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Dirac Research AB, sound technology provider to Rolls Royce, BMW, Naim Audio and other world leading brands, has announced the introduction of the Dirac Live Room Correction Suite ($850, a 14-day risk free trial is available). This powerful software solution delivers optimized sound quality for any PC or Mac-based Hi-Fi system and includes a microphone, which measures the acoustic performance of the system within the listening room and aid in optimizing playback performance accordingly. A point of emphasis with the Dirac software is that it optimizes all sound from the computer using any music/media player as well as standard sound output devices. The Dirac Live Room Correction Suite is designed to be easy-to-use and highly precise. Because the Dirac software uses the computer as a digital signal processing engine, there is no need for additional costly audio electronics. The Suite supports up to 8 channels of 24-bit/96kHz sampling rate. The technology corrects not only the frequency response, but also the impulse response of the signal. Correcting both the frequency and impulse responses is said to yield "remarkable improvements in the stereo image, clarity and overall reproduction of the music" says the company.
12 / 18 / 12
Last week USA shoppers spent a record $7,000,000,000 ($7 billion) online, thus hitting a record for Internet sales for a five day period! From December 8th through 14th American shoppers spending increased an impressive 11% versus 2011 according to market analyst ComScore. So far the 2012 season is breaking record after record as $33.8 billion has been spent online during this holiday season, which is a healthy 13% increase over the same period last year. These recent figures support the record breaking $1.042 billion spent online the day after Thanksgiving, which was an eye-popping 26% increase over 2011. "This past workweek saw four days surpass the billion dollar spending threshold during the heaviest five-day online shopping period on record," said ComScore Chairman Gian Fulgoni. Due to increased consumer spending online, more companies are diverting funds to their Internet advertising budgets for higher return on investment versus legacy print media.
Outlaw Audio is now accepting orders for their new model 975 home theater surround processor ($549). As an internet-only audio/video retailer, Outlaw Audio has aggressively priced their new home theater surround processor model 975 which handles all major stereo and surround sound decoding plus is 3D HDMI ready. The Outlaw 975 supports Dolby and DTS formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio, along with Pro Logic IIz and DTS Neo:6 post-processing. Surround decoding is enhanced by the inclusion of highly flexible bass management controls using Quad-crossover settings from 40 to 200 Hz with 12dB/octave (2nd order) high-pass and 24dB/octave (4th order) low-pass slopes. Once decoded, the signals travel through an ultra low-noise signal path, driven by a robust power supply with a compact Toroidal transformer. On the audio side, there are two TosLink optical and two S/PDIF coaxial digital inputs, five analog stereo inputs, a record output, a low-noise 0.25" headphone jack, and a configurable 7.1-multi-channel output for use with surround back or front height enhanced speaker systems. For those who enjoy radio, a high performance FM stereo/AM tuner is also included.
12 / 17 / 12
Enjoy the Music.com has updated our CES 2013 / T.H.E. Show 2013 preview audiophile event report! We have added many new products and will continue to add more until the first day of these important Las Vegas events. Stay ahead of the market and be the first to learn of all the new gear to appear at these shows days before others. If you are an exhibitor of either event and want to have your product featured within the preview, click here for details. You can also stay ahead of pack and get fast updates by joining us on Twitter and Facebook too!
