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8pm Wednesday 18th July, visitors welcome.

Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices
Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading
Melway Map 48 Ref G9
Contact: 9437 1249

 

When it comes to choosing or designing a loudspeaker there are two rules to consider: Rule #1; There is no such thing as a perfect loudspeaker. Every design is a series of compromises. Rule #2; One has to accept that there will be compromises and decide on a design which reduces these compromises.

 

This month's presenter has developed a speaker system which further reduces the compromises associated with the conventional passive loudspeaker. Rick Bond from Lucie Audio will be demonstrating his speaker system which utilises active crossovers with room equalisation by means of his DSP pre-amplifier. "Our pre-amp is built around the capabilities and feature set of the MiniDSP 2x4HD processor board. This gives us the power to process the stereo audio stream in real time to perform room corrections and digital crossover functions. Correction technology is powered by Dirac Research AB, world leaders in this field".

 

The process maps out the frequency and impulse response characteristics of the speakers in the room in a 3D grid around the listening position. After completing a frequency sweep with a microphone connected to the computer, a desired frequency response curve and an optimised impulse response are measured; the data and a set of filters are generated to map the two together. This data is then uploaded to the unit and stored in one of four configuration slots. This provides great flexibility in that up to four combinations of tonal response, crossover parameters and optimal listening position can be stored and readily recalled via the unit's remote control.

 

"To get the best from the MiniDSP hardware, we developed an active analogue volume control board. Maintaining volume control in the analogue domain provides the best approach to the gain structure".

 

Rick will be demonstrating his system with two sets of book shelf speakers and a matching subwoofer. He has developed these two distinct speakers to cater for the tastes of the listener. The Lucie Model One Loudspeaker is a 6.5" Point Source design. The full range driver is sourced from Dayton Audio for its zero crossover distortion. Excelling at delivering the nuances in the midrange, this design is recommended where primarily acoustic music is appreciated in a small to medium, focused listening environment.

 

The Lucie Model Two Loudspeaker is a traditional two-way compact speaker with drivers from SB Acoustics and Scan-Speak. Recommended and pre-set crossover slopes from the DSP Pre-Amp are set at 6db per octave and centred at a fairly high 4kHz. First-order crossover slopes are chosen for their phase neutrality, made possible by the smooth and extended response of both drivers. This bass reflex (ported) design has a greater power handling and more driver excursion, better suited to bass-heavy music. The system extends the response well below the frequency of the cabinet, giving exceptional performance for a fairly compact enclosure.

 

Cabinet materials are chosen for their high density and sustainability. Narrow grain carbonised Bamboo or Baltic Birch ply are laminated, no veneers are used, precision CNC cut then hand assembled and finished. Due to the laminar sheet construction inner wall profiles are able to be uniquely contoured to minimise internal reflections and cabinet resonances.

 

This will be Rick Bonds first public presentation at an audio event. A relative new-comer to the HiFi scene, this young man has developed a complete active system that puts DSP technology within the reach of many audiophiles.

 

Nick Karayanis

Program Co-ordinator

          

Ken Tripp
Wise and Wonderful Webmaster
Melbourne Audio Club, Inc.

http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au

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StereoNET's own @coffeemachinist - Good luck Rick!

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Indeed! Thanks @Marc, just putting together the playlist now, should be a good night! Hope to see some SNA members there 🙂

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StereoNET's own [mention=152455]coffeemachinist[/mention] - Good luck Rick!
Was fortunate enough to have Rick demonstrate his exciting new concept and can highly recommend an audition!

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Just wanted to follow up and say thanks for coming last night to the several SNA members I spotted in the crowd. I thoroughly embraced the chance to waffle on about my gear for a while and spin some tunes. Hope you enjoyed!

 

-Rick

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Rick, do you have a webpage for Lucie Audio where we can see your speakers yet?

regards Ian

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Hi Ian,

 

A pertinent question! As of right now, no - but it's in the works. It's early days and I wanted to focus on the products first and foremost, as there's not much use having a website, marketing material and sales platform while the products go unfinished.

