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USB Turntables - What Are They Good For?

Melbourne - 17 April 2015 - Have a stash of LPs that you haven’t been able to part with over the years? Whether you’re looking to clear the shed of boxes of vinyl or want to have all of your music on your smartphone, a USB turntable is the answer for turning your analogue albums into digital tracks. At Audio Trends we offer you the choice of USB Turntables from Denon or Pro-Ject, or if you already have a turntable, you can look at one of the USB Phono Preamps from Rega, Pro-Ject or NAD.                      
Shop USB Turntables >> or Shop USB Phono Preamps >> 

NAD Master Series M12 with DD BluOS Module

Canada - 10 April 2015 - The M12 is an ultra-high resolution digital audio hub that boasts a full roster of audiophile-grade features that leverage some of the most advanced digital audio thinking on earth. The M12 isn't a typical DAC and it isn't a typical Preamplifier. It is everything the music enthusiast - young or older - thought was not possible! Adding the DD BluOS module elevates the M12 to full Hi-Res Streaming status able to talk to your computer network via Wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi and able to playback from a mobile device via Bluetooth. Read More >>

Tivoli Albergo Radio Now Available With AM

USA - 27 March 2015 - Country radio listeners around Australia are wild with excitement after learning that Tivoli's Albergo table top radio has embraced AM. Why would this be good news? Don't all AM stations broadcast on DAB+ which is already offered by the Albergo+? Yes they do but unfortunately DAB+ digital radio is only available in metro areas and as we know Australia is a great southern land with oodles of rural areas where the best, most reliabale way to recieve your beloved radio shows is good old AM. The AM/FM Albergo is available now in both Graphite & White.

Magneplanar Speakers Hit Audio Trends

USA - 20 March 2015 - Jim Winey started Magnepan in 1969 and 46 years later the Magneplanar range of panel speakers is one of the most respected in the world. They have been called an open door onto the music, a fitting tribute given their size & shape. We have the brand new Magneplanar 1.7i on demonstration at Audio Trends Ringwood and you really must pay us a visit to experience the way these panels play music. Please bring in some of your favourite tracks on CD, Vinyl or USB Stick so you can hear the Magneplanars with your own music. Read More >>

Small Private Baby Hi-Fi System

Prague - 13 March 2015 - European Audio Team’s CEO Jozefina Lichtenegger is a woman who likes to do things just a little differently. So when she put her 'small private baby hi-fi system' together she chose some of the most exciting components available today. Of course the front end is from EAT - the mighty Forte S Turntable feeding into an Audio Research VSi75 Valve Amplifier. Naturally the ARC Amp is pimped with EAT valves and together with the Sonus Faber Guarneri Evolution Speakers you would guess this system sounds mighty fine. Read More >> or Shop EAT Turntables >>

Riding The Radio Waves

Australia - 9 January 2015 - Many people have trouble getting reliable radio reception no matter where they live in Australia. AM, FM & DAB+ can all all suffer from dodgy reception especially when you're more than 60km from major metropolitan centres. But there is a way to get crystal clear radio reception without using either analogue or digital radio.  How so? The answer is via the internet. If you have Broadband Internet to your property and a reliable Wi-Fi setup, then Internet Radio could be your radio of the future. Internet radio offers over 100,000 stations and is free. Read More >>

HDMI 2.0 - What's It All About?

Australia - 2 January 2015: HDMI is all about speed. Since its inception, we have had the need for speed. HD TV; Blu-ray discs all have more data and cables have therefore changed spec. Now we have 2.0? Do you need it? What's it all about? Read More >>

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit - A Clear Improvement

Austria - 5 December 2014 - The new Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit adds a couple of enticing extras to take the standard Debut Carbon to the next level in performance. The standard Ortofon OM10 Cartridge has been upgraded to the Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge which has the effect of improving bass quality and impact, smoothing out the tonal balance and opening up the soundstage. Also the standard Metal Platter has been upgraded to a clear Acrylic Platter which helps eliminate unwanted resonances, so all you hear is the music. Read More >>

Yamaha LSX-70 - Shedding A Little Light

Japan - 28 November 2014 - With summer fast approaching, wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to shed a little light on your alfresco dining experience whilst at the same time enjoying relaxing dinner music, all from the same source. The Yamaha LSX-70 Portable Bluetooth Speaker & Lamp promises exactly that and delivers in a stylish package bound to take pride of place on many Aussie outdoor dinner tables this summer. Of course if you'd rather have mood lighting inside on a warm evening chilling out to smooth summer sounds, that can also be arranged ... Read More >>

Hotly Anticipated New Ruark R2

UK - 21 November 2014 - The hotly anticipated Ruark R2 Desktop Audio System has just arrived and is everything we could have hoped for. It not only features the beautiful Rich Walnut finish which is so admired but also now comes in Soft Black & White finishes to replace those 'very hard to keep clean' Gloss finishes of old. It also now sports Bluetooth wireless connectivity along with a redesigned Rotodial controller and aluminium front facia giving the new R2 and even more modern & sophisticated appearance. Read More >>

