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  1. Our July meeting was a fairly quiet affair – it seemed the cold weather made people want to stay at home. Nonetheless, we had over 30 people in the first half. Alex Wilson from Lifestyle brought in more gear than anticipated (see, you should have come!). As well as the Dynaudio Special Forty speakers and McIntosh integrated amp, he also brought the PMC Twenty 5 speakers and a Moon 340i integrated amp. The CD player was the Moon 260D - a lovely player. All cabling was Chord Epic series. Alex ensured we had enough identical cabling such that both amps were driving the speakers with the same cabling. Our first half of the meeting involved some comparisons between different cable, amp and speaker combinations to see what people thought worked the best. We also had a club member present some viewpoints on digital formats, digital cabling options and music sources. Our second half was our usual BYO session where members and guests bring music to hear on the systems. For our second half we listened to the McIntosh to Dynaudio speakers for 30 minutes, and then the McIntosh to the PMCs. Here are some comments from the feedback forms… "Very interesting meeting. Comparisons are always engaging." "Great! Alex was most accommodating to requests. Gear is very good for the price. The McIntosh sounded great with both speakers. The Dynaudios were a bit bright for my taste - also with some recordings the sound was a bit unnatural. The PMCs were much more forgiving and a much more pleasant speaker to listen to over time." "Thought the PMCs were more balanced than the Dynaudios." "I enjoyed the meeting. Thank you. Liked the PMC speakers more than the Dynaudios." "A wonderful musical afternoon. All the gear sounded superb. CD player was excellent." "Very enjoyable. Liked the PMCs and Moon equipment. McIntosh sounded great too." "Both are great speakers. Loved the McIntosh amp." "Interesting meeting. The talk on digital was good. Liked the PMCs and McIntosh amp combo most." Photos to follow...
  2. For our July club meeting, we are very pleased to have Alex Wilson from the Lifestyle Store present the Dynaudio Special Forty anniversary speakers. All the equipment is being kindly provided by Vinod, John and Alex at the Lifestyle Store in North Parramatta. (Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/.) Details of the system…. Dynaudio Special Forty anniversary speakers. “The new Special Forty anniversary speaker draws on 40 years of cutting-edge research – and brings it totally up to date with Dynaudio’s most celebrated techniques and technologies.” – Dynaudio website Refer to: https://www.dynaudio.com/home-audio/special-forty/special-forty and https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/dynaudio-special-forty-bookshelf-speakers.html and https://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/sound-image/dynaudio-special-forty-stereo-loudspeakers-review-481429 and https://www.whathifi.com/dynaudio/special-forty/review McIntosh MA252 Integrated amplifier. “The MA252 Integrated Amplifier is the first hybrid integrated amplifier from McIntosh. Taking retro design cues from the legendary McIntosh MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, the MA252 combines the best of vacuum tube and solid state circuit design to create an amplifier that’s both visually and sonically stunning.” – McIntosh website. 100 Watts into 8 Ohms, 160 Watts into 4 Ohms. Refer to: https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/integrated-amplifiers/MA252 and https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/mcintosh-ma252-2-x-100-watt-hybrid-integrated-amplifier.html and https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2018/03/30/review-mcintosh-ma252-tube-solid-state-integrated-amplifier/ and https://www.stereo.net.au/news/mcintosh-ma252-hybrid-integrated-amplifier Front-end player. As yet to be decided. Cabling. Chord Epic series. 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 or 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 8th July 2018 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: www.sydneyaudioclub.org FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: [email protected]
  3. Our June meeting garnered many favourable comments regarding Mark Thomsen’s speakers and his presentation. We had two separate amplification systems for the Sweet Maxwell speakers – one based on Classe and Plinius, the other on Technical Brain. Judging from the Feedback forms, it was clear that some people preferred one amplification system over the other. I was impressed with Mark's acute wonderful ears and his attitude – he could hear and describe the differences in the sound from both amplification systems, but to his credit he always enjoyed the music and allowed it to shine through, first and foremost. I too thought the Sweet Maxwells are lovely speakers. And they definitely "punch above their weight" and size - they filled our large room quite comfortably. If you have a small to moderate sized room at home, they should be perfect. But if your preference is for an even larger sound stage with deeper bass than small stand-mounts can typically muster, note that Mark is planning on two floor standers models. Coming soon... Here are a few comments from the feedback form: “Good meeting. I liked the presentation.” “Good sound in a difficult room. Great mix of music.” “Great speakers.” “Great. Dynamic. Informative.” “Very good small two-way speaker. Very musical.” “Speakers worked well with Jazz, Vocal and Small ensembles. Great detail and soundstaging.” “Very jovial as usual and in great spirits! Equipment very impressive, both sonically and visually. A good balance of music.” “The first power amp (Technical Brain) sounded slightly better.” “Digital player was great as usual. DAC was superb.. Preferred the Plinius - more musical. Speakers gave wonderful sound at the price. I loved the tweeters.” “Very enjoyable meeting. Interesting mix of explanation and listening. Speakers were very impressive. Technical Brain amplifier also impressive.” “Classe/Plinius was less resolving than Technical Brain. Wonderful speakers - value, size, performance.” “Very enjoyable. The speakers were great - I particularly liked the sound stage.” “Quite enjoyable meeting.: Sweet and detailed sounding speakers. Always musical.” “Great speakers, very enjoyable. Well balanced, engaging.” “Very good presentation on speakers technical data.” “Very good speakers, especially syncopated music.” “Very informative presentation from Mark. Best sounding speakers in many meetings.” “Sweet and detailed sounding speakers. Always musical.” Photos to follow...
  4. For our June club meeting, we are very pleased to have Mark Thomsen of M8Audio present his applauded ‘Sweet Maxwell’ speakers. These are speakers with exceptional musicality, life-like detail and low distortion. Mark garnered much attention with these speakers when he presented at the Munich High End 2018 Show just last month. Details of the system…. M8Audio ‘Sweet Maxwell’ speakers. Low frequency driver with Egyptian papyrus diaphragm and neodymium motor driver… pure beryllium tweeter diaphragm with neodymium motor driver… cross-over with edge wound baked air core coils of exceptional quality and superior polypropylene capacitors… 100% hand finished cabinet made from cross laminated European birch veneer utilizing precision CNC machines to effect the curvatures… polymer viscoelastic feet… there is a lot of technology and craftsmanship in these speakers. You really have to check-out their design and specification on the M8Audio website to get the full picture. Refer to https://m8audio.com/product/sweet-maxwell/ and http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/m8audio/1.html Plinius Reference power amp. Refer to http://www.pliniusaudio.com/Plinius_Range/Power_Amplifiers/SA_Reference.html and https://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/506plinius/index.html Classe CP-800 preamp/processor. Refer to http://www.classeaudio.com/products/cp-800.php and http://www.stereophile.com/content/class233-cp-800-da-preamplifier. Technical Brain Integrated Amplifier TB-ZERO EX INT. Highly respected, ultra-high performance products from Japan. Refer to http://www.technicalbrain.co.jp/stereosound-2015spring-194.pdf and http://www.technicalbrain.co.jp/index_e.html (We will have a choice of amplification – Plinius & Classe or Technical Brain – we will see what sounds best with the speakers in our room.) Bricasti Design M1 DAC. Refer to http://www.audiostream.com/content/bricasti-design-m1-dac and http://i.nextmedia.com.au/avhub/australian-hifi_reviews_2014_2014-07_bricasti_design_m1_dac_review_test_lores.pdf Oppo BDP-105D multi-format player. Note that we will be using the Oppo only as transport into the DAC. Refer to http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105d-audiophile-blu-ray-disc-player/ Cabling. Synergistic Research, ZenSati, Wireworld – we will see what sounds best with the speakers and amps in our room. 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 flash drive (sorry, no vinyl 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 17th June 2018 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: [email protected]
  5. Advance notice… don’t miss this event! Mark and his Sweet Maxwell speakers are just back from the Munich Hi-End show where they both impressed everyone..! Click here for detail.
