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Day twenty four of Hifi Pig’s Advent Calendar advertising promotion is from MCRU telling Hifi Pig readers about their one day salestu with 10% off everything.

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Fujitsu Tel Limited has launched the free ECLIPSE TD Remote for Android application for the TD -M1 home audio wireless TD Remote for Android ECLIPSE TD-M1 screenshot 2speaker system. The new app enables Android users to wirelessly control the TD-M1 system, which until now has only streamed audio wirelessly via AirPlay, with remote control functionality supported via the TD Remote application, (exclusive only to iOS devices).

The new TD Remote for Android application, which is available now on Google PlayTM, offers a wide range of functionality when the TD-M1 and Android device are connected via Wi-Fi. Functions include: wireless audio playback from an Android device: sort and display music  on an Android device by genre, artist, album, and song; switching between power-on and network standby and volume adjustment, plus some useful functions that cannot be undertaken on the speaker unit, such as a dimmer (LED brightness adjustment) and auto- standby (automatic switching to network-standby when there is no operation or signal input for a certain period).

 

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Day twenty three of Hifi Pig’s Advent Calendar advertising promotion is from MCRU offering Hifi Pig readers Hugh Masekela “Hope” on Vinyl at a great price.

“The Vinyl Adventure have a limited number of this excellent LP together with 50 Mobile Fidelity ant static inner sleeves for onlyhope

£60 delivered in the UK or £40 without the sleeves.

 

Analogue Productions – AAPJ 82020 – 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl – 753088820212

Mastered By  Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering

Limited Edition – 45RPM – Two Disc –  Pressed at QRP Quality Record Productions”

 

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Day twenty two of Hifi Pig’s Advent Calendar advertising promotion is from MCRU offering Hifi Pig readers 25% off selected L-590AXLuxman products.

“Luxman was created in 1925 when radio broadcasting started in Japan and has long offered its great acoustics to the audio world.   Luxman has been highly rated both at home and abroad as an excellent brand for high quality audio products.

People are open to natural things, standing on guard against unnatural things. Natural sound free from artificial processing gives birth to an opportunity for intimate dialog between people and music.

The natural and genuine influence of music upon listener imagination forms the basis for Luxman to depend on in manufacturing its products. Musicians pour their passion in musicwhile recording engineers record it precisely”.

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Day Twenty One of Hifi Pig’s Advent Calendar advertising promotion is from MCRU offering Hifi Pig readers a grmcru-large-oak-cone-feeteat deal on their Giant Oak Feet.

“Wood is an excellent support material for hifi applications due to its resonance absorption properties, oak in particular has proven to be very effective for hifi equipment supports.

MCRU have a range of oak feet from 10mm diameter upwards, the largest in the range measure 50mm outside diameter x 31mm tall and will accept weights up to 10kg per foot.

MCRU are offering a set of 3 of out largest feet (we recommend 2 at the front and 1 at the back in the middle for your equipment) which normally retail for £35 for only £20 delivered in the UK.

Stocks are limited so buy early to avoid dis-appointment. If you would like a set of 4 feet instead these are £25 a set delivered”

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Day Twenty of Hifi Pig’s Advent Calendar advertising promotion is from MCRU offering Hifi Pig readersambavs1s Black Rhodium’s Samba VS-1 loudspeaker cables plus a special free set of interconnects.
MCRU are the UK’s leading dealer for Black Rhodium cables. Designed in the UK and a true made in Great Britain company, Black Rhodium make some of the finest sounding cables in hi-fi.

To celebrate their latest award winning cable review of the Samba VS-1 loudspeaker cables, MCRU are offering them as a 3 metre stereo pair with a “free” set of  MCRU special edition twist interconnects fitted with KLE Copper Harmony RCA plugs, a deal not to be missed.

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British Hi-Fi brand Musical Fidelity will seek to build on its first on-ear model – the MF100 – with a new higher specification and MF200performance product: the MF200 priced at £229 and available in December 2014.

“The new MF200 headphones follow Musical Fidelity’s philosophy that their products should give an accurate, faithful and transparent reproduction of the original recording – avoiding the fashion for ‘tuning’ sound” the company say.

