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Australian HiFi July - August 2018

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.
sound magicians

‘Trust your ears’ is a popular catchphrase in audio, particularly amongst subjectivists, who don’t think that frequency response, power output, signal-to-noise ratios and other scientific measurements can tell them anything they need to know about sound quality. However, even objectivist audiophiles—those who do think that power output, signal-to-noise ratios and other electronic measurements—can tell them things they need to know about sound quality also say ‘trust your ears’ because they know that measurements can’t tell them everything they need to know. But can you really trust your ears? I’m sorry, but the answer is no. You can’t trust your ears. You can’t even trust your eyes. Think about a magician doing a stage trick, say with an empty hat and a white dove. You’re shown the empty hat, and that there’s…

2 min.
nad hp70 headphones

NAD has released a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones, this time with Bluetooth aptX HD built in. As with NAD’s previous models, the new HP70s have three different listening modes: passive, amplified or active noise-cancelling, and NAD has improved the battery life of its Li-Ion battery so that it will now provide power for fifteen hours. You can then either charge or change the battery, or switch to passive mode, which doesn’t require any battery power at all. NAD’s noise-cancelling circuitry is different from that used in most other NC headphones, because although it effectively removes low-frequency noise, it allows some high-frequency noise to come through, albeit at reduced level. ‘Many brands that provide good noise isolation also create an uncomfortable sensation that your head is in a vacuum chamber and…

1 min.
sennheiser cx sport earphones

Sennheiser’s new CX Sport Bluetooth earphones claim a six hour battery life, a ten-minute quick-charge capability and a lightweight design that’s sweat and splash resistant. ‘The Sennheiser CX Sport earphones enable you to enjoy the freedom of wireless sound with uncompromising quality in an ultra-lightweight design,’ said Heather Reid of Sennheiser Australia. ‘With ergonomic fins to keep the earphones in place and an adjustable neck cable with integrated clothing clip, the CX Sport is engineered to move with you as you move.’ Reid says the Bluetooth connection provides high-quality music reproduction. ‘Tuned for clear, detailed sound with satisfying bass response, and with Qualcomm apt-X support, the CX Sport is made to deliver the best quality, high-definition wireless sound,’ she said. The quick-charge capability means you can get one hour of playback…

1 min.
shure stops building cartridges

Shure, once the world’s most famous phono cartridge manufacturer, has announced that it is ‘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 phono cartridges, all of which sold for less than US$100 and four of which were designed specifically for DJ use. Only one cartridge was available for audiophiles, the M97xE. The reason, according to Shure’s website? ‘In recent years, the ability to maintain our exacting standards in the phonograph cartridge product category has been challenged, resulting in cost and delivery impacts that are inconsistent with the Shure brand promise. In light of these conditions, and after…

2 min.
soulines kubrick dcx turntable

The Kubrick DCX turntable, manufactured in Serbia by Soulines, is the company’s flagship model, whose name is said to be because its design was inspired by the space station in the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Soulines Kubrick DCX is a belt-drive model with an acrylic platter driven by a low-torque d.c motor. It was designed by Igor Gligorov of Soulines and uses the same inverted main bearing machined from solid brass and stainless steel and acrylic platter (40mm thick and weighing 3.2kg) that he developed for the company’s Hermes DCX turntable. As you can see from the photograph, the structure resembles a skeletal-style body in which three ‘legs’ of unequal length extend from a central point, which is where the space station analogy comes in. The adjustable supporting…

1 min.
vitus audio ri-101

Vitus Audio has released its RI-101 integrated amplifier, which Vitus claims that although being based on the now eight-year-old RI-100 is greatly improved, due to the use of a more efficient 1kVA transformer and a new input stage. ‘Although the printed circuit boards look almost the same, there are many differences,’ said Hans-Ole Vitus of Vitus Audio. ‘In order to lower the noise level below that of the RI-100, and to further enhance the level of resolution and blackness, we now use a completely balanced preamplifier stage, powered by a much more complex and lower-noise regulated power supply.’ Another change is the volume control, with the new RI-101 using the same high-resolution volume control used in the Vitus Audio SL-103 and MP-L201. Vitus rates the power output of the RI-101 as…