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  1. Three albums starting with 2003's Get Born featuring the international phenom that was Are You Gonna Be My Girl (of the Apple iPod ad fame) as well as the hits Rollover DJ, Cold Hard ***** and Look What You've Done. They then followed this up in 2006 with the album Shine On which took their music to the next level in that (IMO) it was a fully realised album full of mature well crafted tracks. It featured the rip snorter Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is plus a few more classics like the title track and Kings Horses. Then in 2009 they released Shaka Rock which included the lukewarm first single She's A Genius as well as a bunch of other rather uninspired (once again, my opinion), raw and half baked tracks. What I remember most is that the lyrics seemed especially forced and the songs also seemed awkward... especially compared to the previous two albums. Then the next thing I hear they have had "internal" issues and broken up. Live they were incredible I saw them at the Pallace in St Kilda when I was living in Melbourne and they tore the roof off. I was also in Europe when they were touring for Shine On. I remember seeing their tour posters stuck up on walls in Berlin and Rome and going to the music stores and seeing them featured with standees and the like. Seems they were popular throughout most of Europe. Does anyone have any idea what happened to this great Aussie band? I heard the brothers did not see eye to eye but surely, if we have learnt anything from Mick and Keith there will be up's and downs in every bands history. Bands work so hard for that special sound, song and for recognition... seems somewhat silly to piss it all away over a few disagreements... Anyway, anyone else miss this band?
  2. Like 6moons or not, they are a resource. I drool over equipment I'll never own, perhaps never hear and read their eloquent prose, oftimes overly verbose, but always with an opinion. Then I got to thinking tonight, somewhere along the line perhaps 6moons music might broaden my horizon, and satisfy at least some longing for the new, equipment, music or otherwise. New to me. Much later I have 19 tabs open in Chrome and I've listened to plenty of quality music. Enjoy the journey. Bach, Johann Sebastion - 6 Cello Suites BMV 1007 - 1012 - Michael Kevin Jones - Baroque Solo Cello Zawose & Brook: Assembly Salif Keita: Moffou Sevara Nazarkhan: Yol Bolsin Bobi Céspedes: Rezos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaB7tbIkiQ8 Natasha Atlas: Something Dangerous Debashish Bhattacharya & Bob Brozman: Mahima Astor Piazzolla & Osvaldo Pugliese: Finally Together, I & II" http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Finally+Together+Vol+1+Piazzolla/7570225 Solomon Burke: Don't Give Up On Me Renaud Garcia-Fons: Navigatore
  3. The May 2014 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again at Dence Park for an afternoon of fine music and sound and convivial company. Each month, the Sydney Audio Club presents the finest in high end audio systems for our members and guests. It's a bit like a private audio show once a month where you can hear and discuss equipment that you might not otherwise have the chance to audition. And you can bring along your own music to test the capabilities of the system or to just share with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. For May, we’ve decided to do something a bit different for us. We’ll have three book shelf speakers vying for your vote during the meeting. Yes, it’s a shoot-out! The contenders for the day will be: Aurelia Magenta speakers: These are great little speakers at a very competitive price point ($1500 AUD per pair). Cameron Keating from MaxMedia in Melbourne is kindly providing these for our meeting. (Refer to http://www.maxmedia.com.au/AURELIA_MAGENTA.html). The Magenta is small but huge with dynamics and bass. The frequency response is 45-20K Hz with 87db sensitivity. The bass quality and depth of the Magenta are one of the best in its class. Its tweeter sports a 2nd generation Energy Controlling Waveguide-technology (ECW). The ECW seamlessly adapts the tweeter to the bass unit at the cross frequency. The overall result is a pleasant and uniform sound with a natural and three-dimensional soundstage. KEF LS-50 speakers: These speakers likely need no introduction. They’ve been receiving raves reviews around the world. (Refer to http://www.kef.com/html/au/showroom/flagship_hi-fi_series/LS50/overview/). This diminutive speaker delivers a rich, multi-dimensional soundstage that is out of all proportion to its size. Their retail price is $1800 AUD per pair. Stones Sound Studio (SSS) Artisan r260 Signature speakers: These speakers