 

But - I have been posting updates on my favourite social media platform Instagram - lots of behind the scenes and work in progress stuff if you're interested. You can find it at www.instagram.com/lucieaudio

 

Also I'll post below my notes and technical background of my designs - and of course I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

The technical foundations of Lucie lie in room correction and efficient amplification, and their liberation in getting the best out of some fairly unconventional loudspeaker designs. Central to this is the premise that most commercially available speaker designs are based on a series of assumptions relative to the end user's room acoustics and tonal preferences, which are only by occasional chance completely accurate. The uncomfortable fact in sound reproduction is that the listening environment is so often the deciding factor in overall enjoyment of the system, and it is a topic that is seldom addressed when choosing one piece of equipment over another. 

 

Tone controls or EQ are very unfashionable topics in modern hi fi, and I'm not sure why that happened - often the recommendation is to buy this or that because it has this or that tonal balance, but this is fraught with peril for so many reasons - why not have freedom to tune the system as a whole, together with the room!

The use of DSP allows just this - to achieve the best possible result in terms of tonal balance, soundstage and accurate presentation of instruments and voices. 

 

The DSP pre-amplifier -

Our pre-amp is built around the capabilities and feature set of the MiniDSP 2x4HD processor board. This gives us the power to process the stereo audio stream in real time to perform room correction and digital crossover functions. Room correction function is powered by Dirac, world leaders in this technology. The Dirac Live platform combines powerful and flexible capabilities with an easy to follow measurement process. 

In brief, this process maps out the response characteristics of the loudspeakers in the room in a 3D grid around the listening position, using a series of frequency sweeps recorded by a supplied measurement microphone connected to a PC running the measurement utility. After completing the measurements, the summed frequency response is displayed, and a target or desired frequency response curve can be superimposed over the measured data and a set of filters generated to map the two together.  This data is then uploaded to the unit and stored in one of four configuration slots, which can be easily activated via the unit's remote control or via the software utility. This provides great flexiblity in that up to four combinations of tonal response and optimal listening position can be stored and readily recalled.

To get the best from the MiniDSP hardware, we developed an active analog volume control board to provide the best approach to gain structure, ie. maintaining volume control in the analog domain, before power amplification. A custom linear power supply for the volume control and DSP boards ensure top audio performance.

 

Power amplification - 

Our power amps are built on modular designs from Hypex in the Netherlands. Hypex are at the forefront of a new era of ultra high performance Class D amplification. Amplifiers based on their Ncore technology developed by Bruno Putzeys are now appearing in the highest echelon of products from boutique manufacturers like Mola Mola, to mainstream brand offerings such as the NAD Master series. Modular design allows us to configure number of channels and power output according to individual needs. 

Specifications of Ncore amp modules are superb across the board, and their characteristics focus on neutrality and resolving power -  Ncore is the first Class-D amplifier not just to nudge the best linear amplifiers, but to surpass them in every aspect relevant to sound quality.

 

Loudspeakers - 

Our philosophy with loudspeakers is to stray somewhat from established design norms, made possible by harnessing the power of DSP and active crossovers available in the pre-amp, and multiple channels of amplification in our power amp. Central to this is the goal of eliminating phase issues across the mid range, where our auditory system is most sensitive. 

Analog dividing networks or crossovers found in conventional hi-fi speakers are used to split up the full spectrum of audio into smaller chunks that can be effectively handled by transducers designed for low, mid or high frequencies. 

These sometimes very complex networks of passive components (inductors, resistors and capacitors) have a significant influence on the overall character of a speaker design. Careful attention must be paid to their properties, individually and as a whole, if the combined acoustic energy of the drive units and crossover network is to be rendered accurately in the time domain, and at equal amplitude independent of frequency. Of crucial importance is the sum of the signal when it is originating from two separate sources, for example in the overlapping range between high and low frequency drivers. 

The best drivers available can be made worthless by an improper crossover or cabinet design, but even when optimised, a passive crossover design will entail several compromises and assumptions about the influence of the listening room, for example how much baffle step compensation or bass boost should be added to cancel cabinet losses - this is a variable and dependent on final placement in the room, yet it must be baked into the crossover design. 

