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audio-technica ATH-AWKT Kokutan
These are luxurious headphones indeed, and even their packaging proclaims their greatness. They arrive in a huge slip-cased box 39cm high, stylishly emblazoned with Japanese calligraphy and an anticipatory circle of woodgrain, this outer casing seemi
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What To Look For In A Wireless Speaker
There’s always Bluetooth, but it’s often a lower-quality of streaming than you can achieve from other streaming connections like Chromecast or AirPlay. Some systems can also stream direct from the internet, as do Spotify Connect and the new Tidal Con
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Buying Guide
The most modern of hi-fi, from portable Bluetooth speakers to large all-in-one wireless units which can challenge separates systems, there seem no limits to the technology being incorporated to achieve convenience along with sound quality. Check your
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Jabra Elite 85h
While ‘hi-fi’ headphone companies know how to deliver good sound but have spent a decade learning to handle Bluetooth, Jabra came from the other direction — it knew all about Bluetooth but had to learn how to tune a musical headphone. Having establis
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CLASSIC TRACK: David Bowie — Heroes
One afternoon in July 1977, David Bowie was looking out of the window of Hansa Studio in Berlin when he noticed a couple kissing near the Berlin Wall. “I always said it was a couple of lovers by the Wall that prompted the idea for Heroes, ” Bowie sai
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Bose 700
For much of the last two decades, Bose’s QuietComfort noise-cancellers have set the benchmarks. But these 700s (their official unwieldy name is ‘Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700’) ditch the QuietComfort tag, inaugurating a new premium series alon
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CLASSIC ALBUM: Pink Floyd ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ (1967)
This was the first full album from Pink Floyd and a sparkling testament to the genius of Syd Barrett, whose songs take flight on a magic carpet of cosmic philosophy (Astronomy Domine, Chapter 24), surreal whimsy (Matilda Mother, Flaming), and sublime
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Cheers For The Minibar!
Well this is getting ridiculous. We reviewed the larger of the two new soundbars from Yamaha a few months ago — and when we say larger, that’s in relative terms: the SR-B20A soundbar was hardly huge at 91cm wide and just 5cm high. It weighed just 3.2
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V6 Movie Engine
Well, well, well. Yamaha is shaking up its home theatre receivers for the first time since the Aventage line was launched a decade ago. And here’s one of the first two results of that shake-up: the Yamaha RX-V6A. Equipment Yamaha RX-V receivers have
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The ‘4K Pro UHD’ EH-LS500
Here in Australia there wasn’t much time between Epson’s September 2020 release of the EH-LS500 (which went on to win a Sound+Image Award) and the January 2021 release of the EH-LS300. But in fact the LS500 was first unveiled in 2019, so there’s as m
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beyerdynamic T1 & T5
Having hit the peak for wireless noise-cancellers, the rest of the headphones in our group here are cabled models, and given the increasing prices, they are cabled headphones of great quality. Here we have two, indeed, as beyerdynamic has repeated th
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Technics EAH-F70N
The Technics brand, along with the brands Panasonic and National, were all originally sub-brands of the giant Japanese company Matsushita Electric Industrial, founded in 1918 by Konosuke Matsushita. In 2008, one hundred years after it was founded, th
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Sony WH-1000XM4
For a great many users and reviewers of wireless noise-cancelling headphones, Sony got everything right with the WH-1000XM3. Quite frankly, it was hard to imagine what could be improved upon when reviewing those, but Sony has added enough polish to t
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Maintaining the MAGIC
Back in the so-called glory years of the record industry, label executives often seemed to be some bizarre personality fusion of Stalin and Santa Claus. Recording artists would often see the benevolent side of pats on the backs, manipulative but enco
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Bowers & Wilkins PX7
Bowers & Wilkins, famed for its loudspeakers, has been making headphones for a decade now, but Bluetooth models only since 2017, and full-size noise-cancellers only now with this PX7. This launched and remains at $599.95, the premium end of the marke
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Ditch The Buds & Get Some REAL HEADPHONES
Closed & open, wired & wireless: group test AKG ◆ APPLE ◆ AUDIO-TECHNICA ◆ BEYERDYNAMIC ◆ BOSE ◆ BOWERS & WILKINS ◆ DALI ◆ JABRA ◆ JBL ◆ SHURE ◆ SENNHEISER ◆ SONY ◆ TECHNICS While ‘true wireless’ buds (see round-up in issue #333) are the headphone ca
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Revolving & evolving
The Debut is a model that has been on Pro-Ject’s books for 20 years, and has proven its most popular turntable design, indeed. It was originally released at the end of Pro-Ject’s first decade, as Heinz Lichtenegger continued to expand on his belief i
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Make It Short
Ultra-short-throw projectors are going great guns. Even mainstream companies not previously or no longer involved in projection (LG, Samsung, Hisense) have realised that a projector sitting on a bench can deliver a large-screen ‘TV-like’ experience w
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Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3
Sennheiser’s third-gen Momentum Wireless builds on the success of the originals, only minimally restyled, though with an entirely rethought button layout, and a whole lot of smart stuff. The first innovation is simple but very handy— a plastic overla
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Folding Stuff
One of our Editor’s earliest moments of hi-fi revelation came courtesy of MartinLogan. Back at the advent of the 1990s, a tour was organised for him, then a UK junior reviewer, to gain what was, in retro-spect, a rare and privileged insight into the
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Sennheiser HD 450BT
On paper, the full combination of wireless Bluetooth and active noise-cancellation makes the HD 450BT look quite the bargain next to Sennheiser’s $599 flagship Momentum Wireless model (see p50). This design builds on the previous HD 4.50BTNC, the new
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Sennheiser HD 560S
As we’ve just awarded this design our Home Headphone of the Year under $1000 in our 2021 Sound+Image Awards, it’s clear that we rate them highly. They also provide a complete contrast to the wireless HD 450BTs on the previous page. The price is simil
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What Denon & HEOS did next
The latest release in Denon’s new ‘Home’ range is the $999 Denon Home Sound Bar 550, due for a May release in Australia, and confirming Denon’s shift away from separate HEOS-branded products. HEOS will remain as the platform enabling streaming and mu
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Audio-technica ATH-ANC900BT
When we first reviewed the ANC900BT wireless noise-cancelling headphones, they were priced at $499, with a $150 gap between these and the company’s ANC700BT headphones, with which they share a great deal but gain app operation which allows three leve
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Richter Plays Its Joker
Richter can lay claim to being one of Australia’s oldest loudspeaker manufacturers, and the Harlequin one of its longest-running designs. The Harlequin name derives from the mischievous ‘devil’ or ‘demon’ character in French passion plays of the 16th
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Music Haven
Here’s a fine-looking stereo installation in Western Australia which has been comprehensively upgraded by Frank Prowse Hi-Fi in Perth from an original CD-based system to add vinyl replay — but which also evolved in the process to add Roon-controlled
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JBL Live 650NCBT
This model from JBL has been around for a couple of years now and will likely be pushed from the ranges by incoming Tour One and 660 models (see News p10). We’ll be sorry to see it go: it’s been an easy recommendation as an affordable noise-cancellin
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Springsteen under B?
In high school, my Friday nights were spent with a group of friends up at a house which hosted an impressively-curated vinyl collection. We would choose an album side each (in rotation, as it were), enjoying the music at some volume. It’s a curious c
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DALI IO-6
DALI’s first-ever headphones have just won our Sound+Image award for Wireless Noise-Cancellers of the Year, so clearly they’ve impressed us. This is all the more remarkable given they are the Danish speaker company’s first-ever headphones — DALI says
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