CES 2016 saw the official launch of the world’s first hifi listening chair, from Danish Gamut Audio. The chair is designed to control the sound reflections that reach your ear, allowing you to hear a more precise and natural soundstage. Specifically, it shields the ear from reflections emanating from behind the listening position, while at the same time preventing the sound from reflecting on the forward-facing areas of the headrest that flank the listener’s head.Gamut Lobster Chair & Footstool

Design aficionados will recognize the chair’s striking shape: the Lobster Chair is the creation of iconic Danish designers Lund and Paarmann and is manufactured by high-end furniture makers Kvist Industries. In collaboration with Kvist, Gamut has developed a unique variation, tailored specifically for audiophiles. It incorporates special acoustic dampening material, carefully positioned to improve the listening experience – while maintaining the original Lobster Chair’s beauty and luxurious comfort.

The Gamut hi-fi listening Lobster Chair is available now, with a choice of red or black acoustical headrest fabric, priced at £3,150 (incl. VAT). Matching footrest £1,500.

 

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Acoustic treatment manufacturer GIK Acoustics (we’re using their traps and panels in the listening room at the moment) announces the expansion of the Alpha Wood Series to include larger panels as well as corner bass traps.

GIK first introduced the Alpha Wood Series last autumn with the launch of their 4A Alpha Panel. Last month at the NAMM Show they displayed the Corner CT Alpha Bass Trap, the large 2A Alpha Panel with freestanding supports as well as the 6A Alpha Panel. These products are now available for sale directly worldwide on all the company’s websites.

“Changing the face of acoustic panels and bass traps, the Alpha Wood Series beautifully combines absorption with diffusion and enhances any room both aesthetically and acoustically with superior quality, high-performing, and stylish room treatments” says the company’s representative.

There are three ranges of Alpha Panels:

2A Alpha Panel is 2″ thick

4A Alpha Panel is 4″ thick

6A Alpha Panel is 6″ thick

All Alpha Panels are available in two standard sizes:

23.75″ x 23.75″ and 23.75″ x 47.75″

Alpha Panels are easy to mount with sawtooth hanger (included). No glue or destructive adhesive when mounting.

Customers have their choice of orientation. The Alpha Panel can be hung vertically or horizontally or in a combination of patterns. The choice is yours.

Optional supports make any 23.75″ x 47.75″ Alpha Panel a freestanding gobo with both an absorption side and a diffusion side.GIKNEZ1

The Corner CT Alpha Bass Trap is designed to absorb pesky low- frequencies that build up in corners while diffusing the upper- frequencies leaving the room more lively. At 47.75″ tall, the Corner CT Alpha Bass Trap is freestanding and designed to be stacked for floor-to-ceiling coverage and effectively absorbs at 50 Hz and above resulting in a beautifully balanced room that will suit even the most critical listener.gik2

Company founder and president, Glenn Kuras says, “When we launched the Alpha Wood Series last fall, we knew there would be more products added to the line and the day has come. I am thrilled to bring these items to our customers. The Alpha Series is truly a game changer for GIK and for the industry.”

GIK will have the new series on dem at the forthcoming Bristol Show in room 322.

 

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Noble Audio’s new aluminium-chassis 10-driver IEM, the Kaiser 10U, is now shipping directly, following the successful completion of Noble’s pre-order phase at launch. Noble Audio’s aluminium-chassis K10U is its flagship universal-fit IEM and uses Noble’s 10-driver configuration, as used in its top-performing IEMs and CIEMs. The new K10U replaces the existing acrylic K10U.

Noble’s aluminium IEMs have been designed and manufactured in conjunction with experts in California whose clients include Louis Vuitton, Dior, Marc Newson and Holly Hunt. Despite this advanced level of engineering and construction, the new K10U will not see any price premium over its acrylic predecessor, remaining at just £999 for a US-made product.Noble_kaiser_red

Further features include a detachable two-pin cable and supplied accessories include a Pelican 1010 case (crush-proof carrying case); a black velvet soft pouch; 12 pairs of ear tips (four kinds in three sizes); two Noble Audio bands or amp bands; a cleaning tool; a Noble cable and an ownership card.

