Chord Electronics will be hosting the European launch of Hugo, “the world’s most advanced mobile DAC/headphone amp”. Just like its high-end stable-mates, Hugo is based on Chord Electronics’ proprietary FPGA DAC technology, “putting it in a different league to standard DACs with off-the-shelf chips”.
Chord Electronics will also be playing their reference-level streamer, the DSX1000 and the SPM1400 monoblocks. Show visitors can also see the new CodeX streamer and put questions to the Chord team, including Chord’s newest recruit, ex-Naim stalwart, Alan Ainslie.
Computer Audio Design (CAD), winners of Bristol Sound and Vision 2013’s ‘Best-sounding hi-fi room’, will be showing two brand new products – the CAD CABLE (USB cable) and CAD CAT (dedicated computer audio transport). In addition to the CAD CABLE USB cable, a dedicated USB-audio interconnect incorporating patent-pending designs, CAD is also launching the CAD CAT, a bespoke computer audio transport specifically designed to extract the best performance from digitally stored music. Scott Berry, CAD founder will also be on hand to show the new products, answer questions and play CAD’s award-winning DAC, the 1543.
The Chord Company will be showing a huge range of new products. Room 112 will see demonstrations, by Technical Director Nigel Finn, of the new Ethernet and digital interconnect range, plus the world debut of two new products: Signature Reference speaker cable and Silent Mount isolation devices.
In The Chord Company’s main foyer position, the team will be giving headphone and cable demonstrations using the recently launched Chameleon, Chorus, Anthem and Signature interconnect cables.
Atlas Cables 2014 will have the worldwide premier of its new Asimi Ultra reference interconnect cable. Following two years in development, Atlas has made “huge technological breakthroughs and produced what is widely considered to be one of the best reference cables available, even better”. The Atlas Asimi Ultra interconnect cable is hand-built at its factory in Kilmarnock, Scotland.
Musical Fidelity has announced the launch of the V90-BLU – a Bluetooth receiver that is ideal for adding streamed music from smartphones, tablets, MACs and PCs to any hi-fi system. Featuring an upsampling and re-clocking DAC and the high-quality aptX Bluetooth audio codec, the V90-BLU sports a unique digital and analogue pass-through feature for numerous (yet simple) connectivity options.
More updates to follow…