Amazon Music HD Service Launches! Perhaps you’ve seen or read one of the numerous articles announcing the new Amazon HD Music streaming service. The headline on the BBC News website reads “Amazon launches HD music streaming” and follows that with […]
And here it is, the Munich High-End rumours made real: Amazon Music has today announced the immediate availability of CD-quality streaming from its 50 million-strong song library via a new ‘HD’ subscription tier: US$14.99/month, discounted by US$2/month for Amazon Prime subscribers.
A small percentage of this same lossless library will be made available as natively streamed hi-res audio – 24bits and sample rates up to 192kHz – and without the help of MQA. Amazon is calling this content ‘Ultra HD’.
With an existing subscriber base of around 30 million users, Amazon Music is one third the size of Spotify but dwarfs all three streaming services that offer lossless tiers: Deezer (7 million subscribers); Tidal (3 million subscribers); Qobuz (0.2 million subscribers).… Read the full article
To hear Andrew Jones recount the starting of Elac’s American operation and foray into affordable speakers, it’s like listening to the character Quint from the movie Jaws (1975) tell us all about his battle scars.
The Debut series started out as Andrew Jones’ project to continue doing what he had done for Pioneer, but now under the Elac label. After some time, and great success, it was time to revise the Debut series ever so slightly to 2.0 status, and add twenty dollars to the MSRP.… Read the full article
Rega has not stopped innovating. The British turntable specialist has launched its latest flagship model, the Planar 10 styled like its recently-launched sibling, the Planar 8.
Unlike the RP10, the Planar 10 does not have a two-in-one plinth. It features only a skeletal plinth which has been reduced in size even more. It also has – like the Planar 8 – a futuristic piece of acrylic to act as dust cover.… Read the full article
ODDLAUG is the typically oblique name given to a new IKEA product that might prove to be of as much utility to audiophiles running loudspeaker systems as the KALLAX storage unit is to vinyl collectors.
ODDLAUG are interlocking sound absorbers that the Swedish furniture company claims “absorbs annoying sounds from chitter-chatter, the clattering of pots and pans in the kitchen or the action picture on TV”. We ask: could they also be deployed to tame a loudspeaker’s first reflections that would otherwise bounce off a hard wall or window?… Read the full article
By Lam Seng Fatt
Marketing Director of Nagra Audio, Matthieu Latour, flew in from Switzerland yesterday to launch the Nagra HD-DacX and Tube DAC in Perfect Hi-Fi”s showroom in Wisma MPL, Kuala Lumpur.
From the outset it has to be mentioned that these are really high-end DACs and they can take on some of the best and more expensive DACs in the market.… Read the full article
Thursday night at Rocky Mountain Audiofest held a special surprise for a few select members of the audiophile press. Lucky for us, we were pulled into a off-site meeting to see (and be one of the first to hear) a new range of budget-oriented loudspeakers from hifi favorite Focal.
Even though the line starts at a meager (at least for audiophiles) $800/pair for the Chora 806 standmounts, the loudspeakers are still constructed in facilities in Focal’s home of France. The media presentation we heard emphasized the new driver tech and the tooling, assembling, machining and home grown expertise associated with them.… Read the full article
By Dick Tan
At a recent launch in Kuala Lumpur Epson Malaysia, helmed by its Managing Director, Daisuke Hori introduced what it said is the world’s smallest home theatre projector, the EF-100.
Though compact the EF-100, which is available in either white or a combination black and bronze appears not to have sacrificed much in the way of performance.
The most outstanding feature of the EF-100 is its laser powered systems which negates the use of traditional lamps and offers up to 20,000 hours with essentially no loss of light output.… Read the full article
Sonos has today announced the imminent availability of a new multi-room network streamer, the Port. It will replace the Connect that has been in play for over a decade and was many an audiophile’s first experience with streaming from a server at home and, later, from the cloud.
The Port switches the case from white to matte black and to a lower, wider profile to bring the new model into line with the Sonos Amp. ‘Round back we note the following connections: Ethernet in and out; a pair of RCA inputs for streaming analogue sources to other Sonos devices; a pair of RCA outputs for connection to an amplifier or pair of powered loudspeakers; and only ONE digital output — coaxial.… Read the full article