Limited Special On Yamaha HTR-6067

Melbourne - 14 November 2014 - You know it's coming up Christmas when the special deals start appearing from major manufacturers like Yamaha. This brand new AV Receiver is the perfect model for those wanting $1,200 worth of quality for the bargain price of just $899. Yep just $899! Audio Trends only have a handful at this price and it is absolutely garaunteed that they will not last. So - you know what to do. Get yourself into our shop, onto our web site or pick up the phone and make sure you don't miss out on a Yamaha HRT-6067 AV Receiver. Read More >>

Harry Pearson: 5 January 1937 - 4 November 2014

USA - 7 November 2014 - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harry Pearson, Founder of The Absolute Sound and an icon of high-end audio journalism. Harry passed away at his home in Sea Cliff, New York at the age of 77. Jonathan Valin of the The Absolute Sound has written a moving tribute to one of the founders of high-end audio and subjective audio journalism. Read More >>

NAD M51 Runout Special - Now Only $999!

Melbourne - 31 October 2014 - The NAD M51 is now in runout mode and for a very limited time is available at the crazy price of just $999! We have sold NAD since the late 1970's and not since the heady days of the legendary NAD 3020 has a product had such an impact on the world market as the NAD M51 Digital to Analogue Convertor. If you want to get the best from your digital music, then you deserve to treat yourself. Read More >>

Rega Shines Bright At What Hi-Fi? Awards

London - 24 October 2014 - It was a big night for Rega at the recent What Hi-Fi? Awards in London picking up 4 major awards, including Product of the Year for the fourth year in a row for the RP3 Turntable / Elys2 Cartridge combo. Awards were also received for the brand new Elex-R stereo amplifier as well as its bigger brother the Elicit-R. To top off a wonderful evening the Fono MM picked up ‘best phono stage’ for the second year in a row. Read More >>

PSB Stand Mount Speaker Specials

Melbourne - 17 October 2014 - For a limited time Audio Trends are offering the PSB Image B5 & B6 Stand Mount Speakers at never before offered prices. Designed in Canada using one of the best anechoic chambers in the world the PSB range of audiophile quality speakers represent outstanding sound quality and value for money. While stocks last the Image B5 & B6 are an absolute bargeain. Get in quick! Read More >>

An Outstanding Range Of Speaker Stands

Melbourne - 10 October 2014 - Bookshelf or Stand Mount speakers are very popular in smaller rooms where floor standing giants are unacceptable. Making sure your stand mount speakers are properly supported to sound at their best can be tricky unless you have the correct stands. Fortunately Audio Trends have one of the largest range of speaker stands available in Australia including cutting edge brands like Atacama, Norstone, Paradigm, Wharfedale, Flexson & Richter. Read More >>

Introducing The New Yamaha R-N500 Network Receiver

Japan - 3 October 2014 - The Yamaha R-N500 is a new breed of stereo Receiver. In addition to the traditional FM/AM tuner it's a 21st Century Stereo Receiver with all the latest networking features. Now you can listen to the world of local and internet radio as well as stream music from your smartphone or tablet. Need to get better sound from your TV? Just plug an optical cable into the R-N500 and hello Uncle Bob. Available in Black or Silver but unfortunately not the two tone shown at left (we wish). Read More >>

Naim mu-so Evening at Audio Trends

Melbourne - 25 September 2014 - Naim is set to release it's first wireless music system - the mu-so. With advanced wireless connectivity and typically great Naim sound the mu-so is shaping up as one of the most important new releases of the year. Read More >>

QED HDMI Cable Debate

UK - 19 September 2014 - Recently there have been discussions on television and the internet suggesting it’s not worth upgrading to high quality digital audio and HDMI cables. QED has been a leading manufacturer of cables for more than 40 years, so they thought they might make a contribution to this debate by sharing some of the results they’ve found over those years. And for clarification, one of the reasons they are able to do this is because, at their cable assessment and design facility, QED own some of the world’s most advanced HDMI digital measurement equipment. Read More >>

Recently there have been discussions on television and the internet suggesting
it’s not worth upgrading to high quality digital audio and HDMI cables.
QED has been a leading manufacturer of cables and accessories for more than
40 years, so we thought we might make a contribution to this debate by sharing
some of the results we’ve found over those years. And for clarification, one of the
reasons we are able to do this is because, at our cable assessment and design
facility, we own some of the world’s most advanced HDMI digital measurement

Heos By Denon Is Here

Melbourne - 12 September 2014 - Denon is now in the wireless speaker race and wow have they reset the bar for a new standard in performance. Yes, you can stream music from your favourite cloud music services and listen to tunes directly from your phone, tablet, USB drives or home network. But, you probably didn't know that the technology is an Australian invention. Check out Heos by Denon today! Read More >>

Dolby Atmos Explained

San Francisco, USA - 5 September 2014 - Dolby Atmos is the first home theatre system not based on channels but rather based on audio objects. So what is an audio object? Basically any special sound effect. Directors can decide exactly where those sounds should originate and precisely where they move as the scene develops. Our new article explains this exciting new innovation that will bring another element for the dedicated movie enthusiast to consider. Read More>>

SONOS Adds Full Wi-Fi Compatibility!

