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Festival Of Sound 2018 – Cable And Accessories Exhibitors

By | August 28th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

A hugely important part of any Hifi system, the cables, supports, power and acoustic treatments are well represented at Festival of Sound, find out more here.

There will be cables, expert advice and revelatory demonstrations in the main audio area of the show on the Mezzanine level. Room B5 (Sancerre) will host a full Hifi system allowing complete cable ranges to be experienced in an intimate and relaxed listening environment.

GIK Acoustics will be presenting their new Room Acoustics Visualiser and Create Your Own Panel software.… Read the full article

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REVIEW – Boenicke W5 SE Loudspeakers

By | August 28th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , |

Made in Switzerland the Boenicke W5SE are a very small speaker with a reasonably high price tag of £4595. Stuart and Linette Smith take a listen. 

When Ian Ringstead who reviews for Hifi Pig heard that we had got these diminutive speakers (they ae only 2.8L in volume) from Swiss manufacturer Boenicke, he was to say the least a little bit green with envy commenting that they were his favourite small speaker when he has heard them at shows and demonstrations.

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Festival Of Sound 2018 – Even More Events And Exhibitors

By | August 28th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s just one month to go until Festival of Sound 2018 at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith, 28th to 30th of September. We are looking forward to covering the show for you and bringing you all the info and pictures.  The show is a unique blend of Hifi, music and seminars from music and Hifi industry specialists, so here are the most recent confirmed additions to the show.

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Joining the constantly growing roster of big name brands exhibiting at Festival of Sound is Yamaha.… Read the full article

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AVM CS 2.2 4T Compact Streaming CD Receiver

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , |

AVM’s latest Compact Streaming CD Receiver, the INSPIRATION CS 2.2 4T will be unveiled by PMC UK Distribution at Festival of Sound in September. Based on the CS 2.2, the enhanced CS 2.2 4T now features the latest Bluetooth 4.2 standard, with a dedicated second antenna on the rear of the unit.

Upgrades to the digital section of the CS 2.2 4T include the use of the latest Wolfson Digital to Analogue converter, to bring improvements to all connected digital sources.… Read the full article

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Bowers & Wilkins Release New 600 Series

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

Bowers & Wilkins, the British audio brand, has introduced the sixth iteration of its 600 Series speakers.   

The Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series range has won many awards for value and performance. Now, Bowers & Wilkins is launching a new range composed of four speakers and matching subwoofers that feature several improvements from their predecessors.

“The 600 Series is the perfect entry point into the Bowers & Wilkins high-fidelity audio experience,” said Richard Campbell, Chief Revenue Officer at Bowers & Wilkins.

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Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 DAC/Headphone Amp EISA DAC 2018/19 Award

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , |

Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 DAC/Headphone Amp EISA DAC 2018/19 Award

Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amplifier has won Europe’s most prestigious DAC award: EISA DAC 2018/19. The award from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) reflects the pooled experience of EISA’s expert magazines in Europe, the USA, Canada, India, Hong Kong/China, Japan and Australia, and acknowledges Hugo 2 as the world’s most advanced transportable DAC.

Commenting on the definitive EISA DAC 2018/19 award, Matthew Bartlett, Chord Electronics’ Manufacturing Director said, “I’m delighted that EISA’s expert judging panel have once again recognised the technical and sonic superiority of Chord Electronics’ DAC designs.

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PMC UK Introduces The Bryston SP4 Surround Processor

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , |

PMC, Bryston’s UK distributor is introducing the SP4 surround processor to the UK high-end home cinema market.

The SP4 is a 16-channel processor that comes with 16 assignable XLR outputs and two additional dedicated downmix outputs. It is expandable to a 32-channel system via a set of 16 optional RCA sockets, enabling the SP4 to run two parallel 16 channel systems, for the ultimate in home cinema experiences. Its Dolby Atmos®, Auro-3D® and DTS:X TM capabilities sit alongside conventional surround formats, providing maximum flexibility in set up and a truly immersive cinematic experience. … Read the full article

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Black Rhodium Launches New 75 Ohm Digital Cable Range

By | August 10th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , |

British cable manufacturer, Black Rhodium, has launched a new range of 75 Ohm digital cables.

Adagio is a 75 Ohm cable designed for digital audio that, though it looks very different, has a technical specification is identical to a cable Black Rhodium manufactured over 15 years ago. Allegretto is a 75 Ohm cable designed for digital audio based on the Allegro cable. Design upgrades include additional tightly braided RFI screen and a higher mass Vibration Stabiliser.

Legato is a 75 Ohm cable designed for digital audio based on the use of RFI screening layers to minimise distortion of the audio signal.

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New Hifi Shop HifiPilot UK Opens

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , |

HifiPilot is a brand new collaboration between two audio companies, IOTAVX from Middlesbrough (UK) and XTZ from Torup (Sweden).

Both brands operate as direct sales companies and have formed a collaboration in the UK under the name HifiPilot UK. IOTAVX, who were founded in Middlesbrough, specialise in audio and AV electronics and the Swedish brand XTZ in loudspeakers and subwoofers for audio and AV set ups.

HifiPilot UK is an online site but there is also a showroom in Middlesbrough so that customers can listen before they buy.

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Festival Of Sound 2018 Update – Beth Nielsen Chapman, Ken Ishiwata And More!

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

Beth Nielsen Chapman, a 2016 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a twice Grammy-nominated sing-songwriter, is the newest addition to the ever-growing roster of high profile artists appearing at Festival of Sound, the Music and Audio Show (28-30 September 2018). 

Taking to the stage on the evening of Saturday 29 September, Beth Nielsen Chapman will be showcasing her latest album ‘Heart of Glass’ as well as a selection of songs from her back catalogue of 12 albums and songs she has written for other artists including Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Indigo Girls, and Faith Hill’s Mega-hit This Kiss.… Read the full article

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