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Australian HiFi September - October 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.
where listening tests go wrong

It is more than four years since I published an editorial in which I explained why most of the so-called ‘hi-res’ music available is not ‘hi-res’ at all, but rather a complete waste of your money and Internet bandwidth. I don’t want to re-hash that editorial here, that’s what the Internet is for, so you can read it at tinyurl.com/hivslow if you’ve forgotten it or didn’t read it in the first place. What I’d like to say in this editorial is that, rather disappointingly, nothing has changed in the intervening years: The fact remains that most of the music being sold as ‘hi-res’ was not recorded at high resolution in the first place, so can have no information in it at all that was beyond the capability of the original…

2 min.
jl audio at len wallis

Len Wallis Audio is now selling JL Audio subwoofers in-store, as a result of Managing Director, Len Wallis’ recent experience at the Munich Hi-End Show. ‘One of the reasons for my visiting Munich was to unearth a premium subwoofer brand which would sit comfortably above our highly respected Sunfire range,’ said Wallis. ‘After thoroughly examining and researching the various brands on offer, and numerous visits to JL Audio’s stand, the choice became obvious because I was not only impressed by the demonstrations given, but also by the company’s unmistakable commitment to quality—both in terms of build and performance.’ Len Wallis Audio will be ranging the complete JL Fathom range of free-standing subwoofers, starting with the JL Audio Fathom F112 V3, which is a 1,500 watt sealed enclosure design using a 300mm…

1 min.
raidho x-5 & xt-5

Danish manufacturer Raidho’s new X-5 and X loudspeakers feature many of the same technologies found in Raidho’s C and D Series models, but are much more affordable. Both the Raidho X-5 and XT-5 partner a ribbon tweeter with six of the company’s unique ‘X Ceramix’ midrange and bass drivers, the motor systems of which have been recently upgraded with resultant increases in efficiency and power-handling ability. ‘The result is unprecedented dynamic capability coupled with an extremely robust construction built to handle incredible levels of continuous, clean power,’ said Benno Baun Meldgaard, chief engineer at Raidho. The drivers in the ‘XT’ version of the 5 design have cones made with a seven-layer membrane of aluminium and ceramic material to which Raidho has added a combination of titanium and titanium nitride particles—a trickle-down…

3 min.
the hi–fi headlines

The resurgence of Vinyl has given a new lease of life to many turntable manufacturers of yesteryear, with companies such as Rega, Thorens and Linn experiencing a return to the good old days. The company that has reaped the greatest benefit is a relative newcomer, Pro-Ject Audio. Beginning in the 1990s the philosophy behind Pro-Ject was to bring high-end vinyl performance to the midrange market. A good example of this is the Pro-Ject ‘Classic’ turntable (shown above), which we currently have on special for $995 plus cartridge. This turntable, which retails for $1,695, offers great performance for an achievable price. This approach is obviously working, as Pro-Ject is now the biggest selling turntable brand in the world. Pro-Ject offers a formidable range of turntables, and most of them have just been upgraded.…

1 min.
sennheiser wins if design award

Sennheiser has won an iF Design Award for its Momentum Bluetooth earphones. Developed in collaboration with Zurich design agency StudioWeber, the iF Design Award-winning Bluetooth neckband earphones are a recent addition to Sennheiser’s Momentum range. ‘It is a great honour for the Momentum In-Ear Wireless to be recognised among the world’s best examples of product design as, without a passion for design, there would be no Momentum,’ said Oliver Berger, Head of Global Design Management at Sennheiser. ‘We have sought to re-define the world of headphones by offering a unique combination of outstanding sound quality, progressive technology and aesthetic purity. With the Momentum In-Ear Wireless, we brought this ethos to a Bluetooth ear-canal model for the first time.’ The Sennheiser Momentum in-ears are manufactured from impact-resistant polycarbonate, as well as mirrored…

1 min.
ifi ipurifier3 usb

The ifi IPurifier 3 is a device that claims to remove any d.c. offset voltage that might be present in a USB voltage and also re-clock and re-generate the USB audio data stream to eliminate jitter. ‘iFi developed the first USB power regenerator, the iUSB Power, in 2012, then followed up with the original iPurifier, followed in 2015 by the iPurifier2 and now the iPurifier3,’ said George Poutakidis, of BusiSoft, which distributes iFi in Australia. ‘The iPurifier3 uses iFi’s ANC2 circuitry to identify noise frequencies then generate identical but opposite frequencies to actively cancel unwanted noise. Compared to an ordinary noise filter, ANC2 decreases noise by 100 times, thereby enhancing the fidelity of background and the inner resolution of audio recordings by several levels.’ The ifi iPurifier3 is available with USB…