Last week-end, I busied myself visiting the second edition of the Australian HiFi Show, this year held in my hometown of Sydney. The show was reasonably well attended, but certainly not to the level it was in Melbourne last year.
The Sheraton on the Park, one of my favourite hotel in the city, was an appropriate and easy to reach venue and felt more spacious than the Marriott in Melbourne. The relatively low attendance meant that exhibitors had time on their hands to talk to everybody and some even indulged in playing CDs brought by their potential clients or fans - including myself!
I carried around 4 CDs:
Jacques Loussier Trio Plays Debussy on Telarc
The Astounding Eyes of Rita by Anouar Brahem on ECM
Love Over Gold by Dire Straits on Vertigo/Phonogram
Anne Sophie Mutter playing Carmen Fantaisie on DGG
Lots of French or French inspired music bien sur, but also some extraordinarily difficult music to reproduce properly. Unfortunately, I didn't take any Blu-Ray DVDs to try 24/192 digital audio, as most systems were two-channel only.
From Arcam, Brodman and Bryston to waterfall, Wisdom and Ypsilon, almost all letters of the alphabet brought to our ears some interesting brand names, some established, some new and some obscure, but worth a listen.
I will attempt to let you share my sonic adventures over the next few weeks and will share in the next post, some vinyl beauties, and primarily some that I had not seen at the CES, so you are in for a visual treat at least...
You will have to find "your nearest dealer" for a listen, or if it's not at your local, then you will have to move!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.