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  1. For our June club meeting … Morris Swift of OneAudio Music Systems (https://oneaudio.com.au/) will present the active µ2 speakers. (That “µ” character is pronounced “mu” and is the Greek symbol for small or micro). OneAudio released the passive version of their µ2 speakers a while ago and it has received acclaim from Len Wallis Audio and others. The active version is very new. Brad Serhan designed the cabinet and did the voicing for both the passive and active speakers. Brad also designed the DSP in the active version. Morris designed the electronics and amplification. Here is an excerpt from a OneAudio brochure which explains their design philosophy… “The relationship between designing equipment and verifying its performance through measurement, and the effect on what we subsequently hear, and how this is perceived, is a complex one. So much so that many audiophiles and even designers claim that you can’t measure what you hear, and implore us to simply trust our ears. At OneAudio, we unequivocally reject this. There is no doubt that such measurement is difficult, requiring new levels of accuracy, novel approaches, and new insights in interpreting the data. But it is absolutely essential if we are to consistently design equipment capable of delivering the high levels of performance and musical enjoyment demanded by us at OneAudio.” Morris plans to demonstrate both active and passive µ2 speaker systems, however, the emphasis will definitely be on the active version. He’ll take direction from the audience, but he is also prepared to present on DSP technology and the issues with "digital", as well as the challenges of critical listening/evaluation and "A-B" testing. Morris will do most of his presenting at the beginning of our second half session (i.e. after our half time break). He wishes that you listen to the system first without being told what you should expect to hear. Morris would like you to first listen without influence or bias. The featured system will be as follows: Speakers (Active): OneAudio µ2 Active speakers utilizing ScanSpeak Revelator drivers - a 5" woofer and a 1" ring tweeter. These drivers are from the ScanSpeak premium product range and can be found in other speakers priced up to $50,000 and beyond. Main digital Source: PC/Laptop supplied by OneAudio. CD Transport: An Oppo BDP-105D Universal player will be used as a transport (for our BYO session only). Our popular BYO session will be split – it’ll be in part of the first half session, and also the latter part of our second half session. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD or USB flash drives (sorry no vinyl). NOTE that USB flash drives are preferable. All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 18th June 2017 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  2. For our April club meeting … George Fracchia of Zensati Australia (http://www.zensatiaustralia.com/) will present a superb system based around the Prism Sound Callia DAC/Preamp, along with the Technical Brain Integrated Amplifier TB-ZERO INT and the PMC MB2 SE Speakers. The PMC speakers have been kindly supplied by Vinod and John at the LifeStyle Store in North Parramatta (visit http://www.lifestylestore.com.au/). The official representative of Prism Sound in Australia, Peter Orehov, will also be present. Peter will give a presentation highlighting the relevance of the Professional Recording (studio) to the Audiophile and Hi-Fi community. ZenSati Australia sells the Prism Sound Callia DAC/Preamp to the Hi-Fi and Audiophile community. Technical Brain products are also available through Zensati Australia. PMC products are available through the Lifestyle Store. The system will be as follows: Prism Sound Callia DAC/Preamp. Jason Kennedy at the the-ear.net said… “Prism Sound’s reputation preceded it when it finally entered the domestic hi-fi business earlier in the year [2016]. The Cambridge based company has been making converters for the studio market since 1987 and its top pro DAC is a cult product amongst those in the know. PMC founder Peter Thomas has one in his main system for instance, and he’s tried more than most in his quest for digital audio ecstasy.” Refer to http://www.prismsound.com/hifi/products_subs/dac1/dac1_home.php and http://www.the-ear.net/review-hardware/prism-sound-callia-dacpreamplifier. Technical Brain Integrated Amplifier TB-ZERO INT. Highly respected, ultra-high performance products from Japan. Refer to http://www.zensatiaustralia.com/2013/01/technical-brain-tb-zero-integrated-stereo-amplifier-now-available/, http://www.technicalbrain.co.jp/stereosound-2015spring-194.pdf and http://www.technicalbrain.co.jp/index_e.html PMC MB2 SE Speakers. From the Lifestyle Store website “…Meticulous attention has been applied to hone the designs to new standards, adding new internal bracing, computer-modelled driver dispersion surrounds, and custom-designed, specially tuned stands. All these elements contribute to the production of a purer musical signal, allowing the listener to come as close as possible to the original performance.” Refer to http://www.lifestylestore.com.au/pmc-mb2-se-three-way-high-resolution-reference-monitors.html, http://pmc-speakers.com/products/consumer/se-series/mb2-se. Our thanks again to the Lifestyle Store for graciously providing these speakers for the day. Cabling will be from the products distributed by Zensati Australia which includes Vertere, Black Cat, Trinity, Dalby and of course ZenSati. Gryphon Mikado Signature CD player. We will use the Mikado as the transport into the Callia DAC/Preamp. Note that Gryphon Audio Designs is not distributed by Zensati Australia (this player belongs to a club member). The Mikado is an excellent player with remarkable resolution, transparency and warmth. Refer to http://www.gryphon-audio.dk/m/product-information/heritage-products/mikado-signature/reviews for reviews. Note: We will also have an Oppo BDP-105D Universal player on hand to allow the playing of USB flash drives during our BYO session. We will be using the Oppo only as a transport into the Callia DAC. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD or USB flash drives (sorry no vinyl). All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 9th April 2017 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  3. For our March club meeting we’ll have Leighton Holloway of Holloway Sound present his Carmen loudspeakers. Leighton is a Sydney based bespoke speaker manufacturer. He previously worked as an audio installer and for many years as an audio engineer. He’s been building speakers for many years for family and friends, and in 2014 he decided to turn it into a business. When he isn’t in his workshop nowadays you’ll find him rehearsing or gigging with his funk band (he plays bass). Leighton is enthusiastic and knowledgeable of all aspects of speaker design. He designs and builds his own cabinets and cross-overs. And he designs and builds to order, so if you have a particular configuration in mind, Leighton can likely build it. All are handmade bespoke speakers, made in Sydney by Leighton himself. Refer to http://www.hollowaysound.com.au/home-1.html The system will be comprised of some of the following gear. On the day, we’ll evaluate which combination sounds best in our room. Holloway Sound Carmen speakers. Stand-mount 2-way speakers. Very good transparency, linearity and tonality without harshness. Leighton will also show a pair of Carmen’s that are partially built so you can see the excellent build quality of the cabinets. Refer to http://www.hollowaysound.com.au/carmen-series2.html. Oppo BDP-105D Universal player. Will be used as a transport and level controller. Refer to http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ and https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ Audio GD SA-2 DAC. A very good sounding DAC built on the respected Burr-Brown 1704 chip. Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/SA/SA2/SA2EN.htm. Classe CP800 preamp/processor. Refer to http://www.classeaudio.com/products/cp-800.php and http://www.stereophile.com/content/class233-cp-800-da-preamplifier. Plinius SA-250 Mk4 power amp. Refer to http://www.pliniusaudio.com/Plinius_Range/Power_Amplifiers/SA_Reference.html and http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/506plinius/index.html. Cabling by Synergistic Research, Kimber Kable, Wireworld. