TAGA Harmony, manufacturer of speakers and audio electronics, has unveiled a new high-fidelity hybrid amplifier, the HTA-1200. More »

In 2015, Italian “valve specialists” Unison Research renovated their Unico range of hybrid hifi electronics with the introduction of a new flagship. Unison Research told us: “The Unico 150 integrated amplifier was born out of an extensive R&D process and utilised optimal electrical characteristics to achieve a true high-end sound performance. Now, the lessons learned in the development of the Unico 150 have resulted in the introduction of an alternative high-end offering”. More »

 

McIntosh has announced the MA9000 Integrated Amplifier. Their largest integrated in both size and power, it offers 300 Watts per channel and combines amplifier and preamplifier into one unit. More »

Loudspeaker manufacturer Avantgarde Acoustic has been awarded Gold in the German Brand Award 2017. More »

Boulder Amplifiers has announced the immediate release and shipment of the 1160 Stereo Power Amplifier. The 1160 is the successor to the 1060 Stereo Power Amplifier and the first product in the new 1100 Series to debut. More »

Earlier in 2017 Exposure Electronics launched its new ‘XM’ series of hifi components, packing a complement of high-end features into a compact and affordable design. Now, the XM3 phonostage and XM5 integrated amplifier are joined by the new XM7 preamp and XM9 mono power amp. More »

Octave have launched their very first single-ended amplifier. The V16 Single-Ended has a range of high-end elements as well as an integrated headphone amp. More »

The AudioWorks will be exhibiting at the North West Audio Show, showcasing a system never before seen in the UK. More »

Norfolk based audio equipment manufacturer Ovation High Fidelity will showcase their high performance audio power amplifiers and preamplifier at the North West Audio Show 2017. More »

Midland Audio Exchange will be holding a Naim Statement event in June. More »

Onkyo have just announced their 7.2-Channel TX-NR676E Network A/V Receiver that adds audio-video support, app-based streaming, and multi-room audio distribution to a foundation of “high-current amplification power”. More »

Luxman have announced the CL-38uSE and MQ-88uSE Special-edition valve preamplifier and power amplifier, with production limited to just 100 pieces of each. More »

Audio Hungary got in touch to tell us more about their Qualiton brand, their products, philosophy and their history. Audio Hungary Ltd., owners of the Qualiton brand, started off in 2012. This essentially came about when they purchased Univox Ltd, a manufacturer of industrial PA equipment. Without wanting to make this a lesson in economic history: the company started back in the 1940’s operating under the names of “Audio” “EAG “and BEAG until the 1990’s. That was when Univox was created from a manufacturing unit of BEAG (Budapest Electro-Acoustics Factory). BEAG used to be one of the largest players in the industry in the Eastern bloc, having also supplied the entire PA system for the Moscow Olympics back in 1980”. More »

In case you are not familiar with the name Unison Research, it is an Italian company in business for some 20 years or so at Treviso, a municipality just to the north of Venice, with a well earned reputation for producing some excellent hifi components. Dominic Marsh has a play with their Triode 25 valve amplifier. More »

The Conrad-Johnson design team say they are particularly excited with the introduction of two new Classic amplifiers, the Classic Sixty-Two (CL62) and Classic One-Twenty (CL120). More »

Danish brand Densen need little introduction to audiophiles in the know. Dominic Marsh has a play with their B-130XS amplifier costing £2490.  More »

Westminster Lab, who Hifi Pig visited at last year’s Newcomers stand at High End Munich, will be there again this year displaying their UNUM amplifier and their cable collection to visitors to the show.Westminster_lab_high_end_munich_2016

“The UNUM is the first handcrafted solid state mono amps without any sort of PCB, components are directly connected and soldered with each other without intermediate disturbance. The chassis is made from an unprecedented combination of aluminium, solid brass, solid copper, carbon fibre, PEEK, titanium & 24k gold.” Says the company’s recent press release.

You can visit Westminster Lab at Hall 2, G06 at this years High end show in Munich.

Read more news about Munich High End 2016 Here and Hifi Pig’s coverage of last years High End Munich here

 

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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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