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Australian HiFi January - February 2015

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

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3 min.
editor's lead in

No Decline in High-End Sales I was recently bemused to read an editorial written by the late J. Gordon Holt (JGH), when he was editor of Stereophile, in which he apologised to subscribers for the delay in the latest issue (it was a six month delay, which makes me look very good indeed!) and also for the necessity of increasing the cover price. Along with all the abject apologies and heartrending entreaties to subscribers to forgive all and resubscribe (obviously not effective, because he sold the magazine to Larry Archibald with the very next issue) he wrote: ‘When we bannered this issue as a “special CES issue” we meant it. It is entirely devoted to the 1981 Summer CES because, if high-end audio continues to decline economically, there may not be another…

3 min.
the hi–fi headlines news letter no . 219

In a surprise move, NAD has discontinued their M51 Digital to Analogue Converter, and I understand there are no plans to replace it. I say surprise because this must be one of the most successful DACs on the market, and is universally regarded as great value for money – even in the US where it sells for US$1,995 compared to the AUS$1,899 we have been asking here (it even got down to $1,499 in Australia). It received the 2014 DAC of the Year – under $2,000 - from Australian publication Sound+Image. WHAT HI- FI? in the UK went one better, giving it a five star review, and then handing it the ‘Best DAC over £1200’ award. Incidentally in the UK it sold for £1499.00 (or $2,769 Australian dollars at today’s…

1 min.
audio heaven

JUST ARRIVED! BOENICKE W5 Swiss happiness in a box! Sven Boenicke’s W5 desktop speakers achieve a rare quality of tonal richness usually associate with speakers twice their size (and price!). Equally at home on a desktop or freestanding on their custom designed stands, the W5’s deliver a big sound coupled with an elegant minimalist design. “To say that the W5 blew our minds would be putting it criminally mild.”Srajan Ebaen 6moons See more at www.audioheaven.com.au/W5 ALLNIC D5000 DHT DAC The D-5000 DHT is Allnic Audio’s first digital product. With an Allnic designed pure DHT analog output section and a unique digital section by Waversa Systems, the D-5000 DHT is a true, ground-breaking product. See more at www.audioheaven.com.au/D5000DHT CERTON SYSTEMS INTEGRITA C4 Perfect music storage! Network storage made specifically for music with bit perfect cd ripping. Two models available with either…

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sennheiser adds momentum in-ear

Sennheiser has added an in-ear model to its Momentum range. It uses a custom-machined stainless steel acoustic pipe, tough impact-resistant polycarbonate, high-quality dynamic speaker systems and come with ear adapters in several sizes. ‘These ear-canal phones feature class-leading proprietary transducer technology newly developed by Sennheiser which carefully replicates the sound signature that characterises the Momentum range: a powerful bass response, detailed vocal projection and a great sound stage,’ said Charles Cha, of Sennheiser Australia. The Momentum In-Ear features a three-button in-line remote with an integrated microphone for controlling music and taking calls. Two variants are available, one optimised for Apple iOS and the other for Android and Windows. All models come with a premium carrying case and a two-year warranty. ‘Answering the needs of those who refuse to make compromises, the…

2 min.
thorens td 203

Thorens’ new entry-level TD203 turntable comes complete with a uni-pivot tonearm fitted with a moving-magnet cartridge. Recognising that buyers of entry-level turntables don’t want to get involved in turntable set-up—a process that according to Stereophile’s Michael Fremer, can take up to three hours—Thorens says it’s designed and manufactured the TD203 so that it works ‘straight out of the box.’Heinz Rohrer, of Thorens, told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine: ‘It takes no more than five minutes from opening the box to playing the first, excellent-sounding piece of music from a vinyl record, because the TD 203 has the sound quality of the award-winning, highly acclaimed TD 309, TD 209 and TD 206 models written in its DNA. And, like its siblings, it was developed in Germany.’ The TD203’s d.c. servo-motor is decoupled from…

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praise for def tech’s w series

Definitive Technology’s ‘W’ (Wireless) Series models, which debuted at the Australian Audio and AV Show 2014 have been praised for their performance by dealers and audiophiles. The range consists of a wireless soundbar and subwoofer (W Studio), two tabletop wireless speakers (W7 and W9), a network amplifier (W Amp) and a network adaptor for existing audio systems (W Adapt). ‘The W Collection is designed as an audiophile-grade wireless option for the discerning modern consumer,’ said Nigel Ng, of Advance Audio Australia, which distributes Definitive Technology in Australia. ‘I was lucky enough to listen to the pre-production samples and I was absolutely blown away by them, especially considering the extremely affordable price tags.’ The flagship model in the range is the W9, about which Ng told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine: ‘is Definitive…