The Grand Reopening of Audio Connection, Sydney

There are refurbishments and there are transformations. The new Audio Connection has undergone a serious transmutation. Like an amalgamation fusing ample reserves of experience, business smarts and bold chutzpah to deliver a powerful new narrative… a world-class audio haven, now profoundly rejuvenated. Yes, the words ‘Grand Opening’ are super-appropriate.

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Crystal Cable Launches Future Dream 22 at Sound Gallery

In a coincident function to the StereoNET Hi-Fi Show Melbourne 2022, premier high-end audio store Sound Gallery held an after-hours event celebrating the recent launch of Crystal Cables’ new Future Dream 22 line. In person on the night were company principals Gabi and Edwin van der Kley Rynveld. Shown above are Sound Gallery hosts Kama and John Ong, now in tulpenmanie, as Gabi van der Kley Rynveld presents reproductions of the Dutch icons.

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StereoNET Hi-Fi Show Melbourne 2022 – Part 2

The eager crowds at the ticket booth were of similar healthy girth on the three mornings of the show. First thing too. Patiently they waited while the ushering and checking of tickets saw them off into the hotel’s belly. Now, the show report continues on to Part 2...

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StereoNET Hi-Fi Show Melbourne 2022 – Part 1

Yes, there’s something in the air… It’s the scent of warming circuitry and oscillating cones. Audio shows are back in business and punters are pumped for a ravenous gorge. After ‘the pan-bug’, for this writer it all started again at Mecca-Munich 2022. Actually, the rebirthed audio show phenomenon is spawning around the globe, even down to very small localised events peppering the calendar. Here in Australia, we’re off the starting block with the return of our own event. Ergo, the reanimation of the StereoNET show which launched in Melbourne for 2022 (energetic talks are already underway for Sydney in 2023). The venue was once again the Pullman/Mercure hotel complex. Entering the hotel lobby saw a monolithic Krix horn-loaded commercial cinema speaker of gargantuan scale. Promising… So were the three-day show’s Friday morning crowds which slowly, but steadily, snaked a line past Check-Point-Charlie at the two-hotel borderline.

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SoundStage! Australia’s 10 Favourite Exhibits at High End Munich 2022

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “… Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.” Barring the welcome navigation freedoms of the trade days – due to reduced press and industry representation from Asia – the consumer days’ throngs were a strong post-pandemic renaissance statement – High End Munich is back, unchanged like it never went away.

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SoundStage! Lead-In Video: Perreaux Audio 200iX Integrated Preview

The SoundStage! Australia Lead-In series showcases products that are soon to be reviewed on SoundStageAustralia.com. In this video, SoundStage! Australia editor-in-chief Edgar Kramer introduces the vivid colours of Perreaux Audio's powerhouse integrated amplifier, the 200iX.

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SoundStage! Lead-In Video: Holbo Airbearing Turntable MK2 Preview

The SoundStage! Australia Lead-In series showcases products that are soon to be reviewed on SoundStageAustralia.com. In this video, SoundStage! Australia editor-in-chief Edgar Kramer introduces the beautifully engineered Holbo Airbearing Turntable MK2 with included linear-tracking tonearm.

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At the Crossroads of Audio – HeyNow Hi-Fi

It may be a relatively new player on Melbourne’s audio specialist landscape but HeyNow Hi-Fi sprouted from an inspired kernel to conceptual genesis. Steadily, and in a rather short time, the store has matured into a commanding force offering a veritable kaleidoscopic destination for some of the world’s best Hi-Fi.

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SoundStage! Lead-In Video: Duntech Audio Senator Loudspeakers Preview

The SoundStage! Australia Lead-In series showcases products that are soon to be reviewed on SoundStageAustralia.com. In this video, SoundStage! Australia editor-in-chief Edgar Kramer briefly talks about the new Senator speakers from Duntech Audio, the brand once thought to produce the most accurate speakers in the world. 

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SoundStage! Lead-In Video: Estelon X Diamond Mk II Preview

The SoundStage! Australia Lead-In series showcases products that are soon to be reviewed on SoundStageAustralia.com. In this video, SoundStage! Australia editor-in-chief Edgar Kramer briefly describes key aspects and hints at the performance of Estelon’s Classic Series top-ender, the X Diamond Mk II loudspeaker. Estelon is based in Tallinn, Estonia.

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SoundStage! Lead-In Video: Bowers & Wilkins 801 D4 Loudspeakers Preview

The Lead-In series features products that are soon to be reviewed on SoundStage! Australia. In this video, SoundStage! Australia editor-in-chief Edgar Kramer gives you a preview of and some insight into the brand-new Bowers & Wilkins 801 D4, which replaces the 800 D3 and is now the flagship speaker from this famous British brand. Did the B&W designers outdo themselves with the 801 D4? Watch this video to find out. And check back on SoundStage! Australia on October 15, 2021, to see the full review.

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Sydney’s Reinvented Music Hot Spot: Audio Connection

In this writer’s view, there were only three high-end audio salons in the Harbour City in the 1990s able to demonstrate a wide sampling of the best high-end audio on the planet. Audio Connection was one. It had the largest and the most diverse representation despite having the most modest premises at the time. Back then, as a wet-behind-the-ears grommet surfing the waves of Sydney’s hi-fi scene, I longed for those unattainable pearls of desire. Coral-like beauties, down deep and alluring but beyond my reach on the water’s surface, an ocean of crispy greens between us. Yes, Audio Connection was the Barrier Reef of Sydney’s hi-fi scene. Expertly curated by my good friend Josef Riedeger, the store was crammed with the best exotica. His generous hand brought those coveted components closer to the shallows, within my reach, where I often delighted in netting them.

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