Chameleon embodies all of the iconic design elements of Sonus faber while offering a level of customization previously unattainable in this market segment: the entire cabinet is covered in leather; driver flanges are SF_Chameleon_loudspeakerembellished with aluminum trims; the side walls house the exchangeable side panels via a system of pins which allows for their simple removal and replacement.

Thanks to this design, choosing the finish is no longer a permanent decision. Instead it becomes something that identifies the speaker, something that can evolve together with customer’s taste.

For the Chameleon collection, Sonus faber’s designers have developed cabinet shapes and proportions that aim to control internal resonance and easy integration into rooms. All the driver components are built exclusively for Sonus faber. Other special treatments during assembly put the finishing touches on the drivers before being sent to the production line.

A floor-standing model, a bookshelf speaker, and a centre channel provide a range of combinations that are well-suited to any environment, from the largest living room to the most intimate listening room.

Sonus faber Chameleon side panels are available in 6 different finishes: WHITE, BLACK, METAL BLUE, METAL GREY, ORANGE, RED.

Chameleon B Chameleon T Chameleon C
Loudspeaker System 2 way bookshelf vented box 3 way floorstanding vented box 2 way closed box with passive radiator
Tweeter 29 mm high definition precoated fabric dome driver with no ferrofluid. Sonus faber design.
 

 

Midrange

1×150 mm. Free compression basket design and thermo- mouldered polypropylene cone (PP). Ultra dynamic performance and linearity. Sonus faber design.
 

 

Midwoofer

1×150 mm. Free compression basket design and PP cone. Ultra dynamic performance and linearity.

Sonus faber design.

1×150 mm. Free compression basket design and PP cone. Ultra dynamic performance and linearity.Sonus faber design.
 

 

Woofer

2×180 mm. Free compression basket design and PP cone. Ultra dynamic performance and linearity.

Sonus faber design.

 

Passive radiator

1×150 mm. Free compression basket design and PP cone. Sonus faber design.
Crossover point 2.500 Hz 250 Hz – 2.500 Hz 2.000 Hz
Frequency Response 50 Hz – 25.000 Hz 38 Hz – 25.000 Hz 50 Hz – 25.000 Hz
Sensitivity (2.831V/1m) 87 dB SPL 90 dB SPL 87 dB SPL
Nominal impedance 4 Ohm 4 Ohm 4 Ohm
Suggested amplifier power output 30W – 150W

without clipping

40W – 300W

without clipping

30W – 150W

without clipping

Long-term max input voltage (IEC-268-5) 20V rms 22V rms 20V rms
Dimension (HxWxD) 315,5 x 185 x 283 mm 1060,3 x 270 x 355 mm 199 x 540 x 228 mm
Optional stand (HxWxD)  

725 x 306 x 370 mm

 

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Total dimension 1040,5 x 306 x 370 mm 1060,3 x 270 x 355 mm 199 x 540 x 228 mm
Weight 6,7 Kg each 24,5 Kg each 8,1 Kg

The Chameleon will be available from Sonus faber dealers and distributors in April.

 

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The Clarity Alliance, the UK hi-fi industry’s trade body, welcomes to its membership the new UK based business, Entotem, producers of the award winning Plato multimedia home entertainment system.clarity

Launched at Sound & Vision, The Bristol Show, in February 2015, Plato is Entotem’s innovative home entertainment server and streamer product that the company says will “revolutionise the streaming and enjoyment of music and video around the home.” The new product connects with existing hi-fi equipment such as turntables, legacy analogue sources such as cassette players and also current digital components like CD players, TVs, and DVD/ Blu-ray players, to permit playback via its high performance amplifier and a pair of connected loudspeakers. Where Plato differs from other products is in its ability to automatically record from legacy analogue devices (and digital devices) in a high-resolution 24bit/192kHz format to its internal storage for later replay. Records, CDs, videos and DVD collections can be stored together in one place. Designed as a one-box media management system for the whole house, Plato can simultaneously stream multiple audio and video content to other connected devices.

After being voted the “Most Innovative Room” by the panel of judges in the 2015 Clarity Best of Show Awards at the Bristol Show, the company applied for membership of the Alliance.

