Gold Note, the Italian High-End manufacturer based in Firenze – is going to release Vasari in October, a new MM cartridge engineered to offer high quality at a competitive price.
The cartridge will launch in two models: Vasari Red and Vasari Gold, both featuring a unique body design, fully machined from solid blocks to achieve a high dampening factor, a rigid aluminum cantilever and a custom diamond tip.

“Vasari is the best MM cartridge we have ever created” – stated Maurizio Aterini, Gold Note founder – “We have always been involved in analog audio, so much that we even make limited edition LPs. We just really like vinyl and that’s why we want vinyl lovers to be able to upgrade their systems and enjoy a better sound.”Vasari Gold & Red

Maurizio also explained: “Vasari is beautiful and efficient at the same time: we used high quality materials and developed custom designed elements to deliver an outstanding performance. After all, when you are looking at ways to improve the listening experience the first and easiest step should be to choose a better cartridge, and that’s what Vasari is made for.”

Vasari will be available through Gold Note dealers from September 2016 at an MSRP of €195 for Vasari Red and of €350 for Vasari Gold.

Vasari Gold SPECS:

Duraluminum machined body

Aluminum cantilever

Copper coil wire

Alnico magnet

elliptical diamond

suggested tracking weight 2.0g

output level 4.0mV
frequency response 15-25KHz

impedance 1KOhm

Vasari Red SPECS:

Delrin machined body

Aluminum cantilever

Copper coil wire

Alnico magnet

conical diamond

suggested tracking weight 2.0g

output level 4.0mV
frequency response 15-25KHz

impedance 1KOhm

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We’ve been having a lovely time covering the Crescendo Festival in St Palais sur Mer in the Poitou region of France – and a great festival it is too. It’s free, there’s bands from all over the world play and it’s really well organised and attended. Now, as a family we’ve always been campers…never in caravans or mobile homes, just tents and all the gubbins that goes with that…and so naturally when we attended this years Crescendo Festival we bought a tent (ours is a long time dead) and set off South for a bit of an adventure…sort of Hifi Pig gets back to nature.

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Japan-based Immutable Music has long been renowned for its small but ‘outstandingly formed’ range of Transfiguration phono cartridges, whose design completely restructures the conventional moving coil (MC) concept. Now, the range is undergoing a number of enticing enhancements and first to arrive in the UK is the company’s flagship model, hand crafted in Japan, the Proteus. Their yokeless double-ring-magnet design provides an extremely accurate coil / magnet interface in which the coils are positioned right at the focal point of the magnetic flux field. This construction was conceived to remove the variations in flux introduced by traditional MC designs.

Transfiguration cartridges have always been about getting out of the way. Their flagship Proteus model was specifically designed to lack any of its own character. With its internal impedance of a mere 1 ohm, it concentrates instead on ‘extracting a recording’s every nuance with peerless musical realism’. Says designer Seiji Yoshioka, “The best audio components are those that simply don’t seem to exist – so good that they add nothing, subtract nothing.” So how exactly do you improve on that? This is the very question Yoshioka pondered, exploring in near-microscopic detail what could actually be changed in order to achieve an even more naturally revealing sound – yet without compromising the key fundamentals of a highly effective low-distortion design.

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Two key areas revealed themselves as good for the task: the dampers and the coils. The Proteus features push-pull damping, with the existing model sporting double dampers made from a specially developed stabilising compound. The latter is insensitive to temperature changes and provides excellent stylus/coil alignment and control. In the new model, the dampers have been further fine-tuned. While the detail of their make-up is a closely-guarded secret, they now feature a multi-layered design composed of different types of elastomer, painstakingly constructed to deliver an even more precise tracking ability. At the same time, the purity of the 5N silver wire coils has also been upgraded – from 99.9993% to 99.9997% – in order to further remove distortion and enhance transparency. While these may seem like relatively small changes on paper, their combined impact, says Immutable Music, is anything but. And they should know, since the Proteus’ redesign involved long hours of extensive listening tests. “What we were looking for,” explains Yoshioka, “was even greater focus and accuracy. The ability to read yet more information without distortion and to deliver even more of the natural musicality that Transfiguration has become known for.” The results speak for themselves. “The new enhanced Proteus really goes to work on detail,” says Yoshioka. “It presents a larger soundstage, increased depth and more natural tonal colours – and ultimately, most important, an even more musically involving presentation.”

Technical specifications:

Body: Precision machined solid aluminium, resonance controlled

Cantilever: 0.3mm solid boron

Stylus: PA diamond 3 x 30µm

Core & coils: Ultra grade 3S-µ-metal square core with 5N silver coils

Magnet: Neodymium, front & rear

Weight: 7.8g

Electrical output voltage: 0.2mV (3.54cm/s, 1kHz)

Internal impedance: 1Ω

Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz + 1.5dB, 20Hz – 40kHz +2dB

Channel separation: > 30dB (200Hz – 1kHz)

Channel balance: < 0.5dB at 1kHz

Tracking ability: >70µm @ 2.0g @ 315Hz

Dynamic compliance: 13 x 10-6cm/dyne

Recommended tracking force: 2g

Optimum working temperature: 23 Celsius

Break-in period: 30 hours

 

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The world’s most expensive earphone, the £3,699 oBravo EAMT-1, has arrived in the UK exclusively through Audio Sanctuary, London.

Priced at a cool £3,699, the oBravo Audio EAMT-1 is the flagship model from the headphone specialist’s portfolio of headphones, earphones, speakers and accessories, and incorporates a number of world-first technologies and exotic materials.eamt-1c (2)WEB

EAMT-1: Hybrid-Planar Drive Unit

The new EAMT-1 features an advanced Hybrid-AMTdrive unit specially developed by oBravo, (who created the world’s first Hybrid-Planar headphone). oBravo has now successfully miniaturised the technique for earphones. The Hybrid-AMT driver is a coaxial design (two driver types combined in one unit) and the configuration is one of the most advanced driver technologies available for headphones says the recent press release.

The coaxial drive unit features an implementation of Air Motion Transformer tweeters with Neodymium Dynamic Drivers. The unique combination, an 8mm AMT with a 10mm NDD, “delivers luxuriously life-like sound quality”, across a wide frequency range (15Hz – 45kHz) far beyond that of human hearing.

