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Next in Line: High End Munich 2016

January 11, 2016
Next in Line: High End Munich 2016

With CES last week’s news, what should show up in the mail today but my invitation to attend High End Munich 2016 scheduled for May 5-8, 2016. Here’s a preview: From 5th to 8th May 2016, Munich will be once again the meeting place for all those interested in getting up to speed with...
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VTL Introduces New TL-2.5i Performance Preamplifier

January 10, 2016
VTL Introduces New TL-2.5i Performance Preamplifier

Less is more. That’s the idea behind the new TL-2.5i Performance Preamplifier from VTL. The newest member of the Performance Series possesses the drive and sound qualities of the acclaimed all-tube TL-5.5 Series II Preamplifier, in an attractive cosmetic. Updated thinking is applied to the new TL-2.5i, with lowered negative feedback and gain adjustment,...
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ESS Technology Introduces the SABRE PRO Series of DACs

January 9, 2016
ESS Technology Introduces the SABRE PRO Series of DACs

ESS Technology today announced its new professional series of Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) targeted at premium audiophile and recording studio equipment. The flagship offering for this professional series is the ES9038PRO SABRE DAC. This first member of the ESS PRO SABRE series sets a new benchmark in high-end audio by offering the industry’s highest dynamic...
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Meridian Supports Smart Home and Car Demonstration with Jaguar Land Rover

January 8, 2016
Meridian Supports Smart Home and Car Demonstration with Jaguar Land Rover

Meridian Audio announces its participation in the 2016 CES Show in cooperation with Intel and Jaguar Land Rover. These noted innovators will demonstrate how technology in the future will place people in control at the heart of a fully connected life irrespective of their location. “We are thrilled to be a part of this...
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7digital Premieres Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) Content

January 8, 2016
7digital Premieres Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) Content

7digital, leading B2B digital music and radio services company, announces their first content available in MQA, a new revolutionary end-to-end technology that delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download. Following the announcement of their global strategic partnership as the leading platform provider of MQA, from January 11,...
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MartinLogan Presents New ElectroMotion ESL X Loudspeaker

January 8, 2016
MartinLogan Presents New ElectroMotion ESL X Loudspeaker

MartinLogan has just introduced the biggest, boldest ElectroMotion speaker called the ESL X (EM-ESL X) at CES 2016. MartinLogan’s ElectroMotion Series is the perfect introduction to the high performance electrostatic concept. The new ElectroMotion ESL X features a larger electrostatic transducer compared to other models in the line and dual woofers, with increased power-handling...
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Technics Redefines the Direct-Drive Turntable with the Limited Edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE

January 8, 2016
Technics Redefines the Direct-Drive Turntable with the Limited Edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE

Technics has today announced the return of its direct-drive turntable based on a newly designed direct-drive motor. The Technics 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE and non-limited Grand Class SL-1200G have been developed for audiophiles looking to rediscover and experience the uniquely warm sound quality of analogue vinyl discs. The Vinyl Revival Due...
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Audeze Debuts SINE Planar Magnetic Headphone Line

January 8, 2016
Audeze Debuts SINE Planar Magnetic Headphone Line

Audeze, a leader in best-in-class premium audio, is pleased to announce the launch of its new planar magnetic headphones, the SINE. The company will showcase 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. Combining revolutionary acoustic engineering and...
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Rogers High Fidelity Introduces New 34S-1 Integrated Amplifier

January 8, 2016
Rogers High Fidelity Introduces New 34S-1 Integrated Amplifier

Rogers High Fidelity debuts its’ anxiously anticipated, class A, high-performance Eight-tube Class A Integrated Amplifier, the 34S-1 at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas. Powered by eight EL-34 analog vacuum tubes, the 34S-1 integrated amplifier delivers monster performance and a dazzling listening experience. Consistent with Rogers High Fidelity’s gold-standard requirements, this Class A...
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The Acoustic Research Brand Is Reborn with the UA1 Hi-Res Headphone Amp-DAC

