Jon and I are at the Christchurch Home Show this weekend. If you're in town drop by, say g'day and have a listen to the award-winning Audiant 80i integrated amplifier and the SR35 loudspeakers, which recently received high praise from the folk at witchdoctor.co.nz.
Christchurch Home Show 2014
Location: CBS Canterbury Arena, Addington, Christchurch
Date: 14th-16th March 2014
Tickets: Online - $8 | At show - $10 | Seniors - $8 | Children - FREE (under 18)
The eagerly awaited world first review of the Audiant SR35 loudspeaker is live... and it's a BEAUT (pun intended Gary).
Gary Steel has gotten up close and personal with the SR35 loudspeakers over the last several weeks and discovered science and magic do go together in a speaker design:
“...by putting science, and the principles of sound engineering first, Perreaux has ended up making something that’s simply magic.”
We shipped the first pair of SR35 loudspeakers to our Swedish distributor Wiktors to make their world premier at the popular Swedish audio show. The loudspeakers were finished in gorgeous satin white (the Scandinavians would have it no other way!!).
For a week prior to the Sweetspot show Joacim Eriksson, Wiktors' home entertainment product manager, listened to the SR35 loudspeakers and was totally impressed, saying the speakers look great and sound amazing.
Our very first pair of Audiant SR35 loudspeakers have shipped and are winging their way to Sweden this very minute. In just a couple of weeks Wiktors, the exclusive Perreaux distributor in Sweden, are unveiling the speakers at Sweet Spot STHLM where the Audiant SR35 loudspeaker will make its world premier.
Today we shipped the very first production version of our new Audiant SR35 loudspeaker, destined for Sweden... it was a proud moment and represented the culmination of a shared vision to be able to provide a complete audio solution to our customers.
Over the years our business partners have repeatedly asked our advice on matching loudspeakers for our products. The problem is not insignificant. A loudspeaker needs to feature the correct electrical, aesthetic and value proposition in order to be a good match for our amplifiers... whilst challenging, we have usually been able to assist. Perreaux is renowned for tight, detailed and engaging performances and in some instances our partners have found themselves in the difficult position of offering systems which were not optimally matched.
The Audiant SR35 is the perfect partner to the Audiant 80i integrated amp, or alternatively the DP32 preamp & 100p power amp combination. It is obvious from the moment you set eyes on the speaker that it is very much a part of the Audiant series.
Moving the Audiant SR35 floorstanding loudspeaker from concept into production has been an exciting challenge. I'm exceptionally pleased with the Audiant SR35... at last a loudspeaker that not only is a perfect aesthetic match, but also specifically designed to extract the very highest level of detail and reproduction from the amplifiers in the Audiant range.
As some of you know, or heaven forbid have experienced first-hand, Perreaux dabbled with speakers in the late '70s. Producing, by today's standards, monstrosities such as the LR390 3-way loudspeaker, ML80 5-way loudspeaker, as well as commercial PA units like the Stagecraft IV bass bin, PE8 mid-range and HF4 high-frequency horn. Thankfully, times have changed!!
The best aspect of travel is experiencing how the other half live. Munich 2013 is a good opportunity to gain insights and to stop by distributors in other countries on the way to and from Germany. My first stop leaving New Zealand was Hong Kong.
HK is a seething megalopolis alive... buildings, cars, people and construction cranes are everywhere. The dynamic pace of life is quite an experience and being a part of its vibrancy is invigorating. Our HK distributor and his Chinese business partner spared no effort; taking care of everything for me. In return, I tried my best to listen and respond to the points they raised..
We wanted to release this information at the High End Show in Munich next month, but pics have already made their way out there... so here's a sneak preview.
For some time, we have been rolling around the concept of loudspeakers... and finally we've decided to do something. I'm certain that you will be as impressed as we are... they are sensational.
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