This is the second album from Projected Twin, the brainchild of Adelaide local Shaun Holton.  Following on from the similarly titled, self-produced debut Earth to World, Earth vs World was made possible by the increasingly successful Pledge Music organization.  For those unfamiliar, Pledge and similar organizations take donations towards the cost of  recording upcoming albums and, in a nutshell, donators are essentially paying for their copy of the record before it’s even produced.  It’s a brilliant concept and many artists are now following this path including Ben Folds. More »

Nuclear Blast Records

Sophomore albums are always an interesting proposition.  Not only because they are supposedly “difficult”, but also because they often give a more realistic representation of a band’s sound and future direction than their debut.  Many bands skew off in a radically different direction on their second albums, eager to avoid stereotype and accusations of regression.  However, if a band’s second album is similar to their first, then you can bet that’s their signature sound and they’re happy to stick with it.  The latter is definitely the case here.  Born out of the ashes of White Wizzard in 2008, Holy Grail quickly developed their own sound and an enthusiastic fan base after the release of their 2010 debut Crisis in Utopia. More »

British audio cable manufacturer, Black Rhodium has announced the launch of its latest stereo interconnect named Tempo. Black_rhodium_tempo_interconnect

The design of Tempo is based very closely on the company’s Coda interconnect cable with two differences: The Silicone rubber type GPC insulation of the 19 individual 16-gauge silver plated copper conductors has been increased from a thickness of 0.6mm to 1.2mm to “reduce Transient Phase Distortion” and the cables are now encased in a violet coloured expandable braid.

TEMPO cables are twisted together, “thus preventing the cable acting as a “loop aerial” for airborne radio frequency interference which can cause audible distortion to the sound quality” and Eichmann Bullet RCA phono plugs are fitted.

Price is £200 for a 0.5m pair and £225 for a 1m pair.


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In the second of our ongoing series of Behind the Brands interviews we speak to Graeme Holland who heads up the high-end valve amplifier manufacturing company Audion.

If you are involved in the Hifi industry and are yourself interested in being included in the Behind The Brand interviews then please do get in touch with us.

Check out the full list of our Behind the Brands interviews and find out what makes the names behind the brands tick.


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Graeme Holland heads up Audion, a high-end valve amplifier manufacturer based in South West France, having traditional values and service, yet at the forefront of tube technologies. Now celebrating 25 years of supplying and creating high-end audio products, Audion goes from strength to strength. More »

With its Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC), standalone Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) & Preamp, Digital-to-Digital AmiMuseDDH1-00_lgConverter (DDC), standalone Digital-to-Digital Converter (DDC) with analog input and Headphone Amplifier this little unit from Tokyo certainly seems to be well specced.

  • All in one device for USB DAC, standalone DAC & Preamp, USB-DDC, standalone DDC with analog input, headphone amplifier.
  • Asynchronous USB operation: bit-perfect digital audio and low clock jitter.
  • USB audio class 2 (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and high-speed asynchronous mode: Microsoft Windows® XP, Windows® Vista and Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit) with special driver compatible with WDM/Direct X, ASIO 2.1 and WASAPI exclusive. Apple OSX version 10.6.4 and above (no driver install required).AmiMuseDDH1-07_lg
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz full speed mode compatible. If enabled for UAC2 when connected to an FS hub, it will fall back to UAC1, full speed mode.
  • External 12V 2.5A high current DC power supply unit for high quality audio performance.
  • Full aluminum finished exterior design case.
  • Audio muting transistor for anti-pop control.
  • ESD protection varistor, USB Surge protection circuit enabled.
  • Standard dual RCA stereo line output jack with fixed gain and variable gain controlled by FIX/VAR select switch.
  • High−performance dual unit precision potentiometer for line output (at variable mode) and headphone output volume control.
  • Quad-level LED indication for sample rate status: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz.
  • Dual line output mode support pure DAC mode (fixed gain) and preamp mode (variable gain, potentiometer volume control).
  • Up to 24-bit/192kHz S/PDIF input (TOSLINK optical & coaxial).
  • Up to 24-bit/192kHz optical S/PDIF output from USB input, optical input, coaxial input and 24-bit/96kHz optical S/PDIF output from analog line input path.

Price is expected to be around 450 USD

We will have a full hifi review of the AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and headphone amplifier coming soon.


