roksponsmallMission, the British loudspeaker brand, is pleased to announce the appointment of Exertis Unlimited as the exclusive UK distributor and pan-European e-tail partner of all Mission branded products. The new distribution deal comes as Mission enters an exciting phase in its 40-year history, with the launch of the new LX speaker range – including the LX-2.

 

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High-end hifi distributor Decent Audio has announced a new exclusive UK distribution agreement with Danish loudspeaker brand Raidho. On 29th-30th October a selection of Raidho’s speakers will make their UK debut at this year’s Hifi Show Live in Windsor.

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The Raidho journey began with the invention of the Raidho ribbon tweeter – a unique sealed ribbon tweeter that employs an array of neodymium magnets to create an extremely powerful force field in which an ultra thin membrane is suspended. Its performance was spectacular but initially posed a challenge: it was too far ahead of the game, and so responsive and dynamic that integration with conventional dynamic midrange and mass drivers proved tricky. Raidho addressed the problem, by envisaging their own midrange and bass drivers that would be anything but conventional. Sounds simple, but it wasn’t. They since carried on with the innovations, from their Ceramix drivers to their recent diamond-coated cones, both of which have necessitated a reinvention of production processes with technological support from the state-of-the-art Tribology Centre of the Danish Technological Institute. All of the drivers and components in a Raidho loudspeaker are designed and manufactured by Raidho Acoustics themselves and every speaker is built buy hand. Not a single modified off-the-shelf drive unit is used, only genuine clean-sheet audio engineering solutions.

 

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Finnish loudspeaker manufacturer, Amphion Loudspeakers, officially launched its passive studio monitors line at the NAMM show in January 2015. Argon3S keeps many aspects of Amphion’s bookshelf speaker Argon3, while incorporating the passive radiator and crossover technology from the studio monitors. Amphion say that one of the distinguishing features of Argon3S, as well as all the other Argon and Helium models, is “that you can fully enjoy optimal sound quality even when you are not sitting in the sweet spot”. Multiple Grammy Award winning mixing engineer Dave Reitzas (Madonna, Celine Dion, Seal, Michael Buble, Fifty Shades of Grey) says that with the Argon3S: “The whole room is a sweet spot.”

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Visitors at the High End show in Munich will be able to experience Amphion’s loudspeakers and learn more about their specifics from Amphion’s owner and Managing Director, Anssi Hyvönen, in Atrium 3.1, room D109.

Argon3S is priced at €1075 (walnut veneer €1175) per piece, incl. VAT.

 

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Aequo Audio is a Dutch loudspeaker manufacturer situated in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The company, experienced in building high-end custom loudspeakers, is now releasing its first loudspeaker to be produced in series: the Ensis. The Ensis is a modest sized, full-range floor standing speaker shaped to resemble a music note. 

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Acoustic Energy is undergoing a raft of changes to re-establish itself as one of the UK’s leading hi-fi loudspeaker manufacturers. “With a new Managing Director, new global and domestic sales teams and investment AEnewsfrom its new $20 Billion joint ODM parent, Wistron, Acoustic Energy is now well placed to achieve its future growth objectives” says the company’s press release.

Neil Truckell has agreed to return to the company he left over seven years ago to start his own successful marketing and sales consultancy… which he will continue to run independently and with industry colleagues. Richard Stevenson (RSPR) also returns, having worked extensively with AE in the past. Ric has a rich history of consumer electronics PR having worked for many well-known brands and media titles for over 25 years.

Comments MD, Neil Truckell: “Having launched the world’s first Wi-Fi radio in 2005 and a Bluetooth speaker for mobile operator ‘Orange’ in 2006, AE has been no stranger in targeting new markets with new technologies.  Now, with the recent investment from Wistron and FPI, we plan to re-energise the Acoustic Energy brand with a new ID and new products across categories to be launched later this year. This will  allow the company to re-build its share within our core market, in addition to moving into new sales channels with related product categories such as Portable audio, PC/Mac/TV systems and Multi-Room audio.”

 

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Danish hi-fi specialist Gamut has appointed Berkshire-based Sound Fowndations as its new UK distributor. The two Gamut RS9 on stagecompanies had already collaborated at a number of key hi-fi shows, during which it became clear that they shared a common passion and vision for high performance audio.

“It’s important for us to work with the right people,” said Benno Meldgaard, Gamut’s Research & Development Manager. “Our focus is on creating phenomenally musical hi-fi systems so it’s vital that our business partners have the knowledge and expertise to enable customers to experience that musicality directly for themselves.”

