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Clearaudio Smart Power 12V

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

Clearaudio has released the Smart Power 12V, a battery-based d.c. power supply designed to improve the performance of Clearaudio Concept Series and Performance DC turntables. (Click image to enlarge.)

When it’s being used to power a compatible Clearaudio turntable, the Smart Power 12V completely isolates the turntable’s electronics from the mains power supply, whilst it delivers a clean, exact 12 volts of direct current to the turntable. ‘The Clearaudio Smart Power 12 provides clean power that is independent of the voltage variability and inherent noise of the mains supply,’ said Nigel Ng, of Advance Audio, which distributes Clearaudio in Australia.… Read the full article

Laura Jane Grace: Devouring Australia

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

Against Me! and Australia go together like millennials and crippling debt. The genre-defining punk band’s frontwoman, Laura Jane Grace, has long called our sandy shores her second home – we were one of the first countries outside the US to embrace the band’s slinky rhythms and raw honesty, and with each subsequent tour since their first in ’07, the venues have only grown bigger and sold out faster. In total, Grace and the Transgender Dysphoria Blues crew have made the trek over an impressive seven times in ten years. … Read the full article

AG x Melbourne Guitar Show 2019: Nick Charles

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

Making its way back to the Caulfield Racecourse for its fifth consecutive year, the Melbourne Guitar Show is eyeing August 2019 off like a dog eyes off its dinner. Poised to be its biggest and best jaunt yet, this year’s show – kicking off across the weekend of August 3rd and 4th – promises a (quite literally) jam-packed lineup of performers and exhibitors, with an emphasis on getting punters hands-on with the enormous array of axes on show.

In the lead-up to this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian Guitar is going full steam ahead on the hype train. … Read the full article

Ortofon Super OM 5E Phono Cartridge

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

Danish manufacturer Ortofon has added a new phono cartridge to its famous OM 5 Series—the Super OM 5E. (Click on image to enlarge.)

Though it’s very obviously based on the entry-level OM 5, Ortofon says this ‘Super’ version has a more extended frequency response and increased separation between left and right channels, plus it has an elliptical stylus, for improved tracking and reduced distortion. ‘Designed with sophisticated computer simulations and built using incredibly precise machining, the Super OM 5E is the pinnacle of the OM 5 Series,’ said Sam Encel, of Interdyn, which distributes Ortofon in Australia.… Read the full article

Clearaudio Jubilee MC Phono Cartridge

By | June 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

German manufacturer Clearaudio has released its new Panzerholz-bodied moving-coil phono cartridge, the Jubilee MC.

This the first Clearaudio cartridge with a body created from Panzerholz, a high-tech, natural wood product manufactured in Germany,’ said Nigel Ng, of Advance Audio, which distributes Clearaudio in Australia. ‘This remarkable high density, high strength and extremely low resonance material despite being dense enough to sink in water and strong enough to be bullet-proof, is also surprisingly light in weight.’ Each Jubilee MC cartridge is finished with a special paint and polish finish borrowed from the elite violin makers working in Germany.… Read the full article

John Floreani: The Eighth Deadly Sin

By | June 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

With their kaleidoscopic 2018 record The American Dream, Trophy Eyes introduced us to a looser, more tonally colourful embodiment of their typically harsh and hot-blooded grunge-punk (or, if you will, grunk). Between the mammoth melodies in “Lavender Bay”, the boom-clap-chant energy of “You Can Count On Me” and the inescapable bounciness of “Something Bigger Than This”, the Novocastrian trailblazers’ third LP showed a clear influence from mainstream, ‘bubblegum’ pop music – something that may even seem insulting to some diehard rock aficionados, but really shouldn’t; whichever way you paint it, pop music is f***ing great.… Read the full article

Paul Clarke at Cogworks

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

Hi-Fi industry veteran Paul Clarke has been appointed General Manager at Cogworks Distribution, the Australian distributor for Meridian, Trinnov Audio, Acurus Aragon, Nakymatone, Fibbr, Pro Audio Technology and others.

Paul will oversee the operation of the company and will work closely with our team in the future development and direction of the overall business,’ said Paul McLean, Custom Sales Manager of Cogworks. ‘Our Design Service and associated benefits will grow in its content and will serve Cogworks’ clients in very good stead.’

Clarke holds a degree in Marketing and has more than 40 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, having started in 1970 with Haco/Hagemeyer (JVC) and worked for major Australian hi-fi distributors including Pioneer, APlus Brands (Interdyn), Audio Active, and Synergy Audio Visual.… Read the full article

Tamron Celebrates 40 Years Of SP Lenses

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

To commemorate 40 years of its ‘Superior Performance’ (SP) lenses, Tamron is launching a modern version of one of its classic designs, the 35mm f1.4 fast wide-angle prime. The new 35mm f1.4 (Model 045) incorporates many of the latest optical technologies and Tamron is describing it as its “ultimate lens”. The company also says that it represents “…the distillation of Tamron’s accumulated lens-making expertise and craftsmanship”.

Photo: Tamron

Designed for full-35mm format D-SLRs, the new Tamron SP 35mm f1.4 Di USD prime’s optical construction comprises14 elements in ten groups which includes a total of seven special types – four made from optical glass with low-dispersion (LD) characteristics and three aspherical elements created via the glass moulding (GM) process.… Read the full article

8K TV update: Samsung, LG and TCL monster TVs

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Samsung’s 98-inch 8K QLED TV has now arrived on our shores…

8K TV resolution is all about larger screen sizes, so we’ve been relatively unenthused over Samsung’s release of 55-inch, even 65-inch 8K TVs, as you’d need to be sitting inches from the screen to get much of the benefit of the increased resolution over 4K.

But now the monster-sized TVs are arriving, in sizes that can rival projection systems, and with resolution and brightness beyond anything the big-screen can yet deliver.… Read the full article

AG x Melbourne Guitar Show 2019: Phil Manning

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Making its way back to the Caulfield Racecourse for its fifth consecutive year, the Melbourne Guitar Show is eyeing August 2019 off like a dog eyes off its dinner. Poised to be its biggest and best jaunt yet, this year’s show – kicking off across the weekend of August 3rd and 4th – promises a (quite literally) jam-packed lineup of performers and exhibitors, with an emphasis on getting punters hands-on with the enormous array of axes on show.

In the lead-up to this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian Guitar is going full steam ahead on the hype train. … Read the full article