Based on a very interesting set of ideas, with a long history but few examples of a practical application, the Benchmark AHB2 could serve as a convincing example of what the future of power amplifiers can be. Combine it with a renowned D/A Converter like the DAC2 HGC, and what you have is a top quality system from which only the loudspeakers are missing!
One of the most important audio shows, the High End 2016, was held in Munich/MOC during the four days between 5-8 May, achieving an exhibitors number record and the largest exhibition floor area in 35 years of its history. Traditionally, some quite interesting products, solutions, and ideas were presented and we have more than 100 photos to prove it!
To offer to a listener the privilege to adjust various system parameters, using only his ears and his subjective criterion for correctness, is something open to a feasibility discussion, but Reinhard Thoeress' phono preamplifier encourages this behavior anyway: It is a very versatile device, for the demanding vinyl listener who is willing to deal with each of his records individually and to improve the overall result one click at a time…
To say the least, with such an elegant appearance and a sufficiently reasonable price, the 99 Classics can hardly go unnoticed. Antonio Meze's company effort is more than impressive and worthy of any audiophile's attention. We had the opportunity to live for some time with Meze's top headphones model and this is our verdict.
News & Industry Update
Furutech’s recently-developed "Alpha Nano-Au-Ag" OCC conductor is among the best that the brand’s engineers have ever conceived for sound reproduction, the company says. Not surprising, then, that it underpins the brand’s new top-of-line power and speaker cables.
Oppo Digital announced that a new product series, the Sonica Wi-Fi Speakers, will join its product lineup soon. Sonica comes equipped with Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth capabilities and it is designed to deliver high sound quality in a compact package.
The company debuted the high value 3-way floor stander Song3, a vented 3–way member of the Song loudspeaker family. The Song3 employs RAAL Advanced Loudspeakers’ select model 64-10 tweeter, a bamboo fiber reinforced midrange and an “Egyptian papyrus” cone woofer.
Featuring a robust, industrial design that still manages to look modern and elegant, the blak series is being introduced as an entirely new design for Roksan – both in terms of sound performance and visual appeal.
Definitive Technology re-imagines legendary sound with next-generation bipolar loudspeaker series, BP9000, offering the latest in high-end audio reproduction with support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
With the new TT5, German Clearaudio offer vinyl fans a more affordable entry point into tangential tonearm technology. The TT5’s excellent value for money is down to eschewing one or two of the features of its "big brothers", TT2 and TT3.
Aumeo Audio introduced the world's first tailored audio device, Aumeo, at this year's CES. Aumeo takes audio personalization to a whole new level by customizing sound to a user's hearing sensitivity. With Aumeo, the company says, users can enjoy audio experiences like never before for music, film and even voice calls.
Bryston has announced a new firmware version S2.28 for their digital music players that delivers Roon Ready capability. Roon Labs has created a software solution that delivers the ultimate user experience by merging Bryston’s BDP playback hardware with an intuitive, graphically rich music library management and playback software.
QP1R is Questyle's attempt to enter the personal media players market segment, the same way it did with the headphone amplifiers: With enough noise to get noticed… And, indeed, Fengshuo Wang's design, unveiled about a year ago, appears to be unique in many respects!
Kalypso is -probably- the most talked-about loudspeaker of this Greek company, at least during the last two years. Besides being Rois' top of the range model, it is, also, an interesting experiment, in its full form, combining an active architecture and digital equalization with a horn-loaded, full range driver. Given that this product is still under final development, we seize the opportunity to review a passive version of the loudspeaker, which will charm many of audiophiles out there.