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Review - Marantz MCR611

Marantz MCR611

New silver-gold Marantz Melody Media M-CR611
T 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.



Review - McIntosh MXA80

McIntosh MXA80

McIntosh reveal the MXA80 System
T 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).



Review - A&ultima SP1000

A&ultima SP1000

Astell&Kern launch the A&ultima SP1000 - Portable Digital Audio Player
T 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.



Review - Fiio X5 III

Fiio X5 III

Fiio launch the X5 3rd Generation
T he FiiO X5 III at £389 is the third generation X5 and is a portable digital music player capable of Hi-Res Audio playback. The FiiO X5 III is equipped with two top-of-the-line AKM AK4490EN DACs, one for each channel. The AK4490EN is a part of a new generation of high-quality 32-bit DACs that supports all PCM and DSD formats. The X5 3rd gen, following in the footstep of FiiO's flagship DAP, also offers two modes of operation, pure music mode and Android mode. In Pure Music Mode, only the main music player is available. No other apps run on the X5 III so it is purely dedicated to music replay. In Android Mode, users are free to install and run any third-party Android apps (such as the Amazon music app) according to their needs. By offering these two modes of operation. The X5 3rd gen brings a number of new features for a convenient wireless experience, 2.4 GHz allows users to listen to their favourite online streaming services. Aptx ensures a low latency, high-quality wireless Bluetooth experience, and DLNA is supported for even more forms of wireless connectivity. With the X5 3rd gen, you can play your music anytime, anywhere. In this new design made of fine stainless steel powder based on new metallurgical methods, the gap between the microSD card slot and the rest of the body is only 0.2mm, making for a more slimmer body. The X5 3rd gen contains both 32GB of built-in storage and two external microSD card slots. Since each microSD card slot supports up to 256GB cards, the X5 3rd gen is able to carry up to a huge 544GB of music. The X5 3rd gen contains a 3.8V 3400mAh battery that provides more than 10 hours of playing time. But when you do run out of battery, the new X5 has new rapid charging technology with temperature detection (with an on-screen indicator).



Review - Sony Walkman NW-WS413

Sony Walkman NW-WS413

Sony's Underwater Walkman The NW-WS413
H aven't seen these in Rio Olympics yet but swimmers can now rival their gym training partners and listen to music underwater while they train ! The Sony NW-WS413 Sports Walkman offers an all in one 4 GB mp3 player and ear buds and is built to withstand the elements, it's the ultimate training partner. You're ready to train in all weathers and any conditions - and so is the NW-WS413.The NW-WS413 is made for the elements. It's ready for the ocean with an IP65/68 waterproof rating to a depth of 2 metres. It's ready for the beach with a sealed design that protects against sand, dust and grit. And it's ready for extremes as it can handle temperatures ranging from -5C to 45C.The NW-WS413 Sports Walkman also boasts an Ambient Sound Mode which lets you hear a degree of external sound so you can talk to a friend or trainer while listening to music.



Review - Linn 5 Series

Linn 5 Series

Want to Know more about Fabrik in the Linn Series 5 ?
L inn have updated their web site with more information about the Linn Series 5, that's the 520 and 530 systems. Included in the update is more info on the amusingly named Fabrik.



Review - Technics OTTAVA

Technics OTTAVA

Technics SU-C550 - More Info From Richer Sounds
R icher Sounds provide this 3 minutes plus YouTube video which shows the features and operation of the Technics SU-C550 a one box just add speakers HiFi System. Technics offer a complete system with the Technics SU-C550 and Technics speakers known as the SC-C550 or OTTAVA.



Review - Musical Fidelity Encore 225

Musical Fidelity Encore 225

More Video Info About The Musical Fidelity Encore 225
T he Musical Fidelity Encore 225 a one box combination of the M6 integrated amp with a USB DAC and storage / streaming of computer audio is the subject of this YouTube video.



