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27 June 2017 -
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27th June 2017, Santa Barbara, California, USA: For a strictly limited time (45 hours), Noble Audio, the world’s leading high-performance in-ear monitor specialist, is offering generous discounts across all universal-fit and custom-fit (IEMs) in the 2017 Wizard Birthday Sale.California’s Noble Audio is celebrating the (45th) birthday of its co-founder, audiologist John Moulton, aka ‘The Wizard’, with a very special time-limited sale. Starting on Wednesday the 28th of June at 8.00 a.m. GMT (12.00 midnight Pa...read full article

26 June 2017 -
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When less really is more… Exposure adds two new amps to the compact XM series. Who says high-performance hi-fi needs an ‘XXL’ space and budget? Earlier in 2017 Exposure Electronics launched its exciting new ‘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 and XM5 integrated amplifier are joined by the new XM7 preamp and XM9 mono power amp.‘Real world’ hi-fi at ‘real world’ prices is somethi...read full article

23 June 2017 -
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It is very difficult, even daunting, to update a classic. The physicians’ maxim of Primum non nocere (first do no harm) certainly applies here. An overly ambitious and inexperienced designer, in his zeal to advance the product with the “latest and greatest technology,” can inadvertently sacrifice the very qualities at the heart of the original’s intrinsic appeal. There is a certain wisdom and introspection that is inherent to all great designers. They know when real advancements are possible, and eschew the...read full article

20 June 2017 -
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Diminutive DAC delivers versatile sound-boosting digital audio ‘hub’ for all manner of devices – from smartphones and computers to TVs and games consoles.Product summary The nano iOne from iFi is designed to be a convenient, high-quality digital audio ‘hub’ – a DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) that is miniature in size yet big on features and performance. It can be used to boost sound from all manner of digital devices: smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs, TVs, games consoles, media stream...read full article

19 June 2017 -
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Like the violins, violas and cellos crafted by the Stradivari family during the 17th and 18th centuries, almost all of van den Hul’s phono cartridges are personally hand built and tuned by Dutch master cartridge designer Mr A.J. van den Hul himself. But has van den Hul now cracked one of the key secrets of the famous Stradivari sound? The new ‘Stradivarius’ edition of his Crimson phono cartridge would suggest so…The van den Hul Crimson moving coil phono cartridge is already a high performer, with its cross-...read full article

15 June 2017 -
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14th June 2017, London: Designed by Metaxas and Sins, the Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ is an extraordinary headphone amplifier that combines historic art, contemporary sculpture and cutting-edge audio tech. Featuring a sculpted cranium, CNC-machined from solid aluminium billet, the Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ is a minimalist headphone amplifier and dedicated stand for the design-conscious music lover. The headphone resurgence shows no signs of abating and now UK headphone aficionados can enjoy both audiophile-grade so...read full article

12 June 2017 -
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12th June 2017, London: Widely considered to be one of the world’s best desktop loudspeaker solutions, the legendary ECLIPSE TD-M1 wireless home audio speaker system, has completely sold out in the UK and Europe, with all future production now accounted for.The space-saving TD-M1 (£799), which launched at CES in 2014 and introduced the benefits of ECLIPSE’s single full-range drive unit design approach to a global audience, will be available in strictly limited numbers for a very short period. Consumers co...read full article

06 June 2017 -
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TechDas has been engaged in the development of the Air Force Zero, one of the world's premier and ultimate analogue record players, superior to even the acclaimed TechDAS Air Force One premium reference turntable. Also, TechDAS has just completed a working sample of the highly anticipated "Engine" unit for the Zero, featuring the Air Float mechanism. This prototype was demonstrated at the Munich High-End Show 2017 in combination with the Air Force One turntable unit.Major Features-  3 phases 12 poles high torq...read full article

26 May 2017 -
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dCS LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION VIVALDI ONE DIGITAL MUSIC SYSTEM, MARKING THIRTY YEARS OF UNRIVALED EXCELLENCE dCS proudly announces Vivaldi One – a limited edition digital music player specially designed to mark the company’s thirtieth anniversary. Limited to just 250 uniquely numbered pieces, it puts an integral CD/SACD transport alongside the latest dCS Ring DAC in a single box, together with state-of-the-art network streaming functionality. Vivaldi is the dCS flagship line, and the culmination of three de...read full article

24 May 2017 -
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NUGS.NET OFFERS LIVE CONCERTS IN MQAMusic Fans Step Closer to the Original Performance. New York / London, 24 May 2017 – Nugs.net, the official home of live music for some of the largest touring artists in the world, is adopting MQA’s award-winning technology, to bring fans exclusive live concert recordings in master quality sound.  Initially, concerts from GRAMMY Award-winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen, are availab...read full article

24 May 2017 -
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Wharfedale Diamond 11 Series - only a Diamond cuts to the heart of the musicAs Wharfedale celebrates its 85th birthday, the company’s classic Diamond lineage of high-performance, high-value speakers reaches new heights with the Diamond 11 Series Cambridgeshire, England – Since 1981, Wharfedale’s famous Diamond speakers have served as the classic entry point to true high-fidelity sound, their exceptional value for money earning numerous ‘product of the year’ awards in the UK and around the world. Now, with...read full article

