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  1. 100 Billion stars in the Milky Way, a 100 Billion Galaxies in the Universe that's nearly 100 Billion light years in diameter. Hurts your head if you think about it for too long.
  2. How small are we, or at least how tiny is my car. Single exposure.
  3. It's only the low torque, less than 250Nm, dry clutch DQ200 boxes that are affected. At least VW are fixing the issues. For free.
  4. M8 Audio & Critial Sound NZ 7:45pm Wednesday 16th October Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 October is the month when Melbourne Audiophiles start to get a nervous twitch as they sense the arrival of the Melbourne International Hi Fi Show. From Friday 18th to Sunday 20th importers and manufacturers from all around Australia will be demonstrating their latest Hi Fi gear. Mark Thomsen from M8 Audio has come all the way from Queensland, to take the opportunity to once again present at the MAC. This time he has a new speaker based on the same style as the book shelf model. The Tower Maxwell features the same 29mm Beryllium flagship tweeter, but being a full blown 3 way it has its own dedicated 6.5" midrange driver and a brand new side mounted 9.5" long throw woofer. All the woodwork is done in-house using a state-of-the-art CNC router. The hand finished cabinet is made from cross laminated European birch veneer. Once again, Mark has teamed up with Ian Brown from Critical Sound, New Zealand. As the importer for the electronics, Ian will be explaining a number of features starting with the source unit, the EVO 432. This High- End Music server CD/DVD Ripper is powered by twin SBoosters power supplies, to provide separate DC rails for the Server and the High-End USB 3.0 interface. The CD ripper is a quality 2.5" drive suspended on a custom built platform which reduces microphonics. The unit can process any music file from CD, PCM 768kHz, DXD as well as DSD files, up to DSD256. A unique feature with EVO is the ability to adjust the pitch tuning from 415 through to 444Hz. DiDiT is a Dutch Audio manufacturer that has designed its own Class D amplifier called the HYPER-AMP212. Producing 100wpc into 8 Ohms the stereo amp is partnered with their upgraded digital Preamp, DAC212SEII. The new model now features double Headphone connection and a PRO 32-Bit SABRE chipset. All digital inputs are catered for, with particular attention to USB issues. With quality components from overseas matched to a home grown speaker, were in for another interesting night of High Fidelity. Nick Karayanis, Program Co-Ordinator. Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  5. I don't like the styling on the new M135i, especially the front but it's probably the better car or at least the reviewer thought so based on how it drives. Open the bonnet and it looks just like something made by V A G and max 50% rear split drive is just like Audi/Golf.
  6. B&W 702 S2 presented by 'The Audio Experts' 7:45pm Wednesday 18th September Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 It has been over two years since the club was presented with a demonstration from the top-of-the-range B&W speakers, the 800 D3's. Back then, we were introduced to a lot of new innovations that has re-invented this model. In keeping with B&W's philosophy of trickle down technology, the new 702 S2 features many of the new technology from the 800 series. This month we have 'The Audio Experts' aka Whatmough Audio, presenting at the MAC the new 702 S2 floor standing speaker, and its matching bookshelf model, the 705 S2. The speakers will be demonstrated with the same amplifier from PASS LABS the Model 60, while a Marantz KI Pearl SACD player will be playing the tunes. B&W has used its new 'Continuum' midrange cone in the 700 series, replacing the old yellow coloured Kevlar design, and have included the 'tweeter-on -top' technology seen on the 800 series. Sitting in its own aluminium machined pod, the 25mm 'Carbon Dome' tweeter is decoupled from the cabinet. The 702 S2 is a conventional rectangular box that houses a 150mm Continuum FST Midrange driver that is also decoupled from the main box. A set of three 165mm Aerofoil drivers look after the bass frequencies. Like the siblings in the 700 series, the 705 S2 features the new carbon tweeter dome that is more rigid than its previous model, with its first breakup mode now reaching out to 47 Khz. Around the back is the B&W characteristically 'dimpled' reflex port. Supplied with the speakers is a pair of foam bungs (full or half) to accommodate various room placements. The main 165mm mid/bass driver is the new silver coloured Continuum design, said to reach down to 45Hz. With a number of significant upgrades to the new 702/705 models, they offer a taste of the 800-series sound without spending serious money. Will you be putting them on your Christmas list? Nick Karayanis, Program Co-Ordinator. Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  7. Hosier Lane, Melbourne on a very wet night. Nikon D750 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/4
