Pioneer today announces the release of three new Network CD Receiver Systems with speakers – X-HM76, X-HM76D and X-HM86D. As well as the playback of existing CD libraries, each model supports various music streaming services combined with stylish design and support for high-resolution audio sources.      X-HM86D(B)_mid_online

The X-HM76, X-HM76D and X-HM86D Network CD Receiver Systems support an extensive range of network streaming services including TuneIn, Spotify®, TIDAL and DEEZER. Furthermore, each system supports Google Cast, allowing the user to access the variety of streaming services Google Cast supports. The fascia-mounted 3.5” LCD screen can show album art along with a wide range of information to enable intuitive operation. Each model also includes Wi-Fi functionality including AirPlay. The playback of high-resolution audio files is also supported (FLAC/AIFF/WAV up to 192 kHz/24-bit) along with Apple Lossless and DSD up to 11.2 MHz.

The X-HM76 (SRP – £429.99), X-HM76D (SRP – £469.99) and X-HM86D (£649.99) will all be available during September 2016.

*The X-HM86D is also available without speakers (XC-HM86D) from select retailers for an SRP of £399.99.

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The NS-6170, equipped with Google Cast, AirPlay, Spotify, Wi-Fi, and HDD-ready USB input, is based on a twin-monaural L/R channel layout with separate power supply paths, discrete custom capacitors for each channel, and dual-differential 768 kHz/32-bit AK4490 DACs to decode the positive and negative halves of the signal waveform.  Onkyo-NS-6170-Network-Audio-Player

Developed by Onkyo’s R&D team after years of exploratory research into Hi-Res Audio, a new wideband DIDRC Filter replaces the standard DAC output filter, eliminating ultra-high-frequency distortion inevitably generated as a result of the digital-to-analogue conversion process, says the company’s recent press release.

For music lovers looking to update an existing Hi-Fi system with audio casting and USB-HDD playback, the NS-6130 retains features with flagship AK4490 768 kHz/32-bit DAC, symmetrical L/R-channel circuitry, and VLSC digital pulse-noise filtering.

Both the NS-6170 and NS-incorporate HDD audio via rear USB input. A new control app simplifies selection within a user-friendly interface that displays album art and song information, together with on-demand music from TIDAL, TuneIn, and Deezer. Users can stream directly from the Spotify app or cast audio from any smartphone or PC application that supports Google Cast or AirPlay.

Prices (available in September, in black or silver)

NS-6170 Network Audio Streamer – £699

NS-6130 Network Audio Streamer – £449

In addition to the network streamers, Onkyo has also announced the launch of a compact system and CD player which they say is a “solution for music lovers who seek pristine sound from an elegant and unobtrusive Hifii separates package, the R-N855 receiver forms the centerpiece of Onkyo’s new CS-N1075 Compact Hifi System”.Onkyo CS-N1075 Compact Hi-Fi System

CS-N1075 Compact Hifii System – £1049


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sMS-200 is a new generation of mini network player with built in ‘Media Player Board’ developed by SOtM that will cost $450.sMS-200_Front_Original

sMS-200 has a dedicated ARM processor board that has been developed for only audio. SOtM developed the product just for audio sound performance, getting rid of all unnecessary features concentrating on the high quality sound at a reasonable price.

As to the player software, ROON, MPD, DLNA, SqueezeLite and others are available. And the music files from an external USB storage device, network shared folders and streaming servicessMS-200_Rear_Original

are also available. More functions can be added by software downloads.

The web GUI allows users to choose the desired audio function, setup and control playing music file through Apps on users’ smart devices.