Daber Audio's Monitor 2 ($969) maintains the owner Stephen Brown's original company vision of offering high value to price ratio. After 8 months of testing and tweaking, the Monitor 2 is now in full production and uses MDF cabinets with Cherry or Maple veneer with a Piano Black lacquer finish as an option too. The cabinets are rear ported with fluted ports to virtually eliminate turbulence. The made-in-the-USA 26mm tweeter uses high purity molded AI203 Alumina ceramic material and features a high flux double magnet design. An underhung voicecoil with 1 mm of linear excursion, pure sterling silver binding posts, frequency response to beyond 24 kHz, and each pair of drivers is matched to -/+ 0.75 dB. The 6.5" woofer employs a powerful motor system coupled to a finite element analysis-designed suspension system. This system contains a linear spider design and rubber surround. The motor incorporates an aluminum shorting ring that reduces coil inductance, extends frequency response and reduces second harmonic distortion. A cast aluminum basket provides high structural rigidity, heat-sinking capacity for the motor, and additional ventilation under the spider that in combination with a vented cone neck reduces air compression effects. Binding posts are heavy duty five ways, internal point to point wiring is comprised of 99.999% oxygen free copper, and the overall dimension of the 22 lbs cabinet are 14" x 8.5" x 12" (HxWxD in inches). Frequency response is from 38 Hz to 24 kHz (+/- 3dB) and sensitivity is 90dB/W/m. Warranty is 1 year on driver defects and 10 years on the remainder of the unit.
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12 / 13 / 12
Accoustic Arts has just shown their Streamer ES audiophile quality network player designed for HD audio has just shown their Streamer ES audiophile quality network player designed for HD audio. The Streamer ES easily handles HD audio files in WAV and FLAC up to 24-bit/192kHz and has a simple and intuitive to use UPnP media player with internet radio (vTuner). There are two USB ports to connect USB flash drives and certain hard disks. Digital input is via S/PDIF coaxial and there is a digital output S/PDIF coaxial for connection of a separate D/A converter or for recording purposes. Network connection is via Ethernet or Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and the front panel sports a high quality 3.5" TFT color display that shows album cover art, etc. A highly engineered power supply with top quality components and ample power supply capacity of more than 100,000 µF ensures uninterrupted superior sound quality. The front panel features a visually stunning micro-polished aluminum and chrome-plated controls in solid brass. Operation of the unit is via Accustic Arts system remote control SRC III (infra-red) or in the Wi-Fi network via their Apple and Android App.
12 / 13 / 12
Olive has just launched their first all-in-one homewide music player called the ONE Music OS "powered by the crowd". Crowdfunding enables Olive to sell the ONE at only $399. Olive's new open platform music OS is built for maximum musical enjoyment and ease of use. It learns from the user's listening habits and adapts to their taste. It also integrates into social networks and its open architecture means the unit is future-ready for innovative music apps and direct interaction with musical artists. From Spotify to Pandora and YouTube, the new wireless HD Docking Station plays music from your smartphone, PC or Mac. There is a color touch-screen interface for users to swipe and tap their way through the entire music collection. Every ONE is constructed with a fine-grade aluminum enclosure and covered with a beautiful glass touch-screen. The built-in HD DAC uses the Burr-Brown PCM5142 and thus capable of 32-bit/384kHz playback with 8x oversampling. SNR is 112dB, THD+N is 93dB. Built-in dual HD amplifiers produce 32 watts per channel and the unit includes DSP with Olive's patent-pending PRISM technology. Supported audio formats include WAV, AIF, FLAC, MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless and Ogg Vorbis. Analog output is via speaker terminals, there is a digital output and the unit is DLNA, UPnP, Wi-Fi certified for MultiCast and is Bluetooth (4.0) capable. For music files, users can choose cloud services, NAS, computer and there will be an option for built-in 2.5" hard drive or SSD drive from 500GB to 2.5TB. Seeking crowdsource funding, so far Olive has raised $43,047 towards their goal of $200,000 (with 51 days left) to make the unit a reality. Right now Olive has an Early Bird Special and offering the ONE for $379 with an estimated delivery date of July 2013. This offer also includes an extended two year warranty ($100 value), and free USA shipping ($40 for international delivery). Got $10,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Then Olive's Exclusive Edition of the ONE HD Music Player may be to your liking as it will include a 480GB SSD drive and much more! The Exclusive Edition ONE will also have an uprated beautiful chrome enclosure with laser engraved name and serial number into the base. For this $10,000 Olive will also preload and hand-groom all your existing music (up to 460GB) plus invite you to come pick up your ONE personally in San Francisco (they pay airfare and two hotel nights). There will be only 20 of these Exclusive Editions available worldwide.
