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SAG P3 – Simon Lee's new company Simon Audio Lab offers the discrete fully balanced P3 linestage as part of their expanding portfolio of electronics and loudspeakers.

Taga Harmony – Their new flagship hybrid integrated amplifier HTA-2500B is a dual-mono 200wpc affair between two Psvane Treasure MkII 12AX7-T and six complimentary pairs of Sanken 2SC4468 and 2SA1695 transistors powered from twin 600W/ea. toroidal transformers with 10'000μF of capacitance per channel. An Alps pot handles volume. A  24/192 Cirrus Logic CS4344 DAC with Wolfson WM8805 digital receiver for optical and coax plus Bluetooth handles digital inputs. There's also a headphone amplifier and pre-out.

Pure silver – in-akustik's flagship Reference LS-2404 and 4004 AIR Pure Silver speaker cables revisit their unique air-dielectric construction with flexible spacers which also build in a lazy twist of the suspended wires. The difference here are pure silver conductors. Pricing starts at €17'600/3m/pr for the LS-2404; and €29'700/pr/3m for the LS-4004 – i.e. not for the faint of wallet or ambition.

Inductive phono – Gold Note introduce their PST-10 [€950], a "super-inductive power supply for all our low-voltage powered turntables to increase their sound quality significantly. PST-10 is a linear power supply inspired by our PSU-10 for the awarded PH-10 phono stage. It inherits the chassis and proprietary dual choke design powered by a double inductor driving the negative and positive high current stages and an inductive filter on the analogue stage. The power supply includes 4 transformers, 3 of which are strictly dedicated to power while 1 transformer handles the inductive filter and two chokes. The PST-10 shields the turntables from electro-magnetic interferences. The large ultra-clean power enhances super low noise, greater dynamics, better resolution and finer details."

Artemis – After the recent announcement of the new Denafrips Hestia and Hyperion preamp and amp already previewed here, the reclusive designer Zhao now teases a new flagship model called Artemis which becomes a dedicated headphone amp, consolidating two earlier purely domestic HA-10 versions into one global flagship model. As we learn more, we'll update this post. For now, just a spy photo.

NOS – Jay's Audio's first standalone DAC [$3'598 Singaporean] combines an XU208 XMOS USB transceiver with an AK4118 digital receiver, dual AK4497EQ DACs and large-scale FPGA to support PCM up to 384kHz and DSD up to 512. There are four low-jitter crystal oscillators from Crystek, twin EU-sourced power toroids, Schottky diodes, Walt Jung super regulators, Audio Note UK and Amtrans capacitors and Hoclo resistors. For analog, there are 2/4Vrms RCA/XLR outputs, for digital BNC, AES/EBU, RCA, USB, Toslink and I²S over HDMI inputs, the latter compatible with Denafrips and PS Audio. There's also selectable non-oversampling and oversampling.

Prana – Goldmund's new active vented 3-way speaker called Prana [CHF 70'000/pr in Switzerland, other territories vary with VAT and exchange rates] combines a 1" soft-dome tweeter with a 7" midrange and 9" woofer plus 600 watts of Telos power per channel of which 175w/ea. go to the tweeter and midrange, 250w to the woofer. Inputs are 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x WiFi. Weight is 80kg each, dimensions are 48 x 99 x 47.6cm WxHxD. The stacked cabinets are assembled of solid aluminium panels and joined by the included frame. Onboard DSP controls time alignment, filters and gain. Bandwidth is published as 35Hz – 25kHz -6dB.

Plus sizes — Parasound announces more powerful 'plus' versions of their A 21 and A 23 power amplifiers in continuous production since 2003. The new Halo A 21+ [$3'149] and A 23+ [$1'495] employ higher-capacity power supplies to increase output power. This targeted power supply transformers and filter capacitors as the foundation for power output increases. Further refined also is audio quality in the signal-path and related circuitry with upgraded gold-on-gold internal connections to improve resolution and increase transparency. With its larger 1.3kVA power transformer and 108'000µF power supply capacitance, the Halo A 21+ jumped from 250 to 300 watts into 8Ω, 400 to 500 watts into 4Ω and from 750 to 1000 watts in bridged mode. Further improvements increased signal-to-noise ratio from 112dB to 115dB, crosstalk from 63dB to 70dB while THD at full rated power output has decreased from 0.2% to 0.1%. These improvements pushed net weight over 18% from 60 to 71 pounds. Like the original A 21, the new A 21+ amplifier gives users a choice of balanced and unbalanced inputs with loop outputs and variable gain controls. The most visible rear-panel difference on the A 21+ are new CHK Infinium heavy duty speaker terminals originally developed for the top-of-the-line 400wpc Halo JC 5.

The new Parasound Halo A 23+ is similarly improved with a larger 1.1kVA power transformer and 54'400µF power supply capacitance. This supports increasing power output from 125 to 160 watts into 8Ω, 225 to 240 watts into 4Ω and from 400 to 500 watts in mono bridged mode. The A 23+ has balanced and unbalanced inputs with adjustable gain controls, loop outputs and new higher-performance speaker terminals adapted from the popular Parasound HINT 6 integrated amplifier. Both new amplifier models feature more-refined Halo styling including solid aluminum end caps with gold highlights. Both models include 12-volt DC triggers with loop outputs plus more sensitive audio auto turn-on.

