To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chord Electronics’ DAC 64, the company will be launching something very CHORD_Hugo Top V4 Circ Ant SPOTLIGHTspecial at CES 2014. Based on their FPGA DAC technology the company will be introducing a reference-level.

Called the new device offers “studio-master-tape sound quality, advanced connectivity and uncompromising file playback capability, all from a palm-sized player”. Hugo is a headphone amp/DAC, offering five digital inputs including A2DP aptX Bluetooth, plus 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback.

The new Hugo, which can be used as both a portable headphone amp/DAC as well as a source component in a static system.

Hugo benefits from two advanced USB inputs: one driverless input for legacy USB devices and one asynchronous high- definition USB port for operation up to 384kHz plus coaxial and optical digital inputs.  

Hugo has a built-in battery-charging circuit, with a full charge reached in approximately two hours. Hugo takes no power over its USB input and only takes signal data, therefore, it is fully compatible with all iPhone, iPad and Android devices. 

Price will be £1200


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Following the introduction in October of two Tuned ARAY Ethernet cables, Indigo Tuned ARAY Ethernet and normalEthernet Sarum Tuned ARAY Ethernet, The Chord Company has further extended the implementation of its proprietary cable-tuning technology into its digital portfolio with three new cables joining the Tuned ARAY family: Anthem Digital Tuned ARAY; Signature Digital Tuned ARAY and Chord Indigo Digital Tuned ARAY. 

Anthem Digital Tuned ARAY (£220 1m)

Anthem Digital Tuned ARAY is a completely new digital interconnect intended as an affordable introduction to Tuned ARAY technology.  

The Chord Company Anthem Digital Tuned ARAY is built from a design which uses solid-core silver-plated signal conductors with PTFE insulation and is shielded with a combination of foil and high-density braid; the shields are then protected with a PTFE outer jacket and is fitted with The Chord Company’s custom VEE 3 RCA plugs. 

Signature Digital Tuned ARAY (£400 1m)                          

Signature Digital Tuned ARAY uses high-purity single-crystal solid-core signal and return conductors in Tuned ARAY configuration. The conductor insulation is gas-foamed polyethylene and each conductor is protected with a composite shielding system. A soft PVC shield-surround provides mechanical damping, while a hard PVC outer casing protects the cable and prevents changes to the cable’s impedance, caused by compression on the internal shielding and insulation.

The Chord Company’s ultra-low-mass silver-plated non-compression RCA plugs are fitted (military-grade silver-plated BNC plugs are also available) along with the company’s precision-machined acrylic plug shrouds.  Like other cables using The Chord Company’s Tuned ARAY technology, the Signature Digital Tuned ARAY brings a sense of coherence and performance to the system it’s used in, or rather, the music played through it.

Chord Indigo Digital Tuned ARAY (£900 1m)

The Indigo Digital Tuned ARAY is a completely new cable design and one that has been inspired, and heavily influenced by, Chord’s flagship Sarum Tuned ARAY digital cable and like the Sarum, the Indigo Digital uses Tuned ARAY conductor technology.

There is a single core of polished, silver-plated copper, surrounded by PTFE insulation with a combination shield of high-density silver-plated copper braid and heavy-gauge silver-plated foil. 

The Chord Company’s ultra-low-mass silver-plated non-compression RCA plugs are fitted (military grade silver-plated BNC plugs are also available) along with the company’s precision-machined acrylic plug shrouds.   


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There’s been a bit of a trend recently towards metal supergroups (the heavy music community is practically salivating at the prospect of Killer Be Killed), but Mutation is one that may slip under the radar.  Well I’m gonna do my best to see that it doesn’t.

Describing themselves as a “collective”, the band is comprised of a seemingly disparate group of musicians.  Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts), Mark E. Smith (The Fall), Jon Poole (Cardiacs), Rich Jones (Amen), Chris Catalyst (Sisters of Mercy), Denzel (Young Legionnaire), random members of alt metallers Hawk Eyes and Japanese electro-terrorist Merzbow…. plus heaps more which are too numerous to mention. More »

Monster, which has just launched its first ever on-ear wireless, washable headphones; the iSport Freedom has Monster_News_1appointed Sky 1’s Got to Dance judge and ex-Pussycat Doll, Kimberly Wyatt the new face of the Monster iSport range.

