British audio company Mitchell and Johnson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise £20,000 to help with the launch of its new headphone range featuring Electrostatz technology.HP1 dark

The finance raised via its Kickstarter initiative will be directed specifically at marketing and promoting the new range of headphones, which will be one of the first to benefit from an exclusive agreement with the company behind Electrostatz to bring the technology to consumers across a range of new headphone models. During the first half of 2016 the company will introduce designs aimed at the street or urban users, hi-fi enthusiasts, DJs and professional studio engineers.

The self-biasing electrostatic technology in Electrostatz was originally developed at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan’s largest industrial research facility. Further commercial development was rewarded with the highly prized accolade of “Technology Innovation Award Winner” from The Wall Street Journal and it was subsequently patented as Electrostatz Technology.

In 2012 Mitchell and Johnson hit the market from out of nowhere with a range of affordable hi-fi separates. Paul Mitchell’s and business partner David Johnson developed the ‘200 Series’ range of hi-fi separates to meet the demand of the increasingly discerning music lover who wants to be able to enjoy excellent sound quality without the usual high-end price tag. The headphones are set to continue this objective of brining exceptional performance to people at a real world price.

David Johnson says, “We worked hard for c 2 years with the In2uit and Electrostatz teams to develop the sound, they responded with a step up in manufacturing quality and output and the response at the CES show to the headphones has been incredible, with many people saying they cannot believe the quality for the price.” He continues, “We are sure we have a winner on our hands with this incredible technology and look forward to sharing it with music lovers around the world. Raising funds through Kickstarter will help us publicise the products and of course anyone who pledges money to support the campaign will become one of the first owners of these amazing ‘phones.”

 

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New Hifi Pig contributor Daniel Brown takes a look at some of the albums and EPs that he has discovered during the last year. Much of the stuff is very different to the usual audiophile fodder and there is some great stuff in here, so read on and you may well discover something new yourself! More »

John Scott was entranced by the sleek, stylish beauty of Naim’s £850 all-in-one speaker system but will she sound as good as she looks?mu-so_4_grille-offs

“George Bernard Shaw said: “Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?”  George clearly wasn’t a Hifi fan; if I lost my heart to the Mu-So at first sight there was no chance of my ardour waning during the time that I had it in my possession – it truly is a lovely thing, it’s sleek, modern lines fitting in seamlessly to the traditional décor of my sitting room. ”

Read the full review of the Naim Mu-So here. 

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Korean company Nasotec Corporation recently got in touch with Hifi Pig to introduce us to their Swing Headshell that looks pretty interesting for all you vinylistas.

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This ‘Swing Headshell’ has a very soft and flexible joint designed to make your cartridge always align with the tangent of the groove circle. The joint precisely machined joint has small miniature bearing inside making the “swing” of the headshell very smooth and sensitive which Nasotec say will ensure the stylus keeps delicate and unbiased groove tracking.

Nasotec say that the Swing Headshell will reduce tracking angle error when installed properly and should give a better sound quality than fixed headshells.

The company also claims that most of the vibration from the cartridge will be dissipated at the joint and should reduce arm resonances.
In effect Nasotec say that the Swing Headshell acts almost as if it were another, and very short, tonearm and will offer up a more stable stereo image than fixed headshell cartridges.

The company y also say that adding the Swing Headshell to your arm will extend the life of your stylus.
The Swing Headshell is available in three different styles to suit different tonearm and cartridge set ups and costs from $295 to $335.

 

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Kitvision has just introduced two new sets of smartphone camera lenses.

The new 2 in 1 and 4 in 1 lens sets allow you to raise your photography game, as you can now take spectacular photographs directly from your smartphone.

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The UK’s largest consumer Hi-Fi and Home Cinema Show is on for the end of February. SOUND & VISION – THE BRISTOL SHOW 2016

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sold out on December 24th for exhibitors but  there’s a15% Online booking discount for the public until Feb 19th and even free Pioneer earphones for students.

SOUND & VISION – THE BRISTOL SHOW 2016 takes place Friday 26th – Sunday 28th February and is UK’s largest consumer AV Show that has been going 29 Years and counting and has 87 Exhibitors and 165 Brands. It takes place at the Marriott City Centre Hotel, Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD and is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day (sales desks until 5.30 p.m.).

Prices are:

Adults £12.00 / Online Advance Purchase £10.00

Students/Senior Citizens (over 65) £10.00 / £8.00 online

A two day ticket is:

Adults £20 on the door or £18 if the first day is purchased online

Students/Senior Citizens (over 65) £16 on the door or £14 if the first day is purchased online

Student Special

Students tickets only £10.00 on the door £8 online

 

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Originally launched in 2006, the Clearaudio Statement was lauded worldwide as a “masterpiece of engineering” which had truly “advanced the state of the art”. From the massive 350kg structure and architectural design to its “ground-breaking” technology -which included a trick or two borrowed from the Mars Rover – the Statement took turntable construction to a whole new dimension.

