Lab 12's Gordian appears to be a quite smart and easy to use device, which, in addition to the power line noise suppression and the surge protection it provides, offers some good, objective data about the home mains quality.
The first product of this new manufacturer from Greece is an interesting and ambitious attempt to enter into one of the most active market segments in a quite sensitive price level. But if the value of a venture lies -at least to some extent- in the size of the challenge faced, this could be a giant first step, since Ideon Audio seems to have made the right decisions, skillfully balancing between some difficult choices and offering their Ayazi USB DAC the chance to emerge amid some competition which is much more than significant!
The numbers rarely lie and in this case are in agreement with the overall feel: The organizers have every reason to be satisfied with this year's IFA, which appeared to be greater in volume terms and more complete in market coverage than ever, although its significance for the audiovisual systems sector, in particular, could raise some serious debate… In any case, take a look at the photos they are quite interesting!
SCM19, ATC's entry level "Hi-Fi" series top stand-mount model, proved to be one of the best compact loudspeakers you can buy in this price range, especially if what you are looking for is some real high fidelity behavior. How did they manage this? Read the review to find out…
News & Industry Update
Pro-Ject introduced their newest creation, the evolution of an audiophile milestone, the Essential III, an improved version of the Essential II which includes, among other refinements, a better cartridge, a new motor control circuit, and a new main platter bearing.
The Premium 10 series, comprising the SA-10 SACD/CD player/DAC and PM-10 amplifier, features groundbreaking Marantz audio technology designed to deliver the best possible sound from high-resolution audio formats and CD alike.
Last year Audio Analogue celebrated its twentieth birthday with a new, contemporary edition of the company’s first ever product, the Puccini integrated amplifier. Now, the Italian brand has given another of its much-loved classics the Anniversary treatment: the once-flagship Maestro.
Meters Music, a new brand that belongs to Ashdown Engineering (better known from their bass amplifiers, pedals and effects), recently unveiled the OV-1 headphones, a system which includes a pair of VU meters attached to the earcups.
After 16 years, Piega presented the second generation of the legendary Coax loudspeaker in a new Coax series which includes a compact bookshelf, the Coax 311, and two slightly over one meter high floorstanding loudspeakers, the Coax 511 and Coax 711.
Pre Box DS2 Digital is a premium preamplifier with five digital, one phono and one line level inputs, featuring four different analogue and one digital outputs.
HiFiMAN announced the introduction of an all-new, premium electrostatic headphone system called Shangri-La which builds upon their expertise in nanotechnology to create a cutting-edge headphone and includes a custom designed amplifier featuring four audiophile-grade 300B tubes.
Magico announced the new S3 Mk II, a model which nestles in between the S1 Mk II and S5 Mk II and features all of the advanced design elements of the S-Series Mk II models, including a new 9-inch bass driver with the lowest measured distortion born from the design and engineering theories applied to the limited edition, 10th Anniversary M-Project.
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!
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…