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JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth Speaker

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

JBL has added a new battery-powered waterproof Bluetooth speaker to its range, the JBL Charge 4. (Click on images above and below for larger versions.)

The JBL Charge 4 uses a newly developed driver with more cone area (50×90mm) and greater excursion than any driver previously fitted to a JBL Charge, and JBL claims the Charge 4 can not only play for up to 20 hours using its built-in rechargeable battery, but also charge any smart device connected to its charging port.… Read the full article

Devin Townsend: Into The Mind Of The Empath

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #132Subscribe to our print edition here!

The bald man with the big jams (a.k.a. Devin Townsend) is back, and with Empath, he looks to find a musical translation to the absolute chaos that is Earth in 2019. Words by Matt Doria.

The eccentricity of Devin Townsend’s art makes him a favourite of those who like to… Erm, open their third eye with some ingestible assistance, so to speak, before they sit down to spin his tunes.… Read the full article

B&W Formation Suite

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

B&W has released a suite of wireless home audio products it calls its ‘Formation Suite’ that uses a proprietary mesh wireless network to stream 24-bit/96kHz audio between the different components. (Click on image above for larger view.)

Leading the suite of products is the B&W Formation Duo powered loudspeaker system, which has a 25mm carbon-dome tweeter-on-top ‘borrowed from B&W’s 700 Series, plus a 165mm Continuum bass/midrange driver ‘borrowed’ from B&W’s 800 Series. Both are driven by a 125-watt amplifier to deliver a claimed in-room frequency response extending from 25Hz to 33kHz.… Read the full article

FACEHUGGER ALERT: Celebrate Alien evolution and WIN!

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

It was a classic movie tag-line –  “In space no one can hear you scream.” Forty years ago the film that birthed the wildly successful ALIEN franchise introduced the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo, awakened from stasis during a voyage home to Earth when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from the desolate nearby moon, LV-426.

The name of that moon has given the date to ALIEN DAY on April 26th, while on April 24 the all-new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the original ALIEN will be available in Australia.… Read the full article

Canon Adds More Value To Entry-Level D-SLR

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The launch of a new D-SLR is becoming a cause for celebration as mirrorless models increasingly dominate the interchangeable camera market. The Canon EOS 200D Mark II (designated the EOS 250D in some markets) is the first new D-SLR since Nikon’s D3500 which was introduced way back in late August 2018.

Photo: Canon

Like the D3500, the EOS 200D Mark II is an entry-level model that’s been given a few important updates to keep it competitive and add more value, including 4K video and enhanced autofocusing capabilities.… Read the full article

SVS Prime Pinnacle

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

SVS, best-known for its range of award-winning subwoofers, has released a pair of floor-standing stereo loudspeakers called Pinnacle, so-called because they’re at the top of the company’s ‘Prime’ range of loudspeakers. (Click on image above for larger version.)

The SVS Prime Pinnacle has three 165mm-diameter bass drivers, each in its own separate ported sub-enclosure, a 133mm fibreglass composite cone midrange driver and a 25mm aluminium domed tweeter and is rated with a frequency response of 29Hz–25kHz ±3dB, a sensitivity of 88dBSPL (2.83V @ 1 metre) and a nominal impedance of 8Ω.… Read the full article

Denon AVR-X3500H AV receiver with HEOS REVIEW

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Denon offers quite the full range of AV receivers (technically, the top two are amplifiers, since they don’t have built-in tuners). In the middle of the pack is the AVR-X3500H. This is, of course, a networked receiver. And with Denon these days, that means it supports the highly effective HEOS streaming and multiroom platform, plus some other advanced cool stuff.

The Denon AVR-X3500H is a seven-channel model, with each channel rated at 105W into eight ohms at low levels of distortion (two channels driven).… Read the full article

EAT E-Glo Petit Hybrid Phono Preamplifier

By | April 21st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The European Audio Team, better known as E.A.T., has released a valve-based phono pre-amplifier, the E-Glo Petit. (Pictured above and below. Click on image for larger version.)

Offering both moving-coil and moving-magnet phono inputs, both of which can be adjusted to suit an extremely wide range of cartridge loading requirements for gain, impedance and capacitance, the E-Glo Petit’s circuitry is a hybrid design, using both 12AX7 valves and 2SK209 J-FETs, with not a single op-amp anywhere in sight. ‘With its fully discrete, op-amp-less design, we were able to achieve an outstanding sound in a small and compact form factor,’ says Jozefína Lichtenegger of E.A.T.… Read the full article

The Saboteurs, Sydney – Live Review + Gallery

By | April 21st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Johnny Hunter // The Saboteurs
The Big Top, Sydney 20/04/2019
Photos: Peter Zaluzny (Facebook / Twitter) Review: Tegan Jones (Twitter)

There’s something poetic about The Saboteurs performing their first proper headline show in eight years here in Australia (save for the Third Man Records anniversary shows earlier in the month). It’s the one country in the world where they can’t go by their name of choice thanks to a Queensland band that uploaded a single song to Triple J Unearthed back in 2010.… Read the full article

The Saboteurs, Sydney, 2019 – Live Gallery

By | April 21st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

In This Issue

In this jam-packed new issue of Australian Guitar (pun intended), we tap into the mind of the man bringing a fierce new edge to the blues: the one and only Gary Clark Jr. We’re also showcasing a whole stack of artists who are switching things up in 2019, like Dream TheaterDevin Townsend, Bring Me The Horizon, Girlpool, La Dispute and Foals. Plus, we catch up with the elusive Kurt Vile before he lands Down Under for Bluesfest. … Read the full article