Managing director Martin Boddy says, “We are delighted to become the latest member of Clarity, because since our launch in February at the Sound and Vision Show, we view the Alliance as being a key partner in our development as a business. With the hi-fi market in recovery and gathering new momentum, it is an exciting time for Entotem and the team to be able to stimulate more growth. As a new start-up, we hope our innovative and unique first product, Plato, will bring renewed interest in the hi-fi and home entertainment market, which will benefit everyone within the industry.”

Laurence Armstrong, Clarity chairman, adds, “The judges at this year’s Best of Show Awards were unanimous in their praise for Entotem’s Plato. It was very encouraging to see not only a hugely original product launched at the show, but one from a new start-up British business and we hope this bodes well for the continued recovery of the UK’s hi-fi sector.” He concludes, “The board of Clarity is very pleased to welcome Entotem as members of the Alliance and we look forward to working with the business owners and following the success of Plato at home and abroad.”

 

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Following the rebranding of Sansui UK as Mitchell and Johnson at CES 2015, the new British based hi-fi manufacturer is launching its integrated amplifier with built in 24bit/192kHz DAC and a matching CD player.SAP201V blck frnt cropped

Designed in Europe, the SAP-201V is an updated and improved version of the slim-line integrated amplifier previously sold under the Sansui brand name. The company’s press release comments ” Internal modifications at the component level have improved its audio performance significantly, without increasing the competitive retail price”.

The amplifier boasts a healthy 40 watts per channel into eight ohms and features seven inputs, including: four line level analogue inputs, a 3.5mm front panel socket, a dedicated phono input, and a coaxial or optical digital input for use with the built in DAC.

Including a DAC in such a keenly priced product and sporting a built-in phono stage is in keeping with the company’s philosophy of aiming to make the best quality hi-fi at very competitive prices. The 24bit/192kHz Wolfson DAC enables digital audio sources, such as computers, portable players or the soon to be launched matching network music player to be connected via coaxial or optical sockets for the best possible signal transfer.

The circuit topography utilises a ‘direct access’ design to shorten the signal paths to ensure unhindered music reproduction. High quality toroidal transformers and audiophile grade components are used throughout.

Packed with features not normally associated with products at this price point, the SAP-201V includes a standard ¼” headphone socket on the front panel and line level output via RCA connections on the rear for recording purposes. Loudspeaker connections are made using the substantial binding posts and the amplifier works with speakers from four to 16 ohms.

Supplied in brushed silver or black finishes, with restyled metal volume controls and flush mounted control buttons, the SAP-201V aesthetically matches the CDD-201 CD player, which is compatible with all common CD formats including; CD/CD-/+R/RW and MP3. The CD player can be connected to the amplifier via its analogue or digital outputs.

Paul Mitchell, CEO, of Mitchell and Johnson commented, “With the launch of the SAP-201V and CDD-201 and the real improvements and features we have engineered into the products, we have fulfilled our ambition of making really good quality hi-fi available to all consumers, regardless of budget.” He adds, “Independent listening tests have demonstrated that the performance is more than a match for other products in the market and we are confident that hi-fi and music enthusiasts are going to love them. And for the independent hi-fi retailers Mitchell and Johnson is providing an opportunity for them to sell British hi-fi at very competitive prices.”

The DAC and phono stage equipped integrated amplifier has a recommended retail price of £299 and the CDD-201 CD player is just £249.

 

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The Concept’s concept is simple: to deliver an elegantly styled turntable package featuring a level of technology usually only found in high-end turntables, combining plug-and-play simplicity with outstanding sound Clearaudio Concept Wood MCquality and affordability.

In 2012, one Concept became two, as Clearaudio added an ‘MC’ version featuring the Concept MC (moving coil) cartridge in addition to the existing MM (moving magnet) package.

The company’s recent press release has this to say about the new Concept “Now, the new Concept ‘Wood’ option takes the range even further both visually and sonically: its fine wood construction in multilayered Baltic birch is not only visually stunning, it also provides more harmonious resonance control, resulting in a more natural timbre and improved transparency”.

