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  1. Rockian Trading: Hoopers + Osborn 8pm Wednesday 16th November, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 As on more than twenty previous occasions, we thank Greg and Yvonne Osborn for supplying a pair of their outstanding speakers, appropriate amplifiers and a player to demonstrate some of the last year's releases. As usual Beverley will have a selection of recordings for sale through "Bev's Bazaar" to MAC members at special prices. Some particular bargains will be presented from labels that have left Rockian Trading or ceased regular production. Last year we reported the death of two audiophile pioneers. This year, because so many associates are reporting the decline of CD sales, they are also predicting the demise of the digital disc medium. Observing that most of the exhibitors at the recent Hi-Fi & AV Shows used laptops and tablets to control and supply signal to their equipment strengthens and confirms this trend. One colleague remarked, "All of this digital technology is doing my head in!" Thankfully there are still some music collectors who want to own an "actual" recording, rather than the virtual version. So LPs, CDs, SACDs and Blu-Ray Discs still find sales. In fact, demand for LP records has grown to the point where most of the major labels, and a few of the minor labels, are pressing "records" again. Unfortunately a number of these "new pressings" are of less than ideal quality and records are regaining the reputation of being "noisy." This can often be true of albums purchased at bargain prices from discount stores and suppliers. Even the 200gram pressing is no guarantee of audiophile quality. Besides the Original Master Recordings from Mobile Fidelity, Reference Recordings, Opus 3 Records and Stockfisch Records are producing LPs. An occasional title from Linn Records, and some recent releases from Chesky Records have also appeared on LP. Rockian Trading also continues to market mainstream labels like ATMA Classique, Cala Records and Linn Records through stores like Thomas Records, and the Readings Books and Music stores. We also provide audiophile labels to specialist stores like Quality Records in Malvern, Greville Records in Prahran and Burwood Music Centre, as well as to hifi stores like Tivoli Hi-Fi in Hawthorn, Hi-Fi Exchange in Nunawading and Vinyl Revival in Fitzroy. Since LPs are now our most popular medium, and we talked about LP releases at the November meeting last year, we feel obliged to present some LPs to the club this year. We are trying to obtain a MoFi UltaPlatter turntable, released at the the High End Munich audio show in May, to demonstrate some of the better vinyl releases. Regardless, we will be demonstrating some LPs this year. Ian Hooper - Rockian Trading. Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  2. Something other than Melody Amplifiers 8pm Wednesday 19th October, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 Due to circumstances beyond their control, Melody Valve Ltd will not be able to attend the meeting. We will still have the two sets of speakers to demo, theYamaha NS 1000's and the Whatmough 502's. The front end will be an Audio Aero La Fontaine CD/Music Centre, while the amplification will be a selection of solid state components. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  3. Red Spade Audio 8pm Wednesday 21st September, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 Last month we were introduced to a new speaker designer / enthusiast from Sydney. His designs are based on high-output and efficient speakers. This month we have a local Melbourne business headed by another enthusiast, Paul Spencer from Red Spade Audio. His mission, to create a wide-band, single point source elliptical horn, designed to appeal to more mainstream audiophiles. The PSE-144 is such a speaker. It combines a horn loaded 1" compression driver with four dedicated 4" midrange drivers coupled via an acoustic chamber. All outputs combine near the throat were a point source emerges. "A horn loudspeaker must radiate from a point source, otherwise severe problems occur" says Paul. "Traditional horn speakers tend to excel in some areas at the expense of others." The PSE-144 measure 900mm Wide x 600mm High, with a total depth of 482mm. This isn't a small horn. All sound above 350 Hz emerges from a single point source. Dispersion control is one of the most important aspects of this loudspeakers design. The music is presented within a wide and deep soundstage. Available as a kit, the speaker comes with all the necessary components including a pre-assembled crossover and a mounting stand for the horn. Options to consider is colour, black or white and a suitable woofer with enclosure. We will be listening to the PSE-144 with one of Red Spade Audios recommended woofers from Acoustic Elegance, an 18 or 15inch model. The speakers will be demonstrated with a Behringer Active X-Over, while amplification will be a Pre & Power combo from Elektra Audio. In terms of the presentation, Paul and his business partner Roger, will go into the history of the project. They will explain some of the technical aspects behind the design. With the micro-dynamics of an electrostatic speaker and the sensitivity of a professional audio system, Red Spade Audios new horn speaker, is designed to attract those who previously disliked horns. Red Spade Audio - PSE-144 Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  4. Redefy Audio Speakers 8pm Wednesday 17th August, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 If you Google the phrase "Australian Speakers", you will find there are just over 40-odd brands that pop up. Some names are very familiar to the MAC members, while others are only known in their region of Australia. This month's meeting we are introduced to a new speaker designer/enthusiast from Sydney. Henry Kristanto has been in the DIY loudspeaker game for a number of decades - Redefy Audio is his first stab at a commercial venture. His long participation in audio as a hobby has gravitated his designs towards high-output/efficiency speakers. The importance which Henry places on dynamic expression, further led him to horns for tweeter loading with high output professional drivers from Italy. His most unusual looking floor-stander is the Redefy NEO: a two-way with a 12" mid/bass driver and a tweeter that is loaded with an elliptical horn. Looking more like a giant pair of lips, this particular model certainly stands out in a crowded speaker market. Henry will be demonstrating his latest offerings at the club: a 2-way stand mount model with Redefy proprietary 8" mid/bass driver with a 1.1" tweeter, and a 3-way floor-stander. The 3-way uses a 7" midrange, 1.1" tweeter, and a 12" side firing woofer. The cabinets are made from Birch ply and MDF. Amplification for the night will be handled by a pair of tube mono blocks: the Art Forma Due Volte 805, a class A, 35wpc amplifier. They are made in Taiwan with in-house hand wound transformers. The matching pre-amp Art Forma Thalia, runs 6SN7 tubes. Providing the front end source will be the Consonance Droplet CD Player. With a desire to redefine hi fi, Redefy Audio was born to offer speakers to the Australian market with an all-round high performance: great bass, great transparency and realistic dynamics without the extravagant price. