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Phoenix caught in the net – Innuos have released their new PhoenixNET network switch for networked audio [€2'749]. "Having started with improvements to the Ethernet ports' clock on their flagship Statement server, Innuos have taken the concept to the next level with a completely new switch design focused exclusively on audio use. This targets four areas: noise, clock precision, power and vibration management." HF noise is reduced by avoiding switching regulators and using high-end isolation transformers for each Amphenol RJ45 port without LED but further EMI treatment. Derived from the Statement streamer, a 3ppb 25MHz temperature-controlled crystal oscillator runs off its own linear power supply and connects directly to the network switch chip. Two independent linear power supplies with Mundorf caps power the clock and motherboard while CNC-machined aluminium footers contain a compound tuned to the chassis' resonant frequency. The RJ45 ports also decouple from the chassis by silicone rings.

AC wizardry – Bill Stierhout—inventor of QRT Quantum Resonance Technology sold to Nordost in 2008 where it continues to be marketed and also inspires current Ansuz analog dither tech—now operates new company AddPowr to further develop his unconventional ideas. His products are described as harmonic resonators not AC conditioners because they work in parallel not series and induce deliberate algorithm-derived super-low-frequency EM fields and line harmonics via conduction or radiation. These add-ons start at $149 for the eau2 and top out at $4'000 for Sorcer X4. No components plug into any of them. This stuff just occupies a power receptacle and does its mysterious work from there. Take a look if that has you curious.

Retuned tuning fork – That's the new Binom-A1 Rev.2 driver from Oleh Lizohub of Camerton Audio where camerton is Cyrillic for, yes, tuning fork. This unique 35Hz-25kHz small widebander's next-gen upgrade replaced "the aluminum elements of the compact balsa wood diaphragm with isotropic carbon fiber impregnated with a high-damping compound. The mechanical properties of this material are tens of times higher than aluminum alloys. This allows a more flexible approach to optimizing diaphragm operation and our special impregnation completely damps unwanted resonances. Another plus is the high electrical resistance of this material which in combination with its special hand-made isotropic structure completely excludes the occurrence of secondary electric currents in it. This prevents affecting a strong magnetic field on the movement of the diaphragm and causing distortion in it. The magnetic system also was upgraded to further homogenize the magnetic field. In addition to gluing to achieve greater strength, now it is also tightened with special bolts."

Smart sub sandwich – That's Canton's new Smart Sub 12 [€849] whose downfiring 30.8cm woofer aims at 22Hz backed by 200 watts of class D. The low-pass filter varies from 50-200Hz. There's auto on/off and wireless integration with Canton's Smart ecosystem which then gives app control over phase and volume. Conventional wired connections are supported as well. Finish options are black and white.

TotalSpeaker – The d100 [€13'900/pr] is still a TotalDac product but otherwise a 2.5-way speaker with dual 12" drivers for high 98dB sensitivity whose horn-loaded tweeter is simply described as "non metal". This floorstander measures 32 x 437 x 118cm WxDxH, weighs 38kg and can be auditioned on a 20-day home trial program.

By Euclid, it's no eclipse – It's the Audeze Euclid [€1'499], an in-ear monitor with 18mm planar drivers in black-anodized aluminium bodies. At 110dB/mW, efficiency is high and 120dB max SPL promise permanent hearing damage if engaged. MMCX connectors allow for easy cable swaps and a forthcoming Bluetooth adapter will add functionality.

Clock radio v2021.2 – It's Tivoli's Music System Home 2 [€849] with Chromecast and AirPlay 2. That's in addition to the original AM/FM/DAB tuner features, 60wpc and dual 2-way speakers. There's also Bluetooth, LAN/WLAN and support for an analog source and Toslink. Finish options are black, white or Walnut and a remote control is included. So go ahead. Treat your breakfast nook to some tunes or news cast.

What the funk? – It's Burson's baby Funk [$600], a 3wpc class A headamp and 45wpc class AB speaker amp all in an ultra-compact form factor made possible with a switching power supply of global voltage. The headphone amp is a single-ended version of Burson's Soloist 3X Peformance. There are even two ribbed braces to set the machine on its narrow end and use it upright. And by using two of Burson's discrete but socketed opamps, user can engage in some hardware rolling to tune performance to their preference. Funken hey!

