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  1. And thank you David for the opportunity for the club to meet Tom, see Trinnov in action, and of course, to hear the mighty Meridian 8000 SE active speakers. The John Mayer track "Gravity" had huge impact - very impressive!
  2. Our October club meeting was another educational, fun and well attended meeting. Cameron Keating arrived from Melbourne on Sunday morning – ready to go. He drove throughout the night only stopping for fuel, food and a bit of sleep. His dedication to the industry and club is quite amazing, and fully recognized and appreciated by the club. Cameron presented the very new Avantgarde Acoustic UNO XD speakers plus lots of great gear from Lab 12 in Greece. The Lab 12 isn’t super expensive, but it is super impressive. The pre and power were open and transparent with tonality that was very good. The SQ was quite surprizing at the price point. The tubed power amp was $3700 and the pre a bit less at $2430. You could spend a lot more elsewhere and not get the same level of quality. (And they look great to boot.) The UNO XD speakers were quite new and not fully run-in, so they did exhibit a bit of hardness in the mids and tightness in the bass, and the highs didn’t have the “air” that they would normally exhibit. They told you all about the poorly recorded music (think "Queen"!) – and there’s lots of that unfortunately. With more hours they’d really open up more but you could already sense the potential. And as the afternoon progressed, they sounded better and better. They start at $35,000. The Innuos music server and AMR DAC proved to be excellent as well. Innuos was a new name to many on the day, but they walked away with another strong contender in mind when they go shopping for a new music server. Price wise, it starts at $8900. And AMR can’t seem to put a foot wrong - this is an superbly musical DAC at $8000. Our Member Music Session was presented by Jim Faulkner. Jim lives in Canberra, but manages to come up for most club meetings! He presented 8 tracks of lute compared to guitar, and piano forte compared to a modern piano. Music was by Bach and Satie. Jim’s knowledge of the music and instruments was excellent, and he was very effective in explaining it all to the audience. I mentioned to him afterwards that I’d really like to see him present again. After our break we had our usual BYO music session. Once again, it was a love it or hate it affair (!). Some people loved Classical, others loved the Rock/Pop whilst others the electronica. There’s no pleasing everyone. Nevertheless, the music scored pretty high overall so it seems it was all good in the end. Here’s some feedback from the Feedback Forms… “Speakers are excellent - they really showed up the good (and the bad) recordings.” “One of the best speakers I've heard here. Very fast and open.” “Some harshness, not sure where it came from. “ “Excellent and interesting equipment.” “Appreciated the opportunity to hear these horns with such fine ancillaries - found the speakers increasingly satisfying.” “Quite good horn speakers. Top quality sonically.” “Loved it. Perfect?… no, but musical, rhythmic and involving.” “Equipment out of my price range. But very interesting horns.” “Horns lacked balance. Insufficient bass, mids too strident, highs lacked air and extension.” “Another great meeting. Loved hearing the horns. Equipment looked stunning." “Excellent effort to bring in this system. An eye opener indeed. Affordable tube components from Greece.” “Another enjoyable meeting. Speakers were very clear and fast, beautiful looking.” “It took a while to "warm to them" but I enjoyed the speakers a lot.” “Spiffy looking speakers. With only a few hours on them, they obviously needed more time to "run in" -- bass was a bit tight, mids were a bit hard at times, and the highs were a bit soft. They didn't tolerate bad recordings well. But once broken in, I bet they'd really be great!” Thanks Cameron. Photos to follow…
  3. For our October club meeting we’re very pleased to have Cameron Keating of MAXMEDIA present the Avantgarde Acoustic UNO XD. Cameron has previously presented the Zero 1 XD active speakers. He’s back to present lots of superb new products… the Avantgarde Acoustic UNO XD horn speakers, Lab 12 pre and power, the Innuos Zenith SE media Server and the AMR 777 SE DAC. The featured system on the day will be: Avantgarde Acoustic Uno XD. From the MaxMedia website… “The UNO XD Series is a scaled–down version of the classical DUO system. By employing smaller 10 inch bass drivers and by integrating the horns as part of the speaker body, we managed to reduce the cabinet structure considerably. The objective was to accomplish the clarity and power of its “bigger“ brother in a significantly reduced enclosure. The 500mm spherical midrange horn covers a wide bandwidth down to 300 hz. The active subwoofer SUB225 XD Series supplements the balance between spherical horn performance and low frequency reproduction. It is