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Stanford University

Döhmann Audio Helix Turntable selected by Stanford University USA for major transcription / archival project

October 2022

The Stanford Digital Repository team at Stanford University in California USA specifies, manages, and delivers digital library services, including digitisation, project management, born-digital archiving, and repository-based preservation and publishing services. Let by Hannah Frost (Assistant Director, Digital Library Services), the team works with a large cross section of the Stanford community — researchers, faculty, library curators, archivists, subject specialists and partners in the broader research library and cultural heritage communities. Their work has significant historical importance, transcribing and preserving rare and culturally significant content from the analog to the digital domain.

The team conducted a search to find the best turntable available for a major music archival project. Inspired by the work of sponsor Geoff Willard, after some extensive research and consideration, the Döhmann Audio Helix One Mk2 turntable from Australia was selected as their equipment of choice. The Döhmann suite of technologies, including the fully integrated MinusK isolation mechanism and the various resonance mitigation features were a critical factor in the decision.

Döhmann Audio built a custom Helix One platform that had the following features required by the transcription team:

  • Speed flexibility from 10 RPM to 100 RPM with speed adjust and lock
  • A 16 inch platter option for 16 inch transcription discs
  • The ability to change the disc platter size without changing the VTA
  • Custom Reference Tonearm with Removable Head Shells
  • Removable Spindle for standard size pin and reduced size for eccentric discs
  • Locking System for PowerBase
  • Custom Left and Right Advanced Composite Armboards

The Döhmann Audio team and their USA partners were elated with the decision and proud to be involved in such a worthwhile project for the Stanford community.

Wally Tractor Tool

Nirvana Sound appointed Australian distributor by WAM Engineering

August 2022

If you are looking for the very best tools to set up your analog system, Wally Tools by WAM Engineering should be on your short list. Building specialist set up tools since 1994, many of their tools are the only ones made of their type anywhere in the world. They are passionate about helping you to apply the mathematics, geometry and physics behind vinyl playback to allow you to START FROM CERTAINTY on your analog setup. They are now available at Nirvana Sound – Vinyl enthusiasts rejoice!

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Cessaro release new Opus-I speaker

July 2022

Cessaro Horn Acoustics are renowned for their uber-high end horn loudspeaker systems which are typically rare and not as accessible to people without significant budgets. Therefore is has been with great anticipation that the world has been waiting for the long awaited Opus-I, a new type of speaker from the brand which is designed to provide the Cessaro signature sound in a physically compact, more affordable package. And boy, the Opus-I does not disappoint, with many already calling it the new ‘giant-killer’. This is one of the best speakers we have ever heard at any price and if you’re looking for a slice of esoteric sound for a smaller room without the ‘mortgage the house’ financial commitment, the Opus-I is a must audition. Now available to hear at Nirvana Sound.

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StereoNet Show 2022 Hi-fi System

Nirvana Sound at the Stereonet Show in Melbourne

June 2022

It was our pleasure to present at the recent StereoNet Hi-Fi Show at the Pullman Hotel, Albert Park in Melbourne. This was the first show after long delay due to the global pandemic and there was a warm, celebratory vibe as people returned in great numbers to experience the various offerings, buy some records and connect with fellow enthusiasts.

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Nirvana Sound at Munich High End Show 2022

The Nirvana Team go to the Munich High End Show

May 2022

Nirvana’s George & Mark visited the Munich High End Show in May, providing a Dohmann Helix One Titanium turntable for the DarTZeel & Zellaton rooms. The show was a success with a celebratory feel as exhibitors and patrons were happy to re-unite for the first time since the pandemic. There were some exceptional products and you can look forward to some new brands coming to Nirvana Sound in the coming months…

Nirvana Sound

Nirvana Sound moves into new offices

April 2022

Nirvana Sound has moved into brand new office & warehouse premises. The new address is 27 Viking Court, Cheltenham Vic 3192 AUSTRALIA and is co-shared with the Döhmann Audio manufacturing facility.
This move gives Nirvana Sound modern and spacious resources for its operations while the showrooms are located in Bentleigh, a five minute drive from these offices.

