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Janine Elliot (pictured below between Hifi Pig’s Stuart and Graham Audio’s Paul Graham) rounds up Hifi Pig’s coverage of this year’s National Audio Show. 

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Hifi Pig talks to Hifi Pig reader Stuart Armstrong who has an interesting and very accomplished DIY turntable project. More »

Ever wondered what goes into making a loudspeaker cabinet? Ian Ringstead visits specialist loudspeaker cabinet maker Timberworx.  More »

SOtM is exhibiting at RMAF for the first time and will demo their music server and player, sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition controlled by Roon, the combined DAC/PRE, sDP-1000EX, the stereo power amp, sPA- 1000, and the ultra low noise linear power supply, sPS-1000, as a main demo system with Boenicke speaker.

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They will also announce their upcoming products:

  • sMS-1000SQ Eunhasu: The new Linux OS, Eunhasu, based network player & server! It supports Roon, Squeezelite, MPD/DLNA, HQplayer and Shariports.
  • sMS-1000SQ Wins 10 : The Windows 10 Pro and AudiophileOptimizer are loaded, and Roon is used as a main player but other players such as Foobar, Jriver, HQplayer and etc can be used as costumer’s need and variety options are
  • tX-USBUltra : New design concept series as sMS-200, it is a USB audio signal regenerator for Ultra High-End USB audio system, it reduces jitter generated from USB audio host device by the USB audio signal clock, sCLK-EX12, and reproduces good quality power of USB output port by Ultra Low Noise
  • sPS-500 : New design concept series as sMS-200, it is the ultra-low noise hybrid power
  • sCLK-EX : In a digital audio system, the clock is the most important element and the sCLK-EX is the one which can be used for all digital audio system.

Also the mini network player, sMS-200, will be demoed and displayed during the show time with dCBL-CAT7 and iSO-CAT6 Special Edition.

SOtM will be at Room number 5032.

All SOtM products will be displayed and also sold at the show site too, and a special show price will be available.

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This month John Scott turns his attention to the UK singer songwriter Elvis Costello who rose to stardom in the first wave of punk rock and here looks at his album This Year’s Model recorded with his band The Attractions.   More »

MUTEC got in touch with us to let us know that they are exhibiting at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016 which is running from the 7th to 9th of October this year, in Denver, Colorado.

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MUTEC will be presenting their audiophile products like the MC-3+ Smart Clock USB, alongside YourFinalSystem and Sonic Distribution, in Room 7010 of the Denver Marriott Tech Centre. You can meet MUTEC CEO, Christian Peters, and get an exclusive preview of their yet-to-be-announced, brand new high-end product that they are going to release before Christmas, More news on that as soon as we get it!

 

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2016 marks the fiftieth year since Taste, the blues-rock trio, was formed by legendary guitarist Rory Gallagher. Taste’s story almost reads like a Ziggy-ish rock n’ roll film script: a youthful band that promised much, only to split after a short period in a rather dramatic and personalised fashion, when they were right on the verge of 1970s rockstardom, due to a troublesome relationship with management. Thankfully, there is a lot more to Taste than such rock n’ roll cliché might suggest. Taste had a goodly share of creative achievement, both in its MKII and lesser-known MKI line-ups, which mark the band as deserving of more than a mere foot-note in the in the annals of 60s rock. More »

Hifi Pig talk to Conrad Mas, the man behind the UK based manufacturer AVID Hifi. AVID Hifi are perhaps most well known for their range of turntables and phonostages, but at last year’s Munich High End the company introduced a full range of electronics and loudspeakers…and won the Hifi Pig Loves You Award.  More »

With the recent Olympic and Paralympic games still fresh in my mind I got to thinking how incredible as a nation the United Kingdom is. The fact we came second in the medal tables for both games, coming just behind the USA in the Olympics and China in the Paralympics was amazing. The Chinese in particular couldn’t believe how a nation of our size could do so well given their population is about 1.4 billion and ours is roughly 60 million.  More »

Italian manufacturer Gold Note have had a busy month. They have introduced both their new Donatello and Vasari cartridges and also new vinyl care products. Kymyas is a restoring treatment for scratched vinyl, to help you preserve the quality of your favourite LP’s and enjoy it to the fullest, and to remove every trace of dust, there is the new Gold Note Carbon Brush, 100% anti-static and with high quality carbon fibre.

