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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

17 October 2017 -
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Hi-Fi Show Live 2017 The Worlds Finest Audio Brands at The Hi-Fi Show Live 2017When: Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd of October 2017Where: De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, West Berkshire SL4 2JJSpectacular sonic wonders lie in store at The Hi-Fi Show Live – the annual autumn show organised by Hi-Fi News & Record review, the world’s oldest hi-fi magazine.Absolute Sounds – The UK’s leading distributor of high-performance audio equipment – is set to host three spacious rooms, where extraordinary system...read full article

12 October 2017 -
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Chord Electronics announces protective leather case for its award-winning Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp.11th October 2017, Kent: British high-performance audio specialist, Chord Electronics, has introduced a high-quality Japanese-made protective leather case for its new Hugo 2 DAC/head amp
Available now (£125) chordelectronics.co.uk Designed to complement Chord Electronics’ award-winning Hugo 2 transportable DAC/headphone amplifier, the new Hugo 2 protective leather case offers reliable protection from everyday kno...read full article

11 October 2017 -
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McIntosh’s MA5300 amplifier delivers huge power, plus USB, turntable and headphone connectivity.The new MA5300 is McIntosh’s most powerful compact amplifier featuring 100 watts, digital connectivity incl. USB, a headphone amp plus a phono stage for turntablesBinghamton, NY, USA, 11th October 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MA5300 integrated amplifier, its smallest and most powerful solid-state integrated a...read full article

10 October 2017 -
Product Reviews

I have been wanting to get my hands on a TechDAS turntable and finally the time has come for the Air Force III to grace my system with its stunning quality and to finally find out how good vinyl can get with something of this caliber slotted into The Speaker Shack’s system.Having had a few turntables over the years I have never really been a big fan of vinyl and have only featured one review on The Speaker Shack’s website. It has never really convinced me that the quality has been as good or better than what I ...read full article

09 October 2017 -
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D is for diamond: Transfiguration creates special limited ‘D’ edition of flagship Proteus phono cartridge…Hand-crafted in Japan by Immutable Music's Seiji Yoshioka, Transfiguration moving coil (MC) phono cartridges have been hailed as being among the world’s most musically honest. This is no accident, since their design has always been guided by two firm principles: first, to extract the most minute, natural musical detail from a record’s groove and second, to get out of the way. So when it’s said that ...read full article

06 October 2017 -
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NOBLE AUDIO’S LEGENDARY FORMER FLAGSHIP IN-EAR MONITOR, THE K10, IS REBORN ON MASSDROP TODAY! 
The iconic Noble K10 returns today as the Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 at just half the original price: $899.99 6th October 2017, Santa Barbara, USA— Noble Audio, the world’s leading high-performance in-ear monitor (IEM) specialist, is today launching a special edition of its legendary flagship in-ear monitor, the K10, exclusively on Massdrop.  Priced at just $899.99, half the original selling price, the ‘dro...read full article

06 October 2017 -
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Partners Showcase MQA at RMAF 2017Denver, CO, October 6, 2017— Multiple partners will be demonstrating MQA as part of their exhibition activities during Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, the high-end consumer audio show held in Denver on 6-8 October.Hi-res download service, Onkyo Music, will give away free download vouchers at the Pioneer booth, and show attendees will also be able to listen to master quality recordings on the latest MQA-enabled Pioneer & Onkyo portable digital audio players. MQA is set to feature p...read full article

03 October 2017 -
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ECLIPSE’S ‘INVISIBLE-SPEAKER’ 3D AUDIO EXPERIENCE IS COMING TO NEW YORK’S AES SHOW THIS OCTOBER (18th-20th) ECLIPSE’s accurate waveform reproduction technologies to demonstrate speaker ‘invisibility’ with 3D audio3rd October 2017, London: ECLIPSE, the high-performance loudspeaker division within Fujitsu Ten, the multi-billion-dollar global technology giant, will be demonstrating the unique benefits of its accurate waveform reproduction technology with a 9.1-channel 3D audio demonstration that highligh...read full article

02 October 2017 -
Event Reports

This year was a bigger show than last year with more manufacturers and retailers exhibiting and rightly so seeing that this was its second year at the Novotel Hotel Hammersmith which is in the heart of London. Unfortunately, I could only get to go on the Sunday which was its last day. The venue is a good one which is nicely laid out and on many levels in the hotel. On entrance to the show you get the show guide which gives you all the locations of the various exhibitors, it comes in handy when you suddenly realize ...read full article

