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  1. Our November club meeting is the last Sydney Audio Club for this calendar year. (We’ll be back January 20th 2019.) For our November club meeting we are very pleased to have Mike Lenehan of Lenehan Audio return after quite a few years. Mike last presented to the club back in March 2012…!! He’s been keen to come back but he was just too busy to return earlier! Busy is good – his business is thriving. Anyone that knows Mike will know he is meticulous in his designs and build – he won’t release a product until the design is perfect and the product is of very high quality. And yet somehow he still finds the time to be very active and helpful in forums. He is a great Aussie talent and we’re happy to have him back. Detail of the system… Lenehan ML2 Reference speakers with dedicated stands. Refer to http://www.lenehanaudio.com.au/ml2-ref.html. “The ML2 is the next generation of high-end two way monitors from Lenehan Audio. Designed for absolute no compromise music systems.” Uses Dueland caps and resistors in cross-over (also sold separately through his website). 35 - 25Khz +/- 1.5db response in room. Heschl Audio Labs integrated amp. Don’t bother Googling this one… it’s so new that there’s nothing to be found! The good news is that it’s Aussie, well designed and built … and 300wpc. Designed and built by Ron Harris. FoilFlex interconnects and loudspeaker cables. These are new cables designed by Lenehan Audio. Isolation platforms for the electronics. Also designed by Lenehan Audio. 3Hz Isolation platforms for the speakers. Also designed by Lenehan Audio. Curious USB cable. Famous giant-killer USB cable sold by Lenehan Audio. Made by Rob Woodland in Queensland. Mike’s source for his presentation will be his laptop with the Audirvana Plus music player. Our source for our BYO session will be an Oppo BDP-105D multi-format player. 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 thumb/flash drives (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 18th November 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: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  2. Item: Round Dining table. 85 cms diameter. 73 cms high. Location: North Ryde, Sydney Price: $50. New around $400. Item Condition: 7/10 Reason for selling: Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The top has a minor stain in the surface - there is no damage structural. The top is veneered, so you cannot safely sand it and refinish. Pictures:
  3. Item: By Parker, coffee table, 120 cms x 74 cms, 45 cms high. Location: North Ryde, Sydney Price: $75 ONO - new was $600 Item Condition: 7/10 (20 years old but in very good nick) Reason for selling: No longer required, replaced by newer table. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD Only Extra Info: A few scratches and minor dents, but nothing huge or obvious. Lacquer finish is still in very good condition. Solid wood, could be sanded back and refinished. Pictures:
  4. Item: Delonghi Dehumidifier Location: North Ryde, Sydney Price: $50 - new price was $350 Item Condition: 9/10 Reason for selling: No longer required/used. Now have ducted reverse cycle throughout house. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD Only Extra Info: Model CF08E Pictures:
  5. For our October club meeting we emphasized the music first and foremost. The system was modest but sounded quite good. The little KEF LS-50 passive speakers are already a modern day “classic” – they have a certain balance and enticement that many other speakers in their price range simply cannot match. They sounded very good driven by the Nord monoblock amps. In the first session we had two members play 30 minutes of music that they love. Howard played some Shostakovich and vocal pop. Jim played all “minimalist” classical music (mostly modern day classical). As usual, our second half was our BYO session. Here are some comments from the feedback forms: “Liked speakers. "Minimalist" music session very interesting.” “Pleasant meeting. Great $ value for the speakers.” “Speakers had clarity, detail and imaging.” “Enjoyable overall. We understand that all meetings will never be the same.” “Good for a small modest system.” “Would benefit from a subwoofer.” “I think this type of meeting is a nice change from time to time. The system was fine.” “Speakers sounded good for their size.”
