UK Manufacturer Entotem launch their first Home Entertainment product Plato at the Sound and Vision Show Bristol.ENTOTEMBRistol

2 years in development the Plato system makes its appearance offering the user a new experience in Home Entertainment–with built in pre-amp and power amp (Built from scratch), smart touch-screen running android OS, Plato combines Analogue and Digital playback with Hi-Res Recording to 24bit/192kHz as well as Video stream/broadcast to TV and Audio connected to a home network, with extended capabilities to play, record and manage your entire media and audio library (2TB Hard Drive).

Live demo’s during the show in room 426 at Bristol Sound and Vision.

 

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The HRS-130 replaces our long-running HRS-120. It features a carbon fibre cone German Physiks DDD driver, mounted on top of an octagonal section columnarGPHFN1 cabinet, with a downward firing 10-inch woofer located in the base. This replaces the 8-inch unit used in the HRS-120. A slightly taller cabinet allows for a larger Helmholtz resonator, which combined with the new woofer “provides a cleaner and more authoritative bass” says the company’s press release. Other improvements include: 2 sets of WBT’s nextgen™ binding posts to allow bi-wire/bi-amping; a redesigned crossover for better dynamics and resolution and a restyled mount for the DDD driver, which together a new all-over high-polish polyester finish (in black or white) gives the HRS-130 a sleeker and more luxurious look.

Satin veneer or paint, high-polish veneer and carbon fibre finish options are also available.

Pricing is from £11,900 to £15,450 depending on the finish.

The DDD driver is proprietary to German Physiks. It is a wide-band transducer using pistonic, bending wave and modal radiation. In the HRS-130 it covers the range from 220Hz to 24kHz, so there is no crossover in the mid-range, yielding a major improvement in clarity. The DDD driver also has a very low moving mass, so the transient response is excellent. In addition it is phase linear across its operating range, giving excellent timbral accuracy.

Because the DDD driver has an omnidirectional radiation characteristic it produces a well focused stereo image that can be enjoyed from a wide range of positions in the listening room. This contrasts with the small “sweet spot” that many conventional loudspeaker designs produce.
Read what Hifi Pig had to say about the new speaker here.

 

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Top end of the METRONOME TECHNOLOGIE products, the KALISTA Ultimate CD Transport with its separate ELEKTRA power supply is “today the high class Metronome-Technologies-Kalista-Ultimate-SE-CD-Transport-417x260component which permits to obtain an unmatched level in terms of harmonic realism, dynamic and 3D sound specialization.”

Main Highlights and Design Features

The Philips CDM 12 Pro 2 metal chassis has been significantly customized by METRONOME TECHNOLGIE and provides a stable foundation.
The Perpex® and stainless steel clamp and the proprietary shaft designed by METRONOME TECHNOLGIE has been designed to give better stability of the CD and consequently to reproduce the best possible sound with a low jitter.

Continuous ground link from the disc surface to the electrical earth permits the dissipation of static electricity for better working conditions of electronic and optical components.

A switchable up sampling device delivers 24 bit/96 kHz signal to the D/A converter.

The Elektra separate power supply with individual power transformers and completely independent regulation lines for each critical part of the transport – display, servo mechanism, motor, digital output stage – provides an inter-stage EMI/RFI radiation protection and ensures a “dynamic analog-like sound quality”. It also permits to mechanically isolate the sensitive electronic components from the vibration induced by the transformers.
Kalista may come with a series of options, such as a tripod stand as well as customisations.

 

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This new addition to the Renaissance Amplification range has a compact A5 footprint, self contained Phono Stage for moving magnet and moving coil RAPHONSGEcartridges.  Housed in an attractive all-aluminium case with a metallic paint finish in black or outrageous red/pink with a blue LED power indicator.

Designed as a “fit, forget and enjoy” addition to your system, the fixed characteristics will suit the vast majority of moving magnet and moving coil cartridges.  Alternative loading and/or gains can be accommodated upon request.

Complete with High quality gold plated RCA connectors for inputs and outputs.  Earth terminal and rear panel jumpers for selecting moving magnet or moving coil operation; it is possible to configure one channel for MM and the other for MC (for those with 2 turntables fitted with mono cartridges).

With discrete low noise first stage with fixed 50 ohm input impedance for moving coil cartridges; Gain 20dB with an overall gain in MC mode being 60dB @ 1kHz.

