Tokyo International Audio Show 2018 – Part 2

Continued from Part 1

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Tokyo International Audio Show 2018 – Part 1

On 16th to 18th November 2018, the International Audio Society of Japan presented the 36th Tokyo International Audio Show (TIAS) at the Tokyo International Forum. The Show has been held at this sweeping architectonic venue, near the Ginza shopping district, since 1997 and attracted, according to a writer for the Japanese magazine Stereo Sound, over 10,000 attendees.

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Sydney Hi-Fi Castle Hill Event – Krix Loudspeakers

As part of a whirlwind roadshow to showcase Krix Loudspeakers’ profoundly extensive product range and highlighting the new MX series, the company culminated the trip with a night at one of Sydney’s premier audio specialist dealers, Sydney Hi-Fi Castle Hill in the city’s north-western ‘Hills’ district.

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KEF Australia Launches LSX “Dressed in Holiday Style”

Inked with street art and camouflaged down a backstreet alley in trendy North Melbourne, the SmartArtz Gallery served as the host venue for the launch of the new entry-into-the-world of KEF LSX active speaker system in all its multi-coloured glory.

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A Clear Window into Music

PMC is one of the very few loudspeaker companies with wide acclaim and significant market penetration in both the professional and domestic arenas. While the company’s top-end SE products have been universally revered, it could be said that their utilitarian, plain purposefulness is PMC’s pure expression of function over form. Perfect examples of sonic performance over aesthetic beauty. Now, PMC has launched its most ambitious project and, this time, both the spheres of engineering and design have been thoroughly and forcefully tackled in the visually arresting Fenestria loudspeaker system.

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The Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show – Melbourne 2018: Part 2

We open Part 2 with an über system which provided both enjoyment and was a strong aspirational symbol…

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The Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show – Melbourne 2018: Part 1

Having exited the Groundhog Day loop and as I sift through the notes and dozens of images I’ve taken, I realise that this second reportage will provide consumers with the opportunity to delight in yet another select representation of the wealth of audio products available in this country. As far as the local industry – and even the small body of audio journalists – the recent circumstances motivate an introspective look at our situation in terms of the audio show landscape in this country.

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International Hi-Fi Show Melbourne 2018: Part 2

In the photo above, Little Wise is performing live in the 'Welcome' area.

Here in Part 2, I continue the reportage as I meander along the Pullman Mercure Hotel's differing exhibit spaces, from the standard hotel room-sized, to small conference rooms, to the larger open spaces such as the Record Fair's.  

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International Hi-Fi Show Melbourne 2018: Part 1

After a product conference in Bangkok, I landed directly in Melbourne for the first of October’s dual-audio-event marathon (which coincided with the actual Melbourne Marathon international event) and promptly dove head first into ‘show mode’ for the latest SoundStage! Australia reporting assignment. Hitting the Pullman Mercure Hotel’s show floor in the late afternoon after a long red eye flight was… an interesting acclimatisation exercise. Once in modus operandi however, it was re-energising to sample the audio fare on offer and invigorating to catch up with interstate industry colleagues I don’t get to see that often.

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Dutch & Dutch Event at Studios 301, Sydney

It wasn’t pro audio vs home audio so much as new school meets the old, as I pushed through the throng enjoying a live performance at the entrance to the legendary Studios 301 with my silver hair (thanks Brad Serhan) and my work suit. “It’s not a bust, where’s Studio 7?” I asked around until a young sound engineer who’d popped out for beer overheard me and escorted me down a winding corridor to the six figure, 16.27 m² production suite where, on 27 September last, Bill McLean from McLean’s Smarter Home Entertainment was demonstrating the Dutch & Dutch 8c studio monitors to a hard core bunch of pro sound engineers. “You just gotta hear these speakers” the young engineer said as he handed me a Young Henrys and ushered me into the crowded room.

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A3D Emergence AS8 Holographic Loudspeaker System

Introduction

Australian sound engineer and inventor Joe Hayes has been at the forefront of cutting-edge sonic technology for more than 30 years. He continues to impress engineers and musicians around the world with his A3D acoustic technology and its application in the low-cost, high quality Emergence AS8 speaker system. It is a system which advances the diffusion technology used in many concert auditoriums around the world by producing that diffusion at source in the speakers, rather than through expensive panels and room treatments. Here, Hayes explains the development of that system and recording engineers and experts Dr Toby Gifford, Ted Orr and Shane Fahey reveal how effective it is in the studio and in the field.

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Nordost Cables Event at Audio Solutions, Sydney

If you drove in a north-easterly direction from Australia’s busiest airport, Sydney International, you’ll most appropriately arrive at the outstanding Audio Solutions Hi-Fi specialist store.

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