George de Sa

789 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

Audio Physic Classic 30 Loudspeakers 01

I’m no stranger to the Audio Physic brand.  From 2012, their Sitara 25 floorstanding loudspeaker has served as my primary reference speaker.  The Sitara 25 is the smallest floorstanding loudspeaker within the Audio Physic High-End Line and was my introduction to the company; an audio product manufacturer from the quaint town of Brilon, Germany.  Upon hearing the Sitara 25, I was smitten and amazed at their capabilities.  These speakers incorporate innovative engineering, high quality materials and exacting workmanship to provide a high-level of performance combined with musicality.  I recommend reading my review of the Audio Physic Sitara 25 on the CANADA HiFi website at www.canadahifi.com/audio-physic-sitara-25-loudspeakers.

Audio Physic has been honing their skills and building on their expertise for more than 25 years.  Their products have been steadily refined, while embracing the company motto, “no loss of fine detail”.  In 2013, Audio Physic introduced an all new loudspeaker line, called the Classic Line.  The Classic Line is a successor and replacement of the company’s successful Yara line.  However, the Classic Line is not simply another evolutionary step but rather, a revolutionary leap from something more traditional to progressive.  It incorporates innovative new technologies, construction methods and unconventional materials, such as glass cabinet panels and ventilated enclosures .  And, if all this wasn’t enough, with the Classic Line, Audio Physic has provided an avenue for personal expression by way of all-new aesthetic options – which includes a modernistic colour palette that should make any interior designer happy.  As well, the new Classic Line models unite clean architectural lines with svelte stature that are both functional and complementary to an urbane décor.

Within the Classic Line there are seven models, including the: Classic Compact bookshelf, Classic On-Wall, Classic Centre, Classic 10, Classic 20, Classic 30, as well as a Luna subwoofer.  With this extensive model line-up, Audio Physic positions the Classic Line to satisfy the needs of stereo purists, as well as the functional necessities of multi-channel / surround-sound applications.  All of the Classic Line models (apart from the subwoofer) utilize the same new 1.2” soft-dome tweeter, while midrange and bass requirements are met through varying combinations of a couple specialized drivers, specifically: a 5.9” midrange; 5.9” midrange/woofer; 5.9” woofer and in the case of the Classic 20 and Classic 30 loudspeakers, a 7” woofer.   This array of speaker drivers are the outcome of many years of experimentation and experience, and heavily leverage the knowledge, which Audio Physic acquired in developing their top-tier HHC drivers for High-End and Reference loudspeaker lines.

The cabinet designs, of the Classic Line, are an expression of insight and invention.  These loudspeaker cabinets are designed with narrow baffles to minimize unwanted diffraction and promote low distortion and precise imaging characteristics.  In fact, unlike any speaker I’ve come across – the Classic Line loudspeakers breathe between their cabinet walls, which eliminates the need for a more traditional bass-reflex tube port.  This radical design involves the use of an inner and outer MDF cabinet.  The inner cabinet is thicker and has narrow horizontal openings on its sides, while the outer cabinet is much thinner and sandwiches this inner cabinet.  A very narrow gap on the sides, between the inner and outer cabinets is maintained, which is open to the back.  This narrow opening permits air to be inhaled and exhaled by the loudspeaker, in a bass-reflex like fashion, without the sonic compromises that a tube port introduces – including audible additive midrange frequencies.  This multi-layer sandwich design also serves to significantly reduce the amount of undesirable sound leakage and quell cabinet vibrations.  But it doesn’t stop there.  With the optional Classic Line high gloss glass finishes, yet another layer is added to the cabinet – a third glass layer that adds even more reinforcement and anti-resonant characteristics to the enclosure.  All Classic Line loudspeaker cabinets also incorporate internal bracing and chambering to prevent undesirable internal interactions between the various drivers.