  6. For our October club meeting, we will be having a meeting based solely on what the club has always valued first and foremost … music. Due to the International HiFi show (12-14th October) and the Australian HiFi and AV show (19-21st October), many potential presenters were committed elsewhere. So unfortunately, we were unable to find someone to present their equipment for this month. Instead, we’ve put together a system based on components from Committee members. We will have the Oppo BDP-105D multi-format player (as a transport) driving the Bricasti DAC, then into a pair of Nord monoblock amps, and then into a pair of KEF LS-50 speakers. In terms of high-end it’s a modest system, but it has proven to sound quite musical. For the first session (up to our break), I am asking three club members to offer to present 20 minutes of music of their choice. I will take the first three offers I receive. If we get only two offers, then those two people will be offered 30 minutes each. If we get none or only one offer … well, then you might have to listen to some music that the Committee presents. 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. And be prepared to perhaps play more than 1 track this month. So bring along your favourite music on CD or USB thumb/flash drives (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 14th October 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: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  7. The sunny warm weather was apparently just too enticing on the day… likely why attendance was a bit down, but the interest and enthusiasm was high. Jean-Marie first presented a vintage pair of original SAT speakers on separate stands without subs – the original Mk1 wasn’t available with subs. In November 2016 Microphase Audio Design (MAD) introduced the SAT Mk2 Signature speakers and the accompanying Signature sub woofers - they were launched at the Salon de la Haute Fidelite in Paris. The SAT Mk2 Signatures and subs are identical in width so they look “as a piece” once setup. The SAT Mk2 speakers and subs we had on the day were the Signature version. The amplification was vintage NAD and an integrated amp designed by someone in HP! Jean-Marie explained all the gear and answered the many questions. He played us quite a few tracks to highlight how the system sounded. Our room is large, but the smaller speakers with the sub managed to fill the room with sound so long as it wasn’t too demanding of bass extension and volume. People asked about the pricing. To clarify, the SAT Mk2 Signatures and the SWS Mk2 Signature subwoofers came in at approximately $4500 USD. Jean-Marie revised the shipping costs for local shipping which helped lower the costs a bit. Here is some feedback from the feedback forms: “Speakers were innovative design, great potential. Not suited to the room. Vintage amplifiers were excellent.” “Very enjoyable. Quite surprized how well the monitors filled the room.” “Speakers very good for their size.” “Pleasant meeting. With a good recording, the small speakers were surprizingly good.” “Great jovial atmosphere, friendly presenter, good music. Big sound from such tiny system. Speakers somewhat expensive, but these are handmade unique speakers so price is justified. Thanks to Jean-Marie for allowing us an audition, good luck with sales.” “Very pleasurable event.” “Struggled in the room. Speakers pretty good for their size.” Thanks Jean-Marie for sharing your day with us! Photos to follow …
  8. Bonjour… bienvenue..!! For our September club meeting, we will be entertained by Frenchman Jean-Marie Liere and equipment from his two ventures, Microphase Audio Design and French Vintage HiFi. Jean-Marie and I spoke for a while recently – he’s a very engaging fellow with over 40 years of experience in electronics, speaker design, lighting, lighting controls and home automation. His lifelong passion for design, architecture, music and its reproduction is well documented. He is also a keen photographer and cook. So there is never a dull moment chatting with Jean-Marie. Much of the detail in the following has been taken directly from the Microphase Audio Design (M.A.D. / MAD) website. The speakers will be vintage Microphase SATs as well as their new MAD SATs MK2 and stereo subs SWS MK2. The vintage Microphase SATs are minuscule monitors (SAT) that were first introduced in the mid-80s. They had quite a following in France, Belgium, Germany and Scandinavia. They were designed to be not only very high quality speakers, but also to capture the interest of interior designers and female clients. They were objects of beauty as well as a “melomane” dream (an enthusiast for, or lover of, music) come true in a tiny package (200x200x150mm). 