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Astell&Kern Adds MQA Support to Latest Line of High-Resolution Portable Players

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

MQA Support Now Available on the SP1000, Coming Via Firmware Update on December 12 to SP1000M, SE100 and SR15 Players

Irvine, CA – Astell&Kern, a global leader in portable high-resolution audio players, announces new firmware updates that will add MQA support for the A&ultima SP1000M, A&futura SE100 and A&norma SR15 on December 12, 2018.  MQA support was added to the A&ultima SP1000 in November 2018.

MQA’s award-winning technology captures and reproduces the sound of the original studio master in a file that’s small enough to stream and download easily. … Read the full article

MQA Support Announced for Latest Astell & Kern Portable Players

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

In a world that seems bent on division when it comes to the streaming and download/playback format MQA, Astell & Kern has placed themselves even more solidly in the for MQA column with their announcement today that as of December 12th (tomorrow), MQA support (which is already available on the SP1000 portable player) will be available via firmware update for the SP1000M, SE100 and SR15 players as well.

For those not aware of the MQA battle royal taking place for the hearts and minds of music lovers and audiophiles everywhere, let me give you the brief skinny.… Read the full article

MQA Support Announced for Latest Astell & Kern Portable Players

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

In a world that seems bent on division when it comes to the streaming and download/playback format MQA, Astell & Kern has placed themselves even more solidly in the for MQA column with their announcement today that as of December 12th (tomorrow), MQA support (which is already available on the SP1000 portable player) will be available via firmware update for the SP1000M, SE100 and SR15 players as well.

For those not aware of the MQA battle royal taking place for the hearts and minds of music lovers and audiophiles everywhere, let me give you the brief skinny.… Read the full article

iFi audio’s xCAN Delivers Potent, Portable Power On-the-Go 

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Remarkable Performance and Unique Features Showcased in Sleek, Battery-Powered Unit

Southport, UK, October 25, 2018 – iFi audio, a leading designer/manufacturer of high performance personal audio products, today announced the xCAN, a portable headphone amplifier powerful enough to drive even power-hungry headphones. Though iFi’s latest pocket wonder is primarily designed to be used with smartphones and DAPs, it can also be used with computers and even a smart TV. With Bluetooth aptX on board, the xCAN can be enjoyed wired or wireless with remarkable fidelity.… Read the full article

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xCAN: iFi Audio Delivers a Potent Portable for the Power Hungry

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

iFi Audio is well known among headphiliacs for their portable-friendly selection of budget-conscious portable amps/DACs, of which several were on display at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest that Grover Neville checked out HERE.

But with their pocket-sized latest release, the magnesium-aluminum alloy-bodied $299 USD xCAN, iFi seems determined to set the bar high at a low price point. Primarily designed to be used with smartphones and Daps (Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes and Tidal enabled), the xCAN is a Swiss-army knife and can be connected to PCs, laptops or even a Smart Television set, making it a bit of a mini-marvel for those looking to make the most of all their digital A/V sources at home or on the road.… Read the full article

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Chord Hugo2 – Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier – Review

By | September 15th, 2018|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

If you have read my reviews on Chord products, you already know that I was really impressed by their evolution and their performance. When Chord Hugo was released, I was impressed by the sound quality from that small unit.

Then, Chord decided to go even smaller with even newer technology with Chord Mojo. I couldn’t resist and I actually bought one for myself. What impressed me the most for Mojo was the natural tonality & transparency. It actually sounds great in my big speaker system as well.… Read the full article

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Sony MHC-V21D is the budget solution for a portable yet powerful party speaker

By | September 7th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Sony recently added another interesting product to its audio line-up in India. It’s the MHC-V21D portable speaker system with Bluetooth, USB and NFC connectivity. 

The Bluetooth-enabled speaker is aimed to deliver powerful audio output on the go as it has a built-in carry handlebar that lets you lug it around effortlessly. Sony also fuses the illuminating light feature seen on some other high-end Sony speakers in the past. 

Unlike conventional portable speakers, this one is equipped with an  in-built DVD player, that can play high-quality content through HDMI.… Read the full article

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IFA 2018: Loewe brings Mimi and portable klang

By | August 31st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

We found Loewe’s stand at IFA 2018 all in a breakfast bustle just as the Show opened its doors, and the friendly and attentive staff showed us the German TV-meisters’ latest innovations.

Loewe is not a company to change its TV models every year as do many competitors — but it does make a habit of upgrading the TVs already owned by its existing customers via the power of the firmware update.

So the only hardware changes this year are that its OLED bild models will all be upgraded to the latest generation of OLED panels.Read the full article

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JBL JR Pop portable, sticker-covered speaker wants to get your kids dancing

By | August 30th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Have a lush hi-fi set up, and a bunch of sticky-fingered, music loving kids to go with it? If you want to let your children enjoy their tunes without damaging your pristine speakers, JBL has just the device for you at IFA 2018.

The JBL JR Pop is a portable Bluetooth speaker aimed directly at little ones. Colorful, portable and robust, it's designed to take the beating that kids can throw at their gadgetry, without sounding too bad at the same time.… Read the full article

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Waterproof JBL Charge 4 speaker doubles up as a portable battery

By | August 30th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

It’s hard to stand out in the Bluetooth speaker market at IFA 2018. With so many smart models on display, simple sonics just won't cut it. So the new JBL Charge 4, announced at the Berlin show, is a bit of a jack of all trades.

For starters, it’s a Bluetooth speaker, capable of connecting to two devices at once. That means you can share your tunes with a buddy without both having to keep swapping connectivity to the speaker first.… Read the full article

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