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Altec Lansing XPEDITION 8 wireless speaker REVIEW

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Altec Services maintained the very first movie sound systems back in the 1920s. And the Lansing Manufacturing Company made loudspeakers as early as 1927, then was bought by Altec in 1941, with Mr Lansing leaving five years later to become the ‘L’ in JBL. These days Altec Lansing is more a ‘brand’ than a company, operating under equity investors in New York: Infinity Lifestyle Brands.

We suspect those early founders would marvel at the XPEDITION 8. It has twin eight-inch woofers that light up and flash.… Read the full article

Motionless In White: A Love Letter To The Fans

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

It’s often argued that every iconic band has three truly great albums in them. But in the case of Pennsylvania weirdcore warriors Motionless In White, they were determined to prove otherwise. Disguise – their fifth studio effort, out now on Hopeless – takes their signature blend of pseudo-goth metalcore, floor-thumping dance-punk and ultra catchy pop-rock, cranks it all up to 11 and siphons it down into a syrup of all the bits their ravenous fanbase goes especially mental for.

It’s the definitive Motionless In White album, and as frontman Chris “Motionless” Cerulli explains to Australian Guitar, there’s a good reason for that: it’s not their Motionless In White album… Well, it is, in a technical sense, but speaking more broadly, Disguise is an album crafted specifically for the fans – a calculated effort to make the album that best defines what Motionless In White is at its core, which uses its four predecessors as research tools and their respective reception as field data.… Read the full article

AG x Melbourne Guitar Show 2019: James Ivanyi

By | June 24th, 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

Dali Oberon Series

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

Dali’s latest speaker series, titled Oberon, is now available through its new Australian distributor, Amber Technology. The Oberon Series is the first Dali entry-level series to use Dali’s patented SMC technology, which is said to drastically reduce non-linear magnetic distortion.

There are six models in the new Dali Oberon Series, and all use Dali’s new oversized (29mm diameter) soft textile dome tweeter, which extends frequency response within 3dB right out to 26kHz. The textile Dali uses for this tweeter is an ultra-light wave weave fabric that is optimised for a larger bandwidth in its lower frequency area to ensure an optimal handover from the bass/midrange driver, to ensure a well-balanced, unforced and very coherent upper midrange.… Read the full article

Hasselblad Revives CFV 50C Capture Back

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

While the updated X1D II mirrorless camera is good news, perhaps even more interesting are two other Hasselblad digital medium format products announced at the same time. One is the revival of the CFV 50C capture back which is designed to work with the majority of older V System camera bodies (such as the iconic 500 series), and the other is the 907X, an all-new super slim-line body which accepts the current X System mirrorless lenses.

Photo: Hasselblad

The 907x is a clever idea and leverages both the upgrades to the CFV II 50C back – with which it’s coupled – and the performance of the XCD lenses, but in a more classical medium format camera package than either the X1D or X1D II.… Read the full article

The Beautiful Monument: Fighting On

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

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #133Subscribe to our print edition here!

After meeting their demons on I’m The Sin, post-hardcore powerhouse The Beautiful Monument face them head-on with a follow-up equally powerful and punchy: I’m The Reaper.

Words by Matt Doria.

Having already crushed it at this year’s Download Festival, and sharing the stage with such top-notch acts as Hellions, After Touch and Sleep Talk, The Beautiful Monument are making 2019 their bitch. It’s a breakthrough much deserved for the shred-heavy quartet – especially after a string of hiccups that followed the release of their (violently underrated) 2017 debut, I’m The Sin, like the exodus of more than half their original lineup. … Read the full article

Sennheiser EW 500 G4-CI1 Wireless System

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

Sennheiser strikes back with the next generation of their wireless guitar setup. Alex Wilson tunes in and riffs on the results.

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #133Subscribe to our print edition here!

So, why would you want a wireless guitar system in the first place? Chances are, you’re not The Boss and don’t need to be able to run to every part of a stadium stage. But even those of us playing smaller venues can get justifiably irritated by instrument cables.… Read the full article

Lumin Power Amp

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

Lumin equipment is undeniably beautiful-looking, but until now, you’ve not been able to buy a matching power amplifier. The new Lumin AMP power amplifier is a perfect cosmetic match with many Lumin components and exactly the same width and depth as several of the company’s network streamers. (Click images to enlarge.)

Rated with a power output of 160-watts per channel into 8Ω, 320-watts per channel into 4Ω and 640-watts if you bridge the left and right channels for mono operation, the new Lumin power AMP is a linear Class-AB d.c.-coupled design with fully discrete voltage and current gain stages and built-in overload, thermal and d.c.… Read the full article

Yamaha MusicCast 50 wireless multiroom speaker REVIEW

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

The MusicCast ecosystem is too vast to picture in a family portrait, as we have done with some others in this group test. From lifestyle speakers through amplifiers and AV receivers to a piano and the Vinyl 500 networked turntable reviewed last month, Yamaha has been spreading its streaming and multiroom platform across a wider product portfolio than any of its main rivals; only the third-party platforms like Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay could claim a larger list of compatible models.… Read the full article

HEOS 5 HS2 wireless multiroom speaker REVIEW

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

The HEOS streaming multiroom platform was the first of the new wave which arrived to rival Sonos, and in many ways it’s been the most consistent of them ever since. Its ecosystem of wireless speakers, preamp, amps and soundbars has evolved to include new models and new generations, including the latest ‘HS2’ versions which include high-resolution audio support and integrated Bluetooth. But the physical designs have not been radically revamped, as some rivals have felt the need to do. And while the available music services have been extended, the app design remains as simple and solid (see below) as the day the range was launched.… Read the full article