Review - Astell&Kern AK300

Astell&Kern AK300

Astell&Kern Reveal The AK300 - Portable Digital Music Player
T he Astell&Kern AK300 - Portable Digital Music Player is a new model in the Astell&Kern - Portable Player range that sits above the Astell&Kern Ak Jr but below the Astell&Kern Ak 320. Astell&Kern have a comparison chart on their web site (first link below) that compares the features of the Astell&Kern AK300 vs AK320 and even Astell&Kern's top of the range model the Astell&Kern AK380. Key features for the Astell&Kern AK300 are :-



Review - Arcam MusicBoost iPhone Headphone Amplifier + DAC

Arcam MusicBoost iPhone Headphone Amplifier + DAC

Arcam Launch The MusicBoost V2 - iPhone Headphone Amp and DAC
A rcam have released an update to the MusicBoost - MusicBoost V2. MusicBoost is targeted towards the iPhone 6 and provides extra power and an improved DAC / headphone amp listening experience from an Apple iPhone. Arcam admit that no functionality has been added / improved on in MusicBoost V2 - They've just made a small adjustment to the body of MusicBoost V2 to better accommodate the latest iPhone, the Apple iPhone 6S. MusicBoost V2 has a 6/6S sticker on the box.



Review - Technics OTTAVA

Technics OTTAVA

Technics Launch OTTAVA
T he Technics Ottava is a complete HiFi system consisting of the SU-C550 all in one HiFi integrated amp / cd player / USB DAC and streamer combined with the two Technics speakers. Put together, this system is known as Technics OTTAVA SC-C500. Additionally the SU-C550 offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity as well as Spotify and Internet radio via vTuner. The SU-C550 central unit can be bought separately for £1,199. The complete system - SC-C500 - Ottava All-In-One is £1,699.



Review - Pure Evoke C-D6

Pure Evoke C-D6

Pure Launch The Pure Evoke C-D6 - CD Player + DAB/FM Radio And Bluetooth Receiver
T he Pure C-D6 (£249.99) combines the Pure D6 FM/DAB radio and Bluetooth receiver with a slot loading CD Player. Combined with the two integrated speakers also found in the D6 you have a versatile, one box HiFi System.



Review - Quad Artera One

Quad Artera One

Quad Reveal The Artera One - Integrated Amp, CD Player And Streamer
T he Quad Artera One offers, in the one box, an Integrated Amp, Slot loading CD Player, USB DAC And Digital Music Streamer. Quad haven't finalised the price currently, but at the recent Bristol HiFi Show 2016, they said they're looking for £2,000 "ish", "ish" being the operative idea here as full manufacturing costs have yet to be realised.



Review - Arcam Solo Music

Arcam Solo Music

Arcam Launch The Solo Music - One Box System
T he Arcam Solo Music combines an SACD/CD player with an 80Watts per channel integrated am into a one box HiFi system. Just add speakers. In today’s world you might expect streaming capabilities the Solo Music and indeed these are offered with streaming to the Solo Music via Bluetooth and also via UPnP network( either wired or wirelessly). Finally an FM/DAB/DAB+ tuner is also on board with the Arcam Solo Music. The Solo MUSIC comes with a multi-page learning backlit remote control.



Review - Musical Fidelity Encore Range

Musical Fidelity Encore Range

Musical Fidelity Reveal The Encore Range Of Streaming Products
M usical Fidelity will be revealing their new Encore Streaming Range at the Bristol HiFi Show 2016 starting with the M6 Encore 225 (yours for £3,999). Musical Fidelity's New Encore Streaming Range is a series of very high performance and easy to use 'all in one' streaming products with MF M6 visuals and build quality.



Review - Sony NW-A25HN

Sony NW-A25HN

Sony Launch The NW-A25HN - Digital Audio Player
T he Sony NW-A25HN retails for £240 (but is available for less such as £219.99 on amazon) and is a portable music player, also known as a digital audio player or DAP. The NW-A25HN is capable of decoding Hi-Res Audio up to 24 bit 192 kHz and comes with Hi-Res Audio compatible Noise Cancelling headphones.



