Store Feature – Sound Gallery, Melbourne

While many enterprises are spawned by ambitious business minds with financial gain being the main driving force, some endeavours are the result of a dynamic individual who has been incentivised to transform a passion into a business’ core purpose. Loving the fundamental business mission, and with a healthy dose of tenacity and acumen hopefully, will result in success and financial comfort. In the case of Sound Gallery, proprietor John Ong’s passion for music, and his sheer drive and pleasure to see others enjoy it too, has resulted in an invitingly cosy and product choice-rich stop where a customer’s audio journey can take a leap forward.

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Amphion Loudspeakers Special Live Event in Tokyo

It’s not every day that SoundStage! Australia gets to evaluate a loudspeaker in the company of the Finnish Government’s State Secretary and its Ambassador to Japan. On 12 November 2018, Amphion Loudspeakers Ltd. held a rather special event in Tokyo, Japan, to coincide with the official visit. Dubbed “Festivo”, a celebration of the music of Jean Sibelius, the event took place at the Sound Inn Studios, located inside the Nippon Television building in central Tokyo.

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Sennheiser Australia Opens Flagship Store in Sydney

In Sydney’s beautiful Martin Place, right in the heart of the central business district and within the radius of some of the world’s biggest luxury brands – Tesla, Rolex, Omega, Emporio Armani, Montblanc and Tiffany & Co. boutique stores are literally steps away – you’ll find yet another high-end retail space; Sennheiser’s new chic ‘flagship’ store in the ‘Money Box’ building.

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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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