The Aus­tralian Audio & AV Show once again pulled in the hi-fi fans to ho­tel rooms stripped of bed­ding and filled with lus­cious sound­ing hi-fi and home cin­ema sys­tems. Come take a tour...

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The Aus­tralian Audio & AV Show re­turned this year to the lux­u­ri­ously-ap­pointed rooms of Mel­bourne’s In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal The Rialto, run­ning from 2pm on Fri­day 17th Oc­to­ber through to the Sun­day at 5pm. This is no big open ex­hi­bi­tion space, but rather in­di­vid­ual ho­tel rooms stripped of their fur­ni­ture to make space in each for a com­plete audio or AV sys­tem. Vis­i­tors can then wan­der from room to room hear­ing sys­tems play in some­thing like an ap­prox­i­ma­tion of the home en­vi­ron­ment.

And what sys­tems! AV fans could en­joy 4K video demos from Sony and the lat­est and great­est in full-HD from Ep­son and BenQ, while fans of two-chan­nel mu­sic could hear ev­ery­thing from the lat­est Aus­tralian speaker de­signs from the likes of Krix, Richter and Legend Acous­tics along­side US, Euro­pean and Asian equip­ment rang­ing from re­al­world af­ford­able to out­right es­o­ter­ica. The open space of the Rialto ball­room was re­pur­posed from be­ing the venue for the Sound+Im­age Awards on the Wed­nes­day night into a zone where head­phones and other sys­tems could be au­di­tioned, while the ho­tel bar stood ready for those need­ing to re­fresh their ears or other parts. Here’s our pri­mar­ily pic­to­rial re­port...

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