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NuForce, Inc have announced a single-chassis integrated stereo amplifier, the IA-18. The uniNuforce_frontt incorporates  components used in NuForce’s c Reference Series products including much of the same circuitry as the P-20, the company’s most recent flagship preamplifier, a Cross Matrix Array (CMA) capacitor module, and two V3 output amplifier modules.

The IA-18 features five analogue RCA inputs and the same touch-strip control panel as that of its reference sibling. The IA-18’s volume control, which, like the P-20’s, consists of a switched-resistor ladder network consisting of the latest advances in thin-film technology is said to be a key feature of the amplifier and operates by way of a single thin-film, ultra-low-noise resistor in the signal path for each of its 0.5dB gain settings, allowing for precise volume adjustment for each channel in discrete, 0.5dB steps.nuforce_back

The amp is offered in a black or silver sand-blasted anodized aluminum case and includes a custom-designed remote that permits operation of all of the unit’s functions from listening position.


  • Full microprocessor control with memory retention
  • Five stereo inputs for complete system flexibility
  • Ultra low noise JFETs employed in input stage
  • Volume adjustment in 99 precise, 0.5dB increments
  • Thin-film switched-resistor ladder network for controlling volume – only a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting
  • Individually adjustable volume on each input for precise level matching of all sources
  • A pair of V3 amplifier modules
  • Cross-Matrix Array (CMA) capacitor module

The NuForce IA-18 is available worldwide for a suggested retail price of US$3500 and shipping immediately.


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Merrill Audio announces the release of two new models of their Veritas amplifiers, a Dual Mono version called the MerillVERITAS Twins, and Bridged Monoblocks called the VERITAS Siamese Twins. All three models are built around the Hypex Ncore NC1200.
Priced at USD $9,000, the VERITAS Twins Dual Mono Amplifier provides the sonic and build quality of the VERITAS Monoblocks, but in a single chassis for those with less space. Like the VERITAS Monoblocks, the VERITAS Twins is constructed from a single Aluminum billet.  It has a single power cord that powers both channels, which are separated to either side of the chassis. A single Remote Trigger controls both channels.
The VERITAS Siamese Twins Monoblocks, priced at US $18,000, provides a bridged version of the VERITAS Monoblocks.


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Waveform is the new class of semi-active digital RCA from Tellurium Q (patent applied for in UK, number:1223346.6) TQWaveformcoming from many months of research by the UK based company. “The new device contains a bi-directional, high speed, non-avalanching voltage clamp, controlling the peak voltages into your DAC. The technology is contained on two little circuit boards encased in anti-micro-phonic material, one in each RCA plug.”

Claimed effects of the new cable are that it “boosts the speed of the edges of the digital signal giving you the fastest possible secure transmission of a digital signal allowing DACs to maintain an excellent lock at all times, reduce error and minimise dropout giving the most accurate signal possible today”.

Price is £390.


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The Glow Amp Two is a push/pull stereo tube amplifier producing 15 watts per channel, featuring EL84 power tubes. glow_audio_amp_two_stereo_tube_amplifier_rearLike the Glow Amp One, it is assembled by hand, utilizing the point-to-point method.

Glow Audio say the amp has a “classic sound, has the punch of a good push/pull amp, without the graininess that is so characteristic of many push/pull amps in its price range. It has the sweet high end of the EL84, a tight, impressive bass output, and a natural sounding mid range. It sounds wonderful on a wide range of music.”
The retail price of the GLOW Amp Two is $1508 and will be available in February in either high gloss black or white.


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Krell Industries announce Foundation, the latest in a long line of  A/V processors from the company. Featuring the foundation2-smlatest digital connectivity, the Foundation also maintains Krell’s standards for analogue audio reproduction.

From decoding the latest lossless audio formats, extensive digital switching, 3DTV pass-through,  etc the Foundation is certainly well equipped. The 7.1-channel processor also features balanced audio outputs, automatic setup and room EQ.

In addition to 10 HDMI 1.4a inputs, the Foundation has 2 HDMI outputs, both of which feature Audio Return Channel. With ARC, a display device is able to send audio back down the HDMI cable to the processor. This is beneficial for those with televisions with built-in web streaming capability like Netflix or Pandora, so the streaming audio can use the full home theater system instead of just the TV’s speakers.

