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After 20 years of research and development, NewAudio’s exceptional sound technology is now accessible as music itself.

NewAudio is an Australian-based pioneer in the field of audio playback. Founded in 1995 by Queensland inventor, musician and acoustical engineer Joe Hayes, its revolutionary research into ‘audio holograms’ has changed the way sound is reproduced and perceived.

In short, the acoustics of the room no longer dictate the sound you hear.

NewAudio’s first product is the Emergence AS8, a home theatre/audio system that completely redefines how sound is reproduced. The ‘acoustic hologram’ speakers produce sound in 3D, so you feel like you’re in the front row of a concert, immersed in a movie or part of the crowd at a sporting event.

NewAudio Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Acoustic3D Holdings Ltd. NewAudio Pty Ltd Acoustic 3D products are made under licence from Vastigo Ltd.

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Electrical engineer, acoustician, inventor, manager and musician – Joe Hayes is one of Australia’s foremost experts in sound.

His innovations have been used by many of the world’s most successful international recording artists, including Sting and Dire Straits. Locally, he has enjoyed success producing and managing ARIA hall of fame member Kev Carmody. For a short time, he managed iconic Melbourne pub rock band The Painters and Dockers.

Joe’s love of sound dates back to his early years growing up on Queensland’s Darling Downs. He took up guitar while at school and carried this passion to university where he completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), majoring in Electronics and Equivalent Circuits for Loudspeaker Design at University of Southern Queensland.

In the 1980s Joe founded PASSAC, which designed, manufactured and exported audio products throughout the world. PASSAC was a world leader in amplification technology for acoustical musical instruments. His work with the company brought him into contact with major international recording artists and some of the world’s foremost luthiers.

Working with these instrument makers and researching historical masters like Antonio Stradivari led Joe to explore the maths and physics of their craft. It was this research that led to his scientific breakthrough in audio playback, when he discovered how to generate an audio hologram. He founded NewAudio in 1995 to further develop and commercialise the technology.