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Sydney Audio Club Meeting - Sunday 17th November 2019 - Serhan+Swift

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For our November club meeting we are very pleased to have Morris Swift and Brad Serhan of Serhan+Swift present to the club. 


(Note that our usual EOY BBQ is at 1:00, followed by our AGM at 2:00.  The S+S presentation will start soon afterwards.)



Details of the system…


Speakers – an "analog active"  version of the Serhan+Swift MU2 speaker.  A central box houses the amplifiers and analog active crossovers. The active components are thus separated from the speakers to keep vibration and stray magnetic fields away from the electronics, while keeping heat out of the speaker itself.  There is no DSP involved in the signal handling.

Note that this is a prototype model and still under development.


Oppo BDP-105D – source for Morris’ presentation and our BYO session



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 thumb/flash drives (sorry, no vinyl).  We MAY have some R2R tape in as well – TBD.  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 17th November 2019


Doors open 1pm
Meeting starts at 2pm


Tom Waters


Sydney Audio Club

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We had great attendance at our November club meeting.  No doubt our BBQ was just a bit more of an incentive to come in – there were lots of snags, salads, beer, soft drinks, nibbles. 


After our BBQ we held our AGM.  Four members chose to not stand again for their positions – Tom Waters, Steve Polley, Stephanos Eliades and Andrew Baldwin. The members voted John McEvoy as the new club President, Chris Lilly for the new Secretary and Vedran Simunovic as the new Events Coordinator.  The main positions were all filled – others to follow. As the new President, John McEvoy asked me to continue to host the meeting.


After the AGM, we introduced our special guest presenters.  I introduced Brad Serhan and Morris Swift of Serhan+Swift.  Brad is a modest and quiet fellow and prefers to let the products do his talking. So Morris presented their choice of music and explained their product. For small speakers, they sounded remarkably big, and were very clear with great tonality. I thought they’d garner lots of favourable comments, and they did.


Just before our break, Les Davis of Les Davis Audio presented a quick talk and demo of his damping products.  Earlier he'd put some damping devices on the cables.  Whilst music was playing he swapped in/out a damping device under the main power board for the system.  The effect was subtle from the side of the room (where I was), but some people in the middle/centre said they could hear the improvement.


Our break was special too..!  Club members Ruth and Alex Wilson brought in two different delicious desserts. 


After our break, we had our usual raffle followed by our BYO music session. 


Here’s some feedback from the feedback forms:


“World class sound. Well done to the designers.”


“Another good meeting to end the year. System punched well above its weight – impressed.”


“Enjoyable meeting.”


“Interesting to hear kit in development.”


“Appreciated the short intro by designer.”


“Very informative in terms of crossover functionality. These are really good speakers.”


“Impressive speakers for the size. Big thanks to Steve and Ruth for the desserts.”


“Some of the best sounding speakers I've ever heard.”


“Very good speakers and matched power amp.”


“Very impressed with the sound.”


“Great way to finish the year.”


“Amazing speakers for their size.”


“Sound stage was amazing.”


“Very impressive for size. Big thanks to Tom for all his work during the last 8+ years.”


“Simply magic! Almost a perfect system as whole. Thank you to Tom and Steve for your great contribution.”



Photos to follow…










Edited by TomW
Added mention of Les - sorry Les!

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It's worth waiting for a whole year to have this "Christmas BBQ event"!


A very big thanks from me, and I am sure, from all members attending to George for his masterly skills in BBQ ing as well as, all others that contributed with the salads, the drinks and the whole event!

Also, many thanks to Ruth and Alex for always treating us with lovely sweets, as well as our ex events coordinator Steve for his delicious Tiramisu that proved very popular. Some members were observed to have a second "go" at it  (..no names please..)!


A sincere thanks from me to Tom Waters for his great leadership in keeping the Club alive and growing (in membership), as well as the retiring committee members  Steve Polley, Stephanos Eliades and Andrew Baldwin.

They all worked collectively behind the scenes making each meeting a great success.  Thank YOU all guys!


Congratulations also to John Mc Evoy for his appointment as our new  president and also many thanks for putting his hand up for the post at a challenging time.  I trust that under his guidance and with the help of George (our vice president) our Club will have a great future.


Finally, a big thanks to Morris, Brad and Les for presenting their creations.

These speakers and amplification were punching way above their price point and, in my view, challenge 'fair and square' many well known brands that, often cost a lot more.

I for one, could hear a difference with the isolating devices that Les demonstrated, especially when he was doing the changes while the music was playing.  He's certainly on to something there..


With this, a very happy Christmas to all that celebrate it and a peaceful and healthy New Year for everyone.

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Congrats John and thanks Tom for the warm welcome you always extended to me.

I haven't been around a lot but very much appreciated the hospitality shown when I came along to a few events.


Hopefully I'll see more of you all in 2020. I'm flying in and out of Sydney every week for work for another six months but hope to get some time to come along soon.

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