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Stacked Stax – With new flagship headphones dropping from Dan Clark and Meze, it was just a matter of time until Stax of Japan would follow suit for the electrostatic contingent. Voilà, the pending SR-X9000 which exploits a new diaphragm to eclipse their previous SR-009 and SR-009S models. New mesh lightness comes from thermo-compression bonding to generate superior air flow and the overall membrane surface has increased by 20%. 1.5m and 2.5m cables consist of 6N silver-plated copper. Claimed response is 5Hz-42kHz with an impedance of 145kΩ. Special Stax amp required. Pricing TBA.

Iggy pops in triplicate? – Seeing double comes natural to Valhalla vikings who drown endless horns of honey wine. Seeing triple might take some doing but just so happened at Schiit whose flagship Yggdrasil DAC gained two new versions defined by your choice of conversion silicon. The Less is More version runs 16-bit 8812 chips from TI and asks $2'199. The More is Less goes to $2'349 and adopts TI's 11001 20-bit chips. The original sticks to its AD5791 20-bit chips and commands $2'599. As Randall Smith of Mesa/Boogie once joked—we should call the high-feedback setting 'measure' and the no-feedback setting 'listen'—Schiit now cater to both camps. For the best measurements, go with the 11001 chips. For best sound? The 16-bit numbers may just have it the underground rumbles already. But you decide. That's the whole point.

ARC blushes – That's if you get their new I/50 [$5'000] 50wpc 6550-based integrated in the new red Cerkote finish. Instead you could also do pale yellow, blue, white or black top plates plus a white tube cage. Further choices are to be found in a $750 phono module and, for next year, a DAC board. Regardless there are 2:1 RCA:XLR inputs, a headphone jack, 4/8Ω output taps, top-mounted controls for power, input and volume copied on the remote and two dot-matrix display tubes for input and volume. This no longer looks like grandpa's Audio Research, does it?

Zestier Zestos  – "T-Ref" is short for the Andros Téssera Reference phono stage from George Counas [$18'000] with triple-toroid power supply, new tube complement of 4 x 12DW7, 2 x 12AU7 and 4 x 12AX7 plus upgraded parts and circuity. The outboard ESP supply has an extra-long 3m umbilical with 4-pin locking high-current connector. This transformer-coupled machine accommodates up to four tone arms, two each MM and MC (one each XLR or RCA, the other RCA). All gain and load adjustments are made conveniently on the front panel, outputs are on RCA or XLR. Each channel's ground can be independently lifted. Dynamic range is a claimed 116dB, max output voltage 12Vrms. Full specs on their website.

 

Three's a crowd – With Vermeer's new Model Three, that's Leedh's digital volume and balance control, a soon-to-be Roon Ready network player, a DAC with I²S over HDMI plus headfi. There are coax, optical, AES/EBU, USB, RJ45 and I²S digital inputs and 2V/4X RCA/XLR analog outputs. The machine measures 40 x 33 x 11cm WxDxH and weighs 9kg.

Is that a nano in your PC or are just happy to see me? According to Marcin Ostapowicz of JPlay, his newly launched Optimo nano power supply will make your ears happier with your PC. It's a 5VDC/2A actively filtered/buffered affair with a "linear low-Ω output stage based on our flagship linear power supplies. Its input voltage is filtered by active stage and buffered on top low-Ω audiophile capacitors from Japan to vastly improve dynamic response. It comes standard with dual-lead high-quality teflon insulated silver-plated 18AWG DC cables. Default output connectors are 1 x LP4 Molex for JCAT cards and 1 x SATA for SSD but those can be customized to match the customer's device."

 

 

Leema adopt InnuOs 2.0 – Leema Acoustics' music server Sirius [£4'200 w. 2TB] developed with Innuos sees a major upgrade following the release of the InnuOS 2.0 operating system. "It brings a completely new operating system and desktop interface plus full dedicated app control using the all-new Innuos Sense app for iOS and Android along with a number of important control features including editing metadata."

Got Linlai? – If you live in the EU and don't want to order from Rachel in Canada, BTB Elektronik just took on EU distribution for this range of tubes made by ex members of the Psvane team. Currently in BTB's arsenal are 300B from €327.90/pr, 845 from €149.80/pr, 211 starting at €137.90/pr and 274B rectifiers at €44.80/ea. ECC83 and 82 are available, too.

