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London’s headroom show (Jan 29/30th) is to launch the new Audiolab M-DAC+ and Quad VA-One amplifier!VA-One (3)-horz low

Audiolab’s highly anticipated M-DAC+ (£799.95) enhances the performance of the original M-DAC to include 32-bit/384kHz resolution for the USB input. The M-DAC+ can also link directly to Apple devices to access stored music via USB-A. DSD audio is also catered for with the M-DAC+ offering four different DSD and seven different PCM filters. Further features include redefined circuitry, with a new internal power supply.

The new VA-One integrated amplifier from Quad (£1,399.95) follows founder Peter Walker’s approach to sound quality, using carefully selected hi-fi amplifier valves to drive life-like excitement into music. It includes both analogue and digital inputs, with RCA, optical and coaxial options, plus a 6.3mm headphone jack output on the front panel. Its USB-B and Bluetooth inputs (aptX) enable simple connectivity to PCs, tablets and smartphones.

 

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Cary Audio, based in North Carolina has announced today the new DMS-500 Digital Music Streamer.DMS-500_silver_front

“The DMS-500 Digital Music Streamer is a groundbreaking design that not only meets the Hi-Fidelity demands of today, but also the future” the company say and whilst it’s hard to call something future proof this unit will stream native PCM up to 32 bit 384 kHz, and DSD 64, 128, 256, 512.

The DMS-500 allows streaming any files from any MAC or PC computer(s), NAS drives, and Internet Music Services. To go one step further, directly connecting USB hard drives, thumb drives, or SD Cards allows for “computer-less” playback of digital music. DMS-500_silver_left

TruBit™ PCM and DSD technology converts PCM to DSD 64, 128, 256, or up to 768 kHz in PCM

There is a 5” full colour HD to allow you to see artwork  and all pertinent track information. DMS500_back

Additional features include built in Tidal, Spotify, aptX® lossless fi™ Bluetooth, legacy inputs of Coaxial (x2), Optical (x1), AES/EBU (x1), Coaxial and Optical outputs, RCA and XLR fully balanced outputs, OSO™ Re-clocking, and a full 3 volt variable volume control.

Weight:  23.5 lbs.

Dimensions:  3.75″ H x 17.25″ W x 16.25 ” D

DMS-500 Retail Price:  $4,995

The DMS-500 is now shipping.

 

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Air Audio are distributing this Japanese company’s new range of cartridges in the UK and Ian Ringstead takes the first UK look at the high output and low output moving coil cartridges that cost £447 and both use a Shibata stylus.hana.all4 carts (1)

“What immediately impressed me with both cartridges was the very low surface noise and how quiet they were overall. There was no hum even with the level turned well up and this made for an easy listen where the music was highlighted without being drowned out with irritating surface noise.”

Read the full review here. 

 

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SOtM today announced the worldwide release of the sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition, “the world’s first” Windows OS based server, which combines with AudiophileOptimizer and ROON.

The company’s press release says that “The sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition raises the bar for the highest sound quality and also with very convenient usage. The standard unit comes with RoonServer based on fully licensed Windows Server 2012 R2 (Essentials Edition) as well as AudiophileOptimizer and such features tell you everything”.SOTM_windows_server

Key features

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 with AudiophileOptimizer pre-installed, licensed and configured
  • Only selected high quality audio grade Windows OS hardware
  • Roonserver for multi zone internet streaming audio system
  • Various audio player application support
  • Video playback support
  • Windows 8.1 with Fidelizer pre-installed, licensed and configured

Pricing and Availability

  • The sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition with AudiophileOptimizer is available Pricing starts at US$3500.
  • The unit is available in two colors, silver or black, and three different hardware variants: USB, Analog and Digital

The USB version comes with the tX-USBexp based USB output.

The digital version comes with AES/EBU, Coaxial and Optical based tX-USBexp USB output.

The analogue version comes with balanced and unbalanced outputs based tX-USBexp USB output.

  • The internal storage device can be chosen up to 2TB SSD or 4TB HDD besides the originated 32GB SSD installed.
  • The Ultra Low Noise Clock upgrade is available as

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Atlas Cables has launched its totally new range of high-performance replacement headphone cables – Zeno. Designed to be light, compliant yet durable, Zeno combines Atlas Cables’ cable technology with a new range of dedicated solder-free connectivity options called Metik. The result is a replacement cable that can work across a broad range of headphones. Hand-built in Scotland and available now, prices range from £145.00.Atlas zeno 3.5-3.5

With the Zeno headphone cable, Atlas Cables set out to bring its own engineered vision of cable design to the fastest growing category of audio products. Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) copper conductors are covered in FEP (Fluorinated ethylene propylene) low temperature deposition dielectric to protect the integrity of the OCC material. Wrapped within a protective soft PVC inner liner and finished with a tangle-free fabric outer jacket, Zeno is extremely durable.

