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“Moving forward to this year, 2014 Tellurium Q were asked if a distributor could source burn in discs to provide with a few of the very highest end cables. Tellurium Q talked with a producer but long story cut short they were not forthcoming which led to a eureka moment. Geoff having a background in materials chemistry and with Simon and him having already having researched sound generation and effects it seemed stupid not to develop our own.”

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A Little history first:

Way back in 2002 Simon (who runs a small studio that Tellurium Q run early stage cable tests) and Geoff (a Director at Tellurium tqAV1Q) where working on various audio phenomena and testing them to see how effective they were. One such project was sound influence on meditative brain wave patterns for a CD training disc called “Quantum Meditation”  (see picture opposite).

Moving forward to this year, 2014 Tellurium Q were asked if a distributor could source burn in discs to provide with a few of the very highest end cables. Tellurium Q talked with a producer but long story cut short they were not forthcoming which led to a eureka moment. Geoff having a background in materials chemistry and with Simon and him having already researched sound generation and effects it seemed stupid not to develop our own.

This was our thinking:

Most music follows a form that can be calculated with a fourier transform analysis and time frequency analysis indicating it is not random, which simply means that your system can get into a “rut”. Like going to a gym and training only a few specific muscles for years and then wondering why your body is out of balance. This recording takes your system through a full workout of frequencies and tonal changes that is specifically designed to stretch your system’s components and bring new life into your music.

We place equal importance on all frequencies and even go into deep bass in a way that sub woofers will benefit from while working up through mids into the upper high frequency ranges in a non-sequential , non-Fourier way. There are also no pure ratio intervals to allow your system to slouch while it is having its work out. This is also one of the prime reasons that music played normally is slow to burn in components compared to this tool. Music does not cover your system’s range in a way that exercises the components sufficiently in a mechanical, electronic and magnetic sense to burn in your various components as efficiently.

This was the result:

We believe that the recording sounds unlike any burn in or system “perk up” CD that you will have heard for good reason and the feedback that we are starting to get is surprising us.

“This is just to let you know that I finally got the CD yesterday. I must say that after playing the whole CD just once, my entire system (not only Ultra Blacks) has improved dramatically. Your product is absolutely brilliant. (By the way, I used burn-in CDs by two well-known British companies for extended periods of time, but they are nowhere near as good.)” 

Jerzy from Poland

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Tidal (expect a Hifi Pig review in the next 24 hours) has announced the integration of its service within the ickStream music tidal.Screengrab
platform, which delivers music streaming services to home audio devices. ickStream’s recent support of the Logitech Squeezebox brings TIDAL to the popular device. The latest release of the ickStream app for the Squeezebox that includes TIDAL integration is available now.

ickStream is an API plug-in that works across various platforms, allowing users of supported devices to incorporate multiple streaming services into their systems. Tidal’s integration allows Squeezebox users to navigate and control the service through the Squeezebox controller and/or Logitech’s Squeezebox app, giving access to TIDAL’s lossless 16-bit/44.1 kHz FLAC and ALAC format service, with access to its 25 million-plus tracks.

“Having developed the ickStream API, we have been waiting for a service that champions the quality of the performance as well as the breadth of its catalogue,”said Joerg Schwieder, CEO of ickStream. “We very much see TIDAL as the ideal partnering streaming service, as it is designed for music lovers who appreciate the finest quality available. We are sure that our users are going to love it.”

“We were thrilled to have been approached by ickStream so early into our integration drive,” said Pål Bråtelund, Strategic Partnership Manager HiFi at Tidal.“Many of the ickStream team helped develop the Squeezebox and, therefore, have many years experience of streaming music. The number of customers in the UK and US using Squeezebox as their streaming music player is vast, and we are delighted that they can now hear TIDAL through their systems.”

 

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Photographs taken at the Poland Audio Show 2014. Thanks to Kris at Fidelity Art for supplying these photographs of the show which is the second biggest in Europe after Munich High-End.  More »

This new cable is composed of four copper conductors, isolated with polyethylene (XLPE) which the company says has “excellent akiko_powerchordHQisolation qualities and much better than the often used PVC”. The HQ (High Quality) cable is double shielded with aluminium foil and a copper braid.

