UK based Black Rhodium, whose interconnects we reviewed previously, have released Rumba and Salsa loudspeaker cables which are based on design features of Black Rhodium’s Thunder, the highest quality loudspeaker cable in the Black Rhodium range. The special design features of Rumba and Salsa include the following. VS-4 vibration stabilisers to reduce distortion due to mechanical vibration. Mechanical vibration suppression materials used in construction. Silicone rubber insulation for low dielectric absorption. Thick wall insulation for lower ‘Proximity Effect’ magnetic distortion. Conductors wired in opposing direction for lower noise floor. Twisted conductors for low RFI, with additional RFI suppression. High quality rhodium plated connectors, plus they are all hand built at the Black Rhodium factory in Derby.Black_Rhodium_salsa_speakercable_news

Specification of Black Rhodium Rumba Loudspeaker Cable

Outer diameter of cores 6.1mm

2.5 sq. mm plated copper cores

Silicone rubber insulation thickness: 1.4mm

Capacitance for 3m length: 90pF

Specification of Black Rhodium Salsa Loudspeaker Cable

Outer diameter of cores 5.9mm

4 sq. mm plated copper cores

Silicone rubber insulation thickness: 1.0mm

Capacitance for 3m length: 100pF

Rumba and Salsa will be available at these Retail Prices:

3m pair Rumba Loudspeaker Cable £700.00

5m pair Rumba Loudspeaker Cable £800.00

3m pair Salsa Loudspeaker Cable £950.00

5m pair Salsa Loudspeaker Cable £1150.00

Other lengths can be supplied to order with prices pro rata.

 

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Audiolab’s M-ONE compact integrated amplifier is the latest addition to the M-DAC family, harnessing the company’s acclaimed DAC and amp tech in a single diminutive box. The M-ONE takes Audiolab’s DAC technology, adds high performance pre/power amp circuitry and a range of connectivity options including aptX Bluetooth.audiolab_little_one_black_news

Outwardly, the M-ONE is almost identical tothe M-DAC+, Audiolab’s flagship DAC component. It sports the same compact aluminium case, small enough to sit unobtrusively on a desk, table or shelf, with the same central OLED display and dual rotary control scheme. But while standalone DACs like the M-DAC+ require a separate power amp to drive a pair of speakers, the M-ONE has stereo power amplification plus preamp facilities for analogue sources as well as digital. The M-ONE shares the same core D/A conversion technology, based around the peerless ES9018 Sabre32 Reference chip family from ESS Technology in this case, the recently introduced two channel ES9018 K2M, little brother to the flagship eight channel ES9018 chip found in the M-DAC+. It sports the same patented 32-bit HyperStream® DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, unique to the Sabre32 Reference family, surrounded by Audiolab’s signature circuitry. The preamp section mixes minimalist design with high-quality components, ensuring a short, direct signal path to maintain sonic purity. Volume is digitally controlled in the analogue domain, outputting directly to the Class AB power amplifier, which delivers an output of 40W per channel into 8 ohms–plenty of power to drivee fficient modern speakers.A low-noise linear power supply benefits all circuits from the DAC to the power amp, incorporating a shielded, precision-wound toroidal transformer and multiple power supply sections to keep crossover interference to a minimum. In addition to themain power amp stage,the M-ONEshares the same high-quality headphone amp featured in the M-DAC and M-DAC+, ensuring it’s just as capable with headphones as it is when powering speakers. There are two USB inputs – aType B socket (ideal for PC/Mac connectivity) andaType A socket (useful for Apple iOS device docking and playback). Both USB inputs are compatible with PCM data up to32-bit/384kHz, as well as DSD64/128/256, and both are asynchronous–data is regulated by the precision master clock in the M-ONE’s DAC section, rather than by the source device, thus helping to minimise jitter. Other digital devices can be connected via optical or coaxial cables; one input of each type is supplied, supporting PCM data up to 32-bit/192kHz.These are accompanied by two RCA-phono inputs for analogue source components, while those who enjoy the freedom of wireless connectivity can pair smartphones, tablets and computers via Bluetooth, with support for the sonically superior aptX codec.

