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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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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