Clearaudio’s goal with the original Statement was to leverage everything their development team had learnt in 30 years of audio engineering and to bring together new technologies never before seen in combination, to make a cost-no-object, state-of-the-art masterpiece. Fast forward a decade and the team remains equally dedicated to breaking the rules and boundaries of music reproduction: hence the new Statement ‘v2’, painstakingly advanced with a raft of developments.Clearaudio Statement v2 - 1

The sheer presence of the Statement’s structural design has always been a major talking point and the new v2 looks great in its piano-black lacquer finish and matching black turntable platter. Its massive integrated stand, which comprises four stainless steel legs separated and supported by eight curved supports, is “completely damped against resonance”. The supports feature a sandwich construction of aluminium plates filled with Panzerholz, a high-density bullet-proof manufactured wood renowned for its acoustic damping properties.

The top layers of the massive stand now incorporate thousands of tiny metal ball bearings embedded within the aluminium and Panzerholz sandwich, for resonance control.

One of the original Statement’s most prized innovations was its magnetic bearing technology, in which the platter is magnetically suspended so that there is no mechanical connection between platter and drive motor. So successful was this technology that it has since been patented and applied to most of Clearaudio’s turntable range. The motor uses a belt to drive the lower of two sub-platters, which contains a series of very strong magnets. Floating above it is an upper sub-platter containing an opposing set of magnets. The two sub-platters never touch and are held at a precise distance by the strong magnetic field. Attached to the upper sub-platter is a bearing spindle, which is connected to the main platter. In short, the main platter effectively floats on a cushion of air.

In the Statement v2, the bearing spindle is replaced with an enhanced design manufactured from Wolfram carbide, to which a nano nitrate coating is applied by laser, providing vastly superior strength and stability. The spindle’s design now features a two-piece construction in which the two parts are joined by a special high-technology adhesive, resulting in improved energy transfer and resonance control.

A key feature of the original Statement was the high-speed microprocessor-controlled motor used to drive the sub-platter, which drew directly on the technology used to propel the Mars Rover. The result was an outstanding level of real-time speed control. “When the platter is spinning, you can apply substantial downforce… with your finger and watch microprocessor instantly correct the speed”1. The v2’s electronic speed control circuitry is completely new. A brand new circuit board featuring upgraded components gives even more precise speed control and stability. At the same time, the motor pulley and belt have been redesigned, fine-tuning them for superior noise reduction.

Going back to the platters, the previously acrylic main platter has been replaced with a POM version, with its higher density and superior damping properties. The driven lower sub-platter has a newly-machined outer surface to better mate with the drive belt for even finer transmission and performance.

Moving down, the main gyroscopic bearing that supports the entire floating structure has been improved and upgraded for better performance. Those familiar with the original Statement will recall its innovative self-levelling mechanism. A 95kg damped self-levelling pendulum hangs from the gyroscopic bearing and comprises a series of stainless steel plates, eccentrically weighted by drilling out a portion of each plate’s inner periphery. Careful rotation of the various plates yields a platter that is perfectly level with the earth’s surface (as distinct from your floor) and with whichever tonearms are being used.

Moving back up-top, while the Statement accommodates up to four tonearms, the arm ‘par excellence’  for this turntable is the Statement TT1 tangential tonearm. Designed specifically and exclusively for the Statement turntable, it too has been upgraded.

The great plus of a tangential tonearm is that it delivers zero lateral tracking error and no skating force, because the cartridge moves in a way that is perfectly aligned with the record groove rather than pivoting as conventional arms do. To achieve this, the TT1 is constructed in two main parts. A supporting rail, in the form of a complex glass tube, occupies a fixed position parallel to the record’s radius. A high-precision carriage holding a straight carbon fibre tonearm runs along the rail. This construction means that the tonearm only pivots vertically, not horizontally, and so the cartridge stylus can only move in a straight line precisely along the record’s radius, following the exact same path as the cutting head when the record groove was initially made.

In the new TT1 v2, the arm carriage now hangs below the glass rail, rather than above it (think Skytrains or monorails), which provides greater stability and hence improved consistency of performance. The carbon fibre arm tube now has improved internal damping and carries a black anodized aluminium headshell. Ease and precision of VTA adjustment, already strong features in the original TT1, are now even better: a new reference scale enables even simpler, more precise and repeatable VTA adjustments.

Finally, to finish up-top, the Statement v2 is crowned with a peerless dual record clamping system: the stainless steel and Panzerholz Statement Clamp features three-point resonance absorption technology, while the Outer Limit record clamp holds down the entire outer edge of the record without touching the grooves, its 1.5 kg weight adding to the flywheel effect and flattening minor warps leading to a significant sonic improvement.

