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August 2018 - Kinky - Kinki Studio's new EX-B7 monos drop 200 watts on the power scale with an octet of lateral Exicon Mosfets per channel, dual Amplimo power toroids and boutique Vishay BC range rail capacitance. Priced at ~€2'500/pr direct from Singapore's Vinshine Audio, these class A/B designs seem like an attractive alternative to class D amps of similar power.
August 2018 - PowerStation - Clones Audio's new heavily regulated linear power supply has two slots so it can be fitted with modules for different voltages to power two components like network-attached storage devices, Ethernet switches and such. Available modules cover 3-ampere applications at 5/9/12/15V which will support twin modules; and high-current applications at 9V/7A, 12V/7A, 15V/6A and 19V/5A which are limited to one module which now hogs the entire heatsink. Umbilicals by Black Cat Cable are included.
August 2018 - Aray, not array - "20 years after the original Signature line was first introduced, The Chord Company have launched new and improved versions of two of their popular digital cables. The new UK-built Signature Super Aray Digital [£800/m] and Signature Super Aray USB [£500/m] interconnects feature the latest version of the unique tuned aray conductor geometry plus a number of design and construction improvements. At the heart of the new digital cable are two 75-ohm silver-plated oxygen-free-copper conductors with PTFE insulation. The conductors benefit from a high-density combination silver-plated braid and foil with effective HF shielding. Connectors are the company’s ultra-low-mass silver-plated RCA with precision-machined PTFE plug surrounds. The new USB cable employs high-precision silver-plated oxygen-free-copper twisted bi-data conductors with separate shielding for the data and power conductors. Tri-layer composite insulation (polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, polyethylene) protects the signal from detrimental RF noise."
August 2018 - Germanium - Moscow's Alexey Syomin expands his S.A.Lab Black Knight range with a 25/50wpc integrated amplifier which uses Russian Germanium transistors in all stages, "with great attention paid to thermal behaviour and current stabilization in full dual-mono architecture giving an exquisite tube-like sound." Bandwidth is 20Hz-20kHz -0.1dB, S/NR is 124dB, THD at full power is 0.1%, dimensions are 48x31x50.5cm and weight is 29kg.
August 2018 - Feeling posh? - If you've got $129'000 to spare for a pair, the Gershman Acoustics Posh speaker has your numbers. "Using 1" HDF for its massive enclosure which rounds and tapers in the back, ¼" stainless steel panels further strengthen and deaden the enclosure. The silver-soldered point-to-point xover uses Mundorf Supreme oil-filled silver/gold capacitors and MResist Supreme resistors. The driver complement is a Morel soft-dome tweeter, an Accuton 5" Cell midrange and two 8" aluminium-alloy double-magnet woofers of our own design. Gold-plated Mundorf binding posts round out the parts selection." The press release included no specs. Perhaps people shopping these leagues don't care about those.
August 2018 - TM - Not trademark or Transcendental Meditation but Twittering Machines, this is the new home of Michael Lavorgna, former 6moons contributor, then helm's man at AudioStream until new management gave his position to Rafe Arnott. It didn't take Michael long to come back. Take a look.
August 2018 - Cloned Cisco - The SG112-24 Mod is Clones Audio's take on an audio-optimized network switch. "Our mod to the fast and reliable Cisco switch adds an ultra low-noise OCXO master clock for better jitter reduction. It's also key to sync the clock to all the chips in the switch. A DC input readies it for our forthcoming high-performance regulated linear power supply. Everything is about minimizing noise."

Features are 24 x Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2 x mini-GBIC combo slots, 48Gbps switching, a 35.7mpps forwarding capacity and 128MB of RAM. The matching Power Station PSU will be available in a few weeks.
August 2018 - L2 - Vinnie Rossi's two new components are a preamp [starting at $14'995] and set of mono amps [$14'995/pr]. The L2 preamp is a class A DHT unit compatible with 2A3, 45, 300B, PX4, 101D, 205D and SV811 via one-switch filament voltage selection. The linear power supply features dual 100VA toroidal transformers, over 100'000uF of very low ESR power supply rail capacitance and multiple patented Belleson super regulators for ultra-quiet voltage regulation of the L&R triode B+, L&R triode filaments and power to the optional DAC and phonostage modules. A discrete 64-step resistor ladder volume control uses Pickering relays. There are true active balanced and single-ended i/o. A bypass switch circumvents the DHT with a class A JFet stage. Tube sockets are Yamamoto.

The matching L2 monos use 500VA toroidal power transformers, over 100'000uF of rail capacitance and "ultra-wide bandwidth, class AB Mosfet outputs". Power is 75Wrms into 8Ω, 140Wrms into 4Ω and stable into 2Ω. Output impedance is ~0.1Ω, input impedance 100KΩ. Bandwidth is 2Hz-250kHz ±0.5dB, 0.5Hz-900kHz ±3dB. Voltage gain is 27dB, S/NR 100dB for full output. <
July 2018 - What's in a name? - Gold Note decided to go literal and presto, all their electronics are now available in gold anodize, a hue elsewhere called champagne. Either way, these Italian components can now be had in black, silver or gold. Choice rules!