The Foundation includes a new Krell development – Intelligent HDMI switching. Intelligent HDMI switching is a combination of circuitry and software that optimizes HDMI operation. Various parameters including the monitor’s electronic ID and source video resolution are stored in non-volatile memory. All 10 source inputs are always active so source, channel, video resolution, and audio format changes are instantaneous. The Intelligent HDMI design provides the fastest signal recognition possible.

The Foundation also features Krell’s Automatic Room Equalization System (ARES), to help ensure the best possible performance from every room. ARES analyzes all the speakers in the system, their location, phase, and distance from each other, to determine the best crossover frequency, delay, etc. In addition, ARES incorporates the acoustics of the room to determine unique EQ curves for each of the 7.1 output channels.

The Foundation will be available at Krell authorised dealers in February 2013 for $6,500 MSRP.


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KEF has become provider of custom loudspeakers to Princess Yachts and their Ci160TR loudspeakers will be featured in 2753_Saloonthe boat company’s motor-yachts of 60ft and above.

The yachts have exquisite interior spaces akin to luxury loft apartments, and the KEF Ci160TR fits “perfectly between the extremely narrow bulkhead spaces”. With a depth of just 30mm, it’s the slimmest full-range Custom Installation speaker in the Ci industry.

With an advanced 4.5in mid/bass driver and 1 in tweeter featuring KEF’s patented Tangerine Wave guide – creating a wide sound dispersion – “the Ci160TRs’ performance is nothing less than remarkable”. They use an utra-thin bezel, magnetic and moisture-resistant grilles, and wider mounting legs for improved force distribution when fitted. Where every millimetre is at a premium, the Ci160TR is perfectly suited for placement within the beautiful cabins of Princess Yachts.


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The fourth and final set of photographs from CES 2013 can be viewed here. Lots of pics of seriously high-end audio and hifi for your viewing pleasure. Do enjoy!


Hifi Pig would like to say a massive thank you to the Part Time Audiophile for allowing us to use these photographs.

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A year ago Kudos launched the Super 10, a development of the Cardea series stand-mount loudspeakers and now, aSuper 20 year later, Kudos has applied the same concept to their Cardea series 2-way floor-standing loudspeakers to produce the Super 20.

The Super 20 combines the Kudos Crescendo K2 tweeter from Kudos’ flagship Titan T88 loudspeaker together with a newly developed main driver which features a hand-treated paper cone, 26mm diameter voice coil, aluminium phase plug and a copper shorting ring to minimise eddy currents.  The two drive units are unique to Kudos and have been developed to integrate seamlessly with a very simple crossover.

In the crossover itself Mundorf inductors and resistors are used as well as Mundorf Supreme gold, silver and oil capacitors.

The Super 20 cabinet is manufactured from 18mm high density MDF and finished with either real wood veneers, or a satin white paint. The reflex port is situated on the bottom of the cabinet to enable more flexibility in placement within the listening room; this incorporates the damped flexi port design from the Kudos Titan T88.  The plinth provides a fixed boundary gap for the port to work optimally as well as providing additional stability.  The plinth itself is a tri-laminate design of high density MDF, a damping compound and a steel base providing stability and mechanical grounding properties.  Stainless steel spikes are also included for grounding the loudspeaker to the floor.


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Hifi Pig is delighted to announce the latest addition to the ever growing content of the website. As part of the team’s ongoing desire to bring you the latest news and reviews we have today launched the “Behind The Brand” series of interviews.

In this series of interviews we will be looking at how the people behind the brands initially got into the industry, what their views on the current state of the hifi industry are and od course some more personal questions.

We’re sure you will agree that this is a great addition to Hifi Pig’s content and we’re equally sure it will prove hugely popular with our readers.

We kick the series off with an interview with the Managing Director of Roksan Audio Tufan Hashemi and you can read his responses to our questions here

If you are involved in the Hifi industry and are yourself interested in being included in the Behind The Brand interviews then please do get in touch with us.


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Tufan Hashemi is Managing Director of Roksan Audio, the company that brought the audiophile community the Xerxes turntable in the mid 1980. The company still produces a version of the Xerxes turntable (The Xerxes .20 Plus) as well as a host of other products including amplifiers, cartridges, tonearms, CD Players, loudspeakers and a tuner.

The company’s latest product is the Oxygene range which includes an uber-cool CD player and amplifier. More »

The Reference DAC Digital Media Bridge connects nearly all forms of digital media to a centralized unit with 2628_Audio_Research_Reference_DAC_Digital_Media_Bridge“exceptional digital to-analogue processing”, the same vacuum tube analogue stage and power supply as the Reference 5 SE, and an intuitive, easy to use display interface.