Specifications: 

  • 10 balanced-armature drivers per side
  • 2 precision-tuned bass drivers; mid-frequency drivers; mid-/high-frequency drivers; high-frequency drivers and super-high-frequency drivers
  • 4-way design
  • Impedance <35 ohms
  • Detachable cable with industry-standard 2-pin configuration
  • High-grade machined aluminium chassis, anodized 

The K10U is available now from stock priced at £999

 

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Last month Hifi Pig announced the arrival of the new VC-S Record Cleaning Machine from Pro-ject and today Henely Designs, the UK distributor for Pro-Ject, got in touch to let us know the device is now in the UK.

The UK price for the VC-S will be just £299 making it pretty competitive for anyone looking to safeguard their vinyl collection and cartridge. The company have also released a set up video to explain the RCM in use.

Expect a review from Hifi Pig shortly.

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TRINNOV Audio recently announced the appointment of Jon Herron to the newly-created position of Director of North American Sales. Herron will support Trinnov’s existing Multichannel business and expand their High End Audio business in North America.trinnov8pic

Jon Herron brings over 40 years experience in the consumer electronics industry, with a focus on high performance audio and video. Over his career, he has worked in both small and large retail operations, as a manufacturers’ representative, and as a manufacturer. Jon helped define and build the Wisdom Audio brand as its VP of Sales since 2006. At Madrigal Audio Laboratories, Jon was both communications director and product development manager for Mark Levinson, Proceed, and other brands. As the director of sales and marketing of Snell Acoustics, Jon directed the company’s efforts into the home theatre business in the early 1990s, and participated in the launch of Home THX with Lucasfilm. His unique combination of technical expertise and sales experience make him a perfect match for the sophisticated technologies found in Trinnov products. Jon has degrees in both economics and religion from Dartmouth College.

“I am excited to join such a strong team, and a company with such extraordinary products,” says Jon Herron. “The Altitude32 is the only consumer product that decodes all the major 3D audio formats and  render those formats to more than just 12 discrete channels.”

“With regard to the High End portion of the Trinnov lineup,” Herron continued, “it is the perfect solution for the many people who still listen mostly to two-channel music. Imagine having all the power of the Optimizer and Remapping technologies in your high end music system.”

“I’m excited to see Jon joining our team to share his highly respected experience with high end audio products and sales in the US. Jon is not only an expert in highly technical products, but he understands equally well the traditional 2ch hifi market and the custom installation market which is the ideal combination to support Trinnov high-end product range across North Americas.,” says Arnaud Laborie, CEO, Trinnov Audio.

 

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AudioApps has announced the release of two new iOS apps developed in conjunction with JBL.   JBL_speaker_pro

JBL SpeakerAngle, which is free, is a digital tool which allows users to correctly set and match the toe-in angling of their speakers for maximum audio fidelity. JBL SpeakerPro, priced at just $ 1.99, adds the ability to optimize setup by measuring distances from speaker to listening position and speaker to speaker directly from the iOS device. The resultant data can be stored, shared, and printed, and is used by the app to make intelligent toe-in recommendations based upon the specific listening environment.

JBL SpeakerAngle and JBL SpeakerPro can be used with any stereo or surround sound system (up to 7.1), and with any make and model of speaker. They are compatible with all  iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models running iOS 7.0 or later. Both apps are available on the Apple App Store for immediate downloading.

“We’re thrilled to have worked with JBL on the development of these two groundbreaking apps,” said Howard Massey, founder of AudioApps. “I’m convinced that both products will be of tremendous benefit to anyone who loves great-sounding audio, from audiophiles and home theater aficionados to owners of home studios and staff at professional recording studios.”

 

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Following a five-year research programme into the effects of mains electricity supply on hifi equipment, MCRU says they are proud to introduce Pinnacle, which represents their “very best mains power cord”.

Pinnacle employs cryo-treated (DCT) cable and incorporates “Quantum technology to improve the efficiency of current flow and signal transmission”.MCRUPINNACLEMAINSLEAD

Each component – from the cable and its termination, to the filtration in the central enclosure, fuse, earthing, mains plug and IEC connector – has been optimised for the finest possible sound says the Yorkshire based company’s recent press release.

Pinnacle is available in two versions – standard and high current, the latter with thicker-gauge cable. All terminations are from Furutech of Japan. Standard length is 2 metres, and extra cable can be specified on order placement.

UK, EU, AUS, USA mains plugs are available as well as standard or high current IEC connectors. It can be used to power mains conditioners, mains regenerators, balanced mains units, mains extension blocks and individual components.

