Chord Electronics Ltd – HUGO M SCALER

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Maidstone, England | July 2018 – Chord Electronics Ltd. proudly presents the Standalone 1M-tap digital upscaling device Hugo M Scaler. Using technology first seen in the flagship BLU MKII digital/CD transport, the Hugo M Scaler is a standalone upscaling device containing the world’s most advanced digital filter. When used with a dual-BNC-input Chord Electronics DAC, it is capable of redefining digital audio sound quality. The Hugo M Scaler is a highly advanced standalone upscaler capable of redefining sound quality from digital audio. It uses Rob Watts’ (our Digital Design Consultant’s)…

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Cary Audio – CAD-805 Vacuum Tube Monoblock Power Amplifier

Cary Audio - CAD-805 Vacuum Tube Monoblock Power Amplifier

Raleigh, North Carolina| 2018 – Voted one of “The Ten Most Significant Amplifiers of All Time” by The Absolute Sound magazine, the CAD-805 vacuum tube monoblock power amplifier has been in continuous production since 1993. The CAD-805 has experienced several generational updates in its long, storied history. To CARY on the tradition (pun intended), we are introducing the latest generation of the CAD-805, the CAD-805 Reference Series (RS). As many of you know, Single-ended Triode (SET) tube amplifiers have long been considered the Holy Grail of music reproduction systems, operating…

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McIntosh – MC462 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier

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Binghamton, NY | July, 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MC462 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier. Experience stereo bliss with the new MC462 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier. The MC462 replaces the highly regarded MC452 as our most powerful stereo amplifier. Like the MC452, the MC462 features a robust output of 450 Watts per channel. With a dedicated McIntosh Autoformer™ connected to each audio channel, the full 450 Watts is available to any speaker regardless if…

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Triangle – New SENSA Range of Loudspeakers

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France 2018 – TRIANGLE, the French speaker manufacturer, revealed at the Sound Days that took place in Paris in May, its new generation of connected speakers: the SENSA range. Known for the quality of its high-end hi-fi loudspeakers, the manufacturer is anything but a beginner in the amplified speaker segment. The Sensa speakers benefit from the research conducted for the active speakers Elara with the aim of democratizing this technology by offering hi-fi speakers at more affordable prices. The aim of TRIANGLE is simple: rediscovering the pleasure of a sound…

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Cary Audio – SLI-100 Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier

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Raleigh, North Carolina | 
June, 2018 – It is no small feat to develop a product that transcends generations and becomes so ingrained in our society that it immediately conjures images of superior performance and jaw-dropping visions of beauty. Looking at a 1963 Porsche 911 next to a 2018 911 GTS, one can still see the striking lineage and heritage which this timeless design has worked its way into the collective memory and consciousness of the Porsche enthusiast, if not all car enthusiasts. No other car demonstrates this better than…

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McIntosh – MS500 Music Streamer

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Binghamton, NY | 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MS500 Music Streamer. The sophisticated yet simple to use MS500 Music Streamer seamlessly integrates both your internet based streaming music and locally stored digital music into one comprehensive device. It allows your digital library to be enjoyed with McIntosh’s legendary audio standards – including uncompressed, lossless files with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. With all its onboard storage and external connection capabilities, the MS500 can easily serve as…

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NAD Introduces Value-Minded C 538 CD Player

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Pickering, Ontario, Canada, June 1, 2018 – NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced their new C 538, a performance CD player engineered for musicality, simplicity and value – all virtues true to the brand’s proud tradition. Designed as either a music lover’s first CD player or as a quality replacement, the C 538 employs many of the same engineering techniques found in audiophile players but at a fraction of the price. Though music downloads and streaming continue to grow in popularity, many consumers still have a…

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Focal Grande Utopia EM Evo & Stella Utopia EM Evo loudspeakers

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Munich | 2018 – Focal rounds off its Utopia III Evo line with the emblematic Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo loudspeakers. In 2017, Utopia III Evo unveiled the new edition in the flagship line of loudspeakers from Focal, integrating the company’s latest innovations. Today, at the opening of the 2018 High-End Trade Fair in Munich, the French brand introduces the most emblematic high-fidelity loudspeakers of all its Collections: Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo. The ultimate in acoustics has been deeply engrained in…