Developed specifically for Zeno and covering a wealth of headphone connection options, Atlas’ Metik non-solder crimp plugs provide signal consistency from socket to socket. Available in 2.5mm, 3.5mm, 6.3mm and 4-pin XLR mini for the headphone end and 3.5mm, 6.3mm and 4-pin XLR for the amplifier end, Metik plugs provide a direct, airtight metal to metal contact. For brand-specific headphone connections, a wealth of options are available – Sennheiser, OPPO, Sure, AKG, Audeze, AudioQuest, HiFiMan, Ultrasone are all catered for and Atlas is able to source the correct connections for the majority of headphones available.Atlas Zono 6.5-2.5

Commenting on the launch of Zeno, Kevin Kelly, Managing Director at Atlas Cables, said, “With the popularity of high-end headphones set to increase and the owners looking to further refine the quality of their purchase, we felt we could add real benefits in increased sound quality and durability. By applying our trusted scientific and engineering process to this new product category, we firmly believe that Zeno gives listeners the opportunity to gain even more from their headphones with the results speaking for themselves.”

Atlas Zeno 1:1 (standard termination – stereo cable 3.5mm )
1.50m £ 145.00
2.00m £ 155.00
2.50m £ 165.00
3.00m £ 175.00
3.50m £ 185.00
4.00m £ 195.00

Atlas Zeno 1:2 (standard termination)
1.50m £ 215.00
2.00m £ 225.00
2.50 m £ 235.00
3.00m £ 245.00
3.50m £ 255.00
4.00m £ 265.00

Atlas Zeno 1:2 (custom termination) = Atlas Zeno 1:2 (standard termination) + £50 (available on request)
* Custom lengths available upon request

Austria-based Horch House was created for the sole purpose of bringing original analogue master tapes to music lovers in a variety of formats – from reel-to-reel tape to various high-resolution digital formats, all fully licensedand approved. And the latest releases include some highly collectable classics:

Horch House 2016-01 new releases (1)Star Wars Original Soundtracks, Episodes 4, 5 & 6

A New Hope / The Empire Strikes Back / Return Of The Jedi

The most acclaimed and enduring film music in Hollywood history, composed by legendary five-times Oscar-winning composer John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. These unique collector sets are being released to coincide with the latest chapter in the saga, The Force Awakens. This is the first time the Star Wars original soundtracks have been available on reel-to-reel analogue master tapes, and with no digital remastering.

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

Recorded in 1974, this traditional arrangement performed by the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir delivers the distinctive ‘Orff sound’ in its full, uncompressed glory. Conductor Herbert Kegel is considered one of the best in contemporary music; Orff himself was an ardent admirer of his work.

The Planets by Gustav Holst

Performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conducted by William Steinberg, this is one of the most highly regarded performances of The Planets, often considered the definitive version. Holst was introduced to astrology by writer Clifford Bax while holidaying in Majorca with a group of English artists; he became a devotee of the subject and liked to cast his friends’ horoscopes for fun.

The Reiner Sound: Ravel/Rachmaninoff

A giant of the classic RCA Living Stereo series featuring the unparalleled pairing of conductor Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. These ‘soft refurbished’ recordings now deliver unprecedented sound quality and showcase all the joys of RCA’s golden age: the early days of the stereo era when pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings with unmatched fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and midrange illumination. Packaging duplicates the original cover art including the Living Stereo logo, LSC numbers and Shaded Dog label.

One Second by Yello

A timeless album showcasing Yello’s spacious, beautiful pop sounds with their sensuous Latin feel – from the shaking and grooving ‘La Habanera’ and the hauntingly beautiful ‘The Rhythm Divine’, to the noisy, growling ‘Si Senor The Hairy Grill’. Released in 1987, the album also features both Billy MacKenzie and Shirley Bassey, the latter singing vocals on ‘The Rhythm Divine’.

 

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TAGA Harmony announces the launch of the revised Azure speaker series.

The name of the series was inspired by the French Riviera.

