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17 August 2018 -
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New Signature Digital and Signature USB interconnects get new, improved ARAY tech 
Signature range digital cables benefit from new refinements and the latest Tuned ARAY developments17th August 2018, Amesbury, Wiltshire: 20 years after the original Signature line-up was first introduced, The Chord Company has launched new and improved versions of two of its most popular digital cables from the high-performance Signature range. The new UK-built Signature Super ARAY Digital and Signature Super ARAY USB interconnects...read full article

17 August 2018 -
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Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp wins Europe’s most prestigious hi-fi award: EISA DAC 2018/19
The second prestigious EISA award for a Chord Electronics’ DAC, following Mojo’s 2016/17 victory!17th August 2018, Kent, UK: Chord Electronics’ ground-breaking Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amplifier has won Europe’s most prestigious DAC award: EISA DAC 2018/19. The award from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) reflects the pooled experience of EISA’s expert magazines in Europe, the USA, Ca...read full article

11 August 2018 -
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News: dCS LAUNCHES NEW BARTÓK UPSAMPLING NETWORK DAC WITH HEADPHONE AMPLIFIERdCS proudly announces its Bartók network DAC and headphone amplifier – a single-box, state-of-the-art digital-to-analogue converter with full network streaming functionality and Class A headphone amplifier.Retailing at £9,999 for the streaming DAC and £11,999 for the streaming DAC with integrated headphone amplifier, the new dCS Bartók DAC brings together dCS’s past, present and future.Replacing Debussy as the most affordable DAC ...read full article

30 July 2018 -
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NEWS: ‘The Wand’ tonearm by DBL arrives in the UKEarlier this year ‘The Wand’ tonearm made its debut at Sound & Vision: The Bristol Show thanks to a new distribution agreement with County Durham-based Decent Audio. Now, it is available from selected UK dealers for the first time.Developed by New Zealand-based company Design Build Listen (DBL), The Wand unipivot tonearm represents a step change in tonearm design. Pared back in rather clever ways, it is crafted to deliver superb sound at a considerab...read full article

21 July 2018 -
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NEWS: Chord Electronics’ Hugo M Scaler redefines digital sound quality with the world’s most advanced filter technology 
Powerful custom-coded FPGA upscales 44.1kHz digital audio to 705.6kHz; 16x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution!21st July 2018, Kent, UK: Chord Electronics has unveiled the Hugo M Scaler, a highly advanced standalone upscaler capable of redefining sound quality from digital audio. Hugo M Scaler uses the world’s most advanced filter technology to upscale standard 44.1kHz digital audio up to 70...read full article

18 July 2018 -
Product Reviews

The last few months well in fact this whole year so far has been a very busy time and not in the HiFi part of my life, but in my day to day life. With the birth of my son in February and then a house move in May, I have not had much time to listen to music, therefore reviews have taken a back seat for a little while. With us now settled in but many sleepless nights due to a 4-month-old baby to contend with I am slowly getting back to some kind of normality and am finally managing to squeeze in some good HiFi. With ...read full article

07 July 2018 -
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Two looks, two technologies, two great speakers: introducing the new ‘flagship’ Raidho X-5 & XT-5When is a flagship not a flagship (at least not in conventional terms)? When you redefine those terms, which is what Danish loudspeaker legends Raidho have done with their latest duo of masterpieces, the X-5 and XT-5 floorstanding loudspeakers. Following their world premiere at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last autumn, both models are now arriving on UK shores.“We like to think of the new X-5 and XT-5 as quin...read full article

05 July 2018 -
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News: Introducing the ultimate edition of the Aesthetix Saturn Series: Saturn Eclipse...Californian brand Aesthetix’ Saturn Series of hi-fi components has, since its first incarnation more than a decade ago, steadily earned a worldwide audiophile fan base and a healthy collection of accolades and awards. Now the Series’ performance has risen to new heights thanks to a range of impressive enhancements in the form of the Saturn Eclipse edition, which has just arrived on UK shores.Aesthetix’ award-winning audio ...read full article

