The team at Dan D’Agostino got in touch to tell us about their new stereo amp that is debuting at Axpona 2017, they said: “We are excited to announce the unveiling of the Progression Stereo amplifier this weekend, April 21-23, at the Axpona Show in Room Renewal A”. More »

Acoustic treatment manufacturer GIK Acoustics has launched a radiant new diffuser with the release of the Gotham N23 5” Skyline Diffuser, a precision-cut, 23-root, two-dimensional Quadratic Skyline Diffuser More »

V-MODA of Italy have announced the availability of the Forza Metallo Wireless neckband Bluetooth headphones. V -MODA day they are: “Designed by and for modern audiophiles, Forza Metallo Wireless is the high-performance and ultra-sleek companion for your demanding everyday life. It brings the 40+ editors’ choice award-winning V-MODA sound and new noise-canceling microphones to the era of Bluetooth neckband headphones”. More »

Erzetich Audio, who make Boutique Handcrafted Headphone Amplifiers, got in touch to let us know about their new model. Blaz Erzetic told us: “Our class-A dual mono headphone amplifier – Deimos – has gone through some changes and improvements lately. Based on the feedback received from the audience at hifi shows and individual presentations we decided to tweak some things”. More »

VANA, Ltd. has announced the arrival in the USA of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) B-Sharp turntable, with features taken directly from the company’s award-winning C-Major turntable (which Janine reviewed for Hifi Pig last year). VANA went on to tell us “The B-Sharp sheds all of the non-essential cosmetic adornments of the C-Major without compromising performance or mechanical integrity, providing vinyl enthusiasts with a superb playback option at a more affordable price”. More »

Lyn Stanley spoke to us about her work and love of Reel 2 Reel tape, just as she was about to start recording her latest album, now named ‘The Moonlight Sessions Volume One’. The album will be given a preview at the upcoming Axpona show in Chicago and is due for release in May. More »

Midland Audio Exchange will be holding a Naim Statement event in June. More »

Zesto Audio will be at Axpona 2017 in Chicago, USA. More »

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Conrad-Johnson design inc. and to celebrate, they are introducing two new anniversary tube amplifiers – the ART150 and ART300. These amplifiers employ the recently developed KT150 output tubes. More »

Voxativ, the high end hifi manufacturer from, Berlin dropped us a message to tell us what they will be showing at Axpona and Shanghai. More »

Estonian High End loudspeaker manufacturer, Estelon, have won a Red Dot design award. Red Dot’s product design award has been given out for over 60 years. This year the selection jury comprised of 40 independent designers, field lecturers and speciality journalists. Altogether over 5 500 works from 54 different countries were presented to the Red Dot’s 47 categories in 2017. More »

Goldmund has just released a new generation of analogue products. Anne-Karine of Goldmund got in touch to explain further: “They represent a milestone in the way amplifiers and preamplifiers are designed while they continue capitalising on the expertise Goldmund has developed over almost 40 years of research and development”. More »

Amare Musica of Poland, who have manufactured audio products since 2012, have announced that all of their products will now be supplied with Franc Audio Accessories feet. More »

The SotM (Sound of the music) tX-USBUltra works as a hub by receiving and distributing USB audio signals, but also regenerating the USB Audio signal with it’s super clock module the sCLK-EX. More »

When we were asked to take the trip down Valence in the South East of France to visit APURNATM we naturally jumped at the chance. Not only is this an absolutely beautiful part of the world, situated as it is on the left bank of the Rhone and surrounded the Massif Central and the Ardèche hills to the west, and the Vercors Massif in the French Prealps to the east, but we were also going to be treated to a private and exclusive viewing and listen to APURNATM’s two hundred thousand euros (per stereo pair) Pure 200 amplifiers.

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Fidata release their new network server at Munich High End…

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The Fidata HFAS1-XS20U network audio server builds on the basic design of the HFAS1-S10U by adding an X-Cluster SSD unit designed specifically to deliver high 2 TB storage capacity required by audio applications. More »

Wyred 4 Sound, of California, have announced a new DAC lineup using all-new ESS Sabre PRO DAC chips. The new DAC-1v2 uses the new 9026PRO chip while the mid-tier DAC-2v2 adds volume control and the new 9028PRO chip. More »

Jay Garrett, of our partner tech site, Gadgety News, takes a trip to the London Headroom show for Hifi Pig. More »

Find out about the ‘Critics Quartet’ at High End Munich 2017…

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Melco has partnered with SongKong, from JThink who developed the Jaikoz tagging software. SongKong for Melco is primarily a simple to use solution that automatically re-tags a complete music folder, or a complete collection, in a consistent manner, in accordance with the rules and algorithms optimised for large collections including Classical and Jazz. The rules are clearly stated and can be amended by the user. More »

Aequo Audio’s Ensis speakers will be appearing at High End Munich 2017 with Audiopax, Sound Galleries Monaco and Tellurium Q cables. More »

