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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

23 January 2018 -
Product Reviews

It is now just over a year ago that I first heard the Wilson Audio Yvette speakers, and it is still one of the best demos I have had to date. They completely blew me away with their amazing sound quality. They produced one of the biggest sounds in a room which was fairly large to begin with, but still, they managed to recreate the music as it was originally intended. At the helm of this demo was the highly regarded Peter McGrath, he set the speakers up and positioned the Yvette’s perfectly. At that time, I was th...read full article

22 January 2018 -
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Exposure adds new HP headphone amplifier to its award-winning compact XM series.In 2017 Exposure Electronics launched the ‘XM’ series of hi-fi components, cleverly packing an impressive complement of high-end features into a compact and affordable design. Now, the XM3 phonostage, XM5 integrated amp, XM7 preamp and XM9 mono power amps are joined by the new XM HP headphone amplifier.‘Real world’ hi-fi at ‘real world’ prices is something Exposure has always been particularly strong on and the XM series ver...read full article

18 January 2018 -
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Audio Analogue kicks off new ‘PureAA’ line with the AAcento integrated amplifierIn 2016, Audio Analogue celebrated its twentieth birthday with two bang-up-to-date ‘Anniversary’ editions of the company’s earlier classic integrated amplifiers, the Puccini and Maestro. Now, the Italian brand has launched its ‘PureAA’ line of products, drawing key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding a raft of further features. Audio Analogue may be in its twenty-second year but the brand’s philosophy remains reso...read full article

10 January 2018 -
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IRIVER To Add MQA Support For Line Of Audio Streaming DevicesMQA Support Will Be Added To Streaming Devices Starting With ACTIVO, Then Added To Other Streaming And Audio DevicesLas Vegas, NV – IRIVER, the parent company of Astell&Kern, the global leader in high-resolution portable audio players, announces support for MQA decoding and playback will be added to the ACTIVO portable high-resolution audio player in January 2018.MQA’s award-winning technology captures and reproduces the sound of the original stud...read full article

09 January 2018 -
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MQA AT CES 2018: MOBILE STREAMING & NEW PARTNERSHIPS DRIVE MASTER QUALITY AUDIO AVAILABILITYLas Vegas/London, Jan 2018: The MQA team will be based in the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion, located in the largest and busiest area of the convention centre (Central Hall #14735).Mike Jbara, MQA CEO, states, “There are now more than 100 MQA-enabled products and services in the market, and we’re excited to be driving conversations around improving the consumer experience, both at CES as well as other key events throughout 20...read full article

09 January 2018 -
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The new PIEGA Premium Series: slim speakers with a rich sound The new generation of PIEGA Premium speakers boasts a fantastic quality of sound – thanks to its new LDR 3056 high - range ribbon tweeter. The softly curving aluminium cabinets and ribbon tweeters give it away at first glance: this new edition of Premium speakers is the work of PIEGA, the Swiss audio expert. Mastermind Kurt Scheuch’s team of developers has succeeded in making the already extremely illustrious and aesthetic Premium aluminium columns a...read full article

09 January 2018 -
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Chord Electronics launches the world’s most advanced compact DAC: introducing QutestQutest sets a new technical benchmark for a small, home system digital-to-analogue convertor £1,195Find Chord Electronics at CES 2018: Venetian Tower, 35-207 www.chordelectronics.co.uk9th January 2018, CES, Las Vegas: Chord Electronics has launched the most advanced compact DAC on the planet: Qutest. A highly accomplished standalone device, the new Qutest is based on the latest proprietary Rob Watts’ FPGA technology developed f...read full article

19 December 2017 -
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NEWS: LUXMAN will soon be releasing a new flagship AB class integrated amplifier L-509X. Featuring the performance of separate amplifiers in a single unit, this is truly our ideal goal, to have functionality as well as quality. We have poured all the experience and technology gained from years of developing amplifiers into this model L-509X. For audiophiles who are looking for a high quality, multifunctional, but simple system, L-509X is what they are looking for. Moreover, L-509X expressive power offers quality re...read full article

17 December 2017 -
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NEWS: HAYWARD, CA – Magico, the leader in high-performance loudspeaker design and manufacture, is pleased to announce the new A3.Machined into the metal of every Magico loudspeaker is a subtle, yet permanent, “M”. Our symbol is a simple reminder to the owner of a Magico product that they have purchased a product born of an uncompromised, unapologetic pursuit of performance excellence.The standards we have set for a product bearing our M logo are not without consequence. The push forward into the development o...read full article

14 December 2017 -
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News: McIntosh announces Nanocarbon-driver tech loudspeaker, the £137,500 XRT2.1K   Custom-made Nanocarbon Fibre drive units created for new 81-driver, 7-foot luxury speaker Binghamton, NY, USA, December 14th, 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has announced the XRT2.1K, a speaker 45 years in the making. The new XRT2.1K is a seven-foot-tall full-range design which uses brand new Nanocarbon Fibre/Nomex Honeycomb drive units whi...read full article