The Reference DAC builds on the sonic performance of the DAC8, as well as technology from Audio Research preamplifiers such as the Reference Anniversary and the chassis has the same size and look as other Reference series preamplifiers. New is the 3.5” TFT display on the front panel, capable of displaying all unit functions as well as metadata from certain sources. The Reference DAC also incorporates the ability to upsample any 44.1 or 48 kHz source to 176.4 or 192 kHz playback.

The idea of the Digital Media Bridge is to unite all digital sources into a singular, high performance chassis to provide
an elegant, user-friendly digital audio solution. The Reference DAC has capacity for the following sources:
Wired Ethernet, Wireless Ethernet via IEEE802.11b/g/n, vTuner Internet Radio, AES/EBU input, S/PDIF optical input, S/PDIF coaxial input, USB 2.0 HS for computer, USB 2.0 for iPod, iPad, iTouch, and/or iPhone, USB input memory stick (thumb drive) front input.

The Audio Research Reference DAC Digital Media Bridge is available in the UK through Absolute Sounds’ network of high-end audio retailers, with an SRP of £13,998 inc. VAT.


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Part 3 of the CES photographs series is now uploaded with photographs of high-end audio and hifi from Cary, VAC, Devore Fidelity, MBL, Acoustic Plan, Dynaudio, Moon Audio. Copland, Yamamoto Sound Craft and many more high end brands. Make sure you also check out parts 1 and 2 for lots more photographs of High-end hifi from the CES Show 2013 in Las Vegas.


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Parts 1 and 2 of the CES Show Coverage. Parts 3 and 4 will follow tomorrow.

Absolutely loads and loads of great photographs of High-end audio and Hifi exhibited at the CES 2013 show for you to drool over.


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Musical Fidelity have announced the release of the M1 SDAC. The new box of tricks is a DAC (and ADC), preamplifier, MFheadphone amp and apt-X.Bluetooth receiver and will retail in the UK for £799.

The M1 SDAC looks to be well catered for with connectivity having 2 Coax inputs, a AES/EBU balanced input and a USB input all accepting files at up to 24/192. An optical input will accept files at 24/96 and a Bluetooth receiver upsamples 24/48 files to 24/192. Further, there are a pair of RCA analogue inputs and both Coax and optical outputs.

Musical Fidelity have also launched a stereo power amplifier which compliments the M1 SDAC, the M1 PWR. Output is 60 watts a channel in to 8 Ohms and Hifi Pig has seen the pair at £1299.

Pics as soon as we have them.


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Audio Pro, the specialist loudspeaker company from Sweden has announced the latest addition to its wireless multi-room airoomaudio range – Allroom Air One, a single stereo speaker that combines Apple Airplay and DNLA compatibility with modern leather-covered Scandinavian style.

Additionally, Audio Pro’s ‘Direct Link’ feature allows for users without a wireless network to stream direct from their device whilst additional sources can be connected via USB, analogue 3.5mm and optical digital TOSLINK inputs.

The speaker uses four drivers (2 x 1” soft dome tweeters and 2 x 4.5” bass units) driven by a 100W amplifier (4 x 25W Class D amplifiers) under the command of DSP (Digital Signal Processing). If additional bass reinforcement is required, users can attach a subwoofer such as the matching Living LVSUB. There’s also a free app that can be used to control the loudspeaker.

Allroom Air One is available now from in red, white or black and has a UK SRP of £499.00.


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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Mark Levinson brand the № 52 Reference Dual-Monaural Preamplifier has MArk Levinsonbeen announced.

The № 52 is an all-analogue, true dual-monaural design with a two-chassis configuration that separates the analogue audio circuitry from the control section to maintain the “purest signal paths possible”. It provides a comprehensive complement of inputs including three balanced XLR and four unbalanced RCA line-level inputs, and a dedicated phono input that is selectable for moving coil (MC) or moving magnet (MM) cartridges. Two sets of XLR and RCA stereo preamplifier outputs are provided, along with an auxiliary pair of XLR and RCA outputs that can be configured for fixed or variable level output with independent source selection. This enables the auxiliary outputs to function either as a third preamp out, a pass-through full-range subwoofer output or a record output.

