A Tribute to Josef Riediger

I write this with great difficulty and sadness. Josef Riediger, friend, mentor and one of the pioneers of high-end audio retail and distribution in Australia, passed away peacefully yesterday. Josef had been courageously in battle with a particularly aggressive cancer.

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Very Human Games – An Introduction to Stephen Dawson

SoundStage! Australia has had the good fortune of attracting a team of audio writers with enormous experience. Each is a passionate music lover and a true audiophile. Yes, they love the gear too… the industrial designs, the luxurious materials, the engineering, the often heroic construction and the passionate people behind the products. SoundStage! Australia’s writers have also dedicated a collective lifetime, or two, assembling audio systems which are not only reference points, in varying degrees, but also intimately reflect the biases and personalities of their music-loving architects.

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Racks Not Ruin – SGR Audio’s Revamped Hi-Fi Rack & Manufacturing in Australia

For three years now, the extraordinary audio support systems from Australia’s own SGR Audio have been my reference racks-du-jour for component isolation and general vibration control at the highest level. My two three-tier Model V Statement racks not only perform as advertised – the Model V Statement features no less than six combined isolation strategies – but are also superbly built, beautifully finished and rather attractively designed.

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The SoundStage! Australia Products of the Year 2019 Awards

We’re counting down the hours and heralding the New Year with SoundStage! Australia’s Products of the Year 2019. This time, we’ve pushed the Awards virtual ceremony a little forward. Throughout 2019, our skilled Aussie writers carefully auditioned a wide variety of high-end audio. The gear reviewed reflects a microcosm of the ample gamut of product categories available in, what is effectively, a relatively small to medium-sized consumer market. Albeit a buoyant one, to be sure.

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File Under: Category

As part of the global audio industry at large, my ‘inbox’ is a diverse email stew mottled with all sorts of news items, product information and company newsletters. Spam notwithstanding, some communiques feature ingredients that may be informative, even educational, while other items, after a little interpretation, may even be somewhat entertaining. Many emails are little more than background noise with morsels of data which, if retrieved from my ever-murkier memory banks, may provide some trivial value.

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SoundStage! Australia at High End Munich 2019 - At the Gates of Hi-Fi

I’ve been knock, knock, knockin’ on so many gates. Several at the various airports of course and, finally, at the exhibition palace, the MOC’s frantic ushering gateway to the biggest event on the audio calendar, Munich High End 2019.

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Demystifying Audio & The Hunter

Sydney, Australia’s largest city, enjoys a very strong audio enthusiast community. Both on a social level, within tight small cliques, and by way of a more formal structure, or body. In the case of the latter, and as is common in many endeavours and hobbies, back in 2007 a core group of Sydney audiophiles banded together in order to form the Sydney Audio Club (SAC). Their mission was to formalise meetings where members could share their love of music and simultaneously sample the audio treasures local manufacturers and retailers could present. Since that inaugural meeting near 12 years ago, SAC has grown exponentially and enjoys ongoing enthusiast and industry support.

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The SoundStage! Australia 2018 Products of the Year

Happy 2019 dear readers! It is thanks to you that SoundStage! Australia has enjoyed continuing growth throughout 2018. In the relatively short time since our inception back in July 2017, SoundStage! Australia’s team of skilled writers has examined, evaluated and authored reviews for more than 50 high-end products. In fact, in 2018 alone, our writers Scott Campbell, Josh Givorshner, Barry Jones, Peter Katsoolis, Tom Waters and yours truly have produced the sum of over 30 product reviews.

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Intensity in One City

They say creativity doesn’t stem from abundance but grows from scarcity. It wasn’t that long ago that, in envy of the grandeur of CES in Las Vegas – now, way, way overshadowed by the RMAF and AXPONA shows – Australian enthusiasts hankered for any form of exhibition where the local audio industry could be showcased in all its distinctive glory. Some years ago, after an absence of over a decade in terms of any proper show, punters’ desires were realised when the UK’s Chester Group commenced an alternate Sydney and Melbourne show. Fast forward to the present and in October 2018, cosmopolitan Melbourne will be the host to no less than two audio extravaganzas within the space of a few days. It never rains…

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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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