The Auralic Mini is a streamer of diminutive proportions, but does this mean it has to compromise on sound? Dan Worth attaches this £450 unassuming black box into his system to find out.  More »

The Australian sound engineer solves recreational and professional listening dilemma with a networked solution. Veteran Australian sound engineer Ross A’hern has experienced a career that spans senior operational and management roles at Sony Music Studio’s, Sydney Opera House and the ABC. Some years ago, he established a production company based around Merging’s Pyramix DAW, later adding Horus and Hapi networked I/O converter systems when they became available. More »

Oxford Audio Consultants will be having an event at Oxford University, playing a £6,300 lacquer of Sarah Vaughan, Live at Laren Jazz Festival in 1975, that only survives one play. More »

Monitor Audio’s new ASB-10 compact Active Soundbar system is engineered to restore the power of an audio and video experience by re-energising HD and UHD pictures with the sound they deserve. Although TV panels deliver ever wider more enveloping pictures, their on-board sound quality is in relative decline. Size limitations imposed by shrinking bezels mean that the speakers within them reproduce only fraction of the bandwidth available from today’s DTV boxes, games consoles and media players. More »

Since its introduction in late 2016, the Essential III from Pro-Ject Audio Systems has been, say Pro-Ject, “a revelation in the affordable turntable market”. Combining looks with performance, they say that the initial market response has been phenomenal. As a result of this impact, the Essential III is beginning 2017 by extending into a range of three turntables at various prices. More »

Pro-Ject Audio Systems has collaborated with George Harrison’s family and UMC on a new turntable. Pro-ject say; “It was always our aim to offer class-leading sound quality for budget and high-end turntables. This and our passion for music is driving our productivity. We are very proud to introduce our newest collaboration with one of the most influencing artists of modern history, George Harrison”. More »

The rPhono is the latest addition to Arcam’s Black Box rSeries. Previewed at CES and launching to the public at Bristol’s hifi Show at the end of February, the Arcam rPhono is designed specifically to upgrade an in-built phono stage or to add a turntable input to an existing amplifier. More »

Reports on the internet are suggesting that audiophiles will now be able to use Google Chrome to playback music in FLAC format on their macs. More »

GIK Acoustics has launched the Impression Series – a line of acoustic panels and bass traps with decorative plates that also deliver a visual statement. More »

Danish brand Densen need little introduction to audiophiles in the know. Dominic Marsh has a play with their B-130XS amplifier costing £2490.  More »

Lancashire based Rothwell Audio Products Ltd have announced the release of their Signature Two discrete transistor moving coil phonostage which is the result of over twenty-five years’ experience in the design of these devices. Within the phonostage itself, there are neither transformers nor op-amps resulting in, say Rothwell, “a stunningly clear aural experience”. More »

Yvette, the latest floorstander from high end loudspeaker manufacturer, Wilson Audio of the USA, combines technologies derived from Wilson’s top-end models in, say Wilson, “a more compact and affordable form”. More »

TAGA Harmony, a European manufacturer of speakers and audio electronics, has announced a new addition to the TCW Custom Install speaker series. More »

Having recently bought Roksan, Monitor Audio are certainly a brand to watch in the coming year. Here Lionel Payne takes a listen to their Platinum PL300ii loudspeakers costing £8000.  More »

German turntable company, Dual, has relaunched in the UK. Once the largest manufacturer of turntables in Europe, the brand has had a history of producing turntables through the 1960s, 70s and 80s. For 2017 the brand is back in the UK with an initial offering of three new budget models. More »

Arcaydis Audio have re-launched their EB1 and EB2 loudspeakers after an absence of over 2 years from the market place.  These popular speakers won numerous awards, but had in recent years had become unavailable when the original manufacturer ceased trading. More »

MartinLogan, the American manufacturer of electrostatic and Folded Motion® ltechnology loudspeakers, has announced that all speakers in the Masterpiece Series are now shipping. More »

More than 30 years after production of the last ReVox reel to reel machine, the first book of the complete reel to reel production range has been released, with text in English and Italian. More »

Sound United, a company that develops and markets a diverse portfolio of audio brands, is showcasing a variety of new and recently announced products from its diverse portfolio of audio brands, including Polk Audio and Definitive Technology. More »

Erzetich make a habit of telling you their products are evil animals, and that they need to be tamed after the company cage them in the cardboard boxes ready for their new home. Even the company logo looks like a bull ready to charge at you, being a circle with two horns. Janine Elliot runs with the bulls with the Perfidus Class A headphone amp costing £999.  More »

A new Anaview audio transformer with a wide frequency response for distributed audio systems delivering high quality music as well as voice content, is being unveiled by ETAL Group at NAMM (booth 5894). ETAL is also exhibiting the premium Anaview AMS and popular high end ALC Class D power amplifiers as well as the recently launched ALA credit card sized amplifier. More »

Chord Electronics has unveiled three new products at CES 2017: Poly, Blu Mk II and Hugo 2, all will be available early this year. More »

Arcam of Cambridge, UK, are at CES 2017, in the Venetian Rooms 30/210 & 30/212. They are launching three new products in their rSeries and Home Cinema range. More »

