As from October 21st an agreement has been made to sell 83 % of the shares in Dynaudio to GoerTek Inc., an international dynaudio_confidence_platinumelectronic corporation domiciled in Weifang and listed in the stock exchange in China. The majority of shares in Dynaudio will be now be transferred to one of the leading companies in the electro-acoustic industry worldwide.

The Managing Director considers the transaction as being a fantastic opportunity to be able to further develop the company under a professional industrial ownership.

The founder and previous majority shareholder, Mr. Wilfried Ehrenholz will continue as minority shareholder and Vice chairman of the Board of Directors. The Managing Director, Mr. Lars Prisak will continue in his role as CEO, and the former Chairman of the Board, Mr. Johannes Bogh will continue on the board. They will both hold small share positions.

The new Chairman of the Board and founder of GoerTek, Mr. Bryan Liang commented on the take-over: 
“We see excellent possibilities to participate in the further development of the unique international brand image of Dynaudio together with our own extensive technological know-how”.

The production facilities and the product development will continue in the Skanderborg area in Denmark and we will continue to make high-end products made in Denmark.

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Chord Electronics has launched the Choral Ensemble, a new solid-aluminium equipment support called  the Choral Ensemble.Chord_Choral_System_support

It certainly looks like an impressively engineered modular support system for the company’s Choral range of components. The new equipment support is based around a 30mm-thick aircraft-grade aluminium plate, supported by four stackable solid aluminium (50mm diameter) Integra legs.

The Choral Ensemble equipment support can be configured to any height and the Integra leg system allows any component from the Choral range to be combined with Chord Electronics’ full-sized equipment which will be useful for audiophiles looking to “mix and match”.

Each tier features four solid-aluminium Integra legs. Each leg-base has three ball-shaped rubber feet and each leg-top has three precision-machined hemispherical dimples.  When two tiers are coupled together, the legs give a precise and secure fit between each module, plus a useful degree of damping between the (high-mass) platforms.

The Choral Ensemble equipment support is available now­­­­­

 

Single tier with Integra legs: £1,350

Single top-mount tier with Integra feet: £1,215

 

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B&O PLAY, has launched the BeoPlay A, its first Bluetooth speaker, designed by Cecilie Manz, and offering a set of features the Bang_and_olufsen_bluetooth_loudspeakercompany say are unique.

BeoPlay A2 is an honest product. It is what it looks like: a functional and likeable speaker you can easily take with you”, says Cecilie Manz, Designer of BeoPlay A2. She continues: The fact that BeoPlay A2 was designed for a life on the go has influenced every aspect of the speaker in terms of its design. There is no front, there is no back -­‐ and there is no up or down, but there’s sound everywhere.”

“BeoPlay A2 is a ground-­‐breaking product that will set new industry standards, thanks to the innovative True360 sound and the unprecedented 24 hours of battery life.” Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, Vice President, B&O PLAY

“We have developed a unique Adaptive Power Management that both monitors and anticipates the audio signal in order to save battery life. It makes it possible to feed the exact amount of power needed by the amplifiers – and only when they need it. The result: 24 hours of playback

BeoPlay A2 features True360 omnidirectional sound technology that “lets everyone enjoy equally good sound no matter where they are sit” and features a flat design with a solid aluminium core and a polymer shell designed to withstand the ruggedness of a life on the go.

The loudspeaker features Bluetooth aptX streaming and remembers up to 8 users, and can play from 2 devices at a time and the rechargeable Li-­‐ion battery features B&O’s Adaptive Power Management technology that ensures you get up to 24 hours of battery life.

It has two speaker drivers on each side – a ¾-­‐inch tweeter and a 3-­‐inch full range driver. If you are in front of the speaker, you will get a full range experience from one channel and high frequency from the other – and vice versa when you’re on the opposite side of the speaker. “As BeoPlay A2 is very slim, the midrange and lower frequencies of the full range driver will radiate around the edge and create a full, spacious experience on both sides and on the edges”.