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD or USB flash drive. (Sorry, no vinyl this month.) All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. And hopefully you’ll 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 12th March 2017 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  4. For the January meeting of the Sydney Audio Club we are very pleased to have dedicated Sydney Audio Club member, Graham Allen, present the large reference version of Linkwitz kit speakers. These DIY speakers are one of many products created by Siegfried Linkwitz (refer to his website at http://www.linkwitzlab.com/index.html). Siegfried Linkwitz has over 40 years of experience in loudspeaker design, electro-acoustic system design and the perception of sound from loudspeakers in normal rooms. (As well, his name is one half of the respected Linkwitz-Riley crossover filter). In our September 2015 meeting, Graham presented a pair of Linkwitz Lab LX Mini speakers. They offer very good sound for a very modest outlay of money. This month, Graham will be demonstrating his recently completed Linkwitz Lab LX521 speakers. Refer to http://www.linkwitzlab.com/LX521/Description.htm. These unique speakers, designed by Siegfried Linkwitz, are wide range 4-way dipoles using per channel; 2 bass drivers, lower mid, upper mid and tweeter drivers. They should be quite capable of filling our club meeting room with a high quality, well imaged sound stage. Graham’s speakers are the LX521.4 4-way version with digital crossover, and are built acoustically identical to the published Linkwitz design, with some minor changes to the appearance to suit locally available materials. The timber used is Australian river red gum, with the baffles and baffle support shelf made from solid stock, and the side supports made from marine plywood covered with 2mm veneer cut from the same plank. The river red gum is finished in an oil based varnish. The bass enclosures are made with marine plywood, painted with a textured satin black. (See the photos of Graham's own speakers below this message.) Graham will give a brief technical description of the LX521 design approach, explain how they were constructed, and demonstrate the speakers on a range of music. For his presentation, Graham will use his laptop with JRiver as a source (via a USB streamer to the miniDSP 4x10 processor). Details of the system…. Linkwitz Lab LX521 speakers – These reference quality speakers offer articulate bass reproduction due to reduced coupling to room modes, neutral timbre and fast time response, low non-linear distortion and high instantaneous dynamic range, optimal spatial rendering of the stereo phantom image. Amplification – The LX521s will be driven by an 8 channel, 180W per channel, Hypex class D amplifier, using the UcD180HG amplifier modules https://www.hypexshop.com/DetailServlet?detailID=2151 and SMPS400A180 power supplies (4 separate power supplies) https://www.hypexshop.com/DetailServlet?detailID=3140. Crossover duties and digital signal processing will be handled by a MiniDSP 4x10 Hd https://www.minidsp.com/products/minidsp-in-a-box/minidsp-4x10-hd. The miniDSP 4x10 accepts digital and analogue inputs. Oppo BDP-105 Universal player – We will have an Oppo on hand for our BYO session. Refer to https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ and http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD or USB flash drive. (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 15th January 2017 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  5. For the October meeting of the Sydney Audio Club, we are very pleased to have Steve Behrens of Audio Active present (refer to http://audioactive.com.au/). Audio Active is a leading supplier of specialist audio-visual products, with a commitment to sourcing products of only the finest quality, while delivering value for money, even on the most high-end systems. They are the exclusive Australian importer and distributor for some of the world’s most respected home theatre and hi-fi brands, including the UK brand Isotek which will be featured this month. This month, Steve will present different Isotek power mains conditioning products. Isotek is an English company that designs and manufacturers highly specialised mains conditioners that clean your power before it reaches your hi-fi or audio visual system. The one thing all electronic devices need is power. And to some extent, your power is probably polluted with Differential and Common Mode mains noise. Differential noise is created by the power supplies in all electronic devices. Common Mode noise is introduced into your devices by RFI and wireless communications (e.g. Wi-Fi). Isotek mains conditioners clean your power and allows your system to sound more pure, clean and quiet. (Clean power also allows audio-visual gear to render better images.) And of course, Isotek mains conditioners also provide protection from dangerous power surges and spikes. Isotek is recognised as the leader in clean-power technology, and have recently won yet another award - the “Most innovative Brand 2016” – refer to http://www.plusxaward.de/en/innovativste-marke-des-jahres/. Steve will introduce and demonstrate the various Isotek products, starting with the entry level Polaris through to the cutting edge Mosaic Genesis. This event will give you the ideal opportunity to discover what clean power can do for your system. Details of the system…. Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grand Symphony speakers – gorgeous sounding and looking speakers made by the highly respected Austrian manufacturer. Refer to http://www.vienna-acoustics.com/index.php/products/concert-grand-series/beethoven-baby-grand-symphony-edition Primare I32 Integrated Amplifier – fast, clean, agile sound. 2 x 120 wpc. Refer to http://www.primare.net/product.asp?ProductID=48 Primare CD32 CD Player – highly acclaimed successor to the CD31. Uses Burr-Brown PCM1704 DAC chips, no op-amps, no capacitors in the signal path. Refer to http://www.primare.net/product.asp?ProductID=49 Plus, the following Isotek mains conditioning products (from entry level Polaris up to the cutting edge Mosaic Genesis): Isotek EVO3 Polaris – refer to http://www.isoteksystems.com/products/discovery/evo3-polaris/ Isotek EVO3 Aquarius – refer to http://www.isoteksystems.com/products/performance/evo3-aquarius/ Isotek EVO3 Sigmas – refer to http://www.isoteksystems.com/products/select/evo3-sigmas/ Isotek EVO3 Mosaic Genesis – refer to http://www.isoteksystems.com/products/mosaic/mosaic-genesis/ Isotek EVO3 Premier power cords. All components will be wired with the excellent value-for-money Isotek power cord, the EVO3 Premier. Refer to http://www.isoteksystems.com/products/get-connected/evo3-premier/ Note: We will also have an Oppo BDP-105D Universal player on hand to allow the playing of SACD and 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 flash drive. (Sorry, no vinyl this month, but next month we will have an excellent turntable!) All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 9th October 2016 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  6. The September 2016 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us meet once again for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable company. Each month the Sydney Audio Club presents an excellent high end audio system for our members and guests. Feel free to 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 September, we are very pleased to have Dr Rod Crawford of Legend present (refer to http://www.legendspeakers.com.au/). Legend has been designing and crafting excellent speakers in Australia since 1995. Rod will present the large Big Red Active (BRA) speaker and the smaller Kanga 8s and Kurre 8s. Details of the system…. Legend Big Red Active speakers. Refer to http://www.legendspeakers.com.au/kumbar.html for detail of these speakers from Legend’s Ultimate range. A review can be found on the Legend web site at http://www.legendspeakers.com.au/BigRedreview.php. Legend Kurre 8s speakers. The Kurre 8s from Legend’s Reference range are somewhat larger. Refer to http://www.legendspeakers.com.au/kurre.html. They were very well received by Greg Borrowman in a review – refer to http://www.legendspeakers.com.au/reviews/Kurre8review.pdf Legend Kanga 8s speakers. The Kanga 8s are smaller speakers from Legend’s Monitor range and offer great value for the money. They were initially designed for home theatre. Refer to http://www.legendspeakers.com.au/kanga.html. Hypex NC122MP amplifier. In Rod’s words… “Class D OEM modules that are only just coming off the production line. They are built into the BRAs to drive their mid & treble that also have a BASH 300W class H amp for the bass/sub. I have these same modules built as separate amps to drive the Kangas and Kurres.” Refer to http://www.hypex.nl/ DEQX HDP-4 preamp processor. The HDP-4 will be used as a full processor for the active BRAs and also in bypass mode just as a DAC for the passive Kangas and Kurres. Refer to http://www.deqx.com/product-hdp4-overview.php Sources will be a Medion laptop as the source for digital files (using JRiver MC21) and a Denon DVD-2910 universal player for CD, SACD and DVD-Audio discs. Refer to http://www.denon.co.uk/UK/product/HomeTheater/DVDPlayers/dvd2910 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/DVD-Audio. (Sorry, no vinyl again 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 11th September 2016 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  7. For our August 2016 meeting, we are very