Monthly Archives: May 2012

B.M.C. Audio will be introducing a new and upgraded edition of its Arcadia Speakers at the T.H.E. SHOW in Newport Beach, June 1 to 3rd, 2012.  This new edition, to be shown, includes enhancements and performance improvements, over an early version shown at 2012 CES.

The floorstanding Arcadias include a few unusual and notable features such as: balanced drivers with Honeycomb-Kevlar cones; an external separate-box crossover; and rigid, sealed, resonance-free cabinets made of an exclusive ceramic compound.

The Arcadia’s new features are numerous and varied, affecting its connections, wiring, internal construction and supports.  Significant among them are new professional SpeakON connectors by Neutrik between the crossover and speaker cabinets.

Also new, the crossover-to-speaker interconnects will employ very low-inductance copper cabling produced by the Ohno Continuous Casting process. OCC wire is designed to achieve 99.9998% purity, making it the highest-grade copper available outside the military.  The crossover, itself, has been redesigned with more hand wiring and a layout yielding less track impedance.

The woofer inductors no longer use round wire but rectangular, very pure copper wire, which make them denser and able to deliver better bass. Solid rectangular cores have also been applied to the Arcadia’s internal wiring.

The midrange drivers have seen an increase in their magnetic power for better upper midrange resolution. In addition, a change in the magnets’ construction has improved the movement of the drivers’ air stream.

Inside the speaker cabinets, engineers have raised the vertical acoustical center slightly upward to further improve the soundstage. Finally, the cabinets have acquired spikes screwed directly into their bases for better grounding.

Apart from these refinements, the Arcadias still retain the qualities that made their initial reception so enthusiastic. The cabinets are tall and slim with a series of thin raised panels that emphasize their graceful vertical lines. There are two 11-inch woofers, one on each side; four 5-inch midrange drivers, two each on the front and rear; and dual Air Motion transformer tweeters. All the drivers are balanced, enhancing the Arcadia’s projection of depth, especially at the sides of the soundstage. The system is also bi-polar, further improving the soundstage’s impression of depth.

Each cabinet stands 47.2 inches high by 20.4 inches wide by 11.2 inches deep and, despite relatively compact dimensions, weighs 250 pounds.

The upgraded Arcadia Speaker is currently available in satin or piano black and pearl-white finishes at MSRP of: $36,300 U.S. / pair.

Look for more details on these speakers at: www.bmc-audio.com. B.M.C. products are distributed in Canada by www.audionation.ca.

 

Eddie Current, LLC, a high-end audio company specializing in hand-crafted vacuum tube headphone amps and related gear, has just announced that they will be debuting two new products at the upcoming T.H.E. Show Newport Beach in June 1-3 2012.

Eddie Current Electra: is an all-tube electrostatic headphone amplifier that has been designed electrostatic headphones. The new amp was designed with the objective of producing a lively and dynamic sound-stage. It has balanced inputs/outputs, accepts single ended inputs, and offers adjustable bias. The Electra comes with 4-6SN7s and 4-6L6GC’s tubes.

Eddie Current Super 7: is a new entry level headphone amplifier that is just going into production. The Super 7 drives both balanced headphones and speakers with a smaller footprint (15.5” x 9.5” x 5.5”) than most amps with comparable power. Utilizing 6SN7 tubes, the Super 7 has been designed to provide a superb soundstage. The Super 7 can currently be ordered at a base MSRP of: $1650.00 U.S. plus shipping , with a tube package costing an additional $175.00 U.S. and a 120V AC line cord for and additional $5.00 U.S.

Product and ordering details on Eddie Current’s audio products are made available online at: www.eddiecurrent.com.

The audio you hear from your home entertainment system is essentially the incoming electricity itself, and the typically violent storms riding the AC line and its ground is very detrimental to the performance of your components.

The Flow-15 is a superbly engineered and finished inline power filtering unit that eliminates many common problems caused by contaminated electrical power lines. It protects against distortion caused by ground noise, voltage spikes and sags, high frequency power supply noise from other components in your own system, and finally high-frequency digital noise emanating from processors and digital interconnects.

Plus you’re never alone when you take your listening seat; the residential AC supply is shared with other apartments, homes, and businesses on the same utility transformer explaining why many enthusiasts find their systems perform to a higher standard late at night and over weekends.