30 years later, Microphase Audio Design introduced a modernised version of these monitors, aptly named MAD SAT MK2, with vastly improved performance, but still retaining the spirit and the look of the original concept. This is a limited edition of a beautiful object reproducing music in all its splendour. These speakers are designed for the melomane and the “aesthetician” [the branch of philosophy which deals with questions of beauty and artistic taste] who don't want their hi-fi system to dominate their living room. They also appeal to the pro market as perfect recording studio monitors, as they are very revealing of all the details and nuances of the music. The new passive SWS MK2 subwoofers also act as stands for the SAT MK2 and SAT MK2 Signature. They come as standard SWS MK2 or as SWS MK2 Signature with the upgraded crossover components found in the SAT MK2 Signature. The SATs are not filtered at the lower frequencies to retain their transparency. The crossover is a 12dB/octave at 150 Hz feeding a proprietary 21cm driver from Audax France. The plinth ensures stability to the whole unit and creates a stable and consistent surface to the bottom mounted driver. The proximity of the plinth surface and the driver have other benefits and contributes to the linearity of the response from 40 Hz to 150 HZ +/- 3dB. Jean-Marie will bring his own amplification (unspecified) with possibly a vintage surprise, if it arrives on time. He will also bring his Arcam Bluetooth receiver so we can use Tidal/Idagio, etc. for streaming. Our source for our BYO session will be the ubiquitous Oppo BDP-105D multi-format player. 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 thumb/flash drives (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 9th September 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: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  9. Our August club meeting was very well received by members and guests alike. We had a good turn-out for both the first and second half sessions. Rick Bond of Lucie Audio gave an excellent introductory talk of his custom-made speakers, his preamp and power amp, and mostly importantly, his ambitions and direction for his relatively new venture, Lucie Audio. His products use Dirac Live to assist with room correction – to get the best sound possible from each room. Rick spent upwards of 2 hours calibrating for 3 different sets of speakers (yes, he brought 3 pairs!). He was so intent on the calibrations that he wound up eating cold pizza rather than warm pizza like Steve and me. His attention to detail was excellent, as was evidenced by the great sound in the room. His second pair of speakers were almost unanimously considered best, so we stayed with them throughout the entire second half when we had our BYO session. Here are some comments from the feedback forms… "Lovely system. " "Good attendance, good sound for the price point, good variety of music. " "Excellent explanation of package. Good combination for an inexpensive system. Good local product with local engineering. " "Excellent meeting, very interesting equipment. Nice combination of technical capability and practicality. " "Very informative presentation. The second pair of speakers were very involving, a pleasure to listen to." "Good bang for the buck. Speakers were well designed. " "Well organized meeting - my first visit. Flawless for a DSP / Class D combo. " "A bit of room correction and this room isn't all that bad! Great speakers and system. " "Another great day of listening to music." "Very good and informative meeting. The second set of speakers were really impressive for their size. Good design. " "Another enjoyable meeting. Great Aussie speakers. " "Quite possibly the best sounding speakers for the money I've yet heard. The second pair at $2800 were superb." [passive pair - TW] "Best stand mounted speakers presented in many meetings. The second pair were very good indeed. Preamp and power amp worked well together. " Photos to follow...
