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…
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!
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Founded in 2013, Auris Audio, has become quite recognizable on the market by its one of a kind product design, pleasing both listener's ears and visual senses with a wide range of products, that includes d/a converters, amplifiers (and a headphone amp) and loudspeakers. Recently, the company introduced their new Forte 150 monoblock amplifier and the Poison 3 floorstanding loudspeaker.
Ideon Audio's 3R Renaissance connects between the digital output (host) and the DAC. It achieves excellent sound performance by uncovering lost detail, enhancing dynamics, re-clocking the signal using ultra-low jitter oscillators, and minimizing transmission losses.
Combining a historic art oeuvre "memento mori" ("remember that you must die") contemporary sculpture with cutting-edge technology, Kostas Metaxas' latest Marquis is a sublime, minimalist preamplifier and headphone amplifier designed for music loving audiophiles who require few functions but insist on the purest sound.
JBL's two pro-style loudspeaker monitors 4367 and 4429 combine the company’s iconic pro-audio design with a number of acoustic refinements.
AiOS is a new kind of music system for a new generation of music lovers and audiophiles alike which, these days, have many more choices when it comes to how they listen to music.
Audio Research recently unveiled the VT80 vacuum-tube power amplifier to its Foundation Series. Combining an enticing new aesthetic with worry-free operation and great performance, the new amp is a vacuum-tube design that will make Audio Research accessible to a larger group of music lovers and includes -for the first time- an auto-bias circuit.
Yamaha says that the BD-S681 and high-performance BD-A1060 Blu-ray Disc players are capable of superb tonal and imaging excellence and are adept at reproducing sound, music and video with the quality for which the company is known, supporting Full HD Blu-ray Discs, 3D Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, SACDs and standard Audio CDs, as well.
The DAC3 is Benchmark's newest 2-channel D/A converter featuring the new ESS ES9028PRO converter chip, has lower THD and THD+N figures than the DAC2, employs an advanced high-headroom digital filter design, and a high-sample-rate asynchronous USB Audio interface.
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.