pleased to have presentations by Grover Notting, Merging Technologies and Mir Creation. Frank Hinton, CEO of Grover Notting, has assembled a number of highly respected people from across the audio community. The Sydney Audio Club is very appreciative of the effort and dedication that Frank has demonstrated to the club in particular and the audiophile and pro-audio communities in general. Our 4 hour event will consist of two very educational modules: · The first module will be Achieving Optimum Linearity and the rare experience of it – presented by Frank Hinton featuring Grover Notting. · The second module will be High Sample Rate – what it is, how it is produced and experienced – presented by Johan Wadsten, the Main Educator from Merging Technologies Switzerland. Supporting Johan will be Ross A’hern. Ross has two main businesses – his record label, Mir Creation and his studio and recording service, “The Chapel of Soundâ€. Both of these presentations will feature the NADAC DAC (refer to http://nadac.merging.com/). The NADAC has been recently reviewed very favourably by many reviewers. Refer to http://nadac.merging.com/news. Grover Notting is the Australasian distributor for the NADAC.) Frank will also be bringing in 3 different monitors from their Universal Series Audio Monitors: the Code 1.5, Code 4 and Code 5. Most of our listening will be through the Code 5. Refer to http://www.classicaudiodesigns.com.au/universal_audio_monitors/index.php. Power amplifiers will be their Universal Power Plant. Refer to http://www.classicaudiodesigns.com.au/power-plant/. The front-end/source will be a Mac Mini running Roon talking through a router to the Roon-Ready NADAC. The NADAC will be provided by Frank. All gear will be setup and operated by Conan Tran, Merging Technologies technical support in Australia. Note that this event will not be held at our usual venue at Dence Park, Epping. As well, it will start at 1:00 PM rather than our normal 2:00 PM. It will run until 5:00 PM. See below for further detail. There will be music during and between the presentations. We will be presenting music in high resolution DSD 256 and PCM (192K and 352K x 24 bit). We will also have some tracks at lower resolution. There will be two breaks. The first break will be around 2:00 PM, the second around 3:30 PM. Each break will be approximately 30 minutes. Tea and coffee will be provided free by the club. Please note that we intend to keep the technical aspects of the presentations at a “layman†level. We want the presentations and music experiences to be beneficial to all attendees. We will have Q&A during and after presentations. Q&A that proves technically involved, lengthy or considered too technical may be deferred to a break, such that all attendees will benefit. We will not have our normal BYO music session. We will provide Feedback forms as we normally do, however, we will not be passing out the forms due to the anticipated audience size. Instead, you will be encouraged to complete the form which will be available at a table at the back of the room. 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. When: Sunday August 21st, from 1:00 PM through to 5:00 PM Venue: The Johnson Hall in the Crows Nest Centre (CNC) at 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest. The hall has good acoustics, is 180 square metres and will comfortably seat 120+ people. The CNC is in a quiet area that is very close to neighbouring cafes and shops. Trains: 12-15 minute easy walk from the St Leonards train station. Parking: All day free parking on Sunday in a large adjoining car park, entry from Holtermann Street, Crows Nest. (See map) A secondary car park is off Hume Street, entry from Albany Street (also free on Sunday). (See map) Allow for a 5-10 minute walk to the Crows Nest Centre from this car park. Presented by: Sydney Audio Club - http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au/ Grover Notting - http://www.classicaudiodesigns.com.au/ Merging Technologies - http://www.merging.com/ MIR Creation - http://www.mircreation.com/ Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  8. Sydney Audio Club and Grover Notting – in partnership for a great event On August 21st the Sydney Audio Club will partner with Grover Notting for an afternoon of educational talks and music demonstrations. Frank Hinton is the CEO of Grover Notting, a major designer and manufacturer of studio speakers and equipment and also the Australasia distributor for Merging Technologies of Switzerland. Frank will bring the Grover Notting Code 1.5s, Code 4s and Code 5s along with a system from their extended bandwidth ‘Mastering Series’ complete with companion ‘Power Plants’. The overall theme of the Grover Notting presentation will be ‘optimum linearity’. The main educator from Merging Technologies will bring a multi-channel NADAC and his presentation theme will be ‘high sample rate recording’. (NADAC website at http://nadac.merging.com/) Frank is also organizing 10-15 of Australasia’s leading audio engineers and producers who will participate at some level to give us some insight into entertainment production and where it’s heading. Guests welcome, of course! When: Sunday August 21st, from 1:00 PM through to 5:00 PM Venue: The Johnson Hall in the Crows Nest Centre (CNC) at 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest. The hall has good acoustics, is 180 square metres and will comfortably seat 120+ people. The CNC is in a quiet area that is very close to neighbouring cafes and shops. Trains: 12-15 minute easy walk from the St Leonards train station. Parking: all day free parking on Sunday in a large adjoining car park Presented by: Sydney Audio Club - http://www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au/ Grover Notting - http://www.classicaudiodesigns.com.au/ Merging Technologies - http://www.merging.com/
  9. The July 2016 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us meet once again for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable company. Each month the Sydney Audio Club presents an excellent high end audio system for our members and guests. Feel free to 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 July, we are very pleased to have a return of DEQX (http://deqx.com/). Alan Langford of DEQX will present the DEQX speaker correction and room correction system. DEQX last presented to the club at least 5-6 years ago – much has changed and improved in its product line since then. So another presentation is long overdue. Details of the system…. DEQX HDP-5 preamp processor. The HDP-5 (http://deqx.com/product-hdp5-overview.php) is the flagship of the DEQX line. It performs powerful speaker and room correction/calibration. It can do everything you’ll likely ever want to do. It can accept your XLR and RCA analogue inputs. It can accept your USB, SPDIF coax and BNC, AES/EBU, Toslink digital inputs. It handles source switching and volume control. It has its own DACs and can provide analogue output on RCA and XLR. It provides digital outputs for thru, bass, mid/full and highs allowing you to handle active cross-overs inside the DEQX. It’s the ideal tool if you have your own speakers and you’re looking for the ideal active cross-over. (If you don’t need the active cross-over ability you can opt for the DEQX Premate+ instead – it is the same as the HDP-5 minus the active cross-over.) The DEQX units also sport audiophile grade components. And they include their own microphone for taking your room measurements. Just being released now is a Roon-Ready UTP interface. There is a lot in the box for the money. Refer to: http://www.deqx.com/reviews.php http://www.audiostream.com/content/deqx-hdp-5-preamp-processor#PLe2VAcWPDUKWuQU.97 http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/deqx/1.html by Edgar Kramer http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2015/10/from-a-land-down-under-to-rmaf-2015-deqx-calibration/ by John Darko http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/deqx-next-level-dsp-speaker-correction.413840/ DEQX Integrated Amplifier. Fast, clear and clean. This is a prototype and not yet for sale. But hopefully its tantalizingly close – maybe you can spur Alan on to getting it to market. Refer to: Sorry, no links as yet. Epos ES11 speakers. These speakers hail from the 1990’s. These older speakers open up a good opportunity to use DEQX speaker correction. Alan will demonstrate the benefits of speaker and room correction. Refer to: http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speakers/floorstanding-speakers/epos-acoustics/es11/prd_119526_1594crx.aspx Windows PC running Roon. For Alan’s presentation, his source will be a Windows PC running Roon into the DEQX Roon-Ready UTP interface. Rythmik Audio FS12SE Subwoofers. “Articulate bass for the discerning audiophileâ€. We’ll have two of these subwoofers such that Alan can demonstrate the bass cross-over functionality. Refer to: http://www.rythmikaudio.com/F12SE.html Oppo BDP-105D Universal player. We will use the coax digital output of the Oppo (into the DEQX) primarily for our BYO session. Refer to: https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/blu-ray-BDP-105D-Overview.aspx and http://www.whathifi.com/oppo/bdp-105d/review. 