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Godin Have Announced Their First Ever Acoustic Guitars

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Two years in the making, Simon Godin himself is gearing up to usher in a “radical new chapter” for Godin Guitars with his self-conceptualised and designed new acoustic guitars – the first to ever bear the Godin signature.

“The Godin brand has a strong reputation of quality and is firmly established in the guitar market,” Simon says (heh). “This made the task of creating a new line of acoustic guitars that much easier. This project was my chance to create something that expressed my vision for the future of the company.… Read the full article

Obituary: Björn Erik Edvardsen – NAD

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Björn Erik Edvardsen, head of the design team that created the NAD 3020 integrated amplifier, which many claim was the best-selling amplifier in the history of high fidelity, died on 16 December, 2018, aged 73, of cancer.

Edvardsen was already an up-and-coming electronics design engineer (Dolby Laboratories, Acoustic Research) when in 1976 he was hired by Dr Martin (Marty) L. Borish to work at NAD in the UK, which Borish had established in 1972 on behalf of a consortium of hi-fi distributors who financed the company.… Read the full article

McIntosh MT2 turntable REVIEW

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The illumination of music

First up, then, we need to sort out a question we’ve long had regarding products from McIntosh. Their illumination. We can think of no other audio brand which is so defined by its lights and colour — backlit laser-cut glass front panels, softly-lit bouncing power meters. Head to a hi-fi show and you can almost locate the McIntosh room by the distinguished green glow which emanates from the room, and the sighs of hi-fi fans as they enter to face a set of racks loaded with this most iconic and desirable of brands.… Read the full article

CES 2019: Apple’s quiet move on TVs

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The tech media is going mildly gaga at Samsung’s key-note announcement that Samsung TVs will soon carry Apple’s iTunes. And at a company level, this is certainly interesting — in former years the two companies have been more often in court than in cahoots, so the cooperation here is interesting in itself.

There’s also the regular rumour that Apple has long had its own TV design under development — so could this be is a test run for its own TV, or alternatively is this a relinquishing of the goal?Read the full article

Ibanez Showcases 19 New Basses, And Over 40 (!!!) New Electric Guitars

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

It’s that time of the year when shredheads everywhere are thinking long and hard about what to blow all their hard-earned Christmas bonuses on. The good folks at Ibanez know that – that’s probably why they’ve kicked 2019 off by showcasing over 60 new electric guitars and basses. 

Alongside a slew of shiny, meticulously designed Axiom Label RGAs and the fan-favourite RG550DX, the Ibanez 2019 collection is headlined by some choice new models in the RG5000 series, sporting world-class tech as stunning as the multitude of eye-catching finishes. … Read the full article

TOP SHELF: Matchless Spitfire ’15 Amplifier Head

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Alex Wilson takes a closer look at an amp that exemplifies simplicity, both in form and function.

Full review and independent analysis of the Matchless Spitfire ’15 Amp Head by Australian Guitar Magazine.

Taken out of the box, the amp looks great. It’s very black, with the logo plate and product engraving rendered in elegant grey. In addition to a single on/off switch, there’s high and low inputs (one channel only) and cream Volume, Tone and Master knobs. The backplate is equally minimal, boasting only TRS line out, two speaker outs (rated at eight and four ohms), and a 240 VAC input for the power cord.

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By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

By Damon Greenwood | Wednesday, 09 January 2019 14:19

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CES 2019: NAD Masters M10 streaming BluOS amplifier

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

It’s a new look for NAD’s Masters Series, its top range which has redefined the company at a new level for the past decade. The new arrival unveiled at CES 2019 in Las Vegas is the M10, a BluOS (Bluesound)-equipped streaming amplifier which uses NAD’s HybridDigital take on Hypex’s nCore amplification, widely regarded as the best and most musical of Class-D power.

The new glass and extruded-aluminium look has industrial design by award winning design firm DF-ID, and includes a high-resolution TFT colour touchscreen on the front panel, though there’s also hands-free control of music from any Amazon Alexa supported device or via Siri, plus both a traditional remote control and app control via the BluOS multi-room system, which is further able to link with other BluOS systems (from NAD, Bluesound and DALI) for multiroom operation up to high resolution.… Read the full article

audio-technica ATH-M50xBT wireless headphones REVIEW

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Hi-fi enthusiasts often debate the very definition of hi-fi. In olden days when classical music and jazz were the mainstays of music, hi-fi systems were seen as the path to reproducing the live experience, to create a concert hall or a jazz club right there in your drawing room. But as music became created more in the studio, once The Beatles began creating music that was never intended to be performed live — well, what was hi-fi supposed to do with that?… Read the full article

CES 2019: Optoma's P1 smart projector+soundbar

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Optoma’s P1 Smart 4K UHD Laser Cinema seems a clever idea — an ultra-short-throw 4K projector with an integrated soundbar, along with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control capabilities. The goal is to provide an all-in-one smart home entertainment system.

Revealed at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, the Optoma P1 integrates a 3000-lumen UHD home theater projector allowing a 120-inch image with the projector “just inches away” from the back wall. It supports HDR10 and HLG  High Dynamic Range.

The integrated soundbar is designed by NuForce and offers Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS audio decoding capabilities, while built-in smarts include smart home compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant capabilities, and IFTTT smart home automation.… Read the full article