Melbourne - 29 August 2014 - Up until now, you needed to hard wire any Sonos Component or Bridge to your Wi-Fi Modem/Router to get the SONOS connection. Now SONOS have finally burnt their bridges and offered a way to connect your new SONOS system using just your home Wi-Fi. If your home has good Wi-Fi coverage this can save you the $75 on a Bridge. SONOS are also about to release a new product called the Boost which acts like a Bridge on steriods. Browse all SONOS >>

Flexson Skins for SONOS

UK - 22 August 2014 - Want to add a touch of colour to your SONOS speaker? Flexson's ColourPlay Skins are custom made for SONOS speakers. Available in five colors, these durable vinyl skins are easy to apply. Just peel it off the backing sheet, position it on the speaker, and smooth it down with a cloth or sponge. Designed by SONOS users for SONOS users - check out the Flexson range of ColourPlay Skins today. Read More >>

SIM2 Crystal Cube Projector - Style Meets Substance

Italy - 15 August 2014 - The new Crystal Cube home cinema projector, is, in true SIM2 fashion, a perfect blend of style and technology, with a luxurious and understated glass cabinet that easily blends into any home décor. When turned off, the projector aspect of the design is virtually invisible and the Crystal Cube is transformed into artwork. This is style and performance working in perfect harmony, the Crystal Cube is the true essence of ‘Made in “Italy.” Read More >>

Oppo Headphones Come To Town - Wow!

USA - 8 August 2014 - Oppo have just released their first headphone products - the PM1 Planar Magnetic Headhones and HA1 Headphone Amplifier. Now at more than $3.5K the pairing might sound like a lot of money until you hear what these puppies sound like and then you start to understand. The fact the HA1 is a remote control Preamp and DAC does really sweeten the deal. A listen is worth a thousand words so don't walk, run to our Ringwood showroom with some of your favourite music and it will all make sense! Read More >>

Massive Midwinter Stocktake Sale

Melbourne - 1 August 2014 - The arctic conditions in Melbourne mean it's a great time to curl up next to a roaring fire with a soothing drink and listen to your favourite music or watch a film or two. To celebrate this very cool time of the year Audio Trends has decided to have a massive midwinter fire sale - so we can all keep warm and enjoy shopping for a genuine bargain or two online. So what are you waiting for? Visit Audio Trends either online or in person and secure your very own audio visual bargain today! See More >>

Isotek Deal: Buy Polaris Board - Get EVO3 Premier Cable Free!

Australia - 25 July 2014 - For a limited time we have a great special on two of the hottest products in the Isotek range. When you purchase an Isotek Polaris Power Board for $599 we will include, at no extra cost, a $199 EVO 3 Premier Power Cable to get you started. Once you have heard what Isotek can do for your system you won't want to stop until everyting is Isotek-ed. Rumour has it, even your kettle boils water better when connected with Isotek - must give it a try. Read More >>

QED - A Touch Of British Speaker Cable Class

UK - 18 July 2014 - QED is an award winning British company with over 40 years experience in the audio-visual connectivity industry. In 1973 Bob Abraham and Ian Vine founded QED Audio Products. By the time QED 79 strand speaker cable was launched in 1978, it wasn’t looked upon as ‘just another speaker cable’ but was instead regarded as a serious hi-fi component, marking a fundamental change in the way people thought about cables. QED is Europe's number one award winning connectivity brand winning numerous awards. Read More >>

Minx Air 100 - Wireless, Versatile, Great Sound - What's Not To Like?

