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I just bought a set of Audio Definition "Duet" floor standing speakers apparently made in S.A. around 16 years ago beautiful sound look like very good quality but I can't find any information about them on the net and they are a sealed unit, have to remove the sock (speaker grill) if I want to get a look at the drivers which I'm a bit hesitant to do so can anybody help me please if they know anything about this company and what they made.

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Seb

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Good morning  Well let me see. Just for the record.  Synergy model sold for $3,000 retail.  There where at least 70 pairs made, of which about 20 went to China. Another 10 in Asia somew

I must say I am so impressed and surprised to hear all of this thread. I did not think that anyone remembered us. From the start of the thread - the Duets - my favourite. If you would like to know

Audio Definition were based in Port Macquarie, NSW. Glen Portch (sp?) and Lia Galante were the principals of the company. The speakers were designed using the latest computer software and techniques (

Audio Definition were based in Port Macquarie, NSW. Glen Portch (sp?) and Lia Galante were the principals of the company. The speakers were designed using the latest computer software and techniques (at the time) and very high quality materials and driver were used. There were, indeed, excellent speakers. I did numerous hi fi shows with Glen and Lia (including two Las Vegas CES shows), so I know the sound of their products quite well.

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Thank you Zaphod at least I have some background on these lovely speakers now I took a chance on these and I'm glad I did.

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Seb

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ZB, Do you know what happened to Audio Definition. Years ago I enjoyed a visit with Glenn and Lia in Port Macquarie where they played a prototype new top of line speaker of much less conventional appearance than their earlier large tower models. They were very enthusiastic about its potential and the future of the company but soon after Audio Definition seemed to disappear from view. I have always wondered why.

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ZB, Do you know what happened to Audio Definition.

They closed the business. The precise reasons are not known to me. They were, at the time, making money.

Years ago I enjoyed a visit with Glenn and Lia in Port Macquarie where they played a prototype new top of line speaker of much less conventional appearance than their earlier large tower models.

That would be the 'Enterprise'. It takes a lot to elicit gasps from a Las Vegas CES audience, but the Enterprise did just that. An astonishingly good looking speaker, with peerless sonic abilities.

They were very enthusiastic about its potential and the future of the company but soon after Audio Definition seemed to disappear from view. I have always wondered why.

Cheers Mike

Like I said: I don't know. I've heard some rumours, but I won't be repeating them.

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Thanks ZB. Its a real pity the Enterprise didnt make to the marketplace. I appreciate you not repeating rumours as doing so doesnt help anyone.

Thanks Mike

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I'd love to have a look at those Enterprise's

Seb

I may have some photographs around somewhere. This was long before digicams, so if I still have them, they'll be in one of a couple of large boxes. When/if I locate them, I'll post to this thread.

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Audio Definition were based in Port Macquarie, NSW. Glen Portch (sp?) and Lia Galante were the principals of the company. The speakers were designed using the latest computer software and techniques (at the time) and very high quality materials and driver were used. There were, indeed, excellent speakers. I did numerous hi fi shows with Glen and Lia (including two Las Vegas CES shows), so I know the sound of their products quite well.

I am not sure but I think Lia's father was a Port Macquarie cabinet maker. Gives a speaker manufacturer a head start. Lia would have had to be the greatest woman in Australian Hi Fi EVER !! Charisma plus!! I have a vague memory of the Hi Fi show in Sydney in the early 90's

where they were showing a loudspeaker for home cinema using curved fibrleglass enclosures. They were also exporting successfully to Asia. I think surfboard manufacturing up at Port may have given them some ideas.

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I am not sure but I think Lia's father was a Port Macquarie cabinet maker.

Correct. Lia was quite the cabinet maker.

Gives a speaker manufacturer a head start. Lia would have had to be the greatest woman in Australian Hi Fi EVER !! Charisma plus!! I have a vague memory of the Hi Fi show in Sydney in the early 90's

where they were showing a loudspeaker for home cinema using curved fibrleglass enclosures. They were also exporting successfully to Asia. I think surfboard manufacturing up at Port may have given them some ideas.

All correct, though I don't know about the sufboard manufacturing.

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Probably not good form, but I will add that I have one of its power conditioners. It's a sturdy thing and drips quality. I managed to get the speil as well, which shows how serious they were in the design. I can scan and post if anyone would like to read it. Aparently the transformers are good for another decade, at least, so I'm stoked.

Cheers, Thistle.

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Amazing what you can find when you go looking in your "files "

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If anyone is interested I will try to scan pictures and inside of brochure which is quite descriptive tomorrow.

Cheers Mike

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Those enclosures on the enterprise were way ahead of their time.

Regarding the surfboard thing I meant Glen had made a few boards for himself ,not commercially.

I remember talking to him about gel coat ,molds etc.

