This is the second album from Projected Twin, the brainchild of Adelaide local Shaun Holton.  Following on from the similarly titled, self-produced debut Earth to World, Earth vs World was made possible by the increasingly successful Pledge Music organization.  For those unfamiliar, Pledge and similar organizations take donations towards the cost of  recording upcoming albums and, in a nutshell, donators are essentially paying for their copy of the record before it’s even produced.  It’s a brilliant concept and many artists are now following this path including Ben Folds. More »

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Sophomore albums are always an interesting proposition.  Not only because they are supposedly “difficult”, but also because they often give a more realistic representation of a band’s sound and future direction than their debut.  Many bands skew off in a radically different direction on their second albums, eager to avoid stereotype and accusations of regression.  However, if a band’s second album is similar to their first, then you can bet that’s their signature sound and they’re happy to stick with it.  The latter is definitely the case here.  Born out of the ashes of White Wizzard in 2008, Holy Grail quickly developed their own sound and an enthusiastic fan base after the release of their 2010 debut Crisis in Utopia. More »

British audio cable manufacturer, Black Rhodium has announced the launch of its latest stereo interconnect named Tempo. Black_rhodium_tempo_interconnect

The design of Tempo is based very closely on the company’s Coda interconnect cable with two differences: The Silicone rubber type GPC insulation of the 19 individual 16-gauge silver plated copper conductors has been increased from a thickness of 0.6mm to 1.2mm to “reduce Transient Phase Distortion” and the cables are now encased in a violet coloured expandable braid.

TEMPO cables are twisted together, “thus preventing the cable acting as a “loop aerial” for airborne radio frequency interference which can cause audible distortion to the sound quality” and Eichmann Bullet RCA phono plugs are fitted.

Price is £200 for a 0.5m pair and £225 for a 1m pair.

 

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In the second of our ongoing series of Behind the Brands interviews we speak to Graeme Holland who heads up the high-end valve amplifier manufacturing company Audion.

If you are involved in the Hifi industry and are yourself interested in being included in the Behind The Brand interviews then please do get in touch with us.

Check out the full list of our Behind the Brands interviews and find out what makes the names behind the brands tick.

 

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Graeme Holland heads up Audion, a high-end valve amplifier manufacturer based in South West France, having traditional values and service, yet at the forefront of tube technologies. Now celebrating 25 years of supplying and creating high-end audio products, Audion goes from strength to strength. More »

With its Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC), standalone Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) & Preamp, Digital-to-Digital AmiMuseDDH1-00_lgConverter (DDC), standalone Digital-to-Digital Converter (DDC) with analog input and Headphone Amplifier this little unit from Tokyo certainly seems to be well specced.

  • All in one device for USB DAC, standalone DAC & Preamp, USB-DDC, standalone DDC with analog input, headphone amplifier.
  • Asynchronous USB operation: bit-perfect digital audio and low clock jitter.
  • USB audio class 2 (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and high-speed asynchronous mode: Microsoft Windows® XP, Windows® Vista and Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit) with special driver compatible with WDM/Direct X, ASIO 2.1 and WASAPI exclusive. Apple OSX version 10.6.4 and above (no driver install required).AmiMuseDDH1-07_lg
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz full speed mode compatible. If enabled for UAC2 when connected to an FS hub, it will fall back to UAC1, full speed mode.
  • External 12V 2.5A high current DC power supply unit for high quality audio performance.
  • Full aluminum finished exterior design case.
  • Audio muting transistor for anti-pop control.
  • ESD protection varistor, USB Surge protection circuit enabled.
  • Standard dual RCA stereo line output jack with fixed gain and variable gain controlled by FIX/VAR select switch.
  • High−performance dual unit precision potentiometer for line output (at variable mode) and headphone output volume control.
  • Quad-level LED indication for sample rate status: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz.
  • Dual line output mode support pure DAC mode (fixed gain) and preamp mode (variable gain, potentiometer volume control).
  • Up to 24-bit/192kHz S/PDIF input (TOSLINK optical & coaxial).
  • Up to 24-bit/192kHz optical S/PDIF output from USB input, optical input, coaxial input and 24-bit/96kHz optical S/PDIF output from analog line input path.

Price is expected to be around 450 USD

We will have a full hifi review of the AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and headphone amplifier coming soon.

 

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NuForce, Inc have announced a single-chassis integrated stereo amplifier, the IA-18. The uniNuforce_frontt incorporates  components used in NuForce’s c Reference Series products including much of the same circuitry as the P-20, the company’s most recent flagship preamplifier, a Cross Matrix Array (CMA) capacitor module, and two V3 output amplifier modules.

The IA-18 features five analogue RCA inputs and the same touch-strip control panel as that of its reference sibling. The IA-18’s volume control, which, like the P-20’s, consists of a switched-resistor ladder network consisting of the latest advances in thin-film technology is said to be a key feature of the amplifier and operates by way of a single thin-film, ultra-low-noise resistor in the signal path for each of its 0.5dB gain settings, allowing for precise volume adjustment for each channel in discrete, 0.5dB steps.nuforce_back

The amp is offered in a black or silver sand-blasted anodized aluminum case and includes a custom-designed remote that permits operation of all of the unit’s functions from listening position.

