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24 May 2018 -
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NEWS: A match made in Devon: Timestep brings the Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable to the UK and adds the Timestep T-09 tonearm & T-01HS headshell  From Serbia to the UK via Devon-based Timestep comes one very interesting turntable indeed. Mathematically inspired it may be, but the Kubrick DCX’s performance is full of heart and soul. Available individually or partnered with Timestep’s excellent T-09 high mass tonearm and T-01HS ebony headshell.  Introducing the Soulines Kubrick DCXSerbia-based Soulin...read full article

16 May 2018 -
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NEWS: McIntosh announces luxury music streamer and CD/SACD player...Reference-level source components offer 'best-in-class' sound quality for music streaming and CD playback Binghamton, NY, USA, May 16th, 2018: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has announced two new flagship ‘best-in-class’ source components: the MCD600 SACD/CD Player and the MS500 Music Streamer (both £7,995 each) www.mcintoshlabs.comMCD600 SACD/CD Player (£7,995)...read full article

11 May 2018 -
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Unrivalled performance: Chord Electronics’ new Hugo TT 2 DAC/headphone amplifier is unveiled at High End 2018 
The world’s most advanced Table Top (TT) DAC receives extensive upgrades inside and out and sets new standards for technical performance, surpassed only by Chord Electronics’ reference-level DAVE. Find us at High End: A3.1, room C12210th May, High End 2018, Munich: Chord Electronics has revealed the Hugo TT 2, its next-generation Table-Top (TT) DAC/headphone amplifier and one which sets a new techn...read full article

11 May 2018 -
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Special Applications Engineering is a part of the founding DNA of Wilson Audio. Originally, Wilson used the "special applications" nomenclature to describe products designed to solve a specific problem, such as the Wilson Audio Duette, a loudspeaker that redefined what music lovers and audiophiles believed was possible with near-boundary installations. Now, Wilson Audio Special Application EngineeringTM (WSAE) describes an entire line of products, each designed to solve a specific installation challenge. Arguably, ...read full article

09 May 2018 -
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Consumers to experience the benefits of high-quality cabling with The Chord Company, at High End 20189th May 2018, Wiltshire: The Chord Company will be offering the chance to experience the difference high-quality A/V cabling can make with a range of demonstrations at High End 2018, that showcase the British company’s innovative proprietary technologiesFind The Chord Company at High End: Atrium 4, Room F107 (with distributor DREI H) Having made its High End debut at Munich in 2017, Britain’s biggest specialist ...read full article

07 May 2018 -
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The stunning new Wilson Benesch Eminence Speakers to launch at this years High End Munich 2018 show.The Eminence introduces a number of new developments, in everything from tweeter to cabinet.Fibonacci, the latest version of Wilson Benesch’s tweeter technology, builds on the Semi-sphere design (a hybrid dome based on carbon fibre) the brand introduced in 2012.Its face plate is formed from a carbon fibre composite structure and, along with the motor, is decoupled from the rest of the tweeter chassis - which Wilson...read full article

03 May 2018 -
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NEWS: Leema Acoustics’ hi-fi-quality streaming music server, Sirius, is now shipping worldwide...3rd May 2018, Welshpool, Wales: Leema Acoustics’ Sirius streaming music server system which has been extensively developed in recent months in conjunction with Innuos, is now available worldwide. Sirius is a hi-fi-grade streaming music server system that provides a high-performance solution for the storage and playback of digital music. In partnership with Innuos, Leema’s ex-BBC engineers have combined audiophile ...read full article

02 May 2018 -
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“The whole musical truth”: Metaxas & Sins will launch brand new open reel tape recorder at 2018 Munich High End Show…You’ve no doubt heard the rumours. You may have read a few teasers. Perhaps you wondered whether it would actually happen. It’s happening. In May 2018, high-end audio brand Metaxas & Sins will launch one of the world’s first modern day open reel tape recorders. If you’re familiar with the unique work of creator Kostas Metaxas, you’ll know to expect something extremely special ...read full article

