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McIntosh launches its biggest ever integrated amplifier - the 300-watt MA9000
cIntosh has launched the MA9000 integrated amplifier, its biggest ever integrated amplifier, in both size and power. Offering a gigantic range of inputs, including five digital connections for media devices, plus phono inputs for turntables, the powerhouse amplifier has been designed to last a lifetime.
PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC
PS Audio launch the Stellar Gain Cell DAC
he PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC retails for £1,700 so is PS Audio’s new entry level DAC. It is a Hi-Res Audio DAC, headphone amp and analogue preamp with both balanced and RCA analogue inputs. PS Audio describe the Stellar Gain Cell DAC as a redefined and improved NuWave DSD DAC, offering Pure DSD, asynchronous USB, Digital Lens technology, I²S and a Gain Cell analogue preamplifier, offering balanced throughout, analogue volume control, all in one chassis. I²S can be used to input an SACD digital stream from a transport with an I²S output.
New silver-gold Marantz Melody Media M-CR611
he Marantz Melody Media (M-CR611) their award-winning All-in-One-Model is now also available in silver-gold. Until now, the elegant network CD receiver has only been available in black or black-apple white versions. Melody Media (M-CR611) is one of the most popular products in the Marantz range ever and has continually impressed customers with its versatility and abundance of great features.
Focal Spark Wireless
Focal launch the Spark Wireless heaphone
he Focal Spark Wireless in-ear headphones, at £85, are the wireless version of Focal's entry-level Spark earphone. Spark Wireless is very similar to Spark itself , but as a wireless headphone offers the superior Bluetooth 4.1 communication.
PMC Launch the Cor - Integrated Amp
he PMC Cor Integrated Amp retails in the UK for £4,995 and is a conventional integrated amp i.e. no digital inputs. The Cor. PMC’s first integrated amp and first seen at the High End Show in Munich 207, has one set of balanced inputs and four RCA inputs. There is also a pre-out so it can be used as a pre-amp with a power amp and a direct in. The direct in goes straight to the power amp section of Cor. There are two speaker outputs one for the left and one for the right speakers. The Cor is a class A B amp offering 95Watts into 8 Ohms and 140 Watts into 4 Ohms. There are defeatable sliding controls for balance treble and bass too as well as a mute and mono switch.
Rega launch the Ania - MC Cartridge
he Rega Ania is the latest of three now, and entry level Moving Coil Cartridge in the Rega MC Cartridge range. Above Ania are the Apheta 2 and the Aphelion. Ania comes in at £498 so is around half the price of the Apheta 2. Rega see Ania as being suitable to partner with the Planar 3 or RP8,
IsoTek EVO3 Titan One
IsoTek launch the EVO3 Titan One
soTek has launched the EVO3 Titan One from the Multi-awarding winning Mosaic Series. The Titan One is a highly compact state of the art high current low impedance power cleaner designed for high amperage equipment, such as power amplifiers, subwoofers and active loudspeakers. It features the award-winning Direct-Coupled© Design network trickled down from IsoTek's Ultimate Series Super Titan, but reconfigured in a more practical and compact form factor. Although less powerful than its bigger brother Titan One is still capable of delivering 3680W of continuous power to a single rear outlet. Multiple Titan One units can be linked together and positioned s¬¬ide by side on an equipment support rack using the "link cable", allowing you to avoid the need for multiple power cables from wall sockets for every unit.
Oppo launch the UDP-205 - Universal Player
ppo describe their top of the range Universal player, and at £1,399, the big brother to the award winning UDP-203 as a 4K Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Disc Player. As well as Blu-ray disks the UDP-205 can play DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD and CD disks and function as a network streamer and even a standalone DAC. Sharing a huge feature set with the UDP-203, the 205 offers an improved DAC section, based around Dual ESS ES9038PRO Sabre Pro DACs as well as balanced outputs. As the flagship of the ESS SABRE PRO series, the ES9038PRO sets a new benchmark for audio excellence with its best in class 140 dB of dynamic range.
iFi Audio nano iOne
iFi Audio launch the nano iOne
he iFi Audio nano iOne, at £199, is designed to be a convenient, high-quality digital audio ‘hub’ –a DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) that is miniature in size yet big on features and performance. It can be used to boost sound from all manner of digital devices: smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs, TVs, games consoles, media streamers and more. It offers wireless connectivity over Bluetooth, as well as USB and S/PDIF digital inputs.
