SoundStage! Australia Celebrates! "From Little Things Big Things Grow" - Paul Kelly

It’s true that time flies when you’re having fun… But working hard on something you are passionate about, with music as the final destination, provides one with soul-satisfying vigour and condenses time into a distorted continuum.

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Spin the Black Circle… Clean

So, I made the plunge-of-faith into the liquorice abyss by purchasing a pre-loved analogue rig – a hot-rodded modified Michell Engineering Orbe SE packaged with Trans-Fi tangential tonearm and other associated goodies. I own many hundreds of records and, over the years, have sporadically purchased more vinyl while not even owning a turntable (a Garrard and subsequent Pro-Ject were sold many years prior). The turntable acquisition was motivated in part by wishing to review analogue gear. The deal was clenched when the prospect presented itself to review that Japanese gem, the outstanding Shelter Harmony MC cartridge; who would disregard that opportunity? But mostly I’ve held the desire, for some time, to reconnect with the great music that guided my own rite of passage, most of which also marked indelible guideposts along the history of music.

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SoundStage! Network's Products of the Year 2017

True to the meaning of the word Network, back in July 2017 the SoundStage! Universe expanded to include this land Down Under. Since our ‘Big Bang’ six months ago, our Australian team reviewed a stellar list of gear covering all areas of audio reproduction. And while the product coverage has been all-encompassing, it nevertheless would be remiss of us here at SoundStage! Australia to hold our own POTY Awards based on such a brief – yet highly productive – life span.

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On, Dancer! On, Prancer! On, Credit Card Blitzen!

SoundStage! Australia is nigh on half a year old – #believe? Yes, over the last six months we’ve featured dozens of articles covering product reviews, news items and manufacturer factory tours. We have also introduced a Videos page featuring insights into the workings of some of the best manufacturers in the world via skilfully-produced video shorts. As it now stands, our site is stuffed with exciting content like a bulging Christmas stocking… with something for everyone. And that brings us to the subject of the Festive Season. Here at SoundStage! Australia (SSA) HQ, we’re taking a short break over the Holidays. We’re off today and back on January 15, 2018 but of course, diligent members of our SoundStage! Network will be at the frontline in Las Vegas for the CES 2018. Watch out for the comprehensive coverage.

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Getting to the Point!

Greetings from the Blue Mountains! Man, it’s been a full-on three months since SoundStage! Australia launched! Australia and our South Pacific region has seen a whole stream of important high-end audio events and many an overseas visitor has landed on our shores. Add to that SoundStage! Australia’s own varied website’s activities – and it’s taken off, I must thankfully say while also thanking SoundStage Network's Doug Schneider and team – it’s just as well the aura of serenity and mindful harmony of the Blue Mountains continues to both revitalise and maintain my impetus to joyfully expand the content-rich site that it’s steadily becoming.

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Sentient Times!

Hurrah! ‘Champers’ flutes are a-clinkin’ here at SSA Central. Today we celebrate SoundStage! Australia’s first-month anniversary! And what a month! News stories, tick. Tuscan factory tour, tick. Long-lost music resurrection, tick. Evolving reviews of top-notch product, tick. And all this, considering such a recent genesis, with the result of pleasingly high visitor numbers from around Australia and the world.

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SoundStage! Goes Down Under

G’day! Welcome to SoundStage! Australia! As editor-in-chief, I’m extremely proud to be a part of the world’s leading online audio publication network and thrilled by the opportunity to bring to you the cornucopia of wonderful products, people and events from this great southern land and the world. The SoundStage! Australia bureau operates from the World Heritage Blue Mountains, home to the Aboriginal Darug and Gundungurra people for 40,000 years and where, in 1836, after his famed journey to the Galapagos Islands, a mesmerized Charles Darwin walked.

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