Whether you’re planning to pick up a record, find out about the latest audio/visual technology, or hear for yourself what $55,000 headphones sound like, the 2017 Melbourne International HiFi Show truly is the place to be for audio enthusiasts.
More than 150 brands and 80 exhibitors will feature at this year’s event, with names such as Sennheiser, Sony, Cambridge Audio, and Pioneer comprising only a portion of the many participants confirmed for the three day program. The HiFi Show will cover a wide range of aspects of the audio industry, with various products featured in displays, auditions, and giveaways to ensure visitors receive a well-rounded experience.
Headphones will form a major talking point of the HiFi Show with the arrangement of one of the largest displays of headphones in Australia. Exhibitors include original founders and current purveyors of electrostatic headphones, STAX, household favourites Pioneer, the inaugural Australian display of Germany’s Beyerdynamic, and Melbourne’s own Jaben Audio, who will provide expert advice as they present hundreds of different models for visitors to audition. Sennheiser will also feature with auditions of their HE 1 headphones, allowing attendees the chance to experience sound through a device with a $55,000 price tag.
This year, the HiFi Show includes a focus on speakers facilitated by some of the most innovative names in the field. South Australian speaker brands will form a major part of the exhibition as companies such as VAF Research, Hulgich Audio, Halcro, and Krix share their latest products, including the debut of Hulgich Audio’s Maestro loudspeakers. To celebrate Halcro’s return to the HiFi Show following their appearance at the successful 2016 launch, an entire section of the event has been dubbed the Halcro Lounge and is set to showcase their latest products, soundtracked to live music from artists under the company’s record label.
The festivities continue with the Australian Record Fair, its 2017 return marking the now annual inclusion of the event at the International HiFi Show. Thousands of new and second-hand records spanning all genres will be available on the day to expand the collection of every attendee. Adding another element to the event is the incorporation of music memorabilia, vinyl accessories, rarities and collectible items into the Australian Record Fair to cater for the varied interests of all visitors, ensuring there truly is something for everyone.
Competitions are another HiFi Show highlight, with Melbourne-based design and manufacturing company SGR Audio set to give away a pair of their Discovery DS1 two-way bookshelf speakers at the event. Buying tickets online to the HiFi Show and filling out an entry form on the day secures your entry to the SGR Audio competition, while completing an entry form at the Redgum and Legend Speakers exhibit grants you the chance to win their new RGDAC8 DAC. Redgum’s RGDAC8 is a highly accurate DAC with USB connectivity, producing quality sound and building on the design first developed by the company in 1997.
With a program designed with such variety and expertise, there’s no doubt the HiFi Show is set for another stellar year in 2017.
The Melbourne International HiFi Show will take place at the Pullman Mercure Hotel, Albert Park from Friday November 3 - Sunday November 5. For tickets, visit hifishow.com.au.