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Doug Brady hi-fi will be exhibiting the new Super HL5-plus monitor from renowned British loudspeaker Harbeth HL5manufacturer Harbeth at the Cranage Hall Show Nr Knutsford in Cheshire on Sunday the 15th June

This will be the first opportunity to hear the new model of the speaker in the north of England. Hifi Pig reviewed the previous model some time ago and you can read the review in full here.

Speaking to Harbeth at Munich they are very excited with the new model and we are looking forward to hearing it when we visit the Doug Brady room at Cranage Hall.

The show is free, you can book your ticket online here and as the shows exclusive media partners, Hifi Pig will be sure to bring you lots of photographs and opinion from the show.

 

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This is the first full length album for Elekfants Daniel and Leo who first met over 20 years ago when they played together in a blues band. Daniel is well known in his native Brazil and is something of a local hero where he is considered one of the country’s finest Djs. Leo on the other hand is a professional drummer, singer and composer and has played with some of Brazil’s best known artists.

Dark Tales and Love songs is accessible and in parts poppy but always in the same house/tech tradition  – it’s also beautifully engineered by D.O.Cs (the label) boss Gui Boratto. To me, musically it’s a little reminiscent of HotChip at their best and that’s a good thing I think! More »

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The Chord Company has made a minor name change to its Ethernet cable range. All existing Chord_streaming_cablesEthernet cables will be renamed ‘streaming cables’. The move has been implemented to recognise the cables’ primary intended usage.

The following cables will be renamed ‘streaming’ instead of ‘Ethernet’:

Chord C-stream streaming cable (£40, 0.75m)

Chord Indigo Tuned ARAY streaming cable (£850, 1m)

Chord Sarum Tuned ARAY streaming cable (£1,600, 1m)

(Additional lengths are available, plus custom lengths to order)

 

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The Neutral Cable USB DH (Dual Head) is a USB cable with separated 5V power supply aimed at IMG_5515further improving USB DAC and USB/SPDIF converters performance using a dedicated power supply.
This USB cable has the power conductors (5V and ground) completely separated from the data conductors and each group of conductors is terminated with USB type A connector. Both the group of conductors flow into a single USB type B connector.
The Neutral Cable USB DH is made of Teflon insulated conductors and both groups of conductors have shielding against EMI/RFI. The complete separation between data and power conductors has a double purpose say Neutral Cable:
1. To supply the USB  DAC or the USB/SPDIF converter with a clean provided by a linear power supply or battery.
2. Distance completely the data conductors from the power conductors to avoid any crosstalk between the data transferring and the emf of the 5V conductor to reduce jitter and other distortions.

“The sonic improvements of a separated 5V power supply made using the USB DH cable are evident in soundstage, dynamic, separation between instruments and detail. These gains can be achieved also with a small usb power supply like the ones used for tablet or smartphone (having an usb port). Of course the better is the quality of the separated power supply, the bigger are the improvements” said Neutrsal Cable’s  Fabio..
Neutral Cable sells directly to customers and ship world wide.
Prices: USB DH cm 80 – € 140 / USB DH cm 120 / € 180.

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Hot on the heels of their ASU-100 wall mounted shelf which we reviewed some time ago, Audio ASU-Modular SmallSuspension, has launched 2 new supports for hi-fi equipment.

Audio Suspension Modular Reference Rack

Hand-made in Sussex, and designed in conjunction with graduates of Imperial University and the Royal College of Art, Audio Suspensions Modular Reference Rack is the latest design in their search for the ultimate combination of aesthetic beauty and audio clarity. The shelves are made from the same high grade 20mm acrylic as used on the ASU-100 and also used by several high end turntable manufacturers. The acrylic is hand flame polished to give a mirror surface and every shelf has an inbuilt spirit level as well as a cut out on the back for cable management. “This low resonant material is perfect for reducing the effects of unwanted micro-vibrations and rumble that can muddy audio quality” says the companies press release. All the legs are individually hand turned and polished from the highest quality stainless steel and feature silicone seals at the top to further isolate the shelves. The spikes on the legs are Track Audio.

Price and availability

The Modular Reference Rack will be available from mid June with prices starting at £1200 for a 2 tier rack £2400 for a 4 tier rack.