Stage III Concepts Poseidon Ultimate Statement Silver/Palladium Power Cables

Stage III release uber-high performance range

March 2022

Already nestled at the pinnacle of the high-end cable world, Stage III were approached by a group of clients who made the request “What could you create if cost-no-object extreme ultimate performance was the only objective?”. The resulting Poseidon power cables, Cerberus speaker cables and Ckahron interconnects are unlike anything that has ever been created for audio applications and their ability to unleash the full potential of hi-fi systems is unprecedented.

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Nirvana Sound appointed Australian distributor by Reed

February 2022

Nirvana Sound has been appointed as the new Australian distributor for Reed. Founded in 2007 and located in Lithuania, the inspiration behind this selection of tonearms and turntables is Vidmantas Triukas, an engineer who has three patented inventions in the field of acoustic behaviour of plasma in ballistic missiles! Needless to say, these products are engineering perfection, musical and works of art. Nirvana Sound are elated to have the opportunity to share these amazing products with the Australian audio enthusiast community.

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Aesthetix IO Eclipse

Nirvana Sound appointed Australian distributor by Aesthetix

December 2021

Nirvana Sound has been appointed as the new Australian distributor for Aesthetix Audio Corporation. Founded in 1993 and located in California, USA, Aesthetix is a globally recognised brand that is synonymous with excellence, designing and manufacturing some of the world’s most desirable high-end amplifiers and DACs. They have built an enduring reputation for sound quality that has resulted in a cult-following by discerning audiophiles around the world. Nirvana Sound are elated to have the opportunity to share these amazing products with the Australian audio enthusiast community.

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Sophie

Nirvana Sound welcomes Sophie Le Minh to the team

November 2021

We would like to give Sophie a big welcome to the Nirvana Sound team as our Office & Operations Manager. Having grown up in Paris, Sophie is a lover of culture and an appreciator of the arts, which resonates with what Nirvana Sound celebrates. Overseeing the company’s day to day operations ranging from admin, purchasing, logistics, accounts and digital marketing, Sophie brings with her experience in systems management, customer service and a degree in ‘getting things done right’. A much-loved member of the Nirvana team, Sophie’s contagious positivity and tireless effort are central to the experience our clients receive.

HiFi+ Innovation Awards 2021

German Physiks win HiFi+ Innovation Award

October 2021

German Physiks have been awarded the prestigious Innovation Award from the UK magazine HiFi+, recognising the exceptionally wide frequency response, compact size and audio performance of the DDD Driver. These qualities make the DDD Driver the most advanced omnidirectional driver in world.

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T.H.E Show 2021

Wilson Benesch, Ypsilon and Stage III impress at T.H.E Show 2021 in the USA

June 2021

We have mentioned the importance of system synergy and shared with you that there seams to be an incredible synergy between Wilson Benesch speakers, Ypsilon electronics and Stage III cables. Well, there was more evidence of it again at the first audio show to happen in the USA since the recent lockdowns, T.H.E SHOW held in June at Long Beach, California. Aaudio Imports (The distributor of these brands in the USA) are long time friends of Nirvana Sound and they exhibited a system that created a lot of attention for its sound quality. Yet again an example of system synergy of the highest order.

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Nirvana Sound Showroom

Nirvana Sound now open on Saturdays

June 2021

Some good news from our team! We are now open every Saturday 11am – 3pm. Outside of those hours, please contact us as we’re happy to make the showroom available to you any time, including weekdays, evenings and weekends.
You are very welcome to visit for a planned audition or simply to be left alone to enjoy music through any of our systems for as long as you like… and we make a great coffee! The showroom is located at 9 Clarence Street, East Bentleigh in Melbourne.

When you visit, remember to ask us about some of the latest music we’ve discovered.

Audience Studio ONE Premium RCA, RCA-Din, Phono, XLR & Digital Audio Cables

Audience Introduces its Studio ONE and Studio TWO Cables and Power Cables.

May 2021

Improved Performance and Greater Value

Audience have announced the introduction of their Studio ONE and Studio TWO Series interconnects and speaker cables, designed to offer exceptional high-end sound quality. The Studio ONE Series replaces the previous Au24SE cable line and offers upgraded performance at no increase in price, through it now incorporates high-purity OFC (oxygen-free copper) wire and an improved XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) dielectric material. In addition, Studio ONE cables receive Audience’s proprietary EHVP Extreme High-Voltage Process, which applies high voltages in specific combinations in order to align the crystalline structure of the various metals used in the cables and facilitate more efficient signal transfer – and better sound.