The Audiolab M-ONE is available from August in finely textured black or silver. RRP is £799.95

 

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The Roon ecosystem includes rich control apps for iOS and Android, and allows streaming to many different types of audio hardware. The one thing that the Roon team keep hearing is that users wish they had more options for where to run their Roon Core. Today, Roon have announced Roon Server for compatible QNAP and Synology NAS devices, which means you can enjoy the Roon experience without a PC. Chris Rieke, a member of the Roon users community, had started working on the Synology version of Roon Server on his own, so Roon contacted him and arranged to work together on these projects. Chris will be involved in the maintenance and support for both of these NAS packages in the future.

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NAS devices come in many shapes and sizes. Just as it’s important to pay attention to hardware specs when choosing a PC, you’ll want to be sure the NAS you choose has the performance necessary to run Roon Server now and in the future, as they add even more features. Any NAS with a 64-bit Intel CPU is compatible, but to get the best experience, Roon strongly recommend a top-of-the-line (Core i3 or i5) NAS with expanded RAM (4GB or more).

 

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McIntosh has just announced three new products: the C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, the MP100 Phono Preamplifier and the MVP901 Audio Video Player.

C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

Building upon the C2300 and C2500, the C2600 incorporates the best of the previous models while adding McIntosh’s advanced digital audio section and upgraded tube circuitry design. The C2600 is a versatile preamplifier with 16 inputs to connect virtually all analogue or digital music sources. Analogue inputs include 3 balanced, 4 unbalanced plus 1 each dedicated Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono inputs. Digital inputs consist of 3 optical, 2 coax, 1 USB and 1 McIntosh exclusive MCT connection. Three sets of balanced and unbalanced analogue outputs connect the C2600 to the rest of the system. The C2600 features a 32-bit/384kHz, DSD digital-to-analog-converter (DAC) and is capable of decoding and playing DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 plus DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. For headphone listening, there is the addition of Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®). Home Theater Pass Thru allows for seamless integration into a multi-channel home theatre system.mcintosh_C2600_news

MP100 Phono Preamplifier

The MP100 is the first dedicated phono preamplifier from McIntosh and is designed to help both new and experienced vinyl lovers get the most fidelity, performance and – most importantly – enjoyment from their albums. Like all McIntosh products, the MP100 is packed with features including: Moving Coil and Moving Magnet inputs; Moving Coil and Moving Magnet adjustable loading (6 settings each); balanced and unbalanced analogue outputs; optical, coax and USB digital outputs; and a Mono switch for when playing mono records to decrease noise and play the signal correctly. There are many ways to integrate the MP100 into an audio system. If someone is just building their system, it can become the main part of the setup. For someone who already has a system with an older but working preamp, the MP100 is a way to add modern phono features. For home theatre systems where a turntable is desired, the MP100 is an easy way to add full phono preamp capabilities without having to get a full-sized stereo preamp that would undoubtedly duplicate many of the home theatre processor’s features. When used with a properly configured conversion program, the MP100 can “rip” the records to a computer via USB to produce high quality digital files. The digital outputs are fixed at 24-bit/96kHz to capture the full dynamic range of a record while optimising digital file size. If an album has a very loud section, the digital output clipping protection prevents harsh sounding and speaker damaging distortion from being recorded to the file. Compact in size at just 3” tall, it shares the same 11.5” narrow chassis design as the MXA70 Integrated Audio System, MHA100 Headphone Amp and MB50 Streaming Audio Player to help build a cohesive system. It can also easily be added to a system comprised of standard, wider width chassis.

