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10 / 31 / 11

PSB Imagine Mini Speakers  PSB Speakers, long renowned for affordable high quality loudspeaker design, jut introduced several models including their M4U 2 headphones ($400) and Imagine Mini speakers ($760 per pair in veneers, $830 per pair in high gloss). As PSB's first ever headphones, the M4U2 features a built-in amplifier and active noise control. It operates on battery power yet for convenience can work in passive mode without batteries or power. Other features of the M4U 2 include a tangle-free cord and gyro-suspended ear pads. They are easy folding for travel and storage plus come standard with a semi-hard travel case. PSB's Imagine Mini speakers are the smallest member of the company’s ultra-stylish Imagine Series. Driver compliment consists of a 1" titanium dome with ferrofluid and neodymium magnet plus a 4" clay/ceramic filled polypropylene cone. Frequency response is from 65 Hz to 20 kHz with a sensitivity of 87dB/W/m. Dimensions are a mere 20.7 x 7.5 x 13.7 (HxWxD in inches). Matching stands, custom brackets and choice of designer colors/finishes allow mini to work in virtually any home environment. PSB's mini is available in a choice of Black Ash, Dark Cherry or Walnut in furniture-grade wood veneers. Also available are the premium high gloss black or white finishes for a small upcharge in price.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
Coincident MP 300BCoincident Speaker Technology has announced their new MP 300B mono power amplifiers ($2,999 per pair, seen right) and the SIP 300B stereo integrated amplifier ($2,299). While these amplifiers are "affordable priced", they are said to employ high build and design quality with impressive sonics. One of the reasons for the low price is due to factory direct sales that reduce middleman price increases. Both units produce 18 watts per channel from a pair of 300B triode tubes operating in single-ended parallel. A 6SN7 driver tube and extensive pi filtering is employed within the power supply. The SIP 300B is an integrated, stereo amplifier on one chassis that uses one power transformer that is spec'ed at double the capacity of the MP 300 mono amplifier. A passive line stage using an Alps volume pot and input selector switch provides inputs for four sources is included.

 

10 / 28 / 11

Donald Fagen The Nightfly and Kamakiriad  HDtracks now offers Donald Fagen's The Nightfly and Kamakiriad in full 24-bit splendor for your listening pleasures. The incredible album The Nightfly is available in 24-bit/44.1kHz and is the first solo album by Steely Dan co-founder. Released in 1982, it was one of the first fully digital recordings of popular music. It is Fagen's first release without longtime collaborator Walter Becker and includes such masterpiece songs as I.G.Y., Ruby Baby, Maxine and New Frontie. Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad is available in 24-bit/96kHz and was nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. As Fagen's second solo album, it made the top 10 of The Billboard 200 and featured the hit "Tomorrow's Girls." This 8-song concept work waxes lyrically about the futuristic journey of a hi-tech, environmentally friendly car. This is a must-have album for all Steely Dan and jazz/pop music lovers.

 

RMAF 2011Enjoy the Music.com just added Scott Faller's RMAF 2011 show coverage! Longtime audiophile photojournalist Scott Faller carefully assesses many rooms at the event. His coverage includes some very interesting, and perhaps enlightening, comments concerning this event. Scott's writing spans three pages and includes nearly 30 photos as he personally chooses the very best at the RMAF 2011.Enjoy the Music.com's RMAF 2011 show coverage can be seen at this link.

 

10 / 27 / 11

Red Wine Audio Corina Headphone Amplifier and Signature 15 Integrated Amplifier  Red Wine Audio now offers two new budget-friendly components with their Corvina headphone amplifier and Signature 15 integrated stereo amplifier ($1000 and $1500 respectively). The Corvina is the same headphone amplifier found as found in Red Wine Audio's flagship Isabellina HPA, but with less features and more economical packaging. Features include two switchable inputs and it uses an Alps Blue Velvet potentiometer for volume control. An optional 4-pin XLR balanced output stage is available while an optional 5V/12Vdc output jack allows users to take select products like Wadia i170, Onkyo ND-S1, Pure i20 and others off AC power to achieve the benefits of the LFP battery. Red Wine Audio's Signature 15 integrated amplifier produces 15 wpc @ 8 Ohms (30 wpc @ 4 ohms) and includes a remote volume control. There are three stereo inputs, selectable via front switch, all new discrete Class AB FET output stage. A 6922/E88CC dual triode tube buffered preamplification output can drive active subwoofer or other amplifiers.

 

Burson Audio HA-160DSBurson Audio latest HA-160DS ($890) DAC with headphone amplifier combo is 16% smaller in footprint and 35% lighter in weight than their HA-160D and more affordable. Whilst its DAC is identical to that inside the HA-160D right down to each component used, the USB supports only 24-bit/96kHz yet the RCA does support the normal higher rate of 24-bit/192kHz. The headphone amplification is also identical to the HA-160 and a volume potentiometer by Alps is included for adjustment. There are two power transformers to ensure clean, stable power to the internal circuitry. Other internal parts are made by Elna, Wima, Dale and Philips. Inputs include USB, S/PDIF via RCA and stereo analog via RCA. The analog amplification is very high quality Class A to deliver audiophile sound. The Burson Audio HA-160DS is housed in 4mm aluminum casing that does double-duty as a case and as a heat-sink for the entire machine. The Burson Audio HA-160DS will be shipping November 1.

 

10 / 26 / 11

Enjoy the Music.com Android Application  Sneak peek for APP users! App users get an advanced look at our November review of the reference quality ADAM Audio Columns Mk. 3 floorstanders before anyone else! These advanced technology speakers use a very special tweeter and midrange, which employs X-ART with a velocity transform and lightweight folded diaphragm. Enjoy the Music.com's Android and Windows Phone 7 application users not only have easy access to important daily industry news and event, they also benefit by seeing reviews before anyone else. The fast growing popularity of the Android and Windows Phone operating systems on a wide variety of mobile devices proves that enthusiastic and tech savvy consumers want devices they can use to get the information they desire right now. Enjoy the Music.com is the only high-end audio website offering apps plus a customized web browser for audiophiles. Android users can download the Enjoy the Music.com Android application by clicking here. Windows Phone 7 users can download the Enjoy the Music.com Windows Phone 7 application by clicking here.