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McIntosh MCD600 2-Channel SACD/CD-Player

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Binghamton, NY | May 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MCD600 2-Channel SACD/CD-Player. Enjoy hours of listening pleasure with the MCD600 SACD/CD Player. At the heart of the MCD600 is a newly designed digital circuit highlighted by a new premium 8-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The DAC is used in Quad Balanced mode, with 4 DAC channels allocated to each of the left and right audio channels, resulting in truly exceptional sound reproduction. All…

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Wilson Audio – TuneTot®

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Provo, Utah | May 2018 | Wilson Audio Specialties The Smallest Wilson TuneTot® is the latest product from the Wilson Special Applications EngineeringTM team. While its name pays homage to the first WSAE product, it is a modern technical tour de force designed to offer the timbral beauty, dynamic nuance, soundstage resolution, and transparency — all the hallmarks of Wilson loudspeakers design culture — but do so in environments which are hostile to all of those qualities. TuneTot is the smallest and least expensive Wilson, but it would be a mistake to…

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New Ortofon Century MC Cartridge

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The MC Century represents the absolute top of Moving Coil cartridges. This state of the art product is truly exemplary of the highest degree of performance possible in contemporary analogue playback technology. The MC Century represents numerous Ortofon design elements and ideals: The housing and the body of the cartridge are made in Titanium with SLM technique. High performance iron-cobalt alloy is applied for some parts of the magnet system. The armature damping system provides complete elimination of unwanted resonance. Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond, thin and light, with an extraordinarily…

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SME Ltd. Acquires the Garrard Audio Brand

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May, 2018 | Steyning, England – SME, the British engineering and specialist Hi-Fi company, has acquired the rights to the Garrard audio brand from IGB Gradiente S.A. of Brazil.  A British brand synonymous with the design and manufacture of class-leading Hi-Fi products throughout the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s, including the iconic 301 and 401 transcription turntables, Garrard is a much-admired audio brand whose products are eagerly sought out and traded worldwide. Commenting on the acquisition, Stuart McNeilis, CEO of SME, said, “It is with great pleasure that we can…

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Muraudio Launches the SP1

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OTTAWA, ON | April, 2018 – Muraudio is pleased to announce the launch of the all new SP1. Based on the award winning Domain Omni series loudspeakers and Muraudio’s patented high output continuous curve electrostatic technology, the SP1 incorporates many of the same components in a smaller, lighter, contemporary design with luxurious finishing. Each SP1 integrates Muraudio’s Continuous Curve ESL panel with four custom designed six-inch aluminum cone drivers to create a beautiful, immersive, panoramic sound stage.  With a full fidelity 120 degree horizontal listening window, and projected point source imaging, the SP1 delivers…

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Sumiko Announces 6 New Phono Cartridges

Sumiko Announces 6 New Phono Cartridges

Berkeley, CA | April, 2018 – SUMIKO is proud to announce six new phono cartridges, the outcome of a 3-year development effort.  The new line will be premiered at the Munich High End Show, May 10-13, 2018. Sumiko is introducing 4 new moving magnet cartridges, the Rainier, Olympia, Moonstone and Amethyst which join the existing Oyster product lineup; and 2 new moving coil cartridges, the Songbird and Starling which will be part of the Reference Series product line. The four new additions to the acclaimed Oyster series are the most…

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Bryston – Active Loudspeaker Systems

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Peterborough, Ontario, 2018 – Bryston has announced the introduction of their Active Loudspeaker lineup, featuring three speaker models of different sizes (Model T Active, Middle T Active and Mini T Active) mated to a sophisticated DSP-enabled active crossover (BAX-1) and Cubed Series Bryston amplifiers. Two new amplifier models, the 3-channel 21B3 and 6-channel 24B3 have been created especially for the Bryston Active systems. The Bryston Active Loudspeaker System leverages decades of research into the science of acoustics and the fine art of audio component design in order to recreate each…

