Originally a country boy, Len has spent his working life in audio, starting as a salesman for MS Sound in 1970. Len opened Len Wallis Audio in 1978 as a one man show, and is still involved in the daily running of the company. Len’s love of music is the reason for his involvement in the industry in the first place, and this has not diminished with time. A supporter of the Variety Club, Len has covered most of Australia having completed 9 ‘Bash’s’ in his trusty Valiant. Also a keen traveler and walker.
Len Wallis Audio opened in 1978 as a small one-man business catering to anyone interested in Hi-Fi, which invariably consisted of an amplifier, turntable, speakers, and for the really flash – a cassette deck. Over the years the market has changed and Len Wallis Audio has grown with it. Today Hi-fi is still a big part of their business, but it also includes Home Theatre, multi-room audio and video plus Home Automation. The company now employs in excess of 40 people and is recognised as one of the finest outlets of its kind in the world. (High Fidelity magazine in the UK once described LWA as one of the five best Hi-Fi stores in the world.)
You have just heard the concert – and you have been blown away with the impact, the energy, the emotion and the sound, and now you just want to get home so that you can re-create the experience in your lounge room – right! The reality is more likely to be – wrong!
Neighbours aside, there are a few reasons why you will never recreate this experience in your living room, one of the more obvious is trying to cram a thousand people into the room so you can feed off the collective atmosphere created when that many like-minded people come together into an enclosed space. Secondly, forking out for a few kilowatts of amplification can be tough on the budget. Plus – did you see the size of those speakers at the venue – try fitting them into your lounge room?
DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcast Plus) is open for business, although only in the capital cities so far, and is proving once again that Australians are quick on the uptake when it comes to new technologies. It is also showing us just how many people love listening to radio, indicates that it is anything but a played-out medium.
The first question that comes up is why we are going digital.
The reasons are partly technical ones, such as raising the audio quality and fitting more channels into the crowded EM spectrum, and partly about new features.