At CES 2017, new consumer audio brand Meters Music kicks off the roll-out of its range of home audio devices with the launch of the OV-1 headphones. The OV-1s feature “a high-quality and exquisitely engineered design with a dash of studio cool, via their unique, fully- functioning VU meters, together with a sound performance designed by the team – from parent company Ashdown Engineering – who make musical instrument amplifiers for many of the world’s biggest bands.” More »

British loudspeaker company, Harbeth celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year with the launch of two limited edition products. Harbeth’s SuperHL5plus speaker and brand flagship, the M40.2, will both be available in a walnut veneer with added features including; the latest WBT-nextgen binding posts, a new-look super-tweeter with protection bar and British-made audio grade poly capacitors. More »

Global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, has announced the availability of ‘Master’ quality recordings. A wide variety of content from labels and artists, including Warner Music Group’s music catalogue, is now available in Master audio across all of TIDAL’s available markets worldwide. More »

Following on from the news of the new Revel by Harman Performa3 Be Concept loudspeakers, launched today at CES 2017, here’s the first picture of the Performa3 F208 Be Floorstander… More »

Cary Audio will be partnering with Klipsch at CES 2017. Cary will be showcasing their classic SLI-80 in one exhibit matched with the newest member of the Klipsch Heritage family, the Forte III. More »

Based on Revel’s Performa3 F208 (pictured below) and M106 models, the Performa3 Be concepts include two new models: the F208Be 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker and M106Be 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker. More »

Mark Levinson has introduced their first ever turntable, the N°515,which they say is “designed for the discriminating analogue music lover”. Created in partnership with VPI Industries, the № 515 Turntable is the first turntable that they say is “worthy of the Mark Levinson name”. More »

Absolute Sounds, the UK importer and distributor of high end audio products, got in touch to let us know about what the brands they represent are showing at CES 2017, starting today and running over the weekend in Las Vegas, USA. Read on for show locations and more details from the likes of Audio Research, Krell, dCS, Dan D’Agostino, Wilson, Magico and more. More »

Tellurium Q make a wide range of speaker cables, interconnects and other audio cables at prices to suit most pockets. Here Stuart and Linette Smith take a listen to their range topping Silver Diamond speaker cables and interconnects.  More »

Nordost say that with the introduction of each new product, they continue “to push the “sonic boundaries” in every corner of the market”. However, there comes a point where simply increasing gauge size or changing materials will no longer lead to the level of improvements that Nordost deems worthy of a “step up” in range. In digital cabling, the Tyr 2 USB was their benchmark. In order to improve upon this cable and meet Nordost’s standard for its Reference Valhalla 2 range, a total redesign was in order. More »

Mytek, of New York City, manufacturer of the Brooklyn and Manhattan II DACs, is introducing their new Mytek Clef, a mobile hi-res audio headphone amplifier + DAC, offering up to 24 bit/192k and DSD128 playback, with driverless USB Class 2, MQA capability, plus AptX Bluetooth and AAC. More »

UK based Prism Sound is bringing its Callia hifi DAC to CES, aiming to show visitors how domestic digital audio can sound just as good as it does in the studio. On 5th January the company will also be presenting a seminar session on the art of mastering, with special guest and Grammy nominated mastering engineer, Eric Boulanger. More »

SOtM (Sound Of the Music), whose sMS 200 streamer we recently reviewed, have introduced a new Music Server/Player and ultra clock module. More »

Constellation Audio has announced the introduction of the new Revelation Series of components, and their new Centaur II 500 Stereo Amplifier, at CES 2017. CEO Dr. Murali Murugasu challenged his team of designers and engineers to develop a new series of Constellation Audio components that “could deliver the essence of the Performance Series”. More »

If you fancy checking out Swiss manufacturer Nagra at CES 2017, they will be at the Venetian, Room 29-121, 5th – 8th January, Las Vegas, USA. More »

We reported on the launch of Pro-Ject Audio Essential III Turntable back in October 2016. The Pro-Ject team have just been in touch to let us know that they will be presenting their new turntable at CES 2017. More »

Although details are scant at the moment, Italian hifi manufacturer, Gold Note, have announced their new loudspeakers, the XT – 7. More »

Increcable, who have been manufacturing audio and video components since 2002, have launched new products and will be showing at CES 2017 in the Venetian Hotel Suite 29-137, 5th – 8th January 2017.

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December was a busy month at Hifi Pig, catch up on the news we brought you here, just in case you missed anything.

We would like to wish all of our readers the very best for 2017, may your year be happy, healthy and full of great music! More »

Kralk Audio got in touch to let us know that they will be opening their new demo room from 6th January 2017. The room is a dedicated listening room where you can come to audition the range of Kralk Audio loudspeakers at your leisure. More »

BD Audio have announced that they have been appointed UK dealer for Kii Audio Three, a new stand mound loudspeaker which really impressed Hifi Pig at the Warsaw Audio Video Show back in November. More »

Zanden Audio has announced the launch of their new model 3000mk2 preamplifier at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. More »