PS Audio Powerplant P20 Trade in offer

Our good friends at PS Audio have a fantastic promotion running at the moment. Trade in your existing power filter/conditioner towards the P20 Powerplant and receive a minimum of $2000! trade in. This is a massive offer that has not been seen before.

This deal is strictly while stocks last, so please contact us via phone or the contact form for current availablilty.

09 August, 2019 by Michael Babb

Bowers & Wilkins Trade in Promotion

For two weeks only, commencing Friday 26th July and ending Friday 9th August, we will offer a special Trade-In Bonus with selected Floor Standing Loudspeaker and Subwoofer models. During this period when you trade in any working speaker towards the models listed below you will be given the minimum 10% Trade In offer as well as a B&W T7 Bluetooth wireless speaker valued at an additional $499 for free!

Speakers Included are:

B&W 603
B&W 704
B&W 703
B&W 702
B&W 804
B&W 803
B&W 802
B&W 800

Subwoofers Included are:

B&W DB4S
B&W DB3D
B&W DB2D
B&W DB1D
26 July, 2019 by Michael Babb

Arcam AVR Trade in deals

Arcam are running a killer trade in deal on the best AVR's on the market. Trade in your current working AVR or Stereo Integrated amplifier towards a new AVR390, AVR550 or AVR850 and save A LOT OF CASH.

AVR390 save $1000 off RRP now $2995
AVR550 save $1500 off RRP now $4495
AVR850 save $2000 off RRP now $7495

For current availability please call the store on 02 6247 4844 or pop in and see us with your old amplifier.

06 June, 2019 by Michael Babb

Munich High End Show 2019

Chord Electronics

As part of the firm's 30th birthday celebrations, Chord Electronics has announced a new phono preamp, the Huei.

Compatible with both moving coil and moving magnet cartridges, it has high- and low-gain switching settings on the front panel for convenience. It offers further compatibility thanks to its impedance-matching and switchable rumble filters, as well as both balanced RCA and unbalanced XLR outputs, and RCA inputs.

For the first time in a Chord phono preamp, there's an ultra-low-noise microprocessor for controlling its main features, including a memory function. 

Precision-made from aircraft-grade aluminium, it looks a lot like their Qutest DAC - you can see its inner working through the top viewing window, and of course there's the company's trademark illuminated control spheres.

Arcam

Arcam has announced its new flagship integrated amplifier from its HDA product range, the SA30.

Packed with features, including AirPlay 2 compatibility and state-of-the-art room correction technology Dirac Live, the company’s new amp will be on show at the High End show in Munich this week.

Driven by Class G amplification – 120W per channel into 8ohms and 220W into 4ohms – the SA30 aims to blend low-level detail with power by initially using Class A amplification with a single power supply, before utilising an additional supply to drive larger sections of the waveform.

Inside is a 32-bit supporting ESS Sabre ESS9038 high-end DAC, through which customers will be able to feed a volley of sources both old and new.

Among the SA30’s five analogue inputs is a switchable MM/MC phono stage, catering for turntables of all stripes, while a further four digital connections complete the array.

AirPlay 2 and Chromecast are also catered for, with Roon Endpoint status and MQA support ensuring the SA30 is capable of decoding the highest possible quality digital files. The HDMI ARC function, meanwhile, equips this Arcam amp to function as part of a home cinema set-up as well as in a tradition hi-fi system.

Classé

Canadian high-end manufacturer Classé has introduced the third generation of its Delta range. So far it consists of three products - a two channel preamp/digital-to analogue convertor and a choice of stereo or mono power amplifiers.

The Delta PRE is a well equipped unit. It’s not short of digital inputs featuring USB, AES/EBU and a plentiful supply of coax and optical. The analogue side hasn’t been ignored either, with there being enough balanced XLRs and single –ended connections to accommodate the most complex of two-channel systems.

Both power amplifiers have plenty in the way of grunt. The Delta STEREO outputs 250 watts per channel into an eight ohm load and doubles that as impedance halves, while the MONO (don’t forget you’ll need two for stereo) delivers an even more impressive 300 watts, also doubling that output into a four ohm load.

But these amplifiers aren’t just about muscle. Classé has considerable heritage when it comes to designing Class A circuitry and has put that experience into these new amplifiers. The STEREO outputs the first 12.5 watts of power in Class A while the MONO takes this up to 35 watts.