The Mark Levinson № 52 offers a unity gain SSP (surround sound processor) output that provides the ability to integrate the audio sources that are connected to it into a home theater system, whilst still maintaining independent stereo operation for 2 channel sources. The № 52 provides extensive control and system interface connectivity via Ethernet, Mark Levinson’s proprietary ML Net, 12V trigger and IR control ports. In addition, a USB port facilitates possible future software upgrades. The № 52 is supplied with a remote control that can also be used to operate other Mark Levinson components.

Its control section features mirror-imaged DC power supplies and AC regeneration circuits for clean and stable power delivery and signal purity. Individual left and right DC umbilical cords are used to connect to the audio sections in the second chassis, and control signals are delivered via a third cable to keep them isolated. The audio chassis is laid out in a mirror image, left/right configuration with isolated and independent circuit boards for the volume, main and auxiliary signal paths, and extensive shielding for critical components. The chassis is constructed from heavy aluminum extrusions and plates.


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Harman’s JBL announce the introduction of its S3900 loudspeaker, a three-way floorstanding tower that utilises JBL S3900professional-grade drivers and components in a dual 10-inch-woofer design.

“We designed the S3900 to be slimmer and easier to fit into a wider range of rooms, yet still deliver high-quality music and theater reproduction,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management, HARMAN Luxury Audio Group and Loudspeakers. “The S3900 shares technologies with our new flagship Project Everest DD67000 and Project K2 S9900 to offer all the classic JBL sonic strengths – effortless dynamics, exceptional clarity and resolution, a natural tonal balance and precise imaging of vocals and instruments in an expansive sound field”.

Measuring 39.6″ high by 14.6″ wide by 14.5″ deep, the S3900 embodies a core JBL design philosophy of combining  dynamic (cone) woofers with horn-loaded midrange/high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency compression drivers. The JBL S3900 employs two cast-frame 10-inch pulp-cone woofers each incorporating dual 3-inch voice coils and high-power neodymium-magnets.

The S3900 utilises a JBL 175Nd-3 midrange/high-frequency compression driver with a 2-inch AquaPlas™-coated titanium diaphragm, loaded into a 90 by 60 degree BiRadial® horn. “The AquaPlas treatment maintains the superlative transient response of titanium while providing added damping and rigidity for more natural midrange and high-frequency reproduction”. The 138Nd 0.75-inch pure titanium ultrahigh-frequency compression driver, which extends to beyond 40kHz, is mated with a 60 by 30 degree Bi-Radial horn.

The S9300’s bass-reflex enclosure has a rear-firing port and is rigidly braced and damped at critical points; all contribute to the speaker’s high sensitivity, “neutrality and freedom from coloration”.

The JBL Synthesis S3900 will be available in February 2013 at authorized JBL Synthesis installation specialists at a suggested retail price of $10,000/pair.


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Cambridge Audio have announced the launch of their latest universal disc player – it spins pretty much every disc format camout there including Blu-ray, DVD, CD, SACD etc. The new Cambridge Audio disc spinner also plays just about any digital file, and can access network streaming services too.

The 752BD can access drives, laptops and desktop machines via wi-fi/ethernet as well as memory sticks etc and there’s on-board support for internet streaming services such as YouTube.

Its Marvell Qdeo video processor upscales video sources to Full HD and can perform realtime 2D-to-3D conversion whilst audio is converted into the analogue realm by five Wolfson audio DACs (digital-to-analogue convertors) to 24-bit/192kHz.


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Timestep are not your average hi-fi manufacturer, they are also internationally renowned designers and T-01MC frontmanufacturers of state-of-the-art weather satellite systems of all things and now Timestep have announced the launch of the new T-01MC moving coil phono stage.

The T-01MC is a minimalist design, avoiding any unnecessary switching that would “introduce extra contacts and therefore noise and distortion” and should offer great performance with 95% of moving coil cartridges. It has been developed and tested with a wide spectrum of cartridges ranging from the Denon DL-103 to the Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement and overall design has been by the renowned Dave Cawley. The phono stage can be ordered in custom configuration to suit specific cartridges, and subsequently T-01MC PCBreconfigured to perfectly match any moving coil cartridge.

The design of the T-01MC avoids the use of integrated circuits and instead FETs (field effect transistors) are used in a fully discrete dual-mono zero negative feedback design.

