maS­Ter & Dy­NamIC

Australian HIFI - - SHOW REPORT -

We thought we had a scoop when we spot­ted a turntable bear­ing the fa­mil­iar Mas­ter & Dy­namic brand-name, as it would be first for a com­pany that mostly spe­cialises in head­phones. (Pos­si­bly ob­vi­ous, as the drive belt was in­cor­rectly po­si­tioned on the pul­ley, as shown in the pho­to­graph above!) But it was not to be...

The Mas­ter & Dy­namic turntable was very ob­vi­ously just a re-badged VPI Player with a weird sur­face coat­ing, but fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that al­though it’s most def­i­nitely the very first turntable bear­ing the Mas­ter & Dy­namic badge, only a very lim­ited run of these spe­cial edi­tion mod­els will be avail­able, and they’ll be re­served ex­clu­sively for use by Mas­ter & Dy­namic distrib­u­tors and deal­ers. That is, they won’t be avail­able for sale.

In the same room, Mas­ter & Dy­namic showed its MA770 Wire­less Speaker which was iden­ti­fied as be­ing a 2018 CES In­no­va­tion Awards Hon­oree. Made en­tirely of pol­ished con­crete, the MA770 fea­tures twin 100mm-di­am­e­ter bass/midrange driv­ers with wo­ven Kevlar cones and a sin­gle 38mm ti­ta­nium dome tweeter. The driv­ers are nor­mally pro­tected by a steel grille, but if you, like me, pre­fer the raw con­crete look, it’s eas­ily re­moved. The driv­ers are pow­ered by a 100-watt Class-D am­pli­fier, whose in­put can be ac­cessed wire­lessly (Chrome­cast or Blue­tooth) or via wire.

Mas­ter and Dy­namic prod­ucts are sold in Aus­tralia by David Jones: www.david­

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