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13 minutes ago, Misterioso said:

Anyone able to share a picture of the ATCs in action?

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Not the best angle but this is pretty much what they looked like from where I was standing

 

Disclaimer: I didn’t see them with the door open but I’m pretty sure it’s how they would’ve looked

 

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I went on the Saturday and had a ball. My highlights were the Serhan Swift speakers and Musical fidelity gear. I had a great chat with the designer who was kind enough to explain his approach in detail.

 

Other highlights were the Polk speakers. I thought their soundscape was more impressive even than the Kii which themselves were excellent. The Polk system also had phenomenal bass. The Linn room was good, and I'd agree with others that the method of presentation was good, also with interesting selections. I'd also mention the Avantgarde system.

 

One suggestion: many systems didn't seem to have allowed for streaming. I was there when fewer people were around and while the presenters were keen to help, not many seemed able to pull up tracks.

 

All in all, a great show. Thanks for all the hard work.

 

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1 hour ago, Misterioso said:

Anyone able to share a picture of the ATCs in action?

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Not being able to make it across the country - again ☹️, I would like to thank all who have contributed to this thread. It has given me a real sense of being there, especially with those great pics (special mention to @theking in that regard).

 

Really interesting to read the different impressions of the same gear from different members. It is a great example of why we have different designers and manufacturers to cater for all our diversified tastes.

I am already googling some of the gear mentioned and learning more.

Also good to see that comments of the show in general were overwhelmingly positive after the few negatives early in the thread. As the saying goes, you can please some of the people some of the time but....

 

And as Jon said, kudos to @Marc for the one-handed effort. Hope that hand and wrist is improving mate.

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24 minutes ago, ~Spyne~ said:

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My pick of the day ( photo finish with the top of the line B&W's ) The opportunity to hear the ATC's was extraordinary - Could've stayed for hours

 

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This was the first room I started in, and I planned to take more photos, but ended up just concentrating on the systems and music and not taking any more, but others have already shown pics of this crazy setup.

 

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Firstly, big kudos to @Marc for putting the show together - keep up the great job!

 

It seems I was right to use public transport to get there and back, even though trams down St Kilda Rd are messed up with the roadworks, and protests slowed down the return trip - I neatly sidestepped any parking issues and can't gripe :)

 

I always find it fascinating to hear how wildly different the opinions of the rooms and setups are.  The different ways that people listen and enjoy their (also very different) music is what makes this hobby so maddeningly rich.

 

Nobody is interested in what I didn't like; even me, so I won't bother with that.

 

Unfortunately, I missed the ATCs and only got a brief listen to the Kharma setup. The Wing audio speakers are an interesting concept and I would have liked to get back there to check it out, but only got a short listen/chat with the team there.

 

Maybe best in show for me was the PMG show with the Kii speakers. Intellectually, these would be a serious consideration if I had the dosh - very flexible.

 

I was also very impressed with the Magnepans at the McLeans room, quite possibly as they were playing at a less ear-bleeding level this year. Oops, there I go complaining about too loud music, but in my defense, that was a grip about previous years - hehe.

 

It was great to see so many world-class Australian products, that represent great value.  Special call-out to the Lenehan/Heschl room.  This may be confirmation bias as I have clearly bought into the Lenehan sound, but this was the only room where I truly got lost in the music and felt the music was truly detached from the speakers. 

 

Also very impressive were the M8audio speakers and associated electronics, as well as the Wyndham Audio setup. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Willco said:

Brisbane?--hmm maybe if the economy improves could be worth a punt.

bring it up to the Gold Coast.  Lovely big convention centre at Broadbeach!

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2 hours ago, Misterioso said:

Anyone able to share a picture of the ATCs in action?

 

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1 hour ago, FAP911 said:

My pick of the day ( photo finish with the top of the line B&W's ) The opportunity to hear the ATC's was extraordinary - Could've stayed for hours

 

"Interesting" as I listen to both rooms a number of times and made a mental note how different they both were and I would only be happy listening to one at home....😎    Thats why they make so many different ways to produce sound..

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First up - thanks @Marc and SnA for another great show, Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my day.  I went on the Saturday as i've done in the past and also as i've done in the past I parked on St.Kilda Road, meter parking until 12:30pm then free.  I arrive around 10, pay for 2hrs then take an 8 minute walk and I'm set for the day.

I took my wife this year and we pretty much got through the entire show.  We were probably guilty of not spending a great deal of time in some rooms but that was dependant on how busy etc some of rooms were at the time. 

