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  1. Our June meeting drew in another good sized audience. Morris Swift did most of the presenting, Brad added value as we went. We strayed from our usual format for this meeting - rather than Morris presenting first up, he instead presented in the second half. The reason is that he wanted the audience to first realize their own perception of the SQ without being influenced by knowledge of the technology. A common marketing ploy is to tell you in advance what you should hear. Of course you then hear that because your brain is focusing on it – but that doesn’t mean that that wasn’t present before. And of course, whatever you’ve been told you should hear may not matter that much to you anyways – it depends on what you value in what you hear. In audio, pretty much everything influence what/how you hear things – it’s a tricky business. And IMHO, speakers are probably the most tricky! Morris opened with a poem about audio – about what we hear, why we subject ourselves to our hobby, what we tell ourselves in our journey to nirvana (or not!), and how we’ve become experts at rationalizing pretty much everything audio. Morris also gave a few stories of their adventures in trialing different drivers and technology to finalise their speakers – the path is never easy or clear. The initial setup wasn’t too difficult. Except that the main laptop that Morris and Brad wished to use wouldn’t boot up properly. It had previously been tortured a bit by a virus, and was still on the mend (so to speak). Fortunately we got it up and running. We used the PC in the first half for Morris and Brad’s music, plus playing discs in the Members Music session (thank you John for all the Bossa nova) and also for our short BYO session in our first half. For the second half, we used the passive OneAudio speakers thru an excellent PS Audio DAC and a PureAudio Class A amp. The previously mentioned cursed laptop decided to “pack it in”, so we had little choice! Here are some comments lifted from the June Feedback forms… "Very good presentation." "Excellent presentation from Morris." "Beautiful sound - eye opener of what an active system can offer." "Good performance from a small speaker system." "Good explanation of the theory behind design of system." "Fantastic opening monologue [poem]." "I particularly enjoyed the discussion." "A very interesting meeting." "Well done Morris and Brad!" "Great sounding active speaker setup. Enjoyed Morris's presentation greatly! " "Excellent!" "Many thanks to Morris and Brad for the big effort." "Loved the music today (I like the old stuff). Morris's comments mostly went over my head but I still found it very interesting." "Enjoyable for stand mounts, worked well in our hall, like the speakers in May meeting. All system components gelled - synergy, depth, soundstaging, detail and tight bass. Enjoyed Morris's presentation." "Morris, you are a great communicator." "Speakers showed ability of bookshelf sized speakers." "Clear and balanced sound, good bass for a small stand mount." Our thanks to Morris Swift and Brad Serhan of OneAudio. And also Tony Wong of Magenta Audio for the loan of PS Audio DAC. Photos to follow shortly…
  2. For our June club meeting … Morris Swift of OneAudio Music Systems (https://oneaudio.com.au/) will present the active µ2 speakers. (That “µ” character is pronounced “mu” and is the Greek symbol for small or micro). OneAudio released the passive version of their µ2 speakers a while ago and it has received acclaim from Len Wallis Audio and others. The active version is very new. Brad Serhan designed the cabinet and did the voicing for both the passive and active speakers. Brad also designed the DSP in the active version. Morris designed the electronics and amplification. Here is an excerpt from a OneAudio brochure which explains their design philosophy… “The relationship between designing equipment and verifying its performance through measurement, and the effect on what we subsequently hear, and how this is perceived, is a complex one. So much so that many audiophiles and even designers claim that you can’t measure what you hear, and implore us to simply trust our ears. At OneAudio, we unequivocally reject this. There is no doubt that such measurement is difficult, requiring new levels of accuracy, novel approaches, and new insights in interpreting the data. But it is absolutely essential if we are to consistently design equipment capable of