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CRK Supports Peter Coulson 2019 Workshops

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

C.R. Kennedy & Co. is the major sponsor of multi award-winning photographer Peter Coulson’s 2019 workshop program in Melbourne. These workshops cover a wide range of techniques and topics in fashion and beauty photography, and are scheduled for late February and early March.

Photo: Peter Coulson

An immersive five-day course – titled A Week With Peter Coulson – will enable attendees to gain extensive creative and technical knowledge, covering a wide range of content and providing insights into Peter’s fascinating photographic world.… Read the full article

Yamaha R-N303 R networked stereo receiver REVIEW

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

This is quite the offering — an amplifier presented with the design cues of Yamaha’s finest stereo components, loaded with networking abilities including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify and all the benefits of Yamaha’s MusicCast multiroom system. The price, sir? Just $699. Say again, $699? Something has to give, right?

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The R-N303D does a lot in the networking space, but let’s start with its more conventional amplifier duties. It has six audio inputs in all — four analogue line-level (in the US one of these is replaced by a turntable input, perhaps a disappointing omission for vinyl lovers here), and two digital inputs, one optical, one coaxial.… Read the full article

Lumin T2 Network Music Player

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Lumin’s T2 Network Music Player is now available in Australia from Audio Magic. It has an on-board power supply, and dual ESS9028PRO SABRE DACS that can play back DSD512 and 384kHz PCM and unlike some Lumin models, a USB audio input.

To ensure highest audio quality, the T2 has separate low-noise switching power supplies with dual stage regulators for the analogue and digital sections, plus it features a 32-bit precision digital volume control. ‘The new-generation ESS processor provides DSD512 and 384kHz playback with a DSD128 upsampling option for all files plus a PCM 384kHz upsampling option for all files,’ said Aleksandar Maksimovic, of Audio Magic, ‘with a discrete clock system ensuring precision timing.Read the full article

Epiphone To Launch First New Guitar For 2019: The DC Pro

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

Though their feet are stuck firmly in the future of guitar-making, Epiphone look back to the ’70s with this modernised take on a venerable shredder’s classic. The DC Pro is Epiphone’s first new guitar announced for 2019, and with it set to launch in five equally beautiful finishes (Black Cherry, Faded Cherry Burst, Midnight Ebony, Mojave Fade and Wild Ivy), it’s sure to catch some looks when it’s showcased at this year’s NAMM festival.

Taking its visual cues from Epiphone’s inimitable Del Rey Double Cut design, which the Gibson offshoot popularised in the ’70s, the DC Pro rocks a AAA flame maple ‘veneer’ top, mahogany body and neck (the latter clocking in at 24.75 inches) and a Pau Ferro fretboard.… Read the full article

Marantz ND8006 networked CD player REVIEW

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

The digital all-rounder

It says ‘network CD player’ on the box, but the company’s byline for the ND8006 is that it is “a unique complete digital music source player”. That’s quite the claim in an age when digital sources are evolving every year, and with no shortage of manufacturers aiming to deliver the ultimate do-it-all product. So is the ND8006 really ‘complete’, and what makes it ‘unique’?

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We’ll list the extensive abilities in a moment (in a nutshell it’s a CD player plus DAC plus HEOS).… Read the full article

Blackstar Kick 2019 Off On A Loud Note With New Studio 10 Amp Line

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

Inspired by classic models loved by players across the US and their UK, Blackstar have proved themselves to be one of 2019’s big players with their new Studio 10 amp line.

All three of the ten-watt amps feature an ECC83 preamp tube and a single Celestion Seventy-80 12-inch speaker, and in Blackstar’s own words, were designed to give players “the magic of the Class A, single-ended tube power stage.” Musos that try one out can expect crisp, world-class vintage tones, and a usability that’s unrivalled by Blackstar’s peers. … Read the full article

A history of NAD

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

In Sound+Image’s 30th anniversary issue in August 2017, we looked back at the previous 30 years of hi-fi and AV, including a series of histories of key audio companies. The recent passing of NAD’s “young genius amplifier designer” Bjorn ‘BEE’ Erik Edvardsen (obit story here) has prompted us to place this article online, in salute to the unique talents that made NAD the company which has retained so much of its initial impetus and design ethos through to the present day.Read the full article

B&W 606 Loudspeakers Review & Test

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

Expert review and test of the B&W 606 Loudspeakers by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

It has been eight years since British manufacturer B&W first developed its ‘Continuum’ cone material for use in its flagship loudspeakers, the 800 Series Diamond models, and it’s been six years since B&W released its first ‘Six’ series.

Why mention both events?

Because this year, for the first time, Continuum cones have been integrated into the sixth generation of the company’s critically acclaimed ‘Six Series’.… Read the full article

What is 360 Reality Audio?

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

Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, presenting 360 Reality Audio at the CES 2019 keynote. “The results, audio-wise and sonically, are truly spectacular, and we are now rolling out titles across our vast catalogue,” he said.

What is 360 Reality Audio?

At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Sony announced ‘360 Reality Audio’, describing it as an object-based spatial audio technology which is based on MPEG-H 3D Audio.

But to understand what’s on offer, it’s important to separate two different elements of delivery by 360 Reality Audio.… Read the full article

What is anti-skating?

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

Lately we’ve noticed the release of several turntables—some of them otherwise high-end, expensive units—that dispense with the traditional anti-skating feature.

Sadly, we’ve also read various reasons why it wasn’t necessary on those turntables, and these reasons typically betray a misunderstanding of why it’s needed in the first place.

n fact, anti-skating is needed on virtually all turntables.

he requirement for anti-skating is nothing to do with the quality of the tonearm’s construction or the make of the tone arm bearings or whether the arm is straight or curved.… Read the full article