 

Funny thing this year is that some of the rooms that I liked the most would not normally be on my radar.  Amongst a few rooms I was really impressed with the B&W Formation Duo speakers, I thought given the room size B&W were in  the sound ouput from a $6,500 bookshelf speaker was great.  I also really enjoyed the M8Audio Sweet Maxwell speakers, I thought again they sounded really great - again a bookshelf speaker.  I normally jump on floorstanding loudspeakers but both of those I would happily consider for a room set up in the future, the B&W being true wireless aside from powerplug is a really big drawcard I think.

Yamaha room again was great,  though the louder the better seemed the key for them on Saturday.  I liked VAF and Osborn.  The Selby areas showcasing Krix home theatre etc were awesome and their setup up of Polk was good.  Was a little disappointed Vincent only had a corridor position this year but the lads from Selby explained the release of the Kris HT speaker the other week and needed to showcase that so the Vincent products got a shove this year.   I am a big KEF fan but was somewhat disppointed with their display/s, I don't think the room/s did them any justice - not necesarily the LS and LSX range but the floor standers BUT that said, it was the case for a few others also.  I am in agreeance that some rooms really seeped into other rooms with sound but It wasn't in all cases. 

 

I spent a bit of time trying to pay attention to the sort of powerboards being used too. Power conditioners etc in that environment I assumed would be high priority.  My takeaway from the show is now to look more into something like a Thor powerboard running from my mains for my componants.  I guess this shows that its not always about the main display that you can get from a show/expo like this.

 

We went to the Kharma room and listened to the speech on DACs etc for probably 20-25min, it was quite interesting for me (not sure my wife gave $0.02 but we did leave as there was no sign of any music being played for a while - I didnt return to the room, probably should have but didn't.

 

As for music that was played, last year I reckon near on every room was playing Chris Jones No Sanctuary, it was good this year to hear a variety of tunes, no one is going to play what I listen to so I dont really mind whats being played, I can listen to whatever through whatever and I am ok with that.  As said somewhere earlier, louder is not always better but it seemed some were of differing opinions.

 

The record fair was great again and although this year I walked away empty handed there was plenty there, just nothing I had on my immediate purchase radar.

 

My ONLY real criticisms of the day (there is 2) and something already mentioned in this thread (my wife also raised it on the day) was the sales focus. I have no issue with opportunity for ROI, but much like a car show, or any other show, things are on display for people to freely walk around and should they have a question staff are there to answer.  On many occassions we sat in a room for 20-25minutes listening to sales pitch for 2minutes of a song.  My memory may not always be the best but years past I am pretty sure I could walk into a room and music would be playing and there would be a more "organic" converstion with attendees and room staff where music was playing and people would wander in and out and conversation would just spark up. 

This year some rooms even had times on their doors for sessions and those sessions were essentially the sales pitch starting over with a few songs at the end.   I think anyone interested in a purchase or more details on pricing would be looking to chat with someone discretely in any case, not in a class room expo environment with question time at their end of the session!?

The 2nd gripe, would be some rooms have their doors shut, not even slightly ajar but shut properly, there were a couple of times up around the M room areas that I wasnt sure if we should be entering or not. 

They were my small only gripes and really, they're minor given the fun opportunity the day does give.

 

The food downstairs was great again too!!!  Love that Paella.

 

Looking forward to next year and I still reckon we could arrange lanyards for prepurchase tix with our usernames on it. I am sure we all walk past many many members on the day we have engaged in conversations both jocular and robust that we have no idea of their appearance (or maybe thats a good thing too LOL)

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Well, Im thoroughly Pissed Off! :angry:

 

I spent several hours today doing a detailed rundown of my show experience and managed to lose the lot as I was getting close to the end.  What happened was that I diverted to look at a PM and when I came back to the post I was doing it had restored my content from several hours previously, when I was beginning.  I panicked and stupidly cleared the editor, hoping it would revert to the later content, but of course it just cleared it completely!

 

I'm guessing it's not recoverable now? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Tony M said:

Well, Im thoroughly Pissed Off! :angry:

 

I spent several hours today doing a detailed rundown of my show experience and managed to lose the lot as I was getting close to the end.  What happened was that I diverted to look at a PM and when I came back to the post I was doing it had restored my content from several hours previously, when I was beginning.  I panicked and stupidly cleared the editor, hoping it would revert to the later content, but of course it just cleared it completely!

 

I'm guessing it's not recoverable now? 

 

 

 

My condolences on your post. Great photos though!

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The weird thing is that I can't take the photos out of the above post without deleting them and I really would prefer to add back the context.

 

So, I'll try again later.  

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@Tony M, it's cold comfort now, but I have a friend who always(!!!) composes messages in a word editor before posting.

 

That could be a future solution for this issue.

 

FWIW, his main reason is to utilise the spelling corrector, with which he has a genuine problem recognising spelling errors.

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Good idea, but I'm not sure how that works when adding photos.  Still it does mean the content is recoverable.

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