencies across the audio spectrum at the same time, rather than just a single frequency at a time, which is the test used by cartridge manufacturers to specify the response of their products. The result of this test is shown in Graph 1 and you can see that the Audio-Technica VNM20EB delivered an outstandingly linear and extended frequency response, even with this difficult test signal. Overall Newport Test Labs measured the VNM20EB’s response at 26Hz to 20kHz ±2dB. Channel separation at 1kHz…