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Also vinyl related, they have announced the PH – 10 which they hail as ‘the most innovative Phono Preamplifier available’ With two separate RCA inputs you can connect two different tonearms and adjust settings independently for each single cartridge plus PH-10 offers 4 different selectable GAIN levels -3dB, 0dB, +3dB, 6dB to precisely match any kind of output level for MM and MC cartridges. Perfect matching is easy and quick to achieve with 9 different load options 10Ω, 22Ω, 47Ω, 100Ω, 220Ω, 470Ω, 1000Ω, 22KΩ, 47KΩ.

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You can select the record modulation between the internationally recognised RIAA, DECCA-LONDON or AMERICAN-COLUMBIA curves, and then “enhance” it with their proprietary technology to achieve the best vinyl experience. SKC is a unique technology that paired with TFT display allows quick control of the unit’s functions through the single knob. The display shows every information and lets you rapidly select and modify the settings. Gold Note modular design allows upgrades with external units, including: External Inductive Power SupplyCurve Equaliser Extender unit, Class-A Tube Output Stage and Gain Stage Enhancer. Made of solid aluminium and fully machined, the PH – 10 shell body guarantees low frequency resonance, feedback vibration control and low magnetic inertial field. The front panel and case are brushed anodised aluminium available in Black, Silver, Gold and Red.

 

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I thought it was a joke when this landed on my desk earlier but as with all the albums that arrive here at Hifi Pig Towers I gave it a fair trial and popped it on in the car whilst we drove to our destination for lunch. More »

ETAL Group today unveiled a Class D amplifier in a format smaller than a business card – opening the way to highly compact lifestyle electronics, networked audio and battery powered applications. z0702ana-ala0080-class-d-amplifier-from-anaview

Stefan Ruuth, Sales Manager at ETAL, said, “In terms of size-performance, the Anaview ALA is unmatched, delivering amazingly clean and room-filling sound from a very small module.  We’ve already seen a lot of interest from designers of networked audio devices, portable audio devices, docking stations, audio receivers, powered speakers and residential audio systems. It’s perfect for applications that need great sound but where space and/or power are limited.”

With overall dimensions of just 68mm x 33mm x 18mm, the ETAL Anaview ALA Series delivers 2 x 45Wrms into 6 Ω. It is designed for board to board mounting and can be powered by a single voltage of 12-25V DC making it easy to integrate. The Anaview ALA has an 80kHz load independent frequency range (-3dB) and a 115dB dynamic range with low Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) throughout. Features include an entirely differential patented Adaptive Pole Control (APC) amplifier technology.

The Anaview ALA can be supplied from a simple single voltage AC/DC power supply, commonly available at low-cost, alleviates end-product UL-certification. Alternatively, the low power draw and single-sided supply means that the module is also compatible with Power–over-Ethernet (PoE) for commercial network audio applications where audio and power are provided on a single Cat-5 cable. Equally, it can be easily integrated into battery–powered and rechargeable products.

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The Peak PT1 turntable has a natural slate plinth and comes complete with an arm for £599. Ian Ringstead takes it for a spin for Hifi Pig. More »

At the end of August Hifi Pig reported the news that the Pro-ject Classic Turntable had won the EISA award and way back in 2012 we also reported their Debut Carbon won the same award. Last year the company’s RPM 3 Carbon won last year’s EISA Award and it’s also been awarded prestigious Red Dot Award for its outstanding design this year…it also won a Hifi Pig Recommended Awardpj-phono-rpm3carbon-white-2msilver-1024x6388online

Ingenious entry to the world of audiophile luxury, is what The Red Dot Award people say about the award! They add that  RPM 3 Carbon utilises evolutionary enhancements to improve the performance of Pro-Ject’s RPM turntable series including: A low resonance chassis holds an inverted platter bearing with a ceramic ball for further reduced rumble. An outboard 15V AC motor is driven by using an ultra precise AC generator with DC power supply for further enhanced speed stability.

A 10 S-shaped tonearm tube is made from carbon fibre, aluminium and resin. Using a complex 3-step process with heat treatment and 100bar pressure, arm tube rigidity is strengthened, internal damping is maximized and resonances are reduced to a minimum. This makes the tonearm also suitable for MC cartridges. Additional features are a magnetic antiskating mechanism and a TPE- damped counterweight.