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 flash/USB drive. (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 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. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 10th July 2016 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  10. The June 2016 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us meet once again for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable company. Each month the Sydney Audio Club presents an excellent high end audio system for our members and guests. Feel free to 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 June, we are very pleased to have a system from Audio Connection (http://audioconnection.com.au/) courtesy of Josef Riediger and Janson Lau. This system’s speakers and amplification are components with excellent performance that punches well above their respective price points. As part of our meeting, we will also have a short comparison of FLAC vs. MQA. For this presentation we will be using a Meridian Explorer 2, which is capable of decoding MQA. As many of you know, MQA is in the news these days. It holds much promise but has yet to really go main stream - that said, Warner has very recently committed to adopting MQA, and Tidal is ramping up its streaming service for MQA. If you’d like to read more about the technology, this is a good starting point… http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/694-comprehensive-q-mqa-s-bob-stuart/. See also http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/master-quality-authenticated-mqa-the-view-from-30000-feet/ and http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/beyond-high-resolution/ Details of the system…. GoldenEar Triton 1 speakers. Anthony Cordesman of TAS reviewed them in the October 2014 issue, and had this to say about them... “…What is particularly striking about these design choices, however, is their focus on reproducing acoustic music with a natural mix of midrange and treble energy, and deep bass extension. This focus should be the standard for all loudspeaker designs, but too many competing speakers exaggerate the upper midrange to get apparent detail at the expense of natural midrange warmth and treble air, emphasizing a “forward†sound at the expense of the soundstage perspective of live music. Others exaggerate deep bass energy at the cost of bass detail, as well as added room interaction. In contrast, the Triton Ones are striking to the extent they never emphasize one type of music or approach to recording over musical realism. The end result is long-term listening pleasureâ€. As well, the Triton 1 speakers won The Absolute Sound Product of the Year 2014 and also the Stereophile Product of the Year 2015. Refer to… http://audioconnection.com.au/portfolio/goldenear/ http://www.goldenear.com/products/triton-series http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/goldenear-triton-one-loudspeaker/ http://www.stereophile.com/content/goldenear-technology-triton-one-loudspeaker#ta7bVcHBBSzWkKYU.97 Hegel H360 Integrated Amplifier. Kirk Midtskog of TAS reviewed the H360 in the March 2016 issue, and concluded by saying this… â€The Hegel H360 is simply a marvelous piece of audio kit. Its neutral tonal balance, articulate and lovely rendering of details, commanding power reserves, spacious soundstaging, and natural imaging are laudable. At $5700 [uSD], as solely a linestage integrated amp of its quality and power output, it is a bargain; the included nice-sounding and versatile DAC makes it a real winner. I absolutely loved listening to the H360. I never tired of its low noise, dynamic liveliness, and winning musicality. A very easy recommendation.†Refer to… http://audioconnection.com.au/portfolio/hegel/ http://www.hegel.com/products/integrated/h360 http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/hegel-h360-integrated-amplifier/ Nordost Heimdall 2 power cords. Excerpted from the Nordost web site… “Nordost’s proprietary Micro Mono-Filament construction creates a virtual air dielectric complete with an elegantly engineered suspension system. When combined with silver-plated OFC solid core conductors and FEP insulation throughout, the result is the ideal electrically and mechanically controlled construction for ultra-fast, low-impedance current and voltage transfer.†Refer to… http://www.nordost.com/norse2/heimdall2/heimdall2-powercord.php http://www.nordost.com/images/review-images/review-pdf/HIFI%20106_EqRev_Nordost%20HR.pdf Nordost Heimdall 2 speaker cables. Excerpted from the Nordost web site… “The Heimdall 2 Speaker Cable offers superb detail, dynamic range and weight, recreating the natural beauty and impact of any musical performance. The use of consistent technology and materials across the Norse 2 Series allows you to easily build a coherent cable solution, maximizing system performance.†Refer to… http://www.nordost.com/norse2/heimdall2/heimdall2-speaker-cable.php http://www.canadahifi.com/upgrading-an-audio-system-with-nordost-norse-2-heimdall-2-cables/ Nordost Quantum QX2 power purifier, QB8 Mk2 power board, plus QK1 AC Enhancer, QV2 AC Line Harmonizers. Excerpted from the Nordost web site… “Nordost’s QRT power products are designed to alleviate the impact of poor quality AC power on your sensitive electronics. By limiting RFI and timing errors associated with the AC line, QRT products bring AC power closer to the desired “distortion-less condition†without limiting the peak current of your electronics.†Refer to… http://www.nordost.com/qrt-power-products.php http://www.nordost.com/images/review-images/review-pdf/3-HF+%20QB8%20and%20Sort%20Kone%20Review%207_2010.pdf http://www.dagogo.com/nordost-qrt-system-review Oppo BDP-105D Universal player. We will use the coax digital output of the Oppo (into the Hegel) primarily for our Members Music Session and our BYO session. Refer to… https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/blu-ray-BDP-105D-Overview.aspx and http://www.whathifi.com/oppo/bdp-105d/review. 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 flash/USB drive. (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 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. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 19th June 2016 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  11. The April 2016 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us meet once again for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable company. Each month the Sydney Audio Club presents an excellent high end audio system for our members and guests. Feel free to 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 April, we are very pleased to have Henry Kristanto of Redefy Audio present his new Redefy Two speakers. Redefy Audio is a relative newcomer to the Australian market and prides itself in being wholly Australian – all speakers are designed and manufactured in Australia. Henry is also the distributor for Arte Forma high-end electronics from Taiwan, some of which you will hear on Sunday. Details of the system…. Redefy Audio speakers. Henry will be bringing his latest speakers, the Redefy Two. They are fairly large floor standers. As Henry has said on his website, “Our speakers are designed to last a lifetime with ultra-efficient Italian drivers, exotic crossovers, birch ply and solid Australian craftsmanshipâ€. Refer to http://redefyaudio.com/two/ and http://6moons.com/audioreviews2/redefy/1.html Arte Forma Thalia 6SN7 Preamp. Refer to http://redefyaudio.com/arteformataiwan/thalia-6sn7-preamp and http://redefyaudio.com/arteformataiwan/ Arte Forma Due Volte 805 SET Monoblocks. Class A, 35w. Refer to http://redefyaudio.com/arteformataiwan/due-volte-805-se-monoblock and http://redefyaudio.com/arteformataiwan/ Vermouth RCA Interconnect and Speaker Cabling. Refer to http://vermouthaudio.com/new/ Marantz SA11 S1 SACD Player. Refer to http://www.stereotimes.com/cd122005.shtml and http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue52/marantz.htm Oppo BDP-105D Universal player. Refer to https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/blu-ray-BDP-105D-Overview.aspx and http://www.whathifi.com/oppo/bdp-105d/review. We will use the Oppo primarily for playing from flash/USB 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 flash/USB drive. (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 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, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 10th April 2016 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  12. The May 2016 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us meet once again for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable company. For May, we are having a long over-due DIY (Do It Yourself) meeting…! To