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Sennheiser flagship store opening in Martin Place: pics and deets

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Peter Ogley, COO of Sennheiser Consumer Products,
outside the new flagship store at 5 Martin Place

Sennheiser has a shiny new flagship store in the landmark building of 5 Martin Place, the historic original home of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The ribbon was cut at 6.30pm as massed Sennheiser staff welcomed the first guests to the new store, which allows hands-on experience of not only Sennheiser consumer headphones, but also office and professional products such as the AMBEO VR microphone, conference systems, stage microphones and more.Read the full article

Bluesound Gets Apple AirPlay2

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

All owners of Bluesound Generation 2i Players can now update to Apple AirPlay2 thanks to a software update, enabling owners to stream audio to their player from an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

‘If owners simply follow the update prompts to update to the latest version of BluOS, Bluesound’s award-winning, proprietary hi-res multiroom platform, that will enable AirPlay2 after which they’ll be able to stream music services, podcasts, audiobooks, movies, games, YouTube audio, TV sound and stored music from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer,’ said Geoff Matthews, of Convoy International, which distributes Bluesound in Australia.… Read the full article

Morley Mini Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah Pedal

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Steve Vai’s iconic signature wah pedal gets a limited edition overhaul to take up less pedalboard space, but look cooler while doing it. Words by Peter Hodgson.

Legend has it, there are few guitarists who are more demanding to design signature gear for than Steve Vai. You don’t rise to such technical and compositional levels of excellence without being extremely driven, and Vai’s demands on gear companies are the thing of legend.

So, when he turned to Morley to design a signature wah pedal, I’m sure a few white hairs sprung up on the heads of their engineers.… Read the full article

Smoother Video Shooting With Reddog R1

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Nothing looks more amateurish than jittery video footage, but the equipment the pros use to ensure smooth shooting can be both pricey and bulky. The Reddog R1 is a compact three-axis gimbal stabiliser from tripod-maker Benro, and it’s designed to give super-smooth handheld video shooting with camera-and-lens combos up to 1.8 kilos in weight.

Photo: Benro

A clever design feature of the R1 is that its handle can be very quickly be moved from the vertical to the horizontal position (or vice versa) without changing your grip and thereby allowing for more flexibility when shooting.… Read the full article

JBL Link View smart screen REVIEW

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The smart speaker market has just graduated to include screens — Google’s Home Hub and the Amazon Echo Show have both arrived… but with one or two exceptions, neither company has a good record when it comes to sound quality.

JBL, on the other hand, is a loudspeaker company that has got smart, selling frankly astounding numbers of its wireless speakers, then being very quick to implement Google Voice Assistant into its Link smart speaker range, and now bringing this touch-screen JBL Link View to market in Australia at a remarkable price of just $349 (indeed rather less as we write).… Read the full article

Good Things Festival 2018, Sydney – Live Review + Gallery

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Good Things Festival, 2018
Parramatta Park, Sydney, 08/12/2018
Review & Photos: Peter Zaluzny (Facebook / Twitter)

Calling a brand new festival ‘Good Things’ is a pretty bold move. After all, it leaves the door open for a lot of potentially tough questions. Will it be good for example and, more importantly, will it be a thing? Fortunately, the festival’s inaugural visit to Sydney lived up to its name, and Australia’s loud, riff-laden, hard-rockin’ festival scene felt whole again for the first time in years.… Read the full article

Basement: Self-Helplessness

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #130Subscribe to our print edition here!

Sarah Comey calls Basement axeman Alex Henery with the question on everyone’s lips: how did the Suffolk emos make their fourth album so. damn. good!?

The timeline of Basement is one most emo bands could only daydream of replicating. A figurehead for one of the genre’s most lucrative labels, Run For Cover, the fivesome brewed an enormous underground following with two crash-hot albums that drew kids to their theatre shows like moths to a lamp – 2011’s I Wish I Could Stay Here and 2012’s Colourmeinkindness.… Read the full article

Good Things festival, Sydney, 2018 – Live Gallery

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

In This Issue

In this extra sweet edition of Australian Guitar, we take a deep dive into the weird and wonderful world of Australia’s unforgiving new guitar hero, Tash Sultana.

We also riff on the experimental genius of new-wave prog lord Plini, the ever-growing legacy of The Living End and the game-changing guitar tones of The Amity Affliction – in addition to some quality chats with our mates in HalestormAlice in Chains, DieselJoe Satriani and Muncie Girls.… Read the full article

Parasound JC 3 Jnr Phono Preamp Review & Test

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the Parasound JC 3 Jnr Phono Preamplifier by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

Maybe Parasound should provide ‘Work in Progress’ signs with its JC 3 phono preamplifier, because it’s definitely a work in progress, with both Parasound’s owner, Richard Schram and his designer, John Curl, now on the third iteration, with both apparently unwilling to jettison the original ‘JC 3’ model number. So in the beginning there was the JC3, which begat the JC 3+, which begat the JC 3 Jnr.… Read the full article

2018 Music Man StingRay

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Petrucci and Music Man come up with a road-ready hotrod. Words by Steve Henderson.

The StingRay is a bonafide classic. You’ll hear it booming out the bottom end of every style of contemporary music, because it gets the job done better than anything else. Released in ’76, it immediately became the bass of choice for funk and R’n’B players because of it’s round top end, solid and defined bass, and that sweet mid-range – perfect for the new slapping and popping techniques of the day.… Read the full article