Second stage op-amp (LM4562 low-noise, high slew rate, ultra low distortion, high current) gain stage and RIAA filter with fixed 47k input impedance.  Gain 40dB @ 1kHz.

Dimensions:      205W x 60H x 153D (168D including connectors)

Weight:               approximately 0.5kg

Solid Aluminium Electrolytics

PPS film caps throughout

Surface mount except PSU

Low energy PSU and small (3VA) toroidal transformer for low stray fields

Triple regulation for first stage (shunt regulator for final regulations)

Double regulation thereafter

RRP £749.00 inc.

 

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Monster is diversifying  and enhancing its award-winning iSport headphone family with its first-ever in-ear wireless models, including the world’s slimmest monsterinearwirelesswireless sports earbuds. The two new additions are the iSport Wireless SuperSlim (RRP: £129.95), a model that fits flush in the ear so it can be worn comfortably underneath a helmet or goggles, and the iSport Wireless (RRP: £79.95).  These  models  round  out Monster’s wireless family of sports headphones, joining the company’s iSport Freedom on-ear model (Hifi Pig review), which is now launching in a new Business Black finish (RRP: £229.95).

The complete Monster iSport headphone range, including the new wireless models, is now as follows:

Wireless

  • iSport Wireless SuperSlim in-ear (green) – £129.95
  • iSport Wireless in-ear (blue or black) – £79.95
  • iSport Freedom on-ear (green or black) – £229.95

Non-wireless

  • iSport Victory in-ear (green or black) – £129.95
  • iSport Intensity in-ear (green, pink or black) – £79.95
  • iSport Strive in-ear (blue or orange) – £59.95
  • iSport Strive in-ear, mic-only (black) – £39.95

 

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As more and more music lovers incorporate computers into their various listening systems, demand grows for greater system flexibility and improved digital ADLGT40Alphasound quality. Tokyo-based Furutech’s Alpha design Labs (ADL) responded to that need with the release of the GT40, an “impressively affordable high-performance” piece of kit.

Combining USB DAC with A/D converter, MC and MM phonostage and headphone amp, this extraordinarily handy little gadget was hailed as the audiophile’s “Swiss army knife”.

Now comes its successor, the GT40α (alpha), which can record and play back at a bit depth/sampling frequency of 24 bit / 192 kHz – a doubling of the original GT40’s 96 kHz rate.

The outer design has also been subtly tweaked, including the addition of a new discrete red ‘clipping’ light which warns of digital recording overload. Used in combination with the new three-position recording attenuation switch, success in making high definition digital recordings becomes a breeze.
The ADL GT40α is available now priced at £395 (including VAT).

 

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Leema Acoustics has launched the Libra DAC/preamp, an “astonishingly featured- packed high-resolution digital hub, combining highly advanced digital NOLIDLEEMAtechnologies with an incredible complement of connectivity options.”

The Libra is the latest addition to Leema Acoustics’ flagship Constellation series and has the same precision-machined casework as the award-winning Tucana amp and Antila CD player.

Designed and built by Lee Taylor and Mallory Nicholls (Leema), Libra’s simple-yet- elegant looks conceal a “staggering array of class-leading technologies”. The new Libra crystallises Leema’s decades of experience in digital audio for professional studios worldwide.

The high-resolution Libra DSD DAC has been designed for today’s (and tomorrow’s) HD audio world and is said to be fully future-proofed. The Libra offers extreme high- resolution playback including: DSD 64; DSD 128, DXD and 384kHz PCM via USB (and Libra’s I2S inputs). DSD64 is also supported via all S/PDIF inputs (coaxial and optical) and AES/EBU inputs.

The new high-resolution DAC/preamp contains Leema Acoustics’ new fully balanced Quattro Infinity dual-mono DAC modules which are field-replaceable; should conversion technology improve in the future, the modules can be upgraded. The advanced Quattro Infinity modules also feature user-selectable output filters, for maximum flexibility with higher sample-rate sources. 

The Libra boasts loads of connectivity options plus three coaxial and three optical inputs, capable of accepting high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz audio. For high-end partnering equipment, the Libra also offers some more esoteric options, including two I2S inputs via RJ45 connectors. With fully programmable pin-allocation on one of these inputs in software, any high-end source with an I2S interface can easily be accommodated. Source components with professional standard AES/EBU outputs can also be connected: the Libra offers two input connections available via industry standard XLR connectors.

