The Venue: Intercontinental Hotel at Rialto Towers
One can count on Melbourne for classy architecture! And this renovation is certainly the proof in the pudding.
On top, we had fabulous weather and the best coffee - although expensive - and a very decent buffet lunch to break the - long - day... I flew in just for the day on the second Virgin Australia flight - together with Len Wallis by chance - and returned on the last flight - a 16-hour day but well worth the effort.
Before I go any further, I would like to apologise in advance for the poor quality of some of my photos. My dear Olympus PEL-1 is showing signs of ageing - well, it is MY camera after all - and its autofocus is very poor in low lighting conditions. Thanks God, Christmas is not too far away!
Where are the French???
Not that I was expecting to see a lot of French products here, but it is always good to reconnect with some of my compatriots and French products. The disappointment came from the absence of Cabasse, Triangle and Waterfall Audio.
However, it was a surprise to see YBA now distributed in Australia by Audio Heaven and Elipson by Audio Dynamics who are also starting to distribute Davis Acoustics, the company founded by the late Michel Visan and now run by his wife and his two sons. Focal was there as usual in the good hands of Audio Marketing and the big noise was coming from Devialet, also imported by Audio Heaven and Avation. Even VAF was using them for driving their fabulous loudspeakers! Even, Doug Graham from Naim Audio came in for a listen - or did he see the writing on the wall and tried to get a new job? It would be a good way to rekindle the Auld Alliance! Just kidding...
French Electronics: Devialet, YBA
French Speakers: Focal, Elipson, Davis Acoustics
Stay tuned for more reviews in the coming days!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.