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Sydney Audio Club Meeting - Sunday 9th February 2020 - Benchmark & Dali

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For our February club meeting we are very pleased to have David Corazza of Sound and Music based in Moorabbin, Victoria to present a full Benchmark front end, paired with the Dali EPICON 6 loudspeakers from Amber Technology.

In addition this month there will be a separate setup featuring Benchmark's HPA4 headphone amplifier so that you can audition your own headphones.

The doors will be open at 12 midday for the headphones.

Details of the base system…
An Oppo source will be paired with the Benchmark DAC3 HCG – Digital to Analog Audio Converter -
https://sound-music.com/product/benchmark-dac3-hgc/

The HPA4 Headphone Amplifier
https://sound-music.com/product/benchmark-hpa4-headphone-line-amplifier/

and a pair of Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifiers.
https://sound-music.com/product/benchmark-ahb2-power-amplifier/

For details see https://sound-music.com/brand/benchmark/
Reviews:
https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/reviews
https://benchmarkmedia.com

Amber Technology are supplying the Dali EPICON 6 loudspeakers.The backbone of EPICON 6 is DALI’s new driver technology.
Featuring two 6 ½“ bass woofers, the unique Linear Drive Magnet System as well as the breakthrough ribbon/soft dome hybrid tweeter the sound breaks with traditional loudspeaker conventions.
The EPICON 6 relies on a 2½-way system as – compared to the EPICON 2 – it features an additional woofer kicking in below 600Hz.
However, for the highest frequencies the EPICON 6 also incorporates a ribbon tweeter as part of the hybrid tweeter, in reality turning the speaker into a ‘2½ + ½-way’ construction.
https://www.dali-speakers.com/products/epicon/epicon-6/

Please bring your headphones with your music on a USB thumbdrive to listen to the HPA4 Headphone Amplifier.
Jim Faulkner will be manning the setup with a laptop with high res music files, or to help you navigate to listen to your own music on USB  thumbdrive.

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. We can set up the club record player if you want to listen to your 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 February 2020

Doors open from 12 midday to audition your headphones.

Meeting starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm

John McEvoy
President
Sydney Audio Club
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What a day!  What weather! What a meeting!

 

When I arrived with an hour to spare before the appointed time for the meeting, there were only a small handful of people, mostly committee members, wondering if anyone was going to turn up at all!

Given the atrocious weather with heavy rain and strong wind bursts no one could be blamed for staying home.  However...

.. within the next hour quite a number of (brave) members turned up to make for a respectable number of attendees , and rightly so!

 

We were all rewarded with an excellent presentation ( some said, one of the very best) we have ever had in the Club for years. 

 

David Corazza from 'Sound & Music' of Melbourne, an excellent communicator, conducted the first half of the meeting with interesting, informative, humorous and sometimes controversial commentary.

He certainly has the ability, knowledge and passion to keep his audience's attention for the entire event.

My gratitude - and I am sure that of many others - for making the long trip from Melbourne to treat us with such fine equipment, music and challenging thoughts.  

 

Regarding the actual system on display, the obvious benefits of extremely low distortion from the Benchmark electronics ( DAC and Power Amps), were evident.

The large Dali s responded favorably producing a dynamic full range sound that filled the listening room effortlessly.  Sure, this was not what one calls a budget system but it confirmed what many audiophiles say,

"one gets, what one pays for"...

 

All in all,  a very entertaining Sunday afternoon for the ones attending.  My personal thanks also to the committee members for their efforts in organizing and setting up the event, despite the weather.

Well done guys!  Looking forward to the next one!  

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Meeting Report -

 

The much welcomed rain unfortunately was particularly heavy on Sunday and correspondingly the attendance at the February meeting was down to about half the usual number.

However the members that attended were in for a treat, the Dali Epicon 6 speakers are a beautiful looking speaker and sonically were well paired with the Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifiers and Benchmark DAC3 HCG DAC.

 

The club President (John) and the clubs technical adviser (Paul) spent a lot of time optimising the speaker position prior to the start of the meeting. The usual room issues particularly with bass were not as evident and the extensive effort in speaker positioning resulted in sonically one of the best club meetings regardless of the audience seating position.

 

The Benchmark DACs are known for their transparency and neutral character. Paired with the Dali Epicon 6 speakers the room was filled with clear, dynamic music and balanced bass. While poorly recorded music was easy to determine the Benchmark equipment didn’t make such tracks unlistenable.

 

The wide genre of music and quality of the equipment made for a very enjoyable meeting and the majority of club members stayed for the entire meeting despite the weather and a few moments of concern when the room lights flickered.

 

Thanks to Amber Technology for supplying the Dali speakers and special thanks to David Corazza of Sound and Music who drove all the way from Melbourne with the Benchmark equipment and for his passion and enthusiasm in discussing the Benchmark equipment and related audio subjects.

 

The member’s feedback reflect the quality of the system and their enjoyment.

 

Some of the feedback comments follow:

 

 

Great meeting!  Very enjoyable introduction.  Thanks! Does it get better than this??

It confirmed to me the quality of Benchmark. Exceptional wonderful amps!

 

 

One of the best meetings I can remember for both sound in the room and overall good feeling.

(In spite of the weather). Enjoyed the discussion.

 

 

Very enjoyable meeting.  Clean, natural, dynamic and musical system.

Great combination. Speakers beautiful looking and sounding.

 

 

Speaker placement was less position sensitive. I sat in 3 different positions.

Many thanks to David for coming up from Melbourne.

 

 

Thought it was a great combination

 

 

Very clean, effortless power. Enjoyed the presenters chat.

 

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