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MVP901 Audio Video Player

With its ability to upsample 1080P and lower resolutions to 4K Ultra HD, McIntosh MVP901 can breathe new life into a vast movie library and is a perfect complement to the 4K compatible McIntosh MX122 or MX160 home theatre processor. Built in decoding of Dolby® True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ plus the MVP901 can also pass the latest object-based 3D audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X™ and Auro-3D® to the compatible processor, it fully supports 3D Blu-ray discs while state of the art processing power allows for ultra-fast playback start speeds. A variety of advanced adjustments can be made to colour, image detail and video performance to improve picture quality. Not limited to just movies, the MVP901 can be also used for listening to music. CDs, SACDs and DVD-Audio discs can be enjoyed via an 8-channel, 32-bit/192kHz DAC that’s used in stereo quad balanced mode to produce high fidelity audio. The HDMI output can be used for multi-channel music playback. A triple laser optical pickup uses one objective lens for the different wavelengths and is optimised for various disc types. Three USB ports allow playback of audio and video files from flash drives. Network streaming and BD-Live is available through the ethernet connection.mcintosh_MVP901_news

Pricing* and Availability

Orders will be accepted soon for all three products with shipping anticipated in August. Target retail price for each (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded):

C2600: $7,000 USD

MP100: $2,000 USD

MVP901: $5,500 USD

*Pricing subject to change.

 

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Leema Acoustics has launched a range of high-performance analogue and digital cables designed to complement its Welsh-built electronics. The new Reference 1 and Reference 2 ranges, comprise speaker cables plus several digital and analogue interconnects, all carefully built to specification. The range has been designed to ‘deliver incredible performance while offering striking value for money’. The cable configurations have been carefully specified by the ex-BBC sound engineers behind Leema Acoustics: Lee Taylor and Mallory Nicholls. Features include advanced continuously cast mono-crystal 6N-purity copper conductors, Teflon-insulation and Beryllium-copper plugs. The range includes the Reference 1 and Reference 2 interconnects, which comprise analogue cables in RCA and XLR terminations, digital cables in RCA, TOSLINK and USB configuration and loudspeaker cables.Leema_cable_news
All cables are available now, pricing in £ as follows:

Reference I interconnects

50 cm RCA-RCA 249.00

1m RCA-RCA 295.00

50cm XLR-XLR 295.00

1m XLR-XLR 345.00

Digital Optical 1m 175.00

50 cm Digital RCA 125.00

1m Digital RCA 150.00

USB cable 1m 145.00

Reference I speaker cable

3m pair terminated 445.00

5m pair terminated 549.00

Extra 1m (pair) 90.00

Reference II interconnects

50cm RCA 449.00

1m RCA 495.00

50cm XLR 495.00

1m XLR 549.00

USB cable 1m 485.00

Reference II speaker cable

3m pair terminated 900.00

5m pair terminated 1,500.00

Extra 1m (pair) 280.00

 

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On Thursday, June 16th, Avantgarde Acoustic CEO Holger Fromme received the German Brand Award Gold statue from the hands of Lutz Dietzold, CEO of the German Design Council. The award ceremony was held in the DRIVE Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin, and was attended by leading figures from such world renowned companies like Deutsche Telekom, ERCO Lighting, Kärcher, Kaldewei, NOMOS by Glashütte, Porsche, Siemens, Mercedes-AMG etc.

The jury of the German Design Council was very impressed by ‘an excellent brand management of Avantgarde Acoustic based on two principle factors: uncompromising high tech technologies with true qualities driven by the aim to set new benchmarks in leading edge performance; secondly the jury honours that all this is combined with a stringent and lean design of the products and the communication tools to perfectly convey the puristic and powerful aesthetics of the brand’.

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The German Design Council is an independent and internationally active institution that supports companies in efficiently communicating design expertise and also seeks to strengthen the broader general public’s understanding of design. In 2013, the German Design Council celebrated its 60th anniversary. It was originally founded by decree of the first German Federal Parliament, the Bundestag, which had called for a committee of this nature to be set up to ensure the competitiveness of German industry and secure the best possible quality of German products. 

Hifi Pig would like to congratulate Holger and the whole team at Avantgarde Acoustic.

 

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KEF has introduced a selection of four ‘Launch Edition’ colour-gradient finishes for its award-winning MUO Bluetooth speaker. Based on a set of 100 one-of-a-kind samples, originally created for display at the London Design festival, where the MUO was originally launched, the four stunning new finishes are colour-gradient designs, in which one colour smoothly segues into another across the length of the speaker’s anodised aluminium chassis. With a limited run of only 300 pieces in total worldwide, each MUO Ross Lovegrove Limited Edition is printed with Ross Lovegrove’s signature, along with a number indicating its unique place in the 300.