 

CA Electronics Ceramic Speaker PucksCA Electronics' new Ceramic Speaker Pucks are an alternative to standard spike discs as provided with speakers and other spiked components. The spike will fit snug into the aluminum disc, which is encapsulated into the Ceramic. The large base of the Ceramic Speaker Puck will prevent you speakers from sliding on hard flooring, and also protects the floor against damage caused by spikes. By placing the CA Ceramic Speaker Puck Feet under your speakers or any other spiked component, the company feels that "your music will instantly sound better. The bass gets tight, you hear an extraordinary focus, sound stage and you hear a smooth and controlled treble." All CA Isolators are hand crafted and hand polished in The Netherlands. They are made of especially chosen and improved ceramic material witch is smooth on the outside but very irregular structured on the inside. Vibrations in the whole frequency range are transferred in heat. CA Ceramic Speaker Pucks are sold per set of 4 pieces, are 26 x 50 (HxW in mm). The Ceramic Speaker Puck can carry a load of 220 lbs each.

 

10 / 25 / 11

Trends Audio PA-10.1D Tube Headphone/Preamplifier  Trends Audio launched its new PA-10.1D tube headphone/preamplifier ($299). The Trends PA-10.1D includes a switchable input (CD/DAC or PC/iPod) and two inputs for targeting Bi-amp'ing and audio system. Features include ELNA capacitors, support for both 6DJ8/6922 series and 12AU7 series tubes by simply switching the jumpers, two MOSFETS as output drivers, headphone output and two precise screw-driving potentiometers for volume control. A single +24V power supply included, though of course audiophiles can apply their own power supply with the same specification (such as battery power). A new 4mm thick aluminum case provides shielding and grounding. Trends PA-10.1D tube headphone/preamplifier will be available in November. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Trend Audio PA-10 hybrid headphone/preamplifier and Trend Audio TA-10.1 Class T amplifier.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
Apple iPodApple Computer has just released their new iPod portable music player ($399). Claiming to provide "1,000 songs in your pocket", the iPod incorporates a slim 5GB hard drive to store not only music files, but can also be used as a portable computer file storage unit. Weighing only 6.5 ounces, the iPod can store up to ten hours of music and provides an amazing twenty minutes of "skip protection". Due to using a FireWire connection, a single music CD can be transferred to the iPod in only ten seconds! This pocket-sized unit (2.43" x 4.02" x 0.78") has an informative LCD capable of displaying six lines of text. A white light-emitting diode (LED) backlight helps visibility during low-light situations. The iPod also includes Apple's award-winning iTunes 2 software for ripping MP3 files and transferring them to the iPod unit. A built-in equalizer is included while the iPod can play MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF and WAV audio files.

 

10 / 24 / 11

Slagle Autoformer Volume Control Modules Giveaway  Dave Slagle of Intactaudio has informed me he is giving away the Slagle Autoformer Volume Control Modules that Enjoy the Music.com Senior Editor Dick Olsher reviewed in June 2011. To quote his giveaway Web page, "A few months back Dick Olsher reviewed the autoformer modules for the DIY section of Enjoy the Music. I sent him a pair of modules and he put them in a simple plastic box for the review. We agreed that after the review was done the final enclosure needed to be given away. Enjoy the Music.com's Editor Steven R. Rochlin was cool with us giving it away here. The only rule is if you win it, you need to use it. If it doesn't work for you pass it along to someone who can use it. To enter simply add your name on the form with a one line comment below and random.org will pick a winner in a week or so. Good luck!" You can enter the contest at this link.

 

Harman QuantumLogic SurroundHarman, a designer and manufactures of audio that includes AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and more, announced the introduction of QuantumLogic Surround. This a proprietary Harman technology creates 7.1-channel or 9.1-channel surround sound listening experience from any mono, stereo or multi-channel signal source, and provides 12.1-channel listening in the new Lexicon flagship MP-20 preamplifier/surround processor. QuantumLogic Surround (QLS) employs a host of newly developed audio algorithms and signal processing techniques to achieve a remarkable new level of surround sound realism in home and professional audio applications. Individual voices and instruments, as well as reverberant spatial information, are identified and then re-authored into a precise multi-channel soundfield. A key component of QLS is its Aesthetic Engine, which combines the individual signal streams using patented filter bank technology and psychoacoustic modeling to create an immersive multi-channel listening experience with exceptional clarity, detail and image specificity. It is compatible with mono and stereo sources, as well as all popular surround sound formats. Three levels of QuantumLogic Surround processing are available: QLS 7.1, QLS Height mode which adds two left- and right-front height channels, and QuantumLogic Surround 3D, which is incorporated into the Lexicon MP-20 and provides five discrete height channels: left, center, right and surround channels in addition to a 7.1-channel configuration.

 

MIT Cables Oracle V1.3 and V2.3MIT Cables new Oracle V1.3 and V2.3 now include special proprietary high resolution technology. In the late 1990's, MIT "2C3D Interfaces" (Two Channel Three Dimensional) revolutionized MIT's ability to retrieve and transport music in a way never before realized. Known for their unique "networked" speaker cables and interconnects, the Oracle V1.3 HR Speaker Interface and the Oracle V2.3 HR Speaker Interface is the company's latest release that improves upon the well regarded 2C3D lineup of products engineered by Bruce Brisson. Fractional Articulation Technology (F.A.T.) enables these interfaces to retrieve additional information that resides within each octave of the musical signal. The result: improved timbre, texture and unparalleled detail, while preserving all of the delicate spatial information associated with 2C3D playback. Smooth and liquid from top to bottom, F.A.T. precisely extracts information lost by "just cables", rendering incredible detail and solid image placement with more lifelike transients than ever thought possible.

 

10 / 21 / 11

HDtracks  HDTracks is now featuring high resolution digital music downloads with their Classic 50 list plus Mercury Living Presence classical music titles and various artists from the Warner Music Group (WMG). HDtracks' Classic 50 list of high-resolution recordings is compiled from their most popular artists and genres. These albums represent the absolutely best recordings available anywhere for download in full master-quality from archival and preservation transfers re-mastered from the original recordings. As all classical music audiophile's know, Mercury Living Presence is special in many ways. This American company, from the heyday of classical recording, includes some of the most sonically realistic recordings at the dawn of the stereo era. Precious few stereo LPs were pressed when these recordings were issued and they have became some of the rarest, most collectible classical discs ever. Warner Music Group (WMG) is a global leader in national and international repertoire and home to some of the best-known labels in the recorded music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Cordless, East West, Elektra, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros., Warner Music Nashville and Word. You can download high resolution digital music from HDtracks by clicking here.