The MCRU Pinnacle standard version is £1,265 (2m, terminated), and the high current version is £1,665 (2m, terminated). On sale now.

Following a five-year research programme into the effects of mains electricity supply on hifi equipment, MCRU says they are proud to introduce Pinnacle which represents their “very best mains power cord”.

 

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The Nēo ACE is a complete experience of musical ecstasy” says the company’s latest press release…a bold claim indeed. The ACE is an Integrated Amplifier and Streaming DAC music player meaning you need to simply hook up a pair of speakers, connect to the internet and you are ready to stream your music.

Featuring all-new setup software, this is the most configurable and customisable MOON product ever offered. The ACE includes a high resolution DAC (DSD decoding 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 custom-install environments.MOON_Neo_ACE_Black

Features

3 line-level inputs including a front-mounted 1/8” mini-jack for personal media players.

Headphone output on 1/4” TRS jack located on the front panel.

Seamless integration with MOON’s MiND app.

Eight (8) digital inputs include USB (hi-res audio), SPDIF (2), Optical (2), aptX® Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi and Ethernet inputs.

The first MOON product using an OLED type screen.

Simple MiND setup via on-board software menu.

Moving magnet phono preamplifier input.

Analogue inputs are configurable to “pass-through” mode, which bypasses the gain stage to accommodate components like a home-theatre processor, whose own volume control is used.

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: 0.05%

PCM Bit-depth range/sampling rates: 16-32bits / 44.1-384kHz

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 cm.

RRP: £2,500

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Computer Audio Design’s USB digital-to-analogue convertor (DAC) has been upgraded. Computer Audio Design has announced a refit to its CAD 1543 DAC, now using proprietary EMI/RFI reduction materials, improved DAC circuit boards, single-crystal UP-OCC internal wiring and refined power supply filtering, to create the CAD 1543 MKII DAC. CAD 1543 MkII angled

CAD is one of a handful of digital audio companies offering resistor-ladder DAC technology, along with no oversampling and no filtering, which CAD believes offers a distinctively different sound than most digital audio products on the market today – a sound that is tangibly closer to the original performance they say.

The CAD 1543 MKII DAC takes its name from the application of an increasingly rare resistor-ladder convertor chip, the Philips TDA1543/N2, with its selected 16 devices now mounted on a revised four-layer circuit board. This new layout minimises intrinsic noise, optimising the chips’ specifications to now allow native conversion of 192 kHz PCM audio.

And where most conventional modern D-A convertors employ over-sampling techniques and a digital interpolation filter, the CAD DAC unashamedly adopts the non-oversampling (NOS) approach in order to protect precious timing resolution. With no filter to ring and smear the fundamental timing of impulsive data – the shape of natural music – the 1543 MKII brings to life both the subtle and macro dynamics of recorded sound.

The hyper-minimalist design is engineered with the fewest number of switches and connectors between mains plug and output sockets. It features a single USB 2.0 input that galvanically isolates the 16 TDA1543 chips from a connected PC. The analogue output sees a single pair of low-mass pure copper RCA phono sockets wired directly to the chips through a passive I/V stage. The summed output of paralleled multi-bit convertor chips means there is no need for additional signal amplification or buffering, thereby removing unnecessary signal stages.

Signal wiring has been updated to single-crystal OCC (Ohno Continuous Casting) copper, custom manufactured to CAD specifications. The casework retains its laser-cut 10 mm-thick acrylic construction – available in black as standard or other colours to special order– and is now supplemented with internal RFI/EMI materials to reduce the effects of high-frequency interference on the circuit boards and their ground planes.

Further fighting the insidious effects of EMI/RFI, Computer Audio Design has redesigned the power conditioning at the unit’s power input, helping minimize AC line noise from the DAC; as well as isolate neighbouring audio components from any residual digital noise released by the DAC.

The overall result of such scrupulous attention to power supplies and potential noise sources is an audio convertor that seems to paint ink-black quietness behind the sound. A DAC that preserves and projects the rhythm and drive of dynamic music.

Computer Audio Design 1543 MKII DAC key features:

Five independent transformers feeding five fully discrete linear voltage regulators for the cleanest power to each modular section of the unit.

Custom 10 mm acrylic case selected for superior acoustic properties.

NEW: additional internal EMI/RFI materials to lower electromagnetic interference noise floor.