Audio Suspension Isolation Plinth

Using the same 20mm high grade acrylic as the other Audio Suspension products with an inset spirit level, the plinth also features aluminium legs. These use a 5/8” Chrome steel bearing (Grade 100) to support and isolate. The principle used to isolate, is based on minimising contact between the supporting surfaces within the foot, bearing and isolating base plate. Contact points are literally no more than a hairline width.

The combination of chrome steel, aluminium and nitrile rubber rings within the foot combine to act as a barrier against unwanted vibrations, the combination of materials helps to absorb a wide variety of unwanted sound frequencies.

“Some of the benefits experienced can be heard in a tighter bass response and improvement in the soundstage when fitted to turntables and a general reduction of transmission of unwanted noise and vibration within your equipment” .

The Isolation Plinth will be available from mid June with a price of £350.

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The penultimate show report from me of this years High End Munich show. There’s are loads of photos and a few comments about individual rooms. enjoy! More »

I hate Munich High End, I really do. It’s not enough that the humans subject me to endless sessions OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAof stuff they laughably call music throughout the year but then they abandon me to go off to some place in Germany to listen to it all and, I’ve been told, have quite a nice time of it. That’s me on the right by the way – pretty aren’t I!

Well I certainly don’t have a nice time of it and I think my position needs to be highlighted!

Last year I was sent to cat prison for a few days. I didn’t see any of the other inmates whose owners must also have gone to the High-End show as I only came out to feed at night so as not to lower myself to their level of integration with the humans.

This year was even worse! It was a full week. Things started off badly enough when I was unceremoniously tipped into a plastic holding cage and placed on the back seat of the car. As soon as this happens I know no good will come of it…it’s either the vets with his thermometer or prison. I was making my consternation known to the humans with my plaintive howling but you will never guess what indignation followed. That’s right, I was joined on the back seat by another holding cage containing none other than my arch nemesis “He Who Must Not Be Named” (that’s him underneath!),OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA though I understand that since he’s been ill the humans have given him the name of Salvador! Outrageous!

What the hell was he doing in here with me? I don’t share my back seat with lowly common outside cats like him and this outrage did shock me into silence. He however was quite vociferous and I’m not surprised as I believe he’s been probed by the man they call the vet and his thermometer quite a few times recently due to his fighting injuries.

We arrived and were greeted by our warder for the week and led to our cells that would be our homes for the duration.

I didn’t come out again during the day but it did seem that the place was full of other felines. He Who Must Not Be Named got quite a bit of pampering due to his wounds and inability to consume the prison rations properly, but I stayed put, knowing that if I showed my face the warders would try to make friends with me.

The only thing for it was hunger strike and I refused to consume anything but water for the whole of my stay.

Of course after I’d done my porridge the humans arrived and put me back in the box and took me home. Since then I’ve tried to be quite friendly with them and have even been talking to the one they call Stuart in public.  Little do they know that I’ve been scratching the furniture when they are out of the room. I’m also eating properly which is quite nice as I do like my food.

I’ve heard by listening in to the humans that He Who Must Not Be Named has something called cat AIDS and isn’t allowed free association but he does seem to be getting rather a lot of attention. I don’t mind this as he tries to make friends with me when we’re in the garden together – of course I have never succumbed and a hiss and growl have always seen him off!

Anyway, I hate Munich High End.

Editors note – Clio will be in prison again for a night while the adult humans visit the Cranage Hall Hifi Show on 15th June in NW England.

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The guys at Triangle, who we recently paid a visit to in Bordeaux, sent us details of their latest triangleEZrangeloudspeaker range, the ESPRIT EZ Series.

Triangle say that the new EZ series is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their Esprit range.

They add that the Esprit Ez Series is a lively and dynamic loudspeaker that draws the listener into the musical experience.

The design is sleek and modern and available in a number of finishes with the drivers being highlighted by aluminium trims and with no visible screws. The whole speaker sits on a glass pedestal that has adjustable spikes and I imagine they’d look great in most homes.

The speakers feature a new mid range driver constructed from natural cellulose that reduces weight and increases rigidity. The diameter of the midrange has also been increased to give a smoother transition between the tweeter and the woofer.

The tweeter will be familiar to those who know Triangle loudspeakers as it’s a moulded horn with phase plug. It combines a titanium dome with a compression chamber and is of high efficiency.

There are 4 speakers in the range: the Voce EZ central speaker, Titus EZ (from €350) two way bookshelf,  GAIA EZ floorstander and the top of the range Antal EZ (from €1000) floorstander. Prices are dependent on finish but it seems you get a lot of speaker for your money!

