Naim has revealed details of its new ND 555 (£12,999) Network Player alongside the new NDX 2 (£4999) and a ND 5 XS 2 (£1999). So why a new 500 Series product now? The answer is quite simple; until now Naim hasn’t considered the performance of its Network Players to reach that of the CD555 CD Player. More »

Since its introduction in 2015, Roon has, they say, ‘transformed the experience of browsing music’. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates and composers are located automatically within the software and then interconnected by links to build a searchable digital magazine for your music collection. Roon finds all the same links between your personal files and the tracks available on TIDAL, so you can start with the music you know, then explore and discover new music. More »

DigiBit has introduced the aria piccolo+, the third generation of their aria piccolo+ music server series. Digibit launched the first generation of aria piccolo in 2015, they say the new version is ‘very much enhanced’. More »

Elipson has announced the launch of the Music Centre Black edition featuring Bluetooth HD wireless and Google’s Chromecast Audio. Design by Jean-Yves Le Porcher, this new version of their Music Centre has a black satin finish chassis for the circular case, and a touch sensitive user interface under the CD slot.  More »

Based around Auralic’s Lightning DS Streaming Platform, which is one of the most intuitive and responsive software systems around for devices of this type, Polaris incorporates a wired/wireless streamer, a music server – via additional HDD/SSD, a DAC, a moving magnet phonostage, a preamplifier and a stereo power amplifier. Dan Worth tries out this £2875 box of tricks. More »

Based around Auralic’s Lightning DS Streaming Platform, which is one of the most intuitive and responsive software systems around for devices of this type, Polaris incorporates a wired/wireless streamer, a music server – via additional HDD/SSD, a DAC, a moving magnet phonostage, a preamplifier and a stereo power amplifier. Dan Worth tries out this £2875 box of tricks. More »

The MQA team will be based in the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion, located in the largest and busiest area of the convention centre (Central Hall #14735). More »

Vinyl on your TV, sounds a bit strange? Read on….Voxtok, which recently joined the Netgem Group as its dedicated Sound Division for innovative musical entertainment in TV and audio sectors, and Elipson, a French manufacturer of high-end audio solutions, are collaborating to provide an “enhanced and enriched vinyl record listening experience”. More »

Auralic have recently introduced Spotify Connect to all their streaming models, including the all new G2 Aries Streamer (pictured). More »

Lenbrook International, the Canada-based developers of the BluOS® music operating system, today announced that Amazon Music is available on all BluOS enabled devices from Bluesound and NAD Electronics. More »

Costing £3995 the AVM Inspiration CS2.2 packs a lot under the hood. It’s a streamer, a CD player, DAC, FM radio, Internet radio player, it has an on-board MM/MC phonostage and outputs a healthy amount of power. For those looking for a one box plus speakers solution it looks the business, but does it cut the mustard? Dominic Marsh finds out.  More »

PS Audio has issued the following statement from company Founder and CEO, Paul McGowan: “I want to say that I’m sorry for burdening overworked reviewers with frequent Operating System upgrades for our DirectStream and DSJ DACs. The release of Redcloud, our latest and best-ever OS, just makes more work for you, and I’m sorry. We bring out product improvements as soon as they’re ready, and I know that’s not always convenient”. More »

Digital, Digital, Digital. It is everywhere and now every manufacturer across all HiFI verticals appears to be jumping into the fray regardless of their history/pedigree or lack thereof. There’s a line “fools rush in, where ….” More »

The Onset is a network music streamer that, say the designers, ‘sets new standards in digital audio playback’. Specifically designed to act as a bridge between your network and DAC, the Onset is the result of three years of intensive research, design and development by new British company Stack Audio. More »

So, what do Kate Middleton and a High-End music on the go (or at home for that matter) streamer/player have in common? Hifi Pig visited London’s rather swanky Goring Hotel in Belgravia to find out at the launch of Chord Poly.  More »

Onkyo & Pioneer  Corporation has announced the release of its latest Firmware (version 1.11) for the Onkyo DP-S1/Pioneer XDP-30R Digital Audio Players (DAPs), with support for TIDAL Masters, along with additional software improvements.   More »

KEF has announced the introduction of Spotify Connect to LS50 Wireless. More »

Orbitsound is a British company of audio engineers, founded by Ted Fletcher in 2009. Their Airsound technology is the culmination of his 60 year career in audio and they say it is “a way to reproduce true stereo from a single loudspeaker box”. More »

The N1A/2 from Melco is intended to improve on the originals sonic performance, particularly for those using USB DACs. It can store a whole library of your music on its on-board drives and costs £2099 as tested. Dan Worth plugs it into his network and assesses its attributes.  More »

The Indulgence Show 2017, wow, what a weekend! It was fantastic to be involved with the show and there was a real buzz about it. The organisers had listened to the feedback from visitors and exhibitors alike, after last year’s show, and had made significant improvements in all areas. We have already confirmed our ongoing media partnership with the show and are getting excited about what next year’s event will bring. More »

RMAF kicks off tomorrow in Denver, USA so there should be plenty of new gear to see and hear. Here’s the info from exhibitors who have been in touch with us to tell us what they are bringing to the show and where they will be. More »

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