Leema’s M1 USB module provides a connection for computer audio replay from both Windows (driver software included), Macintosh and Linux machines. This interface is fully asynchronous, allowing the Libra to precisely regulate the data rate coming from the computer and deliver “incredibly low jitter levels”.

Libra offers three separate analogue inputs, each of which can be individually configured as unbalanced, via RCA Cinch connectors, or fully balanced via XLR connectors. The entire signal path, both digital and analogue, is fully balanced from the digital data stream, to the balanced analogue outputs.

The Libra is able to operate either as a conventional audio component with fixed output level, or as a high-end pre-amplifier with full analogue volume control on-board. Outputs are provided via unbalanced RCA/Cinch connectors and balanced XLR connectors. Libra is also a full LIPS controller (see below) and can control Leema Acoustics’ range of power amplifiers directly.

For added flexibility in the digital age, the Libra also has an optional Bluetooth interface and a headphone amplifier.

LIPS is an acronym of Leema Intelligent Protocol System. It is a communication bus that enables Leema Acoustics components to communicate with other units in the range. The communication enables simple control of power on/off from one unit, right up to the control of all functions in a Leema Acoustics system, comprising up to 15 individual components.

The Libra DAC/preamp is priced at £5,995 and is available now.

 

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Bryston has announced the introduction of the Model A subwoofer, the first sub in the Bryston lineup not anchored by multiple 8-inch bass drivers. The Model A Model A Sub1subwoofer utilises two opposing long-throw 10-inch woofers anchored to a décor-friendly compact enclosure, making it easy to position out of sight.

The Model A subwoofer has a 400-Watt internal amplifier isolated within its own chamber and mated to a pair of 10-inch drivers in an opposing configuration.

“Bryston had a very specific goal in mind with the conception of the Model A subwoofer,” reported sales VP James Tanner. “Our Model T subwoofers are a taller column form factor, and our dealers  felt that they needed a high-performance, smaller, discreet subwoofer solution to accommodate some room designs. The Model A subwoofer delivers superlative performance from a compact enclosure,” Tanner added.

The Model A subwoofer’s control panel offers access to crossover, phase, and level adjustments. ¾ inch MDF cabinet with internal bracing features dual rear-facing ports that deliver extended low frequencies without unwanted “chuff” even under high-output conditions. The Model A subwoofer is available in Boston Cherry, Natural Cherry and Black Ash. Special order finishes are available as well for an upcharge. Rubberized aluminum leveling feet and a heavy gauge AC line cord are included.

The Bryston Model A Subwoofer has an MSRP of $2000 each and is available now from authorized Bryston dealers.

 

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ITOK Media Limited’s “Trends Audio” has released the Trends BA-10 Lite Bi-amp Audio System. Combining one pair of the Trends TA-10.2P SE Power AmplifierIMG_8120 and the special design of AC/DC Dual Power Adaptor, Trends BA-10 Lite Bi-amp Audio System provides “the perfect way of integrating your existing preamp and loudspeakers”.

“The sonic rewards are outstanding in a bi-amp system. There will be many obvious improvements in the sound; everything will be clearer and tighter. Trends BA-10 Lite Bi-amp Audio System can allow users to take advantage of the strengths of each amplifier in its interaction with the speakers; i.e., one amplifier for the low frequencies, and a second one for middle and high frequencies”, says David Ho, the marketing director of Trends Audio.”

The system is US$399.

 

Trends BA-10 Lite Bi-amp Audio System includes:

  • Trends TA-10.2P SE Class-T Power Amplifier(Body) x 2 pcs
  • Trends 7A AC/DC Power Adaptor x 1 pcs

 

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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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GIK Acoustics-Europe will exhibit at the 28th Annual Sound & Vision The Bristol Show at Marriott City Centre Hotel Bristol from 20th – 22nd February, 2015. GIK Acoustics-Europe General Manager David Shevyn will be on hand to meet customers and provide acoustic advice.

They are teaming up with Heed Audio who will present the new Heed Thesis range of electronics. GIK Acoustics will treat the room “so the Heed electronics and Heed speakers really sing”.

Just a few items we’ll have on display in Room 322 include: FreeStand Acoustic Panels, Tri-Trap Corner Bass Traps,Monster Bass Traps, Q7D Diffusors and several of our outstanding ArtPanels.