July 2018 - Exposed - Exposure's new range-topping 5010 series replaces the prior MCX range with a preamplifier and pair of mono amps. At 200 watts, the latter offer twice the power of the 3010 equivalents with an 800W transformer, two 10'000uF filter caps and eight power transistors per channel. The preamplifier sports six line inputs switched by relays. One input can be reconfigured as either MM or MC phono or a 24/192 DAC with a plug-in board. The preamplifier has a balanced output, is DC coupled using output servos and one input capacitor and features a 200W transformer, fast rectifiers and 24 high-quality smoothing capacitors. The 5010 preamplifier sells for £2'000 (£370/£265 extra for DAC/phono module respectively), the pair of 5010 mono amps get £4'550. Finish options are black or silver.
July 2018 - TotalDAC driver - A quasi preamp without volume, this machine is meant to insert between a volume-controlled DAC and amplifier to improve the drive current of the connection particularly for converters without built-in output stage. The d-1 driver comes standard with zero voltage gain but can be ordered with 10dB of gain should the DAC to be used have unusually low output voltage. The driver has RCA i/o. For a balanced connection, one uses two mono-strapped units.
July 2018 - Scaling the M - Chord Electronics' Hugo M Scaler [£3,495] is an FPGA- based external upsampler which presents the DAC following with a 44.1kHz CD signal resampled up to 705.6kHz. "Although optimized for Chord DACs for the maximum 768kHz upscaling/decoding benefit, the M Scaler can be used with other DACs with suitable inputs subject to their sample-rate capability. Hugo M Scaler features 2 x BNC, 2 x Toslink plus 1 x galvanically isolated USB Type-B inputs", the latter compatible with DSD256 which is resampled to PCM. "The upscaler benefits from an adjustable sample rate output with pass-thru mode enabling user-defined control subject to the technical limitations of the output type."
July 2018 - Samurai - Natural Sound's Samurai "is a 94dB efficient three-way loudspeaker capable of producing explosive dynamics, lifelike timbres and life-sized holographic images. The minimum recommended power is 8 watts and benign mainly resistive 6-ohm impedance ensures amplifiers won't struggle. The driver compliment is a 23cm tall air-motion transformer working in a proprietary horn; a 12" midrange with a lightweight paper cone; and an 18" woofer working in a bass-reflex arrangement tuned to 25Hz. Crossover points are at 200 and 2'500Hz, bandwidth is 25 to 20'000Hz."
July 2018 - Not Magico's M range ... but Scansonic HD's. "With the introduction of the new M-Series, new materials, drivers and designs assure an even lower level of distortion. The M-10 [€649 without stand], M-20 [€1'499] and M-40 [€1'999] all use the same ribbon tweeter of the exclusive MB-series. This blends seamlessly with the 4” honeycomb glass-fiber mid/woofers. This technology in combination with a powerful magnet system delivers an open and extremely detailed sound. The M-Series models are available in satin black or white and are delivered with grills."
July 2018 - Node - Far from another Ellipse, Node's Hylixa is an egg-shaped 3-way with very compact frontal 2-way of soft-dome tweeter and flat-coned wide-dispersion BMR widebander which is augmented by an internal rear-firing woofer vented out the front through a circular gap whilst traversing a helical internal transmission line. This array guarantees point-source behaviour and the very complex glass/nylon enclosure is 3D printed one 0.2mm layer at a time in a process called selective laser sintering. For all the details on this complex hi-tech creation, reference the company's PDF on their website.
June 2018 - Cary relaunch iconic amp - The 50-watt class A2 CAD-805RS single-ended mono amps have been in continuous production since 1993. They've now been updated for 2018 in new livery and with under-the-hood refinements but remain 211/845 circuits with a 6SN7 gain stage direct-coupled to a second 6SN7 gain stage which, capacitor-coupled, meets a 300B driver stage which couples to the output triode via an interstage transformer.
June 2018 - The third voice - The new soundkaos Vox 3 monitor made its first appearance at the NorthWest Audio show in the UK, indicating it is a very compact proper three-way with frontal widebander augmented by a Raal ribbon tweeter and dual opposing sidefiring woofers in an all-wood cabinet.
June 2018 - Primare news - Their 150wpc I35 networked integrated [£4'000] and CD35 networked player [£2'900] are now shipping. "Each of them features Prisma, Primare’s new whole-home high-fidelity control and connectivity solution. The platform offers network playback from stored and streamed media, WiFi and Bluetooth® connection as well as multi-room/multi-zone connectivity and control all managed through the Prisma application from any mobile device."