actuated by two 10 inch long– excursion drivers powered by a 1000 Watt amplifier.” More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/Uno_XD.html, https://www.avantgarde-acoustic.de/en/products/uno-series/uno-xd.html, https://stereo-magazine.com/archive/archiv/artikel/2016/7/017-floorstanding-speaker, http://www.enjoythemusic.com/HIGH_END_2016/Avantarde_Acoustics/ Lab12 Suono Power Amp. From the 6moons website (Url below)… “…the Suono amp, simply means sound. And that's in Italian, not Greek. It's a stripped-back very essential meaning. On looks too it avoids the overbuilt template of thermionic temple worship. It's far more basic and simple. This continues with quite practical specs. It's a SET if those letters signify single-ended tube. Whilst it can be run in triode mode with the flick of a switch, its KT150 power tube really isn't a triode at all. It's a high-power kinkless tetrode in the KT88 family. Hence the option to run the Suono in native or ultralinear mode. Now it delivers a full 25wpc.” More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/LAB12.html http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/lab12/1.html Lab12 Pre1 Preamplifier. From the HiFi Pig website (Url below)… “Internally Lab 12 uses a matched pair of E88CC valves along with a solid state power supply with four separate regulation stages for each channel. The pre1 is fully dual mono and uses the company’s trademarked “Fine Symmetry” in every part of the circuit. MKP audio grade capacitors and resistors are used and are selected to be accurate to 0.1%.“ More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/LAB12.html http://hifipig.com/lab-12-pre-1-valve-preamplifier/ Innuos Zenith SE Media Server. From the Innuos website (Url below)… “The Zenith SE picks up the trademark PRaT (Pace, Rhythm and Timing) and neutrality of the Zenith and raises it to an entirely new level. To achieve this, we focused on 3 areas: Power Supply, Vibration and EMI Shielding...” More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/Innuos_ZENITH_SE.html http://innuos.com/en/catalog/go/zenith-se-mk2-std AMR 777 SE DAC. From the 6moons website (Url below)… “…AMR's lucky number seven is a dual-mono single-ended affair with two separate DACs plus a valved output stage to seal the deal with a harmonically rich finish. Tubes make the unit flexible to some extent. Throw in selectable conversion methods. Physically, the DP-777SE is on the bigger side, measuring 45 x 37 x 12cm WxDxH and weighing 11.5kg. Frequency response is 20Hz–20kHz, A-weighted S/NR is >100 dB, THD+N is <0.3%. Dynamic range and channel separation are the same >90dB. Finish is black or silver and switchable 115/230V AC makes for one universal model. Power consumption in standby is below 1 watts and below 60 watts in operation. The build is tank-like to communicate seriousness of purpose.” More info at: http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/AMR_777_SERIES.html http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/amr/1.html Oppo BDP-105D Universal player. Will be used as a transport into the AMR DAC – required for our BYO session. More info at: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ and https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ 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 flash drives (sorry, no 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 8th October 2017 Doors open at 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]
  4. Our September meeting showcased the KEF LS50 Wireless speaker/system and the KEF LS50 passive speakers. It attracted a reasonably large audience, with quite a few guests in attendance as well. Alex Wilson of the Lifestyle Store kindly provided the KEF LS50 Wireless speakers and the very new Oppo UDP-205 (the replacement for the BDP-105). Alex gave a great overview of the KEF LS50 Wireless and explained all its features and functionality. The KEFs work on the principal of a master and slave speaker. The right speaker is your master and it talks to the left speaker via ethernet. Both are active of course, so each requires a power cord. Perhaps a bit odd to some is that the KEF master provides for a USB input but not an SPDIF input. Perhaps that is just down to available space on the back of the master speaker – it is pretty crowded. Just before the break we also indicated that KEF announced that the LS50 Wireless will be Roon-Ready within the next 2-3 weeks. That means you can then run the Roon Core on your PC/Mac and the RAAT (Roon Advanced Audio Transport) on the master KEF speaker. (The RAAT is effectively the renderer of the music.) From what I could tell from the announcement, the Wireless may also then support gapless playback as well. You should be able to implement all these changes with a download – no hardware change is required. Apparently KEF believe that the LS50 Wireless sound better with Tidal than other inputs. To test that, Alex set up a local network via his phone such that we could