delivering the high levels of performance and musical enjoyment demanded by us at OneAudio.” Morris plans to demonstrate both active and passive µ2 speaker systems, however, the emphasis will definitely be on the active version. He’ll take direction from the audience, but he is also prepared to present on DSP technology and the issues with "digital", as well as the challenges of critical listening/evaluation and "A-B" testing. Morris will do most of his presenting at the beginning of our second half session (i.e. after our half time break). He wishes that you listen to the system first without being told what you should expect to hear. Morris would like you to first listen without influence or bias. The featured system will be as follows: Speakers (Active): OneAudio µ2 Active speakers utilizing ScanSpeak Revelator drivers - a 5" woofer and a 1" ring tweeter. These drivers are from the ScanSpeak premium product range and can be found in other speakers priced up to $50,000 and beyond. Main digital Source: PC/Laptop supplied by OneAudio. CD Transport: An Oppo BDP-105D Universal player will be used as a transport (for our BYO session only). Our popular BYO session will be split – it’ll be in part of the first half session, and also the latter part of our second half session. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD or USB flash drives (sorry no vinyl). NOTE that USB flash drives are preferable. All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 18th June 2017 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au [email protected]
  3. Our May meeting drew in a good sized audience. It’s great to see that Aussie talent can draw such a good crowd. We had 42 people in the first half, and a still healthy number of 40 souls in the second half. David Allen, a principal at Brigadier Audio, did most of the introductory talk. He described all the gear and the pricing. Brad Serhan, the chief speaker designer at Brigadier Audio, injected a few thoughts along the way, and answered a few questions about the speaker design. Pretty much every audiophile in Australia (and beyond) will have heard of Brad - his 30+ years of experience really shows. Morris Swift, also of Brigadier Audio, was on hand. We also had Les Davies of Les Davies Audio in attendance – he spoke briefly of his constrained layer damping discs that he’d put under virtually all the components (available thru Les and Len Wallis Audio locally). Tony Wong of Magenta Audio was also on hand – he brought in the PS Audio gear. The Brigadier guys expended quite a bit of time upfront to get the speakers sounding just right. As any regular attendee would know, our room can be tricky. But Brad very successfully managed to get the Brigadier BA-2 speakers sounding as good as possible in our room. Although they are stand-mounts, they had no issue filling our room with good sound. They were very open and transparent sounding, with very good tonality. They possessed all the things that we as audiophiles expect in a high-end small speaker. Near the end of the first half, Les Davies impressed all by simply putting some of his constrained layer damping discs under the laptop. (Earlier we'd put them under most of the other gear, just not the laptop.) We switched them in and out a few times so people could hear the difference. With them in, we could hear an improvement in bass articulation and overall timing. Due to the length of the presentations and discussions, we didn’t have our usual Members Music session. But we do have a fellow lined up for June – he loves Antonio Carlos Jobim, so you can expect a bit of that next month. As you may know, we always ask attendees to fill out a Feedback form. We review the content each month, and adjust our proceedings accordingly. Here are some comments lifted from the May Feedback forms… Greatly enjoyed it. Very enjoyable. Spotify [Premium] segment was lacking fidelity. Great meeting. Nice speakers filling up the room. Excellent system and speakers. Very impressive sound. One of the best bookshelves I've heard. CD sounded better than laptop. Enjoyable afternoon. Good sound. Impressive speakers. Well balanced high performing system. Class A [amp] at it's best. Bit ugly looking though. Great session. Excellent speakers. World class. One of the best meetings we've had. Huge thanks again to David, Brad, Morris (all from Brigadier Audio), Les Davies (Les Davies Audio) and Tony Wong (Magenta Audio)..!! More photos to come tonight...