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  5. Members request night 8pm Wednesday 20th July, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month's meeting will be a members request with club members providing the musical program. MAC members are invited to bring along a favourite or new piece of music that could appeal to other members. Put some thought into the track selection, I will be listening for some new demo material for future club presentations. On entry, each member with a CD will be given a slip of paper to write their name on. A table next to the door will have tree containers marked : Classical, Jazz and Other. Please put the slip of paper into the appropriate container. When your name is pulled out, you will be offered the opportunity to play your music. To ensure as many members as possible can participate, the maximum time for each track will be no more than 5 minutes. This should get us through plenty of CD's before the coffee break. Equipment on the night will be provided by Ray Goh from the Hi Fi Exchange. At the time of this write-up, Ray was still finalising the equipment selection. With so much gear to choose from, his shop is an Aladdin's Cave of classic old gear looking for a new home. Whatever gear he puts together for the night, I'm sure it will be a thoroughly satisfying musical presentation. This would be a good opportunity for all members to discover some new sounds at this meeting. Maybe you heard a new piece of music at the recent Melbourne HI FI Show, and would like to share it with other members. There's more to Hi Fi than just the equipment. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  6. Hugh Dean's MAYA amp and VSonics 8pm Wednesday 20th April, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 The name Hugh Dean is synonymous with the Aspen amplifier range. His kit form amplifiers have won many hearts among audio enthusiasts who appreciate a very high standard of sound. His latest model is the MAYA, the culmination of over twenty years of innovative amplifier design, starting in 1974 with the Glass Harmony. The new MAYA was conceived in 2015 when a topology breakthrough appeared, which Hugh will attest has brought huge improvements in bandwidth, speed and clarity. This 200W per channel amplifier comprises four discrete stages; Input stage including a feedback node, Voltage Amp stage, Driver stage, and the Output stage which uses a single pair of very large 480 watt MOSFETS. The MAYA avoids phase issues, yielding significant stability and linearity for a global feedback amplifier. It uses only 29dB of global feedback, possible because the first and second stages of the amplifier are extremely linear. Very low THD, less than 0.025% into 200W, very low noise, and very low odd order harmonics, this is the primary aim in this design. "The musical grace of tubes with solid state muscle." Partnering the amplifier will be the VSonics Transmission Line speaker. This is a compact, two- way using a Three-Way Fold, an 8" SEAS woofer and a 1" Peerless tweeter crossing over at 2,600Hz. The 32-litre enclosure has a sensitivity of 87dB/watt/metre. With a front aperture, the 1-metre tall by 9" wide loudspeaker is very suitable for small rooms or apartments. It is available as a partial kit for $1420, including crossovers, fasteners, filling and detailed specifications with instructions. You need to purchase the drivers and timber to finish off the speakers. The MAYA can be bought fully assembled for $3,600 plus GST, or a DIY build from a pair of tested and assembled pcbs modules for $2,200 plus GST. Midrange bloom, solid state glare, lifeless sound? None of that with Aspen Amplifiers. With a sound quality to rival the very best in High End, we will see if this "Hugh-Dean-ie" has done his magic on the MAYA. www.aksaonline.com Happy MAYA owners give unbiased opinions at... www.diyaudio.com/forums/aksa/188853-aspen-maya.html Nick Karayanis Proxy proxy Program Co-ordinator / Vice President Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  7. Digital, Like You've Never Heard it Before - A Pure Music Group Presentation 8pm Wednesday 17th February, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month we are very pleased to have Warwick Freemantle from the Pure Music Group, introducing to the club a very special guest from New Zealand. He has invited Mark Jenkins of 'Antipodes Audio' to present a talk entitled, "Digital, Like You've Never Heard it Before" Topics that will be covered in the talk will be: The process of enjoying music What it means for digital product design Demonstration of design impacts 'Antipodes' server design features Demonstration of differences in the server range Where 'Antipodes Audio' is headed. As part of the talk, a program of music will be used to demonstrate the different models of Antipodes Music Servers, the entry level -DS unit and the flagship -DX. With the ever-evolving computer hardware, new output technology has dramatically reduced the noise floor and eliminated digital glare and grain from the DS in this, the third generation of this model. The DX uses solid state storage, and special dual linear power supplies, designed to eliminate power supply noise in critical areas. The result is a combination of staggering detail retrieval, without any glare or grain, revealing the finest textural differences between voices and instruments. We will also learn about streaming music, as well as ripping CDs, as these units are more than just a storage component for High Res music. Insert a CD and it will be ripped to uncompressed FLAC, then your disc's corresponding Metadata and artwork will be retrieved from the internet. Partnering equipment will be a new product from Warwick's stable of international brands. The 'Playback Designs' Integrated system combines DAC + Preamp + Power Amp in one box. The class A/B stereo amplifier is capable of producing 130W/channel into 8ohms, and doubles that into 4ohms. Gauder Akustik loudspeakers, with Argento Cables to complete the system. * If members cannot attend the MAC meeting there will be a repeat of the talk at the Pure Music Group Showroom in Moorabbin on Thursday 18th. Please call Warwick on 0409 504 805, to book a place. It's going to be a very interesting and informative evening; see you on the night. Nick Karayanis Proxy proxy Program Co-ordinator / Vice President Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  8. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - Annual DIY presentations 8pm Wednesday 16th December, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 It's that time of year again when the DIY group get to show off their Hi Fi projects at the December General Meeting. It looks like another busy year for the group as they have managed to put together three different systems for the night. The showcase of DIY projects that will be presented will include a Class D amp based on the Eastern Audio Technologies T4 amp module, producing 180w/ch into 8 ohms, pre & power amp combo with Mosfets rated at 100w, derived from a David Tilbrook design. It looks like the speakers for the night share the same, family when it comes to implementation. Both pairs will be a Three Way Dipole setup, one pair using a ribbon tweeter with Peerless drivers, the other a trio of Vifa drivers per panel. The program for the night will run the same as last year. All three systems will be played before the coffee break. With each system having an allotted time of no more than 30 minutes. Each presenter will get to explain their gear and play some music. This should see us finish the program by 10:00 pm, allowing all the members on the night to hear the three systems. The earlier ending to the night's program will give us a chance to ask the talented DIY individuals about their projects. We all know how passionate our members can be when it comes to building their own equipment. See you on the night. Note: The Willis Room will be open early. Only for the demonstrators to set up their presentations, and static displays. Nick Karayanis Proxy proxy Program Co-ordinator / Vice President Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  9. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - Bluesound - Not Your Average Wireless Multizone Audio 8pm Wednesday 21st October, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 The designers at NAD and PSB have come up with a brilliant solution to the problem of high-res, whole-house audio that combines superb sound reproduction with twenty-first century connectivity. With six models in the Bluesound Gen 2 line up, the brands products are a significant step-up from Sonos and Bose, with all models capable of 24-bit/192 kHz music decoding and playback. This month's meeting we will have Convoy, the distributors for Bluesound, demonstrating two of their products. The Power Node 2 ($1499) and Vault 2 ($1999) both units offer similar functionality. Streaming audio from computers and NAS drives, Internet Radio and cloud -streaming services such as Tidal. The Power Node 2 streamer/amplifier uses Direct Digital amplifier technology, developed by NAD, to deliver 60W per channel. Speakers can be connected directly to the unit to create a room 'zone', all controlled with your tablet or smartphone. The star of the Bluesound line up is the Vault 2, a CD ripper with 2TB of storage built in, with the ability to rip CDs in bit-perfect lossless FLAC without the need for a computer. It can search music from NAS drives or USB connected hard drives, as well as play back music to an existing Hi-Fi system via its stereo outputs or a coaxial digital out. With the Bluesound app and a tablet, you have the capability to add to your high-res music collection by downloading directly from Highresaudio Online Stores onto the Vaults hard drive. Convoy will put together a system comprising of B&W speakers, a pair of CM6 S2s and the matching 10 inch subwoofer. The Bluesound system will demonstrate how mature this form of audio has become - the wireless transmission of music was once viewed as a novelty - it is now possible to do music over Wi-Fi up to 24-bit/96kHz, better than CD. With the slogan 'Hi-Fi never went away, it just never went wireless' Bluesound will appeal to a new group of audiophiles, will that be you? Nick Karayanis Proxy proxy Program Co-ordinator / Vice President Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  10. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - Ray Goh - The Hi-Fi Exchange 8pm Wednesday 19th August, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond anyone's control our previously advertised program has had to be cancelled and instead Ray Goh from the Hi-Fi Exchange will be introducing himself to the club. Ray will be providing the equipment and I will be looking after the music program. Equipment for the night will be... OPPO 95 with a very special DAC with a valve output stage, Krell KSA 150 Class A amp and Audio Research LS 7 Pre Amp, JBL 4 way speakers ( I don't know the model ), Nick Karayanis CARETAKER Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  11. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - Redgum Audio turns twenty one 8pm Wednesday 20th May, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month's meeting we have the pleasure of Ian Robinson and Lindy Gerber from Redgum Audio, who are celebrating their 21st year in the Hi-Fi Industry. To mark their 21st Birthday, Redgum will be presenting to the club their new flagship monoblock amplifier, the "Magnificata". This will be the first public demonstration (yes, a world exclusive!) from their newly named Amplifolia range of amplifiers. The Magnificata has been purpose designed to power ultra-low impedance speakers, and then some more. A few Power Output stats tell the story... Into 8ohms - greater than 350W/ch (Transient Power 500W). Into 4 ohms - greater than 900W/ch (Transient Power 2000W) All the input connectors are hand - wired with OCC single strand, solid core Silver wiring. Running off these new mono blocks, will be Redgums gorgeous looking Regnans Floorstanding Loudspeakers finished off in a high gloss Red Gum wood veneer. The Regnans are a 2.5-way design featuring 2x170mm drivers with a 25mm soft dome tweeter, all sourced from SEAS. Speaking of source, the front end for the system will be Redgums tried and trusted RGCD5ENR CD player, as well as their DAC. In addition a Blue-ray Player for the Hi-Res disc's and files from a laptop to round off the music presentation. It's been some time, (more than a decade) since we last had Ian and Lindy at a club meeting. With a long and enviable career in the Hi Fi Industry, I am sure this evening will be an impressive demonstration of well designed Australian audio equipment. Nick Karayanis CARETAKER Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  12. What started as an invitation by the Sydney Audio Club has turned into a roadshow launch of our new VAF DC-X63 (see further bellow). I took the time myself to personally present, and I want to share my perspective that the Sydney Audio Club function last Sunday and was simply great. I am genuinely impressed with this club, and encourage anybody in Sydney interested in audio or music to join. The president (Tom) is a class act, and the committee are hands on genuine people. The culture in the club seemed spot-on. A lovely mix of presentations, gear, followed by real sharing and discovery of music by members. I'm bying a bunch of music that I didn't know existed, and some that I did know existed but didn't realise how great it was. Totally hassle free and very civilised/respectful. Regarding our VAF DC-X63 speakers, which were the focus of the event and presentation, members were proactive with feedback on our new speakers which was very welcome and appreciated. Thanks! - - and I'm pleased that so many of you understood what we are trying to achieved, and liked that as well as the speakers. Audio clubs like this one are the heart of this tiny Audio industry we all love, and anyone in Sydney who isn't already a member should become a member. It was good also to see the club supporting StereoNET with flyers for members to take. Along the way, VAF received a call from the Melbourne Audio Club asking if VAF were interested and able to present to their members Wednesday Feb 19th (next Wednesday) as they had a presenter cancel. We happily agreed, and look forward to meeting all the folks down there too, and reconnecting with some we already know. I hope others can attend too. We are tailing this off with a launch in Adelaide for our home town crowd on Wednesday 5th March. Thanks again to all involved and looking forward to meeting a few of you face to face. On we go. Philip Vafiadis Please note some teaser DC-X63 notes along with the Melbourne & Adelaide dates listed in the newsletter bellow. VAF news, and the launch of our new DC-X loudspeaker, the DC-X63. A huge step forward. Happy New Year from the VAF Research team! We've got plenty of exciting news to share with you: The launch of the eagerly awaited VAF DC-X63. DC-X63 Road Trip - hear them for yourself. Complete Systems - truly immersive Home Theatre can be smaller (and more affordable) than you