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Australian HiFi May - June 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.
zen and the art of the ear-bud

I bought a pair of ear-buds the other day. They sounded awful. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, because I paid only $12 for them. At this point you’d be justified in wondering why the editor of a prestigious specialist audio magazine would be buying a pair of $12 ear-buds. It’s not a long story. I was heading to Melbourne and on the way to the airport realised that I had left my noise-cancelling headphones at home. This was bad enough, because I like using noise-cancelling to cut out the noise during flight, even for a hop as short as Sydney–Melbourne. But the other problem was that I was conducting an interview, and needed headphones to monitor the sound, then help with transcription on the flight back. As I was walking…

1 min.
klipsch wireless audio

Klipsch has released three powered audio systems that use real wood veneers and tactile spun copper switches and knobs and can play music streamed from any Bluetoothequipped device. ‘The Klipsch Heritage Wireless series of powered audio systems blends the acoustics and classic design legacy of Paul W. Klipsch with the latest technologies available today,’ said Ralph Grundl, of Qualifi, which distributes Klipsch in Australia. The Klipsch One is a 2.1 bi-amplified stereo system that has two 57mm diameter full-range drivers and a 114mm bass driver. It uses Bluetooth 4.0, but also has a 3.5mm analog audio input. The rechargeable battery is claimed to be able to power the unit for up to eight hours. The Klipsch Three is a stereo tabletop system featuring two 57mm full-range drivers and a 133mm long-throw bass…

1 min.
cyrus one app

Cyrus has released an app that allows you to control your Cyrus One amplifier using your phone or tablet. It’s free, but requires a firmware upgrade. The Cyrus One app can be downloaded now from the Apple Store or Google Play. To update the firmware on your Cyrus One, you need only a USB to mini-USB cable, plus software and instructions that you can download from Cyrus’s website. Alternatively, you can take your Cyrus One to any authorised Cyrus retailer and have them update it for you. You can obtain a list of authorised Cyrus retailers from the Australian distributor, Indi Imports. For further information, please contact Indi Imports on (03) 9416 7037 or visit the website at www.indimports.com…

1 min.
sugden celebrates 50 th with monobloc

British manufacturer Sugden has released a monobloc Class-A power amplifier to mark its 50th anniversary. Dubbed the ‘Grande’, the new amplifier uses pure Class-A circuitry in floating bridged mode. ‘The amplifier circuit is best described as an instrumentation-quality, Class-A, floating bridge design that’s d.c.-coupled with current feedback and includes full output stage protection,’ said George Neophytou, of Neophonics, which distributes Sugden in Australia. Each Sugden Grande has a custom-designed 430W mains transformer with four separate windings and the power supplies to the floating bridge output stage are smoothed by two specially-developed audio-grade capacitors, having a combined capacitance of 40,000µF. The output stage uses 12 output devices, each with a current rating of 17-amps for a claimed power output of 100-watts into 8 and 190-watts into 4 .The amplifier’s input stage has…

1 min.
kii bonanza at sonic purity

Sonic Purity now has the KiiTHREE active speakers available for private audition sessions at its new showroom at 30 Bignell Road, Moorabbin, Victoria, 3189. The KiiTHREE active speakers each have six drivers, arranged on the front, sides and rear in an arrangement that is said to ‘throw’ the sound in one direction only, without relying on a baffle via a system Kii Acoustics calls ‘Active Wave Focusing’. ‘The wave focusing filter marks a complete departure from the classical crossover filter,’ says Kii. ‘Instead of just splitting the spectrum into bands, it forces the specially positioned drive units to create a completely coherent wave front that is only emitted forward and behaves as though all of it came from the midrange driver. Our mission was to break the sonic mould of…

2 min.
densen cast amplifier

Danish high-end manufacturer Densen has launched its Cast amplifier, which it says will be the first of a string of new products. Densen’s Cast amplifier is the first Densen product to allow streaming and does so by using Google’s ‘Cast’ audio technology. ‘This will allow for the use of Tidal, which has become the de facto standard for premium streaming, but it will also allow for a myriad of other streaming software,’ said Chris Strom, of Radiance Audio Visual, which distributes Densen in Australia. The new Cast amplifier is also one of the smallest products in Densen’s range, being the first product in Densen’s ‘Dino’ range, all of which are half the size of previous Densen products. ‘Densen has for years been working on streaming solutions, during which it realised that…