So for us, active crossovers and room equalisation allow a key advantage - to dispense with the cost and complexity of analog crossover networks wherever possible, and give access to a wider range of drivers with some tempting advantages, taming the characteristics that would otherwise make them unfeasible in passive designs. 

Cabinet materials are chosen for their quality - sustainable, high density and naturally beautiful timber laminates, precision CNC cut and hand assembled and finished. Due to the laminar sheet construction, inner wall profiles are able to be uniquely contoured to minimise internal reflections and cabinet resonances.

 

Lucie Model One loudspeaker (names TBC!)

The simplest expression of the Lucie loudspeaker philosophy -  a single point source driver delivers the full audio signal. Zero crossover distortion or phase errors. A large, light and strong paper composite diaphragm with powerful neodymium motor give neutral and transparent vocal rendition and a precise and vivid soundstage. Excelling at delivering accurate and nuanced midrange, this design is highly recommended where primarily acoustic music is appreciated in a small to medium, focused listening environment.

 

Single driver full range, bass reflex (ported) enclosure
Size: 18 litres (medium bookshelf / stand mount)
Frequency response: 65hz -18khz (-3dB-0dB)
Crossover- nil
Impedance - 8 ohm nominal

 

Lucie Model Two loudspeaker

A traditional two-way compact loudspeaker with state of the art low distortion drivers from SB Acoustics and Scan-Speak. Extending linear frequency response above and below the Model One, the design physically time-aligns the acoustic energy from the low and high frequency drivers to maintain neutrality and phase coherence through the crossover range. Recommended and pre-set crossover slopes are 6dB per octave centred at a fairly high 4khz, meaning the low frequency driver is handling more midrange energy. First-order crossover slopes are chosen for their  phase neutrality, and made possible by the smooth and extended response of both drivers outside their designated passband. Wider directivity and thus a broader sweetspot are delivered by the cloth dome tweeter and shallow cabinet wave guide. Qualitatively, these design choices deliver an accurate and neutral, yet non-fatiguing loudspeaker with excellent directivity. With more driver excursion and power handling on tap and a lower resonant frequency, this design is better suited to bass-heavy music without reinforcement via a subwoofer.

 

Two-way full range, bass reflex (ported) enclosure
Size: 16.5 litres (medium bookshelf / stand mount)
Frequency response: 35hz -25khz (-3dB-0dB)
Crossover- nil, active via DSP (two channels of amplification required for low frequency and high frequency), passive available as an option.
Impedance - 4 ohm nominal

 

Lucie Subwoofer

Built to extend the frequency response of the bookshelf cabinets to the very lowest octaves. The sealed construction and large, low distortion driver give extremely linear bass performance, and the use of a Linkwitz Transform equalisation in the DSP system extends response well below the resonant frequency of the cabinet, giving exceptional performance for a fairly compact enclosure. 

Sealed enclosure, single 12" driver
Size: 30 litres, floor standing
Frequency response: 20hz - rolloff frequency (eg. 120hz)
Built-in amplifier power - 500 watts, class A-B with linear power supply


Material options available for loudspeakers: Baltic birch ply or narrow grain carbonised bamboo, solid laminated construction (no veneers used)
Finishes: Natural oiled or Black Japan, others possible via consultation

 

Cheers, Rick

 

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Any pics of your speakers?

Sounds similar in principle to the Kii three,, but they use multiple drivers to create a cardioid response.

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1 hour ago, AudioGeek said:

Any pics of your speakers?

Sounds similar in principle to the Kii three,, but they use multiple drivers to create a cardioid response.

https://www.instagram.com/lucieaudio

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13 hours ago, coffeemachinist said:

Hi Ian,

 

A pertinent question! As of right now, no - but it's in the works. It's early days and I wanted to focus on the products first and foremost, as there's not much use having a website, marketing material and sales platform while the products go unfinished.

