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  1. Avantgarde Acoustic Zero TA XD 8pm Wednesday 19th July, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 This month we welcome to the club a local importer of High End audio equipment Cameron Keating from Maxmedia, who will be presenting a selection of European Hi-Fi brands, one of which Avantgarde Acoustic from Germany, would be a very familiar name with horn speaker enthusiasts. Cameron will be demonstrating the newest model in the Avantgarde range, the Zero TA XD. This entry-level speaker encompasses Avantgarde's 25 years of know how in hybrid horn loudspeakers. Up until now, Avantgarde fans have had to choose between one of the company's bigger, more expensive hybrid horns. Standing just over a meter tall, this new three way model is described as a semiactive horn system. The objective was to accomplish the clarity and power of its 'bigger' brothers, in a significantly reduced enclosure. Employing Avantgarde's CDC technology, the midrange driver has no passive filter components in the signal path. This results in a sound characterized with an effortless clarity and explosive vitality. The 400 mm spherical midrange horn crosses over at 300hz to a DSP-controlled 10-band parametric subwoofer. This 12 inch long throw driver is powered by a 500Watt amplifier. Partnering the speakers for the night, will be the LAB 12 Mighty Power Amplifier. This single ended class A valve amp, will be driving the mids and tweeters with only 10 Watts. Matched to its pre-amp, the LAB 12 TRUE is a Passive Attenuator / Input Selector. The LAB 12 DAC 1 will be taking care of the digital to analogue duties, with classic non oversampling (Phillips TDA 1543) and a tube based output stage. Not forgetting a second DAC from iFi the Micro iDSD BL will be taking a turn. The font end source will be a music sever from INNUOS, the Zeneth Mk II. With a system sensitivity of 104 dB, the ZERO TA is 32 times the dynamic range of a conventional 87 dB box speaker. I think we're in for some fireworks for the night. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  2. Our February club meeting sees the very welcome return of Cameron Keating of MAXMEDIA Melbourne. Without fail, Cameron always brings in interesting and superb sounding gear – and this time looks to be no different..! This month the emphasis with be on the various iFi products he sells. iFi is the UK manufacturer of high performance, reasonably priced equipment. And Cameron will also be bringing an excellent turntable so we’ll hear lots of great vinyl too (don’t forget to bring yours!). The system will be: AVANTGARDE ACOUSTIC, IFI, SCHEU ANALOGUE, LAB 12 and KingSound Electrostatic Headphones AVANTGARDE ACOUSTIC - The ZERO 1 XD is a 3-way active loudspeaker in a 2 x 50 watt and 1 x 400 watt power amplified 3-way active system, configuration, with each of the driver stages receiving a signal that is digitally filtered and then converted to analogue, amplified, and directly connected to the voice coil of the driver systems without any passive filters in between. A ‘one-size-fits-all’ power amplifier covering the entire frequency range is renounced in favor of amplifier stages optimized for each of the dedicated frequency ranges. Moreover, the strict division into 3 ranges prevents bass signals from affecting midrange and treble reproduction and vice-versa. SCHEU ANALOGUE - The CLASSIC CELLO TURNTABLE fitted with Rega 202 and Ortofon Super OM10 $2,499. It will be running with the new IFI IPHONO 2 $849. How a `connoisseur´s tip’ came to conquer the analogue world. What began 20 years ago with Thomas Scheu’s `passion for tinkering´ has grown into a highly regarded company with audiophile customers almost anywhere on this recently revinylized planet. The SCHEU Cello Classic Line Timbre was awarded `Product of The Year´ by the Cinema Awards 2015 in Russia, it is easy to see why on inspection. The Cello Classic Line is divided into three models with different features (tonearms and cartridges), different shell structures and different shell designs. Also see the Scheu website. IFI, IFI, IFI… “…UK’s largest manufacturer of high-end audio systems… one-stop shop for computer audio… the greatest depth and breadth in USB power and signal clean-up devices…” The Micro iFi iPHONO 2. Only everything has been improved. Ultra-wide gain range – max gain is an astonishing 72dB, min gain is 36dB. To suit any cartridge. Whisper quiet – SNR of > 86dB is an impressive 10dB quieter than the original. Latest AMR trickle-down; Class A, TubeState® circuit for unrivalled linearity, DriveDrive® servo-less ‘DC infinity’ circuit. No capacitors AND no DC-Servo means zero added noise and distortion in the audio signal path. $849. The NEW Micro IFI iDSD BL edition DAC. Digital engine upgraded with iFi custom ultra-low noise Op-Amp OV2028 Analogue section upgraded with iFi custom ultra-low noise Op-Amp OV2627. $925 IFI SPDIF Purifier. When asked, does it make your system sound better, they answer was in all cases, we cannot listen now without it in place. SPDIF is ubiquitous, but needs jitter sorting. SPDIF is back. With platforms like PS4, Xbox, Apple TV and Google Chromecast etc., SPDIF output has once again become a popular medium for enjoying good sound. However, such SPDIF outputs are loaded with jitter which effects sub-par sound quality. The new SPDIF iPurifier runs the SPDIF signal through 4 comprehensive signal optimisation and regeneration stages. The SPDIF iPurifier eliminates all source jitter and regenerates a perfect SPDIF signal - resulting in warmer, more dynamic, resolving and flat out more life-like sonics. Quieter than battery iPower 5V included. $225. LAB 12 - The Gordian Multifunctional Power Distributor / Conditioner. Your system deserves clean