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QUICK UPDATE

CHANGE OF BUSINESS HOURS DUE TO COVID19

Unfortunately due to Covid19 we have now come to the point where we are having to reduce our hours. We will not be opening Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for the foreseeable future. We will open Friday, Saturday & Sunday only 10am to 6pm.

Please check this website or social media pages for further updates re opening & closing times.

UP-COMING EVENTS, RECORD FAIRS OR SPECIAL OFFERS

 

If you’re aware of any other up-coming events that would interest our followers, let us know….

DIGGIN’SYDNEY IS LIVE AGAIN TBA !

A comprehensive guide to where all the vinyl shops are in Sydney – a must for the vinyl collector, whether new or used, singles or LPs.

The website launched on 20th April 2013 (www.digginsydney.com), TBA of new version for 2020, but we still have 2019 version available in store – participating Record Stores already have the handy guide maps – available free! You can also download the map & key from that site.

 


 

BI-WIRING…..WHAT”S THAT?

Bi-wiring Speakers………………some high-end speakers have 2 or more pairs of terminals on the back!

It enables an amp to provide bass to the woofer, and treble to the tweeter, but as standard, there’s a ‘bridge’ between them, so ‘normal’ users can just use standard twin cable speaker to either of the terminals.

Speaker post ‘bridges’
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Some enthusiastic owners of bi-wireable speakers, remove the bridge, & either connect 2 sets of cables to the single set of terminals at the back of the amp, or use speaker system ‘B’ if the amp has them, to power the other set of speaker terminals.

It’s our opinion that, all it’s doing is to move the bridge from the speakers, to the back of the amp, or inside the amp. So we’re not convinced there’s any advantage.

Where use of the multiple speaker terminals is an advantage, is if you have twin stereo amps (or 4 mono-blocks) with an external cross-over to direct bass to the woofers & treble to the tweeters – now that’s serious stuff! This is not so much Bi-wiring, but Bi-Amping.

This is purely a summary of what all those extra terminals are on some of our hi-end speakers our customers buy from us. Unless you want to get into Bi-amping, just make sure the bridge between the terminals are securely in place – red are bridged together & black together – NEVER bridge red to black or you’ll blow your amplifier!

Bose in the 70s

BOSE IN THE 70s WERE SOMETHING TO BEHOLD

We usually have in-stock a pair of the 301s but currently we have the iconic 901s complete with stands & equalizer.

Something Fun to Try

HERE’S SOMETHING TO TRY – a bit of fun!

We lifted it from the rear of an LP cover – Brian Eno’s Ambient 4 ‘On Land’ on ‘Editions EG’ label dated 1982.

Speakers, probably the most important part of any system

Like any other timber enclosed instrument, a violin or piano, the design and craftsmanship of the wooden box dictates the character of the sound – plastic speaker boxes just don’t ‘cut the mustard’.

Don’t be put off by veneer covered particle board boxes – particle board is often more rigid and less prone to vibration then sold wood and the veneers used in the 70s and 80s are beautifully retro – the acoustically transparent grill cloths also.

It does need to be said, that bigger is always better when it comes to speakers boxes, then again, room sizes end up dictating what’s possible, but always go for as large as can be accommodated.

Boxes are designed to the fraction of an inch to enhance the tonal qualities of the drivers receiving the correct frequencies from the crossovers.

All sorts of tricks are employed to reduce ‘boom’ – internal box lining, foam inserts, insolation padding, concrete loading, porting, the list is endless.

There’s much more to discuss – number of drivers in each box, simple or complex crossovers, speaker cabling. bi-wiring, stands, room placement, etc ,and as the web-site develops, we will try and cover them.
It’s widely agreed that the major part of your sound system budget should be spent on speakers, so don’t hold back when it comes to your speaker selection and if you can, audition them using your own music, that’s familiar to you.

GETTING THEM OFF THE FLOOR

If your are in our store auditioning speakers, you’ll notice we always elevate them on stands so the tweeters are about head height when seated. We like to give our customers the very best experience and that should tell you something about your set-up at home.

Then again, there are stands, and there are SPEAKER stands, purpose made to maximize the stereo experience – they need to be heavy, spiked if on carpet or ‘rubber bunged’ if on hard surfaces.

There’s a great advert from the 70’s in our Gallery/Retrospective and yes, we have a range of stands including furniture pieces for speakers.

Rogers LS7 with factory stands – gorgeous!

DISCLOSURES

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PLEASE NOTE OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE

  • Our stock has been selectively acquired by Classic HiFi, tested extensively & serviced where necessary.
  • All stock are genuinely original, used, quality components from decades past and are offered for sale as inspected by you – you cannot expect them to be in new condition.
  • All our products carry our 3 month warranty, but coverage does not extend to mis-use, in-appropriate connections, or consumables such as amplifier facia globes, valve tubes and turntable styli or belts.
  • You are encouraged to audition in-store, as exchanges are only agreed to within the first 2 weeks after purchase for major faults undetected by our servicing regime. If repair cannot be completed within a reasonable time a refund is available on production of our Tax Invoice issued to you at the time purchase.
  • We encourage you to attend to your own installations as we assist in-store with set-up advice.
  • If you require shipping, you understand that whilst we do our best to pack, and that we cannot be held responsible for items damaged in-transit.
  • A minimum deposit of 20% is required to reserve stock for you, and the maximum term for payment in full is 3 months. After 3 months, uncollected goods will be returned to stock and deposit funds will be held as a store credit for 12 months.
  • Any order cancellations prior to delivery or collection, incur a 20% fee, levied against the gross price.