We currently have a pair of Triangle’s Signature Alpha loudspeakers in for review so watch this space for our thoughts!

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Pure Sound contacted Hifi Pig to announce the UK arrival of the Japanese made Aurorasound puresound.AurPREDA line level Control Amplifier.

PREDA is a solid state preamplifier with analogue IN / OUT and employs an autoformer type volume control system. The transformer taps are switched using reed relays from UK manufacturer Pickering Interfaces and incorporates 54-steps. Unlike the conventional resistive attenuator, this transformer system loses no part of the signal as heat and enables more accurate control of the listening level say Pure Sound. PREDA also includes Aurorasound’s newly developed discrete amp-modules. PREDA was developed adopting a completely new modular concept and deploys independent blocks comprising power supply, input and output stages for each L/R channel. A heavy duty solid aluminum chassis, extruded knobs and anti-vibration isolating feet are employed.

Features

6 Inputs. 2 x Balanced via XLR, 4 single ended via RCA sockets 

2 Outputs. 1 x Balanced via XLR, 1 single ended via RCA sockets 

Maximum 10 dB Gain 

54 step transformer attenuation switched via UK made Pickering Interfaces reed relays. 

Input selection, volume level, balance & phase reversal all accessible via IR remote control. 

Newly developed wideband (12MHz) gain modules for input/output buffering.

Fully independent L/R architecture for true dual mono operation. 

Substantial aluminium casework & isolation feet.

Price in the UK will be £7999.95

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Funk Firm, Harbeth, Bespoke Audio Company, Chord Electronics, Graham Audio, JoSound, KEF & Arcam, Neat, Roksan, Cyrus & Hifi Racks, PMC, Q Acoustics, Living Voice. More »

Headphones and Headfi at Munich High End More »

Boenicke, Tune Audio, PMC, Martin Logan & Moon, Constellation Audio & Wilson, Existence & Apoll & Graditech, Existence Speakers & Apoll Acoustics and Graditech, Azzolina Audio plus hORNS & Zontec & Albedo More »

McIntosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, Wadia, Basso Continuo, Meridian, Krell, D’Agostino, Velodyne. More »

Chord, Cabasse, Octave, Brodmann, Hifi Racks & Cyrus, Leedh & Swissonor, Hornfabrik, Absolare, Backes and Muller, German Physiks, Estelon More »

Hifi Pig’s coverage of the High End Munich hifi show has started. You can read all about it by following MUNICH SITE LOGO THISthe link or clicking on the image to the right. We’ve got loads of pictures to add over the next few days as well as what we thought about the show.

Always popular is Linette’s “Bird’s Eye View” series of articles, the couple of which are now live! Don’t miss it!

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TAD, Silbatone, Fono Acoustica, Nola, Voxativ and JoSound. More »

A round up of some of the press events we were invited to at Munich High End 2014. More »

Last year was my first ever High End Munich Show and I did indeed get myself quite worked up at the prospect of hearing Avantgarde Acoustic Trios for the first time. More »

The newcomers part of Munich High End is a great idea and gives those company’s that are relatively new to the industry the opportunity to showcase their products without having to shell out huge amounts of cash for a stand or room proper. It’s a great thing that the High End Society does and I for one hope they continue this tradition in the future!

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McIntosh Laboratory introduces three new products at High End, Munich, including luxury headphones and two compact amplifiers.

The trio includes the new MHP1000 headphones, plus the MC152 and MC301 amplifiers.

New: MPH1000 headphones

“The new MHP1000 headphones have been designed to offer the legendary McIntosh sound quality from a portable product.  They combine McIntosh’s famous fidelity with high output levels, resulting in outstanding resolution despite their lightweight and all-day comfort. The MPH1000’s considered impedance and high sensitivity allows the headphones to match the output of today’s most popular electronic devices” says the press release.

New: MC152 and MC301 solid-state amplifiers

The press release continues “The MC152 and MC301 amplifiers are McIntosh’s first solid-state amps that leverage their renowned technology to offer lower-power options. Each amplifier features McIntosh’s iconic blue power meters and sleek black chassis, this time at a slim 130mm height.

Operating at 150 watts per channel, the MC152 is McIntosh’s smallest solid-state stereo amplifier to date; prior to its introduction, McIntosh’s smallest power amplifier, the MC302, operated at twice the power.