 

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Bearing Primare’s well known design and build quality, and available in brushed black or titanium finishes, the new BD32 MkII hifinews_primareBD32_universal_disc_playeruniversal player builds on the company’s BD32 platform with improved circuit design, 4K upscaling and Netflix support. 

This is a multi-format/multi-channel Blu-ray, DVD, CD, SACD and

DVD-A disc player combined with a media player. It has the ability to convert any audio format to PCM or play them in their native formats, including DSD. The built-in media player can reproduce files (music, video, pictures) at up to 24/192 resolution from USB and DLNA compatible sources via a wired network, and Wi Fi with the USB dongle supplied. The BD32 MkII is equipped with a proprietary Primare audio stage, multiple custom-engineered power supplies and comprehensive input and control functions.

The Primare audio circuit is capable of decoding all native audio formats including DSD, Dolby True HD and DTS Master audio. It has a fully-balanced stereo (XLR) output, an unbalanced stereo RCA output, and an 8-channel unbalanced RCA (7.1 multi-channel) output.

The stereo output circuitry uses the flagship Crystal DSD DAC CS4398 in conjunction with Primare’s fully-balanced analogue output stage comprising Burr-Brown OPA2134 OP-Amps, WIMA and EPCOS polypropylene filter capacitors and large MELF resistors; and a single-ended output stage comprising a single MOSFET transistor fed by an active current source rather than passive resistors. As in the BD32, the SACD (DSD) circuit has its own dedicated relay-controlled-filter signal path.

The BD32 MkII adds 4K (3840 x 2160) up-scaling capabilities to all video sources, transforming picture definition with four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p.

HDMI 1 is the primary output, run by the Marvell Qdeo Kyoto-G2 video processor for up-scaling and video adjustment functions, as well as aspect ratio conversion (stretch zoom) to 2.35:1 (with anamorphic lens).

In the BD32 MkII, Primare has further isolated the power supplies for transport, video board and display from the audio section by using individual power supplies for each of these sections. They use a separate master switch mode power supply for the mech/video/display section and a quiet C-core transformer for the audio section, similar to that deployed by their reference PRE60 preamplifier. The BD32 MkII’s analogue power supply utilises an expanded 82000uF capacitor bank (larger than its predecessor), split between many smaller 2200 and 4700uF capacitors for lower ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance). Power is first pre-regulated by LM317/337 regulators and then fed to a super-fast, entirely discrete regulation circuit placed as close as possible to the analogue side of the DAC board.

BD32 MkII is capable of playing both stereo and multichannel DSD files in DFF or DSF formats via USB hard drives, USB thumb drives, and SMB at the supported sampling rate of 2.8224 MHz (DSD64).

As with all Primare products, the front panel’s display circuitry is isolated from the audio/video signal circuits by a discrete section of the player’s aluminium chassis.

Software upgrades for the BD32 MKII will be available on-line. On initial set-up, the player will automatically seek and download the latest software from the Primare website.

Typical retail price inc VAT: £3500 and it will be available November 2014.

 

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Bowers & Wilkins T7 combines Bluetooth wireless streaming with compact size, rechargeable convenience and is the first BowersWilkins - T7 - Beauty - BlackXraycommercial application of Bowers & Wilkins Micro Matrix technology.

The compact loudspeaker features the first commercially available application of Bowers & Wilkins Micro Matrix technology. Derived from the Matrix internal bracing used in the reference 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers found in Abbey Road Studios, and developed as part of Bowers & Wilkins next-generation automotive audio concepts, the Micro Matrix honeycomb structure provides substantial cabinet stiffening and a solid platform for the T7’s drive units.