There is a double symmetric grounding against EMI/RFI radiation which Akiko says “make Powercord HQ unique” the press release says.

The Akiko Audio Powercord HQ is already available and comes with three different  Akiko Audio connectors: copper, gold or rhodium.

Standard length: 1.5 meters. Prices from € 149.

 

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The new EVO3 Mosiac Genesis is a five-way mains conditioning unit in a half-width format, featuring three outlets for front-end IsoTek_mains_regeratorsource components and preamplifiers and two for high-current amplifiers, subwoofers and the like. It brings together IsoTek’s two “statement technologies” – which already feature separately in the brand’s top-of-range EVO3 Genesis and EVO3 Super Titan.

The front-end is driven by a mains regenerator, borrowed from IsoTek’s EVO3 Genesis, in which a unique sine wave generator builds a completely new mains waveform. This new waveform is synchronous with the incoming mains, to “protect against beat frequencies in the newly generated electricity supply”. The signal is then amplified by a class AB amplifier and fed to an output transformer, with copper foil between the primary and secondary outputs to “prevent any noise or distortion from passing through the unit”. The result is a continuous output of 150W (300W peak).

The EVO3 Mosaic Genesis also controls the mains voltage, ensuring that the output voltage is maintained at 230V +/- 2%.

Whatever the level of distortion of the incoming supply, the EVO3 Mosaic Genesis delivers low total harmonic distortion (THD) of between 0.05% and 0.17% with typical loads, remaining well below 0.3% with even the most complex loads.

The EVO3 Mosaic Genesis’ two high-current outlets feature IsoTek’s Direct-Coupled© technology which provides “optimal high-current low impedance filtering while fully maintaining the transient and dynamic performance of power amplifiers, monoblocks, active loudspeakers and subwoofers”. This high-current network is derived from that in the flagship EVO3 SuperTitan and provides a 75dB reduction in RFI while delivering 3,680W of continuous power continues the company’s press release.

The EVO3 Mosaic Genesis’ internal wiring is IsoTek’s newly-developed UP-OCC (Ultra Pure Ohno Continuous Cast) high purity copper solid core internal wire, which is silver plated before being insulated with Teflon. A fine Teflon strand is wound helically around the wire before a secondary Teflon tube is extruded over the top, creating an air gap between wire and insulating tube and forming an air dielectric which has virtually no capacitance.

The circuit design is a fully optimised ‘KERP’ path. KERP© (Kirchoff’s Equal Resistance Path) is a technology specifically developed for IsoTek’s EVO3 generation of products which ensures equal resistance and equal power delivery to all outlets.

The EVO3 Mosaic Genesis also guards against the effects of power spikes and surges, featuring 100,000A of instantaneous protection. IsoTek’s protection system uses a pyramid array of VDR (voltage dependant resistor) devices that react more aggressively as a fault becomes more dangerous.

The EVO3 Mosaic Genesis is available now in black or silver and is priced at £5,995 (including VAT).

 

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i-box, young British tech brand, today unveils the Slix Bluetooth wireless speaker. Small enough to pop in a pocket and robust ibox_bluetooth_speakerenough to be carried about (with a standard five-year guarantee to back up that promise), the seriously small and well-specified Slix looks perfect travel companion or an urban audio accessory.

Slix has a 2.1 driver configuration and it’s built to last, with a strong chassis and rugged, rubberised ‘caterpillar track’ surround.

Slix also has a high degree of water-resistance, with an ‘IPX’ rating of IPX5. This means it’s both splash-proof and weather-proof; it will be unaffected by rain, and you can safely take it into the bathroom and not worry about it receiving even prolonged splashes of water.

Slix measures just 155x58x28mm (WxHxD) and has a custom-tuned amplifier powering a pair of 1.5-inch full-range drivers, augmented by a passive bass radiator.