The MC152 is the perfect power amplifier for music lovers looking for McIntosh’s trademark craftsmanship, build and sound quality, without the colossal amount of power McIntosh is capable of. The MC301 amplifier is McIntosh’s smallest monoblock solid-state amplifier, operating at 300 watts”.

McIntosh will also be showing some new products at High End, previously debuted at CES 2014, Las Vegas: The MHA10­­0 headphone amplifier, the MXA70 integrated audio system and MB100 Media Bridge.

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Hifi Pig are currently at the Munich High-End and will be bringing you all the news when we return countdown_10_4…but we will be giving you daily updates and pictures throughout the event itself.

 

Chord Electronics’ all-British reference-level system and The Chord Company partner at High End,Picture 1534 Munich

The two ‘Chords’, Chord Electronics and The Chord Company, will be active at High End, Munich this year, showing some of their latest products, along with some newcomers. Chord Electronics will be taking its regular suite, Atrium 3, Room C122, and while The Chord Company is not directly exhibiting this year, its products will be widely used by some well-known partners throughout the event.

Chord Electronics will be demonstrating an all-British reference-level system using its flagship Reference Series electronics, top-of-the-range Sarum Tuned ARAY cables from The Chord Company, plus £25,000 speakers from PMC’s SE range.

Its Reference Series system comprises the DSX1000 streamer, CPA8000 preamp and SPM14000MkII power amps, plus the Red Reference MkIII CD player. PMC’s BB5SE speakers complete the all-British system.

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Chord Electronics’ all-British reference-level system and The Chord Company partner at High End, chord_hugo_munich_2014Munich

The two ‘Chords’, Chord Electronics and The Chord Company, will be active at High End, Munich this year, showing some of their latest products, along with some newcomers. Chord Electronics will be taking its regular suite, Atrium 3, Room C122, and while The Chord Company is not directly exhibiting this year, its products will be widely used by some well-known partners throughout the event.

Chord Electronics will be demonstrating an all-British reference-level system using its flagship Reference Series electronics, top-of-the-range Sarum Tuned ARAY cables from The Chord Company, plus £25,000 speakers from PMC’s SE range.

Its Reference Series system comprises the DSX1000 streamer, CPA8000 preamp and SPM14000MkII power amps, plus the Red Reference MkIII CD player. PMC’s BB5SE speakers complete the all-British system.

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Tisbury Audio, whose little passive preamplifier we reviewed here, has today released its flagship headphone amplifier: the Challenge Amp 1. The new headphone preamplifier haTISBURY_headphone_amps been designed to drive audiophile headphones and the company’s press release says “it combines class-leading performance with beautiful industrial design at a highly competitive price”.

The Challenge Amp 1 is hand made in the UK from American black walnut, aluminium with premium components sourced primarily from UK suppliers and is available direct from the manufacturer for £349 with free shipping to most countries, a 30 day returns period and three year limited warranty.

The amplifier circuit itself is the result of 18 months of development, testing and listening trials says the company. It combines LME49600 current buffers, “precision spec”. surface mount parts and a compact ‘high speed’ board layout that is unusual for a headphone amplifier.

“The name ‘Challenge Amp’ came from the extremely difficult criteria we set for the design,” says Wes Young of Tisbury. “We wanted something that was beautifully engineered and very high performance but also reasonably priced. With over a year of prototyping and development, I’m confident we’ve completely smashed those goals; hopefully our customers will agree.”

 

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This year Swiss high-end manufacturer Weiss Engineering celebrate their 30th anniversary.WEISS

Daniel Weiss contacted Hifi Pig and commented ”We took the opportunity and created the gold plated MAN301DAC-A, available in a limited edition, manufactured during 2014 exclusively”.
The MAN301DAC-A uses a new DAC section: Based on the company’s discrete single ended output Operational Amplifier (the OP1-BP) design, it uses a discrete, balanced output OP-Amp design.

Existing MAN301SERVER or MAN301DAC units can also be easily upgraded with the new DAC section.

 

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The Directwave is a new UK based company formed 6 months ago, catering to the mid to high THEDIRECTWAVEDIRECtorend audiophile market. Their first product ‘The Director’ analogue interconnect cable is currently available via the company’s UK dealer LW Audio who also uses The Directwave cables to demonstrate their Audio Music 833 class A amplifier.