T7 uses two (patent-pending) force-canceling high-output bass radiators to extend low frequencies. Onboard there are two 2 inch (50mm) drive units plus aptX Bluetooth. The size of a hardcover book the T7’s rechargeable battery allows for up to 18 hours at normal listening levels and the rubber surround adds protection. There is an DAC and filterless class D amps and Meridian say the loudspeaker is a doddle to use.

The new T7 is available this October and priced at USD $349.99

 

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Audeze, who regular readers will know make planar magnetic headphones which we reviewed here, have announced that long-Audeze-LCD-XC-B-L-Bubinga-SeatedR-01-600x600_0time music lifestyle industry veteran Kurt Soto has been named the company’s new marketing director. In this role Soto oversees all aspects of marketing including advertising and communications, lifestyle marketing and in-store environments.

Soto joins Audeze following 29 years at youth lifestyle giant Vans where he rose from teenager working in retail to overseeing Vans’ global music lifestyle programs working with artists ranging from Pharrell Williams to Public Enemy to Metallica.

“You’d be hard pressed to find a marketer with the wealth of experience that Kurt brings to the table,” said Audeze founder and CEO Alexander Rosson. “We’re excited to add Kurt to the team as Audeze looks to build on our outstanding reputation in the premium headphone market.”

A 16-year-old Soto began at Vans in the mid-80s putting on skateboard, BMX and break dancing demos staged to draw customers as the company struggled to emerge from bankruptcy. Soto worked his way into the company’s fledgling marketing department leading industry trade show operations.

In the late 1990s, Soto played a key role in activating two lifestyle programs that would help transform Vans from small Southern California shoe retailer into a global footwear and apparel brand with the 18-event Vans Triple Crown action sports events and the Vans Warped Tour music festival series. The Vans Triple Crown would lead a new generation’s interest in action sports and inspire the creation of the X-Games, while the Vans Warped Tour continues on today as America’s longest-running music tour. In both roles Soto was responsible for creating and activating experiences on site that built a strong bond between Vans and their avid consumers.

Alongside Vans’ major event series, Soto put together an artist program at Vans, building relationships with musicians and celebrities while also overseeing Vans product placement in film and television. As Vans continued to grow into the new millennium, Soto led the creation of Vans’ music collaboration series and launched co-branded product with acts including No Doubt, Queen and Metallica among dozens of others. The music product led to broader collaborations with Yo Gabba Gabba! and Marvel Comics. Soto’s music programs went global, establishing concert in Europe and pop-up lifestyle events in Asia. Soto has been lauded as an industry innovator by Alternative Press and Billboard magazines.

 

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Schiit Audio goes vinyl with the release of the all-new Mani phono preamplifier, a flexible and inexpensive phono preamp, that Mani-main-1000really does look like it’s going to shake things up a little. The Mani phonostage has 4 different gain levels to accommodate virtually any cartridge from moving coil to Decca, plus selectable loading, for $129.

“With the recent resurgence of interest in vinyl, it makes sense to offer an affordable phono preamp that can handle pretty much any source,” said Mike Moffat, Co-Founder of Schiit Audio, and Mani’s designer.

Mani features a fully passive RIAA network with two separately switchable gain blocks, for 30, 42, 48, and 59dB settings. Schiit’s pre’ss release says that “Separate, low-noise and low-distortion amplifier stages mean low noise floor” and that “High-output cartridges, even the renowned Deccas, are easily accommodated, as are other moving magnet, moving coil, and low-output moving coil cartridges. This allows someone to experiment with a wide range of cartridges to fit their needs”.

“A lot of people ask me ‘why is the father of audiophile digital moving into analog now?'” Mike continued. “The truth is, I never really left. People forget there was a Theta Electronics before Theta Digital, and I did a lot of work on tubes, and on phono preamps. Now, it makes sense to come back to it with a really affordable, flexible, and great-sounding product.”

Like all Schiit products, Mani is made in the USA, with the vast majority of its total production cost going to companies manufacturing in the USA, and local assembly, testing, and support through Schiit’s Valencia, CA offices.

