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Dun­tech Se­na­tor. Dun­tech holds a very spe­cial place in the heart of many Aus­tralian au­dio­philes. Not only were they undis­put­edly one of the finest speak­ers ever built, they were de­signed and man­u­fac­tured here in Aus­tralia. Un­for­tu­nately the com­pany folded late last cen­tury and the name lan­guished for some time, un­til lo­cal speaker man­u­fac­turer Kiat Low from Or­pheus Loud­speak­ers ac­quired the com­pany in 2008, and spent many years im­prov­ing on the orig­i­nal de­sign. Kiat has pro­duced some­thing spe­cial with his new Dun­tech Se­na­tor.

We are not sure what im­presses us most about this speaker. They are in ev­ery way wor­thy of car­ry­ing the Dun­tech badge. Just as im­pres­sive is the price – the Dun­tech Se­na­tor sells in Aus­tralia for $20,000 the pair, this is a re­mark­able speaker for the price. When you com­pare them to many ‘name’ speak­ers at the same price the dif­fer­ence is more than con­sid­er­able. To top it off the build qual­ity and fin­ish would be one of the best we have seen at any price.

The only down­side is avail­abil­ity. The first two (size­able) pro­duc­tion runs were sold out to over­seas mar­kets. Hope­fully by the time you re­ceive this the third pro­duc­tion run will be avail­able, but if not there could be short de­lay in sup­ply. We have been promised a pair for our floor though, so feel free to come in and have a lis­ten.

Hal­cro Eclipse. One of the finest am­pli­fiers ever built was from Aus­tralian com­pany Hal­cro – in 2002 Stereophile car­ried the DM58 on its cover, call­ing it ‘The best am­pli­fier ever’. Un­for­tu­nately, de­spite such world­wide ac­claim, fol­low­ing a take-over in 2008 the brand dis­ap­peared.

In 2015 Hal­cro was ac­quired by Ade­laide com­pany Ma­genta, and un­der the watch­ful eye of the orig­i­nal founder, Bruce Candy, Hal­cro have spent the last few years on fur­ther re­search and de­vel­op­ment of this fab­u­lous am­pli­fier.

We have been promised the first Hal­cro Eclipse pair of mono-block power am­pli­fiers (pic­tured right) to come off the pro­duc­tion line, and should have them in store well be­fore Christ­mas. Keep an eye on our so­cial me­dia and web­site – we will be shout­ing from the rooftops when they ar­rive. The Hal­cro Eclipse amps will sell for $126,000 the pair.

Bri­gadiers Mu.2 Spe­cial Edi­tion. An­other no­table Aus­tralian speaker man­u­fac­turer is Ser­han+Swift – pre­vi­ously Bri­gadier­sOneAu­dio, the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the Bri­gadier Mu.2 we have been en­thus­ing over in pre­vi­ous news­let­ters. Ser­han+Swift have just re­leased a Spe­cial Edi­tion ver­sion, with a new crossover util­is­ing more ex­otic com­po­nents, and cab­i­nets fin­ished in hand-oiled tim­ber ve­neer has el­e­vated what was al­ready a re­mark­able com­pact speaker to an even higher level. If you are in the market for a high qual­ity book­shelf speaker you should have a lis­ten to th­ese – they don’t come much bet­ter.

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