  6. Our vintage/classic meeting proved to be very popular again. We had nearly 50 people for the first half-session. And we had heaps of gear. George asked each exhibitor to talk briefly about their gear and ensured that everything got a bit of air time. The best system on the day was a toss-up between Joseph’s EAR amps and Klipsch Forte II speakers and Graham’s A400 Boston Acoustic speakers – both were worthy winners of the title. The second half-session proved successful as well. And to boot, we had a raffle where the 4 prizes were an older Connoisseur turntable, 2 gift vouchers for JB HiFi and the choice of 10 vintage Stereophile and/or Absolute Sound magazines (pre-2000). Here are some comments from the feedback forms… "Very interesting equipment. Good selection of vintage speakers." "Turntable was very good. Excellent power amps (Esoteric)" "Great variety of equipment. The Technics turntable sounded terrific!" "Vintage shows today's new gear isn't necessarily better. 15 ips open reel tape the best!" "Good all round selection of kit and music. 15 ips tape - can we have more of it!?" "My first meeting, very impressed with sound quality and friendly members. Especially liked the Klipsch Forte II speakers." "First time at vintage meeting. Enjoyed variety and most comparisons." "A great meeting. Highlights how little progress has taken place over 50 years. Awesome, thanks to all exhibitors especially Joseph, Graham and Robert." "A nice change from time to time. The turntables were remarkably good, as were the Boston speakers - an interesting comparison to digital." "Thanks to all involved for their efforts." "First time at vintage meeting. Good to see classics like A400. Liked the SL1200." "Friendly club! Look forward to more variety of equipment." Thanks to all the members for their mammoth effort! There was a huge amount of gear brought in and organized. Kudos to George for keeping on top of it all! Photos to follow…
  7. For our May club meeting… we’ll be having a long overdue Vintage/Classic meeting. We had a lot of great vintage gear in our last vintage/classic meeting back in July 2015, but this upcoming one is looking bigger and better! For our meeting, we are considering anything pre-2000 to be vintage/classic equipment. Some of the gear will be on static display, but most of it is functional and will be used on the day. We plan to have two maybe three main systems this year. All the gear will be brought in by club members. The gear shown below is grouped by the owner. The systems on the day will be comprised of gear from different owners. (And some gear will be display only.) The following list is not exhaustive but will give you an idea of some of the gear that will be on hand… Technics SL-7 turntable with linear tracking arm & direct drive, with original cartridge, new Jico SAS stylus, 1981-1983 Technics SL-1200 turntable (original not MK2) but with MK2 arm. V15lll with Jico SAS stylus, 1973 Pioneer A-400X integrated amp with MC/MM phono input, 1995, 50W/ch Microscope 40X with DIY mounting to view LP’s & stylus (will show specimens of various stylus types & LP) NAD 3020 Integrated amp, circa 1980, 20W/ch in 8Ω B&W DM 601 speakers, circa 1995 Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 – DIY Integrated amp, circa 70’s design, 2W/ch Bottlehead Smash (DHT valve preamp) – DIY, circa 60’s design Philips AH360 power amp, mid 70’s, 50W/ch Sansui T-60 tuner, mid 70’s Wharfdale W2 (3-way) speakers, 1965 Rogers Cadet amp/tuner, 1965 (for display) Williamson KT66 valve mono value amplifier, 1952, 12W/ch on 16Ω Acoustical Quad QC II mono valve preamp (restored to original condition in 2017), 1953 Bakers 12 inch driver in large bass reflex cabinet, 1953, 16Ω Dual turntable, 1985 Original documentation for the Williamson amplifier and Bakers speaker driver, 1952 Marantz CD85 player, circa 1989 NAD 7255 receiver, 1980s Boston Acoustic A400s speakers, circa 1980 Nakamichi 700 ZXE cassette deck, early 80’s ReVox A-77 with built-in Dolby R2R, 1970’s Rogers E40A valve amp, 1990, 40W/ch Paradigm Monitor 7 speakers, 1995 Thorens TD126 turntable, 1980 Rotel 9658X CD player, 1995 Studer B67 R2R tape machine, 1980 AKG C414 BULS (Capsule from a studio condenser microphone), 1990’s 12” LP record (acetate on an aluminium base), unknown name & make, 1960’s Magnetic pick-up coil, unknown name & make, 1960’s (this was used to record phone calls