The redesigned enclosure structure both inside and out uses new and more inert materials and the 40mm drivers have been selected and paired for “very tight tolerance” and are punched from a single sheet of material to ensure a constant thickness.

Primarily a closed design the MF200s also include a series of fine vents to “reproduce the more spacious sound normally associated with open-back headphones”.

The MF200 feature machined and polished metal, soft-touch leather and a “high quality finish throughout”.

The MF200 features a rubberised cable and a choice of either padded leather of alcantara suede, interchangeable, ear pads with memory foam insert.

The ear-pieces can be folded when not in use.

An in-line mic/mute control makes taking or making calls easy for smartphone users. 

MF200 – Specifications

Impedance: 64ohm +/-10%

Sensitivity: 99dB +/-3dB

Max. Input Power: 30mW

Rated Power: 10mW

Frequency Range: 20Hz ~ 20KHz

Cable Length: 1.3m +/-5%

Driver Dimension: 41mm Dynamic Type

Plug Type: 3.5mm 4P

 

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Linn has announced the integration of TIDAL’s new lossless music streaming service into its range of Linn DS network music klimax-dsm-silverplayers.  This new development enables all existing and new Linn DS owners to stream over 25 million tracks at CD-quality, directly through their system.

TIDAL has built an extensive catalogue of lossless music, highlighted by distribution agreements signed with major labels Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Additionally, TIDAL has been working with many independent labels to offer consumers a comprehensive catalogue that includes a vast array of genres to suit all musical preferences.

TIDAL services are accessed on Linn DS players through Linn’s control app, Linn Kazoo, which is available to download free from www.linn.co.uk. In celebration of this new partnership, TIDAL and Linn are offering Linn DS owners an exclusive free 60-day trial of TIDAL, so they can try the service for themselves.

Commenting on the partnership, Pål Bråtelund, Strategic Partnership Manager HiFi of TIDAL said:

“I am extremely proud that TIDAL is now available on Linn systems. Like Linn, we at TIDAL also try our best to deliver quality without getting in the way of the true purpose – creating special music experiences. Yes, it is about great technology, but it’s also for the love of music. Linn has always been an industry leader within audio, and is continuing to lead the way by integrating our lossless music streaming service. Christmas comes early this year to music lovers.”

Gilad Tiefenbrun, Managing Director at Linn said:

“Linn has taken a pivotal role in establishing the market for high resolution music by making our recordings available to download at 24-bit Studio Master quality through linnrecords.com and offering playback of these through our world-leading Linn DS players. We are delighted to be working closely with TIDAL who share this strong commitment to delivering high quality music by making their lossless streaming service available to our customers in a seamless way for the first time.”

 

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PMC Loudspeakers will take centre stage at the forthcoming International CES in the Auro-3D demonstration suite, to “immerse PMC_twenty26 Group_rfvisitors in a new standard of sound reproduction and high resolution audio, which is more realistic than anything that has gone before”.

The PMC twenty series will be utilised for all the channels in the 9.1 Auro-3D system on demonstration at the Venetian Exhibit Suite 31-336. The front left and right channels will be handled by the recently released three-way flagship from the range, the twenty.26. Centre channel duties fall on the twenty.C and the rear channels will be provided by the twenty.23 compact floorstanders.

“Where Auro-3D takes its name from is in the adding of a third dimension of sound, namely front and rear height channels”. The diminutive twenty.21 speakers will provide this all important height information to create the cocoon-like sound sensation. Low frequency effects will be provided courtesy of the TLE1 active subwoofer.

“Auro-3D’s immersive sound technology, with height channels providing that hitherto missing dimension, is a leap forward for the reproduction of movies, gaming, broadcast and multi-media soundtracks” says the press release, with PMC’s creative director, Keith Tonge, adding, “The entirely realistic immersion in sound offered by Auro-3D has to be experienced to be believed. We are very proud to be involved with Auro’s demonstration at the International CES and know that the visitors to the company’s suite will be blown away, not only by the sound experience, but by the clarity and realism provided by the twenty series.”

