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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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