 

But - I have been posting updates on my favourite social media platform Instagram - lots of behind the scenes and work in progress stuff if you're interested. You can find it at www.instagram.com/lucieaudio

 

Also I'll post below my notes and technical background of my designs - and of course I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

The technical foundations of Lucie lie in room correction and efficient amplification, and their liberation in getting the best out of some fairly unconventional loudspeaker designs. Central to this is the premise that most commercially available speaker designs are based on a series of assumptions relative to the end user's room acoustics and tonal preferences, which are only by occasional chance completely accurate. The uncomfortable fact in sound reproduction is that the listening environment is so often the deciding factor in overall enjoyment of the system, and it is a topic that is seldom addressed when choosing one piece of equipment over another. 

 

Tone controls or EQ are very unfashionable topics in modern hi fi, and I'm not sure why that happened - often the recommendation is to buy this or that because it has this or that tonal balance, but this is fraught with peril for so many reasons - why not have freedom to tune the system as a whole, together with the room!

The use of DSP allows just this - to achieve the best possible result in terms of tonal balance, soundstage and accurate presentation of instruments and voices. 

 

The DSP pre-amplifier -

Our pre-amp is built around the capabilities and feature set of the MiniDSP 2x4HD processor board. This gives us the power to process the stereo audio stream in real time to perform room correction and digital crossover functions. Room correction function is powered by Dirac, world leaders in this technology. The Dirac Live platform combines powerful and flexible capabilities with an easy to follow measurement process. 

In brief, this process maps out the response characteristics of the loudspeakers in the room in a 3D grid around the listening position, using a series of frequency sweeps recorded by a supplied measurement microphone connected to a PC running the measurement utility. After completing the measurements, the summed frequency response is displayed, and a target or desired frequency response curve can be superimposed over the measured data and a set of filters generated to map the two together.  This data is then uploaded to the unit and stored in one of four configuration slots, which can be easily activated via the unit's remote control or via the software utility. This provides great flexiblity in that up to four combinations of tonal response and optimal listening position can be stored and readily recalled.

To get the best from the MiniDSP hardware, we developed an active analog volume control board to provide the best approach to gain structure, ie. maintaining volume control in the analog domain, before power amplification. A custom linear power supply for the volume control and DSP boards ensure top audio performance.

 

Power amplification - 

Our power amps are built on modular designs from Hypex in the Netherlands. Hypex are at the forefront of a new era of ultra high performance Class D amplification. Amplifiers based on their Ncore technology developed by Bruno Putzeys are now appearing in the highest echelon of products from boutique manufacturers like Mola Mola, to mainstream brand offerings such as the NAD Master series. Modular design allows us to configure number of channels and power output according to individual needs. 

Specifications of Ncore amp modules are superb across the board, and their characteristics focus on neutrality and resolving power -  Ncore is the first Class-D amplifier not just to nudge the best linear amplifiers, but to surpass them in every aspect relevant to sound quality.

 

Loudspeakers - 

Our philosophy with loudspeakers is to stray somewhat from established design norms, made possible by harnessing the power of DSP and active crossovers available in the pre-amp, and multiple channels of amplification in our power amp. Central to this is the goal of eliminating phase issues across the mid range, where our auditory system is most sensitive. 

Analog dividing networks or crossovers found in conventional hi-fi speakers are used to split up the full spectrum of audio into smaller chunks that can be effectively handled by transducers designed for low, mid or high frequencies. 

These sometimes very complex networks of passive components (inductors, resistors and capacitors) have a significant influence on the overall character of a speaker design. Careful attention must be paid to their properties, individually and as a whole, if the combined acoustic energy of the drive units and crossover network is to be rendered accurately in the time domain, and at equal amplitude independent of frequency. Of crucial importance is the sum of the signal when it is originating from two separate sources, for example in the overlapping range between high and low frequency drivers. 

The best drivers available can be made worthless by an improper crossover or cabinet design, but even when optimised, a passive crossover design will entail several compromises and assumptions about the influence of the listening room, for example how much baffle step compensation or bass boost should be added to cancel cabinet losses - this is a variable and dependent on final placement in the room, yet it must be baked into the crossover design. 

So for us, active crossovers and room equalisation allow a key advantage - to dispense with the cost and complexity of analog crossover networks wherever possible, and give access to a wider range of drivers with some tempting advantages, taming the characteristics that would otherwise make them unfeasible in passive designs. 