stream from Tidal. He chose a familiar track from Tidal that he had previously burned to CD. We compared the Tidal version (CD quality) to the CD played on the Oppo and output via analogue outs and the optical output. We didn’t take a vote on this but it seemed that most people didn’t think the Tidal streaming was woeful or second best. If you want a simple system for home without heaps of CDs or LPs lying around, this is a good way to go. We then compared the Wireless to the KEF LS50 passive speakers. The passives were driven by the analogue outs of the Oppo UDP-205 into the AudioGD Master Integrated amp, and then into the passive speakers. The passives speakers have the identical height and width of the Wireless active model, but are about 2.5 cms shorter. The additional space in the back of the active speaker is used only for the electronics. The internal capacity of each is the same and the drivers are the same. In fact, when you look at both from the front you can’t tell the difference. To compare, we first played two tracks thru the Oppo and into the Wireless active speakers. We then switched to the passives, and played the same two tracks. We then discussed the differences, and prepared to vote for preferences. We had 40 attendees but unfortunately many chose to not vote. There was a preference for the passive speakers over the active speakers by 12 votes to 7 votes. I should stress here that the passive speakers have a few years of run-in on them, whereas the active speakers had just a few weeks if that. And of course, the passives will sound different depending on the amp you chose to drive them with. Our amp on the day was Class A/B whereas the active speakers have a Class A/B amp for the tweeter and a Class D amp for the mid/woofer. The days when Class D inevitably sounded bad are long over – they can be very competitive now. So much so that high-end companies like Jeff Rowland use them in their best gear. So strictly speaking, the Class of amplification shouldn't really be considered a factor. After our last comparison, we then had our break and our BYO session immediately afterwards. Here are some comment lifted from the Feedback forms… "Very good. Value for money speakers." "British sound. Punched well above their weight." "Appreciate seeing audio shops demonstrating equipment and therefore promoting hifi as a hobby." "Impressive system (Active)." "Passive speakers sounded realistic." "Good A/B comparison. This was a good meeting." "Actives seemed to lack definition in midrange." "Very enjoyable meeting." "Preferred passive system - more fluid presentation." "Passive - impressive. Active - fantastic detail but a lot of harshness." "Not ultimate sound but very good value." "Thank you to Alex and Steve P for great systems." "Nice sound for size.." "Very impressed with the speakers." We greatly thank the Lifestyle Store and Alex for his presentation.
  5. For our September club meeting we’re very pleased to be able to present the new KEF LS50 Wireless speakers. The KEF LS50 Wireless speakers are being kindly provided by the Lifestyle Store in North Parramatta. (Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/.) Alex Wilson from the Lifestyle Store will talk about the equipment. At $3799 RRP the KEF LS50 Wireless speakers may seem expensive – but the truth is, they’re a bargain. All you need is a source and a cable into the KEFs and they do everything else. They handle digital and analogue inputs, have internal DACs, source control, volume control and amplification, and of course.. speaker drivers! If they didn’t sound great, that would be all for nought – but they sound excellent too. We’ll also have the new Oppo UDP-205 universal player on hand, also from Lifestyle. We will also have their precursor, the KEF LS50 passive speakers, such that we can do a comparison. Of course the passive speakers need separate amplification and cabling both of which can and will influence the sound. So we can’t really compare apples to apples, but it’ll offer you the chance to hear which configuration you might like best. Note that the emphasis on the day will definitely be on the active version. The featured system on the day will be: KEF LS50 Wireless Active Monitor speakers: Taken from the Lifestyle website… “The KEF LS50 Wireless is a complete and fully active music system designed for how high resolution music is now enjoyed. It delivers exceptional sound quality, once only achievable by putting together a system of high quality separate components … LS50 Wireless delivers a clear, accurate and transparent sound that creates an intense, rich, and multi-dimensional soundstage experience. Made possible from its small enclosures through expert acoustic design and state-of-the-art technologies.” Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/kef-ls50-wireless-active-monitor-speakers.html. Also checkout Marc’s excellent and comprehensive review at http://www.stereo.net.au/reviews/review-kef-ls50-wireless. Marc mentions some of the capabilities of the KEF LS50 Wireless this way … “You can connect the LS50 Wireless via your smartphone or tablet, either via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (aptX) and stream Tidal, Spotify or your choice of local music. Or you can make the connection via USB or Toslink directly to your PC or laptop, or even your TV, taking advantage of the built-in 192/24 DAC.” Oppo UDP-205 universal player: Taken from the Lifestyle website “The UDP-205 provides reference level sound quality through the analogue outputs, improves the clock precision of the HDMI audio output, and increases the power of the built-in headphone amplifier. For the analogue output stages, the UDP-205 utilises two ES9038PRO DACs, which are the flagship of the ESS Sabre Pro series, delivering best-in-class audio performance.”. $2199 RRP. Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/oppo-udp-205-4k-blu-ray-player.html and http://www.livingsound.com.au/2017/04/oppo-udp-205-universal-player/ The other system on the day will be: KEF LS50 Mini Monitor (passive) speakers: Taken from the Lifestyle website “An innovative concept inspired by the legendary LS3/5a, LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring professional studio monitor concept into the home. Rarely the case in such a compact design, the LS50 monitor delivers a rich, multi-dimensional ‘soundstage experience’ that is out of all proportion to its size. Patent-pending acoustic designs, together with state-of-the-art technologies from KEF’s latest flagship Blade loudspeaker, provide the ultimate studio experience – even in the smallest of spaces.” On special now at $1999 RRP normally $2599 RRP Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/kef-ls50-mini-monitor-speakers.html and http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/kef-ls50-loudspeaker/ AudioGD SA-2 DAC: Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/SA/SA2/SA2EN.htm AudioGD Master 10 Integrated amp: A fully balanced design with the gain stages and pre-driver stages working in class A, discrete analog stages without any OPA or coupling caps in the signal channels. Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Master/Master10/Master-10EN.htm and http://6moons.com/audioreviews/magnepan2/4.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 flash drives (sorry, no 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 10th September 2017 Doors open at 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]
  6. Hi all, our Sunday club meeting was lots of fun. Not only did we have great gear in, but also lots of great music. And of course, as usual we had lots of fun. I opened the meeting as usual and then handed over to Andrew Baldwin. Andrew gave an exacting and comprehensive description of the Devialet 440 monoblocks and their many features. Unfortunately, our room interfered too much and we didn’t feel it was worthwhile to demonstrate the effects of SAMs. But in a proper sized room with normal room damping, the SAMs difference is quite obvious – Andrew uses it at home all the time to good effect. Alex gave an excellent description of the Sonus Faber Olympica III speakers and further detail about the Devialets. Both Andrew and Alex also played some tracks to demonstrate the gear. The Devialet / Sonus Faber combination proved to be an excellent simpatico match. btw - the platforms that the two Devialets and Oppo sat on (see photos) are Ikea Aptitlig chopping boards - they do make a difference! Just Google it for more information... Here are a few comments from the Feedback forms… “First time visitor. Made to feel very welcome. Clear sound with great control.” “Enjoyable as always. Strong bass but boomy particularly at high volumes especially with Rock/Pop. Classical more crisp...” “Excellent system.” “One of the better meetings. Good synergy in system. Power amps very capable. The room muddy the bass in some seats.“ “Great meeting, best this year. Great speakers.” “Very enjoyable meeting. The gear was masked by room acoustics.” “Very compact and delicate "all in one" amp.” “Very enjoyable as always. Top sounding system at a price though. Great variety of music, some exceptional recordings. Great amplification system, excellent. Power amps were embarrassingly good - I wish I could afford a pair! Speakers provided a great refined sound and looks, there's a lot of competition at this price though. Killer looks!” “I arrived late, still enjoyed it!” “A special system that I'd love in my shed. Loved it.” “Great sound” “Great pairing of gear. System sounded very good. Thanks to Lifestyle, Alex and Andrew.” “The system worked well even when it played difficult music.” “Speakers were impressive despite room effect.” “A wonderfully musical meeting.” “Lovely system. Thanks to Andrew B and Alex W for a great system.” “Sonus Faber speakers were very impressive.” Thanks again to Alex Wilson and the Lifestyle Store for giving us the opportunity to put together a great system. Photos to follow...