 

Consumer Electronics Association Tech Enthusiast (CEA TE)Audiophiles, both general public and those in the industry, can enjoy free entry into the Las Vegas CES! The Consumer Electronics Association has created a membership for the general public that pays consumers back for their dedication by offering a consumer membership program to individuals. As a CEA Tech Enthusiast (TE) member you'll have even more influence by joining forces with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to help influence the future of the consumer electronics industry. TE members receive exclusive benefits from CEA including free online industry subscriptions and podcasts, access to an exclusive member’s only website, and an opportunity to become a CEA blogger. Benefits provided by TE corporate partners, traditional CEA members, include online discounts, beta testing opportunities, details on the latest technologies and participation in contests. Other benefits include free entry into the yearly CES event in Las Vegas, partner discounts, pre-release product info, Beta testing opportunities and more. You can join the new CEA TE membership offering by clicking here.

 

Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES)Enjoy the Music.com's part 4 coverage of the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES 2011) is now online! Rick Becker adds his final roundup from the Toronto Canada event with many pages filled with photos and information of high-end audiophile gear. See the TAVES 2011 show coverage by clicking here.

 

10 / 20 / 11

MSB Technology FemtoSecond Galaxy Clock  MSB Technology, founded in 1986 and is now a leader in high-end audio digital components, has announced their FemtoSecond Galaxy Clock upgrade ($9950). Digital audio is all about timing and this new clock offers unprecedented accuracy with jitter under 97 femtoseconds (.097 psec). How long is a femtosecond you ask? It is one millionth of one billionth of a second. According to MSB Technology, there is no more accurate clock available for audio and this upgrade can easily be plugged into any DAC IV. This upgrade component starts with a crystalline material. Crystals were found to resonate at a precise frequency a hundred years ago. MSB Technology has pushed the understanding of crystal oscillation to an exact science. The FemtoSecond Galaxy Clock plugs into the clock upgrade header on any DAC IV with an immediate sonic benefit. According the MSB Technology, "An excellent DAC clock tends to reveal the true nature of the original music. The DAC IV with the FemtoSecond Galaxy Clock reveals fine, delicate, very dense harmonics that are accurately organized and therefore correctly reveal the true sound of the instruments and voices. The harmonic congestion that translates to harshness and the familiar digital 'annoyance factor' is just absent. The music and instruments sound like they are coming from live mic feeds on the best recordings."

 

Empirical Audio Overdrive Ultra DACEmpirical Audio's new flagship Overdrive Ultra DAC ($15,000) has a solid-bronze cast/machined chassis and highly accurate DAC. The Overdrive Ultra uses a minimalist approach to DAC design with only two analog stages to reduce noise, THD and compression. Using a dozen Paul Hynes voltage regulator designs, it is said to achieve the blackest background of any DAC on the market. In addition to the other inputs, it includes an excellent asynchronous 24-bit/192kHz USB input that is clocked with Empirical Audio's new proprietary Turboclock that has extremely low levels of jitter. A unique high performance volume control technology works in conjunction with both the balanced (XLR) and single ended (RCA) analog outputs.

 

Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Series 2Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Series 2 ($4995) employs new clocking and isolation technologies that provide enhanced imaging precision, timbral purity and resolution. Its interpolation technology upsamples 44.1kHz CD whilst the DAC can handle all sampling rates from 32kHz to 192kHz. An included remote control handles all functions including volume and balance. Special BADA encrypted input allows future support of HDMI and other DRM formats. Digital inputs include AES/EBU, S/PDIF, TosLink and BADA. Analog outputs are both balanced via XLR and unbalanced via RCA. Digital attenuation and balance control are in 0.1dB/step with .05dB/step trim (60dB total range). Frequency response at ≥ 88.2kHz sampling rates is from <0.1 Hz to 35 kHz (+/-0.1dB).

 

Quad Link D-1 USB DACQuad, founded in 1936 by Peter Walker with the careful understanding of every aspect of sound reproduction, is shipping their Link D-1 USD DAC. Due to the popularity of computer audio files as a source, Quad's Link D-1 USB DAC fills the brand's ability to work with computers. The Link D-1 supports sampling rated from 32kHz to 192kHz and naturally uses high-end audio components internally. The USB digital input operates in asynchronous mode, plus there are digital outputs via S/PDIF coax and optical TosLink. Frequency response is from 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-0.2dB) with a dynamic range of 110dB. Analog outputs are via standard pair of RCA female jacks. Dimensions are 130 x 108 x 42 (HxWxD in mm) and the unit weighs approximately 2 lbs.

 

10 / 19 / 11

Hi-Fi World  Enjoy the Music.com has just posted Hi-Fi World's Volume 21 Number 10 (December) edition including the complete editorial and table of contents. This issue includes reviews of the Item Audio DAT 1 USB affordable audio computer, Bel Canto CD2 silver disc spinner, Musical Fidelity V-DAC II, Cayin A55-T vacuum tube integrated amplifier, Eminent Technology LFT-16 unconventional standmounters, Wharfedale JADE 5 floorstanding loudspeakers... and more! The editorial titled Computer Audio David Price says, "This month I've been up to my neck in computer audio – almost literally. There have been times when my listening room has had piles of tablet computers, Android smartphones, monitors, NAS drives, USB cables and the DACs to connect them to, towering higher than my normal hi-fi ever gets. My router, previously stuffed in another room out of the way, has suddenly become the nerve centre of my sound system, with Ethernet cables running here, there and everywhere!" See the complete December table of contents and editorial of Hi-Fi World by clicking here.

 

Mansberg Sinus LoudspeakerMansberg Sinus loudspeaker (€13,500 on up depending on configuration and color choice) is a unique floor standing loudspeaker that combines a graceful appearance with high quality drivers. This four-way, five-driver speaker system incorporates a 10" woofer and dual 7" mineral filled polypropylene cone midrange drivers in a sub-enclosure. To quote their press release, "What sets the Sinus apart is the philosophy of avoiding parallel surfaces while paying meticulous attention to cabinet design and construction. This design minimizes unwanted internal vibrations. Two of the units are sunken deep into the front of the cabinet, which not only looks striking, but also positions the drivers at precise angles for optimum imaging, both on- and off-axis. Due to the precise time alignment, low-level ambient cues integrate perfectly with primary sound staging. Superior components and meticulous configuration result in high frequencies which are detailed but not exhaustive, and a smooth life-like midrange."