19 May 2017 -
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McIntosh Announces Two New Products at HIGH END 2017New Integrated Amplifier and SACD/CD PlayerBinghamton, NY – May 18, 2017 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce two new products at this year’s HIGH END Show in Munich: the MA8900 Integrated Amplifier and the MCD350 SACD/CD Player. Each product combines the best-in-class audio performance of the legendary McIntosh Reference System with the latest in technological deve...read full article

26 April 2017 -
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Chord Electronics appoints Robert Wong as part of its ongoing expansion and investment in its dealer network26th April 2017, Kent, UK: Chord Electronics has expanded its international sales and business development team with the appointment of one of the audio industry’s best-known figures, Robert Wong. Robert has been appointed as Business Development Manager with immediate effect, supporting Chord Electronics’ expanded personnel team during a period of significant growth for the company.Robert brings a wealth...read full article

25 April 2017 -
Product Reviews

Over the last few years, with CD in particular sales may have started to drop off as the market adapts to the new High Resolution revolution which has now been gathering momentum and seems to be all the rage. Myself included loves what this new medium is offering but as an audiophile I have many different sources and also a fairly large CD collection and it just so happens that a fairly substantial SACD collection too. From previous experience of high end CD spinners, I know that this medium can offer some stunning...read full article

20 April 2017 -
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20th April 2017, Santa Barbara, USA — Noble Audio, the world’s leading high-performance in-ear monitor (IEM) specialist, has launched a new Lightning-to-2-pin IEM cable designed to instantly connect the latest Apple iOS devices with all current and legacy Noble productsPriced at just £60, Noble Audio’s new Lightning-to-2-pin IEM cable allows consumers to instantly connect any Noble product ever produced, to the latest iOS devices. The dedicated cable has been designed to optimise sound quality from the ...read full article

15 April 2017 -
Product Reviews

Over the last two decades I have owned around three pairs of ProAc speakers, all in the Response range which I loved. I have always admired their work and in particular Stewart Tyler’s ability to create such stunning examples of what speakers should be and that is the ability to create great music. Their speakers are very understated with regard to the design they have stayed more or less the same, well they have always stuck with the traditional box design varying in sizes with all the magic going on inside them...read full article

22 March 2017 -
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THE COLLECTION Sonus faber wishes to evoke Italian design and creativity at their best by restyling the Homage collection, the company’s most iconic line which has been completely revamped in keeping with its rich past and precious legacy. Welcome Homage Tradition!
The collection features four elements: Amati, Guarneri, Vox and the newcomer Serafino, a 3,5 ways floor-standing speaker, whose name is taken from the history of Italian violin-making (Santo Serafino – 1699 /1758 – Venetian master trained at Nico...read full article

22 March 2017 -
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NEW SHAWCAN CABLE POISED TO UPGRADE HEADPHONES AT HEADROOM 2017
Consumers can try new ShawCan upgrade cables using their own headphones! (Find us: Studio B, Artist Side)22nd March 2017, Wiltshire: The Chord Company will be demonstrating the benefits of its recently launched ShawCan headphone upgrade cables to the public at the headroom show, Metropolis Studios, London, 24th-25th March. ShawCan is the first ever headphone product in the UK cable specialist’s 32-year history and is unique in featuring the co...read full article

22 March 2017 -
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Tivoli Audio Introduces the Model One Digital Tivoli’s New Table-top Radio Updates a Brilliant Original for the Music Streaming Age... Balancing style, technology and excellent audio performance, the Tivoli ‘Model One Digital’ table-top radio refreshes the classic user- friendly design of Tivoli’s original Model One with music streaming and fabulous multi-room capability. Encased in a furniture grade wood cabinet in a choice of black, white and walnut colours, and finished with a high-quality Gabriel® fabr...read full article

20 March 2017 -
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AUDIRVANA PLUS 3 LAUNCHES WITH MQA INTEGRATION Music player upgrade offers improved audio playback LONDON/PARIS, 20th MARCH 2017 – Audirvana Plus, the desktop music player for macOS, has released the latest version of its software which now includes integrated MQA audio technology.  The MQA Core decoder, contained within the new Audirvana Plus 3 player, enables the first origami ‘unfold’ and also authenticates the file using a blue or green light to confirm that the sound is identical to that o...read full article

17 March 2017 -
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The new theme of the HIGH END 2017 exhibition: „LET THE MUSIC PLAY!“Music as „life‘s elixir“MARCH 2017It distills the core message of the exhibition: „LET THE MUSIC PLAY!“. The main thrust and objective of the exhibition for over 35 years is of course the presentation of the best possible music reproduction by means of technical devices. And the new exhibition theme is also intended to visually reinforce this message.The key element of the exhibition has always been the idea of addressing people and c...read full article