Schiit has just intro'ed their Magni Amp for headphones and Modi DAC ($99 each). The Magni Amp produces 1.2 watt @ 32 Ohms and is a fully discrete design. Modi is an advanced USB DAC with the AKM4396 D/A converter, asynchronous of course, and has an active filter output stage for driving long cable runs. Magni headphone amplifier (pictured) delivers 1.2W into 32 Ohms, and is capable of driving many orthodynamic headphones, as well as offering >100dB signal to noise for compatibility with many IEMs. It includes a 115V-compatible wall wart style power adapter and has a distortion of less than 0.004% at 1V. Schiit's Modi uses the same CM6631 USB input receiver as Schiit’s USB module, running in USB Audio 1.0 mode for driverless operation at all sample rates from 16-bit/44.1kHz to 24-bit/96kHz. Featuring a premium AKM 4396 D/A converter and an active output filter stage built around the AD8616 OpAmp, the Schiit Modi has the ability to drive long cable runs. Magni and Modi also feature a two-year parts and labor warranty and has a 15-day money-back guarantee (yet with a 15% restocking fee).
12 / 12 / 12
Enjoy the Music.com has just launched our CES 2013 / T.H.E. Show 2013 preview audiophile event report! Check back multiple times a week as Enjoy the Music.com is updating our CES 2013 and T.H.E. Show 2013 preview often right up until the first day of these events. Stay ahead of the market and be the first to learn of all the new gear to appear at these shows days before others. If you are an exhibitor of either event and want to have your product featured within the preview, click here for details. You can also stay ahead of pack and get fast updates by joining us on Twitter and Facebook too! We here at Enjoy the Music.com want to ensure you get a sneak peek at gear long before others... and this includes before they are seen at these events too! So come join us and stay ahead of the pack.
Enjoy the Music.com just posted the December edition of Hi-Fi+ (Issue 94)! This issue includes show coverage of Can Jam at RMAF plus equipment reviews of the Magico S5 speaker, Wilson Benesch Vector floorstander, Krell Cifer CD/SACD player, Chord Electronics QBD76 HDSD DAC, Pass Labs XP-25 two-box phono preamplifier, April Music Eximus DP1 DAC, PSB M4U 2 active noise-canceling headphones, Ferguson Hill FH008 2.1 channel horn system and much more! Within Alan Sircom's editorial he says, "Not that the post-CD world marks the end of the great audiophile journey. If anything, the transition from disc to download has seen a resurgence in interest in all things audio, and sometimes in unexpected ways; with downloads offering nothing tangible to own, hold and possess, we’ve seen the turntable become cool again, and for the first time in years, buying hi-fi is very fashionable in the sort of circles no-one might have expected five or more years ago." You can see the complete table of contents and editorial of Hi-Fi+ by clicking here.
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12 / 11 / 12
Synthesis has released a new LE version of their popular Nimis amplifier. The Nimis was introduced in 1996 and went on to become very successful. After a decade of triumph, the company now presents their Nimis LE version. The Limited Edition version is achieved by refined engineering and carefully hand matching the specially selected components under a strict quality control. Golden plated knobs, transformer covers and ceramic sockets distinguishes this finest version of the legendary Nimis. This extra attention is characterized by the Italian company's custom made power supply, which features more than double the energy required. Tube compliment in total are four 6BQ5/EL84 for output, 12AX7/ECC83 for driver and another 12AX7/ECC83 for input stage. Producing 20 watts per channel in push-pull, this integrated unit has four stereo inputs via RCA and output is via high quality gold-plated binding posts. The Nimis LE is limited to only 499 units and each one is uniquely numbered with a certificate of quality and authenticity. Frequency response is from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, SNR is >90dB, weight is 22 lbs and dimensions are 320 x 220 x 120 (WxDxH in mm). Enjoy the Music.com's Editor Steven R. Rochlin reviewed the Synthesis Naďf Nimis integrated amplifier at this link.