Features:

  • Full microprocessor control with memory retention
  • Five stereo inputs for complete system flexibility
  • Ultra low noise JFETs employed in input stage
  • Volume adjustment in 99 precise, 0.5dB increments
  • Thin-film switched-resistor ladder network for controlling volume – only a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting
  • Individually adjustable volume on each input for precise level matching of all sources
  • A pair of V3 amplifier modules
  • Cross-Matrix Array (CMA) capacitor module

The NuForce IA-18 is available worldwide for a suggested retail price of US$3500 and shipping immediately.

 

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Merrill Audio announces the release of two new models of their Veritas amplifiers, a Dual Mono version called the MerillVERITAS Twins, and Bridged Monoblocks called the VERITAS Siamese Twins. All three models are built around the Hypex Ncore NC1200.
Priced at USD $9,000, the VERITAS Twins Dual Mono Amplifier provides the sonic and build quality of the VERITAS Monoblocks, but in a single chassis for those with less space. Like the VERITAS Monoblocks, the VERITAS Twins is constructed from a single Aluminum billet.  It has a single power cord that powers both channels, which are separated to either side of the chassis. A single Remote Trigger controls both channels.
The VERITAS Siamese Twins Monoblocks, priced at US $18,000, provides a bridged version of the VERITAS Monoblocks.

 

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Waveform is the new class of semi-active digital RCA from Tellurium Q (patent applied for in UK, number:1223346.6) TQWaveformcoming from many months of research by the UK based company. “The new device contains a bi-directional, high speed, non-avalanching voltage clamp, controlling the peak voltages into your DAC. The technology is contained on two little circuit boards encased in anti-micro-phonic material, one in each RCA plug.”

Claimed effects of the new cable are that it “boosts the speed of the edges of the digital signal giving you the fastest possible secure transmission of a digital signal allowing DACs to maintain an excellent lock at all times, reduce error and minimise dropout giving the most accurate signal possible today”.

Price is £390.

 

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The Glow Amp Two is a push/pull stereo tube amplifier producing 15 watts per channel, featuring EL84 power tubes. glow_audio_amp_two_stereo_tube_amplifier_rearLike the Glow Amp One, it is assembled by hand, utilizing the point-to-point method.

Glow Audio say the amp has a “classic sound, has the punch of a good push/pull amp, without the graininess that is so characteristic of many push/pull amps in its price range. It has the sweet high end of the EL84, a tight, impressive bass output, and a natural sounding mid range. It sounds wonderful on a wide range of music.”
The retail price of the GLOW Amp Two is $1508 and will be available in February in either high gloss black or white.

 

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Krell Industries announce Foundation, the latest in a long line of  A/V processors from the company. Featuring the foundation2-smlatest digital connectivity, the Foundation also maintains Krell’s standards for analogue audio reproduction.

From decoding the latest lossless audio formats, extensive digital switching, 3DTV pass-through,  etc the Foundation is certainly well equipped. The 7.1-channel processor also features balanced audio outputs, automatic setup and room EQ.

In addition to 10 HDMI 1.4a inputs, the Foundation has 2 HDMI outputs, both of which feature Audio Return Channel. With ARC, a display device is able to send audio back down the HDMI cable to the processor. This is beneficial for those with televisions with built-in web streaming capability like Netflix or Pandora, so the streaming audio can use the full home theater system instead of just the TV’s speakers.

The Foundation includes a new Krell development – Intelligent HDMI switching. Intelligent HDMI switching is a combination of circuitry and software that optimizes HDMI operation. Various parameters including the monitor’s electronic ID and source video resolution are stored in non-volatile memory. All 10 source inputs are always active so source, channel, video resolution, and audio format changes are instantaneous. The Intelligent HDMI design provides the fastest signal recognition possible.

The Foundation also features Krell’s Automatic Room Equalization System (ARES), to help ensure the best possible performance from every room. ARES analyzes all the speakers in the system, their location, phase, and distance from each other, to determine the best crossover frequency, delay, etc. In addition, ARES incorporates the acoustics of the room to determine unique EQ curves for each of the 7.1 output channels.

The Foundation will be available at Krell authorised dealers in February 2013 for $6,500 MSRP.

 

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KEF has become provider of custom loudspeakers to Princess Yachts and their Ci160TR loudspeakers will be featured in 2753_Saloonthe boat company’s motor-yachts of 60ft and above.

The yachts have exquisite interior spaces akin to luxury loft apartments, and the KEF Ci160TR fits “perfectly between the extremely narrow bulkhead spaces”. With a depth of just 30mm, it’s the slimmest full-range Custom Installation speaker in the Ci industry.