The initial set-up of the Statement v2 is, of course, reassuringly detailed and complex. No need to worry, though, since a senior member of the Clearaudio team will travel to wherever in the world a customer happens to be and perform a full, expert set-up. Happily, subsequent operation of the Statement is surprisingly simple. And, as you might expect from such a masterpiece of audio engineering, the sound quality will stop you in your tracks.

Technical specifications

Construction Stainless steel, aluminium, acrylic and bullet-proof wood
Speed ranges 33⅓, 45 & 78 rpm
Drive unit Non-contact magnetic drive system
Bearing Clearaudio patented magnetic bearing technology
Platter 98 mm / 3.86 inch main platter
Speed accuracy (measured) Less than ± 0.03% variation
Power consumption Max. consumption: 19 Watt

Consumption in operation: 8 Watt

Off-mode (main switch in ‘0’ position): 0 Watt

Total weight Approx. 350 kg
Dimensions (without tonearm) Approx. 27.2 (w) x 22.4 (d) x 52.17 (h) inches

Approx. 690 (w) x 570 (d) x 1325 (h) mm

Warranty 10 years (provided warranty card completed and returned to Clearaudio within 2 weeks of purchase)

The Clearaudio Statement is available now priced as follows (including VAT):

Statement turntable £92,500

Statement TT1 tangential tonearm £18,500.

Full set-up by trained Clearaudio personnel is included with the purchase of each Statement.

At €11000 plus taxes as tested the Lampizator Big 7 is certainly no budget DAC, but does it deliver on sonic ability? Stuart Smith finds out. 

“OK, it would be easy to sum up the sound when listening to DSD files as nothing short of an absolute aural revelation that simply took my breath away with each album I listened to. The immediacy and realness of what was coming out of the speakers was, in my experience, simply without match”

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John Scott is entranced by the sleek, stylish beauty of Naim’s £850 all-in-one speaker system but will she sound as good as she looks? More »

The Jazz FM Awards produced by Serious will return in 2016, taking place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London on Tuesday 26th April. One of the most prestigious events in the jazz calendar, the Awards shine a light on the broad range of talent that the worlds of jazz, blues and soul have to offer and will once again feature performances from a selection of acclaimed artists and groups.image001 (3)

Following on from the success of last year’s ceremony, which was presented by actor and comedian John “Fast Show” Thomson and saw performances from Hugh Masekela and Rebecca Ferguson in front of a star-studded audience of guests including Laura Mvula, Cerys Matthews, Denis Lawson and Jon Snow, the organisers have confirmed the first performer for this year’s event, the Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter. As well as showcasing new material, Porter will also be honoured with the Impact Award, presented to a jazz artist who’s made an outstanding impression on the wider global music scene.

Speaking about being presented with the award, Porter says:

“The UK audience was the first audience to propel me really all over the world. I launched myself from the experiences I was having in the UK. France got jealous and Germany was like ‘OK what’s all this commotion about?’ and so the energy that was created is what pushes me and so I’m delighted to have the UK be the first place that I exercise this new music. In a way, you’ve let me know who I am in the past, so I’m going to lay the music on you and I hope you’ll do it again.”

“Jazz FM got my name out there, and my sound, even to the point where Howard and Guy from Disclosure heard one of my songs on Jazz FM, and that’s how they decided to call me and do the song that we did, which ended up being a number one dance song around the world. So I have you to thank for many reasons, for advancing my jazz career and doing special things like that. I’m thankful for Jazz FM’s approach, and for embracing me and my sound.”

The Jazz FM Awards 2016 will present the following awards on the night:

  • Breakthrough Act
  • Instrumentalist of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Jazz Innovation of the Year
  • Live Experience of the Year
  • UK Jazz Act of the Year
  • International Jazz Artist of the Year
  • Blues Artist of the Year
  • Soul Artist of the Year
  • Vocalist of the Year
  • Jazz Impact Award – to be presented to Gregory Porter
  • Digital Initiative Award
  • Lifetime Achievement

The Digital Initiative Award, a new award for this year, has been created to recognise a musician who has harnessed the power of technology to engage with audiences and to take their music or performance to another dimension.