TEAC launch the AI-503 - Integrated Amp
he TEAC AI-503, at £899, is an integrated amp, a USB DAC, LDAC compatible Bluetooth receiver and headphone amp. TEAC quote a rated output of 22 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms so the AI-503 is very much a desktop amplifier. The USB DAC section follows a similar dual mono design as that used in the award winning UD-503 USB DAC and headphone amp. The AI-503 can decode up to 11.2MHz DSD and 384kHz/32-bit PCM
Naim Uniti Core Atom Star And Nova
New Naim Uniti Range to Support Apple AirPlay 2
pple has launched a brand new functionality within AirPlay - AirPlay 2. With AirPlay 2, Apple is integrating multiroom audio into iOS 11 so you can easily control Naim's new Uniti all-in-one players from your iPhone or iPad using Control Center, the Home app, or even Siri.
KEF LS50 Wireless
KEF announces TIDAL functionality on LS50 Wireless
EF today announces its partnership with TIDAL, the global music and entertainment streaming platform. The new partnership integrates TIDAL into the app of the KEF LS50 Wireless, the ground-breaking new wireless streaming music system from the world-renowned speaker brand.
Blue Horizon PRS Rack
Unique and Elegant Professional Rack System from Blue Horizon
lue Horizon has launched a Professional Rack System (PRS), this unique modular rack system uses an uncompromising selection of materials; multi-grain-direction and a bespoke triple layer bamboo laminate, with grain running in opposing directions, with the central lamination running vertically this creates a chaotic structure that stops standing waves within the shelf and controls resonance granting any audio equipment the best platform for performance.
Wharfedale Diamond 11 Series
Wharfedale launch the Diamond 11 Speaker Series
t’s all speakers at the moment and third to the pass amongst the speaker companies is Wharfedale with the Diamond 11 series, the 11th iteration of the Wharfedale Diamonds. Sporting extensive improvements both inside and out, Diamond 11 represents the most significantly enhanced Diamond series in years. The range comprises eight models: three stand mounting speakers (Diamond 11.0, 11.1 and 11.2), three floor standers (Diamond 11.3, 11.4 and 11.5) and two centre speakers for home cinema systems (Diamond 11.CC and 11.CS).
McIntosh reveal the MXA80 System
he MXA80 Integrated Audio System is the next generation of the acclaimed MXA70. It maintains the same compact footprint and full functionality while adding support for DSD and DXD digital music files thanks to a new digital to analogue converter (DAC).
KEF Q Series 2017
KEF announces new iteration of the popular Q Series speakers
EF has announced the launch of the 8th version of the Q Series of speakers. The Q Series has won accolades in the past for offering consumers a highly sophisticated and accomplished sound performance for a ‘mid-price’ outlay. The 2017 Q Series boasts a raft of new features and improvements that will enhance the Q Series’ reputation still further. The new Q Series consists of six models all pictured - two bookshelf speakers (Q150 and Q350), three floorstanding speakers (Q550, Q750 and Q950), and a centre speaker (Q650c).
Monitor Audio Silver Series 2017
Monitor Audio launch the New Silver Series
onitor Audio have launched the New Silver Series of speakers at High End Munich 2017. The New Silver Series is the 6th generation of the Silver series so is known as silver 6G. Using ground breaking technology developed for the flagship Platinum Series II, the new Silver Series features completely redesigned Gold Dome tweeters for smooth, sweet treble paired with their RST driver technology for performance.