They were always happy to talk to customers.

Great business people.

Their speakers were always great value for money.

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Thank you Ando for the photo's and thank you to all of you for the info, those Enterprise's look amazing.

The guys at Duratone told me the man who started Audio Definition was in the police force and when he retired with his super he started making top end speakers I don't know how accurate that story is but I just thought some of you might like to know.

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Seb

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Thank you Ando for the photo's and thank you to all of you for the info, those Enterprise's look amazing.

The guys at Duratone told me the man who started Audio Definition was in the police force and when he retired with his super he started making top end speakers I don't know how accurate that story is but I just thought some of you might like to know.

Cheers

Seb

Very close to accurate. Glenn was in an extremely serious motor cycle accident (he was a motor cycle cop) and spent several months in hospital. He took the money and left the force.

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I must say I am so impressed and surprised to hear all of this thread. I did not think that anyone remembered us.

From the start of the thread - the Duets - my favourite. If you would like to know all about them, contact me directly and let me know the serial number off the back.

RE: Audio Definition. Started in 1988 - I was the cabinet maker and Glenn designed the crossovers. The model line up refined over the years and we were proud to say we had many international sales and shows along with speaker of the year awards.

We did in fact make a good amount of $$, but it was the slow down of the market in 1996 that we decided to go sit on a beach instead.

The Enterprise did make it onto the market. There are 5 pairs in total - Glenn has 1, someone in SA has another and 3 in China.

I am now in Northern QLD following other endevours.

Would love to talk to anyone who would like information.

0409 001 123

Thank you once again to all who have added to this thread - especially my mate TW

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Audio synergy here in Perth used to stock audio definition in the early nineties.........I auditioned a few of them , one in particular

sounded great , cant remember the model number .

It was a very large piano black finished floorstander , 5 sided cabinet I think , tapered at the back.

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Thank you for buying my speakers -

The Duets were my favourite model.

If they are 16 years old I can safely say that they were the final design. That is Seas 6" bass drivers x 2 and a Seas Neodinium Tweeter (bullet) horn loaded.

If you press gently on the front of the sock you can feel them and there symmetric positioning.

They are bass reflex. The port is at about half way down the front.

The sock is not easy to remove and replace - but if absolutely necessary it starts at the bottom. Bass plate then sock then terminals. It is tricky lining it back up to put it back together. I have photos is you want to message me your number or email.

If you have any other questions - I am happy to talk with you.. my number is down further on this thread.

Kind regards

Lia

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Well I am stoked thank you Lia for taking the time to respond to this thread and thank you for your no I will ring you.

I really had no idea about these speakers absolutely no information on the net (I am a net junkie) they just looked like quality and their sound is lovely I'm so happy I took a chance on them and as you can see by the threads you're not forgotten.

Thank you for making awesome speakers.

Kind regards

Sebastian

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You are most welcome Sebastian.

I will try to add some photos.

Funny I only found this because a friends said have you ever googled yourself lol

Let me know if the photos come up

Kind regards

Lia

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You are most welcome Sebastian.

I will try to add some photos.

Funny I only found this because a friends said have you ever googled yourself lol

Let me know if the photos come up

Kind regards

Lia

morning lia,

if you can't find those photo's of you in that bikini swimsuit competition, let me know as i still have the newspaper clipping.

regards,g.

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Can we get that clipping scanned and posted.

Audiophile pin-up girl 1996 ?

You got my vote.

Which leads me to the question. Who is the most attractive woman in the hi fi industrie EVER !!!

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morning lia,

if you can't find those photo's of you in that bikini swimsuit competition, let me know as i still have the newspaper clipping.

regards,g.

I want to see those bikini shots too...... lol

Lia

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I want to see those bikini shots too...... lol

Lia

very modest bikini and masses of curly hair.

i used to go out with the busty blonde who won that year hence the clippings from the port advertiser.

regards,g.

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Which leads me to the question. Who is the most attractive woman in the hi fi industrie EVER !!!

Ha--Well At the early 90's shows Mark had his then Girl friend, and later wife Kim Cattrall handing out flyers at his room.

Today--hard to say but a few years ago Jozefína Lichtenegger from EAT was cutting a fine look at CES.

Willco

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Well I haven't seen her but I have spoken to her nice lady smart too what a pity she doesn't make speakers anymore if you read this Lia it was really great to chat with you.

Cheers

Sebastian

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Hi Lia, Nth QL, sounds excellent & hopefully really relaxing for you. I bought a set Of large Audio Definitions (no where near top of the range), and it was my 1st real foray into quality gear. I was lucky enough to have found you guys, referred by Harry, I've lived in Port Mac for the last 24 yrs, and the speakers were and still are excellent, so great that when my wife pushed hard for smaller speakers, I had real trouble letting them go. My eventual choice was to sell them to a good mate 5 doors up, supply him with an alright Harmann Kardon Hi power 650 and I now enjoy them at his place on weekend visits. One proviso was that if he ever wanted to change speakers, I get 1st choice of repurchasing them.