Discussing her new partnership with Monster, Kimberly said: “I am delighted to be welcomed into the Monster family. Working in the music industry I am constantly searching for the best ways of integrating great music into my exercise routines. Thanks to the iSport range I am able to immerse myself in flawless sound, forget about the hassle of tangled wires and focus on working out to achieve my fitness goals.”

Freedom’s design is said to be ideal even for intense workouts, and the anti-microbial soft ear cushions ensure bacteria-free comfort. They they are also fully washable, allowing sports enthusiasts to easily clean them so they are ready to use for the next workout in the gym, on the slopes or wherever.

Price for the Freedom on-ear headphones is £240

Cyrus Audio, whose X200 Signature Mono amps and X DAC Signature received Hifi Pig recommended awards has CyrusCDiannounced the latest CD player the CD i.

The CD i is built around a specially updated version of the company’s proprietary Servo Evolution disc reading system and replaces their two existing integrated CD players – the CD 6 SE and CD 8 SE. The new CD player is positioned between the two previous models in terms of price but although positioned below the CD 8 SE in terms of price, Cyrus claims that the performance of the CD i is superior to any integrated CD player they have ever made, putting this is in part to it using the most advanced version of the company’s Servo Evolution disc reading technology so far.

The CD i shares a new LED disc loader and acoustically led circuit design with the company’s flagship CD transport, the CD Xt Signature. A PSX-R port allows users to further upgrade by connecting one of the company’s external power supplies.

Price is £975

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Time for a left turn into tubeland for the guys over at Schiit Audio whose Magni and Modi kit we’ve reviewed in the past.vali pcb(1) The new Vali headphone amp uses a tiny NOS JAN Raytheon pencil tubes which supply all the gain (not just an buffer!) and whilst the Vali resembles the Magni, the only thing they actually share is a case.

Here’s a look at the innards.

Price is a very reasonable $119 considering this product is made in the US

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Now here’s a bit of a breath of fresh air. Randall K Designer HiFi was started a little under a year ago with one mission, to RandallK_1make audio cool again and get people passionate about wanting to share music and audio the very same way it was infused in us. To do this, they are building what they call functional audio art that they believe are at the very least conversation pieces, whilst still performing at a very high level.

Randy from Randall K commented “We feel that for too long, people would purchase a piece of equipment to hide it in their audio cave. The only way the audio business will drive groups of music lovers towards finer equipment and enjoy listening is to make audio an inclusive sport and not an exclusive one, as well as offering unique, high performance products”.

The speakers can be custom tailored in both color and material utilized and are strictly limited in numbers.

They are currently looking for 10-15 sealers in the US  and 10 -15 international distributors that would like to offer the Randall K loudspeakers as part of their portfolio.

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Surrey based Audio Reference got in touch with Hifi Pig to let us know they will now be representing and distributing Grand_Referenz_MørchAmazon Audio turntables and Mørch tonearms in the UK.

Frankfurt-based Amazon Audio offers five turntable models including the entry level Amazon 2 with the range moving up through the Amazon 1, Referenz and Grand Referenz to the flagship First Choice turntable first introduced at the Munich High-End Show.

Mørch tonearms come in 4 effective masses, 9 or 12 inches, and with 2 types of headshell and all tonearm parameters are adjustable.

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ATC Loudspeaker Technology has announced the launch of their new Hi fi Passive series SCM 19 and SCM 40 ATC_Loudspeakersloudspeakers. The new loudspeakers feature the new ATC designed and built 25mm soft dome tweeter, updated bass/mid drivers and crossovers housed in a curved and a laminated cabinet.

The new tweeter shares technology with the ATC soft domed mid-range drive unit and employs a unique dual suspension system suppressing rocking modes even at high power output levels.

Cabinets are braced and laminated for high rigidity and damping and the curved enclosures are available in real cherry or black ash veneer.

Crossovers in the new loudspeakers feature metallised polypropylene capacitors, large air cored inductors and ceramic wire-round resistors. Each new model exhibits an impedance curve free from low values, presenting an easy load for amplifiers of 75 to 300 watts.

ATC’s SH25-76 soft dome tweeter is joined by the company’s highly linear 150mm mid/bass driver. It features a 75mm soft dome – exceptional for its horizontal dispersion of mid-band frequencies – and a huge 9kg high-energy, ‘Super Linear’ magnet system, which includes a 75mm flat wire voice coil, meticulously milled and formed by ATC. The magnet system and a carefully weighted doped fabric cone assembly contribute to the SCM19’s wide bandwidth, impressive dynamic range and convincing bass output coupled with very low distortion from the unique ‘Super Linear’ motor system.