The I35 Prisma integrated amplifier is the first to use the new UFPD 2 power system, a "radical reworking of Primare’s UFPD Class-D technology. In addition to fully balanced analogue input options, the I35 includes a full-featured DAC enabling PCM 768kHz and DSD 256 conversion. For the CD35, a "state-of-the-art TEAC CD drive and Prisma connectivity and control technology combine to create a complete digital music source. The all-new DAC stage utilises an ESS Sabre chipset for files up to PCM 384kHz and DSD 256."
June 2018 - The Maltese falcons? - Falcon Acoustics' new R.A.M. range has three models "all with pristine 25mm MDF cabinets in European or burl Walnut real-wood veneers or high gloss black with man-made leather baffles and interchangeable side panels to match new surroundings. The 2mm stainless steel terminal plates sport heavy-duty Falcon-designed terminals. For the floorstanding Studio 30, a heavy plinth comes with CNC'd stainless steel spikes.

"The Studio 10 [£1'395/pr] is a 2-way ported stand-mount speaker utilising a 5" polypropylene mid/woofer and 1" soft dome tweeter. The Studio 20 ]£1'995/pr] is a larger ported 2-way with a 6" polypropylene mid/woofer. The Studio 30 [£3'495/pr] is a 3-way with twin 6" polypropylene mid/woofers and a proprietary Falcon 2" dome midrange which hands over to a custom 1" soft dome tweeter."
June 2018 - Burson twins - Called Fun [$299], there is a 2wpc/32-ohm headphone amp in class A with an added microphone input whose plug-in opamps allow for easy swaps to tailor the sound to personal preference. The same rolling fun applies to the Bang [$499], a 20wpc/8-ohm class A/B stereo amp which doubles power into 4 ohms.
June 2018 - New Cary - The SLI-100 [$5'995] is a dual-mono KT150 tube integrated with 4 line inputs, one headphone jack and 100wpc of power. A removable tube cover is standard.
June 2018 - Apurna news - The French luxury house launch their new 100wpc Prelude power amp which is available also as an integrated version. The housing can be had in five different paint colours including matt, gloss and metallic finishing and acrylic glass too appears as a trim element. The stereo amp has XLR/RCA inputs and WBT outputs whilst the integrated gets 2 x RCA and 3 x XLR inputs. Output power doubles to 200wpc into 4 ohms.
June 2018 - Get that marble going - iStereos.co.uk have secured the rights as the exclusive distributor of Chario loudspeakers, the luxury Italian loudspeaker brand, in the UK. "Chario have trimmed their ranges to four. These comprise three solid-wood ranges, a Good, Better, Best if you will, these being the Constellation Mk3 (soon to be released), the brand-new Aviator and the Academy respectively. The forth range is the Belong, a new patent-pending loudspeaker using a single pre-cast Corian™ (DuPont man-made marble) sleeve with real wood top and bottom inserts. All these luxury loudspeakers will be available ex-factory direct via the iStereos Audiophile Buyers Club. Please feel free to contact John at istereos @ hotmail.com for more information.
June 2018 - More power to your phono - "The PSU-10 is the super-inductive power supply designed for the Gold Note PH-10 phono stage engineered with the best quality audio-grade components to enhance performance. It's based on a dual-choke linear design and features an inductive filter on the analogue stage. The large, ultra-clean power enhances super low noise, greater dynamics, better resolution and finer details for a more realistic high-end performance and pure audio pleasure. The PSU-10 delivers high-quality power using four transformers, three of which are dedicated exclusively to the pure power supply and one to the inductive filter and two chokes."
May 2018 - Octave filter - Across 10Hz-150kHz, Octave's new Filter 3 claims to reduce the impact of EMI/RF distortion by more than 80dB or 10'000 times. The passive device is magnetically optimized and potted in resin. Its recommended use is between DAC and preamp or amp. I/o can be RCA or XLR.
May 2018 - Meet Castello - "Over the past years, Akiko Audio have become very experienced at lowering the noise floor in the playback chain. Noise pollution is an unwanted signal which affects all connected devices in your audio and video systems. The ground in the power supply has a more complicated task than generally assumed. It is often viewed as a mere safety precaution and receives little further attention. Whilst developing our Castello Ground Conditioner, we noticed that a correctly applied ground has a major influence on playback quality. 'We see it as technical improvement for all connected devices!' says designer Marc van Berlo.

"The heavy ground conditioner forms a zero reference for your system. High frequency surface electricity seeks a low energy point and will therefore use the ground conditioner as a ground. Three devices can be connected."
