ONKYO: Iron Maiden Headphones

Metal legends Iron Maiden and Onkyo have revealed the name of their new on-ear headphone collaboration: Ed-Ph0n3s. Earlier this year a visual mock-up of the headphones was displayed on Maiden’s iconic mascot ‘Eddie’, at CES in Las Vegas. In the intervening months, Onkyo has worked with group founder member and bassist, Steve Harris to fine-tune […]

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SPOTIFY: Today’s office playlist – CSNY, Mozart, The Godfathers, QMS, Bach, Roy Budd, Christine Collister, Elvis …. and more

These are the tracks – picked by Howard – on random rotation throughout the day here: CSNY / Carry On (the studio version) The Godfathers / ‘Cause I Said So (live version) Quicksilver Messenger Service / Mona (Live off ‘Happy Trails’) Bach / Goldberg Variations; Glenn Gould (The 1981 recording) Roy Budd / Main theme; […]

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UA1 Hi-Res USB DAC

They say: AR UA1 Compact Portable Hi-Res USB DAC – £399.99 inc VAT There are many DACs out there. The UA1 is notable for exceptional sound & build quality and the remarkable power of the built-in headphone amplifier. Includes JRiver Media Centre Mac & Windows UK is World Launch market for Acoustic Research UA1 Hi-Res […]

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McINTOSH: MA150 – a luxury headphone amplifier

Paul Rigby writes ….. The new MHA150 is handcrafted in McIntosh’s Binghamton (NY) factory and uses a second-generation DAC, capable of supporting DSD and DXD files Containing McIntosh’s proprietary Autoformer technology, it has been adapted to produce three headphone impedance ranges, so that any connected headphone can be supported while additional 50W speaker outputs allow […]

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MARSHALL: First phone by amp-maker is made for music junkies

They say: Marshall’s first foray into the smartphone world won’t have Apple and Samsung sweating their stake in the market. But the guitar-amp company’s first mobile device does come with a few unique features that could show up in future iterations of the iPhone and Galaxy lineup. The new Marshall London is an Android Lollipop […]

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MONITOR AUDIO: Airstream S150

This multi-zone, Bluetooth 4.0 speaker, featuring aptX, is constructed from a mineral-filled polymer holding four drivers, comprising a proprietary gold dome C-CAM tweeter flanked on angled baffles by dual 76mm-CAM metal cone bass drivers and augmented by a rear-firing Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR). The C-CAM drivers are powered directly by class-D amplifiers, generating 40W in […]

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EFFEQT–PREMIUM: Lifestyle speakers from Germany

They say ….. The new “effeqt” series speakers from Ceratec of Germany are housed in sleek aluminum enclosures available in silver, black, white, or any RAL color by special order.  The MK III Tower on its glass pedestal sells for $1499 a pair in the floor standing configuration. The center channel model CS on a […]

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Van den Hul: The Mainsstream Hybrid (Halogen Free)

They write: The MAINSSTREAM HYBRID is our new special quality heavy power cable. The MAINSSTREAM HYBRID has been specially designed bearing uncompromised mains power distribution to high-end audio, video and professional equipment in mind and is able to deliver a virtually unlimited stream of low noise mains power. The MAINSSTREAM HYBRID features: A unique embedded […]

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McINTOSH: Massive savings on their new turntable

They say ….. For a limited time, you can save $1,000 on an MT5 and $1,500 on an MT10 turntable. McIntosh turntables combine our classic design with modern styling elements, creating a unique piece to add to your stereo system. The MT5 and MT10 turntables are designed and engineered by the same team responsible for […]

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McINTOSH: Music stream

They say ….. Handcrafted in America since 1949, McIntosh is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic “McIntosh Blue” Watt Meters globally recognized as a symbol […]

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MURAUDIO: The sweet spot just got bigger

Here’s what they told us: “The sweet spot is a place where a combination of factors result in a maximum response for a given amount of effort.” – Wikipedia At Muraudio, we love this definition and how it relates to high-end audio. The “combination of factors” can be equated to our electronics, cables, speakers and […]

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CONRAD JOHNSON: MF 2275 Amplifier – observations

TONEAudio write: Wrapped in the same champagne front panel that every CJ component has come since their inception, the MF 2275 is a compact, solid state amplifier. As company founder Lew Johnson assured me at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, “Yes, we make excellent solid-state amplifiers too.” More HERE

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SONUS fABER: Il Cremonese – press release

They tell us: A no-compromise, high end loudspeaker joined the most iconic family in the Sonus faber catalogue, the Homage Collection. Sonus faber Il Cremonese: a loudspeaker paying homage to both history and innovation. At the end of a busy year full of new products and exciting news, Sonus faber proudly introduces Il Cremonese, the […]

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GRAHAM AUDIO: Their BBC licensed LS5/8 Grade One monitor speaker.

Designed in conjunction with Derek Hughes and Volt loudspeakers, the two way passive loudspeaker features a bespoke 12” bass/mid unit and Audax tweeter matched to a handcrafted crossover built by Derek Hughes. The project was conceived to reintroduce the BBC design as a follow on from the Graham Audio LS5/9 monitor speaker. The LS5/8 was […]

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NAGRA: HD DAC

They say: Conversion The HD DAC is designed to convert a digital signal to analog with total integrity, without introducing the slightest impurity or coloration to the original sound. This objective has been achieved with perfection, and sound has never reached such a true level of definition. The effort put into the design and exactitude […]

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PIONEER: PL-30-K turntable

Steve Guttenberg ….. Pioneer has been making turntables for ages, and this model, the PL-30-K is a strong budget-priced contender. The ongoing surge in LP sales shows no signs of slowing down, but not everybody gets “it” — they don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Why has this ancient format not only stuck […]

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McINTOSH: MXA70 a “Deeply Desirable System”

The MXA70 Integrated Audio System features a compact yet fully functional 50 watt stereo amplifier and a pair of specially designed 2-way desktop speakers. The speakers are finished in a luxurious, high gloss piano black, and achieve an unusually rich and full sized level of performance for their size. Six inputs provide you the flexibility […]

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DS AUDIO: World’s first optical phono cartridges now in the UK

They say ….. Audiophiles of a certain age may recall a brief appearance of ‘the legendary optical cartridge’ in Japan back in the 1960s. Initially developed to great acclaim and lauded for its high fidelity, sadly this early attempt at an optical cartridge disappeared as quickly as it arrived. Having emerged ‘before its time’, the […]

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MARSHALL HANWELL: An ‘iPod’ speaker on steroids

Steve Guttenberg writes: Let’s face it, itsy-bitsy or even large tabletop Bluetooth speakers can’t rock out, but the 23-pound Marshall Hanwell speaker delivers the goods. Regular readers of this blog may have noticed I’m not a big fan of any type of wireless speaker, and more specifically I have no love for Bluetooth or AirPlay […]

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