Price for the SCM19 is £1996 inc. VAT and the SCM40 is  £3275 inc. VAT. Available 16th December 2013.

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Bryston, LTD has announced the introduction of the BUC-1, a digital to digital converter that enables users to use their BUC-1_New_showcomputer as a music source even if their existing Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) does not feature asynchronous USB capability. The Bryston BUC-1 converter allows for native 24 bit resolution at sampling rates up to 192 kHz.

The BUC-1 takes a standard USB output from the computer and delivers bit-perfect data via either an AES/EBU or S/PDIF output to any DAC. “The concept behind this product is to serve a very specific niche in the marketplace,” explained Bryston’s James Tanner. “There are digital music enthusiasts out there who would like to use their computer as a high resolution music server and yet extend their investment in a previously purchased DAC that does not feature asynchronous USB. The BUC-1 is that critical link between older hardware and the latest high resolution music software,” Tanner explained.

MSRP for the BUC-1 is $799. Available January 1st, 2014.

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Meridian Audio has announced the introduction of their Prime Headphone Amplifier which replays audio from both Meridian_prime_headphone_ampanalogue and USB-based sources. The Prime Headphone Amplifier also provides a preamplifier output to drive an external audio system or active loudspeakers. 

The metal enclosure of the Prime headphone amplifier is a dual-skinned design of interlocking extrusions which Meridian say makes the circuitry far less susceptible to interference. There are no screws – the box is opened by a hidden magnetic release mechanism

The Prime Headphone Amplifier can be powered by the wall-mounted supply provided or by the optional Meridian Prime Power Supply, available early December.. 

Meridian’s Prime Headphone Amplifier, features Analogue Spatial Processing (ASP) which “transforms headphone listening, providing a more natural spatial soundstage that’s more like listening on loudspeakers”.  

Price is £1200

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Chord Electronics has announced that Alan Ainslie has been appointed as Business Development Manager with Alan A Head shoulders v1immediate effect. Alan will oversee a number of projects in the coming year.

Prior to joining Chord Electronics, Alan was Business Development Manager at Naim Audio’s NaimNet, the brand’s custom install multi-room audio distribution and control system (which he created), and was responsible for bringing streaming technology to Naim.

On his appointment to Chord Electronics Alan said: “It is great to be with a British company that has both heritage and pedigree, with unchallenged excellence of audio engineering, both analogue and digital. Chord Electronics has always been an early adopter of advanced technical concepts and leads the industry in developing sophisticated engineering solutions to improve on the current state of the art.  I see exciting times ahead as I further enhance that position for the benefit of our users and business partners.”

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When we were asked to review these tuning sticks we were somewhat intrigued as the makers Akiko make some pretty AKIKO_TS_VELCRO_300bold claims about what they can do in a system. Essentially the Tuning Sticks from Akiko Audio are a passive “tweak” which you plug into the back of an amp, spare mains socket or Velcro onto your speakers. Dan was duly sent a pack of the Tuning Sticks and slotted them into his already well sorted hifi system.

“Such tweaks, I feel, are not and should not be claimed to be game changing in their effects, however when combined with a well put together system can prove to have a beneficial effect on the systems performance as a whole.

The Tuning Sticks themselves are very unobtrusive devices, slim barrels with a variation of connectors which are plugged into a spare socket on a component and claim to aid in its grounding potential and clean up background noise and thus enhance detail. The AC versions have your country’s designated power plug fitted and can be plugged into a spare wall socket or spare socket on a mains extension block.”

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Glasgow-based Audio Origami is best known for its tonearms and the PU7 in particular. But Johnny whose brainchild Audio_orig_loupeAudio Origami is also offers a range of services to vinyl lovers including tonearm wiring and tonearm restoration. As part of this service the company has always supplied turntable essentials such as bearing oil and headshell wiring.

Latterly these essentials have been joined by a collection of other useful objects for turntable obsessives.

First up is a little gadget that’s essentially a magnifying glass-with-lamp and which should prove somewhat easier to use than a jeweler’s loupe when checking the condition or cleanliness of your stylus tip. Price is £8 + 3 postage. To clean your stylus you can also add a Clearaudio stylus brush for £10 + postage.