Tannoy Turnberry/85LE 85th Anniversary large floorstanding speaker continues this legendary company's high sensitivity designs. This special commemorative model (1926-2011) celebrates the founder's 85 years within the United Kingdom. Featuring Tannoy's 10-inch Dual Concentric ALCOMAX-III unit with Alnico magnet, the driver is housed within a 100 liter enclosure to reproduce music with heavy bass. A centrally-mounted brass horn aids the tweeter compression driver. Advantages of the dual-concentric design include the sound radiating from a single central point via very carefully controlled dispersion techniques for precise imaging. The woofer cone uses a unique coated paper design made with natural characteristics to reduce harmful vibrations and optimize transient response plus increase power handling. Impregnated with phenolic resin, this increases the specific strength and durability. A twin roll hard edge surround uses cotton cloth that is specially coated for maximum performance and durability. The cabinet uses a Distributed Port System (DPS) that provides an opening at the bottom port on both sides of the front enclosure. This bass reflex system extends the low range reproduction with high resolution. Centrally-mounted on the lower front of the speaker is an adjustable crossover network, with owners having the ability to increase or decrease in five stages (3dB) the tweeter level. Internal wiring is silver coated copper manufactured by Van den Hul. Main condensers are manufactured by ICW UK ClarityCap film capacitors. Large inductors use copper wire wound around a laminated iron core at high density for low frequency and said to have extremely low loss. Overall speaker power handling is from 30 to 300 Watts, sensitivity is 93dB/W/m and overall frequency response is from 29 Hz to 22 kHz.
12 / 10 / 12
Van den Hul now offers a new USB cable ($599). So what makes their USB cable special? The signal wires are extremely heavy plated silver over OFC. As digital signals tend to go to the outside of the cable (the so called skin-effect) the dense very pure silver plating is in effect carrying the signal from source to receiver. Next, the signal conducting wires are kept as far away from the power lines as possible. The flat construction of the cable delivers the best possible performance over the maximum distance. Finally, Van den Hul's patented Hulliflex jacket provides a long lasting protective environment virtually eliminating oxidation which harms the sonic performance of wire.
Bocchtech Audio's new Mayflower interconnect cable has been specially designed and uses pure copper RCA or BAXLR connectors. The MayFlower interconnect cable are each hand made to exacting Bocchino Audio specifications. Ultra pure copper wire strands are drawn through a diamond die, in a vacuum, to deliver a flawless circular surface. The smoothness of the surface enables accurate delivery of high frequency music and precise stereo imaging. Solid core conductors for the signal wires enable high current carrying capacity delivering "ultra fast transients, energy in the bass with a relaxed sense of immediacy of the performance space not possible with multi strand or ultra-skinny wires" according to the company. The return to signal ratio for RCA interconnect is 1:1; with sophisticated ground, shield and drain wire topology anchored at the the source end. This is claimed to enable an extremely quiet background, not found in any other cable design. For balanced configuration the ground acts as the return through the circuit and this maintains the same quiet background for balanced listening, with the signal wires maintaining their perfect 1:1 ratio for the hot and cold. Al MayFlower cables are terminated with either Bocchino Audio's B33 RCA "The Illustrious" Push Fit connector, which us made with 99.996% pure copper that is then silver plated. For the balanced interconnect, Bocchino Audio's R9 BAXLR uses signal pins that are machined from pure copper billet and then heavily silver plated.
