Swing and Playmate. Channelling the ghost of Hugh Hefner, Melbourne’s Burson Audio’s have announced two new models: the respectively-named digital pre-amplifier (US$399) and 2-watt headphone amplifier w/DAC (US$399).
The Swing sports a line-level output to run as a DAC and variable gain RCA outputs for pre-amplifier duties. Inside, a sextet of Burson’s ‘Maximum Current Power Supplies’ (MCPS) each juice six different stages of the DAC.
However, with its headphone output occupying more internal real estate, the Playmate gets one less MCPS and a single set of variable gain RCAs.… Read the full article
Just in time for the holidays, McIntosh is releasing a 70th anniversary collectors edition of the MC2152 amplifier and C70 Pre. 70 years is a long time to keep on truckin’ in this business, and fans of the brand will no doubt be excited. All units offer special badging and unique external design. Matching pairs can be purchased as a system with collaborative serial numbers and include a commemorative book of Mcintosh history.
70 pairs of the commemorative system will be produced, and McIntosh is donating $1k to a charity for each system sold.… Read the full article
Prefer your amplification big n ballsy? Introducing a revision of the first stereo power amplifier from Florence’s Gold Note. Inside its 22kg aluminium and steel chassis, the PA-1175 MK2 sets a 640VA custom toroidal transformer to work on four ‘matched’ output transistors per channel for a fully-balanced circuit that nets 200wpc into 8 Ohms, extendable to 520wpc when bridged into mono.
According to the Italian manufacturer, a proprietary “BIAS constant current generator” ensures high-current delivery, low distortion of <0.01%THD @ 20Hz-20kHz and a slew rate – “the maximum rate at which an amplifier can respond to an abrupt change of input level” – of 20V/μs.… Read the full article
“Do you know when Qobuz is launching in the USA?” This question has landed in my inbox several times a week ever since the French music streaming service previously announced it would be formally flipping the switch on the USA in October.
And yet Qobuz’s RMAF 2018 presence was more low-key than many expected and, crucially, went without a launch or mention of ‘when’.
This week, Qobuz has announced that their Stateside debut will happen sometime in ‘early 2019’ with the following four pricing tiers:
- Sublime+: $299.99/year for full Hi-Res streaming and substantial (40-60%) discounts on purchases from the Qobuz Hi-Res (up to 24-bit / 192kHz) download store
- Studio: $24.99/month for unlimited Hi-Res (24-bit /up to 192kHz) streaming ($249.99 annually)
- Hi-Fi: $19.99/month for streaming including 16-bit CD quality streaming ($199.9 annually)
- Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3 quality streaming ($99.99 annually)
For hi-res fans, the devil is in the details.… Read the full article
Dan Clark of MrSpeakers is one of the hardest working guys in all of personal audio. When we first started this website, Dan was at nearly every single meet, show and audio get-together in the US. Back then he was only working with his modded Fostex T50RP headphone, which quickly evolved into a 3D-printed cup and then into drivers of his own design.
Now Dan has a full blown operation running out of San Diego and is in his second iteration of the popular Either Flow planar magnetic headphone, as well as moving into original designs within the electrostatic realm.… Read the full article
The Popular Mini Monitor Reimagined
by Venoth Nair
KEF has enjoyed amazing success with its LS 50 mini monitors garnering rave review and numerous awards for its superior sound and slick good looks. The speaker has shown its ability to blend into any environment and integrates seamlessly with any kind of system delivering fantastic performance consistently. In light of its success KEF has since launched different variants of the mini monitor with either new aesthetics or upgraded internals to be applied in different applications.… Read the full article
No Atmos Required
by Dick Tan
Are you contemplating upgrading to the latest in Dolby Atmos surround systems but abhor the idea of enduring the work required to mount the additional speakers required to achieve the much sought after overhead Atmos sensation?
You may then want to consider Klipsch’s floor standing RP-8060FA speaker system that comes with a built-in Atmos surround speaker loaded at the top panel.
In typical Klipsch style the RP-8060FA is a large floor stand speaker measuring approximately 43″ x 10.9″ x 20″.… Read the full article
An Italian Job
by Dick Tan
Perfect Hi-Fi, in conjunction with the recent official opening of its new showroom at the OIO Mall took the occasion to simultaneously launch its new Sonus Faber Sonetto range of speaker system.
The new 8 model strong Sonetto range, according to Andy Tan of Perfect Hi-Fi is the latest, perfect manifestation of Sonus Faber’s speaker technological innovations combined with the unmatched level of craftsmanship that the Italians are now famous for.… Read the full article
As the world’s number one DLP projector brand, BenQ is the top 4K projector brand in Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East in three consecutive quarters of 2018 with a massive 36% of market share.
In a press statement, BenQ said in Japan, India, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, BenQ also ranked No. 1 in the 4K projector segment in the same period.
Thanks to BenQ’s good product quality and unique Cinematic Color technology that offers long-lasting accurate colours and authentic cinema performance, BenQ achieved a historic market share of 53% in the 4K projector segment in Japan and has become the most popular 4K projector brand across the Asia Pacific region.… Read the full article