With an advanced 4.5in mid/bass driver and 1 in tweeter featuring KEF’s patented Tangerine Wave guide – creating a wide sound dispersion – “the Ci160TRs’ performance is nothing less than remarkable”. They use an utra-thin bezel, magnetic and moisture-resistant grilles, and wider mounting legs for improved force distribution when fitted. Where every millimetre is at a premium, the Ci160TR is perfectly suited for placement within the beautiful cabins of Princess Yachts.

 

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The fourth and final set of photographs from CES 2013 can be viewed here. Lots of pics of seriously high-end audio and hifi for your viewing pleasure. Do enjoy!

 

Hifi Pig would like to say a massive thank you to the Part Time Audiophile for allowing us to use these photographs.

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Part 3 here More »

A year ago Kudos launched the Super 10, a development of the Cardea series stand-mount loudspeakers and now, aSuper 20 year later, Kudos has applied the same concept to their Cardea series 2-way floor-standing loudspeakers to produce the Super 20.

The Super 20 combines the Kudos Crescendo K2 tweeter from Kudos’ flagship Titan T88 loudspeaker together with a newly developed main driver which features a hand-treated paper cone, 26mm diameter voice coil, aluminium phase plug and a copper shorting ring to minimise eddy currents.  The two drive units are unique to Kudos and have been developed to integrate seamlessly with a very simple crossover.

In the crossover itself Mundorf inductors and resistors are used as well as Mundorf Supreme gold, silver and oil capacitors.

The Super 20 cabinet is manufactured from 18mm high density MDF and finished with either real wood veneers, or a satin white paint. The reflex port is situated on the bottom of the cabinet to enable more flexibility in placement within the listening room; this incorporates the damped flexi port design from the Kudos Titan T88.  The plinth provides a fixed boundary gap for the port to work optimally as well as providing additional stability.  The plinth itself is a tri-laminate design of high density MDF, a damping compound and a steel base providing stability and mechanical grounding properties.  Stainless steel spikes are also included for grounding the loudspeaker to the floor.

 

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Hifi Pig is delighted to announce the latest addition to the ever growing content of the website. As part of the team’s ongoing desire to bring you the latest news and reviews we have today launched the “Behind The Brand” series of interviews.

In this series of interviews we will be looking at how the people behind the brands initially got into the industry, what their views on the current state of the hifi industry are and od course some more personal questions.

We’re sure you will agree that this is a great addition to Hifi Pig’s content and we’re equally sure it will prove hugely popular with our readers.

We kick the series off with an interview with the Managing Director of Roksan Audio Tufan Hashemi and you can read his responses to our questions here

If you are involved in the Hifi industry and are yourself interested in being included in the Behind The Brand interviews then please do get in touch with us.

 

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Tufan Hashemi is Managing Director of Roksan Audio, the company that brought the audiophile community the Xerxes turntable in the mid 1980. The company still produces a version of the Xerxes turntable (The Xerxes .20 Plus) as well as a host of other products including amplifiers, cartridges, tonearms, CD Players, loudspeakers and a tuner.

The company’s latest product is the Oxygene range which includes an uber-cool CD player and amplifier. More »

The Reference DAC Digital Media Bridge connects nearly all forms of digital media to a centralized unit with 2628_Audio_Research_Reference_DAC_Digital_Media_Bridge“exceptional digital to-analogue processing”, the same vacuum tube analogue stage and power supply as the Reference 5 SE, and an intuitive, easy to use display interface.

The Reference DAC builds on the sonic performance of the DAC8, as well as technology from Audio Research preamplifiers such as the Reference Anniversary and the chassis has the same size and look as other Reference series preamplifiers. New is the 3.5” TFT display on the front panel, capable of displaying all unit functions as well as metadata from certain sources. The Reference DAC also incorporates the ability to upsample any 44.1 or 48 kHz source to 176.4 or 192 kHz playback.

The idea of the Digital Media Bridge is to unite all digital sources into a singular, high performance chassis to provide
an elegant, user-friendly digital audio solution. The Reference DAC has capacity for the following sources:
Wired Ethernet, Wireless Ethernet via IEEE802.11b/g/n, vTuner Internet Radio, AES/EBU input, S/PDIF optical input, S/PDIF coaxial input, USB 2.0 HS for computer, USB 2.0 for iPod, iPad, iTouch, and/or iPhone, USB input memory stick (thumb drive) front input.

The Audio Research Reference DAC Digital Media Bridge is available in the UK through Absolute Sounds’ network of high-end audio retailers, with an SRP of £13,998 inc. VAT.

 

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Part 3 of the CES photographs series is now uploaded with photographs of high-end audio and hifi from Cary, VAC, Devore Fidelity, MBL, Acoustic Plan, Dynaudio, Moon Audio. Copland, Yamamoto Sound Craft and many more high end brands. Make sure you also check out parts 1 and 2 for lots more photographs of High-end hifi from the CES Show 2013 in Las Vegas.

 

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Part 2 here

Part 4 here More »

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