qualify, a DIY component must simply be a component that has been built or modded without the direct aid of experts or professionals. This is shaping up to be a great meeting. We’ll have lots of DIY gear on hand for you to marvel over – built from scratch preamps, phono stages, preamps, power amps, integrated amps, speakers, even cables. Plus Raspberry Pi’s driving various DIY gear; a DIY music server driving a modded DAC; plus a complete DIY system from a very keen DIY fellow! Many of these components sport very sophisticated parts – make no mistake, these guys are serious about their DIY! We’ll have 3 systems to demonstrate on the day, so be prepared for a bit of musical chairs as we ask you to turn towards the system of the moment. Members and guest that provide components are given the opportunity to talk about their system/component (time boxed!) and play a bit of music of their choice to highlight what their component/s do best. Visit our entry page on StereoNet at http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php/forum/81-sydney-audio-club/ to get more information and see photos as we put them up. We’ll also provide a limited supply of print-outs you can take which will explain the various components. The idea of the DIY meeting is to expose people to all the great things you can build from scratch and from kits, and also the modifications you can make to improve a store-bought component. We think it’ll be fun and educational. It’ll be a busy day with lots to see and hear. Please note that an early notification of our DIY meeting has previously been emailed to our members, and to our frequent visitors/posters to StereoNET via a post there. (At StereoNET, refer to http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php/topic/101785-sydney-audio-club-meeting-sunday-15th-may-2016-members-and-friends-diy/). We already have lots of gear to present. However, if you arrive with some DIY gear you’d like us to hear then we’ll certainly try to accommodate. However, we cannot guarantee that we will have the time – my apologies in advance should we not be able to do justice to your gear. Note that we usually have a BYO music session in the second half of our meeting. We may or may not have that this month. We’ll play it by ear - if we have the time then we’ll open up our meeting to BYO. Should that eventuate, you’ll be able to play music on vinyl and CD/SACD. Flash drives will likely not be possible. As usual, we ask 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. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the various systems and components, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. 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. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 15th May 2016 Doors open 1:30pm Meeting starts at 2:00pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  13. The March 2016 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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 March, we are very pleased to say we will have Cameron Keating of MAXMEDIA (refer to http://www.maxmedia.com.au/) back for an encore presentation of the excellent Avantgarde Acoustics Zero 1 speakers. You might recall that Cameron presented the original Avantgarde Zero 1 speakers to us in September 2014. Since then, Avantgarde has made considerable improvements to the Zero 1, the result being the new Zero 1 XD. Refer to http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/High_End_News.html. Cameron will be presenting the new Zero 1 XD speakers to us on the day! They very recently won another Editors’ Choice Award (refer to page 62 of the March 2016 issue of The Absolute Sound), plus the prestigious German Design Award for 2016. As well, the Zero 1 XD’s will be parameterized for our room. And we will also be trialling some room treatment (RealTraps Mondo and Vicoustics) to hopefully improve the room acoustics a bit more. Details of the system…. Avantgarde Acoustic Zero 1 XD speakers. These are radically different speakers. They are a combination of digital processors, digital-to-analogue converters, power amps and speakers – all in one package. All you need is a source and you have a complete system. Jonathan Valin’s extensive review of the original version of these speakers is in the September 2014 issue of The Absolute Sound (refer to http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/avantgarde-acoustic-zero-1-pro-loudspeaker/). He quite loved them – it was a long review in which he raved about their speed, vitality, accuracy, timbre rightness and resolution. And he went so far as to say are likely the very first horn loaded speakers he’s heard that don’t sound like horns. Also refer to http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/High_End_News.html and http://www.avantgarde-acoustic.de/en/home-zero1.html. Olive One HD music player – Refer to http://www.myoliveone.com/Ones Mac Mini with Roon Oppo BDP-105D Universal player – Refer to https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/blu-ray-BDP-105D-Overview.aspx and http://www.whathifi.com/oppo/bdp-105d/review 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 flash drive. (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 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, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 13th March 2016 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  14. The January 2016 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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. As is usual for our January meeting, we will have a system comprised of club member components. But our meeting this year will be a bit different … we’ll have an Australian twist in celebration of Australia Day coming up. Bring any music composed by or performed by Australian artist/s. Most of our meeting will be BYO so we may be able to allow the playing of more than 1 track per person, depending on how much music everyone brings. Details of the system…. KEF 104.2 speakers – “Model 104/2 was a high output, high sensitivity speaker system possessing exceptional dynamic capability, able to reproduce a very wide dynamic range at high output levels.†Refer to http://kef.com/html/en/explore/about_kef/museum/1980s/reference_series_104_2/index.html Audio-GD Master-10 integrated amp – “Fully balanced design, the gain stages and pre-driver stages working on class A , built by discrete analog stages without any OPA or coupling caps in the signal channels.†Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Master/Master102015/Master-102015EN.htm Oppo BDP-105 Universal player – Refer to https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ and http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ B&O Beogram 4000 Parallel Tracking turntable – “A heavy platter driven by an electronically regulated servo motor linked together with two arms read the grooves of the record being played via tangential tracking. This method of playing discs was carried out in reverse of how the original master disc was actually cut in the first instance. The technology went back to basics and then improved upon it. The second arm ‘reads’ the tracks of the record, ’seeing’ the gaps in between. In this fashion it ‘knew’ just where one track ended and another one began. It also automatically sensed the size of the record being played and set the speed accordingly. Clever stuff indeed, especially for 1972, when the technology was being designed and developed!â€. Refer to http://beophile.com/?page_id=726 Cabling will be by Wireworld and Synergistic Research. Both the first and second halves 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 Australiana music on CD/SACD, USB flash drive 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 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, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 17th January 2016 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  15. The November 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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 our last club meeting of the calendar year, Cameron Pope of Krispy Audio (http://www.krispyaudio.com.au/pages/About-Us.html) will be presenting. Cameron has presented to the Sydney Audio Club a couple of times before, each time bringing in a totally different and great system. This time he’s bringing in another impressive system based on Harbeth speakers – their first appearance in the club. Details of the system…. (most detail below has been copied from the Krispy Audio web site)… Harbeth Super HL5+ speakers – http://www.krispyaudio.com.au/products/Harbeth-Super-HL5-Plus-speakers.html Breathtaking transparency, a huge soundstage and total immersion in the performance. See Cameron’s web site for a few pointers to reviews of these speakers. ModWright KWA100SE stereo amplifier – http://www.krispyaudio.com.au/products/ModWright-KWA-100-SE-Stereo-power-amplifier.html Provides the strengths of both tube and solid state products: 3-D sound-staging, holographic imaging and a beautiful midrange of tubes, combined with sparkling highs, low distortion, bass resolution, and control of solid state. The Bespoke Audio Company (TVC - transformer volume control) preamp – http://www.krispyaudio.com.au/products/The-Bespoke-Audio-Co.