CA Electronics the Dutch company that manufactures the AP-10 Loudspeaker, the HA-10 Loudspeaker and a range of ceramic isolation cones has introduced the CA Ceramic Cable Elevators. The company’s press release had the following to say about the cable elevators “…have a modern and sleek design, and offer great performance. Made out of special Ceramic material, the Cable Elevator is perfect for de-coupling your cables from the ground. The Ceramic will absorb small vibrations which will cause distortion in your sound, and shields against static electricity.”
Quad has added a couple of floorstanding loudspeakers to their Classic L range of speakers.
The two new models are the L 23L and the 25l and both use Kevlar drivers and a downward firing bass radiator.
The 23L is 92.5cm high with a 2.5cm fabric dome tweeter and 12.5cm drivers for mids and bass. The downward firing radiator is 16.5cm.
The 25L is the bigger of the two new models and stand 112.5cm tall, has 12.5cm drivers for mid duties and a pair of 16.5cm units for the bass. The downward firing bass radiator is 20cm. The 25L shares the same tweeter as its smaller sibling.
Prices are £1300 to £2200 depending on finish.
Not Hifi in its strictest sense but interesting news none the less, KEF has announced details of the latest additions to its Custom Installation loudspeaker range. The all-British designed new models are the CS and QS SQUARE and the CL and QL RECTANGLE loudspeakers.
Models QS and QL feature KEF’s Uni-Q driver array, while the CS and CL models have an Asymmetrical Tweeter Island. The new additions also include forward woofer mounting and an Ultra-Thin Bezel (UTB) design. Rough-in frames and rear enclosures are available as optional features, as are magnetic grilles, new wider mounting leg fixings, protective PCB covers and moisture-resistant fixings and grilles.
Building on the past performance of its C 545BEE, NAD announces the release of the new C 546BEE CD Player. Supporting a wide range of program material including CD, CD-R, CD-RW, the C 546BEE will play encoded MP3 and WMA music in their natural, intended form.
In addition to supporting all of today’s latest optical formats, “NAD’s engineering and design team has overhauled all of the circuitry and component choices to improve low frequencies, for a level of musical precision and detail that can be heard”. Using a 24-bit high-resolution DAC and two separate power regulators for analogue and digital audio, NAD has limited electrical interference and produced low-level linearity for all digital music.
A number of user-friendly features and a full function remote control allows for navigation and programming of up to 20 tracks.
Suggested Retail Price: NAD C 546BEE – £499.00
CA Electronics, the Dutch manufacturer of the renowned AP-10 loudspeakers and an innovative range of ceramic isolation products has announced the release of the HE-10 loudspeaker system.
The HE-10 is a small and sleek looking loudspeaker ideally suited to smaller rooms, audio visual duties or as a state of the art desktop system when connected to a computer.
For use in audiovisual systems CA Electronics have added a matching centre speaker, allowing for great sound when watching movies.
The HE-10 has been designed in such a way as to negate the need for filtering resulting in zero errors from crossover components and giving the listener outstanding imaging and a purity of sound rare at any price point.
Made in the Netherlands the HE-10 is fabricated from eco-friendly materials.
Computers Unlimited is bringing Focal’s Bird range to Britain for the first time. The “stylish, flexible” systems from the French audio manufacturer have already won praise for their design and performance from reviewers and customers in France, the US and beyond.
Bird is three 2.1 systems based around Power Bird, a central unit featuring 2x35W amplification, wired and wireless connectivity, and the hidden bass boost of a six-inch, 80W subwoofer.
The Power Bird can be used in flat, vertical or horizontal positions. It can be hung on the wall – aided by its integrated Polyfix mounting system – or even slipped under a sofa. It’s paired with three sizes of speaker: Little Bird, Bird and Super Bird; these too are highly flexible about where they sit.
“Focal has designed the Bird 2.1 Systems to offer style and simplicity. For example, every Bird system supports wireless audio, with Focal giving users the choice of Kleer – built into Power Bird – or aptX Bluetooth connectivity via an optional receiver module. Apple AirPlay can also be used, by connecting an AirPort Express to the Power Bird’s optical input. ”
Both Kleer and Bluetooth solutions need no wi-fi network. Kleer supports uncompressed audio: users just add a tiny Focal USB or iTransmitter dongle to their computer or Apple iPad/iPhone. Focal’s Universal aptX Bluetooth receiver opens up wireless audio to users of any Bluetooth-compatible smartphone, tablet or computer, including the latest aptX-equipped Android devices.
The Clarity Alliance has launched as the new trade association for the UK’s hi-fi and home cinema industry, with the primary purpose of promoting the benefits of quality home entertainment to new consumers.