 

Definitive Technology SM45, SM55 and SM65 StudioMonitorsDefinitive Technology now has three new StudioMonitor bookshelf speaker models. The SM45, SM55 and SM65 ($199, $299 and $399 each respecti9vely) replace the company's existing StudioMonitor 350 and 450 and mark the first new bookshelf-style speakers from Definitive Technology in nearly a decade. Every part of every new model has been redesigned and improved for improved appearance and performance. All three new models feature Definitive’s latest generation patented Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) bass/midrange drivers as well as Definitive’s latest Pure Aluminum dome tweeter for dramatic upgrades in accuracy, detail retrieval and life-like imaging. The SM55 and SM65 employ top-mounted bass radiators to augment low-frequency response for deep, precise and powerful bass performance. The SM65 uses a pair of 5.25" midrange/bass drivers while the SM45 uses one. The SM55 has a single 6.5" midrange/bass driver, while all models use the 1" aluminum done tweeter for the uppermost frequencies.

 

Rotel RSP-1572 Surround Processor/PreamplifierRotel, a leading manufacturer of affordable audio gear for 50 years, is touting their new RSP-1572 surround processor/preamplifier ($2199). This sophisticated AV control center combines the latest in digital-surround technologies and audiophile grade circuitry for which Rotel is justifiably famous. The RSP-1572 is a flexible, configurable controller for two channel audio yet easily handles surround decoding and processing with outputs of up to 7.1-channels. Surround sound modes include Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTSR HD Master Audio and more. Dual 32-bit DSP and 24-bit/192kHz audio DACs ensure highest quality playback performance. For videophiles, the RSP-1572 features HDMI 1.4 with 3D capability via six HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs with one HDMI output having ARC capability (Audio Return Channel). The ARC in HDMI 1.4 enables a TV via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data "upstream" to an A/V receiver or surround audio controller, increasing user flexibility and eliminating the need for any separate S/PDIF audio connection. A USB front input for iPod/iPhone/iPad or other MP3 player use is included. The USB input provides a digital connection so that the RSP-1572's internal 24-bit/192kHz DACs can do the crucial decoding for best sound quality. Additionally, the preamplifier/processor incorporates Bluetooth operation (via a wireless Dongle that is included), so that a physical connection of portable audio players for those that have that capability is not required. To provide even more audio versatility, the preamplifier includes a 10 band parametric EQ, and advanced bass management. The RSP-1572 provides three additional zone outputs for composite video and analog audio. Zone control includes source selection, volume and on/off. The RSP-1572 front panel display shows current source, volume and DSP mode. The OSD (On Screen Display) is available for customer setup using the HDMI, Component, or Composite main video outputs. Remote control zone operation can be utilized by purchasing optional RS-232 touchpads by companies such as Crestron and RTI, or most IR based keypad systems.

 

10 / 18 / 11

SAS Audio Labs 7A Tube Preamplifier Kit  SAS Audio Labs 7A tube preamplifier kit ($450, yet on sale now at an introductory price of $419) uses technology and knowledge gleaned over decades of experience. The 7A is designed for 3 inputs, uses one volume control and a balance control capable of approximately 7dB of balance variation. A robust 4 stage power supply, JJ E88cc ultra low distortion tube are important parts of this preamplifier. This kit consists of silk screened chassis, balance and volume control, power cord and IEC jack, fuse holder and 0.25 Ampere MDL fuse. Two DPDT toggle switches (one for power and the other for the "tonal" switch, high quality rotary selector switch with up to 5 positions, input and output RCA jacks plus all necessary wiring round out this preamplifier kit design. Frequency response is from 7 Hz to 110 kHz (-1dB depending on the amplifier's input impedance), gain is 3.5dB, and Total Harmonic Distortion at 2 Vrms is 0.03% or less. There is no global feedback and to reduce the signal stages the unit does invert phase.

 

Alter Lansing Bliss IEMAltec Lansing is catering to female music lovers with their new Bliss noise-Isolating earphones. Featuring the Bliss Platinum, Bliss Gold and Bliss Silver earphones, Altec Lansing beautifully designed 9 different earphone models with smaller housings to fit petite ears while providing high sound quality. The Bliss series incorporates stylish colors and jewel accents to appeal to a woman’s sense of fashion. Whether commuting to work or working out, Altec Lansing’s Bliss series earphones offer style, comfort and great sound for women on the go. Altec Lansing’s Bliss Platinum earphones are a practical yet stylish accessory designed for women looking for a subtle yet luxurious product to reflect their taste and lifestyle. Available in three attractive colors; aqua, black and pink, the Bliss Platinum products look as good as they sound. For those who believe in accessories that sparkle, Altec Lansing’s Bliss Gold earphones feature glamorous jewel-faceted housings in pale lilac, violet and rose. The Gold series is ideal for women with a discrete sense of style and sophisticated taste who want their accessories to match with a range of outfits.

 

Sennheiser RS 220 Digital Wireless HeadphonesSennheiser's RS 220 digital wireless headphones provide loss-free transmission of the sound signal between the source and the ears. In the past, wireless audio transmission has come up against limits. Now however, audio specialist Sennheiser is opening up a new class of wireless listening with the new RS 220 wireless headphones. The dynamic transducers have powerful neodymium magnets ensure clear, lifelike audio reproduction with a frequency response of 19 Hz to 21 kHz. The maximum sound pressure level of the open, circumaural headphones is 106 decibels. In the RS 220, the transmitter sends the audio signals to the headphones without compression via a stable 2.4 GHz connection using the so-called Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) technique. The headphones have a range of up to 300 feet without the need for the transmitter and receiver to be in the same room. A further advantage of the transmission process is the low latency and thus minimum delay of the audio signal.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
Snell XAClaimed to be the highest performance system in Snell's 25 year history, the Snell XA Reference Towers were designed as a cost-no-object speaker system. A constrained dual-layer wood/high-loss polymer cabinet (triple layer for the baffle) minimizes cabinet colorations while five 2-octave +/- 2dB frequency contour controls allow the fine-tuning of different frequency ranges and rear tweeter energy. Three bass port tuning options can alter the system's tuning frequency or convert to sealed box operation.. Snell's eXpanding Array (XA) design is said to configure their line-source such that the effective length of the array grows longer in proportion to radiated wavelength. This is claimed to give a constant vertical directivity for a very wide sweet spot with virtually no change in frequency response or perceived balance. The midrange-tweeter-midrange module is mounted to a computer-cut aluminum plate and adds a wide-angle wave guide for the tweeter. The driver complement of the XA Reference consists of 2 x 1-inch titanium dome tweeters (one front, one rear), 2 x 4.5-inch midranges with magnesium baskets and 4 x 8-inch black-anodized, long-excursion aluminum woofers. Claimed frequency response is 27 to 24,000 Hz (+/- 3dB), with a nominal 4-ohm impedance, 87dB sensitivity and 200 watts recommended minimum amplifier power. Each speaker weighs 210 lbs and measures 72.75" x 17.75" x 21.5" (HxWxD). Standard finish is hand-sanded, hand-painted Black Oak veneer. All other veneers and finishes carry an upcharge.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
Tyler Acoustics MojoTyler Acoustics' Mojo speaker ($650 to $850/pr) features a shielded 5.25"Audax aerogel midbass driver and a 1" gold tweeter. The crossovers are wired with DH Labs silver sonic wire and Cardas solder. The rear-ported cabinets use hand-built 1" MDF construction. The Mojo is available in a variety of real wood veneers or High Gloss painted finishes. Matching Mojo subwoofer come in 10-inch ($595 to $795), 12-inch ($696 to $895) and 15-inch ($797 to $995) versions. Mojo and matching subwoofers are available factory-direct in various stereo and surround sound packages. Standard finishes include maple, oak, black oak and red oak. Premium finishes ($100 upcharge) include Birdseye maple, rosewood, tiger maple, zebrawood, walnut, cherry and mahogany. High Gloss finishes ($200 upcharge) are available in red, black, white, yellow, blue and green.

