About The Audio Tailor
Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.
We’re Stuart, Gabby, Nathan and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!
The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”
When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.
Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?
Is Music Hall the best?
Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?
Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.
And there SHOULD be.
Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.
It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.
Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.
You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!
Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.
Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.
Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.
What could possibly be worse?
What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.
Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.
Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?
Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?
Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?
We like to think so!
And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:
Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)
Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.
We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.
Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.
All they need to worry about, is talking to us.
Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.
We want to know the picture in your head.
That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.
A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.
The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”
Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.
What kind of budget have you set aside?
What’s the existing set-up look like?
How big is the listening room you have in mind?
How much ambient light is coming in?
Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?
What about room resonance and reflection?
No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.
To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.
We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.
Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.
Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.
Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.
Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:
- The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
- A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
- A commitment to end-to-end service.
At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.
Hi! We see you’ve actually made it to the end of this page. Love it!
We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.
Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.
To make your audio dreams come true - call, email, or hop on down to our Brisbane store.
We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Let’s talk about Music Hall turntables. Let’s put aside specifications for a moment and think about how they feel once they’re installed in your home. Imagine this:
A few friends come over for dinner. You ask if they have a preference of music to listen to while you cook and have a few drinks and nibbles.
“Oh, just put on whatever,” they say.
“No, no. Choose something” you say. They look at you, puzzled. But then they see your racks of vinyl. And suddenly they’re transported back to another time, when listening to music was intentional. When music wasn’t just the background hum of an algorithmically generated playlist, or the latest top 10 on shuffle.
A time when you put on an album and listened to the entirety of a crafted and curated experience.
“I remember this album!” they exclaim, holding up Massive Attack’s Mezzanine, the shiny black beetle on the cover glinting, the slipcase itself a piece of art. They slide it carefully out of the sleeve, place it on your turntable, and gently guide the needle into place.
“I guess I never really thought about contemporary music being released on records before.” You quietly smile to yourself. They will have never heard this album the way they are about to. You know the detail and the fidelity of it is going to blow them away. This is the feeling of Music Hall. As a committed audiophile, you’ll be familiar with this experience.
You know that vinyl captures the detail that your favorite musicians put into their tracks and albums. The kind of detail that streaming or mp3 downloads lose in the digital compression process. Collecting vinyl also forces you to be selective around your purchases. To again be mindful and intentional. To make specific choices about what it is that you like and what you value in a musician. It recontextualizes your relationship with your favorite recording artists by putting value back into them. Value that a monthly bulk all-you-can-eat subscription can never achieve. Vinyl is not for people who want background hum out of a crackly phone speaker to cover the awkward pauses in conversation. It’s for people like you - and us! - who love and appreciate music as an art form.
The heart of any setup for playing vinyl is your turntable. Here at The Audio Tailor, we unreservedly recommend Music Hall Turntables.
Music Hall Turntables are the standard by which other turntables are judged.They are the authority that have been manufacturing exquisite pieces of high end audio equipment since 1998.
The attention to engineering detail in their workmanship and componentry is what sets them apart from other brands and consistently places them as “recommended components” in Stereophile Magazine.
If a unit does not pass all of Music Hall’s rigorous listening and performance tests, they will not release it out into the wild. They know their reputation is built on being the best.
That’s why we here at The Audio Tailor trust them to deliver. That’s why we have the confidence to recommend them so strongly. Because we hold ourselves to those same values.
When you purchase a Music Hall Turntable from The Audio Tailor, you can rest easy knowing that the investment you have made in your listening pleasure is going to be well worth the cost and give you years of trouble free, exquisite listening. Let us guide you with our years of experience in setting up the very best of audio and hi-fi systems and work out which Music Hall Turntable will work best at the heart of your system as we create a bespoke listening setup to fit your specific needs. How bespoke? Oh, we like to think bordering on the right side of obsessive levels of bespoke. We want to know all about what you’re listening to, what room you’ll be listening in, and the situations you’re hoping to create. We want to know about reflective surfaces, absorbent surfaces, walls, windows, and floors. Why? Because we understand that a high end audio system is a significant investment and it’s natural to have some anxiety around that. That’s why we want you to always feel like you can talk to us; we’re here to answer everything, big or small. We aren’t some online-only drop-shipping store where, if you’re lucky, you might be able to talk to a chatbot. We’re real people. Real people who are obsessed with getting audio right. Pop in, let’s test some gear! Whether you are a beginner ready to get into records, a vinyl collector looking to upgrade their equipment, or you have an old album collection that you’d love to bring back to life - there is a Music Hall Turntable that will suit your needs. Browse our collection here and know you’re always welcome to come down to the store for a listen.
It’ll be well worth your time.
The Music Hall collection at The Audio Tailor:
Music Hall - mmf-3.3 - Turntable -
Music Hall's first entry-level table utilizes the unique dual-plinth technology!
If you can afford it, the 3 series is their entry into the Dual-plinth. There aren't too many turntables at this price point that isolate the motor.
Music Hall - mmf-9.3 - Turntable -
The Music Hall mmf-9.3 turntable is a two-speed, belt-driven audiophile turntable employing the unique triple plinth construction originated by Music Hall.
Music Hall - Stealth - Direct Drive Turntable -
The Music Hall Stealth turntable—Our first direct-drive turntable, Stealth, features a brushless low-torque motor that automatically stops running at the end of a record.
