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Pro-Ject Essential III
Pro-Ject Launch The Essential III Turntable
he Pro-Ject Essential III turntable (£239) replaces the multi-award winning Essential II, and expands on its predecessor both aesthetically and audibly.
KEF Gravity One
KEF demonstrates the Gravity One at the Indulgence Show
EF has demonstrated their new Porsche KEF JV product - the Gravity One - at the Indulgence Show. Two world-renowned brands, Porsche Design, known for iconic design and KEF, acclaimed for exceptional British acoustics, have joined together to deliver an uncompromisingly luxurious Hi-Fi sound space. Bring music with you everywhere, on business trips, in boardrooms and at home. Always accompanied by high-style and high fidelity.
Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link adapter
Bose Launch The SoundTouch Wireless Link adapter
he Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link adapter at £129.95 transforms your stereo or home cinema into a wireless system. You can then stream music services like Spotify, Deezer and more, your stored music and Internet radio using your home Wi-Fi or favourite Bluetooth device.
Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphone
Bose Launch The QuietControl 30 - Wireless In-Ear Headphone
he Bose QuietControl 30 headphones are a wireless in-ear headphone that retail at £229.95. Breakthrough technology lets you set your own level of noise cancellation, so you can control how much of the world you want to let in—or how quiet you want your listening experience to be. Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume, while a noise-rejecting dual-microphone system provides clear calls, even in windy or noisy environments. Connect easily to your devices with both Bluetooth and NFC pairing. QuietControl 30 wireless headphones feature a lightweight neckband design that conforms to your body for all-day comfort and wear ability. A lithium-ion battery gives you up to 10 hours of wireless listening per charge. And the Bose Connect app helps you manage your paired devices and gives you enhanced control.
Libratone Q Adapt
Libratone Launch The Q Adapt Wireless On-Ear And In-Ear headphones
he new Libratone Q ADAPT headphones are the first headphones from Libratone and consist of two models - the Q Adapt In-Ear Lighting earphones (£159) and the Q Adapt On-Ear wireless headphones (£219. These are available for pre-order ahead of the official launch on November 18, 2016.
KEF LS50 Wireless
KEF Launch The LS50 Wireless Speakers
EF has announced the LS50 Wireless. The LS50 Wireless is based on the passive KEF LS50 but sees a price increase to £2,000. For the extra money you get a hi-res audio DAC, amplification (2 x 230-watt, in a bi-amp dual mono configuration), Bluetooth, dual W-Fi connectivity and even analogue inputs should you so desire. Designed in honour of the 55th anniversary of KEF, the LS50 Wireless is closely based on the design of the world-renowned LS50 speakers – winners of multiple awards and five-star reviews around the world.
The world's first levitating turntable is close to fruition!
ired off sending floating trains at 300 kph, some MAG LEV technology enthusiasts are now deploying the technology in the world of turntables. According to them "We were searching for a way to give people a better, newer way to experience vinyl records. By pushing the frontier of audio technology, we were able to integrate the uplifting experience of music into the turntable design itself, bringing the feeling of zero gravity into your living room."
Warner Bros Catalog
Warner Bros signs deal with MQA to transcode entire catalog
ioneering new music format MQA has bagged Warner Bros as a new client. This is a big step forward for the new format. MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download. What’s more, it’s backwards compatible, so will play on any device. And because it’s fully authenticated, you can be sure you’re hearing exactly what the artist approved in the studio. We wish Bob Stuart every success with this exciting new project.
Chord Company Launches ShawCan - Their First Headphone Cable
he Chord Company is launching ShawCan — its first ever headphone cable at October’s headroom show, part of The Indulgence Show (14-16th October, Novotel London West).For the first time in over 30 years, The Chord Company has applied its cable-building expertise to a headphone cable. The new ShawCan, which will make its debut at October’s headroom show is a thoroughbred Chord cable and features the company’s unique Tuned ARAY conductor technology.
Leema Acoustics Launch Sirius - A new hi-fi-grade music server
eema’s Sirius is a hi-fi-grade streaming music server system that provides a high-performance solution for the storage and playback of digital music (priced at £3,995). Developed in partnership with Innuos, Leema’s ex-BBC engineers have combined audiophile performance with the convenience of a UPNP/DNLA-compatible music server.