Mani is Norse for the personification of the moon, and is available now on the schiit.com website for $129.

 

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The Focus XD series, comprised of the compact 200 and floor-standing 400 and 600 models, provides a well thought out solution dynaudio_xd rangefor music playback say Dynaudio: The digital music signal is transmitted losslessly from the source to the driver and without analogue conversion. The new Focus XD speakers integrate digital amplifiers, DSP, its own digital volume control, as well as digital and analogue inputs.

The Focus XD works from the digital input via the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to the digital amplifier at native 24-bit / 192 kHz resolution. High resolution files are transmitted from any digital player.

The amps are remote-controllable digital volume controlled, delivering 150 watts power per driver. Each driver has its own amplifier, thus providing the individual Focus XD loudspeaker models with 300W, 450 W and 600W total output power respectively per speaker.

Each Focus XD model has direct, high-resolution-capable digital inputs (75 ohm coax) and an additional analogue input (RCA). Since the volume and tone are adjusted directly in the speaker, the only thing required is an audio source. In addition, the Focus XD can be wirelessly connected to the Dynaudio Hub: The Hub accepts both analogue and digital audio sources, such as computers, Bluetooth receivers or televisions, and sends the audio signal wirelessly to the Focus XD speaker. Multi-room and multi-source system installations are also possible.

The Focus XD has a speaker position EQ with which the bass response can be finely adjusted to the room acoustics. This way, with a speaker setup near a wall or corner, the bass energy can be reduced in order to achieve a balanced playback. Similarly, the high- frequency range can be discreetly raised or lowered. All properties are consistently adjusted digitally and are thus lossless. The input sensitivity on the Focus XD analogue input can be adjusted with analogue music sources.

In the Focus XD, Esotec+ woofers and tweeters are used. Extremely lightweight aluminium voice coils, the specially-developed MSP membrane material, silk- fabric tweeter domes with precision coating, rear-vented drivers with low-resonance cast aluminum frames are characteristic of Dynaudio and are employed in the Focus XD. The completely new, ultra-long-throw 18W54 Esotec+ woofer has been developed for the top-of- the-range Focus 600 XD model.

The Focus XD models are available in satin white and satin black lacquer as well as in rosewood and walnut real wood veneer finishes. The remote control is designed in black aluminium.

The Focus XD models

The Focus XD production starts in late October 2014 with the following models:

Focus 200 XD – Digital high-end active-compact speaker with a 2-way amplifier and 300 watt power.

Focus 400 XD – Digital high-end active standing speaker with 3-way amplifier and 450 watt power.

Focus 600 XD – Digital high-end active standing speaker with dual woofers, a 4-way amplifier and 600 watt power.

 

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Audiophiles never really doubted the validity of vinyl but it seems that the resurgence of vinyl is continuing at a pace with vinyl vinyl_Playalbums experiencing their most significant sales figures in almost twenty years. The figures are pretty impressive with more vinyl albums being sold in the first three quarters of 2014 than were sold in the whole of 2013. The Official Chart Company say that around 800 000 vinyl albums have been sold this year as opposed to 780 674 in the whole of last year.

Big sellers on vinyl in the UK have included AM by Arctic Monkeys, Lazaretto by Jack White and Definitely Maybe by Oasis. The top selling albums on vinyl this year show that it is predominantly rereleases that are being bought, with Led Zeppelin having three of the top ten sellers to their name.

 

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Monitor Audio’s new Airstream S200 Wi-Fi speaker is say the company’s press release “an inspirational answer to the stereo S200_monitoraudiodilemma, concentrating state-of-the-art connectivity, advanced digital processing and powerful amplification within a diminutive speaker design, smaller than the average one-box system but endowed with the latest tech to generate a deceptively big stereo sound from every conceivable audio source”.