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Roon Ready
DLNA renderer
Music Player Daemon(MPD)
Logitech Media Server(LMS)
PCM 32bit/384KHz max, DSDx64, DSDx128, DSDx256
Ultra Low Jitter Clock
Ultra Low Noise Regulator
Active Noise canceller
USB port
High-End audio grade USB port x 1
USB 2.0 port x 2
Ethernet port
RJ45 100Mbps

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Electrocompaniet have announced the EC1 6DX that incorporates and integrated amplifier along with a streamer and digital to analogue conversion.The built-in streamer is said to be flexible and easy to use. It can play directly from music services such as Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify, can be fed music through AirPlay or DLNA, and it can index and play from your own music collection stored in your network. The powerful hardware ensures that all popular formats are supported (including DSD) and that continuous software upgrades can support the latest and streaming services. ECI6DX_front_med-res

The streamer shares the same DNA as the ECM 2 and the new EC Living product line. This means that you can use the same apps and interface, and play all of the same music on all units. All units will work equally well together.ECI_6DX_rear_med_res

The ECI 6DX can be operated by their iOS & Android application, the universal webinterface, or with the straightforward IR remote control.

The converter will deal with 24bit /192kHz files, has SPDIF; 2 Toslink and a USB input. The streamer section has 802.11 Wifi with MIMO a 1Gigabit Ethernet and a USB for external storage.   Supported formats are: WAV/WAVE, MP3, AAC+, Vorbis, AC3, DTS, ALAC, FLAC, APE, WMA, up to 192kHZ/24bit, DSD, up to DSD 128 (5.6 MHz)


Preamplifier section    
Input impedance ( Balanced input ) 47Kohm  
Maximum input level 10 Volt RMS  
Noise floor ( 1Vrms, 20 – 20 kHz, balanced) -135 dB  
THD + N   (1Vrms, 20 – 20 kHz, balanced) <0.004%  
Gain (Balanced) 0 dB  
Amplifier section    
Output Impedance < 0,02 Ohm  
Frequency response 1 – 150 kHz  
Channel separation > 120 dB  
THD ( 20 – 20 kHz) < 0.004%  
Maximum peak current >100A  
Damping factor  8 ohm load >350  
I Input sensitivity  120W output 1.3Vrms  
Input sensitivity HT  120W output 1Vrms  
Gain HT Input x36 (31 dB)  
Rated output power    
8 ohms 2 x 125 W  
4 ohms 2 x 200 W  
2 ohms 2 x 370 W  
Width 465 mm / 18.3 inches  
Depth 405 mm / 16 inches  
Height 128 mm / 5 inches  
Weight 20Kg / 44 lbs.  


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The Etalon strEamer is a mini server made in Hungary and costing €550. John Scott wires it into his system for Hifi Pig. 

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” I said at the beginning of this review that the Squeezebox was my benchmark of minimum quality.  Initially, comparisons were favourable; the strEamer sounded as good as the Touch.  Over time, I felt that the strEamer began to loosen up somewhat, the soundstage of my system opened up and instruments were more detailed.”

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Ex-BBC sound engineers Lee Taylor and Mallory Nicholls (LeeMa), the creative/engineering duo behind Leema Acoustics, will be revealing the new Quasar streaming amp/DAC (£2,995 est.) ahead of its official launch later in 2016 . leema_quasar

Quasar forms part of the new Stellar series and yet sports the classy machined-billet aluminium front panel styling of its Constellation series siblings. Based on Leema’s Elements series topology, Quasar’s dual mono output sections provide incredible power and drive from such a svelte design: nearly 200 watts RMS into 8 ohms. Its internal DAC builds onLeema’s Quattro-infinity topology as seen in the flagship Libra DAC and enables faithful conversion from digital data to audio signal, with three co-axial inputs and three optical inputs, plus Leema’s M1 asynchronous USB interface. Bluetooth is also included, supporting high-quality audio streaming directly from compatible mobile devices, plus an advanced streaming board really expands the capabilities of the Quasar.

Quasar will handle most formats at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution, with full DLNA/UPNP compatibility, plus dedicated control apps for both Android and Apple devices. vTuner radio is supported, together with Deezer and other music services are scheduled to be added.

In addition to the Quasar, Leema will also be showing the recently launched flagship Libra DAC, the company’s flagship power amp, the Hydra II, plus the Xone and Xen 2 speakers.

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The Nēo ACE is a complete experience of musical ecstasy” says the company’s latest press release…a bold claim indeed. The ACE is an Integrated Amplifier and Streaming DAC music player meaning you need to simply hook up a pair of speakers, connect to the internet and you are ready to stream your music.