  4. Hi Nap250, The speakers sounded great, as you'd expect from Brad with his extensive experience. A little more detail about the meeting is forthcoming once we get the Feedback notes together. My thanks for Paul for getting some photos up quickly, more to come. TomW
  5. For our May club meeting … David Allen, Brad Serhan and Morris Swift of Brigadiers Audio (www.brigadiers.audio) will present an exceptional system featuring their new Brigadiers Audio BA-2 speakers. More great Australian expertise..! The system will be as follows: Speakers: Brigadiers Audio "BA-2" (refer to http://www.brigadiers.audio/ba-2). Supplied by Brigadiers Audio. From their website … “Innovative 'box within box' constrained layer dampened, birch-ply enclosures, the selection of the finest drivers, the critical crossover design process for driver integration, baffle diffraction and phase coherence.” Speaker Cables: Tara Labs "The One" speaker cables (now superseded). Refer to http://www.taralabs.com/speaker-cables/item/29-pr-the-one-cx. Supplied by Brigadiers Audio. Amp: PureAudio ONE integrated amplifier. Refer to http://www.pureaudio.co.nz/?page_id=485. Supplied by Brigadiers Audio. A description of this amp can be found at http://www.pureaudio.co.nz/content/literature/Pureaudio_ONE_Integrated_web.pdf CD Player / Transport: PS Audio DMP DirectStream Memory Player (CD Transport). Refer to http://www.psaudio.com/product-category/disc-player/. Supplied by Magenta Audio. See review at http://www.tonepublications.com/review/ps-audio’s-directstream-memory-player-and-dac/. DAC: PS Audio DirectStream DAC. Refer to http://www.psaudio.com/directstream-dac/. Supplied by Magenta Audio. Interconnects: QED Reference Audio 40. Refer to https://avrevolution.com.au/brands/qed/reference.html. Supplied by Audio Visual Revolution. HDMI Cable: PS Audio PerfectWave HDMI 10. Refer to http://www.psaudio.com/products/ac10-hdmi-cable/. Supplied by Magenta Audio. USB Cable: Curious Cable USB. Refer to http://www.curiouscables.com. Supplied by Magenta Audio. Power Filtration: PS Audio Power Base (http://www.psaudio.com/products/perfectwave-powerbase/) and PS Audio P3 Power Plant (http://www.psaudio.com/products/p3-power-plant/). Supplied by Magenta Audio. Digital Source: MAC Air running Audirvana Plus 3 (https://audirvana.com/?p=4153). Supplied by Brigadiers Audio. Vibration control: Les Davis Audio 3D-2 Damping Discs. Refer to http://www.lenwallisaudio.com/products/accessories/tweaks/3d-2-constrained-layer-damping-discs. Supplied by Les Davis Audio. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD (sorry no vinyl). All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 21st May 2017 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au [email protected]
  6. Our April meeting attracted another sizable crowd. After I introduced George and Peter, we got the show underway without delay. George Fracchia of Zensati Australia provided a bit of information about the system and Zensati Australia. Peter Orehov (of CDA Audio) is the official Prism Sound Australia representative. Peter gave an introduction of the Prism Sound Callia DAC as well as a presentation about Prism Sound and the prevalence of its products in studios around the world. Prism Sound has been the provider of choice for many studios since 1987. The Callia DAC is its first venture into the home/audiophile market. (See the banner in the photos below for some of the studios that use Prism Sound.) Attendees were quite impressed that the Callia DAC could sound so good, yet cost so little ($2695 RRP). It’s smaller than you think when you look at photos of it… but it has everything you need. It handles PCM up to 384Kz, and DSD up to double-DSD (128). It does not handle MQA as yet, but should this be implemented it’ll be just a firmware upgrade. Peter didn’t elaborate on the actual DAC chips used inside the Callia – instead he stressed that the clocking methods and analogue output stages should be considered more important than the DAC chips themselves. Many studios use PMC speakers with Prism Sound gear, so we had good synergy on the day. They are certainly punchy and big sounding speakers. They’re reasonably easy to drive, but do respond well to lots of power. As usual, we started our setup of the gear as early as we could. We experimented a bit with speaker placement, but found that the PMC speakers didn’t seem to be as fussy with placement as some other speakers. A few people were wondering how well the smallish Technical Brain integrated amp would cope when powering the PMC’s. Yes, its small but it packs quite a punch (100 wpc into 8 Ohms). A few people thought it must be Class D – no, it is Class A-B. (You realize that when you try to lift it!) And if you are interested in purchasing a TB-Zero INT, George has stock at a reduced price (contact Zensati Australia for details). Due to the length of Peter’s presentation and George’s music presentation, we didn’t have time for our usual Members Music session. This will likely be on again for next month. Here are some comments lifted from the Feedback forms… "Impressive DAC. Huge speakers." "Excellent system." "Nicely detailed system." "Very fine speakers." "PMCs made a difficult room sound great." "Speakers among the best I've heard." "Very neat and pleasing system." "Great speakers. Loved the presentation." "Great meeting. Thanks to Prism and Lifestyle." "Big $$ system DAC sounded good for money." "Good soundstage. Overblown hifi sound - not musical." "Best overall sound." Our thanks again to George and Peter, and of course John and Vinod at the Lifestyle Store for the use of their PMC MB2-SE speakers. See photos below...