Full list of 2015 WINNERS:

Album of the Year (Public vote):

Dianne Reeves (“Beautiful Life”)

Live Experience of the Year:

Loose Tubes at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

UK Jazz Act of the Year:

GoGo Penguin

Breakthrough Act:

Bill Laurance

Instrumentalist of the Year:

Shabaka Hutchings

Vocalist of the Year:

WINNER: Zara McFarlane

Jazz Innovation of the Year:

Jason Moran

International Jazz Artist of the Year:

Gregory Porter

Blues Artist of the Year:

Dr John

Soul Artist of the Year:

Jarrod Lawson

PPL Lifetime Achievement:

Hugh Masekela

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Wilson Audio have announced that Bill Peugh has joined the firm to further facilitate its continuing growth and market share. Bill will serve as an Account Manager and Training Specialist for international and U.S. accounts. Bill Peugh comes with a wealth of experience within the Industry, having spent the past year-and-half as the managing director at Transparent Audio. For the prior fifteen years, Bill worked as the Eastern Sales Manager at Sumiko (which later became a part of Fine Sounds), where Bill was instrumental in initiating, building and strengthening business relationships while teaching, and supporting at the highest professional level. In his position at Sumiko/Fine Sounds, Bill managed accounts east of the Mississippi, as well as key dealers in the western US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Bill joins Wilson Audio as an Account Manager and Training Specialist to continue Wilson Audio’s ongoing success and commitment to developing active strategic relationships with its resale partners in North America and Europe. We are confident that Bill will enhance Wilson’s efforts in this and in other important areas.

John Giolas, Director of Marketing said, “I have known and have worked with Bill in various capacities for nearly thirty-five years. Bill’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Wilson Audio Company family. We view his appointment as a sign of our vigilance to maintain our role as the leading company in our industry. Our continued growth and the increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our culture of top- of-market quality and exceptional service. It is very fortunate that the timing was such Bill was able to fulfil this role. I’m confident that Bill will play a key role in Wilson’s ongoing success and its unequalled cultural dedication to serving its constituency of accounts.”

 

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Following on from Mushkin’s 4TB SSD, Seagate has announced their 8TB hard drive.

The new larger capacity discs will be perfect for those storing large video files and complete artist discographies in lossless audio formats on Network Accessed Storage (NAS) systems.

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Bittersweet, fragile, sad, angry, reflective – collectively these are all emotions which neatly lay the groundwork for Daughter’s sophomore album ‘Not To Disappear’.  Though the band’s sound has developed since 2013’s highly successful debut ‘If You Leave’, it has not progressed so much that you would now struggle to recognise it.  I guess the overriding initial message here is “if it isn’t broke then don’t fix it”.  More »

London’s headroom show (Jan 29/30th) is to launch the new Audiolab M-DAC+ and Quad VA-One amplifier!VA-One (3)-horz low

Audiolab’s highly anticipated M-DAC+ (£799.95) enhances the performance of the original M-DAC to include 32-bit/384kHz resolution for the USB input. The M-DAC+ can also link directly to Apple devices to access stored music via USB-A. DSD audio is also catered for with the M-DAC+ offering four different DSD and seven different PCM filters. Further features include redefined circuitry, with a new internal power supply.

The new VA-One integrated amplifier from Quad (£1,399.95) follows founder Peter Walker’s approach to sound quality, using carefully selected hi-fi amplifier valves to drive life-like excitement into music. It includes both analogue and digital inputs, with RCA, optical and coaxial options, plus a 6.3mm headphone jack output on the front panel. Its USB-B and Bluetooth inputs (aptX) enable simple connectivity to PCs, tablets and smartphones.

 

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Whilst Vegas is still hosing itself down after CES thoughts are already turning to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 and it appears that LG is on the starting grid early.

LG has squirted out invites letting the lucky recipients know that “Play Begins” on February 21st.

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At €11000 plus taxes as tested the Lampizator Big 7 is certainly no budget DAC, but does it deliver on sonic ability? Stuart Smith finds out.  More »

Cary Audio, based in North Carolina has announced today the new DMS-500 Digital Music Streamer.DMS-500_silver_front

“The DMS-500 Digital Music Streamer is a groundbreaking design that not only meets the Hi-Fidelity demands of today, but also the future” the company say and whilst it’s hard to call something future proof this unit will stream native PCM up to 32 bit 384 kHz, and DSD 64, 128, 256, 512.

The DMS-500 allows streaming any files from any MAC or PC computer(s), NAS drives, and Internet Music Services. To go one step further, directly connecting USB hard drives, thumb drives, or SD Cards allows for “computer-less” playback of digital music. DMS-500_silver_left

TruBit™ PCM and DSD technology converts PCM to DSD 64, 128, 256, or up to 768 kHz in PCM

There is a 5” full colour HD to allow you to see artwork  and all pertinent track information. DMS500_back

Additional features include built in Tidal, Spotify, aptX® lossless fi™ Bluetooth, legacy inputs of Coaxial (x2), Optical (x1), AES/EBU (x1), Coaxial and Optical outputs, RCA and XLR fully balanced outputs, OSO™ Re-clocking, and a full 3 volt variable volume control.

Weight:  23.5 lbs.

Dimensions:  3.75″ H x 17.25″ W x 16.25 ” D

DMS-500 Retail Price:  $4,995

The DMS-500 is now shipping.