From Z to Z – That's Børresen's new four-deep Z speaker range from the Z1 stand mount to the just launched Z5 flagship tower. The company call that "a huge 2½ way floorstander with ribbon tweeter, two mid/woofers and four 8" woofers. The magnet system in the Z range is brand new. After the invention of our patented iron-free driver system in the 0 Series, we came to realize that it is possible to reduce induction to an amazing 0.04mH, about 10 x lower than common. The challenge for the Z range was to design a similar but less costly driver system also with significantly reduced induction. The result is a dynamic driver with only 0.06mH."

Phono classics – Nagra's Classic Phono [$19'750] aims to become one in due time and for it harnesses 2 x 6922 and one each B739 and B759 as active devices. Custom Nagra 1:16 ratio transformers help generate up to 64dB of voltage gain for MC whilst MM is switchable between 8 and 48dB of gain. RIAA compensation is available standard and with Teldec and Columbia curves. A mono selector supports mono records made with a stereo cutter. The built-in 100-240V 50/60Hz power supply can be upgraded with the external Classic PSU.

Serious Sirius – That's Auralic's Sirius G2.1 [€6'699], a D/D converter, reclocker and resampler with 20-band parametric EQ and codes assignable to existing remotes for IR control over certain functions. Inputs are on AES/EBU, USB, Toslink and coax and matched by equivalent outputs which double up on USB  There's also an RJ45 firmware update port and the company's HDM-based 18Gbps Lightning link. PCM and DSD can be upsampled or resampled to the opposing format to feed the attached DAC its favorite format. That includes making an upsampled DSD signal available on USB. Four different digital filters allow for further sonic fine tuning. The aluminium chassis is internally copper lined similar to how Aavik's 580 components do it. The main processor is a Xilinx XC7200T FPGA and three femto clocks handle the reclocking.

55kg, 225wpc, ~€3'100 – It's the new class AB push/pull Denafrips Apollo stereo power amp [$4'998 Singaporean] with sixteen pairs of BJT transistors per channel, a 2'000VA shielded power transformer, XLR-only inputs and black/silver finish options. 4Ω power doubles to 450wpc and noise and distortion are very low as per the published specifications.

Viola or violin? – The Violectric HPA-V550 [€2'399] doesn't care. As a balanced headphone amp with 2 x RCA and 1 x XLR inputs, it's instrument agnostic. To better adapt to various headfi loads, the gain for the 2 x 6.3mm and XLR4 outputs can be set via rear-panel dip switches. So can the gain on the RCA/XLR line outputs. Max power delivery into 50Ω is 6.4wpc. There's an Alps RK27 pot or, for a €600 surcharge, a 256-step switched-relay resistor array. A remote control includes with either version. Finish is black exclusively.

McAttack on headfi – Or as they prefer, "treat your headphones to McIntosh vacuum tube amplification". Hello MHA200 [$2'500], 6.3mm, 2 x XLR3, 1 x XLR4, 2 x 12AT7 for voltage gain, 2 x 12BH7A for half a watt of current gain through output transformers and RCA/XLR inputs. Available impedance values via the load knob are 32-100, 100-250, 250-600 and 600-1kΩ.

All good things are round – If you're Cabasse that is. Their new Pearl Sub [€2'990] is a 1'000-watt active sphere with an extra 300wpc built in for a pair of satellites so also their high-pass filtering. Handling the lows is a 25cm/10" carbon-fiber woofer and socketry includes Toslink, RJ45, USB and RCA analog. Streaming services Deezer, Spotify, Qobuz, Tidal and Napster are integrated, there's UPnP support and Bluetooth and ideal stablemate companions are the Cabasse Io3, Riga 2 and Baltic 5 speaker models. The Pearl Sub is finished in either white or black and sits on its integral hover stand.

Power elite – Now you too can be a member without pulling a 7-figure income. Hello iPower Elite [€349], iFi Audio's new 60-watt power supply to upgrade the inferior switching wall warts of smaller kit like phonostages, reclockers and DACs that run on 5V/5A, 12V/4A, 15V/3.5A or 24V/2.5A DC. iFi apply active noise suppression for just 1µV of noise whilst exploiting spread-spectrum tech for their adapative multi-mode controller, oversized power Mosfet and low-leakage transformer encased in extruded aluminium with embedded heat sink.