  7. For our April club meeting … George Fracchia of Zensati Australia (http://www.zensatiaustralia.com/) will present a superb system based around the Prism Sound Callia DAC/Preamp, along with the Technical Brain Integrated Amplifier TB-ZERO INT and the PMC MB2 SE Speakers. The PMC speakers have been kindly supplied by Vinod and John at the LifeStyle Store in North Parramatta (visit http://www.lifestylestore.com.au/). The official representative of Prism Sound in Australia, Peter Orehov, will also be present. Peter will give a presentation highlighting the relevance of the Professional Recording (studio) to the Audiophile and Hi-Fi community. ZenSati Australia sells the Prism Sound Callia DAC/Preamp to the Hi-Fi and Audiophile community. Technical Brain products are also available through Zensati Australia. PMC products are available through the Lifestyle Store. The system will be as follows: Prism Sound Callia DAC/Preamp. Jason Kennedy at the the-ear.net said… “Prism Sound’s reputation preceded it when it finally entered the domestic hi-fi business earlier in the year [2016]. The Cambridge based company has been making converters for the studio market since 1987 and its top pro DAC is a cult product amongst those in the know. PMC founder Peter Thomas has one in his main system for instance, and he’s tried more than most in his quest for digital audio ecstasy.” Refer to http://www.prismsound.com/hifi/products_subs/dac1/dac1_home.php and http://www.the-ear.net/review-hardware/prism-sound-callia-dacpreamplifier. Technical Brain Integrated Amplifier TB-ZERO INT. Highly respected, ultra-high performance products from Japan. Refer to http://www.zensatiaustralia.com/2013/01/technical-brain-tb-zero-integrated-stereo-amplifier-now-available/, http://www.technicalbrain.co.jp/stereosound-2015spring-194.pdf and http://www.technicalbrain.co.jp/index_e.html PMC MB2 SE Speakers. From the Lifestyle Store website “…Meticulous attention has been applied to hone the designs to new standards, adding new internal bracing, computer-modelled driver dispersion surrounds, and custom-designed, specially tuned stands. All these elements contribute to the production of a purer musical signal, allowing the listener to come as close as possible to the original performance.” Refer to http://www.lifestylestore.com.au/pmc-mb2-se-three-way-high-resolution-reference-monitors.html, http://pmc-speakers.com/products/consumer/se-series/mb2-se. Our thanks again to the Lifestyle Store for graciously providing these speakers for the day. Cabling will be from the products distributed by Zensati Australia which includes Vertere, Black Cat, Trinity, Dalby and of course ZenSati. Gryphon Mikado Signature CD player. We will use the Mikado as the transport into the Callia DAC/Preamp. Note that Gryphon Audio Designs is not distributed by Zensati Australia (this player belongs to a club member). The Mikado is an excellent player with remarkable resolution, transparency and warmth. Refer to http://www.gryphon-audio.dk/m/product-information/heritage-products/mikado-signature/reviews for reviews. Note: We will also have an Oppo BDP-105D Universal player on hand to allow the playing of USB flash drives during our BYO session. We will be using the Oppo only as a transport into the Callia DAC. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD or USB flash drives (sorry no vinyl). All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 9th April 2017 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au [email protected]
  8. Our March meeting attracted a decent sized crowd in spite the likelihood that many people would have never heard of Holloway Sound.!! Leighton put on an admirable showing – it was his first time fronting a large audience by himself but he did very well indeed. He told of himself (a struggling musician, aren’t they all?!) and how he got into audio and speaker manufacturing - he also explained the design, the drivers, the cross-overs. He pointed out the one partially built Carmen speaker he brought, and also a cross-over (for a different speaker), so people could see the excellent build quality. He explained that all his speakers are bespoke, built on customer request, which in itself goes a long way to justify the price. (The Carmen’s he had brought were $4000 for the pair). We experimented with speaker placement quite a bit before people arrived. Being stand-mount speakers, they can’t be expected to produce a lot of bass. We gave them a little help by placing upright tables behind the speakers to give them a wall like re-enforcement. We also attempted to bring in the side walls a