Cabinet materials are chosen for their quality - sustainable, high density and naturally beautiful timber laminates, precision CNC cut and hand assembled and finished. Due to the laminar sheet construction, inner wall profiles are able to be uniquely contoured to minimise internal reflections and cabinet resonances.

 

Lucie Model One loudspeaker (names TBC!)

The simplest expression of the Lucie loudspeaker philosophy -  a single point source driver delivers the full audio signal. Zero crossover distortion or phase errors. A large, light and strong paper composite diaphragm with powerful neodymium motor give neutral and transparent vocal rendition and a precise and vivid soundstage. Excelling at delivering accurate and nuanced midrange, this design is highly recommended where primarily acoustic music is appreciated in a small to medium, focused listening environment.

 

Single driver full range, bass reflex (ported) enclosure
Size: 18 litres (medium bookshelf / stand mount)
Frequency response: 65hz -18khz (-3dB-0dB)
Crossover- nil
Impedance - 8 ohm nominal

 

Lucie Model Two loudspeaker

A traditional two-way compact loudspeaker with state of the art low distortion drivers from SB Acoustics and Scan-Speak. Extending linear frequency response above and below the Model One, the design physically time-aligns the acoustic energy from the low and high frequency drivers to maintain neutrality and phase coherence through the crossover range. Recommended and pre-set crossover slopes are 6dB per octave centred at a fairly high 4khz, meaning the low frequency driver is handling more midrange energy. First-order crossover slopes are chosen for their  phase neutrality, and made possible by the smooth and extended response of both drivers outside their designated passband. Wider directivity and thus a broader sweetspot are delivered by the cloth dome tweeter and shallow cabinet wave guide. Qualitatively, these design choices deliver an accurate and neutral, yet non-fatiguing loudspeaker with excellent directivity. With more driver excursion and power handling on tap and a lower resonant frequency, this design is better suited to bass-heavy music without reinforcement via a subwoofer.

 

Two-way full range, bass reflex (ported) enclosure
Size: 16.5 litres (medium bookshelf / stand mount)
Frequency response: 35hz -25khz (-3dB-0dB)
Crossover- nil, active via DSP (two channels of amplification required for low frequency and high frequency), passive available as an option.
Impedance - 4 ohm nominal

 

Lucie Subwoofer

Built to extend the frequency response of the bookshelf cabinets to the very lowest octaves. The sealed construction and large, low distortion driver give extremely linear bass performance, and the use of a Linkwitz Transform equalisation in the DSP system extends response well below the resonant frequency of the cabinet, giving exceptional performance for a fairly compact enclosure. 

Sealed enclosure, single 12" driver
Size: 30 litres, floor standing
Frequency response: 20hz - rolloff frequency (eg. 120hz)
Built-in amplifier power - 500 watts, class A-B with linear power supply


Material options available for loudspeakers: Baltic birch ply or narrow grain carbonised bamboo, solid laminated construction (no veneers used)
Finishes: Natural oiled or Black Japan, others possible via consultation

 

Cheers, Rick

 

Rick, thanks for your very informative reply and the instagram page!  Love that CNC layered enclosure construction, way to go I reckon! Wouldn't mind an audition one day, I'm in Northcote as well.

Curious about class D amplification, I'm still not convinced of it's sound qualities. A couple of SNA'ers, andyr and djb have setups with miniDSP and conventional class AB amplification, andyr's is especially impressive, Maggies tri amped with Hugh Dean's NAKSA amps. Jon de Sensi also has an excellent setup with four way active Linkwitz open baffles with DSP and his Open Audio Designs (custom 4 channel per mono block amplification)

regards Ian

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Yep, I deliberated long and hard about the question of whether to go down the path of in-cabinet electronics.

 

For the reasons outlined below I decided that for me it wasn't the way to go. 

