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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

After leading Fine Sounds Group, renamed McIntosh Group in 2016 and the home of Sonus faber, McIntosh Audio Research and other high end brands, for almost a decade, Mauro Grange will be stepping down from his position as CEO, effective December 31, 2016, as planned at the time of the Management Buyout supported by financial sponsors LBO France and Yarpa. More »

Arcam, who celebrated their 40th anniversary last year, are once again building what they are calling “a show-stopping ‘Object Based’ Reference Cinema”, providing a world-first opportunity to hear the new High-End FMJ AV860 AV Pre-Processor in action, partnered with around 6000 watts of FMJ P49 Class G power amps in bridged mono-block mode. More »

The iTube2 is a tubed output stage; tube preamp; tube buffer and an impedance-matching device. Put the iTube2 before a solid-state preamp with another iTube2 after it to create the effect of tubing the whole audio chain. Or simply use the iTube2 as a preamp by itself. The iTube2 with trickle-down technology from the flagship ‘Pro’ series has been redesigned with new parts and new circuitry. Only the GE5670 tube remains. More »

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 »