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dCS Launches MQA Support Across Product Ranges
QA, the digital audio technology that makes hi-res streaming a reality, comes to dCS components via a major software update. This unique implementation of MQA is the only way to unlock its full sonic potential, as explained in the attached press release. The update will roll out range by range throughout Q4 2017, beginning with the Rossini component series this month.
KEF LS50 Wireless
KEF introduces LS50 Wireless Nocturne by Marcel Wanders
oday, in the inspiring setting of the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, KEF has launched an exciting Special Edition of its highly-renowned LS50 Wireless Digital Music System – the LS50 Wireless ‘Nocturne’ by Marcel Wanders.
Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II
Bose launch the QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II
he Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II , at £329.95 are Bose’s top of the range headphone and now with the Google Assistant built in. The new QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II are engineered with world class noise cancellation. And now they're even better. With Google Assistant built in, you can control music, send and receive texts and get answers using just your voice. The new Action button gives you seamless access to your Google Assistant. Control the level of noise cancellation, your music, receive texts and get the answer to just about any question.
Chord Hugo 2
Chord Electronics announces protective leather case for its award-winning Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp
ritish high-performance audio specialist, Chord Electronics, has launched a high-quality Japanese-made protective leather case for its new Hugo 2 DAC/head amp which is available now priced at £125.
NAD C 558
NAD launch the C 558 turntable
s vinyl goes from strength to strength, NAD has unveiled a brand new belt-drive design featuring chunky anti-resonance MDF plinth, heavyweight glass platter and Ortofon OM10 cartridge as standard. Available November 2016 priced at £449.
McIntosh launch the MA5300 Integrated Amp and DAC
he McIntosh MA5300 integrated amplifier, their smallest and most powerful solid-state integrated amplifier, will retail at £6,750. The MA5300 integrated amp offers 100 Watts per channel, plus a USB DAC, phono stage and a headphone amp.
NAD C 268
NAD launch the C 268 Power Amp
he NAD C 268 power amp is conservatively rated at 80Wx2 or 300Wx1 bridged mono with 500W peak capability. The C 268 is NAD’s latest affordable power amplifier. Balanced and RCA inputs, 12v triggers, variable input level control and current sensing auto turn-on highlight the features list. There is also line-outs for daisy chaining for bi-amped and tri-amplified systems.
NAD C 328
NAD launch the C 328 - Integrated amp
he C 328 joins NAD’s latest integrated line up (C338, C368, C388) with analogue, digital and BT connectivity as well as a built in phono stage. Priced at £499, this integrated is the entry level model into NAD’s latest Hybrid Digital amplifier range. Available from November/December
B&W launch the PX noise cancelling wireless headphones
he B&W PX Noise cancelling wireless headphones at £329 offer adaptable noise cancellation, 22-hour battery life and intuitive controls that respond naturally to your behaviour.
KEF Space One Wireless
KEF launch the Space One Wireless headphones
ollaboration between Porsche Design, and KEF, has resulted in the launch of the £349 SPACE ONE WIRELESS Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones. The SPACE ONE WIRELESS headphones, blending high-performance Active Noise-Cancelling technology and Bluetooth wireless connectivity with exemplary comfort and sound performance, constitute a new pinnacle for consumers demanding high-quality elegance and superior design along with exceptional sound quality.
McIntosh sound quality on the move with the new MHA50 Portable DAC + Headphone Amp
cIntosh have entered the world of the Chord Mojo and Oppo HA-2 SE with their very first portable DAC headphone amp the MHA50 which offers both wired and wireless connectivity to devices via aptX Bluetooth 4.1. Inevitably it is more expensive at £895.
iFi Audio Ear Buddy
iFi Audio launch the Ear Buddy
Fi Audio have launched the ‘Ear Buddy’, a low-cost, plug-in headphone optimiser that attenuates the output signal of your headphone socket to better suit headphones with high sensitivity, thus countering the negative effect of digital volume controls (which virtually all of today’s handheld devices contain). It increases useable volume range (allowing for finer adjustment), lowers background noise and improves dynamic range. It is particularly effective with good quality in-ear headphones, noise cancelling headphones and in-flight entertainment systems.