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Taiko USB

Taiko release a new USB card upgrade

April 2021

Another Step Up in Performance

Taiko Audio recently released a new USB card upgrade designed from the ground up to enhance the already impressive sound quality of the SGM Extreme server and the summation of nearly three years of meticulous research and design, end-to-end engineering, and painstaking testing that the Taiko Audio team are known for.
Among many innovations, the new USB card features 6 very low-noise discrete regulator stages and a whole range of additional noise suppression circuits and a panzerholz vibration dampening enclosure containing a discrete clock circuitry using an oscillator cut to Taiko’s specifications. The new USB removes a significant amount of hash, grunge and even distortion of the stereotype “you had no idea it was there until it’s gone”. The result of this is a much more relaxing sound with a better musical “flow”, a larger dynamic range and a significant increase in separation.

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Phonostage Specialists Sutherland Engineering Are Back In Australia.

August 2020

Despite being a founder of Martin Logan loudspeakers many years ago, Ron Sutherland has perhaps achieved greatest acclaim for his phonostage designs. There is a clarity of vision and an elegance in the execution of his designs, an efficient simplicity which translates to sonics which are being celebrated all over the world for their musicality, flow, and emotional communication. We are proud to announce that Nirvana Sound has been appointed as the new distributor for Sutherland Engineering and are now stocking these wonderful phono preamplifiers. If you’re an analogue enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to audition a Sutherland and bring your record collection to life.

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Wilson Benesch Eminence

Flagship Wilson Benesch Eminence Speakers Arrive in Australia!

July 2020

Few speakers have received the attention that the new flagship speakers from Wilson Benesch have received since their recent release. The Eminences immediately started to win awards, the most prominent being The Absolute Sound’s Product of the Year 2019 and the 2019 GOLDEN EAR awards. There are many reasons for these accolades as these speakers feature some of the most advanced technologies that have ever been applied to audio applications. The resulting sound quality is breath taking and they are now in Australia, taking place in Nirvana Sound’s reference system. We invite you to visit and experience these majestic pieces of art meets aerospace engineering.

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Fischer & Fischer SN370AMT

First Fischer & Fischer Review in Australia

June 2020

After hearing the Fischer & Fischer speakers at the Munich High-End Show in 2019, we wondered why more people had not heard of this brand. Often referred to as ‘Germany’s best kept audio secret’, this specialist loudspeaker company from Fredeburg are very special. They build their cabinets from natural slate, a material that does not vibrate and absorb energy, thus making available maximum energy for the speaker to incite the surrounding air. We believe that they should be a secret no more and thanks to Travis Kelly from Soundstage!Australia, you can now read a review on the SN370AMT model, the first in the range to use the AMT high frequency driver. Available for an audition now!

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ATM-2211

Air-Tight Introduce New 211 amplifier

May 2020

20 years have passed since Air-Tight first launched the legendary ATM-211. With the subsequent release of the push-pull ATM-3211 power amplifier, the 211 tube became synonymous with the brand. As the company approaches its 35th anniversary, it has just released the new ATM-2211 Single Ended Triode mono block power amplifier and this promises to take the tradition for supreme sound to a new level. The new 32W amplifier uses a fixed bias method, DC ignition for the filament and features many improvements to the circuit, resulting in a very open, spacious, immediate and emotionally involving sound. The making of another legend.

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Ag Lifter

Nirvana Sound appointed Australian distributor by AG Lifter

April 2020

Nirvana Sound is proud to announce that AG Lifter products are now available in Australia. AG Lifter is a New Zealand based engineering company with over 35 years of experience in industrial engineering which has created a range of isolation devices to improve our enjoyment of audio systems. Their range of isolation devices and racks are designed to be a mechanical diode which stops resonance from entering audio components in both directions, both externally but also internally. The resulting improvement in sound quality is substantial and is a no-brainer for those of us who are looking to upgrade and optimize the performance of our system. Another example of small boutique companies out-performing big-name brands. AG Lifter products are now available to audition. Contact Nirvana Sound.

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Wilson Benesch Gold Discovery II

Nirvana Sound appointed Australian distributor by Wilson Benesch

February 2020

Nirvana Sound has been appointed as the new Australian distributor for Wilson Benesch. Founded in 1989 and located in Sheffield, England, Wilson Benesch is a globally recognised brand that is synonymous with excellence, designing and manufacturing some of the world’s most desirable high-end audio products. They have built a reputation for innovation and expertise with carbon-fibre technologies, isobaric driver systems and building speakers that simply sound like no other. Nirvana Sound are elated to have the opportunity to share these amazing products with the Australian audio enthusiast community.