 

 

Counting – In German, zählen means to count. And Zähl Elektronik's HM1 headphone amplifier [€8'000] would seem to count; big. With 40 watts of class A draw at idle, the circuit adds a servo to correct source/load errors by adapting the output impedance to less than the sum of headphone cable and input impedance. To enable easy A/B comparisons, two inputs feature independent attenuators and on/off switches which a wired remote can trigger. A mixing function allows gradual fade in/out or two-source mixes which can be routed to the RCA/XLR line outs. Treble/bass controls offer three fine steps each and there's a control for soundstage width not based on crossfeed which the 'direct' switch will bypass. The HM1 is built at just 50 pieces a year and sold exclusively through AudioNext in the German-speaking markets.

Can't pronounce Empyrean? – Then Elite [€4'000] will roll off the tongue easier. It's Meze's follow-on effort to their groundbreaking planarmagnetic with a new driver by Rinaro Isodynamics now made from Parus, a polymer film with semi-crystalline microstructure. The dual-coil tech with switchback for LF and spiral for the remaining bandwidth migrates intact to the Elite version and there are still two included ear pads for tuning which attach magnetically. The CNC'd aluminium frame is now clear anodized for a silver finish, the headband is carbon fiber with leather headrest. Claimed bandwidth is 3-112'000Hz, impedance is 32Ω, sensitivity 101dB/1mw/1kHz, weight 420g. Welcome a new flagship to the high-end headfi jungle. With Dan Clark Audio's recently announced Stealth, there are new big cats roaming. If you're out on a hifi safari, keep your eyes peeled and your Jeep at idle in case one decides to pounce on you. Of course if you brought your checkbook, all will be well…

Compact but loaded – Taga's new HTR-1000CD v.2 is a 75wpc hybrid FM/DAB+ receiver with built-in CD player and Psvane ECC83 triodes. There are optical and USB inputs, Bluetooth, 2 analog inputs, a subwoofer and headphone output, a new silver finish, remote control plus alarm and sleep timers.

$324 valve amp from Poland – That's Taga's HTA-25B revised for 2021. It's an 18/25wpc into 8/4Ω hybrid with a quad of preamp tubes (2 x 6P1, 2 x 6N1) and class AB transistor outputs driven from a 120-watt power toroid. Despite the entry-level sticker, there's headfi, a USB input, treble and bass controls, even a pre-out. The machine weighs 5kg and sports two line-level inputs. It's finished in black as shown.

Hyperlixir – Or something quite like it. It's Node Audio's new Signature Hylixa version [starting at £30K/pr] is based on their original 3D laser-printed helical bass monitor but visually distinguished by a new base. "The central stem remains but gone is its extruded aluminium, now replaced by a single laser-fused pillar of the same dynamically inert glass-nylon as the head. This provides increased space for the upgraded Mundorf/Duelund crossover, completely eliminating the proximity of metal which can degrade the signal. The binding posts are now at floor level for even more discrete hook-up. The Signature takes bespoke up a notch. As well as endless cabinet paint options and precious-metal fascia plating, the base can be bright stainless steel or chemically blackened. We offer complimentary CGI visualisation for thorough experimentation to achieve the perfect combination."

Balance thy power – With the new Denafrips BIC 500 [$995 Singaporean], you can. Offering four outlets off a 500VA center-tapped balanced isolation transformer plus built-in AC filtering and transient voltage surge suppressors, this box weighs 6kg and comes in black with a black or silver faceplate.

800 diamonds – Whilst Laurence Dickie has long since moved on to run Vivid Audio, his tapered-tube loading remains a staple of Bowers & Wilkins' top range now re-issued as the D4 models. "The new 800 Series Diamond range continues to feature seven models beginning with the two-way 805 D4 monitor [$8'000/pr] joined by a trio of 3-way floorstanders in the 804 D4, 803 D4 and 802 D4 [from $12'500 to $26'000/pr]. For the flagship we're pleased to reintroduce an iconic name with the 801 D4 [$35'000/pr] to replace the existing 800 D3. For home theatre use, the HTM81 D4 and HTM82 D4 provide two centre channels to complete the range." Four available finishes include satin walnut or rosenut and gloss black or white. For the tech details, refer to the company's product pages.

Aurora bursts into colors – Heco's aptly named Aurora 700 [€998/pr] lives up to its name and the autumn season by adding four new color options called cranberry red, sunrise orange, speed green and cool grey. Otherwise it's still a 3-way bass reflex floorstander with dual 17cm woofers, a 290Hz – 3'300Hz midrange and 28mm tweeter at 92dB sensitivity.

