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Australian HiFi January - February 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.
australian hi-fi magazine—50 years

As you have no doubt noticed from the badge on this issue’s front cover, 2019 marks a significant milestone in the history of Australian Hi-Fi Magazine… and, indeed, in the history of audio publishing. This year marks the magazine’s fiftieth year of publication. (So far my publisher hasn’t sent me a ruby-encrusted blue pencil to commemorate the occasion, but I live in hope…) Not too many specialist hi-fi magazines have been around for as long as Australian Hi-Fi—indeed the only one I can think of off-hand that pre-dates it is the UK’s Hi-Fi News & Record Review which, having first been published in 1956, is the world’s longest-running audio title. To commemorate our 50th anniversary we asked Gary Cutler who, with the late David Paul, founded the magazine back in 1969, to…

21 min.

WILSON BENESCH P3.0 NOW IN OZ The three new models British loudspeaker manufacturer Wilson Benesch designed to commemorate its thirtieth birthday year in 2018 are now available in Australia. All three Precision Series models feature Wilson Benesch’s new ‘Leonardo’ silk-dome tweeter and ‘carbon fibre composite Fibonacci element’ faceplate—a combination that made its debut on the Eminence, Wilson Benesch’s flagship. All three models also feature Wilson Benesch’s ‘Tactic II’ drivers, reportedly developed in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. ‘The third generation Tactic II drivers used in the Precision Series builds upon time-proven materials science that Wilson Benesch brought to the market out of the government-supported Bishop Research project,’ said Boris Granovsky, of Absolute HiEnd, which distributes Wilson Benesch in Australia. ‘The isotactic polypropylene cone was collaboratively developed with Professor Ward FRS of Leeds…

2 min.
the hi–fi headlines

One of the best buys in turntable land at the moment is the special we are running on the Pro-Ject 2Xperience. This turntable sells for $1,999 (plus cartridge) and features electronic speed change and their superb 9cc tonearm, as used on the Linn Majik turntable. Purchase a 2Xperience and we will fit an Ortofon 2M Black moving magnet cartridge, valued at $1,000, free of charge. This is a great combination, and at $1,999 for the package it offers excellent value. One product we are eagerly waiting for, and which maybe on our shelves by the time you read this, is the new Krell K-300i integrated amplifier. This is Krell’s first integrated amplifier utilising their iBias circuity and comes as a straight analogue amplifier or with an optional digital module fitted. It is…

13 min.
jbl l100 classic loudspeakers

One of the best advertising slogans I have ever heard was for a JBL loudspeaker (the JBL Sovereign II). The slogan? ‘If a JBL sounds expensive to you, there’s a reason: It’s expensive.*’ That slogan was so good that even though it was first coined back in the 60s (which was when I first saw it in an advert), JBL has recently recycled the self-same slogan in some of its most recent advertisements. I am not sure if that slogan is quite so effective in the modern day, because whereas back in the 60s and 70s, JBL made some of the most expensive loudspeakers you could buy, a prime example being the JBL D44000, better known as the Paragon (Google it!), these days JBL’s most expensive offerings are not even in…

5 min.
laboratory test report

Newport Test Labs measured the frequency response of the JBL L100 Classic as 34Hz to 20kHz ±3.5dB, which is an excellent result, though it does not begin to approach JBL’s own specification of 40Hz to 40kHz –6dB. The graph of this response is shown in Graph 1, and you can see that over a more restricted bandwidth (50Hz to 10kHz) the response is an even-flatter ±2.5dB. Importantly, there’s no spectral skew, so the plus/minus dB variations are spread right across the response… though the response does fall away at the very highest frequencies. The extended low-frequency response is worth making special mention of, though given the size of the bass driver, and the fact that it’s fitted in a large bass-reflex environment also means that it should not be a…

17 min.
b&w db1d subwoofer

Fact. The DB1D is the most powerful active subwoofer B&W has ever made. And if that fact doesn’t get your blood racing, how about that it has a low-frequency response that stretches down below 9Hz, as well as the ability to comfortably generate a sound pressure level of 92dBSPL across the pass band with negligible distortion? THE EQUIPMENT If you know something about subwoofers, you’re probably wondering how B&W manages high SPLs, low distortion and extended low-frequency performance simultaneously, since the three are usually mutually exclusive, as in if you optimise any two, you can’t expect the third. When you see a DB1D in the flesh, and read the spec sheet, you’ll immediately know how B&W managed it. First, the cabinet is not exactly small! (It’s not exactly large, either, but it’s probably…