Chris Green, Sound Fowndations’ Managing Director, added, “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Gamut. This is a company in which quality very clearly runs through everything they do: design and engineering, build and craftsmanship, relationships and customer service. And watching Benno set up a system is something every audiophile should witness. Perfectionism doesn’t even come close to describing the attention to detail, and the results are astonishing. His ears should be insured!”

 

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Italian loudspeaker manufacturer EMME Speakers have sent us pictures of their very latest loudspeaker Copernicus. EMME_Copernicus_loudspeaker
The new loudspeaker keeps many of the concepts from the company’s previous loudspeakers and uses their BSSE system (Box Shaping for Sound Enhancement).

The acoustic layout of Copernicus sees three drivers in an unconventional two-ways configuration.

Mid-high frequencies are managed by a ceramic (diamond in option) 2″ mid-tweeter, housed into a 1″ thick BSSE panel, micro-machined from a solid aluminum sheet.

Bass is dealt with by two 10″ aluminum woofers working in parallel, in bipole and asynchronous mode, thanks to a “time shifting” network that continuously changes the phase of one woofer to sync with the other one.

The speakers will be launched at this year’s Munich High-End and are available in a range of luxury finishes including real gold leaf.

 

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Bryston has announced the introduction of the Mini A loudspeaker, a three-way bookshelf speaker engineered for Black Ash_noGrille“superb resolution and balanced off-axis response”.

At just over 15-inches tall, the Mini A features a sleek form factor made from ¾-inch MDF and utilizing a 6.5-inch aluminum woofer, 3-inch aluminum midrange and 1-inch Titanium dome tweeter. All drivers are designed and purpose-built specifically for the Mini A loudspeaker.

The Mini A design has benefitted from extensive enclosure vibration analysis, crossover network refinement and anechoic chamber testing in order to deliver true high-fidelity at an affordable price.

“The Mini was engineered from the ground up to set a performance standard for a speaker in this size and price range,” explained Bryston’s James Tanner. “Throughout our loudspeaker lineup, we employ three different midrange drivers and five different versions of our woofer—we are actually building drivers specifically to address design goals for each model.”

The Bryston Mini A is available in Natural Cherry, Boston Cherry, and Black Ash. Custom finishes are also available for an upcharge. The Mini A features premium grade binding posts along with padded feet, spikes and a black fabric grille. Like all Bryston loudspeakers, the manufacturer’s warranty is 20 years. The Bryston Mini A loudspeaker has an MSRP of $1200 per pair and is available now from authorized Bryston dealers. Optional stands designed for the Mini A, which can be bolted to the speakers securing them in place, are available with an MSRP of $299 per pair.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 60Hz to 20Khz (+/- 3dB)
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms (nominal)
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB (2.38V, 1m, anechoic)
  • Recommended Power: 10 watts to 175 watts RMS
  • Max SPL @ 1M: 100dB
  • Tweeter: Single 1.00″
  • Midrange: Single 3.00″
  • Woofer: Single 6.50″
  • 15.5” H x 8.5” W x 8.25” D / 394mm H x 215mm W x 210mm D
  • 11 Ibs (5 kg)

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“The new Revolution XT series is the launchpad for some of Tannoy’s most advanced technologies to date. A radical new Dual Concentric™ driver, innovative dual-cavity reflex coupled enclosures and state of the art acoustic engineering build on the already successful Revolution series’ trapezoid cabinet design. Enhanced musical articulation, improved dynamics, smoother integration and stunning imaging result in a truly class-leading series of luxury loudspeakers” says Tannoy’s latest press release.

Revolution XT is Tannoy’s first loudspeaker series to use the new Dual Concentric driver with Omnimagnet™ motor and Torus Ogive Waveguide™. New patent pending technologies mean some sweeping changes are TannoyRevolutionXTincorporated into this latest development of Tannoy’s proprietary point source drivers. Both HF and LF drive units utilise a single shared magnet and a revolutionary waveguide integrating a Torus (donut shaped) HF diaphragm and an Ogive (bullet shaped) phase plug.

Revolution XT cabinets are based on the successful Revolution formula of a trapezoid design to reduce internal reflections, and a heavyweight, braced cabinet construction. Revolution XT floorstanding models (XT 6F and XT 8F) employ a reflex-coupled dual cavity design. This is said to optimise the performance of the new Omnimagnet Dual across extremely low to mid-bass frequencies, the design uses two internal cavities with tuned porting between the two.

The new Revolution XT plinth is an integral part of the design’s acoustic engineering. It offers exceptional loudspeaker stability and forms part of the reflex loading system on the XT6 bookshelf, and the 6” and 8” floorstanding models. On these three models, energy exits from a down-firing port and is evenly directed into the room, resulting in deep bass with exceptional differentiation of instrumental notes. In addition, the design reduces room boundary effects and facilitates easy loudspeaker placement.