28 September 2017 -
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Dynaudio announces Music its first wireless multiroom music system...The intelligent wireless multiroom music system that automatically learns your tastes, your home and your lifestyleSkanderborg, Denmark – September 28, 2017 Dynaudio has announced Music – a family of four intelligent wireless speakers. Dynaudio Music provides one touch simplicity. It adapts seamlessly (and automatically) to any room or position, and to surrounding noise levels so music always sounds its best. It even gives personalised playlis...read full article

27 September 2017 -
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McIntosh sound quality on the move with the new MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier The MHA50 offers wireless connectivity to devices via aptX™ Bluetooth® 4.1Binghamton, NY, USA – 27th September, 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has announced its first Portable Decoding Amplifier (DAC/headphone amp) the MHA50 www.mcintoshlabs.com UK distributor www.jordanacoustics.co.uk (£895)McIntosh has launched its first truly portable music pla...read full article

27 September 2017 -
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KARMA-AV PROMISES A SPACE FULL OF STARS AT THE HI FI SHOW 17. Mark Levinson’s ‘Outstanding’ line-up and Primare’s new range light up the UK’s premier specialist hi-fi show…Leading specialist AV distributor Karma-AV is planning to unveil a galaxy of new stars at the Hi-Fi Show Live 2017, which is being held at the Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire, October 21st-22nd 2017Among them, in Buckingham Suite 4, will be the latest generation of Mark Levinson separates, including the extraordinary No515 t...read full article

27 September 2017 -
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Computer Audio Design ups the ‘less noise, more music’ ante with two new digital interconnects: the CAD USB Cable I & II In the world of analogue audio, there’s little doubt that a system’s sonic performance can be markedly constrained or improved by the quality of its various cables. But when it comes to digital audio, could there be even more to play for? Computer Audio Design’s (CAD) Scott Berry believes so, and has been putting his ideas to the test for some time before bringing two exceptional ne...read full article

25 September 2017 -
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NOT SO GUILTY PLEASURES FROM KARMA’S INDULGENCE SHOW DEMOS. SVS and Emotiva combine to add amazing value to pure audio indulgence…Karma-AV is delighted to be returning to the Indulgence Show 29th Sept - 1st Oct, London, with a brace of music systems from brands now celebrated worldwide for award-winning performance and value.  Room 3014 will host the UK show debut of separates combos starring speaker elements from SVS, and electronics by UK newbie Emotiva.Visitors to Indulgence will for the first time savo...read full article

14 September 2017 -
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London’s biggest headphone and portable audio event expands to attract rarely seen global brands14th September 2017, London: The UK’s biggest headphone and portable audio tech show, headroom@Indulgence, is expanding to include a wider range of international brands, giving attendees greater choice plus the chance to compare headphones not available anywhere else.  The world’s leading portable audio tech companies, plus a number of specialist brands rarely seen on UK shores, are choosing to showcase their ...read full article

14 September 2017 -
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Karma-AV introduces the Mark Levinson No 523 Analogue Preamplifier and No 534 Dual-Monaural Power Amplifier to the UK.Completing a precision-engineered Mark Levinson dual- monaural signal path from input to speaker outputs, the latest Mark Levinson designs make the perfect amplification team... Karma-AV is delighted to be adding two further Mark Levinson products to the expanded range available to UK audiophiles. Supplied individually to upgrade almost any system, the No 523 pure analogue preamplifier and No 534 du...read full article

13 September 2017 -
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McIntosh’s ‘next-gen’ amplifier is turntable- and digital-ready with an upgradable, modular DAC.The new MA7200 forms part of a new line of updated amps and contains a high-quality phono stage for turntables, plus an upgradable multi-input DAC with USB; MAC7200 receiver adds an AM/FM tunerBinghamton, NY, USA – 13th September, 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has launched two ‘next-generation’ amps, the MA7200 and MAC7200, fe...read full article

04 September 2017 -
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MQA STRIKES GLOBAL AGREEMENT WITH DEEZERLondon, 4 September 2017 – Following major partnership unveilings at IFA technology show in Berlin, MQA is announcing a key new agreement with global music streaming platform Deezer, which will significantly expand MQA’s music offering and audience reach.  The deal will enable MQA’s technology to be integrated into Deezer’s platform, as well as across the service’s ecosystem of hardware partners and connected devices. While MQA’s commercial roll-out is still ...read full article