KEF Performance Speaker Stand
Introducing the KEF Performance Speaker Stand
ver wondered what to seat your LS50s on ? Well KEF have the answer in the KEF Performance Speaker Stand. The KEF Performance Speaker Stand - created for easy placement of your KEF bookshelf speakers anywhere in the home. Position your speakers in the ideal listening position without sacrificing style and elegance.
IsoTek launch the Ascension Power Cable
soTek has launched a new high-end flagship power cable called Ascension. The Ascension represents the ultimate in conductor purity and power cable construction. Unlike other traditional 3-core power cables Ascension features three, 4sqmm Ohno Continuous Cast copper (OCC copper) high purity conductions, these are then silver plated before being encased in extruded FEP with an air dielectric barrier. This assembly is then individually wrapped in Mylar and shielded with an Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) braid before being deep cryogenically treated down to -196 degrees Centigrade. This complex construction delivers extended openness, a sound with more perceived micro dynamic detail, and inner space and air between instruments within the sound stage. Ascension brings you closer to the music, with unprecedented tonal accuracy, as well as an open yet dynamic delivery of your favourite recordings.
Q Acoustics M2 Soundbase
Q Acoustics launch the M2 - Their first Soundbase
he £299 Q Acoustics M2 Soundbase, the first Soundbase from Q Acoustics has been developed using the same technologies and design expertise used in the Q Acoustics speaker range and Soundbar products. The M2 Soundbase delivers TV and audio sound performance. Using a powerful 80 Watt amplifier, unique BMR(TM) wide dispersion sound technology and built in subwoofer. The M2 delivers a room filling, immersive and cinematic experience from a small and sleek one box solution. This compact and versatile design can shelf mount, support a TV or fit discreetly into a cabinet. A seamless addition to your viewing or listening room, the low profile M2 Soundbase brings movies to life with the MoviEQ(TM) function for increased bass to provide home cinema sound. The M2 doubles as an all in one music system for music lovers streaming high quality music via Bluetooth APTX or NFC for Android devices. You can also connect to the M2 via HDMI or optically. So when the TV is off, you can stream your favourite music. Whether for movies or music, the philosophy of the M2 is simple, to deliver unrivalled, stunning and immersive sound in a sleek and compact design where unwieldy home cinema set ups and bulky soundbars just don't meet the brief.
McIntosh MA7200 and MAC7200
McIntosh next-gen amplifier is turntable and digital ready with an upgradable modular DAC
he new MA7200 forms part of a new line of updated amps and contains a high-quality phono stage for turntables, plus an upgradable multi-input DAC with USB; MAC7200 receiver adds an AM/FM tuner.
Bose Soundlink Micro
Bose launch the Soundlink Micro
he £99 Bose Sounlink Micro is a waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker that is small enough to clip on to your belt or bicycle handlebars. It features a tear-resistant silicone strap, custom-designed transducer and silicone passive radiators. The SoundLink Micro’s exterior is constructed from silicone rubber with minimal seams and gaps and scratch resistance. The Bose Connect app allows you to control your SoundLink Micro speaker’s Bluetooth connections easily. Two SoundLink Micro speakers can be connected together in Party Mode for power or Stereo Mode.
B&W 700 series S2
B&W launch the 700 S2 speaker range
&W have recently upgraded the 600 series of speakers to produce the 600 S2 series and their top of the range 800 series resulting in the 800 D3 series. It comes as little surprise to see them now improve the CM Series with this new 700 Series of speakers, the 700 S2 speaker range. The 700 S2 speaker range, as might be expected, sits between the 600 S2 range and the 800 D3 range and consists of 3 floorstanders, the 702 S2, 703 S2 and 704 S2. The floorstanders are joined by three stand mounters the 705 S2, 706 S2 and 707 S2. Finally there are two centre channel speakers, the HTM7 1 S2 and the HTM72 S2 and an active sub woofer. This is a total of 9 speakers in the new 700 S2 range.