The gain and input loading are fixed as in most situations this feature is a set-once process.  The settings chosen  should be great for the vast majority of moving coil cartridges on the market however, custom input loading can be specified and can be altered by Timestep at any time.  The company say that this method saves “considerable cost over switchable units, as well as providing the shortest, cleanest signal path ensuring the highest performance”.

The unit comes in at £995 and has a whopping 6 year guarantee.


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Hi-Fi distributor Sound Fowndations has announced the addition of the CANOR TP134 valve amplifier to its portfolio of TP134 blackhigh quality audio components.

The CANOR TP134 is a high quality stereo integrated amplifier that uses EL34 output valves to generate 35 watts per channel operating in pure class A up to 10 watts per channel. The circuit boards feature patented CMT (Canor Milling Technology) which means that areas of the circuit board are precisely removed to give the circuit similar electrical characteristics to one direct wired with air dielectric cables.

The TP134 features a high quality relay attenuator volume control which the company say provides a “more direct signal path with fewer contacts than typical volume controls leading to precise control and higher sonic performance”.

All control electronics, such as input switching and volume adjustment, are fed from a separate section of the power transformer and the control circuitry is only active when being used which Canor says avoids degradation of the sound quality of the amplifier.

Further the Canor TP134 boasts double copper foil shielding between the mains transformer to prevent mains noise from affecting the performance, a high capacitance anode power supply filtration providing “tight and accurate bass performance”, audiophile quality polypropylene capacitors in audio signal paths, custom designed bifilar wound output transformers “providing maximum power evenly across the entire bandwidth.

For the terminally lazy the TP134 is supplied with a remote control – Hifi Pig REALLY wants a remote control!

Price is £2495


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Hifi Pig reported on the Yamamoto YDA-02 DAC way back in March of 2012 and now the company has announced a headphone amplifier to add their range of high end audio kit. HA-03

The Yamamoto HA-03 uses two of the C3M valve from Siemens and a very simple circuit design to deliver upto 1.4 watts per channel into headphones and 1 watt per channel can be delivered to loudspeakers should yours prove efficient enough.

Switching between two inputs is possible by the flick of a small toggle switch.


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KEF has announced the introduction of the X300A, an active design primarily conceived to partner a PC or Mac desktop KEF_x300Aor laptop computer with inbuilt amps and DAC. Connection is via a 96kHz/24 bit USB digital input.

Unlike many typical active computer speakers, which have a single class D ‘digital’ amp on each channel, the KEF X300A has two class AB amps in each speaker, one for the LF/MF and one for HF.

Users have the ability to switch between desk, free space and desk/wall modes with high quality EQ, and the sound is adjusted to be optimal whichever location the speaker is put in. Desk and stand modes are selected by a switch on the rear panel of the master speaker; wall mode is selected via a foam plug for the rear mounted reflex port.

A standard 3.5mm analogue input is included so that mobile phones and MP3 players can be connected as a secondary source.

Price: £600.00 per pair.


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hORNS, the Polish loudspeaker manufacturer whose Mummy loudspeakers we reviewed recently, have expanded the hORNS SEOSfinish of their SEOS FP- 10 from 8 standard and RAAL colors into some lovely looking veneered finishes, G Point-Audio, the company’s UK distributor, tells us . Pretty much any wood is available on request and a handful of standard finishes will be available too.

We think the new finishes look excellent and are sure to be a hit WAF-wise and the new matching stand certainly set the loudspeakers off very nicely indeed! The stands come in a standard black finish but on request can be built and finished in the same colour as the loudspeakers front panel. Having hollow legs the loudspeaker stands can be filled with your choice of dampening material (lead shot/sand)  which is said to add more gravity to the bottom octave.

Stands are £ 300 and the veneered SEOS FP-10 cost £3000 a pair from.


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Photographs from T.H.E Show in Las Vegas 2013. Many thanks to Lucette at Nicoll Pr for all her hard work in sourcing these photographs for Hifi Pig. You can also see pics from the T.H.E Newport Beach 2012 here. More »

Hifi Pig has only just heard the news of this nifty looking bit of free kit but will be putting it through its paces over the Linux audiophilecoming weeks..

Audiophile Linux is an operating system created for quality audio reproduction alone. It’s created by audiophiles for audiophiles and it’s absolutely free offering a latency of less than 10ms on playback.
It installs just like any other GNU/Linux but with the advantage of being tweaked specifically for high quality audio playback.


