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09 August 2017 -
Product Reviews

The ProAc 2-way speaker design is a thing of beauty, this is something they have been getting right for many decades now but continually refining the builds and especially driver compound technology and implementation. A good 2-way floor stander design can build on all the attributes of a great monitor/bookshelf speaker and extend the bass response even further due to how the cabinet is built and reflex-ported. This is something that ProAc have really nailed down and are one of the best in the world at producing th...read full article

25 July 2017 -
Product Reviews

The Chord Company is no stranger to me as I have had many of their cables featured in my HiFi systems over the years and also had the full Signature and Indigo range in one of my HiFi systems about 10 years ago and was blown away by the difference that such a high-quality set of cables can do for a really good HiFi system. They reveal what lesser cables simply cannot and achieve a level of quality that a good system really does cry out for, and when I asked to review a pair of their new Sarum T Interconnects I was ...read full article

25 July 2017 -
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Furutech’s new destat III effectively eliminates dust and static from analogue & digital media & components Japanese cable and accessories experts Furutech continue their assault on the various unwanted ‘intruders’ that can get in the way of peak hi-fi performance. The new destat III effortlessly eliminates dust and static from analogue and digital media, from audio and video components and, well, from pretty much anything.The destat III, already an award-winner in its native Japan, is the third gener...read full article

19 July 2017 -
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ECLIPSE joins forces with Richer Sounds bringing its legendary TD-508MK3 loudspeaker to more UK hi-fi retailers than ever before.18th July 2017, London: ECLIPSE, the high-performance loudspeaker division within Fujitsu Ten, the multi-billion-dollar global technology giant, has joined forces with leading British A/V retailer Richer Sounds making the iconic TD508MK3 accessible across its store network.The collaboration has made it even easier to experience ECLIPSE’s legendary TD508MK3 loudspeaker (£960) with selec...read full article

16 July 2017 -
Product Reviews

Noble Audio by most standards make some of the finest looking IEM headphones, whether they be custom or universal but they really do come into their own with the lavish custom designs that customers can special order. This is the first time that I have had an up close and personal look and listen to these gorgeous looking IEM's from the Californian based manufacturer. They come in various guises at name and price with the Katana being the top of their range, topping out at an eye watering £1,699, but they also sta...read full article

13 July 2017 -
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NOBLE AUDIO AT CANJAM LONDON THIS WEEKENDCalifornian in-ear monitor specialist exhibiting its full range and taking impressions for custom-fit versions.Noble Audio, the world’s leading high-performance in-ear monitor specialist will be showing its full line at CanJam London this weekend and offering a FREE Sage IEM (worth £549) with purchases of either the Katana or Kaiser Encore, the two joint flagships (above).In addition to its full range, Noble Audio will also be showing the exclusive Noble X, plus offering ...read full article

13 July 2017 -
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NEWS: JBL 4312SE REKINDLES THE CHARISMA OF A STUDIO CLASSICBrand celebrates 70 years with the return of a legendary compact monitor...Karma-AV is delighted to announce the UK availability of the JBL 4312SE monitor, an update to the brand's classic 3-way 12" compact studio monitor lineage.Lovers of all things retro will adore the rejuvenation of a design that did so much to establish the brand in the hearts and minds of studio musicians and engineers in the 1970s.Created as a limited edition by JBL to celebrate its ...read full article

11 July 2017 -
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iFi Pro iESLThe Pro series iESL is an unsurpassed energizer for electrostatic headphones (and transformer-coupled stage for flagship dynamic headphones too). The Pro iESL driven by either the iFi Pro iCAN or a powerful amplifier takes electrostatic headphones to an unprecedented level of performance. Its defining characteristic is a transparency and an ultra-wide dynamic range that is totally natural. The Pro iESL works with Stax, Sennheiser Orpheus and many more. Classic & Cutting Edge Technology The Pro iESL...read full article

11 July 2017 -
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CHORD ELECTRONICS AT CANJAM LONDON THIS WEEKENDProduct dems include Mojo/Poly, Hugo 2 and BLU MKII/DAVE, the world’s most advanced digital replay systemChord Electronics, the world’s leading digital audio specialist, will be exhibiting at CanJam London this weekend, demonstrating its range of award-winning proprietary technology headphone amps/DACS, including the new Hugo 2 and Mojo/Poly DAC/streamer combo.In addition to Chord Electronics’ more affordable, transportable models, show visitors will also get the...read full article

07 July 2017 -
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ProAc invests a great deal of time researching the choice of diaphragm material for their drive units because this is the most important component, transferring cone movement into sound. Some materials excel at certain frequencies and therefore it would prove logical to use more than one type of drive unit material to cover all frequencies. Additionally, all production parts from the chassis through to the magnet system, spider and voice coil are painstakingly selected.The latest ProAc floor standing design, the ne...read full article

06 July 2017 -
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McIntosh launches its biggest ever integrated amplifier — introducing the 300-watt MA9000Built-in upgradable DAC offers five digital inputs for media devices, turntables can connect, tooBinghamton, NY, USA  – July 6, 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has launched the MA9000 integrated amplifier, its biggest ever integrated in both size and power.McIntosh’s has launched its biggest ever integrated amplifier, the new MA9000. Of...read full article

03 July 2017 -
Product Reviews

Sonus faber is an Italian icon in the HiFi world in the same vein that Ferrari is in the automotive world, with the name representing some of the finest in luxury loudspeakers to come out of Italy in the past century and continuing on to present day. If you are looking for some of most stylish and beautiful looking speakers then it will most probably have the Sonus faber name embellished on them. It’s not all about the beauty though as thankfully the sound is also world class and it runs through the entire Sonus ...read full article

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

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