And while the Flow-15 is a star performer at eliminating common AC problems, it does it all without restricting current draw in any way. Furutech, known for its world-class Pure Transmission engineering, build and finish, have done the tests and the Flow-15 does not interfere with current draw. The AC-1001G EMI-filtering IEC input perfectly complements the remarkably effective Flow-15’s ability to eliminate distortion. The FI-15EG IEC connector finishes off the package.

The Flow-15 Inline AC Filter lowers noise on every component on which it’s used resulting in very natural and extremely fine resolution down and through the utterly silent noise floor. It improves soundstaging and imaging while creating nuanced high frequencies, an attractive, engaging midrange, tight and controlled bass, with power and dynamics to spare.

For more info, please visit www.furutech.com or Canadian distributor website www.audiyo.com.

NuForce, Inc., has just announced its all-new Cube mobile speaker with integrated USB DAC and headphone amplifier – a triple threat, as it were.  Just 2 inches tall, it provides the compactness for easy portability. 

Speaker: NuForce claims that the new Cube incorporates a high-quality driver and electronics that will produce high-quality sound in the areas of sonic detail, depth and dimension.

USB DAC: The Cube’s USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) will allow the user to bypass their computer’s internal DAC, which promises improvements in sound quality.

Headphone Amp: The Cube’s has an integrated optimized headphone amplification circuit that is claimed to have the power to handle even difficult to drive headphones, which providing clarity and detail.

Product Specs:
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Battery
Operation Time: 8 hours
Dimension: 58.5mm x 58.5mm x 60.0mm
Available Colors: Black, Silver, Red, Blue
Included Accessories: 3.5mm stereo cable 0.6M, USB Cable 0.7M, soft carrying pouch

The NuForce Cube is available now for $119 U.S. Look for more details at: www.nuforce.com.

Audience is set to debut their new Mark II top of the line ClairAudient 16+16 loudspeaker, at the upcoming 2012 T.H.E. Show: Newport in California (June 1 – 3). The Mark II is a substantial upgrade of the former 16+16, adding eight 6 x 9-inch custom passive radiators in a one-way, bi-pole loudspeaker. The Mark II will have a response of 30vHz to 22 kHz vs. the former 16+16 that was flat down to only 80Hz., thus eliminating the need for a subwoofer..

The upgraded ClairAudient 16+16 loudspeaker is a unique bi-pole (front and rear radiating) one-way line source design that incorporates the company’s second-generation proprietary full-range A3-S2 drivers and 6 x 9 inch cast aluminum-frame passive radiators that are custom designed to work specifically with Audience ClairAudient loudspeakers. Audience claims this new design offers a combination of ultra high resolution, coherency, ultra wide dynamics, tonal accuracy and precise imaging.

Measuring 15 inches wide by 12 inches deep by six feet tall and incorporating 32 A3-S2 drivers per channel, the ClairAudient 16+16 is graceful and elegant in appearance, and is available in a choice of exotic wood finishes. The ClairAudient 16+16 Mark II is designed, engineered and handcrafted in the United States.

Audience loudspeakers are based on unique SSIT SweetSpace TM Imaging Technology that offers an optional expanded listening area set-up configuration. The Audience A3-S2 drivers feature a large, patented neodymium-magnet motor structure, an exclusive rigid/lightweight anodized aluminum-magnesium alloy cone material with a curvilinear shape and a concave dust cap designed to control high-frequency cone breakup and provide optimum dispersion. The 3-inch driver, in combination with the speaker’s passive radiators, delivers unusually flat frequency response without crossovers and other compromises of conventional woofer/midrange/tweeter/crossover complexities. The ClairAudient 16+16 is designed to convey music with extraordinary realism, impact, subtlety and the emotional involvement of a real-life performance.

The ClairAudient 16+16 Mark II will be demonstrated at T.H.E. Show: Newport as part of a complete Audience music system including the AdeptResponse aR6-TSS power conditioners, Wavemaster buffered autoformer preamplifier, Wavemaster mono-block power amplifiers, Au24e cables, powerChords and other components.

This speaker is not for everyone, with a MSRP of $72,000, it will only be available to those with substantial pocket-books. Look for more details at: www.audience-av.com.

The Nighthawk dedicated headphone amplifier is the latest release from Audio Electronics.  Audio Electronics is a product line that is designed and manufactured by Cary Audio, with the objective of delivering high-end performance products at modest price points.  