The EAMT-1 body is hand-crafted from Precision-Ceramic and the supplied ‘Comply’ ear-tips give a huge range of interface options ensuring the perfect fit. Lightweight at just 35g and sensitive enough for compatibility with a huge range of smartphones, portable audio players and electronic devices, the EAMT-1.eamt-1c(1)WEB

Specification:

  • Frequency response: 15Hz-45kHz
  • Tweeter: 8mm Air Motion Transformer Tweeter
  • Dynamic Driver: 13mm Neodymium Driver
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 105dB
  • Weight: 35 g
  • Balanced 2.5mm cable connection option

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The AMT diaphragm is made of a Mylar ribbon bonded with conductive aluminium strips. It is equivalent in surface area to a conventional seven-inch cone-type mid-range driver, but is accordion-folded down to a compact one-and-a-half-inch grouping for point-source dispersion. The low-mass diaphragm is suspended within a dipole magnetic field concentrating an intense field around said diaphragm. When signal current passes through the aluminium strips, the ensuing bellow-like motion of the folded pleats moves air five times faster than with a conventional cone driver.

 

When talking about iconic tuners two or three words often come to mind; ‘Leak’ and ‘Trough-Line’. Only a few other tuners, the Quad FM3 and Marantz Model 2110 with built in oscilloscope get me excited.FLAREBIRDSSPONSOR More »

Thank you so much to Mitchell & Johnson who have donated a pair of their MJ2 Headphones to the fundraiser! The headphones combine Mitchell & Johnson’s lightweight hybrid electret-electrostatic flexible transducers with a dynamic driver and retail at £499.

Current prizes (which will be drawn in the following order) are:

Kralk Audio BC-30 FL loudspeakers in Statement Silver Oak & Tellurium Q Black speaker cables up to 2.5m in length

Chord Company £600, 1.5m Signature Array Power Cable (county designated plug)

IsoTek mains loom (UK plugs and sockets) From Sound Fowndations £750

Studio Connection interconnect and mains cable (country designated plug) £600 and £200

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Audio Suspension ASU-100 Turnatble Shelf, £240

Sanus VuePoint 47-80” Tilting TV Mount, £69.99

Two Audiomica MAGNET GOLD power cables, worth 400 CHF each. One cable has a Schuko plug and the other a 16 amp Swiss plug. Donated by Artizan Audio.

Lyudmila Gorbulya handpainted plate from Voyla Audio

Flare R2S earphone £300 and Isolate Pro,£46

1.5m pair of GamuT Reference interconnects, £2700

Mitchell&Johnson MJ2 Headphones, £499

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Donate just £5 for each entry, so if you donate more then you get more chances to win! Please donate in multiples of £5, leave your full name and if you win, you will need to email me your confirmation email with shipping details.

 

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The £5500 Audio Music AM RT-1 active TVC single ended valve preamplifier is made and designed by Mr A M Fang in Guangdong Province in China. It comes with a fine pedigree, but will it cut the mustard with Dan Worth.  More »

You may not have heard of the Crescendo festival that takes place each August in the beautiful French tourist resort of Saint Palais sur Mer in the Poitou Charente area of France, but it’s possibly the best organised festival I’ve ever attended and is in an absolutely magnificent setting on the cliff tops looking out to sea. There are very good campsites within 600m of the festival site, great restaurants and bars and the festival itself is safe, clean and attracts brilliant bands under the broad umbrella that is progressive rock. We visited first a few years ago when Hawkwind were headlining the Saturday night and this was sadly the last gig that their keyboard player Jason Stuart would ever play before he died. More »

PMC is enhancing its operations in Europe and the Middle East territory through the appointment of David Frost as business development manager, to drive the company’s expansion plans throughout this key market.dave-frost-closeONLINE

Based from PMC’s headquarters at Holme Court, north of London UK, Frost has over 10 years’ experience in specialist audio systems, having worked for other prestigious audio brands in business development and sales management roles.David has transferred his business skills and experience from the professional photographic industry.

Frost’s experience with audio companies, as well as his extensive knowledge of the region, put him in the ideal position to take PMC’s business in this market to the next level. He will be responsible for the support of existing distributors and development of new business opportunities across both consumer electronics and B2B commercial enterprises.

Miles Roberts, PMC managing director, commenting on the appointment says, “I was immensely impressed with David’s understanding of the markets and have no doubt he will be a significant asset to all of our businesses. I hope everyone will give their warmest welcome to Dave and allow him to assist those in his region with their future plans”.

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In March this year, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry carried their guitars on to the Texas Eagle train in Chicago bound for Los Angeles.  During the journey, the pair recorded songs while the train stopped to pick up passengers.  With one eye on the train, to make sure that it didn’t pull off without them, songs were recorded in station waiting rooms and trackside platforms.  Four days and 2,728 miles later they disembarked at Union Station at 4.30am and recorded their final song accompanied by the first chirpings of the dawn chorus.  More »

This month John Scott breaks out Richard and Linda Thompson’s timeless classic from 1974. More »

Jonathan Billington is the person behind Music First Audio who make TVC preamplifiers, phonostages, step up transformers, headphone amplifiers and have just opened a dedicated listening listening space called the Music First Studio. Hifi Pig gets Behind The Brands with Jonathan.  More »

 

A big thanks to GamuT who have donated a 1.5m pair of GamuT Reference interconnects, with a choice of either RCA or XLR terminations. The retail value of these is £2,700. (You don’t get a copy of Rumours, but you do get the GamuT cable box which doubles as a mega-cool LP carrier).

The Current prize list is as follows,:

Kralk Audio BC-30 FL loudspeakers in Statement Silver Oak & Tellurium Q Black speaker cables up to 2.5m in length

Chord Company £600, 1.5m Signature Array Power Cable (county designated plug)

IsoTek mains loom (UK plugs and sockets) From Sound Fowndations £750

Studio Connection interconnect and mains cable (country designated plug) £600 and £200

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Audio Suspension ASU-100 Turnatble Shelf (£240)

Sanus VuePoint 47-80” Tilting TV Mount (£69.99)

Two Audiomica MAGNET GOLD power cables, worth 400 CHF each. One cable has a Schuko plug and the other a 16 amp Swiss plug. Donated by Artizan Audio.

Lyudmila Gorbulya handpainted plate from Voyla Audio

Flare R2S earphone (£300 ) and Isolate Pro (£46)

1.5m pair of GamuT Reference interconnects, (£2700)

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These will be drawn in the above order once the 30 days of fundraising has finished. Please leave your full name when donating to make it easier for us to contact you and save the email that you receive confirming your donation, if you are a winner you will need to send this to us with your shipping details.

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TRINNOV Audio is introducing the new Amplitude8 power amplifier at CEDIA 2016.Trinnov-Amplitude8_front-black-half

With two large, linear power supplies, each with its own toroidal transformer and dedicated power cord, each of the eight channels of the Amplitude8 can deliver up to 500 watts rms at 2Ω. Perhaps more importantly, any single channel associated with either power supply can deliver 1200 watts peak power to handle transients.

The amplification stage of the Amplitude8 features the industry’s lowest-distortion and noise specifications say the company, and what little noise there is remains frequency independent with a s/n ratio of -125 dB..