Tweeter advantages – From Franck Tchang come two add-on super tweeters in magnesium-alloy and pure (not plated) diamond membrane options. There are selectable 15kHz and 18kHz high-pass filters and sensitivity is 90dB/91dB respectively. In either case, omnipolar response goes out to 35kHz/75kHz and finishing is Maple or Walnut as shown. Pricing is €980/pr for the magnesium-alloy version and €5'800/pr for the luxury diamond. Both models are part of Franck's new Avantages Audio brand which also includes the César loudspeaker.

Emperors – Speaker house German Physiks have added an electronics line to their roster dubbed Emperor. This range includes an integrated amp, preamp, stereo amp, mono amps and an electronic crossover. With already the integrated delivering 600Wrms into 4Ω, power won't be an issue. Given the 5-model deep launch, you'd best visit their website to learn the full details on each.

NewClassic – Not an oldie but newbie, Parasound's NewClassic 200 Pre [$895] "is a moderately priced analog preamplifier plus DAC with outstanding sound quality, excellent connectivity and versatility." Connectivity comprises MM/MC, two line inputs, home-theatre bypass for L/R and two subs, digital coax and Toslink plus a front-panel auxiliary input with automatic 12dB gain increase "to improve sound quality for portable devices."

Mmm – Melcro. To appoint their digital music storage solutions with snazzier functionality, Melcro have launched their Melcro music HD, "a free iOS control point app available from the Apple App Store, designed to offer intuitive control and simple navigation when a Melco digital music library is connected to a USB DAC."

ABC…ZXRM – Parasound's new Zphono XRM phono preamplifier [$599] "bridges the price gap between our entry-level $200 Zphono and $1'495 Halo JC 3 Jr. The new model includes balanced XLR outputs, a switchable rumble filter, a mono/stereo switch plus continuously variable load adjustment for moving coil cartridges. Separate input jacks and independent circuitry for MC/MM cartridges accommodate two turntables. Each of these jacks has its own circuitry optimized for the cartridge type. This improves the signal-to-noise ratio and overall performance."

Le Dac – Métronome's new standalone D/A converter [€5'700] "joins Le Player to offer the same high quality as much more expensive products designed and made by us." This machine uses one AK4493 chip for 384kHz PCM and DSD512, offers USB and two each AES/ERBU, S/PDIF coax and Toslink inputs and RCA/XLR analog outputs whilst the power supply consists of three toroidal transformers with 10 independently regulated voltage lines. Le Dac weighs 15kg and measures 425 x 130 x 415mm WxHxD.

Mi, ma, Mimas – That's the new 150wpc Aesthetic Mimas integrated [£8'725, add £1'500/ea. for phono and DAC boards] with a 6922 valve input stage and solid-state outputs. "Borrowing from our Calypso preamplifier, it features Roederstein plate-load resistors from Germany, Reliable Capacitor coupling caps from California and a discrete solid-state current source. Valves are burned in for more than 100 hours before undergoing full FFT distortion analysis for gain matching to within 0.1dB, microphonics and noise levels. The Mimas also features the same 88 x 1dB stepped volume control as the Calypso, using individual switched 1% metal film resistors. The output section is a fully discrete, fully differential, zero-feedback, DC-coupled, balanced bridge design operating in Class AB."

More boom in your ceiling – JL Audio announce their new 8-inch version in-wall Fathom subwoofer with added enclosure option for in-ceiling use. "This model has a very small, low-profile grille that will please customers looking for a visually unobtrusive solution that delivers true JL Audio sub-bass performance." A unique port design vents through a slot located at the perimeter of the driver mount to enhance efficiency and low-bass output. Inside the enclosure is a long-excursion 8-inch thin-line woofer built by JL Audio for this product. Each 8-inch Fathom IWS and ICS system is driven by a rack-mountable amplifier with up to 600 watts of power programmed specifically for each system. A complete set of Fathom signal processing features include a powerful 18-band digital automatic room optimization system and high-pass crossover outputs all accessible via an easy-to-use, menu-driven interface and LCD display.


1+1=3 – All Engineering BV and M2Tech SRL form a new company "to leverage expertise in digital to analog conversion and to provide M2Tech with a global distribution, sales and marketing platform. The new company M2Tech Audio BV will bring the M2Tech SRL products to market, making sure that that consumers and outlets around the world are served timely and adequate. The product lines of both Metrum Acoustics™ and M2Tech SRL will remain separate and marketed under their own brand names yet with the improved and new company setup, the potential for cross engineering will be explored. Having both brands and their respective product lines under one roof provides clients of both companies with even more choices when finding the right D/A converter, power amplifier or digital streamer for enjoying digital music. With the formation of M2Tech Audio BV under the roof of All Engineering BV, the company has two of the leading authorities and visionaries in the field of D/A conversion in house, Cees Ruijtenberg of Metrum Acoustics™ and Marco Manunta of M2Tech SRL."