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British newcomer Computer Audio Design (CAD), is a specialist high-end audio company that aims to achieve the CAD DAC“finest sound quality from computer audio sources”. Designed and hand-built in the UK, CAD’s debut offering, the CAD 1543 DAC, has been built as a “no-compromise” asynchronous USB DAC.

The CAD 1543 DAC has been built on a design principle that seeks to minimise components in the signal path. The DAC is also unashamedly computer-orientated in recognition of today’s high-resolution digital music files and yet “has been designed to deliver the same natural, effortless sound that’s inherent in the best analogue source components.”

The CAD 1543 DAC is built around a dedicated, non-magnetic acrylic chassis, has been optimised to work with a computer and painstakingly designed to minimise disruption to the incoming signal. To this end, the DAC has a single high-quality USB input, plus one set of RCA outputs which the company says “enables the signal to pass through the DAC without encountering the highly degrading effects of unnecessary switching. It also allows a super-short signal path (of just 1cm) from the USB board to the DAC.”

Designed by Scott Berry, a British-based US-born electrical engineer, the 1543 DAC has been conceived over several years.

The CAD 1543 DAC also boasts “highly advanced” power supplies which have their own mains conditioning. The DAC also has a captive mains lead and eschews a mains power switch in keeping with the company’s fewer-components-means-better-sound philosophy. Further features include: extensive internal isolation; no active devices in the output and visco-elastic polymer feet.

Over 90% of the DAC’s components come from UK manufacturers, including the acrylic case, power transformers, PCB boards (and assembly), PCB supports, the LED backlight and mains power plug. The DAC is modular in design, allowing upgrades and updates to be added over the unit’s lifetime. The special acrylic casework also enables rear panel changes to be introduced cost-effectively if required, in the future.

The CAD 1543 is available now priced at £6,900 (standard finish) with custom finishes and colours available on request.

Technical specifications

  • DAC chips: 16 x TDA1543/N2
  • Input: single asynchronous USB, with full galvanic isolation from computer
  • Output: unbalanced RCA (extremely high-quality, low-mass Tellurium copper)
  • Sampling frequencies: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz and 176.4kHz operation
  • Bit depth: 16 bit (will play any bit-depth)
  • Maximum output voltage: ~1.65Vrms
  • Output impedance: 135 ohms at 1kHz
  • Can drive most power amplifiers directly using digital volume control

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Audiolici is a Portuguese audio company based in oPorto. The company was founded in 2007 and specialise in the 9A25 copydesign and manufacture of valve based pre and power amplifiers.

Their latest product is the Audiolici A-25 valve amplifier which is an integrated valve amplifier. The input selector of the A-25 is designed around four pairs of low power miniature relays with all processes being controlled by electronic circuits to reduce crosstalk between right and left channels.

The input stage of the amplifier uses a double triode 6SL7 and the push pull output power stage is based on one pair of 6L6Gc in the A1 models and EL34 in the A1/25 models.

The amp operates in class A.


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Iconic Danish hifi and electronic manufacturer Bang and Olufsen has announced that is to close up to 125 of its shops.beolab-5 The company will also take control of its operations in China and Brazil where they are seeing rapid growth –  The company is also experiencing  good and rapid growth in Russia and India as those economies continue to flourish.

The UK has 74 Bang and Olufsen stores and most of the announced closures will be in the Europe market, but individual stores that will close have not been officially announced. Closures are expected to be within 18 months.


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The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has helped Rega Research Ltd to meet the demand for its range of Hi Fi imageproducts which are all conceived, designed and manufactured at its custom built facility in Southend, UK.

Rega employs 74 people and has a turnover of over £6 million, was founded in 1973, it is now recognised as a World Leader in the design and manufacture of great value-for-money, high quality turntables and a range of other hifi products including loudspeakers, CD players and amplifiers.

Rega’s turnover growing by 50% in recent years and they recognised the time had come for them to make a major investment in a an MRP (material resource planning) system, to support its innovation capabilities and help meet the continued increase in demand for its products and turned to MAS to help with the implementation of the system.

“Previously, we had relied on spread sheets for our stock control, but needed to introduce a more sophisticated system to help us to deal more efficiently with the increase in orders,” explained John Tozer an accountant at Rega.

“The MRP is still a ‘work in progress’ but we are already reaping the benefits including being able to ensure we hold correct level of stock of crucial parts required for the smooth flow of production and  also safeguard against  tying up money by overstocking parts.

