REDGUM launch Signature Black Series RGi35ENR on Indiegogo


Ian Robinson started REDGUM Audio in Melbourne back in 1993 and has always been positively hardcore about keeping the manufacturing process in Australia. Twenty one years later REDGUM Audio are about to celebrate this anniversary by ringing in the Chinese changes: a range of Black Series Signature amplifiers manufactured in Shenzhen to ‘very specific Australian standards’. Skeptics of Chinese production should look no further than the most excellent Sonofa’GUM to know that REDGUM won’t be letting shit slide just because production is being sent off-shore.


The Black Series Signatures begin with the RGi35ENR which will feature the SignWave heat sink, a serious hike in power output and a drop in price. The original RGi35ENR sells for $AU1390 whilst the Black Series edition can be yours for AU$988. REDGUM intend to fund the production costs of the first 500 units of their new entry-level model via an Indiegogo campaign and early bird specials are available for AU$888 and AU$788, prices that include international shipping. Bonza.


(And yes, Black Series editions of the RGi60ENR and RGi120ENR are coming down the line in due course).

On raw power, the REDGUM Black Series RGi35ENR bests its all-Australian made predecessor with an official rating of 50 wpc. However, REDGUM’s marketing manager Lindy Gerber claims the new version measures even more impressively: “65 x 2 WRMS into 8 Ohms, 80 x 2 WRMS into 4 Ohms, 95 x 2 WRMS into 2 Ohms”. That puts it stupid close to the specifications of the (standard) RGi60 (AU$1850) – a stand-off that I’ll be conducting as soon as Black Series RGi35ENR lands at my door.

Further information: REDGUM Audio | RGi35 Black Series Signature edition on Indiegogo

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  1. It sounds like an amp that could be (indeed, should be!) added to that 3 amp KEF LS-50 comparison of yours too John. I’d love to hear one but I’ll force myself to wait until the big brother of the range shows up.

  2. In regards to the new Black Series, this is really disappointing!
    Not that the Chinese can’t build good products but because Redgum was always a deeply rooted Australian company. Though small it has world wide recognition and a good reputation for building quality products. Audiophiles enjoy the uniqueness of the Redgum brand, the fact that it is hand made in small numbers by the owners and by other Australians who work there. This is all enhanced further by the use of real wood from the Redgum tree! A tree that identifies with Australia and Redgum’s own product name.
    Now what do we have new from Redgum? Chinese made, offshore, black metal amplifiers? Lame. Very lame. In the past you could always call them up to ask questions about your amplifier as they modified it or upgraded it. How will that happen now as your Black Series is being made in China?
    I already see the writing on the wall. Redgum is going to make a so called temporary replacement for all of their amplifiers. A Black Series version of everything they make. While not made quite as well, or handmade by Redgum themselves with love and care, and not as unique and special, the sound quality will be similar and they will sell for a slightly cheaper price. Redgum will soon wonder as to why they should have two of everything. So after some time Redgum will no longer produce any of their own amplifiers and make everything in China! Then when people lose interest in the company, their reputation fades, and sales decline, a Chinese company will buy them out.
    Lets face it, this is the beginning of the end for Redgum. It looks like they just want to retire, give up, and they are simply selling out. Sad news and a sad day as another unique and well respected audio company looses interest in their very own products and company.
    I can not express enough how disappointed I am in them. Australians have enough jobs anyways, right? Send them to China! I wonder if an out of work Redgum employee will be able to afford a Black Series? I am not even Australian and I am upset about this.

    • That’s a fairly depressing outlook you have there Peter. How can you be so sure that it’s all downhill from here? Not everyone digs the wood panel and key of the Aussie-made versions and you could just as easily argue that the lower pricing will bring REDGUM higher sales stats. Also, what if the Black Series models offer sonic improvements over their predecessors? My point: I can’t be as confident as you as *knowing* what the future holds for REDGUM.

      If you still want the original versions, they remain there for the taking.

    • The people at Redgum have done a pretty decent job of running their company for 20 years and presumably are in the best position to know, based on their goals and the financial state of the company, whether this is the right move. As you say, China is quite capable of making good products. Don’t you think we should trust the Redgum people to have worked through the difficulties of getting things done to reasonable standard in China? I for one find the wood thing something of an anachronism and would categorize the new price, coming as it does with an uptick in power, as more than just ‘slightly’ cheaper.

  3. You note that the slightly increased power puts it very close to the RGi60. Any thoughts at this stage as to whether this model might be up to the task of driving Magnepans?

    • Sorry – tricky to know for sure until more Magnepan land at this fella’s door.

  4. Dear All,

    As the “horse’s mouth” here at REDGUM, I am happy to reassure that the REDGUM Australian-made range remains alive and well (indeed, as vibrant as its music!) while the newer generation, Black Series, muscles in. We are a harmonious family and wish to continue in that way allowing each generation to contribute.

    So that the parentage is not in doubt, the REDGUM Black Series RGi35ENR amplifiers are not just from the same gene pool as the original REDGUM RGi35ENR, they are electronically identical twins. They use exactly the same circuit board production runs. New externals and a subtle mix up for the internal layout is what makes them look like fraternal twins.

    Big birthdays are times to assess what is, what works, and what can be, so more customers’ needs are met. Black amps is a need, just as keys and wood aren’t necessarily. We have learned that what are Australian icons do not always reliably travel internationally. So let’s have both!

    When we get to our birthday day later this year, we will announce how both ranges are to be structured in parallel while REDGUM’s core manufacturing will continue without change in Australia. In the meantime, we will take a breather after all the effort put into preparing our circuit boards here in Melbourne to send to China for assembly in this new form.

    So, Peter, thanks for your concern, but in short, , and for the long-term, that’s a “You can call me any time you like!”.


    Lindy Gerber
    Promotions Manager
    REDGUM Audio Pty Ltd

  5. I personally don’t think Peter is at all out of place in what he says. How many (scores of?) times has the scenario he painted been played out in the audio industry in the last 20 years?

  6. I think it’s the way to go with high end audio. Audiophiles are a dying breed, what’s left is not enought to keep the industry going. The reason why chinese made audio products sell is because they are made to a price point people are willing to pay. I would rather buy a version without the wood and key if it saves me a few hundred dollars.

  7. Not sure I understand the funding of the heatsink campaign
    Does what I offer to the campaign to raise the 50k come off the price of my amp?
    Or is it just a financial contribution to get the amps built, and I still pay the same price for the amp?
    Not sure why they couldn’t find a Chinese financial partner for this project…

    • Bobby, in funding the Kickstarter campaign you effectively buy a Black Series amplifier. This means the early adopters get keener pricing. For their Kickstarter campaign, REDGUM are selling a Chinese manufactured version of one of their well-known models: the RGGi35ENR.

      More information on the basics of Kickstarter can be found here: