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Today Is Record Store Day

April 16, 2016
Today Is Record Store Day

It’s going to go down without smear campaigns, contentious debates, or cheap pot shots at body parts: the race for Record Store Day 2016 begins. And what a better way to kick off the trail to the now annual celebration in support of indie record stores worldwide, (set for Saturday, April 16th) than to...
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Sonus Faber Releases Principa Loudspeaker Line

April 15, 2016
Sonus Faber Releases Principa Loudspeaker Line

Principia collection is the new entry level line offered by Sonus faber, designed for those who are seeking a simple hi-fi solution but with a definite Italian touch at an affordable price – all without giving up on perfect music reproduction. This new collection is a good option for those who are looking for...
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Mytek Release MQA Firmware Update for New Brooklyn USB DAC

April 14, 2016
Mytek Release MQA Firmware Update for New Brooklyn USB DAC

Mytek Digital has announced the release of the MQA™ firmware update which now enables the new state of the art Brooklyn DAC/Headphone/Preamplifier to decode all MQA files in addition to all other formats, including PCM 384k/32bit, DSD256 and analog phono playback. After Meridian, Mytek is the second MQA licensee to release the firmware update...
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MQA to Support Partners for AXPONA 2016

April 13, 2016
MQA to Support Partners for AXPONA 2016

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is pleased to announce its support for partners exhibiting at AXPONA 2016, held April 15-17, at the Westin O’Hare, in Rosemont, IL. Show attendees will have the opportunity to experience MQA music demonstrations by several MQA partners including Bluesound (Room 348), Mytek (The Marketplace), Onkyo (Ear Gear Expo Booth 7)...
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Onkyo Ships New DP-X1 Portable Digital Audio Player

April 13, 2016
Onkyo Ships New DP-X1 Portable Digital Audio Player

Bringing hi-res portable music to consumers, Onkyo today announced the retail availability of its new digital audio player, the DP-X1 (MSRP $899.99). The hi-res unit will be MQA-enabled via a free update tomorrow to its native Music app making it one of the world’s first MQA-enabled portable digital audio players. Music lovers attending the...
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dCS Launches New Flagship Vivaldi 2.0 System

April 13, 2016
dCS Launches New Flagship Vivaldi 2.0 System

The original Vivaldi was launched in late-2012 to widespread critical acclaim. Music industry professionals and audiophiles alike declared it to be the finest sounding digital front end on sale. Comprising the Vivaldi Transport, Vivaldi DAC, Vivaldi Upsampler, and Vivaldi Master Clock, this cost-no-object flagship system pushed the boundaries of what was then possible with...
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AURALiC Debuts New ALTAIR High Quality Streaming DAC

April 12, 2016
AURALiC Debuts New ALTAIR High Quality Streaming DAC

AURALIC North America Inc. and its parent company, AURALIC LIMITED, is introducing the new ALTAIR Streaming DAC. The ALTAIR can act as an easy-to-use Home Music Center with more than 15 input sources including: Streaming Inputs: Network Shared Folder (NAS), USB drive, Internal music storage (optional), uPnP/DLNA media server, TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, Internet...
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Boulder Announces Immediate Shipment and Release of 2120 DAC

April 12, 2016
Boulder Announces Immediate Shipment and Release of 2120 DAC

With the completion of the HDMI input module, Boulder Amplifiers is pleased to announce the full release and shipment of the 2120 D/A Converter. The original 2000 Series was in continuous and unchanged production since 1996. The replacement 2100 Series is Boulder’s highest performing, continuously produced product line, encompassing the latest technology and thought...
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AXPONA Audio Show Returns to Chicago This Friday

April 11, 2016
AXPONA Audio Show Returns to Chicago This Friday

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) returns to the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, IL, April 15-17, 2016, offering music lovers, audiophiles, and musicians three jam-packed days of incredible sounds, technology, presentations, design, and the very latest products in the industry. AXPONA is the defining high-end consumer audio show in the United States. Now in its...
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Merrill Audio Announces New Cara Preamplifier

April 7, 2016
Merrill Audio Announces New Cara Preamplifier

Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC is proud to announce a new level of control and performance for a pre-amplifier price point, the Cara Pre-amplifier, with a frequency response to 200kHz within 0.1dB. With a huge set of features, the Cara Pre-amplifier is a must for any level or resolution system and brings in...
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A Message from First Watt’s Nelson Pass

April 3, 2016
A Message from First Watt’s Nelson Pass

Watt’s New This has always been about making amplifiers. Dick Olsher famously remarked that “The first watt is the most important watt.” With this in mind, I created First Watt in 1998 as a “kitchen-table” effort, exploring unusual low power amplifiers with an emphasis on sound quality. I wanted to explore a variety of...
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Classe Audio Introduces Sigma Series Integrated Amplifier

April 1, 2016
Classe Audio Introduces Sigma Series Integrated Amplifier

How can you improve on the best DACs and analog stages in the world? Eliminate them!
 By connecting the output of the 2200i’s preamp section DSP directly to the input of the amplifier DSP Classe eliminates DAC and ADC conversion losses and their associated analog circuitry’s noise and distortion. That’s the secret to the...
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CEntrance Announces DACportable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 30, 2016
CEntrance Announces DACportable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