  10. @44maloo Hi 44maloo, These photos appear to be Nordost promotional photos, is that correct? Has this cable been factory terminated? And will you provide photos of the terminations of your actual cable please? Regards Tom
  11. For our August club meeting, we are very pleased to have Rick Bond of Lucie Audio present. Rick doesn’t yet have a website. The main source of information about his company is on Instagram and also from Rick’s posts within the Melbourne Audio Club area on StereoNET (see here). The following from Rick best describes what Lucie Audio is all about... “Lucie Audio is a boutique audio [manufacturer] based in Northcote, Melbourne. I established the name last year out of a desire to bring my own interpretation of what I value in a sound system to market, and so far we produce seven products - a pre and power amp combo featuring DSP and room correction, and a range of five loudspeakers including a powered subwoofer.” “From the outset, what I'm hoping to do with the brand is revitalise an interest in good sound reproduction at home, without making the equipment the focus more than necessary - both from a visual and auditory angle. Though we use some cutting edge technology, once it is working on our side, it can become transparent and hopefully it's just about the music and a new level of enjoyment - first and foremost good sound reproduction should forge a deeper connection to music. Ironically technology is at a point where this is as feasible as it has ever been, yet that's often not the case.” “The technical foundations of Lucie lie in room correction and efficient amplification, and their liberation in getting the best out of some fairly unconventional loudspeaker designs. Central to this is the premise that most commercially available speaker designs are based on a series of assumptions relative to the end user's room acoustics and tonal preferences, which are only by occasional chance completely accurate. The uncomfortable fact in sound reproduction is that the listening environment is so often the deciding factor in overall enjoyment of the system, and it is a topic that is seldom addressed when choosing one piece of equipment over another.” And … “The use of DSP allows …. us to achieve the best possible result in terms of tonal balance, soundstage and accurate presentation of instruments and voices.” Details of the system…. The DSP pre-amplifier – “Our pre-amp is built around the capabilities and feature set of the MiniDSP 2x4HD processor board. This gives us the power to process the stereo audio stream in real time to perform room correction and digital crossover functions. Room correction function is powered by Dirac, world leaders in this technology. The Dirac Live platform combines powerful and flexible capabilities with an easy to follow measurement process.” Power amplification – “Our power amps are built on modular designs from Hypex in the Netherlands. Hypex are at the forefront of a new era of ultra high performance Class D amplification. Amplifiers based on their Ncore technology developed by Bruno Putzeys are now appearing in the highest echelon of products.” … “Specifications of Ncore amp modules are superb across the board, and their characteristics focus on neutrality and resolving power.” Loudspeakers – “Our philosophy with loudspeakers is to stray somewhat from established design norms, made possible by harnessing the power of DSP and active crossovers available in the pre-amp, and multiple channels of amplification in our power amp. Central to this is the goal of eliminating phase issues across the midrange, where our auditory system is most sensitive.” Lucie Model One loudspeaker – “The simplest expression of the Lucie loudspeaker philosophy - a single point source driver delivers the full audio signal. Zero crossover distortion or phase errors. A large, light and strong paper composite diaphragm with powerful neodymium motor give neutral and transparent vocal rendition and a precise and vivid soundstage. Excelling at delivering accurate and nuanced midrange, this design is highly recommended where primarily acoustic music is appreciated in a small to medium, focused listening environment.” Lucie Model Two loudspeaker – “A traditional two-way compact loudspeaker with state of the art low distortion drivers from SB Acoustics and Scan-Speak. Extending linear frequency response above and below the Model One, the design physically time-aligns the acoustic energy from the low and high frequency drivers to maintain neutrality and phase coherence through the crossover range.” Lucie Subwoofer – “Built to extend the frequency response of the bookshelf cabinets to the very lowest octaves. The sealed construction and large, low distortion driver give extremely linear bass performance, and the use of a Linkwitz Transform equalisation in the DSP system extends response well below the resonant frequency of the cabinet, giving exceptional performance for a fairly compact enclosure.” “Material options available for loudspeakers: Baltic birch ply or narrow grain carbonised bamboo, solid laminated construction (no veneers used). Finishes: Natural oiled or Black Japan, others possible via consultation.” Rick has just finished up another two-way loudspeaker prototype and he likes it a lot, so he may well bring that too. The design is pretty unconventional with a small full-range mated to a Scan-Speak mid-woofer with an active crossover at 500hz. Source – Oppo BDP-105D multi-format player. 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 thumb drives (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 19th August 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: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  12. TomW

    Lucie Audio

    Hi Rick @coffeemachinist, The Sydney Audio Club would be interested in a presentation of your speakers with active crossovers, room equalisation and DSP preamplifier, Hypex amps, Dirac Research. And we have the perfect imperfect room to test it all out in. Steve @chefscuba70and/or I will get back to you. Thanks for your interest and kind offer, and our thanks to @marten for the heads-up. Cheers Tom
  13. 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...
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