-Preamplifier.html "The sound it produces illuminates the depths of every recording that crosses its path, removing all veils and adding no sonic imprint whatsoever. Add to that the extremely elegant visual aesthetics, a variety of available custom finishes, aided by the top notch build quality and a first rate customer support and you get a product that in my opinion deserves to join the elite company of Mono & Stereo Upper Echelon award." - Mono & Stereo 2015. Manley Chinook Phono stage – http://www.krispyaudio.com.au/products/Manley-Chinook-phono-stage.html The spawn of the Manley Steelhead - one of the world's greatest phono preamplifiers - Stereophile Class A Recommended Component and The Absolute Sound's Preamp of the Year, has arrived. The Chinook epitomises the sound of the Steelhead. Designed for the music lover. SOTA Cosmos vacuum platter turntable – http://www.krispyaudio.com.au/products/SOTA-Cosmos-Vacuum-Turntable.html The COSMOS represents the ultimate expression of SOTA’s critically acclaimed turntable engineering. Shelter 5000 cartridge – http://www.krispyaudio.com.au/products/Shelter-5000-Cartridge.html Our digital front-end for the day will be a Micromega, Bel Canto or Esoteric player – depending on what Cameron has available on the day. Failing that, we’ll have an Oppo BDP-105 Universal player sourced from a member. 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 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 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, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley Road, Epping When: Sunday 15th November 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  16. The October 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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. This month we will be presenting Wyndham Audio (http://www.wyndhamaudio.com.au). Wyndham Audio is a high-end audio dealer / loudspeaker manufacturer that was formed as a partnership by two passionate and dedicated audio enthusiasts - Keith O’Neil and Dave Thompson. Together they have a combined experience of over 80 years with high-end audio in Australia. Both Dave and Keith have extensive experience in designing and building audio loudspeakers which they have presented to (and been tested and critically evaluated by) discerning audio people around Melbourne and other cities associated with StereoNet, Audio Guild, Lowther club and a few other groups – all of which demand top performance. Wyndham Audio is based in the west of Melbourne in Wyndham Vale, however, they provide dedicated service to fellow audio enthusiasts throughout Australia. Keith and Dave believe that all products listed for sale at Wyndham Audio are the very best available at the listed price point. And they have limited their product line to only those products they have personally researched and auditioned. Details of the system…. Wyndham Audio CH2 conical horn single driver loudspeaker. Designed and built by Wyndham Audio. Refer to http://www.wyndhamaudio.com.au/products/wyndham-audio-ch2-loudspeaker. In the words of Dave and Keith… “This is a unique offering in the loudspeaker landscape. They offer great value for someone looking for an outstanding, high-end loudspeaker to enhance their listening pleasure. There are a myriad of 2 and 3 way speakers on the market and we wanted to offer something different. Also, we wanted to temper the reputation that abounds about the performance of single driver speakers…..so this presented us with an opportunity! […] the CH2 has shocked a lot of qualified people and caused them to rethink the type.†Dostoyevsky DCX turntable from Serbian manufacturer, Soulines. The turntable is fitted with a Jelco arm and Shelter 501 cartridge. Refer to http://www.wyndhamaudio.com.au/products/soulines-dostoyevsky-dcx-turntable and Soulines at http://soulines.com/ Graham Slee Majestic pre-amp/DAC. Refer to http://www.wyndhamaudio.com.au/products/gsp-audio-majestic-dac-pre-amp Graham Slee Proprius monoblock power amps. Refer to http://www.wyndhamaudio.com.au/products/gsp-audio-proprius-monoblock-power-amplifier Graham Slee Elevator and Reflex M phono stages (the giant killers!). Refer to http://www.wyndhamaudio.com.au/products/gsp-reflex-m-phono-pre-amp and http://www.wyndhamaudio.com.au/products/gsp-audio-elevator-exp-step-up-preamplifier Oppo BDP-105D Universal player – Refer to http://www.wyndhamaudio.com.au/products/oppo-bdp-105d-universal-3d-blu-ray-player and https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/blu-ray-BDP-105D-Overview.aspx and http://www.whathifi.com/oppo/bdp-105d/review They may also bring an ME 580 power amp as well as backup (space permitting!). 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, flash drive 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 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, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley St, Epping When: Sunday 11th October 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  17. The September 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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. This month we will be presenting the Linkwitz Lab LX Mini speakers. These DIY speakers are one of many products from the fertile mind of Siegfried Linkwitz. Siegfried Linkwitz has over 40 years of experience in loudspeaker design, electro-acoustic system design and the perception of sound from loudspeakers in normal rooms. (As well, his name is one half of the infamous Linkwitz-Riley crossover filter). In his own words taken from the Linkwitz website… “The LXmini is a most remarkable loudspeaker. It converts electrical signal voltages into acoustic pressure variations, which are perceived as completely neutral and detailed even in a reverberant environment. With this design I want to give every music lover the opportunity to build and enjoy a reference quality sound system singing in their own living space.†These are unusual and interesting speakers, and although they may appear on the small side, we expect them to be able to drive our room. The pair we’ll have on the day were built by inveterate tinkerer and dedicated Sydney Audio Club member, Graham Allen. Graham will kindly give a talk about the speakers between tracks. Details of the system…. Linkwitz LX Mini speakers – Refer to http://www.linkwitzlab.com/LXmini/Introduction.htm plus http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:748550 and http://www.magiclx521.com/news.html. These speakers utilize a 6.5 inch bass driver and a forward firing full-range driver in each speaker. The drivers are from the SEAS Prestige range. Here is an excerpt taken from the Linkwitz website… “…With directivity controlled in this way the LXmini becomes much less sensitive to room placement, while also gaining in 3D imaging precision. The small, full-range driver on top is superbly smooth and detailed. It blends flawlessly with the pistonic, infinite transmission line woofer for a completely neutral sound in a reverberant room. The speaker stands 40" (1 m) tall. It requires two stereo power amplifiers of 80 W for woofer and full-range drivers. The four input signals to the power amplifiers are generated in a miniDSP 2x4 processor from the left and right outputs of a preamplifier or other device with a volume control.†Btw – Herb Reichert at RMAF 2014 had this to say… “The Linkwitz Lab's LXmini loudspeakers […] produced the most musically enjoyable, naturally balanced, properly toned, correctly detailed, music I experienced in any room on my beat.