  7. For our August club meeting we’re very pleased to be able to present Devialet and Sonus Faber. Our Devialet for the day is being kindly provided by club member Andrew Baldwin. The Sonus Faber speakers are being kindly provided by the Lifestyle Store in North Parramatta. (Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/.) Alex Wilson from the Lifestyle Store will present the equipment. The Devialet has many technological advances. One of many is SAM (Speaker Amplifier Matching). This Devialet functionality tailors the signal to better match the speakers it is driving. Alex and Andrew will explain and demonstrate the SAM function of the Devialet. Note that Devialet products are also available through the Lifestyle Store. My brief search through the club records suggests we’ve never before presented Sonus Faber speakers. And I’m certain we’ve never had Devialet presented. So this holds great promise to be a very interesting and enjoyable club meeting. The featured system on the day will be as follows: Sonus Faber Olympica III Floor Standing Speakers: Taken from the Lifestyle website… “Sonus faber was established in 1983 and produces premium handcrafted and beautifully designed loudspeakers. Based in the historic city of Vicenza, Italy, Sonus faber's designs incorporate finely polished wood, leather and metal to create exquisite works of audio art. All Sonus faber loudspeakers blend science and craftsmanship to deliver emotion and music. The Sonus faber name lies behind a tale of a passion for music so deep, that it goes beyond passive listening, giving life to something new. Experience the very finest the world has to offer in loudspeaker design.” Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/sonus-faber-olympica-iii-floor-standing-speakers-pair.html, http://www.sonusfaber.com/en-us/products/olympica-iii and http://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/hi-fi/sonus-faber-olympica-iii-loudspeakers-review-and-test-413562 Devialet Expert 440 Pro Integrated Amplifiers: The 440 Pro is effectively two 220 Pro amplifiers working in tandem. Impressive stats... Dual-Mono: 2 x 440 Watts @ 6Ω. 0.0005%THD+ noise (harmonic distortion) at full power, 0.00025%THD at 10W/6Ω, 0.001Ω Output impedance, 133 dB Signal-to-noise ratio. Taken from the Lifestyle Store website… “Well above and beyond an ordinary amplifier, Devialet reinvents and combines for the first time all of the key components of expert playback (pre-amplifier, amplifier, DAC, streamer, phono stage) in a single and extremely thin slab.” Refer to https://www.lifestylestore.com.au/devialet-expert-440-pro-integrated-amplifier.html and https://www.devialet.com/en-eu/expert-440-pro-amplifier-82.html and http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/devialet/1.html Oppo BDP-105D Universal player. Will be used as a transport only. Refer to http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ and https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ Shunyata Research powerboard and Anti-Cables power cables, Yarbo speaker cables, other cabling is mostly Furutech. 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 flash drives (sorry, no 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 13th August 2017 Doors open at 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. Thanks Willco... but you didn't have to do that! I was going to fix it up after I got home from work tonight. Albeit a bit late I admit... thanks.
  9. Thanks Willco. Yes, you'd think that rotating, saving with a different name, and then posting that image would fix the issue. But alas. I'll take a look at my camera tonight to see if I can find the Nikon equivalent of that Canon setting you've shown above. That will hopefully fix it for future posts. Nevertheless, I'll have another go at fixing these already posted images tonight when I have the time. Cheers
  10. My apologies if the photos don't appear right side up... I turned them right side up prior to posting them, but sometimes these things don't seem to work out...