As you might expect, the Amplitude8 integrates seamlessly with the Altitude32 AV preamp which was launched back in June and supports Dolby Atmos®, Auro-3D® , DTS:X® and has just been selected the Best Product 2016-2017 in the High-End Home Theater category by the European Imaging and Sound Association.

A full 32-channel system including the AV preamp and all amplification requires less than 20U of rack space, yet delivers almost 10,000 watts of power at 8Ω.

The Amplitude8 is made in America and available now. MSRP is $13,500.

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Pioneer today announces the release of three new Network CD Receiver Systems with speakers – X-HM76, X-HM76D and X-HM86D. As well as the playback of existing CD libraries, each model supports various music streaming services combined with stylish design and support for high-resolution audio sources.      X-HM86D(B)_mid_online

The X-HM76, X-HM76D and X-HM86D Network CD Receiver Systems support an extensive range of network streaming services including TuneIn, Spotify®, TIDAL and DEEZER. Furthermore, each system supports Google Cast, allowing the user to access the variety of streaming services Google Cast supports. The fascia-mounted 3.5” LCD screen can show album art along with a wide range of information to enable intuitive operation. Each model also includes Wi-Fi functionality including AirPlay. The playback of high-resolution audio files is also supported (FLAC/AIFF/WAV up to 192 kHz/24-bit) along with Apple Lossless and DSD up to 11.2 MHz.

The X-HM76 (SRP – £429.99), X-HM76D (SRP – £469.99) and X-HM86D (£649.99) will all be available during September 2016.

*The X-HM86D is also available without speakers (XC-HM86D) from select retailers for an SRP of £399.99.

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Chord Electronics’ new SPM 1050 MkII power amplifier, first unveiled at High End 2016, Munich, is now available worldwide. The new MkII version directly replaces the original and introduces the latest Chord amplifier technology, plus some key aesthetic improvements.SPM1050M2BLKF3qtrWHT_B_online

The latest-spec MkII model offers reduced output distortion plus improvements to capacitance for cleaner power delivery. The second-generation version also includes enhanced isolation on the mains transformer to reduce interference. In keeping with the original, the SPM 1050 MkII uses Chord’s low-distortion amplifier circuitry and features four proprietary lateral-structure dual-die MOSFETs per channel (eight in total).

The SPM 1050 MkII offers both balanced XLR and RCA phono inputs, plus two pairs of loudspeaker outputs with gold-plated connections. A single power button offers operational simplicity from stand-by mode and the amplifier’s status is indicated on the faceplate by a simple two-LED sequence showing power and relay functions.SPM1050M2BLKFrontWHT_online

Aesthetically, the MkII version includes a new vented aluminium lid, akin to the DSX1000 streamer, plus a new piano-black acrylic side-panel option giving the power amp a fresh, contemporary look. Additional options include a choice of finish for the established Integra leg system supports, these include: nickel, satin-black anodised and aluminium. 

As with all Chord Electronics amplifiers, the new SPM 1050 Mk II features Chord’s proprietary 2KW high-frequency switch-mode power supply, which was originally developed for use in aerospace, telecommunications and data processing, where quality and power is needed in a very space-efficient design. The technology allows instantaneous power to be taken from both power rails simultaneously when the audio track demands.

The technology is complemented by a large bank of energy storage capacitors that are ‘recharged’ by the power supply many thousands of times a second, giving the amplifier huge reserves, plus the ability to react effortlessly to any signal. This configuration gives increased voltage swing, greater dynamic range, plus the ability to cope with even the most demanding loudspeaker loads. Unobtrusive protection circuitry constantly monitors the amplifier status and magnetic current-sensing will shut down the SPM 1050 MkII in the event of a short circuit, or DC overload.

The Ultra High Frequency power supply is a self-contained, self-monitoring module, which is common to all Chord amplifiers and is fundamental to their exceptional performance. A sophisticated mains input filter ensures that the power supply is exceptionally well shielded from disturbed mains input, and more significantly, the mains itself is completely untouched by emissions from the amplifier.SPM1050M2BLKrearWHT_online

Specifications

  • OUTPUT POWER: 200W RMS per channel @ 0.05% distortion into 8Ω; 350W RM per channel @ 0.05% distortion into 4Ω
  • DYNAMIC HEADROOM: 300W RMS per channel into 8Ω; 400W rms per channel into 4Ω; 1 kHz, 20 cycles on, 480 cycles off. Channel peak into 2Ω.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE (8 ohms): -1dB, 0.2Hz to 46KHz; -3dB, 0.1Hz to 77KHz
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE (4 OHMS): -1dB, 0.2Hz to 39KHz; -3dB, 0.1Hz to 75KHz
  • SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO: Better than -103dB; ‘A’ weighted two-thirds power
  • CHANNEL SEPARATION: Better than 95dB
  • PRE-AMPLIFIER INPUT CONNECTION: 2x gold-plated, fully balanced XLR sockets; 2 x gold-plated custom phono sockets, unbalanced
  • INPUT IMPEDANCE: 100kΩ, unbalanced/balanced
  • INPUT CAPACITANCE: <30pf
  • OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: 0.02Ω
  • OUTPUT INDUCTANCE: 2.6mH
  • OUTPUT CONNECTIONS: 4x touch-proof-gold plated binding posts
  • SLEW RATE: 70V per mS 1KHz 20V square wave
  • GAIN: 30dB
  • STABILITY: unconditional
  • DIMENSIONS (Standard): 420mm (W) x 355mm (D) x 133mm (H)
  • WEIGHT: 15Kg

The SPM 1050 MkII is available now priced at £4,950

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The Diamond Active Series from Wharfedale delivers wireless connectivity with a difference. Whilst not the first stereo speakers to offer integrated amplification and Bluetooth connectivity with compatible devices including smartphones, tablets and computers, their ‘True Wireless’ technology ensures greater flexibility than many similar designs says the company’s recent press release.

The Diamond Active Series comprises two models: the Diamond A1, a classic ‘bookshelf’-size speaker (31.5cm high), and the Diamond A2, a larger floorstanding design (91.2cm high). Both models come in pairs, in the manner of traditional stereo hifi speakers, and include a 50W amplifier in each speaker to deliver a combined ‘system power’ of 100W.4613_Wharfedale_Diamond_A2_(black_baffle)_online

Many ostensibly similar stereo-paired Bluetooth speakers incorporate the amp circuitry and Bluetooth receiver in one speaker, with a cable connecting this powered speaker to a second, passive speaker. This means that while you can connect your playback device to the speakers wirelessly, the cable between them limits the speakers’ placement. Wharfedale’s Diamond Active Series speakers work differently. They include a wireless hub, to which the playback device is paired via Bluetooth (with support for aptX codec). The H1 hub then conveys the left and right audio signals to the appropriate speaker via uncompressed wireless transmission, allowing greater freedom in terms of positioning. As well as removing the need for the speakers to be connected together via a cable – that’s why they’re calling it ‘True Wireless’

To enable interference-free wireless transmission, the H1 hub avoids the often-crowded 2.4GHz frequency band, focusing on 5.8GHz instead. The intelligent wireless module has the ability to switch automatically between frequencies when required, thus avoiding any local interference wherever the speakers are sited. Each speaker may be placed up to 20m from the hub; the only other siting requirement is that both speakers, with their dedicated amplifiers, need to be plugged into the mains.