Review - Onkyo DP-X1 - DAP

Onkyo DP-X1 - DAP

Onkyo Reveal The DP-X1 - Digital Audio Player Or DAP
T he Onkyo DP-X1 is a portable Digital Audio Player or DAP that will retail in the US for sub $900 – The UK price is still to be announced but the US price offers a guide line. The DP-X1 decodes via dual ESS Sabre ES9018K2M DACS and can decode Computer Audio files - PCM up to 384khz and DSD up to DSD256 or quadruple DSD. Built into the DP-X1 is an MQA decoder so the DP-X1 can also decode Meridian’s Master Quality Authenticated format.



Review - Arcam MusicBoost iPhone Headphone Amplifier + DAC

Arcam MusicBoost iPhone Headphone Amplifier + DAC

Arcam Launch The MusicBoost - iPhone Headphone Amp and DAC
T he Arcam MusicBoost costs £120 and is both an iPhone Headphone Amp and DAC. The portable MusicBoost (as the name suggests) improves the sound of music played back via an iPhone and also doubles the iPhones battery life by taking the headphone driving load so helping protect your iPhone.



Review - Cambridge Audio CX Series

Cambridge Audio CX Series

Cambridge Audio CXN - More Video Info From What Hi-Fi
W hat Hi-Fi have put together a two minute YouTube video which goes through the features and functionality of Cambridge Audio's CXN - Network Audio player or streamer.



Review - Quad Artera Range

Quad Artera Range

Quad Artera Play And Stereo Power Amp - More Info From Audio Affair
A udio Affair offer more on the Quad Artera Play (CD Player, USB DAC and Pre-amp) and the Artera Stereo (Power Amp) in a short piece which goes back to the start-up year of Quad – 1949 and goes forward from 1949 to the present (going through many Quad historic products) to finally arrive at Artera. They stress how Artera is based on a founding principle of Quad – Current dumping (combining the best of class A and class B amplification in one amp) and go on to look at the features and strengths of the two boxes the Play and the Stereo that ( currently) comprise Artera.



Review - Yamaha B043

Yamaha B043

Yamaha launches its new Yamaha MCR-B034D - Complete HiFi System
Y amaha has launched the MCR-B034 micro component system. Due to be available for purchase at authorized Yamaha dealers this week, the price in US Dollars is $299.95, which helps give a guide to the UK price.



Review - Linn 5 Series

Linn 5 Series

Linn Launch The System 5 Series
L inn, has unveiled two System 5 series Exakt based speaker systems, the 530 system £12,000 and the 520 system £9,250.



Review - Pioneer - XDP-100R

Pioneer - XDP-100R

Pioneer Launch The XDP-100R Portable Hi-Res Audio Player
T he Pioneer XDP-100R Portable Digital Audio Player, revealed at IFA 2015, the global trade show for consumer electronics, is the industry’s first portable player to offer MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support. When Meridian unveiled MQA there were doubts about how far it would be taken up by the industry.



Review - Audiolab 8300 Range

Audiolab 8300 Range

Audiolab Launch The 8300 CD - CD Player
T he £999.95 Audiolab 8300CD is the pinnacle of Audiolab’s new 8300 Series. The 8300 CD replaces the 8200 CD, and sports a fresh new look and a host of new features / improvements.



Review - Astell&Kern AKT1

Astell&Kern AKT1

Astell&Kern Launch The AKT1 - Complete HiFi System
T he $3,700 Astell&Kern AKT1 is a new all-in-one Hi-Res Audio system that includes speakers, amplification and the Hi-Res Audio decoding all in one unit.



Review - Marantz MCR611

Marantz MCR611

Marantz Launch The MCR611 Mini system
T he Marantz MCR611 is a replacement mini-system for the Award-winning MCR610. The MCR611 also offers the basics to be expected from a mini system i.e. a pretty good CD player, DAB+ Internet Radio and FM tuner. In addition though there’s Bluetooth for wirelessly streaming music from your Smartphone and Airplay for Apple users. Built-in Wi-Fi and Spotify Connect support are also included, making it incredibly easy to listen to just about anything you want to! Connectivity wise two optical inputs, a set of RCAs and a USB socket see most bases covered.




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