Sirius is the latest edition to Leema’s flagship Constellation range. It features a raft of audiophile-grade components centred on a powerful server-grade main circuit board with a high-speed quad-core processor with up to eight gigabytes of system memory.
Google launches the first 4K Chromecast Ultra!
he Chromecast Ultra will go on sale this November for £69. The Ultra will stream up to 4K Ultra HD & HDR picture quality over your Wi-Fi network. For those of you unfamiliar with Google's Hifi and AV killer/disupter, the Chromecast ia a device that allows you to streaming content into your TV’s HDMI port. Chromecast Ultra provides fast, reliable performance with minimal buffering and smooth streaming.
You can use your iPhone®, iPad®, Android device or laptop to stream thousands of cast-enabled apps.
U 300 Integrated Amplifier
Aavik Acoustics launch the U-300 Integrated Amplifier
he key concept behind the Aavik U-300 -“U” for Unity - was to unite state of the art functions and components into one single, compact, high performance unit. This new amplifier should allow you to enjoy high-end performance, without having to live with numerous, odd-sized boxes and a forever-growing cable snake pit. With the Aavik U-300, you get one unit that has it all. You do not just get an amplifier; you also get 3 analog line inputs, a truly unique performing phono RIAA section and a superb 24 bit/192 kHz DAC.
Another important reason why we chose “U” for “Unity” is because the Aavik U-300 is a joint project between the designer behind the multiple award-winning loudspeakers of Raidho Acoustics and the high performance cables of Ansuz Acoustics, Michael Borresen, and some of the best analog and digital designers that the world has to offer.
Aerix has announced a new all in one system, The Duet, priced at £1500.
he Duet system is an integrated system with a CD player, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Play-Fi enabled. The Duet also includes speakers and amplification. Duet claims its dual box design, with aluminum plate vibration suppression, will maximize the visual and auditory experience.
Naim Uniti Core Atom Star And Nova
Naim Launches An All New Uniti Range
aim's new Uniti Range comprises four new models. All have names taken from astronomy, such as Uniti, Core, Atom and Star. First up is the Naim Uniti Core at £1,650 (available November 2016) which is the new model CD ripper and music server. This time around there isn’t a separate SSD (solid state drive model) – rather the Core can be supplied with standard hard drives or SSD drives, and the other three are the all-in-one hi-fi systems combining amplifier with sources.
Porsche Design and KEF launch exclusive Hi-Fi audio systems
collaboration between Porsche Design and KEF hasn’t produced a new in-car audio system but instead three HiFi products namely GRAVITY ONE, MOTION ONE and SPACE ONE. Gravity One is a Bluetooth speaker (pictured left), Space One is an over-ear headphone (pictured middle), and Motion One is an in-ear headphone (pictured right).
B&W P9 Signature
B&W Launch Their Top Of The Range Headphones The P9 Signature
ohn Bowers, the founder of B&W said, ‘if you can make a better product, then you will sell it.’ P9 Signature is a better product. At £699 It’s the best sounding, most luxurious pair of headphones B&W have produced. It’s a celebration of five decades of experience in acoustic excellence.
Anthem releases an awesome new AV receiver
eed 11 channels of Anthem 140 watt power and 11.2 at the pre-amp stage? If so, and you have £4400 to spend, then check out the MRX 1120. The MRX 1220 comes with Dolby ATMOS, DTS X via a firmware update and ARC - which stands for Anthem Room Correction. Industry oracle Inside CI says "the Anthem MRX 1120 is about as tasty as it gets, without recourse to super high-end processors".
Reloop - TURN3
Reloop HiFi Launch The TURN3 Turntable
eloop are steadily becoming a market leader for turntables in the DJ equipment sector. But now, after 18+ months of development, they’ve decided to transfer their knowledge to a new product (and brand) that focuses on home listening and higher quality playback.
Chord Electronics Have Launched The Mojo Cable Accessory Pack Complete With Add-On USB Module
hord Electronics has launched a comprehensive Cable Accessory Pack for the Mojo DAC/headphone amp, to include cables, adaptors and a USB adaptor block
"It"s coming !" OPPO UDP-203 it's 4K Blu-ray player
alling all Oppo fans. Their 4K/UHD Blu-ray player the UDP-203 will be arriving in late 2016.