NEW: redesigned mains power conditioning to reduce ingress and egress of mains-borne noise.

Sixteen Philips TDA1543/N2 resistor-ladder chips.

Filterless NOS design for unparalleled time-domain replay accuracy.

NEW: custom four-layer PCB to support DAC chips.

Passive output stage with Duelund Coherent Audio capacitors and selected US-made audio resistors all made to CAD specifications.

NEW: internal signal wiring upgraded to custom UP-OCC copper.

The 1543 MKII DAC is made in a modular fashion to make future upgrades possible ensuring your investment will last a lifetime.

The CAD 1543 MKII DAC is available now, priced at £7,250 (incl. VAT).

Owners of the original 1543 DAC can opt to have their units refitted to full MKII specification at a cost of just £600.

 

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From 4th February, Meridian customers will have access to the necessary updates to enable MQA playback—offering listeners for the first time in their own home, the opportunity to experience “the full, intricate detail of a live performance for the first time in the history of recorded music”.

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Commenting on the announcement, John Buchanan, CEO at Meridian Audio said, “The commercial availability of MQA heralds an exciting time for Meridian and our customers. We are proud to be the first to offer MQA playback at the highest level in a pure digital signal path straight from the studio to your home or pocket. Meridian has been a pioneer in the digital audio revolution for decades, and we are thrilled to add MQA as the next evolution to our reference level feature set – establishing a new benchmark in superior audio performance.”

Barry Sheldrick, Director of Sales at Meridian stated, “From the work that MQA has been undertaking with recording studios we know that many artists have been using the Explorer2 to sign off their master recordings, which makes the fact that this product is available to buy for under £200 in the UK even more remarkable.”

Firmware updates for the personal audio products will be available for download from the support pages on the Meridian web site, while updates for Reference Series products and loudspeakers will be handled directly by Meridian dealers and Meridian Customer Support.

 

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Graham Slee has just released a new flagship phono stage (we’ve been using their Elevator EXP MC Step-up Amplifier and Reflex XM phono stage to excellent effect for some time). Called the Accession, it’s a moving magnet sensitivity device with a new take on equalisation and many useful features for the serious vinyl enthusiast.

Equalisation

Firstly it doesn’t do RIAA equalisation like any other phono stage – it does it quite differently. It recognises that magnetic cartridges have what’s called a constant velocity output. In other words their output isn’t flat like most people think – it rises at 6db per octave – and so the cartridge plays its own frequency response as well as playing the record’s frequency response.accession-black-front

The Accession does the RIAA EQ by first equalising the cartridge, then equalising the record, which makes sense seeing these two things came about at different times. Part of the EQ is being caused at the very moment the record is in play (by the cartridge). The other part of the EQ happened at the cutting lathe (many years before??).

Over 99% of phono stages work by equalising the combination of both curves as if the record was recorded with that. No matter how it’s achieved it leads to some interaction of filter slopes requiring “empirical tuning”. With the Accession there is no interaction – calculated values result in the correct response.

It also means that the records own EQ can be switched off using its “Flat/CA” switch to give a constant amplitude response, and so the user can use software EQ reconstruction when digitising via a digital to analogue converter. It also means that acoustic records will be reproduced as flat as they were cut.

Not only that, but as well as having RIAA record equalisation, it also has two other EQ settings: “British” for FFRR LPs and EPs; and “American” for NAB equalised records – great for older mono vinyls. Two front panel switches provide these functions and a third front panel switch selects stereo or mono (left-right sum).

Volume Control & Two Outputs

There are two outputs, one which is fixed level and the other which is via the Accession’s volume (or level) control.

This gives the user the ability to record or digitise (via an ADC) from one output whilst listening on the other. The volume control can be used to set just the right level for an ADC to prevent clipping, or to adjust the signal on quiet records.accession-black-rear

But its other use could be for a frugal vinyl only system where the Accession will oblige by driving a power amp straight from its volume controlled output. The fixed level output can be used to supply a headphone amplifier. Graham Slee HiFi System Components can also supply suitable power amps: the Proprius monoblocks; and has a choice of headphone amplifiers.

But this isn’t all. Four capacitive load settings allow for fine tuning so you can extract the best quality sound from your cartridge.

