Auralic refer to the Aries as a “bridge”; basically a digital device which refers to a networked music library from the likes of a NAS drive, or by use of an external USB hard drive, connected directly to the Aries. What we have come to know more lovingly as a streamer – although you could argue that they are usually an all in one device, often with an on-board hard drive and with analogue outputs from it’s on-board DAC. Dan Worth takes this £1495 box of tricks for a whirl.  More »

Metronome of France are launching a new range of products in September. With this new line they are focusing on “high-resolution and network playing”. More »

In a world that is becoming ever more geared towards an online experience there are some people that are looking to take us back to a time when you could interact with real sales people and experience what you are looking to buy before actually handing over your hard earned. It’s refreshing then to see that David Brook (Of MCRU fame) has seen the potential in adding a bricks and mortar presence to his portfolio in the shape of his new shop Brook Audio on Brook Street (a coincidence David tells us) in the Yorkshire town of Huddersfield. Asking David about the move he said that human interaction is still alive in the audiophile world and people of a certain age prefer the personal touch which a proper shop provides. More »

TAGA Harmony has announced a new generation of its base stereo/mono in-ceiling speaker in the TCW series. Along with refinements the model name has been changed to TCW-300R SM to keep up with the latest TAGA Harmony’s model-coding system. More »

Bryston has announced the introduction of the new BP-173 (Cubed Series) preamplifier, utilising patented technology that debuted on the Cubed Series amplifiers. The BP-173 also features a new expanded input/output configuration for enhanced system flexibility. Like all analogue components from Bryston, the BP-173 is covered by a 20 year warranty. More »

In 2008, Ortofon honoured Per Windfeld with the release of the MC Windfeld cartridge. Mr Windfeld worked with Ortofon for over thirty years, during his time as Chief Engineer becoming widely recognised in the industry as a true hifi visionary. Since his retirement, Ortofon has continued to grow as a company. So nearly ten years after the original release, the decision has now been taken to update the MC Windfeld with the very latest technologies. More »

It seems that you can barely browse the internet these days without coming across another new Kickstarter audio product. Many of these get announced and then never see the light of day, so it’s nice to hear from one that has actually made it into production. More »

Dan Worth takes a look at the Innuos Zenith MK2 an all in one streamer, CD ripper and SSD storage unit costing from £2299 depending on storage capacity chosen.   More »

Monrio’s MC207 is the Italian company’s largest and most powerful integrated amplifier. The Monrio MC series of integrated amplifiers is one of their core product ranges the model line-up so far consisted of the MC 202, MC200, MC 205 and MC207. With the MC 207- MKII ,they are now introducing a further refined version of the MC 207, featuring the latest circuit topology and materials. More »

Wire On Wire’s REDpurl™ adaptive asymmetric geometry is at the heart of its high end Experience range. Wire On Wire say that “Unlike other audio cables, with their fixed geometry, they can be tuned to access the full potential of your listening room and audio system. Why is it so different? Because it’s tuneable you can access more than one high-end interconnect from a single cable”. More »

The Russ Andrews Power Purifier is a modular power conditioner that you can have fully loaded from the off or choose the base unit and add to as and when you feel the need. Janine Elliot pops it on her rack and experiments with the £329 (base unit) £1107 (fully loaded) box.  More »

VANA, Ltd. has announced the availability of the Audio Physic Step plus and Tempo plus loudspeakers in the US market through a network of audio retailers. The Step plus is a bookshelf speaker and the Tempo plus is a floor-standing speaker utilising the same midrange and tweeter technologies as the Step plus with low frequency drivers integrated within the enclosure. Both loudspeakers have been completely redesigned since the prior Step and Tempo models and benefit from many of the technological advances realised during the development of the company’s flagship speaker, the Cardeas 30 LJE. More »

Amare Musica of Poland have released their new Tube Network Player which is a combination of Tube Dac DSD and a network server/player. More »

Pioneer & Onkyo Europe GmbH activates DTS Play-Fi wireless multi-room audio technology on its MRX-5, and MRX-3 Wireless Speaker with a firmware update available now. An update for select 2017-model Pioneer products, as well as 2016-model components listed below, is due by the end of September. More »

Merging Technologies, manufacturers of Merging+NADAC, Merging+PLAYER and the forthcoming Merging+POWER has announced that Edison Production Company will take over the distribution and support activities for these products in Germany. More »

ATI, a designer and manufacturer of audio amplifiers and processing products, has announced the acquisition of Datasat Digital Entertainment (DDE). Now, Datasat high-end audio processing and audio amplification products will be added to ATI’s lineup to provide consumers, professional cinemas, installers and audio designers with more products for today’s advanced audio and cinema applications. More »

July was certainly a busy month with loads of Hifi news to catch up on.  Just in case you missed anything here’s all the news in one place! More »

If you have experience in pro audio then the name Prism Sound may not be unfamiliar, but now the company are taking their professional credentials into the home audio marketplace. Janine Elliot takes a listen to their £1795 Callia DAC.  More »

PMC is marking a significant expansion in its U.S. operation with opening a new office and demo facility in Nashville, a city renowned for its musical heritage. More »

Sib Evo is the second generation of Focal’s Sib line. With this new line featuring Dolby Atmos technology, Focal say that they are “once again sparking a revolution in the home cinema market”. More »

The AAD2 is Audio Nec’s latest stereo amplifier operating in class D, with discrete components and with an oversized 2P4P linear power supply. It also incorporates R2R DACs, requiring no modulation cables, allowing for the musical signal to remain digital up to amplification stages. More »