Audio Physic Classic 30 Loudspeakers Internals (Custom)

For the two largest models in the Classic Line, the Classic 20 and 30, the Audio Physic engineers developed another ingenious solution, which allows these models to maintain svelte dimensions, while raising their overall bass capabilities.  This solution is so stealthy that it could easily go unnoticed.  Let me explain.  At first glance, the Classic 20 and 30 appear to be tri-driver loudspeakers that use a midrange, tweeter and midrange/woofer combination but in actuality, this is only about half the story.  Lying hidden within the cabinet of both the 20 and 30 models is a sub-cabinet that contains either a single 7” woofer, in the case of the Classic 20, or twin 7” woofers, for the Classic 30.  This internal sub-cabinet ports out through the bottom of the cabinet enclosure via a gap between the cabinet bottom and the plinth base.  In the Classic 30, these two woofers are arranged in a push-push manner, mounted opposite one another and slightly offset, which virtually cancels the vibrations.  On the whole, the result is significantly more powerful bass reproduction with increased precision.  As this design approach brings added benefits, over side-mounted woofers, it will be interesting to see if Audio Physic actually implements this creative solution in their higher model lines, in time.

The drivers in the Classic Line loudspeakers use powerful magnets and robust motor structures.  For the midrange drivers, phase plugs are utilized, which are affixed to the magnet system to minimize compression effects and improve heat dissipation, thus, lowering distortion.  The new 1.2” soft dome tweeter is surrounded by a unique star-shaped acoustic foam panel that promotes consistent radiation characteristics.  For the speaker grills, Audio Physic has not gone with commonplace removable fabric covers but rather, includes two baffle panel options, both of which are integral to the front baffle structure.  The panels are made of MDF with one covered in acoustic fabric and the other being just painted and leaving the drivers open and exposed.  On the back-side, the Classic Line speakers (excluding the On-Wall and Luna models) feature top-quality WBT Nextgen binding posts that use conductors which noticeably reduce the negative effects of micro-vibrations.  A full set of high quality speaker spikes came with the Classic 30; however, I used the optional Audio Physic VCF II M8 vibration control feet ($220 / set of 4; see side-bar of mentioned Audio Physic Sitara 25 review) for the duration of the audition.

The Classic 30 review sample came in their standard Black Ash real-wood veneer.  It’s fit and finish was very good, though I’m sure the other available standard veneers, Cherry or Walnut, would make a greater statement.  As mentioned, the Classic Line is also available in premium High Gloss glass finishes that include white and black; however, an array of other High Gloss Special glass finishes are also available, at additional cost.  Some colours are listed on the Audio Physic website but Reinhard of Goerner Communications, the North American distributor, informed me that twenty-five RAL colours are currently available, with custom requests also being entertained.  Reinhard reminded that “…all Audio Physic speakers are made to order in matched pairs, each built by one skilled craftsman/woman – there’s no assembly line at Audio Physic.”  Talk about attention to fine detail!

The Classic 30 has dimensions of 41.5” high x 6.7” wide x 16.1” deep and weighs in at a considerable 59 lbs.  Recommended amplifier power is 25 to 180 watts.  Nominal impendance is 4 Ohms, with a sensitivity of 89 dB and a quoted frequency range of 31 Hz to 30,000 Hz.

For the duration of this review I used my Squeezebox Touch to play music files from my MS-Vista PC connected via Ethernet.  Other sources used were my Rega Apollo CDP and Goldring GR1.5 turntable with an Elektra cartridge.  Pre-amplification duties were performed by a Simaudio Neo 350P (review upcoming) with an integrated 24-bit/192 kHz DAC and phonostage.  I also leveraged my long-term reference Bryston 4B-SST2 amplifier, as well as, a complete Nordost Heimdall 2 cable loom (review upcoming).  My current full-range reference loudspeaker, the quadral Aurum Montan VIII ($7,800) provided some comparative insight.

