High End Munich 2022 international trade fair

High End Munich 2022 international trade fair

Munich, Germany  | 2022 – In May 2022, it was finally going to be that time again! With 550 exhibitors presenting 1500 brands from 40 countries, the High End at MOC Munich attracted around 21,000 visitors from all over the world. Our editorial staff member Thomas Huendgen took a look around.   Angstrom Audiolab from Italy presented its high-quality D/A converter ZDA71. The Analog Manufaktur Germany short AMG presented their new creation the AMG Giro MKII.   Triode from Japan proved with its Junone Class A tube integrated amplifier with…

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Esoteric Grandioso T1 Turntable

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Tokyo, Japan | 2022 ­– Grandioso T1 – A new undertaking to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Esoteric legacy; it’s the first-ever turntable in our history.   Revolution Begins. In the dead silence of the “Esoteric MagneDrive System” you will hear the sounds of a revolution taking place,making history for vinyl playback.     Esoteric MagneDrive System A new undertaking to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Esoteric legacy; it’s the first-ever turntable in our history, the Grandioso T1. Accommodating a patent-registered unique contact-free drive mechanism, the “Esoteric MagneDrive…

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McIntosh MCD12000 SACD/CD-Player & DAC

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Binghamton, NY, USA | 2022 ­­­­­­­­­­­– McIntosh is thrilled to introduce the MCD12000 SACD/CD Player. While classified as a CD player, the MCD12000 serves as a reference level digital-to-analog convertor (DAC) that includes reference level SACD/CD playback capabilities. Music played through MCD12000’s digital inputs or compact discs is processed by professional grade 8-channel DACs, designed for premium audiophile performance.  The MCD12000 offers both balanced and unbalanced fixed analog outputs in both solid-state and vacuum tube configurations. This abundance of output options offers flexibility based on music selection, the configuration of…

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Chord Ultima Pre 3

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Maidstone, United Kingdom | 2022 – Chord ULTIMA PRE 3 – Five input pre-amplifier! The ULTIMA PRE 3 is an all-new ground-up-design preamplifier containing the very latest proprietary power supply technology and the latest circuit design.  Built from the ground up, the UTLIMA PRE 3 takes advantage of the very latest developments in advanced low-distortion power supplies. These advanced devices offer exceptionally low noise and outstanding amplifier operation. Coupled with our latest design developments, the PRE 3 offers new levels of preamplifier performance. The UTLIMA PRE 3 is equipped with…

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Vinnie Rossi Brama Integrated Amplifier

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Worcester, MA, USA | 2022 – In a class of its own! With 350 Watts RMS of power per channel into 4-ohms (2-ohm stable), Brama Integrated Amplifier’s high-current, class AB lateral MOSFET output stage drives the most demanding loudspeakers with absolute conviction.   What truly makes listening with Brama such a highly involving experience is not only its quantity of power, but its exceptional quality. Unraveling the finest nuances in your recordings in such a pure and effortless manner requires wide bandwidth design, advanced PCB layout and grounding, and careful…

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Mission 770

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Huntingdon, UK | 2022 – The Mission 770 represents one of the most iconic models in the long history of Mission loudspeakers. A model that embodied the Mission pioneering research through the late 70s and 80s, with a bloodline dating back to 1977. The original Mission 770 debuted in 1978. It quickly became Mission’s best-selling speaker, and gravitated naturally into MK2 and MK3 alterations with improvements to sensitivity and power handling. After that, the design eventually migrated to Freedom and other variations, but none of them made the sales impact…

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Kyron Gaia loudspeaker system

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Adelaide, Australia | 2022 – Gaia is a triumph of audio engineering. Kyron has done what was seemingly impossible… incredible bass without an enclosure. Gaia was designed to give the best possible representation of music which means keeping the original tonal qualities of the recording perfectly. There are no added resonant systems to create more bass. Just the signal and the drivers. No Box   The Gaia loudspeaker was designed from the outset to embrace the fact that loudspeakers sound better without an enclosure. The Gaia takes this to the…

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McIntosh MX100 A/V Processor

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  Binghamton, NY, USA | 2022 – McIntosh is pleased to announce that its MX100 A/V Processor has implemented Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP) and has received Connects with Control4 Certification from Control4®, the smart home brand for Snap One.To work with a Control4 system, the MX100 needs to be using firmware version 2.134 or higher; if it is using a lower version then it will need to be updated by an authorized McIntosh dealer. Then the installer simply needs to add the MX100 to a Control4 system and the…