On my 1st visit to Lia & Glenns place, I made the mistake of assuming Glenn was the main designer and was blown away that Lia had such vast knowledge and did the designing, apologies again Lia. They had a great setup and I was so impressed with my purchase, I returned and got brochures on almost every model available. I still have them somewhere and probably in good nick, the Enterprises included.

Lia explained some of the science in their manufacture, where + how sound is generated from a driver, time alignment, etc, what a lady, Thanks Lia

The plan was to upgrade in the future but 3 kids really slowed that down and by the time I was seriously considering another model, it was too late.

. I caught up with Glenn last year and still owe him a driver for some speaker maintenance, might try to catch up this weekend.

Anyway, you are both wonderful people and wish you all the very best, I've still got Glenns ex-police boots I picked up at the "clearing sale". Take it easy and enjoy all you can,

The Photo?, I recall that in the local paper I think, lovely Lia. If it is available, It'd be nice to have a copy, I'm sure it would look great near the speakers at Boz's place, I'm not sure my wife would get it here in the house.

PS. The speaker cartons lasted a good 3-4 mths as a maze I constructed with lots of tape and stuff for the kids, very happy days. I've very recently found a replacement for the AD's under Glenn's advice, A beaut pair of Orpheus Aurora 3s, as yet to be fully set up with a Rotel RHB10 + an old REL strata subwoofer, and an Onkyo AV 727 which is next in line to be bypassed. I need equivalent Hi quality front end and preamp as funds become available, Have to be 2nd hand but there's some nice stuff out there for a moderate price. Advice requested on suitable components, I'm leaning toward Rotel obviously, pretty likely HDCD.

Take care of your ears and all the best to both Lia and Glenn, cheers, Mark

Note: for stereo purists, if you haven't heard a good quality "Q sound" recording on CD, try one, your in for a major surprise. Roger Waters "Amused To Death" is stunning BUT, be warned. The lyrics are highly confronting and disturbing, It took me a good 6 months to get it in context and then it became a favourite. I'm not sure if it's necessary to have a fair bit of Pink Floyd under your belt to "get It", There's not many people I know that are even aware of it. I suggest you Don't play it with Kids around, you will traumatize them.

Enough already, Good night. -_-

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Probably not good form, but I will add that I have one of its power conditioners. It's a sturdy thing and drips quality. I managed to get the speil as well, which shows how serious they were in the design. I can scan and post if anyone would like to read it. Aparently the transformers are good for another decade, at least, so I'm stoked.

Cheers, Thistle.

Hey 'Thistleblower' timestamp '1326179892' post '636184' I wasn't aware of the power conditioners fron Lia + Glen, I live in Port + visited the factory a few times, Sometimes I.m a bit slow on the uptake and don't realize when it' "time to go". Anyhow, with a lot of luck over the decades I've cobbled together some fine components, to the extent that perhaps a power conditioner is in order as a next stepup. There's probably a few on the market and I know the UK HI End market swore by them, or at them depending on ability.

Knowing Lia + Glen's attention to detail combined with technical expertise, I'd trust the Technical specification's they chose as a benchmark with which to choose something out of the market place. I only have a modest budget, so HI quality newbies are probably out. I'd appreciate the posting of any info on the Audio Definition model and any verbal info you may recall if you would thanks.

Like many, it would be a pipe dream to hope to get a 2nd hand one of Lia + Glen's at an affordable price, TOOO much in demand I'd suspect, but I like the research nearly as much as the acquisition and final tryout, as much a search of knowledge combined with art as anything. These two are full of surprises. anyhow thanks for anything you can offer, and got to say this is one of the best forum s I've come across on things HIFI. Thanks again, Kram

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I sourced a pair of "Audio Definition" speakers via eBay in 2006. However I was unable to source any meaningful history behind the brand until I came across this posting this morning.

These speakers are very large and weigh some 60 kilos each. They have four drivers, a tweeter and a small ribbon speaker in each cabinet. I (and others) find the mid to high end is stunning and very different to much "high end" gear out there.

I was recently tempted to trade these out (I am currently selling 3 B&W802 matrix 80's via eBay at this time) as I have recently purchased a really wonderful pair of Pioneer S1-EX's (TAD technology) to add to my collection.

However and upon painful review, I cannot part with these babies as they add a different dimension to the mix (I also run a pair of ML Odyssey’s), and I like the idea of jumping from one set of speakers, to another, or often driving two / or more sets at once to reinforce the soundscape.

I am attempting to contact Lia to ascertain what series / model these great speakers belonged to. I shall eventually post some images of these babies if anyone is interested.