  11. Our 10th anniversary and birthday party was a lot of fun! It was very evident by all the smiles and chatter that people were really enjoying themselves. That’s what I truly believe is marvellous about our little club – we know how to have fun, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we don’t elevate one person over another just because their toys are bigger/better … and we are always respectful of each other. Excellent you guys! Although the BBQ offerings were available at 1:00, it wasn’t until 1:20-1:30 that people started to arrive in numbers. Since it was winter we were able to host it on the patio such that we could enjoy the sunshine (rather than hide from it in the summer!). We had a huge 300 litre heavy duty container half full with ice, beer and soft drinks. It was truly big - we had quite a few drinks left over. We had beef, chicken and pork sausages, buns, plenty of sautéed onions, different sauces, two large salads, chips, nuts. We normally start our meeting punctually at 2:00, but people seemed to be having so much fun that I held off a bit trying to get people into the hall. I didn’t want to spoil the fun. But I suppose I needn’t have been too concerned, because we had more fun coming up inside… I opened the meeting with a brief speech about the club and the past Presidents and Committee members. John McEvoy was the founder and first President of the club – it was great that John was present so people could approach him for a chat afterwards. I also mentioned that Keith Morris (our Treasurer) is the only Committee member that has been on the Committee continuously since day 1. John Vandyke was our second President - John and family moved to Adelaide 5 years ago, so many current members unfortunately didn’t get to meet him. I’ve been the President since July 2011 – in fact, it was pretty much 6 years to our anniversary day. Again, I’d like to say that what is most important isn’t who is on the Committee or who is the President – what matters most is our dedicated and loyal club members. And we have many members that have been with the club since its inaugural club meeting in July 2007. Thank you all. We will continue to try to do our best for you. I then outlined the format of the day. And I introduced 2 important attendees that are in the audio industry - Marc Rushton and Edgar Kramer. Marc of course is the founder and publisher of StereoNET and also the man behind the International HiFi Show. Edgar is the editor-in-chief of the newly launched Soundstage! Australia. Thanks for attending guys. Finally… it was time for our guest presenter… Henry Kristanto of Redefy Audio. (He was patiently waiting for me to stop talking – what a guy!) Henry explained the design of the speakers he brought in. He also apologised for not bringing in the Arte Forma Elyssa Integrated Single End Tube Amplifier as was planned – it wasn’t functioning properly due to issues with valves. In its stead, we had a large integrated solid-state amp by AudioGD. Henry present some varied music for about 35 minutes. After Henry’s presentation, we had a Rock Wiz style quiz hosted by George Davidson, our vice-president. This event almost didn’t happen – it seems George and I both thought the other was going to bring in a particular adaptor. So in the end, neither of us did. Whilst George went out to buy one, Stephen Chen arrived and just happened to have what we needed. Thanks Stephen! The quiz this time was particularly hard – many people didn't know the artist and/or the track. Nevertheless, we all had fun trying to figure it out. (Go easier on us next time George!) We had our break at our usual time. And during it, our Events Coordinator Steven Polley, presented a positively humongous cake he’d made for the occasion, complete with the Sydney Audio Club logo on the top. Even after we’d had way too much of it, there was still about half of it left over! After our break we had our raffle. This time we had 5 prizes! Long-time member Stephen Chen had donated a Thor power conditioner (including a PS Audio power cord) as well as a DAC (16 bit, 44.1 KHz only). We also had 3 gift vouchers for JB HiFi. From memory, Robert Jackson won the Thor and John Way won the DAC. We then had our usual BYO to close out the afternoon. Here are some comment lifted from the Feedback forms… when you read it all, please keep in mind that people were still in a bit of a party mood, so many tended to emphasis the birthday party rather than the SQ...!!! It was good too...!! “Speakers good value for the money.” “Most enjoyable & entertaining being 10yr Birthday of club. Thanks for BBQ and drinks and cake and quiz! Larger speakers from Redefy - more boomy bass, midrange and treble held back." [This was very likely the influence of the room and not speaker related – TomW] “Excellent meeting as always! Friendly and enjoyable variety of music. Loved it all!” “Very enjoyable and congratulations on the cake! Both pairs of speakers sounded "bigger" than their size but the black speakers (by Redefy) had the definite edge.” “Nice speakers, would have loved to listen to smaller ones a bit more. Nice affordable gear” “Great meeting. 10 years, well done!” “A terrific birthday meeting. Liked the smaller speakers. Excellent CD/SACD player. Small speakers very promising.” “Well organized. Cake was a beaut. Thanks Tom. Thanks Steve P - Master Chef!” “Thanks for BBQ and cake. Very impressed by Redefy speakers.” “Liked the quiz and the BBQ!! Preferred the black speakers [by Redefy].” “Enjoyable meeting, good fun.” “Great club - Happy 10th B'day” “A lovely 10th anniversary meeting. On this 10th anniversary, thanks to the Committee for all the hard work. And many thanks to Steve for the cake and to the catering team for all the food. Here's to 10 more for SAC.” [Note – all catering was by the SAC Committee. Too expensive otherwise!!! TomW] “Fun with George's quiz. Fantastic meeting. Happy Birthday.” “Fantastic. Thanks for the invitation.” “Great meeting. So many familiar faces. Great food. The black speakers [by Redefy] were very enjoyable.“ “Great spirits and company. Long live SAC! Speakers were good overall. Honest sound, good value for the price.” “Great meeting and great sounding speakers from Redefy.” A big thank you to Henry for the day… Photos to follow shortly...