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Allnic L-6500 Preamplifier

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Seongnam, South Korea | 2022 – The L‐6500 is Allnic Audio’s a new mid‐line preamplifier model. Like all Allnic Audio products, it uses Permalloy (Iron and nickel alloy) for its transformer cores. Allnic is grateful to Mr. G.W. Elmen of Western Electric for inventing Permalloy for transformer core use, and in so doing, providing an enormous service to recorded music listeners everywhere. The L-6500 has the following features: Single gain stage – A single gain stage circuit uses only one tube for amplification (“gain”). This reproduces a purer, more    detailed,…

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Rotel RA-1592MKII Stereo Amplifier

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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan | 2022 – Whether a seasoned audiophile or casual listener, the time has never been better to be a music lover. A near limitless supply of music is at our fingertips accessible via streaming, digital mediums, classic vinyl and more. Rotel has been designing and manufacturing high fidelity, high quality, high performance audio products for over 60 years accurately rendering audio with exceptional detail and stunning clarity. The RA-1592MKII proudly continues in the tradition and heritage of this iconic brand. The RA-1592MKII Integrated Amplifier includes circuit design…

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NEW KUZMA SAFIR 9 TONEARM

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Preddvor, Slovenia | 2022 – KUZMA “SAFIR 9” TONEARM – New Frontiers In LP Playback! Franc Kuzma does neither design nor release new products for the sake of historical symmetry of any kind. Ever. But, when he does, it shifts the limitations of the hitherto possible into another dimension. Welcome the new SAFIR 9 tonearm!!! It took more than 5 years of laborious R & D to bring a pivotal manner of analogue LP playback to this level. Higher than in any previous Kuzma tonearm and, possibly, higher than any…

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Ortofon Verismo MC Cartridge

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  Nakskov, Denmark | 2022 – The Ortofon Exclusives Series of highest performing Moving Coil cartridges has now been expanded to include a new premier model – the MC Verismo. The Ortofon Exclusives series cartridges are widely acknowledged as being some of the best Moving Coil cartridges on the market, and we are continuously working on expanding the Exclusives range to offer music lovers even more opportunities to experience the supreme quality, precision, impact and dynamics that a highend reference cartridge conveys. The MC Verismo has been developed based on…

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Sound of Eden Crescendo Duo

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Tukums, Latvija |2022 – We bring you love and tears of joy! Yes, CRESCENDO sound is that evocative of emotions! CRESCENDO is a product for music gourmets who have high requirements for sound and want to experience an outstanding sound quality at a reasonable price! This product will appeal to those who like to swim in the vast ocean of music and to immerse themselves in a deep and seductive sound of a symphony orchestra! Our product combines sophistication and modest elegance! A balanced design, technically impeccable implementation and the…

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Accuphase E-5000 Stereo Amplifier

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  Yokohama, Japan |2022 – Accuphase E-5000 – High-output integrated amplifier featuring Balanced AAVA. The E-5000 is the flagship high-power Class AB integrated amplifier developed to mark Accuphase’s 50-year anniversary. The preamplifier section features our superior Balanced AAVA volume control, while the power amplifier section includes an instrumentation amp and power transistors in a five-fold push-pull arrangement driven in Class AB. These circuits create a balanced circuit from input to output. With its precisely balanced circuits and solidly built output stage, the E-5000 integrated amplifier presents every piece of music…

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McIntosh Announces New MX180 A/V Processor

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Binghamton, NY, USA | 2022 – McIntosh is proud to announce its MX180 A/V Processor that delivers exceptional performance for the home theater of today and tomorrow. With an increasing number of movies being released direct to home streaming, a state-of-the-art – and future ready – home theater processor is needed so viewers can be fully immersed in the movie experience. Thanks to its advanced customization and processing capabilities, the MX180 allows for the full enjoyment of today’s 4K video plus tomorrow’s 8K content. MX180 HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES: Supports 8K/60Hz and…

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McIntosh MA9500 & MA8950 Amplifiers

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  Binghamton, NY, USA | 2022 – McIntosh Announces Upgraded Versions of Two of its Award-Winning Integrated Amplifiers. The New MA9500 and MA8950 Offer Additional Performance Benefits. McIntosh is proud to unveil its MA9500 and MA8950 Integrated Amplifiers, which replace the award-winning MA9000 and MA8900 and add performance enhancements to these already outstanding products.Dynamic headroom has been increased on both new models by over 50% thanks to the filter capacity being doubled in each. This increase in dynamic headroom will give both new models greater ability to reproduce musical peaks…

