Audiolab is set to add two new components to its compact LAB Series: the Q-DAC, a new D/A converter based on the M-DAC but set at a lower price point, and the M-PWR matching power amplifier.
Like the M-DAC, the new Q-DAC serves not only as a DAC but also as a digital preamp and headphone amp, too. The ESS Saber32 D/A converter chip (9016), a 32-bit processor is used and the Q-DAC has a SRP of just £399.95. It has coaxial, optical and USB inputs and RCA outputs (The M-DAC had balanced XLR outputs)
The M-PWR is a compact stereo power amp designed to be partnered with either the Q-DAC, or the M-DAC which can be used to control the volume.
The M-PWR incorporates both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs, and supplies 40W per channel into eight ohms.
Introduced in 2012, AKG-by-TIËSTO headphones have proved to be hugely popular with a wide audience. With TIËSTO’s input and stamp of approval, the full line of TIËSTO headphones recently earned the internationally acclaimed Red Dot-label recognition for product design in 2013.
The internationally recognized Red Dot symbol is awarded to the finest in technology and is only attributed to product from companies that accentuate excellent design and long-term quality.
“The Red Dot recognition for our best-selling AKG-by-TIËSTO headphones underscores the decades of quality and reliability producers, DJs and music enthusiasts expect from our legendary products,” stated Thomas Stubics, Product Marketing Manager, AKG. “Red Dot is synonymous with leading products in numerous industries and to have the AKG-by-TIËSTO headphones marked with its symbol validates our position that our world-class, multi-purpose headphones provide an all-encompassing quality for the music industry.”
Earo Acoustics, a Sweden based research and development company, will be making the first public presentation of their new speaker design at T.H.E. this weekend. Named “Wally” the speaker measures only 39mm´s (1-1/2”) thick yet holds two 6,5” and one 2” driver. The design is from ground up including the drivers in order to reach the goal of a full range speaker that is thin enough to be mounted on a wall yet capable of producing high sound pressure. The speaker is self powered and uses digital signal processing. The signal processing features Dirac HD Sound.
Audio is sent to the Wally´s via digital wireless link. The link interfaces to anoalogue and digital sources including USB. Up to eights Wallys may be connected to the same digital wireless link, offering multiroom, multiplay capability.
Concert Fidelity hand build their kit in Japan and will launch their latest DAC (The DAC 040BD Battery Drive) at this weekend’s T.H.E Show in Newport California.
Being powered from battery the DAC will be freed from the possibility of dirty mains electricity interfering with the sound quality in the vital DAC section. This is nothing new for the company as they previously produced the DAC 040 (Pictured) which was battery powered.
Battery power will be used only in the DAC section of the 040BD whilst other sections of the DAC will be powered by the mains.
The 040BD will use a non-oversampling DAC with 12AU7 output valves.
Price is $12 000
This year it is the 9th edition of Fest Jazz held every year on the banks of the River Aulne at Châteauneuf-du-Faou in one of the most beautiful parts of Brittany, France. If you are in the area or able to make it this is a really special festival.
The three day festival starts on Friday 26th July with a Dinner Dance at the “Hotel Relais de Cornouaille”. On Saturday 27th July, there’s free jazz in the village during the day and in the evening a Cabaret and Dance in a marquee on the banks of the river, with a typically French Pig Roast for those who want to partake! Then on Sunday 28th July there’s the big event with jazz from 18 groups and over 80 musicians in four venues all within a three minutes walk of each other.
There is always a really relaxed, family atmosphere with a great mixture of generations and nationalities and Hifi Pig has been in attendance for the last 3 years or so.Their advert is running on the left hand side of the page and so click through and have a look at what’s going on.
WyWires will debut three new products for 2013 at T.H.E. Show next week – the Platinum Series of speaker and interconnect cables, a new configuration of their Gold cables, and the Power Broker AC Distributor. These products may be found in the following rooms.