The FreeStand series was originally launched in Europe last April as a 50mm FreeStand Acoustic Panel. Since then they’ve expanded the FreeStand line to gikstandinclude a 100mm FreeStand Bass Trap.
Both FreeStand versions cover 1520mm of vertical wall space.
The FreeStand series are movable panels ideal for any room where wall mounted panels cannot be used or for rooms with multiple purposes. For listening rooms, control rooms and home theaters, the FreeStand series are a “stylish solution for use in front of doors and windows”.

GIK Acoustics-Europe General Manager David Shevyn says, “The FreeStand panels are perfect for customers whose rooms serve dual functions – such as living rooms as theatre rooms or bedrooms as mixing studios. The FreeStand is lightweight, versatile and totally movable
making it ideal for all sorts of uses. And there’s no better event to showcase the versatility than at The Bristol Show.”

Visit GIK Acoustics in Room 322 with Heed Audio.

 

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The GoV2 Bluetooth speaker, from London based Cambridge Audio, has now arrived in a new range of colours.goCol

Previously available in either black or white you can now enjoy in choice of stylish Red or Blue finish.

The Go’s allows music fans to enjoy their favourite songs anywhere. Whatever device you are playing your music from, you can enjoy Go wirelessly.

The Go also includes NFC technology (Near Field Communication) for even simpler, one-touch Bluetooth pairing. And support for aptX Bluetooth for the highest quality playback.

Bbattery life is up to 18 hours playback from a single charge. It can also charge your portable devices (phones, tablets etc.) using the convenient USB port on the back of the product.

Measuring just 237mm (W) x 123mm x (H) x 60mm (D) – the Go uses a high efficiency, DSP driven digital amplifier to drive a high spec speaker system with twin mid-range divers, twin tweeters and a large rear-firing ABR (Auxiliary Bass Radiator).

 

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At this year’s Bristol Sound & Vision Show, PMC will be unveiling the latest addition to the popular twenty series loudspeaker range.  Giving greater flexibility and PMC Bristol launchwider appeal to any speaker system, this latest addition, nestled in the SS Great Britain 3 room, “will give both music and movie lovers a true audiophile treat” claims the recent press release from the company.

It continues ” Experience gained from the world of music and movie creation has guided the new design, which features PMC’s uniquely engineered Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) technology, providing a near identical, high resolution, wide bandwidth signal response that complements the other models in the twenty series perfectly.   With its proprietary drive units, electronics and cabinet engineering, this latest model is sure to impress”.

Also playing in PMC’s room will be the twenty series and fact flagship floorstanders – the twenty.26 and fact.12

 

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New from Heed Audio, the thesis range of electronics makes its UK demonstration debut at the Bristol Show. A four strong line up of aesthetically minimalist alpha_frontproducts, thesis continues the Heed tradition of “leaving the technical conformity behind and concentrating on the reproduction of music, to stir the emotions of listeners who are more interested in the performance than the specifications”.

The new thesis preamplifier, power supply, phono preamp and power amplifiers have been designed to be the superclass of Heed products.

Thesis, for all its unconventional design, is no bare-bones purist creation in a home made box says the company’s press release.

The range is centred around the thesis α (alpha) preamplifier (pictured), which features two analogue and four digital inputs including S/PDIF, TOSLINK, BNC and USB. Building on the Heed DAC and USB 2.0 Audio modules used in the company’s Obelisk DA digital to analogue converter, the digital section is modular in design to allow future upgrades. The twin capacitor-coupled output stage allows the use of long interconnect cables for connection to two sets of power amplifiers.

The thesis φ (phi) is a phono preamplifier for use with turntables requiring very low noise characteristics, huge dynamic range, plenty of headroom and an extremely smooth frequency response. The thesis φ is a twin circuit design, independently catering for both MM and MC cartridges. Two turntables may be connected simultaneously and cartridge matching is highly user customisable for gain and impedance.

The twin power supply thesis π (pi) can feed the thesis α preamp and thesis φ phono stage simultaneously. Independent sections, each with dual regulated power supply rails and high-grade components, custom made by Airlink and Mundorf to Heed’s specifications, “ensure an absolutely clean and stable power delivery. Massively over-specified for the purpose, the thesis π provides a smooth and effortless performance even when pushed to its limits”.