Featuring all-new setup software, this is the most configurable and customisable MOON product ever offered. The ACE includes a high resolution DAC (DSD decoding up to DSD256 and 32- bit/384kHz PCM). The ACE also features a moving magnet phono preamplifier and has RS-232 and IR ports for custom-install environments.MOON_Neo_ACE_Black


3 line-level inputs including a front-mounted 1/8” mini-jack for personal media players.

Headphone output on 1/4” TRS jack located on the front panel.

Seamless integration with MOON’s MiND app.

Eight (8) digital inputs include USB (hi-res audio), SPDIF (2), Optical (2), aptX® Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi and Ethernet inputs.

The first MOON product using an OLED type screen.

Simple MiND setup via on-board software menu.

Moving magnet phono preamplifier input.

Analogue inputs are configurable to “pass-through” mode, which bypasses the gain stage to accommodate components like a home-theatre processor, whose own volume control is used.

Technical Specifications

Output Power at 8Ω: 50 Watts per channel

Input Sensitivity: 370mV – 3.0V RMS

Input Impedance : 11,000Ω

Gain: 37dB

Signal-to-noise ratio: 100dB @ full power

Frequency response (full range): 10Hz – 60kHz +0/-3dB

Crosstalk: 90dB

THD (20Hz – 20kHz @ 1 watt/50 watts): 0.015% / 0.02%

Intermodulation distortion: 0.05%

PCM Bit-depth range/sampling rates: 16-32bits / 44.1-384kHz

DSD sample rates: DSD64, DSD128 & DSD256

Shipping weight: 24 lbs / 11 Kgs

Dimensions (width x height x depth): 42.9 x 8.9 x 36.6 cm.

RRP: £2,500

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John Scott was entranced by the sleek, stylish beauty of Naim’s £850 all-in-one speaker system but will she sound as good as she looks?mu-so_4_grille-offs

“George Bernard Shaw said: “Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?”  George clearly wasn’t a Hifi fan; if I lost my heart to the Mu-So at first sight there was no chance of my ardour waning during the time that I had it in my possession – it truly is a lovely thing, it’s sleek, modern lines fitting in seamlessly to the traditional décor of my sitting room. ”

Read the full review of the Naim Mu-So here. 

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McIntosh has introduced three new products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016): the MX122 A/V Processor, MB50 Streaming Audio Player and RS100 Wireless Loudspeaker.

MX122 A/V Processor

The MX122 A/V Processor can serve as the brain centre for an advanced home theater system for years to come. It features many of the latest breakthroughs in surround sound and object-based 3D audio such as Dolby® Atmos, and will be upgradeable to support DTS:X™ and Auro-3D®. Besides 3D audio, existing formats like DolbyMX122 Angle Right

TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio™ and others are still supported. The MX122 is fully compatible with modern 4K Ultra HD video sources and can upscale lower resolutions to 4K Ultra HD. A wide assortment of inputs and outputs are included to connect current and future entertainment sources. All HDMI inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 and support High Dynamic Range (HDR), 4K Ultra HD at 50/60Hz, 4:4:4 color, Rec. 2020 and 3D video pass-through. The MX122 can send select audio and/or video to 2 additional zones within in the house. Users can connect to their online digital music with either the wired or wireless network connections. DSD64 files can be played from flash drives or over the network. Bluetooth and AirPlay® connectivity allows for easy streaming from mobile devices. Interfaces to popular streaming services including Pandora®, SiriusXM® and Spotify® are included while vTuner connects to 1,000s of internet radio stations. Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 will calibrate the MX122 to each home theater’s unique acoustical properties.

MB50 Streaming Audio Player

A home audio system can be transformed into a wireless audio system with the MB50 Streaming Audio Player. The MB50 features DTS Play-Fi® technology to give the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly play music at home over an existing Wi-Fi network. While utilizing DTS Play-Fi streaming capabilities, the MB50 delivers the legendary McIntosh sound quality and performance found in our other home audio products. Simply connect the MB50 to a Wi-Fi network and audio system via the analog or digital outputs and then stream music to it from the Apple or Android mobile app or Windows desktop app. Besides accessing a personal music library on a mobile device, the apps have built-in support for many leading online streaming services including Deezer, KKBox, Pandora®, QQMusic, Rhapsody, SiriusXM®, Songza, Spotify® and TIDAL (list subject to change). If there’s more than one audio system to stream to, just add an MB50 to each and then stream the same music to all systems. Or if there are multiple mobile devices with the app, different music can simultaneously be streamed to each system.MB50 Angle Left

Analog and digital inputs allow for connecting audio components such as CD players, letting the MB50 to act as a mini-preamp.