All versions of the Concept have now also received a number of upgrades including a brand new tonearm and one or two enhancements to the turntable itself.

The tonearm is now Clearaudio’s Verify Direct Wire Plus, a new edition of the earlier Verify. The ‘Direct Wire’ in question is pure oxygen-free copper in a pseudo-balanced cable with perfectly symmetrical construction, running in an unbroken length from cartridge tags to phono plugs. The arm cables have been re-routed to pass through a redesigned arm bearing assembly and arm pillar, giving a cleaner and sleeker external finish. The turntable also now sports new adjustable and lockable rubber tipped feet..
All critical parameters from cartridge tracking weight to anti-skating are ready-adjusted, leaving you to simply sit back and enjoy a true high fidelity plug-and-play experience.

Pricing & availability

The Clearaudio Concept turntable package is available now priced as follows (including VAT @ 20%):
Concept MM £995
Concept Wood MM £1,295
Concept MC £1,395
Concept Wood MC £1,595

 

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Cabasse has appointed The Multi-Room Company as the exclusive UK distributor for its hi-fi, home cinema and custom installation loudspeakers and the range of connected audio solutions, to help drive growth and Cabassebring improved levels of service to its UK customers and end-users.

Since the reintroduction of Cabasse to the UK in 2008, the company has managed the UK business direct from its Brittany head office, with regular visits from its sales managers and the assistance of independent sales agents.

After a considered selection process, the management of Cabasse has awarded the exclusive contract to the Cheltenham based distributor of hi-fi and custom installation products. The Multi-Room Company will be responsible for sales and account management through the hi-fi, home cinema and custom installation channels for all Cabasse products, including the recently introduced Stream connected audio range.

Speaking about the new distribution arrangement, Delphine Dall of Cabasse says, “The UK is an important market for Cabasse and in order to grow our business here our management team felt the time was right to appoint a dedicated distributor. The Multi-Room Company, through its varied but non-competing range of brands, has the right mix of experience in the four categories that our products serve, namely hi-fi, home cinema and custom installation and the quickly growing world of connected audio. We are delighted to be working with them and look forward to seeing the Cabasse brand take an even more prominent position in the UK.”

Mike Bonnette, product director for The Multi-Room Company, adds, “The addition of a brand of this calibre to our carefully focused portfolio will bring a huge benefit to our customers and enables us to target new markets, as we work to build on the work Cabasse has already done to introduce its incredible products to the UK consumer.” He concludes, “We are very excited to be working with the team at Cabasse and feel confident that it will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship for both companies.”

 

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Arcam now have over a dozen Hi-Fi and Home Cinema components with streaming built-in and more coming. “Looking to improve the user experience, Arcam have developed their MusicLife app totally ‘in-house’ to bearcam-musiclife-7-web easier to use, faster and more stable than other similar apps” the company’s press release tells us.

The say that it is easy to integrate with Bluetooth with the app supporting playing media from network/UPnP servers out to any Bluetooth device, enabling streaming on almost anything, if paired with an Arcam miniBlink or rBlink Bluetooth DAC.

The MusicLife app will allow you to:
– Stream from Server or Computer to iPhone / iPad
– Stream from Server or Computer to connected Arcam Hi-Fi or Home Cinema component
– Stream from iPhone / iPad to connected Arcam Hi-Fi or Home Cinema component
– Stream from Server or Computer to any Bluetooth Device
– Stream from iPhone / iPad to any Bluetooth Device

Using an Arcam rBlink or miniBlink and the MusicLife app, you can turn ANY audio component into an iPad, iPhone controlled network music streamer. Simply plug an rBlink or miniBlink into any audio product device with stereo inputs.

 

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Denon has just confirmed the availability of a hardware upgrade for their AVR- X7200W flagship Network AV Receiver. DENON-AVR-X7200W_BK_E2-rightCurrent owners of this AVR will now be able to upgrade their unit to support future-proof HDCP 2.2 copy protection protocol, needed for copy-protected 4k Ultra-HD content playback. The upgrade, which requires hardware modification at an authorized Denon Service Centre, will start in May. The cost for this upgrade will be EUR 199. At the same time, Denon starts replacing the AVR-X7200W (SRP: EUR 2.799) with the AVR-X7200WA (SRP: EUR 2.999), which is already factory-upgraded with the above new features.

