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By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

ZOOM delivers good sounds and good value… Again. Words by Steve Henderson.

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #134Subscribe to our print edition here!

When ZOOM released their first multi-effect unit (the 9001) in 1990, everyone was amazed at the amount of processing power that a simple-looking, belt-pack unit could deliver. The tones were very processed, in an ‘80s kind of way, and they might not have appealed to everyone (what does?), but nobody could deny the bang-for-buck value. … Read the full article

Naim Audio Mu-so 2nd Generation wireless speaker REVIEW

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Return of the Mu-so

Redesigned with new drivers and new abilities, does the second gen of Naim’s Mu-so wireless multiroom speaker maintain the magic?

Naim Audio isn’t as odd as it once was; its jokey arrogance has largely subsided, and it answers, to at least some extent, to its holding company masters across the Channel, VerVent Audio Group, also owners of Focal.

But this hasn’t stopped it delivering both high-level product like the Statement (see page 36) or projects which combine the skills of the two VerVent companies, as does this Mu-so wireless speaker, which benefits from an injection of Focal’s design flair and driver nous.… Read the full article

JBL Flip 5

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

It’s 2019, so it’s time for a new version of JBL’s Flip wireless portable speaker. This time around, it’s the JBL Flip 5, which is just like last year’s JBL Flip 4, but has a USB-Type C port, and a larger capacity battery (4800mAh) which JBL says will ensure 12 hours of continuous play.

The new JBL Flip 5 is IPX7 waterproof and is available in eleven different colours. It includes JBL’s ‘PartyBoost’ circuitry, so you can link it with another Flip 5 and enjoy stereo sound, or you can link it to multiple ‘PartyBoost’ compatible products so the same tune is playing everywhere in the house (and outside it).… Read the full article

Leica unveils limited edition M MONOCHROM “Signature” camera

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

You might know Andy Summers as the longstanding shredder of iconic English rock band The Police – but did you also know he’s a damn fine photographer in his own right?

To honour the work of the 76-year-old virtuoso, Leica have developed a new camera that – in addition to all the usual drool-inducing features you’d expect from one of their world-class point-and-shoots – incorporates elements of Summers’ signature Fender guitar, including a leatherette that matches a collage from Summers’ own photo collection.… Read the full article

Full Gallery: The Amity Affliction, Sydney 12/09/19

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

In This Issue

In this ultra-stuffed edition of Australian Guitar, we’re going heavy: alongside our enormous, exclusive head-to-head with nu-metal titans Slipknot, we get down to the (barbed) wire with shredding heroes like Steve Vai, Northlane, Baroness and Killswitch Engage, plus take a deep dive into the ABCs of Metallica. We also head backstage for an in-depth look at Karnivool’s recent national theatre tour, jet over to Europe to hit the Graspop and Jera On Air festivals, and riff through the best acoustic guitars on the market in our exclusive shootout.… Read the full article

Live Review + Gallery: The Amity Affliction, Sydney 12/09/19

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Who: The Amity Affliction / Underoath / Crossfaith / Pagan
Where: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
When: Thursday September 12th, 2019
Review: Matt Doria (Website)
Photos: Britt Andrews (Facebook / Twitter / Patreon)

Whoever books The Amity Affliction‘s touring lineups deserves the raise to end all raises. The scene-stealing ‘core kids have always had a knack for swinging out huge, international-centric package deals, but for their career-defining Heaven And Hell jaunt, they’ve gone above, beyond and then some.… Read the full article

Santana: The Language Of The Soul

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #134Subscribe to our print edition here!

Carlos Santana has such a way with words that interviewing him left us stuttering in awe. But if there’s one thing he’s more adept at than speaking, it’s working the fretboard of his guitar. A certified maniac creating bright, colourful solos that cut through the mix like a hot knife through butter, when Matt Doria gets the Mexican mind-melter on the phone, he’s treated to the best of both worlds.Read the full article

Bryston BDA-3.14 Streaming DAC

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Bryston’s new BDA-3.14 DAC includes a built-in music player, an on-board digital volume control and features Bryston’s ‘Manic Moose’ interface. [Click on images to enlarge]

The Bryston BDA-3.14 is an enhancement of the multi-award-winning BDA-3 DAC that can decode up to 384kHz/32-bit PCM music and up to DSDx4 natively, so that each format is processed at its native resolution, without any fidelity-reducing sampling-rate conversions. As with the BDA-3, the BDA-3.14 has ten discrete inputs including four two-channel HDMI connections, asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, TOSLINK, and digital coaxial, plus it includes Bryston’s network module, which facilitates control via TCP/IP and RS-232.… Read the full article

Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX

By | September 17th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Wilson Audio’s newest loudspeaker, the Chronosonic XVX, although designed by Daryl Wilson, contains much of the technology found in the WAMM Master Chronosonic designed by his father, the late David Wilson, who founded the company in 1974.

Some of the technology developed for the WAMM now resides in the Chronosonic XVX in a simpler form, said John Giolas of Wilson Audio. ‘More than in any other previous loudspeaker, we have introduced more technology, features, and manufacturing processes in the Chronosonic XVX so that—short of the WAMM itself—no other loudspeaker reproduces music as realistically or communicates the emotional power of the artists so eloquently.Read the full article

MartinLogan 'Motion i' in Australia

By | September 17th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

MartinLogan will be known to many readers for their electrostatic large-panel speakers which have delivered one of the benchmarks of electrostatic sound over the last 40 years.

But the company also makes more conventional cabinet speakers, of which the Motion series brings some of that electrostatic signature in their use of Folded Motion and Folded Motion XT tweeter technology, building on the JET design of Dr. Oskar Heil, where a thin-film transducer is folded to achieve a surface area 8 to 10-times that of a typical 1-inch dome tweeter, yet requiring 90% less excursion by squeezing air, like an accordion, with high efficiency and low distortion. … Read the full article