The inclusion of a ‘True Stereo Pairing’ mode, enables users to combine two Slix speakers via Bluetooth for genuine stereo sound and with this in mind, Slix can be bought as a special ‘double pack’ called Slix2.

It will pair with any Bluetooth-equipped device such as smartphones, tablets etc. Slix’s Bluetooth specification includes A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) and EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for high- performance wireless transmission.

A hands-free speakerphone facility adds further flexibility when Slix is paired with a smartphone, while the speaker’s built-in Lithium rechargeable battery supplies up to 10 hours playback from each charge. The package includes a micro USB charging cable, plus a 3.5mm audio cable to connect non-Bluetooth enabled music devices.

Slix is available at an SRP of £59.99. The stereo double-pack, Slix2, costs £99.99.

 

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Parasound has announced the launch of their new ZoneMaster Model 1250, a universal amplifier which can simultaneously powerparasound_multi-channel_amplifier
a home theatre surround system and additional zones with independent sources.

The ZoneMaster 12-channel power amplifier has connections for 24 speakers combined with 2-ohm stability, allowing the use of two speakers per channel. It’s rated at 12×50 watts into 8 ohms, and 12×90 into 4 ohms. Each channel pair can be bridged to deliver 6×160 watts into 8 ohms and 6×200 watts into 4 ohms RMS, all channels driven.

There are independent line inputs and level controls for each channel, two Bus inputs with looping outputs, plus a speaker-level input that can be routed to any zone. There are also independent 12-volt and audio triggers with looping trigger outputs for each zone, and a global 12-volt trigger.

Detachable Phoenix-style speaker connectors accept up to 12-gauge wire and the Model 1250 has a power consumption of just 0.5 watt standby power consumption to meet Energy Star and European Union specifications.

“The ZoneMaster Model 1250 is a game changer in a category populated by mediocre generic IC amplifiers,” said company president, Richard Schram. “The Class AB input stage and premium Class D power stage generate performance consistent with Parasound’s heritage. It is as useful for distributed audio as it is for home theater, where it could augment an AV receiver with 3×160 plus 4×50 watts.”

The Parasound ZoneMaster Model 1250 will be available from December with a UK SRP of £1,995.

 

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Millions Like Us is « The Story Of The Mod Revival 1977 -1989 » and it’s a wonderfully exuberant blast of tunes, many of which I know from my teens and some which are new to me. I was ten in 1977 but the mod revival was in full flow by the time I was in my second year or so of senior school. Along with the mod revival came two tone, ska and these were heady days indeed…my first proper gig was at the Wakefield Theatre where I went to see The Beat and it was rammed and perhaps one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Soon after I went to see The Jam at Leed’s City Hall and then I was all Oxford bags, Harrington jacket, Fred Perry shirts and pointy shoes…I wasn’t allowed a fishtail parka, would have looked daft in a mohair suit and my take on the “look” was very much garnered from what I read in the music press and what I was allowed to get away with. It was a brief love affair as far as I remember lasting a couple of years or so, but it’s brilliant to hear some of the tunes I played on my parents’ music centre and eventually my Amstrad set up getting a fresh airing on this 4CD collection. More »

The music media in the early to mid-sixties were alive with talk of a « folk boom » in the UK and indeed there was a burgeoning number of folk clubs open every night of the week, to the point that pretty much every town of any size had one. I remember as late as the early seventies as a young child there being a popular folk club in Wath-Upon-Dearne where my parents had a pub…and even they had a music room where folk music was the order of the day. A folk boom is a bit of a misnomer if we go by record sales, but, as Colin Harper’s excellent sleeve notes to The Eve Folk Recordings suggests, the folk “stars” of the day made their living not through record sales but through live performances and a life “on the road”. Harper also suggests that this movement was a true underground movement and the pressure on the performers not to sell out was huge. More »

Linn is giving away a great gift to all music lovers this Christmas with the chance to download a free daily track from a host of clairemartinmajor Linn artists – in Studio Master quality, the highest download quality available.

From 1st December Linn’s online advent calendar will offer 24 days of free downloads, giving everybody the chance to explore and expand their musical taste. Every day up until Christmas Eve, Linn will be giving music loversx the chance to discover a new piece from its music catalogue, with a different track free to download.

