© Steve Neil 2017
Dural HiFi and Home Theatre
Products
SPEAKERS Absolutely the most important part of any HiFi or Home Theatre System. Up to 80% of the overall sound can be attributed to the speakers. Choose wisely and remember, what you hear in store is not a reflection of what you’ll hear at home in your own acoustic environment. A good HiFi Consultant will ask about your room size, floor coverings etc. before suggesting and appropriate speaker set up. A really experienced Audio guy should be able to tell you exactly what speaker suits your particular needs without the need for demonstration as listening in an acoustically treated store Sound Lounge can be totally misleading. There are around 200 plus speaker brands on the market and there are no “best”, only the best for a particular price. Just call or e-mail me if you need advice. We carry speakers from $199 pair to $20,000 pair from most major manufacturers
AMPLIFIERS / RECEIVERS These are the motors in the engine room of the whole shebang. not as important as the speakers in the scheme of things but they must match the speakers in terms or power output and tonality. A mismatched amplifier can hurt the speakers physically and make them sound unpleasant. That’s why the reviews you may read in many HiFi magazines mean bugger all in isolation. One needs to know the speakers and source to get any sense of amplifier appreciation. Again, don’t be afraid to call and ask about comparability as, after 50 years in the music/electronics business, one tends to pick up a few things (yes, I know, those as well although Penicillin tends to fix most afflictions of that nature). We carry Yamaha, Cambridge Audio, Onkyo, Vincent, Emotiva, Sony and whatever else we see as good value.
SOURCES No, not Tomato or Chilli but the things that supply the amplifiers and receivers with “stuff that must be heard”. Whereas speakers and amplification haven’t taken any major strides in technology over the past 60 years or so, the method of producing the original “noise’ has changed beyond belief (at least to an old bastard such as myself). My first recollection of music reproduction was via 78RPM shellac records which morphed into 33 and 45 vinyl microgroove records after 1953 then on to CD’s in 1981. The days of physically playing a “recording” however is almost at an end with music streaming becoming more prevalent. They say that vinyl is making a comeback but I’m not quite sure who “they” are. Turntables by REGA, Streamers by Yamaha, Cambridge Audio and a couple of stragglers, CD Players from Yamaha, Cambridge Audio, Vincent. Sony and some I have probably forgotten.
© Steve Neil 2017
Dural HiFi and Home Theatre
Products
SPEAKERS Absolutely the most important part of any HiFi or Home Theatre System. Up to 80% of the overall sound can be attributed to the speakers. Choose wisely and remember, what you hear in store is not a reflection of what you’ll hear at home in your own acoustic environment. A good HiFi Consultant will ask about your room size, floor coverings etc. before suggesting and appropriate speaker set up. A really experienced Audio guy should be able to tell you exactly what speaker suits your particular needs without the need for demonstration as listening in an acoustically treated store Sound Lounge can be totally misleading. There are around 200 plus speaker brands on the market and there are no “best”, only the best for a particular price. Just call or e-mail me if you need advice. We carry speakers from $199 pair to $20,000 pair from most major manufacturers
AMPLIFIERS / RECEIVERS These are the motors in the engine room of the whole shebang. not as important as the speakers in the scheme of things but they must match the speakers in terms or power output and tonality. A mismatched amplifier can hurt the speakers physically and make them sound unpleasant. That’s why the reviews you may read in many HiFi magazines mean bugger all in isolation. One needs to know the speakers and source to get any sense of amplifier appreciation. Again, don’t be afraid to call and ask about comparability as, after 50 years in the music/electronics business, one tends to pick up a few things (yes, I know, those as well although Penicillin tends to fix most afflictions of that nature). We carry Yamaha, Cambridge Audio, Onkyo, Vincent, Emotiva, Sony and whatever else we see as good value.
SOURCES No, not Tomato or Chilli but the things that supply the amplifiers and receivers with “stuff that must be heard”. Whereas speakers and amplification haven’t taken any major strides in technology over the past 60 years or so, the method of producing the original “noise’ has changed beyond belief (at least to an old bastard such as myself). My first recollection of music reproduction was via 78RPM shellac records which morphed into 33 and 45 vinyl microgroove records after 1953 then on to CD’s in 1981. The days of physically playing a “recording” however is almost at an end with music streaming becoming more prevalent. They say that vinyl is making a comeback but I’m not quite sure who “they” are. Turntables by REGA, Streamers by Yamaha, Cambridge Audio and a couple of stragglers, CD Players from Yamaha, Cambridge Audio, Vincent. Sony and some I have probably forgotten.