 

  • For the argument of de-cluttering the cable runs, I figure once you have run 240V power to each cabinet, you might as well just have a four core traditional speaker cable rather than power and signal from source to speaker one, then processed signal from speaker one to two. Unless you go wireless - and we are not there yet to implement that at a quality level I'd be comfortable with. 
  • DSP capable plate amps certainly are around, but none that would allow me to maintain volume control in the analog domain, via remote - a key advantage of our pre-amp in my view.
  • The Hypex amps generate quite a bit of heat, even our substantial heat sink gets warm. I don't like the idea of sitting them in non ventilated wooden boxes and feeding in 240V. 
  • I like the idea of giving customers flexibility to BYO amplification - some people will have power or integrated amps they know and love, but want to add DSP to the mix. This approach achieves that.  
  • I'm proud of the work we've done on our electronics enclosures, and would hope our customers appreciate them and put them on display, while being compact and visually unobtrusive. 
  • This approach gives maximum opportunity to expand or upgrade the capabilities down the line, without having to design and manufacture a completely new amp/DSP module.

Hope that makes sense!

 

Cheers, Rick

 

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Hi Ian,

 

Welcome to stop by any time! I think an audition would impress - could also loan you our prototype Hypex amp if you want to try it out in your system. I find the ncore's  to be as close to the idea of 'straight wire with gain' amplification that I've ever heard. Not saying that's the holy grail necessarily, but it's captured my interest for sure.  

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9 minutes ago, coffeemachinist said:

Hi Ian,

 

Welcome to stop by any time! I think an audition would impress - could also loan you our prototype Hypex amp if you want to try it out in your system. I find the ncore's  to be as close to the idea of 'straight wire with gain' amplification that I've ever heard. Not saying that's the holy grail necessarily, but it's captured my interest for sure.  

thanks for the offer!

regards Ian

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2 hours ago, coffeemachinist said:

Hi Ian,

 

Welcome to stop by any time! I think an audition would impress - could also loan you our prototype Hypex amp if you want to try it out in your system. I find the ncore's  to be as close to the idea of 'straight wire with gain' amplification that I've ever heard. Not saying that's the holy grail necessarily, but it's captured my interest for sure.  

I'd love to have a listen too. Where are you located ?

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Rick, any plans on the horison to run the Lucie Audio DSP demo at Sydney's audio club?

 

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Not as yet Marten, we were lucky enough to make a connection with the right person to facilitate the Melbourne presentation at relatively short notice, I don't yet have any contacts with the Sydney club, but I'd definitely put it on the drawing board.

 

I'll actually be in Sydney in a week or so to deliver our first products to a customer and see some other folks, so if you've got any suggestions for people to see or are there yourself and would like a demo, do get in contact - happy to follow up!

 

Cheers, Rick

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Rick @coffeemachinist,

 

If you are interested in presenting at Sydney Audio Club make contact with @chefscuba70 (Steve).

 

Regards,

 

Chris

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On 27/07/2018 at 1:45 PM, coffeemachinist said:

... I don't yet have any contacts with the Sydney club, but I'd definitely put it on the drawing board.

 

Cheers, Rick

Very kind of you Rick; it would be worth your while to get a filled room for a demo so I've sent a note to Tom Waters of the Sydney club suggesting he may approach you in that regard.

 

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Hi Rick @coffeemachinist,

 

The Sydney Audio Club would be interested in a presentation of your speakers with active crossovers, room equalisation and DSP preamplifier, Hypex amps, Dirac Research.  And we have the perfect imperfect room to test it all out in.  Steve @chefscuba70and/or I will get back to you.  Thanks for your interest and kind offer, and our thanks to @marten for the heads-up.

 

Cheers

Tom

 

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On 09/08/2018 at 8:56 PM, coffeemachinist said:

Great photos Ken! Cheers!

Thanks Rick

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      Lucie Subwoofer – “Built to extend the frequency response of the bookshelf cabinets to the very lowest octaves. The sealed construction and large, low distortion driver give extremely linear bass performance, and the use of a Linkwitz Transform equalisation in the DSP system extends response well below the resonant frequency of the cabinet, giving exceptional performance for a fairly compact enclosure.” 

      “Material options available for loudspeakers: Baltic birch ply or narrow grain carbonised bamboo, solid laminated construction (no veneers used).  Finishes: Natural oiled or Black Japan, others possible via consultation.”

