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  1. Attendance at our October club meeting was very good … DIY always attracts a lot of interest. Our presenter for the day, club member Bill Louey, brought in his entire system for us to hear. Bill first brought his system into the club for us quite a few years ago. Since then, he’s been working on improving pretty much everything – his efforts have certainly paid off. All aspects of the sound were much improved. Just before the meeting Bill made some new longer speaker cables that he could use in our large room – he wanted to be able to space the speakers further apart. Unfortunately their composition and lack of break in time may well have contributed to the slightly ‘bright’ sound at times. And our room at the Community centre tends to muddle the midrange in an unnatural manner. At home Bill doesn’t have an issue at all with brightness – the sound is quite neutral and natural. Here are some comments from the feedback forms… “Nice system. Would have been nice to hear an analog front-end.” “Dedicated and admirable DIY project. Impressive sound.” “An excellent audio setup. Very well done to the owner, Bill. Very good clean sound - awesome!” “Great chain. Very impressive: tight bass, clean mids, crystalline treble.” “Bill's presentation was very good. The open baffle speakers were a revelation. Very pleasing sound. The sub-woofers made a big difference.” “Too bright and harsh for my taste - nice mids.” “Very good sound.” “Great sound, quite bright.” “A very enjoyable meeting. Great DIY equipment. Well done Bill.” “Well organised and presented session. Very professional setup.” “Occasionally bright with vocals. Brings out inner detail.” “The system filled the room beautifully.” “Jovial, great atmosphere! Bill has built as exceptional system. A bit bright at times but still very enjoyable. Kudos to Bill.” Thanks Bill..!! Photos to follow….
  2. For our October club meeting we are very pleased to have club member Bill Louey present his own highly modified home system including his DIY loudspeakers. Bill last presented his system to the club back in April 2012 – much of it has now changed and improved. Details of Bill’s system (details below were written by Bill)… Loudspeakers These are 3 way open baffle loudspeakers using dynamic drivers with active and passive hybrid crossovers. Open baffle loudspeakers have some unique advantages over conventional boxed speakers in that: · They don’t have an enclosed box so they have no box resonances hence no box colourations, · Their dipole radiation pattern reduces side reflections hence room interaction and increases the portion of direct sound over reflected sound in the room, and, · The first sound reflection from the wall comes from behind the speakers in the front instead of from behind the seat for conventional speakers, hence producing a more realistic, life-like sound. Open baffle loudspeakers are substantially harder to design due to sound wave cancellation, reduced efficiency and lobbing effects and usually require active crossover to shape frequency response and need multiple amplifiers to drive. Since open baffle speakers are much harder to sell manufacturers usually don’t make them, except with electrostatic loudspeakers. However, because of the greatest technical challenges and potentially the highest possible sonic result, open baffle speakers with dynamic drivers are the ultimate for loudspeaker DIY builders. Bill designed the crossover networks and has been tweaking them for 10 years now. He has only lately been very happy with the results and concluded the 10 year loudspeaker DIY project. CD/SACD/Blu Ray Source The source is a modified Marantz UD7007 universal player that plays CD, SACD and Blu Ray. Bill has undergone multiple revisions of his own upgrade over the years and has replaced hundreds of parts to change the player to suit his needs. He also changed the player from a Class II player to a Class I player in order to reduce the noise from the switch mode power supply unit. Preamp / Active Crossover This is a custom built unit designed by Bill to house the active crossover also to serve as a preamp. All buffer stages use OPA627 driven by an extremely quiet shunt regulator. Power Amplifiers Bill originally bought a DIY amplifier kit with conventional 3 stages, class AB, fully complimentary design. He later completely redesigned the printed circuit boards and incorporated a very quiet capacitor multiplier into the amplifier’s first two stages. He also designed his own very quiet and muscular power supply for the amplifier. These are MOSFET amplifiers rated 160W. 