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Australian HiFi May - June 2019

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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

3 min.
death of a thousand cuts

There’s a dearth of live music in Australia, and it’s not because we don’t have any musicians, or because Australians don’t want to hear live music. It’s because of politicians, bureaucracy, local councils and the intolerance of ordinary Australians. It’s getting so bad that about the only way you can hear live music now is to cough up a couple of hundred bucks to visit one of the ‘sanctioned’ (as in ‘we make a lot of contributions to political parties’) commercial venues in your capital city, or hop into your car and drive several hours out into the countryside to attend a music festival…except that in NSW, you won’t even be able to that, because the Berejiklian government has introduced new licensing requirements that make it virtually impossible for such…

29 min.

AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE CD9SE Audio Research has released its Reference CD9SE CD Player/DAC which, as with all ARC’s reference products, uses valves… in this case in its analogue output stages as well as in its power supply. The output stage of the Audio Research Reference CD9SE uses four 6H30 dual-triodes, while a 6550WE and a 6H30 are used in the power supply. The digital section features quad 24-bit DACs running in mono mode, with dual master oscillators; one for 44.1/88.2/176.4 sample rates, and the other for 48/96/192kHz sample rates. Sample rate conversion is selectable for all inputs (USB 2.0HS, AES/EBU, RCA, and Toslink), and also for disc playback, allowing conversion to be either at native resolution or upsampled. Users can also choose their preferred filter type: fast roll-off or slow roll-off.…

6 min.
grado gh3 heritage series headphones

Many famous hi-fi brands were established in the post-war period in the United States, almost all of which were named after their various founders. Six or so decades later, most of the famous names are owned by conglomerates, and are not at all connected with their original founder in any way other than name. Most no longer even manufacture their products in the USA. But there is one exception: Grado. This famous brand—and company—is still in the hands of the Grado family some two-thirds of a century after it was first established in Brooklyn, New York. And, what’s more, Grado is still hand-building its products in Brooklyn. The Grado GH3 Heritage Series headphones are one of this company’s lowest-priced offerings. They’re very light in weight (156 grams) and, as you can see from…

22 min.
mag-lev audio ml1 turntable

Shut up and take my money! That’s what I was thinking the moment I saw the promotional video of the Mag-Lev Audio ML1 turntable. Why? Because its platter was spinning in midair, levitated several centimetres above the plinth, looking for all the world like an alien spacecraft coming in to land… except that it wasn’t landing, it was hovering in midair, with an ethereal orange glow emanating beneath it. Wow! The promotional copy accompanying the video made it clear that this was no YouTube trick. Mag-Lev Audio, a company I’d never previously heard of, based in Slovenia—a country about whose exact location I was somewhat vague—had managed to build a turntable with a platter that rotates in midair, so there’s no bearing, no drive motor, no rubber belt… none of the…

19 min.
revel performa f228be loudspeakers

My heart sank when the editor rang to ask if I could stay home on Friday to take delivery of a pair of Revel speakers for review. ‘Are they floor-standers?’ I asked. ‘Yep’ was the stern reply. ‘What series?’ was my next question. ‘Performa F228Be’, he answered. It was not the answer I had not wanted to hear. It’s not that I don’t love Revel speakers… I do… plus I am also a great fan of Kevin Voecks who’s still the man in charge at Revel, ably assisted by his right hand man (who’s actually Revel’s principal engineer) Mark Glazer… and no less a persona than Dr Sean Olive rounds out the design team… talk about heavy-hitters in the speaker design fraternity! No, I really do love Revel speakers… it’s just that…

15 min.
arcam cds50 sacd/cd/network streaming player

Many audiophiles are ‘rusted on’ followers of Arcam, having been fans of this British brand since its humble beginnings back in 1976, when it started life in Cambridgeshire, England, as ‘Amplification & Recording Cambridge’ a name that was soon after sensibly abbreviated to Arcam. However, following Samsung’s purchase of Arcam (adding to a high-end hi-fi portfolio that now includes JBL, Lexicon, Revel and Mark Levinson) I suspect that many of those rusted-on followers were waiting with bated breath to see what the first new range to be released under new ownership looked like. As you can see, it’s basically ‘same same’—as in that nothing has really changed. All three components in Arcam’s new HDA (High Definition Audio) line are typically ‘Arcam’ in terms of appearance, finish and build quality, those…