think. New Products from Oppo, Luxman and NAD Recommend a friend and win $1,000 VAF voucher. Is the most technically sophisticated new loudspeaker under $3,000pr now Australian made? With 6 drivers precisely time aligned on 5 individually stepped baffles in a cabinet so intricate its manufacture requires robotic precision, the new VAF DC-X63 might be just that. With over 10,000 owners since it was originally released in 1995, our DC-X loudspeaker has developed a cult like following. This new DC-X63 builds on that incredible legacy. Beyond an evolutionary step, the new DC-X63 is a quantum leap in design and actually mimics the way sounds are produced in real life. Whether for music or movies we wanted the sound to be as true to life as possible. That’s very hard to do. It’s made even harder because the DC-X has always been excellent value. Making it affordable simply isn’t possible while using traditional manufacturing techniques to deliver the technical sophistication we aspire to. We had to rethink everything and create something totally anew. Born from this was the DC-X63. In the process we solved aesthetic as well as technical problems. A computer controls the machining of the profoundly complex enclosure. This houses and perfectly time aligns the 6 drivers delivering the most realistic 3D presentation of sounds of any DC-X model before it. The enclosure minimises stored energy in all its forms, so the amazingly realistic sound stage is also very pure. An Acoustic Skin elegantly covers all this complexity. This design allows each owner to personalise the look of their speakers to compliment their room, whatever their version of beautiful might be. This way every owner gets this amazing VAF sound with a look that they can choose for themselves. With a 10 year guarantee and 30 day safe’n’sound Web guarantee, the DC-X63 is better value than ever before from $2,999. We have a very limited initial production run and have already taken pre-orders from around the world. Get in quick to be the first to own a speaker that will continue a legacy and go down in history. Free Call 1800 818 882 Email vaf@vaf.com.au www.vaf.com.au Options & Pricing With the DC-X63 you have the option to personalise every aesthetic detail. Between the Acoustic Skin and the cap & base there are endless possibilities. Add a little more sophistication with the addition of solid timbre caps in Tasmanian Blackwood or Jarrah, or personalise your speakers to fit perfectly in your home by printing your design on the Acoustic Skin and adding a colour matched cap and base. Launch Offer - Free Personalisation Save $500 At VAF, we dedicate ourselves to achieving the highest quality of sound reproduction - but you choose the music. Now you can also choose the look. The Acoustic Skin of the DC-X63 is a blank canvas that can be printed with any design you choose. For our initial production run we are offering free personalisation. That's a saving of $500. We'll take a photo for our website to show just what can be achieved. This offer is limited to just 10 pairs. All we need is a good quality picture or something to colour match. To take advantage of this great offer email vaf@vaf.com.au or free call 1800 818 882 Here are some images we've already received and ideas we've had TOUR DATES Experience the DC-X63 "in the Skin" The DC-X63 will be on a limited tour around Australia so that you have the chance to listen for yourself. See below for tour dates. If you have an audio or special interests club and would like a chance to audition them with your group, please let us know. Sydney Sydney Audio Club Sunday 9th February 2 pm til 5 pm (Doors open at 1 pm) Creative Centre Dence Park 26 Stanley Rd Epping http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au/ Melbourne Melbourne Audio Club Wednesday 19th February 8 pm til late Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices, Maroondah Highway, Nunawading http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au/ Adelaide Vaf Research Wednesday 5th March 5 pm til 7 pm 52 North Terrace, Kent Town Drinks and Nibbles will be provided, so please RSVP here VAF's founder, Philip Vafiadis will be personally presenting at all functions. Guests are very welcome at both the Sydney and Melbourne clubs and they are especially keen to have any VAF fans in the area attend - previous generation DC-X owners in particular. Home Theatre - Immerse Yourself The right system for a luxury yacht could be the right Home Theatre system for your home. A couple of weeks ago we were installing a VAF system on a luxury yacht, where space is at an absolute premium. This allowed us to trial one of the new Slimline AV receivers on the market. We were very impressed. It is the amp we've been waiting for to properly compliment our tiny Signature i49s. Few of us have the opportunity for a dedicated Home Theatre room, but we still deserve the immersive cinema experience, to be able to relax at home with family and friends. Achieving this experience at home need not rob you of space and is far more affordable than you think. You need make no compromise, so there's no excuses left. Get a VAF Signature i49 5.1 home cinema package, complete with a Marantz N1504 slimline amplifier and the brilliant Oppo 103AU Blu-Ray player for just $4,199 - Save $1,348! The word of mouth of VAF enthusiasts sharing the joy of great sound with their friends and family has helped this Australian icon over many decades. If you know someone who would enjoy a system like this, please let them know. You could go into our February prize draw - see details further bellow. Marantz NR1504 AV Receiver There is a lot to cram into a Home Theatre receive. For a long time this meant they were big - usually 160mm high. Finally Marantz have introduced a model that delivers great sound in a package not much larger than a standard Blu-Ray player. The NR1504 is a 5.1 channel amp with networking, Airplay, Spotify and mobile phone control apps. The NR1604 jumps up to a 2 zone, 7.1 channel and includes 4k up-scaling. The VAF Signature i49 has to be heard to be believed. The clarity, range and detail should be impossible from a speaker so small. The secret lies in the proprietary coaxial, dual concentric driver that squeezes a 1" silk dome tweeter inside the 4" long throw woofer. This allows us to make a tiny speaker without compromising frequency range and delivers the ultimate time-alignment, as all frequencies originate from an identical point and time in space (just as sound does when created in nature). There are many micro speakers on the market, but we haven't found any that match the clarity and range of the Signature i49. It can be used without a subwoofer in intimate settings, or with a subwoofer delivering rich detail in low frequencies. Because the Signature i49 can reproduce deeper sounds than almost all other micro loudspeakers it can be crossed over with the subwoofer at lower frequencies. If a sub is required to reproduce higher frequencies it will reveal its location, rather than integrating seamlessly with the speakers and filling the room. Many similar systems crossover anywhere up to 300Hz (about the starting frequency for human voice). The Signature i49 is the perfect example of a speaker that is "heard, but not seen", fitting in with every lifestyle. New Product Releases At VAF, we make speakers and we want them to sound the best that they can for every owner. We invest a lot of our time listening to amplifiers, turntables, DACs, streaming devices, disc players and