Audio Brands Australia is a Sydney based audio distributor focused on the installation and production markets. Headed up by industry veteran, Don McConnell, the goal of Audio Brands Australia is simple; to provide great products and outstanding customer service.
Audio Brands Australia is the exclusive Australian distributor for Italian speaker manufacturer FBT, who offer an impressive catalogue of speakers designed for installations, portable applications (DJ's, bands, corporate events) and small to mid production applications. We're also very pleased to distribute RANE (including the HAL DSP platform), UNIVOX Induction Loop Systems, BOSCH Commercial Audio, FRONTROW IP paging systems and AV controllers and the EARTHWORKS range of installation, measurement and pro audio microphones.
We supply through an Australia wide network of dealers and installers.
Please feel free to call or email with any queries, or to request detailed product information.
Brands Australia Named Exclusive Distributor for the Full
Range of Earthworks Products
Audio Brands Australia is pleased to announce its
appointment as the exclusive distributor for the full Earthworks product range.
Audio Brands began distributing Earthworks installation microphones in 2014 as
the Contractor Distributor. With this new appointment, Audio Brands now offers
the complete line, including measurement, instrument, vocal, choir, gooseneck,
video conference and boardroom microphones, as well as the Earthworks Zero
Earthworks was founded in 1995 by David Blackmer, the engineer behind dbx (David Blackmer eXpander). Earthworks mics feature superior impulse response, quicker diaphragm settling time, extended frequency response, near perfect polar response, high SPL handling and low distortion. Earthworks set the standard for measurement mics as well as being used extensively in studios, churches, corporate facilities, and touring the world with leading artists and production companies.
Welcome Kelvin Williams
We’re very pleased to welcome Kelvin Williams to the Audio Brands Australia team. Many of our customers will know Kelvin who, until recently, worked in Technical Support for Hills SVL. Having worked with Kelvin in the past, we are delighted to have someone with his level of knowledge and dedication to customer service on-board.
Kelvin has extensive experience in all facets of commercial and professional audio, from years of hearing loop designs, to the commissioning of large scale audio installations.
Prior to Hills, Kelvin was an audio installer and on-road service tech for a large AV integrator, and has also worked as a Front of House operator and Systems Engineer.
1 July 2015
New Univox PLS-X Series Loop Amplifiers
The new Univox PLS-X series of loop amplifiers are available for immediate supply. The PLS-X range builds on the success of the now-discontinued PLS-100 and PLS-300 and adds an additional model and many more features.
28th April 2015
Univox for Audio Brands Australia
Audio Brands is pleased to announce its appointment as the distributor for Univox, a leading manufacturer of induction loop amplifiers and accessories. Effective 1 July 2015, Audio Brands will be promoting and supporting the complete range of Univox induction loop products.
12th February 2015
Rane DR6 Touchscreen - Now Shipping
The DR6 is a 7” colour touchscreen for simple user control of the Rane HAL DSP system. Simply create one or more control pages within Rane Halogen software, connect a DR6 to a Digital Remote (DR) port and you’re good to go. The DR6 suits all models of HAL— you can use multiple DR6’s in a system, limited only by the number of DR ports on your model of HAL.
11th February 2015
FBT Muse - Self-Powered Line Array System
Introducing MUSE, the new self-powered line array from FBT. MUSE is scalable and is suitable for a wide range of applications from simple ground-stack events to flown (up to 16 elements deep) systems for large events. Both the line array element and subwoofer are self-powered with integrated DSP for maximum flexibility and ease of use. Rear panel presets cover a wide range of stacked and flown configurations and EASE Focus 2 software allows you to work out the best angles and trim height prior to the event.
22nd August 2014
Audio Brands and Earthworks Installation Mics
We’re very pleased to announce our appointment as the distributor for the new Installed Sound Microphone line from US based manufacturer, Earthworks. The range sets a new benchmark for installation mics and includes choir mics, gooseneck mics, as well as mics designed to be mounted into conference tables or ceilings. The latest additions feature a LumiComm Touch Ring―a dual-colour LED with touch sensor output which can be seamlessly integrated with third-party control systems.