26 April 2018 -
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Introducing the iFi xDSD – next-generation mobile audio…When iFi audio launched its original micro iDSD headphone amp, preamp, and DAC back in 2014, it raised the bar for small portable, high-performing DACs. It’s been lifting it higher ever since. Last November saw the introduction of the nano iDSD Black Label, with a host of new features including support for MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) audio. Now, iFi has excelled itself again with the launch of xDSD – the first in the company’s next generation ...read full article

25 April 2018 -
Product Reviews

I get to listen to many loudspeakers from so many manufacturers and at so many different price levels, from the very reasonable to the downright obscene amounts of money. Is it worth paying what some would call obscene amounts, well there is no simple answer to this dilemma but it is all relative, relative to the buyer, relative to the associating equipment but most important is does the sound improve to what would seem relative to the price? Well, there is one British company that have been building speakers for a...read full article

24 April 2018 -
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NEWS: Benchmark HPA4 – All-new headphone/line amplifier. Shipping June 2018 ...Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. introduced their new HPA4 headphone/line amplifier at two recent trade shows; CanJam Global SoCal, April 7-8, and Axpona Audio Expo, April 13-15. At each show, Benchmark conducted personal listening demonstrations at each show. Benchmark partnered with THX Ltd. in order to incorporate the THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (AAA™) technology into this new high-end audio product. According to John Siau, VP of ...read full article

13 April 2018 -
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News: NEW REFERENCE 160M – VACUUM TUBE AMPLIFIER After two years in development, the new Reference  160M  (REF160M)  Monoblock  Power Amplifier is built like no other, looks like no other, and sounds like no other amplifier that you have ever heard, but it is unmistakably Audio Research. It features a refined audio topology with fewer and better components in the signal-path than in previous designs,  switchable  Ultralinear/Triode operation, proprietary auto...read full article

09 April 2018 -
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NEWS: Chord Electronics launches Gofigure, an intuitive configuration App for the advanced Poly streamer9th April 2018, Kent, UK: Chord Electronics has launched Gofigure, the official configuration App for the advanced Poly network music streamer. Gofigure is an intuitive configuration App which provides easy network set-up and simple settings management, all within a slick and powerful interface. The App, which will initially be available for iOS devices with Android to follow, offers effortless navigation through...read full article

09 April 2018 -
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NEWS: FAIRYTALES RECORDING RECEIVES MQA WHITE GLOVE TREATMENT...London, 9 April 2018: The original recording of Fairytales, a legendary musical collaboration between singer Radka Toneff and pianist Steve Dobrogosz, has been meticulously restored from the master tapes using MQA technology, in a ‘white glove’ project spanning three years. The definitive MQA version of this landmark album was released globally on 6 April 2018. Radka, of Norwegian and Bulgarian parentage, established herself as a singer and ba...read full article

09 April 2018 -
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News: New Timestep tonearm: the perfect partner for high quality, low compliance phono cartridges…How many times have you read a glowing review of a high quality, low compliance phono cartridge, only to find yourself bumping up against a ‘but…’. The ‘but’ in question being the caveat that, in order to enjoy the cartridge’s full performance potential, you’ll need a high mass tonearm. Yet for some decades the majority of tonearms on the market have typically been of the low-to-medium mass variety. Wha...read full article

06 April 2018 -
Product Reviews

Chord Electronics has been a great source of enthusiasm for me over the last few decades regarding my HiFi and personal listening habits with a few of their DAC's gracing my listening room and also some amplifiers. Rob Watts and John Franks are very highly regarded in the world of HiFi with their ability to push the envelope in regards to sound quality, the FPGA custom DAC design approach offers more and more power to the end user and a level of refinement which seems to be quite the norm, this is what keeps Chord ...read full article

