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Review - Aavik Acoustics launch the U-300 Integrated Amplifier

Aavik Acoustics launch the U-300 Integrated Amplifier
T 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.

Review - Aerix has announced a new all in one system, The Duet, priced at £1500.

Aerix has announced a new all in one system, The Duet, priced at £1500.
T 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.

Review - Naim Uniti Core Atom Star And Nova

Naim Uniti Core Atom Star And Nova

Naim Launches An All New Uniti Range
N 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.

Review - Porsche Design and KEF launch exclusive Hi-Fi audio systems

Porsche Design and KEF launch exclusive Hi-Fi audio systems
A 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).

Review - B&W P9 Signature

B&W P9 Signature

B&W Launch Their Top Of The Range Headphones The P9 Signature
J 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.

Review - Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Beyerdynamic launch the Byron BT - Wireless In-Ear headphones
T 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.

Review - soundMagic E80C

soundMagic E80C

SoundMagic Launch The E80C In-Ear Headphones
T 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.

Review - MRX 1120

MRX 1120

Anthem releases an awesome new AV receiver
N eed 11 channels of Anthem 140 watt power and 11.2 at the pre-amp stage? If so, and you have £4400 to spend, then check out the MRX 1120. The MRX 1220 comes with Dolby ATMOS, DTS X via a firmware update and ARC - which stands for Anthem Room Correction. Industry oracle Inside CI says "the Anthem MRX 1120 is about as tasty as it gets, without recourse to super high-end processors".

Review - Beyerdynamic Byron In-Ear

Beyerdynamic Byron In-Ear

Beyerdynamic launch the Byron In-Ear headphone
T he Beyerdynamic Byron In-Ear headphones are Beyerdynamic’s first In-Ear headphone and have an RRP of £49 (although available for less). Byron In-Ear is the starter model in a three model Byron range which includes two more expensive wireless In-Ear models the BT and BTA. The Byron headset comes with a 3-button remote control and a hands-free microphone. You can use the remote control to pause play back or move on to a different track. You can also adjust the volume on Samsung devices and other Android players. Thanks to the integrated hands-free microphone, not only can the Byron headset be used for listening to music but also for phone calls. Calls can be answered and ended with ease on all popular smartphones. A perfect fit is essential for the best sound quality and listening comfort over long periods of listening. To aid this the Byron headset comes with replaceable silicone ear tips in three sizes. You can replace these small silicone plugs yourself with ease and choose them in a size that fits your ear.

Review - Pro-Ject Primary

Pro-Ject Primary

Pro-Ject launch the Primary turntable
T he Pro-Ject Primary at £189 is a belt driven turntable that comes supplied with arm, an Ortofon OM 5E MM cartridge and a detachable dust cover. The Primary can play at both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM – The speed change is manual. A separate version with a built-in USB phono stage is also available.

Review - Reloop - TURN3

Reloop - TURN3

Reloop HiFi Launch The TURN3 Turntable
R eloop are steadily becoming a market leader for turntables in the DJ equipment sector. But now, after 18+ months of development, they’ve decided to transfer their knowledge to a new product (and brand) that focuses on home listening and higher quality playback.

Review - Chord Mojo

Chord Mojo

Chord Electronics Have Launched The Mojo Cable Accessory Pack Complete With Add-On USB Module
C hord Electronics has launched a comprehensive Cable Accessory Pack for the Mojo DAC/headphone amp, to include cables, adaptors and a USB adaptor block

Review - B&W P3 S2

B&W P3 S2

B&W Launch The P3 S2 Headphones
T he B&W P3 S2 headphones at £119 are a Series 2 upgrade to the P3 headphones. A light, foldable headphone designed for portability. They come with a hard shell carry case and Universal and Apple mic and remote cables.

Review - Garden Oasis Landscape Speakers

Garden Oasis Landscape Speakers

Hyacinth Fidelity! - Paradigm introduces the Garden Oasis Landscape Loudspeaker System
P aradigm’s Garden Oasis is a scalable system offering award winning Paradigm performance. The range includes the GO4 (4-inch satellite speakers), GO6 (6-inch satellite speakers) 10SW (10-inch subwoofer) and 12SW (12-inch subwoofer)!

Review - OPPO UDP-203


"It"s coming !" OPPO UDP-203 it's 4K Blu-ray player
C alling all Oppo fans. Their 4K/UHD Blu-ray player the UDP-203 will be arriving in late 2016.

Review - McIntosh MHA150

McIntosh MHA150

McIntosh Launch The MHA150 Headphone Amp
T he new McIntosh MHA150 Headphone amp at £5,500 is billed as a headphone amp but is much more and can function as a USB DAC and a 50 watt per channel integrated amp as well as a headphone amp. The MHA 150 contains the company’s new second-generation digital to analogue converter (DAC) , capable of Hi-Res Audio replay, and also enabling a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers, to connect digitally and deliver the legendary McIntosh sound quality to headphones and speakers. The amp contains three digital inputs, including USB, plus connections for two analogue devices.