provide crystal clear highs, pinpoint imaging, articulate tight and fast bass, and a wide sound stage with low distortion which provides fatigue free long term listening. The drivers are by Peerless and are manufactured to SSS specifications. The mid/bass are 2 x 5" 5 layer treated composite drivers with cast alloy frame. The tweeter are treated soft fabric wide dispersion dome - 27mm (1"). The cabinets have a double laminated 38mm low resonance front baffle. The crossover is at 3.78khz with phase coherent audiophile grade SCR capacitors and non-inductive resistors. The internal wiring is pure copper OFC star configuration, and low loss HF cable. They have a frequency range of 42hz to 25khz and a sensitivity of 92.5db Spl at 1khz/1m. The Artisan retails for $3200 AUD per pair. The supporting act for this shoot-out will include the Marantz SA-11 CD/SACD player and the Audio-gd Master 10 integrated amplifier. Marantz SA-11 CD/SACD player: The SA-11 is an older player but most definitely a worthy and great player. Its Redbook play back is excellent, and its SACD play back was considered amongst the very best at the time. It has a huge toroidal power supply, a vibration-resistant drive mechanism and double-layered bottom plate. Audio-gd Master 10 integrated amplifier: This integrated amplifier has been winning many people over. (Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Master/Master10/Master-10EN.htm and http://6moons.com/audioreviews/magnepan2/4.html) The amp is a fully balanced design with a twist: each of the two balanced inputs and two single-ended inputs have their signal converted to current mode before being amplified by a single Class A gain stage. Volume attenuation also takes place in the current domain. A quad FET zero feedback output buffer returns current to voltage drive. The amp has discrete analogue stages without any op-amps or coupling caps in the signal channels. Audio-gd keep their costs down through a direct-selling sales model (approx. $1900 USD). Cabling will be Wireworld and Eichmann. 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 SACD. 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 of a similar mind. Guests are always 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. We will welcome you at the door. Venue: Epping Creative Centre Address: 26 Stanley St, Epping When: Sunday 18th May 2014 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au On behalf of Tom and the Sydney Audio club Inc. O.Sydney
  4. Well, Im hugely late to finding these mixed tapes only just downloading the current one, #55. Really good concept and quite a few tracks I am really enjoying, the first two being a highlight. Link is: http://mb.mercedes-benz.com/en/mixedtape/ Shame they are mp3 only, though its *not too bad* I guess if you really like a track/artist you can find the full quality somewhere. They are updated every 8 weeks and once the new one is released there is no easy way to obtain the previous one. (though if you want the back catalogue, pm me.. I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a link)
  5. I got an email a couple of days ago to notify me of the launch on iTunes Radio Apple’s online radio service has been US-only for quite a while now, People were beginning to lose hope that iTunes Radio would ever come to Australia & NZ Anyway I have been testing it out using IPad via Apple TV connected by optical cable to my DAC Works a treat I find it appealing to search an artist that is posted by a member in various threads e.g. Currently spinning Great for finding new music, great to play old favourites, great to find new artists Anyway more music to search and play - be back later Also good is a very simple interface View of main window View of search function and current stations
  6. Item: Hifiman HM801 Portable Music Player with PCM1704 DAC Location: Melbourne, Victoria Price: $399 Firm. Shipping: $10 Item Condition: Near new. Warranty replacement. Used for less than 1 hour since. Reason for selling: Lack of use Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Brand new price is about $1000. The condition of the unit is almost brand new. It still has about 10 months of warranty. You won't find a better price for this unit anywhere. Pictures:
  7. Hey guys! I was in need of some help when it comes to choosing a set of speakers. As I have no clue when it comes to speakers (the reason why I want some). Anyway, I am in need of speakers in a 0-400$ price range. I had a look at some Mini-Hifi systems, and they interested me quite a bit, so could someone please explain what they are. But the main question is, what is the best sound system (0-$400) that has really good bass, but also the mids and the highs are still good? Thanks!