 

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Air Audio are distributing this Japanese company’s new range of cartridges in the UK and Ian Ringstead takes the first UK look at the high output and low output moving coil cartridges that cost £447 and both use a Shibata stylus.hana.all4 carts (1)

“What immediately impressed me with both cartridges was the very low surface noise and how quiet they were overall. There was no hum even with the level turned well up and this made for an easy listen where the music was highlighted without being drowned out with irritating surface noise.”

Read the full review here. 

 

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Twitter will now live stream your lunchbreak, your cat falling off the sink or whatever you want to share thanks to Periscope live streaming now appearing in your friend’s timeline.

Today sees the start of live Periscope broadcasts appearing rather than the usual plain ol’ URL.

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The 7-inch Amazon Fire Tablet has just been dropped in price to under £40 in the UK.

This latest news makes the 7-inch Fire tablet Amazon’s cheapest slate to date.

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New data from Juniper Research shows the Apple Watch has claimed 52% of global smartwatch shipments in 2015, despite only launching at the end of April. Its popularity far eclipsed that of rival vendors, with Android Wear shipments comprising less than 10% of sales for the year.

The fact that Juniper’s research demonstrates how the continued lack of a strong use case for smartwatches means that, Apple Watch aside, the market thus far has been driven by lower priced devices with more basic functionality.

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Love it, hate it, or be purely ambivalent about it, but there is no denying that the iPhone is a popular mobile. This also makes it one of the most popular devices for taking photos on. There are many who would argue that the fruity phone just isn’t up to the task of taking ‘professional’ snaps so, will this snap-on tech from Zeiss make any difference?

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Panasonic has been showing off their latest addition to the smart home of the future by way of a transparent, gesture-powered TV.

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SOtM today announced the worldwide release of the sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition, “the world’s first” Windows OS based server, which combines with AudiophileOptimizer and ROON.

The company’s press release says that “The sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition raises the bar for the highest sound quality and also with very convenient usage. The standard unit comes with RoonServer based on fully licensed Windows Server 2012 R2 (Essentials Edition) as well as AudiophileOptimizer and such features tell you everything”.SOTM_windows_server

Key features

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 with AudiophileOptimizer pre-installed, licensed and configured
  • Only selected high quality audio grade Windows OS hardware
  • Roonserver for multi zone internet streaming audio system
  • Various audio player application support
  • Video playback support
  • Windows 8.1 with Fidelizer pre-installed, licensed and configured

Pricing and Availability

  • The sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition with AudiophileOptimizer is available Pricing starts at US$3500.
  • The unit is available in two colors, silver or black, and three different hardware variants: USB, Analog and Digital

The USB version comes with the tX-USBexp based USB output.

The digital version comes with AES/EBU, Coaxial and Optical based tX-USBexp USB output.

The analogue version comes with balanced and unbalanced outputs based tX-USBexp USB output.

  • The internal storage device can be chosen up to 2TB SSD or 4TB HDD besides the originated 32GB SSD installed.
  • The Ultra Low Noise Clock upgrade is available as

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Air Audio are distributing this Japanese company’s new range of cartridges in the UK and Ian Ringstead takes the first UK look at the high output and low output moving coil cartridges that cost £447 and both use a Shibata stylus. More »

Atlas Cables has launched its totally new range of high-performance replacement headphone cables – Zeno. Designed to be light, compliant yet durable, Zeno combines Atlas Cables’ cable technology with a new range of dedicated solder-free connectivity options called Metik. The result is a replacement cable that can work across a broad range of headphones. Hand-built in Scotland and available now, prices range from £145.00.Atlas zeno 3.5-3.5

With the Zeno headphone cable, Atlas Cables set out to bring its own engineered vision of cable design to the fastest growing category of audio products. Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) copper conductors are covered in FEP (Fluorinated ethylene propylene) low temperature deposition dielectric to protect the integrity of the OCC material. Wrapped within a protective soft PVC inner liner and finished with a tangle-free fabric outer jacket, Zeno is extremely durable.

Developed specifically for Zeno and covering a wealth of headphone connection options, Atlas’ Metik non-solder crimp plugs provide signal consistency from socket to socket. Available in 2.5mm, 3.5mm, 6.3mm and 4-pin XLR mini for the headphone end and 3.5mm, 6.3mm and 4-pin XLR for the amplifier end, Metik plugs provide a direct, airtight metal to metal contact. For brand-specific headphone connections, a wealth of options are available – Sennheiser, OPPO, Sure, AKG, Audeze, AudioQuest, HiFiMan, Ultrasone are all catered for and Atlas is able to source the correct connections for the majority of headphones available.Atlas Zono 6.5-2.5

Commenting on the launch of Zeno, Kevin Kelly, Managing Director at Atlas Cables, said, “With the popularity of high-end headphones set to increase and the owners looking to further refine the quality of their purchase, we felt we could add real benefits in increased sound quality and durability. By applying our trusted scientific and engineering process to this new product category, we firmly believe that Zeno gives listeners the opportunity to gain even more from their headphones with the results speaking for themselves.”