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/Bluray (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 13th October 2019 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  3. It was great to have Bill Mclean back to present to the club. Bill is knowledgeable, good natured and always friendly. And he is obviously well known and liked as well judging from all the interactions! Bill opened his presentation with some general questions about people’s preferences – analog or digital; vinyl, CD or streaming; etc. to get a feel for the audience. It appeared that few people listen to only vinyl, and few people listen only via streaming services such as Tidal or Qobuz. It appeared that some people listen to a combination of vinyl and CD/SACD, and some primarily stream locally from a NAS drive or similar. He also pointed out the ambient noise level in the room was around 60db – so that means it’s near impossible to hear quiet sounds below that. That in itself will limit the perceived dynamic range of a system. As usual, the feedback from the many attendees was varied. Some people thought the system had poor transient response, others thought it had great transient response. That difference could be due to where they were sitting in the room. Bass response was also commented on. I noticed that the bass was lighter in some seats than others, but again, that is pretty typical too as speaker response is always dependent on the speaker position, your listening position and the room itself. Others commented that they thought CDs through the Cocktail player sounded better than the content streamed from Tidal and Qobuz – that did seem to be the case and even Bill said as much at the onset. We didn’t do exhaustive REWS measurements such that we could fully calibrate the Dutch & Dutch system. No doubt it would have sounded even better. We did however, use a Spectrum Analyser to find the best speaker position and toe-in to ensure the bass response (below about 200) was as flat as we could get it. The truth is, even with fully calibrated speakers we knew we wouldn’t get them sounding 100% in our room – that isn’t faulting the Dutch & Dutch speakers, but rather that it’s difficult to get great sound in a mediocre sounding room. Even DSP controlled speakers may need the assistance of room treatment when setup in inhospitable surrounds. All in all, the Dutch & Dutch speakers are a great package. I believe the asking price is very reasonable when you consider that the D&D loudspeaker system includes speakers, a/d converters, d/a converters, DSP room correction, preamp and power amps all in one package. Here are some comments from the feedback forms… “Great to have Bill visiting again. He always comes with great sound. Speakers were impressive, very capable of any music type. I thought CDs sounded somewhat better than streaming. Great player, versatile and jack of all trades. Love it! You can always tell an active setup! Dynamics AAAAA+.” “Very impressed with the overall sound of the D&D Speakers. Thanks Bill for some very interesting music choices!” “Nice session. Thanks Bill for coming down from Gosford.” “In the second half the speakers were a revelation.” [TomW – note that the second half was all CD instead of streaming from a service.] “Good, very clean sound.” “Good presentation from Bill. Simple setup and control.” “Dynamic with good soundstage.” “Very interesting - more attuned to heavily produced recordings. Enjoyed the discussion of system.” “Spectacular imaging, flat response.” “Compressed and lacking transient response.” “Great transient response.” “Overall an enjoyable music afternoon. I loved the dynamics!!” “Well balanced speakers.” “Quite satisfying gear. CD sounded better than streaming.” “Enjoyable and capable speakers. Great variety of music.” Photos to follow…
  4. For our September club meeting we are very pleased to have Bill Mclean of Mcleans Smarter Home Entertainment present the Dutch & Dutch 8C Studio Monitor Full-Range Active Loudspeakers. These active speakers have been very well received around the world since their launch. Last month we had a massive amount of gear in. This month it’ll be very simple… a source and the Dutch & Dutch speakers. That’s it. That’s because the Dutch & Dutch speaker system has DSP for room correction, plus d/a and a/d converters, plus a preamp section and amplifiers. An ideal solution for those wanting to downsize, or have less clutter, or fewer cables … but still have great sound. For his music presentation, Bill will likely stream Tidal and Qobuz with his ultraRendu / SonicOrbitor. As a fall back, Bill will also bring a Cocktail Audio X45. Details of the base system… Dutch & Dutch 8C Studio Monitor Full-Range Active Loudspeakers. As the name would suggest, the Dutch & Dutch speaker system is from the Netherlands. From Bill’s website… “It is a unique acoustic concept. Its revolutionary cabinet design provides the 8c with constant directivity from 100 Hz upwards. As a result, the 8c is above and beyond any other studio monitor in terms of neutrality, precision, and in-room tonal balance.” Refer to http://www.mcleans.info/shop/productDetails.do?productId=264619 and https://dutchdutch.com/8c/. Oppo BDP-105D – additional source for our BYO session. 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 8th September 2019 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  5. And I have no idea why I connected monkeys with chickens. 🙂
  6. Hi Fenda, re: your question "Does anyone remember the name of the album with monkeys in the title"... I'm not 100% sure, but it may have been the one by the band called "Frank Chickens"...? The title of that album was "We are Frank Chickens". If you google "Frank Chickens" your first hit tells you lots about the band and their music. Cheers
