When we were asked to take the trip down Valence in the South East of France to visit APURNATM we naturally jumped at the chance. Not only is this an absolutely beautiful part of the world, situated as it is on the left bank of the Rhone and surrounded the Massif Central and the Ardèche hills to the west, and the Vercors Massif in the French Prealps to the east, but we were also going to be treated to a private and exclusive viewing and listen to APURNATM’s two hundred thousand euros (per stereo pair) Pure 200 amplifiers.

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Fidata release their new network server at Munich High End…

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The Fidata HFAS1-XS20U network audio server builds on the basic design of the HFAS1-S10U by adding an X-Cluster SSD unit designed specifically to deliver high 2 TB storage capacity required by audio applications. More »

Wyred 4 Sound, of California, have announced a new DAC lineup using all-new ESS Sabre PRO DAC chips. The new DAC-1v2 uses the new 9026PRO chip while the mid-tier DAC-2v2 adds volume control and the new 9028PRO chip. More »

Jay Garrett, of our partner tech site, Gadgety News, takes a trip to the London Headroom show for Hifi Pig. More »

Find out about the ‘Critics Quartet’ at High End Munich 2017…

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Melco has partnered with SongKong, from JThink who developed the Jaikoz tagging software. SongKong for Melco is primarily a simple to use solution that automatically re-tags a complete music folder, or a complete collection, in a consistent manner, in accordance with the rules and algorithms optimised for large collections including Classical and Jazz. The rules are clearly stated and can be amended by the user. More »

Aequo Audio’s Ensis speakers will be appearing at High End Munich 2017 with Audiopax, Sound Galleries Monaco and Tellurium Q cables. More »

Designed and engineered by two brothers from Phoenix, Arizona the VETR Audio PANL1 speaker system is another interesting audio project launched on Kickstarter. Each speaker is a twill carbon fibre panel, only 1.3mm thick, the stands are 100% stainless steel, finished with a brushed surface. More »

Based in Serbia, Trafomatic are well known in audio circles, not least for their £100 000 Elysium amplifiers, but they also produce more moderately priced products. However, £2350 is a serious commitment for a headphone amplifier, Janine Elliot takes a listen to the Audio Head 2 and tells us if it is worth the outlay.  More »

Black Rhodium used the 2017 Stylus show in Manchester to launch the two new high end Tone Arm cables. These join the Stylus and Stylus VS-2 Tone Arm cables to enable Black Rhodium to offer a choice of Tone Arm DIN terminated cables to high end turntable users. More »

SACD is currently experiencing what can only be termed as a renaissance all over the world. As the revival of Vinyl has shown, there is an undeniable charm in owning a tangible data medium with audiophiles particularly still wishing to play music from CD and SACD. For that reason, T+A has developed the MP 3100 HV multi-media player, featuring a new disc mechanism incorporating the latest decoder technology. More »

Midland Audio Exchange will be hosting an open day with Scott Berry and Isabel Whitley of Computer Audio Design. More »

The Chord Company will be demonstrating the benefits of its recently launched ShawCan headphone upgrade cables to the public at the headroom show, Metropolis Studios, London, 24th-25th March. More »

The 2017 ‘Tokyo International Audio Show’ (TIAS for short), which is now in it’s 35th year, will be held at the ‘Tokyo International Forum’, located in Yurakucho, Tokyo. It is organised by the International Audio Society of Japan. More »

High End Munich 2017 is presenting itself under a new theme: “Let The Music Play”. The team from High End Society, who run the annual High End Munich Hifi show got in touch to tell us about their new theme for 2017. More »

Audio Hungary got in touch to tell us more about their Qualiton brand, their products, philosophy and their history. Audio Hungary Ltd., owners of the Qualiton brand, started off in 2012. This essentially came about when they purchased Univox Ltd, a manufacturer of industrial PA equipment. Without wanting to make this a lesson in economic history: the company started back in the 1940’s operating under the names of “Audio” “EAG “and BEAG until the 1990’s. That was when Univox was created from a manufacturing unit of BEAG (Budapest Electro-Acoustics Factory). BEAG used to be one of the largest players in the industry in the Eastern bloc, having also supplied the entire PA system for the Moscow Olympics back in 1980”. More »

Trafomatic Audio of Serbia sent us over pictures of their new Evolution amplifier series. More »

As we featured in our Bristol Sound and Vision coverage, Melco have updated their original N1 series with their new MkII range which reflects both technical improvements and feedback from owners, with the aim to further improve sound quality and also to add ‘innovative new functionality previously not possible with this type of Audiophile Source Component’. More »

Jay Garrett visits high end hifi emporium, KJ West One in London, to experience a night of ‘Strictly Vinyl’ with Vertere. More »