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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Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2017 - Part One

After what felt to many audio enthusiasts like an eternal absence from Australia’s biggest metropolis – in preference for staging at friendly rival town Melbourne – audio show specialists The Chester Group has brought the Australian Hi-Fi & AV show back to the harbour city at one of the most prestigious hotels, the InterContinental Sydney. The venue is close to some of the city’s best restaurants, the shopping district, historical ‘The Rocks’ area, Sydney’s glorious harbour and the iconic Opera House.

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Factory Tour – Gold Note, Florence, Italy

As you wind your Fiat (or Maserati, wishfully) through the snaking and narrow byways of the glorious olive tree-speckled Tuscan countryside about 45 minutes from Florence’s centre, you’ll arrive at the typically quaint village of Montespertoli. There, in a small industrial park, you’ll find Gold Note, a quintessentially Italian audio company creating products spanning the entire gamut of the audio chain from source to speakers. Of course, cabling is required too, as is an attractive audio rack to sit components on – see the gorgeous Galileo audio racking system. Full solution? No, actually I’m just short – the company now produces a growing, beautifully presented and expertly mastered, line of recordings on both vinyl and CD.

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Devialet and Interdyn Present Sarah Vaughan's Lost Live Recording

On a wintry night on June the 23rd at one of the premier live music venues in Melbourne, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Devialet in conjunction with its Australian Distributor Interdyn held a gala event to present, for the first time in this country, a lacquer pressing of what was thought to be a lost and forgotten piece of music history – Sarah Vaughan live at the Laren Jazz Festival.

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