Congratulations From all at Hifi Pig for your stash of awards.

 

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PMC’s recently launched twenty5 series will be given its first UK hifi show outing when then entire range is presented to the public at The Indulgence Show, 14-16 October.pmc1

First making an  appearance at the High End Show, Munich, in May 2016, the twenty5 series, so named to celebrate the company’s twenty-fifth anniversary, has been well received. New technologies onboard include the Laminar™ vent design and latest Advanced Transmission Line.

Visitors can visit PMC’s presentation in the Mouton Cadet Suite, second floor, and will be able to audition the full complement of twenty5 series models, from the smallest, the twenty5.21 to the three-way flagship model, the twenty5.26.

PMC will be partnering the twenty.5 series with the new Bryston Cubed Series power amplifiers, Bryston BDP2 digital player and the DSD compatible Bryston BDA-3 DAC.

Many other exhibitors will further enhance the company’s presence at the show, through their selection of PMC products for use with their own equipment:
Leema Acoustics will be using the twenty5.21 and fact.12s in the Talbot Suite to partner with its Constellation range and to help launch a new range of exciting products. In the Cremant Suite, Townshend Audio will be demonstrating its Seismic Platforms with the fact.8s and Vertere Acoustics is using the three- way MB2se with its range of turntables

The MB2 XBD-A (Active), as used at Metropolis Mastering, Abbey Road and many other studios around the globe, will provide the aural backdrop to an exclusive exhibition that features the photographs of Ross Halfin, the world’s leading rock music photographer in the Chalon Room.

 

See PMC at The Indulgence Show, 14-16 October, Novotel London West, Hammersmith.

OPPO Digital today introduces an updated version of the a HA-2 portable headphone amplifier and DAC, HA-2SE. ha-2se-top-view

Aesthetically, the HA-2SE continues the HA-2’s design – genuine leather casing with contrast stitching and bevelled aluminium edges. Inside, the digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) chip is upgraded to the ES9028Q2M, the top-of-the-line from ESS Technology’s SABRE32 Reference series for portable designs. The headphone amplifier is further optimized for very sensitive In-Ear Monitors, with a lower noise floor and higher signal-to-noise ratio over the HA-2.

Featuring hybrid class AB amplification and a USB DAC, the HA-2SE offers high performance digital-to-analogue conversion for Apple’s iPhone/iPod products, a wide range of Android devices, PC and Mac computers. Equipped with a 3000mAh internal battery and OPPO’s patented safe rapid charging technology, the HA-2SE may be conveniently used to charge mobile devices on-the-go and can itself be efficiently charged in 30 minutes.

Being a “Made for iPhone” certified device and coming with a Lightning cable included, the HA-2SE can charge the iPhone and play music at the same time. When used with the right apps, the HA-2SE supports bit-perfect playback of high resolution music, exceeding the 48 kHz sample rate limitation of using the phone’s built-in headphone output or headphone adapter.

In addition to the USB DAC inputs, the HA-2SE provides a 3.5 mm line-in jack for portable music players that do not have a USB-compatible digital output. The same jack doubles as line-out when the HA-2SE is used as a DAC. The headphone amplifier has two gain level settings. The High Gain mode is capable of driving large power-hungry headphones, delivering up to 300 mW into 16-Ohm headphones. The Low Gain mode is intended for sensitive In-Ear Monitor type earphones. For users who like a bit more punch and impact with their music, the HA-2SE offers a Bass Boost function that is implemented purely with analog audio circuits.

Priced at $299, the HA-2SE can be ordered from OPPO Digital’s web site or resellers. The HA-2SE will be available for audition and demo at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver during the weekend of October 7 – 9.

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McIntosh Laboratory has appointed leading London audio dealer KJ West One, as a key retailer for the capital.mcintosh_mha150_hifinews_sept

McIntosh Laboratory, along with its UK distributor Jordan Acoustics, has joined forces with exclusive central London audio dealer, KJ West One, to bring flagship models from the iconic New York marque’s range to the capital. KJ West One will now become the capital’s biggest McIntosh dealer, offering the widest range of demonstrable product.KJ West One/London

Located just off London’s exclusive Marylebone High Street, KJ West One has been at the leading edge of hifi excellence for over 50 years. The store, which has an enviable clientele, has three purpose-built studios providing world-class demonstration facilities for London as we found out when we visited earlier this year. Spread across two floors and measuring 3,000ft², KJ West One also has a large open showcase area, specially designed to exhibit and demonstrate its luxury audio equipment.

