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  1. Following the Government Directive on keeping a safe distance between people in enclosed spaces, the Sydney Audio Club Inc. Committee has decided to cancel our public monthly meetings at Dence Park. This decision was actually made before the new advice as we are aware that many of our members are in an age bracket that is deemed to be more at risk. The next meeting by the team at Bowers & Wilkins has been postponed but they are looking forward to presenting to us when it is considered safe to meet again. All SIGs are also cancelled until further notice. To compensate for the lack of the face to face meetings we are actively looking to revamp our website. For those of you who like to use Facebook please see our Sydney Audio Club Facebook page. Our Club is vibrant and strong and these trying times will not daunt us. We can all look for new ways to be creative and keep in touch. We are planning to post the music that we have been listening to each week, as well as any new discs that we discover and enjoy. Keep proactively safe and healthy, wash your hands frequently and etc. until we meet again. Regards John McEvoy Club President Sydney Audio Club Inc.
  2. The March meeting was very well attended and another enjoyable and interesting meeting. Cameron Keating from MaxMedia brought a complete system including the Avantgarde Acoustic Uno XD speakers, Lab 12 Integre4 amplifier, Innuos Zen Mini Mk3 music Server, Innuos Zenith Mk3 music server, a COS Engineering D2 DAC and the first Australian demonstration of the Innuos Pheonix reclocker. Horn speakers traditionally can be polarising in terms of their sonic character, but the Avantgarde Acoustic Uno XD speakers do not have the usual characteristics associated with horn speakers. The speakers are manufactured in Germany and the high quality finish reflect this. To demonstrate the difference in the Innuos product range and in particular the benefit of the Innuos Phoenix reclocker, the meeting started with a comparison by playing the same two tracks across products. The Uno XD speakers with their high transparency provided the perfect tool for this demonstration and it was obvious the benefit of the Innuos Phoenix reclocker provided. As one member commented, “it was like they were different tracks”. With the recent understanding and developments in digital reproduction it was timely to have a presentation of the latest Innuos products, a general overview of music servers and of recent technology. Thanks again to Cameron from MaxMedia who drove all the way from Melbourne with a complete system and for his detailed explanation on the equipment and answering the many questions from the club members. Some of the feedback comments follow: Interesting discussion. Excellent opportunity to hear latest servers. A good meeting I thought. Great presentation. Zen Mini great value Speakers not the typical horn sound Very good sound. DACX very versatile I have the Zenith, it's great Top effort, top equipment - thank you for the opportunity. Fantastic and well balanced meeting Great attack, clarity, volume, tight, transparent and bright Speakers very capable of delivering the goods Enjoyable meeting. Thank you committee for organising and to Cameron for all his effort. Much appreciated
  3. Dear members and friends of Sydney Audio Club, For our March club meeting we are very pleased to have Cameron Keating of MaxMedia <http://www.maxmedia.com.au/> come back to Sydney to present the Avantgarde Acoustic UNO XD horn speakers, driven by the Lab 12 Integre4 power amplifier, COS Engineering d2 DACs and the Innuos Zen Mini MkIII Music Server. He will also be running the Innuos Zen Mini MkIII Music Server with the new Innuos Phoenix USB Reclocker. This would be its first outing here in Australia. Cameron has been well received when he has presented equipment from MaxMedia to our club at least four times before so it promises to be another outstanding meeting. For full details of the system please download the .pdf attachment. Other details can be explored at the following urls: Avantgarde Acoustic Uno Xd horn speakers http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/Avantgarde_UNO_SERIES.html http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/Uno_XD.html https://www.avantgarde-acoustic.de/en/products/uno-series/uno-xd.html http://www.enjoythemusic.com/HIGH_END_2016/Avantarde_Acoustics/ Power amplifier Lab 12 Integre4 http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/LAB12_AMPLIFIERS.html DACs : Cos engineering d2: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/COS.html http://www.cosengineering.com/products/d2/ Innuos Zen Mini MkIII Music Server http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/InnuOS_ZEN_MINI_MK3.html Innuos Phoenix USB Reclocker http://www.innuos.com/uploads/cms/docs/Innuos_PhoenixUSB_webFlyer.pdf https://www.monoandstereo.com/2019/09/new-innuos-phoenixusb-reclocker.html 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 thumb/flash drives. 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 8th March 2020 Doors open from 1pm to meet and chat with members. Meeting starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm Hope to see you there John McEvoy Club President Sydney Audio Club Inc. W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: <https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub> https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: <mailto:president@sydneyaudioclub.org.au>
  4. Meeting Report - The much welcomed rain unfortunately was particularly heavy on Sunday and correspondingly the attendance at the February meeting was down to about half the usual number. However the members that attended were in for a treat, the Dali Epicon 6 speakers are a beautiful looking speaker and sonically were well paired with the Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifiers and Benchmark DAC3 HCG DAC. The club President (John) and the clubs technical adviser (Paul) spent a lot of time optimising the speaker position prior to the start of the meeting. The usual room issues particularly with bass were not as evident and the extensive effort in speaker positioning resulted in sonically one of the best club meetings regardless of the audience seating position. The Benchmark DACs are known for their transparency and neutral character. Paired with the Dali Epicon 6 speakers the room was filled with clear, dynamic music and balanced bass. While poorly recorded music was easy to determine the Benchmark equipment didn’t make such tracks unlistenable. The wide genre of music and quality of the equipment made for a very enjoyable meeting and the majority of club members stayed for the entire meeting despite the weather and a few moments of concern when the room lights flickered. Thanks to Amber Technology for supplying the Dali speakers and special thanks to David Corazza of Sound and Music who drove all the way from Melbourne with the Benchmark equipment and for his passion and enthusiasm in discussing the Benchmark equipment and related audio subjects. The member’s feedback reflect the quality of the system and their enjoyment. Some of the feedback comments follow: Great meeting! Very enjoyable introduction. Thanks! Does it get better than this?? It confirmed to me the quality of Benchmark. Exceptional wonderful amps! One of the best meetings I can remember for both sound in the room and overall good feeling. (In spite of the weather). Enjoyed the discussion. Very enjoyable meeting. Clean, natural, dynamic and musical system. Great combination. Speakers beautiful looking and sounding. Speaker placement was less position sensitive. I sat in 3 different positions. Many thanks to David for coming up from Melbourne. Thought it was a great combination Very clean, effortless power. Enjoyed the presenters chat.