  8. I was just thinking a few nights ago, what sort of world would it be if you could order a performance/concert/music session in just the same way you could order a meal. It would probably go something like this: Good evening, would sir care for a 2, 3 or 4 driver performance this evening? I’m feeling fairly peckish tonight, I think I’ll go for five. Very well sir, and your source preference? Well, it’s been a hard day so to be honest I’ll listen to anything about now, how about we start with digital and finish up with a vinyl desert? (Waiter nods while writing on his notepad) 24 bit though, I do have standards! Of course sir. I think I’ll start with something lite, how’s the Celine Dion? She always whets my appetite. Excellent performer sir, and surprisingly low calorie, a fine starter dish. Good, I’ll start with a Celine Dion, anything that wasn’t on the Titanic soundtrack. Then I think I’ll move on to a performer with a little more body. Montserrat Caballé perhaps sir? (Customer levels stare at waiter) Not for the mid-range garcon!! My apologies sir, just a little humour while you consider the menu. Yes… well… anyway, I’m in a bit of a 70s mood, some good 70s rock followed by something equally 70s but a bit spicier. How about some Suzi Quatro… what’s a good chaser to Suzi? Maybe with a male lead. Group or solo sir? Group I think. Well, the Deep Purple is always popular. (Customer shakes his head) Not tonight I think. The Clash? No, I’ve always found The Clash to be a little hard on my digestive system. What about Queen? Hard to get in good High Definition sir, but I can see what the Tech can whip up. No, best not to stress the Tech, what else is popular. Rush. Not really in the mood for Rush. Black Sabbath perhaps? (Customer shakes his head, more strongly this time.) There’s always the Boss sir. (Customer perks up) Hmmm, maybe, but I was hoping for a group. Van Der Graaf Generator? Always a fan, but I had a little too much of them last week, and I’m not sure I’ll have the time as part of a five driver feast. What about The Who? Always good value sir, I can recommend them without hesitation. Done. OK, that’s three down. Now, something 80s to follow the 70s I think. That is a generally accepted culinary path sir. Perhaps I will have a serving of Queen, early 80s I think. Sir, you do realize that no one speaks of “that certain albumâ€! What, oh good lord no, not that one, something from The Game or The Works man, there is no album in between. (Waiter lets out a breath he had been holding) Very well, I must apologize sir, what was I thinking. And for desert sir? Something heavy I think, no, maybe more full than heavy, something that’ll stick my ribs though all the same. How’s the Meatloaf? Quite popular sir, he is enjoying something of a resurgence recently, in my opinion however he tends to be a bit lengthy and filling for desert. Meatloaf is usually easier on the stomach as a main course. Hmmm, what about something lighter, a little bluesy, maybe, but just as filling. Perhaps something from Wild Frontier sir? Maybe two tracks, I know only one track from Gary always leaves me wanting more. Yes, alright, one track from Under Cover and one from Wild Frontier. That should finish me off nicely. Sorbet with your performance sir? Ah yes, Tara Labs and I think a light serving of Lenehan between the mains and desert. Any particular colour or flavour preference sir? Purple grape for the Taras and Cherry Apple Red for the Lenehans. And would sir like a moshing or non-moshing table? I’ll take the non-moshing but I will probably have to climb onto the table for a few power chords. (Nodding knowingly) Very well sir, I’ll be sure to clear the table after Suzi. Enjoy your performance this evening. OK, it got away from me a little as it went on, but that would be a pretty cool world to live in, yes?
  9. A glorious reprieve from the heat n humidity of earlier this week. Friday night and its time to be loud. So I'm flicking through the collection and decide to put on Midnight Oil, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4,... I recall the first time I heard this album, sitting on the orange thick carpet of the lounge room at Pops and Nans on Milne st Vale Park SA, about what, 29 years ago. Spose so. Any ways Nan was still alive then, it's interesting the associations one has with music. Dimly I recall that my third run through (or so) of Short Memory was vetoed for some Scottish folk, which was cool too. It was a Techniques lp/tape/radio two channel floorstanders, though the speakers were very light I discovered when I inherited the unit. Perhaps this is the nostalgia topic for the weekend? Kick back and remember the first time album listens, the friends, family and stereos there with you. First round is on me, it's that new? Jack Daniels n coke, 1907, pretty average really but thems the breaks.
  10. Item: Stereophile 2013 Magazine Location: Sydney Price: $3 including postage Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Finished Reading Payment Method: EFT Extra Info: A magazine Pictures:
  11. Item: EIGHT SPEAKER JUMPERS Location: SYDNEY Price: $5 including postage in Australia Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Want to retire soon Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Pictures: 8 basic speaker jumpers in excellent condition!
  12. Hi I'm putting together a CD that I can take along to hi fi shops to audition speakers & am hoping you can make some recommendations for speaker auditioning music. Something well produced which reveal the fidelity, dynamics, harmonics, tonality, balance etc etc etc that the speakers are capable of. Ideally a few different genres of music as I need the speakers to be excellent all-rounders (my music library & tastes are rather diverse). Also it would be helpful if the music was reasonably succinct (or a succinct edit could be made of the track, featuring the 'juicy bit') as I'm hoping to put approx 12 .wav tracks on the CD.