May 2018 - S.A.Lab - At 100 watts of monaural push/pull class A with 6 x Saratov 6550 driven by 6V6 with 6n6c pres, the Muse Whisper triple stack is an exclusive project. The matching 6-input preamp (3 x RCA, 3 x XLR) uses two EL84 for gain. Front panels are Corian, the top and sides are black glass and the tube rings are polished bronze. S/NR is 100dB, THD at 50% power is 0.06%. The combined weight is 200kg.

Also new from Moscow's Alexey Syomin is the new dual-mono White Knight integrated, a hybrid with 6э5п tetrodes in triode mode driving a transistor output stage for 250wpc into four ohms. A 150w power transformer supplies the valve stage, a 500w unit the output buffer and volume control. The company offers four different versions with either Fet, bipolar, Germanium or SIT output stages.
May 2018 - exaSound - Their PlayPoint DM is a "next-generation flagship music server and DAC combining a reference-grade 32-bit digital-to-analog converter, balanced headphone amplifier and Roon-enabled music server in one component. With refinements like dual-mono fully balanced design, two ES9028PRO DACs in octo-mono configuration with four autonomous I/V stages and exaSound’s four-way galvanic isolation, PlayPoint DM brings the best of every high-resolution audio format. Zero-configuration comprehensive sampling rate support extends all the way up to native DSD256 (Quad DSD) and 32-bit PCM/384kHz.PlayPoint DM is a Roon server and Roon Ready player. PlayPoint DM is a multi-level device offering easy-to-use and advanced configurations. In addition to Roon, it hosts a UPnP server. PlayPoint DM supports all major audio streaming technologies, including UPnP, Open Home, Airplay and Sygnalist NAA, and streaming services like Tidal, Spotify and Qobuz."
May 2018 - Kii 3 scales up - If 20Hz extension in smaller rooms wasn't sufficient, the Kii 3 just gained the BXT extension module "which turns the monitor into a floorstander with 16 additional drivers and total power of 7KW". The photos alone demonstrate just how hard-earned 20Hz extension for bigger rooms and at higher SPL really is. It requires a lot more power and cone surface over the already very capable 6-driver monitor...
May 2018 - Esprit's spirit - Richard Cesari invites Munich showgoers to his joint exhibit with Davis Acoustics loudspeakers to show off the new 2018 Esprit cable assortment with "proprietary connectors in pure copper plated with 40 micron silver and Eti in sterling silver." Bookmark Atrium 4.2 room F215.
May 2018 - Sirius - Leema Acoustics' Sirius [£3,995/2TB] is a streaming music server co-developed with Innuos "centred on a powerful server-grade main circuit board with a high-speed quad-core processor with up to 8 gigabytes of system memory. The app-controlled server is available with huge storage reserves in two-terabyte increments up to eight terabytes. Sirius incorporates a high-performance TEAC optical drive for the one-time bit-perfect transfer of CD data to the hard drive. Sirius offers backup for CD audio and supports WAV, AIFF, ALAC, OGG Vorbis, AAC and MP3; a USB 3.0 connection is available for audio backups. An ESS ES9038Pro Sabre DAC mates to an Xmos USB interface for 32/384 PCM and DSD256 support. Analog outputs are on RCA and XLR."
May 2018 - Living Voice double up - For this year's installment of the Munich HighEnd show, Living Voice will have two big systems. "Not wishing to make life too easy we have decided to show both Vox Olympian & Vox Elysian and Vox Palladian & Palladian Basso systems this year. Two rooms, two systems, in E220 and F219. In E220 we have the Vox Olympian & Vox Elysian partnered with vintage Kondo electronics with both digital and analogue sources. For analogue we have the delightful and understated Grand Prix Audio Monaco 2.0 turntable with a Kuzma 4-point tonearm, and either a Fuuga or an Io-M cartridge, and SJS model 3 phono stage. The digital source will be our high octane LV CD300 player based on the Canary machine and we will also be playing our classic Living Voice OBX-RW3 throughout the show.
"In F219 we have the Vox Palladian & Palladian Basso partnered with an Engstrom Monica line preamp and Lars mono power amps. The new Engstrom Arne integrated amplifier will make its first public outing with a pair of Living Voice OBX-RW3 loudspeakers. For analogue we have the Kuzma-M turntable with a Stogi S VTA tonearm, Fuuga cartridge and an SJS model 3 phono stage in a matching walnut livery. The digital source is our trusted giant killer LV CD300 player. No frills, just pure performance. Munich 2018 will also see the first outing of the new Living Voice G2 equipment supports in both rooms. The G2 is a performance focused design that combines clean simple lines with innovative resonance control. Once again the power supply duties will be delivered by the Living Voice Pure Music battery power supply system, allowing us to cruise off-grid all day in both rooms."
