This Melbourne hi-fi show is worth a trip across the Tasman


Delayed for a couple of years by the dreaded Covid, the StereoNET Hi-Fi & AV show in June is a must for Kiwi audiophiles.

It’s been a long time coming but the 2022 StereoNET Melbourne Hi-Fi & AV show is finally happening this June, and in lieu of a New Zealand equivalent, it’s a must-visit for Kiwi audio enthusiasts. (Hey, just pretend it’s a fun trip to Melbourne… the family can play in the city while you immerse yourself in the gear).

There are well over 100 of the world’s greatest brands jetting in for this year’s event, with names such as Sennheiser, McIntosh, Krix, and Klipsch comprising only a portion of the many participants confirmed for the three-day program.

The hi-fi show will cover a wide range of aspects of the audio industry, with various products featured in displays, auditions, and giveaways to ensure visitors receive a well-rounded experience.

Headphones will form a significant talking point of the hi-fi show with the arrangement of some of the best headphone brands available in Australia. Exhibitors include original founders and current purveyors of electrostatic headphones, STAX, household favourites Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser, plus many more who will provide expert advice as they present an array of different models for visitors to audition.

If home cinema is your thing, and let’s be honest, we’ve never binged as many movies or digested as much Netflix as we have in the last two years, then you’re in for a treat. Dedicated world-class cinema builds from Australian brands will be there, along with Krix and Elementi Audio, plus immersive demos from JBL Synthesis and Klipsch, and many more.

The festivities continue with the Australian Record Fair, its return in 2022 marking the now annual event’s inclusion at the show, and takes place in a whole new space. Thousands of new and second-hand records spanning all genres will be available across all three days to expand the collection of every attendee.

With a programme designed with such variety and expertise, encompassing three levels of the Pullman Hotel in Albert Park Melbourne for the biggest show of its type ever held in Australia, there’s no doubt the Hi-Fi Show is set for another stellar year in 2022.

Tickets are on sale now for June 3rd-5th, starting at $22 for a 1-day Pass, or $50 for a 3-day Pass. Visit to buy tickets online.

  • Note: this news story contains elements of a Hi-Fi Show press release.

Steel has been penning his pungent prose for 40 years for publications too numerous to mention, most of them consigned to the annals of history. He is Witchdoctor's Editor-In-Chief/Music and Film Editor. He has strong opinions and remains unrepentant. Steel's full bio can be found here

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