ZINIO logo
Tech & Gaming
Australian HiFi

Australian HiFi May - June 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.

Read More
Future Publishing Ltd
7 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
hearing damage on the rise

have been rather intrigued by a motor vehicle advertisement I that’s currently in high rotation on television which shows a car warning its driver that a pedestrian has stepped out in front of said vehicle, allowing the driver to apply the brakes and prevent an accident. I honestly can’t remember what type of car it is at the moment that I am writing this, and I am so close to deadline that I won’t have the opportunity to watch enough television to see the advert again so I can make a note of the make of the car in time to include it in this editorial… but the fact that I can’t remember tells you something about the effectiveness of television advertising, in that not only can’t I remember the…

2 min.
perreaux 255i integrated amplifier

Perreaux has released a new integrated amplifier, the 255i, which it says is the most powerful Class-AB integrated amplifier it has ever built, being rated at 250-watts continuous per channel into 8› and 500-watts continuous per channel into 4›. The new Perreaux 255i can optionally be fitted with a 32-bit/384kHz DAC and a phono preamplifier which can accommodate both moving-magnet (MM) and moving-coil (MC) cartridges. The 255i has three separate power transformers and four independent power supplies. According to Martin van Rooyen of Perreaux: ‘The 255i is designed to handle difficult speaker loads. Its MOSFET output stage is capable of continuously delivering a genuine 360-watts into an 8› load and 530-watts into 4›, so it will drive difficult speakers with ease, producing controlled, quality audio.’ On the rear panel, the 255i has…

2 min.
oad releases first amplifiers

OAD (Open Audio Designs) has released its first two amplifiers, the CP1 control preamplifier and UF1 power amplifier. Although Open Audio Designs is a new company, the man behind it, Melbourne electronics designer Jon DeSensi, will be well-known to Australian audiophiles, having previously founded Music Labs Australia. ‘OAD is a performance-oriented company that strives to advance state-of-the-art music reproduction at all times,’ said DeSensi. ‘Driven by genuine advances in technology and performance, the OAD brand uses “ultrafidelity” as both its trademark and hallmark, as this underpins everything that we do.’ The first two products available from OAD are the CP1 control preamplifier and UF1 power amplifier. The CP1 has an 11cm colour TFT LCD full colour display with a touch capability, so that all features of the CP1 are controlled from…

2 min.
the hi–fi headlines

1 STAX, who we believe manufacture the finest headphones on the market, turns 80 this year. To celebrate they have released a very limited anniversary model based on the existing SRS-3100 system. They have upgraded the specifications of the SR-L300 Earspeaker (pictured) to approximate the performance of the SR-L700. The changes to the SRM-252S driver are mostly cosmetic. There are only 13 of these systems available for Australia, so if you have an interest it would be wise to act now. The system sells for $2,698. 2 MARANTZ have released a new amplifier (PM8006) and a matching CD/ Streamer (ND8006). The amplifier is an update of the very successful PM8005. It is still rated at 70 watts RMS/channel, and sells for $2,650. The ND8006 is an excellent solution for today’s market. It incorporates…

2 min.
denon avr-x8500h 13.2-ch av receiver

Denon has released its AVC-X8500H 13.2 channel, 150-watt per channel AV Receiver with support for Amazon Alexa, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D in Australia. The AVR-X8500H uses thirteen custom-made discrete monolithic amplifiers each rated at 150 watts into 8 , enabling it to deliver Dolby Atmos or DTS:X without any external amplification. The AVR-X8500H also supports Auro 3D surround sound decoding via firmware update, up to Auro 13.1 channel, three-layered speaker layout including top and height centre channels. It offers full wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and streaming capabilities with Apple AirPlay and wireless multi-room audio technology. The AVR-X8500H is fully compatible with the latest HDMI connectivity and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all eight HDMI inputs and triple HDMI outputs. The receiver also supports 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4…

1 min.
audio-technica at-lp7 turntable

Audio-Technica says its new belt-drive AT-LP7 turntable is the best turntable it’s ever made, and it’s now available in Australia, fitted with an Audio-Technical VM520EB phono cartridge, for $1,399 (RRP). The Audio Technica AT-LP7 is belt-driven, fully manual and comes with a J-shaped tonearm fitted with a removable AT-HS10 headshell that is in turn fitted with an Audio-Technica )VM520EB moving-magnet phono cartridge. The VM520EB has a 0.3×0.7 bonded elliptical stylus and Audio-Technica’s ‘dual magnet’ geometry, where the two magnets are positioned to mirror the angles of the groove walls. ‘The AT-LP7 is the finest turntable the company has ever offered,’ said Bob Peet, of Audio-Technica. ‘And thanks to our exclusive Dual Magnet design, where the magnets are precisely positioned to match the left and right channels of the record’s stereo groove walls,…