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by Marc Rushton

12th July, 2017


Long before websites and forums such as StereoNET and many others like it around the world, audio clubs and societies were the only way to meet like-minded enthusiasts who understand our passion for high-fidelity sound and music.

Some such clubs, like the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society are nearing a quarter of a century in age and boast thousands of members.

Closer to home though, the Sydney Audio Club this week celebrated a respectable 10 years since being founded by John McEvoy. StereoNET was invited along to attend their celebration which would coincide with their regular monthly meeting on Sunday 9th July.

Tom Waters, Club President explains:

Our members include people from all walks of life, of different ages and backgrounds and with widely diverse musical interests. The values and principles on which the club was founded ensure that a welcoming, respectful, and appreciative culture pervades our Club functions.

After a late flight and personal chauffer service provided by DEQX’s Alan Langford, we arrived a little after the BBQ had concluded, but just in time for a presentation from Sydney based Henry Kristanto of Redefy Audio and long time StereoNET member.

Henry started building his loudspeakers in 2016 and has enjoyed early success with his brand that has already been exhibited at shows in Australia and overseas.

Despite the known acoustic challenges of the Sydney Audio Club’s hired facilities at the Dence Park Community Centre, Epping, the Redefy stand mount monitor filled the room with ease and judging by listener’s comments, most were impressed.

The club invites an industry representative or brand each month to present a complete audio system to club members.

The events are very welcoming to new-comers and all are encouraged to mingle and socialise. Once the music starts though, it’s strictly business.

After a short demonstration, formalities turned to the ceremonial cutting of the cake, skilfully crafted by club member, Steve Polley.

A raffle for attendees which included prizes donated by club members, along with Gift Vouchers purchased by the club’s committee were then drawn to much banter and hoorah from the congregation.

StereoNET would like to thank the Sydney Audio Club for their continued support and we wish them the best success for at least another decade.

Readers interested in joining the Sydney Audio Club can find more information here, or join in their dedicated Club Forum here on StereoNET.


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Marc Rushton

StereoNET's Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.

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