Built in the USA, the Nighthawk is an all-new design, featuring top quality parts mounted on a thick gauge fiberglass circuit board.  A power transformer, rated at three times what is required for the amplifier’s design, feeds a fully regulated discrete power supply for the best sound quality.  Operating exclusively in Class A, the Nighthawk’s front end is a monolithic high-speed FET, which then goes to a fully complementary high-speed buffered output stage for extremely high linearity and low distortion, leading to musical accuracy.  No global feedback is used.  The Nighhawk is designed to drive headphones with an impedance between 20 and 600 ohms. 

The Nighthawk Headphone Amplifier has just begun shipping in May 2012 at a MSRP of $1,195 U.S.

For more information, look to: www.caryaudio.com.

Zesto Audio is about to launch their latest product, the Leto Preamp. The Leto Preamp will debut at the upcoming T.H.E. Show Newport, high-end audio show, in Newport Beach, California, U.S.A. this June 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2012.

Zesto has described the new Leto Preamp as keeping in the same warm, musical and quiet character as their Andros Phonostage.

The Leto Preamp is claimed to use components that add nothing that could compromise the signal path with the only active components being the vacuum tubes that add a warm musical sound. The Leto uses balanced floating transformers for the inputs and outputs to maintain cleanness.

Each of the Leto Preamps will be hand made in the USA with a 50 hour factory burn in on all circuits and vacuum tubes.

Specifications:

5 Inputs: 3 single-ended and 2 balanced transformer inputs with a maximum input level of 4 Volts RMS
4 Outputs: 2 balanced transformer outputs and 2 single ended with a maximum output level of 10Volts RMS/+20dB
Independent ground lift switches on the left and right Single Ended outputs
1 set of Single Ended Cinema bypass outputs from input #1
Frequency response 10Hz to 100Khz – 1dB with 10K Ohm load
Distortion ~ 0.02% at 1V RMS input
Gain 12dB
Signal to noise ~ 100dB below operating level
Non inverting output polarity
Cross talk >90dB
Front panel adjustable balance control
Remote control volume, mute and mono
Remote bypass switch on rear panel (just in case the remote is misplaced)
1% metal film resisters throughout
Polypropylene capacitors throughout the audio path
Power consumption 27W, 0 drain when off
Voltage 110/120V AC 60Hz
Optional factory installed 240V AC 50/60Hz
Standard 3 pin IEC power connector
Recessed RCA and XLR connectors are Gold plated with an isolated ground.
Two internal high quality linear regulated power supplies, 250V and 12V
Two (2) Gold pin JJ ECC83S/12AX7 vacuum tubes
Two (2) Gold pin JJ ECC82/12AU7 vacuum tubes
High quality ceramic sockets
Dimensions 17” W X 12” D X 5” H
Weight 23 lbs.
16 gauge zinc plated steel enclosure
Isonode anti-vibration feet
Two year limited warranty
Six months warranty on Vacuum Tubes

Expected MSRP is: $7500 U.S.  For more information and complete specifications please visit www.zestoaudio.com.

Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. has just introduced its 2012 large screen television line. Mitsubishi claims to have added value to their 73-inch, 82-inch, and 92-inch DLP Home Cinema TV models, with new models including the 92-inch class and four models at 82-inch class.

Mitsubishi DLP Home Cinema TVs are powered by DLP technology, which also powered most of the digital cinemas in theaters all over the world. DLP Mirrors switch faster than other display technologies for a smoother picture with less blur. The 92-inch class DLP Home Cinema TV offers four times the viewing area of a 46-inch class.

Mitsubishi’s new 842 Series, which includes its flagship 92-inch class DLP Home Cinema TV, combine HD or 3D video and sound delivered through a massive screen and built-in 16-speaker immersive sound technology (IST). This powerful array includes center channel mode, surround preouts and variable subwoofer outputs that put viewers directly in the action of any sporting event, action movie, or video game. The 842 Series also includes models in 73-inch and 82-inch class screen sizes.

Mitsubishi will also introduce in its 2012 product line a new 75-inch class LaserVue television model, the L75-A96, the latest television in Mitsubishi’s laser TV line. The only consumer laser TV on the market, the LaserVue offers stunning Cinema Color in HD and 3D and is powered by Mitsubishi’s exclusive laser light engine. The L75-A96 is a highly energy efficient television, operating at less than 85 watts, below the 2012 Energy Star 5.3 requirement of 108 watts.

StreamTV movies and apps from Mitsubishi, available on the 742 and 842 Series, provide instant access to an extensive library of high-quality online entertainment and social media content. StreamTV, powered by VUDU TM, streams movies in HDX. The Internet-connected platform offers HD movies and television titles, 3D streaming, and over 100 different streaming applications, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and the New York Times.