Since the Classic 30 has a notable 31 Hz rated bass extension, I was very curious to see how it would do with some bass weighted tracks.  Listening to the title track on Sade’s “Soldier of Love” album – the opening wind and distant thunder was convincing and foreboding, building my anticipation.  The sole trumpet playing in the near distance had a hauntingly realistic tone.  The track contains some inherent tight and heavy drum and bass rhythms which the Classic 30 was able to orchestrate with commendable weight.  The overall sound was detailed, deliberate and full.  There was a touch of extra stoutness to the bass, in and around 50 Hz I’d guess but the level of articulation was appreciable, leaving me without any complaint.   Extension was also remarkable, especially given their apparent size but I remembered that the speakers are actually anchored with twin internal woofers and substantially deep enclosures – leave it to clever engineering and design to provide such surprises.  I moved to the next track – Morning Bird, which opens with string instruments and slow playing piano notes.  The soft details and textures of the strings combined with the woody tones of the instrument bodies, captured my attention.  Then there was the haunting glow of the piano keys, accompanied by the easily identifiable sound of the internal hammers on the wires, well preserved and enthralling.  As beautiful as all this was to hear, it took a backseat to the silky exquisiteness of Sade’s voice, as presented by the Classic 30 on this track.  Not so much “it” but “she” sounded textured and expressive – truly personified in the presentation.  There was no denying that the Classic 30 had a liquid and revealing midrange – a standout in its performance.  The track moved on and the heavy drum beats sounded both full and deep, while remaining controlled, which was complementary to Sade’s vocals.  As the piano played on, the Classic 30 proved adept at portraying the lower registers of the piano.  These speakers were capable of providing detail and precision, while balancing that with a welcome dose of natural warmth, giving the reproduction sincerity.  In comparison, my quadral Aurum Montan VIII loudspeakers provided a more visceral take on these tracks.  The Montan was perceivably quicker with transient uptakes and seemed to draw out details from the mix, making them more apparent.  There was also a greater perception of air with the Montan versus the Classic 30.  Bass was delivered with greater dynamic punch, evenness, extension and control, with less girth than the Classic 30.  That said, I found that the Classic 30 was able to provide me with a greater illusion of reality.  Sade’s voice, with the Montan VIII, had sharper focus, sounding raspier, while the Classic 30 begot Sade in a more mellifluous and embodied manner.  I found the Classic 30 was most capable at integrating details and balancing them with musical beauty; conceding only (perhaps graciously forgiving) when it came to ultimate transparency.  It was as though the Classic 30 was resistant to generating what might constitute as high frequency detritus – a welcome quality in many circumstances.  In contrast, the Montan, seemed to focus on drawing out and exposing everything contained in the recording, even when that was at the expense of the illusory experience.

I went to one of my favourite albums next, “Chris Botti – In Boston”, a live performance.  The opening track is magnificent on the album – the classic tune Ave Maria.  The claps and shouts of the audience that introduced the song were enveloping.  As the trumpet began to play, I was swallowed by its lovely warm brassy tone and its palpable presence.  The string instruments in play had a natural ease with their detail expounded in an effortless fashion.  This soundstage, of generous size had an air of warmth within it.  Textures and definition were present, though not up-front, but rather woven into the tapestry of the whole, lending to the sense of “being there”.  I moved to the song Cinema Pardiso, played by Yo-Yo Ma with Chris Botti.  Here the piano notes came across with a graceful splendor, avoiding any glare or glassiness.  The cello began to play, its sonorous quality unadulterated, with completeness in tonal colour.  The interchange between the instruments as they played was easy to follow, demonstrating separation and timing.  On the low bass notes from the orchestra, the Classic 30 was quite capable of producing substantial fullness and depth, which added to the emotion of this composition.  In this recording, Chris Botti’s trumpet changes its tone between the first entrance and the subsequent return, just after Yo-Yo Ma’s intermediate cello phrasing.  The Classic 30 easily revealed this change in trumpet tone, disclosing Chris’ use of a trumpet mute in his second play.  The added metallic shrillness and brilliance with the mute in place was clear and distinct yet never harsh – an indication of the high quality of the Classic 30’s dome tweeter.