29 March 2018 -
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NEWS: NEW SHAWLINE POWER BRINGS CHORD COMPANY QUALITY TO MAINS-CONNECTED A/V DEVICES29th March 2018, Wiltshire: The Chord Company has expanded its award-winning ARAY-technology Shawline range with the introduction of a high-quality power cable to complement its signal-carrying cables: Shawline Power cable (1m: £200) www.chord.co.ukThe Chord Company’s new Shawline Power cable is a high-quality (lifetime-warranty*) mains product that perfectly complements the Shawline range’s digital and analogue signal-carrying...read full article

16 March 2018 -
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Scansonic adds to its astonishingly affordable range of high-performance loudspeakers with new MK-5 stand-mount…Danish Scansonic may be the sister company of the highly covetable Danish brand Raidho, but its impressively affordable ‘HD’ range of loudspeakers is winning over audiophiles and music lovers in its own right. Just added to the range is the new MK-5 stand-mount model.Scansonic’s new MK-5 is a compact two-way mini-monitor, featuring the same ultra-light sealed ribbon planar magnetic tweeter found i...read full article

15 March 2018 -
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NEWS: New Clearaudio Tracer tonearm marries stability and agility with elegant simplicity…New from German analogue masters Clearaudio is the Tracer radial tonearm, taking the company’s family of radial and tangential arms to a tidy ten-strong.The new Tracer tonearm slots neatly between the existing Magnify and Clarify models, which positions it just three steps down from Clearaudio’s flagship Universal arm.The Tracer is an elegantly minimalist design that places particular emphasis on the stable positioning o...read full article

09 March 2018 -
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NEWS: New York’s McIntosh launches its most affordable turntable to date, the MT2 Big Mac for less whack: new MT2 offers unbox-and-go simplicity from the global hi-fi leader £4,995...Binghamton, New York, March 8th, 2018: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has announced a new turntable that brings the famous McIntosh sound and build quality at a new low price point to vinyl collections everywhere (£4,995) www.mcintoshlabs.com McIntosh...read full article

16 February 2018 -
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Bristol 2018 marks the European debut of two new products: the Qutest DAC and GoFigure app for Poly 16th February 2018, Kent: Chord Electronics will use the UK’s largest audio show, Sound and Vision 2018, to mark the European debut of two new products, the new Qutest DAC and GoFigure, the forthcoming configuration app for the Poly music streamer.The most advanced compact DAC on the planet, Chord Electronics’ Qutest, will effectively have its European launch at the Bristol show. Based on the latest proprietary R...read full article

15 February 2018 -
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NEWS: McIntosh announces MCT500 SACD/CD transport with front-panel USB input.MCT500 offers wide-ranging format playback including FLAC, WAV and DSD from discs and drivesBinghamton, NY, USA, February 7th, 2018: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has announced the new MCT500 SACD/CD Transport (£5,995)  www.mcintoshlabs.com The new transport has been designed to replay SACD/CD discs, plus a wide range of audio formats stored on USB fla...read full article

13 February 2018 -
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iFi’s best-ever DAC to debut at Sound & Vision – The Bristol Show If you’re attending the UK’s largest hi-fi and home cinema show on 23-25 February, don’t miss the opportunity to experience iFi’s new flagship DACiFi Audio, maker of myriad magnificent sound-boosting essentials, is set to debut its best-ever DAC at Sound & Vision – the Bristol Show.If you’re seeking out the show’s most exciting product launches, make a beeline for iFi’s stand in the Bristol SuiteA demonstration o...read full article

13 February 2018 -
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NEWS:Karma-AV brings SVS 4000 Series Subs to the UK New line of innovative active subwoofer models will make reference calibre bass available to more people than ever before… Karma-AV is delighted to be introducing the SVS 4000 Series subwoofers to UK AV enthusiasts. The latest in a long line of world-class SVS bass engines, the SB-4000 sealed, PB-4000 ported and PC-4000 cylinder designs sit between the 13-Ultra and 16-Ultra models in the range, offering 200W more RMS power and 600W more dynamic power than the 13...read full article