The launch of Clarity came about as a result of the Project Grass initiative, which was set up by retail association, BADA, in the wake of discussions held with its members and industry wide surveys. The project’s objective was to gain a thorough understanding of what the industry as a whole wants from a trade association and to devise a new structure that fulfills the objective and is relevant for the hi-fi and home cinema industry of today and tomorrow. As of 11th July BADA, the British Audio-Visual Dealers Association, will cease to exist.
Polk Audio the Baltimore based hifi loudspeaker manufacturer is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a plan to reinvigorate the brand’s presence with a new logo and a newly designed website.
Ben Newhall, Polk Audio’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing said “As we take stock of where we are as a company, we are quite proud of our achievements over the past four decades. Now is the right time to renew our branding and our logo as well as our efforts in communicating the compelling story of our products and people.
Krell Industries have announced the Phantom III, the first Krell preamplifier to include either an optional digital input module or a headphone output. The digital module features AES/EBU, coaxial, and optical digital inputs for use with streaming devices or other digital sources.
The Phantom preamplifier is a dual monaural design with the left and right channels given their own power supply regulation and individual circuit boards. All signal gain is executed with surface mount technology using proprietary multiple-output current mirrors. Featuring 700 kHz bandwidth in a zero feedback, balanced, Krell Current Mode design, the Phantom III shares the same design philosophy as the Phantom preamplifier. Negative feedback is not used anywhere in the preamp. The volume control is a balanced resistor ladder and the headphone circuitry is identical to the main circuitry, “offering private listening with the same performance as speaker playback”.
The digital module supports up to 24 bit/192kHz LPCM. All digital signals are fed to an ESS Sabre DAC and then sent to Krell’s Current Mode, discrete, balanced analogue circuitry. Being a modular design, the optional digital converter module can be added in the future.
The Phantom III preamplifier is available in silver or black finish.
NAD has announced two new products targeted at both the home and the custom install market, the T787 and T777 AV Receivers.
The T787 and T777 are both 7-channel amplifiers that are power output rated at 4 ohms with all channels driven across the full 20Hz to 20kHz frequency range.
The T787 is rated at 120 wpc, and that is supported by the use of one power transformer dedicated solely to the front left and right channels, and a second transformer supplying the needed current to rest of the channels. The T777’s single transformer supplies enough current to enable its amplifier to still deliver a full 80 wpc. Both units provide Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, as well as analogue-to-HDMI video conversion and switching (1080p and 3D compatible) and also feature six HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs (Audio Return Channel is also supported).
Naim have added the NAC-N 172 XS network connected streaming preamplifier to its range. Naim claim the unit is the “ideal proposition for those wanting to take their fist steps into the world of high-end streaming” and all you need to add is a power amplifier and loudspeakers to complete the package.
The NAC-N 172 XS offers streaming of music on your network at resolutions of upto 32bit/192kHz as well as the ability to tune into the myriad internet radio stations. On the from of the unit is a USB port allowing for the easy connection of iPods and other MP3 players. Audio from other sources is taken care of by five S/PDIF inputs.
The NAC-N 172 XS works as a conventional preamplifier too and is perfectly happy handling other sources such as CD players.
Epiphany Acoustics have announced the arrival of a new USB DAC to their product range. The E-DAC, is a £99.99, 24 bit DAC suited for high end computer audio.
The E-DAC is a stand alone USB digital-to-analogue converter which comes in a small brushed aluminium enclosure smaller than a credit card where the output is provided by a 3.5mm line out jack.
The E-DAC has been designed by the prolific NwAvGuy and is based on the TE7022L UAC1 engine and ES9023 DAC chip. It supports 16 bit and 24 bit at sample rates of 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz. The on-board filtered power supply reduces noise levels to “practically non-existent levels” and a crystal controlled oscillator further improves performance levels. The end result is a ‘plug and play’ DAC which sports distortion of less than 0.005% and has a dynamic range of over 110dB.
Hifi Pig review of the Epiphany Acoustics E-DAC can be found here.
The newly released DAC-100 accepts up to four digital input sources and features a digital volume control, a headphone amplifier section with low distortion, a high-resolution analogue RCA output stage, and a convenient wireless remote. The DAC-100 is compatible with both USB and S/PDIF.
The digital input stage of the NuForce unit operates in asynchronous mode which is independent of any timing errors associated with the incoming digital audio stream. The input stage synchronizes the data to an internally referenced timing signal and the re-clocking circuit’s accuracy is said to reduce Jitter to “near theoretical limits”
The headphone amp provides 500-milliwatts Single-Ended Class “A” power whilst the digital, 32-bit volume control is said to offer “precise channel tracking”.
The analogue pre is a minimalist design which NuForce say offers “a signal path that approaches a straight-wire-with-gain level of performance”.
The 24-bit, 192kHz DAC stage converts digital audio data back to an analogue signal at its native sampling rate and so no up-sampling or other data manipulation is used.
Cost in the US is $1095.