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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 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 than the lossy m...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

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

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