May 2018 - Eminently - Wilson Benesch bow their new 10-driver Eminence flagship. This becomes a showcase for the latest advances in composite tech, starting with the Fibonacci tweeter whose faceplate is "formed from a carbon-fibre composite, creating a geometrically optimized waveguide tailored exactly to the output of the silk/carbon hybrid driver." The 7" mates are latest-gen Tactic 3.0 units which "retain the isotactic polypropylene cone for the optimal balance of stiffness and damping" and have response to 4kHz. It's in the monocoque enclosure where most the composite advances are found, increasing stiffness over prior Wilson Benesch cabinets by a claimed 30%. "An internal matrix of high-tensile 14mm steel ties actively compress all vertical structures to reduce any resonant artifacts." The plinth adds 38kg of machined aluminium.

The complete driver array is 1 x 25mm tweeter, 1 x 7" midrange, 2 x 7" high bass, 2 x 7" low bass and 4 x dedicated 7" woofers. Sensitivity is 89dB, nominal impedance 4.5 ohms, weight 145kg/ea. and dimensions are 188x28x68cm HxWxD. Pricing will be £140'000/pr when formal availability commences Q3 2018.
May 2018 - New digs - Stratos Vichos of Greek Lab12 hifi boutique shares first pix of their almost-ready new facility. "Visitors are always welcome for a presentation." Should you find yourself in Athens, look them up at K. Varnali 57A, 14452 Metamorfosi.

April 2018 - Superior tweet? - Kit Hit's ST-2 8Ω super tweeter with selectable hi-pass settings of 16/18/20kHz uses a " newly developed polymer film" formed into a cylinder to disperse in omnipolar fashion like Elac's circular ribbon. Low 86dB sensitivity should limit optimal matches when many speakers are far more efficient.
April 2018 - Be Stilla my beating heart - Æquo Audio's new 4-driver 3-way Stilla [€18'000/pr] is actually a 5" 2-way with an integral 2 x 7" active subwoofer since the midrange driver's low end is allowed to run wide open without a filter. Thermo-formed synthetic stone wraps the sides and spine and, layered with aluminium, appears again in the plinth. The purely analog controls for boundary compensation and room size hide in a recess atop the speaker for easy access. Power to the internal 500-watt nCore amps connects via SpeakOn. Cabinet rake is fine-tuned with an adjustable wheel between plinth and cabinet. As shown, the standard colour is white with a non-removable black grill. Other cosmetic options are available by surcharge.

Stilla will premiere at the upcoming Munich show. Already on the drawing board are the passive Gladium [~€10'000/pr, lower left]] and redesigned Diluvium flagship [lower right].

April 2018 - Racier Rossi - Vinnie Rossi is about to up the ante with two new Signature products, the LS Signature preamplifier [$14'995] and the matching LS2 mono amps [$14'995/pr]. The former will be "a Class A direct-heated triode design where one switch on the rear panel sets the filament voltage for 2A3/45, 300B, PX4, 101-D/205-D and 811 as well as internal switches to bypass the tubestage and use a Class A Jfet stage instead plus change gain settings. It will have true balanced i/o as well as single-ended i/o and dual 12V trigger outputs for the amps. The tubes will have attractive mesh covers to keep hum to a minimum no matter what accepted tube is used. The power supply will be all linear with numerous Belleson super regulators for each stage as well as have dual internal toroidal transformers."

"The 75/140W into 8/4-ohm class AB Mosfet monos will have bandwidth beyond 250kHz, 500VA toroidal transformers and over 100'000uF of rail capacitance." ETA is summer 2018.
April 2018 - 75Ω digital - Black Cat Cable's Silver! 75 leash gets a MkII upgrade to "incorporate a 'lite' variant of the RF rejection materials I employed in both the Digit-75 and, to a greater degree, the Trøn Super-Reference SPDIF cable. With an additional pure-copper shield all braided under a multifilament nylon yarn jacket, these updates elevate the Silverstar! 75 without breaking the $300/m threshold."
April 2018 - Twisty roads ahead? - Continuing with their lineup of well-dressed speakers, Davone's Twist [€3'300-€3'700/pr] is the latest rear-ported 7" 2-way with 4th-order filter to join this Danish party. "Let's twist again like we did last summer?"
April 2018 - Hartvig TT Evolution - Soeren Hartvig announces his new flagship turntable with battery power supply which will have its formal premiere at the upcoming Munich show.
April 2018 - Sound Carrier - Matija Krklec announces his new 140W EL34 monos which weigh 24kg/ea. and come in at 44 x 33 x 21cm.
April 2018 - Hercules integrates - S.A.Lab's Hercules range grows with this latest 75wpc integrated which packs 6072, 6V6 and 6N36C tubes plus 800W transformers into 60kg of chassis measuring 48 x 31 x 50.5cm WxHxD. There are 4 x RCA and 1 x XLR intputs, 4/8-ohm terminals and a front panel of polished Corian available in almost any colour of the client's choosing.