  7. Hi Misterioso, Yes, I totally agree. Hats off to Warren..!!
  8. We had good attendance for our August club meeting. Warren didn’t disappoint - he brought heaps of gear in for the meeting... two amps, preamp, phono stages, a tuner, a modified Oppo, speakers, turntable, heaps of vinyl, cables galore. It would have taken him hours to pack it up, not to mention reassembling it all when got it all home afterwards. So yes, we owe him a big thank you. Warren gave a brief talk on all the gear, and then played some music. Most music was on vinyl, but he did play some tracks on CD and high-res to compare to vinyl. His diminutive Totem speakers sounded remarkably good. It was the first time I’d heard Totem speakers - I’d say their great reputation is well deserved. Some of the gear was modified by Joe Rasmussen. Joe turned up for the day and played a Mike Nock track he’d heard years ago whilst in the studio when it was being recorded. Stephen Price of Vinyl Record Cleaning System offered his cleaning service free of charge for one side of a record. I didn’t check in to see how he was going but I did notice many people milling around and a stack of records drying, so I think he did alright! Here are some comments from the feedback forms... “Interesting meeting. System was good with Jazz, not good with Rock. OK with blues, nice piano.” “Great to see members do presentations [Warren is not a member – TomW]. I'm sure the system sounds much better at Warren's place.” “Interesting meeting. "Nasally" vocals noted though.” “Surprisingly good sound. Small speakers but the system was more engaging than I was expecting.” “Enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Speakers sounded good for such tiny speakers.” “Excellent meeting.” “Best professionally modified gear. Excellent phono stage built into preamp. Excellent small speakers.” “Impressive setup with big sound from small speakers. Jazz was good but we need some Classical to evaluate potential of system. For the money the speakers are an absolute bargain. I'm tempted.” “Cabling was innovative and affordable, lovely in their simplicity.” “Big thanks to Warren for all the gear and effort.” “Midrange was a bit shouty, likely from cartridge/phono stage. Speakers had great imaging, nice sub set-up in the difficult room.” “Meeting was good as always. Speakers were impressive sounding for their size and price range.” “Very interesting meeting. Gear was engaging. All components seemed high quality but a little overpowered by the sub-woofer.” “A very enjoyable meeting. The presentation was excellent. An enjoyable listen without hardly any irritations. With the vinyl / CD comparison - I preferred the vinyl. Jazz piano was relaxed and very easy to listen to - it all sounded right.” “Very enjoyable meeting. Both digital and vinyl sounded good.” “Beautiful speakers - amazing for the size.” “Digital player comparison was great. Well rounded setup, good balance and soundstage. Quite interesting and different cabling.” “Demonstration could have "flowed" a bit better.” “Interesting meeting. Warren's effort to be applauded.” “Fantastic meeting. Thank you Warren.” “Enjoyable meeting, very smooth. The gear was well integrated, great variety of music.” Photos to follow…
  9. For our August club meeting we are very pleased to have Warren Marshall present his own personal system. Warren last joined us in the club when he co-presented with Vince Hamilton of Once Analog back in November 2014. Joe Rasmussen of Custom Analogue will also be present. Some of Warren’s gear has been custom modified by Joe. Stephen Price of the Vinyl Cleaning Record System will also be on hand. During our break he will demonstrate the “VRC method” of vinyl cleaning. This outstanding record cleaning product is fast becoming known. It is the combination of VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel, the fluid which does the actual record restoration and the VRC equipment, which is specifically designed to aid the application, drying and dried fluid removal. Details of Warren’s system… Speakers are Totem Arro floor-standing speakers. They are small $2600 speakers (13cm wide, 18cm deep, 90 cm high). The speaker wires are AntiCables Level 3.1 reference copper wires. Power amps are the JLTi Yaqin Mk 5 and JLTi Line Magnetic Mk 1 – both have been heavily modified by Joe Rasmussen of Custom Analogue. All the tubes use Herbies tube dampers. Preamp is the Chinese Doge 8 Clarity (2019 Edition). This will be the first known public audition of the Doge 8 Clarity (2019 Edition) in Australia. All the tubes use Herbies tube dampers. All electronics will sit on Herbies Tenderfoot component isolators. Interconnects are Anticables Level 5.2 Pure Reference Interconnects . These interconnects use a proprietary solid-core silver-gold alloy called ACElectrum. The RCA connectors are Australia's own Keith Louis Eichmann Innovations Pure Harmony plugs. Turntable is the Once Analog Mk 2 turntable, taken up to the highest specification by Vince Hamilton. It will sit on an MDF board which itself sits on magnetic levitation feet to help reduce footfall in the room. The tonearm is an Audio Origami PU7 arm from legendary Johnny Nilsen in Glasgow, Scotland. The cartridge is a Lyra Kleos medium-low output (0.5mV) moving coil, designed by Jonathan Carr and crafted by Yoshinori Mishima. The platter mat is a Herbies Way Excellent II mat. Last Record Preservative is used to reduce wear on record grooves. Last Stylus Cleaner and StyLast Stylus Treatment are used to minimise wear on the stylus. Phono preamp is the Eastern Electric MiniMax tube phono preamp, also modified by Joe Rasmussen. Digital player is the JLTi Oppo Level 4.2 + ACB Signature. This Oppo player has been heavily modified by Joe Rasmussen, it includes 5 additional Level 4.2 +ACB "Signature" circuit boards. The tuner is a Sansui TU-X711 with a special Magnum Dynalab ST-2 indoor/outdoor antenna (antenna courtesy of a club member). AntiCables speaker wires, interconnects and power cords will be used throughout the system. 