RS100 Wireless Loudspeaker

The RS100 wireless speaker allows streaming music capabilities to be added to any room. It features DTS Play-Fi® technology that gives the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly play the music on mobile devices over an existing Wi-Fi network. Simply connect it to a Wi-Fi network, install the free Play-Fi Apple or Android mobile app or Windows desktop app and then begin streaming. A single RS100 is all that is needed to start building a wireless speaker system; more can be added over time to expand the system. Up to 16 speakers can be connected to a single Wi-Fi network – enough for stereo playback in 8 separate rooms. With the Play-Fi app installed on multiple devices, each device can stream different music to each room, giving all family members or guests control over what they want to hear in their room. Besides accessing a personal music library, the apps have built-in support for many leading online streaming services including Deezer, KKBox, Pandora®, QQMusic, Rhapsody, SiriusXM®, Songza, Spotify® and TIDAL (list subject to change). Not limited to just streaming, the RS100 is flexible thanks to its auxiliary input which allows it to be used in non-streaming setups; it can quickly be switched back and forth between the two inputs to accommodate listening preferences. A subwoofer output is also included.RS100 Angle left no grille

All three products are available to order now from authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping anticipated in January for MX122 and in March for MB50 and RS100. Suggested retail price for each (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded):

MX122: $7,000 USD

MB50: $2,000USD

RS100: $1,000 USD per speaker


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The Wax Box is a system for storing, cataloguing and playing music.  The new Wax Box 3 has the same user interfacewaxbox3_news as its predecessors but in a much more compact case.  It features 1TB of storage and 3Beez say that it is ‘Simple enough for technophobes, configurable enough for audiophiles’.

The Wax Box 3 is available now from 3Beez of Colorado and is priced at $4600.


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Naim today confirmed the arrival of a new product in its core range: a performance upgradeable preamplifier including full network audio and zero S/PDIF jitter naimnac272DAC.

The NAC-N 272 streaming preamplifier will be available from Naim’s specialist retailers in March at a cost of £3,300 or £3,595 including a DAB+/FM module. 

Naim envisages that many customers of the NAC-N 272 will be upgrading from SuperUniti, or NaimUniti 2 if they are already enjoying network audio or from an existing pre-amp like a NAC 202 if they are not.  In both cases the likely matching power amplifier would be the NAP 200 or NAP 250. The NAC-N 272 will also bring new customers to the Naim brand possibly initially as a front end to their existing power amplifiers or “for someone looking for an extra degree of performance over a Uniti solution without losing out on convenience and functionality”.

Inputs and music sources include: UPnPTM hi-res streaming, Spotify® Connect, Bluetooth® (aptX®), iRadio, DAB+/FM, 6 digital, 3 analogue and one USB input for iPod or USB sticks. A combination that should be ideal for music lovers.

The NAC-N 272 is the first Naim product to be DSD64 compatible.

DSD files can be played back on the 272 via the UPnPTM, electrical S/PDIF or USB inputs. The digital header information is stripped out by the DSP leaving only the audio, which is optimised for the DAC by integer resampling the stream at 40bit/768kHz, using Naim software to maintain the high sample rate and accuracy. This adapted DSD stream then enters the 24bit DAC, bypassing the DACs internal digital filter. 

The S/PDIF inputs on the NAC-N 272 utilise Naim’s proprietary zero S/PDIF design using the SHARC processor to buffer the incoming S/PDIF signal and clocking it out of the buffer referencing a precision quartz crystal.

The SHARC runs unique Naim-authored software to create an ultra-high precision 40-bit floating-point filter. The filter over-samples by 16 times on 44.1kHz data and provides stop-band attenuation of -156dB. The analogue output includes Naim’s classic discrete five-pole Sallen Key filter.