Satan's spawn – That would be Diablo, iFi Audio's new portable and battery-powered €999 iDSD component in suggestive red. It's DAC/headfi in your pocket. 4'800mA of lithium/polymer charge claim to be good for 6-12 hours and USB 3, Toslink and S/PDIF inputs handle incoming signal. Outgoing are a 6.3mm and 4.4mm balanced port. 5 watts of power promise devilish drive even into more challenging loads whilst number crunching is down to dual-mono BurrBrown chips for 32/768 PCM, DSD512 and MQA. Eco, normal and turbo boost change gain and with it, battery load and play time.

O Solano mio – Elac's new range targets hifi and home theater with three models sharing their JET5 AMT-derivative tweeter. The Solano FS 283 monitor [€1'598/pr] and Solano FS 287 tower [€2'997/pr]  use downfire ports, the matching Solano CC 281 center channel [€1'199/ea.] fires out the rear. Available finishes are gloss black or white and the hifi house from Kiel have eight subwoofer models with which to complete an HT setup.

Not Andante but Levante – Italian brand Riviera launched their zero-feedback 12AT7 hybrid integrated [$16'500] which does either 30wpc in class A or four times that in class A/B. There are 1 x XLR and 4 x RCA inputs, a 6.3mm headphone output, remote control and optional phono card. The unit weighs a considerable 30kg and measures 44x49x19.5cm. Available finishes are champagne gold and dark titanium.

b.audio EX – The French specialists bring new enhancements to their 384/256 PCM/DSD DACs under the EX label. "These include a network input for streaming, a USB slot for direct connection of storage media and new DSP-based acoustic correction. The network port supports UPnP, MPD, LMS, NAA, Roon, Airplay, Spotify, Qobuz,Tidal and Spotify via compatible iOS and Android apps. The 64-bit parametric EQ sets automatic overall gain to avoid saturation regardless of set parameters. This tech integrated into the B.dac EX is also available on the B.dpr EX with preamp stage and the digital products of the One series."

NCF comes to LAN – Translated, that's Furutech's NanoCrystal² Formula applied to the plugs of their new Category 8 local-area network cable. That means 40Gbps transmission speeds up to 2'000MHz. NCF generates negative ions to eliminate static and converts thermal energy to far infrared. Furutech combine this material with nano ceramic particles and carbon powder for additional piezoelectric damping. Their LAN-8 NCF also has improved specs for cross talk and noise over a Category 7 cable. The Furutech cable [£120/0.6m – £260/5m] uses 24-gauge silver-plated OCC copper conductors and triple-layered shielding with aluminium foil and copper braiding. 7.5/10m lengths by request.

 

Practice safe mobile sex – Chord's new Hugo 2/2go premium leather case allows you to whilst retaining access to all your controls and socketry. There's even a plastic cover for the Ethernet port when not in use. The case with carrying straps is £109.95 whilst going strapless is £99.95.

Sicily up their game – Tektron Italia have relaunched their website and introduced new flagship models with modernized cosmetics called MasterPiece. Availability is scheduled for Q2 of this year by which time there'll be full specifications and pricing. For now, take a sneak peek at what's to come.

Add a zero – That's the latest LessLoss Firewall 640X, a plug-in passive inline filter/conditioner for power cords. The new zero in the nomenclature reflects "coming ever closer to zero loss" whilst the price [$654 standard, $1'272 in C-MARC form] remains unchanged despite the extra zero. Inside the wooden box are potted modules for hot, return and ground which present as 20mm² of specialty copper each to cause zero current limitations. One ideal use for a single unit would be at the far end of the power cord feeding a power distributor to benefit all components at once.

Hugabunny? – If you're a tube amp, Penaudio's Alba Lumi [€8'495/pr] might just be your pet. This rear-ported 8" two-way was designed with tubes in mind thus features an impedance which never drops below 8Ω. 88dB sensitivity isn't earthshaking but with sufficient voltage gain in your chain, a 300B should get plenty loud. The drive units are Seas Excel issue, the port is an aluminium tube, the cabinet a Finnish Ply/MDF affair finished in the firm's trademark Ply veneer. Claimed bandwidth is 25 – 30'000Hz, dimensions are 24x90x43cm and weight is 24kg/ea.