Australian Audio & AV Show, 2014

Special Page

This temporary page is to feature the Audio & AV show in Melbourne, held during 17th-19th October 2014.


So How Did It Go?

I was unable to attend - but Marc Rushton's roundup at Stereonet is really good. Start with Day 3 as I did. It's all well written and there are good photos too. I also find interesting their assessment of "best in show", which happens to coincide with that of star guest presenter Mikey Fremer.

What was the pick? You might recall that I drew attention to Kyron Audio recently on my Products page. I'm impressed by their very classy structure, the fact that they are bipolar, and it seems they have made a big impact at the show. I see also that they scored the Sound & Image Award for Best Speaker Over $20,000 for the Kronos model. See link to awards below.

Naim Audio also made a big impression and their method of doing proper presentations is sensible - you really don't get a fair impression of what gear can do when everyone's talking at once. A further tip for Sydneysiders is that Len Wallis Audio will have the huge Naim Statement in for a special evening on 12th November. That will be a popular night so book early!

I was pleased to see there was a fabulous display of McIntosh gear there too. I've been a fan for some years, having owned several vintage McIntosh amps (still have a 2100) and found them to be better than the vast majority of amplifiers on the market despite their age!

Anyway, here are all the links to Stereonet's show summary pages, Day One, Day Two, Day Three. Well done all concerned. Putting on a show like this and doing it well takes a big effort by all concerned, from suppliers to organisers.

Photo Gallery by AVHub - lots of superb pictures.

The show also made a perfect setting for the annual Sound & Image Awards presentation - see full list here.

Press Release

It's all about the music and movies in October when the Australian Audio & AV Show returns to town. In the relaxed atmosphere of Melbourne's InterContinental The Rialto Hotel, a multitude of individual hotel rooms and suites are transformed into comfortable listening and viewing areas where you can experience the best in audio video entertainment - it's the closest you'll come to the real home experience, without sitting in your own chair. It's a unique chance to audition hundreds of top brands showcased in more than 40 demo rooms and function suites, including Sony's high-res audio and 4K video technologies.

This year the Australian Audio & AV Show is better than ever, with more live musical entertainment, expert guest speakers and the newly introduced Classic Vinyl Listening Sessions. Extended opening hours allow the visitor more time to enjoy all the goodies on offer. The Headzones area will once again be the place to discover your personal audio preferences, and other trade booths will feature everything from computer audio to classic vinyl.

As well as Classic Vinyl Listening Sessions, the 'Wheat' Room will feature expert overseas and local guest speakers - USA Stereophile magazine's Michael Fremer will deliver his renowned Turntable Master Class assisted by Australia's very own Mark Doehmann. Presentations on high-res audio and 4K video will be delivered, followed by interactive Q&A sessions.

Building on the success of the Melbourne Show in 2011, the Sydney Show in 2012 and Melbourne 2013, once again the place to be in 2014 for Australia's finest audio and video technology showcase is Melbourne. Anyone that loves audio, video, music and movies and is looking to add that new piece of gear will probably find it in Melbourne at the 2014 Australian Audio & AV Show. Research all the best brands under the one roof - and purchase on the day if you choose.

Quote: "The InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto will once again play host to this year's event. This fabulous, heritage listed building combining all the ambience and old world charm, with the comfort and modern facilities required to present and maximise the performance of today's sophisticated home entertainment technologies." Roy Bird, Chester Group Exhibitions

Not just an exhibition, the Australian Audio & AV Show is pure entertainment, whether your choice is high-end systems valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, iPod docks and wireless speakers, computer audio, high definition TV and projection, or the personal musical experience of headphones, the Australian Audio & AV has got the lot.

For more information please contact Di Preece on 0419 604 000 or di@chestergroup.org

The Show Website Link.