  5. For our February club meeting we are very pleased to have David Corazza of Sound and Music based in Moorabbin, Victoria to present a full Benchmark front end, paired with the Dali EPICON 6 loudspeakers from Amber Technology. In addition this month there will be a separate setup featuring Benchmark's HPA4 headphone amplifier so that you can audition your own headphones. The doors will be open at 12 midday for the headphones. Details of the base system… An Oppo source will be paired with the Benchmark DAC3 HCG – Digital to Analog Audio Converter - https://sound-music.com/product/benchmark-dac3-hgc/ The HPA4 Headphone Amplifier https://sound-music.com/product/benchmark-hpa4-headphone-line-amplifier/ and a pair of Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifiers. https://sound-music.com/product/benchmark-ahb2-power-amplifier/ For details see https://sound-music.com/brand/benchmark/ Reviews: https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/reviews https://benchmarkmedia.com Amber Technology are supplying the Dali EPICON 6 loudspeakers.The backbone of EPICON 6 is DALI’s new driver technology. Featuring two 6 ½“ bass woofers, the unique Linear Drive Magnet System as well as the breakthrough ribbon/soft dome hybrid tweeter the sound breaks with traditional loudspeaker conventions. The EPICON 6 relies on a 2½-way system as – compared to the EPICON 2 – it features an additional woofer kicking in below 600Hz. However, for the highest frequencies the EPICON 6 also incorporates a ribbon tweeter as part of the hybrid tweeter, in reality turning the speaker into a ‘2½ + ½-way’ construction. https://www.dali-speakers.com/products/epicon/epicon-6/ Please bring your headphones with your music on a USB thumbdrive to listen to the HPA4 Headphone Amplifier. Jim Faulkner will be manning the setup with a laptop with high res music files, or to help you navigate to listen to your own music on USB thumbdrive. 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 thumb/flash drives. We can set up the club record player if you want to listen to your 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 February 2020 Doors open from 12 midday to audition your headphones. Meeting starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm John McEvoy President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: <https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub> https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: <mailto:president@sydneyaudioclub.org.au>
  6. The first meeting of the new decade turned out be of a high standard. There was a lot of interest as evident by the high number of members in attendance. Joseph has presented previously at the club but this was the first time with his open baffle speakers. With 2 x 18 inch bass drivers in each speaker they were a very impressive sight and a great point of discussion between the members prior to the start of the meeting, particularly as the open baffle design allows viewing the rear of the drivers and crossover. Of note Joseph also bought his pre and power valve amplifiers which are of his design and two of his reel to reel tape decks. The meeting started with the club president asking Joseph key questions regarding the speakers and the background to his design. Some key points of interest: · High efficiency, above 90dB · Design based on Legacy open baffle speaker · Frequency response down to 10Hz (although as Joseph explained not audible) It was a great start to the year, a very enjoyable meeting as evident by the silence while the music was playing and the discussion between members during the break. Some of the feedback comments follow: Incredible DIY speakers. Shows potential - needs refinement. Visually impressive. Interesting system with a personality. Sounded flat bright, dynamic. I appreciated the effort to bring and setup. Joseph is great craftsman and technician Great show by Joseph Dillon Thanks for Joseph for the huge effort.
  7. For our January club meeting we are very pleased to have club member Joseph Dillon present his own highly modified home system including his DIY loudspeakers. Joseph last presented his system to the club back in January 2018. Details of Joseph’s system (details below were written by Joseph)… Loudspeakers Open Baffle/ Dipole Configuration. Number of Drivers each enclosure : 10 Low Bass: 2 x 18 inch Peavey Bass Drivers Bass: 4 x 6 1/2 inch Peerless Drivers Mid Range: 2 x 4 inch SB Drivers Highs / Tweeters: 2 X 3 inch SB Drivers Enclosure Dimensions: Height x Width X Depth: 1700mm 520mm 280mm 4 Way System: All Valve 12db/per Octave X-Over 2 way Active X-Over set at 100Hz between Low Bass and then Passive 12db/Octave X-Over for Bass, Mids & Highs Power Amplifiers Low Bass: Esoteric Audio Research EAR549 Bass/Mid/Highs: Sonic Dimensions SA300 using 12X13E1 Valves Preamp / Active Crossover Phono/Line Stage Pre-amplifier: Sonic Dimensions 2 Way Active X-Over: Sonic Dimensions Sources Reel to Reel Recorders STUDER B67: 2 Speeds 15inches/Sec & 7/1/2 inches/sec EQ NAB REVOX PR99: 2 Speeds 15inches/Sec & 7/1/2 inches/sec EQ IEC/CCIR Turntable Technics SP10 CD Player ROTEL RDV 1050 Music: Joseph will play Reel to Reel tapes recorded from Master Tapes - some from Cologne. Stephen Chen will play some vinyl from his vast collection. 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 vinyl (sorry, no USB/flash drives this month). 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 19th January 2020 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm John McEvoy President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: enquiries@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
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