April 2018 - LaScala - CanEVER's new power amp combines class A, a symmetrical circuit and and an outboard power supply with zero NFB and zero signal-path coupling capacitors. A push/pull 6N6P tubed voltage gain stage couples to a push/pull Mosfet current buffer with output transformers via 75% nickel double C-core interstage transformer. Power output is 50/90wpc depending on a rear-panel setting. The LaScala is described as a "current source amplifier" with micro-processor driven bias control circuits. Two 900VA power transformers, a CLC filter with 40mH inductor, a shunt filter and 470'000uF of filter capacitance make for a 25kg power supply. To avoid unsightly lateral heat sinks, the LaSCala uses four heat pipes with temperature-controlled fans on the underside to leave only the small top-mounted chimney heat sinks visible.
April 2018 - Play your point to make it - exaSound introduce their Mark II PlayPoint network player/server with a "major hardware performance boost. Two-fold sample rate increase brings support for DSD512 and 764kHz PCM whilst doubled CPU power improves performance of the Roon Core. Doubled RAM supports up to 8TB Roon libraries. SSD storage delivers a two-time increase of access speed and capacity. Two upgraded USB 3.0 ports enhance connectivity. PlayPoint also embraces AirPlay, HQplayer, UPnP, OpenHome and TIdal."
April 2018 - New ARC - The Audio Research Ref160M monos [$30'000/pr] combine a quad of pentodes switchable between triode and ultralinar with auto bias mode and a white-lit adjustable power meter that's superimposed on a transparent window. The cover incorporates a cooling fan for the 4 x KT150 and 2 x 6H30 and the power supply sports a "high-energy capacity" transformer and a "bulky storage-capacity network". The motherboard is a four-layer affair previously reserved for the firm's preamps. The auto bias circuitry also accommodates 6550, KT88 and KT120. Status indicators on the front panel show if a particular power tube blew a fuse. Power output is 75/150w in triode/ultralinear mode. Inputs are on both RCA and XLR. Available finishes are black or silver.


April 2018 - Zen is - That would be the ZENith Statement by Innuos, a two-enclosure streamer "with new power supply architecture designed in partnership with Dr. Sean Jacobs; separately enclosed AC/DC conversion stage to isolate transformer vibration and EMI emissions; regulation stage within main system enclosure to shorten the clean DC power path; eight independent power rails; an individual dedicated power supply for each critical component; custom designed components; an Innuos-designed USB board with dedicated 5V power line; independently powered 3ppb  OCXO clock for higher precision and lower phase noise; custom motherboard exclusively designed for Innuos."
April 2018 - Clarus power - Clarus, sister brand of Tributaries A/V cables, introduce their power conditioners Duet, Sextet, Octet and Clarus Power. These models "result in part from development and application of advanced filtering circuits to include proprietary common- and differential-mode filters and ferrite beads." Pricing will range from ca. $600 - $2'500.
April 2018 - Hello halo - Parasound's new DC-coupled Halo JC5 stereo power amplifier [$5'995] packs 400 watts into 8 ohms and can be bridged to thrice that. "Its output stage employs 24 beta-matched 15 ampere 60MHz bipolar transistors to deliver peak current of 90A. The 1.7kVA shielded toroid power transformer sports premium H18 grade steel for its core. It has independent secondary windings for a dual-mono power supply. The input stage B+/B- rails run 10V above the output stage rails to eliminate any distortion caused by voltage sagging when the amp is under load. Independent power supplies for the left and right channel's input stages employ filter caps totaling 8'880µF. Driver and output stages employ massive Rubycon filter caps totaling 132'000µFt." This model is Parasound's attempt to deliver JC1-type mono-block performance in a single chassis.
April 2018 - Hi-mass arm - Timestep's T-609, T-610 and T-612 tonearms in 9, 10, and 12" lengths [£1'450] counter the trend of mating moving-coil cartridges to low-to-medium mass tonearms. "Many of the high quality low compliance moving coil models need to be partnered with a high mass tonearm to perform best. So we created a modern cutting edge high mass tonearm specifically to excel with moving coil cartridges by taking some essential DNA from the legendary Japanese Fidelity Research FR64S tonearm. The armtube is crafted from titanium and a low resonance design. Bearing friction is lowered thanks to a combination of a stainless steel bearing block fitted with ultra-fine tolerance ABEC7 ceramic bearings which are washed and retreated with a high quality lubricant. Internal wiring is pure silver while the tonearm connector is a bespoke PTFE and gold design. Frictionless magnetic anti skating allows effortless fine-tuning and the headshell (not supplied) is fully detachable and interchangeable, with many possible options."