Review - Pulse Soundbar

Pulse Soundbar

24/192 on a soundbar! Bluesound introduces the world’s first hi-res soundbar.
T he PULSE SOUNDBAR may be engineered to fit perfectly - and beautifully - under your TV but it is so much more than just a soundbar. As the world's first multi-room high-res soundbar it becomes your mission control to launch an audiophile-grade music experience in every room. Its deceptively simple design delivers the stunning authenticity of true 24-bit/192kHz high-res audio to whatever song you're playing but also makes watching movies, sports, video games and concert films a fully immersive sonic experience. You simply have to hear it to believe it.

Review - Chord Clearway Analogue

Chord Clearway Analogue

The Chord Company launches £100 Clearway Analogue ARAY interconnect
T he Chord Company has expanded the award-winning Clearway range with the new Clearway Analogue interconnect (£100). Featuring the unique ARAY conductor technology used on the award-winning C-line, the materials used to produce the Clearway Analogue improves upon every aspect of the C–line’s performance

Review - Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro

Beyerdynamic has released the new DT 1990 Pros for sale from their shop.
B eyerdynamic is happy to announce, that their new headphones, the DT 1990 PRO, are now available in their onlineshop. They are currently priced at €599.

Review - Sony TA-ZH1ES


Sony launch the TA-ZH1ES - DAC, Pre-amp and Headphone amp
T he Sony TA-ZH1ES is primarily a desktop Hi-Res Audio USB DAC and headphone amp based around an FPGA chip (as used by Chord Electronics and PS Audio). The TA-ZH1ES does have an analogue input and a pre-amp out analogue output so can also be used as a pre-amp into a conventional HiFi system.

Review - Audeze iSINE 10

Audeze iSINE 10

Audeze takes planar magnetic to headphone with the iSINE 10
T he iSINE 10 sounds and looks like no others, an innovative design without a care for the same old status quo of balanced armature or dynamic driver designs. The iSINE 10's Fluxor Magnets and large 30mm planar magnetic diaphragms deliver precise control and fast response times without distortion so the iSINE 10's music always sounds alive. Add the included Lightning cable with DSP and there’s no other in-ear headphone that even comes close to the iSINE 10's performance.

Review - B&W P7 Headphones Wireless

B&W P7 Headphones Wireless

B&W Release the Gorgeous New Wireless P7
B owers & Wilkins have just released a new pair of headphones and they're Bluetooth! As with most things B&W the new headphones are late to market but well thought through. They only recently launched the T7 Bluetooth speaker which we covered here at Hifi-Enthusiast. That said the wired version of these headphones are the best in class and were recently featured on a GQ must have list.

Review - Antelope Audio ORION 32+

Antelope Audio ORION 32+

Antelope Audio launches the ORION32+, a 32-channel AD/DA with Thunderbolt and USB Interfaces
D AC Wizards Antelope Audio have launched an astonishing new ADC/DAC combo capable of pretty much everything.

Review - Sennheiser HD2.30

Sennheiser HD2.30

Sennheiser launch the HD2.30 headphones
T he Sennheiser HD2.30 is an On-Ear Closed Back Headphone and come in two flavours - the HD2.30G compatible with Android and the HD2.30I compatible with iOS. The headphones all feature a robust, foldable design for convenient storage on the go and incorporate integrated microphones for taking calls on a smart device.

Review - Sony MDR-XB80BS


Sony launch the MDR-XB80BS headphones
T he Sony MDR-XB80BS Wireless In-Ear Headphones are described as Extra Bass (i.e. the bass is boosted), Bluetooth, and Washable Sports In-Ear Headphones and are available in three colours – Black, White and Red. Bluetooth uses Sony’s proprietary LDAC codec which allows higher resolution audio to be transmitted to the headphones.

Review - Chord SPM1050MkII

Chord SPM1050MkII

Refinements for a classic Chord power amp - the new SPM 1050 MkII launches
C hord Electronics has significantly upgraded its popular 200 Watts per channel SPM 1050 power amplifier to the MkII version. The SPM 1050 MkII at £4,995 has numerous internal upgrades, together with a number of aesthetic improvements over the original which it replaces. The SPM 1050 MkII was first unveiled at High End 2016, Munich, and is available now worldwide.

Review - Wharfedale Diamond Active A1

Wharfedale Diamond Active A1

Wharfedale Launch The Diamond Active A1 Speakers
T he Wharfedale Diamond Active A1 at £599.95 offers Bluetooth, digital and analogue inputs into an integrated amp and speaker package. Wharfedale’s True Wireless technology enables the great connection flexibility found in the A1s. The Diamond A1 is a classic ‘bookshelf’-size speaker (31.5cm high) that include a 50 Watt amplifier in each speaker to deliver a combined ‘system power’ of 100 Watts.


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