Customers who wish to perform the HDCP 2.2 upgrade to transform their AVR-X7200W into an AVR-X7200WA should get in contact with their Denon retailer. For the owners of either AVR-X7200W or AVR-X7200WA, the Auro-3D software upgrade will continue to be available via Denon.

On a different note, Denon also shared a plan to offer a software update to bring new DTS:X immersive surround sound format to the AVR-X7200W and the AVR-X7200WA later this year. Details will be revealed when the time approaches.

Denon AVR-X7200WA 9.2ch Network AV Receiver – Key Features

  • 210W x 9ch
  • Symmetrical monolithic amplifier design with Denon custom made transistors
  • D.S.C.-HD32 with AL32 Processing Multi-channel, Denon Link HD
  • Built in Wi-Fi with dual antenna, built in Bluetooth
  • Latest HDMI standard with 4K Ultra HD 50/60 Hz Pass-through and 4:4:4 colour resolution
  • Full HDCP 2 compatibility for all 8 HDMI inputs
  • Advanced Video Processing with upscaling up to 1080p and 4k Ultra HD 50/60Hz
  • 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front), 3 HDMI outputs (2 main + zone)
  • Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4*, 9.1.2* configuration)
  • Auro-3D upgradable (9.1ch, 1ch* with VOG (Voice of God) configuration)
  • Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 1ch processing
  • Wide support for streaming formats including DSD and AIFF streaming
  • AirPlay and DLNA music streaming; Spotify Connect
  • Advanced ECO mode with off/on/auto setting
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32 / Sub EQ HT / LFC (Pro ready)
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • RS232 control
  • Phono input
  • 2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out; gold-plated terminals
  • 3 source, 3 zones

 

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Marantz has just announced the offer of a hardware upgrade for their AV8802 flagship AV pre-amplifier. As promised byMarantsAV_hifinnews Marantz this January, current owners of their home cinema centre will now be able to upgrade it to support future-proof HDCP 2.2 copy protection protocol, needed to play back copy-protected 4k Ultra-HD content. The upgrade requires hardware modification at a Marantz certified Service Centre. Starting in June, this will be arranged on request by a local Marantz retailer for a cost price of EUR 199. At the same time, Marantz will start selling the factory-upgraded AV8802A model (SRP: EUR 3.999), gradually replacing the AV8802 (SRP: EUR 3.799).

 

On a separate note, Marantz announced a plan to offer a software update to add new DTS:X immersive surround sound format to the AV8802A and AV8802 later this year. Details will be revealed soon.

 

AV8802A Multi-channel AV Pre-amplifier with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – Main Features

 

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in
  • Current Feedback topology and new Marantz HDAM
  • Toroidal transformer & Copper plated chassis
  • Three piece top cover construction
  • Power supply with 4x 000μF capacitors
  • 32bit / 192kHz DA-Converters
  • Auro-3D upgrade-ready (up to Auro 1)

    Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4 configuration)

  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Pro ready
  • Audyssey DSX; DTS Neo:X (11.1ch)
  • 2ch pre-out (13.2ch XLR, 13.2ch RCA) and 11.2ch signal processing
  • Latest HDMI version with 4k 50/60Hz 4:4:4 resolution
  • Full HDCP 2 compatibility for all 8 inputs
  • 7+1 front HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (2 + 1 zone) (4k 50/60Hz, 3D, ARC, Deep Color)
  • HDMI scaling 1080p, 4k 50/60 Hz
  • isf video calibration
  • MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF
  • HD Audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
  • Gapless Playback
  • USB port
  • Spotify Connect* (* where available), Flickr, Internet Radio support
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Setup Assistant and Advanced GUI
  • 4 Smart Select buttons for fast selection of listening presets
  • Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices

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Tangent Audio announces the launch of the new X4 and X5 passive versions of their recently launched active BT X5 Tangent_loudspeakers_hifinewsSpectrum loudspeaker.