 

10 / 14   to  10 / 16

RMAF 2011  Enjoy the Music.com will video stream the RMAF 2011 show live online! Enjoy the Music.com, an industry leader in consumer electronics information plus equipment and music reviews for approximately 15 years, is the world's first high-end audio Web site to stream live video from an audiophile show! Starting October 14th, the first day of the RMAF 2011 (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest), Enjoy the Music.com will be providing scheduled live video streams that will feature interviews, music events and of course showcase many of the great rooms filled with high-end audio equipment! In conjunction with the live video streams, each night Enjoy the Music.com will provide still photos and detailed reporting on the RMAF 2011.

"As a technology leader within the consumer electronics high-end audio field, it makes me proud to once again have Enjoy the Music.com at the forefront in offering our readers the information they crave," said Senior Editor and Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin. "By providing live video streaming of important events during the RMAF 2011, plus our normal coverage with still photos and detailed information, our readership can immerse themselves as if they were actually attending the show. Unlike pre-recorded video that can lack spontaneity and flavor, live video streaming will surely bring forward the true personalities and flavor of the many great people who work within the high-end audio industry. Our continual use of leading edge technology allows Enjoy the Music.com readers the ability to get a step ahead of others and learn about new products and information."

A schedule of live events will appear on Enjoy the Music.com's RMAF 2011 show coverage page. Internet users may simply click the Live Streaming link and watch streaming video from RMAF 2011. Enjoy the Music.com's RMAF 2011 show coverage can be seen at www.EnjoyTheMusic.com/RMAF_2011/

 

10 / 13 / 11

  Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES)Enjoy the Music.com's part 3 coverage of the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES 2011) is now online! Rick Becker has added many more photos and information to his excellent show coverage. See our TAVES 2011 show coverage by clicking here.

 

10 / 12 / 11

  Hi-Fi+ MagazineEnjoy the Music.com has just posted the October edition of Hi-Fi+ (Issue 83)! This issue includes their Best Of The Best Recommended Components list and reviews of the Jeff Rowland Corus 625 preamplifier and power amplifier, Fletcher Omega Point 3/Zero turntable and arm combination, Revolver Cygnis Gold floorstanding loudspeaker, Ensemble Zorbo isolation platform, m2tech Young digital to analog converter and much more. Within Alan Sircom's editorial he writes, "Welcome to what would normally be our Awards issue. However, this year, we decided to take a break and come up with something a little different. The reason for this is simple; Awards suggest there are products that are ‘The Best’ in a market where there might be no ‘best’ – how do you judge whether one preamp is better than another out of the context of a system and the same applies to any branch of the audio experience. In other words, what’s 'best' in one system may not be 'best' in another. So we have pulled together the finest products – both from our records and from our sister title The Absolute Sound in the United States – to come up with the longest shortlist around. Depending on you, we may alternate these concepts every year. " You can see the complete table of contents and editorial of Hi-Fi+ by clicking here.

 

10 / 11 / 11

50th Anniversary Limited Edition McIntosh MC275 Amplifier  McIntosh Laboratory, a legendary manufacturer in quality audio for over 60 years, is celebrating their golden anniversary of the legendary MC275 amplifier with the debut of its 50th Anniversary Limited Edition McIntosh MC275 ($6500) tube power amplifier. Featuring an elegant gold-toned chassis, the specially created amplifier is being offered in a very limited quantity, accompanied by a commemorative book and deluxe packaging. "In 1961, McIntosh reinvented the art and science of quality music reproduction with the debut of its original MC275 tube power amplifier," said McIntosh Global Vice President for sales and marketing Linda Passaro. "Since then, this legendary amp has continued to evolve, and set new standards for quality, musicality and reliability. Amazingly, even after 50 years, many of the very first MC275 amps are still in use and prized by their owners today. Our new Limited Edition amp celebrates the original for everything it is - and everything it has meant to generations of McIntosh customers for 'bringing their music to life.' This is truly a golden anniversary for the MC275, and years from now, music lovers who purchase a Limited Edition model will still be enjoying their investment in great sound!" This classic McIntosh styling internally features the classic 1961 tube circuit design of the original. The new model incorporates several advanced features suited to today's listening trends including a multi-colored LED display to indicate different levels of activity as well as a new High Speed Sentry Monitor circuit that automatically turns the amplifier off should any particular tube wear out. When the tube is replaced, normal operation is restored. Also, for the first time ever, the Limited Edition MC275 is equipped with Power Control input and output, so On-Off operation can be controlled by a simple cable connection to any McIntosh preamplifier or processor. The 50th Anniversary Limited Edition McIntosh MC275 tube power amplifier will be available in December 2011.