Atlas Zeno 1:1 (standard termination – stereo cable 3.5mm )
1.50m £ 145.00
2.00m £ 155.00
2.50m £ 165.00
3.00m £ 175.00
3.50m £ 185.00
4.00m £ 195.00

Atlas Zeno 1:2 (standard termination)
1.50m £ 215.00
2.00m £ 225.00
2.50 m £ 235.00
3.00m £ 245.00
3.50m £ 255.00
4.00m £ 265.00

Atlas Zeno 1:2 (custom termination) = Atlas Zeno 1:2 (standard termination) + £50 (available on request)
* Custom lengths available upon request

Polaroid has a neat new camera but, on paper, the Polaroid Snap or Polaroid Snap+.

The Snap will happily squirt out pictures in black and white, sepia, or colour, which you can control from a small wheel mechanism on the top of the cam, but it also looks cool in a ‘My First Camera’ kinda way.
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Austria-based Horch House was created for the sole purpose of bringing original analogue master tapes to music lovers in a variety of formats – from reel-to-reel tape to various high-resolution digital formats, all fully licensedand approved. And the latest releases include some highly collectable classics:

Horch House 2016-01 new releases (1)Star Wars Original Soundtracks, Episodes 4, 5 & 6

A New Hope / The Empire Strikes Back / Return Of The Jedi

The most acclaimed and enduring film music in Hollywood history, composed by legendary five-times Oscar-winning composer John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. These unique collector sets are being released to coincide with the latest chapter in the saga, The Force Awakens. This is the first time the Star Wars original soundtracks have been available on reel-to-reel analogue master tapes, and with no digital remastering.

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

Recorded in 1974, this traditional arrangement performed by the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir delivers the distinctive ‘Orff sound’ in its full, uncompressed glory. Conductor Herbert Kegel is considered one of the best in contemporary music; Orff himself was an ardent admirer of his work.

The Planets by Gustav Holst

Performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conducted by William Steinberg, this is one of the most highly regarded performances of The Planets, often considered the definitive version. Holst was introduced to astrology by writer Clifford Bax while holidaying in Majorca with a group of English artists; he became a devotee of the subject and liked to cast his friends’ horoscopes for fun.

The Reiner Sound: Ravel/Rachmaninoff

A giant of the classic RCA Living Stereo series featuring the unparalleled pairing of conductor Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. These ‘soft refurbished’ recordings now deliver unprecedented sound quality and showcase all the joys of RCA’s golden age: the early days of the stereo era when pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings with unmatched fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and midrange illumination. Packaging duplicates the original cover art including the Living Stereo logo, LSC numbers and Shaded Dog label.

One Second by Yello

A timeless album showcasing Yello’s spacious, beautiful pop sounds with their sensuous Latin feel – from the shaking and grooving ‘La Habanera’ and the hauntingly beautiful ‘The Rhythm Divine’, to the noisy, growling ‘Si Senor The Hairy Grill’. Released in 1987, the album also features both Billy MacKenzie and Shirley Bassey, the latter singing vocals on ‘The Rhythm Divine’.

 

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1TB SSDs are gradually becoming much more common these days, with almost every manufacturer offering one and prices becoming reasonably affordable. Now, the SSD makers are looking at ever larger capacities. Mushkin has just announced something huge at CES.

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TAGA Harmony announces the launch of the revised Azure speaker series.

The name of the series was inspired by the French Riviera.

  • TLIE(Taga Low Interference Enclosure) – new elegant enclosures are now even more rigid and neutral to vibrations and colorization.       The MDF walls thickness has been increased from 12mm to 15mm in the floorstanding speaker (plus 18mm thick front panel) and from 9mm to 12mm in the centre and surround speakers (plus 15mm front panel)
  • The 2ndgeneration TPTTD-I (Taga Pure Titanium Tweeter Dome) utilises a differently shaped and lighter titanium cone as well as a double-magnet structure – it has a higher SPL, faster and more accurate movement of the dome
  • The totally new high-performance mid and woofer drivers incorporate TDSC Taga Dynamic Surround Control, which provides stable cone movement, dynamics and precision and increased system sensitivity
  • New decorative pure aluminum trim rings and tweeter faceplate to enhance sound dispersion
  • New configuration of the drivers: tweeters are positioned closer to the midrange to provide even better smoothness and integration between high and mid frequencies. The woofers in the floorstanding model were moved a little up in order to change bass definition and its dispersion.
  • The dramatically upgradedcrossovers to meet new refinements and configuration of the drivers: more delicate and rich treble, better defined midrange and more dynamic bass.
  • Now equipped with removable grills.