20th August 2014
Audio Brands and Bosch Commercial Audio
Audio Brands Australia is very pleased to announce its appointment as a distributor for Bosch Commercial Audio. The Bosch line-up includes 100V line mixer amplifiers, paging mics, wireless mics, ceiling speakers, horn speakers, through to the highly flexible Plena Matrix system. The agreement covers all states and territories of Australia, except WA.
14th August 2014
Audio Brands Australia Has a New Home
Audio Brands has moved into a new office/warehouse in Castle Hill, a popular north-west suburb of Sydney.
The new facility provides us with a lot more warehouse space as well as an upstairs showroom and meeting area. The modern unit complex has good parking and a fantastic on-site café.
Drop in and and see us if in the area.
1st August 2014
Rane for Audio Brands Australia
Audio Brands Australia is very pleased to announce its appointment as the distributor for Rane.
The Rane product line-up is split into two categories, Contracting and DJ. Audio Brands is the newly appointed distributor for the contracting range which includes the revolutionary HAL DSP platform, along with an extensive range of commercial audio processors, zone mixers and accessories.
FBT Vertus Review in CX Magazine and on CX TV
The team from CX put the FBT Vertus CLA system through its paces for the April edition of the magazine, as well as for CX TV. See what Jimmy and Jason from CX say about the system. The video review is on the right and the full written review is below.
The FBT Vertus CLA system is self-powered, scalable and ideal for corporate production companies. Call us for more information or a demo.
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FBT and Pat Rafter Arena
The 5,500 capacity Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane features a new sound system, comprised of loudspeakers from the FBT Shadow Series.
The system was installed in December 2013, just in time for the Brisbane International, which sees the world’s best players descend on Brisbane. Record crowds were reported for the event, now in its sixth year, with over 105,000 fans attending the tournament over eight days.
The new system is based on a distributed design using a mix of FBT Shadow 112CT and 112HC outdoor, IP rated, coaxial speakers.
Jeff Shoesmith joins Audio Brands Australia
Audio Brands Australia is pleased to welcome Jeff Shoesmith in the role of Sales Engineer. Jeff is well known and highly respected in the audio and AV integration markets, having worked with The PA People, Jands and Hills SVL during his 25 years in the industry.
Don McConnell, Director of Audio Brands commented: “I’m very pleased to welcome Jeff to the company. I have known Jeff for a long time, going way back to his system tech days at The PA People. Jeff has that rare combination of being highly technical, yet being able to clearly communicate and share that knowledge. He is 100% customer focused and I’m excited to have him on-board.”
Jeff added: “Audio Brands is a company with a passion for audio. I share that passion and am really looking forward to working with Don and his customers.”
EUROCOM for Audio Brands Australia
Audio Brands Australia is very pleased to announce its appointment as the distributor for EUROCOM, the installed/commercial brand owned by Music Group (MIDAS, KLARK TEKNIK, BEHRINGER).
The EUROCOM product line-up includes commercial audio rack mixers, mixer amplifiers, power amplifiers, processors and loudspeakers, all designed specifically for the installed/commercial sound market.
FBT Vertus CLA
The Ultimate Corporate PA System
The FBT VERTUS CLA is a self-powered system incorporating line array technology in a compact, slim-line package. Perfect for corporate events, the Vertus CLA is completely scalable to suit applications ranging from spoken word to live bands and corporate DJ’s.
The Vertus CLA is based around just two products: the CLA604A column and the CLA208SA subwoofer. Both models are self-powered with internal DSP, allowing each product to be used independently, together, or in multiples, depending on the application.
Speech applications may only need a single CLA604A column mounted on a stand per side. A CLA208SA sub can be added for music applications and the system can be doubled or tripled for more SPL or to cover larger rooms.