The analogue and digital sections of the 272 are isolated to reduce noise and communicate using fast opto-isolators. Four separate secondaries from the transformer ensure the optimum power supply isolation and also the ideal voltages and regulation for the Analogue, DAC, and two digital rails. The circuit boards are float-mounted to reduce microphony.

The 272 volume control is derived from the design featured in the flagship Naim Statement NAC S1 preamplifier. It uses hand-selected, through-hole analogue components which are isolated from their digital controller using optical chips.

All the analogue inputs, outputs and mutes are relay switched and completely disconnected when not in use. The relays, in traditional Naim engineering practice, are fed from constant current sources for the lowest interaction and lowest noise.

The moment headphones are plugged in the output current drive is automatically increased by five times to give dynamic drive for all headphone impedances. The amplifier runs from a high voltage power supply so has the ability to drive high impedance headphones with the voltage swing they require for open and dynamic sound.


Outputs Preamplifier (2 x DIN, 1 x RCA), Line (1 x RCA), Digital S/PDIF (1 x BNC), Headphones (1 x 6.3mm)

Preamp Output 775mV

Line output 275mV

Frequency Response 4Hz – 40kHz

S/N Ratio 87dB (measured at 2V in, 775mV out)

Analogue Inputs 3 ( 1 x DIN, 2 x RCA)

Analogue Input Sensitivity 275mV

Analogue Input Overload  34dB

Digital Inputs 6 (1 x BNC, 2 x RCA, 3 x TosLink)

Digital Input Sample Rate Max  Coaxial – 192kHz, Optical – 96kHz

Other Inputs DAB/FM, USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

iRadio Service vTuner 5* full service

Audio Formats WAV and AIFF (up to 32bit/192kHz), FLAC (up to 24bit/192kHz), ALAC (up to 24bit/96kHz), WMA (up to 16bit/48kHz), Ogg Vorbis (up to 16bit/48kHz), MP3, M4a (up to 320kbit/s), Playlists (m3u, PLS), DSF64 and DFF64, Gapless playback supported on MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, FLAC and ALAC.

Internet radio formats supported: AAC, Windows Media™ formatted content, MP3 streams, MMS, Ogg Vorbis, Spotify® Connect: Ogg Vorbis (up to 320kps) Bluetooth: SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX-LL

Upgrade Interface mini-USB

Wi-Fi Compatibility 802.11b, 802.11g

Idle power consumption  21W

Mains Supply 100V, 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz

Power Supply Options 555PS, XPS, XP5 XS

Dimensions (H x W x D)  87 x 432 x 314mm

Weight 12.5kg

Finish Black anodised aluminium with brushed and black anodised fascia


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Auralic North America Inc. and its parent company, Auralic Limited, have announced that TIDAL, the first lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, has been integrated in their ARIES Streamer Bridge.

AURALiC’s Lightning streaming is the industry’s first whole-house, high-resolution streaming solution that supports music playbacktidal up to Double-Rate DSD and DXD formats. The ARIES, the first product in the Lightning family, serves as a “bridge” between music on TIDAL‘s lossless online streaming services, or the consumer’s network storage, and their DAC — enabling DACs to stream high-resolution music quickly and wirelessly in virtually any sampling rate — without the need for a computer.

By full integration of the TIDAL streaming service within its technology, ARIES users will be able to access TIDAL to stream its extensive library of 25 million-plus tracks of high fidelity lossless music.

According to Xuanqian Wang, AURALiC’s CEO and President, “The full integration of TIDAL on Lightning streaming & ARIES significantly expands that ease of convenience with almost limitless selection of full resolution music. And, best of all, the consumer doesn’t need to use a computer.”

“We are delighted that AURALiC has fully integrated TIDAL into its Lightning/ARIES system, especially as the results have been so impressive,” said Pål Bråtelund, Strategic Partnership Manager HiFi at TIDAL. “We are committed to making TIDAL the go-to music streaming service for those that care about quality. Working alongside companies such as AURALiC is a delight, as they understand that once experienced, lossless quality brings people closer to the music and makes for a significantly more enjoyable listening experience.