16 March 2017 -
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OTTAVA IS FIRST LABEL TO RELEASE MQA ON COMPACT DISCPioneering MQA Audio Technology Used in Mastering ProcessTokyo / London, 16 March 2017: A recording by Astor Piazzolla “the single most important figure in the history of tango” will be the first MQA recording to be released on compact disc in Japan. The album “A. Piazzolla
by Strings and Oboe” – recorded by the UNAMAS Piazzolla Septet and mastered by respected producer and mastering engineer Mick Sawaguchi – will be released by the Ottava label on 1...read full article

16 March 2017 -
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Limited-edition Luxmans: retro-chic for hi-fi hipsters Venerable Japanese high-end audio specialist Luxman celebrates its 10th decade of production with a special-edition valve preamp and power amp, each strictly limited to 100 piecesCL-38uSE and MQ-88uSE Special-edition valve preamplifier and power amplifier ‒ production limited to just 100 pieces Established in 1925, LUXMAN has more than half a century of experience in manufacturing high- end valve amplifiers. Each LUXMAN valve amplifier is considered a ma...read full article

16 March 2017 -
Product Reviews

I am a big fan of speaker Isolation tools and anything that can improve on what equipment I have invested in, as can be seen from my review of the Townshend Audio Seismic Isolation platforms but they may not appeal to everyone as they come at a cost which to some may not be ideal. In comes the DMSD 60 de-couplers which are at a much more reasonable cost, which is just shy of £600.DMSD is an Italian company founded by an Italian Studio and recording engineer who started his own recording studio Mixdown Studio’s a...read full article

14 March 2017 -
Product Reviews

When I was asked if I would like to review the new ATC SCM19A speakers I jumped at the chance with a resounding YES. It had been a while since I last heard the well coveted SCM19 speakers, but this time it is in the guise as the SCM19AT with ‘AT’ standing for the Active Tower versions of this popular speaker.ATC have a long history in building high quality speakers with many of their components being made in house. This gives them total control over what is produced but it also means that they have the knowledg...read full article

09 March 2017 -
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New Furutech ‘NCF’ connectors feature innovative ‘active’ damping material for a stunningly pure  and stable signal transferNever a brand to rest on its laurels, Japanese accessories expert Furutech has once again further advanced the performance of several of its high-end connectors with the addition of a custom-developed ‘active’ damping material: Nano Crystal² Formula.Furutech’s range of connectors has always featured an impressive array of breakthrough construction techniques. From their ‘...read full article

08 March 2017 -
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McIntosh MX122 A/V processor receives Control4® SDDP certificationIt's now even easier to integrate the MX122 into connected homes £6,995Binghamton, NY – March 8, 2017 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is happy to announce the MX122 A/V Processor has received Control4’s Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP) Certification.The MX122 A/V Processor combines the best-in-class audio performance of the legendary McIntosh Reference System...read full article

08 March 2017 -
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Chord Electronics offers stunning new black acrylic side panel alternative to the Integra Leg System8th March 2017, Kent, UK: Chord Electronics’ flagship Reference range and its full-size Chord range is to benefit from a new solid black machine-polished acrylic side panel optionChord Electronics has introduced a new styling alternative to its full-size component ranges, Reference and Chord. All double- and quad-height products* in Chord Electronics’ two upper ranges can now be ordered with high-quality solid bl...read full article

07 March 2017 -
Product Reviews

Audio Research has a long history in creating some of the finest vacuum tube amplifiers and pre-amplifiers in the industry with its roots going all the way back to 1970 when they made their first amplifier. I have heard many great systems with speakers being driven by Audio Research electronics and some of my favorite ones too. With the recent G series, they really have stepped up the mark a good few notches and the performance with the incredible GS150 Stereo amplifier is one of my most listened to amplifier which...read full article

03 March 2017 -
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New IsoTek EVO3 Genesis One:  the compact clean power solutionIsoTek’s Mosaic series offers a trio of compact power cleaning solutions in an elegant slim width format. The series balances ultimate power conditioning, voltage stabilisation and mains sine wave generation in a selection of components that you can mix and match to suit your hi-fi or audio-visual system, creating a bespoke clean power solution.New to the series is the EVO3 Genesis One, a state-of-the-art single cell sine wave generation system wi...read full article

28 February 2017 -
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Optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio launches new entry level DS 002
In 2013 DS Audio pioneered the world’s only optical phono cartridge, the DS-W1, attracting rave reviews from the worldwide audiophile press. A further-advanced flagship model, the Master 1, followed in 2016. Now, the company is launching a new entry level design: the DS 002, drawing on innovations from the Master 1 while offering a more affordable way in to optical cartridge technology.Four years ago, DS Audio pioneered the world’s only optica...read full article

28 February 2017 -
Event Reports

This year’s Bristol Sound & Vision Show was in its 30th year and it is the longest running and biggest Hi-Fi and AV Show currently in the UK. I have visited it quite a number of times over this 30-year period and some of them have been very good and some just OK, with the exception of this year’s event. This one seemed to have a buzz surrounding it and well ok it was its 30th anniversary but it was really buzzing, not just because of the high attendance but also due to the fact that it had so many manufactu...read full article

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