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45% Off Monitor Audio at Eastwood Hi-Fi

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

Eastwood Hi-Fi only recently started stocking speakers from UK manufacturer Monitor Audio, but Eastwood’s Mike Vernon says that despite it being available only a brief time, its has become one of the store’s best-selling brands. ‘We’ve had some incredible success with the Monitor Audio speaker range over the past twelve months and it has gone from strength to strength winning multiple awards’ he told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. ‘The latest addition to the family is the new Monitor Series and we’ve been able to put a package together which shows an incredible discount for a new range and brings premium audiophile musicality and an incredibly detailed home theatre performance to a very affordable price point.’

Available in either Walnut or Black Oak finishes, the system, which normally retails for $3,706 is (while stocks last) currently on sale at Eastwood Hi-Fi for $1,999.… Read the full article

Pioneer UDP-LX500 universal disc player REVIEW

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

Silver machine

From UHD Blu-ray down to video CD, Pioneer’s LX500 premium-level disc player spins the lot with pride.

Our full review is below, or you can read the original magazine pages as PDFs by clicking right >>>

Time moves on. First DVD players, then Blu-ray players and now Ultra-HD Blu-ray players, went from expensive and rare to mere commodity items. My favourite premium brand of disc spinners (and that of many others), Oppo Digital, has now unaccountably decided to stop making them.… Read the full article

Music Man Ball Family Reserve Axis

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

Music Man takes a workhorse guitar up a level (or five). Words by Steve Henderson.

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

Our friends at Music Man have sent us a real treat for this review: a Ball Family Reserve Axis – a beautiful presented twin humbucker solidbody with a gorgeous figured maple top. The Axis series has been around, in various renderings, for a couple of decades now and, from its origin, it was meant to be a straight‑ahead rock machine (thanks Eddie!) without the distraction of multiple switches and knobs.Read the full article

Questyle Wireless Eco System

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

Questyle, so far best-known for its portable audiophile digital audio players, has released its first Wireless Eco System, which comprises a new QP Master ($1,999) portable digital audio player, an SHB2 Super Source ($2,999) preamp/transmitter/dock, a CMA Twelve ($US2,299) and a headphone DAC/Amp. (Questyle also designed an RX200 wireless 200-watt monobloc power amplifier for this system). ‘Together these components make up the first ever completely lossless, uncompressed high-resolution, wireless, Eco system (transmitting over a 5GHz, closed frequency) on the market,’ said Philippe Luder of Audio Dynamics, which distributes Questyle in Australia.… Read the full article

Bluesound Vault 2i networked drive/ripper/streamer REVIEW

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

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Music from the Vault

Bluesound’s latest ‘2i’ generation of the Vault aims for super-reliable hard-drive-based playback, along with all the streaming and multiroom benefits of BluOS.

Our full review is below, but you can read the original magazine pages as PDFs by clicking right>>>

BluOS is a fully mature streaming and multiroom platform, and Bluesound is its lead brand, with an ecosystem covering every corner from wireless speakers to a soundbar/subwoofer combo to streaming amplifiers.… Read the full article

McIntosh MPC500 Power Controller

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

McIntosh has released a surge protection device it calls the McIntosh MPC500 Power Controller (pictured above, click on image for larger view).

The McIntosh MPC500 provides its 240V a.c. mains protection by using three thermally protected metal-oxide varistors (TPMOVs), plus voltage monitoring, so the MPC500 will automatically switch off connected devices in a brown-out. The a.c. line is also filtered to prevent against electromagnetic interference. For Ethernet, coaxial, and other low voltage devices the McIntosh MPC500 provides protection via Gas Discharge Tubes (GDT), Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) thermistors and Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVSs).… Read the full article

Full Gallery: Cub Sport, Sydney 12/04/19

By | April 17th, 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

Onkyo TX-SR393 AV Receiver

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Onkyo’s new budget-priced TX-SR393 5.2-channel AV receiver (pictured above and below, click on images for larger versions) has both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X built in.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X bringing extraordinary flexibility to simplify next-generation home entertainment,’ said Peter Amos, Managing Director of Amber Technology, which distributes Onkyo in Australia. ‘This is because Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks are mixed in a 3D domain and metadata transposes sound origins within the scene to the corresponding positions in the listening space, tracking effects vertically, horizontally and placing audio all around the audience.’ 

The Onkyo TX-SR393, which puts out 90-watts per channel when two channels are driven (into 8Ω), offers a room-friendly 3.2.2-channel solution to native Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.… Read the full article

Live Gallery: Bring Me The Horizon, Sydney 12/04/19

By | April 16th, 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

Live Review + Gallery: Bring Me The Horizon, Sydney 12/04/19

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Who: Bring Me The Horizon / You Me At Six / Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes / Trophy Eyes
Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
When: Friday April 12th, 2019
Review: Matt Doria (Website)
Photos: Britt Andrews (Facebook / Twitter / Patreon)

Though they’ve officially made the break into arenas worldwide, Bring Me The Horizon still anchor their live set on a palpable and poignant intimacy. Seated punters were a little sparse at their long-awaited Sydney comeback, but the dancefloor was swarming with loud and livid devotees when Sheffield’s finest metalcore-come-pop-rock maniacs rolled out to the pounding bass notes of Amo hit “MANTRA”.… Read the full article