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A Space Odyssey

Its the shitz, man

We are proud to present once again on demo the Michell Gyrodec, arguably the most iconic of all hifi components. Its form and function rivals anything from the Eames stable, its appearance undeniably mid-century modern. Its creator, the late J.A. Michell, founded an engineering company that provided services to the film industry in the 60s, including the design of space crafts for Stanley Kubrick's 2001 - A Space Odyssey. No doubt this was why the GyroDec appeared in "A Clockwork Orange" by Kubrick.

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I was going to start off with a pun about the name, until I was informed the name is a pun - Hugo goes where ever 'you go'. Groan. So, now that's out of the way, what the hell is this chunky block of aluminium all about? Well, the Hugo is a DAC. And a headphone amp. A portable dac/headphone amp. Ok, so that's been done before, but never approaching this level of quality.

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We had the first Brio-R in the country, being the first made for Australia unit prior to stock shipment. Immediately out of the box it impressed as resembling mostly an ingot of solid steel, a real piece of cast in England.

Rega Brio R

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The Fairhaven Pole House

Some of our work on one of Victoria's premier residences was recently featured on Better Homes and Gardens. The iconic pole house in Fairhaven is a landmark for anyone who has ever driven along the Great Ocean Road, with the distinct building soaring over the seascape. The adjoining residence was also highlighted, with our Cinema installation being singled out as one of the buildings most impressive features. We also specified and provided the comprehensive home automation systems for the residence fulfilling a unique brief by the owners.

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Rotel RA-10 Amplifier

This amp transports one back to an earlier, fresher, time in the 1970's when $500 would buy a piece of Hi Fi kit that would be really useful and still around thirty years later. Love the speaker A and B switching. Fantastic value.

What Hifi? gave it 5 stars and the 2012 product of the year. Need we say more? Ok, sure: It's a tidy little integrated, focusing on doing what it does really well. 40 Watts a side is more than enough to get most speakers up and dancing. Its got a headphone socket and even packs a decent MM phono stage. Oh yeah - it's awesome value for money. It packs a real punch and is a must audition at the price point.

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The Silver six

Since 1999 Monitor Audio has had various incarnations of their Silver series. Through various model changes and evolutions, it has always remained a paragon of awesome HiFi. It occupies a very comfortable place on the cost vs quality graph, being a very reasonable speaker range with fantastic performance. All this and it manages to look damn good at the same time. Ditching superfluous "RX" letters in the model name, the new Silver 6 lives up to it's legacy with improvements in almost all areas. Come, listen, enjoy.

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  • Women in Hifi - reidun

    HiFi: The last bastion of misogynism?
    It’s a sad set of facts, and peculiar at that, that the overwhelming majority of high end HiFi customers and floor staff are male...

  • Own the music - rab
    So we have for some time been watching that treasure of personal music ownership being removed not only from the hands of the consumer but also from the performer...
  • Steve Jobs at home in 1982 - rab
    Rather a lovely picture of Steve Jobs in a very spartan room with a Michell Transcriptor Record Player, what appears to be a Luxman Receiver and a pair of Acoustat Electrostatics ...

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