Take a look inside these products and you’ll find generously specified power supplies and plenty of premium components together with carefully laid-out circuits. Both amplifiers weigh in around the 50kg mark, so they’ll need a strong support.

Astell & Kern

The Astell & Kern Kann Cube is capable of twice the power output of the Kann through its balanced connection (12Vrms vs 7Vrms), with a new amplifier design that ensures that higher power capability doesn’t compromise on low distortion levels. Users can select low, mid or high gain modes depending on the headphones connected. 

Building on the Kann’s internals and specs elsewhere too, the Kann Cube utilises two 8-channel ESS Sabre ES9038PRO DACs in a dual-mono configuration for superior performance, and features the latest quad-core processor for greater computing capability.

Onboard is 128GB of internal memory (trumping the Kann's 64GB, and expandable by a microSD card), a 7400mAh battery (up from the Kann's 6200mAh) promising nine hours of playback from a single charge, and file support for 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD256.

13 May, 2019 by Michael Babb

New Bowers & Wilkins Formation Series

On Monday, Bowers & Wilkins unveiled the new Formation range. With both the familiar and unfamiliar, this new range is sure to appeal to B&W fans new and old. The range consists of a soundbar, a subwoofer, streaming hub, powered bookshelf speakers, and the 'Wedge', which is a bit like their Zeppelin speaker, with the addition of corners and a fancy face lift.

As of right now we have no official indication of price for Australia, however, the US pricing gives us a general idea (however, don't expect an even USD to AUD conversion)

We're very excited about this range, and hope to get it in the shop soon!


For more information head to bowerswilkins.com/formation

27 April, 2019 by Cade Dunbar

Exciting New Rotel Packs

We've put together four great Hi-Fi packs for varying price points.

 

Starting at the entry level is the Rotel A10 amplifier and Project Speakerbox 5. It can be paired with either the Rotel CD11 or Project Essential III, or alternatively, both. This package is perfect for those looking to get into Hi-Fi. 

CD System 1
Turntable System 1

Next up is the Rotel A11 amplifer and Project Speakerbox 5 S2. Again with the choice between a CD player or a Turntable, the Rotel CD11 or the Project Debut Carbon. The A11 offers a bit more power, as well as a greatly improved power-supply so it can handle more demanding speakers. Bluetooth is also added. The Speakerbox 5 S2's have an upgraded tweeter, crossover and cabinet for greater detail and presence. The Debut Carbon is the number one selling Hi-Fi turntable worldwide and for good reason.

CD System 2
Turntable System 2

Our next pack features the Rotel A12 amplifier, the same Speakerbox S2's but moves up to the Rotel CD14 and Project Debut Carbon Esprit. The Rotel A12 has substantially more power behind it, and again, an upgraded power-supply, with the brilliant addition of a built-in DAC. The CD14 improves the CD mechanism as well as an improved power-supply and output stage. The Debut Carbon Esprit comes with an acrylic platter for superior vibration suppression and an electronic speed controller for pitch perfect speed.

CD System 3
Turntable System 3

Lastly is the range topping Rotel A14 amplifier and Speakerbox 5 DS2. Source is handled by the Rotel CD14 or the outstanding Project 1xpression Carbon Classic. The Rotel A14 features a 32bit Asahi Kasei DAC which is just perfect for Hi Res audio. Along with the upgraded DAC is a more powerful amplifier and power-supply to handle load required for the Speakerbox 5 DS2's. 

CD System 4
Turntable System 4

If you would like to listen to any of these packs drop on down and see us. If you would like to order these but wish to change the configuration, do not hesitate to use our Contact Form or call us on 02 6247 4844

15 March, 2019 by Michael Babb

Rega Planar 8 Review

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A few years ago Rega set out to build the ultimate turntable, they looked at completely new ways to create a plinth with massive stiffness and negligible weight and used technology from F1 and aerospace to create the Naiad, the only cost no object product the company has ever built. The research that was done for that project proved to be invaluable for the development of more affordable turntables, the first one to really benefit was the RP8 launched five years ago. This was the first Rega to be built around a foam cored plinth cut down to skeletal form to keep the weight as low as possible. It didn’t always look skeletal because the removable surround gave it a conventional rectangular appearance, its real purpose was to provide hinge points for a lid. With the Planar 8 Rega have abandoned this approach and built an entirely skeletal turntable, their first unless you count the rare as hen’s teeth Naiad.