Revolution XT cabinets are available in either dark walnut or medium oak real wood veneers and finished with extensive detailing. From the engraved aluminium driver trims to the Tannoy logo machined into each driver bolt, Revolution XT models are in a class of their own at the price. The integrated plinth on floorstanding models features chunky, easy to adjust aluminium floors spikes with locking thumb wheel and eye catching chrome pillars. The Revolution XT6 stand mount and XTC centre-channel model have matching plinth assemblies for unrivalled stability and a truly unique Revolution XT style. The XTC plinth allows the speaker to be tilted up and down for seamless integration above or below a TV or behind an acoustically transparent projection screen.

The all-new Dual Concentric driver combined with the fully optimised cabinet design ensures Revolution XT delivers class-leading accuracy, exceptional off-axis high frequency energy and a natural and expansive soundstage.

You can experience the new speakers at Sound and Vision Bristol in Room 310
Available now:
Revolution XT 8F walnut/oak £1,299 pair
Revolution XT 6F walnut/oak £999 pair
Revolution XT 6 walnut/oak £599 pair

Available late spring 2015:
Revolution XT Mini walnut/oak £399 pair
Revolution XTC centre walnut/oak £399 each

 

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Tangent’s new Spectrum BT5 loudspeaker benefits from an attractive new cabinet design encased in black or white satin finishes with walnut base plinths. A TANGENT_Sepctum5_08wide dispersion 25mm soft fabric dome tweeter is used together with a 130mm long throw paper coned bass driver, both protected by colour matched mesh grilles.

Featuring the latest wireless technology, these active speakers boast high quality Aptx Bluetooth streaming for playing your music wirelessly straight from your smartphone, tablet, PC/Mac.

They also provide 50 watts of power with DSP signal processing, analogue and digital optical inputs for wired connectivity, a subwoofer output when enhanced bass is required and a USB for charging devices.

These compact stand/shelf mounting speakers are supplied with a full remote control and are available in attractive midnight black or polar white matt finishes with walnut base plinths at £299.99.
SPECIFICATIONS

• Tweeter: 25mm
• Woofer: 130mm
• Power amplifier: 2x25W with DSP
• Input: Bluetooth Aptx V4+EDR, optical, coaxial, analog (RCA, 3,5mm mini-jack)
• Output: Subwoofer, binding post for slave speaker, USB plug for charging
• Wireless connection: Bluetooth Aptx V4+EDR
• USB charge: Yes
• Accessories: Remote control, power cord
• Power consumption standby: 0,5W (EUP2013)
• Dimensions (W x H x D): 166 x 205 x 345 mm
• Weight: 6.6kg
• Packaging Size (W x H x D): 435 x 425 x 285 mm
• Packaging Weight (Net / Gross): 12,5 kg / 13,5 kg

 

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British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC (Professional Monitor Company) is giving customers the chance to experience its twotwo™ reference monitor series in the perfect surroundings thanks to the opening of its dedicated Reference Monitor Centres. Based in key specialist HiFi retailers throughout the UK, the pmc2Reference Monitor Centres will offer customers the very highest standards in product knowledge, demonstration facilities and customer support.

The new centres are offering high quality demonstration facilities, allowing customers to listen to PMC’s twotwo product range in an acoustically accurate environment and receive advice from highly trained staff.

The monitors can then be bought online via a dedicated twotwo sales website and either delivered direct to the customer or to the nearest Reference Monitor Centre, all of which are offering the Click and Collect service.

Ian Downs, Pro Audio Sales Manager for PMC, says: “Our twotwo range is ideally suited to young producers and DJs who are working from home and want simple, high performance active monitors with DAC and digital playback sources. These technology-savvy customers are very comfortable with buying online, but they still want access to good demo facilities and well qualified staff who can help them identify the right product for their needs.”

PMC’s Reference Monitor Centres already appointed are strategically located in key cities across the UK and include Fanthorpes (Hull), Lintone (Gateshead), Soundcraft (Ashford, Kent), Adventures in HiFi (Chester) and Unilet Sound & Vision (New Malden, Surrey). By basing its Reference Monitor Centres in Hi-Fi retail outlets, PMC is once again reinforcing its strong links between the studio and the home listening environment.

“It is PMC’s philosophy that there should be no difference between the sound the artist and producer approves in a studio and what the consumer hears at home,” Downs continues. “That is why all of our speaker products, whether they are destined for the studio or the home, are based on the same ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) technology that guarantees high quality, distortion-free audio.”

 

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