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iFi Audio nano iDSD Light Edition
iFi Audio launch the nano iDSD Light Edition DAC and headphone amp
he iFi audio nano iDSD LE or Light Edition is a cut down version of the original nano iDSD, a Hi-Res Audio capable portable DAC/headphone amp, with a reduced price from $200 or £195 to $129 or £129. To enable a price reduction iFi have removed some of the features but sensibly stuck to the strengths of the original nano iDSD. The features removed are - no SPDIF out, no filter switch and no decoding of DSD128 computer audio files. The strong features retained are :-
McIntosh Launch The MP1100 - Phono Preamplifier
he McIntosh MP1100 Phono Preamplifier at £9,995 (available January 2017) is a valve based phono stage that also has an analogue to digital converter capable of 24-bit digital outputs to enable recording onto a computer from vinyl sources. The MP100 uses four 12AX7A vacuum tubes, with two tubes per channel in a fully balanced configuration, making the MP100 McIntosh’s first ever fully balanced vacuum tube phono stage.
McIntosh D1100 Digital Preamplifier
McIntosh Launch The D1100 Digital Preamplifier
he McIntosh D1100 Digital Preamplifier at £8,995 (available December 2016 in the US) is a reference level digital preamplifier and has a DAC section which is McIntosh’s most advanced DAC to date, offering no fewer than 9 digital inputs !
Marantz Launch The SA-10 - SACD Player And USB DAC
he Marantz SA-10 is a CD and SACD player, a Hi-Res audio capable USB DAC and dedicated headphone amp all in the one box. The SA-10 is Marantz’s top of the range SACD player and has seen Marantz take a step back from CD Player design (something they’ve been in some time now going back to the original CD-63) and rethink and redesign a whole player. The redesign starts from the CD transport mechanism, which is Marantz’s brand new SACD-M3 transport mechanism. The SACD-M3, as well as playing conventional CD and SACD disks can play DVD-ROM disks. A user then can burn Hi-Res Audio files to a DVD disk and can then use the SA-10 to play 24 bit FLAC files from 32 kHz to 192 kHz, resolution, and DSD64 and DSD128, as well as ALAC (Apple Lossless), AIFF and MP3 files.
NAD Launch The M32 - Integrated Amp
he NAD M32 is an integrated digital amp, USB DAC, phono stage, internet radio and headphone amp offering a powerful 150 watts into both 8 and 4 Ohms. The M32 uses NAD’s MDC modules, MDC stands for Modular Design Construction (MDC). The M32 can accommodate 4 of these modules, one is a pre-supplied SPDIF Module, and the other three can be used for upgrading the M32. The M32 can also be upgraded by firmware updates as all the controls are software driven. The SPDIF Module, offers AES/EBU, 2 x Coax and 2 x Optical, all 24 bit/192 kHz capable. Additionally, digital wise, there is a USB B port for connecting computers. Two sets of speaker terminals allow the M32 to be used to bi-wire speakers.
Marantz PM10 - Integrated Amp
Marantz Launch The PM-10 - Integrated Amp
he Marantz PM-10 is the Marantz's top of the range integrated amp. The PM-10 is a fully balanced, dual mono design, offering a very powerful 200 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms and the full 400 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms. Marantz describe the PM-10 as a pre-amplifier and two monoblock power amps, squeezed into the one chassis. There are no digital inputs in the PM-10, it's a pure analogue integrated amp. However the PM-10 does offer a headphone amp and both an MM and MC phono stage.
Q Acoustics Concept 500
Q Acoustics reveal a top tier floor stander - the Concept 500
he Concept 500’s low-resonance dual-layer Gelcore™ cabinet construction, d’Appolito driver arrangement and innovative decoupled driver mounting all add up to one thing: the finest sound yet from any Q Acoustics speaker.
Roksan blak CD Player
Roksan go upmarket with their Blak series CD player
he new CD player is the pinnacle of Roksan’s CD replay and tops their range, trumping the Caspian M2. The new disc player is a highly sophisticated design with striking aesthetics and an audiophile reference standard performance.
Cyrus Release A Control App For The Cyrus One
yrus have just released an app to control the Cyrus One, an integrated amp, Bluetooth receiver and a lot more. The app is available now on the Apple Store and on Google Play. You will also need to update the firmware on your Cyrus ONE to version 1.3 which supports the new app. This update can be done at home with a USB to mini USB cable. The new firmware and instructions can be found via the first link below. Alternatively you can take your unit along to your authorised Cyrus dealer who will be happy to update it for you.
Noble Audio’s most affordable In-Ear Monitor The Noble X is available exclusively for a limited period on Massdrop
oble Audio, a high-performance in-ear monitor (IEM) specialist, has launched the Noble X exclusively on Massdrop, a special limited edition in-ear monitor offering sensational value for money. Just 2,000 proprietary-driver Noble X IEMs will be available on this first run at $249/c.£200 a price point not seen before in a Noble product. Massdrop is a community-driven commerce site. The Noble X offers real exclusivity and distinct styling, differentiating it from Noble’s five-strong Classic IEM line, the inspiration for the new model. The Noble X for Massdrop features the same build materials and intricate metalwork as Noble’s other models, but with a unique basket-weave texture and midnight blue finish.
iFi Audio Micro iDSD Black
iFi Audio Launch The Micro iDSD Black
he iFi Audio micro iDSD Black Label is a special edition version of the micro iDSD – USB DAC and headphone amp and retails for US$549 (ex-tax) or Euro599/£455 (incl VAT). iFi describe the micro iDSD Black as the world's most powerful DSD/PCM/DXD battery-powered DAC. The improvements made in the iDSD Black are :-
Chord Electronics Offers Free Mojo Carry Case With All New MOJO Purchases This Holiday Season
hord Electronics is offering a free protective Mojo case* worth £65 with every new Mojo purchased in-store at participating retailers internationally until the 14th of January 2017. The award-winning Mojo DAC/headphone amp from Chord Electronics is being supplied with a free protective case* throughout the holiday season in store at participating retailers, internationally. The promotion offers the high-quality protective case (worth £65) with all new Mojo purchases bought in retail stores up until 14th January 2017.
Arcam A39 - FMJ Integrated amplifier
Arcam: Christmas Cheer Price Drops on World-class Hi-Fi and AV - Dec 2016
here as many manufacturers are increasing prices, Arcam are reducing prices or not increasing prices on models where production costs have risen. The reduced or held prices will last ‘til Christmas and beyond and are designed to drive business to Arcam. Also the award winning A19 integrated amp is now discontinued due to component supply problems. Arcam have reduced the price of the next two models up, the A29 and A39 to make them more attractive.
exaSound launches the PlayPoint Network Audio Player
xaSound claims that "the PlayPoint connects your exaSound DAC to your home network and delivers seamless, life-like music experience. The sound is astonishingly dynamic and clean, with vanishingly low jitter, distortion and noise levels." The player is priced at $ 1,699.
Benchmark DAC3 HGC
Benchmark Launch the DAC3 HGC - USB DAC And Headphone Amp
enchmark's new DAC3 HGC looks very similar to the DAC2 HGC but offers better specifications, such as lower Total Harmonic Distortion and THD+N noise, resulting in better sound quality. The DAC3 also uses the new ESS Technologies ES9028PRO converter chip.
Audio Research VT80 Power Amp
Audio Research Rounds out the Foundation Series with the New VT80 Power Amplifier
he Audio Research VT80 is a 75 Watts per channel valve power amp and the fourth model in Audio Research's entry level Foundation range. The VT80 is also the first Foundation series power amp and allows a complete system (just add speakers and sources) to be put together from Foundation series components.
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.
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