McIntosh MCD350 CD/SACD Player
McIntosh launch the MCD350 CD and SACD Player
he McIntosh MCD350 SACD/CD Player delivers a pure playback experience from SACDs and CDs. It features a balanced 2-channel, 32-bit/192kHz DAC. Fixed output (no volume control) RCA and balanced stereo outputs are present along with coax and optical digital outputs. There are no digital inputs. All analogue outputs plus the digital coax outputs are gold plated for superior corrosion resistance. The MCD350 features 2x read speed so that all discs placed in its rigid aluminium die-cast tray are read at higher speeds, allowing their data to be stored in a buffer memory for a better error correction and tracking. A twin laser optical pickup uses a single objective lens with two laser units each employing different wavelengths that are optimized for SACD and CD playback. The classic McIntosh black glass front panel with an illuminated logo and aluminium end caps complete the unit.
McIntosh launch the MA8900 - Integrated amp
he McIntosh MA8900 is the first of a McIntosh next generation line of integrated amplifiers. The MA8900 Integrated Amplifier offers 200 Watts per channel, includes digital inputs, an MM and MC phono stage and a headphone amp.
Astell&Kern launch the A&ultima SP1000 - Portable Digital Audio Player
he Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000 is their new top of the range portable digital audio player or DAP capable of Hi-Res Audio playback. In the A&ultima SP1000, Astell&Kern are for the first time using an octa-core CPU for best response times and performance, and a High Definition HD5 display to create the best viewing experience. There’s also an innovative new multi-function volume wheel and choice of stainless steel or copper housing and two independent AK4497EQ DACs for the left and right audio channels to provide a wider soundstage and better stereo channel separation.
Audiolab M-DAC Mini
Audiolab launch the M-DAC Mini - A portable DAC and headphone amp
he Audiolab M-DAC mini is the fourth model in the Audiolab M-DAC range and at just £295.95 is a portable, re-chargeable battery powered, Hi-Res Audio capable DAC and headphone amp that offers wireless connectivity. The M-DAC Mini is the smallest of the four hi-res DAC/headphone amps in the range, but still contains the same core technologies that have earned the M-DAC family reviewer acclaim, for instance the M-DAC Mini’s decoding is based around the ES9018 Sabre32 Reference DAC used by the other DACs in the range.
Leema Pulse 4
Leema launch the Pulse IV - Integrated Amp
he Leema Acoustics Pulse IV (at £2,295) is the 2017 version and fourth generation of the Pulse amplifier. The Pulse IV sees an improvement in performance, all-new casework together with new contemporary features, including a high-quality phono stage, aptX Bluetooth, plus a 32 bit/384 kHz DSD capable DAC, ready for its international debut at the Munich High End HiFi Show 2017. The new Pulse IV will form part of the newly re-launched Spectrum range.
Cambridge Audio SE1 - In-Ear Headphones
Cambridge Audio's SE1 in-ear headphones are back
n February 2016 Cambridge launched their brand new in–ear monitors on a ‘pay what you choose’ basis to raise as much money for the National Foundation for Youth Music as possible. They raised an incredible £26,764.51 and the limited run of 1,000 earphones sold out in just 21 hours. Due to this success, their in-ear monitors are back on sale in the UK, Germany,USA and Hong Kong with 50% of proceeds going to charity! The UK price is £68.
Audeze Sine DX
Audeze launch the Sine DX headphone
udeze say of the new limited edition SineDX - "You have made it clear; an open-back version of our critically acclaimed SINE closed-back is what you want to hear! As a company, we make our products for you, the lover of music and audio. Here you go, the on-ear SINEDX,with drivers optimized for an open-back headphone, offers an amazingly smooth frequency response, an enormous, open soundstage and fatigue free listening.
Noble Audio Lightning-to-2-pin IEM cable
Noble Audio‘s Lightning cable instantly connects iOS devices
oble Audio, the world’s leading high-performance in-ear monitor (IEM) specialist, has launched a new Lightning-to-2-pin IEM cable designed to instantly connect the latest Apple iOS devices with all current and legacy Noble products.
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