OPPO Digital have announced that the new Sonica DAC is ready for release. The newest entry into the OPPO family of digital audio products, Sonica DAC merges audiophile-grade performance with the latest network streaming technology, says the company’s recent press release. More »

Dominic Marsh takes a listen to the £699 budget conscious Cyrus ONE integrated amplifier for Hifi Pig. More »

Stuart and Linette take a listen to the unique Volya Bouquet loudspeakers costing €120 000.  More »

As a French player in high fidelity for more than 35 years, Triangle has introduced a new collection of cables, which they say is “dedicated to optimising the performance of the loudspeakers, while guaranteeing the emblematic Triangle sound characteristics of extraordinary openness and dynamics. All LeCable products provide an excellent conductivity, ensuring a perfect and balanced transmission”. More »

Danish loudspeaker specialist DALI has confirmed that it will be conducting live demonstrations of its high-end Epicon 2 and 6 loudspeakers, driven by Meridian Electronics, and launching its new Spektor line of affordable loudspeakers at Sound & Vision: The Bristol Show (February 24-26th). More »

Bryston distributor PMC, is introducing the Bryston BCD-3 CD player to the UK audiophile market, to bring the benefits of its “class-leading” CD transport and digital to analogue converter technology to consumers who are still loyal to the CD format. More »

The Convert team got in touch to tell us that they will be attending the 30th Bristol Sound & Vision Show from the 24th to the 26th of February this year. More »

Miles Kilby of Solidair Audio got in touch to tell us about his Magnetic Levitation Isolation Feet and the principles behind them. More »

From 18 to 21 May 2017 the time comes around again for the world’s biggest audio fair to open its doors at the MOC site in Munich. The HIGH END is indisputably the number one international meeting point for audio enthusiasts and has been an institution for many years. It is the oldest and biggest fair of its kind and has become firmly established in the course of more than three decades.  More »

From 18 to 21 May 2017 the time comes around again for the world’s biggest audio fair to open its doors at the MOC site in Munich. The HIGH END is indisputably the number one international meeting point for audio enthusiasts and has been an institution for many years. It is the oldest and biggest fair of its kind and has become firmly established in the course of more than three decades.  More »

RDacoustic of the Czech Republic got in touch to tell us about their new loudspeakers, the Euphoria. More »

TANNOY contacted to tell us that they are “delighted to announce that we will be launching a new Gold Reference GRF range to be ready for delivery in February 2017. This decision was made to meet unprecedented demand from dealers and customers to continue the GRF-90  which sold out in record time”. More »

Acclaimed indie-folk quintet Patch & The Giant, release their long awaited debut album, ‘All That We Had, We Stole’, out 10th February 2017. More »

Loewe, the German manufacturer of televisions and AV equipment, has launched a wireless floorstanding speaker system called klang 5 (‘klang’ means ‘sound’ in German). Designed to work seamlessly with Loewe TVs, including the bild 7 OLED set, the klang 5 speakers deliver all forms of audio, from music to movies. More »

After a great 2016 for the band that included a no.1 album on the rock chart, a sell-out headline tour and a hugely successful European tour in support of Biffy Clyro, Lonely The Brave continue their prolific streak as songwriters by announcing a brand new EP led by album highlight, the atmospheric and emotive “Diamond Days”. More »

‘Easy’, the highly anticipated new album from rising Nashville-via-Mississippi band The Weeks, is set for release April 7th on Lightning Rod Records. More »

German label Kompakt continue THE ORB’s SIN IN SPACE remix EP series with a third volume focusing on the duo’s latest full-length album, the acclaimed COW / CHILL OUT, WORLD!. The spontaneous, organic vibe and sample artistry of the album is reflected in three distinct reworks from Kompakt mainstays THE FIELD, DAVE DK and JÖRG BURGER – all of them informed with surprising twists and displaying a clear lineage to the source material. More »

PS Audio of Boulder, Colorado, USA have launched their new Stellar S300 Stereo Amplifier, M700 Monoblock Power Amplifiers and Stellar Gain Cell DAC. More »

Janine Elliot checks out the multi-driver Optoma HEM4 In Ear Monitors costing a penny short of £250. More »

Dominic Marsh takes a listen to the £ 699 budget conscious Cyrus ONE integrated amplifier for Hifi Pig More »

Following on from the reissue of their cult favourite ‘Holo Pleasures’ EP and their incredibly successful first ever UK live shows early last year, Elvis Depressedly have now announced a new set of UK/EU tour dates for 2017.

In May 2015 Elvis Depressedly released the well received “New Alhambra” with Run For Cover Records and Orchid Tapes, and last year the band went on to reissue their 2013 EP ‘Holo Pleasures’ via Run For Cover alongside a new EP of unreleased material on the B-side, ‘California Dreamin’’.

Since releasing ‘New Alhambra’ in May 2015 the band have earned critical acclaim from the likes of NME, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Upset, Consequence of Sound The 405 and many more for their unique blend of minimalist, lo-fi, melancholic noise-pop.