Audio Origami also do a couple of headshell/platter spirit levels in two sizes which are small enough to use on the headshell of your turntable when setting up Azimuth and VTF. Price is £8.99 plus postage.
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A streamer with a built in digital to analogue converter for less than £150? Well that’s what arrived in the post a couple of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAweeks ago from our friends at QED. To say I was a touch sceptical would have been an understatement, however I was pleasantly surprised.

It’s compatible with all the main file formats including MP3, FLAC, WAV and what not and has an onboard Wolfson DAC which is 24-bit/96kHz compatible. The uPlay is DLNA/UPnP compatible and can be controlled from your iPad or Android doodad. You can have up to eight of these beasties dotted around your house and it will play tunes from your tablet or smartphone, your PC or NAS drive or even from Drop Box and Sky Drive”


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…or to give it its full name the Quantization Noise Killed The Cat AB – 1.2 DAC. Snappy title for a digital to analogue converter that just trips of the tongue but will this $170 DAC cut the mustard in the sonic department. Danny takes a listen and gives us his review.QNKTC-IMG_3_300

The AB-1.2 lets you play high-resolution audio (up to 24 bits at 192kHz) from Windows, Linux and OS X computers. It is a hardware implementation of the Audio Widget open source project – a  project started by an online group who wanted to develop a good solution for a USB DAC.”

Read the full review


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Teufel have introduced a couple of nifty looking soundbars called the PC Bamster and the BT Bamster.Soundbar_teufel

The PC Bamster can be connected to source devices via mini stereo jack or USB port and can even be supplied with electricity via a USB connection if used on the go with a notebook or tablet computer. The BT Bamster can be connected by either mini stereo jack, USB port, or Bluetooth.

Each soundbar measures just 33cm x 4.4 cm x 5.2 cm and look ideal for desktops or when your travelling around.

The PC Bamster is €99.99 and the BT Bamster is  €129.99

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Arcade Fire.  The Canadian indie heroes have been pretty quiet of late… the only murmurs that have permeated our newsfeeds were allegations of pop diva Delta Goodrem ripping off their classic track “Rebellion (Lies)”… Until they announced they were releasing a double album! More »

Audio-Technica is introducing noise-cancelling technology at what seems a truly accessible £149 price point. The ath-anc70_300ATH-ANC70 headphones are say Audio-Technica ideal for smartphone, tablet and laptop use as well as in-flight movies and enjoyment of your music at home.

The noise cancelling circuit is powered by a single battery and you can choose to have music or simply enjoy the enhanced silence once the noise-cancelling mode is turned on.

The ATH-ANC70 headphones fold flat for easy transport in a laptop bag or satchel and can be used to take phone calls thanks to a built-in yet hidden microphone.

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Meridian Audio has announced the introduction of their new-design G65 Surround Controller.Meridian-G65

Meridian’s G65 is the definitive surround processor of the company’s G Series and in conjunction with the Meridian HD621 it allows connection of a diverse range of audio and video sources with unified control over time alignment, bass management and surround sound processing. The latest in the G Series line of components, G65 builds on the achievements of Meridian’s flagship 800 Series, with entirely new circuitry developed specifically for the product. 

Sitting at the heart of a Meridian Digital Theatre, the G65 is designed to drive Meridian DSP Loudspeakers as well as providing balanced analogue outputs for conventional systems. “Unique Meridian technologies include Smart Source, which automatically selects the correct settings for optimum listening, whilst Meridian’s Apodising upsampling system is said to improve audio quality and can correct problems in an original digital recording. Meridian Room Correction smooths out the low-frequency reverberation on a room to improve clarity and imaging for a more immersive experience”. 

Full installation configuration is achieved by running Meridian’s proprietary Windows-based MConfig application, connected to the G65 via a serial or USB link, or direct from the front panel. A comprehensive back-lit learning/programmable MSR+ remote is included. 

UK Price: £4,500 – £6000(with HD621)


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The Haute Fidelité show was a great success for us, not least because this year we actually managed to catch our train and get there in one piece.

It’s a really good show it has to be said and members of the public who attended are clearly very passionate about their two channel replay and their music. On the negative side, signposting to the various floors (it was over three floors) could have been a little clearer. More »

We’re on a bit of a journey with the infamous DJ spinner, the Technics 1210. Some have a bit of a love affair with the Mike New Bearingturntable whereas others loathe it. Personally I fall into the Love It camp, though in its stock form, whilst a reasonable way of getting music from the vinyl grooves, it doesn’t really cut it in some company.