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 great music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 18th August 2019 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  10. Follow-up Report The vibe, interest level and attendance was high at our July club meeting. Tom Jolly and Gabrielle Fifield from Interdyn made a great team, and a highly likeable and approachable team to boot. Tom proved to be a very good presenter with Gabrielle ably supporting Tom on questions and clarifications. Tom explained all the gear, and interspersed a track or two between talks, just to keep the interest level high. Tom also gave a brief talk on the benefits of Roon and offered a free 2 week trial of the Roon software (without a credit card transaction as is the norm with Roon). Unfortunately Tom and Gabrielle couldn’t bring a Roon Nucleus+ music server to demonstrate… they are such good sellers that they can’t get stock in quick enough! Tom and Gabrielle also brought brochures about the speakers, and some copies of a special “System De-tox disk” from Monitor Audio (which were scooped up quickly). The system was a mid-priced system – Tom quickly estimated the total cost at around 20K. It was a real-world system, something that most people can afford. And that was the intent – to illustrate that you can get exceptional sound without an uber high price tag. All the components were of very high quality. The system was quite capable of producing clean, transparent, good sound. Once the system warmed up and we got more people in the room (more damping!), the sound greatly improved. The Monitor Audio Gold 200 speakers are small floorstanders so of course you can’t expect earth shattering bass. But it was surprizing how much good tight bass they did actually produce. And low end bass was good considering our room is a bit difficult. Overall, I believe the speakers would sound great in a more friendly sized room. And as one person mentioned on their Feedback form – they do have a very high WAF. I also quite liked the clean look and sound of the Roksan Blak components. All the components offered very good value for money. From a value prospect, the stand-out was likely the Pro-Ject “Classic” turntable with the Ortofon MC cartridge at only $2600! Here are some comments from the Feedback forms…. “Very impressive sounding system.” “Good presenter - knows his stuff. Sensible system - not outrageous. Outstanding imaging, clean bass, a touch bright.” “Turntable sounded best in this system.” “Sound was very good, vinyl in particular. As expected, Bluetooth was flat in comparison. Interesting presentation. Nice system!” “Good meeting. Music was good too.” “Good all round system.” “Good to have Roon explained. System had great attack and lovely tight bass. Vinyl sounded amazing.” “Very enjoyable system. High WAF speakers and sound good too.” “A bit sucked out in the upper bass. Vinyl was best.” “Very impressive but would have been good to hear how it reproduces orchestral music.” [People brought very little classical unfortunately - TomW] “Great effort from the Sydney Audio team. Thank you to Interdyn.” “The equipment was technologically interesting and of high quality.” “Enjoyable as always.” “System was exceptional value for the money. Clean, articulate, transparent.” “Excellent presentation. Good equipment at price point. The turntable and cartridge particularly good.” “Good midrange and treble. Not enough bass for me.” “One of the better meetings. Open, smooth, detailed but not harsh. Lots of variety in the music.” “Great to see John Vandyke again. Great to meet the two new members. Very synergistic system, top sound for modest money. Speakers sounded as good as they look - wonderful. Very polite sound, plenty of detail and enough low end. Music not balanced - almost no classical.” Thanks again to Tom and Gabrielle…
  11. For our July club meeting we are very pleased to have the distributor Interdyn present (https://www.interdyn.com.au/brands/). Interdyn is the distributor for many great HiFi products including Artnovion, Isotek, Monitor Audio, Ortofon, PMC, Pro-Ject, Roksan, Roon, Rotel, SVS and others. On the day, Tom Jolly (Product Manager) and Gabrielle Fifield from Interdyn will present a reasonably priced system based on Monitor Audio, Roksan and Pro-Ject. Our thanks to Evgeny Vizelman (Director) and Leigh Fischer (Brand & Account Manager) for helping to organize this event. Details of the system… Monitor Audio Gold 200 floor standing speakers - $7769. “These are really exciting. They are the latest generation of MA's Gold series and they have seen a lot of trickle down technology from the MA flagship Platinum series, without the platinum price tag.”