  • TLIE(Taga Low Interference Enclosure) – new elegant enclosures are now even more rigid and neutral to vibrations and colorization.       The MDF walls thickness has been increased from 12mm to 15mm in the floorstanding speaker (plus 18mm thick front panel) and from 9mm to 12mm in the centre and surround speakers (plus 15mm front panel)
  • The 2ndgeneration TPTTD-I (Taga Pure Titanium Tweeter Dome) utilises a differently shaped and lighter titanium cone as well as a double-magnet structure – it has a higher SPL, faster and more accurate movement of the dome
  • The totally new high-performance mid and woofer drivers incorporate TDSC Taga Dynamic Surround Control, which provides stable cone movement, dynamics and precision and increased system sensitivity
  • New decorative pure aluminum trim rings and tweeter faceplate to enhance sound dispersion
  • New configuration of the drivers: tweeters are positioned closer to the midrange to provide even better smoothness and integration between high and mid frequencies. The woofers in the floorstanding model were moved a little up in order to change bass definition and its dispersion.
  • The dramatically upgradedcrossovers to meet new refinements and configuration of the drivers: more delicate and rich treble, better defined midrange and more dynamic bass.
  • Now equipped with removable grills.

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems announce their latest release, the 2 Xperience Acryl which will replace the Xperience 2 Pack.

The 2 Xperience Acryl boasts the same clear acrylic plinth as the 2 Pack, however, it also boasts some technical tweaks that bring it into line with Pro-Ject’s latest standards.

The perimeter belt-drive concept is based on over twenty years of turntable design experience, but the motor is a newly updated design inspired by the 2 Xperience SB, which was released in 2015. The new motor is therefore driven by a purpose-engineered AC generator PCB, which in turn is powered by an efficient DC power supply for optimal rotational and speed stability.PJ-Phono-2XperienceDCAcryl

The 2 Xperience Acryl’s transparent acrylic plinth is acoustically inert, the thick black precision-balanced platter is also resonant-free, and topped with melted vinyl records for the ideal turntable mat. The three aluminium coned feet are TPE-damped for a further reduction of unwanted resonances.

The 2 Xperience Acryl is fitted as standard with the 9cc Evolution carbon fibre tonearm. The tonearm is then finished with the Ortofon 2M Silver moving- magnet cartridge, which boasts silver voice coils.

The package is also neatly finished with a screw-on record clamp and a sturdy dust cover.

SRP £950.00

In further news Pro-Ject announced the2 Xperience SB S-Shape that takes all the same innovations and improvements of the 2 Xperience SB design, but utilises a brand new S-Shape tonearm to give vinyl enthusiasts a more versatile record player.PJ-Phono-2XperienceSBSShape-piano (1)

The S-Shape tonearm is made of a special alloy of aluminium with very high internal damping properties, for reduced resonance. The bearing design allows for pin- point mounting of the premium vertical race bearings, while the horizontal ball bearings are rigidly mounted yet easily adjustable. The rotational anti-skate mechanism is inspired by the anti-skate system used on the flagship Signature 12 tonearm.

One of the principle benefits of the new tonearm is found in the high-quality detachable headshell.

The 2 Xperience SB turntable has a large plinth, high-quality main bearing and thick, vinyl-topped sandwich platter. The new precision motor is driven by an efficient DC power supply and regulated by a built-in electronic speed changer offering easy switching between 331/3 and 45RPM, but it also acts as an AC generator for the motor to ensure a clean and stable power signal.

An acrylic dust cover, silver screw-on record clamp and expertly engineered coned feet finish off the turntable.

SRP £1,299.00

 

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Audeze announced the launch of its new planar magnetic headphones, the SINE recently. The company are showcasing its lightest headphone to date at Pepcom’s Digital Experience! on Jan. 5 and throughout the duration of CES 2016,Jan. 6-9, in Las Vegas.

SINE Headphones are the first of the new generation of on-ear planar magnetic headphones on the market. The lightest Audeze headphones to date, the SINE headphones are said to offer exceptional sound quality and comfort.  They fold flat for portability.CES_2016_Audeze_

The SINE headphones feature Audeze’s Fluxor® planar magnetic technology with Fazor® Elements and Uniforce® Diaphragms to provide a highly efficient yet lightweight headphone, with “very low distortion, good bass, a seductive midrange, crisp extended high frequencies, and excellent imaging”.