There’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy, including a diverse selection of genres, in addition to well-known favourite artists such as: Britain’s First Lady of Jazz Claire Martin, the compelling Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker, Scottish legend Dougie MacLean and many more. I downloaded some of the tunes last year and was suitably impressed…and who doesn’t love a freebie?

24-bit Studio Master downloads can be enjoyed using a dedicated network music player or via a laptop or PC, and are the highest quality music files available. They allow the listener to hear music exactly as it was recorded, before it was altered to fit on a CD or squashed down to MP3 size.

 

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Japanese cable and accessories company Furutech launch the new SK-III electrostatic brush, designed to remove unwanted Furutech SK-IIIstatic charge from a range of audio-visual media, enhancing sound and picture quality.

Originally developed by SFC of Japan, the patented SK-III electrostatic brush is a new and improved version of the earlier SK-II and has already proved to be a hit in its local market – including in some unexpected places.

“If it’s good enough for the Japanese Police Force…”, says Chris Green of Sound Fowndations, Furutech’s UK distributor, referring to the fact that the SK-III has become the Force’s trusted choice in crime scene investigations thanks to its reliability and effectiveness in removing tiny dust particles and static interference.

The SK-III uses a combination of natural goat hair surrounded by patented static discharge fibres made from specially structured and treated acrylic. The static discharge fibres are chemically coated with copper sulfide to be electrically conductive, and are set back 15mm from the tip of the brush so that only the soft goat hair touches your media.

The SK-III also features a new rhodium-coated metal grounding sleeve for enhanced conductivity, as well as 10% more super-fine static discharge fibres compared to its predecessor, the SK-II.

The SK-III electrostatic AV brush is available now, priced at £110.

 

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The guys at NuNu Distribution got in touch to tell us about the SSC Record Point 420 which is the new addition to the SSC range SSCrecordand can be used with most record players and aims to provide a good contact between the record and the platter and stabilise the record which the company say gives “less distortion and a more realistic sound image as a result”.

You can fit the SSC Record Point 420 easily.  “Simply place on the turntable spindle above your record to give the sound more dynamics, improving the sound with minimal cost” continues the press release. The Record Point has a diameter of 66mm, an overall height of 26mm and a weight of 420g.

Also available in the SSC range:

Big Points and Liftpoints

These are made for heavier or larger pieces of equipment.  The Liftpoints in particular are suited for placement under amplifiers, subwoofers or floor standing speakers, which may be screwed directly to them or simply placed on them. Both products will allow the transfer of the active forces caused by the mechanical energy of the components. Each Big Point has a loading capacity of 30Kg.

Netpoint 100, 200 and 300

The Netpoint family consists of three versions.  All of which use the same “web technology” as in previous products.

The 100’s have a felt pad on top and are housed in a black aluminium case.

The 200’s, have a threaded centre disk and come with various adapters to suit equipment with threaded removable feet.

The 300’s have an aluminium top disk with a counter-sunk hole to accept spiked components.

All are the same Diameter of 50mm and a Height of 10mm. Sold in sets of 4

 

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As we were in Paris last weekend visiting the Haute Fidélité show, Linn invited us along to Audio Synthèse, a high-end retailer in LINN_EXAKT1the city, to take a listen to the new Linn Exakt system. How could we refuse!

I’m sure most folk will be well aware of the Linn brand and I for one certainly lusted after the company’s LP12 back in the mid 80s. Indeed, as a new student with a full grant burning a hole in my pocket I ended up buying one…but could never actually afford to buy an arm for it. This reminds me of a story I was told not too long ago about a chap attending a hi-fi show in Japan. Apparently he’d bought an LP12 but lived in a small house with his extended family and the fact that he woke for work so early in the morning, combined with the (literally) paper thin walls of his house, meant that he was unable to play music on it. The story goes that every morning he would sit in front of the turntable, put on a record and imagine what it would sound like if he were actually able to play it with volume. Very Zen, but I digress….Read the full article.

 

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