Sound + Image April - May 2017

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

2 min
the hi–fi headlines

The NAD 3020 – released in 1978 – was the largest selling amplifier in history. The reason was simple – it was an exceptional performer at a budget price. We are predicting that their recently released C338 amplifier will prove to be a similar hit. Rated at 50 watts RMS/channel and selling for $999, this is first and foremost a very good sounding amplifier. However its feature set is just as impressive. The C338 includes a phono stage, both analogue and digital inputs, and a subwoofer output. There is a high quality headphone amplifier, plus it has Bluetooth and is Wi-Fi enabled, providing access to Spotify Connect, internet radio etc. It is also the first amplifier to have Chromecast on-board. It has a dedicated TV input, and a learning remote control.…

4 min
when smart goes dumb...

TiVos came to Australia a decade ago — quite late, already established as a brand of brilliance in the US, so that their arrival here was a moment of excitement. As a smart PVR they were early in being able to set up ‘series’ recordings, and they used their own special stream of information from TiVo HQ to do it (TiVos check in with HQ regularly to get the latest information and to, er, let them know what you’re watching). And it was very easy to use — friendly, like the happy smiling TiVo icon on the front. A good many PVRs have spent time next to my TV over the years, as you can imagine, but the missus always uses the TiVo. And, an occasional hard-drive glitch aside, it…

2 min
tv tech battle in colour

The battle for TV market in 2017 has shifted to colour portrayal, with Hisense, LG and Samsung all touting their tech as delivering wider gamuts or better High Dynamic Range. Hisense used the Melbourne Grand Prix to show its wares (above is an artwork of eight Series 7 Hisense TVs assembled by Melbourne artist Jake Stollery). The new ULED 9 Series, coming in July, will be using quantum dot technology, which Hisense attributed to MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), light from the backlight generated at precisely controlled wavelengths so that, when mixed, the final colours are more exact. Both the 9 and the new 8 Series will run what Hisense has called ‘HDR Supreme’, which marks the inclusion of wide colour gamut and the ability to deliver a peak…

1 min
‘w’ is for...

We chose the W for wallpaper, said Joonduk Jang (above), LG’s head office home entertainment R&D Principal Research Engineer who attended the Australian launch of LG’s Signature W OLED in Sydney. “And then it also has the other meaning – ‘window’. We were inspired by glass windows and it led us to develop this, the thinnest OLED TV, to be attached on the wall completely, without any gap, the cables hidden.” Such a slim design was not without its design issues, admitted Joonduk Jang, who described how the limited box space became a battleground for LG engineers from different divisions. “Each struggled to have their own region,” he told us. ‘The OLED box has hardware, circuit and power, and the speaker systems and quality controllers -- so all the parties want to…

1 min
porsche design audio puts kef in the driving seat

A new trio of Porsche Design sound products have been announced, leveraging the quality of KEF acoustics with “the refined design” of Porsche Design. The lead product is perhaps the over-ear active noise-cancelling Space One headphones with Bluetooth including aptX ($699, right), their 40mm drivers backed by large 20mm neodymium magnets and a lightweight copper-clad aluminium wire voice coil, while the design uses aluminium highlights and a sandblasted titanium finish. There is also a pair of Motion One Bluetooth in-ear headphones ($399) and the Gravity One portable Bluetooth speaker ($499, below), winged design, crafted from a single piece of aluminium, making use of KEF’s Uni-Q technology to project sound “360° around the room for total freedom of listening”, together with twin back-to-back auxiliary bass radiators. They are distributed in Australia with KEF…

1 min
heos reinvents the av receiver

The HEOS multiroom platform has expanded once more, gaining a new larger soundbar, a subwoofer, plus something genuinely different — an AV receiver. The new HEOS AVR is in many ways an entire rethinking of the breed, from its clean lines and nearly nob-free fascia to its use of the HEOS wireless multiroom system by Denon to deliver whatever kind of music and movie system best fits your home. You can choose to use any of the HEOS wireless speaker range as surrounds, but conventional surround speakers can also be used, since the AVR has its own Class-D amplification behind speaker sockets for the full five speakers, with power rated at 5 x 100W into four ohms (1 kHz, THD 0.7%) or 5 x 50W into eight ohms (20Hz-20kHz, THD…