Audeze’s fully integrated Apple Lightning cable is also an option for the SINE headphones. The exclusive Lightning cable streams a complete 24-bit digital signal through a high quality DSP and DAC to offer better sound quality directly from the iPhone. The built in microphone can be used for phone calls or Skype and is SIRI compatible.CES_2016_Audeze_1

Keeping with the Audeze aesthetic, the SINE headphones’ transducer technology is coupled with BMW DesignWorks USA’s craftsmanship.

The SINE headphones ($499) will be available for purchase in late January at Audeze.com and select retailers and will begin shipping in February.

Audeze are in LVCC, South Hall 1 Booth 20312

Audeze products will also be featured with the following partners:

  • Prism Sound, Venetian Room 29223
  • Aurender, Venetian Tower Suite 29-337
  • Roli, LVCC, Central Hall-Booth 14844
  • Questyle, Venetian Tower Suite 28-317
  • Chord Electronics, Venetian Suite 35-207
  • MQA, Venetian Bassano Room 2604 / Suite 30-335

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The Clarity Alliance, the UK hi-fi industry’s trade body, is pleased to announce that the 2016 industry conference will take place on Monday 1st February at Dolby Laboratories’ European Head Office, Soho Square, London.Clarity_logo_jpeg

The conference is an opportunity for members of The Clarity Alliance, plus any other individuals and companies operating in the UK hi-fi industry, to come together to discuss topics of relevance to the ever-changing market. A number of keynote guest speakers will be present to share their knowledge and enlighten the audience.

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For over 3 years, Arcam’s irDAC has been regarded a great performer but now replacing the irDAC is the new irDAC-II adding advanced Bluetooth connectivity, headphone output, DSD128 support and a host of internal upgrades.

Briefed to up the ante in a competitive market, Arcam’s engineering team have blended ingredients from across Arcam’s intensive R&D programme, to deliver a major performance and function upgrade. The irDAC-II comes packed with cutting edge technology and features that will benefit the most demanding user.arcam_CES2016

– New internal circuits and a major DAC upgrade

– New audiophile headphone amplifier stage

– New Bluetooth aptX LL input

– New DSD128 support

– New ESS ES9016 Sabre DAC

£495 UK inc VAT – $799 USA + tax

Sony Electronics unveiled a new turntable which has been strategically designed to expand the company’s range of premium Hi-Res Audio products at CES 2016. The PS-HX500 is targeted for music enthusiasts who collect and enjoy LP recordings.PS-HX500_tone-arm2

The HX500 has a built-in A/D converter supporting hi-res digital transfers in either native DSD (up to 5.6 MHz) or WAV files (up to 192 KHz/24-bit resolution).

“Sony is dedicated to providing audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike with a wide range of hi-res audio solutions that can meet virtually every lifestyle need”, said Yamato (Tank) Tanikawa, Director, Home Entertainment & Sound, Sony Electronics. “Our new PS-HX500 turntable serves as an important bridge that connects the growing number of vinyl record collectors to the convenience and sound quality afforded by hi-res audio”.PS-HX500_open

The HX500 comes with a newly developed app with exclusive software that allows simple and intuitive editing on either PCs or Macs. Users can conveniently combine tracks from both sides of an album or multiple tracks can be split and saved. A special driver is also provided for recording compatible DSD streams.

A new Sony developed straight tone arm that has an integrated lightweight, low resonance integrated head shell and comes complete with moving magnet cartridge is included.

A two speed belt drive system is also used which includes an aluminium die cast platter and thick (5mm) rubber mat to help stabilize disc rotation and minimize vibration. There is also a built in phonostage.

In 2014 Nagra introduced their HD DAC and at CES 2016 they have now launched their Classic DAC, a digital to analogue converter that uses the same input and conversion modules as the older DAC and allows for DSD2x and DXD (384kHz/32-bits).CES_2016_NAGRA_DAC

The Classic DAC comes with its own onboard power supply with 25 internal power supplies and with the option of adding the off-board MPS power supply should users prefer.

You get two SPDIF inputs, AES/EBU, TOSLINK, and Nagra digital inputs plus a USB input whilst both XLR and RCA outputs are provided.

The Class DAC from Nagra continues the l known aesthetic of their Classic line of products.

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Manley Labs has unveiled the company’s latest product for the Hifi market at CES 2016, The Manley Headphone Amplifier which they say has been built to meet the demand of audiophiles turning to personal headphone listening.   CES_2016_MAnley_Headphone_Amplifier_2

Information from Manley’s website says “There are twelve independent controls designed for maximum performance and customizable handling of sonic adjustments for a wide variety of audio experience. Of special import are the custom hand-wound air-gapped dual-mode MANLEY IRON output transformers, designed and manufactured at the Manley Labs factory in Chino, California. With a push of the button, these transformers are easily user-configured to drive three ranges of headphone loads, from 12 to 600 Ohms or greater”.