and abundant power. Whatever your audio system setup is, clean and abundant power is the nutrition that will make it reveal its strength and virtuousness. It is well known that an inadequate power distributor may kill the dynamics of your audio system and that a noisy AC power line could affect its performance on midrange and high frequency signals. Gordian is here to distribute all the power that your system may need even at extreme situations without losing its strength. It is also here to gently clean up the unwanted artefacts from your power supply using a well-designed, adaptive network of passive components. Conductors of very large cross section, high quality tight sockets and industrial grade bindings constitute the unshakable electrical network that delivers the power to your system. The “star” topology of the inner connections reduces to the minimum the noise transfer between your devices while guarantees that no ground loops will be developed. The Gordian cares about the quality of your power source more than you may realize. It incorporates an industrial grade power analyzer which lets you inspect many aspects of your AC power signal. Some of the available metrics are: · Frequency (accuracy 0.0005%) · Total Harmonic Distortion (THD - accuracy 0.005%) · RMS Voltage/Current · Power Consumption · Power Factor · FFT (Frequency analysis) · DC Voltage A serious power analyser. PRICE - AS DISCUSSED. LAB 12 - The Passive Attenuator / Input Selector TRUE Some like pure. TRUE is a pure passive attenuator/input selector. It is designed to keep every detail of this low level, sensitive signal coming from your source to your power amplifier, unaffected. Connect it to your system, allow some playing hours to let it get familiar with your devices and finally enjoy the music. Because at the end of the day this is what we are truly looking for. Includes features like a Blue Velvet ALPS Audio Grade potentiometer and a high grade input selector. RRP $799. KingSound Electrostatic Headphones – for the headphone lovers, Cameron will be bringing in the new KingSound Electrostatic Headphones. Likely the KS-2 package which includes the KS-2 headphones ($849 on their own) and the M-10 Amplifier: $1,099 INC GST for the package. Note: We will also have an Oppo BDP-105D Universal player on hand to allow the playing of CD/SACD and USB flash drives during our BYO session. We will be using the Oppo only as a transport. 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, CD/SACD or USB flash drive. 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 12th February 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. 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
  4. The September 2014 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again at Dence Park for an afternoon of fine music and sound and convivial company. Each month, the Sydney Audio Club presents the finest in high end audio systems for our members and guests. It's a bit like a private audio show once a month where you can hear and discuss equipment that you might not otherwise have the chance to audition. And you can bring along your own music to test the capabilities of the system or to just share with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. For September, we will have a simple, innovative and great sounding system for you courtesy of Cameron Keating of distributor MAXMEDIA.. The system will be comprised of: Avantgarde Acoustic Zero 1 speakers: These are radically different speakers. They are 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. This quote from MAXMEDIA’s website provides an excellent overview of the Zero 1 … “This three-way active design stands just 104cm tall with each sleek-looking 32cm deep moulded enclosure housing modified versions of the company’s XA-series high-quality 50W amp – one for each of its two horns – plus a 400W Class D Hypex module driving a ported 30cm woofer. Source signals are fed to just one speaker, which then syncs wirelessly with the other. What’s more, the ZERO 1 is a Plug & Play system thanks to onboard 66-bit FPGA digital processing and six built-in 24-bit Burr-Brown DACs, meaning all you have to add is your source. Advanced digital filters allow calibration of the system’s output with great accuracy to ensure time, phase and amplitude coherence across the entire audible range. Clean-sounding and airy, the ZERO represents a compelling fusion of futuristic tech in a compact and user-friendly package.†Jonathan Valin’s extensive review of these speakers is in the current issue (Sept 2014) of The Absolute Sound. 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. Jonathan’s first impression (Feb 2014) of the Zero 1 can be read online here… http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/masterpieces-from-avantgarde-and-raidho/. 6 Moons also reviewed them back in December 2013, refer to http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/avantgarde6/1.html. Abbingdon Music Research (AMR) CD-777 CD player: The CD-777 is a stellar CD spinner and DAC that is quite capable of embarrassing more expensive gear. It has been widely reviewed, all with very positive outcomes. More detail on the CD-777 can be found at http://www.amr-audio.co.uk/html/cd777_individual.html. Links to reviews of the CD-777 can be found at http://www.amr-audio.co.uk/html/cd-777_reviews.html. We will also have an Oppo BDP-95 and monitor on hand solely for the purpose of playing content from 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 or flash drives. Sorry, no vinyl or SACD 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 14th September 2014 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au On behalf of Tom and the Sydney Audio club Inc. O.Sydney
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