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For more than 30 years, Wharfedale’s famous Diamond speakers have served as the classic entry point for many a budding musicDiamond_200_Group_Email[1] lover…they were ccertainlymy first “real” loudspeaker and I enjoyed them immensely.  Now, with the introduction of the all-new Diamond 200 Series, Wharfedale is saying that it “has once again raised the bar for affordable, high-performance loudspeakers”.

Replacing the Diamond 100 Series, Diamond 200 comprises two standmount speakers and three floorstanding models, plus a centre speaker for home cinema use. “Given that the speakers’ predecessors were so highly rated for their sound quality, Wharfedale’s engineers took an evolutionary approach, precisely targeting key areas to improve in order to make an already great loudspeaker range deliver even better value for money” says the company’s latest press release.

Enhancements across the range include:

  • New cabinet construction – a sandwich of particleboard between MDF, which has enabled improvements both aesthetic and sonic.
  • New lacquered baffle design further enhances aesthetic qualities.
  • Improved bass motor system with larger magnets makes the speakers easier to drive and boosts transient acoustic power.
  • Enhanced ‘Slot-Loaded Distributed Port’ – improved airflow control lowers turbulence and hence reduces low-frequency distortion.
  • Upgraded crossover networks further improve the integration between the drive units.

Prices are from just shy of £150

 

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“Has Icon Audio founder David Shaw designed the ultimate triode amplifier?”, asks the company’s latest press release. Previewed ICONMB81_monobloc_amplifersat September’s National Audio Show and created to fulfil a personal ambition, these gargantuan amps will be sold in limited numbers as a special edition.

“If I’m completely honest,” says Shaw, “for much of the past year I’ve been building my own birthday present – and this is it!”. After discovering a quantity of ‘new old stock’ Russian GU81 transmitter valves, Shaw began to work on a prototype amplifier that would achieve a long-held goal: to effectively drive any modern low-efficiency high-end speaker to realistic levels.

At 260 mm tall, 100 mm in diameter and weighing in at 1 kg, the GU81 is a BIG valve. Although the GU81 remains in production, Shaw still favoured the ‘new old stock’ valves for the MB81.

Shaw has long been a fan of triode operation believing it the purest form of valve amplification. But triodes typically have a downside too: limited power output, which to overcome presents real a design challenge.  Says Shaw, “Our pursuit for making ever-better amplifiers often leads us into uncharted territory. This is such an example and it’s been a genuine labour of love. I’ve spent many, many months designing and listening, listening and redesigning.”

In the Icon Audio MB81, Shaw has produced a triode monoblock that can deliver an astonishing amount of power into even the most demanding of loads. These massive amps are about 50% bigger than the current Icon flagship MB845MkIIm and weigh around 100 kg per pair.  The specification is impressive: 250 watts RMS continuous output into an 8 ohm load whilst “complex” tertiary output transformers minimise distortion while allowing “unbeatable bass power and authority”.

“Following our work with other big triodes, we wanted to build an amplifier that would deliver plenty of power to drive the largest inefficient speakers with ease in pure triode mode, in very large rooms,” explains Shaw.

“Although many large speakers are generally efficient,” he adds, “their complex crossovers full of capacitors and inductors often present a difficult load for an amplifier, especially if it’s running with less than ideal power.”

 

Icon Audio believe the MB81 to be the world’s first ever push-pull GU81 amplifier. While it was initially developed as a personal gift for Shaw himself, he plans to produce a small number for sale as a very special limited edition. “This is probably the most amazing amplifier we’ve ever made,” says Shaw, “so it would seem churlish not to share it”.

Price will be £12,500 a pair.

 

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Day nineteen of Hifi Pig’s Advent Calendar advertising promotion is from MCRU offering Hifi Pig readers some great upgrades to the Technics 1210/1200 tunrtable.

“To realize the full potential of the “Techy” this bearing is essential. Precision manufactured not a modified stock bearing, easy to fitbearings with full installation instructions. Only £445 delivered in the UK from MCRU stock and supplied with a “Free” set of Techniboots isolation feet which fit over the stock Techy feet, worth £40, all sent post free in the UK.”

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Day eighteen of Hifi Pig’s Advent Calendar advertising promotion is from MCRU offering Hifi Pig readers the iFI Audio I-DSD Micro Headphone Amp / DAC.