02 September 2017 -
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sonoro smartens up IFA 2017Sonoro Smart linesonoro, the German maker of premium sound systems, reveals its three-model ‘Smart’ line at IFA 2017. Full product details will be released over the coming weeks, but for now please see below. The line will go on sale in the UK in time for Christmas.A collection of smart audio devices from the premium German maker. Expect beautiful build, practical features, and great audio. Specification will include: audio streaming via Wi-Fi; Spotify Connect; multi-room functionalit...read full article

31 August 2017 -
Product Reviews

If you are a vinyl fan then you will know how much of a pain that dust and static is when looking after your vinyl collection. For years, I have always tried to look after my records the best way possible and keep them as clean and dust free as I possibly can, but dust and static can be a terrible combination that can ruin your listening experience.

There is many high-end solutions for cleaning records which can run into thousands which unless you have an endless budget will not be possible for most of us, but...read full article

31 August 2017 -
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MQA’s IFA 2017 announcements include: a partnership with Sony (the two latest Walkman devices will be MQA-ready); the MQA-capable LG V30 smartphone; and  deal with Korean-based hi-res streaming service Groovers.Further details below. IFA 2017: MQA EXPANDS GLOBAL REACH ON SMARTPHONE, PORTABLE DEVICES & MUSIC SERVICES         London / Berlin, 31 August 2017 – Music technology company, MQA, announces a breadth of partnership news at the IFA consumer electronics...read full article

31 August 2017 -
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MQA PARTNERS WITH LG ON FIRST GLOBAL MQA SMARTPHONELG V30 Handset Features MQA Playback TechnologyLondon / Berlin, 31 August 2017 – LG Electronics (LG) unveils the V30, the latest in its V series of smartphones, which will be the first global MQA-enabled handset.  The device will be made available worldwide over the coming month. The LG V series is a premium flagship smartphone line designed to provide users with the highest multi-media capabilities and purest audio experience.  MQA’s award-winning te...read full article

31 August 2017 -
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The new M6 represents the culmination of such efforts and a major advance in loudspeaker design. The most compelling aspect is the six-sided, monocoque enclosure sculpted of ½” carbon fibre, leveraging the latest Aerospace materials and technologies. Similar to the external shell of an F-35 fighter jet, this method of construction increases the structural strength-to-weight ratio by a factor of 60, while reducing overall weight by 50% and yielding outer dimensions that are 30% smaller without compromising intern...read full article

30 August 2017 -
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dCS Special Event at Martins HiFi - Norwich.We just wanted to pop you details of a special dCS ‘Open Day’ at Martins Hi-Fi in Norwich next month. This is a rare opportunity for discerning music lovers to experience the latest developments from the British digital audio pioneer, including the Vivaldi One – probably the finest single-box digital audio player in the world. Visitors can also trial the Network Bridge, a hi-res network streaming device that delivers an unrivalled combination of sound qual...read full article

27 August 2017 -
Product Reviews

After the brilliant PH9 Phono stage graced my listening room I have another of the trio featured in the Foundation line up and that is the DAC9 for review. It is another piece of elegant electronics which make up for a neat and tidy 3 tier system from the legendary US manufacturer. I love the way they produce seriously no nonsense products and the DAC9 is no exception, it is put quite simply a well-made separate DAC and does not pretend to be anything else, unlike other products which have all the bells and whistle...read full article

26 August 2017 -
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The iGalvanic3.0 is the first device to offer full galvanic isolation on USB3.0 and USB2.0 with double Regeneration. Running on a proprietary system, it is purpose- built to enhance the performance of high-quality computer-based audio systems. Most advanced USB technology.The iGalvanic3.0 is the first audiophile-grade galvanic isolation device with full USB3.0 compatibility (others are limited to USB2.0). The iGalvanic3.0 boasts:     • Advanced USB2.0 and USB3.0 galvanic isolation of the USB signal...read full article

23 August 2017 -
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McIntosh’s MCT80 SACD/CD transport introduces disc playback to its compact lifestyle components.The new MCT80 introduces SACD/CD playback to McIntosh’s bijou MXA80 system and joins streaming, vinyl and headphone amp add-ons, to deliver the full McIntosh experience from a compact systemBinghamton, NY, USA – 17th August, 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has launched the MCT80 CD/SACD transport which introduces high-performance disc...read full article

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