02 July 2018 -
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Orange, CT / June 15, 2018 - Krell Industries has earned a distinguished reputation over the past 30- plus years for engineering innovation and product excellence. In 1999, the Krell engineering team headed up by Dave Goodman released the original KAV-300i integrated amplifier which stunned the world. At the time and conceptually, the original KAV-300i was the world’s first high-end integrated amplifier that delivered audio performance similar to high-end separates but from a single compact chassis. Fast forward ...read full article

26 June 2018 -
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NEWS: THE DOORS WAITING FOR THE SUN 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION2-CD/1-LP Edition Of The Doors’ First #1 Album Features Newly 
Remastered Audio, Plus 14 Unreleased Studio and Live Recordings; Available September 14 From Rhino“Hello, I Love You” 7” Single To Be Released On August 3, 50 Years To The Day Of The Song Hitting Number One On The Billboard Singles ChartLOS ANGELES – The Doors released their third studio album, Waiting For The Sun, in July 1968. It was the band’s third platinum album in les...read full article

18 June 2018 -
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News: GoldenEar Technology offers X-FACTOR BASS Karma-AV intros GoldenEar’s compact 4-driver SuperSubs to the UK, designed to generate room-shaking bass from a tiny footprint… Named for their room-filling bass output, the new SuperSub X and XXL subwoofers are surprisingly easy to accommodate. By exploiting a patented dual-plane ‘inertially-balanced’ driver and sub-bass radiator topology, driven by powerful Class D amplification, GoldenEar’s bijou bass engines will generate fast and fulsome low frequencies...read full article

15 June 2018 -
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NEWS: New ERA for headphones Quad’s first-ever headphones use planar magnetic technology to deliver an enthrallingly fast, open and natural sound in keeping with the sonic heritage of Britain’s original high-end audio company Cambridgeshire, England – ‘The closest approach to the original sound’ – these words have formed the cornerstone of Quad’s philosophy for many decades. More than just a slogan, it underlies the company’s commitment to producing the finest audio equipment, capable of reproducing...read full article

14 June 2018 -
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NEWS: PRIMARE SHIPS FIRST PRISMA MODELS Primare has announced the shipping of the first Prisma models: the I35 Prisma integrated amplifier/network player and CD35 Prisma CD/network player, incorporating new key Primare technologies…Each of the new models features Prisma, Primare’s new whole-home, high-fidelity control and connectivity solution. The platform offers network playback from stored and streamed media, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connection, as well as multi-room/multi-zone connectivity and control, all man...read full article

13 June 2018 -
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NEWS: Furutech adds to best-selling NCF Booster range with new NCF Booster-SignalFollowing the considerable success of Furutech’s remarkable accessory, the NCF Booster, the company has introduced a second companion edition, the new NCF Booster-Signal. Prepare to be surprised at the clear and positive difference that this innovative duo can make to your system’s performance.Even the most cynical of audiophiles have to concede that cables and connectors can have a tangible effect on the performance of a hi-fi sys...read full article

12 June 2018 -
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NEWS: FALCON ACOUSTICS INTROS R.A.M. STUDIO RANGE SPEAKERS...Karma-AV celebrates new partnership with the launch of Falcon Acoustics’ R.A.M. Studio series speakers, designed to offer outstanding quality at affordable price levels.Karma-AV is delighted and honoured to be working with Falcon Acoustics, the most quintessential of British speaker brands. Falcon offers dedicated audio purists a fabulous mix of the most revered and modern speaker designs, hand-building the world-famous LS3/5a monitor exclusively to the...read full article

30 May 2018 -
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Little M-EARs deliver BIG music...Audiolab’s first headphones – the M-EAR 2D and M-EAR 4D – are in-ear monitors that combine multiple balanced armature drivers to thrilling musical effect Cambridgeshire, England – Two celebrated names from the UK audio scene – Audiolab and ACS – have teamed up to deliver a range of British-made, multi-driver in-ear monitors called Audiolab M-EAR. The M-EAR 2D (£429.95) is a two-way, two-driver design, with one driver handling mid/high frequencies and the other dedicate...read full article

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

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