23. September 2021 · Comments Off on InnuOS 2.0 With Innuos Sense App Rollout Is Complete · Categories: Hifi News · Tags: , , , , , ,

INNUOS 2.0 WITH INNUOS SENSE APP ROLLOUT IS COMPLETE, PLUS FEEDBACK ZONE AND TRADE-IN PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Innuos, the Portuguese manufacturer of high-fidelity music players, has announced the official rollout of their much-anticipated Operating System innuOS 2.0.

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AURALIC ALTAIR G2.1 REVIEW

The Auralic ALTAIR G2.1 is a DAC/Streaming unit with an onboard phonostage, line-level input, the ability to rip and play CDs(with the addition of an outboard CD drive) and the potential to add onboard storage. Could the ALTAIR become the hub for your analogue and digital listening pleasure? Stuart Smith takes a look. More »

05. July 2021 · Comments Off on HiFi Rose RS250 Network Streamer · Categories: Hifi News · Tags: , , , , ,

HIFI ROSE RS250 NETWORK STREAMER NOW AVAILABLE

Henley Audio has announced the immediate UK availability of the HiFi Rose RS250 network streamer, the latest addition to the Korean digital audio specialist’s range of premium HiFi sources.

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ELECTROCOMPANIET TIDAL CONNECT INTEGRATION

Electrocompaniet has updated its range of network audio streamers, speakers, and integrated amplifiers to include the latest TIDAL Connect technology.

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FLAGSHIP LINN KLIMAX DSM STREAMER LAUNCHED

Glasgow based Linn has launched their next-generation Linn Klimax DSM streamer.

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CAMBRIDGE AUDIO ADDS TIDAL CONNECT TO NETWORK STREAMERS

Cambridge Audio has updated its range of network audio streamers to include the latest TIDAL Connect technology.

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Primare has announced that the NP5 Prisma network player has received Roon Ready certification from Roon Labs, with an automatic update being launched today.

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Wattson Audio is a new Swiss brand and we have just launched the Emerson Audio streamer range consisting of Emerson Digital and Emerson Analog.

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MQA is still continuing to grow its network of international partners and expand its reach and has a  whole lot of news to share about its recent developments.

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Marantz has announced the NR1200 high-performance stereo network receiver, engineered to deliver music playback from a slim chassis while including all of the modern features and connectivity consumers demand.

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The AudioWorks will be in the Einstein Room at NWAS 2019, where they will have the UK Debut of the LUMIN X1 Reference Network Player.

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The Stack Audio LINK is a new audiophile USB music player that adds streaming capability to existing 2 channel hifi systems. Stack Audio may be a new name to many. It is a British hifi company that is focused on the front-end and alongside producing analogue products has been researching and developing its streamer platform for 5 years. It passionately believes a pure source signal is paramount for enjoyable music reproduction, whether analogue or digital. More »

TEAC Corporation has released a new version of firmware (v1.21) for its NT-505 USB DAC/Network Player that allows it to support the Roon music management and listening solution. More »

Pioneer and Onkyo have announced a firmware update release on December 18th that activates MQA audio playback capability and support for TIDAL Masters audio streaming on their network-enabled stereo hifi components. More »

Leema Acoustics’  network music player is now available, with Tidal integration, a high-quality ESS Sabre DAC and support for USB drive playback for £1,295  More »

Linn’s Klimax DS is a dedicated streamer with just an ethernet input to connect to your music library and yet it costs almost £16 000. Can Linn justify this high price with an equally stunning performance? Dan Worth finds out.  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 »

Amare Musica of Poland have released their new Tube Network Player which is a combination of Tube Dac DSD and a network server/player. More »

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.

Specifications:

OS
Linux
Audio player
Roon Ready
DLNA renderer
Music Player Daemon(MPD)
Logitech Media Server(LMS)
Squeezelite
Audio
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)

 Specifications

Preamplifier section  
Input impedance ( Balanced input )47Kohm 
Maximum input level10 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 response1 – 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 output1.3Vrms 
Input sensitivity HT  120W output1Vrms 
Gain HT Inputx36 (31 dB) 
Rated output power  
8 ohms2 x 125 W 
4 ohms2 x 200 W 
2 ohms2 x 370 W 
 
Dimensions  
Width465 mm / 18.3 inches 
Depth405 mm / 16 inches 
Height128 mm / 5 inches 
Weight20Kg / 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

Features

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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