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My avatar is one of the Audio Definition brochures.

These speakers were quality and still are today and yes very little known about them when I spoke to Lia she informed me that most of their business went to Asia China their biggest market so its probably a good bet we won't be seeing much of their stuff ever coming back through the second hand sites

I don't plan on selling my Duets and maybe you should hold on to yours in fact you are only the second owner of this brand of speakers that I've heard about they've almost been forgotten about which is a great shame upload some pics it would be nice to some more of these speakers in all their glory.

Even the pics aren't on the net if you do manage to get in contact with Lia she will give you loads of info she's a great lady.

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Thank you for buying my speakers -

The Duets were my favourite model.

If they are 16 years old I can safely say that they were the final design. That is Seas 6" bass drivers x 2 and a Seas Neodinium Tweeter (bullet) horn loaded.

If you press gently on the front of the sock you can feel them and there symmetric positioning.

They are bass reflex. The port is at about half way down the front.

The sock is not easy to remove and replace - but if absolutely necessary it starts at the bottom. Bass plate then sock then terminals. It is tricky lining it back up to put it back together. I have photos is you want to message me your number or email.

If you have any other questions - I am happy to talk with you.. my number is down further on this thread.

Kind regards

Lia

Hi lia a friend gave me pair your speakers i don't anything about them any info on them be nice could you help on them audio definition synergy no 6004 they are near 6ft tall they have grey top and bottom but my friend paint top gold paint don't know why.

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Hi lia a friend gave me pair your speakers i don't anything about them any info on them be nice could you help on them audio definition synergy no 6004 they are near 6ft tall they have grey top and bottom but my friend paint top gold paint don't know why.

got lot picture of them i have remove colth from them see what in side and put backon it on my facebook page here link so see what they like. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=419812901450891&set=pcb.419822391449942&type=1&theater

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Was hoping someone could please help me.

I purchased a pair of Audio Definition Synergy 6015 speakers brand new many years ago, love them to bits and they are still going strong.

I originally had a glossy ad for them with specs etc. but I've lost it over the years, I even think that the ad had something about an award the speakers won from memory.

Can anyone give me any technical info about the speakers?

In particular what impedance/ohms are they rated at.

Watts etc would be awesome too.

I am particularly interested in the impedance because I recently upgraded to a new receiver and want to set it to the correct ohms to make sure I don't damage my beautiful speakers.

Hoping someone can help.

Cheers

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Was hoping someone could please help me. I purchased a pair of Audio Definition Synergy 6015 speakers brand new many years ago, love them to bits and they are still going strong. I originally had a glossy ad for them with specs etc. but I've lost it over the years, I even think that the ad had something about an award the speakers won from memory. Can anyone give me any technical info about the speakers? In particular what impedance/ohms are they rated at. Watts etc would be awesome too. I am particularly interested in the impedance because I recently upgraded to a new receiver and want to set it to the correct ohms to make sure I don't damage my beautiful speakers. Hoping someone can help. Cheers

 

Set it to 4 Ohms.

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Set it to 4 Ohms.

Excellent, thank you.

Any other specs you know about these speakers?

I have had the new receiver since the weekend and it comes default at 8 Ohms.

What effect would that have on the sound?

Could it damage anything?

Just read the receiver manual and it says I can set it at 8 or 6 Ohms.

Says to use 6 for 4 Ohms speakers.

Does this sound correct?

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Excellent, thank you.

Any other specs you know about these speakers?

I have had the new receiver since the weekend and it comes default at 8 Ohms.

What effect would that have on the sound?

Could it damage anything?

Just read the receiver manual and it says I can set it at 8 or 6 Ohms.

Says to use 6 for 4 Ohms speakers.

Does this sound correct?

 

I don't have the specs for those speakers any longer. Most (all?) Audio Definition speakers were built to 4 Ohm specs. Save your money for a decent amp to run them. AVR don't count as 'decent'.

 

Could setting the amp for 8 Ohms damage anything?

 

Maybe, but unlikely in the short term. The amp could suffer damage in the long term though. Set it for 4 Ohms.

 

Save your money for an amp that can deal with 4 Ohms (or lower) impedances.

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I don't have the specs for those speakers any longer. Most (all?) Audio Definition speakers were built to 4 Ohm specs. Save your money for a decent amp to run them. AVR don't count as 'decent'.

 

Could setting the amp for 8 Ohms damage anything?

 

Maybe, but unlikely in the short term. The amp could suffer damage in the long term though. Set it for 4 Ohms.

 

Save your money for an amp that can deal with 4 Ohms (or lower) impedances.

Thank you very much for the advice.

I have set the amp to 6Ohms and the manual said it should be that selection for 4Ohms.

Personally I can't tell a lot of difference between the two settings, I think the 8 setting had more base..

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