all sorts of equipment and cables. We do this so we can hand-on-heart recommend the best sounding equipment at each price point to accompany our speakers. Here are some new items that have caught our attention and that we think punch above their weight for performance and value. Oppo Release BDP105D VAF Research was one of the very first to recognise Oppo as being something special. They have gone from strength to strength and in February will release a new flagship, the Oppo 105D. This model has been upgraded with the new Darby video processing unit first seen in the 103D. Not only is the Oppo one of the best Blu-Ray players on the market (at any price), it's also an exceptional CD/SACD player. RRP $1699 - contact us if you'd like to know more. NAD D3020 DAC/Amp with Bluetooth This is an important new audio product that will entice a new generation of audio enthusiasts and change the way the current generation think. If you are looking for convenience of modern features, good performance and low price, well, nothing comes close. NAD have been setting the benchmark as a great entry into Hi-Fi for many years. NAD have really re-established that with the new D3020. A full compliment of digital inputs including Bluetooth connectivity, inbuilt DAC, Subwoofer output, 30 watts per channel...the list goes on. It's the perfect way to bring music to another room, especially if you yearn for more than a simple iPod dock. RRP $699 - or talk to us about speaker packages VAF says THANK YOU With a chance to win a $1,000 voucher Word of mouth is vitally important to us. We want to thank all those dedicated VAF fans who recommend systems to friends & family. Recommend a friend who makes a purchase in February and go in the draw to win a $1,000 voucher towards any new VAF loudspeakers or subwoofers. Winner will be advised by phone. Voucher valid on any new purchase of VAF loudspeakers or subwoofers placed by 31st May. Cannot be used against existing orders or in conjunction with other offers. A quick introduction: Patrick Canny - the newest addition of the VAF team. "What a ride. Since starting at VAF I've learned to see speakers in a whole new light. The depth of scientific knowledge on each and every component is profound. There is a purpose to everything - every angle, every screw, every millilitre. While developing the DC-X63 the team here have explained the logic and science behind every piece and every decision. I have seen inside Pandora's box. It is made from mere physical matter. Wires, magnets, Kevlar, capacitors - hand wound inductors the size of my fist. There is no magic, there is no fairy dust. Yet none of this helps me explain what I'm hearing. It doesn't seem possible. The DC-X63 just disappears, replaced by a drum kit, a guitar, an orchestra. How can such a simple, clean façade contain such majesty and wonder, so much more than the sum of its parts? I look forward to meeting more of you, so if you're in the area, please drop in or feel free to pick up the phone." Copyright © 2014 VAF Research Pty Ltd, All rights reserved. We send news and special offers to our customers and to people who registered at www.vaf.com.au Our mailing address is: VAF Research Pty Ltd 52 North Terrace Kent Town, South Australia 5067 Australia
  13. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - A QualiFi night: NAD, JAMO, PSB 8pm Wednesday 15th April, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month's meeting we have the pleasure of QualiFi presenting to the club two hi fi systems. NAD electronics with JAMO speakers and MARANTZ with PSB speakers. These quality brand names will be familiar to most. System one will comprise of NAD's flagship electronics, the M12 Digital Preamp DAC with the M22 Stereo Power Amplifier. The M12 isn't a typical DAC and it isn't a typical preamplifier. Built for the future, the M12 is an ultra-high resolution digital audio hub with audiophile grade features. NAD's Direct Digital processing and class-A buffer guarantee real time 24-bit accuracy. The M12 interfaces with all digital or analogue musical sources, 24/192 Asynchronous USB, coaxial or optical, balanced and single ended line level inputs. The matching power amp, the M22 uses the latest nCore amplifier technology licensed from Hypex. Employing the latest generation of digital Power Drive, the M22 is capable of 300W dynamic power per channel into 8 ohms, and 600W into 2 ohms. Partnering this system will be JAMO's Concert Series speakers, the C109. This new model was introduced to the Australian market, at the Melbourne Hi Fi Show in October 2014. The C 109 features a 3-way bass reflex design. This floor standing speaker uses two 7-inch woofers, a 7-inch midrange driver and a 1-inch decoupled tweeter. The silk dome tweeter is surrounded with an Anti-Diffraction Waveguide to improve off-axis response. The 7 inch drivers use a Hybrid Composition Conical Cone, providing the stiffness and strength of aluminium, with the transient response and smoothness of wood fibre. The meeting will continue with a second system comprising of Marantz electronics and PSB speakers from Canada. At the time of this article, the components for this second system were still to be finalised. I'm hoping to have the SA 8005 SACD player with the matching amplifier, as well as the PSB Imagine T2 speakers. I'm sure QualiFi will have two excellent systems for us all to appreciate. Nick Karayanis CARETAKER Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  14. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - Omni Audio 8pm Wednesday 16th July, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 Omni Audio as the name implies, is a Victorian audio manufacturer who specialises in omni-directional speakers. With full range Lowther drivers in the four different models, they are described by their designer, Chris Maude as a simple, elegant design with real performance . "At Omni Audio, we build our enclosures from custom-made cylindrical tube. They are very strong and stiff, the walls have no flat surfaces and are therefore non-resonant. No bracing is required internally by our enclosures and sound waves have no obstruction to the port. Omni Audio speakers are configured with the driver in a vertical position at the top . At the bottom and top of the enclosures are the wave guides that produce the omnidirectional nature of the design. They are conical in shape and sit directly above the driver at the top and directly below the port at the bottom. They direct the sound waves from both driver and port on-axis to the listener, where ever they may be sitting. They will simply fill your room." Chris will bring two of his speakers for the club demonstration. The entry level model Euphony, which uses the Lowther PM6C driver, and sells for $2595, and his top model the Maestro. A 96 dB speaker that employs the Lowther DX3 driver, and retails for $3295. The speakers stand 83cm high and can be ordered in any colour. The electronics for the night will be a Luxman Integrated valve amplifier, and an OPPO 95 will be spinning the discs. Chris will also bring a T-Amp to demonstrate how easy it is to power his speakers with small amplifiers. The implementation of Lowther drivers in such an unusual configuration will be a very interesting night at the MAC. Simply not to be missed. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator http://www.omniaudio.com.au Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  15. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - A night of DIY audio genius 8pm Wednesday 17th December, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 December each year is our annual DIY night where members who have built a better audio mousetrap assemble with their priceless efforts to show their ingenious acumen with audio gear. What will be on the display and demonstrated at our December meeting will be; Two-way, inexpensive, speakers employing Jaycar 6.5†woofer\mid and ribbon tweeter. A hybrid, valve and Pass B1 active attenuator preamplifier. Ron's beautiful looking and sounding speakers he made for Gail. Dave’s 100W Class D power amp based on the Sure Electronics Class D module. All DIY gear has been fully completed and looks smart. No breadboard prototypes will be demonstrating. This is an effort to demonstrate to other members that DIY gear can not only sound good but be wife friendly and look professional. Each presenter will have twenty minutes to play some demonstration tracks and talk about their gear. It should be a great night so come and support your club. Mark W Houston – DIY Convener Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  16. (This post might be better in the home builds forum) This phono stage sounds very good but I had to have my preamp up to 10 to play it. Even then it sounded like about volume 2 on the dial. Why should I need the volume so high just to hear this? It's a guided home built batttery-powered phono stage built by a man who used to be a jazz drummer and was a member of the Melbourne Audio Club in the early 1970's. The MAC used to have evenings where members bought kits of parts and everyone assembled them together under the guidance of an experienced technician. Almost a classroom setting and frankly it sounds like fun. He said he made this about 1973. I can't remember if its MM or MC. It was his phono stage for his Luxman turntable for 3 decades. My turntable is a Thorens TD-160B II with a Amber Europa (Grado Labs) cartridge with output 4MV@3.54 CMV (this may be relevant but I don't know what the numbers mean) Path was turntable - phono stage - preamp - power amp, all with RCA interconnects. The batteries are fresh. Thanks for any light shed on this.
  17. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - The Art of Sound - Richard's Speaker Project. 8pm Wednesday 21st May, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month’s meeting will be very much a local affair. The presenter and his product are so local he sits on the MAC committee. The club member is the guy who likes to take your money when subscriptions are due, our club Treasurer. The product is a three way speaker which he has been developing over the last two years. This is not just another box shaped speaker, many audiophiles appreciate aesthetic design with exceptional sound. Richard has tried to display some innovation and use of hand skill with this project. With his 30 year background in fibreglass manufacturing, his finished product is a mix of art and science. The member built speakers to be presented in the May general meeting, uses three distinctive shaped enclosures for each driver. The main bass enclosure has been fabricated with custom curved 23mm thick plywood panels. The front baffle and the acorn shaped midrange enclosure, which sits on top, are made of gelcoated fibreglass finished off in piano black. To complete this theme, the tweeter is housed in its own teardrop shaped enclosure. Ron Newbound is credited with extensive design advice with appropriate selection of drivers and crossover module. Other key design elements include a downward firing port hidden from view. This is practical as it allows for closer positioning to the front wall, and aesthetically does not ruin the look of the enclosure with a large hole. The electronics partnering the speakers on the night, will be an Audio Aero La Fontaine CD/Pre running into a pair of Audio Analogue Mono blocks. If you are trying to visualise from the description, the finished look of the speakers, here’s a clue, 802 Diamond. See you on the night. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  18. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - Pure Music Group 8pm Wednesday 16th April 2014, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 Every once in a while, the gloomy clouds part and the sky begins to gently glow, flowers bloom, angels weep and audiophiles from Melbourne begin to cry with joy. The sounds of Hi Fidelity audio was playing once more at the Australian Audio & AV show in Melbourne. Audiophiles no longer had to read about THE Hi Fi show and THE esoteric gear, now they could hear and see some of the best sounding Hi Fi from around the world. One of the best sounding systems at the show, was the Pure Music Group from Melbourne. Warwick Freemantle ,a name familiar to a number of MAC members from the 80’s, will be presenting the same audio gear that was shown at the 2013 Hi FI show. The equipment is all sourced from Europe beginning with the Gauder Akustick speakers from Germany. The innovative cabinet structure of the Berlina RC-7 speaker incorporates a horizontal rib construction. No boards are glued together but 38mm thick moulded pieces of wood are aligned, one over the other, then screwed together. In addition there are 3mm thick soft fibre ribs coated with silicone between each rib to eliminate vibrations. The electronics partnering the speakers are from the Netherlands. Mola-Mola is a new name in the hi fi scene. They are renowned for their Class D amplifiers. Bruno Putzeys , the father of the Hypex, and the N-Core Class D amplifier modules, designs and produces the 400w Kaluga mono blocks that will power the speakers. A matching Pre- amp from the same company will feed the source via a phono stage from RCM. A Polish company that is passionate about analogue. Did I mention analogue? The source for this month’s meeting will be a turntable manufactured in Switzerland. Thales TTT-Compact turntable and the Simplicity Tangential Pivoted arm is a match made in musical heaven. The design exudes beauty and refinement. The innovative Tone Arm design consists of two bronze anodized arm tubes, with a removable headshell. Other key design elements include a battery power supply that can run the turntable continuously for 18hrs on a singl
  19. Lorantz Audio - A History of Loudspeaker Improvements, with Michail Barabasz 8pm Wednesday 20th March, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 Michail Barabasz will talk about his 40 year experience as a loudspeaker designer and where improvements have taken place. He worked at Plessey Rola as the principal designer and engineering manager, overseeing the designs for Plessey Loudspeaker systems in the 70’s. He was responsible for implementing the CFL Eucalypt Pulp into loudspeaker cone manufacturing. In 1975 he started his own loudspeaker business Lorantz Audio in Dandenong, where he still manufactures Australian made loudspeakers, making cones, spiders, voice coils and CNC machining magnet components and cabinets at the Dandenong factory. His presentation will cover: The listening room – Near field Loudspeakers vs Far field: Audio measurements and how they are used to assess loudspeaker quality: Progress in loudspeaker design using current computer tools and software: Passive and Active crossovers, their benefits and weakness: Michail will discuss how to select loudspeakers for premium systems, as well as the important features which he has implemented in his bass/mid drivers to achieve very low distortion. Michail has been passionate about advancing Loudspeaker Technology, by working with RMIT in a finite element research program. Many papers were presented on optimizing cone shape for best frequency response, optimizing cone shape for minimum stress, and investigating failure modes in loudspeakers. The last time he presented to the club, we unfortunately had a long AGM and very little question time was allocated . Many members on the night stayed back to hear his talk which was very engrossing and entertaining . Get yourself a good seat and be early, as I feel it will be another packed night. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  20. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - VAF presents the new DC-X63 speaker. 8pm Wednesday 19th February, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 At last month’s General Meeting, I had pre-announced that SGR, a local Melbourne speaker manufacturer, was to present at the club. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond their control, they could not be available. Fortunately the club was contacted at the right time from VAF, who were looking to demonstrate their new redesigned DC-X63 speaker. Back in October of last year, a prototype of the DC-X63 was presented at the Melbourne Audio and AV Show. The club will get to hear the first of the production units which are ready for the market. "It is the most technically sophisticated new loudspeaker under $3000 now made in Australia" Since its original release in 1995, the DC-X63 loudspeaker has been VAFs most popular model. With over 10,000 owners, the new DC-X63 builds on this legacy. With 6 drivers precisely time aligned on 5 individually stepped baffles in a cabinet so intricate it requires robotic precision. “Beyond an evolutionary step, the new DC-X63 is a quantum step in design, and actually mimics the way sounds are produced in real life†says VAF’s founder and CEO, Philip Vafiadis. He goes on to say, "whether for music or movies we wanted the sound to be as true to life as possible. We had to rethink everything and create something totally new. In the process we solved aesthetic as well as technical problems. A computer controls the machining of the profoundly complex enclosure designed to minimise stored energy in all its forms. An Acoustic Skin elegantly covers all this complexity. The design allows each owner to personalise the look of their speakers to compliment their room". Due to the short notice regarding the change of presenters, the electronic equipment for the night had not been finalised, but I am sure that VAF will have the appropriate gear to demonstrate the full potential of their new speaker. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  21. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - Bill Woodman from ATC. 8pm Wednesday 15th January, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 ATC is a brand that is very familiar with professional recording engineers and keen audiophiles. The name Bill Woodman may not be so familiar, yet this Australian acoustician introduced to the audio market back in 1976, a radical looking transducer/speaker recognised for its large domed shape. A three inch soft dome mid-range driver with double suspension, edge wise wound ribbon voice coil with an 'enormous magnet'. Bill will be our guest presenter for this month's General Meeting. We are very fortunate to have him for the start of this year, as he spends most of the time back in England running the company. The night's program will be an active presentation in which we will get to hear some of the ATC speakers from their studio range. The importers JAG, will be bring in the flagship three way ATC speaker, the SCM-100. There will also be a number of speakers from their domestic range on static display. Stereophonics from Docklands will be providing additional hardware, including the new ATC CD/Media player, the source for the night’s system. Bill’s presentation is based around his philosophy and observations on good speaker design. The acoustic performance of a loudspeaker follow three crucial criteria : Amplitude response, Distortion and Phase coherence. His ATC speakers have become legendary in both the domestic and professional scenes for their combination of power handling, ruggedness and lack of coloration. He says that they simply fulfil his criteria for accuracy. Maybe Bill Woodman is the man who knows the difference between 'hi-fi' and 'high fidelity'. Get yourself the best seat in the house, as I feel we will have a another packed night. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator ATC SCM100 Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  22. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting - Annual DIY night. 8pm Wednesday 18th December, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 It’s that time of year again when the DIY group get to show off their Hi Fi projects at the December General Meeting. It looks like another busy year for the group as they have managed to put together three different systems for the night. There will be a showcase of DIY components that will be presented, everything from 200w solid state mono blocks, a 3 way speaker system with 12†bass drivers, a couple of chip amps, and a pair of ‘Bamboo’ speakers. Now that sounds very interesting? The program for the night will run the same as last year. All three systems will be played before the coffee break. With each system having an allotted time of no more than 30 minutes. Each presenter will get to explain their gear and play several CD’s. This should see us finish the session by 10:00pm, allowing all the members on the night to hear the three systems. The earlier ending to the nights program, will give us a chance to ask the talented DIY individuals about their gear. We all know how passionate members can be when it comes to building their own equipment. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  23. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting: Wednesday 20th November, 8PM Rockian Trading with Osborn Speakers 8pm Wednesday 20th November, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 As with all of the November MAC meetings Rockian Trading have attended with the exception of 2012 we are pleased to be sharing this meeting with Greg Osborn, who will supply the amplification and a pair of his speakers. As usual Beverley will have a comprehensive selection of recordings for sale to MAC members at special prices. (Also known as Bev’s Bazaar) Rockian Trading continue to supply a diminishing list of bricks and mortar retail stores and a growing number of on-line retailers. Music stores like Thomas Music, Readings Books and Music and Quality Records Plus buy and sell selected ranges of our labels, as well as some quality Melbourne audio stores including Tivoli Hi Fi, Audiophile and Focus Sound and Vision. We also have a list of interstate stores like Caxton Audio in Brisbane, Challenge Hi Fi in Adelaide and Simply Hi Fi in Perth. The chain of ABC Shops continue to purchase a small selection from us and a number of stores like Dymocks Books and Music have reestablished trade after more than a decade of silence. Most Rockian Trading sales continue to be audiophile products, like limited edition LPs, Hybrid SACDs, Audiophile Gold CDs and a growing number of Pure -audio Blu-ray discs. These Blu-ray discs offer a variety of formats on a single disc. Sono-Luminus, the company that took over Dorian Recordings, continue to release their double disc sets. Besides the