Music technology company MQA and Universal Music Group (UMG), announced today that the two companies have entered into a multi-year agreement that will encode UMG’s extensive catalogue of master recordings in MQA’s technology, promising to make some of the world’s most celebrated recordings available for the first time in Hi-Res Audio streaming.
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Simaudio have launched the Moon Neo MiND (MOON intelligent Network Device) which they say “provides the perfect link between your digital music libraries and your Hifi system in the most efficient way”. More »

McIntosh has now introduced its CES-launched MB50 network music player to the UK, bringing high-resolution wireless music streaming using DTS Play-Fi® technology to a range of connected devices in the home. More »

Musical Fidelity’s recently introduced M6 Encore 225 has just received its most important updates with the integration of the Tidal service, both directly within the player and in the app, the addition of 24bit/192 audio compatibility over the USB – B input and the super fast copying of audio from USB sticks. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The SOtM sMS 200 streamer is an unassuming little unit costing $450 plus taxes. John Scott puts it to the test.  More »

The £2800 Simaudio Moon Neo ACE is a versatile, all-in-one solution that you need only add speakers to…there’s even an on-board moving magnet phonostage. John Scott finds out just how ACE it really is.  More »

roksponsmallSpotify Premium subscribers can now listen to any song in the Spotify catalogue on Sonica. Sonica is a WiFi speaker in a compact package. With the addition of the Spotify Connect support, customers can transfer and control their listening experience from the Spotify app to Sonica — just select Sonica from the list of available devices within the Spotify app. If you don’t have Spotify Premium, new users can try Spotify Premium free for 30 days by visiting Spotify’s website. More »

roksponsmallCary Audio has introduced the first product of the new Lifestyle Series, the AiOS (All-in-One-System). Cary say that ‘AiOS is a new kind of music system for a new generation. More »

roksponsmallDeveloped in house at Arcam, MusicLife is a UPnP streaming app, that is regularly updated to add features and functions to Arcam’s range of networked of Hifi and AV components. More »

roksponsmallThe team at MQA, the technology which delivers master quality audio in a file small enough to stream, picked up three awards at two industry events this month.
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roksponsmallCary Audio are at this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) on October 7-9th at the Denver Marriott Tech Centre in Denver, Colorado. They are in the Summit Tower 8015 showcasing their DMS-500 network audio player, which is the first Cary Audio product to be MQA ready with an official certification announcement coming soon.
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roksponsmallCyrus has released the latest version of the software that powers its audio streamers and Lyric products to bring the TIDAL lossless audio streaming service to its new and existing customers. The embedded software streams high quality audio files from the TIDAL servers direct to the Cyrus unit, having the software resident within the Cyrus units also means that everything is controlled via the Cyrus Cadence App, available for iOS and Android devices, providing a single interface to control the system, browse files on a local network, and stream music over the internet via TIDAL.
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roksponsmallNaim today confirmed that it is launching four new models in its Uniti Series. They will be given their first public showings at The Indulgence Show in Hammersmith, the Son et Image show in Paris and the Rocky Mountain Audio Show in Denver all during October.
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The Stream Xa is a combined streamer/DAC, retailing at £1,295.  The PSX R2 power supply is an optional upgrade and retails at £695.  John Scott takes them both out for a test. More »

You may remember that we had a sneaky peek at the Cyrus Lyric back in September 2013, at the Paris hifi show. Well look what arrived for us today, a rather superbly boxed Lyric for us to play with. Its an all-in-one DAC/CD player/streamer/amplifier/radio for people who want audiophile quality from a single box and it looks rather fabulous too.  More »

The Roon ecosystem includes rich control apps for iOS and Android, and allows streaming to many different types of audio hardware. The one thing that the Roon team keep hearing is that users wish they had more options for where to run their Roon Core. Today, Roon have announced Roon Server for compatible QNAP and Synology NAS devices, which means you can enjoy the Roon experience without a PC. Chris Rieke, a member of the Roon users community, had started working on the Synology version of Roon Server on his own, so Roon contacted him and arranged to work together on these projects. Chris will be involved in the maintenance and support for both of these NAS packages in the future.

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NAS devices come in many shapes and sizes. Just as it’s important to pay attention to hardware specs when choosing a PC, you’ll want to be sure the NAS you choose has the performance necessary to run Roon Server now and in the future, as they add even more features. Any NAS with a 64-bit Intel CPU is compatible, but to get the best experience, Roon strongly recommend a top-of-the-line (Core i3 or i5) NAS with expanded RAM (4GB or more).

 

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French brand, Devialet, are obviously in an Olympic mood and have given their ‘plug and play audiophile experience’ Phantom (whose launch we attended at High End Munich 2015) a 22 carat rose gold make-over. Not just a change in the finish though, they have beefed up the Phantom’s insides too.Devialet_Gold_Phantom_news

Devialet claim the new Gold Phantom is ‘more powerful, more exhilarating and more refined’ than its predecessor. It boasts 4,500 W of power and 108 dB of ‘sound impact’. This makes Gold Phantom 8 times more powerful than Phantom. A new pure Titanium Tweeter gives ‘crystal clear’ high frequencies (27 kHz) plus Gold Phantom gives ‘The lowest frequencies ever emitted’ (14Hz) and also has a new patented ADH processor.

Price: 2.590€ TTC

 

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Cabasse has released the latest version of the Stream CONTROL app, used to control its range of streaming products, adding new user features and including Tidal and Qobuz.

The addition of the CD resolution TIDAL and Qobuz services, plus the availability of high resolution files from Qobuz is the perfect complement to the company’s Stream range, says the company’s latest press release.ipad_tidal

Other improvements and additions made to the v. 2.0 version of the app include better display of album artwork, user interface upgrades and the removal of non Cabasse/AwoX renderers from the connected devices list if the user wishes to do so. The DEAP (DSP) settings for the Stream AMP have also been enhanced, with the addition of further Cabasse models to the list of speakers for which DSP optimisation is available (models supported now includes Minorca, Eole, iO2, Surf, Antigua and Caisson Santorin). The DEAP function has also been upgraded to include manual bass and treble controls. Users now also have a more direct access to the multi-room functions of the Stream products from the main menu and the ability to switch inputs from Bluetooth to WiFi/Ethernet via the settings tab on the app.

Using Stream CONTROL for iOS or Android opens up a world of digital streaming to users of the Cabasse Stream 1, Stream 3, Stream Source and Stream AMP products.

 

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