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Australian HiFi May - June 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

in this issue

2 min.
the chicken and the egg…

It helps to think laterally before you start posting critiques on audio forums. An issue that’s been bugging me lately is that a number of people have posted comments on audio forums stating that the news items published in Australian Hi-Fi Magazine and on our website are just verbatim copies of press releases... because they’ve read exactly the same story on the manufacturer’s website. This bugs me because that’s not the case at all. Sure, many of the news items have their origins in press releases and some do use excerpts from press releases, but in all cases, Australian Hi-Fi’s news items are written in-house, certainly using information from a press release, but also with information gleaned from independent research by whoever wrote the news piece. ‘So how is it that I’ve…

1 min.
classé sigma mono amps

Canadian manufacturer Classé has added a new model to its Sigma Series, the Sigma Mono, a monaural power amplifier. The new model (pictured here as a stereo pair) uses Classé’s proprietary Class-D amplifier circuitry as well as a Classé-designed switch-mode power supply (SMPS) and power factor correction (PFC) circuitry. Classé claims the amplifier operates at more than 90 per cent efficiency to deliver 350-watts continuous into 8 loads and 700-watts continuous into 4 loads. Classé says it’s improved the design of its Class-D amplifier circuit, with improved circuit design, upgraded components, additional features and changes to its DSP. ‘The result is an amplifier that builds on and exceeds the high standard already established by its two smaller siblings, making it genuinely worthy of the reference moniker,’ said John Martin, Brand…

1 min.
bryston bp-2 mm

Bryston has released three new small form-factor phono stage preamplifiers to join its BUC-1 digital-to-digital converter and BOT-1 CD ripper/player. The models are the Bryston BP-2 MM (for moving-magnet cartridges), the BP-2 MM/MC (for moving-coil and moving-magnet cartridges) [pictured] and the TF-2 step-up transformer (for low-output moving-coil cartridges). Both the MM and the MM/MC units require an outboard power supply called the PS-3—unless you own a Bryston BP-26 preamplifier with an MPS-2 power supply, in which case you can use that power supply instead. The Bryston BP-2 MM and MM/MC have four capacitance settings (100, 200, 300 and 400pF) and the TF-2 can be ordered with either 20dB of gain (for cartridges less than 45 ) or 31dB of gain (for cartridges less than 5 ). ‘The reason we introduced these…

1 min.
marantz sr6010

Marantz has released its SR6010 7.2-Channel Network AV receiver, which comes pre-fitted with Dolby Atmos, WiFi and Bluetooth and has a 185-watt per channel power output rating. In addition, it’s ready for DTS:X and DTS Neural:X upmixer that can create an immersive sound field around the listener no matter the number of speakers installed (read www.marantz.com/dtsx for more information). ‘The new SR6010 packs the punch to fill even large home theatres with Marantz sound, thanks to carefully selected high grade audio components,’ said Ralph Grundl, of Qualifi, which distributes Marantz in Australia. ‘The internal circuitry further enhances audio quality using technology found on the company’s Reference Series components provides superior low noise wideband performance in an all-discrete configuration, not least the groundbreaking Dolby Atmos decoder and Dolby Surround upmixer to…

2 min.
the hi–fi headlines

NEWS LETTER No. 225 To say there has been a lot happening during the last couple of months at the store would be an understatement. At one end of the price scale we now have Dave – this is an extraordinary new $17,000 DAC from Chord. This exquisite handmade product is based around new proprietary electronics offering ten times the program capacity of the previous model. This translates into a playback experience with unmatched reality, musicality and an unrivalled timing response. At the other end of the scale we now have our hands on the Naim Mu-so Qb, the smaller version of the bigger Muso released last year – it loses little to its bigger brother on musical performance, proving how quickly compact wireless speaker technology has evolved. Naim has never…

2 min.
rega planar 3 revisited

Synergy Audio Visual has announced that it’s expecting a new version of the Rega Planar 3 to arrive in Australia in June. ‘This new model is a completely new turntable for 2016 and a significant departure from the last Rega Planar 3 model,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Rega in Australia. ‘Roy Gandy and his team took two years to develop this model, and it’s the first turntable release in this price bracket from Rega in five years.’ Gandy says that the main central bearing on this new Planar 3 has improved fit and construction, which reduces stress on the bearing itself. The sub-platter has been re-designed and there’s a new float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished-rim 12mm platter, plus the power switch has been re-positioned so it’s easier…