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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

10 November 2017 -
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McIntosh launches its most powerful single-chassis mono-block amp: 1,200 watts, 71kg, £29,995 per pair.The new MC1.25KW is one of McIntosh’s most advanced amplifiers to dateBinghamton, NY, USA, November 10th, 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MC1.25KW Quad Balanced Power Amplifier. The new MC1.25KW is the American giant’s most powerful single-chassis mono-block amplifier to date and has been redesigned from...read full article

07 November 2017 -
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As soon as the original nano iDSD appeared on the market in 2014, it changed the game for portable DACs:     •    It was one of the first battery-powered DACs compatible with iPhone/Android 
    •    It offered full high-resolution audio playback 
    •    It supported DXD and DSD formats 
    •    It offered a high-power headphone output 
   •    It was ...read full article

01 November 2017 -
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News: McIntosh launches its first ever hybrid technology integrated amplifier, the MA252Binghamton, NY, USA, November 1, 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has launched the MA252, its first ever hybrid integrated amplifier. The amp brings the benefits of vacuum tube (valve) and solid-state technology into one visually stunning packagewww.jordanacoustics.co.uk (£4,500)The MA252 Integrated Amplifier is the first ever hybrid integrated amp...read full article

27 October 2017 -
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New Furutech NCF Booster performance-enhancing cable & connector holder.Following rave reviews in the Japanese press, initial production runs of Furutech’s new NCF Booster sold out to industry insiders before even making it as far as audio retailers’ shelves. Fortunately, the company has since increased production and now the NCF Booster is ready for international release. Cable holders (also known as supports, lifters, risers or elevators) are generally designed improve the performance of audio cables by m...read full article

26 October 2017 -
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Mytek Introduces New Brooklyn DAC+ With Upgraded Performance; Now Shipping: Brooklyn AMP, Plus Optional Phono and Roon Cards for Manhattan II 2017 RMAF, October 6, 2017 — Mytek, manufacturer of professional ADC/DACs and consumer DACs, unveiled at RMAF 2017 a brand new model of the highly-acclaimed Brooklyn DSD/MQA DAC, the Brooklyn DAC+. Brooklyn DAC+, priced at $2,195, features redesigned and enhanced conversion, analog and power supply circuits, resulting in overall improved sound quality. Improvements include ...read full article

23 October 2017 -
Event Reports

This is my third year attending the HiFi Show Live event and was hoping for a good one and boy did it deliver on that front. Situated just off the M25 near Winsdor. The location is perfect for Heathrow and Gatwick airports which are not far at all. It means all our International friends can access it very quickly from the airports. For me, it is just an hour drive, so not far at all. So the location is near on perfect and I have to say that HiFi News has done a splendid job at organizing the show with so many great...read full article

21 October 2017 -
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DX-2 proves good things come in small packages.New 5.1 home cinema package from world-renowned speaker specialist is stylish, compact and delivers engrossing surround sound, yet costs just £450 Cambridgeshire, England – High-quality home cinema can be costly, both financially and in terms of the amount of space it consumes in your living room. For those seeking a more discreet, stylish and affordable solution for genuine surround sound, the DX-2 speaker system from Wharfedale is ideal. Consisting of four satelli...read full article

20 October 2017 -
Event Reports

I was invited by Chord Electronics to attend the Press Launch of their new portable streamer Poly, which is an add-on to their world-renowned Mojo DAC. It turns the DAC into a highly advanced portable streaming device which is incredibly high tech and supports all the major streaming applications ie Spotify, Tidal, Roon and DLNA so that you may stream your music from any NAS server that is connected to the network that you are on. Also built into it is a mini SD slot so that you may load your music directly from a ...read full article

19 October 2017 -
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Chord Electronics’ Poly streamer turns the smartphone into a hi-fi-quality music player19th October 2017, Kent: British high-performance audio specialist, Chord Electronics, is empowering smartphones as hi-fi-quality music players with the launch of Poly, an advanced streamer that combines with Mojo to wirelessly stream music from a range of devices, with smartphone control
Available now* (Poly £499; Mojo £399) www.chordelectronics.co.uk Poly is a ground-breaking portable music streamer, the first of its kind...read full article

18 October 2017 -
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Superb Raidho D-2.1 floorstander to make UK debut at The Hi-Fi Show Live 2017Last year’s Hi-Fi Show Live featured the exclusive UK launch of renowned Danish loudspeaker brand Raidho’s first-class compact stand-mount, the D-1.1. This year’s show promises an even bigger treat: enter the D-2.1 floor-stander. The Raidho D-2.1 is a 2.5-way floorstanding loudspeaker with two Raidho diamond drivers and one Raidho ribbon tweeter.Let’s start with the latter, since the ribbon tweeter is where Raidho’s remarkable jo...read full article

18 October 2017 -
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dCS LAUNCHES MQA SUPPORT ACROSS PRODUCT RANGES dCS announces the release of a software update that provides MQA compatibility to all current product ranges – bringing the MQA experience into what many regard as the best digital music source in the world. MQA, Master Quality Authenticated, provides a means to efficiently encode and transmit high resolution audio. MQA is based on the axiom that, in audio, high resolution can be more accurately defined in the analogue domain in terms of temporal fine structure and l...read full article

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