Sound + Image August - September 2019

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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in this issue

3 min
hi-fi as a weapon

There’s a mightily odd audio story going around (Wired, the BBC, The Sun et al) about a UK researcher presenting the idea of “custom malware that can induce all sorts of embedded speakers to emit inaudible frequencies at high intensity, or blast out audible sounds at high volume.” Apparently these “aural barrages can potentially harm human hearing, cause tinnitus, or even possibly have psychological effects.” We’ve heard about smart TVs being potentially hackable, opening up their cameras (less common after their initial popularity) and microphones (increasingly included for voice assistance) for use as handy in-home spying devices, though I’d reckon that our ‘own’ intelligence agencies, the ‘Five Eyes’, would be the ones most interested in doing the monitoring. Similarly for laptop cameras and microphones — Mark Zuckerberg tapes over his camera…

3 min
hands on with epson’s ef-100 mini laser 3lcd projector

We’ve seen nano and mini projectors before, but Epson’s new EF-100 is something rather different, and genuinely impressive both in what it offers and in the results it delivers (we have one up and running for this hands-on report). Notably it uses Epson’s 3LCD projection technology and has a long-life (20,000-hour) laser light source which should see out a decade of regular use. And it is able to deliver a quoted 2000 lumens output, bright enough to project a large image up to 150-inch diagonal even against a fair level of day-time ambient light. It shares Epson’s usual menu structure so it’s a breeze to push the brightness up to ‘Bright Cinema’ or ‘Vivid’ setting during daylight hours, returning to the more realistic results of ‘Cinema’ or ‘Natural’ for evening…

1 min
slim pickings

Marantz has announced the latest versions of its popular slimline AV receivers, which provide multichannel power, an HDMI hub for the home, and HEOS wireless multiroom streaming, all in a chassis far lower than the usual AV receiver height. The $1099 NR1510 and $1399 NR1710 share the ability to handle 4K/60Hz pass-through at full-rate 4:4:4 color resolution, including support for HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG High Dynamic Range. The NR1510 has six HDMI inputs and offers five channels of amplification rated at 50W per channel, while the NR1710 ups that to eight HDMI inputs and seven channels rated at 50W each. The HDMI output supports not only ARC but also the new enhanced ARC (eARC) to play surround signals from the TV into the receiver. While both receivers can decode Dolby TrueHD…

1 min
disney+ set for november launch in australia

Disney’s push into a dedicated streaming subscription model is set for a firm launch date of November 12 in the United States, with Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands on a promise for the service to begin before the end of that month. It will be priced here at $8.99 a month, so undercutting several existing services, including Netflix. It will also operate across multiple platforms from launch, including AppleTV and iOS iPhones and iPads, on Android TV and Android devices, also PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and desktop browsers. But what will it offer? Well of course Disney and Pixar movies and TV shows, but Disney also owns the Star Wars franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, National Geographic and now 21st Century Fox, which includes The Simpsons. And its…

1 min
tivoli on the go

Tivoli Audio built its reputation on achieving solid sound out of small radios like the original Model One, designed by Henry Kloss and still available in various versions including a reimagined Model One ‘Digital’. So it makes sense for the company to apply that small enclosure expertise to a more general Bluetooth speaker, as it has done in the new Tivoli Go Andiamo, with an RRP of $299. The Andiamo’s 135mm diameter and 55mm depth gives enough room to go beyond the configuration of most mini Bluetooth speakers, Tivoli including both a 63.5mm active driver with 20W of power and a 76mm passive driver, while the 2600mAh battery promises 20 hours of playback time from a single charge. There’s an auxiliary minijack input as well as Bluetooth. Nice style, too, with…

1 min
roksan is back... in blak

Roksan was renowned in the late 1980s and 1990s for a series of fine turntables and related equipment named after historical Persian people and places — the Xerxes, Artaxerxes, Artemis, and also the Darius loudspeakers, notable for being the first to spring-isolate the tweeters from the bass units. Following the brand’s purchase by Monitor Audio in 2016, Roksan is revived and back in Australia through Interdyn, starting with the pictured flagship ‘Blak’ electronics and also the lower-level K3 component range. The Blak CD player ($5999) and integrated amplifier ($6999) combine substantial build with styling that includes the orange LED display and, on the amplifier, the orange-ringed volume indicator (plus a similarly solid and orange-labelled remote control). Connection between the two will be made using balanced or unbalanced analogue cables; the CD…