07 February 2018 -
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NEWS: McIntosh announces new tech-rich 
600-watt mono-block power amplifier the MC611Proprietary Autoformer™ technology ensures all 600 watts can be delivered to the loudspeakerBinghamton, NY, USA, February 7th, 2018: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has introduced the new MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier (£19,995 per pair). McIntosh has launched the new MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier. The new high-power monoblock amp offers a n...read full article

07 February 2018 -
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Dynaudio’s new Custom Install speakers shipping in March The Danish company has added a brand-new left/centre/right (LCR) system and DVC (dual voice-coil) in-ceiling speakers to its Custom Studio range Skanderborg – February 1, 2018 Danish loudspeaker specialist Dynaudio will ship its Custom Studio range LCR (left/centre/right) system and dual voice-coil in-ceiling speakers in March. The S4-LCR65 system, which won best-in-show awards from CEPro and ResidentialSystems at 2017’s CEDIA Expo, lets users create be...read full article

07 February 2018 -
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Dynaudio updates award-winning Xeo range.Two new speakers bring new tunings, new looks, new inputs... and a new level of wireless hi-fi performance. Skanderborg, Denmark – February 6, 2018 Danish loudspeaker legend Dynaudio has rebooted its Xeo active wireless hi-fi speaker family. The new Xeo 20 and Xeo 30 speakers replace the Xeo 4 and 6, and join the multi-award-winning Xeo 2 in the company’s range. As well as getting a new look, the Xeo 20 and Xeo 30 now have updated tunings for even better performance...read full article

02 February 2018 -
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NEWS: Multi-talented Artera Solus goes it alone...Quad expands its Artera line with the Artera Solus – a multi-tasking hi-fi system packed into a single sleek and sophisticated box Cambridgeshire, England – Quad, the distinguished British audio brand, celebrates the start of its 83rd year by adding a one-box hi-fi system to the Artera Series, Quad’s primary solid-state component range. The Artera Solus combines a CD transport, DAC, preamplifier and power amplifier in a single compact chassis, with extensive c...read full article

29 January 2018 -
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NEWS: Radical Design Breakthrough Endows Compact Kii THREE with Life-Sized Fidelity Brilliant mix of cutting-edge amplification and DSP delivers the full-frequency dynamics of a large high- end floor stander from a super-discreet active system. It’s an age-old trade-off. Audiophiles seeking the most intimate contact with music must accept the inconvenience of living with huge speaker systems. The orthodox view is that only big speakers with large baffles can directly deliver more precise timing and detail in the ...read full article

26 January 2018 -
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Gamut joins Raidho and Scansonic
 as part of the Dantax family of audio companies.Danish companies Dantax A/S and Gamut Audio are delighted to confirm that Gamut is now part of the Dantax group of companies, joining fellow Danish high-end audio brands Raidho and Scansonic. Gamut’s CEO and chief designer Benno Baun Meldgaard said, “This is excellent news for Gamut. To be an integral part of a wider ‘family’ of companies, all of which are wholeheartedly committed to high-end audio, gives Gamut a strong and ...read full article

26 January 2018 -
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NEWS: Leema Acoustics launches Anniversary Edition of its classic Hydra II power amp.Leema’s Welsh-made Hydra II is only the second product to receive the coveted Anniversary Edition upgrades (£4,795) available now www.leema-acoustics.com 26th January 2018, Welshpool: Leema Acoustics, the Welsh high-performance audio specialist founded by two ex-BBC sound engineers, has launched a special Anniversary Edition of its Hydra II power amplifier, celebrating 10 years since its classic powerhouse amplifier made its deb...read full article

23 January 2018 -
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Wholesale upgrades to ATC’s leading source product deliver audiophile levels of accuracy and dynamics to music reproduction, combined with extraordinary value for money…  ATC Loudspeaker Technology is extremely proud to announce the arrival of the CDA 2 Mk2 CD/DAC preamp, which represents a re-engineering of its predecessor in all the key performance areas. Developed as the ideal partner for ATC’s latest P2 power amplifier and active speaker designs, the Mk2 combines convenient USB access to high-resolut...read full article

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