bit by building a false wall with foam panelling along the outside of both speakers. In theory, it lessens the size of the room that the speakers “see”, which in itself helps a bit with sound-staging and imaging. The speakers were very well finished, with a satin veneer wood finish on the baffle, high grade leather sides, and gloss tops and bottoms. They use a high quality Scan-speak ring radiator tweeter and a Peerless bass/mid. They sounded quite good in our room. They were detailed yet sweet sounding without harshness. With the table re-enforcement, they put out a surprising amount of good bass. (And they tolerate excessive power as we found out when I accidentally spun the volume the wrong way.) A couple of people wondered if the tables behind the speakers was damaging the imaging, so we tried without the tables. The imaging didn’t improved (judging from the crowd’s reaction), but it certainly did hurt the bass. A couple of people in the very front thought it was better, but the people at the back thought it damaged the SQ too much – swings and roundabouts. It’s always a compromise when voicing a component for a room. After a quick vote for/against the tables, we put them back behind the speakers. We also had our usual Members Music session, where a members get time to play us 20-25 minutes of music of their choice. This month, Joseph Attalla stepped up and played some great selections. Unfortunately he didn’t have time to cap it off with one of his all-time favorites, Mark Knopfler... Sorry Joseph, next time. btw - please excuse the very unprofessional speaker stands. Our own we're too short and another pair were too flimsy to safely take the weight. So we improvised with some stools from the wood working shop at the centre! Photos to follow very soon... Our thanks again to Leighton Holloway of Holloway Sound …! We wish him all the very best for his new company. And thank you to all attendees. Here are some comments lifted from the Feedback forms… Speakers were surprisingly good. Better than expected. They did everything important. Mix with a good sub will be ideal. Speakers were very sensitive to positioning, needed to be close to rear wall/panelling. Speakers were full-bodied with close mic'd guitar and vocals. Lovely speakers. Good imaging, fairly linear, sparkling highs without harshness, good bass with the back re-enforcement. It took a lot of power before they showed signs of congealment. Good sound in most of the room. Great for the size. Speakers performed very well considering the large room. Speakers had more bass than I expected. Great product from an Aussie! An enjoyable demo! These speakers show great promise. Need some more measurement then adjustment. Photos to follow shortly...
  9. For our March club meeting we’ll have Leighton Holloway of Holloway Sound present his Carmen loudspeakers. Leighton is a Sydney based bespoke speaker manufacturer. He previously worked as an audio installer and for many years as an audio engineer. He’s been building speakers for many years for family and friends, and in 2014 he decided to turn it into a business. When he isn’t in his workshop nowadays you’ll find him rehearsing or gigging with his funk band (he plays bass). Leighton is enthusiastic and knowledgeable of all aspects of speaker design. He designs and builds his own cabinets and cross-overs. And he designs and builds to order, so if you have a particular configuration in mind, Leighton can likely build it. All are handmade bespoke speakers, made in Sydney by Leighton himself. Refer to http://www.hollowaysound.com.au/home-1.html The system will be comprised of some of the following gear. On the day, we’ll evaluate which combination sounds best in our room. Holloway Sound Carmen speakers. Stand-mount 2-way speakers. Very good transparency, linearity and tonality without harshness. Leighton will also show a pair of Carmen’s that are partially built so you can see the excellent build quality of the cabinets. Refer to http://www.hollowaysound.com.au/carmen-series2.html. Oppo BDP-105D Universal player. Will be used as a transport and level controller. Refer to http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ and https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ Audio GD SA-2 DAC. A very good sounding DAC built on the respected Burr-Brown 1704 chip. Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/SA/SA2/SA2EN.htm. Classe CP800 preamp/processor. Refer to http://www.classeaudio.com/products/cp-800.php and http://www.stereophile.com/content/class233-cp-800-da-preamplifier. Plinius SA-250 Mk4 power amp. Refer to http://www.pliniusaudio.com/Plinius_Range/Power_Amplifiers/SA_Reference.html and http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/506plinius/index.html. Cabling by Synergistic Research, Kimber Kable, Wireworld. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD or USB flash drive. (Sorry, no vinyl this month.) All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. And hopefully you’ll tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 12th March 2017 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au [email protected]
