For consumer electronics in general, 2017 should be a very interesting year, taking into account the overall impression created by the CES, both in relation to the exhibits as well as the attendance size. And, although the audio/video and the home entertainment systems market sector appears to be more in a consolidation phase, there surely were many interesting things to see and to listen to at Las Vegas!
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.
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PS Audio claims that there isn’t a DAC made that doesn’t benefit from a great analog preamplifier, therefore it is not a surprise that the Stellar Gain Cell DAC combines the benefits of both—a full-featured DAC with an exceptional analog preamplifier controlling its output level.
The M 063 was developed for the professional user as well as for the ambitious music lover, featuring a three-motor drive and electronics based on ultra-linear, low-noise amplifiers with minimal distortion. This machine is, as far as we know, the first new of its kind for about two decades (probably more)!
Oracle states that the new Origine turntable was created with one goal in mind; to answer the historical demand for an affordable, quality built and long-lasting record player. But although the Origine is at the entry point of Oracle's line of products, it maintains the high standards of excellence that is expected from the Canadian firm.
The nano iDSD Light Edition (LE) is the newest entry-level DAC from iFi Αudio. It uses the same design approach as the multi-award winning nano iDSD but without the SPDIF output, digital filter selection and is capable of DSD128/PCM384.
Tivoli Audio recently announced the Model One Digital, bringing the quintessential tabletop radio into the age of the smart home. Balancing style, technology, and audio quality, the Model One Digital merges the simplistic elements and user-friendly features of Tivoli's classic Model One radio, but with a tech refresh.
Sonos announced Playbase, the latest addition to its wireless home sound system and the newest loudspeaker in their home theater lineup. It slides underneath the TV, delivering powerful home theater sound when the TV is on, and music all the time when it's off.
The new Bowers & Wilkins DB Series contain three subwoofers designed to deliver incredibly powerful, tight and agile bass. They are the most powerful active subwoofers Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced, and feature the Aerofoil cone bass drivers used in flagship 800 Series Diamond.
Densen just launched a string of new products with the Cast Amp, their first product to allow streaming, and doing so, by using Google Cast Audio technology. This will allow for the use of Tidal, which has become the de-facto standard for premium streaming, but also allows for a myriad of other streaming software.
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…
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!