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Australian HiFi March - April 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.
longer hi-fi warranties… but with one exception

Is it just my imagination, or are warranty periods for hi-fi components getting longer? If you’re new to the audio world, you’ll probably be horrified to learn that back in the 70s, the maximum warranty period on any hi-fi component was one year, and for many items, it was just three months. These days, the only hi-fi product I can think of where you’re offered only a three month warranty is one where valves are involved and frankly, this puzzles me the most out of all hi-fi warranties because valves are—bless their warm little thermionic hearts—inherently reliable devices. During the early stages of the Vietnam War, for example, almost all the radios that were being chucked out of helicopters and dragged through jungles and paddy fields were valve-based. Until rather more…

1 min.
canton chrono series

Canton’s Chrono Series comprises three floorstanding loudspeakers—the Chrono 519DC, Chrono 518DC and Chrono 517DC—two compact stand-mount models—Chrono 513DC and Chrono 512DC—a compact wall-mount model designed for home theatre applications (Chrono 511DC), a centre-channel, the Chrono 515DC and a powered subwoofer, the Chrono Sub10.2. All models feature Canton’s unique aluminium-manganese 25mm dome tweeter, which in addition to its unusual dome material, also has an aluminium wave guide to improve dispersion. Although the Chrono Series has been around for some time, Canton has gradually been improving it, yet so subtly and over such a long period that it almost appears unchanged, but if you look closely you’ll see the new diamond-cut aluminium rings on the drivers, the improved cabinet construction, the different down-firing bass reflex ports and more. Internally, the crossover networks use higher-quality…

1 min.
harbeth 40.2 anniversary edition

Famous British loudspeaker manufacturer Harbeth celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and has released a special limited edition version of its Monitor 40.2 to mark the occasion. ‘The Harbeth Monitor 40.2 in its Limited Edition comes in a walnut veneer and has some beautiful added features including the latest WBT-nextgen binding posts, a new-look super-tweeter with protection bar and Harbeth-branded British-made audio-grade poly capacitors,’ said Nikola Markovic, of Audio Magic, which distributes Harbeth in Australia. Internally, the Limited Edition version will also have custom Harbeth cabling connecting the crossover to the drivers and to the rear terminals. The Harbeth Monitor 40.2 Anniversary is specified as having a frequency response that extends from 35Hz to 20kHz ±3dB, and a sensitivity of 86dBSPL for at one metre for a one watt input. ‘And…

1 min.
extrema x-series

Almost a year after Melbourne distributor Class-A Audio announced that it had secured the distribution rights for the extensive range of equipment racks from US company Extrema, it has announced the arrival of Extrema’s latest X-Series of modular racking systems, which extends the four systems already in the range: Classic, Radiance, Profile, and Evolution. The Extrema Evo X-14 modular racks use interchangeable, stackable shelves, and multiple-height risers in order to be able to accommodate audio components of any height, and look good even when stacked with components of different heights. The Extrema X system uses precision-machined iron frame pieces that are 10mm thick, which Extrema says can support up to 80kg on each racking level. Spikes are provided to ensure vibration isolation between individual modules as well as from the stand…

43 min.
show report: ces 2017

Albert Hammond wrote his hit song ‘It Never Rains in Southern California’ with his tongue in his cheek, but if he’d relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, the city that each January hosts the world’s largest electronics show, he’d have been spot-on, because the annual rainfall in Vegas is mostly less than 25mm a month but some years doesn’t manage this over an entire year. Which means that when journalists from around the world descend on the place (and there were 6,534 of them in 2017) they don’t have to worry about packing raincoats. This year getting a US visa to visit the show proved easier than usual (well, perhaps not for NSW octogenarian parliamentarian the Reverend Fred Nile, who was initially denied one), so apart from the outrageous prices for air…

14 min.
yamaha ns-5000

Yamaha has a longer history in the musical instrument business than it does in the hi-fi business, having been established in 1887 in Japan to manufacture pianos and reed organs.* This history is reflected by the company’s logo which, if you examine it closely, comprises three interlocking tuning forks. Indeed Yamaha is still one of the largest piano manufacturers in the world, not least because in addition to manufacturing its own Yamaha pianos it now also manufactures pianos for Bösendorfer. So it’s safe to say that its skills in manufacturing musical instruments inform its skills in manufacturing hi-fi components, not least of which are the Yamaha NS-5000s, which have assumed the mantle of being the company’s flagship loudspeakers. THE EQUIPMENT Yamaha’s musical instrument heritage is immediately evidenced in the absolutely superb piano black…