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Audionet PLANCK 2 CD-Player

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Berlin, Germany | 2022 – SCIENTIST SERIES – ULTRA MACHINE PLANCK2 The machine: PLANCK2 is Audionet’s final statement re. the classical compact disc. No other machine on the market plays with such utmost precision, formidable ease and deep-rooted musicality. PLANCK2 even surpasses our worldwide successes VIP and ART. Want to hear the music breathe? Here’s the best available lung on this planet: The body construction completely made of non-ferro­magnetic materials combined with a massive slate board optimizes the resonance charac­teristics of PLANCK2. The new design with non-visible fixation screws and…

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Aurorasound EQ-100 Phono Amplifier

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Yokohama, Japan |  2022 – Aurorasound launches the new EQ-100 phono equalizer amplifier. PRODUCT OUTLINE EQ-100, an Adaptive Multi-curve Phono Equalizer Amplifier, is compatible with any analog records capable of accommodating any record-cutting characteristics from SP (78rpm) to monaural LP (33 1/3rpm). The equalization value of Turnover in the low frequency range and Roll-off in the high frequency range are shown on the front panel, each having 10 selection. Accordingly, a total of 100 combinations are feasible independently without any mutual interferences. An easier setting is provided for a typical…

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McIntosh Announces Two Amplifier Stands

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Binghamton, NY, USA | 2022 – The New AS125 and AS901 Provide a Proper Foundation for McIntosh Products. McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 70 years, is proud to unveil its new AS125 and AS901 Amplifier Stands. The AS125 is ideally suited to be used with a variety of McIntosh monoblock amplifiers, including the brand’s current offerings, but can also be used with any previous models. A single AS125 can also be used with a McIntosh stereo or integrated amplifier, along with other…

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SPL Performer S1200 Stereo Amplifier

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Niederkruechten, Germany | 2022 – SPL Performer S1200 – The powerful stereo amplifier! This impressive stereo power amplifier leads even the most demanding speakers to soundscapes beyond your expectations. With a power amplification of 2 x 520 W (4 Ω) [2 x 550 W (2 Ω); 2 x 300 W (8 Ω)], this completely analog amplifier easily controls any loudspeaker. Thanks to the VOLTAiR technology the performance of the s1200 is detail-rich, vivid, honest and plain simply beautiful. Individual design In addition to the choice of the basic color black,…

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Estelon Extreme MKII Flagship Loudspeaker

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  Tallin, Estonia | 2022 – After updating the Estelon classics series to Mk II and launching a limited Anniversary Edition of the Forza model, Estelon now refines its most luxurious high-end loudspeaker having incorporated a significant number of advancements in the same iconic form factor. The Extreme Mk II includes everything that Alfred Vassilkov (Estelon’s Chief Designer & Co-founder) has learned during his 35 years of experience. The unique two-module design of the over 2 meters tall loudspeaker allows the user to adjust the height of the upper part as…

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Accuphase C-2900 Stereo Preamplifier

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Yokohama, Japan |2022 – Accuphase Precision Stereo Amplifier C-2900 – Balanced AAVA preamplifier with exquisite sound reproduction. The preamplifier’s volume control is a vital component for maintaining vibrancy in the sound source. Since its founding, Accuphase has spent 50 years in pursuit of creating the ideal volume control circuitry. The C-2900’s Balanced AAVA system was designed using Accuphase’s original AAVA volume control circuits to significantly improve sonic performance. The faithful reproduction of delicate musical performances by the C-2900 makes it the perfect preamplifier for passionate audiophiles. Balanced volume control, Balanced…

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Copland CSA70 Integrated Amplifier

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  Copenhagen, Denmark | 2021 – Created for the dedicated music lover, the CSA70 is designed to provide exceptional audio performance that belies its power rating and price. The CSA70 provides four digital inputs, three analogue inputs, line out function, as well as pre-out terminal, front facing 6.3mm headphone output, and a 70 Watts per channel power amplifier that will surprise users who thought their speakers were power hungry. For the vinyl enthusiast we have included an excellent phono pre amplifier. Contrary to its bigger brothers, CSA100/CSA150 the CSA70 does…

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LAB12 Tube MC/MM Phono Preamplifier