The new colour designs have been created, like the original MUO, by world-renowned industrial designer Ross Lovegrove. Lovegrove has previously worked with KEF designing the legendary Muon loudspeakers – costing £140,000 per pair. Lovegrove commented, ‘My studio and I worked with Alex Rasmussen at Neal Feay to investigate the possibility of multi-variant coloured casings. There were five batches of 20 variants resulting in 100 individual products. Now, I’ve hand-selected four of these variations, which I feel offer the most striking and beautiful aesthetic, as well as optimising and celebrating the use of pure aluminium and its art value in the field of volume production.’KEF_Muo_lauch_edition_news

The four Launch Edition finishes are: Ocean (Blue to Green), Orchid (Purple to Pink), Meadow (Green to Yellow) and Sunrise (Pink to Orange).

Available now. Price: £349.95

 

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Watch the new Wilson Audio video, for an introduction to Yvette, which Wilson say is their ‘most technically advanced single-enclosure, compact loudspeaker’ and draws on their WATT/Puppy which has ‘long been touted as the most commercially successful loudspeaker over $10,000 in the history of audio’.

 

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French brand, Devialet, are obviously in an Olympic mood and have given their ‘plug and play audiophile experience’ Phantom (whose launch we attended at High End Munich 2015) a 22 carat rose gold make-over. Not just a change in the finish though, they have beefed up the Phantom’s insides too.Devialet_Gold_Phantom_news

Devialet claim the new Gold Phantom is ‘more powerful, more exhilarating and more refined’ than its predecessor. It boasts 4,500 W of power and 108 dB of ‘sound impact’. This makes Gold Phantom 8 times more powerful than Phantom. A new pure Titanium Tweeter gives ‘crystal clear’ high frequencies (27 kHz) plus Gold Phantom gives ‘The lowest frequencies ever emitted’ (14Hz) and also has a new patented ADH processor.

Price: 2.590€ TTC

 

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Focal, the French loudspeaker manufacturer renowned for its speaker driver technology, is unveiling three new models of headphones. They bring ‘major innovation in acoustic components and mechanical design’. Initiated four years ago, this huge project has now given life to Listen, Elear and Utopia. This month also sees the inauguration of Focal’s new production line at its site in Saint-Etienne, (which Hifi Pig visited a while ago) France which will be entirely dedicated to manufacturing Elear and Utopia headphones.

Utopia and Elear headphones are the result of a rather risky challenge: to offer an audio experience worthy of the brand’s high-fidelity loudspeakers through two new products. In order to achieve this, Focal approached the design of the various components in these headphones very differently to other players in the market. Focal’s desire was to bring the sound and feeling of listening to its high-end Utopia loudspeakers to headphones. The next step for Focal’s mechanical engineers and designers was to improve the comfort of the headphones. There are still many high-end headphones which no doubt offer excellent performance, but comfort is a difficult issue over long periods. So, Focal focused on designing a headband with a constant bend, regardless of the size of the user’s head size. This spreads the weight of the headphones evenly over the head to avoid the feeling of pressure on the head or ears. As part of the project, Focal designed the very first voice coil without former (patent pending) that also features a monolayer coating to make it even lighter. The result is a voice coil measuring 25mm in diameter by 4.4mm in height which is actually lighter than voice coils measuring 15mm x 1.5mm used in other high- end headphones on the market. The goal is to have excellent mechanical coupling to the dome considering its diameter, and to ensure the voice coil is always controlled by the magnet’s magnetic field regardless of the excursion of the moving part.

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Utopia is Focal’s flagship product. Focal say ‘The sound quality is striking in terms of realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity. The user will forget the headphones are even there, and the reproduction of the audio signal is of unrivalled clarity.’ They feature a Beryllium “M” dome, carbon fibre yoke and New Zealand lambskin leather. Supplied with a 4m OFC cable, including a Neutrik® 6.35mm (1/4“) stereo plug and two shielded Lemo® connectors with self-locking bayonet system.

