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Australian HiFi September - October 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

2 min.
another audio crowd-funding fail…

I have written in this space previously about the dangers of crowd-funding, with a focus on audio products. Since then, many more crowd-funded audio products have not been delivered, or delivery has been substantially delayed, sometimes by up to two years. The most recent crowd-funded venture to fail to deliver is Kanoa, which took audiophiles’ money ($149 each) for a pair of wireless in-ears. At the time of writing, the company’s position was outlined on its website as: ‘At this time, we are in negotiations with investors for funding … without that investment, we do not have enough capital to stay operational … as a backer you have played an integral role in the development of the Kanoa product and company …which makes it even more difficult to say that…

1 min.
b&o beoplay h4

Danish manufacturer B&O puts design above all else, and that’s very evident with its H4 headphones, which it says: ‘have been designed to define a new standard for people who value iconic simplicity.’ The design of the B&O Beoplay H4 headphones is the work of famous Scandinavian designer Jakob Wagner, who has used lambskin, braided textile and aluminium in their construction. Lambskin is used for the ear cushions as well as the headband. The inside of the ear cushion is made of memory foam that adapts to the shapes and curves of the ear. The cord connecting the headphones is encased in braided textile that has been made partially visible between the slider and the headband as a design touch. ‘Their minimalist design expression is an unmistakable link to the…

1 min.
gold note bellagio reference

The first Gold Note Bellagio Reference turntable has arrived in Australia, and it’s spinning vinyl for prospective buyers down at Sound Gallery’s premiere demo room in Melbourne. ‘This is the very first time this amazing Italian-made turntable has been demonstrated in Australia,’ said John Ong, of Sound Gallery. ‘The Gold Note Reference features five different curved plinths that are interfaced with aluminium spacers of different thicknesses joined together with custom-machined solid blocks of aluminium. We’ve fitted our Bellagio Reference with an Index B-7 Ceramic tonearm that uses high-precision micro-ceramic ball-bearings manufactured in Germany by GRW, and fitted the arm with the new Donatello moving-coil cartridge, which has a Micro Elliptical diamond developed in collaboration with Adamant-Namiki.’ The complete turntable/tonearm/cartridge package can be yours for $22,632… or probably a bit less…

1 min.
woofer and tweet

A self-titled ‘proverbial dilettante of the arts’ has created a website of cartoons that take a satirical look into the audiophile lifestyle. The artist, who once worked for MAD Magazine, is an award-winning songwriter and a prize-winning photographer, but prefers to remain anonymous. ‘My website is strictly for fun; does not have advertising or pay-per-clicks, and I publish a new cartoon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday,’ he says. ‘It was conceived as a satirical look into the life of an audiophile, with maybe a small taste on the video side as well,’ he writes on his website, which is located at www.wooferandtweet.com If a cartoon features a photograph of a hi-fi component, links are provided to the manufacturer of that component, but this is for convenience only according to Woofer and…

2 min.
pioneer vsx-832 av receiver

Pioneer has released its 5.1-channel VSX-832 receiver, its first model to support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X reproduction. Rated by Pioneer with a power output of 80 watts per channel with two channels driven into 8 , the VSX-832 incorporates Pioneer’s MCACC automatic sound adjustment technology and can stream via Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi, Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, and Tune-In via dual-band Wi-Fi. FireConnect powered by Blackfire delivers wireless multi-room audio, allowing network and analog sources connected to the AV receiver to be played on optional speakers. Other features include a 384 kHz/32-bit DAC and video pass-through of Dolby Vision, HDR10, and BT.2020 via HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI. Pioneer’s MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System), automatically compensates for differences in speaker size, level, and distance, and equalises the frequency response to be correct for your listening…

1 min.
a gift for crazy revox fanatics

Compiled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous Revox A77 Open Reel recorder comes a book that covers every Revox recorder ever made, from 1949 to 1993. Revox open reel machines were equally revered by audio engineers, audiophiles, and even Pink Floyd, which included a Revox machine on the cover of its Ummagumma LP. The book (Revox Reel to Reel Tape Recorders 1949–1993) details all the machines built during this period, including full histories, versions, technicalities and curiosities. At 240 pages in length and containing more than 400 previously unpublished hi-res photographs, the book is available from ‘Blurb’ which specialises in on-demand printing. ‘This is just the right book for those crazy fanatics… those lovers of Revox recorders,’ says Marcel Siegenthaler, who was Advertising and Communications Manager for Revox…