Platinum is a new wire formula that contains multiple gauges of Litz conductor wire. Gold is now based on Platinum (vs. Silver) and includes ByBee Purifiers. Gold speaker cables have a new look, and the ByBee Purifiers are now housed in a cherrywood box for “improved resonance control”.
The Power Broker is priced $2499 (Silver) and $3999 (Gold)
Arteluthe are a loudspeaker manufacturer who design and hand-build their products in Quebec, Canada. They currently have three models in their range – the Satie, Algeria and Kanatate.
They are interesting loudspeakers and all are active featuring onboard amplifiers, onboard digital sound processing, XLR inputs/outputs and volume control.
The speakers also utilise the company’s unique AirForce Inverted Horn with Air Canon which give 12dB of gain and a claimed response down to 35Hz.
Prices are from $7999 per pair
A while ago we ran a news item on the Coffman Labs G1-A preamp and thought you might also be interested in their new, tubed H1-A Headphone Amplifier which will debut at the Newport Audio Show in a couple weeks
Externally, the H1-A has a strong family resemblance to the G1-A. The design includes variable impedance output for both quarter-inch and mini headphone plugs, four inputs and an RCA line out for those wishing to use it as a preamp.
It uses a 6C4 tube for the gain stage which drives a pair of 50L6 or 25L6 tubes in push-pull mode which Coffman Labs say should be enough to drive almost all headphones and even high efficiency loudspeakers. Three separate output impedances are provided and you get four inputs (Three on the rear of the unit and a mini jack on the front). Right and left volume controls are provided on the front panel along with a source switch.
Like the G1-A it’s an all analogue design, completely hand-built in Hillsboro, Oregon USA.
Price is $2,295
The Audio Electronics by Cary Audio Lightning digital to analog converter(DAC) is now shipping and is available for purchase.
The Lightning DAC uses Asynchronous Streamlength™ Class 2.0 USB audio technology for streaming computer USB audio. The Lightning DAC also has coaxial and Toslink inputs up to 24 bit/192 kHz resolution.
The Lightning DAC starts with a custom-built power transformer and a high-current power supply.
A Wolfson WM8805 chipset is used as the input receiver for the two SP/DIF digital audio inputs whilst the XMOS USB chip does asynchronous processing of USB computer based music. It is able to handle multiple 24 bit/192kHz channels with extremely low latency, all at 500 MIPS.
Once the digital bitstream is managed it is sent to the digital to analog conversion section, comprised of two ESS Sabre ES9023 24/192 DAC chipsets.
Dimensions: 13.5″ L X 14″ W X 2.5″ H
Retail price: $1,295
Burson have introduced two new products aimed squarely at the headfi marketplace, the Burson Conductor SL9018 (pictured) and the Conductor SL1793.
The Conductor SL9018 is a streamlined version of the company’s already well established Conductor whilst the Conductor SL1793 is an enhanced version of Burson’s HA-160D.
The SL9018 will retail for $1550 whilst the SL1793 will be available for $1250. Both products will be released in June.
The SL9018 is a headphone amplifier, 32bit 200K DAC and 24bit 192K USB asynchronous DAC with fully discrete circuitry, a fully symmetrical FET input stage and will operate in pure class A mode. The 2 levels output stage will deliver 0.18W to 2W which Burson say will offer perfect control for any headphone. The SL9018 has 1 line level input using RCA inputs and 3 digital inputs.
The SL1793 is also a headphone amplifier and DAC and offers the same output power, uses the same USB receiver but differs in that it uses a Burr Brown 24 bit 192 PCM1793 DAC rather than the ESS9018 Sarb DAC of the SL9018.
True to the motto “After the HIGH END is before the HIGH END”, the course has already been
set for the next HIGH END show and the dates have now been fixed: 15 to 18 May 2014 in the MOC
Linette has finished her “Birds Eye View” of the Munich High End Show and you can now read the final part of her report on Munich High End 2013.
I’ve written Munich High End Show report Part 3 and Munich High End Show report part 4 but there is still much more to add including an interview with Norbert Lehmann of Lehmann Audio and an “in Show” review of some massive Gryphon Audio Loudspeakers that made their debut at the Munich High End Show.