Elear are the brand’s audiophile headphones. In essence, they are the same as Utopia headphones when it comes to the loudspeaker design and the mechanics. They feature a solid aluminium yoke and microfibre ear cushions, the key difference being an Aluminium/Magnesium alloy dome. Supplied with a 4m OFC cable, a 6.35mm (1/4“) stereo Jack and two 3.5mm (0.14“) Jacks with self-locking system.

Listen are premium mobile headphones and like all of Focal’s other headphones, they are designed in France. They provide excellent noise isolation and feature heat-sensitive, very high density memory foam and a 40mm driver. A Mylar cone has been used on the entire driver, and the dome has been given a titanium coating. Listen also benefits from all the research that went into designing Utopia and Elear headphones with the aim of keeping the shape of the headband constant, regardless of the size of the user’s head. Listen are supplied with supplied with a flexible carrying case and an aircraft adaptor. A 1.4m cable is also provided with a 3.5mm jack and a bayonet connector locking device, an in-line omnidirectional microphone and a large remote control with just one button.

Available: September/October 2016

UK Prices:

Utopia     £3250

Elear        £800

Listen       £150

 

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For music, movies and gaming, AEGO sub-sat series combines miniature high-clarity satellite speakers with a powerful matching subwoofer. The subwoofer houses comprehensive wired and wireless connectivity plus high-output amplifiers for all three channels. This next generation model will be available in two versions. The traditional subwoofer plus stereo satellite package is now joined by a new subwoofer plus single-speaker stereo soundbar version known as the AEGO Sound3ar. Thanks to keeping the electronics and connectivity in the subwoofer the new AEGO Sound3ar is one of the smallest, soundbars available. Both formats share the same subwoofer module featuring a suite of input connections including optical digital, analogue and Bluetooth aptX wireless for instant music streaming from any Bluetooth enabled smart device.Aego3_acoustic_energy

Both the stereo loudspeaker and soundbar systems benefit from AE’s audio performance and the AEGO series’ metal-bodied satellite speakers. The aluminium alloy housing offers a rigid enclosure for acoustic performance as well as looking stylish. On the desktop, the AEGO3 satellite speakers’ brushed aluminium will complement a wide range of modern PCs. The AEGO Sound3ar, with its thin bevel and dark grille, pairs well with many TVs. Over three years in development, the new AEGO3 subwoofer is a compact hub of the AEGO3 system. Housing the input connectivity, amplifiers and LED status, volume and bass level indicators, only the subwoofer need be connected to the mains and your input devices. This simplifies connectivity to the AEGO3 satellites or Sound3ar with just the dedicated RCA to RCA AEGO speaker cables supplied.

AEGO3 £199.99 Available Now

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Exposure Electronics has just announced an upgrade to the 2010S2 DAC, enabling the latter to handle DSD music files.

The new upgraded edition, available now, is able to handle single-rate DSD (DSD x64 or DSD 2.8mHz) through the USB input, as well as PCM support up to 24-bit / 192kHz.2010s2 DSD DAC Titanium - angle

There are also three coaxial and two optical inputs, all capable of handling files up to 192kHz. The former are of the BNC variety.

Further key features include:

Multiple stages of regulation for SPDIF input receiver, USB input, clock oscillator, DAC and output stage for accurate output.

Very clean master clock to SPDIF input receiver and USB input to ensure low jitter operation.

Discrete filter and output stage for optimum performance (no op-amp ICs).

Digital output can be switched ‘on’ or ‘off’ (and is re-timed) to reduce the jitter level as compared to SPDIF input. This function can also be used to convert USB input to SPDIF output.

Headphone output.

Remote control.

