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Technics turntables and more make it to Australia, at last

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The Technics SL-1210MK7 Direct Drive Turntable with EAH-DJ1200 DJ Headphones – now available in Australia.

We’ve been asking for years now why Australia hasn’t seen any of the shiny Technics products which have reached other markets since Panasonic revived the brand in 2015 with some new upmarket turntables, after prematurely mothballing the marquee some five years earlier. It was never quite clear whether it was limited supply, a lack of confidence in the size of the Australian market, or just Panasonic Australia not wishing to start up a revived brand which was behind the non-arrival.… Read the full article

Technics turntables and more make it to Australia, at last

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The Technics SL-1210MK7 Direct Drive Turntable with EAH-DJ1200 DJ Headphones – now available in Australia.

We’ve been asking for years now why Australia hasn’t seen any of the shiny Technics products which have reached other markets since Panasonic revived the brand in 2015 with some new upmarket turntables, after prematurely mothballing the marquee some five years earlier. It was never quite clear whether it was limited supply, a lack of confidence in the size of the Australian market, or just Panasonic Australia not wishing to start up a revived brand which was behind the non-arrival.… Read the full article

Airbourne: Shaking It Up

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #135Subscribe to our print edition here!

On the aptly titled Boneshaker, hard-rock hellions Airbourne kick the energy up a notch by stripping it all back.

Words by Sarah Comey.


Pizza toppings. Conservatives in parliament. Babies crying. There are many things in life to which the classic adage “less is more” applies. Rock ‘n’ roll, however, is typically not one of them. The lashings of distortion that make our speakers look like they’re having a seizure; the avalanche of drums you just can’t help but thrash your hair around to; the rush of adrenaline that pumps through your veins when a ripping solo kicks in.… Read the full article

Airbourne: Shaking It Up

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #135Subscribe to our print edition here!

On the aptly titled Boneshaker, hard-rock hellions Airbourne kick the energy up a notch by stripping it all back.

Words by Sarah Comey.


Pizza toppings. Conservatives in parliament. Babies crying. There are many things in life to which the classic adage “less is more” applies. Rock ‘n’ roll, however, is typically not one of them. The lashings of distortion that make our speakers look like they’re having a seizure; the avalanche of drums you just can’t help but thrash your hair around to; the rush of adrenaline that pumps through your veins when a ripping solo kicks in.… Read the full article

Bose 700 NC Headphones

By | November 11th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Bose claims that its new 700 series wireless noise cancelling headphones represent the biggest leap forward in NC headphones since the iconic QuietComfort, which were likely the world’s most popular noise-cancelling headphones for in-flight use. [Click image to enlarge]

The new Bose 700s have a revolutionary new voice interface that redefines mobile communication the way Bose noise cancellation redefined mobile audio,’ says Brian Maguire of Bose. ‘New technology inside the 700s isolates a user’s voice from unwanted sound, allowing Bose 700 owners to do something that’s never previously been possible: Surrounded by noise from competing conversations, rush-hour traffic  and loud subway platforms, they can share their quiet—and not the noise around them—for crystal-clear calls to home and work, and gain unprecedented accuracy from virtual personal assistants such as Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.Read the full article

Alter Bridge: The Rise Of Skywalkers

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #135Subscribe to our print edition here!

Walk The Sky may be Alter Bridge’s shortest album in over a decade, but rest assured, it’s a monumental slab of career-spanning alt-metal craziness.

Words by Matt Doria.


Celebrating their 15th year of alt-metal domination in 2019, Alter Bridge look back on a timeline that has well and truly established them as the unequivocal leaders of heavy music’s new generation. Led by the inimitable voice of Myles Kennedy (who’s elsewhere shot to stardom as the mic-slinger in Slash’s band) and the double wallop of power in Kennedy and Mark Tremonti’s fierce dynamic as guitarists, the Florida foursome were an instant hit on the shredder’s circuit. … Read the full article

Rega delivers the 'next-level' Aethos amplifier

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Rega’s new reference stereo amplifier, the Aethos, has been announced for an Australian launch in mid-December. It takes concepts from the company’s multi-award-winning Elex-R and Elicit-R amps to the next level in this dual-mono design with features such as fully discrete FET-based line amplifier, polypropylene capacitors throughout the signal path, K-Power reservoir capacitors, and a high current output stage comprising four 160W 16A Sanken output transistors per channel.

The output is quoted at 125W into eight ohms (0.007% THD+N @ 1kHz, 22Hz to 30kHz) or 156W into 6 ohms.… Read the full article

Pro-Ject VC-S2 RCM

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Interdyn has released Pro-Ject’s VC-S2 ALU record cleaning machine (RCM) which it says takes record cleaning to new levels both in terms of the efficacy of the cleaning process and the speed at which LPs are able to be cleaned. [Click image to enlarge]

‘The new Pro-Ject VC-S2 is super powerful and cleans records in as little as two rotations, which is around three times faster than comparable cleaning machines,’ says Leigh Fischer of Interdyn. ‘The result is a much faster and more effective cleaning process, plus the improved motor that Pro-Ject developed to enable this high level of performance is also more robust, so it will last for a long and extended lifetime.’

Unlike many RCMs, the VC-S2 is built from aluminium, so it’s able to withstand fluid spills without compromising the chassis.… Read the full article

Melco S100

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Melco has released a data switch, the S100, which it says will improve the sound quality of any network audio device using an Ethernet connection and a data switch. [Click on image to enlarge]

Melco leveraged the design expertise of its parent company, Buffalo Technology, to create the S100 which it says features architecture unlike that of any other data switch, including an audio-specific low-noise main board with a 1.5MB packet buffer and an audio-grade capacitor bank. ‘The Melco S100’s low-noise design, coupled with highly precise data-handling, gives the S100 uncompromising sound quality when used with Ethernet audio devices,’ said Mark Gusew, of BMC Wholesale, which distributes Melco in Australia.… Read the full article

ifi Zen DAC

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

iFi has released a full-featured high-performance desktop USB DAC, the iFi Zen, that retails for less than $200. [Pictured above: click image to enlarge]

The iFi Zen USB DAC’s digital section is based around a Burr-Brown (Texas Instruments) DSD1793 DAC that supports PCM and DXD data up to 24-bit/384kHz, as well as DSD from 2.8MHz to 12.4MHz (DSD256). ‘Thanks to  the ‘True Native’ design of the DSD1793’s decoding process, PCM and DSD take separate pathways, which enables DSD signals to remain bit-perfect in their native form, right through to analogue conversion,’ said George Poutakidis, of BusiSoft AV, which distributes iFi in Australia.… Read the full article