Super unleaded tweeter – Aperion's new AMT-based super tweeter [€999/pr] is a bipole by using two pleated drivers back to back. Five selectable high-pass filters at 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16kHz add themselves to six sensitivity settings to match sundry speakers from 87 – 98dB/W/m.

Got 4K? Then say hello to Dan Clark Audio's Stealth [$3'999], their new flagship closed-back planarmagnetic headphone. It introduces a new synthetic material between diaphragm and ear to double-task as diffusor against HF standing waves plus precision resonators to fine-tune the frequency response. The thin-film membrane is a 4th-gen affair 20% larger than what's in the firm's Ether 2 model whilst the industrial design revisits their Aeon 2. Total wear weight is 415g, materials include suede pleather and carbon fiber and the suspension is fully self adjusting again to promise a very comfortable fit.

Small but Fyne – That's the new F500SP from Scottish brand Fyne Audio [£1'299/pr] "personally tuned by technical director Dr Paul Mills. Handcrafted at our Glasgow factory, this concept gives audiophiles Fyne’s high-end tech without the expense of the complex cabinet geometry found on higher-end models." The speaker centers on a 6" dual-concentric driver with 25mm magnesium dome tweeter in its throat. "The F500SP is available in high gloss black and  white standard or optional gloss walnut. The grille mounting is by concealed magnets and a diamond-cut finish enhances the exposed driver chassis."

Take two – With speakers, you obviously will. But with Buchardt's latest S400, it's also a MkII affair [€2'000/pr]. Whilst looking virtually identical to the predecessor, the Jantzen/Miflex crossover is all new, the aluminium mid/woofer has gone paper, the cab gained 40mm in depth and there's extra bracing. Otherwise it's still a passive 6" two-way with rear-firing oval passive radiator available in black or white and sporting a bodacious 33Hz – 40kHz response.

Derek Hughes' signature – It's on Graham Audio's strictly limited LS 8/1 [€7'000/pr] maxi monitor, a 3-way bass reflex in classic BBC style so with thin-walled construction. Weighing just 17kg for measuring 63.5 x 30 x 30cm HxWxD, this is a re-interpretation of the BBC's LS3/6 executed with modern drivers. Bottom to top, there's a 20cm cone woofer, 3.5kHz dome tweeter plus 14kHz super tweeter for claimed 45Hz-20kHz bandwidth at 87dB/2.83V/m. Only 100 pairs of this Signature Edition are planned.

Davone go active – Danish bent-wood speaker experts Davone just added a wireless DSP amp option to their range. "After 3 years of R&D, we're proud to present a WiSA-compatible wireless amplifier module with DSP. For the final amplifier stage we use 4 x 100w ICEpower per speaker pair. The module is available in our Studio, Twist and Solo models [shown is the Meander model]. It features wireless connectivity up to Dolby Atmos depending on chosen transmitter; Chromecast, Spotify, Airplay 2, Bluetooth, DLNA, room correction, multiroom and more; 4 sound modes; quad-core ADAU 1452 DSP; and an AKM 4490 Velvet sound DAC."

3510 Overture – British brand Exposure are turning their renewal focus on their upper-end series starting with the 3510 integrated amplifier [£2'250] "packed with trickle-down technology from the top 5010 series". First in the new range is the integrated to replace and improve upon the 3010S2D of the outgoing 3010 series. It delivers 110wpc into 8Ω and features six line inputs plus optional MC/MM or DAC card. There are biwire speaker terminals, a pre-out and headphone port. The AV input has fixed or variable gain. The preamp section features all discrete transistors with a hybrid power supply. Available finishes are black or titanium.

ArrivedDon't do in 10 days what you could do in 30. That's one takeaway from the recent move. But we're back on the air and the first content update is Dawid's 2nd opinion on the Nagra Classic INT. The new upstairs sound room is set up and working very well so assignments on Audio Art Cables, CanEver DAC and Grimm subwoofers will continue there very shortly. The downstairs music room still awaits another box delivery after which comes unboxing, setting up, tuning in and hopefully having quick happy ears rather than wrinkled brows and lots of head scratching. Fingers x'd.

Dark side of the moons – Starting August 5th, 6moons content updates will temporarily suspend while we move our HQ from outside Westport in County Mayo to the Kilrush region of County Clare. If all moves well, regular broadcasting should commence again by August 16th. Be advised that during this time, reader emails will neither be read nor answered. For more details, see this industry feature.