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Gold Note at Axpona 2018

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April, 2018 – Gold Note is attending the Axpona (April 13 to 15, 2018) for the very first time this year, bringing the “Italian Music Experience” to the USA (Schaumburg Convention Center, room 658). All the way from Italy, the name won’t sound new to experienced audiophiles since Gold Note has been designing a complete line of audio equipment for more than 20 years now, including turntables, cartridges and electronics. The company is located on the hills surrounding Firenze – in the heart of Tuscany – and chances are you…

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McIntosh MC611 1-Channel Solid State Amplifier

McIntosh MC611 1-Channel Solid State Amplifier

Binghamton, NY | 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MC611 1-Channel Solid State Amplifier. The monoblock MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier produces 600 Watts of power – enough to satisfy nearly any loudspeaker. A pair of MC611s can easily drive an impressive home stereo system, or add more of them to power a home theater. Thanks to our unique output Autoformer™ technology, your speakers will receive the full 600 Watts regardless if they have 2,…

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Linn’s Akurate Range with Katalyst DAC Architecture

Linn's Akurate Range with Katalyst DAC Architecture

  22nd March 2018 – This week sees the launch of Linn’s all-new Akurate range with the addition of Katalyst DAC Architecture to Akurate DS, Akurate DSM and Akurate Exaktbox, bringing a new level of performance to the range. Katalyst, Linn’s 4th generation digital-to-analogue conversion technology, delivers enhanced processing power and an unprecedented level of precision at the critical point where the digital signal is converted into sound, delivering a deeper insight into music. Already available in the Klimax range and in Akubarik and Akudorik speakers, Katalyst has received great…

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The Audioengine A5+ Wireless Speaker System

The Audioengine A5+ Wireless Speaker System

AUSTIN, Texas | March 6, 2018 – Audioengine® has announced the A5+ Wireless Music System. The Audioengine 5+ Wireless is an exciting evolution of the award-winning A5 speakers that changed the way we listen to music. Classic Audioengine sound now with wireless streaming With upgraded aesthetics and A5+ signature sound, A5+ Wireless isn’t just a pair of powered stereo speakers but a smart music system that works with Alexa, Siri, and all other voice activated apps, speakers, and devices – as well as every music app on the planet. Life…

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McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable

McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable

Binghamton, NY | March 8, 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MT2 Precision Turntable. The McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable combines the latest in turntable technology and design to deliver both superb performance and accurate playback. A full complement of features allows for all recordings to be reproduced with flawless realism. Its advanced electronic and mechanical design will give many years of smooth, trouble-free operation. A subtle green glow emanates from under the platter and…

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Metaxas Statement System – World Premieres

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World Premieres at the Munich HIGH END Show in May with new components   GQT R2R Tape Machine   There is no doubt that the absolute best “source” for reproduced music is analogue tape recorded on 10″ reels at 15ips. The same analogue tape reel-to-reel recorders are also the absolute best way to record and capture music [concert recording]. This is a fact not open for discussion and is responsible for the incredible resurgence in interest in Open Reel Analogue Tape Recorders. The High End Audio industry has embraced and…

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Acoustic Geometry Home Room Packs

Acoustic Geometry Home Room Packs

CHASKA, MN | FEBRUARY, 2018 – Acoustic Geometry™ announces the launch of Home Room Packs, a cost-effective grouping of acoustical products designed for residential audio spaces. Delivering better acoustical performance with five different options at discounted price points, these new product packages are a visually-elegant option for any room in the home. The Home Room Packs were designed to address a range of common residential acoustical challenges. Home Room Packs 1 and 2 affordably reduce echo and reverberation in small spaces. Room Packs 3, 4 and 5 combine broadband sound…