January 7, 2016
The Acoustic Research Brand Is Reborn with the UA1 Hi-Res Headphone Amp-DAC

The AR Hi-Res Reboot project has been underway since 2011 and Acoustic Research has chosen Japan and the UK markets in which to launch the full rebirth of the 60 year old brand. The UA1 is the second product from the new Acoustic Research Digital and High-End Division, following the AR-M2 DAP. The 24/192...
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Spendor Reveals New SP200 Loudspeaker

January 7, 2016
Spendor Reveals New SP200 Loudspeaker

The Spendor SP200 loudspeaker is an all-new top-of-line Spendor Classic. It is a 3-way system featuring two large 12 inch Spendor woofers in an original Spendor 70’s style floor-standing enclosure. The Spendor SP200 delivers music with captivating clarity and real dynamics. It can fill the largest listening rooms with deep natural sound. For extended...
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Sony “Redefines” the Turntable Category by Introducing Hi-Res Audio Capability

January 7, 2016
Sony “Redefines” the Turntable Category by Introducing Hi-Res Audio Capability

Sony Electronics unveiled today a new reference quality turntable which has been strategically designed to expand the company’s range of premium Hi-Res Audio products. The PS-HX500 is targeted for music enthusiasts who collect and enjoy LP recordings and provides them with unprecedented flexibility and performance, as well as a number of other key benefits....
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ADL Introduces Stratos MM/MC Phono Preamplifier, ADC/DAC and Digital Preamplifier

January 7, 2016
ADL Introduces Stratos MM/MC Phono Preamplifier, ADC/DAC and Digital Preamplifier

ADL –Alpha Design Labs – will be introducing new products at CES 2016, including the high performance STRATOS: more than just a DAC, a preamplifier, a phono stage and a headphone amplifier in one small, portable box. With the STRATOS you get DSD (2.8M, 5.6M and 11.2M), USB (supports PCM 24~32bit/384kHz Max.) and ADC...
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Meridian Releases 808 Signature Reference Compact Disc Player with MQA

January 7, 2016
Meridian Releases 808 Signature Reference Compact Disc Player with MQA

Meridian has introduced the latest generation of the 808, a proud member of the 800 Reference Series, specifically developed to render the very best sound from Compact Disc and network audio. In addition, the 808v6 now decodes Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) sources. Part of the Reference 800 Series, the 808v6 is the highest performance...
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HiFiMAN Introduces Edition S On-Ear Headphone

January 7, 2016
HiFiMAN Introduces Edition S On-Ear Headphone

HiFiMAN, a leading designer/manufacturer of high performance headphones and portable audio products, announced their first on-ear headphone, Edition S, for music lovers on the go. The new affordably priced, dynamic on-ear model features a removable logo cap on the ear cup, instantly transforming Edition S into your choice of open or closed back. HiFiMAN...
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Arcam Previews irDAC-II DAC and Headphone Amplifier

January 7, 2016
Arcam Previews irDAC-II DAC and Headphone Amplifier

For over 3 years, the irDAC has been regarded as one of the best and most affordable DACs available, anywhere. It has won industry accolades all over the world including two consecutive What Hi-Fi awards. Replacing the irDAC, the new irDAC-II continues the story, adding advanced Bluetooth connectivity, headphone output, DSD128 support and a...
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GamuT Debuts Zodiac Speaker, M250i Mono Amplifier And Reference Cables

January 7, 2016
GamuT Debuts Zodiac Speaker, M250i Mono Amplifier And Reference Cables

GamuT will have their world debut of the Zodiac loudspeaker at the Venetian suite 29-324. This new cost-no-object masterpiece from GamuT, an internationally renowned Danish manufacturer of State-of-the-art audio components, brings delight to announce the launch of their new loudspeaker. If you’re already a fan of Gamut’s superlative RS Series (and let’s face it,...
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Audience Debuts Its Improved ClairAudient 1+1-V2 Loudspeaker