 

Electrocompaniet EMP 2Elctrocompaniet will soon launch their new multiplayer EMP 2 ($3999) at the upcoming RMAF 2011 show in Denver, CO. The EMP 2 is a fully fledged and versatile player with support for all modern audio and video formats and media, including Blu-ray in 2D and 3D, CD, SACD, DVD and DVD-Audio. Modern video and audio processing in both two and multi-channel provides excellent picture quality and high-end audio quality. Electrocompaniet's EMP 2 offers both unbalanced analog output via RCA and balanced via XLR. Video processing via Qdeo from Marvell optimizes Blu-ray playback and upscales DVD movies. SACD playback is possible in both stereo and multi-channel using DSD format. The DSD data-stream is sent directly from the disc to the DACs for direct transmission to analog audio. Filters on the output removes high frequency noise and amplitude and phase characteristics of the signal is maintained. Discrete Class A output circuits ensure audiophile sound quality. The PCM format is up scaled to 24-bit/192kHz before being sent to the DACs. The EMP 2 also includes streaming via industry standard DLNA via Ethernet and/or Wi-Fi. Connections include dual HDMI 1.4a, eSATA, USB 2.0, RS232, Ethernet wired and wireless. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Electrocompaniet AW180 monoblock power amplifiers and Electrocompaniet PD 1 and Optional EMS 1 Music Streamer.

 

Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES)Enjoy the Music.com's part 2 coverage of the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES 2011) is now online! Rick Becker has added many more photos and information to his excellent show coverage. See our TAVES 2011 show coverage by clicking here.

 

10 / 10 / 11

PMC Twenty Series  PMC Inc., a UK based loudspeaker manufacturer of professional monitor and audiophile speaker systems that enploy unique proprietary drive units, has announced their twenty.21, twenty.22, twenty.23 and twenty.24 (£1375, £1825, £2095 and £3100 per pair respectively). PMC's twenty series celebrates 20 years of world class loudspeaker manufacturing. The twenty series was conceived following three years of research among the company’s customers, retailers and distributors. With a series of six key product features identified from the customers’ responses, the designers began the process of marrying this wish list with their own key requirements. The result of this blank canvas exercise is the four strong line-up of the twenty series. Two stand mount models, the twenty.21, twenty.22 and two floor-standers, the twenty.23 and twenty.24. All of which incorporate a contemporary design with high-end audio performance that borrows from the renowned fact series. PMC is particularly happy with the developments they made in their Advanced Transmission Line technology and the bass performance that this has enabled PMC to produce from the modestly sized twenty.21 model. Utilizing PMC’s Advanced Transmission Line (ATL) technology, the cabinet construction and design in the twenty series serves to enhance the performance of the ATL and offer dynamic, contemporary aesthetics which indicate a progression from the company’s previous design, without losing the signature PMC identity. Crucial to the audio performance of the new products is the development of an entirely new set of components; including drive units, crossovers, binding posts, cabinets, plinths and spikes. No components used in the twenty series feature in any other PMC loudspeaker and the major elements have been designed exclusively for the new models. A new Sonolex fabric dome tweeter, developed in conjunction with Seas of Norway, provides excellent off-axis response thanks to the new dispersion grille. The addition of a resonance chamber enables the crossover point to be lowered to just 1.8kHz, which further enhances the dispersion characteristics of the speakers. The tweeter is matched to the new twenty M13 and M17 bass/mid drive units, developed by PMC. Lightweight and stiff paper cones, with a matt finish doping, are built into cast alloy chassis to provide a rigid and stable environment and offer high sensitivity and low coloration. Both drive units are mounted in a wholly new design of cabinet, with sloping front and rear baffles to lend a contemporary aesthetic to the classic PMC design. Manufactured from 18mm Medite HDF, the cabinets are inherently high in rigidity and low in resonance, which serves to greatly reduce cabinet induced distortions. The internal baffles, which make up the Advanced Transmission Line, add further stiffness to the structure. The top panel of the cabinet, which endures the greatest pressures and stresses, is further stiffened with carefully positioned 18mm bracing. In a response to the customer feedback, all models feature a front venting ATL to aid room positioning. Each speaker within the range is available in a choice of three real wood veneers, Oak, Walnut and Amarone and a new high gloss finish, Diamond Black. Every model comes with an invisible magnet-fixing grille, finished in an exclusive warm black textured PMC cloth. PMC's twenty.21 is 87dB/W/m sensitive and has a frequency response from 50 Hz to 25 kHz, the twenty.22 stands 41cm high and has a 90dB/W/m sensitivity with a frequency response from 40 Hz to 25 kHz. The twenty.23 stands 94.3cm high with spikes, has an 87dB/W/m sensitivity and frequency response from 29 Hz to 25 kHz. PMC's top-of-the-range twenty.24 stands 105.3cm high with spikes, has a 90dB/W/m sensitivity and frequency response from 28 Hz to 25 kHz.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
Tannoy DimensionTannoy's new Dimension series anticipates the extended DVD-Audio/SACD bandwidth with the implementation of a SuperTweeter that's down 6dB at 54 kHz and 10dB at 100kHz. Consisting of five models, the TD series speakers use a new curved, laminated-birch ply cabinet finished in American Cherry. Tannoy's dual-concentric technology with new twin-roll surrounds and paper pulp cone matches the nomenclature of the floorstanders in diameter size - a 12-inch in the top-line TD-12, a 10-inch in the TD-10 and an 8-inch in the TD-8. Continuous and peak power handling for the TD-12/10/8 are 180/675w, 130/480w and 100/375w, with sensitivities of 92dB, 91dB and 90dB respectively. Nominal impedance of 6 ohms for all three models, bass response to 30Hz, 38Hz and 45Hz and weights of 108 lbs, 77.2 lbs and 55.1 lbs respectively. The TD C-1 center channel and TD Sub round out Tannoy's new Dimension series.

 

10 / 07 / 11

Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES)  Enjoy the Music.com's coverage of the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES 2011) is now online! Held from September 30th through October 2nd at the Le Méridien King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Ontario Canada, this inaugural edition of TAVES showcased some of the greatest audio/video brands available in North America plus have numerous educational seminars geared toward consumers and industry professionals. Part 1 of Rick Becker's report in now online, with many more parts to appear in the upcoming days. See our TAVES 2011 show coverage by clicking here.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
Wavelength Audio CosineWavelength Audio has entered the digital arena with the Cosine 24/96 ($3,750) and V-24/96 ($4,500) vacuum tube digital-to-analog converters. Selectable digital inputs are fed to a Crystal 8420 digital receiver and sample rate converter before a Crystal 4390 24-bit/96kHz chip performs digital to analog conversion. The output of the DAC is transformer-coupled to a tube output stage for complete isolation of the digital and analog sections. The single stage tube output stage is also transformer coupled . The V-version (shown at right) adds an integrated P&G analog volume control to be used as a digital preamplifier.