However, there’s a growing community out there in audiophileland who are taking the humble Technics turntable and modifying it extensively and keeping only the basic chassis and motor unit.

Well, not wanting to be left behind and very much wanting to know what could be achieved with the 1210 I bought a second had one a while ago and began modifying it. First of all an external PSU, new arm, feet and platter mat were added which did indeed raise the humble Technics’ performance somewhat.

In this latest tinkering exercise I procured a Mike New replacement bearing from the folks at Mains Cables R Us to see if this could rinse out any further improvements from the turntable. Included in the review are a number of photographs to show just how easy the fitting of the bearing is.


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When we heard that James Morrow in Edinburgh was going to be having a launch event for the new Lyric from Cyrus we couldn’t help but send along our man in Scotland (Billy Smith) to take a look. More »

British audio cable manufacturer Atlas Cables had announced the launch of its Hyper 3.5 speaker cable. Engineered Atlas_audio_cables_Hyper_3using similar principles learnt during the development their Mavros and recently launched Ascent cables, Hyper 3.5 is said to give a significant upgrade to users who wish to retain the overall character of their system yet improve the clarity, openness and accuracy normally associated with a component change. 

Hyper 3.5 employs 72 x 0.25mm high-purity OFC conductor stands encapsulated within a carefully selected high efficiency PTFE (Teflon) dielectric coating. The resultant conductor is embedded within an anti-vibration filler and finished in the same gloss black sleeve in keeping with the Hyper family design.

Available in the UK now, the Atlas Hyper 3.5 speaker cable is priced at £40.00 inc. VAT per meter un-terminated. 2m factory-terminated pair (using Atlas’ 4mm Z-plugs or spades) has a UK SRP inc. VAT of £280.00.


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Bird Radio (Mikey Kirkpatrick) is originally from Hereford, is a graduate in music from Goldsmiths College in London and has his own production company (Avacado Music) which has produced over 30 recording projects.

The world needs more artists like Bird Radio who are not afraid to stand apart from the mainstream musical dross with which we are bombarded on a daily basis. Bird Radio eschews the X Factor-radio-friendly format and very much walks his own path. Indeed, he is a one man band armed with a suit case that takes the role of kick drum, a flute which he loops in on itself along with other instruments and an interestingly quirky vocal delivery that lies somewhere between medieval troubadour and a wicked Daevid Allen. He sets his stall out from the very start of the album as being that little different from the norm – and that’s a good thing! More »

The Roth Sub Zero II builds on the performance of its forebear and aims to deliver great ‘sound per pound’ as well Sub_Zero_II_bas adding the latest audio technology. The Sub Zero II has two built-in Ultra-Bass passive drivers, a pair of high performance bass drivers, and a brace of full-range drivers and has no need for a separate subwoofer.

The 60 watts of peak power Class D amplification provides the brawn for the likes of action movie bangs and crashes, and Roth say the unit is also brings a “deft touch to subtle audio moments, as well as lower volume replay”. An additional DSP setting has been included for music playback and then there’s a third DSP algorithm for voice emphasis, ideal for those who are hard of hearing and need to have clear delivery of news and current affairs programmes. 

£149.00 SRP in UK stores from late November onwards.

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In a World exclusive Roksan has offered us a review of their new Kandy K2 B2 amplifier which is an black straight on front_300upgraded version of their previous K2 amplifier but with a higher output and the inclusion of Bluetooth technology. Dan Worth takes a listen to the new integrated amplifier from Roksan.

“There’s no denying that the K2 BT can do large dynamics, speed and attack, convey heavily weighted bass passages with ease and once suitable synergy has been obtained, the top end can sound refined and expressive leading down into the mids with great coherence.”

Read the full review of the Roksan Kandy KT BT integrated amplifier.


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Nu metal.  Time has made a generic misnomer of  the term.  It’s no longer “nu”, and in many pundits’ eyes & ears, isn’t even metal.  Whatever your opinion of the bands lumped into that category, general consensus is that Korn were among the pioneers and just about the cream of the crop.  This is either a compliment or means they’re guilty of the greatest crime in the history of recorded sound depending on your musical bent . 

