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Audio Esoterica

Audio Esoterica Issue 2 - 2018

Audio Esoterica is a spectacular new high quality publication for the discerning audiophile. Only the very best high-end components are featured, in dramatic photographic layouts that emphasise product design and engineering excellence while the industry’s leaders provide insider insights to Australia’s most experienced audio journalists. Audio Esoterica is all about the very best that the high-end audio world has to offer.

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audio solutions

It’s easy to see why Audio Solutions is such a favourite with Sydney’s audiophiles. First there’s the credibility of the owners, Nicholas Papas and Tony Stantzos, who have dedicated their working lives to the audio industry, culminating in them establishing Audio Solutions 18 years ago. Then there’s the fact that they can give completely unbiased advice to their customers, as Audio Solutions is exclusively a retail operation, unlike retailers who also import the equipment they sell in their store. The store not only has a great display area on the ground floor, but also spacious and great-sounding listening rooms on the first floor (surprisingly quiet considering that the store is located in Mascot, close to Sydney’s domestic and international air terminals). There’s freshly brewed coffee from the store’s steampunk coffee machine…

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bowers & wilkins 702 series 2

A lot has been happening at B&W in recent times, with the company increasing the size of its R&D team by 40%, which entailed closing its old research facility in Steyning and re-locating it to a new, larger, and better-equipped facility in West Sussex, England… and also opening a new factory in Zhuhai, China, where all the 700 Series 2 loudspeakers are built. That means that as of now, the only B&W speakers manufactured in Great Britain are the high-end 800 D3s and the famous ‘Snail’ design of the Nautilus. But while the 2016 purchase of this venerable British company (by the tech firm EVA Automation from California) may have precipitated some changes, other things remain the same, especially in the area Bowers & Wilkins has made and maintained its…