RHB Sound Dezign's patented GreenForce power supply is claimed to be the first in the world that can be built using only Teflon film capacitors. Patented by Bob Backert of RHB Sound Dezign, this power supply is used primarily in RHB's preamplifier modifications and is claimed to be the first major advance in linear power supply design since the 1930s. Bob Backert has been modifying and improving amplifiers for decades. His tubed amplifier designs are all hand-built, and never use negative feedback. "For me, it is all about live music," said Mr. Backert. "When you walk into a restaurant or club, you can tell right away if the music is recorded, or live. I wanted a power supply that would deliver the same speed, accuracy and powerful dynamics as live music, so it would be much harder to tell if the music were recorded. GreenForce is the realization of that dream." The patented GreenForce power supply requires only about 0.5 uF in a tubed preamplifier. This makes either Teflon or polypropylene film capacitors easily affordable. In a solid-state preamplifier, GreenForce requires only about 10 uF, which allows the use of high-quality polypropylene capacitors, a significant upgrade over the stock electrolytics. RHB Sound Dezign can install the GreenForce power supply for less than $1000 in most preamplifiers, phono preamps, some sources such as CD players, and some power amplifiers.
12 / 06 / 12
Telarc / Concord Music Group received 18 Grammy nominations, which was just announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Winners will be chosen at the televised 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2013. The 18 nominations include 24/7 by Gerald Albright & Norman Brown, Hot House by Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists, Alice in Wonderland by soloist Chick Corea, Live by Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You) by Arturo Sandoval and many others. Congratulations to Concord Music Group / Telarc and thanks for providing decades of great musical performances recorded in very high quality!
Bryston LTD is celebrating 50 years in business and have introduced the BDA-2 outboard digital to analog converter (DAC, $2395). The BDA-2 builds on the award-winning success of the BDA-1 DAC, adding the latest 32-bit DAC technology and the most advanced USB interface to accommodate the ever expanding computer-based entertainment market. The Bryston BDA-2 uses fully discrete Class-A proprietary Bryston analog circuits, two independent (analog and digital) linear power supplies and dual 32-bit AKM DAC chips. The BDA-2 also utilizes a new asynchronous USB input capable of 192kHz/24-bit resolution. Flexibility with an array of inputs includes USB, S/PDIF coax, TosLink optical, and AES/EBU. For audio outputs, the BDA-2 offers both balanced XLR as well as unbalanced RCA stereo connectors on the rear panel. The BDA-2 is RS-232 software upgradeable and the BDA-2 power supply employs two independent secondary windings on the power transformer — one each for the digital and analog sections of the device. In the BDA-2, each stage in the digital chain is also independently regulated to prevent any unwanted interactions. Bryston's BDA-2 comes with a 5 year warranty.
Bryston LTD has announced their new BDP-2 USB unit. Both the BDP-1 and BDP-2 were designed to give music aficionados the ability to enjoy their library of high-resolution digital music files (resolutions of up to 24-bit/192kHz are supported) residing on a USB storage device, which in turn is directly connected via standard USB cable or thumb drive to the Bryston digital music player. New to the BDP-2 are six USB 2.0 inputs and upgradable to USB 3.0, future-proofing the device as a long term solution. Additionally, the BDP-2 contains eight times the internal memory and three times the processing speed compared to the BDP-1, which will remain in the Bryston lineup alongside the BDP-2. "The user interface and sonic qualities of the BDP-2 are identical to the BDP-1," explained Bryston VP James Tanner. "We have given the BDP-2 NAS and eSATA drive connectivity, UPnP/DNLA client/server support and much more speed for those customers with very large libraries of music files." The BDP-2 features two RS232 ports for control system connectivity and two Gigabit Ethernet connections, all pointing to a new internal motherboard powered by an Intel Atom processor. Bryston's BDP-2 also has accommodations for a user-supplied internal drive that should be installed by an authorized Bryston service facility.