Digital inputs are supplied in both optical and coaxial flavours, while two RCA-phono inputs cater for analogue sources. Touch-sensitive controls on the hub’s top surface allow adjustment of volume and input switching, while a remote control is also included.4599_Wharfedale_Diamond_A1_(black_baffle)_online

Additional controls on the speakers’ rear include bass adjustment (+/- 6dB), allowing the user to tailor low frequencies to suit the speakers’ position in the room. Each speaker can be selected as either ‘left’ or ‘right’ in a stereo configuration; a mono mode is also available if the speakers’ positioning is not suited to stereo. This mode can even be used to create a simple two-room setup – useful, for example, if the user is entertaining friends and wishes to place one speaker in the living room and one in the kitchen.

Both Diamond Active models sport proprietary bass/mid drivers with woven Kevlar cones – one 130mm unit in the A1 and two 165mm units in the A2 – as featured in the Diamond 200 Series. The cones incorporate semi- elliptical ‘break-up’ areas, which smooth the response throughout the audible range, while rear-firing reflex ports augment the bass. The 25mm fabric dome tweeter is also derived from the Diamond 200 Series

Wharfedale’s Diamond Active speakers are available from October, with RRPs of £599.95 per pair for the Diamond A1 and £999.95 per pair for the Diamond A2 (including the H1 wireless hub).

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Following the launch of MartinLogan’s frankly awesome Neolith flagship, the Kansas-based speaker specialist adds four new models to its hybrid range, combining the company’s famous XStat electrostatic panels with dual bass drivers and, in the case of three models, sophisticated room-correction technology. Absolute Sounds, the UK distributor, got in touch with us to tell us all about the new models.

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The new ElectroMotion ESL X features a larger electrostatic transducer and dual woofers, with increased power-handling capabilities and is the flagship of the ElectroMotion series.

The ElectroMotion ESL X features a new larger XStat™ electrostatic transducer, with a radiating area over 50in2 larger than the EM-ESL model. Twin 8-inch high-excursion woofers are housed in a non-resonant asymmetrical bass reflex (ported) chamber, in a surprisingly compact enclosure. Woofers have custom engineered high-rigidity paper cones, with extended-throw driver assemblies. Component elements within the EM-ESL X replicate the design and performance of components used on many of MartinLogan’s more expensive loudspeakers, such as custom-wound transformers, air-core coils, large steel laminate inductors, polyester and low DF electrolytic capacitors. Custom 5-way bi-wire binding posts allow for secure wire connections. System Frequency Response is 41–22,000 Hz ±3db. Recommended amplifier power is 20–400 watts per channel.

The specially developed ElectroMotion XStat MicroPerf electrostatic panel is housed in an aluminum and composite AirFrame™, similar to those found on MartinLogan speakers costing much more.

With a sensitivity rated at 91dB into 6 Ohms, the EM-ESL X will perform with AV receivers as well as high-end amplifiers.

With the addition of the EM-ESL X, the ElectroMotion Series now consists of two floorstanding speakers (EM-ESL X & EM-ESL), a Centre Channel Speaker (EM-C2) and a Surround Speaker model (EM-FX2).

EM-ESL X is available now, with a UK RRP of £4,498 per pair in a satin black finish. A premium high-gloss black finish is also available, with an RRP of £5,298 per pair.

Expression™ ESL 13A and Impression™ ESL 11A.

The company will expand the Masterpiece Series with the launch of two New Electrostatic Loudspeakers: Expression™ ESL 13A (pictured) and Impression™ ESL 11A.4587_MartinLogan_Expression_ESL_13A_online

Both new models feature Curvilinear Line Source (CLS™) XStat™ vacuum-bonded electrostatic transducers with advanced microperf stator technology and redesigned ultra-rigid AirFrame™ Blade construction; plus, dual low-distortion aluminum cone woofers powered by dual Class-D amplifiers and controlled by a 24-Bit Vojtko™ DSP Engine with ARC™ (Anthem Room Correction).

MartinLogan has reinvented the woofer system in the new Masterpiece Series. Using two independently enclosed woofers in the compact chamber, exclusive PoweredForce Forward™ bass alignment controls the interaction between the rear-firing woofer and the wall behind that woofer. This phase- shifting technology minimizes the effect the front wall has on bass information that might bounce back into the listening room.

The launch of the new Renaissance ESL 15A has brought Anthem Room Correction (ARC) technology to an electrostatic loudspeaker for the first time. With the introduction of Expression ESL 13A and Impression ESL 11A, this technology will be available in three electrostatic loudspeakers from this autumn. ARC measures sound output from the speaker’s powered woofers and compares the resulting in-room response it to an optimal response curve, accounting for spatial anomalies. The advanced algorithms of ARC effectively remove the anomalies, leaving only the ideal standard: transparent, natural-sounding bass.The advanced algorithms of ARC then utilize the speaker’s 24-bit DSP to adjust your speaker’s low-frequency output to account for the unique sonic characteristics of your room. ARC calibration is optional and can be easily defeated using a switch on the speaker.

Expression ESL 13A features dual 300-watt class D amplifiers. Impression ESL 11A features dual 275-watt Class D amplifiers.

Expression ESL 13A features a dipolar 13×44-inch electrostatic transducer, resulting in a radiating area of 572 square inches per side. Impression ESL 11A features a dipolar 11×44-inch electrostatic transducer with a radiating area of 484 square inches per side.

The Expression ESL 13A and Impression ESL 11A are available from mid-September, priced from £14,998 and £9,998 per pair respectively. Both models are available in a choice of eleven finishes (four standard and seven premium).

