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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).
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.
KEF R Series
KEF Launches R700 loudspeaker in stunning new Black Edition
EF has launched its renowned R700 loudspeaker in a new limited to 500 pairs ‘Black Edition’. The £2,200 ‘Black Edition’ of the R700 has a deep and lustrous new finish that uses meticulously created new black components to adorn the deep gloss black finish of the cabinet.
Audio Research VT80SE
Audio Research launch the VT80SE power amp
he new Audio Research VT80SE will premiere at the Warsaw Audio Video Show in Poland on November 17 - 19, 2017 in Room Studio TV2 at the PGE Narodowy Stadion. Audio Research are pleased to introduce the VT80SE, the Audio Research amplifier with the widest appeal to the greatest number of music lovers worldwide. By combining world-class performance with flexibility and features like auto-bias, the VT80 has been an amp that is easy to take home and just forget as you enjoy your music collection again for the first time.
Klipsch R6 i
Henley Audio Announce Uk Distribution Of Klipsch And Jamo
enley audio have announced a new distribution agreement with KGE, which means they’re able to bring the globally iconic Klipsch and Jamo brands back to the UK.
Focal launch the Clear headphones
he Focal Clear headphones at £1,399 sit between Elear and their top of the range model Utopia. Clear are an open backed, over ear headphone. Clear shares the Elear’s tweeter adding a frameless copper voice coil.
McIntosh launch the MC1.25KW - their most powerful monobloc power amps
cIntosh launches its most powerful single-chassis monoblock power amps offering 1,200 watts, weighing in at 71kg, and costing £29,995 per pair. The new MC1.25KW is one of McIntosh’s most advanced amplifiers to date as a Quad Balanced Power Amplifier.
Audeze launch the LCD-MX4 headphones
udeze have announced the newest addition to their award-winning LCD Collection, the LCD-MX4. Powered by Audeze’s patented Fluxor magnets, the LCD-MX4 focuses 1.5 Tesla of magnetic flux on the lightweight 20 ohm impedance diaphragm. It is perfect for use where one isn’t likely to have a dedicated high-powered headphone amp and can be driven easily by a laptop or studio equipment.
KEF Debuts All New Kube Subwoofer Range
EF has their new Kube range of subwoofers. There are three of these the KEF Kube12b, Kube10b, and Kube8b. KEF’s design and engineering team coordinated closely to develop an advanced Digital Signal Processing algorithm (DSP) known as iBX. This Intelligent Bass Extension algorithm extends depth to maximise the capabilities of the custom designed driver, delivering unparalleled precision and ultimate synchronicity between amplifier, driver and sealed cabinet.
Chord Officially launch Poly - A Streamer for the Mojo DAC
hord Electronics, is empowering smartphones as hi-fi-quality music players with the launch of Poly, an advanced streamer that combines with Mojo to wirelessly stream music from a range of devices, with smartphone control. Poly is available now at £499; the Mojo DAC is £399.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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