13 December 2017 -
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Chord Electronics launches high-quality protective leather case for Mojo and Poly13th December 2017, Kent: Leading British high-performance audio specialist Chord Electronics has introduced a high-quality Japanese-made protective leather case for Mojo and Poly (£120)Designed to complement Chord Electronics’ award-winning Mojo DAC/headphone amp and Poly wireless streamer/player, the Poly/Mojo leather case offers stylish protection for on-the-go usage. The case has been styled by Chord Electronics’ John Franks a...read full article

12 December 2017 -
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NEW SHAWLINE STREAMING CABLE USES TRICKLE-DOWN TECHNOLOGY TO PRESERVE DIGITAL MUSIC STREAMS 12th December 2017, Wiltshire: The Chord Company has added to its award-winning Shawline cable range with the introduction of a technology-rich streaming cable offering great value, performance and build quality: Shawline streaming cable. (£220) www.chord.co.ukThe Chord Company has launched the Shawline streaming cable a highly versatile digital interconnect designed bring the benefits of Chord’s cable expertise to a wide...read full article

08 December 2017 -
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8th December 2017, Welshpool: Hand-made in Wales, Leema Acoustics’ new Pulse IV amplifier is the ideal ‘hub’ for contemporary music-listening with its turntable connectivity, Bluetooth playback and seven digital inputs enabling a huge range of devices to connect. The Pulse IV is a highly versatile and powerful integrated amplifier that enables a world of music to be enjoyed with Leema Acoustics’ sound quality thanks to a huge connectivity suite bringing together music playback in all its forms, whether...read full article

07 December 2017 -
Product Reviews

dCS is a name in the high-end audio community which holds a very high regard when it comes to quality and all things digital, recently celebrating their 30th Birthday. They started producing DAC's for the professional market way back in the 1980's with the first 24bit analogue-to-digital converter which appeared in 1989. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength with its current Vivaldi DAC its greatest achievement to date giving you the very best in their DAC technology and digital prowess, but it ...read full article

29 November 2017 -
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Where vintage style meets sharp-end technology: Glanz precision tonearms arrive in the UKCould this be the finest tonearm you’ve never heard of? Timestep’s Dave Cawley firmly believes so, which is why he has just signed an exclusive distribution agreement to import Glanz tonearms from their native Japan to the UK. What can we anticipate from these ‘masters of precision’?A rebirth (of sorts)The brand name ‘Glanz’ is not new. It originated back in the 1950s with Japanese company Mitachi Acoustics whose an...read full article

28 November 2017 -
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Oppo Announces Support for MQA Partnership Launches with First MQA-enabled Blu-ray Player Menlo Park, CA / London, 28 November 2017 The OPPO UDP-205 is a universal disc player specifically designed for audio performance, providing reference level sound quality for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and many other digital audio and video formats. The latest firmware update to the UDP-205 adds MQA decoding to the UDP-205’s digital audio file playback. When a user navigates through music files using the UDP-205’s “Music” app...read full article

23 November 2017 -
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Didcot, Oxfordshire – 23rd November 2017 Pro-Ject Audio Systems, the world-renowned manufacturer of premium hi-fi turntables and electronics, announces a new Artist Series special edition turntable collaboration with one of the world’s longest-running bands. After successful collaborations with The Beatles, George Harrison and Parov Stelar, amongst others, the Austrian company proudly reveals a new turntable design in partnership with The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones Record Player is a stri...read full article

17 November 2017 -
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Sonic Studio brings integrated MQA support to Amarra Luxe 4.1November 17, 2017: Sonic Studio announces the release of Amarra 4 Luxe v4.1 featuring integrated MQA audio technology. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) delivers the sound of the original master recording. MQA files are fully authenticated and small enough to stream or download, while also being backwards compatible, so they can be played on any device.Amarra 4 Luxe supports local MQA file playback and additionally supports TIDAL MQA Streaming for HiFi s...read full article

15 November 2017 -
Product Reviews

Chord Electronics is an iconic name in the English audiophile community, to me, it represents excellence in HiFi and Chord makes sure you know that it is proud of its heritage and the British flag is placed proudly on all its packaging. I spent 2 hours with Chord Electronics at the very prestigious Goring Hotel in London for the launch event of the Poly and it was very snazzy indeed with champagne flowing. What impressed me the most at this fantastic launch event was the amount of R&D and technology that has go...read full article

10 November 2017 -
Event Reports

November 9th, 2017 at SpiritLand venue: The press was invited to this exclusive event which was held at the fabulous Spirit Land premises, of former BBC recording engineer Paul Noble and now the owner of this unique location. It was hosted by dCS & Absolute Sounds which now distribute dCS in the UK. The subject matter was the future of music and how will it continue and whether or not the quality is going to improve as more and more people experience what can be achieved when using lossless material, rather tha...read full article

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