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Audio Research Ref 160M
Audio Research - Announcing the New REF160M
fter two years in development, the new Reference 160M (REF160M) Monoblock Power Amplifier is here. The 160M , offers 140 Watts per channel, and features a refined audio topology with fewer and better components in the signal-path than in previous designs, switchable Ultra linear/Triode operation, proprietary auto-bias, output tube monitoring and protection, an advanced power meter, and much more.
iFi adds MQA support to a host of products
Fi issues MQA firmware update which is a free update and adds support for MQA – the hi-res audio streaming codec – to a host of existing products from the company’s range.
Chord Electronics launches Gofigure, an intuitive configuration App for the advanced Poly streamer
hord Electronics has launched Gofigure, the official configuration App for the advanced Poly network music streamer. Gofigure is an intuitive configuration App which provides easy network set-up and simple settings management, all within a slick and powerful interface. The App, which will initially be available for iOS devices with Android to follow, offers effortless navigation through Poly’s main configuration options and features an easy-to-use software wizard for simple network set-up.
New York’s McIntosh launches the MT2 its most affordable turntable to date
ig Mac for less whack: McIntosh’s MT2 offers unbox-and-go simplicity from the global hi-fi leader for £4,995 (Lot of Big Macs !). McIntosh has announced a new turntable that brings the famous McIntosh sound and build quality to a new low price point (£4,995). McIntosh’s new MT2 Precision Turntable is its most affordable turntable ever produced. It combines the latest turntable technology with the New York giant’s legendary aesthetic, design and build quality.
McIntosh announces MCT500 SACD/CD transport with USB input
cIntosh has announced the new MCT500 SACD/CD Transport (£5,995). The new transport has been designed to replay SACD/CD discs, plus a wide range of audio formats stored on USB flash drives and user-generated CD and DVD Data discs. All common disc types can be played on the MCT500, including SACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R. In addition, popular file formats such as AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WMA and WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) WMA can be played from discs and USB drives.
Naim ND555 ND5 XS 2 NDX 2
Naim reveal the ND555 ND5 XS 2 and NDX 2 Streamers
he Naim ND555 is a brand new streamer from Naim and the first in their 500 series. The ND5 XS 2 and NDX 2 streamers are upgraded versions of the previous ND5 and NDX. All have improved connectivity to streaming services and the ND555 and NDX 2 have a 5 inch front panel TFT colour display.
KEF launches Ci5160REF-THX – a new standard for in-wall loudspeaker design
EF has announced a new in-wall architectural loudspeaker, the Ci5160REF-THX, setting a new standard for custom installation speaker design.
Ortofon Stylus 2M Blue 100
Ortofon Introduce Anniversary Stylus Upgrade - The Ortofon Stylus 2M Blue 100
hought Quad was the oldest HiFi company out there but Ortofon turn 100 this year, and to celebrate the occasion there will be a string of announcements from them throughout the year. The first is a simple one, but it’s sure to be popular. With tens-of-thousands of 2M Red and 2M Silver cartridges out on the market, Ortofon want to promote the value of upgrading to the 2M Blue stylus. The Stylus 2M Blue 100 is exactly the same as the popular 2M Blue stylus; it just comes with an extra paint-job and, more importantly, an even better price. An upgrade to the Stylus 2M Blue has the potential to lift the musical experience of tens of thousands customers around the world, and the Stylus 2M Blue 100 aims to achieve that in the most cost-effective way possible.
Pro-Ject Debut III S
Pro-Ject Introduce the Debut III S Audiophile Turntable
he Pro-Ject Debut III S Audiophile is the first widely available Debut model to feature an S-shape tonearm. In addition, it’s also the first to feature a new Pro-Ject exclusive cartridge, new turntable feet and the new Pro-Ject logo to go with Pro-Ject’s new corporate headquarters.
Arcam HDA Range
Arcam reveal the HDA Range
rcam’s new HDA range is made up of three models, the SA10 Class A B amplifier, the SA20 Class G amplifier and the CDS50 SACD/CD player with network streaming. Each model has digital inputs, IP and RS232 control and comes with a backlit learning remote.