Garden Oasis Landscape Speakers
Hyacinth Fidelity! - Paradigm introduces the Garden Oasis Landscape Loudspeaker System
aradigm’s Garden Oasis is a scalable system offering award winning Paradigm performance. The range includes the GO4 (4-inch satellite speakers), GO6 (6-inch satellite speakers) 10SW (10-inch subwoofer) and 12SW (12-inch subwoofer)!
McIntosh Launch The MHA150 Headphone Amp
he new McIntosh MHA150 Headphone amp at £5,500 is billed as a headphone amp but is much more and can function as a USB DAC and a 50 watt per channel integrated amp as well as a headphone amp. The MHA 150 contains the company’s new second-generation digital to analogue converter (DAC) , capable of Hi-Res Audio replay, and also enabling a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers, to connect digitally and deliver the legendary McIntosh sound quality to headphones and speakers. The amp contains three digital inputs, including USB, plus connections for two analogue devices.
Chord Clearway Analogue
The Chord Company launches £100 Clearway Analogue ARAY interconnect
he Chord Company has expanded the award-winning Clearway range with the new Clearway Analogue interconnect (£100). Featuring the unique ARAY conductor technology used on the award-winning C-line, the materials used to produce the Clearway Analogue improves upon every aspect of the C–line’s performance
24/192 on a soundbar! Bluesound introduces the world’s first hi-res soundbar.
he PULSE SOUNDBAR may be engineered to fit perfectly - and beautifully - under your TV but it is so much more than just a soundbar. As the world's first multi-room high-res soundbar it becomes your mission control to launch an audiophile-grade music experience in every room. Its deceptively simple design delivers the stunning authenticity of true 24-bit/192kHz high-res audio to whatever song you're playing but also makes watching movies, sports, video games and concert films a fully immersive sonic experience. You simply have to hear it to believe it.
Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro
Beyerdynamic has released the new DT 1990 Pros for sale from their shop.
eyerdynamic is happy to announce, that their new headphones, the DT 1990 PRO, are now available in their onlineshop. They are currently priced at €599.
Audeze takes planar magnetic to headphone with the iSINE 10
he iSINE 10 sounds and looks like no others, an innovative design without a care for the same old status quo of balanced armature or dynamic driver designs. The iSINE 10's Fluxor Magnets and large 30mm planar magnetic diaphragms deliver precise control and fast response times without distortion so the iSINE 10's music always sounds alive. Add the included Lightning cable with DSP and there’s no other in-ear headphone that even comes close to the iSINE 10's performance.
Antelope Audio ORION 32+
Antelope Audio launches the ORION32+, a 32-channel AD/DA with Thunderbolt and USB Interfaces
AC Wizards Antelope Audio have launched an astonishing new ADC/DAC combo capable of pretty much everything.
B&W Release the Gorgeous New Wireless P7
owers & Wilkins have just released a new pair of headphones and they're Bluetooth! As with most things B&W the new headphones are late to market but well thought through. They only recently launched the T7 Bluetooth speaker which we covered here at Hifi-Enthusiast. That said the wired version of these headphones are the best in class and were recently featured on a GQ must have list.
Wharfedale Diamond Active A1
Wharfedale Launch The Diamond Active A1 Speakers
he Wharfedale Diamond Active A1 at £599.95 offers Bluetooth, digital and analogue inputs into an integrated amp and speaker package. Wharfedale’s True Wireless technology enables the great connection flexibility found in the A1s. The Diamond A1 is a classic ‘bookshelf’-size speaker (31.5cm high) that include a 50 Watt amplifier in each speaker to deliver a combined ‘system power’ of 100 Watts.
Wharfedale Diamond A2
Wharfedale Launch The Diamond Active A2 Floor Standing Speakers
he Wharfedale Diamond Active A2 at £999.95 is a larger floor standing design (91.2cm high). Like the A1 the A2 includes a 50 Watt amplifier in each speaker to deliver a combined ‘system power’ of 100 Watts. The A2 also uses the H1 wired and wireless hub (pictured on top of the left hand speaker) which can in turn communicate wirelessly with the A2 speakers.
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