†Refer to http://www.stereophile.com/content/rmaf-2014-reichert-sunday#7ui6svMXPrp4CCCz.97 The plans to build them can be purchased through the Linkwitz Lab web site (for $105 USD). You can order the kit through Madisound in the US for $398 USD (on sale at the moment). Refer to https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com/2-way-speaker-kits/lxmini-linkwitz-lab-speaker-kit-pair/ The pair Graham will be demonstrating have been built by him, closely following the Linkwitz plans with some minor cosmetic changes to the mounting of the high frequency driver and using solid granite bases. The finish on the pipe shaped enclosures is a polyurethane water-based varnish system applied over a textured and coloured paper substrate. Subwoofer - 2 x 15inch dipole subwoofer. NAD preamp – the NAD 1700 Monitor Series. NAD Power amps – the NAD 2600 Monitor Series on the bass and the NAD C320BEE for the high frequency. Refer to http://www.thevintageknob.org/nad-2600.html and http://www.stereophile.com/content/listening-7-page-2#GmHHDGot6lhR7XQz.97 Oppo BDP-105 Universal player – Refer to https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ and http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ 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, flash drive 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 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, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley St, Epping When: Sunday 13th September 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  18. The August 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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. This month we will be focussed on computer audio and music server products. We’ll compare Audirvana V2, Pure Music V2 and JRiver V20. Pure Music and Audirvana are available only for the Mac platform, so to ensure a level playing field we’ll compare them to the Mac version of JRiver. (Sorry, no Amarra comparisons.) We’ll also compare the FLAC and WAV version of the same recording. We’ll compare high-res PCM to DSD. Lastly, we’ll also compare a CD disc, the same CD ripped to disc and a high-res version. Time permitting, we’ll also compare a CD ripped with XLD (on Mac) and to the same CD ripped with dbPoweramp (Mac version). Everything will be presented “blind†so you can determine what sounds best to you without preconceived ideas getting in the way. Admittedly, hearing a disc player whirling away or me fumbling with the disc player controls might give the game away! But most things can be hidden from you. And although the emphasis will be on Mac based products, that won’t invalidate what you can expect to do and hear with a Windows platform. Details of the system…. Kudos Audio C20 speakers – Refer to http://www.kudosaudio.com/loudspeakers/c20/ and http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/kudos-audio-cardea-anniversary-super-20-loudspeakers/ Audible Illusions L3A preamp – Refer to http://www.audibleillusions.com/products/l3-line-stage-preamplifier/ Plinius SA100 Power amp – Refer to http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/497plinius/ and http://www.audioreview.com/cat/amplification/amplifiers/plinius/sa-100-mk-iii/prd_116087_1583crx.aspx Mac Mini (late 2012 version) – with i7 processors, 16GB memory, SSD system disc. Music on SSD with Thunderbolt connectivity. Connected to DAC via Vertere Pulse HB USB cable. Bricasti Design M1 DAC – Refer to http://i.nextmedia.com.au/avhub/australian-hifi_reviews_2014_2014-07_bricasti_design_m1_dac_review_test_lores.pdf and http://www.audiostream.com/content/bricasti-design-m1-dac Oppo BDP-105 Universal player – Refer to https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ and http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ Nordost Red Dawn speaker cables and interconnects and WireWorld interconnects. 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 flash drive. (Sorry, no provision for 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 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, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley St, Epping When: Sunday 16th August 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  19. The July 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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. It’s Vintage/Classic time once again. We had a lot of wonderful vintage gear in our last vintage/classic meeting back in July 2013, but this year is looking even better! For our meeting, we are considering anything pre-1995 to be vintage/classic equipment. Some of the gear will be on static display, but a lot is functional and will be used on the day. We plan to have at least two main systems this year. The following is not exhaustive, but here’s an idea of what will be on hand: Harmon Kardon turntable Thorens TD160 turntable A. R. Sugden & Co. Connoisseur BD1 turntable complete with a SME tone-arm and a Shure V15 Type 3 cartridge Nakamichi 1000Z cassette player Nakamichi RX-303 cassette player Meridian CD player Quad 33 preamplifier and Quad 303 power amp and Quad FM3 stereo tuner Rodgers E40A - Rodgers British High Fidelity Pure Class A 60'th Anniversary Model (integrated valve amplifier) NAD 1700 Monitor Series preamplifier and tuner NAD 2600 Monitor Series power amplifier Meridian 100 series preamplifier and power amp Klipsch Forte 11 speakers (floor standers) Boston Acoustics A-400 speakers Gales speakers B&W CDM 1NT speakers B&W DM4 speakers B&W DM70 speakers 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 vinyl or CD. (No provision for flash drives 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, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley St, Epping When: Sunday 12th July 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  20. The June 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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 our June meeting we will have Henry Chen from Redefy Audio present his Redefy One speakers. Details of the system… Redefy Audio speakers. Redefy One, 3 way stand mount. Capable of driving even large rooms. Australian designed and built. Refer to http://redefyaudio.com/products and http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/83462-redefy-one-a-high-performance-92db-stand-mount/ Rhytmik Subwoofer. Powerful subs from Austin TX company. Refer to http://www.rythmikaudio.com/reviews.html and http://www.rythmikaudio.com/products.html Audio GD Master 5 Preamp. A true balanced design, short signal path, fully Class A, no feedback. Refer to http://www.audio-gd.com/Master/Master-5/Master-5EN.htm Plinius SA100 Power Amp. Refer to http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/497plinius/ and http://www.audioreview.com/cat/amplification/amplifiers/plinius/sa-100-mk-iii/prd_116087_1583crx.aspx Marantz SA11 S1 SACD Player. Refer to http://us.marantz.com/us/reviewandawarddocumnets/pdfs/review-sa-11s1.pdf and http://www.stereotimes.com/cd122005.shtml Vermouth Black Pearl RCA's. High-end gear from Indonesia. Refer to http://vermouthaudio.com/new/ and http://vermouthaudio.com/new/?wpcproduct=black-pearl-mk-ii and http://www.krispykables.com.au/products/Vermouth-Black-Pearl-Mk2-RCA-cables.html Vermouth Red Velvet Speaker cables. Refer to http://vermouthaudio.com/new/ and http://vermouthaudio.com/new/?wpcproduct=red-velvet and http://www.krispykables.com.au/products/Vermouth-Red-Velvet-speaker-cables.html The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD. (Sorry, no provision for vinyl or flash drives 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 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, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley St, Epping When: Sunday 21st June 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
  21. The May 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again at Dence Park for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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 our May meeting we have the core system of a dedicated and long-time club member. Over the years he has built up an enviable system primarily based on Dynaudio and Plinius equipment. It’s a dynamic, immediate and impressive sounding system. Details of the system… Marantz SA-11S1 CD/SACD player – Refer to http://www.marantz.asia/ap/pages/home.aspx and http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue28/marantz_sa11.htm Plinius M8 preamp – Refer to http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/plinius3/1.html Plinius SA-250 Mk4 power amp – Refer to http://www.pliniusaudio.com/Plinius_Range/Power_Amplifiers/SA_Reference.html and http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/506plinius/index.html. Dynaudio Confidence C4 Mk2 speakers – These are large floor standing speakers. Refer to http://www.dynaudio.com/home-audio/confidence/, http://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/hi-fi/dynaudio-confidence-c4-loudspeakers-392652 and http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/794/index.html REL Stentor 3 subwoofer – Refer to http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speakers/subwoofers/rel-acoustics/stentor-iii/prd_371075_2741crx.aspx. OCOS speaker cables, Nordost Blue Heaven Interconnects – I believe Dynaudio still use OCOS cables internally in its speakers. OCOS cables lend an extremely clear and fast sound. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD. Sorry, no provision for vinyl or flash drives 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 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 17th May 2015 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