Tangent’s new passive X4 and X5 versions of their Spectrum loudspeaker line-up continue with contemporay cabinet design in a compact standmount / bookshelf format, using black or white satin finishes with attractive walnut base plinths.

The X4 and X5 feature a wide dispersion 25mm soft fabric dome tweeter together with 110mm or 130mm long throw paper coned bass drivers, both protected by colour matched mesh grilles.
These compact stand/shelf mounting speakers are available in attractive Midnight Black or Polar White matt finishes with Walnut base plinths at £169.99 for the X4 and £249.99 for the X5. Matching ALVA speaker stands with Walnut frames and white or black glass base plinths are also available.

SPECIFICATIONS:

• Tweeter: X4 1” / X5 1”

• Woofer: X4 4” Bass Reflex / X5 5” Bass Reflex

• Max Power: 100 W

• Sensitivity: X4 – 88 dB / X5 – 90dB

• Dimensions (W x H x D): X4 – 146 x 275 x 198 / X5 – 166 x 345 x 205 mm

• Weight: X4 – 3.45 kg / X5 – 4.88 kg

 

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The MINT Maraschino is a two channel implementation of the Digital Amp Co’s  Maraschino Amplifier Circuit plus input MINT Maraschino Front 1select (front/back), sleep control (on/off/auto), and volume control.  Power is provided by a single, external, upgradeable power supply.  There is a standard (48V) version and a KING version (60V).  Output power is up to 250W with the standard version and up to 1000W with the KING version!  The KING version also includes Gold WBT binding posts.  The MINT is a compact (7.8″ x 6.5″ x 2.3″) based in an extruded aluminium chassis on Sorbothane feet.

MINT stands for Maraschino Integrated Nano Technology.  It is a stereo amplifier, nade in USA, for use with a wide range of kit.

There’s only a very short time left on the company’s Kickstarter campaign and they are looking for a little more support, despite having hit their target.

 

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NuPrime Audio has announced the NuPrime uDSD  USB-powered portable DAC and headphone amp. Supporting the NUPRIMEUSBDACHEADlatest high-resolution music formats, the uDSD is capable of decoding sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM) as well as native DSD decoding ranging from DSD 64 up to DSD 256. It has an output of up to 140mW x 2 @ 32 ohms,.

The uDSD is equipped with one Coaxial S/PDIF and 2V RCA Analog outputs for compatibility with a broad variety of systems. The uDSD features direct DAC out, i.e., fixed-analogue out. The headphone circuit, built on a balanced design, provides the uDSD with the ability to drive almost any of today’s headphones — a feature that can also be used to drive active speakers.

Features:
– 24-bit/384kHz and native DSD 256 support
– Discrete USB audio receiver and D/A converter, with coaxial S/PDIF output
– Asynchronous transfer mode for doubled jitter-reduction at data input and over-sampling filter stages
– High voltage 2V analog output
– Coaxial S/PDIF output
– Analogue volume control
– USB powered
– Works with Windows 7/8 and Mac OS.

Specifications:
Input:
USB 1.1, 2.0, compatible.
Outputs:
– Analogue Stereo RCA Out.
– Digital Coaxial Out.
– Headphone Amplifier Out (3.5 mm-jack socket).

USB sampling rates: 44.1,48,88.2,96,176.4,192,352.8,384KHz and DSD 2.8,5.6,11.2MHz.
Bit resolution: 16-24-bits.
Output: Analog RCA 2V rms (DAC out).
Headphone output: max 140mW x 2 @ 32 ohm.

Pricing and availability
Shipping by mid-April, 2015,The NuPrime uDSD will be available worldwide at a suggested retail price of US$179.

 

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Goldmund is known for building speakers like the huge Apologue Anniversary, extremely powerful amplifiers such as theLogos Tower + Metis Tower Telos 5000, or players like the Eidos Reference Blue. But not everybody is an audiophile wishing to have a dedicated listening room for heavy audio equipment. For most of us music is part of our lives, but we are not willing to organize our lives around our audio system.

So Goldmund has decided to diversify its speaker line to offer more choice to interior design focused customers. The Logos and Metis Towers are a first initiative in this direction and their acoustic laboratory is working on several more designs.