Of Monsters and Men is an indie folk-pop/rock band from Iceland, whose album “My Head Is An Album” has some addictive tunes.  I listened to the track King And Lionheart a number of times while evaluating the Classic 30.  This tune opens with a lone guitar strum off to the right and moderately deep, situating itself just behind the speakers in my room (note that I sat the Classic 30 about 3ft from the front wall and just over 2ft from the side walls of my 13’ x 19’ studio).  The Classic 30 localized the guitar and rendered it in a very believable way.  The guitar was perceivably in my room and I was given a sense of its size and position.  The voices of the two main vocalists were differentiated in space and possessed a natural quality – a humanness that held my attention.  Bass and drum beats remained tight with a good measure of heft.  I found that some of the hyped up air and effects that I’m accustomed to hearing were somewhat quelled by the Classic 30 but with this came an added sense of ease.  I would take this to be the result of a smoothness in the tweeter combined with a well-integrated high-frequency response and the utter eschewal of any leading edge emphasis on notes.

I have truly appreciated my time with the Audio Physic Classic 30.  Like the Sitara 25 that served as my reference, the Classic 30 is an amazing speaker in its own right.  If I had to compare the Classic 30 with the Sitara 25, I’d say that the Classic 30 is a little less revealing and transparent, making them a little more forgiving.  In terms of bass weight and extension, the Classic 30 is definitely the more masterful of the two.  I’d strongly recommend giving both a close listen before making a final decision between the two.  The Classic 30 is not a ruthlessly transparent kind of animal; it produces detail in droves, just not in a hyped manner but rather, well integrated within the overall tapestry of the music.  There is an absolute beauty in the natural way it serves up the midrange frequencies with a finessed treble.  In all it does, the Classic 30 brings a general sense of ease – a true gentleman crooner.  The Audio Physic Classic 30 is not just “classic”…it’s a “Class Act”!

Audio Physic
www.audiophysic.de

Distributed in Canada by
Goerner Communication
www.goernercommunication.com
514-833-1977

Audio Physic Classic 30 Loudspeaker Prices:
$6,990 CAD (Cherry, Walnut, Black Ash veneer);
$7,750 CAD (High Gloss Glass black or white);
$8,250 CAD (High Gloss Glass Special custom colours)
$220 / set of 4 (optional accessory – VCF II M8 vibration control feet)

 Cambridge Audio G2

Cambridge Audio has just announced their G2; an urban styled, portable Bluetooth speaker that provides extended operation with its long-life battery.  The G2 joins Cambridge Audio’s Bluetooth range of products and has been designed to provide sound and scale that is siginificantly beyond its compact size (189mm (W) x 67 mm (H) x 55mm (D)).  The G2 sports a solid aluminium body and has backlit soft-touch controls.  It also comes in a two finishes - champagne or black.

Utlizing an impressive four driver array the G2 is set to provide stereo sound but can also be paired with an additional G2 to provide an even larger stereo image and/or fill a larger space with sound.  The battery has an amazing 10 hour life and there is integrated hands-free speaker phone capbability.  

CONNECT AND PLAY

The G2 will connect to almost any Bluetooth device and also supports NFC technology for one-touch Bluetooth pairing.  It can remember up to 8 different devices for similicity of re-connection.  

BATTERY LIFE WITH MAXIMUM ENDURANCE

Utlizing a high capacity lithium-ion battery, the G2 can provide up to 10 hours play on a single charge. And, with intelligent battery management software – bettery life and charging time are optimised.

A convenient USB socket is provided to charge connected mobile devices – the perfect charging back-up.  

G2 X TWO

Pairing of two G2 speakers is possible for twice the sound  and better stereo imaging.  The G2 accomodates BBC iPlayer, Spotify or Google Play Music for wireless music play.  

