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Give us our daily bran… and lead us into temptation with CanEver's Malibran, a 250wpc stereo amp from the Venetian lagoon which combines a pair of push/pull power Mosfets with a 100kHz output transformer and "DSD-like modulation to minimize EMI". The amp weighs 25kg, measures 44x34x24cm and has XLR and RCA inputs plus biwire output terminals. 4Ω power is 500wpc.

Colibri – This isn't the bird from Avantgarde Acoustics but a Kaiser Acoustics and their latest two-way mini with dual opposing passive radiators exploiting Purifi drivers and an oval ScanSpeak soft dome. Pricing is set at €12K/pr. We should learn more once their website updates.

Twice hypsofied – You can be with Ferrum's Hypsos Dual [$1'395], their twin-output hybrid power supply capable of a combined 6A/80W to power two suitable devices now without the earlier outboard splitter.

Motive and opportunity. – It's Volumio's new Motivo [€1'749], a streamer with RCA/XLR and headphone outputs which can double as server via coax, Toslink, I²S over HDMI and USB. "It's the only transport to market that supports all I²S protocols and pinouts." An 8" touch screen and multi-function controller can access Spotify, Tidal/Connect, Qobuz, Roon Ready, YouTube, Bandcamp, Pandora and Fusion DSP. There's support for DSD, CD and ripping. Sabre ES9038 silicon supports 384 PCM and DSD256, built-in volume control allows direct connection to active speakers or amplifiers. There's also compatibility with Sonos, GoogleCast, Highresaudio and Bluetooth 5.0. Plus, this machine is a full aluminium not plastic construction. Motive and opportunity? I'd say.

Lightest planar made? – Final's new X8000 flagship just might be at 220g despite its large 50mm isodynamic driver. The housing is titanium alloy for superior lightweight strength, the soft earpads are 3D printed, a classic headband is entirely MIA and the silver-coated cable is from Junkosha. Full specs remain TBA and first production isn't expected until Q4 this year.

 

Rosy DAC? – Hifi Rose have shown industrial design chops across their current range. Now comes the RD160, their first standalone D/A converter with volume control which introduces new optics whose also extinguishable display can show a back-lit circuit diagram which instantly tracks user adjustments. Whilst pricing remains TBA, the expectation according to company personnel on the Munich show floor is between $5-6K.

105 Aer – It's Meze's new open-backed dynamic headphone which replaces the 109 Pro's wooden cups with ABS plastic to come in at the lower ~€400 price

More IQ – Qualio's popular hybrid open-baffle speaker gets the IQ UItra upgrade [€9'900/pr incl. VAT] with Mundorf Angelique copper/silver/gold wiring, a new Evo oil-filled bass capacitor, Jantzen copper-ribbon wax coils, an extra biwire terminal and Isoacoustics Gaia 2 decoupling footers.

Basel Acoustics – It's a new project by ex Boenicke CEO Piotr Misiewicz and renowned speaker designer Sven Boenicke. Their first model is the Concept V01 [€12.8K/pr Swiss], an 8" two-way in a wood-finish enclosure with all the usual Boenicke hallmarks like a 1st-order xover, 2" widebander, ambient tweeter, electromechanical parallel resonator and silk-wrapped Litz wiring. To my eyes it looks like a downscaled Boenicke Audio W22 whose size and cost should fit into many more living rooms.

The atelier of Kroma – Granada's speaker house have added the Jovita [€39K/pr] and Irya [€150K/pr] to their ever-expanding portfolio. Jovita is the middle model of the Signature range and a 3-way floorstander with Mundorf AMT surrounded by 6.5" Purifi anodized aluminium mids to which is added an 8" matching woofer in a twin rear-ported synthetic stone enclosure of 48kg. Claimed bandwidth is 25Hz-27kHz, sensitivity 91dB. Irya is the new entry into the Reference Series which introduces curved cabinetry. This 3-way gets front- and rear-firing AMT, dual 6.5" Purifi mids and dual 10" Purifi woofers. Weight scales to 130kg and response to 19Hz-27kHz. Multiple colour finishes await beyond the standard white Krion. Those are red, green, blue, silver, bronze and black. Add €1'400 for Jovita, €2'500 for Irya to eliminate white.