  12. For our July club meeting … we’re very pleased to have Henry Kristanto of Redefy Audio (http://redefyaudio.com/redefy) present. Henry last presented to the club in April 2016, when he brought in his superb Redefy Two – this time he’s presenting his impressive Redefy Audio Monitor speakers supported by other top-notch components. Before the commencement of our meeting at 2:00, we’ll be having a BBQ to celebrate our 10th year. The inaugural Sydney Audio Club meeting was held on July 1st 2007 – it’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by so quickly! So to celebrate our success and good fortune, we’re having an anniversary/birthday party. Come by at 1:00 to enjoy good food and great company. It’s free for members, and only $5 per person for guests. During our regular meeting, there will also be a raffle and some RockWiz style track guessing - just for fun. Also in attendance will be Marc Rushton, founder and publisher of StereoNET Australia (http://www.stereo.net.au/), and Edgar Kramer who is Editor-in-Chief of the just launched SoundStage Australia (http://www.soundstageaustralia.com/index.php). (If you wish to attend our meeting as a guest please see our address at the bottom). The featured system on the day will be as follows: Redefy Monitor speakers: 2 way 8” + 1.1” dome tweeter. Here is what the Redefy Audio website says about the Monitor speaker… “Our first 2 way stand mount Monitor with our own proprietary paper cone 220mm Mid woofer providing very low distortion bass and midrange, linear frequency response and impedance, coupled with a low inductance powerful motor to provide excellent sound dynamics, midrange purity and lastly a capable bass to fill up any sized domestic and studio room. We selected one of the best dome tweeter in the industry, with powerful neodymium motor, excellent treated dome and loaded with short waveguide to provide excellent dispersion to match our Mid woofer.” Refer to http://redefyaudio.com/monitor/ and http://www.audiohifi.com.au/redefy-audio-monitor.php. Also refer to a review by Edgar Kramer of the Redefy Two at http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/redefy/1.html Vermouth Little Luccas Mk2 Limited speakers: 2 way with 5” and Raal Ribbon tweeter. Henry is also bringing in some new speakers by Vermouth. Until recently, Vermouth was known mostly for its high-end cables. But Hendry Ramli of Vermouth Audio has now turned his hand to speakers as well. Refer to http://vermouthaudio.com/new/?wpcproduct=little-luccas-mkii-limited-edition Arte Forma Elyssa Integrated Single End Tube Amplifier with 805, EL34 and 6SN7 tubes: Refer to http://www.arteformaaudio.com.tw/elyssa.html. Rick LeFaver in his review at EnjoyTheMusic said … “Sound wise this amplifier ticks all the boxes, great tonality, world class 3D sound stage, a noise floor on par with all but the very best valve based amplifiers, and macro and micro dynamics in spades. The sound quality of the Elyssa is of reference level for a push-pull tube based amplifier, a perfect entry point for someone looking to explore tube amplifiers.” Refer to Rick's review at http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0813/arte_forma_audio_elyssa.htm Esoteric SA60 SACD Player: This is an older player now, but still an excellent component. Refer to http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/esoteric9/sa60.html Vermouth Cabling: Black Pearl RCA interconnect, Black Pearl Speaker Cable, Red Velvet Power Cable 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 (sorry, no vinyl or USB 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 9th July 2017 Doors open 12:30pm 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]
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