IQ Audio Corporation offers the next generation of Class-D amplifiers with their new IQ M300 amplifier ($1595 per pair). This 300-watt monoblock amplifier is said to produce "delicate detailing, from a quite black background, with powerful punch and dimensional imagery" according to the company. The IQ M300 features a seamless extrusion enclosure with machined aluminum top and bottom panels. The extrusion mounting holes are created using CNC machines whilst all chassis printing is done via laser. This ensures absolute precision of every component of the IQ M300 enclosure. IQ Audio's IQ M300 amplifier produces 150 watts into 8 Ohms (300 @ 4 Ohms) continuous sine wave with less than 0.02% distortion. The M300 measures a mere 3" x 7.7" x 7.7" (HxWxD) and weighs 7 pounds.
12 / 06 / 12
Enjoy the Music.com's $89,750 High-End Audio Contest winners have been selected! This exciting contest put you in the driver's seat with great products from outstanding high-end audio companies. "Enjoy the Music.com's High-End Audio Contest has been amazingly successful and greatly exceeded even our lofty goals" said Steven R. Rochlin, Editor and Creative Director of Enjoy the Music.com. "With such an enormous response from a wide variety of brilliant consumer electronics manufacturers located worldwide to our global readership, the locations of contest winners further prove Enjoy the Music.com's triumph! For many years our goal has been to provide our readers with great information to further enhance their musical pleasures via high-end audio. Winners of the Enjoy the Music.com $89,750 Contest are located in Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Slovenia, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Our global reach continues to flourish as millions of people worldwide each year seek out Enjoy the Music.com to provide them with vital information and knowledge about music reproduction and how to achieve a first-rate audio system." And the contest winners are:
Synergistic Research Tanquility Basik ($995) plus 5 fuses.
Synergistic Research Element CTS IC- ($3600) plus 5 fuses.
Synergistic Research Hologram D SE- ($2800) and Digital Power Tools (winner's choice up to $800 value) plus plus 5 fuses.
Purist Audio Design one meter length of their 25th Anniversary Power Cord. ($9900)
A set of of MIT's Matrix 28 Speaker Interfaces 12-foot pair ($1759) and two of MIT's Matrix 12 Audio Interconnects (RCA) 2-meter pairs ($749 each)
MIT's Matrix 28 Speaker Interfaces 12-foot pair ($1759) and two of MIT's Matrix 12 Audio Interconnects (RCA) 2-meter ($749 each)
MIT's Matrix 28 Speaker Interfaces 12-foot pair ($1759) and two of MIT's Matrix 12 Audio Interconnects (RCA) 2-meter pairs ($749 each)
Skogrand Cable's ultimate performers with winner specifying desired brocade sleeve, length and termination of the cables, with a maximum cable pair length of three meters ($9350)
Von Schweikert Audio UniField Model One monitor speaker system in choice of Steinway high-gloss piano black paint, medium cherry veneer with satin clear coat, or American blonde sycamore with satin clear coat ($3995 per pair).
STAHL~TEK's A.B.C. (Audiophile Bridge to Computer) unit ($3500)
ModWright KWA 100 Stereo Amplifier valued at $3495
AARON XX integrated amplifier with remote control ($3300)
Ologe Acoustic The One acoustic monitor speakers and matching A Stands ($2600)
ASC/TubeTrap awarded four of their 13" TubeTraps ($2168)
Emerald Physics 100.2SE Special Edition power amplifiers ($2000)
Antelope Audio awarded their Zodiac 192 kHz DAC ($1895)
Audyssey Audio Dock ($399) and Media Speakers ($249.99),
Audyssey Audio Dock ($399) and Media Speakers ($249.99) plus an Audio Dock Air ($399)
Anthony Gallo Acoustics' Classico CL-3 speakers in the winner's choice of either black ash or cherry cabinet ($1595)
HiDiamond XLR2 balanced cable in 1.5 meter length ($1300 total)
Audio Nemesis DC-1 VLE DAC unit (€1000, approximately $1260)