We’re slowly working through all the photographs and notes we’ve made and we hope to have our coverage tied up by the end of this weekend…hopefully.
We received a press release from Sonance about an interesting looking hifi set up for use in the garden. The SonArray garden sound system by Sonance comes packaged in a single box with eight horn-shaped SR1 satellites and an underground subwoofer (should keep the moles at bay too).The simple daisy-chained loudspeakers attach to any standard two channel amplifier and the system will cover an area of 185sqm.
The company say that it produces sound quality and coverage “far beyond the reach of conventional garden rock speakers”. The Sonarray SR1 speakers, just 4 inches in diameter, are discreet enough to be located under plants or foliage, so the system won’t compromise your garden design or hard work.
Facing inwards from the perimeter and directed by the satellites’ horn-shaped enclosures, the SR1 is less likely to spill into adjacent gardens which should keep your neighbours on-side too.
Price is £2500.
You can read the second installment of Linette’s views on the Munich High End show, “A Bird’s Eye View”, where she’ll be talking about what stood out at the show for her.
Brands she discusses include Thoress who make some interesting looking valve amplifiers, German Physiks and their omnidirectional loudspeakers, Vexo amplifiers, Lehmann Audio and Estalon.
High End Munich 2013 – A Bird’s Eye View Part 2 – hope you enjoy it.
High End Munich 2013 – A Bird’s Eye View Part 1
Legacy Audio, based in Springfield USA, premiered their Aeris loudspeaker to the European market at the Munich High End show 2013.
It’s a bold yet elegant looking loudspeaker and is packed with tech’. While touting 24-bit DSP and 1kwatts of internal bass power, the upper portion of Aeris is open-air dipole which the company says offers “fast decay of midbass frequencies and airy spacious highs”.
The 6 driver, 4.5 way system is the first to use the Legacy Dual Air Motion neodymium tweeter and a dipolar titanium encrusted 8” midrange with an enormous motor structure imported from Italy. The midbass is delivered by an open air 10” driver, while dual 12” subwoofers provide a linear volume displacement of nearly 200 cubic inches. The bass section is internally powered by dual 500Watt ICEpower® modules.
Chief Designer, Bill Dudleston, describes the development of the new Aeris loudspeaker: “ My initiative of providing a 4” AMT that could transition to the smoothest and most dynamic 8” midrange driver available was met with the challenge of accordion-folding 16 square inches of Kapton into the 4” long, 1” wide chamber. Neodymium was employed to provide the flux density required. The results were more uniform dispersion and tremendous attack. Treble now had natural weight and shimmer without tizz. The 10” dipolar driver completes the transition to the foundation provided by the dual 12” subs.”
Hifi Pig had a good listen to the Aeris at the Munich Highend show and you’ll be able to read what we thought very soon.
Frequency Range: 16-30 kHz, Sensitivity: 95 dB (@2.83 volts/1m) Upper cabinet dimensions (HxWxD): 147 cm x 37 cm x 41 cm
Base dimensions (HxWxD): 8 cm x 48 cm x 46 cm
Bird: UK slang meaning a woman/wife/girlfriend, synonyms: broad, chick, dame, girl, lass.
Linette (Mrs Hifi Pig) gives her opinions and perspectives of the Munich High End show in a series of articles written from a woman’s perspective.
Find out what she enjoyed on the first day of the Munich High End show in part one of “Munich High End – A Birds Eye View Part 1”
In the future Linette will be taking a much more active role in the running of Hifi Pig and will write reviews as well as being a contact for manufacturers, dealers and distributors.
Part one of Hifi Pig’s report of the Munich High End 2013 show is now up and live. We will be publishing lots more around the show with dozens of reports of what we saw and what we heard so keep popping back to the site.
We think that giving the reports out in bite size chunks is preferable to one long piece and we hope you enjoy.
Once we finished all the write ups we will publish a slideshow of all the photographs (over 500) that we took at the show itself.
