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Linn Selekt DSM

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Linn’s new Selekt DSM network music player/preamplifier, which is not only configurable into what are essentially different products, but is also the first Linn product to have a USB audio input will be shown for the first time in Australia at this weekend’s Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show.

The Linn Selekt DSM also comes with digital and analogue audio inputs—as will all Linn network players manufactured after 1st October 2018.

The new Linn Selekt DSM is available as a dedicated streaming source to drive an existing system, or can be configured with an amplifier output stage so it can directly drive speakers.… Read the full article

Alice In Chains: Looking Back To Move Forward

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #129Subscribe to our print edition here!

Jerry Cantrell looked to the tones of the band’s first two records for inspiration on the new Alice In Chains album, Rainier Fog. Words By Peter Hodgson. 

Jerry Cantrell has always been Alice In Chains’ not-so-secret ingredient. Sure, his riffage and massive guitar tones are integral to the band’s sound. But from the very first album, Facelift, Cantrell’s vocals have also been an important presence in the band, from the lines sung in‑between Layne Staley’s words in “Man In The Box” to the intricate harmonies in the chorus of “Them Bones”.… Read the full article

Sony A7 III REVIEW

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Balance Of Power

Sony’s quest for domination of the interchangeable lens camera business continues with its latest A7 series generational upgrade. The Mark III version of the ‘entry-level’ A7 model betters its predecessor in just about every way.

OUR FULL REVIEW IS BELOW, BUT FOR FULL SPECS & LAYOUT CLICK RIGHT FOR THE ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PAGES AS PDFs > > > 

It’s an indication of how well executed Sony’s A series full-35mm mirrorless cameras were right from the start that all the original models are still available close to five years after their launch and now after third-generation upgrades for the original A7 and A7R.… Read the full article

Sony A7 III (ILCE-7M3) mirrorless REVIEW

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Balance Of Power

Sony’s quest for domination of the interchangeable lens camera business continues with its latest A7 series generational upgrade. The Mark III version of the ‘entry-level’ A7 model betters its predecessor in just about every way.

OUR FULL REVIEW IS BELOW, BUT FOR FULL SPECS & LAYOUT CLICK RIGHT FOR THE ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PAGES AS PDFs > > > 

It’s an indication of how well executed Sony’s A series full-35mm mirrorless cameras were right from the start that all the original models are still available close to five years after their launch and now after third-generation upgrades for the original A7 and A7R.… Read the full article

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 mirrorless REVIEW

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Losses And Gains

The GX9 might not be quite what you expected, as Panasonic repositions its star RF-styled model, but it’s still a very attractive package.

OUR FULL REVIEW IS BELOW, BUT YOU CAN SEE THE ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PAGES AS PDFs BY CLICKING RIGHT >>>

t’s not overstating things to say that the Lumix GX8 was one of the best rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras on the market, arguably second only to Fujifilm’s magnificent X-Pro2. High praise indeed. So, it’s not unreasonable to have great expectations of the GX9 which, to all intents and purposes, looks like its obvious successor.… Read the full article

Fender Player Stratocaster SSS

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Fender raises the bar for its entry-level Stratocaster, with (unsurprisingly) sexy results. Words by Peter Hodgson.

For decades now, the entry point to the Fender brand was the Standard line made in Mexico. These have been very reliable instruments that give you the essence of the Fender experience.

But Fender has decided that it’s time to change the way it does things at the entry point to the brand: the Standard is no more, simultaneously upgraded to and replaced by the new Player Series, which addresses some of the things that the Standard Series did in a certain way that gave Fender room to upgrade you later on to a higher series. … Read the full article

SHOW GUIDE Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2018

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

In This Issue

Big movie sound comes from a good multichannel AV receiver – and this year’s key models are gaining more streaming, new multiroom abilities and even voice control. Denon, Marantz, NAD and Yamaha are all reviewed in the new Sound+Image, along with the latest Google smart speaker, TVs from LG and Sony, wireless noise-cancelling headphones and more! … Read the full article

M&K Sound 300 Series loudspeakers FOCUS

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

OUR FULL REVIEW IS BELOW, BUT YOU CAN READ THE ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PAGES AS PDFs BY CLICKING RIGHT >>>

A couple of years ago, M&K Sound had a demonstration set up in a side room at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre in Sydney, during the annual Integrate event technology show. It was a large room, but I was alone there with Lars Johansen, the company President, who was telling me about the rebirth of the company in Denmark, its long experience as the choice of Hollywood professionals, and the new drive to deliver the company’s key technologies to both consumer and professional markets.… Read the full article

MK Sound at Melbourne Show

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|


The M&K Sound S150/S150t THX Ultra Speaker System just reviewed by Sound & Vision magazine will be demonstrated at this weekend’s Melbourne Hi-Fi & AV Show.

David Vaughn recently reviewed an M&K Sound S150/S150t THX Ultra Speaker Surround system for US Magazine Sound & Vision and gave it 5 stars for performance, 5 stars for build quality and 4.5 stars for value. His verdict? ‘M&K Sound’s revamp of its long- standing THX certified line delivers audible improvements over the original speakers’, while he additionally noted in his conclusion: ‘M&K Sound’s updated speakers not just uphold the fine tradition of the S150 line, they improve upon it.Read the full article

Leica Announces S3 For Launch In 2019

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Leica’s new product announcements in Cologne included a silver version of its CL ‘APS-C’ mirrorless camera (and already a member of the L mount family) and a black version of the Sofort instant camera which is based on Fujifilm’s Instax Mini print film format.

Leica’s Sofort instant camera in its new black finish. Photo: Leica.

However, the most interest was created by the unexpected announcement of the S3. It has a restyled all-metal bodyshell (which, incidentally, is starting to look a lot like the old R8/R9 35mm SLRs), but the big news is on the inside where there’s an all-new and exclusive 64 megapixels version of the 30.0×45.0 mm CMOS sensor (up from 37.5 MP in the previous Type 007 model).… Read the full article