Sonic Purity with the Pure Music Group

The showroom of an audio distributor is not what generally comes to mind when you think of ‘sonic purity’. In reality, your average audio showroom sound is frequently sullied by the reverberation of a dodgy commercial drywall partition job or by the noise of a home theatre system blaring down the hall. Combine that with the bothersome clamber of other patrons and the low-level bass blur from all the passive movement of the drivers of every unused speaker randomly crammed into the corners, and you’ve got a recipe for sonic disaster.

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Nocturnal Vision – SoundStage! Australia at the KEF LS50W Nocturne Launch in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, among the coolest and most beautiful cities in Europe with its iconic channel-seared winding network ever-circling, was the locale for the launch of the new KEF LS50W Nocturne. I, along with press from around Asia and Europe, was invited to attend the event which was launched by KEF Managing Director Grace Lo. The new special edition speaker, a variant of the highly successful original design, has been created via a symbiotic spawning from the technical and artistic minds of Dr Jack Oclee-Brown KEF’s Head of Acoustic Engineering and one of Europe’s leading high-end designers Marcel Wanders.

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Tokyo International Audio Show 2017 (TIAS) – 10 Of Note

The following short report and photography was kindly submitted by John Ong*.

Japanese are serious people, they take everything seriously and that attitude was clearly evident at the Tokyo International Audio Show.  It could be seen in the way the show was organised. The rooms sounded a lot better than most other shows I have attended over the years around the world. The attendees were very polite and understanding. They are also surprisingly engaging, or try to be, despite the difficulties of the language barrier. Throughout the three days of the show it was clear that concerted efforts were made to improve the sound while always complying with visitors’ requests and questions.

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HQ Visit – dCS, Cambridge, United Kingdom

While many high-end audio companies offer digital products alongside a wider variety of electronics and speaker systems, dCS (Data Conversion Systems) of Cambridge in the United Kingdom is a specialist manufacturer dedicating its considerable engineering and design expertise to a single pure aim: the reproduction of digital playback at its utmost pinnacle.

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HQ Dirac-tives – Arcam, Cambridge, United Kingdom

There’s a vibe around university cities. It’s the mix of youth’s energy, stern academia and a predominance of… intelligence. All this, within a melange of the general workings, infrastructures and service mechanisms that are required for any city to function and indeed prosper. Cambridge University has been the heart of its namesake city; a metropolis steadily growing for the last decade or two and where the juxtaposition of historic landmarks and modern technology abound. It’s one of the UK’s main centres of knowledge and development and, as far as our industry is concerned, it is home to a number of specialised audio technology companies of worldwide importance.

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Factory Tour – Audia Flight, Civitavecchia, Italy

Being practically in the geographical centre of Europe, Munich, host of high-end audio’s largest exhibition, presents audio journalists with appealing opportunities to hook-up post-show factory visits. You’re in Europe, right? Why not extend the stay and check out the local operations… after all some of the world’s best high-end producers are based around this gorgeous continent. And when you’re coming from Australia, best make the most of it… you’ve travelled nearly 24 hours just to get there… man, we’re far.

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Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show – 10 of Note

Here is a gallery of 10 notable exhibits that caught both my ears and eyes. These exhibits performed well in terms of sound quality while possessing many other attributes that appealed to me – be it design, fit and finish and overall presentation.

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Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show 2017 Report - Kramer's Top Picks

The picks of the show from this writer’s perspective from the last day when things settled in. The ones that were the most captivating and engaging. Ten stonking rooms from Hong Kong. This is the Kramer experience, a cocktail of sensory delights seasoned with contrasts, like the aftertaste of salt on glass rim, with the scuffles of the crowds, the impenetrable sweet spot barriers and much more…

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Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2017 - Part Five

The wrap-up of the last rooms for what was, universally speaking, a rather successful Sydney audio event. Kudos to the Chester Group and its Australian media partner Nextmedia Publications.

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Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2017 - Part Four

At the Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2017, pro audio made a worthwhile appearance too...

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Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2017 - Part Three

Upstairs on level 21 the throngs were quite strong, especially on Friday afternoon and throughout Saturday. Sunday may have been a little easier to navigate with, seemingly, marginally reduced attendee numbers...

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Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2017 - Part Two

We continued along the more open spaces of Level 2 of the InterContinental Hotel where the larger rooms permitted bigger audiences...

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