The muscle of this outfit comes from the thesis ω (omega) monobloc power amplifier. This is an AC-coupled device that drives loudspeakers in a similar way to valve power amplifiers. Although its topology is similar in some ways to a valve design, the thesis ω is firmly solid state. AC coupling is used in preference to the more common DC coupling to produce a much “more natural and less “cropped” decay of tones within the music”. The over-sized power supply delivers a totally silent operation and up to 160W continuous power or capability of driving loads down to 1.6 ohms.

Thesis will be on demonstration in room 322 at the Bristol Marriott, 20-22 February

UK Manufacturer’s Suggested Selling Prices

thesis α (alpha) preamplifier £2650
thesis π (pi) power supply unit £1500
thesis φ (phi) phono preamplifier £1600
thesis ω (omega) monobloc power amplifier £2100

 

 

It’s always a pleasant surprise at a gig to discover that the support band is one that you have actually heard of. I had enjoyed Public Service Broadcasting’s album Inform-Educate-Entertain when I heard it last year but had found it difficult to dispel a feeling that it was a bit “Kraftwerk lite”. Live however, the duo of J. Will goose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth (possibly not their real names) are supplemented by other musicians, including a three-piece brass section on a couple of numbers. More »

Richard D. James aka Aphex Twin returned last year after a break of 13 years with a cracking new album “Syro”. Less than 6 months later he follows this up with a horse of a totally different colour. Here we find this incredibly creative artist concentrating more on texture, ambience and mood. Similar in many ways to Selected Ambient Works 85-92, here he is  exploring an entirely different avenue to that of Syro. More »

Matt Hales, aka Aqualung, had all but given up his recording career and moved across the pond into production & songwriting.  It’s to our benefit that he had a change of heart along the way.  ‘10 Futures’ is Aqualung’s fifth album (not counting compilations) – and also Hales’ first for five years.  Things are somewhat different for this outing though – something immediately obvious from the track listing and also during the first listen of the album.

What Hales has essentially done is invited a number of the people he’s worked with over the past few years to perform guest vocals on tracks which he’s been baking.  It’s a nice idea.  For those of you who don’t know Aqualung, it’s fair to say that their sound sits somewhere between Coldplay, Guillemots, Keane and possibly even Radiohead.  If you’re new to them, look up the tracks Brighter Than Sunshine or 7 Keys.  Over the years, I’ve recommended the band to a fair few friends and pretty much all of them told me that they couldn’t believe that they hadn’t heard of them and also that they couldn’t stop playing their albums.  More »

On her 2012 album Glad Rag Doll, Diana Krall covered a selection of 1920’s and 30’s jazz standards, inspired by her father’s collection of 78-rpm records. Wallflower, her latest album, takes a similar approach; this time with some of the songs that Krall discovered on vinyl while growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s.

Krall maintains what has become her signature style, a mix of intimate jazz ensemble playing and lush orchestration, bringing in other instrumental elements and production touches to suit the individual songs. If you grew up in the 60’s and 70’s yourself, the bulk of the material here will be instantly familiar to you: there are songs made famous by The Eagles, The Carpenters, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Elton John, 10cc and The Beatles. More »

Audiolab announces the M-CDT an addition to its LAB Series. The LAB Series now comprises five components, all having compact, space-saving dimensions – 3734_MCDT_01the M-CDT measures just 247mm across – and all designed to work with one and other. The age of stream is most definitely upon us, but millions of music fans steadfastly retain cherished Compact Disc collections, and the M-CDT aims to entice beloved silver discs down from the attic, in from the car, and up from the back of the sofa. And literally back into play.

Equipped with a slot-loading mechanism, the M-CDT also comes armed with a digital decoder, which feeds digital coax and optical outputs. The Trigger In and Out links enable remote switching of auto power on/off in installation environments, as well as set-ups where the users stacks the new CD transport with other Audiolab LAB Series models.

The Audiolab M-CDT is available now, in a choice of silver (natural aluminium) or classic Audiolab black, at an SRP of £399.00. Sponsorship button

The winner of the Hifi Pig £2500 giveaway has been drawn and the winner is Ian Ringstead of Sheffield UK.JANUARYCOMPFACEBOOKIMAGE

Our congratulations go out to Ian who will receive his prizes very shortly and we’d like to say thank you to all who entered and a really big thanks to all the great companies that put prizes up.

 

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