Singapore launch event for Axis Loudspeakers & REDGUM Audio—Come and meet the designers!

John Reilly (Axis Loudspeakers) and Ian Robinson (REDGUM Audio) will be in Singapore on Sat/Sun 23-24 April 2016 to speak at the launch of their brands’ presence here in Singapore. Come and listen to these two distinguished audio designers from Australia talk about their design philosophies and products. Have a chat with them over tea and refreshments. These two veterans of the hifi manufacturing industry have seen all the hype and fads that have come and gone over the decades.

There are four identical sessions, each of which can seat 15 attendees. Tickets are free. To make a booking simply click on any of the sessions below:

The booking process is simple. After clicking on the session you want to attend:

  • Click on the big green REGISTER button on the event’s front page;
  • Click on the big green CHECKOUT button on the pop-up confirmation window;
  • Fill in your name and email address, then click on the big green Complete Registration button.

Your e-ticket will be sent to the email address you provided. Please bring that ticket with you, either printed or downloaded do your smartphone.

Alternatively, send us your name via email and we will book on your behalf. The e-ticket will be sent to your email address as above.

One ticket per person, and for one session only. Ticket sales close at 23:30 on Friday 22nd April 2016.

Attendees will receive a door gift of a 1m length of REDGUM ‘Audio Pipeline’ OFC interconnect.

The programme for the morning sessions is as follows:

  • 10:00-10:20 Arrival & Registration [20 minutes]
  • 10:20-10:30 Welcome [10 minutes]
  • 10:30-10:50 Guest Speaker: John Reilly (Axis) [20 minutes]
  • 10:50-11:05 Tea Break [15 minutes]
  • 11:05-11:25 Guest Speaker: Ian Robinson (REDGUM) [20 minutes]
  • 11:25-11:35 Conclusion [10 minutes]
  • 11:35:13:00 Demos & Refreshments [1 hr 25 minutes]

And for the afternoon sessions:

  • 14:00-14:20 Arrival & Registration [20 minutes]
  • 14:20-14:30 Welcome [10 minutes]
  • 14:30-14:50 Guest Speaker: John Reilly (Axis) [20 minutes]
  • 14:50-15:05 Tea Break [15 minutes]
  • 15:05-15:25 Guest Speaker: Ian Robinson (REDGUM) [20 minutes]
  • 15:25-15:35 Conclusion [10 minutes]
  • 15:35:17:00 Demos & Refreshments [1 hr 25 minutes]

John’s talk is titled: “It’s All About the Music.” The music we play should be what we enjoy personally, not just demonstration discs. We appreciate the music first, regardless of the equipment used, such as mobile devices, car audio systems.  Hifi audio is a hobby if your love for music causes you to improve the playback fidelity of your equipment. And it needn’t be expensive. It becomes ridiculous when the cost of components is so high that gear is bought for prestige and show rather than for listening to music that you enjoy. John will also touch on:

  • Types of recordings and why some sound better than others;
  • Importance of the listening room and its acoustics;
  • The games your mind plays with you on what and how you hear.

Ian’s talk is titled: “Once heard on a REDGUM, such expectations cannot be un-heard!” Ian tells us about the two major factors that led him to design his first amplifier. These were:

  • His long industry experience as the authorised service agent for most of the major international hifi brands available in Australia;
  • His experience of live orchestral music.

The design goals established by these factors have not changed over the past 25 years. The Black-series models represent “more of the same” on top of which was added the ability to drive lower impedance loads. How low and how much? The Black RGi120ENR integrated amp delivers 500W/ch into 2Ω all day long, but for transient demands it dishes out 1260W/ch Short-term RMS. Ian also talks about the unusual SignWave heatsink that forms the base of the chassis for a number of the amplifier products.

Pocket Bio: John Reilly (Axis Loudspeakers)

John always appreciated music and could play drums by ear at a very early age. John is Eurasian, his father being Irish and mother Chinese, The family migrated to Australia in 1969.

After completing his education John worked in hifi retail, and eventually started his own retail shop. During this period he also made and sold Altec Lansing’s very large horn-loaded loudspeakers. In 1980 John started an audio distribution business with a partner. They were Australian distributors for Acoustic Research, Bose, Soundcraftsman, Proton, Velodyne, Macintosh, NHT, Allison Acoustics, Nikko, and Supra. They also made all models of AR’s loudspeakers in Australia, after being trained in the manufacturing process.

When John finally left the company to strike out on his own this company had become the longest serving international audio distributor in the world (in excess of thirty years). He started to import Harbeth loudspeakers into Australia. This venture was not productive because John didn’t really believe in the product. He switched out of this and founded Axis Loudspeakers.

Axis Loudspeakers was probably the most awarded speaker manufacturer in Australia. It was distributed in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and Mainland China. Production was eventually suspended when heart issues and the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis took their toll. John then spent time out of the hifi industry hoping a friend set up business in China.

Of course he never stopped dabbling in hifi as a hobby, and music as a source of entertainment. The Voicebox S was born when John decided he needed a pair of bookshelf monitors that could accurately reproduce the human voice.

Pocket Bio: Ian Robinson (REDGUM Audio)

It is not surprising that REDGUM’s designer, Ian Robinson, has the reputation of being able to give clear, straightforward advice, unswayed by fads and hype. It is the result of more than 40 years in the Australian hifi retail industry (including 26 years in The Contemporary Sound Centre in Hawthorn, Melbourne). This time in the industry gave him a definite idea of what customers liked, wanted, could afford and were willing to spend on “good gear”.

The many years repairing hifi equipment and performing authorised “Under Warranty” work on most major international brands formed for him a clear picture of what worked and what did not. He set out to create an amplifier that was “worth selling” – one that, above all, made you “feel you were there” at the event, but was also reliable, indestructible and reasonably priced.

Once the electronics were designed, demonstrating REDGUM’s amplifiers and CD players to show off their utmost meant that accurate reproduction of such quality sound was an imperative.

Thus, adding speakers to the range was not a move into unknown territory, merely a return to Ian’s earlier expertise in cabinet making. Having designed and produced his own range of LINK speakers for 15 years, the most popular line, the LINK Bookshelf speakers, are still well-loved by their owners some 30 years later! Thus, with one designer in charge of REDGUM’s concept, any combination of REDGUM electronics and speakers creates a particularly special synergy.

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