Sound + Image December 2017 - January 2018

SOUND + IMAGE magazine offers a comprehensive package focused on lifestyle home electronic entertainment. It provides easy-to-read information about audio and video equipment and how ordinary consumers can assemble extraordinary systems that look and sound fantastic.

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8 Issues

in this issue

4 min
connect-4: benq’s four-flash w1700 hits ultra high def at just $2499

There’s a lot more than meets the eye to BenQ’s new price-slashing Ultra-HD projector, the CineHome W1700 DLP 4K HDR. Most early reports have been firmly focused on the price — and reasonably enough, since the W1700 delivers Ultra High Definition pixel counts and support for HDR10 High Dynamic Range at just $2499. But just as interestingly, the W1700 introduces to the market a new Texas Instruments technology which wasn’t expected to get into real projectors until the middle of next year — a four-flash XPD UHD DMD. (Bear with us...) $2499 FOR UHD PROJECTION Let’s celebrate the pricing first. Every so often consumers enjoy a radical price adjustment for AV projectors. Today the impressive-enough 1920 × 1080 performance that used to cost $10,000 in a projector just a decade ago is now…

1 min
marantz updates its award-winner...

There’s invariably an award-winner or two from our year of reviewing which gets updated just as we go to press — this year it’s the Marantz AV7703 AV preamplifier/processor which triumphs on p40 of this issue. Just as we went to press we got news of the new AV7704, to be released in December, along with a new range-topping integrated, the SR7012. Marantz has retuned the sound using new parts including a 192kHz/32bit digital-to-analogue converter block with clock jitter remover and a high-quality moving magnet phono input, while the AV processing includes compatibility with the full range 4K Ultra High Definition variations, from 4K 60Hz video to HDR, as well as Dolby Vision compatibility and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). It also has decoders for Dolby Atmos, dts:X and Auro-3D built-in.…

1 min
naim audio’s uniti all-in-one range goes nova...

Naim Audio takes out our Single-Box Solution of the Year on p93 with its Uniti Atom — now the larger Nova is ready for release as well. Again a single-box design using that spectacular top knob imported from the company’s Mu-so designs, it provides 80 watts per channel of Class A/B amplification, and plenty of source options, with the Uniti Nova again natively supporting Chromecast and Bluetooth (with both aptX and apt HD) to stream music from smartphone or tablet, and also AirPlay, so you can stream music from any iDevice or iTunes. Tidal and Spotify are also integrated, along with the ability to play internet radio, plus it has UPnP so you can connect to a computer or to network-attached storage. You can also play music via USB-connected storage…

4 min
lifestyle launch for akg headwear

For those who know AKG well from its 70 years of making headphones and pro-audio equipment, it may be a surprise to find Harman Australia relaunching the brand here in the consumer space as if it is a relative unknown — even though Samsung’s ownership of Harman has recently seen millions of AKG earbuds delivered in the box with Samsung smartphones. ‘AKG Lifestyle’ is the tag for the latest ranges, offered at retail initially exclusively through Harvey Norman in Australia, as well as via AKG’s website (below). The latest launch focused on two in-ears — the $399.95 N30 with high-res audio capabilities and the $299 N20NC with active noise-cancellation — plus two larger models, the N60NC model, and the remarkable Quincy Jones-edition N90Q. WIRELESS NC AKG’s N60NC Wireless (above right) are stylish on-ear Bluetooth…

1 min
sound + image awards 2018

It all comes down to this — a full year of reviewing, not only in Sound+Image magazine but in Australian Hi-Fi, Australian Incar, Audio Esoterica and Best Buys & AV — plus on and a rush of late arrivals as we approach the Awards cut-off date for judging. Held every year since 1989, our Awards are judged on sound and/or image quality, feature sets, build quality, appearance, ease of use and ergonomics, all rolled up into a value-for-money equation. And each year we host a Presentation Dinner, this year in Sydney at the historic Grace Hotel in Sydney, where the audio, AV and incar industry comes together to receive their awards in a formal but informal evening which we hope delivers the mingle tingle to all. But the Awards…

2 min
the hi–fi headlines

We have seen an unprecedented number of price reductions during the last month. This has always been a competitive industry, however we don’t recall a period during this time when good quality audio has been more affordable. Without doubt the most exciting of these reductions are the new prices for Krell, showing roughly a 15% reduction across the board. For example the Digital Vanguard integrated amplifier has come down from $9,995 to $8,495. This is one of the best-sounding integrated amplifiers under $10,000 on the Australian market. It is rated at 200watts/ channel, and features a Class ‘A’ preamplifier. It is one of only a handful of amplifiers on the market that doubles it power in to a 4 ohm load, something sadly overlooked by many in the industry. The Vanguard Digital straddles…