Available in either titanium or black, the 2010S2 DSD DAC features all-aluminium casework. 2010s2 DSD DAC Titanium - Front

Technical specifications

Inputs USB2 XMOS, coaxial (3), optical (2)
Supported sample rates / bit depth PCM 44.1kHz to 192kHz @ 24-bits

DSD over DOP x64 (2.8mHz) using XMOS solution

Frequency response 20Hz – 20kHz ± 0.2dB
Total harmonic distortion <0.005% at 2V RMS @ 1kHz
Signal to noise ratio >110dB ref 2V RMS output @ 1kHz
Channel separation >60dB @ 20Hz – 20kHz
Mains supply 110/120V or 220/240V, 50/60Hz (factory set)
Power consumption 20VA
Dimensions 90mm (h) x 440mm (w) x 310mm (d)
Net weight (unpacked) 5kg
Gross weight (packed) 7kg
Warranty 3 years

The Exposure 2010S2 DSD DAC is available now priced at £920 (including VAT).

Current owners of the existing 2010S2 DAC can upgrade to the new DSD version at a cost of £400 (including VAT and return shipping).

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Clones Audio have been in touch to let us know abut their latest product.Sclones8shqqr
The SHAAR is an  audiophile grade PCIe to USB audio gateway. Ultra low noise regulators for digital chips, clock, USB power. Power input noise filters. Extreme low noise master clock module with the precision 1ppm TCXO.
-USB portUSB 3.0 controller
-Support for super-speed, high-speed, full-speed, and low-speed
-Over current protection
-Ultra Low Noise Regulator
-Ultra low phase noise clock with 1ppm TCXO
Internal power input
Input voltage : +5.0Vdc(+0.5V, -0.5V)
Input current : 2A max
4 pin IDE power connector
USB port output power
Output voltage : +5.0V(+0.5V, -0.25V)
Output Current : 600mA/each at 20 degree C
Recommended output current 0.5A >
OS support
Linux (kernel with high speed USB 2.0 support)
Windows 7 or higher
Price: HKD1,399 (USD181/EUR162) + shipping
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VANA, Ltd. has announced that the European Audio Team C-Major turntable, the company’s first complete analogue playback solution, is available now through a carefully selected network of US dealers. The C-Major turntable has been engineered and manufactured in Prague to deliver superb performance with a sleek “super-flat” industrial design and comes ready to play right out of the box—complete with tonearm, cartridge, record clamp and dust cover. US MSRP is $2495. Hifi Pig’s Janine reviewed it here. c-major w dustcover - BL

The foundation of the C-Major turntable is a low-profile floating chassis made from carbon fiber laminated MDF, which gives the C-Major it’s slender profile. The chassis rests on a conical TPE (thermo-plastic elastomer) suspension system along with damped adjustable feet that together provide superior isolation. The tonearm and platter are mounted on a separate suspended carbon fiber/MDF platform, with the platter spinning on a hardened bronze bearing mated to a Teflon® plated, polished brass housing. The C-Major utilizes a proprietary ultra-low noise AC motor and high precision power supply for speed stability. The platter and sub-platter are made from a rigid aluminum/magnesium alloy.

The C-Major employs a light yet rigid carbon alloy 9-inch C-Note Tonearm with a hybrid Cardan/Unipivot design that combines extremely low bearing friction. This configuration is not prone to wobble like many Unipivot designs, and there is almost no measurable bearing play in the lateral plane. Adjusting and maintaining consistent cartridge azimuth and anti-skate settings is an easy task based on this design. All key features for cartridge alignment and adjustability are available on the tonearm, including VTA/SRA, VTF, azimuth, anti-skate and a slotted headshell for overhang and offset angle optimization. In addition to the C-Note Tonearm, the C-Major comes equipped with the highly regarded Ortofon Quintet Blue cartridge along with premium-grade gold plated RCA outputs.

“The C-Major is really a turntable for vinyl enthusiasts who want a superb high-performance product that comes with everything you need,” explained Vana Director of Business Development Stephen DeFuria. “Each component of the C-Major was chosen specifically so that the sum of its parts outperform everything in this price category. As an example, the 9-inch C-Note Tonearm is a smaller version of the arm found on E.A.T.’s $8500 model. This is an all-inclusive truly high-performance turntable that is ready to play your most cherished vinyl collection right out of the box,” DeFuria said.