The output stage of the Manley Headphone Amplifier can be switched on-the-fly between all-triode Push-Pull and Single-Ended topology.

The Volume Control is performed by a Precision Stepped Relay ladder matrix whilst left-right Balance control is provided to trim out uneven recordings. The Manley Headphone Amplifier operates fully symmetrically, enabling it to drive balanced headphones through its XLR outputs but of course non-balanced ¼” jacks are also present. A direct preamplifier output which routes your first line input through the system to feed an external power amplifier or powered loudspeakers is also available when the headphone amp is powered down.

The Manley Headphone Amplifier also, and somewhat unusually in this day and age, incorporates bass and treble tone control to allow listeners to adjust the flavour of the sound to their preference… but you can totally bypass of the EQ circuits also.

The Manley Headphone Amplifier is available in three different colours fu: Champagne & White, Titanium & Bronze, or Copper & Black.CES_2016_MAnley_Headphone_Amplifier_1

Details

  • Vacuum Tube design, 2 x 12AT7A Drivers, 4 x 6AQ5 Triode Strapped output tubes
  • Single-Ended or Push-Pull amplifier operation
  • Precision Stepped Relay Volume Control with Thumb Wheel
  • Selectable headphone load settings: 12-50 Ohms, 50-200 Ohms, 200-600 Ohms
  • Variable Feedback Control: 0–10dB of negative feedback
  • Balance, Treble and Bass Controls use silent conductive plastic potentiometers
  • Tone Bypass for purist signal path
  • All switching via high-grade gold-contact relays
  • 3 x Stereo Outputs: Balanced XLR headphone outs, Unbalanced standard ¼” TRS headphone jack, RCA Preamplifier Outputs
  • 2 x Analog line-level RCA inputs
  • Mono / Stereo function
  • Mute Switch
  • User adjustable Headphone Overload Protection System
  • MANLEY IRONhand-wound wide bandwidth air-gapped output transformers
  • Preamplifier Direct output routes Input 1 direct to output when unit is in standby
  • Soft Start, mute-controlled power-up sequence
  • High Speed, Low Impedance, Low Noise custom switching PSU
  • Operating Mains Voltage: 90~250VAC universal works worldwide
  • Mains Voltage Frequency: 50~ 60Hz
  • Solid Aluminum Billet Chassis
  • Real Wood Walnut Burl Trim
  • Maximum Output Power: 1W
  • Unit Dimensions: 11.5 x 5.5 x 8.2” (LxWxH)
  • Unit Weight: 12 lbs.
  • MSRP: $2950

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The microLight is the smallest ever Keith Monks RCM and is the smallest precision record cleaning machine ever.
The cliché of a picture is worth a thousand words is so apt for the microLight, and in fact pictures don’t really capture its interesting and innovative design.  Is it modern, post modern or classic?KeithMonks_CES_2016_1

Keith Monks is working with a growing number of fine artists and photographersfrom their Isle of Wight UK and US bases, together with a specialist print company, to develop a unique layered acrylic printing process and create exclusive limited editions and one-off custom print options.

Keith Monks machines bring the original record cleaning technique developed with and so prized by the BBC, the US Library of Congress and the British Library National Sound Archive in a modern, easier and more affordable package. Jonathan Monks – The Record Doctor and son of Keith – will be demonstrating the new microLight at CES 2015 in Suite 29-139 of the Venetian Hotel.KeithMonks_CES_2016_3

Key Features 

  • Now a stunning illuminated art display for your home.
  • The world’s smallest ever precision Record Cleaning Machine – just 15” (39cm) wide.
  • It’s quiet enough to enjoy listening to your records while cleaning another.
  • Backlit acrylic art panels – unique hi res printing process – exclusive limited editions and one-off custom print options.
  • Zero recontamination for safe, consistent results
  • Original point suction vacuum system with SuperSilent medical grade suction pump imported from Germany
  • NEW forward-reverse turntable rotation for wash cycle
  • NEW “Used fluid jar full” warning light
  • NEW transparent acrylic casing and back lighting strip with diffuser displays your art
  • Automatic reel-out of nozzle buffer thread
  • Automatic shut off at end of side
  • Supplied with Keith Monks discOvery precision 12” LP wash brush and Pyr/\Mat stay-clean mat

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