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Australian HiFi January - February 2017

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

in this issue

3 min.
the art of being rick-rolled

Have you ever been rick-rolled? I have…several times. I didn’t really find it funny, just confusing, because I had no idea I was the butt of an Internet joke. (I don’t get out much.) If you’re reading this and thinking I’m hopelessly naive, read no further unless you want to find out what’s not quite so funny about rick-rolling. If you’re wondering what the hell I’m on about, being ‘rick-rolled’ is when you click on a link that you think is taking you to one place, but it instead re-directs you to a YouTube performance of Rick Astley singing his hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ from which you then can’t escape… trying to exit the clip just opens another version of the same clip in a new window. Hilarious!…

1 min.
beyerdynamic amiron ‘phones

BeyerDynamic, the German company best-known for its professional headphones, has released a model designed specifically for domestic use, the Amiron home. As with the professional models, the Amiron home uses Tesla drivers, but the company says they have been refined for use in the Amiron home. ‘Modifications to the transducer have diminished unwanted vibrations to an absolute minimum and completely eliminated annoying treble resonances,’ said Wayne Farran of Syntec, which distributes BeyerDynamic in Australia. ‘The placement of an additional fabric in front of the multilayer compound calotte reduces high-frequency resonances. In addition, the acoustic transducers are damped on the rear to ensure an even more balanced midrange response and a new ear pad filling material used to increase bass precision. All in all, this adds up to a warm, stress-free…

1 min.
gold note donatello

Italian high-end manufacturer Gold Note has released a new moving-coil cartridge, available in both high-output and low-output versions, called the Donatello. The Donatello Gold is the low-output (0.5mV) version, which retails for ($1,790 RRP), while the high-output (1.8mV) model is the Donatello Red ($1,190 RRP). Both models have bodies machined from duralumin, as well as aluminium cantilevers and micro-elliptical diamond styluses that Gold Note says were developed exclusively for the company by Adamant-Namiki. They also have copper coils and samarium-cobalt magnets. ‘The idea was to bring some of the premium features introduced on our flagship lines into a lighter, smaller body in order to create a cartridge compatible with a wide range of tonearms, without compromising the design and the build quality,’ said Maurizio Aterini, of Gold Note. ‘For instance,…

1 min.
svs ultra 16 subs

The new SB16 Ultra and PB16 Ultra subwoofers now available from SVS are the biggest and most powerful it has ever developed and feature new 406mm (16-inch) drivers and 1,500-watt amplifiers. Now available in Australia, the SB-16 Ultra sells for $3,999 and the PB-16 for $4,499 (RRP). Both subwoofers have a 406mm bass driver with a 203mm-diameter edge-wound voice coil that’s driven by an ‘Ultra Sledge’ STA-1500D amplifier Class-D amplifier rated by SVS as being able to deliver 1,500-watts continuous power. Both subwoofers use a 50MHz Analog Devices DSP device to enable continuously variable volume/gain control, continuously variable (0–180 degrees) phase control and continuously variable (50–160 Hz) 12dB/ octave low pass filter and three user-adjustable parametric equalisation circuits. SVS quotes the SB-16 Ultra’s frequency response at 16 to 460Hz ±3dB…

1 min.
focal utopia ‘phones

Focal has released its new Utopia and Elear headphones. According to Focal, the Utopia headphones, which retail in Australia for $5,500, are the first in the world to have full-range drivers in fully open-backed enclosures, using a technology that is awaiting the grant of a patent. ‘These new headphones, which are made entirely in Focal’s wholly-owned facility in Saint-Etienne, in the South-west of France, are the first headphones from any loudspeaker manufacturer that fully reflect and use the technologies and expertise developed for the company’s most expensive loudspeakers,’ said Chris Murphy, of N.A. Distributors, which distributes Focal in Australia and New Zealand. The Focal Elear ($1,675) is essentially the same as the Utopia, but whereas the Focal’s drivers have an ‘M’-shaped dome made from beryllium, the Elear’s drivers are made from…

1 min.
audio research foundation dac 9

Synergy Audio Visual has announced the arrival in Australia of Audio Research’s ‘Foundation Series’ of components, which it says was designed by the same design team responsible for its award-winning Reference Series. ‘The Foundation family of vacuum tube components has been created to provide incredible musical experiences,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual. ‘The new DAC 9 digital-to-analogue converter is a wonderful example, with state-of-the-art solid state circuitry provided to decode most formats natively or upsampled to 384kHz, with selectable digital filters to allow customisation of the digital signal, and a pair of 6H30 vacuum tubes at the heart of the analogue circuitry, provide spatial definition, dynamics and detail abound while providing the most natural musical experience.’ The DAC9 has five digital connections—USB, RCA, BNC, AES/EBU, and Toslink and…