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Australian HiFi March - April 2016

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.
cd rot returns... but with a twist

I had a frightening Christmas break. Since I live in Sydney, at least half my time off was spent listening to the rain beating down on the roof… and, in my case, coming in through the roof and windows, and also flooding the back of my house. But that wasn’t the frightening bit. The frightening bit was when I started ripping my CDs to a new NAS. I decided this would be a great project for a rainy week. I could insert CDs and read books during the rips, thereby multi-tasking and not feeling even a bit guilty about not being out in the great outdoors. My first fright came when I opened the cases of some of my older double and triple-CD sets, many of which came with thin squares…

1 min.
tri-planar in australia

Absolute Hi End is now the Australian distributor for Tri-Planar tonearms. Tri-Planar’s founder and designer, Herb Papier, was originally a watchmaker who received official recognition from the US Navy for his expertise in chronometer calibration. He started building tonearms in 1967 in Wheaton, Maryland, though at that time his tonearm was known as the ‘Wheaton’ decoupled arm. After Papier’s death in 2003, the company has been run solely by Tri Mai, who had purchased it from Papier four years earlier, and produces only three tonearms. ‘All three Tri-Planar tonearms use the unique dual-pivot design developed by Papier that provides unrivalled tracking, transparency and resolution,’ said Boris Granovsky, of Absolute HiEnd. ‘Tri-Planar tonearms create a musical sound stage unmatched by any other… one that’s powerful and dynamic, solid yet expressive, delicate…

1 min.
denon avr-x520bt av receiver

Denon has released a new entry-level AV receiver, the AVRX520BT (RRP $599). Based on Denon’s X Series AV models, it’s a 5.2-channel full-4K Ultra HD Receiver with Bluetooth streaming along with a unique Bluetooth App control, and full HDCP 2.2 for the latest HDMI specification support. There are five HDMI inputs, all of which are 3D compatible and three of which support HDCP 2.2/4K60p, as well as support for full rate 4K Ultra HD along with 4:4:4 Pure Colour sub-sampling pass-through. Bluetooth connectivity means you can stream your favourite audio tracks. The receiver can remember up to eight paired Bluetooth devices and is also equipped with a front-panel USB port. Denon has a Bluetooth App (Denon 500 Series Remote App) that allows you to control the AVR-X520BT from any Bluetooth device…

1 min.
design award for yamaha

Yamaha has won a ‘Good Design’ award for its Relit LSX-70 portable lighting/audio system. A departure in design from Yamaha’s more traditional audio offerings, the Relit LSX-70 is a portable Bluetooth loudspeaker system that incorporates a mood light. ‘Adorned with luxurious finishes the LSX-70 presents itself as much as a furniture piece as a Bluetooth speaker capable of Yamaha’s trademark ‘natural’ sound quality,’ said Simon Goldsworthy, General Manager of Yamaha Music Australia who accepted the award for Yamaha. ‘We’re delighted that it’s won a Good Design award here in Australia, which comes on the back of its success in winning an iF Design award in Germany.’ The judges for the Good Design Award commented, ‘The Yamaha LSX-70 Portable Lighting/Audio System is a beautifully executed piece of design—beautiful to look at…

1 min.
d’agostino momentum phono stage

Many very good phono stages have made it into production, but nearly all are complicated to use, with adjustments having to be made via DIP switches, links, or by inserting resistors and capacitors. On Dan D’Agostino’s new Momentum phono stage all adjustments are made via the front panel using pushbuttons that control gain, 16 resistive loads for the two MC inputs, 16 resistive and capacitive loads for the MM input and select any one of five different phono equalisation curves (RIAA, FFRR, RCA, Columbia, or DGG). In order to get the a.c. power supply as clean as possible, the Momentum’s power transformer is in a separate chassis, and the rectification and regulation circuits are built into the base on which the Momentum sits. ‘In doing this, Dan has given the Momentum…

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graham audio ls5/8

Graham Audio has released its LS5/8 loudspeakers, which it says are ‘the big brother’ to the LS5/9. Although the original BBC-designed LS5/8 was an active speaker, the Graham Audio version designed by Derek Hughes is a passive bass-reflex design, using a bespoke 305mm Diophantine polypropylene bass/midrange driver made for Graham Audio by Volt Loudspeakers and a 25mm 13D34H Audax tweeter which together deliver a claimed frequency response of 40Hz–16kHz ±3dB at 89dBSPL when driven by a 2.83V input. ‘Thanks to these two drivers, and Derek’s masterful passive crossover design, this new model greatly improves on the resolution and imaging of the original speakers,’ said George Neophytou, of Neophonics, which distributes Graham Audio in Australia. ‘But although the tonal balance and natural sound of the speakers is greatly improved over the…