Float my boat – The latest in Lumin's ever-growing armada of server/streamers is the P1 Mini which accepts USB, HDMI, S/PDIF and even analog signal then packs both RJ45 and fibre-optic networking. Twin ES9028Pro chips support PCM384 and DSD512 whilst Leedh Processing offers lossless volume control for direct-to-amp scenarios. An acrylic/zinc remote control is included to change volume, inputs or navigate a playlist. There's Roon Ready, Tidal, Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect, Qobuz, Plex, UPmP, MQA, Airplay, TuneIn Radio and multi-room capability. Happy days.

Make superior treble tracks… with Fyne's new SuperTrax super tweeter [€4K/pr in walnut, €3.5K in gloss black]. A carbon-composite upfiring tweeter encounters a tractrix dispersion lens for omni radiation and promises to extend response to 60kHz. A ±3dB control claims suitability for speakers up to 98dB/W sensitivity.

Leif the 3rd – It's Nordost's new cable range, "an evolution of our entry-level lines". Pricing for the power cords is from $260 – $660/m, for the interconnects $475/m/pr to $1'130 across three different models each. Interconnects TBA.

717 – It's Soulution's new power amp with 2MHz bandwidth, 4 x 600VA switch-mode power supplies and 150/300/600W into 8/4/2Ω. It can be configured as a stereo amp, dual mono amp or bridged mono amp. The stark press release omitted any pricing intel.

Scan your sonics… with Scansonic's new flagship MB8B [€13K black or white satin, €15K walnut] or the Q3 in its new white livery. The tall 3-way tower combines twin 8" woofers, twin 5¼" mids and a quasi ribbon tweeter for claimed 34Hz – 20kHz bandwidth in a 27 x 48 x 144cm WxDxH enclosure weighing 45kg whilst presenting a nominal 4Ω to the amp.

HQF? – it could mean headquarters in France. And Bordeaux is where Neodio are. But their new HQA [€4'600] is short for high-quality amplifier, a purist 80wpc stereo affair with 1Hz – 300kHz bandwidth and "an innovative feedback system". The chassis is rigidly damped, uses a 6mm PMMA rear panel, machined Delrin footers, the firm's own Fractal wiring and "a layout designed to reduce EMI". It also comes with a 10-year warranty to the original owner.

Alumine, could you be mine? – Stenheim's Alumine Five SX will ask that question at Munich HighEnd. "The Five SX is derived from our Five SE, itself a version of the Alumine Five with increased specifications including top-range crossover components, binding posts from the Reference range and enhanced internal wiring. The Alumine Five SX is additionally equipped with a room-control panel originally seen on the more expensive Reference Ultime Two model. That enables different bass/treble profiles to adjust for room specifics. Sound quality is yet further enhanced by a new grounding post."

Suzi dearest – It's Chord's new amplifier concept comprising the Suzi Pre and Suzi power amp. The latter can also integrate with the Hugo 2 and/or 2go to make for three usage scenarios: pre/power, DAC/amp or streaming amp. Pricing and availability TBA.

Raidho's X2.6 – At €21K/pr, it shaves a zero plus off Raidho's towering flagship yet is just as ambitious for rooms downsized to be appropriate. An 11-micron thin planarmagnetic tweeter of just 20mg mass doesn't exhibit first breakup until 82kHz. Aluminium-oxide 6½" dynamic drivers upshift theirs to 12.5kHz, again far out of the band they're used across. Nordost wiring, rear vents, a 2½-way xover and 32Hz to 50kHz response with 6Ω+ impedance round out the core specs. Standing at a compact 36 x 41 x 107cm WxHxD and weighing a still very manageable 30kg/ea., available finish options are piano-gloss black or white though custom requests will be entertained. The first public reveal is coming up at the Munich HighEnd show.