Everything But The Box Venus D loudspeakers in White high gloss color (€1000, approximately $1260)
Redgum Audio RGi35 dual mono integrated amplifier ($1200)
Emotiva X-ref 12 subwoofer ($699), Mini-x a-100 ($299) and CMX-6 ($119)
Kubala-Sosna Fascination 1.5 meter power cords ($537.50)
Kubala-Sosna Fascination 1.5 meter power cords ($537.50)
Epipany Acoustics EHP-O2Dand two EHP-O2 and three Atratus RCA interconnects ( Ł686.99, approximately $1062)
Epipany Acoustics E-DAC, two EHP-O2 and three Atratus RCA interconnects ( Ł686.99, approximately $1062)
Triode Wire Labs six foot length of Seven Plus, Ten Plus and Twelve Plus power cords
Practical Devices XM6 headphone amplifier ($502)
Practical Devices XM6 headphone amplifier ($502)
Wyred 4 Sound µDAC units ($399)
Wyred 4 Sound µDAC units ($399)
CA Electronics HS-1 headphone stand ($114) and set of three Ceramic feet ($77)
CA Electronics HS-1 headphone stand ($114)
CA Electronics HS-1 headphone stand ($114)
CA Electronics HS-1 headphone stand ($114)
GIK Acoustics' Room Kit Package #2 that includes six 242 Acoustic Panels, four 244 Bass Traps and one Monster Bass Trap ($708.89)
HIFIMAN's HE-300 headphones ($299)
HIFIMAN's E-400 headphones ($399)
Kimber Kable 8 foot pair of 12TC with SBAN connectors ($630)
Axiom Audio M3 speakers in a custom real wood Rosewood with a Bordeaux finish ($612 per pair)
WireWorld 1-meter length of Platinum Starlight USB cable ($599.95)
AudioEngine's D2 Premium 24-bit wireless DAC system ($599)
Spin-Clean MKII package with extra pair of rollers, triple the amount of drying cloths and eight times more cleaning fluid plus more! ($598.98 total prize)
Soundmatters International’s foxL v2 Platinum pocket-sized audiophile music system with Bluetooth ($279)
Gingko Audio Cloud 14A platform ($549)
Audio Fidelity will be sending 19 of their ultra-high quality gold CDs ($500)
Grado GR10 headphones ($399)
Grado SR80 headphones ($99)
Serene Audio active (powered) Paisley speakers ($495)
12 / 05 / 12
Linn Records has launched five new limited edition Master Collections of music! has launch five new limited edition Digital Music Collections! These no-hassle collections collate the latest digital albums released in the premium digital format - Studio Master. Each collection is carefully put together, with all artwork included and embedded, ready to enjoy in a choice of ALAC or FLAC. Linn also includes the CD and MP3 versions of each album as well, should you wish to burn to a disc or listen on a portable device. The five Master Collections include:
2012 Top 50 Studio Master Collection: 2012's top fifty best selling Studio Master albums; a taster collection specially selected from the greatest albums of the year.
All-time Top 50 Studio Master Collection: Our top fifty best selling Studio Masters of all-time.
Linn Bestselling Classical Top 50 Studio Master Collection: The strength of Linn's classical catalogue saw the label crowned ‘Label of the Year' by Gramophone in 2010 and this magnificent collection comprises fifty of its bestselling classical recordings. Including Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique by the award-winning SCO / Ticciati, plus Linn’s bestselling classical album of 2012, J.S. Bach: Cello Suites by Richard Tunnicliffe and seasonal favorite Handel: Messiah by the Dunedin Consort.
Complete 2012 Studio Master Collection: Over 200 albums released on Studio Master in 2012 including The Great American Songbook from Claire Martin, beautifully crafted folk from Emily Barker, toe-tapping blues from John Verity, melodic electronica from Marconi Union, award-winning Debussy from Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Nordic jazz from Randi Tytingvag.
The Ultimate Studio Master Collection: This Digital Music Collection contains not just Linn's own award winning titles but entire catalogues from our partner labels too. That's over 500 albums!