The Towers are made in anodized aluminum. This material is made specially and exclusively for Goldmund. Their top is a gold plated plaque engraved with the Goldmund logo and their feet are adjustable thanks to screws with the same golden finish.

The Logos and Metis Towers are wireless speakers that you can play directly from computer with a USB dongle.

The Metis tower is wireless only, whereas the Logos Tower can be used with coaxial cables. Both can function with a simple hub like the Goldmund Mimesis 11 to connect several sources, including televisions, players etc. With a few satellite speakers, they can also make perfect multichannel systems.

Apart from their size (the Metis tower is slightly smaller than the Logos) the two models have different efficiencies (86,5 dB at 2,82 V/1 m for the Metis Tower, and 100dB for the Logos Tower).

 

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British manufacturer Graham Slee (GSP Audio) got in touch with Hifi Pig to tell us about a roadshow they are holding in jazz1Hellaby (Rotherham) in South Yorkshire on 19th April.

It’s at the Hellaby Hall Hotel from 11 am to 5 pm and having spoken to Graham the owner of GSP Audio he mentions there will be a prototype of a new phonostage they are working on getting its first public airing. He also says that people can bring along their own tunes and headphones…which is nice.

You’ll need to register with GSP for a free season pass for free entry into all their roadshows

 

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GIK Acoustics-Europe will exhibit at Musikmesse in Frankfurt from 15th – 18th April, 2015. GIK Acoustics FlexRange Technology Diagram

GIK Acoustics will debut their Tri-Trap Corner Bass Traps with FlexRange Technology Range Limiter and Soffit Bass Trap with FlexRange Technology Range Limiter.

GIK Acoustics first introduced FLEXRANGE TECHNOLOGY in 2013 on their 244 Bass Traps and Monster Bass Traps. FlexRange Technology is GIK Acoustics’ unique system for providing what they say is the best in bass trapping and low end absorption.

Full Range is a broadband option perfect for controlling low end frequencies and is the preferred choice for early reflection points or when upper frequencies need 100% absorption.

Range Limiter option includes a built-in membrane system which starts absorbing at a lower frequency but also has a cut off starting around 400Hz. Using the Range Limiter option is said to ensure maximum low end absorption while retaining nearly 100% of the upper frequencies within your room. Ideally used when no upper frequency absorption is required/desired.

GIK Acoustics-Europe General Manager David Shevyn says, “By expanding the FlexRange Technology options to our very popular Tri-Trap and Soffit Bass Trap, we are offering customers the opportunity to better maximize low end absorption. And there’s no better event to debut these new offerings than at Musikmesse.”

The FlexRange Technology options on Tri-Trap Corner Bass Traps and Soffit Bass Traps will be available in Summer 2015.

 

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Graham Audio have announced the purchase of the CHARTWELL and SWISSTONE Companies. The famous ROGERSCHARTChartwell brand were historically regarded as the finest builders of the BBC LS3/5A speakers and their products are perhaps the most sought after of all the licensees who built the brilliant LS3/5A

“Graham Audio will be manufacturing the most famous of all the BBC speakers under one of it’s most cherished names with the attention to detail and sound that made Chartwell so famous. The bespoke drive units and crossover networks are by Derek Hughes working in conjunction with Volt loudspeakers to produce a fully licensed ‘Made in England’ speaker using the very finest materials available” says the company’s recent press release.

Chartwell by Graham Audio, will be releasing a BBC licensed LS3/5A speaker at the Munich High End Show in May 2015

The company has also announced the worldwide release of their BBC LICENSED LS5/8 Grade One monitor speaker. Designed in conjunction with Derek Hughes and Volt loudspeakers the two way passive design features a bespoke 12 inch bass/mid unit and Audax tweeter matched to a handcrafted crossover built by Derek Hughes. The project was conceived to reintroduce the BBC design as a follow on from the Graham Audio LS5/9 monitor speaker.

The design principle was to maintain the midrange and balance of the LS5/9 but with greater extension, power handling and authority.

The new LS5/8 uses the same birch ply construction and real wood veneers as the LS5/9. The cabinets are dampened and upholstered, and feature the correct BBC lossy design principle.