Their UK/EU dates will follow on from the band’s West Coast US tour in March and will see them play the following dates with support from TV Girl:

Apr 7 – Amsterdam, NL
Apr 8 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
Apr 10 – Copenhagen, DN @ Stengade
Apr 13 – Malmo, SW @ Plan B
Apr 14 – Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree
Apr 15 – Leipzig, DE
Apr 16 – Halle, DE @ Huhnermanhattan
Apr 18 – Freiburg, AU @ Rang Teng Teng
Apr 19 – Salzburg, CH @ Rockhouse
Apr 20 – Zurich, CH @ Gonzo Club (w/LVL UP)
Apr 21 – Geneva, FR @ L’Ecurie
Apr 22 – Paris, FR @ E’ Space B
Apr 23 – Brighton, UK @ The Joker
Apr 24 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Apr 25 – Manchester, UK @ The Star and Garter
Apr 26 – London, UK @ Kamio
Apr 27 – Antwerp, BE @ Kavka

Karma-AV is has announced the availability of the Mark Levinson № 519 Audio Player. They say, “The № 519 has the ability to play virtually any digital audio format and provides a full complement of wired and wireless digital audio inputs from USB asynchronous streaming and mass storage, Gigabit Ethernet, Balanced, Optical, Coaxial, Wi-Fi, aptX® Bluetooth, and an integrated slot-loading CD player. In addition, the № 519 includes high-performance headphone connectivity and integrated digital volume control allowing it to serve as a fully integrated digital music source”. More »

DALI have launched their new Spektor series of speakers. Comprising the DALI Spektor 1 and 2 compact standmounts and the Spektor 6 floorstanders, DALI have also added the Spektor Vokal to work as a central speaker with the rest of the range. More »

David Bowie, who died just over a year ago, is to be honoured in a set of stamps and souvenirs by the Royal Mail. They say; “We’re thrilled to reveal the next instalment in our Music Giants Special Stamp series: a tribute to David Bowie, one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time”. More »

Within 3 years, the French manufacturer Trinnov Audio has established a position in the High-End Home Theatre market thanks to its flagship Altitude32. Ahead of ISE 2017, Trinnov has announced internal changes to support its growth as well as a strong presence on the show floor. In addition, the company’s CEO Arnaud Laborie will be giving a training session and sharing his latest findings in speaker placement for immersive sound room design. More »

PMC, manufacturer of studio and audiophile speakers, helped recreate the world famous Capitol Studios at the recent CES in Las Vegas, to expose visitors to the workings of a real studio and the benefits of high resolution audio. More »

Melodika, one of the biggest Polish manufacturers of hifi cables, let us know that they have introduced a new version of their floorstanding Loudspeaker, the BL40 MKI. Melodika say that “the Melodika BL40 MKII offers both modified style and technical amendments while maintaining the price”.
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Janine Elliot checks out the multi-driver Optoma HEM4 In Ear Monitors costing a penny short of £250. More »

Award winning singer and master songwriter Jim Lauderdale releases a striking new studio album London Southern on February 3 2017 and will take part in the hugely popular Transatlantic Sessions tour in February, starting in Glasgow at Celtic Connections and then touring the UK.

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Hailed as ‘the heroes British rock needs right now’ by the Huffington Post, the mighty Hunter & The Bear’s raw, infectious and downright thunderous output has seen them garner extensive plays on BBC Radio 6 and 2 already, as well as spots on large stages at Reading & Leeds, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling festivals. More »

Entering an impressive 3rd decade, Dreadzone release a brand new album “Dread Times” on February 17th 2017.

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Jay Z is reportedly selling a stake in his music streaming service Tidal to telecoms company, Sprint. Sprint, which is owned by Japan’s Softbank, will pay an estimated $200m (£162m) for a 33% stake in the company. More »

Spanish brand, Kroma Audio, has introduced a new finish available for its two models of speakers. This finish is entirely handmade by a Master Gilder, specialised in restoring the Easter procession floats, with authentic 24k gold leaf. Kroma say “This turns our speakers into true works of art with a unique aesthetic that accompanies the inimitable sound of Kroma Audio”. More »

Analog Candle are pleased to share the video for current single ‘Trier’ More »

Anti say it is thrilled to announce the signing of Jade Jackson. A highly prolific and supremely talented young singer-songwriter, Jackson creates a sound that is simultaneously new and old, merging a youthful spiritedness with a weary storyteller’s perspective usually reserved for veteran artists. More »

PIG mark the release of new album ‘The Gospel’ with a UK tour, for which the Lord of Lard Raymond Watts has enlisted former KMFDM colleagues En Esch and Günter Schulz, Greg Steward aka Z.Marr (formerly of Combichrist) and Galen Waling (Left Spine Down/16 Volt). More »

The Conrad-Johnson design team say they are particularly excited with the introduction of two new Classic amplifiers, the Classic Sixty-Two (CL62) and Classic One-Twenty (CL120). More »

The Little Kicks first emerged around five years ago, a young Aberdeen band with the wind in their sails. A crisp, upbeat debut album followed, laced with off-kilter indie pop worthy of comparison to early Franz Ferdinand, The Long Blondes, or even Sparks.  More »

Torgeir Waldemar took the Norwegian people and music press by surprise with his eponymous debut album in 2014. Who had thought that the black-clad, longhaired and bearded man would deliver an album that captivated and moved us as much as it did. An acoustic masterpiece that sounded like it came straight from the rehearsal room of a young troubadour from Laurel Canyon in the seventies. More »

To celebrate the release of James McArthur and The Head Gardeners’ new album; ‘Burnt Moth’ out on 20th January, Illuminate Productions will be showcasing songs from the album in the smallest and most intimate live music venue in the UK. More »

Little Comets have announced the first track ‘Common Things’ from upcoming album, Worhead. More »

To celebrate the release of James McArthur and The Head Gardeners’ new album; ‘Burnt Moth’ out on 20th January, Illuminate Productions will be showcasing songs from the album in the smallest and most intimate live music venue in the UK. More »

Totem Acoustic provided their home country, Canada, with an early glimpse of the Sky at the TAVES show in Toronto in October 2016 but the true worldwide debut took place recently at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas. More »

Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES have been promising to do great things for some time now, and with their debut album “Brutalism” they absolutely fulfil that promise, and a furious promise at that, says their latest press release. More »

Self destruction and rock and roll seem to go hand in hand….or is that the myth that we want to believe?  More »