The new speaker has Apple Airplay, Airstream Direct, Bluetooth, Bluetooth aptX® and DLNA on board, and will play music via PC, MAC, NAS, and Apple, Android or Windows mobiles. Away from a Wi-Fi router Bluetooth or Monitor Audio’s proprietary Airstream Direct can be used to stream to the S200. “The system’s superior audio architecture is designed to resolve higher quality streams from uncompressed Bluetooth Apt-X, ALAC (Apple lossless) and FLAC file formats as well” continues their press release.

iOS devices can be plugged in to the S200 directly using the USB/charge input for playback, charging requirements, and simple Wi-Fi sharing. Analogue and other devices can connect through a 3.5mm stereo jack.

Drivers include the proprietary gold dome C-CAM tweeter flanked on angled baffles by dual 3”-CAM metal cone bass drivers, which are augmented by a rear-firing Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR). The signature C-CAM drivers are directly powered by three separate class-D amplifiers optimised by intelligent digital processing.

The speaker is available in a choice of white or black finishes with toughened glass end trims and cvan be used on shelf or table-top, or from a wall via one of our optional MASM (MA Speaker Mount) ¼” UNC mounting kits.

Features

Frequency Response: 80Hz – 25kHz

Maximum SPL: 101 dBA (both channels driven at 1W@1m)

Power Output: Bass 2 x 25 watts / Tweeter 15 watts

Driver Complement: 2 x 3” bass drivers with C-CAM metal cone technology

1 x 20mm Gold C-CAM dome tweeter

System Configuration: ‘race-track’ profile ABR (Auxiliary Bass Radiator) rear-mounted auxiliary Input

Impedance/Sensitivity: 10 kohms/ 300mV

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 94dB

AC Input Voltage: 90-264V (auto-range)

Amplifier Category: Class D

Power Consumption: 0.3 watts (standby); 70 watts maximum

Works with: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPod touch (1st – 5th generation), iPod nano (2nd – 7th generation)*, PC or MAC running iTunes 10.2.2 or greater

Supported file formats: AAC, ALAC, MP3 AAC, ALAC, MP3, FLAC

Bluetooth version:  4.0 with aptX support.

Wireless network protocol: 802.11 b/g

Colour/Finish: charcoal grey with black grille cloth; white with light grey grille cloth

Weight: 2.26kgs (5lbs)

Approvals ETL/CE/FCC/CB/ERP/Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi WMM/Bluetooth/Apple MFi Certified.

 

Approx. retail price (inc VAT): £200

 

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Densen have introduced an updated version of their B-250 preamplifier called the B-250 XS.densenbx

Improvements include a volume control using an attenuator made of Vishay metal film resistors switched by relays controlled by the microprocessor which Densen say has virtually no self-induced noise and extremely low distortion. The attenuator has 200 steps for precise control of the volume.

The new preamplifier also has sockets on board for the SA Board for surround and the DP-03 MM phonostage. The SA boards (Surround Audio Boards) are an add on for the B-250XS and will give 5.1/7.1 line input and line preout meaning you can connect a surround processor, DVD player, or SACD player.

On the back panel of the B-250XS there is a socket for use with internal DAC which Densen will soon be introducing. It will have USB, Toslink and coaxial digital inputs which you will be able to control from the Gizmo remote and from the pre’s front panel.

 

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Pangea Audio has announced the introduction of their MFI-tested, Apple-certified Lightning cables for use with the iPhone 6, 6 pgl5_5blk-largePlus, 5/5S/5C, iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina and all Lightning-equipped Apple devices.

Pangea Lightning cables are an extra-long 5-feet in length—42% longer than Apple’s standard Lightning cable—and feature “superior shielding”, robust 27-gauge signal conductors, heavy-duty 21-gauge power conductors and Apple’s newest, thinnest C48 Lightning connector on one end, with a USB ‘A’ connector on the other end.

Five available colors (Black, Blue, Green, Pink, or White) are designed to match your iPhone, iPad Mini or other Apple device.