  10. Just my usual follow-up after our club meeting on Sunday. Our room at the Epping Community Centre gets real hot when the summer sun is beating down on the roof. Fortunately the heat wave in Sydney gave a reprieve on Sunday. We’d been watching the forecast and it looked like it would be cooler on the Sunday, but these things can change quickly. Cameron drove up from Melbourne the day before, and noted that the temperature was going up degree by degree as he got closer to Sydney. In our first half session we did the unthinkable – we left the air-con on in our meeting room. A few people didn’t seem to like it, but the majority seemed to appreciate it. Fortunately, the forecast was accurate. We checked outside during our break and the southerly had started to move up to Sydney, so we turned off the A/C for the second half. In spite of the weather, well over 30 people ventured out for the day. Cameron brought quite a different variety of gear this time. The Zero 1 XD speakers were similar to before albeit with an important software upgrade. The iFi kit sounded very good – it's very good value for the money. The IFi iPhono 2 was excellent value at $849. The iFi SPDIF Purifier ($225) was a bit controversial. Some people liked it – to my ears the sound was smoother with it in place. Others thought it softened the bass a bit and perhaps softened the dynamics a bit. The Scheu Analogue turntable sounded very good for the money – it had a beautiful wooden plinth, Rega 202 tonearm and Ortofon Super OM10 cartridge. All for only $2499. And I know of at least 1 person that enquired about the new Lab 12 TRUE passive attenuator / input selector. Looking at the build quality alone, it’s hard to believe it costs only $799. And the Lab 12 Gordian multifunction power distributor / conditioner didn’t do what many such boxes tend to do – it didn’t restrict the dynamics in any way. One of the many great things about the Zero 1 XD speakers is that you can tailor the sound to suit your room and listening tastes. In the first half Cameron asked for impressions about the SQ and made a few changes via the inbuilt equalizer functionality. The midrange can sound a bit harsh if the bass is curtailed too much – the bass harmonics tend to give body to the mid-range frequencies and smooth things out. He pumped up the bass a bit and tamed the high frequencies, all to great effect. I think most listeners would agree that the system sounded better in the second half of the meeting. I've heard these speakers many times now - at club meetings, shows and in more private settings - they've always sounded dynamic, full bodied and impressive without harshness. That was certainly the case in the second half session. We had our usual Members Music segment. In that segment, a member gets to play 25 minutes of music of their choice. George Davidson rose to the occasion, and played 5 songs by 5 different women singers/artists. He’d started out with a Celtic theme in mind, but decided to offer a more broad selection in the end. It was very well received. If any member wishes to partake in this mini event, just call me or shoot me an email and I’ll find you a time slot. Here are a few comments from the Feedback forms: System tweak for second half had the gear sounding it's best. Too much signal processing especially for analogue source. Prefer external analogue crossovers, analogue amps and external DAC. Very detailed. Not harsh but troubled at high volume. Unlike last time I enjoyed the speaker system today. Sounded great with Jazz. Enjoyed the equipment. Couldn't hear the buzzing. Bet they sound great in a domestic space. [The soft buzzing could be heard by people in the front on vinyl only, likely a grounding issue somewhere - TomW] Thank God I stayed for the second part. Once adjustments were made, speakers were brilliant. I could live with them. Many thanks to Cameron for the huge effort to bring equipment. Horn Loading best for very large rooms. Much better after [half-time] EQ. Below are some photos taken on the day. That smiling happy fellow is Cameron… Thanks Cameron..!!