Munich High End 2013 Show report part 1
Arcam make some bold claims for their latest AV receiver, the AVR750 7.1 and the specs certainly look impressive. They launched the new receiver at the Munich High End show and we went along to have a bit of a listen in what was definitely one of the most lively rooms there.
• 4K (UHD) video compatible including upscaling
• 7 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, ARC compatible
• Auto setup with room correction
• Class G power amplification
• On board PSU for rSeries accessories
• Ethernet, RS232 and IR control
• Free iOS control app
Charlie Brennan the MD of Arcam says the followint about it.
“The AVR750 is, quite simply, the highest performing AV receiver Arcam has ever made. The AVR750 is an audiophile product by any measure. Equally at home with high resolution surround sound or two-channel music, the AVR750 delivers stunning realism with everything from heavy-weight blockbusters to your favourite concert video.
The power amplifiers within the AVR750 are perhaps the finest ever seen within any AV receiver. Power delivery is both clean and tight against a background noise level that is astoundingly low. Listeners can expect to be enthralled from the opening sequence to the final encore!”
We had a listen to the new receiver at Munich High End show on Saturday and, whilst we’re not usually great fans of A|V set ups, were very impressed with its performance through some KEF E series loudspeakers. You can read more in due course when we publish the Munich High End show reports in full.
At the request of a good few people who we met at the Munich High End show Mrs Hifi Pig, otherwise known as Linette, will be taking a greater role in writing for Hifi Pig.
Here she tells her story of her first experience of the Avantgarde Trios and six basshorns. She reckons it was a bit of a religious experience.
Read the full report about what she has to say about the Avantgarde Trios and the six bass horns
Hifi Pig have just spent the last few days at the Munich High End show which if you didn’t know is a huge show showcasing the whole gamut of Hifi available in the world today.
Our first of many show reports looks at the eight companies chosen by the High End society to represent the newcomers – or new kids on the block of the hifi world
Hifi Pig knows what it’s like to be a new company in the hifi world and so when we heard that the organisers of this years Munich High End show would be offering a handful of new hifi manufacturing companies the opportunity to display their wares we thought we would also lend our support by giving them a little more of the limelight in the pages of Hifi Pig.
The companies chosen were: Pure Audio Project, Manufacture le Son, Rike Audio, Lab 12, Black Pearls Audio, Schuch Tronic, BeatOn and Erzetich Audio. Read more about the Newcomers to Munich High End 2013
Burson have announced a June launch for their Timekeeper amplifier. It is an 80W per channel Class-AB stereo power amp which can be bridged into a 240W mono block and is the same size as the company’s Conductor preamplifier.
There is a growing community of desktop audiophiles and the Timekeeper is very much aimed at this group of users. Burson say that these audiophiles want “high-end equipment that are desktop friendly and given the compact size of the Timekeeper amplifier they will not be disappointed”.
The Timekeeper looks to be a versatile bit of kit and you can have it running in stereo, then upgrade to 2 Timekeepers as you move from a desktop system to large room listening and from RCA systems to XLR systems.
Every bit of the Timekeeper is custom designed and built to achieve Burson’s “definition of perfection”.
Designed and made in the UK, by True Colours Industries, the new TCI Mamba Stereo Hi-Fi Interconnect, is said to be a serious performance cable at a relatively affordable price.
The Mamba features a bi-axial shielded construction and is terminated with TCI True-Plug™ gold-plated RCA phono plugs in a pseudo-balanced configuration.
It is also available in a fully balanced configuration, terminated with high-quality XLR connectors featuring gold-plated contacts.
– 2-Core Silver-plated OFC cores with Teflon insulation
– Bi-axial shielded construction
– 100% Foil with 16 way braid screen
– Fully wrapped in Red PVC insulation
– Lead free Silver soldered contacts
– TCI True-Plug™ RCA phono plug
– High quality XLR plugs
RCA terminated: 0.6m £175, 1.0m £200, extra 0.5m £30
XLR terminated: 0.6m £225, 1.0m £250, extra 0.5m £30