- Tom Jolly Refer to https://www.monitoraudio.com/en/product-ranges/gold-5g/gold-200/ Roksan Blak amplifier - $6999. The Roksan amp includes a PC-USB input. Refer to https://www.roksan.com/en/product-ranges/blak/blak-integrated-amplifier/ Roksan Blak CD player - $5999. Refer to https://www.roksan.com/en/product-ranges/blak/blak-cd-player/ “The Blak range is Roksan's top range of exquisite British made electronics. Understated but great looking units with a delightful sound.” – Tom Jolly Pro-Ject “The Classic” turntable with Ortofon Quintet Bronze Cartridge - $2600 combo. “This is a beautifully built midrange turntable from Pro-Ject with a stunning MC cartridge from Ortofon.” – Tom Jolly Refer to https://www.project-audio.com/en/product/the-classic/ Time permitting, Tom Jolly will also give a brief beginners presentation on the Roon music server. 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, USB thumb/flash drives 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 great music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 14th July 2019 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  12. Our June club meeting attracted lots of Harbeth lovers, and quite a few English speaker lovers in general. They did indeed sound lovely. In our room, they projected a big warm soundstage with good detail and good bass. A few people thought they were over-priced, but designing and building great loudspeakers is not an inexpensive enterprise. Most people just loved the sound they made – the antithesis of some uber high-end HiFi speakers of today. More than a few people made comparisons to some PMCs we had in a couple of years ago. Here are some comments from the feedback forms… “Would love to hear the 40.2 with valve amplification.” “Another good meeting. System sounded good, great speakers.” “Entertaining.” “Excellent meeting. Arguably the best speakers since the PMCs.” “Excellent - very interesting to hear such an iconic speaker.” “Good speakers at reasonable price.” “Great speakers - did everything well.” “The speakers performed well but is the price warranted?” “As usual, friendly, cordial and very enjoyable. Although pricey, the Harbeths excelled. Very refined sound.” “Great variety of music. Absolute magic tweeters. Natural midrange and adequate bass.” Photos to follow…
  13. For our June club meeting we are very pleased to have the exceptionally musical Harbeth Monitor 40.2 speakers, courtesy of Cameron Pope of Krispy Audio (https://krispyaudio.com.au/). Unfortunately Cameron cannot attend on the day due to other commitments. For our first half, we will have two separate music sessions where two members will play up to 25 minutes of music of their choice. These “Member Music Sessions” (as we call them) prove to be very enjoyable, interesting and often surprizing. Details of the system… Speakers: Harbeth Monitor 40.2 speakers. Refer to: https://krispyaudio.com.au/products/harbeth-monitor-40-2-speakers.html Amplifier: AudioGD Master-10 Integrated. Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Master/Master10/Master-10EN.htm Sources: Gryphon Mikado Reference CDP (for CD playback) Oppo BDP-105D universal player (for USB flash drives) 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 (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 16th June 2019 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club W: http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub E: tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  14. Our May meeting was well attended. We arrived early, and spent a fair bit of time measuring to ensure the speakers were positioned equidistant from the side walls and the back wall. The Dukes are engineered to work best with a 15% toe-in. So we measured that as well before listening. When we finally did listen, we were a bit surprised that the sound was excellent right away! There was very little adjusting required after. It pays to do your homework! The sound staging was pretty good considering the room. Tonality across the frequencies was very good, even the bass wasn’t too lumpy (a known issue in our room at the Epping Community Centre). Dynamics were good as well. We now have Nick’s Dukes setup for listening at my place, and they do indeed sound much better. I can now say with confidence that they are excellent speakers and considering the retail price, I dare say they’re a real bargain. If you wish to come for a listen, contact either Nick on 0401 419 342 or email at nicolas@hulgichaudio.com.au, or me (via email or mobile) after Thursday the 23rd. Nick will be here until Thursday the 23rd. However, the Dukes will be here and setup until about the end of May. So you’ll be able to hear them at any time during that period, even after Nick has returned to Adelaide. However, If you have questions after Nick has gone home, then it would be best if you emailed or called him. Here are some comments from the feedback forms… “Great speakers.” “Lovely speakers.” “Impressive sound.” “Some segments played too loudly. Some of the demo music Nick was using towards the end detracted from the equipment.” “Excellent speakers.” “Audio GD amps sound a lot better”. [TomW - than the Nord monoblocks] “Best speakers so far. Equal to PMCs.” “Much better clarity with second set of amps.” “Nice to see new Aussie manufacturers.” “Most enjoyable listen.” “One of the best meetings and systems this year.” “Top speakers and sound.” “Quite good speakers. Suggest better quality recordings for speakers demos.” Photos to follow…
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