“Pangea’s Lightning cables offer a no-compromise design and the convenience of a longer cable length all at a very affordable price,” explained Pangea cable designer Jay Victor. “The easy-grip molded connectors and durable cable cover make our solution ideal for everyday use, and we have added a touch of elegance to these Lightning cables by carefully matching Apple’s 5-shade color palette,” concluded Victor. MSRP for the Pangea Lightning cables is $29.95 however they are available from some outlets at a special price of of $19.95.

 

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Pro-Ject’s RPM 1 Genie turntable was an instant hit around the world when it was first revealed over five years ago. Today, RPM_Genie8carbonHenley Designs Ltd. and Pro-Ject Audio Systems are delighted to announce the release of the fourth incarnation of this turntable, the RPM 1 Carbon.

The RPM 1 Carbon utilises a number of premium technologies and principles. The low resonance chassis houses a newly designed inverted platter bearing with ceramic ball for reduced rumble. While the decoupled 15V AC motor is driven using an ultra-precision AC generator with DC power supply for enhanced speed stability and ultimate reliability. The stand-out component though is the brand-new S-Shaped carbon fibre tonearm.

With an effective length of 8.6”, this tonearm is made from carbon fibre, but boasts an aluminium resin core – effectively creating an arm that is super-light but also extremely solid. Made by a three step process that involves heat treatment and 100 bars of pressure, the RPM 1 Carbon’s tonearm is not only light and rigid, but the damping properties of the materials are maximised to a point that unwanted resonances are effectively eliminated says the company’s press release. The arm is finished off with a counterweight that itself has a ring of TPE damping at its fixing point, and is supplied with a 2M Red cartridge pre-fitted. The new magnetic anti-skate system makes set-up even simpler than ever before.

Available in three gloss finishes (Black, Red and White); this new turntable boasts the perfect combination of sound performance, modern technology, visual appeal and affordability.

SRP £325.00

 

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On the 16th October between Noon and 19.00, Oxford Audio Consultants invite Hifi Pig readers to the launch of the try new mu-somusonaim_news wireless music system (£895) from Naim. Its advanced yet simple to use connectivity includes AirPlay, UPnP™ streaming, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth (aptX), iRadio, iOS and Android app control and multiroom capability.

Oxford Audio Consultants will also have other rooms with the following kit available for audition:

  • Naim 300 power amplifier driving Magico S5 loudspeakers via Naim A5 standard speaker cable. Source will be a Naim NDX streamer with optional XPS power supply into the 252/SuperCap preamplifier. All on Naim Fraim equipment supports with Naim interconnects and power cables. Themselves a great upgrade for any Naim component.
  • At the other end of the scale there will beNaim’s £1725 UnitiLite all-in-one player with Kef’s £800 LS50 stand mount speakers.
  •  In the large demo room they will have Naim’s £3495 SuperUniti Audio Player with PMC’s £5750 twenty26 floorstanding speakers.

Mark Raggett of Naim will be on hand to answer your questions too.

 

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Crystal Acoustics has unveiled its Reference Wireless Speakers, a new range of Bluetooth speakers including a number of cuby_newsstandalone music speakers, two soundbases and a soundbar. All products in the Reference Wireless Series use new WiSound tech – a new technology that for the first time has created speakers that sound the same regardless of where in the room the listener is in relation to the speaker. “As consumers position wireless speakers in a wide variety of ways in the home, the invention of WiSound solves a very real problem and guarantees – in a way never before possible – the good experience of the consumer in their home” says the company’s PR.

The headline products in the new reference Wireless Series – and the first to become available are the Cuby 7 and Cuby 5 wireless Both Cuby models feature Apt-X Bluetooth compatibility, a class-D amplifier onboard, and a range of four colour finishes, as well as WiSound.

