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Australian HiFi March - April 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.
fooled by a fake review…

Despite me having in the past exposed dodgy reviews of audio components on various audio websites over the years, I still find that when I am looking at websites that have nothing at all to do with audio I am often ‘sucked in’ by false and misleading ‘reviews’. By way of example, I recently went on holidays, and in the process of trying to book hotels in advance, ended up reading quite a few reviews of hotels posted on Trip Advisor. I not only read those reviews, I followed their advice. Oops. Big mistake. On one occasion, I wondered if the reviewer had ever stayed in the hotel. Not that the hotel websites were any better. One of the hotels we stayed in (it was a family holiday) had posted…

2 min.
m8 audio launches in oz

Australian loudspeaker manufacturer M8audio has released a new loudspeaker called the ‘Sweet Maxwell’, a two-way bookshelf design named in honour of James Clerk Maxwell, who formulated the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation. The M8audio Sweet Maxwell has a Beryllium tweeter and a bass/midrange driver with a cone made of Egyptian papyrus. The M8audio Sweet Maxwell’s bass/midrange driver is rated with a diameter of 187mm and its Egyptian papyrus cone is powered by a neodymium magnet structure contained within a cast aluminium chassis. ‘This driver is substantially larger than the norm for a two-way design, and contributes to the very satisfying bass, while still achieving superior midrange resolution and presence,’ said Mark Thomsen, the founder of M8audio. ‘The low damping rubber surround and advanced BIMAX spider maintain great linearity, ensuring every musical…

1 min.
blue designs yeti usb mic

Blue Designs’ award-winning Yeti plug-and-play USB microphone—the flagship model in this US company’s consumer microphone lineup—is now available in Australia. The Yeti has three 14mm condenser microphone capsules in the one enclosure, which are switchable to enable cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional or stereo recording patterns. Because the Yeti is a plug and play device, there’s no need to load any drivers—it will work with any computer. Cardioid is a great choice when the sound source is directly in front of the microphone; bi-directional is perfect for recording interviews or duets, omnidirectional is the perfect pattern for the centre of a conference table, and stereo delivers a stereo recording without the need for an additional microphone. The Yeti has a built-in headphone jack to enable zero-latency monitoring, and controls that enable you to…

1 min.
magico introduces a3

Magico has released its A3 loudspeaker, which it claims brings together a bevy of technologies unheard-of at its price point including a fully braced anodised aluminium enclosure, a beryllium tweeter and drivers with carbon nanographene cones. The Magico A3 is a floor-standing, four-driver, three-way design housed in an enclosure made entirely from 6061 T6 aircraft grade aluminium that’s internally braced and finished externally with a brushed anodised aluminium ‘skin’. The system uses two 178mm-diameter bass drivers that have Magico’s ‘Gen 8 Tec cones’, underhung neodymium magnets and 75mm titanium voice coils. The midrange driver is said to be newly developed by Magico for use in the A3 and has a 152mm diameter carbon fibre cone with a layer of XG Nanographene, an overhung neodymium-based motor system and a 75-mm diameter…

2 min.
bryston unveils ‘active’ speakers

Canadian manufacturer Bryston is trying to re-define the definition of active speakers with its new ‘Active Loudspeaker’ line-up, because all the speakers in its new ‘Active Loudspeaker’ line are passive, with no electronics built into the speaker cabinets at all… not even a crossover network. Instead, all amplification and the (electronic) crossovers are external to the cabinets. The external crossover is Bryston’s DSP-enabled BAX-1 active crossover and the external amplifier can be either Bryston’s three-channel 21B³ or its six-channel 24B³. Bryston appears to both agree and disagree the accepted meaning of the words ‘active loudspeaker system’. Its press release says: ‘Most active speakers utilise an amplifier built into the speaker enclosure, however the Bryston Active solution utilises full-size, zero-compromise outboard amplifiers engineered to deliver best performance and a Bryston BAX-1 state-of-the-art…

1 min.
harbeth p3esr limited edition

Harbeth Audio has announced a third raft of limited edition products to commemorate its 40th Anniversary. For this third release, the Harbeth P3ESR and Harbeth M40.2 have been released in an olive wood veneer, and fitted out with the latest WBT-nextgen binding posts, British-made audio-grade poly capacitors, and Harbeth’s 40th anniversary ultra-pure OFC internal cable. Each speaker comes with Harbeth 40th Anniversary limited edition front and back badges and a metallic black and gold anniversary grille badge on the front baffle. Alan Shaw, Designer and Managing Director, told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine: ‘We’re delighted to continue the celebrations of this milestone anniversary with the release of a limited edition version of our P3ESR model. A lighter veneer was the finish most often requested by our dealers and distributors, and olive wood is the…