April 2018 - Go figure - Chord Electronics launch Gofigure, a free Apple/iOS app which adds features to their Poly streamer. "Gofigure is a configuration companion complementing existing third-party control point apps like Glider and 8 Player commonly used to control music playback through Poly and Mojo. Gofigure simplifies many of Poly’s advanced processes and adds intuitive navigation through the various setup options, all with smartphone/device control. Gofigure also supports QuickPlay, enabling playback of MPD-generated playlists on micro SD cards via Poly’s built-in card reader. Any number of playlists can be created, including the entire card, with all lists visible within the app. A General Settings page offers system data including SD card capacity, available space and song number plus software version and model number information. WiFi and Bluetooth MAC address is visible along with the number of configured networks and available MPD playlists. A DLNA database refresh button allows simple indexing/re-indexing of the SD card when new music is added to the card. Further app features include manually viewing/removing of saved networks, country-specific WiFi config, BitPerfect playback for DSD and Bluetooth/Hotspot password management."
April 2018 - Murmurs - Muraudio's new SP1 [$14'700/pr] follows their Domain Omni range of curved electrostatic speakers and incorporates "many of the same components in a smaller lighter contemporary design with luxurious finishing. Each SP1 integrates our continuous curve ESL panel with four custom-designed 6" aluminium cone drivers to create an immersive panoramic soundstage. With a full-fidelity 120° horizontal listening window and projected point-source imaging, the SP1 delivers our signature 'Sound is Everywhere®' listening experience."
April 2018 - More whammies - Whammerdyne's Pat Hickman announces that their Truth 2A3 amplifier has spawned three offspring now featured on their site. Take a look.
April 2018 - Mark that bench - Benchmark Media System's new HPA4 [$2'995] uses the same THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier technology as their AHB2 amplifier because "it reduces harmonic, intermodulation and crossover distortion by 20 to 40dB." As a headfi + preamp device, there is a quad of 256 x 0.5dB-step attenuators, two each for the line outputs and the paralleled 6.3mm TRS/4-pin XLR headfi ports. The HPA4 delivers 11.9Vrms into 300 ohms and 6 watts into 16 ohms. Bandwidth is 0.01Hz to over 500kHz. There are two each RCA and XLR inputs and XLR and RCA stereo outputs plus one mono-summed XLR output. The optional remote may be used which then also controls a matching Benchmark DAC. The touch screen provides access to balance control, input level offsets, input names, screen dimming, remote control and function locking. Help screens explain the special functions. The HPA1 is available in black or silver.
April 2018 - AA - In 2016, Audio Analogue celebrated their 20th with Anniversary editions of the Puccini and Maestro integrateds. Now they have launched the PureAA line of products, "drawing key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding further features. Following the AAcento amplifier is the new AAphono [£1'599 incl. VAT] fully configurable for MM and MC including gain and loading for MC cartridges but also the less common MM input capacitance and resistance. Three separate toroidal transformers service each channel monaurally plus the control circuitry. Amplification is split between two separate gain stages with a subsonic filter between them. Following the second gain stage is a special DC blocker. Technical specifications are 40/65dB gain and 89/72dB S/NR for MM/MC and weight of 5.8kg." Available finishes are black or silver.
April 2018 - Cozy up around the campfire - Campfire Audio announce their $199 Comet [left] and $1'299 Atlas [right] earphones with stainless steel bodies. Those are "drop forged then CNC machined, then hand polished to a mirror finish". For drivers, the Comet gets a "custom-designed vented full-range balanced armature." the Atlas "expands our ADLC driver to 10mm." Both models also get Campfire's 3D-modeled acoustic tuning which discards "a traditional tube+damper tuning system for acoustic tuning without compression." For the Atlas model, this tuning expands to what the firm call their polarity-tuned chamber. Its amorphous diamond-like carbon driver is a hybrid of diamond and graphite carbon, hence a non-crystalline diamond with low density but high rigidity. This driver scales up the 8.5mm unit used in the Vega model.
April 2018 - New horizons - That's what Italian firm New Horizon promise with their domestically manufactured range of turntables. From the press release: "New Horizon is a new Italian brand born in 2016. The first products appeared in October 2017 and now we offer a full line of turntables and accessories in the entry-level (model GD 1 at €399) to mid-priced range. All turntables take advantage of an exclusive spring suspension system which isolates motor from plinth. Even our original inverted bearing is designed from scratch, composed of four elements and a massive central spindle of 16mm diameter. The top model GD 3 uses 3 plinths whereby motor, bearing and tonearm stand each on their own plinth for optimal decoupling."
April 2018 - Newcomer's corner - At the May Munich show, that's where you'll find the LittleZoe integrated amp which, "apart from its ultra-modern design, stands out thanks to an unconventional chassis architecture for ultimate performance and a solid body made from a new-age resin that uses revolutionary tech."

For specs, this class AB1 ultralinear push/pull circuit with a modified Williamson topology produces 45wpc from 4 x EL34 or 6550 with 2 x ECC82 input and 2 x ECC81 driver tubes. There are four RCA inputs and a stepped attenuator. Tube bias is manual.
