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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.
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.
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 £1,800 (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.
Beyerdynamic Byron BT
Beyerdynamic launch the Byron BT - Wireless In-Ear headphones
he Beyerdynamic Byron BT wireless in-ear headphones retail for £99 (but are available for less) and are the first wireless Byron headphone. There’s a premium Byron BTA that sits above them. The Byron BT in-ear headphones enables both music and phone calls to be transmitted. This gives you increased flexibility plus Beyerdynamic’s headphones expertise. The use of loss-free Qualcomm aptX codecs ensures top-quality Bluetooth transmission. The acoustic transducers for right and left ear are connected to one another simply by means of a short cable. The earphones can be connected very simply and wirelessly to your mobile device using the Bluetooth connection. Tangled headphone cables are thus avoided. A high-performance rechargeable battery supplies the headsets with energy for up to 7.5 hours. A voice prompt informs you of the current charge level. Any USB port can be used for charging, for example using a smartphone charger or laptop. The appropriate charging cable is included and fully charges the battery in the Byron BT within two hours. The Byron BT headset is equipped with a 3-button remote control and a hands-free microphone for use on Apple and Android devices. All playback functions can therefore be controlled with ease – without having to take the smartphone or tablet from your pocket.
SoundMagic Launch The E80C In-Ear Headphones
he SoundMAGIC E80C sound isolating In-Ear headphones, at £79 currently, top of the E series range from SoundMagic. The SoundMAGIC E80C features a 3-button remote with automatic switching between Apple and Android smartphones, the remote can work out what device it is attached to and respond accordingly. Thus the E80C is compatible with all smartphones. The redeveloped drivers of the E80C incorporate new high purity copper winding material specially imported from Japan. This new material results in a higher impedance rating requiring more driving power to achieve the full potential of the E80C. Consequently a hi-res digital audio player or dedicated headphone amp will bring the best sound out of the E80Cs. Examples of devices that the E80Cs can be used with are – the iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 Player, Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, LG, Nexus, HTC, Nokia Lumia, OnePlus etc.
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