The G2 portable Bluetooth speaker will be availabe in October at the following prices: £99.95 / €149.99 / $159.99 U.S. / speaker.  If you’re interested in more details: http://www.cambridgeaudio.com

Yamaha soundbar

Yamaha has just released their new SRT-1000, which they claim is the ”world’s first TV speaker base system to offer true 5.1-channel surround sound”.  Most other speaker base systems provide only ”virtual” surround sound but the SRT-1000 utilizes Digital Sound Projector technology with five discrete “sound beams”.

The SRT-1000 sits only 3-inches high and is available with an attactive wood enclosure that also enhances sound quality, while providing a solid base for TVs up to 55 inches.  Usefull features abound, including: Bluetooth streaming, Yamaha Home Theater Controller app support for Apple iOS and Android devices and a TV remote learning capability.

Within the svelte enclosure of the SRT-1000 there are a total of 12 speaker drivers – eight of which are “sound beam” drivers, two oval woofers and two built-in space-saving subwoofers.  A rear output is provided for those who want to further enhance bass by adding an optional subwoofer.

The top of the SRT-1000 is finished with a classic hairline texture that provides a sense of luxury and the front panel and sides have a soft rounded design with a beautiful glossy-black finish.  Connectivity is easy with two optical, a digital coax and analog inputs.  And, the SRT-1000 also supports aptX, providing superior sound quality when streaming music via Bluetooth from compatible mobile devices.

The SRT-1000 will be available beginning in September at a MSRP of $499.95 U.S.  For more information see: http://4wrd.it/YAMAHA_SRT-1000.

Def.Tech.WirelessMusicSystem

Definitive Technology has just unveiled its new Wireless Music System, equipped with DTS’ Play-Fi, that allows audiophile-grade music to be transferred Wi-Fi.  The new new Wireless Collection allows listeners to stream and control music from smartphones, tablets or a PC wirelessly throughout the home, without loss of optimal audio performance.

With an easy setup the Wireless Music System connected to a Wi-Fi network, allows listeners to control all of their music from a phone, tablet or PC using Definitive Technology’s dedicated Play-Fi app, compatible with Android and Apple iOS systems.  Music can be streamed from Pandora and Spotify, countless Internet radio stations or a personal music collection.  Play-Fi’s open platform design allows users to mix-and-match any Play-Fi-enabled audio product from any manufacturer on the same home network, providing them the freedom to grow and personalize their wireless home music setup any way they choose.

Features and price points of Definitive Technology’s Wireless Collection include:

  • W7 Wireless Speaker ($399 U.S.) – The W7 is Definitive Technology’s ultra-compact wireless speaker designed for the listener who is unwilling to compromise on performance, even in smaller living spaces.
  • W9 Wireless Speaker ($699 U.S.) – The W9 was built for audio aficionados seeking the ultimate audio performance. Due to the additional transducers and larger cabinet size, the W9 delivers exceptional dynamic range and extraordinary bass response, even in larger rooms. The “Tri-Polar” dispersion pattern sends sound in three directions for exhilarating sound that fills the room.
  • W Studio Sound Bar with included Subwoofer ($1,299 U.S.) – A wireless sound bar with accompanying 8-inch wireless subwoofer blends high-performance 5.1 theater sound with high-resolution musical reproduction, ideal for family rooms and home theaters. The sound bar’s slim design—at only 3.5 inches deep—is complemented by its sleek, contemporary finish with solid aluminum end caps and has HDMI switching for both audio and video purposes. It also uses Definitive Technology’s proprietary Spatial Array technology that engulfs listeners in lifelike surround sound without the clutter of five separate speakers. Lastly, the system is made even more impactful due to the rich bass produced by the downward firing subwoofer.
  • W Adapt ($399 U.S.) – The W Adapt transforms existing audio systems to include the latest music streaming services. The wireless adaptor connects seamlessly with nearly any home theater receiver using the latest digital and analog connections. Hookups include an auxiliary input to connect to a Blu-ray and DVD player or cable/satellite box, as well as digital outputs for connecting to a receiver and an optical input for hooking up to a TV and other devices. Additionally W Adapt comes with an accompanying rack-mount kit for pre-engineered rack systems.
  • W Amp ($499 U.S.) – The W Amp is a wireless streaming amplifier that delivers an audiophile grade signal to your favorite loudspeaker with 150 watts of power per channel. When paired with Definitive Technology loudspeakers, the amplifier’s EQ settings can be fully customized by accessing its Utility App. Similar to the W Adapt, audio enthusiasts will appreciate its included rack-mount kit for pre-engineered rack systems, as well as its line level Subwoofer output, and Left and Right channel line level inputs and outputs.

