Sound + Image June - July 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
how loud does it go?

I have always listened to music, or have preferred to listen to music, at or near reference level, which is, by most people’s standards, quite loud. But this was the level at which music was played in our sitting room growing up — my mother would sit reading, sometimes with her fingers in her ears, while my father listened to new albums or the studio recordings he had made of bands, big bands and radio orchestras. So for me, this is the level at which music comes alive. Vibration is vibration, after all, and while musical information can get to your ears via headphones, there’s nothing like the physical vibration of skin, body, eyes (they do say eyes can register high audio frequencies) from a big system on song. That’s not…

2 min
‘henry kloss’ klh rebirth comes to australia

For younger readers it may be the greatest loudspeaker company you’re not aware of, but KLH will be no stranger to lovers of classic hi-fi. It was originally founded in 1957 as KLH Research and Development Corporation, with Henry Kloss, Malcolm S. Low, and Josef Anton Hofmann joining together to deliver high-fidelity sound reproduction in a ground-breaking company. KLH brought many ‘firsts’ to market. It launched the first-ever high-selectivity FM table radio in the Model Eight, and the first full-range electrostatic loudspeaker, the Model Nine, highly regarded by the audiophile community and picked by Neil Gader of TAS as “one of the 12 best loudspeakers ever built”. The KLH Model Forty was the first consumer product featuring Dolby Noise Reduction, while the KLH Model Eleven was the first portable phonograph with stereo…

1 min
sennheiser — robin schulz & 30 years of the hd 25

Having been first introduced in 1988, Sennheiser’s HD 25 headphones have achieved impressive 30-year longevity in an increasingly busy headphone market. Initially conceived for professional broadcasters, the HD25 has since become championed by DJs for their combination of sound and durability, and the fact that the rotatable capsules are perfect for one-ear monitoring. The latest variation is a strictly limited edition branded to German DJ Robin Schulz. “I had seen that almost all of the major DJs were working with them,” he recalls. “I knew that I had to have them. I was beyond happy the first time I had my own pair of HD 25s on my head.” The limited edition HD 25 is available through Sennheiser Australia for $229.95. Visit:…

1 min
b&w trade-in deal

Bowers & Wilkins in Australia is offering a minimum trade-in for a “limited period” allowing you to get a trade-in for your current speaker system when you trade up to the high performance 600 Series, the all-new 700 Series or the flagship 800 Diamond Series. You can even trade in on Mini Theatre 5.1 packages and selected personal audio. What can you trade? Any brand of working stereo speakers or powered subwoofer can be traded against B&W’s home speakers, and any pair of headpohones, working or not, can be traded against the P9 Signature or PX headphones. How much do you get? That will depend on what you’re buying! You can see all the numbers at…

1 min
pro-ject buys musical fidelity

Austrian manufacturer Pro-Ject Audio Systems has purchased British electronics manufacturer Musical Fidelity from its founder, Antony Michaelson. Michaelson, aged 67, will continue with the company on a consultancy basis. The purchase was announced at the High End Show in Munich by Heinz Lichtenegger of Pro-Ject Audio Systems and Antony Michaelson. The sale is effective immediately, with Musical Fidelity’s London office already closed, and all operations transferred to Pro-Ject’s head office in Austria. Contrary to reports, Pro-Ject has not also purchased Music Hall — Heinz’s simultaneous announcement about becoming Music Hall’s export manager for Europe was widely confused as a second buy-out. Not so.…

1 min
shure carts gone

Shure, once the world’s most famous cartridge manufacturer, has announced that it is, in its words, “discontinuing production of Shure phono products.” This didn’t come as a huge surprise to most in the industry, as the company ceased production of its most famous (and most expensive) cartridges several decades ago, and in recent times has manufactured only six, all sold for less than US$100 and four of which were specifically for DJ use. Only one cartridge was available for audiophiles, the M97xE. Shure will continue its line of microphones, headphones, wireless products and personal monitor systems, but any old-timers who remember their Shure V15 (any variant) with fondness are permitted to shed a tear in memory of it.…