“There are portable DAC’s, there are portable headphone amplifiers. There are also full sized versions of both which sit on the ifi_audio_micro_idsd_diag (1)equipment rack. Very rarely is there a portable DAC that can replace most full sized equivalents. But there has never been an equivalent to the iFI Micro DAC as far as the author knows. Certainly not at under £500 either.

 

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Day seventeen of Hifi Pig’s Advent Calendar advertising promotion is from The Vinyl Adventure offering Harry Belafonte Live At harry-belafonte-at-carnegie-hall-2lp-200g-vinylCarnegie Hall 180g Vinyl for a very special and Hifi Pig exclusive price.

“The labels TVA feature are mostly Mobile Fidelity and Reference Recordings, the full website will launch in late January but in the mean-time Hifi Pig have secured a cracking deal for of all their members on a “must have” audiophile pressing of Harry Belafonte Live at Carnegie Hall re-issue on 200g vinyl from Speakers Corner Records”

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Devialet has announced DIALOG and PHANTOM (1690 EUR) (pictured), the new Devialet “revolutions” phantom_devialet

DIALOG is an intelligent audio router which, in association with the new Devialet application, is said to make your life easier:
– unique interface combining all your digital contents (stored or online) in an intuitive and smooth way, whatever the file formats (from MP3 to HD audio)
– communication and synchronisation between your Devialet products throughout your home, via a dedicated and powerful network which is open to all your guests
– accessible from your smartphone, tablet or computer, DIALOG is compatible with all Devialet products*.

PHANTOM is a wireless “Implosive Sound Center”, that can be used stand-alone or together in your preferred music, home theatre or multi-zone set-up. Phantom is said to be the result of over three years of R&D and combines all the Devialet exclusive technologies (including ADH® and SAM®), miniaturized into a small enclosure, as well as brand new, acoustical technology, HBI® (Heart Bass Implosion). “It produces an ultra-dense sound which you don’t just hear, you feel it!” say Devialet

Along with the D-Premier, the Devialet 120, 200, 250, 400 et 800, DIALOG and PHANTOM make up the new Devialet audio eco-system.

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Audison has announced the introduction of the Audison bit Play HD, the first high-resolution music player specifically for Hard Drive lidautomotive applications. The bit Play HD is a hideaway component that can be used as part of a complete aftermarket package or added to most factory car audio systems as an enhancement. Intended to be professionally installed by any one of Audison’s network of authorized retailers, control of the bit Play HD can be managed from any Apple or Android phone or tablet.

With the recent introduction of home and portable players to the market, Audison say it is proud to be the first to bring this format to aftermarket car audio. The Audison bit Play HD will play FLAC audio files up to 24-bit/96KHz as well as 16-bit/44.1 files (CD quality) and even MP3 files.

Audison has developed apps for Apple and Android devices that enables complete control of the bit Play HD from the phone or tablets. The bit Play HD generates a Wi-Fi signal within the vehicle for reliable wireless connectivity. For head units equipped with a video input, the bit Play HD can be connected via HDMI or Composite outputs, enabling users to view the interface and directly control file navigation functions and all internal settings of the bit Play HD via supplied remote control. For storage of content, the bit Play HD SSD comes standard with an internal 240GB SSD hard drive that is said to be both fast and insensitive to the vibration and shaking that occur while driving. Users can also select the bit Play HD without the internal hard drive if they prefer to supply their own storage. Both bitPlay models can be used with two drives connected simultaneously (one internal, one external) for expanded storage capacity.

The Audison bit Play HD and bit Play HD SSD are available now from authorized Audison dealers with respective MSRP’s of $649 and $799.

 

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Day sixteen of Hifi Pig’s Advent Calendar advertising promotion is from MCRU offering Hifi PIg readers a special offer on linear-power-supply-for-naim-unitiservethe Regulated Linear Power Supply for the Naim Unitiserve.

“The power supply is designed and manufactured in the UK by Longdog Audio who are also responsible for a multitude of award winning power supplies sold by MCRU. EVERY product we have submitted for review in the UK Hi-Fi press has won the top accolade, with several  hundred power supplies sold throughout the world this is a well proven design.”

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