Getting cubed² – You can with Cube Audio's new Lotus 10 [€21K/pr] and Jazzon v2 [€9.5K/pr], a 1½-way and 1-way floorstander respectively based on the company's 10" widebander tech with multiple whizzers. New to both is a 4-position tuning switch to adjust the full-range driver to room acoustics and tastes. As usual, Cube Audio's Munich show demos will use Tektron tube amps from Sicily. The Lotus gets a next-gen main driver with redesigned magnetics, new diaphragm geometry and voice-coil former; plus a woofer which parallels its lower reach and uses the same cone material and treatment. The impedance reflected to our amp is 6Ω, sensitivity 89-95dB depending on switch position, response 25Hz-25kHz. Dimensions are 30x53x105cm WxDxH and weight is 50kg. The new Jazzon is a nominal 8Ω load with 88-92dB sensitivity, 30x40x94cm dims and weight of 35kg.

Streaming service the Nagra way – The new Streamer [$4'950] from the legendary Swiss brand is the size of their famous Nagra VII digital recorder. "The chassis of the Streamer is compact yet massive and precisely CNC machined from a solid billet of aluminium. It is rugged and rigid. It was designed to be as large as necessary but no larger. This footprint allows it to be installed close to your IT equipment and connect to your DAC via long optical cable." The Streamer includes Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect, Qobuz via mConnect, vTuner, Airplay 2, UPnP/dlna for local files and Roon Ready is coming. Connectivity includes S/PDIF, fibre-optics, RJ45 and USB. The power supply is external and can be swapped for a Nagra ACPS, MPS or Classic 12V PSU. And look ma, a Nagra without modulometer!

Dare to shrink – Goebel's new Divin Comtesse does [€59K/pr], standing just a metre tall, 30.6cm wide and 45cm deep. It still weighs a solid 75kg but comes in a professional flight case "for easy setup and protection". It's an 89dB twin-ported 3-way with 8" woofer, 8" midrange and Mundorf AMT tweeter in a custom aluminium waveguide. Claimed bandwidth is 28Hz to 28kHz, impedance 4Ω.

Tease me, please me? – Børresen ask the question with this teaser of their forthcoming C1 and C3 speaker models. Not yet visualized to pounce as surprise at the Munich show is the T5, "the first member of the forthcoming Børresen T series, a loudspeaker with a completely unique design and incorporating innovative technologies from premium Ansuz, Aavik and Børresen products." The C-range mid/woofers with spread-tow carbon skins use a new resin binder with micro boron and graphene fibers for cross-linked strength advantages whilst the planar tweeter is the firm's highest-performing iteration. A C2 smaller floorstander will eventually complete this range. The cabinets are once again HDF but now add 1mm carbon-fibre inserts on the sides for extra rigidity and a racier look.

Madison, baby – Following the announcement that CH Precision have acquired fellow Swiss team Wattson Audio, we now meet the new Madison Amp LE [€6'495], a 50/80wpc into 8/4Ω class A/B amp switchable to high-current mono mode which then dedicates the entire power supply to just one channel. Single pairs of output transistors make this the most minimalist of purist push/pull circuits. Inputs are on RCA and XLR. The tagline? "Why reinvent the wheel when it just needs to be made rounder." Very clever. The milled-from-solid casework contains a twin-transformer linear power supply with custom capacitors. Bandwidth is a high 2Hz – 500kHz -3dB and claimed S/NR better than 120dB. Dims are 21 x 29 x 8.5cm WxDxH, weight is 7kg.

Shanling's party crashers – With pricing TBD, Shanling's EC Smart on the left calls itself "our smallest CD player for daily use". It packs a Sanyo DA11 drive, Cirrus Logic CS43131 DAC, 3.5mm line out, headphone out, BT speaker outputs and is powered by standard USB C. Shown in black next to it is the SM1.3, an AK4499EX-based streamer, transport & DAC with a new Android platform, touch screen and companion app. It supports full WiFi/Bluetooth, carries XLR/RCA line outs and a pre-out and I²S, coax and Toslink digital outputs. There's also lossless playback from USB drives.