 

10 / 06 / 11

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011  The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011 (RMAF 2011), a high-end audio show open to the public and now in their eighth year, will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel in Colorado on October 14th through 16th. Many manufacturers and distributors will set up complete stereo systems for attendees to audition and are encouraged to go from room to room, have a seat and casually listen to music. An added bonus is that most exhibitors will be more than happy to play one or two songs of your favorite music from your CDs, iPod, etc. There is expected to be over 300 brands represented in over 150 rooms plus live music and various seminars all weekend. Last year Enjoy the Music.com's editor Steven R. Rochlin was asked to hold a seminar titled Snake Pit: Cables And Wire Explained, while in 2009 he held a seminar titled Audio 101 And Tweaks, and the year before he held a seminar called Music Everywhere that discussed enjoying music wherever one may desire (see video of the seminars here, here and here respectively). This year he will hold a seminar with subject matter to be announced shortly. See Enjoy the Music.com's most recent and past RMAF show coverage by clicking here.

 

Pioneer Electronic TAD TAD-E1 Floorstanders Pioneer Electronic's TAD (Technical Audio Devices) upcoming TAD-E1 floorstanders are set to launch this November. With an uncompromising commitment to manufacturing the highest quality high-end audio "Reference Series" speaker system, the TAD-E1 uses beryllium diaphragm processed by vapor deposit. The goal is to achieve smooth sound and natural soundscape capabilities within a coaxial driver unit (CST driver). The coaxial driver features a tweeter placed centrally of the midrange/bass driver that produces frequencies from 250 Hz to 100 kHz. The shape of the tweeter design is optimized based on proprietary computer analysis Harmonized Synthetic Diaphragm Optimum Method (HSDOM). The newly developed woofer is highly linear and employs a multi-layer Aramid composite shell diaphragm. Unwanted cabinet resonances of the birch framed cabinet are ensured via plywood and MDF material in combination with the teardrop shape by the back. This is said to increases the fidelity of the sound field and at the same time controls the diffraction of sound internally. After careful studying of the internal resonances, strategically placed acoustic material and internal bracing designs were implemented. Overall specifications are two 18 cm cone woofers and a 14 cm coaxial midrange/tweeter drive unit. Frequency response is from 28 Hz to 100 kHz with a sensitivity of 88dB/W/m and a nominal impedance of 4 Ohms. Dimensions are 1162 x 334 x 512 (HxWxD in mm) and weight is 120 lbs.

 

10 / 05 / 11

Meridian Audio 40th Anniversary System  Meridian Audio, a UK based company founded in 1977, has released their 40th Anniversary System ($100,000) that is limited to only 40 being produced. The 40th Anniversary System includes an enhanced pair of the company’s flagship DSP8000 loudspeakers and a special version of their 808 Signature Reference CD Player. Aesthetically, the Anniversary System will only be available in "Ruby" finish. This color skin comes with coordinated glass inset panels, loudspeakers grilles and tweeter surround. Even the drivers are treated with a new, polished bezel. Each system will also come with a book, illustrating the history of Meridian's Digital Signal Processing (DSP) loudspeakers, which is also signed by Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd. Meridian Audio's 808 Signature Reference CD player features a legacy CD-ROM drive (not DVD, SACD or Blu-ray with video output) that allows for data recovery and error correction. A master clocking system and timing circuitry minimizes jitter. Meridian’s Digital Active Loudspeakers provide resolution up to standard 24-bit and lacks the modern reference high resolution 32-bit processing of normal high-end DACs. Built-in amplification for the speakers include one each 150 watt units on midrange and tweeter and three 150 watt units for the bass drivers (one amplifier per driver). Frequency response in-room is 20 Hz to >20 kHz (±3dB).

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
Accuphase DP-85Accuphase has introduced their new DP-85 CD/SACD player with HS-Link and both new-generation decoding capabilities for 2.8224 MHz/1-bit and also 192 kHz/24-bits via the built-in MDS (Multiple Delta Sigma) converter. The transport section has a dedicated DSP for digital servo control and single lens/twin pickup while entirely separate construction of transport and processor sections insure high sound quality. The processor sections of the DP-85 can be used entirely independent of each other via Accuphase's HS-Link and coaxial outputs and the digital inputs. Slots for option boards are provided for added versatility and upgrade ability.

Features and Specifications include:

- Digital servo with dedicated DSP assures highly accurate signal pickup for SACD and CD
- Plays also regular CDs with impressive quality
- Single lens/twin pickup mechanism minimizes access time and SACD/CD switching time
- Compatible with super high quality digital audio interface HS-Link developed by Accuphase; one RJ-45 HS-Link output connector built in
- Dedicated coaxial connector for CD signal output
- Text data display shows disc and title name, artist name, and other information
- Strong chassis with resonance and vibration resistant construction
- "High Carbon" cast iron insulator feet with superior damping characteristics further enhance sound quality
- Multi-function remote commander RC-28 supplied as standard equipment
- Supports new generation formats with high sampling rates such as 2.8224 MHz/1-bit and 192 kHz/24-bits
- MDS type D/A converter achieves stunning performance and sound quality
- D/A converter with printed circuit boards made from Teflon (glass fluorocarbon resin) with low dielectric constant and low loss
- Ultra jitter-free PLL circuit topology

Digital Processor Section:
- Digital inputs COAXIAL Format: EIAJ CP-1201/AES-3 compliant
Optical Format: EIAJ CP-1201 compliant
Sampling frequencies
32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
(16 to 24 bits, 2-channel PCM)
Implemented by option board:
176.4 kHz, 192 kHz (24 bits, 2-channel PCM)
2.8224 MHz (1 bit 2-channel DSD)
- D/A converter 24-bit MDS converter
- Frequency response 0.5 - 50,000 Hz +0, –3 dB
- Total harmonic distortion 0.0008% (20 to 20,000 Hz)
- Signal-to-noise ratio 116 dB
- Dynamic range 112 dB (24-bit input, low-pass filter off)
- Channel separation 108 dB (20 to 20,000 Hz)
- Output voltage and impedance BALANCED : 2.5 V at 50 ohms, balanced XLR type
Unbalanced: 2.5 V at 50 ohms, RCA phono jack
- Output level control 0 to –60 dB in 1-dB steps (digital)

 