KJ West One now has London’s biggest range of McIntosh equipment, including a number of flagship models, such as the award-winning MA8000 integrated amplifier, MCD550 CD/SACD player and the C1100/MC 1.2KW pre/power amplifier.KJ West One/London

Tim Jordan, owner of Jordan Acoustics, McIntosh’s UK distributor said: “I’m delighted to welcome KJ West One on board not only as a McIntosh retailer, but as the largest McIntosh stockist in the capital. KJ’s demonstration facilities are arguably the best in the UK, making the centrally located store the ideal environment in which to experience McIntosh’s class-leading product range.”

Richard Davies of KJ West One added: “There is one reason we take a brand on at KJ and that is the sound. McIntosh has stunning-sounding products: they are very easy to listen to and not fatiguing, with fantastic power and control, plus exceptionally wide soundstaging. McIntosh products really are a joy to listen to.”

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High-end hifi distributor Decent Audio has announced a new exclusive UK distribution agreement with Danish loudspeaker brand Raidho. On 29th-30th October a selection of Raidho’s speakers will make their UK debut at this year’s Hifi Show Live in Windsor.

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The Raidho journey began with the invention of the Raidho ribbon tweeter – a unique sealed ribbon tweeter that employs an array of neodymium magnets to create an extremely powerful force field in which an ultra thin membrane is suspended. Its performance was spectacular but initially posed a challenge: it was too far ahead of the game, and so responsive and dynamic that integration with conventional dynamic midrange and mass drivers proved tricky. Raidho addressed the problem, by envisaging their own midrange and bass drivers that would be anything but conventional. Sounds simple, but it wasn’t. They since carried on with the innovations, from their Ceramix drivers to their recent diamond-coated cones, both of which have necessitated a reinvention of production processes with technological support from the state-of-the-art Tribology Centre of the Danish Technological Institute. All of the drivers and components in a Raidho loudspeaker are designed and manufactured by Raidho Acoustics themselves and every speaker is built buy hand. Not a single modified off-the-shelf drive unit is used, only genuine clean-sheet audio engineering solutions.

 

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Studio Connections are based in the UK and produce a wide range of cables for home audio use. In this review Dan Worth and Dominic Marsh take a look at the company’s Carbon Power cables retailing at £190 for 1m. OUTSTANDINGLARGE300DPISTARONLINE More »

Zesto Audio has announced the debut of their newest product, the Andros Téssera Phonostage. The official launch will take place at the annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, Colorado USA, October 7-9, 2016 in exhibit room 6011 at the Marriott Tech Centre.andros-tessera-front-with-led-web

Téssera means 4 in Greek. This newest product from Zesto Audio is aptly named as it is designed to work with up to 4 different tonearms or turntables.  George Counnas, President and Design Engineer for Zesto Audio says, “There are so many great specialized phono cartridges available today, I wanted to design a phonostage that was easy to use, while providing the necessary inputs to accommodate multiple tonearms and be able to save the settings when you switch between channels.”

The Andros Téssera designed with 100% tube circuitry and no solid state devices anywhere in the signal path and all switching is done with reed relays.

Building on the success of Zesto’s original Andros Phonostage, George wanted to take it further, not only sonically but with more features resulting in a quieter, fuller and more dynamic sound. tessera-back-with-power-supply-2-revised

Some of the new features include true transformer balance outputs driven by dedicated output tubes. The Andros Téssera has a new circuit design that is partnered with significantly upgraded larger MC step-up transformers to capture the most delicate signals in the grooves.

The Téssera is designed with 2 completely independent dual mono channels that can accommodate 1 MM and 1 MC per channel. It is easily adjustable “on the fly” 12 position MC load per channel without clicks or pops, so you can hear the changes, as well as save the settings when you switch between tonearms. One of the unique features is the 4 MC ground switches which helps to eliminate those noisy ground loops.

 

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