March 2018 - Prince of Amber - Metrum Acoustic's Roon end point Ambre model [€995 ex VAT] is readying to ship. "Outputs are AES/EBU, coax, optical and I²S. I²S can be used for all kind of products but will match our new I²S interface which can be installed in our converters instead of USB. Just an UTP cable is needed to connect both products to get best performance. I²S is an internal protocal never intended for external use. However we made it 'bomb proof 'and during our tests used 20-metre CAT5 without any problem. Further we have used femto clocks to get the lowest jitter specs."
March 2018 - AQ trickle-down - Now Aqua Hifi's La Voce DAC fulfills its modularity promise by being fitted with designer Cristian Anelli's discrete R2R tech via the launch of the S3 boards/mods which can be retrofitted to existing units. Those boards are the P608 FPGA/decoder for up to 384kHz PCM and DSD128; the P607 R2R ladder; the P901 USB recoded with new firmware; hardware mods to the main P601 board; and hardware mods to the I² S/USB Board P603. The La Voce S3 is available now, making it the firm's third and last converter model to integrate discrete resistor-ladder tech from in-house not OEM solutions.
March 2018 - Scansonic's baby - Sister brand to Raidho, this Danish marque have released their MK-5 which marries a petite 4.5" Kevlar mid/bass with a 20μm thin kapton-aluminium ribbon tweeter. Claimed bandwidth is 60Hz-25kHz with 88dB sensitivity at 4 ohms. Dimensions are 15 x 27.5 x 21cm WxHxD and each speaker weighs 7.9kg. Finish options are white or black gloss.
March 2018 - Riccardo Kron rides again - Sorta. A special range of KR Audio tubes is the result of a collaboration between the best300b e-shop, the heavy DHT users at Polish LampizatOr tube audio brand and Czechia's valve manufacturer. "Engineers at KR Audio proposed a number of changes to the current tube lineup and these modifications were critically evaluated by LampizatOr in the process of creating their reference Pacific DAC. The 300B and 5UG4 feature Zirconium coating of their inner structure plus all other Riccardo Kron series aspects of improved structural support in the least vibrating glass points with double mica; ceramic bases; gold-plated base pins; triple thickness glass that moves the ringing frequency out of the midrange; doubled surface for improved anode cooling; barium heaters that run colder and have better emission; closer tolerance matching; and 9th degree vacuum for extended longevity." The PX4 and 300B in this range sell for €999/pr, the 5UG4 at €399/ea.
March 2018 - TotalDAC system - Listeners curious to hear Vincent Brient's reference system who cannot fly into the Rennes, Dinard or Nantes airports to visit his factory can still hear it at the upcoming Munich HighEnd show. With a front end of top TotalDAC digital and Vincent's matching horn speakers with external tower subs, his reference tube amplifiers are by Absolare.
March 2018 - The nuance in the pneumatics - The NP-1 Pneupod by Pneuance Audio is "a product which uses air compression as its major isolation method. The rubber diaphragm contains the air and allows it to isolate in all planes." Measuring 3" in diameter and 1.5" in height when inflated, each footer's load capacity is up to 9kg. A set of 4 priced at $1'195 can thus support up to 36kg or 80lbs.
March 2018 - Get furious! - Kaiser Acoustic's new Furioso line unveils its Mini model at this weekend's Prague and Mumbai audio shows, with Thrax electronics at the former, AMR/Octave at the latter. Explains designer Rainer Weber, "the front panel is Panzerholz, the rest of the cabinet Beech plywood with an additional damping sheet of Kawero Classic (also used on old Mercedes cars). We have our own matching stand but don't include it for people who prefer 3rd-party stands they already own. The drivers are a Russian Viawave ribbon tweeter, SB Acoustics Satori papyrus mid/woofer and two horizontally opposed ScanSpeak Illuminator aluminium passive radiators, one per cheek. The crossover uses 12-gauge Jantzen wax coils and a Jantzen Alumen cap on the tweeter. There's also a Mundorf Mresist Supreme resistor on the tweeter and a Duelund silver-cast carbon resistor on the midrange. The idea was to build a Chiara on steroids, then bring it in at a lower price. I built in more headroom by moving from the Chiara's 5" Illuminator mid/woofer to the 7.5" Satori. That required more surface area for the auxiliary radiators so we now have two in a force-cancelling array. For the tweeter we wanted more resolution like the Raal ribbon in our Classic. This meant a transition from the Chiara's Mundorf AMT to the Viawave ribbon. Nominal impedance is 8 ohms which never dips below 7.3 ohms. Sensitivity is 89dB, bandwidth 37Hz - 30kHz. Depending on market, retail should be between €10'000 - €12'000/pr."
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