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    Athens, Greece | 2021 – The vinyl is back.. though it was never really gone! More and more music lovers turn to analog sources, since they offer a more natural and original feeling in the perception of sound. So, here comes the newest member of our range melto1, to bring audiophiles a step closer to the true analog sound. Phono stages are the main supporting links in the chain of any high-end sound system. When designing melto1, we had in mind to bring to the fore a thoroughly…

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McIntosh Announces Two Wireless Speakers

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Binghamton, NY, USA | December, 2021 – The New RS150 and RS250 Feature Easy Streaming Options for Modern Listening. McIntosh is proud to introduce its iconic sonic quality in the new RS150 Wireless Loudspeaker and RS250 Wireless Loudspeaker System. The RS150 is a user-friendly and compact wireless speaker delivering a larger-than-life home audio sound performance. The RS250 is McIntosh’s most advanced and powerful home audio wireless speaker system to date.Both the mono RS150 and stereo RS250 are stand-alone, complete wireless speaker solutions. The new models do not require a dedicated…

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Nagra Anniversary Turntable

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  Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland | 2021 – This year Nagra celebrates its 70 year anniversary. Founded in the pursuit of excellence in sound recording and sound reproduction, Nagra has a rich history of producing some of the world’s best analog recording and playback devices. This year Nagra adds to this remarkable legacy of products with the introduction of its first turntable and tonearm system. While often contemplated, it wasn’t until four years ago that the design and engineering of a turntable befitting the name Nagra began. Working as a team, Nagra’s…

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McIntosh C12000 Preamplifier

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  Binghamton, NY, USA | November, 2021 – McIntosh is proud to announce the C12000 Preamplifier, a unique two-chassis design that isolates the audio section from the control and power sections, resulting in the purest sound reproduction possible. The C12000 is comprised of the C12000 Controller Module and the C12000 Preamplifier Module which work together seamlessly when connected. All power control, data ports, and external control connections are located within the C12000 Controller, where dual isolated power supplies drive the left and right channels, while a dual microprocessor gives robustness…

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Accuphase DC-1000 MDSD digital Processor

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Yokohama, Japan | 2021 – Accuphase DC-1000 Precision MDSD digital Processor – Accuphase celebrates 50 years of manufacturing with the DC-1000, a digital processor developed to deliver the ultimate in performance and sound quality. It is equipped with the ES9038 PRO (ESS Technologies) processor: an 8MDSD (DSD signal) / 8MDS++ (PCM signal) type D/A converter that drives 8 channels in parallel to deliver almost 3 times more performance than single channel converters. Low-noise technologies refined during development of the amplifiers, like amplification of ANCC and internal signals and parallel arrangement…

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CH Precision D1.5 SACD/CD Player

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Préverenges, Switzerland | 2021 – Despite advances in high-resolution file-replay, the optical disc remains the reference standard for digital music replay. Those who have predicted the imminent demise of CD and who already danced on the grave of SACD might want to take a look at the rude health of the vinyl LP, a format long ago consigned by many to the dustbin of audio history. In fact, there have never been so many CD and SACD titles (or formats) available – and they have never been so affordable, making…

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McIntosh MC3500 MK II Tube Amplifier

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  Binghamton, NY, USA | November, 2021– McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 70 years, is proud to announce the MC3500 Vacuum Tube Amplifier Mk II. Originally used to power the sound system for Woodstock* ’69 amongst other formative music events, the iconic monoblock amp was recreated by McIntosh’s expert team of engineers and designers to include modern upgrades that celebrate the brand’s rich history of powering pivotal moments in music, while showcasing its commitment to technological innovations and acoustic advancements. The reimagined…

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Xavian Terza Evoluzione

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Prague, Czech republic | 2021 – Terza, or the third note from the score of our Classic Series, has undergone a significant evolution after the first part of its life, thanks to which it proudly bears the nickname Evoluzione like its bigger sister Quarta. The most noticeable change is a completely new setup with speakers coming from the renowned Scandinavian brand Scan-Speak. We chose them for their exceptional reliability, for their top performance and, among other things, for their neutral tonality, underlining the monitor tuning of our Classic Series. The…

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Oswald Mill Audio K3 turntable

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Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA |  2021 – K3 has been a seven year project to create and redefine state of the art for vinyl playback. We wanted to set a new mark for the turntable, forming an international collaboration with the world’s top experts in direct drive turntable design, motor control, and tonearm technology. Bucknell University’s Engineering and Physics departments did extensive FEA and other analysis of the platter and chassis design (and gave OMA their award for most innovative product of 2019.) K1, K2 and now K3 were built over…