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Usain Bolt inspired Gibson Trainer Wireless Sports Headphones Review

 

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It has been a fair while since I’ve been anything even resembling being sporty but, as it is the month where resolutions are bravely made, I have the athletically name Gibson Trainer headphones to review.

These are no ordinary Bluetooth headphones. Oh, no. These on-ear sports headphones are endorsed by the fastest man on the planet. I have to admit that I have never seen Usain Bolt wear a pair, although I have seen Mo Farah eat plenty of Quorn.

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In Win is known for its metal-and-glass enclosures for enthusiasts, and it was showing off its latest kit at CES but it is their infinity mirror packing 605 that has really caught my eye.

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Spanish energy company Momit has launched a range of affordable and stylish thermostats for energy conscious consumers who want an intelligent device to control household temperature and save money.
The thermostat detects when people are at home, and learns your habits and estimates consumption.

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The Boud Flex Cam Pic is going as far away as it can from the typical boxy stylings of HD action cams in favour of a flexible body that can wrap around virtually anything. Oh, and these cams seem to have their own characters too.

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems announce their latest release, the 2 Xperience Acryl which will replace the Xperience 2 Pack.

The 2 Xperience Acryl boasts the same clear acrylic plinth as the 2 Pack, however, it also boasts some technical tweaks that bring it into line with Pro-Ject’s latest standards.

The perimeter belt-drive concept is based on over twenty years of turntable design experience, but the motor is a newly updated design inspired by the 2 Xperience SB, which was released in 2015. The new motor is therefore driven by a purpose-engineered AC generator PCB, which in turn is powered by an efficient DC power supply for optimal rotational and speed stability.PJ-Phono-2XperienceDCAcryl

The 2 Xperience Acryl’s transparent acrylic plinth is acoustically inert, the thick black precision-balanced platter is also resonant-free, and topped with melted vinyl records for the ideal turntable mat. The three aluminium coned feet are TPE-damped for a further reduction of unwanted resonances.

The 2 Xperience Acryl is fitted as standard with the 9cc Evolution carbon fibre tonearm. The tonearm is then finished with the Ortofon 2M Silver moving- magnet cartridge, which boasts silver voice coils.

The package is also neatly finished with a screw-on record clamp and a sturdy dust cover.

SRP £950.00

In further news Pro-Ject announced the2 Xperience SB S-Shape that takes all the same innovations and improvements of the 2 Xperience SB design, but utilises a brand new S-Shape tonearm to give vinyl enthusiasts a more versatile record player.PJ-Phono-2XperienceSBSShape-piano (1)

The S-Shape tonearm is made of a special alloy of aluminium with very high internal damping properties, for reduced resonance. The bearing design allows for pin- point mounting of the premium vertical race bearings, while the horizontal ball bearings are rigidly mounted yet easily adjustable. The rotational anti-skate mechanism is inspired by the anti-skate system used on the flagship Signature 12 tonearm.

One of the principle benefits of the new tonearm is found in the high-quality detachable headshell.

The 2 Xperience SB turntable has a large plinth, high-quality main bearing and thick, vinyl-topped sandwich platter. The new precision motor is driven by an efficient DC power supply and regulated by a built-in electronic speed changer offering easy switching between 331/3 and 45RPM, but it also acts as an AC generator for the motor to ensure a clean and stable power signal.

An acrylic dust cover, silver screw-on record clamp and expertly engineered coned feet finish off the turntable.

SRP £1,299.00

 

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Audeze announced the launch of its new planar magnetic headphones, the SINE recently. The company are showcasing its lightest headphone to date at Pepcom’s Digital Experience! on Jan. 5 and throughout the duration of CES 2016,Jan. 6-9, in Las Vegas.

SINE Headphones are the first of the new generation of on-ear planar magnetic headphones on the market. The lightest Audeze headphones to date, the SINE headphones are said to offer exceptional sound quality and comfort.  They fold flat for portability.CES_2016_Audeze_

The SINE headphones feature Audeze’s Fluxor® planar magnetic technology with Fazor® Elements and Uniforce® Diaphragms to provide a highly efficient yet lightweight headphone, with “very low distortion, good bass, a seductive midrange, crisp extended high frequencies, and excellent imaging”.

Audeze’s fully integrated Apple Lightning cable is also an option for the SINE headphones. The exclusive Lightning cable streams a complete 24-bit digital signal through a high quality DSP and DAC to offer better sound quality directly from the iPhone. The built in microphone can be used for phone calls or Skype and is SIRI compatible.CES_2016_Audeze_1

Keeping with the Audeze aesthetic, the SINE headphones’ transducer technology is coupled with BMW DesignWorks USA’s craftsmanship.

The SINE headphones ($499) will be available for purchase in late January at Audeze.com and select retailers and will begin shipping in February.

