The 2016 Australian HiFi & AV Show will soon be here and is set to be the best show yet with 215 brands being exhibited.
Key to the Show’s success that attracted record numbers in 2014 was the venue, so once again the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is the place to be from 21-23 October. It is again likely to attract a large number of interstate visitors.
Highlights this year are many and include:
*The largest audio speaker in the world. The huge 3.8-metre-high replica speaker is actually made of Lego and doesn’t make a sound! It’s been created by Dynaudio and built with the help of a Lego Certified Professional from Norway. It contains thousands of Lego parts and weighs 85 kg.
Channel 9 News on 11 October 2016 reported on this Lego speaker, which you can view here:
* On the Sunday, Love Is In The Air pop legend John Paul Young is hosting a Classic Vinyl Listening Session, chatting about his songs and career and spinning his records on a Thorens turntable and Krix sound system.
* Some of the most expensive equipment on show includes the Kyron Active Speaker System at around $85,000, the Helix 1 turntable at $80,000 and the Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90, which is around $130,000. (See photo attached)
*All the leading brands will be there including B&W, JBL, Yamaha, Marantz, Epson, BenQ, KEF, Dynaudio, HEOS, Bang & Olufsen, Naim Audio, Arcam, Jamo, Bluesound and Ypsilon.
*BusiSoft AV is offering free ear impressions for custom in-ear monitors to visitors of the Show. This process helps create a perfectly tailored in-ear monitor (IEM) and normally costs up to $120, but a BusiSoft AV trained audiologist will provide this service for free during the Show.
*Demetrius Baklavas, the world renowned audio engineer, founder and chief designer of the high end audio equipment Ypsilon Electronics.Patrons of the HiFi Show will have the rare opportunity to see the maestro in person!
*Every visitor will have the chance of winning five major prizes including a high res audio player from Astell&Kern valued at $2899, Eclipse active speakers valued at $1950 and a Dynaudio XEO/Focus XD wireless multi-room speaker system valued at $2000. All up, prizes are valued at $10,500.
More details on the Show can be found here:
George Poutakidis, industry HiFi guru and director of BusiSoft AV, is available to talk to media in the next two weeks about what’s at the Show and current industry trends. For example, you can ask him about:
George and the giant Dynaudio Lego speaker will be at the Shot Tower at Melbourne Central from 11 to 19 October where there will also be opportunities for shoppers and visitors to listen to their own music on high resolution portable audio players while there.
If you intend to send a reporter or photographer to visit the display/interview George, please come back to me to make a time as he won’t be at Melbourne Central every day. My details are below.
Visitors to Melbourne Central can obtain a 10% discount voucher to attend the HiFi & AV Show, which starts at 2pm on Friday, 21 October. Regular prices start from $21 per day (online price).
As in previous years, each exhibitor has their own room or theatre with some requiring bookings to be made for private consultations.
The giant 3.8-metre-high Lego Dynaudio speaker (front & back)
One of the most expensive products on show (at @ $130,000) is the Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 intelligent loudspeaker (one with cover removed).
BeoLab 90 contains a multitude of technologies. It´s a perfect mix of world-class design and acoustics. This highly intelligent loudspeaker provides the listener with clarity, range, and a sound staging that is second-to-none. BeoLab 90 features an impressive 360-degree design and a variety of settings to provide mind-blowing sound, regardless of its placement in the room, the room itself, or the listeners position in the room. Resonances in a room, and boundary effects from walls, affect the sound from loudspeakers. BeoLab 90 is fitted with Bang & Olufsen’s new Active Room Compensation technology that makes up for the impact of the room, furniture, the placement of the loudspeakers, and the location of the listening position.
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