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McIntosh MI1250 12-Channel Power Amp

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Binghamton, NY, USA | October 2021 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 70 years, is proud to introduce the MI1250 12-Channel Power Amplifier. The versatile McIntosh MI1250 12-Channel Amplifier can distribute pristine music playback in multiple rooms in a home. It delivers 50 Watts into 8 Ohm speakers or 90 Watts into 4 Ohm speakers via highly sophisticated closed loop digital switching amplifiers that are paired with extremely robust power supplies to produce performance levels that are rarely achieved in distributed audio.The…

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PrimaLuna EVO 300 Integrated Amplifier

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  Vlijmen, The Netherlands | 2021 – PrimaLuna is a Mondial brand of tube electronics established in 2003 by Herman van den Dungen, a high-end distributor from The Netherlands. More than 30 years (at that time – more than 45 now!) of high-end experience in the fields of design, manufacturing, export, import, retail, and after-sales service was the basis for a range of affordable and reliable yet highly musical products. Together with Marcel Croese (of Goldmund fame) and Dominique Chenet (of Jadis fame), he -assisted by Tube Guru Kevin Deal-…

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SOUND FIDELITY power cable Reference

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Borgaro Torinese, Turin, Italy | 2021 – A few months ago the birth of this power cable, after months of studies… This power cable is made with silver-plated OFC copper conductors, with proprietary insulations that determine a great linearity in frequency and rhodium-plated connectors of excellent quality to optimize the tonal balance. Thanks to its exceptional electrical and mechanical characteristics this cable produces a warm sound with an overwhelming effect, with excellent realism without haze and opacity during playback, with a sund stage that is nothing short of real.  …

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Accuphase DP-1000 SA-CD Transport

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    Yokohama, Japan | 2021 – DP-1000 Precision SA-CD transport – The DP-1000 is the culmination of Accuphase’s 50-year pursuit of creating the ideal transporter. This high-rigidity, high-precision drive is equipped with a silent and elegant disc loading mechanism. The outer rotor brushless DC motor smoothly rotates the disc, while the newly developed dampers protect the pickup from vibrations. Incorporating a number of technological improvements like a low center of gravity and fortified frame alongside features like programmable playlists, the DP-1000 is the ideal transport to quietly and accurately…

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Soulines tt42 Turntable

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Belgrade, Serbia | 2021 – The number 42 usually has no meaning other than mathematical, but when placed in the context of the science fiction novel “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by the famous Douglas Adams, where the number 42 is the answer to the “question about the meaning of life, the universe, and everything”, the number 42 also gains a serious philosophical meaning. As no one can tell which is the best turntable in the world, because we still don’t know what that turntable should be like, what characteristics…

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McIntosh Announces 8K Upgrade to MX123 A/V Processor

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Binghamton, NY – September | 2021 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 70 years, is proud to announce an 8K compatibility upgrade for the MX123 A/V Processor. Since it was launched in October 2019, the MX123 has become a must have audio and video processor for countless home theaters. It launched with 4K/60Hz compatibility, but as technology has progressed and as McIntosh adheres to its philosophy of continuous product improvement, all new MX123 A/V Processors shipping from the McIntosh factory starting in…

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CS Port 212PAM2 Monaural Power Amplifier

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    Toyama, Japan |  2021 With the addition of the balanced input and the use of polypropylene capacitors in the power supply, this non-feedback vacuum tube monaural power amplifier with a large triode 212E has achieved the clearer sound that CSPort pursues.   Large triode 212E   The 212E is a transmitter and modulation tube with a plate loss of 275 W, developed by Western Electric in the 1910s. Class-A single tube amplifier has difficulty driving a low efficiency speaker, but this unit has a plate voltage of 1,400…

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Meitner MA3 integrated D/A Converter

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada |  2021 – Introducing Meitner Audio’s ground breaking MA3 Integrated D/A converter. The first of our next generation products. The MA3 combines Ed Meitner’s proven world-class sound techniques from our beloved DA2 V2 and DV2 converters, with network audio streaming functions from our popular and simple to use NS1 Streamer – creating one sleek, affordable package to serve your greater enjoyment of music.  The Meitner MA3: 16xDSD MDAC2™ DACs coupled with our proprietary MDAT2™ DSP VControl™ volume control used in our EMM DV2 converter Supports DSD128/2xDSD, DXD…

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