January 7, 2016
Audience Debuts Its Improved ClairAudient 1+1-V2 Loudspeaker

Audience today announced the introduction of its ClairAudient 1+1-V2 loudspeaker, incorporating upgraded drivers to deliver even greater sonic realism than the original version of the 1+1. In addition, an available “+ kit” takes the 1+1-V2’s performance to yet another level of refinement. The ClairAudient 1+1-V2 is a bi-pole (front- and rear-radiating) design that delivers...
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Musical Surroundings Debuts SugarCube Phono Stage and Digital Recording Platform

January 7, 2016
Musical Surroundings Debuts SugarCube Phono Stage and Digital Recording Platform

Musical Surroundings and SweetVinyl have teamed up to introduce a groundbreaking new approach to playing and “ripping” vinyl LP records. A first of its kind device, the SugarCube incorporates the acclaimed SuperNova phono stage designed by Musical Surroundings’ Mike Yee, in concert with the proprietary SweetVinyl digital recording system, which includes an internal analog-to-digital...
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Schiit Release Update Vali 2 Amplifier

January 7, 2016
Schiit Release Update Vali 2 Amplifier

Two years ago, Schiit introduced Vali, the least expensive serious tube amp. Now, Schiit announces significant upgrades across the board with the all-new Vali 2. Vali 2 offers higher output power, lower noise, gain switching, preamp outputs, lower distortion, and lower output impedance than the original Vali—making it an even more serious tube hybrid...
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Mark Levinson Previews № 526 Preamplifier with DAC and Phono Preamplifier

January 6, 2016
Mark Levinson Previews № 526 Preamplifier with DAC and Phono Preamplifier

HARMAN’s Mark Levinson today previewed the forthcoming № 526 Dual-Monaural Preamplifier with high-resolution DAC and integrated Phono stage. The complete preamplifier for enthusiasts of all music formats, the № 526 combines five line-level analog, MM/MC phono, and six digital inputs with the acclaimed Mark Levinson DAC and HARMAN Clari-Fi® music restoration technology in an...
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McIntosh Debuts Wide Range of New Products

January 6, 2016
McIntosh Debuts Wide Range of New Products

MX122 Audio Video Processor The MX122 A/V Processor can serve as the brain center for an advanced home theater system for years to come. It features many of the latest breakthroughs in surround sound and object-based 3D audio such as Dolby® Atmos, and will be upgradable to support DTS:X™ and Auro-3D®. Besides 3D audio,...
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Marantz Introduces the HD-AMP1 Premium Digital Integrated Amplifier

January 6, 2016
Marantz Introduces the HD-AMP1 Premium Digital Integrated Amplifier

Marantz, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, announces the HD-AMP1, an elegant compact digital integrated amplifier engineered to the highest Marantz purist audiophile standards. Building on the success of last year’s HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier, the HD-AMP1 was created to serve at the center of a music system. This ultra-high quality amp delivers 2x...
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Wilson Benesch Unveils Discovery II Loudspeaker

January 6, 2016
Wilson Benesch Unveils Discovery II Loudspeaker

Wilson Benesch, the leading British high performance loudspeaker design and manufacturer, is delighted to announce the latest addition to its reference line Geometry Series – the new Discovery II. The Discovery II is a 2.5-­‐way stand mounted loudspeaker constructed from carbon fibre composite and precision CNC-­‐machined alloy. To owners and long-­‐term admirers of the...
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Sennheiser Reveals New HD 800 S Flagship Headphones

January 6, 2016
Sennheiser Reveals New HD 800 S Flagship Headphones

The Sennheiser HD 800 is cherished by music lovers throughout the world for its brilliant sound image and impressive spatiality. With the HD 800 S, the audio specialist now presents a new version, which even surpasses the listening experience of its predecessor: Acoustically, the proven transducer technology and the innovative earcup design of the...
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