      Rick has just finished up another two-way loudspeaker prototype and he likes it a lot, so he may well bring that too. The design is pretty unconventional with a small full-range mated to a Scan-Speak mid-woofer with an active crossover at 500hz.
       
      Source – Oppo BDP-105D multi-format player.

      The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO.   Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all.  So bring along your favourite music on CD or USB thumb drives (sorry, no vinyl this month).  All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting.  We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played.  Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. 
       
      Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others.  Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  
       
      Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound.
       
      Venue:  Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park
      Address:  26 Stanley Road, Epping 
      When:  Sunday 19th August 2018
      Doors open 1pm
      Meeting starts at 2pm
       
      Best regards,
      Tom Waters
      President
      Sydney Audio Club
      W: www.sydneyaudioclub.org
      FB: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyaudioclub
      E: [email protected]
    • By KenTripp
      Convenors Request Night with gear by Ray Goh

      8pm Wednesday 16th May, visitors welcome.

      Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices
      Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading
      Melway Map 48 Ref G9
      Contact: 9437 1249
       
      This month's meeting will be a music request night with the club Convenors providing the musical program. Each Convenor will present to the club a selection of music from their favourite CDs. It could be a track from one of their 'desert island discs' or a recent purchase.
       
      To ensure that we get through as many different tracks as possible, I've requested that each piece of music be no more than 5 minutes long. This will get us through plenty of CDs before the coffee break.
       
      Equipment on the night will be provided by Ray Goh from the Hi Fi Exchange. At the time of this write-up, Ray was still finalising the equipment selection. With so much gear to choose from, his new shop is an Aladdin's cave of classic old gear looking for a new home. Whatever gear he puts together for the night, I'm sure it will be a thoroughly satisfying musical presentation.
       
      This would be a good opportunity for all members to discover some new music at this meeting. I'm sure your music Convenors will do their best to present a most enjoyable night.
       
      Nick Karayanis
      Program Co-ordinator
                
      Ken Tripp
      Wise and Wonderful Webmaster
      Melbourne Audio Club, Inc.

      http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
    • By KenTripp
      Redgum Audio the Black Series

      8pm Wednesday 18th April, 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 back Ian Robinson and Lindy Gerber from Redgum Audio. The last time we had them present at the club, they had just celebrated an audio milestone - 21 years in the Hi Fi Industry. Since then a number of new components has been developed, thus the product theme for the night: All things black and (mostly) small.
       
      The Redgum Black Series of components will comprise of the RGMP8 Media Player - $990, the RGDAC8 DAC - $990 and the RGi35ENR amplifier - $2000. All designed in Melbourne and assembled in China. To complete the system a pair of Axis VoiceBox S Mini-Monitors - $2500 - in a glossy black finish.
       
      The Media Player and DAC are designed to be hidden or stacked together on a hi-fi rack; they share the same size chassis and footprint. The RGMP8 Media Player is perfect for those who just want to play their files. This stand-alone media player automatically creates its own wi-fi hotspot, no internet connection or network required. It is designed to be used by someone who has little computer knowledge.
       
      Long before the term "Asynchronous" became widely used, Redgum CD players and DACs have been asynchronous from the first model. The RGDAC8 has been ear-tuned to be at least the match of the sonic quality of their top-line DAC. This 3rd generation model has become a Multi-format Hi-res Asynchronous USB DAC.
       
      The Black Series RGi35ENR is the 65wpc Integrated amplifier, purpose designed to power ultra-low speaker impedances, 95 WRMS into 2ohms with short term transients of 560watts.
       
      The Axis VoiceBox S Mini-Monitor with its 50mm Metal Ribbon tweeter has the sonic virtues to bring out the quality of the electronic components. This system has been presented in the U.S. at the Newport Show and AXPONA, receiving an Audio Oasis Award.
       
      Sounds like we will get to hear an all Australian quality system that won't put you in the black.
       
      Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator
                
      Ken Tripp
      Wise and Wonderful Webmaster
      Melbourne Audio Club, Inc.

      http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au


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