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Illusion ESL C34A
Martin Logan launches an electrostatic centre speaker - the Illusion ESL C34A
lectrostatic panel experts, Martin Logan, have no illusions about the performance of the Illusion ESL C34A. In their opinion "it is the ultimate high performance floorstanding electrostatic center channel loudspeaker. Its classic MartinLogan electrostatic panel and Folded Motion XT Tweeters are uniquely integrated to powered woofer section—new technology joined with proven innovation producing a truly innovate center channel loudspeaker."
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 600
Musical Fidelity Launch The Nu-Vista 600 Integrated Amp
he Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 600 at £5,000 is the third product to join MFs top of the range NuVista range and joins the Nu-Vista CD Player and the 600’s bigger brother the Nu-Vista 800 integrated amp. The Nu-Vista 600 has 4x Line Level RCA / Phono and 1x Line Level XLR Balanced. Going out there’s 1 pair line level RCA connectors, constant level Line outputs and 1 pair line level RCA connectors, preamp outputs for e.g. bi-amping, combined with two sets of speaker outputs.
Paradigm Persona Range
Paradigm Launch The Persona Speaker Range
he Paradigm Persona speaker range consists of four floor standers, the Persona 9H, Persona 7F, Persona 5F, and Persona 3F. There’s one stand mounted speaker the Persona B, a centre channel speaker the Persona C and a sub-woofer the Persona SUB.
Cambridge Audio YoYo Range
Cambridge Audio Launch YoYo - A New Bluetooth Speaker Range
ambridge Audio's YoYo Bluetooth speaker range consists of three models S, M and L or Small, Medium and Large. S at £150 is pictured top left, M at £300 is pictured on the right and L is pictured bottom left and is coming in 2017. All are wrapped in worsted wool and are available in different colours, starting at 4 for S, 3 for M and 2 for L.
Audioquest NightOwl Carbon
Audioquest Launch The NightOwl Carbon Headphones
he Audioquest NightOwl Carbon headphones are an over ear closed back design based on the original Nighthawk headphones. The semi-open grille in the original Nighthawk has been replaced in the NightOwl, by an intelligently damped closed-back design that enables exceptional isolation from external noise, and there by offers a much quieter listening experience for both the user and those nearby.
Pure Evoke H2
Pure launch the Evoke H2 - Portable Digital Radio
he Pure Evoke H2 retails for £99 and is a portable and compact Digital DAB/DAB+ and FM Radio with Alarm. The H2 is the entry level model in the four strong Pure Evoke range, which includes the H3, H4 and top of the range H6.
Bose SoundLink Mini II
Bose Launch A SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II – Limited Edition
he Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker II is now available in a limited-edition Black/Copper version at £169.95. It may look small, but it plays large. Custom-engineered drivers and a sleek, compact design deliver full sound from a speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. And with Bluetooth connectivity and 10 hours of battery life per charge, SoundLink Mini II is ready to go wherever you do. Plus, a built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud and access Siri or Google Now.
Audeze iSine 20
Audeze Launch The iSine 20 Earphones
he Audeze iSine 20 will retail in the UK at £549.00 and is an improvement on the entry level planar magnetic in-ear from Audeze the iSine 10. The iSine 20 has an even longer Uniforce voice-coil that covers the ultra-thin diaphragm to a greater extent, enabling better control and responsiveness for better bass, clarity, and improved imaging. The iSine 20 has a detachable cable, and comes with two cables; a standard analogue cable and Audeze’s Cipher Lightning cable for use with an Apple device, in fact the only option for the iPhone 7. The Cipher cable also contains a 24 bit DAC and amplification to drive the iSine 20s from the digital signal entering the Lightning connector. To ensure all-day comfort, a pair of Ear Hooks and Ear Locks are provided along with silicon and foam tips.
Bose Soundtouch 300 - Soundbar
Bose Launch The SoundTouch 300 - Soundbar
he Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar comes in at £599.95 and is a one box soundbar which can function as a Bluetooth speaker, be connected to your Wi-Fi or use wired connections. The SoundTouch 300 can be upgraded via the addition of a sub-woofer called the Acoustimass 300 bass module or two satellite speakers the Virtually Invisible 300 rear surround speakers. Finally you can even add both for the ultimate surround package.
Roksan Radius 7
Roksan Launch The "Pink" Turntable
oksan Audio have announced a special edition version of their Radius 7 turntable (SRP £2,050) , in a stylish pink finish.
Apple delays release of wireless AirPods, saying that the product isn't ready.
n a big suprise for Apple fans, Apple has announced delays to the launch of the wireless AirPods. The new phones will now be launched at some later date as Apple doesn't believe it should launch a product before it's ready. But then again who would? We've always wondered whether they'll work how to stop their customers losing them when they take their jumper off.
PSW Series PSW505 12" Powered Subwoofer
Polk launch the PSW Series PSW505 12" Powered Subwoofer at just $179.99
ave a big room? Have the need for big, life-like bass impact? Then the PSW505 is the subwoofer for you. More than a mere brute, the PSW505 is equally at home reproducing all the subtle nuance of a plucked string bass as it is belting out a rocker's roar. Full-featured and over-powered, the PSW505 will rock your world and tick off your neighbors.
Polk Magnifi Mini
Polk launch the Magnifi Mini - 2 box soundbar
he Polk audio Magnifi Mini at £349 is a two box and compact soundbar with a wireless sub woofer. Compatible with most TVs, it’s easy to set up and features Polk’s Voice Adjust and surround sound technologies. The Magnifi Mini features a Night Effect so you can use the Magnifi Mini at night without disturbing others. Connection to the Magnifi Mini is possible wirelessly so you can use the Magnify Mini to Stream your favourite music through Bluetooth and Google Cast.
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.
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.
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.
JBL launch the E55BT wireless headphones
he JBL E55BT wireless over-ear headphones at £79 bring the signature sound of JBL right to your ears. The E55BT is the top model in JBL’s E series sitting at the top of the E15, E25BT, E35 and E45BT. The E55BT offers up to 20 hours of battery life and an innovative, stylish fabric headband that emphasises your fashion quotient. The ergonomic around-ear design means that your entertainment continues and your fun factor gets amped up no matter what you’re doing – working, commuting, or just making your way around town. Multi-device connectivity allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices, so you never miss a call. With a sleek appearance, various colour options and the added convenience of a detachable cable with remote and microphone.
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.
Beyerdynamic launch the Amiron headphones
he Beyerdynamic Amiron is an open designed stereo headphone, ideal for music enjoyment at home. Due to the open backed design Amiron turns the living room into a concert stage and fascinates through an excellent accuracy in detail. Due to the optimised Tesla driver technology Amiron provides an even more precise sound tuning. The use of high-quality materials such as Alcantara micro fibre and microvelour ensures ear and headband pads as soft as velvet and contributes to a comfortable experience when listening to music. As with all high end headphones from Beyerdynamic Amiron is hand made in Germany.
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.
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