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…
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Throughout the whole design process, the new Brio has been meticulously improved in every aspect, from the quality of materials to the manufacturing process, to make this version a step ahead in Rega’s engineering and design for amplifiers.
Audioengine introduced the HD3 wireless music system, a more affordable product than the successful HD6. More than just a powered multimedia speaker, HD3 is a complete music system that allows you to listen to all of your music from any source.
Chord Electronics has unveiled Poly, a new network module which is set to introduce high-res wireless streaming, SD card and network music playback to Mojo, with both smartphone control and playback.
Esoteric announced a new single unit SA-CD Player/DAC in the Grandioso line, the Grandioso K1, a supreme SACD Player reigning over all other single chassis models.
Totem Acoustic, soon to be celebrating its 30th year of loudspeaker design and manufacturing, has officially launched the Sky bookshelf monitor worldwide.
NAD recently announced the immediate availability of their Masters Series M32 DirectDigital Amplifier. The M32 is an elegant, top-of-the-line, BluOS ready, integrated amplifier with a host of features that offers maximum flexibility.
The rPlay is the latest addition to the rSeries and allows you to add network audio streaming services and internet radio to any system using DTS PlayFi, Apple Airplay or UPnP enabled music sources.
XT-7 is Gold Note's new full range, 3-way, large floorstanding loudspeaker with anti-turbulence rear bass reflex, their first product to feature an AMT (Air Motion Transformer) tweeter.
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…