UK - 11 July 2014 - The Minx Air 100 is both an AirPlay WiFi speaker and Bluetooth speaker so whatever device you use, Minx Air 100 is your perfect partner. You won't believe how a compact, hide-away system can produce such a powerful, room-filling performance.The key is Cambridge Audio's patented "BMR" drivers – they guarantee a broader response, more widely-dispersed sound and greater clarity than traditional speakers. The Minx Air 100, available in Black or White, can tap into your Wi-Fi® network and serve as your Internet radio tuner. Or use it as a sound bar for a small TV/Blu-ray setup. Read More >>

NAD D7050 - Pint Size Digital Perfection

Australia - 4 July 2014 - If you have a computer or smart phone running iTunes, and a home Wi-Fi network, just add the D7050 and your favourite loudspeakers. You'll now have a state-of-the-art audio system in a stylish and compact package that fits anywhere in your home or apartment. Wireless access is universal as the D7050 also supports Bluetooth aptX for point-to-point streaming without a network. Read More >>

DacMagic XS Gives Your Computer a Kick in the Headphone Socket

UK - 27 June 2014 -  Listening to music on your computer is brilliant – instant, easy access to all your digital files and a world of streaming services, internet radio and video sites. But did you know that the headphone output on a computer produces extremely poor sound? The DacMagic XS is an instant upgrade to any computer’s sound output. It connects quickly and easily to your computer’s USB port and allows you to hear your favourite music, games and films, exactly as the artist intended. With the DacMagic XS your computer has never sounded better! Read More >>

Rega Apollo R: 5 Star Hi-Fi Choice Group Test Winner

UK - 20 June 2014 - If you want the best sound quality under $1,000 the Rega Apollo CD Player continues to lead the pack. It has just won a group test in UK Magazine Hi-Fi Choice and gained a remarkable 5 out of 5 Stars in the process! Here are some of the comments from the gobsmacked Hi-Fi Choice writers: "the Apollo R is a brilliant sounding silver disc spinner - it is mesmerisingly entertaining to listen to. Charming, charismatic and compelling CD spinner."  Shop This Product >>

Denon HEOS Multi-Room Streaming Range Coming Soon

Australia - 13 June 2014 - It seems the whole world wants a slice of the SONOS multi-room streaming pie including Denon. Just announced is the HEOS range of multi-room products that kicks off with a range of three powered speakers with each speaker using advanced Digital Signal Processing and dual band Wi-Fi to deliver your music wherever you like. Denon have developed a dedicated app to ping music from streaming services like Spotify or your own music from one unit to the other. 

Primare I32/MM30 Clinches CES Award

Sweden - 7 March 2014 - Primare's award-winning I32/MM30 music streaming ensemble has been honoured at the CE Show with The Absolute Sound’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ Award. Primare were stoked they received this coveted award from such an experienced team of listeners for the EISA award-winning I32 Integrated Amplifier, complete with their high-tech MM30 Music Streaming board. Inspiration for the award must originate from Neil Gader’s excellent review, which concludes “you’ll have to go a long way to match the I32. Primare’s done its homework and the I32 is ready to come out and play.” Shop This Product >>

REL T-7 Subwoofer claims AV Tech Award 2013/14

UK - 28 February 2014 - This year the REL T7 has been chosen as a worthy recipient of the prestigious AV Tech Award. Home Cinema Choice said "the REL feels like a piece of furniture as much as it does audio equipment ... this is a subwoofer with excellent integration at the handover to the speakers ... there is almost no sense of overhang or bloat to its performance ... the REL has a speed, agility and depth that (other subs) simply don't combine with the same balance...the REL takes a good deal of beating and has a great deal to offer." Shop This Product >>

Rega RP40 Anniversary Edition

UK - 21 February 2014 - To celebrate their 40th anniversary Rega is offering a limited edition turntable based on the multi award winning RP3. The RP40 Anniversary Edition has been designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point. The RP40 is available in a limited quantity supplied on a first come first served basis and will be exclusively available only while stocks last. Read More >> or Shop This Product >>

REL T-Zero - A Miracle In Miniature

UK - 14 February 2014 - As far as classic review quotes go, it doesn't get much better than this one from Alan Sircom of Hi-Fi+ "As with heads and exciting sexual encounters, when it comes to subwoofers, two is better than one." Naturally, after an intro like that you'll want to read what else he has to say about the virtues of dual REL T-Zero subwoofers. Read More >> or Shop This Product >>

Cabasse Eole3 System - Perfect for the Style Conscious Videophile 

France - 7 February 2014 - With the stunning good looks of all Cabasse products the Eole3 5.1 Surround Sound System is as easy on the ear as it is on the eye. The five spherical satellites can be mounted on the wall using supplied magnetic mounting brackets but if there is no convenient back wall the surrounds can be placed atop the two floor stands included in the pack. Rounded out by an elegant yet powerful subwoofer the Cabasse Eole3 System, available in black or white, is perfect for the style conscious videophile. Read More >> or Shop This Product >>

European Masterpiece One System - A Hair Raising Experience

Sweden, Austria & The Netherlands - 31 January 2014 - Thought a nice European Stereo System was way out of reach? Think again as Primare from Sweden, Vienna Acoustics from Austria and Van Den Hul from The Netherlands team up to bring you a European Masterpiece at a price that is Out-Of-The-Box! The result - one of our customers had the hair stand up on the back of his neck while auditioning this system with some of his favourite music. Needless to say he bought the system! Read More >>

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