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Mytek Liberty DAC

Mytek Liberty DAC

Brooklyn, NY | February, 2018 — Mytek is now shipping the new Liberty DAC, a PCM/MQA/DSD USB2 Digital-to-Analog convertor, designed for high quality music playback and monitoring of all high resolution formats. This USB2 DAC features several digital inputs, digital volume control, unbalanced as well as balanced audio outputs, and a high-performance headphone amplifier. This USB2 DAC features several digital inputs, digital volume control, unbalanced as well as balanced audio outputs, and a high-performance headphone amplifier. Designed as a little brother of the original Brooklyn DAC around the ES9018 Sabre…

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McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport

McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport

Binghamton, NY | February 15, 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MCT500 SACD/CD Transport. The MCT500 is a digital only unit and features 4 digital outputs: industry standard balanced, coax and optical outputs plus our exclusive MCT connector. To enjoy CDs, it can be paired with any product that has standard digital inputs and a digital-to-analog convertor (DAC). For SACD playback, the MCT500’s proprietary MCT output needs to be connected (via the included cable)…

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Gold Note IS-1000 SUPER INTEGRATED AMP

Gold Note IS-1000 SUPER INTEGRATED AMP

January 30, 2018 | FIRENZE, Italy – Gold Note – the Italian High-End manufacturer based in Firenze – is introducing IS-1000, an innovative all-in-one source designed to deliver high quality audio combining analogue and digital technology, available at a MSRP of 4200,00€ (5000,00$) worldwide through Gold Note retailers in October 2017. IS-1000 is an advanced fully integrated amplifier that redefines the way music playback is experienced, seamlessly merging a Preamplifier, a Power Amplifier, a Phono Stage, a DAC and a Streamer in a unique and complete source. Gold Note IS-1000…

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Gryphon Audio – Sonett Phonostage

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Ry, Denmark | 2018 – While an ever-increasing number of audio manufacturers are struggling to go “back to black” with the introduction of components for LP playback, Gryphon Audio Designs of Denmark have never adandoned the LP format, maintaining a consistent commitment to vinyl reproduction from the creation of the company in 1985, right up to the launch of the Gryphon Sonett Phonostage. In the words of founder Flemming E. Rasmussen, “The LP holds a very special place in our hearts here at Gryphon, having been the inspiration for our…

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NAD M22 V2

NAD M22 V2

CES | Las Vegas, NV | January, 2018 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, launched a new and improved stereo Masters Series amplifier, the M22 V2, that delivers a 20% increase in power to 300 watts per channel. The new Masters amp also features a bridging switch that transforms it into a 900-watt mono behemoth. In addition, the M22 V2 now has a 3-position input sensitivity switch that controls the auto turn-on sensitivity, allowing for better matching to each individual system. Even with the increase…

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Technics SP-10R & SL-1000R

Technics SP-10R & SL-1000R

Las Vegas, USA – January 2018 – Renowned for its direct drive technology and superior performance, the Technics range has extended its Reference Class line-up of audio components with its newest direct drive turntable and turntable system, the SP10-R and SL-1000R. Designed and engineered for ultimate analog vinyl performance, the legendary SP-10 Series of Direct Drive Turntables and their accompanying Direct Drive Turntable Systems have become synonymous with direct drive technology, and are fitting symbols of the Technics brand name that continues to inspire the admiration and loyalty of audiophiles…

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Bang & Olufsen announces AirPlay 2 in ten products

Bang & Olufsen announces AirPlay 2 in ten products

“AirPlay 2 from Apple offers new and intelligent ways of enjoying music and other content in a way that fits naturally into people’s way of living. It is an aspiration that aligns particularly well with our ambition of moving the technology race back to where it makes sense; to where it’s all about simply enjoying great sound in the most flexible and intuitive way”, says John Mollanger, CEO at B&O PLAY. Ten Bang & Olufsen products with AirPlay 2 The ten products from Bang & Olufsen which will be software…

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Allnic T-2000 25th Anniversary

Allnic T-2000 25th Anniversary

January 2018 – Within a range of new products for 2018, including a new phono stage, two preamps, and a mono power amp, Allnic presents the T-2000 25th Anniversary integrated amplifier. Beauty, grace, and power… Along with amazing, revelatory clarity, incredible dynamics and drive, articulate and powerful bass, and standard setting low noise and distortion, the T-2000 25th Anniversary provides 100 watts per channel of push-pull, pentode power, or more than 50 watts SET sounding watts in triode mode; AND pentode/triode switching is “on the fly”. The T-2000 25th Anniversary…