Audeze launch the LCDi4 - Planar Magnetic In-Ear headphone
udeze describe the LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones as taking the technology from their top of the range LCD-4 over-ear headphone and scaling it down to create a top of the range in-ear headphone that is far more portable. The LCDi4 is designed to give the user a truly wide and accurate soundstage, superior transient response, bass response flat from 900Hz down to 5Hz, the LCDi4s with a single driver deliver a coherency of sound lacking in multi-driver designs. The LCDi4 is available in limited quantities by special order at $2495 USA retail.
iFi Audio iGalvanic 3.0
iFi Audio launch the iGalvanic 3.0
SB connectivity has become a crucial part of high-performance audio, as computers replace traditional hi-fi devices as the main source component in many systems. However, there’s a problem: computers and their USB interfaces are designed to support many functions and are not optimised for audio; USB connections are inherently ‘noisy’ and can introduce distortion to the audio signal, which affects sound quality.
Unison Research Unico 90
Unison Research launch the Unico 90 - Integrated amp
he new Unison Research Unico 90 is a 100 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms, classic integrated amp with no digital inputs. Like the Unico 150, the Unico 90 is a hybrid design using valves in the preamp section and solid state devices in the dual mono power amp section.
Pro-Ject Box Design DS2 Line
Pro-Ject launch the Box Design DS2 Range
he full Pro-Ject Box Design DS2 Line was first seen in February 2017 at the Bristol HiFi Show. Since then Pro-Ject have busily been getting each model in the range into production. They are now happy to announce that a nine-strong range of products is available across the UK.
McIntosh’s MCT80 SACD/CD transport brings disc playback to its compact lifestyle components
he new McIntosh MCT80 a CD and SACD transport introduces SACD/CD playback to McIntosh’s bijou MXA80 system and joins streaming, vinyl and headphone amp add-ons, to deliver the full McIntosh experience from a compact system. Price is £4,495.
IsoTek EVO3 Corvus
The new IsoTek EVO3 Corvus an evolution of the multi-award winner Polaris
soTek has launched the next generation of the Discovery Series the EVO3 Corvus main conditioning block. The EVO3 Corvus is an evolution of IsoTek’s award-winning Polaris design, reconfigured to feature nine output sockets with an upgraded amperage rating to allow 3680W of continuous power. Also included as part of the price is a 1.5m Premier power cable. Meticulously designed, the EVO3 Corvus has a unique delta filter topology ensures class-leading filtration of both Common Mode and Differential Mode mains noise, delivering super-clean power to nine outlets – each one independently isolated to prevent cross-contamination. In addition, 13,500Amps of instantaneous protection is provided, safeguarding valuable equipment via IsoTek’s unique sequential and repeatable protection system. Priced at £695.00, the Corvus is a cost-effective upgrade to any audio or audio-visual system, delivering improved performance, and protection.
Ortofon MC Winfeld TI
Ortofon Mc Windfeld Ti Cartridge Available Now
he MC Windfeld cartridge from Ortofon has been a resounding high-end success, since its original introduction in 2008. But Ortofon are not one to rest on their laurels, and so they’ve decided to re-design the cartridge (named after their long-standing ex-Chief Engineer) to incorporate some of the Danish experts’ latest and greatest technologies.
Rega Planar 6
Rega launch the Planar 6 turntable
he Rega Planar 6, the successor to the RP6, comes with a new power supply or PSU the NEO and the RB330 arm. The package can be factory fitted with the new Ania MC cartridge (£1398) or be bought without a cartridge. The Rega Planar 6 or P6 is the first new Rega turntable to be constructed with an ultra lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core plinth (a material developed for the aerospace industry). This material is sandwiched between a new HPL (high pressure laminate). HPL is exceptionally thin whilst extremely rigid and is presented in a stunning Polaris matt grey finished with high gloss polymer black edge trim.
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