Cuby 7 uses seven drivers of various designs firing forwards, upwards and sideways, in order to radiate all the acoustic energy smoothly through the space towards the walls of the room, thus creating a balanced set of reflections giving a consistent tonal balance and a “dynamic, punchy and musical performance throughout the room”.

Buy two or more speakers and you can have an instant multi-room system, with no need for a ‘bridge’. Simply stream your music directly to the Cuby speaker using Bluetooth, and the speaker will simultaneously pass on the music to the other speaker(s) via Wi-Fi. You can have Reference Wireless Speakers in every room in the house, and stream different songs in every room, or the same song everywhere. You can even use this facility without a network – if the Cuby speaker doesn’t find a network, it creates one itself.

Cuby 7 £299

Cuby 5 £219

 

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Tivoli Audio lifts the lid on the Custom Cabinet programme for its Albergo+ Bluetooth digital radio. The collection enables Albergo+tivoli_colours owners to add personal design preferences to the tabletop radio by choosing from 16 different cabinets.

The Tivoli Audio Custom Cabinet Albergo+ collection for 2014 is made up of three ‘typically Tivoli’ natural wood and a further 13 finishes, including Beton Surface, Camouflage Light, Canvas, Granite Rose Surface, and Visone Leather.

Tivoli Audio hand builds the Custom Cabinets in Italy and the transformation process is simple. The system enables users to simply slide their Albergo+ main unit – available in five colours – into their chosen Custom Cabinet, and includes a locking system to guard against slip.

Tivoli Audio is keen to emphasise that this is just the beginning for the Custom Cabinets line. The maker aims to add to the collection on an on-going basis, as well as consider one-off requests from individual consumers as well as businesses. Indeed, the company has already marked its Selfridges residence with a custom-built 24-carat gold leaf-wrapped Custom Cabinet.
The Tivoli Audio Albergo+ Custom Cabinets go on sale the UK during September 2014, priced from £49.00 (RRP) to £99.00 (RRP), with individual design requests costed on application.

 

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KJ West One, the New Cavendish Street-located audio retailer, is to hold a ‘Quad Open Evening’ on Thursday 16th October from quad_open_evening6.00pm to 9.30pm . The event offers attendees the opportunity to see and hear products from the well known brand, as well as meet Peter Comeau, Director of Acoustic Design at IAG, Quad’s parent company.

Quad was founded in 1936 by Peter Walker and its company timeline counts a number of landmark products, including the famous Quad ESL full-range electrostatic loudspeaker. Quad products offer incredible quality, and its service department regularly maintains models originally bought over 50 years ago.

 

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TIDAL, the first high fidelity music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, today announced the partnership tidaland integration of TIDAL into products from16 of the best known home audio brands. In preparation for the upcoming UK and U.S. launch, TIDAL is working closely with its integration partners to ensure that music lovers will be able to register and experience the catalogue of 25 million-plus tracks, streaming at HiFi, lossless sound quality, on some of the world’s best known home audio products.

Sonos, Denon HEOS, Harman Omni, Bluesound & NAD, Meridian, Auralic, Electrocompaniet, Simple Audio, Raumfeld, Dynaudio, Audiovector, Pro-ject, Airable by Tune In Media, HiFiAkademie and ickStream will all have products that seamlessly work with TIDAL, with users just needing to sign up to the service for access.

Commenting on the partnerships, Andy Chen, CEO at TIDAL, said: “The reaction from the home audio industry to TIDAL has been exceptional and we are really excited that our first 16 confirmed partners are such highly-considered brands in the industry. Experiencing TIDAL on high-quality home audio systems and headphones proves just how good high-quality music streaming can sound. We will therefore offer TIDAL across the broadest selection of home audio systems with these premium partners and more to come.”

As an advertisement-free, lossless, CD-quality music and HD music video streaming service with extensive curated editorial expertise, TIDAL will be available in the UK and the U.S. for a monthly subscription of £19.99 / $19.99 starting later this autumn.

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