25Ω – Zu's new load resistors are easy bolt-on tweaks to reduce their speakers' 16Ω impedance to 8Ω as something many amplifiers are happier with. What's more, the dynamic impedance ratio shrinks from 5:1 to 3:1 to make impedance peaks much shallower, thus easier to drive particularly for SET-type amps including the FirstWatt SIT.  To install, simply unscrew the 5-way binding posts, slide over the posts, screw nuts back on. No tools, takes about a minute. The graph's improvements shown for Soul Superfly apply equally to Druid and Soul Supreme.

M2 – Magico expand their M range with the 4-driver 3-way M2 in a curved carbon-fiber layup of 3/8" thickness to be stronger yet lighter than equivalent aluminium. Drivers are a 28mm diamond-coated Beryllium dome tweeter, a 6" graphene midrange and twin multi-wall carbon-fiber/nanographene 7" woofers. The company's 'elliptical symmetrical' crossover includes top Mundorf parts. A 3-point Mpod support system completes the design. Basic specs are 88dB/4Ω, 26Hz-50kHz, 165lbs and 18×17.5×45". Pricing is $56'000/pr plus $7'600 for the optional support.


Aboriginal – From the Czech Republic comes the Deeptime Ltd. sat/sub lifestyle system to let you live in style. Organic shapes and hi-tech 3D printing build it up from sand a grain at a time. The 87dB passive Spirula fits a 3" bamboo-fibre widebander into an inert sealed enclosure for 75Hz-20kHz bandwidth. The matching Thunderstone sub packs a 5.75W downfiring woofer into a triple-ported enclosure plus 110 watts of class D for itself, 60 watts for the Spirula sats. This completes bandwidth to 40Hz. Add one 3.5" analog stereo, one 3.5" digital Toslink port, Bluetooth aptX and AAC. Spirula measures 208 x 117 x 222mm LxWxH. Thunderstone does 372 x 372 x 239mm. The monitors weigh 2.4kg, the powered sub 6.5kg. For added ambience, an amber light shines through the Thunderstone ports and increases lumen with volume. This becomes the Deeptime system's power indicator. The dual-concentric volume control rings on the Thunderstone are magnetic Hall Effect sensors for crackle-free longevity. The outer ring adjusts the bass, the inner wheel overall system output. Being made of anodized aluminium, this twin controller double-tasks as heat sink for the power modules to get comfortably warm to the touch. Only a limited number of these sets will be printed.

App your Vita – v3.0 of Nativ's app for their Vita music player available in the Apple App and Google Play stores adds multi-room streaming including Sonos, Denon Heos, B&O, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Samsung as well as speakers with Google Chromcast and Apple Airplay. v3.0 also supports Roon so customers can launch the Roon Remote app inside the Native apps. Software 1.5.0 further added new browsing performance inside the smartphone apps to increase browsing speeds by 70% or more.

Up your date with Gold Note's IS-1000 – The Italian super integrated gets a firmware shot in the arm. Free of charge, the update provides the following features: 1/ volume now displays as a 0-100 graphic; 2/ the volume itself now always works in the analog domain even when digitally streaming Roon, Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer et al. Gold Note's analog volume overrides the digital volume inside their iPhone/iPad app. That's possible because the new attenuation protocol is bi-directional. Digitally made volume changes trigger the analog attenuator matrix to guarantee the best sound quality.

Indigenum –  From Finland's Absolute Dimension comes this unusual speaker. Atop a faceted synthetic stone cab containing a front-firing 11" subwoofer and rear-firing passive radiator, it plants a tall, very narrow magnetostatic mid/tweeter of just 1.6g moving mass whose curvature promises 60° of horizontal dispersion.

Westend Audio SystemsLeo [€10'000] is a modern 300B integrated amplifier developed by AVM's transistor expert to produce 20wpc/4Ω in class A single-ended non-parallel mode without feedback. ECC81 triodes whose halves wire in parallel are the drivers which like the power triodes mount military-style inside the chassis. Small capacitor-coupled toroidal output transformers, a toroidal mains transformer, SMPS-powered heaters, electronic hum suppression, 4 high-level inputs plus MM/MC phono plus Bluetooth are further details.


Sweet voice – From Valencia, the Spanish Sottovoce Audio Stereo 3 is an active 4-driver three-way speaker. It combines a coaxial 165mm mid//horn-loaded compression tweeter on a narrow baffle with two horizontally opposed 200mm woofers. Those mount in a force-canceling sealed alignment to the side walls and low to the ground for intentional floor coupling. All of it is powered by 400-watt class D via analog XLR or digital AES/EBU inputs. Dimensions are 1050 x 195 x 517mm HxWxD. Weight is a reasonable 35kg/ea. Finishing is in black or white. Shipment is in a stout aluminium flight case, one per speaker. For those counting, this makes Sottovoce the second Spanish loudspeaker company we've mentioned in our pages (the other being Kroma Audio of Granada). Olé!