Combine the Accession with Graham Slee’s Elevator EXP step up amplifier and all of its features are available to moving coil cartridges. The Accession is only supplied with Graham Slee’s best power supply, the PSU1, so it automatically performs to the maximum.

The Accession costs £800 and is available with either black or silver casing from Graham Slee whose ads you will find on this site.

Secifications

Item Measurement
Input and output connectors 360° shielded RCA/phono sockets, hard gold plated
Input sensitivity range 1.6mV to 7.2mV (recommended)
Output range (for above inputs) 190mV to 857mV
Maximum input 35mV rms
Maximum output 5.2V rms
Gain 41.5dB (119) at 1kHz
Input impedance 47k Ohms plus: 100pF / 220pf / 320pf / out
Output impedance (driving impedance) 750 Ohm fixed / 470 Ohm variable (will drive 10k Ohms and above)
Noise at output -66dB Quasi-peak 20Hz to 20kHz
Distortion typically 0.01% 20Hz to 20kHz
RIAA accuracy ± 0.3dB
Frequency response <20Hz – 45kHz (-3dB corrected to RIAA)
Channel balance 0.2dB
Channel separation 60dB
Power supply remotely powered using PSU1 linear power supply
Size (approx.) W: 107 x H: 50 x D: 195 (mm) inc. jacks

 

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The Chord Company has chosen headroom to reveal a number of new cables designed to exploit the full potential of today’s high-performance desktop audio and headphone-based systems.headphone-cable-prototypes-001-2000px

Chord’s headroom stand will introduce new high-performance USB and digital cables, plus the Tuned ARAY prototype headphone cable. The new headphone cable will be available in two terminations at the show: miniature XLRs for use with Audeze systems, plus 3.5mm mono plugs – a full range of terminations will be revealed at launch later in 2016.

The headphone cables uses a new version of Chord’s proprietary Tuned ARAY conductor technology and gives show-goers the chance to experience Chord’s Tuned ARAY construction techniques for headphones for the first time.

The Chord Company will also be showing a range of streaming and USB cables, alongside a range of UK-made analogue and digital cables. Chord will also be arranging a trio of demonstrations using high-quality partnering equipment to highlight the performance benefits of Chord’s no-compromise approach to cable design and construction.

Demonstration 1

The Chord Company’s USB cable range using Chord Electronics’ Hugo TT with Melco and laptop sources. Chord will demonstrate all its current USB cables from the USB Silver Plus right up to the flagship Sarum Super ARAY USB, as well as a new prototype USB cable. This system will also be showcasing the prototype Tuned ARAY headphone cables.

Demonstration 2

Chord’s analogue cable range will be presented using an Arcam source component and a Meridian Prime headphone amplifier. The demonstration will contrast the acclaimed entry-level C-line right up to the flagship models, including two unseen Tuned ARAY cables.

Both the Arcam and Chord Electronics systems will be used to demonstrate Chord’s latest digital cables, which will include new prototypes, plus the recently released Chord Clearway Digital and the flagship Sarum Super ARAY.

Demonstration 3

This demonstration features Chord’s range of streaming cables using a Melco source plus a Chord Electronics streamer. Cables on demonstration will include the C-stream, Anthem, Signature and Sarum streaming cables.

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Following last year’s launch of their Reference Amplifiers, AVID have announced their complimenting range of Reference loudspeakers, which will officially launch at this year’s Munich High End Show 2016.Avid Reference Range

Made up of one stand-mounted design and two floor-standing models, they have massive black aluminium enclosures and trademark AVID design touches.

The three models start with the stand-mount Reference Three through the Reference Two and finishing with the range-topping Reference One. Prices are expected to be £35K to £120K.

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All things headfi and portable audio will be on show this Friday and Saturday at headroom in London.
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New product launches include:
  • Sennheiser HD 800 S reference-level headphone (£1,200)
  • Audiolab M-DAC+ (£799.95)
  • SHURE KSE 1500 isolating electrostatic earphone (£2,199)
  • Questyle QP1R high-res portable music player DAP (£699)
  • Quad VA-One headphone amp (£1,399.95)
  • Arcam MusicBOOST headphone amp/DAC for iPhone (£120)
  • FOSTEX HP-A4 BL DAC/headphone amp (£379)
Plus Grammy award-winning engineers and hi-fi luminaries will be hosting presentations throughout the weekend and what’s more it’s all being held at Metropolis Studios, the most successful independent recording, mastering, creative and production facility in Europe. Metropolis’ stunning Grade II ‘Power House’ complex has been the recording home to Michael Jackson; the Rolling Stones; Amy Winehouse; U2; The Clash; Madonna and so many more.
Look out for Hifi Pig and GadgetyNews coverage after the event!
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James Loudspeaker, designers and manufacturers of décor-friendly entertainment products for both residential and commercial applications, has announced the introduction of the W-Series loudspeakers designed for specialised boundary applications, such as integration into a 90-degree corner where walls and ceilings converge. James Loudspeaker say “The visually unobtrusive wedge-shaped form factor is ideal for the latest immersive 3D audio technologies (Atmos, Auro3D and DTS:X) as well as other applications and can be used in both indoor and outdoor environments”.53QW

The initial launch of the W-Series includes two models; the 52QW (single 5.25-inch woofer/quad tweeter) and the 53QW (dual 5.25-inch woofers/quad tweeter). Each speaker features proprietary high-excursion woofers matched to the quad-array aluminium dome tweeter that has become a signature of the James Loudspeaker brand.

The 52QW and 53QW are constructed entirely of aircraft-grade aluminium for strength, sonic performance and durability and feature an aluminium perforated grille. A unique mounting system makes W-Series speakers easy to install using an innovative corner bracket that suspends the speaker securely via setscrews. Standard colours are Gloss White and Satin Black, however custom colours are available to suit any décor. Specially equipped versions of each model are available for outdoor/marine applications. James Loudspeaker W-Series loudspeakers are available now only through authorised integrators. The 52QW MSRP is $1000 (each) and 53QW MSRP is $1300 (each).

James Loudspeaker architectural loudspeakers are engineered and manufactured in Napa, CA USA.

 

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Astell&Kern has launched a limited Copper edition of its AK380 flagship high-resolution music player.AK380 Copper_three ways_med

Each AK380 casing is milled from a solid, 1.7Kg block of copperwhich is then hand finished and coated in a four-stage process that prevents oxidization and produces a brushed-metal finish. The player is completed by a carbon-fibre backing, and comes with a V1 leather case.

Only 500 units of the AK380 Copper will be available worldwide, at a price of £3299 each. The UK’s allocation will be available from select audio stockists, and Astell&Kern’s Amazon UK page, from late January.

The AK380 offers the same spec as the standard AK380 player, including dual 32bit DACs, advanced jitter reduction and native DSD playback. The AK380 Copper can also be used with the range of AK380 accessories, including the headphone amp module that neatly slides onto the player.

Key Features

  • VCXO Clock reduces jitter to 0.2 picoseconds
  • 32bit/384kHz Dual-DAC design; Bit to Bit playback
  • Native DSD playback
  • Balanced Output.
  • 256GB of internal memory plus microSD for further expansion (384GB+)
  • Wi-fi connectivity enables easy network streaming: wirelessly stream to and from player
  • Download music direct to player via wi-fi; firmware updates via wi-fi.
  • Use AK380 as ‘remote control’ for AK500 system
  • 4in touch screen
  • Higher-capacity battery
  • Genuine copper casing with carbon-fibre back
  • Comes with bespoke V1 Leather case
  • Optional headphone amp module; CD ripper and desktop dock

 

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems announces the release of a new, extremely powerful, wet record cleaning machine that removes dirt and dust from your valuable vinyl.

Pro-Ject say that the new record cleaning machine is super powerful and cleans a record in 1 to 2 rotations with the best results come from 1 turn forward, 1 turn backward. It turns the record very fast (2 seconds per rotation) “about 3 times faster than other cleaning machines do”. pro-ject_record_cleaning_machine

Features

  • A robust easy-to-use metal arm with mechanically stable fixing that doesn´t use springs.
  • A new type of clamp protects the record label from the cleaning fluid and avoids damage of the label. Because the record does not touch the platter, it will not have direct contact with dirty surfaces.
  • A big container (2.5 litre) for used fluid which shows fill capacity and guarantees no spillage of used cleaning fluid. Discharging used fluid is extremely easy.
  • Newly developed vinyl cleaning concentrate ´Wash it´ for vinyl and ´Wash it 78´ for shellac records.´ Note: ´Wash it´ is optimised for cleaning standard vinyl records. It is not usable with 78 rpm shellacs. For shellacs, Pro-Ject offer the optional special fluid ´Wash it 78´.

