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The Why of loudspeakers

Thursday, 3 January 2019 11:37:29 am Australia/Melbourne

Without a doubt the loudspeaker is that most critical and contentious and potentially rewarding single piece of investment in audio that most of us make.I would put a pair of good loudspeakers on the podium of consumerism above the ownership of a car, house, or kitchen.There are few things in life that one can procure that will give such genuine pleasure for such a long period of time.

In the West we tend to obsess over our motor cars. Lygon St at times seems to be inhabited by a veritable parade of German and Italian luxury vehicles. I really wonder at the user satisfaction of these after the initial acquisitional honeymoon glow has worn off. Cars are intrinsically functional devices that mostly take us on our daily grind. A Ferrari in a traffic jam is just a hot cramped and expensive way to be late for work. In fact a good set of speakers in your car is a great way of mitigating the caged stress and boredom of your urban driving experience.

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Posted in Opinions By Rab Turner

The How and Why of Audio Research ... factory visit.

Saturday, 27 October 2018 2:29:17 pm Australia/Melbourne

In a few rare places artisan-ship has survived. Where those exquisite products are made that push the boundaries of quality and longevity only hand manufacture will do. Audio Research High Fidelity products are made entirely by hand from beginning to end with the aim of producing the best possible music. I have had that particular privilege of visiting the factory to see how they work.

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Posted in Opinions By Rab Turner

British Hi Fi rise and fall and Brexit

Friday, 27 July 2018 4:01:53 pm Australia/Melbourne

So much good Hi Fi has come out of Britain. Much of the Hi Fi that we know and love has actually been produced by that crop of young UK post WWII baby boomers that diverted from their predestined careers in science and industry and decided to venture into this business of music reproduction.

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Posted in Opinions By Rab Turner

"I can't hear the difference"

Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:52:26 am Australia/Melbourne

So often when I am discussing a potential acquisition of Hi Fi with someone instore and I am suggesting they might look at something better than their stated level of interest they come back with this as a rejoinder. I can nearly always show them the difference in ten seconds or less

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Posted in Opinions By Rab Turner

Death of the CR100

Monday, 5 February 2018 2:25:08 pm Australia/Melbourne

The Sonos CR100 will soon be no more.

Sonos CR100

 

Today it look like an anachronism, but it was a game changer of a product. Although borrowing heavily from the then contemporary iPod, it revolutionised the way we could engage with our still nascent digital music collections. In conjunction with the rest of the Sonos system, at that time either a box that plugged into your stereo or an amplified module you connected speakers to, it helped forge a path for multi-room music. At that point in time multi-room music generally involved a multi-disc CD player and a zone amplifier. Originally confined to your music, Sonos embraced streaming solutions, then wireless speakers and is now a name synonymous with the entire category.

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Posted in Opinions By Troy Merritt

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