Music Hall - Classic - Semi-Automatic Turntable -
With a glance at the past, these turntables are built with the best of today's technology. It features a built-in phono preamp & phono cartridge, semi-automatic operation (Auto-lift and power off), and a dark walnut wood veneer finish. The Music Hall Classic is a must to check out.
Music Hall - mmf-5.3 - Turntable -
The Music Hall mmf-5.3 turntable is a 2-speed belt-driven audiophile turntable employing the unique dual-plinth construction originated by Music Hall.
Music Hall - mmf-2.3 - Turntable -
The Music Hall mmf-2.3 turntable is a 2-speed belt-driven audiophile turntable for the budget-conscious.
Music Hall - mmf-7.3 - Turntable -
The Music Hall mmf-7.3 turntable is a 2-speed, belt-driven audiophile turntable employing the unique dual-plinth construction originated by Music Hall.
Music Hall - mmf-1.3 - Turntable -
The Music Hall mmf-1.3 turntable sets a new record for affordable audiophile turntables. With a built-in phono preamplifier and a quality, pre-mounted cartridge, the mmf-1.3 is all that you need to start listening to vinyl right out of the box!
Music Hall - US1 - Turntable -
The Music Hall's us-1 is a fun and easy-to-use turntable. It's also effortless to set up and comes with everything you need to start spinning vinyl.
The Music Hall mmf-9.3 turntable is a two speed, belt driven audiophile turntable employing the unique triple plinth construction originated by Music Hall.
- music hall’s unique triple plinth construction
- one-piece full carbon fiber tonearm
- fully adjustable VTA, azimuth, and dampened arm lift mechanism
- counterweight’s center of gravity is level with the stylus tip, is decoupled from the arm, and acts as a resonance damper
- completely isolated/decoupled DC motor with 33 1⁄3 and 45 rpm speed controls located in the front left corner of the turntable, thus canceling any potential vibration from the motor/belt to the cartridge
- motor sits on its own resonance damping puck
- optional Goldring Eroica LX low-output moving-coil cartridge with Gyger II line contact stylus ($1099 value)
- the cartridge supplied is properly aligned and mounted
- inverted ceramic main bearing for super quiet, fluid operation
- non resonant, 1” thick acrylic platter
- soft felt platter mat
- high quality gold RCA connectors and detachable phono cable
- adjustable tip toe feet with anti scratch cups
- low noise fully manual belt drive design
- built-in round spirit level for proper levelling
- dust cover and 45 rpm adaptor included
- excellent instruction manual and easy assembly
The distinctive design isolates the critical sound reproducing components: platter, main bearing, tonearm, and cartridge, on the top platform, from the adjustable tip-toe feet and wiring, which are mounted on the bottom platform. The motor and speed controls are isolated on their own vibration damping base and completely decoupled from the turntable. Sorbothane hemispheres separate each of the three platforms and provide additional suspension and vibration damping.
Music Hall's penultimate turntable
The mmf-9.3 comes in a high-gloss piano black lacquer finish and is available with or without a Goldring Eroica LX cartridge.
Goldring Eroica LX
The Eroica LX is a true audiophile moving coil cartridge which features an advanced pole shoe design using a powerful rare earth Neodymium magnet.
This unique construction allows a shortened magnetic path, which helps reduce the amount of iron in the record cartridge, keeping the weight down to just 5.5 g. Rigidity is also of prime importance and the Pocan body of the cartridge enables it to be clamped solidly to the headshell, keeping energy losses to an absolute minimum. This cartridge uses a Gyger II line contact stylus with a low output which means it must be used with an amplifier which features a dedicated moving coil phono input.
The Eroica LX offers an exceptionally high standard of performance and reliability
- Power supply: 15V / 0-0.8mA DC universal power supply
- Power connection: 100 – 240 Volt; 50 or 60 Hz
- Standby power consumption: < 1 W
- Speeds: 33 1⁄3 & 45 rpm electronic speed change
- Wow and flutter: ± 0.10 %
- Speed deviation: ± 0.06%
- Rumble max: > – 73 db
- Effective tonearm length: 9 in. (230 mm)
- Tonearm weight: 250 g (without counterweight)
- Effective tonearm mass: 8.5 g
- Overhang: 18 mm
- Dimensions: w18.25″ x d13.25″ x h7.25″ / 46.4cm x 33.7cm x 18.4cm
- Weight: 40 lbs. / 18.1kg pkg.
Goldring Eroica LX Cartridge
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 22 kHz 2 dB
- Channel balance: within 1 dB @ 1 kHz
- Channel separation: better than 25 dB @ 1 kHz
- Sensitivity: 0.5mV 1dB, 1kHz @ 5 cm/sec
- Static compliance: 30 mm/N
- Dynamic Compliance @ 10 Hz: 18 mm/N
- Equivalent tip mass: 0.35 mg
- Vertical Tracking Angle: 24°
- Stylus radius: Gyger II
- Stylus type: Non-Replaceable
- Load resistance: 100 Ω
- Load capacitance: 100 – 1000 pF
- Internal inductance: 12 uH
- Internal resistance: 8 Ω
- Cartridge mass: 5.5 g
- Cartridge Mass (inc fixings): 6.6 g
- Fixing centre: 0.5″ (12.7 mm)
- Playing weight: 1.5 – 2.0 g (1.7 g nom.)