Audeze are in LVCC, South Hall 1 Booth 20312

Audeze products will also be featured with the following partners:

  • Prism Sound, Venetian Room 29223
  • Aurender, Venetian Tower Suite 29-337
  • Roli, LVCC, Central Hall-Booth 14844
  • Questyle, Venetian Tower Suite 28-317
  • Chord Electronics, Venetian Suite 35-207
  • MQA, Venetian Bassano Room 2604 / Suite 30-335

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Volkswagen has been teasing us with the promise of producing a new microbus for the 21st century but now their latest concept has been officially unveiled at CES in Las Vegas.

The VW Budd-e could be the long awaited addition that was expected once Volkswagen reinvented the Beetle in 1997. Four years later it looked as though this would happen when VW showed a concept for a new Type 2 Microbus. There was even more want created by the Westfalia concept in 2008.

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The Clarity Alliance, the UK hi-fi industry’s trade body, is pleased to announce that the 2016 industry conference will take place on Monday 1st February at Dolby Laboratories’ European Head Office, Soho Square, London.Clarity_logo_jpeg

The conference is an opportunity for members of The Clarity Alliance, plus any other individuals and companies operating in the UK hi-fi industry, to come together to discuss topics of relevance to the ever-changing market. A number of keynote guest speakers will be present to share their knowledge and enlighten the audience.

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You may recall me reporting from the launch of the Arcam MusicBOOST – well, it has just gone official!

MusicBOOST is a portable headphone amplifier with a high-precision DAC and powerful battery pack for the Apple iPhone 6, all in one sleek protective sleeve case weighing just 100 gms.

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For over 3 years, Arcam’s irDAC has been regarded a great performer but now replacing the irDAC is the new irDAC-II adding advanced Bluetooth connectivity, headphone output, DSD128 support and a host of internal upgrades.

Briefed to up the ante in a competitive market, Arcam’s engineering team have blended ingredients from across Arcam’s intensive R&D programme, to deliver a major performance and function upgrade. The irDAC-II comes packed with cutting edge technology and features that will benefit the most demanding user.arcam_CES2016

– New internal circuits and a major DAC upgrade

– New audiophile headphone amplifier stage

– New Bluetooth aptX LL input

– New DSD128 support

– New ESS ES9016 Sabre DAC

£495 UK inc VAT – $799 USA + tax

Sony Electronics unveiled a new turntable which has been strategically designed to expand the company’s range of premium Hi-Res Audio products at CES 2016. The PS-HX500 is targeted for music enthusiasts who collect and enjoy LP recordings.PS-HX500_tone-arm2

The HX500 has a built-in A/D converter supporting hi-res digital transfers in either native DSD (up to 5.6 MHz) or WAV files (up to 192 KHz/24-bit resolution).

“Sony is dedicated to providing audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike with a wide range of hi-res audio solutions that can meet virtually every lifestyle need”, said Yamato (Tank) Tanikawa, Director, Home Entertainment & Sound, Sony Electronics. “Our new PS-HX500 turntable serves as an important bridge that connects the growing number of vinyl record collectors to the convenience and sound quality afforded by hi-res audio”.PS-HX500_open

The HX500 comes with a newly developed app with exclusive software that allows simple and intuitive editing on either PCs or Macs. Users can conveniently combine tracks from both sides of an album or multiple tracks can be split and saved. A special driver is also provided for recording compatible DSD streams.

A new Sony developed straight tone arm that has an integrated lightweight, low resonance integrated head shell and comes complete with moving magnet cartridge is included.

A two speed belt drive system is also used which includes an aluminium die cast platter and thick (5mm) rubber mat to help stabilize disc rotation and minimize vibration. There is also a built in phonostage.

Wire-free window covering specialist QMotion UK is thrilled to announce that its range of high tech automated roller blinds are now stocked by renowned national retailer John Lewis.

Available to John Lewis customers as from November and on display in 17 stores nationwide, QMotion UK’s range of stylish and innovative battery operated roller blinds offer a revolutionary concept for dressing windows.

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Samsung Electronics has just announced its new portfolio of audio products, including a groundbreaking new soundbar featuring Dolby Atmos technology, and enhancements to its Wireless Audio 360 audio series.

The new Samsung audio product roster is designed to deliver spectacular sound for a truly next-generation experience.

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In 2014 Nagra introduced their HD DAC and at CES 2016 they have now launched their Classic DAC, a digital to analogue converter that uses the same input and conversion modules as the older DAC and allows for DSD2x and DXD (384kHz/32-bits).CES_2016_NAGRA_DAC

The Classic DAC comes with its own onboard power supply with 25 internal power supplies and with the option of adding the off-board MPS power supply should users prefer.

You get two SPDIF inputs, AES/EBU, TOSLINK, and Nagra digital inputs plus a USB input whilst both XLR and RCA outputs are provided.

The Class DAC from Nagra continues the l known aesthetic of their Classic line of products.

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