Klipsch Forte III
Klipsch Forte III Speakers Now Available In The UK
he £4,000 Klipsch new Forte III Heritage Line speaker is now available across the UK. The Forte III is a relatively compact yet hugely powerful three-way loudspeaker with a massive 15” passive radiator woofer for room-filling acoustics. The ultra-sensitive horn-loaded design begs to be partnered with an appropriate valve amplifier, and when you find the right match the audio performance is out of this world.
The Chord Company announces revolutionary ChordOhmic loudspeaker plugs available for any speaker cable
he Chord Company has launched ChordOhmic,a revolutionary new silver-plated loudspeaker plug developed from the flagship ChordMusic and Sarum T speaker plug, that offers the proven conductivity and signal-preservation benefits of silver, backed up by the Chord’s build quality.
IsoTek EVO3 Nova One
From the multi award-winning Isotek Mosaic Series evolves the new EVO3 Nova One
soTek has launched the EVO3 Nova One to join the Multi-awarding winning Mosaic Series. The Nova One is an evolution on from the original GII Nova released over a decade ago but features a dramatically modified and improved clean power network. Nova One also represents a continuation of the Mosaic range of products, which allow owners to pinpoint specific products in their system, to achieve improvements through a clean power source.
Wharfedale launch the DS-2 - dinky desktop divas
harfedale’s new DS-2 stereo Bluetooth speaker system is based on the now-discontinued DS-1, a similarly diminutive pair of Bluetooth speakers widely acknowledged as the best available under £200 – “petite little desktop speakers that sound fantastic for the money,” said What Hi-Fi? whilst presenting them with an Award in 2015. The DS-2 reconstructs the original DS-1 concept with an all-new design, delivering even better sound per pound performance. In contrast to most Bluetooth speakers, the DS-2 is a pair of proper two-way hi-fi speakers shrunk to desktop size, standing just 190mm high, 120mm wide and 140mm deep.
Magico's first "Affordable" Speaker The A3
hen it comes to ultra-high-end speakers, no manufacturer has made a bigger splash this millennium than California’s Magico. In the 14 years since the launch of its first commercial product, the company has continually harnessed exemplary science and engineering to deliver some of the best-sounding loudspeakers on the planet, right up to the Magico Ultimate – an astounding made-to-order transducer that costs not far shy of three-quarters of a million pounds per pair.
McIntosh announces new tech-rich 600-watt monoblock power amp
cIntosh has launched the new MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier (£19,995 per pair). The new high-power monoblock amp offers a number of key updates and improvements over its predecessor, the MC601. Primary among them is a doubling of filter capacity resulting in a dramatic 55% increase in dynamic headroom (from 1.8dB to 2.8dB) helping to improve the bass frequency performance.
Quad Artera Solus
Quad expands its Artera line with the Artera Solus
uad, the distinguished British audio brand, celebrates the start of its 83rd year by adding a one-box hi-fi system to the Artera Series, Quad’s primary solid-state component range. The Artera Solus combines a CD transport, DAC, pre amp and power amplifier in a single compact chassis, with extensive connectivity options including Bluetooth wireless streaming.
Leema Hydra II
Leema Acoustics launches an Anniversary Edition of its classic Hydra II power amp
eema Acoustics, has launched a special Anniversary Edition of its Hydra II power amplifier, celebrating 10 years since its classic powerhouse amplifier made its debut.
The legendary KEF LS50 – now in a special black edition
ive years since the launch of the anniversary model LS50, KEF has just launched a special LS50 Black Edition.
Neat iota Xplorer
Neat launch the iota Xplorer speaker
he Neat iota Xplorer speaker at £3,500 is a larger and more expensive version of the Neat iota Alpha speaker. Like the iota Alpha both drive units fire upwards.
Cambridge Audio Duo
Cambridge Audio Launch Duo
he Cambridge Audio Duo at £249 combines an MM and MC phono stage with a volume control and headphone amp. The Cambridge Duo phono preamplifier has been carefully designed with a state-of-the-art switch mode power supply and a new surface mounted circuit board layout to reduce unwanted noise.
