IFA 2015 - Show Report
IFA 2015 - Show Report
IFA 2015 - Show Report


…as well as the XCM-32BT mini audio system.

Probably, Pioneer's most interesting exhibit was the XDP-100R personal media player, an Android-based device and, to our knowledge, the first that supports MQA encoded files (Meridian's proprietary high resolution data container/format).

Pure presented the Evoke F3, a desktop radio with internet streaming capability that supports Spotify and wireless connection via Bluetooth.

The Reumfeld is a company that manufactures top-quality wireless loudspeakers and soundbars. This is the Sounddeck, a loudspeaker-base for TV-sets…

…and this is their little three-way loudspeaker (with a coaxial mid/tweeter), the Stereo M. It supports wireless streaming for high-resolution audio files (24-bit FLAC/WAV) via WiFi/DLNA.

To K2 is a simple docking station from Revo…

…but much more interesting was the Supersystem, a tabletop device that includes a conventional FM/ RDS tuner, DAB/DAB+, Internet radio and full-featured wireless streaming. The display is OLED. The loudspeaker part is based on two 3.5-inch full-range drivers and an internal sub.

Another portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier. The DACAMP from RHA Audio.

Samsung showed its new range of omnidirectional wireless loudspeakers (R5, R3 and R1) as well as the prototype of an Ultra HD Blu-ray player that can be expected in 2016.

The always interesting HDVD800 headphone amplifier from Sennheiser…

…that also showed the HD 630VB headphones addressed, both to the home user and to anyone who seeks something of good quality for a portable media playe

Integrated desktop audio from Sonoro. The Stereo includes a CD player, DAB+ tuner, Bluetooth connectivity, a separate headphone amplifier and an auxiliary input. It features two loudspeakers and a subwoofer, all built-in.

The new Alpha 7R II from Sony is the first digital camera to use their new full-frame BSI (Back-Side Illumination) sensor technology and features 42.4MPx resolution and a sensitivity from 100 to 25600 ISO. The camera can record 4K video, includes an OLED display and it is compatible with the FE lens series.

The Χ90C series from Sony is, according to the company, the thinnest 4K in the market with a screen depth of only 4.9mm. Based on Android TV OS, supports GoogleCast for easy program sharing and uses Sony's X1 video processor.

Sony also demonstrated this little audio system, CAS-1, which supports PCM/DSD high definition audio and -apparently- includes some decent loudspeakers.

As regards personal audio systems, Sony exhibited the H.ear On headphones, an over-ear, closed type product designed to match their high-resolution audio players…

…as well as the MBR-1ABT which is an over-ear wireless system.

In the field of media players, Sony presented the NW-A25 a device with active noise suppression system, S-Master amplifier technology and upsampling to improve the sound quality of compressed files…

…and the SRS-X11/X33/X55 small portable loudspeakers, featuring Bluetooth technology. All of them support NFC and offer a battery life of up to 12 hours.

This is a gadget/toy that really was a show stopper. Sphero's small BB8 inspired by a robot that will appear in the next Star Wars exceeded all expectations and is already a cult object.

Technics' persistence for a come-back to the audio realm is certainly commendable. This is the music server ST-G30…

…the SU-G30 integrated amplifier…

…and here is one of the stars of this year's IFA (at least in the audiophile's eyes), a turntable prototype developed by Technics. It appears to be a heavy construction based in direct drive architecture. Market-entry time is not yet announced.

Yamaha introduced the new CX-A5100 top processor/preamp in their Aventage series. Supports 11.2 channels and Dolby Atmos, as well as Yamaha's new multi-room system, the MultiCast.

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