Report card: 2024 Australian Hi-Fi Show, Sydney
Edgar Kramer of SoundStage Australia visited us (and every room) at the Australian Hifi Show, April 5-7. And I'm very pleased that Edgar would reference our system as 'musical'. For me, that is the ultimate goal. Thank you Edgar!
"Mclean’s Smarter Home Entertainment’s founder Bill Mclean has the show setup and demonstration caper down pat – he always draws good sound given the unfavourable hotel room-based show conditions.

Mostly showing Magnepan speakers at past shows, this year Mclean brought in the DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/96 speakers tightly driven by Rogue Audio Stereo 100 power amplifier teamed to the company’s RP-7 Preamplifier.

Music was handled via AURALiC Altair G2.1 Digital Audio Streamer and cables were from Lenehan Audio FoilFlex. Well, Mclean, you’ve done it again. I sampled several tracks from the sweet spot (of note, AC/DC’s excellent “She’s Got The Jack”) and the system played with delicacy and warmth when called for, and satisfying power and dynamics when needed (ergo the AC/DC track).

To the chagrin of many audio pedants who dislike the term, I’d call the sound here musical, in a way that could have had me staying there a whole lot longer."
📸 by Edgar Kramer

And from the team at What Hi-Fi?

"Mcleans Smarter Home Entertainment always provides a darkened listening haven, this year equipped with Devore Fidelity Orangutan O/96 speakers – designed especially for compatibility with lower-powered valve amps, though Mcleans brought something rather higher in the wattage department, with 90 watts of pure valve power from the four matched KT88s in the Rogue Audio Stereo 100 power amplifier, taking its lead from the Rogue RP-7 preamp.

An excellent choice of tunes – including Diana Krall’s take on Desperado, and Nick Cave’s Into My Arms – made this a room hard to leave."
Thank you for visiting us Becky & Jez! You can read the full report over at What Hi-Fi? here.
📸 by Future