Iain Borthwick of LW Audio is quoted as saying, “The Director has superb clarity without inducing listener fatigue”

The Director interconnect uses gold plated solid silver conductors with a passive screen and WBT  0114 Cu connectors.

Derek Robinson, Technical Director at The Directwave added“All our cables are designed and built from the ground up, We do not use off the reel cable from other manufactures”.

RRP = £360 1 metre pair.

 

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We met up with LAB 12 at last year’s High End Munich Show were pleased when they got in touchmighty3 to tell us about their new amplifier, the Mighty.

The Mighty is a Class A, Single Ended, 10 Watts per channel valve amplifier and continues the company’s aesthetic seen on their previous products.You can see LAB 12 at booth F15 Hall 3 at this years Munich High-End.

Features: 

  • Triode / ultra linear selector switch
  • Handcrafted custom audio grade transformers (T.GIATRAS)
  • No feedback design
  • Toroidal power transformer (T.GIATRAS)
  • Special audio grade matched parts in every stage
  • SRSG® implementation
  • Fine symmetry® implementation
  • Matched tubes
  • Gold plated Teflon rca connectors
  • Gold plated tube sockets
  • 5mm aluminium face panel with luxury painting
  • Five years guarantee

Specifications: 

  • Power: 230/240 Vac 50Hz
  • Power consumption: 120 VA max
  • Output power: 10 watt per channel
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz (-0.9dB)
  • Input impedance: 100K ohms
  • Output impedance: 4,8 ohm
  • Tube complement: 2x 6n1p dual triode, 2x el34 power pentodes (tube audio circuit, solid-state power supply)
  • Inputs: 1x line stereo (RCA connectors)

We met up with LAB 12 at last year’s High End Munich Show were pleased when they got in touchmighty3 to tell us about their new amplifier, the Mighty.

The Mighty is a Class A, Single Ended, 10 Watts per channel valve amplifier and continues the company’s aesthetic seen on their previous products.You can see LAB 12 at booth F15 Hall 3 at this years Munich High-End.

Features: 

  • Triode / ultra linear selector switch
  • Handcrafted custom audio grade transformers (T.GIATRAS)
  • No feedback design
  • Toroidal power transformer (T.GIATRAS)
  • Special audio grade matched parts in every stage
  • SRSG® implementation
  • Fine symmetry® implementation
  • Matched tubes
  • Gold plated Teflon rca connectors
  • Gold plated tube sockets
  • 5mm aluminium face panel with luxury painting
  • Five years guarantee

Specifications: 

  • Power: 230/240 Vac 50Hz
  • Power consumption: 120 VA max
  • Output power: 10 watt per channel
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz (-0.9dB)
  • Input impedance: 100K ohms
  • Output impedance: 4,8 ohm
  • Tube complement: 2x 6n1p dual triode, 2x el34 power pentodes (tube audio circuit, solid-state power supply)
  • Inputs: 1x line stereo (RCA connectors)

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Naim & Focal will be at High End Munich this year which shouldn’t come as any surprise. This year naim_musi_1they will be showing the Naim Statement amp paired with Focal Grande Utopia loudspeakers.

As well as this high-end, high price system Naim will also have their Muso wireless hifi system on demonstration.

You can see Naim & Focal in E119 Atrium 4, 1.OG.

Check out Hifi Pig’s visit to Focal’s headquarters in last month’s Hifi Pig Magazine where you can see just how their speakers are put together.

Naim & Focal will be at High End Munich this year which shouldn’t come as any surprise. This year naim_musi_1they will be showing the Naim Statement amp paired with Focal Grande Utopia loudspeakers.

As well as this high-end, high price system Naim will also have their Muso wireless hifi system on demonstration.

You can see Naim & Focal in E119 Atrium 4, 1.OG.

Check out Hifi Pig’s visit to Focal’s headquarters in last month’s Hifi Pig Magazine where you can see just how their speakers are put together.

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Kompakt is fast becoming one of my favourite “go to” labels when it comes to techno but this release from Rebolledo is a bit different in that it’s actually a DJ mix…yes, remember them??

This is the first major outing for Rebolledo since his first full length debut Super Vato way back in 2011 and it contains exclusive edits and sought after remixes alongside original material from the likes of Barnt, Red Axes, Justus Kohnke and more. More »

Shortly after the successful launch of its PM-1 planar magnetic headphones, OPPO Digital has HA-1-Black-Frontreleased another member of its family of personal audio products – the HA-1 headphone amplifier.