  22. The April 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again at Dence Park for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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 our April meeting we’ve got an interesting and revealing CD player comparison coming up..! We will have 3 disc players to compare… AMR CD-777 CD player Esoteric X-03SE CD/SACD player Marantz UD7007 Universal player Given that the AMR CD-777 plays only CDs, we will limit our comparison session to the CD layer. The winner of the comparison will be used for our BYO session. Details of the system… AMR CD-777 CD player – Courtesy of Cameron Keating of MaxMedia. Refer to http://www.maxmedia.com.au/www.maxmedia.com.au/AMR_777_SERIES.html. To quote Cameron… “Exclusively using the Philips UDA1305AT Multibit chipset, a bespoke transport and premium quality valves, backed with cherry-picked components, the CD-777’s atypical approach surpasses digital source machines costing several times more …. The CD-777 is the first type of what AMR’s refers to as a “music hubâ€. Using the absolute highest quality design and execution, the CD-777 is first, a high-end CD processor. Second, able to receive a digital signal in from a PC or transport either through USB or S/P-DIF without the usual increase in jitter, it can be used as an accomplished DAC. Third, able to send out a digital signal through S/P-DIF to an external DAC or computer, it can function as an exceptionally well-designed transport source.†Esoteric X-03SE CD/SACD player. Refer to http://www.esoteric.jp/products/esoteric/x03se/indexe.html and http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/esoteric14/x03se.html. Utilises Esoteric’s high precision VRDS-NEO transport mechanism. 6 Moons gave a Blue Moon recommendation … “the X03-SE gets another strong vote of confidence and an unconditional confirmation of its prior Blue Moon statusâ€. Marantz UD7007 universal player – This is a player that has been heavily modified by club member Bill Louey. For detail about the player in its original spec, refer to http://www.audioholics.com/blu-ray-and-dvd-player-reviews/marantz-ud7007-blu-ray-player and a Five-Star review from What HiFi http://www.whathifi.com/marantz/ud7007/review. To quote What HiFi .. “It has a powerful and bold presentation that makes most alternatives sound insubstantial. There’s also lots of sonic detail and a huge sense of scale.“. Classe CP800 pre – connected to the power amp via Vertere XLR. Refer to http://www.classeaudio.com/products/cp-800.php and http://www.stereophile.com/content/class233-cp-800-da-preamplifier. Plinius SA250 Mk4 amp – connected to speakers with Nordost Frey. Refer to http://www.pliniusaudio.com/Plinius_Range/Power_Amplifiers/SA_Reference.html and http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/506plinius/index.html. Energy Veritas 1.8 Floorstander speakers – Refer to http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speakers/floorstanding-speakers/energy-speaker-systems/veritas-v1-8/prd_122534_1594crx.aspx and http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/551/ The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD. Sorry, no provision for vinyl or flash drives 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 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 12th April 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au I'm not Tom
  23. The March 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again at Dence Park for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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. This month we will feature a return visit from audio enthusiast and repair specialist, Christian Feillafe. Christian has extensive experience with audio equipment designs, circuits and parts. He works for Coda Audio (http://www.coda-audio.com.au/index.html) and services everything from amplifiers to Yamaha recording desks. Christian last presented to the club in October 2013. Since then he’s made further extensive modifications to his 6 foot high (per side) stack of Quad electrostatic panels. His panels are configured in a D’Appolito style with a bass panel on top and bottom, and a midrange/tweeter panel in between. The midrange/tweeter panels have an incredibly thin 1 micron mylar membrane/diaphragm. The bass panels have a 3 micron mylar membrane. All panels have been fully rewired and have had their transformers rebuilt yet again by Christian (ask Christian on the day for all the mods). The frame of the panels in now made of polycarbonate. The speakers measure very flat throughout the lows to highs giving a considerably smoother sound than standard vintage Quad panels. Christian is very familiar with Quad panels – over the years he has rebuilt many for himself and for his friends. Driving the bass panels will be a rebuilt NAD 3155 power amp delivering 65 wpc. The midrange/tweeter panels will be driven by a NAD 317 delivering 80 wpc. Among the many changes are better CAPs which have opened up the sound appreciably. For Christian’s demonstration he will mostly use a music server as the front-end. He has a Mac Mini running Audirvana, running through a SOTM USB convertor and then into a stock Benchmark DAC2 (connected via a QED PMMA Graphite optical cable). Christian’s cables are mostly his own design/build. They are made of solid core pure silver and have thick shields. The result is an open and fast sounding cable. The digital player for our BYO session will be a Marantz Universal player (model UD7007) that has been heavily modified by club member Bill Louey. 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. Sorry, no provision for vinyl or flash drives 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 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 8th March 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au I'm not Tom
  24. 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
  25. The February 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again at Dence Park for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable 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 our February meeting we’ve got a very entertaining and enlightening DAC comparison coming up..! We will have 4 DACs to compare… Two lower priced DACs (light-weight category): Chord Hugo, NAD M51 Two more expensive DACs (heavy-weight category): Chord QBD76, Bricasti Design M1 (Being realistic… the real heavy-weight DAC category would include the uber expensive DACs like the Trinity DAC (the 2015 product of the year DAC at the Sound and Image Awards 2015 in Melbourne), the Light Harmonic Da Vinci and the dCS Vivaldi, plus many others. Alas, we won’t have any of those on the day.) We will compare the light-weights to each other, and then compare the heavy-weights to each other. Lastly we’ll compare the audience preferred light-weight and heavy -weight winners just so you can hear what the extra money can achieve. The DAC line up will include: Chord Hugo Reference – Courtesy of Goran Sasic of Sydney HiFi Castle Hill. Refer to https://www.sydneyhificastlehill.com.au/shop/amplifiers-headphones/chord-electronics-hugo-reference-dac-headphone-amp/. See a review by HiFi+ at http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/first-listen-chord-electronics-hugo-portable-high-res-dacheadphone-amp/ NAD M51 – Refer to http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2012/04/nad-m51-digital-direct-dac-initial-impressions/ for John Darko and friends very favourable impression when comparing it to a couple of other DACs. Chord QBD76 HDSD – Courtesy of Goran Sasic of Sydney HiFi Castle Hill. Refer to https://www.sydneyhificastlehill.com.au/shop/dacs/chord-electronics-qbd76-hdsd-dac/. See a review by HiFi+ at http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/chord-electronics-qbd76-hdsd-digital-to-analogue-converter-hi-fi/ Bricasti Design M1 – Refer to http://i.nextmedia.com.au/avhub/australian-hifi_reviews_2014_2014-07_bricasti_design_m1_dac_review_test_lores.pdf and http://www.audiostream.com/content/bricasti-design-m1-dac The supporting act will include: Marantz SA-11S1 – refer to http://www.marantz.asia/ap/pages/home.aspx and http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue28/marantz_sa11.htm Classe CP800 pre – connected to the power amp via Vertere XLR. Refer to http://www.classeaudio.com/products/cp-800.php and http://www.stereophile.com/content/class233-cp-800-da-preamplifier. Time permitting, we may compare the light-weight DACs to the DAC within the CP800. Plinius SA250 Mk4 amp – connected to speakers with Nordost Frey. Refer to http://www.pliniusaudio.com/Plinius_Range/Power_Amplifiers/SA_Reference.html and http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/506plinius/index.html. Energy Veritas 1.8 Floorstander speakers – Older speakers now but still sounding good. These were last at the club back in January 2012. Refer to http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speakers/floorstanding-speakers/energy-speaker-systems/veritas-v1-8/prd_122534_1594crx.aspx and http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/551/ 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. Sorry, no provision for vinyl or flash drives 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 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 8th February 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au I'm not Tom
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