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August 2023 Meeting - Aurender + Lyngdorf + PMC + Rega


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Dear members and friends of Sydney Audio Club,


The next Club meeting for 2023 will be held on Sunday 13th August with a demonstration of a wonderful system from the Life Style Store in Northmead.

As you have undoubtedly heard via the grapevine, Alex Wilson has retired from the Life Style Store. Vinod has however given him permission to present on August 13 as organised several months ago.

The Covid-Safe Rules as set down by the Epping Creative Centre no longer need proof of vaccination status before entry. It is still a requirement that you sign in the Visitor’s Book and notify me if you contract COVID within the week following the meeting. Wearing a mask is not mandated but it is recommended.


There will be no TechTalk session this month.


The doors will be open from around 1.00 pm to meet and chat with members before the meeting starts at 2.00 pm.


There will be a break around 3.30 pm for afternoon tea. Tea, coffee, juice and biscuits provided, and with Alex presenting, his wife Ruth may bring some special goodies.


Details of the system for August 13:

Aurender A15 Caching Music Server Streamer

Ultra High-Performance Analog Output Network Player with Dual-Mono MQA Full-Decoder DAC, RCA + Balanced XLR Analog Outputs. The revolutionary A10 changed the paradigm for Aurender by introducing their first music server/streamer with a built-in DAC. A15 is the upgraded replacement of A10, featuring many new features and audible improvements.
The A15 is performance-packed with balanced analog outputs and a resolving dual-mono AKM4490 digital-to-analog convertor with MQA full-decoder technology. It also has two rear panel bays which can accommodate user-installable 2.5" HDDs or SSDs of up to 8TB each to store the largest of music libraries.

Website: https://aurender.com/home/a15

Review: https://www.soundstageaustralia.com/index.php/reviews/753-aurender-a15-music-streamer-dac#:~:text=I%20quickly%20came%20to%20realise,remained%20hidden%20within%20the%20music


Lyngdorf CD-2 CD Player
The CD-2 is designed for audio only, and for this reason, using a pure audio drive is both simpler and better. All multi-format drives are based on video designs and clocks, and the audio output is then re-sampled (uncontrolled) to audio output clocks.
The DA converter is built around the Wolfson WM8740 chip. This, in combination with the balanced design and very fine audiophile op-amps, results in outstanding sonic qualities.

Website: https://lyngdorf.steinwaylyngdorf.com/lyngdorf-cd-2/#

Review: https://lyngdorf.steinwaylyngdorf.com/a-spiritual-experience-with-lyngdorf-cd-2/
Review: https://the-ear.net/review-hardware/lyngdorf-cd-2-cd-player-dac-preamplifier/


Rega Aethos Integrated Amplifier
The Aethos stereo amplifier employs four 160 W 16 Amp output transistors per channel, this delivers 156 W per channel into 6 Ω. The Aethos is a dual mono design using a custom wound toroidal transformer and regulated supplies for the sensitive amplification and driver stages. The pre-amplifier stage uses class-A discrete circuitry throughout.
Website: www.rega.co.uk/products/aethos

Review: www.whathifi.com/reviews/rega-aethos
Review: https://www.hifichoice.com/content/rega-aethos
Review: https://www.soundstageaustralia.com/index.php/reviews/419-rega-research-aethos-integrated-amplifier
Review: rega-aethos-integrated-amplifier
Review: https://www.lbtechreviews.com/test/hi-fi/rega-aethos


PMC twenty5.26i Floorstanding Speaker

PMC is respected worldwide for its soft-dome mid-range drivers, and the flagship twenty5.26i, the largest in the range, features a third driver dedicated to the all-important mid frequencies, where the critical detail is to be found in vocal recordings.
The three-way design ensures that each important frequency range has its own dedicated driver, so that the speaker can fill even the largest spaces with absolute transparency and clarity. This is a sublime speaker that can expand with you as you upgrade your system, and bring out the very best in whatever equipment you connect it to.
Website: https://pmc-speakers.com/products/consumer/twenty5i/twenty526i

Review: https://hifiplus.com/articles/pmc-twenty5-26i-floorstanding-loudspeaker/
Review: 1187-pmc-twenty5-26i-loudspeaker
Review: twenty5-26i-speakers-from-pmc
Review: pmc-twenty526i-floorstanding-loudspeakers
Review: pmc-twenty5-26i

We are also re-introducing a meeting segment from pre-COVID days where one of our members presents a short (20 - 30 minutes) program of music that is special to them.

This meeting is covered, but if you would like to offer your music selection for the next meeting please contact the club via the email below.


If any club member has Disc Jockey fantasies please let us know and your dreams could come true.

The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO.  Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. 

So bring along your favourite music to play on CD or USB.

Sorry, no vinyl this session. If you would like a specific track to be streamed please co-ordinate with Alex during the break.

All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go.


Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others. Feel free to come and hear the capabilities of the system, or to just share the experience with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.



Guests are welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound.


Venue:  Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park
Address:  26 Stanley Road, Epping

When:  Sunday 13th August 2023.

Doors open from 1.00 pm to meet and chat with members.
Music Meeting starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm.
Refreshment break around 3.30 pm.

Please sign-in in the visitors’ book. You are not required to wear a mask but you may wish to do so.

Hope to see you there on Sunday 13th.

John McEvoy
Meeting Co-ordinator
Sydney Audio Club Inc.

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55 minutes ago, maximus said:

It's such a big room, how was the overall sound quality?

With a room and audience of this size, we are experiencing P.A. rather than HiFi and critical evaluation.

Despite this the imaging and spatial detail were impressive, achieving the "disappearing speakers" quality with several tracks.

Although some refer to "that terrible room", predictive analysis and actual measurements show this isn't the case, in fact the room is fairly benign and largely free of the major issues that plague smaller spaces.

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