standard CD, there is a blu-ray disc that contains the complete program in 7.1 24-bit/96kHz DTS-MA; 5.1 24-bit/192kHz DTS-MA and 2.0 24-bit LPCM formats. All of these formats are capable of producing outstanding audio quality, depending on the attached audio system. A few of these Sono-Luminus releases have been well reviewed in the Super Fidelity review column of Australian Hi Fi magazine. In the past, some new audio formats like DVD Audio have struggled to achieve popular acceptance. The problem with DVD Audio was the absence of motion picture content. A Digital Video Disc without video seemed to be a ridiculous idea. It seems few people grasped the concept that the V in DVD indicated Versatile NOT Video. I believed that a similar fate was likely to overcome the Pure-audio Blu-ray concept. After all, Blu-ray is primarily a high-definition video format. What is required to build the format is a large catalogue of popular record titles to market beside the specially recorded audiophile albums. Perhaps this is beginning. One of the world’s largest labels, Universal Music, is in the process of releasing about 75 titles on Pure-audio Blu-ray titles. The releases include Queen, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Diana Krall and a selection of quality jazz and classical titles. These discs are mastered in 24-bit/96kHz from the original master tapes and are available on the Blu-ray discs in PCM, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats. Of the labels we promote throughout Australia, Mobile Fidelity has proven the most successful for us. Their regular supply of excellent new releases in a variety of formats every month has provided us with a regular flow of interesting new material. They have expanded their catalogue of recordings by artists like Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Band, Ricky Lee Jones, INXS, Men At Work and numerous other interesting artists. Chesky Records have continued releasing their binaural recordings and labels like ATMA Classique from Canada and Cala Records from the UK have released some wonderful and interesting classical titles. Opus 3 from Sweden has produced some more blues-music gems and a new organ masterpiece. German label, Stockfisch Records, have supplied some more wonderful acoustic singer/ songwriter recordings. Reference Recordings have expanded their Fresh! from RR catalogue and are also pressing an ever growing list of 200gram audiophile LPs. We hope to demonstrate a wide selection of recent releases to the members of the Melbourne Audio Club and offer some special interest items for your consideration. Ian Hooper – Rockian Trading Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  24. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting: Wednesday 18th September, 8PM Hugh Dean Presents Aspen Amplifiers NAKSA 80 and NAKSA 100 8pm Wednesday 18th September, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month we have the pleasure of a local amplifier designer guru Hugh Dean. With over 10 years of worldwide sales, his kit form amplifiers have won many hearts among audio enthusiasts who appreciate a very high standard of sound. Hugh will be demonstrating two of his amplifiers, the NAKSA 100($1420) and his newest baby, NAKSA 80 ($930). This new amp very nearly didn't come to market. Back in 2012 he spent 21 days in hospital, in a coma, during which he suffered a stroke. Finishing a new amplifier module design was Hugh's focus whilst undergoing speech therapy. A year later and strong spirited, he is back in the hi-fi game. The NAKSA 80 has evolved from the very successful NAKSA 70, though with very different topologies. It's a complete re-design. A pair of MOSFETS now runs the output staging of each channel. Topology enhancements include new voltage amplification stage, improved offset control, radical output stage drive and bias control. Maximum power is 80 watts into 8ohms, or 120 watts into 4 ohms. The demonstration unit will have the optional volume attenuator, a Gold Point, Swiss ELMA 24 step switch. The 2011 replacement module for the Lifeforce 100, the NASKA 100's design principal was to create a power amplifier with very high resolution, powerful clear bass, and rich vivid sound. Each channel delivers 100w RMS into 8 ohms and 180w into a 4ohm load. The NAKSA 100 offers power and a tube-like sound. It represents the ideal option for less efficient speakers, and demanding musical tastes. The rest of the equipment for the night will be the OPPO 95, and the TRI-2.5. A European kit speaker with an Australian designed cabinet. You may not be familiar with the name, but you have been introduced to its sound. As Hugh Dean says about his new baby – "This is a very minimalist, very high quality design. I hope it will attract 40+ year-old audiophiles who have been around the block a few times and have a real understanding of high sonic quality." Hmmm, sounds like its designed specifically for the MAC members? Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Digital Audio Reviews by John Darko, Aspen NAKSA 80 amplifier review , Aspen NAKSA 100 power amplifier review and the Aspen Amplifiers web site. Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  25. Melbourne Audio Club monthly meeting: Wednesday 16th October, 8PM Mark Doehmann from Telos Audio 8pm Wednesday 16th October, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 Just over a dozen years ago, an Australian designed and built turntable was launched onto the world market at the CES in the states. The Continuum Caliburn set a new benchmark when it came to sound quality, even Stereophile Magazine had to give it a new Class rating, A+. The Caliburn turntable was the brainchild of Mark Doehmann. His desire was to produce a new "Super Turntable", one designed from the ground-up and without compromise. The Caliburn is not only one of the most expensive turntables on the market today, but a tour de force, a labour of love for Mark. He has moved on from his involvement with Continuum Labs, and has started a new import company called Telos Audio Distributors. The meeting will have a number of audio products on static display, while Mark will be talking about his time with Continuum. His subject –"What it takes to get a high quality product onto the world market". The presentation will include a video and members from the club will be able to ask questions relating to the topic. On the night, Mark will bring along a couple of Phono amps from Sutherland Audio-USA. A new brand name from Denmark called Alluxity, and an isolation platform from California. This ingenious product does not depend upon either electrical or pneumatic devices to provide isolation. This passive isolation platform is mostly used in the medical, scientific research and electron-microscopy fields. Telos Audio carry an eclectic mix of high-end products from around the world . Brands like Air Tight from Japan. Lansche Audio with its plasma tweeter technology. Ypsilon from Greece, who have gathered universal rave reviews for their Pre and Power amplifiers. All of these products will be at the Melbourne Audio Show which happens to coincide on the same week with the clubs general meeting. We should be grateful for Mark to make time for the club on such a busy week. It’s not every day that the club gets the opportunity to hear and talk to the man who pushed the envelope in high-end audio and challenged the status quo. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
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