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Thiel Audio Repairs

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Speaker manufacturer Thiel Audio may have closed down, but Thiel owners will still have access to replacement drivers and other spare parts—even cabinets, thanks to Thiel Audio’s long time head of service, Rob Gillum, [pictured below in his workshop] who has purchased the company’s entire spare parts inventory and established his own company, Coherent Source Services.

Gillum told Ted Green, of www.strata-gee.com, that he thought he had ‘probably 95 per cent of the parts needed to service all Thiel models,’ and that he was confident that as this stock ran out, he would be able to find substitute parts that would work as well or even better.… Read the full article

Dumpstaphunk: It's Good To Be Back

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Dumpstaphunk tore Bluesfest apart in 2017, and now they’re coming back to finish the job. By Peter Hodgson.

Dumpstaphunk have a reputation for being one of New Orleans’ best musical outfits, which is a hell of an honour given the pedigree of that city. Featuring former members of Keith RichardsX-Pensive Winos, Ivan and Ian Neville, the band also features Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III – arguably the funkiest, dirtiest rhythm section on the planet. 

With 15 storied years as a collective under their belts, jammed with such heavyweights as Mike Gordon, John PopperArt “Poppa Funk” Neville, John Oates, Lukas Nelson, Angelo Moore, Nicki Bluhm, Natalie Cressman, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, Big Chief, Mojo Hanna, Jon Cleary and The SteelTown Horns. … Read the full article

Topwing Flies Down Under

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Pure Music Group has been appointed the sole Australian distributor for TopWing moving coil phono cartridges, which are all manufactured by hand in Japan.

The first two models to arrive, the Topwing Seiryu (pictured above) and Topwing Suzaku (pictured below) will be available for audition at Melbourne retailer Sonic Purity. The Topwing Seiryu (Blue Dragon) and Suzaku (Red Sparrow) cartridges were designed for Topwing by Hiromu Meguro, who was also behind the design of the Grace F-8 and F-9 cartridges.… Read the full article

Bose Soundsport Free Earphones

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

No, Bose’s new Soundsport earphones are not ‘free’, in fact a pair will set you back $299.95. We think Bose intends the ‘Free’ bit to indicate that there are no wires required, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity.

The SoundSport Free is the closest thing to what people have always wanted in a sport headphone,’ said Brian Maguire of Bose. ‘They’re a technology-packed solution that’s stripped down to just two rugged earbuds that feel great, stay connected, stay in, and sound amazing.’

Each SoundSport Free earbud includes Bluetooth and digital signal processing circuitry, and features what Bose calls ‘volume optimised equalisation’.… Read the full article

Pioneer Z Series car speakers – high tech & high-res

By | February 18th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Pioneer Z series

Pioneer’s new Z series of automotive speakers follow the company’s ‘Open and Smooth’ sound philosophy, featuring smooth off-axial frequency response, superior directivity and an extended frequency range engineered to “achieve unprecedented audio artistry” in your vehicle.

“Your vehicle will always be one of the most enjoyable environments to listen to music,” says  Pioneer Electronics Australia’s Product Manager Benjamin Crawford. “During Pioneer’s remarkable 80-year history, our loudspeaker technology has advanced the limits of quality sound reproduction, transforming the musical recording into reality and offering an experience that only we can provide.”

The Z Series use a 29mm aluminium-alloy balanced dome tweeter, developed using HSDOM (Harmonized Synthetic Diaphragm Optimum Method) computer analysi to deliver accurate control of differential vibrations produced by the diaphragm, and improves high frequency dispersion, while the aluminium-alloy allows the tweeter to remain pistonic and linear at frequencies quoted up to 96kHz, allowing replay of high-res audio.… Read the full article

Friedrich Wikland Riemann — Swedish coaxials in birch

By | February 18th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

RiemannSpotted over the weekend at Hi-Fi Mássan, Stockholm, this intriguingly Scandinavian design from Sweden’s Friedrich Wikland is called the Riemann. It has a cabinet crafted from Finnish birch plywood, and features a patented coaxial driver combining an 8-inch bass unit and a one-inch compression driver in a speaker measuring 34cm round, and 38cm deep, available in red, green, blue or white fronted variants.

Other than that, their weighing 15kg each and and being “hand-built in Sweden”, we have little additional information – we’re not even certain they’re designed for stereo use, given the solo performance in the video above.… Read the full article

Bryston Unveils ‘Active’ Speakers

By | February 18th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Canadian manufacturer Bryston is trying to re-define the definition of active speakers with its new ‘Active Loudspeaker’ line-up.

All the speakers in Bryston’s new ‘Active Loudspeaker’ line-up are passive, with no electronics built into the speaker cabinets at all… not even a crossover network. Instead, all amplification and the (electronic) crossovers are external to the cabinets. The external crossover is Bryston’s DSP-enabled BAX-1 active crossover and the external amplifier can be either Bryston’s three-channel 21B3 or its six-channel 24B3 depending on the model.… Read the full article

Blue Designs Yeti USB Mic in Oz

By | February 17th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Blue Designs’s award-winning Yeti plug-and-play USB microphone—the flagship model in this US company’s consumer microphone line-up—is now available in Australia.

The Blue Yeti has three 14mm condenser microphone capsules in the one enclosure, which are switchable to enable cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional or stereo recording patterns. Because the Blue Yeti is a plug and play device, there’s no need to load any drivers into your computer—it will work straight away when plugged into any computer… Mac or PC.

Cardioid is a great choice when the sound source is directly in front of the microphone; bi-directional is perfect for recording interviews or duets, omnidirectional is the perfect pattern for the centre of a conference table, and stereo delivers a stereo recording without the need for an additional microphone.… Read the full article

Rise Against, Sydney, 2018 – Live Gallery

By | February 17th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

In This Issue

In our first issue of Australian Guitar for the year, we’ve gone large with a huge retrospective on AC/DC’s superb and under-rated axeman Malcolm Young with a few bonus words from Frenzal Rhomb’s resident six-stringer, Lindsay McDougall.

We sit down with local heroes Tired Lion, Grenadiers, Polaris and West Thebarton to talk about what it takes to get a hold of the public’s ears in 2018 and get set for Bluesfest Byron Bay with Eric Gales, The New Power Generation and Dumpstaphunk.… Read the full article

Fujifilm Reveals Hybrid High-End X Mount Camera

By | February 16th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Similar in styling to the X-T2, the X-H1 has an all-new ruggedised and weather-sealed bodyshell that’s slightly larger and is made from magnesium alloy that’s 25 percent thicker and has a durable scratch-resistant costing. In ergonomic terms, the control layout is actually quite similar to the medium format GFX 50s, including a top panel read-out screen and big lockable dials for setting shutter speeds and exposure compensation. The EVF has a resolution of 3.69 megadots and the 7.62 cm monitor screen features the same three-way tilting arrangement as on both the X-T2 and GFX 50S.… Read the full article