by placing it near the hybrid transformer in older style telephones) Revox A77 tape recorder ( ¼” tape, ½ track stereo), 1974, first broadcast quality solid state recorder Leak Stereo 30 Plus integrated amp AUDIOLAB 8000 T - FM/AM/LW tuner in great condition and working, c. 1994 Meridian 556 Power Amp, 100 watts/ch/8Ω, in very good condition, c. 1998 Densen DM 20 Preamplifier, excellent condition and working, circa 1999 Audio Research LS2 Hybrid preamplifier, great condition and working, c. 1995 Normally the second half of our meeting is our popular BYO. For this meeting, the entire meeting will be basically BYO. Members that have brought in gear will be asked to talk a bit about the gear and play a track or two. However, everyone will have the chance to play a track. So bring along your favourite music on vinyl, CD, R2R or cassette. 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 systems, 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 20th May 2018 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: [email protected]
  8. Hi Hugh, It's long gone now. I sold it via a different channel not StereoNET. I didn't realize I hadn't marked it as sold - I'll do that. Tom
  9. Item: Stillpoints Ultra 5 (4 feet) Location: Ryde area, Sydney Price: $2000 negotiable Item Condition: 8/10 Reason for selling: Not using any longer Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD Only Extra Info: Selling as a set of 4 - will not sell separately. A few minor scratches on the top due to components sitting directly on top. Would prefer local pickup due to their weight. Pictures:
  10. We had music via 3 different sources: vinyl played through the Vertere turntable, a flash drive plugged into the back of the Volta and lastly, CD via an Oppo with an analog input into the Shinai integrated amp. Unfortunately, the Grandinote Celio phonostages were barely run-in, and sounded worse as the afternoon progressed. However, the Volta when fed music files via its USB input sounded excellent: immediate, clean and highly resolving without undue harshness. And the wonderful Grandinote Shinai integrated amp and Mach 4 speakers allowed us to hear everything…! We also had Julian Gilchrist and John-Paul Hirst from Kool n' Krazy Records in Canberra up to bring us 100's of mostly new vinyl records. Sale prices seemed very reasonable. Here are a few comments from the feedback form : "Good to see sensibly priced gear that actually sounds good." "As always, thanks to equipment suppliers & committee for organising a great meeting." "Amazing system. Outstanding transparency and dynamics. Bass definition and extension was superb - especially given the speakers have fairly small 4" drivers." "Speakers show good potential - good bass extension, upper midrange slightly muffled. Digital and CD sources highlighted the limitation of vinyl." "Great speakers, very enjoyable meeting." "Speaker were revealing and transparent." "DAC was transparent and detailed but bright. Turntable was good but expensive at this price [likely appeared that way due to the phono stages not being run-in – TomW]. Great engineering. Speakers were very revealing, gave their best with CD material." Our sincere thanks to Robert Campbell of PURASOUND who came down from Brisbane to present to us. And to George Fracchia of ZenSati Australia for the use of his Vertere MG1 turntable. Photos below.
  11. For our April club meeting, we are very pleased to have Robert Campbell of PURASOUND present a superb system based on Grandinote and Faber Power from Italy, and Skogrand from Norway. Details of the system…. Grandinote MACH 4 speakers Grandinote Shinai Integrated amplifier Grandinote Volta Streamer/DAC Grandinote Celio Phono Stage Vertere MG1 Turntable with SG1 tonearm (Supplied by ZenSati Australia) CD Player – To be decided. Faber Power La Potenza Power Distributor Faber Power La Potenza Power Cables Faber Power Grounding Box Skogrand cables For specific details of the system visit our Sydney Audio Club website. 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. 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 15th April 2018 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: [email protected]
  12. Hi Steve, Very good summation of your thoughts Steve. Great to hear it all worked out..!!! And congrats on your new purchase. Cheers Tom
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