The newly-announced winners of Sound+Image's 2019 awards feature some familiar names! The imminently-arriving Panasonic DP-UB9000 took home the coveted "UHD Blu-ray Player of the Year" title, with the judges calling it the "4K player to beat"; "Panasonic has loaded all its years of expertise into this new reference in disc-spinning". Meanwhile, Roon received the "Multiroom System of the Year" award, a special award created specially to recognise Roon's unique impact on the hi-fi world. To quote the judge's opinion, "Roon has become a peacemaker between hardware platforms. There is no better way to control your music, to ensure the best possible quality of delivery to multiple devices, or to enjoy the sheer wonder of musical discovery." High praise indeed, and well-deserved if we do say so ourselves. Have a look at the full list of awards here!
PMC's new flagship speaker, the fact fenestria, made its first appearance on Australian shores this Friday night, and what an impression it made! Taking pride of place in Studios 301's live room, the fenestria was just one of the PMC speakers on display. Having been recently renovated, the staff at Studios 301 were keen to show off their incredible recording studios, complete with some of PMC's finest studio speakers. Given PMC's origins in some of the world's premier studios, it was the perfect place to introduce the pinnacle of their domestic range, which draws heavily on that studio experience. Huge thanks to the folks at Studios 301, to everyone at Life Style Store for offering their new speakers to be used on the night, and to everyone who came. Special thanks, too, to Jess Stillone for coming along and singing on the night! We'll have more photos of the night in the coming days, but for now, check out Stereonet's coverage of this once-in-a-lifetime event.
We've known this was coming ever since OPPO Digital announced that they would be ceasing production back in April, but we never thought it would come so soon. Sadly, that fateful day has finally arrived: the final shipment of OPPO UDP-203 has now completely sold out. Interdyn took on distribution of OPPO Digital in Australia and New Zealand six years ago, and we have been proud to have such a close relationship with the brand for such a long time. OPPO Digital products have always been class-leaders, producing many award-winning Hi-Fi audio products and universal disc players, and spanning three generations from DVD and Blu-ray to 4K UHD. Thank you for being a part of the OPPO Digital experience -- it certainly sounds like a cliché to say so, but we couldn't have done it without you. The adventure isn't quite over, though! We at Interdyn will continue to work with you to deliver some of the world's best brands, including Devialet, Pro-Ject, SVS, Rotel, IsoTek, PMC, Roon, Ortofon, Artnovion and BenQ. Though we won't be seeing any more new OPPO Digital products, the UDP-203 and UDP-205 will continue to be supported: warranties will still be valid, and both in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services will continue to be available. Firmware will continue to be maintained and updates released from time to time. Customers can rest assured that they will continue to receive the high quality service and support that they have come to expect from OPPO Digital and from Interdyn. Thanks for your support, now and in the future. The Interdyn team
Roon has now added Google's suite of smart speakers, Chromecast and Chromecast Audio products to the thousands of Roon-compatible devices. As with other compatible systems like OPPO UDP-205, AirPlay devices, Devialet's Expert amplifiers, and Sonos speakers, Chromecast devices will appear automatically in Roon's "Settings" screen under the Audio tab. That update gives you a simple, effective way to bring Rotel amplifiers and other, network-free products into the Roon ecosystem. With a Chromecast Audio and an optical adaptor, you can use your store's Nucleus+ to demonstrate products like the RA-1572 alongside a host of other amplifiers, receivers and wireless speakers, making your job easier and giving your customer a premium service experience. With audio-only devices like Chromecast Audio, you can now enjoy gapless high-resolution music (up to 96kHz/24-bit) from Roon. AV Chromecast devices like Chromecast Gen 1, Gen 2, and Ultra can also display album artwork, artist photos, and track information from Roon in addition to audio. And just like with all other Roon-compatible devices, you can group them through Roon's software. You can also use the Google Home app to group Chromecast devices, which will then appear as another device under the Audio tab in Roon.
Tech news hub Smarthouse has handed out its 2018 Best of the Best awards, highlighting the year's strongest products in a range of categories including smartphones, TVs and speakers. The Pro-Ject Xtension 9 has been branded Best Turntable, with Smarthouse reviewer David Richards singling out its design as the reason the Xtension 9 came out on top. "A truly excellent product designed from the ground up by turntable craftsmen." You can read the full write-up in the latest issue of Smarthouse's digital magazine here .