You can expect a trio of reviews of TIDAL from three very different users very soon on Hifi Pig.


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Denon has announced the latest generation of its lifestyle Network Music systems. The  new  CEOL  and CEOL Piccolo systems DENON-CEOL_N4_WT-connectivityare a pair of compact and minimalist designs that offer music playback from every audio source imaginable, all controlled by an App.

The CEOL provides access to your music collection via your home network, wherever it is stored – on a computer, network hard drive, or mobile device. With an integrated Wi-Fi and Ethernet cable connection, the CEOL supports AirPlay® and lossless streaming of high definition music files (FLAC HD/WAV/AIFF/ ALAC) from the home network. The CEOL also supports Bluetooth® streaming with NFC pairing, along with Spotify® Connect online music service, Internet radio and FM/AM radio. The CD player supports all of the usual CD formats and file types. The front panel USB port connects iPhones, iPods (with continuous battery charging even in standby mode), USB memory drive and USB-HDD. Rear panel digital optical (there  are  two)  and  analogue  audio inputs connect digital TVs and almost any other audio device.

The CEOL uses Denon’s digital amplifier design to deliver 65 watts per channel to the two-way speakers. The minimalist design features a dual layer acrylic top-panel with controls positioned for bookshelf or tabletop placement. Full control of the system is also possible from the dedicated Denon Hi-Fi Remote App for iOS and Android.

CEOL (N-9)

  • Supports AirPlay® for iDevice and iTunes music streaming
  • Bluetooth wireless streaming with NFC pairing for instant playback from mobile devices
  • Windows 8/RT  compatibility;  the  CEOL  is  displayed  as  loudspeakers  on  the Windows desktop, for direct streaming of audio
  • New Denon SC-N9 two-way speaker design
  • CD player supports WMA/MP3(CD-R/RW) playback
  • FM/AM Radio
  • Digital optical inputs (two) for system expansion with connection of digital audio sources including flat screen TV, TV set-top box, or game console
  • Rear panel  analogue  audio  input  for  system  expansion  with  connection  of analogue devices
  • Headphone output
  • Front panel USB port for connecting iDevices, smartphones and USB memory drives
  • Continuous iPod battery charge on USB port even in standby mode
  • 3 line large OLED for clear and wide view
  • Multi language Quick Setup guide on OLED
  • Interactive CD-Rom manual and WEB manual

The ultra compact CEOL Piccolo (N4) Network Music system has a diminutive footprint and can stream high definition music from devices including hard drives, computers, mobile devices and the internet, via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth® and USB. The CEOL Piccolo also features Spotify® Connect and Internet radio. These features are operated by top panel controls for desktop, tabletop or bookshelf positioning and like its bigger brother the new App.

CEOL Piccolo (N-4)

  • Audio streaming from hard drives, computers, mobile devices and the internet, via WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth® and USB
  • High definition playback of 24bit/192kHz (FLAC HD/WAV/AIFF/ ALAC), *Note: ALAC is up to 96kHz/24bit, audio formats for high quality streaming audio
  • Gapless audio streaming
  • Integrated diversity antennae for Wi-Fi streaming from network connected devices and drives; supports 11n
  • Spotify Connect online music service support and internet radio
  • Controllable with Denon Hi-Fi Remote App for iOS and Android
  • Ultra-compact
  • Windows 8/RT compatibility; the CEOL Piccolo is displayed as loudspeakers on the Windows desktop, for direct streaming of audio
  • Digital optical input for system expansion with connection of digital audio sources for improved sound quality via the CEOL Piccolo, including flat screen TV, TV settop box, or game consoles.
  • Rear panel analogue audio input for system expansion with connection of analogue devices
  • High quality headphone output

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Naim today announced that its Uniti range of all-in-one players will now feature Bluetooth (aptX) and Spotify Connect. “Naim’s unitiCWBtoothcustomers are music lovers and these new features add convenience and flexibility to their ability to play music from many sources” say Naim.

Naim’s range of network players will also feature the new Spotify Connect functionality but not Bluetooth.

