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An interview with Geoff Matthews

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

“The way I do business is not about having a filing cabinet full of brands. I feel for us to do a really good job we have to focus on a group of products, and then go and work really hard at growing those brands… We’re in a positive place, we’ve got a business that’s structured to do all that business. Good brands, and good people.”

Geoff Matthews, Managing Director of Convoy International after more than 50 years with the company, passed away on February 28th 2019 in Engadine NSW, due to unexpected complications from a recent illness.Read the full article

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60 Degrees of Immersion – Genelec-Stewart home cinema

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

OUR FULL FEATURE ON THIS HOME CINEMA IS BELOW, BUT YOU CAN SEE THE ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PAGES AS PDFs BY CLICKING RIGHT >>>

We are often invited to visit home cinemas — sometimes high-value installations, sometimes flagship installations, invariably rooms which showcase the skills of the installation team, as well as the quality or value of equipment therein. It’s a privilege to visit what are usually private homes, and often wildly impressive homes too, in which the owners value privacy and anonymity.… Read the full article

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Jackson DK3 Okoume + Ash

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Jackson takes two different approaches to the same basic guitar with a simple, but effective change of body woods. Words by Peter Hodgson.

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #131Subscribe to our print edition here!

It’s been interesting to see Fender Musical Instrument Corp juggle its many different guitar brands. In recent years, it appears they’ve really hit the right mix: Fender makes… Well… Fenders.

If you want guitar with a hot‑rodded Fender feel, you look to Charvel where you’ll get things like Floyd Rose tremolos and humbucking pickups on otherwise pretty Strat-like form factors.Read the full article

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Record Store Day special releases!

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Record Store Day 2019 is well into its preparatory stages, ready to celebrate all that’s black and spinnable come April 13th, and the first special releases have been announced. Here are highlights, with links through to more…

Rush – Hemispheres picture disc

* 1LP Picture Disc

* First reissue of the 1978 picture disc edition of Hemispheres continuing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s iconic album.

Thin Lizzy – Black Rose

* Format: 2LP with extras

* Released in 1979, Black Rose is one of the iconic Irish band’s best loved albums.… Read the full article

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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine – 50th Anniversary

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

It all began at the 1968 Hi-Fi Show in the Hotel Russell, Bloomsbury, London.

I was sales manager at Mullard Electronics Limited where work was proceeding to mass-produce solid-state products for industry. Previously the company had built its reputation for making valves (vacuum tubes) used in radio communication during the war and, increasingly, in post-war domestic radios and audio amplifiers.

At the Show, listening to British brands such as Leak and comparing them to amplifiers from America (such as Marantz) roused my interest in high-fidelity music reproduction in the home.… Read the full article

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FiiO Q1 Mark II Portable DAC Review & Test

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the FiiO Q1 MkII Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

I had been planning to review the FiiO Q1 portable DAC and headphone amplifier, but before quite getting to it, the Chinese firm launched a successor. The FiiO Q1 Mark II is a huge upgrade over the original model. The old unit was a PCM-only device, limited to USB Audio Class 1.0 compatibility. That means it topped out at 24 bit, 96kHz sampling.… Read the full article

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Hi-Fi Industry Luminary Dead

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Geoff Matthews, CEO of Convoy International, has died unexpectedly, following complications from a recent illness, aged 68.

Convoy International issued the following statement: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce that Geoff Matthews, CEO of Convoy International, passed away today in Engadine NSW, due to unexpected complications from a recent illness. The entire Convoy family mourns this loss. On behalf of our management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Matthews family. Geoff was a larger-than-life figure who brought his remarkable passion, energy, and decades of experience in the audio industry to the business.Read the full article

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Hi-Fi Industry Luminary Geoff Matthews Dies

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Geoff Matthews, CEO of Convoy International, has died unexpectedly, following complications from a recent illness, aged 68.

Convoy International issued the following statement:
‘It is with great sadness that we announce that Geoff Matthews, CEO of Convoy International, passed away today in Engadine NSW, due to unexpected complications from a recent illness. The entire Convoy family mourns this loss. On behalf of our management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Matthews family. Geoff was a larger-than-life figure who brought his remarkable passion, energy, and decades of experience in the audio industry to the business.Read the full article

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audio-technica ATH-ANC700BT Bluetooth headphones with noise-cancelling REVIEW

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The art of cancellation

Using ‘QuietPoint’ noise-cancellation with a twist, Audio-Technica delivers a careful balance between the different demands of wired and wireless sound.

Noise-cancelling (NC) and Bluetooth together of course deliver the ultimate in convenience — hands-free without cables, noise-free by cunning cancellation of lower frequencies.

Yet it’s notoriously hard to achieve with distinction. As we’ve seen on many wireless NC designs, problems come when deciding how to ‘voice’ the headphones. Do you create the best possible cabled sound and then hope Bluetooth won’t muck it up too much?… Read the full article

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Tellurium Q Ultra Black 2 Speaker Cable

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Tellurium Q has released its Ultra Black 2 speaker cable, which comes with the unusual option that you can purchase unequal lengths for the left and right channels of a stereo pair.

We can’t say we’d recommend taking advantage of this unusual option, because it means that the electrical characteristics of the cable would be different for each channel, plus the audio signal would take longer to travel down the longer cable than the shorter one, inevitably resulting in an unwanted time delay.… Read the full article

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