Sonos has added Apple device support for wireless music support from your iDevice. Since music has never been more portable or more widely available in the history of mankind, Sonos now has added the capability of enjoying your favorite tracks and artists from your iTunes music, podcasts, and directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch anywhere there is a Sonos speaker or player. To enable your Apple devices within the Sonos ecosystem, users simply update their Sonos software and Controller Apps via the App Store (software version 3.8.3). Then ensure your i-Device is on the home wireless network, and then launch the Sonos Controller App. At the main music menu users will see all of their iOS devices' music, playlists and podcasts all available as a music source. Enjoy the Music.com's editor Steven R. Rochlin has reviewed the Sonos system at this link.
12 / 04 / 12
Soundmatters (has announced their new Soundmatters foxLv2 aptX amplified bluetooth speaker ($199). Based on the award earning foxLv2, the foxLv2 aptX takes go-anywhere music to a new level with CSR aptX's advanced streamed Bluetooth technology for wireless CD-quality music and improved sound/picture sync for movies and gaming available with aptX-equipped devices (like the latest Samsung smartphones/tablets and Apple computers). The foxLv2 aptX entry level model joins Soundmatters’ high-end aptX-equipped foxLv2 PLATINUM, named 2012 Best of CES Finalist by the International Bluetooth Consortium. foxLv2 aptX is the portable speaker with a range of unique sound features including foxL's patented "Twoofers", "BassBattery" plus other technologies that provide a smoother deeper bass and an 'open & airy' listening experience. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Platinum version of the foxLv2 at this link.
Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
12 / 03 / 12
Madotec's new L'Enceinte Bleue speaker (€7500 per pair) employs a very unique Bleu du Hainaut granite from Belgium for enclosure. The full range main driver uses no crossover to aid in purity of sound. The specially designed 12" driver is manufactured by Electro Magnet Speaker, a French company held and managed by the daughter of Mr. Fertin. This specific model, the LB12, has a powerful ferrite magnet and within this design produces a frequency response from 55 Hz to 15 kHz (+/-3dB). The extremely heavy enclosure is 30 mm thick and solid granite to ensure an inert cabinet. For those seeking more bass, a woofer will be offered soon as an option as well as the use of a field coil driver LB12 EX with a dedicated power supply. No word yet on a tweeter to bring the upper frequency to SACD and 24-bit/192kHz standards. Fortunately the speaker is 97dB/W/m sensitive and presents a 16 Ohm load to the amplifier. Hookup is via a pair of WBT Nextgen 0703 silver binding-posts and one copper banana female connector for grounding the LB12 basket. Internal cabling is paper insulated Mundorf 17 mm silver foil.
EuroAudioTeam's (E.A.T.) recently announced E–Go tonearm. As this is the third tonearm from the company, they wanted to increase the choice of available tonearms and build a proper catalogue for their customers. As such, the company joined forces with Bob Graham to develop the E–Go, short for "EuroAudioTeam – Graham Original". Based on the Graham Phantom II Supreme, the E–Go evolved from the acclaimed Phantom and features newly developed internal wiring for better detail retrieval and improved freedom from any mechanical resistance according to E.A.T. An upgraded pivot design is said to provide greater musical dynamics, which is aided by a new titanium armwand. Magneglide, which transforms and optimizes unipivot tonearm behavior, is a patented magnetic stabilization system in which lateral stability and a portion of the damping are provided by powerful neodymium magnets. They are placed in a horizontal line from the pivot point of the tonearm. As an added bonus, the Magneglide system also permits the application of anti-skate through the magnetic coupling of the design, thereby eliminating direct contact or possible resonance to affect the main pivot assembly of the tonearm. The anti-skate system is easily adjusted either by a thumb-wheel rotation or sliding motion of the bias weight for minute adjustments, from near-zero force to >3 grams. The E–Go's easy setup and interchangeable arm tube only furthers the convenience of this new tonearm design for users. A patented alignment system offers convenience and accuracy of cartridge installation alignment away from the turntable itself.
12 / 01 / 12
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