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EISA Awards 2018-2019 – the Hi-Fi winners!

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

EISA Awards 2018-2019: Hi-Fi

EISA, freshly re-christened as the Expert Imaging & Sound Association, reveals the winners of its 2018-2019 Awards. Technical experts from 55 member magazines and websites in 27 countries across the world have recognised and awarded the following products as the best in their categories.

For 36 years EISA has been selecting the most innovative, cutting-edge products for its prestigious EISA Awards. The Awards are debated and voted upon by groups of specialist judging panels covering the full spectrum of consumer electronics and photographic products, including Hi-Fi, Home Theatre, In-Car Electronics, Photo, Video and Mobile Devices.… Read the full article

EISA Awards 2018-2019 – the Home Theatre winners!

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

EISA Awards 2018-2019: Home Theatre

EISA, freshly re-christened as the Expert Imaging & Sound Association, reveals the winners of its 2018-2019 Awards. Technical experts from 55 member magazines and websites in 27 countries across the world have recognised and awarded the following products as the best in their categories.

For 36 years EISA has been selecting the most innovative, cutting-edge products for its prestigious EISA Awards. The Awards are debated and voted upon by groups of specialist judging panels covering the full spectrum of consumer electronics and photographic products, including Hi-Fi, Home Theatre, In-Car Electronics, Photo, Video and Mobile Devices.… Read the full article

EISA Awards 2018-2019 – the Incar winners!

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

EISA Awards 2018-2019: Incar Electronics

EISA, freshly re-christened as the Expert Imaging & Sound Association, reveals the winners of its 2018-2019 Awards. Technical experts from 55 member magazines and websites in 27 countries across the world have recognised and awarded the following products as the best in their categories.

For 36 years EISA has been selecting the most innovative, cutting-edge products for its prestigious EISA Awards. The Awards are debated and voted upon by groups of specialist judging panels covering the full spectrum of consumer electronics and photographic products, including Hi-Fi, Home Theatre, In-Car Electronics, Photo, Video and Mobile Devices.… Read the full article

Plantronics Gaming Headsets

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Plantronics has released its RIG 500 PRO series of gaming headsets, which deliver high-fidelity audio in an ultra-lightweight body.

The new Plantronics RIG 500 PRO Series gaming headsets are the first to feature an exoskeleton earcup design with isolated inner acoustic chambers. ‘The design is specially built to reduce distortion, creating an unparalleled audio solution for today’s high-resolution gaming platforms,’ said Peter Petrides, of Plantronics. ‘The Xbox and PlayStation officially licensed editions come with the patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial, a 3.5 mm connector with integrated volume control for wireless game controllers so console gamers can adjust volume directly from the controller without lifting their hands.Read the full article

Tropical Fuck Storm: Hot Tropic

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #128Subscribe to our print edition here!

In which one of Australia’s most compelling artists finds new inspiration with young blood, pitch pedals and the least radio-friendly name in the industry. Words by Andrew P Street (especially all the cussing). Photo by Jamie Wdziekonski.

With Tropical F*** Storm, the clue is in the name. There’s something distinctly humid, carnal and aggressive about the band, and despite Gareth Liddiard (of The Drones fame) having been at this rock’n’roll game for over 20 years, he’s clearly not expecting this band to be the fortune-making commercial breakthrough.… Read the full article

JL Audio at Len Wallis Audio

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Len Wallis Audio is now selling JL Audio subwoofers in-store, as a result of Managing Director, Len Wallis’ recent experience at the Munich Hi-End Show.

‘One of the reasons for my visiting Munich was to unearth a premium subwoofer brand which would sit comfortably above our highly respected Sunfire range,’ Wallis told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. ‘After thoroughly examining and researching of the various brands on offer, and numerous visits to JL Audio’s stand, the choice became obvious because I was not only impressed by the demonstrations given, but also by the company’s unmistakable commitment to quality—both in terms of build and of performance.’

Len Wallis Audio will be ranging the complete JL Fathom range of free-standing subwoofers, starting with the JL Audio Fathom F112 V3,w which is a 1,500 watt sealed enclosure design using a 300mm driver.… Read the full article

Australia Beats World Record For Largest Electric Guitar Ensemble

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

Photo by Chris Maric.

Shredders unite!

Over the weekend, 457 guitar-loving Sydneysiders gathered to set a new world record for the Largest Electric Guitar Ensemble, hordes of men, women and children busting out a slick rendition of AC/DC‘s classic “Highway To Hell” at the Sydney Guitar Festival.

Though the final head-count came a little shy of the organisers’ ambitious 500-man concept, an entry fee of $45 meant they managed to net well over the $14,000 target they initially set.… Read the full article

Squier Contemporary Active Stratocaster HH

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

How much guitar can you get for a grand when it says Squier on the headstock? Quite a lot, it turns out! words By Peter Hodgson.

Back in the ‘80s, Fender offered a really fun guitar line called the Contemporary Stratocaster, produced in Japan and offering humbuckers and locking tremolos. They were crazy amounts of fun (although some of the bridges offered were better than others), and they helped to keep Fender relevant in a changing market where everyone wanted ‘Superstrats’ with names like Ibanez, Jackson and Kramer on the headstock.… Read the full article

Bel Canto ACI 600 Amplifier DAC Review & Test

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

Expert review and test of the Bel Canto ACI 600 Integrated Amplifier & DAC by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

Is Bel Canto’s new ACI 600 ‘the ultimate integrated amplifier’, as the famous US manufacturer claims? It could very well be, except that it’s not just an integrated amplifier, it’s also a DAC, a streamer, a pre-amplifier, a power amplifier, and a headphone amplifier, all in the one compact chassis.

The Equipment

It’s a bit spooky once you’ve unpacked the ACI 600 because in spite of the extent of its capabilities, there isn’t a single knob—or button—to be seen on the expansive front panel (and it’s certainly expansive: the ACI 600 is 483mm wide… though it’s only 97mm high).… Read the full article

Fender Announces Diesel Signature Strat

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

Remember the black 70s Stratocaster with pearloid pickguard, black pickups and controls and a Floyd Rose that Mark Lizotte played back in the Johnny Diesel & The Injectors days? Fender Music Australia and Diesel have taken that guitar as the inspiration for the Diesel Signature Stratocaster Limited Edition. 

Working together over six months, Diesel and Fender hammered out the specs to find the perfect balance of what was great about that original guitar and what reflects Diesel’s needs as a guitarist now.… Read the full article