DACportable is a powerful, palm-sized device that turns the average audio of your smartphone, tablet or computer into a concert-hall listening experience. Encased in anodized aluminum, DACportable comes packed with audiophile-grade components. Just plug it in and GO! Via a USB connection, DACportable extracts clean digital audio from your portable device, converts it to...
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Experience MQA at SPIRAL Event in Tokyo

March 9, 2016
Experience MQA at SPIRAL Event in Tokyo

MQA – including its creator, Bob Stuart – is set to appear at the High Resolution Festival 2016. The event takes place at Tokyo’s Spiral Hall, and runs for three days from 11th to 13th March. Visitors to the MQA Booth, located in the Foyer of Spiral Hall 3F, will be able to intimately...
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ATC Launches SCM19AT Active Loudspeaker System

March 8, 2016
ATC Launches SCM19AT Active Loudspeaker System

ATC Loudspeakers of Britain is pleased to announce its new SCM19AT active loudspeakers for the home are now shipping in the U.S. consumer Hi-Fi and CI (custom integration) markets. ATC, Acoustic Transducer Company, formed in 1974 is the renowned manufacturer of handcrafted precision loudspeakers that can be found in the most prominent music and...
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Linn Debuts Kazoo Music App

February 19, 2016
Linn Debuts Kazoo Music App

Streaming All Your Music Has Never Been Easier From albums on your hard drive to music and movies in the cloud, our Linn DS & DSM players will handle anything you throw at them. And with Linn Kazoo, our new control app, it’s never been easier to play your music at home. Whether you...
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Burson’s Upcoming Conductor V2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC Now on Indigogo

February 18, 2016
Burson’s Upcoming Conductor V2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC Now on Indigogo

Power to the people! That is 70W transformers X 2, 8.2 Watt of Class-A thunder from down-under! If Immortan Joe, another outstanding Aussie, had a headphone amp, then this could be it! It will not be a blunt instrument though. With 100 steps of smooth volume control, it will be delicate enough to drive...
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Shure Introduces the KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System

February 18, 2016
Shure Introduces the KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System

Shure’s newest and exclusive innovation is the premium KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System–the world’s first Sound Isolating electrostatic earphone and amplifier system, for use with portable and traditional media players. Defining a new standard of portable listening, the KSE1500 system features single-driver electrostatic Sound Isolating earphones matched to a USB digital-to-analog-converter (DAC/ADC) that processes audio...
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Roksan Announces Oxygene 30 Turntable

February 17, 2016
Roksan Announces Oxygene 30 Turntable

Roksan Audio have been considered a leading force in the analogue audio world since their first product, the Xerxes record player, was released in 1985. The Oxygene 30 Turntable boasts an elegant, minimalist aesthetic inspired by the popular Oxygene range of hifi electronics. But beneath its striking gloss-white exterior is an innovative design that...
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Sonic Studio Releases Amarra for TIDAL 2.1

February 11, 2016
Sonic Studio Releases Amarra for TIDAL 2.1

And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for: we’re thrilled to announce the release of Amarra for TIDAL 2.1! This highly anticipated release offers some exceptional advantages, including: • iOS Remote • Updated UI • Support for upcoming MQA streaming Now you can control playback, EQ, and volume – all from the comfort of...
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PSB Adds Sub Series 450 to Its Subwoofer Lineup

February 8, 2016
PSB Adds Sub Series 450 to Its Subwoofer Lineup

PSB Speakers, long renowned for affordable excellence in loudspeaker design, debuted an all new high performance subwoofer, the SubSeries 450 featuring for the first time an advanced 400W RMS (1,000W peak power) Class D amplifier designed by sister brand NAD with DSP control. PSB’s most advanced subwoofer to date, the SubSeries 450 is a...
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James Loudspeaker Introduces W Series Loudspeakers

February 7, 2016
James Loudspeaker Introduces W Series Loudspeakers

James Loudspeaker has announced the introduction of the W-Series loudspeakers designed for specialized boundary applications, such as integration into a 90-degree corner where walls and ceilings converge. The visually unobtrusive wedge-shaped form factor is ideal for the latest immersive 3D audio technologies (Atmos, Auro3D and DTS:X), as well as other applications, and can be...
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PSB Launches Imagine XA Loudspeaker

February 7, 2016
PSB Launches Imagine XA Loudspeaker

PSB Speakers, long renowned for affordable excellence in loudspeaker design, today announced their first Dolby Atmos® enabled speaker modules, the Imagine XA. Purpose-built to fit on top of PSB’s Imagine X floor-standing and bookshelf speakers, Imagine XA can instantly create a variety of Dolby Atmos configurations from 5.1.2 to 7.1.4 and beyond with an...
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Computer Audio Design Introduces 1543 MKII DAC

February 2, 2016
Computer Audio Design Introduces 1543 MKII DAC

The world’s finest dedicated USB digital-to-analogue convertor has been upgraded. Computer Audio Design has announced a refit to its unique CAD 1543 DAC, now using proprietary EMI/RFI reduction materials, improved DAC circuit boards, single-crystal UP-OCC internal wiring and refined power supply filtering, to create the CAD 1543 MKII DAC. It retains the key technologies...
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TAD Taps MoFi for U.S. Distribution

February 2, 2016
TAD Taps MoFi for U.S. Distribution

MoFi Distribution is proud to announce it has been selected as the North American distributor of Technical Audio Devices Laboratories, or TAD, as the company is more commonly known. Formerly represented by Pioneer USA, TAD chose to partner with MoFi because of the latter’s experience and focus as a high-performance home audio distributor. With...
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