Renaissance ESL 15A

Renaissance ESL 15A features 15-inch wide Curvilinear Line Source (CLS™) XStat™ vacuum-bonded electrostatic transducers, with advanced MicroPerf™ stator technology, and redesigned ultra-rigid AirFrame™ construction; plus, othe company’s laser-engineered low-distortion aluminum cone woofers in a compact enclosure, powered by new dual 500-watt Class-D amplifiers, and controlled by a 24-Bit Vojtko™ DSP Engine and ARC™ (Anthem Room Correction) – available in eleven finishes.4594_MartinLogan_Renaissance_ESL_15A_online

Features of the Renaissance ESL 15A include:

  • Two 12-inch Laser-Engineered Low Distortion Aluminum Cone Woofers in a sealed enclosure
  • 15” Wide Curvilinear Line Source (CLS) Electrostatic Panel
  • Redesigned Ultra-Rigid AirFrame Technology
  • PoweredForce Forward™ Bass Technology
  • Anthem Room Correction (ARC)
  • Dual 500-Watt Class-D Amplification with 24-Bit Vojtko™ Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine
  • Precision-Built Advanced-Topology Vojtko Crossovers
  • Premium WBT Binding Posts

The MartinLogan Renaissance ESL 15A is available now in a choice of eleven finishes (four standard and seven premium) priced from £24,998 per pair.

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The NS-6170, equipped with Google Cast, AirPlay, Spotify, Wi-Fi, and HDD-ready USB input, is based on a twin-monaural L/R channel layout with separate power supply paths, discrete custom capacitors for each channel, and dual-differential 768 kHz/32-bit AK4490 DACs to decode the positive and negative halves of the signal waveform.  Onkyo-NS-6170-Network-Audio-Player

Developed by Onkyo’s R&D team after years of exploratory research into Hi-Res Audio, a new wideband DIDRC Filter replaces the standard DAC output filter, eliminating ultra-high-frequency distortion inevitably generated as a result of the digital-to-analogue conversion process, says the company’s recent press release.

For music lovers looking to update an existing Hi-Fi system with audio casting and USB-HDD playback, the NS-6130 retains features with flagship AK4490 768 kHz/32-bit DAC, symmetrical L/R-channel circuitry, and VLSC digital pulse-noise filtering.

Both the NS-6170 and NS-incorporate HDD audio via rear USB input. A new control app simplifies selection within a user-friendly interface that displays album art and song information, together with on-demand music from TIDAL, TuneIn, and Deezer. Users can stream directly from the Spotify app or cast audio from any smartphone or PC application that supports Google Cast or AirPlay.

Prices (available in September, in black or silver)

NS-6170 Network Audio Streamer – £699

NS-6130 Network Audio Streamer – £449

In addition to the network streamers, Onkyo has also announced the launch of a compact system and CD player which they say is a “solution for music lovers who seek pristine sound from an elegant and unobtrusive Hifii separates package, the R-N855 receiver forms the centerpiece of Onkyo’s new CS-N1075 Compact Hifi System”.Onkyo CS-N1075 Compact Hi-Fi System

CS-N1075 Compact Hifii System – £1049

 

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PIEGA, the loudspeaker manufacturer from Switzerland is set to launch in the UK in September. The move involves the set-up of Piega Loudspeakers (UK) Ltd and enlisting a number of specialist audio retailers to demonstrate the range.Classic 5.0 makassar

The Swiss company is most famed for its Linear Drive Ribbon (LDR), coaxial ribbon and Air Motion Transformer tweeters, as well as its use of seamless aluminium housings in some of its high end designs. The company was the first loudspeaker brand to produce a commercially available aluminium housed speaker back in 1989.

The design of both of Piega’s core ribbon HF systems is based on its development of an extremely thin, partially embossed foil diaphragm that gave rise to the company name, Piega – an Italian word meaning partially pleated or corrugated. Piega has refined this ribbon driver technology over nearly three decades, as well as perfecting the painstaking methods and elaborate tooling required to build them in its factory near Zurich.Piega_come_to_uk

The first series of Piega loudspeakers to hit UK shores will be the Classic line. Built using timber and fibreboard construction, the three premium models in the range feature smoothly curved, C-shaped cabinets to reduce colouration and Piega’s coaxial ribbon tweeter. Three more affordable Classic models in the line combine traditional flat-sided cabinet construction with Piega’s Air Motion Transformer tweeter, the AMT-1. Finish options include black, white or Makassar piano lacquer, with Napalette trim on premium models.

Classic series prices range from £900 per pair for the stand-mount Classic 3.0 to £12,000 per pair for the Classic 80.2 in premium Makassar piano lacquer finish. Review samples will be available from September.

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Pioneer have announced the launch of the SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 network AV receivers. All three models feature Multi-Room Audio, which allows for the wireless distribution of a variety of sound sources — including LPs and streaming services — in different rooms. Also included are the latest network functions, including Google Cast and music streaming services including TIDAL, DEEZER, Spotify®, and TuneIn.  Each model also incorporates MCACC Pro, an automatic room calibration technology that adjusts specifically to your environment to deliver optimized object-based audio. This automatic acoustic calibration system works in sync with the new ‘Reflex Optimizer’ feature, this delivers the ideal object-based audio reproduction when using up-firing speakers in a Dolby Atmos speaker array. The featured Direct Energy HD amplifiers, allow simultaneous output from all channels with no power loss.SC-LX901S-dolby_mid

A new user-friendly GUI gives users quick access to network settings and simplifies the initial set up of the product with easy-to-understand on-screen guidance.

The SC-LX701 (RRP £1399), SC-LX801 (RRP £1899) and SC-LX901 (RRP £2499) will all be available from September 2016

Features of the new SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 include:

Based on a decade of Class D design experience, Pioneer refurbished their Direct Energy HD amplifier from scratch and it is included on all three models.

  • SC-LX701: 9.1-channel receiver with 760W multi-channel simultaneous drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %) / 185W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 1ch Driven FTC) / 135W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven FTC)
  • SC-LX801: 9.1-channel receiver with 770W multi-channel simultaneous drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %) / 200W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 1ch Driven FTC) / 140W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven FTC)
  • SC-LX901: 11.1-channel receiver with 880W multi-channel simultaneous drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %) / 200W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 1ch Driven FTC) / 140W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven FTC)

All models incorporate the high grade ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC for clear.

Pioneer makes it easy to set up the perfect surround sound environment with its Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC). With the custom microphone, the system automatically compensates for differences in speaker size, level and distance, and equalizes response.

Pioneer’s new Reflex Optimizer feature was designed to maximize object-based audio reproduction with Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to generate the best sound experience from stand-alone and/or add-on speakers, allowing users to fully enjoy the latest 3D immersive sound technologies.

The SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 (pictured) support the latest Dolby Atmos object-based audio technology, creating a three-dimensional sound field that reproduces the movement of sound. In addition, DTS:X will be supported ‘out of the box’ with no firmware update required.SC-LX901B-rearpanel_mid

The SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 supports 4K/60p/4:4:4 24-bit video signal transmission with HDCP 2.2 technology, ensuring compatibility with the many upcoming UltraHD (4K) sources and televisions.  Pioneer’s Super Resolution, which was developed for the company’s BDP-LX88 Universal player, has also been integrated, allowing the upscaling of all picture sources to HD-quality performance.