  8. Hulgich Audio & Holton Precision Audio 8pm Wednesday 21st August Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month we have two interstate companies joining forces to present their Hi Fi products at the MAC. Both have exhibited together at the Melbourne International Hi Fi Show, winning "Best of Show Overall" for 2017 as well as "Best New Comer". Hulgich Audio is a new speaker company based in Adelaide headed by Nicolas Hulgich (pronounced Eu-Lich), who has spent more than twenty years in both Australia and his native Argentina building speakers with a variety of designs. He will be presenting to the club his statement speaker the 'Duke', with his in-house FTM (Feel The Music) speaker cable and interconnects. The 'Duke' is a 3-way floor stander designed as a dual enclosure. The upper enclosure houses a 1.2 inch dimple dome tweeter, and a 6 inch midrange made of papyrus fibres. The lower bass enclosure is a ported design that houses a 10 inch woofer also made of papyrus fibres. Hulgich has designed the 'Duke' to have a huge sweet spot and a large sound stage. By applying 'Low Diffraction Baffle Technology' (LDBT) that insures a smooth frequency response whether sitting off or on axis, and 'Coherent Sound Technology'( CST) which provides driver time alignment and phase integration. Nicolas will be playing his music with a modified OPPO 103 Multi-disc player and a AudioGD R8 Ladder Dac. Amplification is provided by Holton Precision Audio. Based in northern Tasmania, Anthony Holton has been designing and building high end amplifiers that have been demonstrated internationally at the 2018 Paris and Munich Hi-Fi Shows Anthony will be demonstrating two stereo amplifiers on the night, the Holton One-Zero-Zero Supreme (2x120W into 8 Ohms), and the Five-Zero-Zero Supreme (2x500W into 4 Ohms) with the matching Gain Block One Preamp. On static display will be a Phono Pre, while a 'DC Blocker One' will be used to look after the AC mains. This audio grade conditioner removes DC and filters the noise from the mains. With two presenters for the night, we are certainly going to have twice the value when it comes to sound quality. Not to be missed. Nick Karayanis, Program Co-Ordinator. Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  9. 271 Collins - Nikon D750 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/4
  10. AGM 8pm Wednesday 17th July. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 The Delmetics Play Live at the MAC I would like to thank the Melbourne Audio Club for the opportunity to share in the release of The Delmatics self titled CD. The recording was started in August last year, and I played a couple of rough mix tracks to the club at the November 2018 meeting. In 2010 I was invited to jam at a friend's 60th birthday party. Guitarist Stan Borysiewicz was part of the improvised band and the night was lots of fun. Inspired to perform again, I asked Stan if he would join me in forming a band. In January 2011 I asked Stuart if we could be like the Blues Brothers and "put the band back together". So we did in February 2011. Two drummers later, in January 2018, Rob returned to The Delmatics. A few months later Rob introduced us to his life-long friend Michael Zammit, owner and operator of Airwaves Studio in Altona Meadows. We started recording The Delmatics in August 2018. We will set up with 4 Australian made Rode M2 condenser microphones into an Allen and Heath ZED24 Mixer driving a pair of JBL EON615 D class 15inch two way speakers. Because we are only using the PA for vocals, Bev will use only the first 4 channels. We use 8inch 2 way Skytech speakers on converted music stands for vocal fold-back. Before we begin our performance, I will explain one of my other hobbies. I buy wrecked guitars, mostly from Cash Converters, and restore them. I buy an $80.00 wreck, spend up to $160.00 on restoration, keep it for a time and then sell it on for a small profit. I will show a recently modified Fender Stratocaster guitar that I am particularly happy with. It is a Mexican made Stratocaster with a set of US made Seymour Duncan pickups. It also has a couple of extra switches, used by Surf Guitar players to give extra versatility to the pickup combinations. Designed by radio repairman and electronics engineer, Leo Fender, the Stratocaster guitar is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the 20th century's most notable pieces of design. Great musicians like Hank Marvin, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Dave Gilmour and more humble fans like myself were inspired to own a "Strat" by Buddy Holly. He was the first world-wide pop star to play the guitar on TV and feature it on record covers and promotional photographs. We were all impressed by the sound of Peggy Sue. Part of every guitar set-up is adjusting the bridge under the strings so the intonation along the neck is accurate. To do this the bridge pieces are adjusted so that the harmonic played over the 12th fret gives an identical note to pressing the string down onto the 12th fret. The harmonic over the 12th fret is the 1st harmonic of that individual string and is exactly one octave above the original, or fundamental, note. In fact the 1st, 2nd and 3rd harmonics are all part of the major chord associated with the relevant string. The 2nd and 3rd harmonics can also be used for accurate relative tuning of a guitar. These particular harmonics are the same ones that are created as harmonic distortion in valve amplifiers. Because they are harmonious to the music played, many guitarists prefer to use valve combos because they add body to the sound. It also means that in hi-fi amplifiers a relatively small quantity of these harmonics doesn' detract from the listening experience. The Delmatics now consists of myself on bass, Stuart Beatty on guitar, Stan Boryciewicz on guitar and guitar synthesizer and Rob Urban on drums. We are all vocalists, and are supported by Beverley as our manager and live sound engineer. We will demonstrate some of our rehearsal techniques before we present a performance of some of our regular repertoire including songs from our CD. I trust everyone finds the presentation and performance informative and entertaining. Ian Hooper - Rockian Records - a division of Rockian Trading Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  11. On an island at the Docklands Firelight Festival. Nikon D750 + Nikkor 35mm f/1.8g @ f/5.6 1/4sec ISO100
  12. Should a little bit of wind and rain put you off getting out and taking pics. Of course not. Docklands Firelight Festival. Nikon D750 + Nikkor 35mm f/1.8g @ f/2.8 1/125sec ISO4000
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