  13. Hi Everyone I once had a thought when the Van Halen album hit it's 30 year anniversary (yes, it's been that long) I'd try to contact Eddie and suggest that instead of remastering the album like every man and his dog seems to do, is to go in and re-record the album with today's technology and in 24/192. I would shoot out and buy that in a heartbeat. I know the costs would prohibit such a thing, but I thought it was a nice idea. In Hi-Fi, very few things are perfect, but unbelievably, one thing is. The Blu-Ray audio track of movies. It's a bit for bit identical recording that the studio has. So now my thoughts turn to the possibility that it can't be that hard to make an Audio Blu-ray Player just as you would have a CD player. Studios would now be able to put the actual recording on the Blu-Ray, totally uncompressed and untouched apart from leveling out instruments. I'm not talking about the concerts you can buy on Blu-Ray, although that's proof of how fantastic music on Blu-Ray can sound. I'm talking about normal studio audio music. Now I know that the studios compress the music so it will play louder on the radio, but nothing is to stop them doing that and still leaving the uncompressed album as it is. I know this will never happen, but I can keep dreaming.
  14. Hi I am looking for suitable material from 2012 or late 2011 to showcase a HT. I would appreciate the help of other members in suggesting good shows for this. Things I would like to look for apart from merely loud and deep explosions, are excellent surround field engineering, including good transitions from speaker to speaker, good ambience and bass to create moods as well for the explosions. So far, I have shortlisted: 1) 3 Musketeers 2) Battleship Yamato (Jap) 3) KungFu Panda 2 4) Underworld Awakening (final battle) 5) War Horse (Battlefield scene) DTS-MA 7.1 6) Ghost Protocol (Kremlin Explosion) 7) Real Steel (final battle) DTS-MA 7.1 8- Super 8 (train crash) 9) Immortal 10) Reign Of Assassins (HKG) - rain when the guy courts the girl 11) How to Train a Dragon - Arena scene and final battle with Gozilla (kiv since it not that new) 12) Jurassic Park 1 - T-Rex coming 13) Hunger Games (fireball attacks) - DTS-MA 7.1 14) Safe House 15) The Great Magicians (HKG production) 16) Gantz (Jap) 17) 18) 19) Other potential movies: Avengers John Carter? DTS-MA 7.1 Indiana Jones? 2) Some musical or concert that has nice music and surrounds / bass 3) Picture Quality : - BBC Life / Planet Earth - I was thinking of the mating birds scene from LIFE Can anyone suggest a good scene to choose for this?
  15. There seem to be a lot of SACD player owners on this forum. Wondering where you are all getting your media from? I am buying from eBay shop blowitoutofhere and they have seemed reliable. I bought previously from Amazon but annoyingly some titles do not ship to Oz and it takes ages to get here. Greg
  16. I have aktimate mini+ and am looking to add a sub. Im am looking to spend $400-500 but will stretch a fair bit (maybe up to a grand if the sub is phenomenal and you can convince me its worth going broke for lol) At the moment I am leaning towards a wharfedale diamond 9 SW-150 (400bucks). But am also considering the AS8 and krk 10s (500 odd each). Its a smallish room and I want it pretty much just for music. I listen to a huge variety of stuff classic rock (acdc, slade, black Sabbath) to alternative stuff (some other stuff: System of a down, queens of the stoneage, muse, florence and the machine etc etc) etc etc but I am guessing it will be most beneficial for my guilty pleasure (cough *dubstep*cough). You're gunna hate me for this, but I kinda want both that punch (shake the air out of my lungs) and tight quality bass as well. Obviously I have to compromise, but not sure which one I would prefer to compromise lol. (Note I would also like if the bass has a cutoff so that the aktimates wouldnt play the lower frequencies but im not sure if thats a different matter.) any advice?
  17. I just received "Simply Plumb" last week and had a listen over the weekend. Wow, they do like their 2D and 3D effects within their songs. Some of the actual writing seemed a bit repetetive but the quality of the instrumentals and vocals was first class. I'm going to start ordering their albums, any opinions as to what order I should hear them in? Also where I could get them from as Amazon is not to hot on sending them to Oz.
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