Magico LLC – Advanced Design Insights & Factory Tour

They tell me it’s a dry spell in San Francisco. More of a drought really. So as the aircraft descends without slipping through the lightness of a single cloud, I land at SFO International Airport, having trekked from Sydney via a quick Honolulu gate-skip. As I lean on the wall of the window seat, I’m bathed by a Californian sunshine which I’m told has dried-run for months. A contrast from the endless webbed feet-producing deluges in Sydney. The purpose of my visit? A surprise invitation, weeks prior, from Alon Wolf Magico LLC’s CEO to experience the ideologies and activities at the company’s HQ. And to be blissed-out by a very special musical treat…

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SoundStage! Talks Australia Video: Magico's Maestro - Statement-Speaker-Maker Alon Wolf

SoundStage! Australia’s editor-in-chief, Edgar Kramer, traveled to San Francisco earlier this month to visit the home of statement-level speaker-maker Magico. While there, he had a short chat with head honcho Alon Wolf to discuss modern manufacturing and the benefits of incorporating the Klippel measurement and quality-controls systems into the company’s design process.  

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Retail Store Profile – Hi End Audio, a Very Private Affair

As consumers, there’s little doubt that online shopping and the way we go about sourcing and receiving products (collection points, delivery services, pick-up lockers, etc.) has changed profoundly in the last few years. Those changes apply across most areas of retail. Hell, we can even buy a car online without stepping into a dealership nor even test driving it! However, one of the last bastions of change is the high-end audio industry. It’s not so much that we, as audio enthusiasts, are resisting evolutionary adjustments but it’s more the experience of actually hearing a product, the tactile sensation and examination of the finely finished surfaces and finer design details. At high-end specialist Hi End Audio all those experiences and sonic adventures are available at your beck and call.

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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: Pitt & Giblin Superwax Speaker System Preview

The SoundStage! Australia Lead-In video series showcases products that are soon to be reviewed on SoundStageAustralia.com. In this episode, SoundStage! Australia's editor-in-chief Edgar Kramer introduces the unique Superwax active loudspeaker system from new Tasmanian company Pitt & Giblin.

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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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