Naim’s Uniti range was first launched in May 2009 with the arrival of the original NaimUniti and since then the range has grown to encompass three more all-in-one players.

Existing streaming product customers can have Spotify Connect as a free software update.


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TIDAL, the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, has announced the tidallaunch and availability of its service in the UK and US. The service has an extensive library of 25 million-plus tracks, 75,000 music videos and curated editorial articles, features and interviews.  It’s ad’ free and available now for a monthly subscription of £19.99 / $19.99.

With distribution agreements signed with all of the major labels, including Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, TIDAL has also been working with many independent labels to offer a comprehensive catalogue that includes a wide range of genres to suit all musical tastes. TIDAL has also signed agreements with licensing organisations PRS for Music for UK and ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and Harry Fox Agency for U.S.

Possibly the most eagerly anticipated music streaming service by the audio industry, partnership and integration agreements have already been made with 34 of the world’s audio brands, including: Anthem, Airable by Tune In Media, Astell & Kern, Audeze, Audiovector, AudioQuest, Auralic, Aurender, Bel Canto, Bluesound & NAD, Dan D’Agostino, Definitive Technology, Denon HEOS, DTS Play-Fi, Dynaudio, Electrocompaniet, Harman Omni, HiFiAkademie, ickStream, JH Audio, Linn, McIntosh, Meridian, MartinLogan, Paradigm, Polk, Pro-ject, PS Audio, Raumfeld, Simple Audio, Sonos, Steinway Lyngdorf, Wren Sound Systems with more to come.

“We are delighted that TIDAL has launched and that music lovers can now appreciate music the way it is meant to sound,” said TIDAL CEO Andy Chen.  “But the music is just one part of the service. The expert editorial educates, entertains and enriches the music experience whilst the music videos complement the music perfectly.  We are sure that TIDAL will quickly become the music streaming service of choice for all who appreciate high quality at every level.”


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McIntosh Laboratory has launched a new control app for its recently launched media streamer the MB100 Media Bridge. The McIntosh Media Bridge appMcIntosh Media Bridge app allows users to fully control and operate the new MB100 Media Bridge streamer, launched in the UK in late September.

The MB100 Media Bridge music streamer combinines huge internal storage with a wide range of inputs. It has four USB inputs, plus an eSata port for the direct connection of external drives and its high-speed network port offers direct connection to online streaming services.

The new McIntosh Media Bridge app allows full control and operation of the MB100 Media Bridge and allows users to access and play locally stored digital music libraries, as well as music from favourite internet streaming services such as: Pandora®; SiriusXM®; Spotify®; Rhapsody and TuneIn (where available, subscriptions may be required).

McIntosh’s Music Stream music player app comes preloaded as a favourite, so users can instantly access 24/7 audio streams.

  • Full control over the MB100 Media Bridge streamer
  • Advanced queue management: simply tap the ‘+ ‘ sign in the music menu to add the selection to the queue
  • Create and edit radio stations through Pandora® using TuneBridge
  • Listen to custom radio stations with Pandora® Internet Radio
  • Listen to thousands of radio stations around the world with TuneIn Radio
  • Stream SiriusXM satellite radio subscriptions via broadband
  • Listen to thousands of titles with Spotify®
  • Play favourite albums through Rhapsody

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The new DSX1000 is a digital network streamer that at its heart, boasts Chord Electronics’ proprietary DAC technology. The latest-generation Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) architecture found inside the DSX1000, is the same technology used in the company’s QBD76 HDSD DAC and the Red Reference MkIII CD player.

The FPGA handles all the digital data decoding, clocking, WTA filtering and the 5th generation Pulse Array DAC and

Key features include an inbuilt analogue volume control circuit, as used in Chord Electronics’ CPA8000 Reference preamp and the player also boasts both volume-controlled and line-level analogue outputs which feature both balanced XLR and RCA phono connections.

The network connection is via a fixed-wired ethernet port due to the bandwidth limitations of Wi-Fi for 24/192kHz support (ethernet-over-mains connections can also be used if required).

The DSX1000 is available now priced at £7,500 (standard finish); £7,830 (nickel).