What’s more surprising is that the new plinth is a different shape to the RP8 (and likewise the RP10), presumably the decision to live without a lid and the requisite support gave Rega complete freedom in this respect. All a turntable plinth needs is a means of fixing the armbase, main bearing and motor plus legs placed such that it stays upright. The Planar 8 plinth is smaller than an RP8 and thus sheds a few grams but there must be another reason for the change. Those of a cynical bent it might think that the change away from an outer plinth was done to keep costs down, which is not a problem in my book. The RP8 maintained its £1,598 price point for five years during which time costs must have risen. It was incredibly good value in my book, easily the best turntable you could buy for the money so margins couldn’t have been that big in the first place...continue reading here

Check out pricing and specs here

15 March, 2019 by Michael Babb

Amazing Savings on HEOS Speakers

Amazing savings on HEOS Speakers

We are very happy to announce some fantastic savings on HEOS wireless speakers and Soundbars.

HEOS 1 HS2 was $299 - Now $229
HEOS 3 HS2 was $449 - Now $349
HEOS 5 HS2 was $649 - Now $449
HEOS 7 HS2 was $999 - Now $799
HEOS HomeCinema HS2 was $1199 - Now $799

Pop in store and see us for a demo see and how you can integrate HEOS throughout your house or give us a call on 02 6247 4844.

06 March, 2019 by Michael Babb

SoundCast VG1 - The Most Metal Bluetooth Speaker

This speaker is super grunge.  It's heavy, dark, and has a dankness that says "whatever" to your parents...
15 December, 2018 by Alex Young

New Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series announced!

 

 

Bowers & Wilkins have just announced an update to their immensely popular 600 series. B&W have finally retired kevlar in their lineup and is now fully represented by Continuum. This news has us very excited as we are massive fans of the new Continuum drivers that B&W have developed and as a result are some of the most musical speakers we have heard.

Here's what B&W has to say about the new range: "The 600 Series has been one of the most successful and highly regarded ranges in the Bowers & Wilkins portfolio for over 20 years, offering a class leading combination of exceptional performance and compelling value. Through five generations of 600 Series, Bowers & Wilkins engineers have raised the bar successively on what could be accomplished with modestly priced loudspeakers each time achieving greater worldwide critical acclaim and commercial success.

In October 2018, the sixth generation of 600 Series goes on sale. Offering a considerable improvement in capability over the outgoing range, new 600 Series makes high end sound quality more attainable and accessible than ever. This dramatic performance is enabled by advanced technology including, most notably, the adoption of the Continuum cone, first developed for the 800 Series Diamond range and recently introduced to the new 700 Series. This will provide the new 600 Series with the performance improvements it needs to remain class leading and will also ensure its visual and technical alignment with the 700 Series and 800 Series Diamond range.

Available in matte black or matte white and featuring the most accurate and transparent drive unit technologies in its class, the new 600 Series defines a new performance standard in its category.

Technically speaking, the new 600 Series an updated version of the acclaimed Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter, first seen in the outgoing range, for even clearer and more accurate high frequency performance. In the flagship 603, this technology is partnered with a new 165mm FST Continuum cone mid driver for midrange resolution unheard of in this price range. Completing the 603 package and ensuring rich, powerful bass response, 603 features a pair of our newly designed 165mm paper cone LF drivers. In 606 and 607, new generation Continuum mid/bass units usher in a new era of transparency, dynamics and sheer energy for speakers in this class."

The new line-up includes

603
  • 3-way system
  • 25mm aluminium Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
  • 150mm Continuum midrange driver
  • 2x 165mm Paper-Cone bass with anti-resonance plugs

RRP: $2,699/ pair
Finish: Matte Black, Matte White

606
  • 2-way system
  • 25mm aluminium Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
  • 165mm Continuum bass / midrange driver

RRP $1,149/ pair
Finish: Matte Black, Matte White

607
  • 2-way system
  • 25mm aluminium Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
  • 130mm Continuum bass / midrange driver

RRP $949/ pair
Finish: Matte Black, Matte White

HTM6
  • 2-way system
  • 25mm aluminium Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
  • 2 x 130mm Continuum bass/midrange drivers

RRP $799/ each
Finish: Matte Black, Matte White

The ASW608, 610 and 610XP subwoofers receive an updated black finish plus a revised grille cloth on white products, matching new 600 Series loudspeakers. Technology remains unchanged from the outgoing models.

 

 

21 August, 2018 by Michael Babb
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