Designed and engineered by two brothers from Phoenix, Arizona the VETR Audio PANL1 speaker system is another interesting audio project launched on Kickstarter. Each speaker is a twill carbon fibre panel, only 1.3mm thick, the stands are 100% stainless steel, finished with a brushed surface. More »

Based in Serbia, Trafomatic are well known in audio circles, not least for their £100 000 Elysium amplifiers, but they also produce more moderately priced products. However, £2350 is a serious commitment for a headphone amplifier, Janine Elliot takes a listen to the Audio Head 2 and tells us if it is worth the outlay.  More »

Black Rhodium used the 2017 Stylus show in Manchester to launch the two new high end Tone Arm cables. These join the Stylus and Stylus VS-2 Tone Arm cables to enable Black Rhodium to offer a choice of Tone Arm DIN terminated cables to high end turntable users. More »

SACD is currently experiencing what can only be termed as a renaissance all over the world. As the revival of Vinyl has shown, there is an undeniable charm in owning a tangible data medium with audiophiles particularly still wishing to play music from CD and SACD. For that reason, T+A has developed the MP 3100 HV multi-media player, featuring a new disc mechanism incorporating the latest decoder technology. More »

Midland Audio Exchange will be hosting an open day with Scott Berry and Isabel Whitley of Computer Audio Design. More »

The Chord Company will be demonstrating the benefits of its recently launched ShawCan headphone upgrade cables to the public at the headroom show, Metropolis Studios, London, 24th-25th March. More »

The 2017 ‘Tokyo International Audio Show’ (TIAS for short), which is now in it’s 35th year, will be held at the ‘Tokyo International Forum’, located in Yurakucho, Tokyo. It is organised by the International Audio Society of Japan. More »

High End Munich 2017 is presenting itself under a new theme: “Let The Music Play”. The team from High End Society, who run the annual High End Munich Hifi show got in touch to tell us about their new theme for 2017. More »

Audio Hungary got in touch to tell us more about their Qualiton brand, their products, philosophy and their history. Audio Hungary Ltd., owners of the Qualiton brand, started off in 2012. This essentially came about when they purchased Univox Ltd, a manufacturer of industrial PA equipment. Without wanting to make this a lesson in economic history: the company started back in the 1940’s operating under the names of “Audio” “EAG “and BEAG until the 1990’s. That was when Univox was created from a manufacturing unit of BEAG (Budapest Electro-Acoustics Factory). BEAG used to be one of the largest players in the industry in the Eastern bloc, having also supplied the entire PA system for the Moscow Olympics back in 1980”. More »

Trafomatic Audio of Serbia sent us over pictures of their new Evolution amplifier series. More »

As we featured in our Bristol Sound and Vision coverage, Melco have updated their original N1 series with their new MkII range which reflects both technical improvements and feedback from owners, with the aim to further improve sound quality and also to add ‘innovative new functionality previously not possible with this type of Audiophile Source Component’. More »

Jay Garrett visits high end hifi emporium, KJ West One in London, to experience a night of ‘Strictly Vinyl’ with Vertere. More »

Furutech’s range of connectors has always featured new construction techniques. From their ‘alpha’-treated metal parts (a Furutech-developed process involving cryogenic freezing and ring demagnetisation) to their patented Floating Field Damper system, Furutech say that “all technologies are painstakingly developed to perceptibly improve the performance of audio and AV systems”. More »

Chord Electronics’ flagship Reference range and its full-size Chord range is to benefit from a new solid black machine-polished acrylic side panel option. More »

The Ortofon Reference Interconnect cables series is designed and manufactured by Ortofon Japan. They let us know more about the new cables and said that: “Each of the new Reference series cables has its individual sonic expression”. More »

Find out what KR Audio are exhibiting at High End Munich 2017…

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Eunice Kron of KR Audio dropped us a line to tell us what she would be bringing to this year’s High End Munich show.

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Cary Audio has announced that the AiOS All-in-One-System, which we brought you the news about last year, is now MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) certified. This will be the second Cary Audio product to be MQA certified. More »

High End hifi shop, KJ West One are teaming up with Vertere to bring you the first of their new Vinyl showcase evenings entitled ‘Strictly Vinyl’. More »

The Acoustica Show, which returns for its fifth year on 11th and 12th March, will see the north of England debut of new products from Naim and an exclusive preview showing of the next Kudos loudspeaker. More »

In 2013 DS Audio launched the world’s only optical phono cartridge, the DS-W1. A further-advanced flagship model, the Master 1, followed in 2016. Now, the company is launching a new entry level design: the DS 002, drawing on innovations from the Master 1 while offering a more affordable way in to optical cartridge technology.
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At the end of 2009, B.M.C. Audio presented the MCCI Phono preamplifier, with a new concept for proceeding MC-cartridge’s signals. More »

TANNOY got in touch to let us know how they feel about their new Legacy range of loudspeakers, and treated us to a private listen in Bristol. “It is moving to hear how our TANNOY speakers have become intertwined with life journeys over our 90-year history. We’re so grateful to be a part of so many stories – and for those of you who reach out to let us know”. More »