As part of the 2012 product line, Mitsubishi has added enhancements to its 3D TV capabilities in the 842 Series. A new built-in Bluetooth RF transmitter, which uses new “Full HD 3D Glasses” TM format, provides a seamless and vivid 3D experience and increases the number of models and brands of 3D glasses that can be used with the TV.

This year the 742 Series adds its own 92-inch class model, which includes a Clear Contrast Screen that mitigates ambient light through a specially formulated screen material to deliver deep blacks, bright whites, and a wide range of colors in between.

Mitsubishi is debuting two new high value big screens at 82-inch class in the 642 Series and the C12 Series. The C12 Series is the most cost-efficient DLP Home Cinema TV in the line, offering consumers a large screen at an unbeatable price—perfect for consumers who want the biggest bang for their buck. The 642 Series also adds an 82-inch class model, providing an immersive HD and 3D experience at a great value.

Mitsubishi C12 Series DLP Home Cinema TV. Offers great value and high quality performance in a 73-inch or 82-inch class screen size for $1,599 U.S. and $2,599 U.S. respectively.

Mitsubishi 642 Series 3D DLP Home Cinema TV. Offers an immersive 3D experience at a great value in 73-inch or 82-inch class screen sizes for $1,599 U.S. and $2,599 U.S. respectively. Features include:

Mitsubishi 742 Series 3D DLP Home Cinema TV comes in 73-inch, 82-inch and 92-inch classes with prices of $1,799 U.S., $3,099 U.S., and $4,999 U.S. respectively.

Mitsubishi Diamond 842 3D DLP Home Cinema TV are priced at $2,199 (73-inch), $3,599 U.S. (82-inch) and $5,999 U.S. (92-inch), features include:

Mitsubishi 75-Inch LaserVue TV. The LaserVue is priced at $5,999 U.S..

For additional information on these products, please visit: www.MEVSA.com or www.Mitsubishi-tv.com.

NuForce just recently showed the DDA-100 at the High-End Show in Munich. The DDA-100 is a direct-digital integrated amplifier, with supposedly very low jitter that allows it to approach audiophile levels of performance at an affordable price.

The DDA-100 directly converts incoming digital audio data into the pulse-width-modulated signal that turns on and off the output transistors. The DDA-100 includes four digital inputs (1 x USB, 3 x S/PDIF); however, no analogue inputs, in keeping with the direct digital intent. Power output is rated at 50Wpc into 8 ohms.

The DDA-100 is expected to be released before the summer at an expected MSRP of: $499 U.S.

Look for more details on the product at: www.nuforce.com.

Sonos, Inc., a manufacturer of wireless music systems, has just introduced their new Sonos SUB. Sonos states that this new wireless subwoofer product offers “Clear, deep, all-digital sound, an incredibly simple setup, and beautiful design you’ll be proud to show off in your home.”

The Sonos SUB has been designed for easy setup. Essentially, with the Sonus SUB plugged in to a wall outlet, a press of a button and some simple prompts on a Sonus controller and the SUB will wirelessly connect with other Sonos components.

Sonos claims that whether the SUB is standing up or lying down, its unique design and smart wireless signal will allow it to perform without any loss in sound or performance.

And just like every other Sonos component, you can control the SUB from your computer, smartphone or tablet. All you have to do is download the free Sonos Controller apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC.

The SUB works with all Sonos amplified components: CONNECT:AMP/ZonePlayer 120/ZonePlayer 100; PLAY:5; PLAY:3. It does not work with the non-amplified Sonos CONNECT/ZP90/ZP80.

Features:
- Twin force-cancelling speakers positioned face-to-face for vibration reduction
- All filter settings, active equalization and time alignment are done digitally through state-of-the-art DSP (Digital Signal – Processing) circuitry for zero-loss audio quality and energy
- Dual tuned acoustic ports to maximize acoustic volume and enhance bass resonance
- Twin state of the art Class-D digital amplifiers
- Proprietary resin cabinet to reduce unwanted vibration and maximize internal air volume
- Dimensions: 15.8 x 6.2 x 15in. (402 x 158 x 380mm)
- Weight: 36.3 lbs (16kgs).

The SUB will be available beginning June 19, 2012 in a high-gloss black lacquer finish for $699 USD ($749 CAD, $999 AUD, €699 EU, and £599 UK). A black matte finish will be available in October at slightly lower price of: $599 USD ($649 CAD, $899 AUD, €599 EU, and £499 UK).

More details can be found at: www.sonos.com.

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