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New Nirvana Sound offices

Nirvana Sound moves into new offices

January 2020

Nirvana Sound has moved into brand new office & warehouse premises just a couple doors down from their initial offices.
The new address is 2, 11 Friars Road, Moorabbin Vic 3189 AUSTRALIA and is co-shared with the Döhmann Audio manufacturing facility.
This move gives Nirvana Sound modern and spacious resources for its operations while the showrooms are going to be located in Bentleigh, a five minute drive from these offices.

Upwards and onwards!

Anthony Camplone

Nirvana Sound welcomes Anthony Camplone to the team

January 2020

We would like to give Anthony Camplone a big welcome to the Nirvana Sound team as our inaugural General Manager. Anthony brings with him experience in customer service, a broad range of knowledge in all things audio and a passion for helping clients achieve great satisfaction with their audio system experiences. In fact, if you read our ‘about’ page, Anthony sincerely embodies those qualities and values. Most importantly, Anthony is crazy about music, having worked for a major record label in a past life and he loves nothing more than to talk about great music – look out for his recommendations in our ‘music’ section. We can’t wait for you to meet him.

Kirmuss Audio Record Cleaning & Restoration

Nirvana Sound receives a Diamond Dealer Award 2019 from Kirmuss Audio

January 2020

In the words of Kirmuss Audio:
The winners of our Diamond Dealer Award and our recognition bestowed is presented to those Dealers or Distributors that showcase their commitment to record restoration offering their clients the “total analog experience” and where we recognize their excellence in their sales and marketing of our Award Winning and Globally Acclaimed, Kirmuss Audio Ultimate Ultrasonic Record Restoration System. This is a top tier status that is reserved for Dealers that have done the most to showcase the Kirmuss Audio System. Some were very innovative in their marketing. As a result, they also are recognized as an indirect custodian of those prized vinyl’s cherished by their clients and in spreading the word: “Keep those Records Spinning”.

Nirvana Sound wishes to thank Kirmuss Audio for this award and feels that the Kirmuss Audio Ultimate Ultrasonic Record Restoration System is an accomplished, great value product that needs to find its way into the life of everyone that regularly spins vinyl.

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Dohmann Helix II Mk2 Soundstage 2019 Product of the Year

Döhmann Audio Helix Two is awarded the Soundstage! Australia Product of the Year 2019 Award

January 2020

The Döhmann Audio Helix Two Mk2 has been selected as the winner of the SoundStage! Australia Products of the Year 2019 Award in the Innovation in Design category. This is an annual award given by the SoundStage! Network which places importance on a product that offers a point of difference in terms of unique features, advanced engineering or innovative design.
The Döhmann Helix Two turntable was launched May 2017 at the Munich High-End show. The Helix Two incorporated significant features of the Helix One in a smaller, self-contained footprint with the facility for a single arm using interchangeable arm boards. Since its launch, the Helix Two has been reviewed as one of the best sounding turntables available by many audiophile publications.
In October 2019, Döhmann Audio released an updated version of the Helix 2, called the Mk2 version. It incorporates a new custom-made Swiss motor, new internal electronics, an outboard power supply, speed adjust functionality and some new improved high frequency absorption technology. The upgrades take what is already a premium performance turntable and make it even better with an even lower noise floor, improved dynamics, resolution and timing.

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Ralph Krebs from Cessaro visits Nirvana Sound

Ralph Krebs from Cessaro visits Australia

August 2019

We have been very fortunate to have just ben visited from Ralph Krebs, the founder and driving force behind Cessaro Horn Acoustics in Germany. Ralph is globally considered to be a true expert in horn loudspeaker design with his creations gracing the listening spaces of some of the world’s most accomplished audio systems. Ralph arrived in Sydney to personally oversee the installation of two sets of Alpha II speaker systems for Nirvana Sound clients, which is indicative of the level of service that Cessaro owners experience. Good times were had during Ralph’s visit with many benefitting from his insights, story telling and sense of humour. Thank you Ralph for making the effort to come such a long way and we look forward to your next visit.