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Australian HiFi March - April 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

in this issue

3 min.
bach in the blue mountains

During a recent foray into the mountain range to the west of Sydney that is geologically known as ‘The Great Dividing Range’, or sometimes, colloquially, the ‘Eastern Ranges’, but is in this particular region of the State universally known as the ‘Blue Mountains’ (and readers unfamiliar with Australian geographic features should note that the feature in question is not technically a mountain at all, but an uplifted plateau, the highest point of which is a sandcastle-like 1,215 metres) I occasioned to stop at an establishment known as the ‘Loaves and the Dishes’ (a biblical reference, one assumes) to partake of some sustenance. As my rather large (and quite delicious) soup de jour (Moroccan Bean) was served, so too was a blast of sound served up from the café’s nondescript audio system.…

1 min.
three new yamaha amps

Yamaha has reinvigorated its hi-fi range by adding three new integrated stereo amplifiers to it, the Yamaha A-S701, A-S501 and A-S301. The three new models bob in the wake of Yamaha’s launch of its flagship S3000 Series last year and its more recent release of its S2100 Series Stereo Components. ‘Benchmarked against this distinguished pedigree, Yamaha engineers have instilled the company’s ethos of ‘Natural Sound’ and a wealth of musical expertise into the A-S701, A-S501 and A-S301 so as to deliver exceptional hi-fi performance and quality at affordable price points,’ said Justin d’Offay, of Yamaha Music Australia. ‘With a beautifully simple design which provides subtle glimpses of Yamaha’s hi-fi components of yesteryear, the new range epitomises luxury and ease-of-use with a silver hairline finish on its aluminium front panel and…

1 min.
harman/kardon aura

Convoy International, which distributes harman/kardon in Australia, has released the harman/kardon Aura wireless home audio system, which marries contemporary sculpture with high-fidelity sound. ‘The harman/kardon Aura is visually and digitally unlike any other audio system on the market,’ said Sohan Karunaratne, Head of Marketing for Australian distributor, Convoy International. ‘The Aura brings together high art design with state-of-the- wireless-art sound in a single unit system,’ he told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. The Aura contains a 144mm bass/midrange driver and six 38mm tweeters, all driven by a Class-D amplifier with DSP. The Aura presents as a transparent dome that acts as a waveguide, through which the turbo-sculpted driver enclosure can be seen, illuminated by LEDs. ‘These drivers and the enclosure work together to deliver perfectly blended, full-range, room-filling omni-directional sound,’ said Karunaratne.…

1 min.
jbl clip

JBL has released its ‘Clip’, an ultra-light portable speaker that has a plastic clip on top that’s designed to clip onto a belt, your clothes, a handbag or a backpack… or anywhere else you want it to go. Weighing just 150 grams, JBL claims it can play back using its own battery-power for up to five hours. The Clip can be connected to any music source via its 3.5mm integrated audio cable, or connected wirelessly via Bluetooth. It incorporates a hands-free speaker phone function. ‘Despite its small size, the JBL Clip packs a punch wherever you are,’ says Sohan Karunaratne, of Convoy International, which distributes JBL in Australia. ‘It’s the ultimate summer essential for days out at festivals or the beach, because not only can it fit anywhere, but it’s…

2 min.
cambridge audio azur 851n

Cambridge Audio has added a flagship network music player, the Azur 851N, to its award-winning Azur 851 Series. ‘The 851N is designed for those who want to play their digital music with no compromise on sound quality, just as the original artist intended,’ says Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Cambridge Audio in Australia. ‘It plays all popular formats up to 24-bit/192kHz studio master quality files, but improves the quality even further by intelligently upsampling all incoming audio to 24-bit/384kHz for the best quality possible.’ As with other models in the range, the 851N is built with an all-metal, ultra-rigid chassis and has a 110mm full colour screen display that’s used as a menu in conjunction with Cambridge Connect Apps for Apple and Android and also to display…

1 min.
seeking a superstar

Len Wallis Audio is advertising for someone to manage its Customer Division. ‘In this key senior leadership role you’ll be overseeing a successful team of sales staff, installers, programmers and project managers,’ said Len Wallis. ‘Duties will include managing and achieving budgets, identifying new opportunities for business growth, and staff training. It goes without saying you’ll have a solid track record within industry and possess the commercial acumen, drive and motivation to make this role a success for many years into the future.’ Interested? Contact sue@lenwallisaudio.com.au…