2013 marks 20 years since the band released their first demo, so it’s a  bit of a milestone year for them.   However, in the current musical climate of an incalculable number of bands spawning an inconceivable number of heavy sub-genres, a group widely perceived as irrelevant has-beens or never-weres releasing an album entitled ‘Paradigm Shift’, is either a really brave, or really fucking stupid move.  Which is it?  Read on, dear reader…. More »

Of the slew of ’90s/alt/grunge acts releasing albums of late, Pearl Jam is pretty much the only one which boasts a steady line-up and a consistent timeline of releases dating back to their debut.

They’re late to the party if you choose to compare the most recent release dates, but they’ve been omnipresent for the last two decades.  This could work either for, or against them; on the one hand the members’ experience and familiarity with each other may contribute to the album’s cohesion, but on the other hand they may be missing some youthful exuberance and simply going through the motions… 20 years is a long time and Lightning Bolt is their 10th album… More »

I have to admit I’ve been a bit remiss in reviewing this particular record. It arrived a while ago (it was released on the Comeme label in late October) and it’s been hammered on the main rig ever since.

So let’s backtrack a little – I reviewed the “One Night in Comeme Vol iii” compilation a while ago and really enjoyed it and so was expecting this release by Sano to be pretty good, but in reality I absolutely loved it. More »

Rockport Technologies have announced the introduction of their new Atria loudspeaker. Rockport_1

In essence the Atria is a smaller version of the company’s well received Avior loudspeaker.

Like the Avior, the Atria uses a carbon fibre sandwich cone midrange and woofer and the same Beryllium dome Scanspeak tweeter. Whereas the Avior has two 9” woofers per cabinet the Atria has one and has an overall volume of about half that of its bigger brother.

The Atria loudspeaker is meant for smaller rooms but Rockport say it has almost the same bass extension as the Avior, whilst its sensitivity is slightly lower at 87.5dB.

Avaialble now at $21 500

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We reviewed the original ASU-100 wall shelf from Audio Suspension a few months ago and now they’ve announced the ASU_Special_300Special Edition ASU-100 which has all the features of the ASU-100 but with frosted edges and a remote controlled, full colour LED lighting system.

With its provided infared remote control (so as to avoid any RF interference) you can choose any colour of the rainbow + white to light up your shelf. You can also choose the brightness of the LEDs and have your shelf glow the same colour of the lighting on the rest of your equipment or to suit your room or even your mood. The shelf can even gently rotate through its colour spectrum for a relaxed, ambient feel or even flash for a party mode!

The Special Edition also comes with an inbuilt level to ensure your kit is level and custom special edition engraving.

Looks cool we thought !!

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The Theater 6 Hybrid is a new 5.2 loudspeaker set from Teufel Audio featuring two subwoofers that have been directly TEUFAL-1integrated into the front loudspeakers.   

According to Teufel developer Christoph Winklmeier, “Our new Theater 6 Hybrid offers many uses for hifi and film fans. Use the floor standing speakers for stereo, as a 2.2 set with active subwoofers, or as the front speakers plus subwoofers for a complete 5.2 home cinema set.”

A switch on the loudspeakers transforms the bass drivers into either active subwoofers or part of a passive 3-way system. 

The Theater 6 Hybrid is available now for £ 1,399.99

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Canor have announced their latest “Precision Tube Compact Disc Player” and digital to analogue converter,CD 1 the CD 1.10.

New CD player is equipped with a standalone 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analogue converter for each channel, and with a high-quality CD drive with compact disc disengagement bearing driving mechanism.

The Canor CD1.10 inherits the big matrix display from its predecessor, the CD2 VR+ CD player and its appearance fits the design of the Canor power amplifiers.

The digital to analogue converter section of the new CD player includes coaxial, optical and USB 2.0 inputs and also XLR outputs, digital optical and digital coaxial as well as two RCA outputs.

Canor use their patented Canor PCD Milling Technology throughout.

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Black Pearls is a relatively newcomer to the audiophile marketplace and their first product, the Birth 100 Integrated BP_Front_site_1amplifier, certainly looks like a well thought out product from the outside. Hifi Pig’s Stuart has the Black Pearls amplifier at home for a close up and personal review.

“Hifi Pig first bumped into the Greek “Black Pearl” brand whilst at the Munich High-End show earlier in the year. They were part of the newcomers’ area of the show and had what looked to be a pretty accomplished design for a company with just one product under their belt – the Birth 100 amplifier…alas it wasn’t possible to listen at the show and so we sought out a review sample.”

Read the full review of the Black Pearls’ Birth 100 Amplifier.


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