M8audio is now selling Viablue’s NF-S1 Silver Quattro Balanced XLR interconnects.
M8Audio, a Queensland-based loudspeaker manufacturer, was appointed as the official Australian distributor for German cable manufacturer Viablue back in June 2018 (see story HERE). It says it now has stock of the Viablue’s complete product range, which includes analogue interconnects, digital interconnects, speaker cable, USB, HDMI, network, antenna, coax cables, connectors and accessories such as spikes and feet.
‘Viablue is a renowned and highly-acclaimed brand in Germany and greater central Europe, achieving several awards and raving reviews,’ says Mark Thomsen, of M8 Audio.… Read the full article
About six months after I reviewed and subsequently purchased the Audio Note M10 Special Edition Line Stage, AN asked whether I had any interest in reviewing their top of the line phono stage which, in their opinion, represents an ideal match to their M10 SE line stage. In their words, no expense had been spared in trying to get the most natural sound. The price was quoted at 110,000 British pounds sterling (approximately the same price as a Porsche 911 Carrera S).… Read the full article
Well, this was unexpected. Sonos takes years to do a hardware launch then it has three in the space of 12 months.
But while the Sonos Beam and Sonos One were pushed squarely at consumers looking to upgrade their TV and audio setups, the Sonos Amp is catering to both the custom install market and those who want some oomph in their connected home setup.
It's taken Sonos over 10 years to update its Sonos Connect Amp. And this is an update as it will be replacing that old, still sturdy model.… Read the full article
It seems Sony has decided to enter the über high-end headphone amp market with the $8,000 USD DMP-Z1 from their “Signature Series” and the Internet is blowing up a bit because of it.
Unveiled on August 9th – the eve of the 2018 Hong Kong Advanced Audiovisual Exhibition – along with new $1,780 USD IER-Z1R in-ear headphones, the unit caused quite a buzz with attendees and press at the launch according to Chinese website coverage that Google kindly translated for me.… Read the full article
At Berlin’s IFA 2018 conference we clapped eyes on the futuristic-looking new Ottava S SC-C50 speaker from Technics. The Ottava S SC-C50 has been optimized for seamless wireless connectivity, with built in Google Chromecast making it easy to tune into your favorite streaming services.
With a striking elliptical design, the SC-C50 houses seven speakers within its casing, including three mid-range speakers, three high-frequency tweeters, and a subwoofer, all angled to fill your entire room with sound.
The speaker comes with three different presets tailored to different mounting locations, meaning that your music sounds great whether you place it on the floor or on a table.… Read the full article
In your strange bed, you feel like crap. That’s because the bed is in a sterile hospital room, lights biting in bright staccato neon. Just now the doctor saunters in. He is swarmed by a group of interns. A curt nod acknowledges your existence. Then he turns to the flushed acolytes. They begin discussing you in shiny but incomprehensible words of an alien language. The ‘you’ they fumble to analyse is clearly just this blob of aching flesh. Apparently, something with its neural wiring has malfunctioned.… Read the full article
Sonos has used IFA 2018 to announce a brand-new product and reveal that it is opening up its API, in the hope that it will be the center of your smart home.
The new product is a redesigned Sonos amp, which has twice the power of the old Connect amp and can be used it in a wide variety of situations. Oh, and you can stream music off of it too.
It has an HDMI port on the back as well as audio inputs, so you can power your vinyl collection with it.
It will support AirPlay 2 and has a new form factor and design which allows it to fit inside a rack configuration and can be mounted, or exhibited on furniture.
The Sonos Connect Amp has been around for over 10 years now, so Sonos has redesigned the device and added more power in the form of 120 watts per channel.