“MRP is also playing a vital role in the capacity planning of production which allows us to provide  better feedback (including delivery dates) to our customers,” he added.

John worked closely with MAS Advisor, Barrie Hughes, who became a regular visitor to Rega whilst the system was being installed. “Barrie was very encouraging and helpful from the first day he walked into the factory.  The combination of his in-depth experience and friendly and insightful approach put everyone at ease straight away. He ensured that our staff were fully trained and ready for the changes ahead.

“When the current recession began to bite, many of our competitors ‘battened down the hatches,’ but we took a conscious and deliberate decision to do exactly the opposite. We hired new sales staff and brought out a range of innovative new products which has paid dividends.

“Continued innovation and providing quality, cost effective products allows us to keep ‘one step ahead’ of our competitors and has always been at the heart of our ethos. Bringing MAS in when we did was certainly the right decision. Barrie showed a genuine interest in our products and manufacturing techniques and we would certainly turn to MAS again for advice and expertise in the future.”


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The latest in the series of Conrad-Johnson vacuum-tube power amplifiers, the LP125sa is announced for release in Conrad Johnson LP-125sathe UK by Audiofreaks distribution. The high-end amplifier is a single stereo block and, at 125 watts per channel has ample power for the majority of high-end loudspeakers.

The LP125sa audio circuit consists of three stages. The input signal is amplified by a single-ended triode amplifier, the signal is then direct coupled to a cathode coupled phase-inverter and this high current, triode phase-inverter stage provides a balanced, low impedance drive to the output stage which is provided by two pairs of KT120s per channel.

The LP125sa boasts massive transformers and a small amount of loop negative feedback reduces distortion and achieves a reasonably high damping factor.

The power supplu in the LP125sa is a separate, low impedance, discrete dc affair and regulators are provided for the input and phase-inverter stages, “preventing the output stage from modulating these stages through the power supply”.

A built in bias meter allows for simple biasing of the valves.

The amplifier is available in a standard configuration for just shy of £8000 and a “plus” version with upgraded caps and resistors comes in at a fiver short of £10000.


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Boulder Amplifiers has unveiled the 3060 Class A Stereo Amplifier at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. At nearly 450 Boulderlbs. and producing 900 WPC, the 3060 is by far the largest and most powerful stereo amplifier ever released by Boulder and comes as an addition to the existing 3050 monobloc amplifiers.

All audio circuitry within the 3060 is linear Class A, primarily derived from Boulder’s 3050 Mono Amplifier. Bias current is actively monitored and adjusted in order to increase efficiency and reduce wasted radiated heat energy. The 3060 utilizes 120 output devices to generate power output of 900 watts-per-channel into any load. It is capable of massive current swings, enabling the amplifier to drive any loudspeaker to realistic performance levels. Units will only be shipped operating at 240V AC mains feed (no 100V or 120V units will be produced) in order to guarantee full-rated power output. A complete array of protection and status monitoring circuits are continuously active. All metalwork is cut on Boulder’s own CNC machining centers and features the distinctly modern, angled appearance unique to all 3000 Series products.  A black granite and stainless steel platform is cut and polished to match the angled surfaces of the amplifier and is shipped with each 3060. The US manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 3060 is $115,000 though prices will vary outside of the United States.


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TEAC have recently announced the launch of a new series of hifi seperates called the 501 Reference series. The series 501-Reference_final_R976x488.pngincludes the AI-501DA class D integrated amplifier (pictured) with 192kHz USB Audio Input using BurrBrown PCM5102 D/A , the PD-501HR CD Player with 5.6MHz DSD-file-recorded disc nativeplayback, the HA-501full-analogue dual monaural headphone amplifier and finally the UD-501 DSD 5.6MHz / PCM 384kHz capable dual monaural D/A converter.

All the units are small footprint to fit on your desktop.


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Hot on the heals of the DAC-V1  Naim have launched the NAP 100 power amplifier, which they say is a “classic expression of traditional Naim power amplifier engineering”. Naim’s latest addition to their nap100_3power amplifier stable offers 50 watts per channel at 8 Ohms, and 100 watts at 4 Ohms, the NAP 100 is a dual mono design based on the circuit topology found in the comapny’s SuperUniti all-in-one player. The NAP 100 has been designed to be used with its partner the DAC-V1, and either a computer or UnitiServe for example, to create what Naim say will be a “thoroughly modern system, bursting with Naim rhythm and clarity”.


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