Graham Audio are also currently working with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden who have commissioned a bespoke passive speaker system.

Graham Audio again turned to Derek Hughes to co-design a 4 box high resolution speaker system capable of being driven by any amplifier that will provide the same continuity of sound and detail as our other speakers but on a larger scale for the theatre and audio industry.

Called SYSTEM 3D, the design uses a bespoke high resolution, high powered passive crossover network that negates any digital correction or manipulation. The design simplifies the sound designers needs and provides a hi-fi quality speaker with enough power and delicacy to be used on the opera house stage as well as theatre sound. Designed as a 4 box, SYSTEM 3D uses a separate mid top box aligned to a twin bass unit on each side.

The 3D system will also be available to domestic users in a range of high quality real wood veneers.

 

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The guys at Sygnifi (Uk Distributors for Clint Audio) got in touch with Hifi Pig to say “We are thrilled to announce that theDoubleFreya AsgardTM wireless, streaming and multi-room speakers (ODIN & FREYA) from Clint Digital, which we launched in the UK earlier this year, have just won a prestigious iF Design Award 2015 for outstanding design”.

The high-profile international jury for the iF Design Awards assessed almost 5,000 entries from 53 countries in deciding who would receive this seal of design excellence.

The Asgard™ speakers were entered in the Product Design discipline and Audio / Video category.

 

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Did you miss one of Hifi Pig’s reviews in March? Never fear, here’s links to all nine of them:prod_large_4_7_2014_610

Pro-Ject MaiA Integrated Amplifier

ADL (Furutech) H-118 Headphones

ATC SCM 11 Loudspeakers

Roth OLi RA1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Skogrand SC Beethoven Loudspeaker Cables

Arte Forma Mezzo Power Amplifier

Tangent Spectrum X5 BT – Powered Digital Bookshelf Speakers

NuForce NE750M and NE800M Inner-Earphones

Roksan Kandy K3 Integrated Amplifier

 

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The new DAC-200ts is no exception and represents our best digital product yet say Cary Audio! DAC_Cary_Audio

The new DAC is “packed with features like TruBit™ upsampling” and  utilises a 128 bit DSP engine that expands native bit depths to 32 bits and upsamples incoming rates to 1 of 7 selectable sample rates, up to 768 kHz.

Whether a signal is upsampled or left native, the signal is clocked several times with Cary’s OSO™ reclocking, then sent to 4 independent DACs for 8 channels of processing. Cary say that “using multiple parallel DACs ensures that the process of converting a true balanced or single ended digital signal will retain all the musicality stored within while transitioning it to a pure analogue signal that sounds like analogue!”

The analogue section of the DAC-200ts is uses Cary’s Dual Independent Output (DiO™) analogue topology utilising a separate solid state output stage and a separate vacuum tube output stage. “Not to be confused with a hybrid design where a circuit always has the same sound characteristic, the separate independent analogue output stages allow you to tailor the sound of the DAC-200ts to your source material with the simple touch of one button” says the company’s recent press release.  It continues “Having the ability to enhance the sound characteristics of the DAC-200ts to match your source material means maximum flexibility for maximum sonic benefit. Not only is the DAC-200ts a reference level digital source unit; it can also be used as a digital preamplifier using its 3.0 volt variable volume output. What’s more, a clock input allows for the use of an external master clock, or using the clock output allows the DAC-200ts to function as a master clock for other digital sources capable of a master clock input”.

The DAC-200ts supports super high resolution Asynchronous USB computer audio meaning PCM up to 32 bit/ 384 kHz as well as native DSD 64, 128, and 256 audio. Additionally, the DAC-200ts includes; CSR aptX® lossless Bluetooth, SPDIF coaxial and Toslink inputs, AES/EBU input and both fully balanced XLR and RCA outputs. Large VFD display, full function remote control, and Ethernet and Wi-Fi for control systems are also included.

Weight:  28 lbs.

Dimensions:  3.75″ H x 17.25″ W x 16.25 ” D

DAC-200ts Retail Price:  $3,995

The DAC-200ts will begin shipping on April 9, 2015.

 

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