The analogue audio section of the HA-1 is a fully balanced design with an emphasis on keeping the audio signal in the analogue domain once it leaves the DAC. The HA-1 is anchored by a hefty toroidal power transformer, and linear power regulators and filters with custom made capacitors to help ensure that the headphone amplifier has a clean power source with plenty of reserve energy. The fully balanced Class A power amplification section uses “hand-picked and paired discrete components to ensure symmetry”, and a motor-driven volume control knob allows for both manual and remote control volume adjustment.

Its digital inputs include coaxial, optical, balanced AES/EBU, and an asynchronous USB DAC. The USB DAC supports PCM audio up to 384 kHz 32-bit resolution and DSD audio up to 256x the CD sample rate and it uses same ESS 9018 Sabre32 Reference DAC and output driving stage used in OPPO Blu-ray players. The HA-1 is compatible with Apple’s iPod, iPhone and iPad for use as an external DAC, enabling the listener to directly tap into digital music played from these devices.

Retail price of $1199, and the silver version is estimated to be available in June.

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Lector Strumenti Audio will be at Munich High-End 2014, from 15 to 18 May located in Halle 3 Lector_Munich_High_enddemo room at stand G09.

Their kit on demo at High-End will include their new top loading CD player (CDP707) and new front loading CD player (CDP603). As well as the company’s new CD players they will also have on show their reference all tube preamplifier the ZOE Concept Studio which has its own power supply.

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German Physiks will be at this year’s High-End in room F210. They will be playing a set High_end_munich_2014_GermanPPhysiksof PQS-302 as their main loudspeakers and these be driven by a full set of Esoteric’s new Grandioso electronics. Their full system will comprise:

Grandioso P-1 SACD/CD-Transport

1 pair Grandioso D-1 Mono-D/A-Converters

2 pairs Grandioso M-1 monoblock amplifiers

C-02 Pre-Amplifier

G-01 Master Clock

They will also be playing Borderland Mk IV HRS-120 Mk II which is a new version of the HRS-120 with a 10-inch woofer instead of an 8-inch and will be released in October 2014 plus their Unlimited Mk II.

At High-End Munich they will also be displaying the new Ultimate design which uses the same cabinet and design as the Unlimited MkII but has the crossover tuned to give a slightly warmer sound.

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“The USB Box S+ from Box Design by Pro-Ject Audio Systems brings the most usbboxs=advanced technologies surrounding asynchronous USB data transfer together into a simple-to-use Digital/Analogue Converter; turning computers into a serious hi-fi source” says the press release.  And this little box of tricks certainly seems to be continuing the Pro-Ject philosophy of keeping prices down and spec’ up!

The USB Box S+ uses an XMOS chipset to handle asynchronous USB streaming up to 32-bit/384kHz, with the lowest possible levels of jitter. The sample-rate of a playing file is displayed on the front panel, but in the device all digital streams are up-sampled to a higher level for optimal conversion without any loss (44.1, 88.2 & 176.4 sample rates are up-sampled to 352.8kHz; 48, 96 and 192kHz sample rates are up-sampled to 384kHz).

The compact device utilises a single PCM5102A chip from Burr-Brown and also offers a 2.1V RMS output meaning the audio signal path after the chip is clear of unnecessary extra capacitors, which can limit the overall sound quality. The two selectable Filter settings allow users to tailor the sound to suit by switching between “Brick Wall” FIR (Finite Impulse Response) and “Apodizing” IIR (Infinite Impulse Response) filters.

The USB Box S+ matches the size and aesthetic of other models in the Box Design ‘S’ range and is simple to set up and use the company say being compatible with Windows, Apple and Linux systems

Available from June in the UK the USB Box Plus will cost £169.

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The guys at Mains Cable R Us got in touch to tell us about SLIC Innovations, a new specialist British SLIChi-fi manufacturer which has launched its first audiophile interconnect cable – the Eclipse ‘C’. “It uses radical new technology unique to SLIC Innovations, and sounds like no other cable on the market as a result”. says the company press release.

Continuint “SLIC stands for Super Low Interference Cable, which is the philosophy that informs the design of Eclipse ‘C’. Focusing on the susceptibility of conventional audio cables to the ingress of electrical noise, Eclipse was designed to eliminate this”.

Eclipse ‘C’ costs £492.00 for a 1m stereo cable terminated in premium quality RCA phono plugs. Other terminations and lengths are available.

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