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Code Acoustics will be launching their brand new ‘SYSTEM-1’ at the North West Audio Show  – Sunday 26th June 2016, Cranage Hall AND Wychwood Park Cheshire.
. This consists of TOP-1 and BASS-1, which combine to create a high quality 3-way speaker, and CONTROL-1: A 6-channel amplifier, pre-amp and DSP crossover unit rolled into one box.Code-Acoustics-071
Just add a source of your choice (We’ll be displaying with the excellent Auralic Aries streamer) and you’ll have a highly competent and versatile system, available for a relatively modest £7k. Code-Acoustics-088
Code Acoustics are a British start-up firm, offering high end audio, at a reasonable price, by selling direct to the public. We combine high quality British craftsmanship, with the very latest technology and high quality components, to push the boundaries of what can be achieved within the ‘mid-price’ bracket.’
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Following the success of his talk about vinyl at last year’s show, Dean Brissett – record Guru – will be presenting his Top 10 records of all time at this year’s North West Audio Show taking place on the Sunday 26th June 2016 at Cranage Hall AND Wychwood Park Cheshire.

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The presentation will take place in Baird 2 (Cranage Hall) at  2pm.

Definitely one not to miss.

Book your free tickets now! 

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NuNu Distribution Ltd and Optoma launch a new partnership today to expand the NuForce audio range across the UK.

Anne Duhig-Reader, Managing Director of NuNu Distribution said: “We pride ourselves on supplying only the best audio brands and Optoma NuForce has a great reputation borne out by the glowing reviews the products receive. Combining our expertise of the UK audio industry with these high quality NuForce products is what makes this partnership such a great fit.” DDA120-100-3

Optoma NuForce is well-known, particularly in the US, for engineering stylish, high quality and reliable audio products. Its audio range comprises three main categories: home cinema, home stereo and mobile. This includes DACs, amplifiers, headphone amplifiers, in-ear headphones – with more products planned for later this year.

NuNu works closely with its network of UK dealers and offers a portfolio of carefully chosen brands. It provides an after-sales technical support service covering repairs, updates to existing equipment and refurbishment of older products up to original specification.

Justin Halls, Head of Product Marketing at Optoma, said: “Sound is such an important part of the home entertainment experience. A cinema-sized image from a projector coupled with great sound can transform any living space.”

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The Nēo ACE from Moon is “A Complete Experience of musical ecstasy” says the company’s press release. The all-in-one ACE is an integrated amplifier and streaming DAC music player so all you need do is simply hook up a pair of speakers, connect to the internet and play. The ACE features Moon’s MiND* control system which provides a full graphic interface allowing access to a digital music library or streaming service.MOON ACE low res 2

The ACE features all-new advanced setup software and will decode DSD up to DSD256 and 32- bit/384kHz PCM. The ACE also features a moving magnet phono preamplifier and has RS-232 and IR ports for use in custom-install environments.

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MOON NEO ACE FEATURES 

  • Three line-level inputs including a front-mounted 1/8” mini-jack for personal media
  • Headphone output on 1/4” TRS jack located on the front
  • Seamless integration with MOON’s MiND
  • Eight (8) digital inputs include USB (hi-res audio), SPDIF (2), Optical (2), aptX® Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • The first MOON product using an OLED type screen – provides more detailed information.
  • Simple MiND setup via on-board software
  • Moving magnet phono preamplifier
  • Analogue inputs are configurable to “pass-through” mode, which bypasses the gain stage to accommodate components like a home-theatre processor

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Output Power at 8Ω: 50 Watts per channel
  • Input Sensitivity: 370mV – 3.0V RMS
  • Input Impedance : 11,000Ω
  • Gain: 37dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 100dB @ full power
  • Frequency response (full range): 10Hz – 60kHz +0/-3dB
  • Crosstalk: 90dB

   THD (20Hz – 20kHz @ 1 watt/50 watts): 0.015% / 0.02%

  • Intermodulation distortion: 05%
  • PCM Bit-depth range/sampling rates: 16-32bits / 1-384kHz
  • DSD sample rates: DSD64, DSD128 & DSD256
  • Shipping weight: 24 lbs / 11 Kgs
  • Dimensions (width x height x depth): 42.9 x 8.9 x 36.6

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