In addition, all three models are prepared for next generation video standards. HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology is used in the next-generation Blu-ray standard and expands the maximum brightness of video from 100 nit to 10,000 nit, whilst BT.2020 is a video format standard that covers a wide color space more than twice that of the currently used BT.709 standard.

The SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 are all Google Cast ready, allowing users to wirelessly send music, radio, or podcast content from their mobile devices to playback through their system.  Audio can be controlled from anywhere in the house using Cast-enabled apps running on personal devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Android phone/tablet and Windows laptop and Chromebook.

The SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 have a Zone 2 (Powered / Line Out) and Zone 3 (Line Out only) output and will support FireConnect by BlackFire Research – a stable wireless protocol that mirrors any audio source connected to the receiver.  From vinyl to streamed audio, all sources can be forwarded on to an optional FireConnect compatible speaker in another room.  An optional Pioneer range of FireConnect compatible Wi-Fi speakers is to be released in late 2016.

Through a Wi-Fi connection that supports dual band 5 GHz (11a/n) and 2.4 GHz (11b/g/n), which provides transmission with fewer interruptions, high-fidelity high-resolution sound sources can be accessed wirelessly.  Music can also easily be enjoyed through Bluetooth® wireless technology and AirPlay®.

In addition to high-resolution sound sources (192kHz/24bit) in FLAC, WAV, AIFF and Apple lossless file formats, DSD (2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz) and Dolby® TrueHD® files are supported, offering the ability to play a wide array of high-resolution sound sources.

 

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Onkyo has unveiled details of a second wave of products from its RZ Series, including two top-of-the-line A/V receivers:

  • THX Select2 Plus-certified 11.2-channelTX-RZ3100 Network A/V Receiver.
  • 2-channelTX-RZ1100 Network A/V Receiver.
  • Flagship THX Ultra2 Plus-certified 11.2-channelPR-RZ5100 Network A/V Controller.

All three new models of are scheduled for release in September 2016.multi-channel_rz

In addition to Zone 2 pre-outs with independent HDMI output and Zone 3 pre-out, all three units include 11.2-channel preamp RCA outputs, while the PR-RZ5100 also features balanced XLR connectors. The TX-RZ1100 and TX-RZ3100 feature Zone 2 and 3 powered outputs for driving speakers in other rooms. Additional multi-room wireless audio capabilities are offered via optional FireConnect.

Users can add additional height or ceiling speakers to unlock the full multidimensional experience delivered by built-in Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which incorporates DTS Neural:X technology to up-mix lossless multichannel surround formats, such as DTS-HD Master Audio, to emulate height effects and give listeners a 3D experience that’s close to a native object-based soundtrack.

All products offer Google Cast, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Spotify, TIDAL, and TuneIn, with any app-based audio entertainment cast seamlessly to the home cinema room and beyond using an Onkyo remote application.

Both the TX-RZ3100 and the TX-RZ1100 feature a new Onkyo Hi-Current Digital Amplification system that pairs with AccuEQ and AccuReflex technologies to optimally balance and phase-align sound in any listening space.

The three models feature AKM 384 kHz/32-bit digital-to-analogue conversion technology and VLSC noise-free processing on all channels, which removes pulse-noise for sound that’s true to the source.

Each includes HDCP 2.2 compatibility and a host of 4K video features over HDMI, including BT.2020 color, High Dynamic Range, 4:4:4 color space, and 4K/60 Hz should the user choose to update their display or projector in the future.

 

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ECLIPSE, the loudspeaker division within Fujitsu Ten, has joined forces with leading British A/V retailer Richer Sounds to introduce their TD-M1 (Read the Hifi Pig review here) to the portfolio.TD-M1_BK_02333

ECLIPSE’s partnership with Richer Sounds enables more music lovers to enjoy Eclipse loudspeakers and the company’s proprietary Time Domain (TD) technology. Richer Sounds, winner of Which? Magazine’s Best Retailer 2015 award, is offering the TD-M1 online, via its telesales centre, and to order from any one of its nationwide retailers.

Commenting on the new partnership, Paul Burnip, ECLIPSE’s Sales Manager said: “I’m delighted to be partnering with Richer Sounds who are making it even easier for consumers to experience the benefits of the ECLIPSE approach. The critically acclaimed TD-M1 is capable of transforming desktop audio systems everywhere and I’m thrilled that music lovers across the UK can now access one of the best-loved models from the ECLIPSE range through Richer Sounds’ website, telesales centre and store network.”

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems has received for the 6th time one of the most important awards in consumer electronics worldwide, the EISA AWARD.PJ-Phono-TheClassic-Eucalyptus-Silver-Cover (1)s

Inspired by the classic turntables of our youth, The Classic comes in a wooden frame, with a damped heavy weight aluminium platter, a new carbon/aluminium tonearm and an aluminium counterweight.

The Classic is available with three different wooden chassis (Palisander, Rosenut, Walnut): Recommended retail price without cartridge is € 950,00 and with included Ortofon moving magnet cartridge “2M Silver” it is € 999,00.

 

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In a former existence, Edinburgh’s Summerhall art space was a veterinary college.  Tonight’s gig is located in The Dissection Room and its tiled walls, linoleum floor and viewing gallery create a certain unsettling atmosphere that turns out to be quite appropriate.  Normally a standing venue, we’ve been provided with extraordinarily uncomfortable plastic chairs to sit on.  This is also apt as feeling uncomfortable is something of a theme for tonight’s entertainment.  More »

John Scott takes a listen to the Hana Lab Sakura music server and DAC hailing from Croatia and costing £500
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Amtrak’s Texas Eagle train runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, covering 2,728 miles and taking  just under 67 hours to complete its journey.  Tonight Billy Bragg and Joe Henry are showcasing a set of songs that they recorded when they took that trip together in March this year. More »

The prizes have been rolling in thick and fast so here is the current list:

Kralk Audio BC-30 FL loudspeakers in Statement Silver Oak & Tellurium Q Black speaker cables up to 2.5m in length

Chord Company £600, 1.5m Signature Array Power Cable (county designated plug)

IsoTek mains loom (UK plugs and sockets) From Sound Fowndations £750

Studio Connection interconnect and mains cable (country designated plug) £600 and £200

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Audio Suspension ASU-100 Turnatble Shelf (£240)

Sanus VuePoint 47-80” Tilting TV Mount (£69.99)

Two Audiomica MAGNET GOLD power cables, worth 400 CHF each. One cable has a Schuko plug and the other a 16 amp Swiss plug. Donated by Artizan Audio.

Lyudmila Gorbulya handpainted plate from Voyla Audio

Flare R2S earphone (£300 ) and Isolate Pro (£46 on)

These will be drawn in the above order once the 30 days of fundraising has finished.  Please leave your full name when donating to make it easier for us to contact you and save the email that you receive confirming your donation, if you are a winner you will need to send this to us with your shipping details.