The CLA604A is an extruded aluminium column speaker fitted with 6 x 4” custom woofers and 4 x 1” dome tweeters, each coupled to a wave guide providing 100 x 20 degree coverage. The internal Class D amplification (400W RMS for the woofers and 100W RMS for the tweeters) along with integrated DSP processor with 4 equalisation presets provides incredible dynamics and performance for a system of this size. The rapid latching mechanism allows for the expansion of the system, doubling up CLA604A modules to form a unified column with absolute and coherent source integration and an increase in SPL and low frequency directivity control.
The CLA208SA is a 2 x 8” active bass-reflex subwoofer in a birch ply enclosure. The internal Class D amplifier delivers 600W RMS and is matched with a switch mode power supply and a DSP processor with filtering functions, equalisation and speaker protection. In addition to extending the CLA604A’s low frequency performance in live applications, the CLA208SA serves as the base support for the CLA604A which can either be mounted to the front of the sub, or mounted on a pole on top of the sub. The CLA208SA subwoofers are modular, and can be stacked to increase the maximum SPL.
This compact, tri-amplified system also includes a discrete cabling path, allowing the XLR and Powercon links to be connected and hidden from sight, further adding to the clean aesthetics of the system.
The CLA604A/CLA208SA combination looks discrete yet has to be heard to be believed. The system is a great alternative to the traditional speaker on a stick, especially for corporate events. The CLA cylindrical wave front creates a forward and precise sound quality even at distance and, when compared to traditional two-way speakers, the coverage from the CLA is typically more consistent across the audience area, both in indoor and outdoor environments. Additionally, the more CLA604A’s that are stacked, the better the low frequency directivity, which improves intelligibility in difficult rooms.
Each column weighs just 9kg whilst the compact, yet punchy sub hits the scales at just 20kg. Padded covers are available and the system is incredibly easy to transport and to set-up.
Just some of the possible configurations are pictured below.
Please contact Audio Brands Australia for more information or to organise a demonstration.
FBT SHADOW Series
High Quality Music and Voice In Extreme Weather Conditions
FBT SHADOW is a complete range of high performance installation speakers, designed to provide high quality music and voice reproduction with resistance to severe weather conditions.
The all-weather family is suited to a wide range of applications, from sports fields to stadiums, theme parks, swimming pools, themed restaurants, outdoor bars and shopping malls. SHADOW combines the highest quality speech and music reproduction, with maximum product durability.
Rated to IP55, the cabinet of the SHADOW series is a single piece rotomolded enclosure, made in polyethylene, fully UV protected and supplied with a stainless steel U-Bracket for fixed installations.
The exceptionally weather resistant driver is further protected by the unique water-stop grill: it stops the elements, solid or liquid, from getting inside the enclosure. Each protective grill is a 3 layer structure that consists of an external perforated stainless steel panel treated with a special protection, a centre layer of reticulated foam and an inner layer of water-repellent polyester mesh, providing maximum protection and minimal acoustic attenuation.
All internal circuitry is protected with a special sealing and treated with a weather proofing compound to protect against the effects of moisture, corrosion and oxidation.
The Shadow range includes:
105T – 5”/1” full range
108CT – 8”/1” coaxial full range
112CT - 12”/1” coaxial full range
114S – 14” subwoofer
112HC – 12”/1” High SPL coaxial full range
142L – 14”, 2 x 1.4” High SPL Line Array element
Please contact Audio Brands Australia for more information.
The FBT range is suited to a wide variety of applications including bars, pubs, cafe's, fitness centres, nightclubs, schools, Universities, live music venues, houses of worship and outdoor applications. FBT manufacture the vast majority of their products in-house in Recanati Italy, using predominately European components, including B&C drivers in many models.
Audio Brands Australia, together with the application team at FBT offer a system design service using EASE simulation software, to ensure that the most appropriate system is selected for your application or venue. Please contact us for details.