CHORD ELECTRONICS: DAVE the DAC

They say …… DAVE (Digital to Analogue Veritas in Extremis) is Chord Electronics’ most advanced DAC to date. It features a digital preamplifier and a headphone amp – and it goes on sale this autumn for £7995. Instead of traditional off-the-shelf solutions, Chord tends to use an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) in its high-end DACS […]

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CHORD ELECTRONICS: SPM 1050 power amplifier reaches Mk.II: including many improvements

Paul Rigby writes ….. Chord Electronics’ new SPM 1050 Mk.II power amplifier, first unveiled at High End 2016, Munich, is now available worldwide. The new Mk.II version directly replaces the original. The latest-spec Mk.II model offers enhanced isolation on the mains transformer and, in keeping with the original, low-distortion amplifier circuitry and features four proprietary […]

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CHORD ELECTRONICS: To preview HUGO TT partnering amplifier, TTOBY, plus new SPM1050MKII power amp at HIGH-END 2016, MUNICH

They tell us ….. The TToby is an exciting new desktop stereo power amplifier designed to complement the Hugo TT DAC and take advantage of its high-quality digital preamp functionality. The TToby has been created using the same form factor as the Hugo TT and its introduction enables desktop audio lovers to create a high-performance […]

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LEEMA ACOUSTICS: They have reworked their famous Pulse amplifier for 2017

They tell us ….. Leema Acoustics has reworked its famous Pulse amplifier for 2017, dramatically improving performance and adding new contemporary features, including a high-quality phono stage, aptX Bluetooth, plus a 32-bit/384kHz DSD-capable DAC, (£2,295) Leema Acoustics has relaunched one of its best-loved amplifiers, the Pulse, for 2017. Led by its ex-BBC engineering team, the […]

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CHORD COMPANY MAKES ITS HIGH END SHOW DEBUT New Taylon®-technology Sarum T and ChordMusic presentations lead Chord’s show debut (Atrium 4.2, F215)

We are told: The UK’s leading high-performance A/V cable manufacturer, The Chord Company, will be demonstrating the benefits of its proprietary ARAY construction and its ground-breaking Taylon® insulation technology, at High End, Munich. The company, which has been painstakingly designing and hand-building superior audio cables in Britain for more than 30 years, will be offering […]

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MCINTOSH: MP100, the first dedicated phono preamplifier from the legendary US brand

They say ….. First unveiled in the summer of 2016, McIntosh’s new MP100 phono preamplifier, its first ever dedicated phono stage, has arrived in the UK in time for the holiday season. The new MP100 has been designed to get the best from vinyl collections new and old, by bringing classic McIntosh design qualities to […]

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CHORD COMPANY: Their first ever headphone cable!

They tell us….. For the first time in over 30 years, The Chord Company has applied its cable-building expertise to a headphone cable. The new ShawCan, which will make its debut at October’s headroom show is a thoroughbred Chord cable and features the company’s unique Tuned ARAY conductor technology. The Chord Company’s ShawCan features high-quality […]

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LEEMA ACOUSTICS: Tucana II Anniversary Edition integrated

They say ….. The award-winning classic Leema amp gets comprehensive updates for 2016 from Leema’s Lee Taylor. This £4,995 powerhouse has audiophile everything: upgraded printed circuit boards with twice the amount of copper, caps upgraded to Nichicon’s high-quality audio-grade MUSE Series and PCB-to-speaker-terminal wiring using Leema’s new Reference 2 cable. All transistors are hand-selected and […]

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CHORD ELECTRONICS: TToby power amp for the Hugo TT

They tell us ….. The new TToby is a ruggedly designed 100-watt ultra-high-quality stereo power amplifier and has been designed to complement the award-winning Hugo TT DAC/headphone amplifier The TToby sets new standards for small amplifiers and takes full advantage of Chord Electronics’ twenty-five-year amplifier design and manufacturing experience across both consumer and professional applications. […]

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LEEMA ACOUSTICS: Quasar streaming amp/DAC

They say ….. Now production-ready, the £2,995 Quasar is a full DLNA/UPNP streaming integrated with 24-bit/192kHz DAC and app control. Support for vTuner internet radio, Deezer, Spotify Connect and Tidal. Quasar’s dual-mono output section provides around 200 watts RMS per channel and its Quattro-infinity DAC topology (as seen in the flagship Libra DAC) enables faithful […]