Go here to donate.

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CanJam Europe, the largest headphone show in Europe, will return to Essen, Germany on September 24th and 25th 2016 for its fourth session  Visitors get to try thousands of headphones, hundreds of portable and desktop players, headphone amps, DACs and other accessories for portable hifi from more than 60 exhibitors

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Highlights include Sennheiser’s brand new Orpheus HE-1, with a price of 50,000 Euros currently the most expensive headphone in the world or Shure’s electrostatic earphone KSE 1500 at 3,000 Euros. Many manufacturers of custom in-ears will be showcasing demo units of their earphones, which are fitted individually to the customers ear shape and will be taking ear impressions right at the show. If you’re looking for something a little more common, there’ll be headphones for sports, travel, daily commute or hifi at home, which won’t break the bank. In addition to headphones, exhibitors will also be showing portable audio players, which go way beyond MP3, desktop and portable headphone amps for demanding headphones or external DACs, which convert every smartphone into a hi-res hifi device.

 

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KATCH from Dali is their first-ever compact Bluetooth loudspeaker.DALI-KATCH---three-colours

Under the extruded aluminium hood sits a Class-D amplifier – capable of pumping out some 2x 18 Watts of power – 2 x 21mm soft-dome tweeters and 2 x 3.5-inch aluminium woofers, one pair facing front and one pair at the rear.

The KATCH features two placement profiles that run in conjunction with the front/back driver configuration, one for freestanding play and one that utilises placement on a shelf to reflect sound back from a wall.

Bluetooth 4.0 with Apt-X gives a wireless connection within seconds, while the NFC option is even quicker.

DALI has included a stereo mini-jack input, while the KATCH’s USB charge connector means you can drive a Chromecast Audio dongle too, integrating your KATCH into your home network.

Available in three striking colour schemes, Dark Shadow, Cloud Grey and Green Moss, the DALI KATCH Bluetooth 4.0 with Apt-X

  • 2x 18W RMS Class-D amplifier
  • Extruded aluminium body
  • 2x 3.5-inch aluminium woofers
  • 2x 21mm soft-dome tweeters
  • Stereo mini-jack
  • 2600 mAh internal battery
  • USB charge output

Priced at £329, the new DALI KATCH portable Bluetooth speaker is available from October 1st.

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Bryston has announced the introduction of the BDP-π digital music player, joining the BDP-2 in Bryston’s lineup of digital players. The BDP-π is available now through authorised Bryston dealers with an MSRP of $1295.BDP Pi Angle1small

The compact BDP-π features advanced Bryston hardware and software built upon the Raspberry Pi and HifiBerry platform giving users fast response to commands and superb overall performance all from a chassis 1/3 the width of Bryston’s full-sized player. The BDP-π will playback digital music ranging from MP3 to lossless 24/192 high-resolution files and can be connected to virtually any DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) using the provided S/PDIF, Toslink, USB and HDMI connectors. The BDP-π is a complete digital entertainment hub—users can connect an external drive to access limitless libraries of digital content, gain access to their favorite Internet radio stations and enjoy lossless TIDAL streaming (subscription required).

The BDP-π is also a Roon Ready device. Roon Labs has created a software solution that delivers the ultimate user experience by merging Bryston’s exceptional BDP digital playback hardware with an intuitive, graphically rich music library management and playback software. Users get the superb sound of Bryston digital players with a highly refined user interface.

“Feedback from our sales channel has indicated that there was a market for a compact digital music player at a lower price point as long as performance remained superb,” explained Bryston VP James Tanner. “We have been able to bring together key technologies in order to make the BDP-π a reality and deliver Bryston quality digital entertainment to more music enthusiasts.” All Bryston digital products are covered by a 5-year warranty.

Inputs: 4x USB 2.0, 1x Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)

Outputs: SPDIF (RCA), Optical (TOSLINK), HDMI, USB 2.0

Control: IR, TCP/IP

Playback from USB drives

NAS connectivity supported

Plays all common file types

Raspberry Pi and HifiBerry platform

Multiple control options (iOS, Android, Desktop)

Roon Ready platform

TIDAL, Internet Radio, Custom URLs

Requires external DAC

Physical: 2.75″ H x 5.7″ W x 8.5″ D 2.6 Ibs.

Options:

Available with silver or black faceplate

BR-2 remote control available

BOT-1 for ripping, playing, and burning CD’s

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I’m really not sure what to make of this album.  That’s not to say that I’ve initially approached it only to then back away with a kind of “what the hell is this?!!” type of response, but moreover I’ve played this album some 20+ times and still really don’t have a clue what to make of it all.  I’m not totally sure if it’s either a conscious body of work or possibly a case of throwing ideas into a blender only to see what happens.

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People now demand that they have their music with them at all times, even when at the gym or out exercising and In ear monitors are becoming increasingly popular for this. Add Bluetooth and you make them even more portable. Janine Elliot takes a listen to the Optoma BE6i Bluetooth in ear headphones.  More »

Wow, we are now getting celebrity prize donations! Brian May of Queen has donated a signed 8″x10″ picture of himself.

So, the prizes (which will be drawn in the following order) are:

Kralk Audio Loudspeakers with Tellurium Q speaker cables

Chord Company Signature power cable (county designated plug)

IsoTek mains loom (UK plugs and sockets)

Studio Connection interconnect and mains cable (country designated plug)

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Plus there are more to be added over the next few days!

Remember a £5 donation gets you into the draw, the more you donate in multiples of £5, the more chances to win!

Click here to go to Just Giving!

Please leave your full name, we will announce the winners via Just Giving, social media and on Hifi Pig. You will need to email us your confirmation of donation email with all your shipping details for us to send your prize.

Thank you!

 

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Costing £1998, the DAC215 from Danish manufacturer Copland is a combined DAC, preamplifier and headphone amp in one good looking unit. Janine Elliot takes a listen for Hifi Pig.  More »

People’s generosity really astounds us.  Not only are we now at 21% of our target of £3000 to help fund a new wheelchair for Hifi Pig reader, Ricky Sterling, we have had yet more prizes donated.

The very generous Sound Fowndations, got in touch to offer another prize to the raffle. They have put up a bundle of IsoTek gear to include: IsoTek Evo3 Polaris (6 way mains block) – £295 IsoTek Evo3 Initium 1.5m UK-C15 IEC £65 each (package includes 7 of them, total £455) Total package value £750. Please note that this prize come with UK plugs/sockets only.

Thank you so much Sound Fowndations, you guys rock!

So we now have three separate prizes, with more in the pipeline so please, please click through to our crowdfunding site to read Ricky’s story and the prize details, and donate to enter the raffle.