Conventional cleaning machines consist of the rotational platter (we do not have one) and vacuum arm with a vacuum cleaner motor. The record can rotate very fast in both directions. Cleaning liquid is applied to the record and consequently spread out by brush. Then the cleaning liquid with all the dissolved impurities is evacuated by the vacuum arm. The vacuum arm is connected to an air/water separator tank. This tank protects the vacuum cleaner motor against the residue of the cleaning liquid and dry air is blown out. The vacuum arm is equipped with two brushes which are self adhesively stacked beside the groove in the vacuum arm. When vacuum suction is applied, the record attaches to these brushes.

Vinyl Cleaner VC-S    SRP € 449 (includes accessory kit)

 

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London’s headroom show will see many of the world’s leading audio manufacturers launch brand new products for 2016 .

Headroom will introduce a number of brand new headphones and portable audio devices to consumers in 2016. The biggest brands, including Sennheiser, SHURE, Audiolab and Quad have chosen headroom, which runs from Friday 29th to Saturday 30th January, to launch a number of brand new products, all inside the world’s largest independent professional recording complex, Metropolis Studios, Chiswick.headroom_brands

NEW LAUNCH: Sennheiser HD 800 S reference-level headphone (£1,200)

The HD 800 S is Sennheiser’s new reference-level headphone. Precision-built in Germany the HD 800 S offers high-precision connectivity with a 6.3mm connector, plus an XLR-4 balanced cable to maximise sound quality from sources with balanced outputs. The headband and headphone mounting utilises advanced materials developed for the aerospace industry, giving high strength with minimal weight.

NEW LAUNCH: Audiolab M-DAC+ (£799.95)

Audiolab’s highly anticipated M-DAC+ enhances the performance of its M-DAC sibling to include 32-bit/384kHz resolution for the USB input. The M-DAC+ can also link directly to Apple devices to access stored music via USB-A. DSD audio is also catered for with the

M-DAC+ offering four different DSD and seven different PCM filters. Further features include redefined circuitry with a new internal power supply.

NEW LAUNCH: SHURE KSE 1500 isolating electrostatic earphone (£2,199)

The KSE 1500 combines a Sound-Isolating™ electrostatic earphone with a matched high-res SHURE USB amp/DAC, providing a unique system giving unmatched clarity and detail with extremely high fidelity. The high-res 24/192 USB amp/DAC is compatible with Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices, with navigation and control performed via a single wheel.

NEW LAUNCH: Questyle QP1R high-res portable music player DAP (£699)

The new QP1R high-performance portable music player (DAP) supports DSD128 and 24/192kHz PCM playback and uses a pure Class A headphone amplifier with discrete transistors and components. File support is included for ALAC, APE, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, WMA Lossless up to 24bit/192kHz and high-res audio files such as DSD128 and DSD64. Questyle’s proprietary Current Mode Amplification technology is included, which was developed from its amplifiers, to drive virtually any headphone with ultra-low distortion, wide bandwidth and pure Class A operation – a rare feat among portable devices.

NEW LAUNCH: Quad VA-One headphone amp (£1,399.95)

The new VA-One integrated amplifier from Quad follows founder Peter Walker’s approach to sound quality, using carefully selected hi-fi amplifier valves to drive life-like excitement into music. It includes both analogue and digital inputs, with RCA, optical and coaxial options, plus a 6.3mm headphone jack output on the front panel. Its USB-B and Bluetooth inputs (aptX) enable simple connectivity to PCs, tablets and smartphones.

NEW LAUNCH: Arcam MusicBOOST headphone amp/DAC for iPhone (£120)

The Arcam MusicBOOST is a genuine new-category product, a portable headphone amplifier with a high-precision DAC and powerful battery pack for the Apple iPhone 6, all in one sleek protective sleeve case weighing just 100 gms. MusicBOOST is an ideal travel product, able to be easily swapped in/out depending on usage and totally ends battery anxiety when boarding passes are kept on phones!

NEW LAUNCH: FOSTEX HP-A4 BL DAC/headphone amp (£379)

Headroom marks the first appearance for the newly released Fostex HP-A4 BL USB- powered DAC and headphone amp, which now offers a balanced headphone output. Based on the original HP-A4, the new version maintains support for DSD128 and PCM192, with a simple-to-use layout and great portability.

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