To coincide with the 50th anniversary re-release of the Beatles' animated classic, Yellow Submarine, Pro-Ject present a special edition turntable custom-built to celebrate the film's timeless style. Featuring a plinth faithfully modelled on the titular Yellow Submarine, as well as a specially-designed Ortofon Concorde 'Sonar' cartridge and a glass platter to let the turntable's unique styling shine through, this is an eye-catching must-have for any Beatles fan. Not only would it be a great statement piece at home, it'll also make a terrific impact in your store. Get your order in early, as we will only be shipping stock from Pro-Ject to fulfil orders -- we will not be keeping these at the warehouse. Check it out here! If you'd like some more Beatles merch in your life (or your store), check out the Debut Carbon Esprit SB The Beatles 1964 Special Edition Turntable!
If you've ever used Roon's revolutionary software, you know how powerful and versatile it is. Breaking through walled-garden systems like Sonos, Roon creates a truly integrated wireless system that allows you to combine a host of streaming protocols and products into one seamless network. Built to exacting audiophile standards, and still undergoing constant development, Roon lets you run a near-endless range of file types to any number of zones. The only limitations are your network, and your computer's processing power. The former is out of our hands, but the latter? That's where Nucleus comes in. THE BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE ROON Unlike simple music player apps, Roon is designed to make use of modern computing power (and the more of it the better). So the team worked with Intel to develop Nucleus on their highest-performance NUC platform, which means that using Roon with Nucleus feels incredibly fast, and there's horsepower to spare for handling large music libraries, multi-room streaming, and digital signal processing. AN OPERATING SYSTEM BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP Rather than use a desktop or server operating system like Windows, a Linux distribution, or a system-builder tool, a truly bespoke operating system gives Nucleus a unique edge. Roon OS an optimised Linux-based operating system developed by Roon Labs to provide the best reliability and performance for what Roon does – networking, storage, and fast database access – and nothing you don't need. Roon OS also offers a level of network security not found on some other streaming products, while still ensuring ease of use and robust operation. NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE The unique build of the Nucleus allows for impressive power and heat-management without the need for spinning discs, or fans, or any other moving parts. Not only does that make the Nucleus even more hard-wearing, it means your pristine listening environment won't be spoiled by the low whirring of a fan working overtime. If you'd like more information about the Nucleus design process, the ins and outs of Roon OS, or just want to know more about why Nucleus is a must-have for a top-spec listening room, read Roon's White Paper here.. Already convinced? Place your order now!
Clean up with Spin-Clean and VC-S We're giving you the chance to clean up, and get your hands on a free VC-S Record Washing Machine! To take advantage of this generous offer, simply purchase 20 Spin-Clean Record Washers and we'll chuck in a VC-S on the house (RRP $899). You can also order 10 Spin-Clean Record Washers, and receive 50% off the price of a VC-S Record Washing Machine. What an offer! So what are you waiting for? Head here and place your order! Offer open until the end of July, 2018.
Few brands can boast the same kind of customer loyalty and passion as SVS. Maybe it's because SVS stand behind all their products with a 5 Year Unconditional Warranty, taking pride in the exceptional build quality and design of all SVS products. Or maybe it's the online tools like Merlin, the handy subwoofer matching system, so dealers and customers alike know that they're choosing the right sub for their system. Or maybe it's the simple fact that SVS make class-leading subwoofers that'll shake your walls but won't break the bank. Whatever the reason, you can set your customer up with SVS confident in the knowledge that they'll join the brand's legions of raving fans. Easy as that. Unrivalled customer satisfaction Check out the hundreds of five-star reviews written by ecstatic customers keen to share some love for SVS! These folks love their SVS, and you know your customers will too. 5-Year Unconditional Warranty SVS offers the industry's most comprehensive warranty across the entire range. SVS warrants all its products to be free from defects in workmanship for 5 years from the date of purchase. SVS Subwoofer Matching Tool Use Merlin to find the perfect SVS subwoofer to complement your customer's current speakers. Just choose the brand and model from the comprehensive list, and Merlin will suggest the right sub, complete with recommended settings. Give Merlin a try Check out the SVS range for yourself, and talk to your rep about becoming a dealer today!