Cambridge Audio Solo
Cambridge Audio Launch Solo
he Cambridge Audio Solo gives little away as to what it is and the picture doesn’t have the product name on it, but the Solo (at £149) is a fixed output MM phono stage. Like the Duo the Solo phono stage has been carefully designed with a state-of-the-art switch mode power supply and a new surface mounted circuit board layout to reduce unwanted noise.
NAD D 3020
NAD launches the V2 version of the D 3020 - Integrated amp
AD has launched a version 2 of the D 3020 integrated amp, which will be cheaper than the original and offer better functionality and sound quality. What not to love! …
Chord launch the Qutest DAC
he Chord Qutest at £1,195 can be approached in one of two ways – either as a cut down and cheaper alternative to the Hugo 2 (£1,800) or as an upgraded and direct replacement for the 2Qute. As a cut down Hugo 2 gone are the volume control , remote , headphone amp, rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth - the Qutest is also fixed output so requires a preamp or integrated amp. As an upgraded 2Qute the Qutest has the twice as powerful Hugo 2 chip and Hugo 2 controls and the digital filters. There are three new features in the Qutest which are - a user selectable output voltage of 1, 2 or 3 volts, galvanic isolation for better USB performance, and dual BNC digital inputs, capable of high speed data transport. So if you can’t stretch to a DAVE DAC but can stretch to a Chord Blu II transport the two can be paired together to take advantage of high speed digital transfer rates.
The Luxman L-509X integrated amp is their new flagship integrated
UXMAN will be releasing the Luxman L-509X integrated amplifier, available in the UK from January 2018, at an RRP of £8,500 inc. VAT. The L-509X is their new flagship class AB integrated amplifier. The L-509X offers 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 4 line inputs , 1 MM/MC phono input, 2 balanced line inputs, recording outputs and a preamp in input and preamp out output. Additionally the L-509X can drive two pairs of speakers. No digital inputs though.
McIntosh announces Nanocarbon-driver tech loudspeaker, the £137,500 XRT2.1K
cIntosh has announced the XRT2.1K, a speaker 45 years in the making. The new XRT2.1K at £137,500 is a seven-foot-tall full-range design 81-driver, 7-foot which uses brand new Nanocarbon Fibre/Nomex Honeycomb drive units which have been specifically created for this speaker.
Chord Electronics launches high-quality protective leather case for Mojo and Poly just in time for Christmas
hord Electronics has introduced a high-quality Japanese-made protective leather case for Mojo and Poly. (£120) which is available now. Designed to complement Chord Electronics’ award-winning Mojo DAC/headphone amp and Poly wireless streamer/player, the Poly/Mojo leather case offers stylish protection for on-the-go usage. The case has been styled by Chord Electronics’ John Franks and Fumi Higashi San of VanNuys Inc. and is exclusively manufactured by VanNuys Inc. in Tokyo.
New Chord Shawline Streaming Cable Uses Trickle-Down Technology To Preserve Digital Music Streams
he Chord Company has added to its award-winning Shawline cable range with the introduction of a technology-rich streaming cable offering great value, performance and build quality: Shawline streaming cable. (£220).
Audeze launch the LCD-2C headphones
he Audeze LCD2c or LCD2 classic is a new take on their planar magnetic LCD2 design. The new LCD2c headphone has three major changes from the LCD-2 - a lightweight suspension headband, special crystal-infused nylon rings, and remodelled audio jacks. The sound offered up from the LCD2c features the slightly warm sound signature of the original LCD2 driver.
Leema Pulse 4
Leema Pulse IV unites turntables and digital devices with high-res audio, Bluetooth and more
eema Acoustics’ new Pulse IV amplifier is the ideal ‘hub’ for contemporary music-listening with its turntable connectivity, Bluetooth playback and seven digital inputs enabling a huge range of devices to connect.
The Pulse IV is a highly versatile and powerful integrated amplifier that enables a world of music to be enjoyed with Leema Acoustics’ sound quality thanks to a huge connectivity suite bringing together music playback in all its forms, whether on vinyl, streamed from smartphones and tablets via aptX Bluetooth, or stored on computers, laptops and more.
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