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The current prize list is:

Kralk Audio speakers with Tellurium Q speaker cable

The Chord Company Signature power cable

IsoTek Evo3 mains loom

These will all be drawn separately and you have to be in it to win it with a donation of as little as £5.

Any surplus money raised will be sent to UK charity, Mcmillan Cancer Support.

Click here to go to Just Giving Crowdfunding.

 

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With just over two months to go until the start of The Indulgence Show, a major new audio and lifestyle event taking place at the Novotel Conference Centre in Hammersmith, 90 brands from the hi-fi, home entertainment and technology sectors have snapped up space to showcase their latest product ranges, services and experiences to the consumers that will come through the show’s doors.Indulgence_Show_logotrans-1-e1468426599916

The Indulgence Show is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors across the three days and has been designed by the organisers to bring in consumers from high income households who live in and around London as well as those from the surrounding counties, who are expected to travel up to two hours to visit the show.

Brands currently signed up for the event include Bowers and Wilkins, Onkyo, Audioquest and Sennheiser, PMC with more set to be announced.

Vernon Hamblin, headroom™ organiser, says, “My business partner and I developed the Indulgence Show concept to meet the requirements of that want to indulge themselves and their families with luxury goods, experiences and services from the home entertainment and lifestyle sectors because we felt that there was no show currently on the market that serviced these needs. Since we launched it earlier this year, we have received a hugely positive response from companies across a multitude of sectors that have already signed up to exhibit and we look forward to more signing on the dotted line in the coming weeks.”

Keith Tonge, creative director of exhibitor PMC comments, “By being highly innovative and offering more than just audio, The Indulgence Show really does break the mould of what has come before and we look forward to seeing a wider demographic at this year’s central London event.”

The Indulgence Show features three distinct areas – ‘Audio London’, ‘headroom™’ and ‘Pure Pleasure’.  The event will provide an opportunity for audio, home entertainment and portable audio brands to appeal to and attract discerning consumers with high disposable income who enjoy music and all the pleasures and benefits it brings to their lives as well as target those who want to indulge in new products and experiences.

 

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Chris Kimsey, the man who engineered “Led Zepplin III” and has worked on every Rolling Stones album since “Some Girls”, is opening the doors to the world of recording the biggest names in music with a live Q&A on the Friday and Saturday of The Indulgence Show, the new audio and lifestyle event taking place at the Novotel Conference Centre in Hammersmith from 14-16 October 2016.Chris_Kimsey_indulgence_show_small

In these sessions, Chris will take attendees through his career, which includes spells at Electric Ladyland studios in New York, London’s Metropolis and Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studio. He will also be providing an insight into what it was like to be in the studio with legendary bands and artists from The Rolling Stones to B.B. King.

Chris’ illustrious career has spanned four decades and has seen him work with Led Zeppelin, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Deacon Blue and The London Symphony Orchestra. His journey in the industry began at Olympic Studios in Barnes. His mentor at Olympic was Keith Grant, who taught him everything he needed to know during the daytime film soundtrack sessions for such classics as The Italian Job, Get Carter and The Thomas Crown Affair. During the night-time pop sessions, Glyn Johns helped Chris cut his teeth on albums for The Small Faces and The Eagles.

Vernon Hamblin, producer of The Indulgence Show, says, “Bands don’t get much bigger than The Stones and Led Zep and Chris has been responsible for much of what we have heard from these giants. It’s a pleasure to be able to welcome him to The Indulgence Show to share his stories from the mixing desk with the visitors to the show.” He continues, “Bringing names like this to the event puts entertainment and an informative focus right at its heart, moving it away from the traditional static exhibition into something much more interactive and fun – putting the show into The Indulgence Show.”

The Indulgence Show is a new audio and lifestyle event aimed at visitors who are interested in educating themselves, acquiring, experiencing and enjoying music and all the benefits and pleasures it brings to their lives.  They want to pamper themselves with the finer things in life, and consider audio, home entertainment and headphones/portable audio to be elements that can enhance their wellbeing.  They are also happy to indulge their varied passions and treat themselves to high quality, luxury products such as watches, cars, motorised and recreational vehicles, wines, spirits, craft beer, hand-made chocolates etc. that make their lives more enriching, fun and enjoyable.

Tickets to The Indulgence Show are on sale now.

 

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Here’s something I don’t think GadgetyNews has reviewed before – DECT speakers. The ONEmicro speakers have certainly ignored the more oft trodden paths of Bluetooth and WiFi as viable options for wireless transmission – but how do they sound?

The ONEmicro speakers use Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT). If that sounds familiar, then look at your landline phone – DECT is the standard used for cordless phones; and traffic lights for that matter.

Check out how they perform over at GadgetyNews.com

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If you like your router to look mean, have blue LEDs and rock a cool name, surely the Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 should be on your list?

The Netgear R8500 X8 looked a beast when I first met it back in February. Back then the AC5300 standard router had a curiously wavy top. It now seems that the designers have since flattened it though.

Thankfully, the more important stuff has remained just as impressive on the spec sheet – as well as the looks department. The most striking part of the Netgear Nighthawk X8 has to be those antennae that light up blue. But how does the rest of it stack up?

Find out over at GadgetyNews.com

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Anki, the makers of the best robotic car game, Overdrive, have taken their robotics skills to the next level with Cozmo.

Remember when Tommy said that there was more interesting developments to come? Well, it seems that he meant sooner rather than later.

Cozmo the robot is the latest creation from Anki, a Silicon Valley toymaker best known for building small race cars you can control using a mobile app. The company was founded in 2010 by a trio of Carnegie Mellon graduates with PhDs in robotics.

Anki have put the robotic knowledge that they’ve honed with Overdrive and squeezed it all in to a cute little dozer-bot called Cozmo.

Cozmo looks just as adorable as the Pixar animated WALL-E, with the main difference being that you can actually own Cozmo.

Get the full report at GadgetyNews.com

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Remember the Vodafone Smart ultra 6 phone GadgetyNews reviewed last August? Well, they have today released the follow-up. I give you the Vodafone Smart ultra 7.

The Smart ultra 6 was very popular and even won awards so the new kid had better have its whits about it.

Can the Smart ultra 7 fill the boots of its predecessor?

Check out the full review over on GadgetyNews.com

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Up until now, all the headphones GadgetyNews has had to review are from a purely musical point-of-view. As gamers have equally specific requirements we have the Astro A40 TR headset and amp bundle to test.

The Astro A40 TR headset comes bundled with the MixAmp Pro external soundcard and can also be customised thanks to some clever interchangeable bits.

Astro is a well-known brand for US gaming fans and, looking at the base of the amp, it is in Europe via the Skullcandy brand.

Check out the review over at GadgetyNews.com

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