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McIntosh XRT1.1K Loudspeaker Launched | Announcement

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

I’ve heard the McIntosh line array loudspeakers in a variety of scenarios, and the only thing I can say is that they’re impressive as all hell.

The new offering is the XRT1.1K, which is the slightly scaled-down version of the monster XRT2.1K — that is, it’s a dream speaker might actually fit in your actual home instead of just your dream home.

Pricing is set at $60,000 and availability is immediate.

Get thee to a dealer to get your ears on!… Read the full article

Big sky sound from Neat’s compact Iota Xplorer

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Little bro just got a bigger bro, for to kick the sand back at the sceptics.

Say what? Well according to Doug Graham, Sales Director at Neat Acoustics, the little Iota Alpha floorstanders were too small and weedy to be taken seriously…by some audiophiles. Novelty value, not real speakers. Never mind that they were seeded by the acclaimed original Iota, a diminutive shelf/desktop speaker with planar magnetic tweeter and optimised to work close to a wall. I heard the Iota first – king of where’s-the-sub – at a Manchester show.… Read the full article

Schiit Audio Teases An Amplifier Named Aegir – RMAF 2018

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Like other some other audio show appearances, Schiit Audio pulled up residence in both the headphone area and in a two channel room at RMAF this year. The company recently broke party lines and returned to their roots with the release of a full-fledged loudspeaker pres and a mono/stereo power amp separates. Still hot off the R & D bench, the Vidar amps ($699) push 400 watts of Class AB in mono mode, and make a great pairing with the Schiit’s balanced tube pre Freya, also priced at $699.… Read the full article

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Wyred 4 Sound – RMAF 2018

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

EJ Sarmento had a trick up his sleeve for the Rocky Mountain Audiofest this year. Known primarily for his highly lauded work with DACs, streamers and amplification this year’s elaborate package of new audiophile releases included a pair of loudspeakers called Tempus ($9k). The new transducers is the first official category release for the west coast company, and at the show definitely lived up to the reputation that EJ has already established as a value-driven hifi establishment.

On top of the new Tempest, we found four other new products at the show starting with the Aura Pre ($3k) into dual Aura 1200M monos ($2k each).… Read the full article

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Amphion Bridges The Gap Between HiFi and Pro Loudspeakers – RMAF 2018

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There are a few companies from the other side of the valley that share that common love of music and music production with the high fidelity world. I was introduced to Amphion Loudspeakers at Rocky Mountain Audiofest this year and the experience makes me wish more companies would make that leap.

The Amphion’s product range is deep, with home products squarely targeted for consumption and a separate monitor vertical keyed into production. For the home, the offerings are broken out into Helium and Argon lines with the 3-way Krypton3 floor stander topping out the range at $18.6k, which was just being tapped at the time I walked into the room Sunday morning.… 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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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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Klipsch Reference Series Now In UK

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

Henley Audio say are delighted to announce the UK debut of Klipsch’s new Reference™ Series speakers.  With a range made up of 13 models – including Dolby Atmos®-enabled components, subwoofers and active monitor speakers – the new, sixth generation, Reference Series (also called Reference Base in different territories) boasts cosmetic and material upgrades over the previous range. 

Designed at Klipsch’s HQ in Indianapolis, new Reference Series speakers feature the company’s proprietary horn-loaded technology and spun-copper IMG woofers.

Product manager for Klipsch, Kerry Geist, says of the new range: “The new Reference series speakers combine modern materials and technology to create an unforgettable, unrivalled music and movie listening experience at these price points.”

The Reference Series speakers benefit from larger, proprietary Tractrix® horns for high frequencies.… Read the full article

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AudioSolutions Distribution at Connaisseur-AV

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

Connaisseur-AV have been in touch with Hifi Pig to tell us about their new distribution deal with  the Lithuanian brand AudioSolutions for the following markets: Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

 Owned and founded in 2011 by the speaker engineer Gediminas Gaidelis, AudioSolutions speakers are produced and manufactured in Vilnius, Lithuania. The first line of the AudioSolutions range is called Overture. This line is specially designed to be a series of cost effective speakers with a classic design.

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Wilson Audio Tunetot gets newborn pictures

By | May 17th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

Wilson Audio gave birth to its newest family member, the TuneTot loudspeaker on May 10th.  We couldn’t wait to pay this beautiful baby a visit, so 24 hours after birth we made a trip to Definitive Audio in Seattle to give them a peak.  Always exciting to see a product announcement is in sync with actual availability.

Sharing some newborn pictures…

In the nursery:

Up close…

Head, shoulders, knees and toes…

Rocking a high chair…

Wrapped up in a blanket…

Look forward to hearing more. 

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