10 / 04 / 11

Raysonic Audio Red Maple Vacuum Tube Monoblock Amplifiers  Raysonic Audio's new top line Red Maple vacuum tube monoblock amplifiers produce 220 watts each and produce a wideband frequency response. The company's goal was to maximize the stability and yet minimize the requirements on adjustments. In order to achieve high quality in both technicality and good sound in music production, our first priority in the circuit design is to achieve low noise and distortion and at the same time maintain a wide band frequency response in the amplifier. Raysonic chose the KT88 power tube as the core component of Class AB1 ultra-linear push-pull power amplification stage. They connected the plate grid and the plate of beam power tetrode or pentode power tube in parallel as a connection. This reduces the internal impedance of power tubes largely and Raysonic claims it increase the features and fidelity factors. In addition to five pairs of KT88 beam power tube to produce 220 watts, a pair each of the 12AX7 and 6H30 are also employed. Internal parts include Philip Hp audiophile capacitors, Mundorf Germany MCap Supreme Silver/Gold oil capacitors and internal wiring is Kimber Kable. Extended frequency range C-core output transformer and high power custom designed toroidal power transformer plus individual transformer supply power to electron tubes heater are used. Loudspeaker binding posts are from WBT. Each unit is fully hand assembled to ensure the highest level of craftsmanship whilst the chassis is high grade aluminum brushed and anodized chassis (black or silver). Total harmonic distortion @1 watt is < 0.03%, SNR is better than 100dB and overall frequency response is from 8 Hz to 56 kHz (-1dB). Inputs are either single ended RCA or balanced via XLR. Speaker output impedance can be 4, 6 or 8 Ohms and each monoblock weighs 103 lbs. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Raysonic SP-200 integrated stereo tube amplifier and Raysonic CD-168 CD player.

 

Concert Fidelity CF-080LSX2 Vacuum Tube PreamplifierConcert Fidelity, a Japanese company that specializes in high-end audio products, will be showcasing their just released CF-080LSX2 ($20,000) vacuum tube stereo linestage at the upcoming RMAF show in Denver. This upgraded unit to the company's longstanding and award winning previous version uses two 12AU7 for gain and a 6CA4 for rectification. The 12AU7 tubes appear at the rear of the unit and are protected by a pair of bars. There are 4 line level inputs via RCA with an input impedance of 100 kOhms. Stereo output is via a pair of RCA jacks. Gain is selectable between 6dB and 12dB while overall volume adjustment is via front panel knob or remote control. Dimensions are 450 X 100 X 310 (WxHxD in mm) and the unit weighs 19 lbs. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Concert Fidelity DAC-040 digital to analog converter and the Concert Fidelity CF-080 linestage.

 

10 / 03 / 11

Synergistic Research  Synergistic Research, an award winning specialist in cable and power filtration products, is now offering the world's first audio cables to feature tungsten conductors that are actively shielded. Another new product from Synergistic Research is their The Music Cable for digital audio. Synergistic Research is introducing a new line of cables with direct trickle down technology from their cost no object Galileo System cables. The actively shielded pure tungsten conductors are aided with the company's Enigma Tuning Bullets. The new line will consist of the Element Copper Interconnect and Speaker Cable, Element Tungsten Interconnect and Speaker Cable and Element Copper/Tungsten/Silver Interconnect and Speaker Cable. Retail price for 1 meter interconnects start at $1200 for Element Copper, $2000 for Element Tungsten and $3600 for Element Copper/Tungsten/Silver. Retail price for an 8 ft pair of speaker cables start at $1700 for Element Copper, $2800 for Element Tungsten and $7500 for Element Copper/Tungsten/Silver. Synergistic Audio's The Music Cable ($3599) is their ultimate all-in-one computer audio solution that features a custom up-sampling 24 bit DAC capable of handling hi resolution files, hard-wired active USB cable and Element Tungsten Active interconnects hand soldered direct to the custom 24 bit DAC. There is a built-in PowerCell line conditioner for pure power to the DAC and Active cables, Galileo Universal Cable Cells to supercharge analogue audio output and dual mono outboard power supplies. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Synergistic Research PowerCell and Tesla SE T3 Active Power Cord.

 

The Funk Firm F•XR II TonearmThe Funk Firm has released their new F•XR II ($1995) tonearm for vinyl turntables. The patented design incorporates an X-beam inside the arm that reduces resonances by as much as 25dB over conventional designs costing twice the price. Surface noise and high frequency ‘glare’ are all but gone. ABEC 7 pivot bearings, Rega style mounting system with VTA adjustment and two cartridge shells included. New precision machined pillar replaces the 301's plastic offering and the original horizontal bearings are uprated to ABEC 7. A sensible VTA adjustment and signal protection via a coherently earthed tube is also part of this design. As standard for the FXR II's external cabling is Rega's cable, yet optionally available is straight through wiring from cartridge to phono plug or with a 5 pin connector and a separate detachable lead of your choice.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
Tascam CD-RW2000Tascam, the professional division of TEAC, calls its CD-RW2000 ($1125) "the most advanced stand-alone CD recorder available." It includes XLR/RCA balanced/unbalanced I/O, word sync input, call function for checking play cues, digital gain adjustment and digital fade in and fade out. A RAM buffer ensures tight ID markers without danger of clipping the start of the track, and the SCMS code can be set via the user menu. Digital gain adjustment allows signal boost without going back to the analog source, and the adjustable auto cue function localizes the start of actual audio rather than track ID. The CD-RW2000 plays and records on both 74min and 80min CDs and SCMS copy protection is selectable. A wired remote is included.

Specifications: 
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz 0.5dB 
Recordable Media: CD-R, CD-RW, CD-R-DA, CD-RW-DA 
Sample Rate Conversion: 32kHz - 48kHz (converted to 44.1kHz) 
Inputs: Analog; XLR Balanced, RCA Unbalanced
          Digital; AES/EBU (XLR) , SPDIF (Coaxial and Optical) 
Outputs: Analog; XLR and RCA 
             Digital; AES/EBU and SPDIF (Coaxial and Optical) 
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.004% 
Dimensions: 483mm x 98mm x 317.5mm

 

10 / 01 / 11

Review Magazine  Enjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine is now available and features Boulder’s new $195,000 1,500 watt Class A super amplifier plus the outstanding CEntrance miniDAC, Clearaudio Concept MC turntable and much more! Our annual music Blue Note Awards also make their appearance! See the October issue by clicking here.


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