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LEEMA ACOUSTICS: Quasar streaming amp/DAC

They say ….. Now production-ready, the £2,995 Quasar is a full DLNA/UPNP streaming integrated with 24-bit/192kHz DAC and app control. Support for vTuner internet radio, Deezer, Spotify Connect and Tidal. Quasar’s dual-mono output section provides around 200 watts RMS per channel and its Quattro-infinity DAC topology (as seen in the flagship Libra DAC) enables faithful […]

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McINTOSH: Their feature-packed MX122 processor is set to arrive in the UK

They say: McIntosh Laboratory’s new feature-packed MX122 processor, which debuted at CES 2016, will soon be available in the UK via McIntosh’s UK distributor Jordan Acoustics. The new MX122 brings the legendary McIntosh sound and build quality to home cinema connoisseurs for just £6,995 and is the latest way to enjoy McIntosh’s exclusive A/V technology, […]

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LEEMA ACOUSTICS: Their LibraPreamplifier-DAC

  They say ….. Designed and built by Lee Taylor and Mallory Nicholls (Leema), Libra’s simple-yet-elegant looks conceal a staggering array of class-leading technologies. The new Libra crystallizes Leema’s decades of experience in digital audio for professional studios worldwide. The new high-resolution DAC/preamp is thoughtfully future-proof, too. It contains Leema Acoustics’ new fully balanced Quattro […]

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McINTOSH: The RS100 wireless speaker allows you to easily add streaming music capabilities to any room you want.

  They say ….. The RS100 wireless speaker allows you to easily add streaming music capabilities to any room you want. It features DTS Play-Fi® technology that gives the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly play the music on your mobile devices over your existing Wi-Fi network. Simply connect the RS100 to your Wi-Fi network, install […]

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LEEMA ACOUSTICS: Sirius- their new hi-fi-grade music server

They say ….. The new Sirius is a hi-fi-grade streaming music server system that provides a high-performance solution for the storage and playback of digital music. Developed in partnership with Innuos, Leema’s ex-BBC engineers have combined audiophile performance with the convenience of a UPNP/DNLA-compatible music server. Sirius is the latest edition to Leema’s flagship Constellation […]

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McINTOSH: Their C1100 Pre

They tell us ….. McIntosh has launched a two-chassis preamplifier, allowing the control and power sections to remain completely separate from the audio section. The C1100 comprises the C1100 controller and the C1100 vacuum tube preamplifier. Inside each chassis, the left and right channels are electrically and mechanically isolated from each other, to allow true […]

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McINTOSH: C47 12-input digital pre-amp

They say ….. McIntosh Laboratory’s C47, a 12-input solid-state digital pre-amp. It offers a built-in phono stage for the direct connection of turntables, a headphone stage with McIntosh’s proprietary Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) plus four digital inputs. It’s compatible with the latest audio formats via its USB input, including DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 along with […]

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CHORD COMPANY: Their Chord Clearway low cost speaker cable

The Chord Company’s low-cost speaker cable that replaces the Carnival SilverScreen. It borrows key ideas from recent development projects and uses FEP: a derivative of PTFE with very similar performance characteristics. The FEP-insulated conductors are built from multi-strand oxygen-free copper and are arranged in a twisted-pair configuration to reduce interference. The two conductors are then […]

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CHORD COMPANY: Sarum Super Aray

They tell us: The Chord Company has launched the Sarum Super ARAY, part of The Chord Company’s new flagship Sarum Super ARAY range. The new RCA interconnect cable uses micro-polished silver-plated conductors, with a gas-foamed PTFE dielectric and high-density foil and braid combination shielding. Key improvements include the proprietary Super ARAY technology and a new […]

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McINTOSH: Their MX 122 A/V processor

They say: The MX122 A/V Processor can serve as the brain center for an advanced home theater system for years to come. It features many of the latest breakthroughs in surround sound and object-based 3D audio such as Dolby® Atmos, and will be upgradable to support DTS:X™ and Auro-3D®. Besides 3D audio, existing formats like […]

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McINTOSH: MB50 media streamers

They say ….. Transform your home audio system into a wireless audio system with the MB50 Streaming Audio Player. The MB50 features DTS Play-Fi® technology to give you the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly play your music at home anyway you want over your existing Wi-Fi network. While utilizing DTS Play-Fi streaming capabilities, the MB50 […]

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