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JL Audio Fathom® IWS-SYS-108 & 208

JL Audio Fathom® IWS-SYS-108 & 208

Miramar, FL | JL Audio | 2017 – JL Audio, an innovator in high-end audio solutions, announced the launch of a new 8-inch version of their Fathom® IWS in-wall subwoofer systems. The new 8-inch Fathom® IWS system joins the previous 13.5-inch driver models in the Fathom® IWS lineup. Andy Oxenhorn, President of JL Audio says, “We are excited about the potential of the 8-inch in-wall subwoofer solution in our growing line of architectural audio solutions. This model has a very small grille opening that will please customers looking for a…

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McIntosh XRT2.1K Loudspeaker

McIntosh XRT2.1K Loudspeaker

Binghamton, NY | December 2017  – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the XRT2.1K Loudspeaker. The XRT2.1K Loudspeaker represents the next evolution of McIntosh home audio speakers. Borne from our 45+ years of designing speakers, the XRT2.1K is a full range system that provides spacious sound reproduction with an unusually deep sound stage. Standing 7 feet (2.1 meters) tall, a pair of them will grab the attention of every person in the room. But when the music…

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MAGICO A3

MAGICO A3

December, 2017 — HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA USA – Magico, the leader in high performance loudspeaker design and manufacture, is pleased to announce the new A3. Machined into the metal of every Magico loudspeaker is a subtle, yet permanent, “M”. Our symbol is a simple reminder to the owner of a Magico product that they have purchased a product born of an uncompromised, unapologetic pursuit of performance excellence. The standards we have set for a product bearing our M logo are not without consequence. The push forward into the development of new,…

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ProAc Response DT8

ProAc Response DT8

2017 – A new compact floorstanding loudspeaker from famed British maker ProAc offers robust sound and great looks! Response DT8 is sure to please. In many ways, the new ProAc Response DT8 is the perfect speaker. It doesn’t take up much space. Its design is such that it can be positioned easily in any room. It looks lovely and it sounds oh so good. How do they do it? Read on. Drivers In the first position of importance, the cones, domes, and magnets of a speaker’s drive units are where…

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems Classic SB

Pro-Ject Audio Systems Classic SB

2017 – The Classic SB New Product Announcement We are pleased to announce the launch of Pro-Ject Audio Systems’ The Classic SB turntable. We have turbocharged our EISA Award-winning the Classic to bring you this upgraded package. The Classic SB is an upgraded version of The Classic – EISA award-winning turntable. Featuring a Sumiko Blue Point No.2 cartridge, the Classic SB offers a leap forward in sound quality. Other key improvements include electronic speed control, as well as the Leather It mat and top-grade Clamp It, which enhance stability and reduce noise. The…

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Wilson Audio Alexia Series 2

Wilson Audio Alexia Series 2

2017 – It is very difficult, even daunting, to update a classic. The physicians’ maxim of Primum non nocere (first do no harm) certainly applies here. An overly ambitious and inexperienced designer, in his zeal to advance the product with the “latest and greatest technology,” can inadvertently sacrifice the very qualities at the heart of the original’s intrinsic appeal. There is a certain wisdom and introspection that is inherent to all great designers. They know when real advancements are possible, and eschew the temptation to incorporate change for change’s sake.…

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McIntosh MC1.25KW Quad Balanced Power Amplifier

McIntosh MC1.25KW Quad Balanced Power Amplifier

Binghamton, NY | November 14, 2017 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MC1.25KW Quad Balanced Power Amplifier. The MC1.25KW Quad Balanced Power Amplifier is our newest and one of our most advanced amplifiers. Redesigned from top to bottom, it replaces the venerable MC1.2KW as our most powerful single chassis monoblock amplifier. A simple glance at this 158 pound (71.7 kg) amp is enough to convey its power and performance capabilities, but when you hear it…

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