The all-new Definitive Technology Wireless Collection will be available on a pre-order basis starting Sept 10,2014.  Look for more information at: http://www.definitivetech.com/.

Paradigm Prestige Series

Paradigm has just announced a new loudspeaker series - the Paradigm Prestige Series.  Incorporating new technologies with smart engineering to deliver the highest level of performance value – the new Prestige Series, completely crafted in Canada, is set to make an impression.

The new Prestige Series harnesses new cutting-edge technologies, like a Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA) Tweeter Lens that protects the delicate S-PAL tweeter dome and acts as the Phase Plug that blocks out-of-phase frequencies, resulting in smoother, extended high frequencies with incredible detail and higher output.

The new series is designed, engineered, and fully crafted in Canada that ensures precise workmanship of the non-resonant cabinets straight through to the new beautiful premium-grade finishes.

For the greatest quality control, Paradigm builds its drivers in-house, which guarantees the consistency and precision engineering that goes into the midrange and bass drivers.

Prestige Series loudspeaker cabinets are flawlessly wrapped with real walnut hardwood and offered in a variety of beautiful premium-grade finishes: Walnut and Black Walnut have a smooth satin finish with distinctive wood figuring.  Midnight Cherry and Piano Black feature a luxurious hand-rubbed, high-gloss finish.

There are five models in the Prestige Series lineup: three floorstanding speakers (Prestige 95F, 85F & 75F), two center channels (Prestige 55C & 45C), one surround channel (Prestige 25S), and one bookshelf speaker (Prestige 15B).

All Prestige Series models will start shipping in Q4-2014 at a soon to be announced MSRP.  Look for more details at: www.paradigm.com.

Technics 

Panasonic Corporation today announced a number of new audio products under the Technics brand, reviving the brand that has been long synonymous with high-quality hi-fi sound.  New Technics-branded hi-fi audio systems will be released first in the European market beginning in December 2014 and later in other parts of the world. 

Technics VP

The Technics brand was used for Panasonic’s hi-fi audio systems that were marketed around the world from 1965 to 2010. The brand name was coined from the word “technology” that faithfully reproduces original sounds, and symbolized Panasonic’s commitment to the creation of high-quality audio.

The Quartz Synthesizer DD Player SL-1200MK6, released in 2008, was the last audio product under the Technics brand and its production was ceased in 2010.  Technics will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015, giving even greater significance to Pansonic’s decision to now revitalize the brand.  

Through Technics, Panasonic aims to attract discerning music and audio fans across the golobe to a new level of wonder and inspiration in authentic sound that is true to the artists’ original intention.

Look for more details to be shared at: www.panasonic.com.

 

Sennheiser Urbanite Headphone

Sennheiser has just announced their new URBANITE headphones – designed to produce bass for an intense club experience on the move.  Within the URBANITE collection are two models: the on-ear URBANITE and over-ear URBANITE XL.  

The URBANITE range includes integrated in line remote control and microphone for taking calls and controlling music on smartphones and tablets.  There are dedicated versions for either Apple iOS devices, or for Windows or Android-driven/Samsung devices.

The URBANITE range comes in a wide selection of colour combinations that includes: black and denim across all models (both Apple and Samsung), with the iOS URBANITE additionally available in sand, nation and plum and iOS URBANITE XL also available in sand, nation and olive.  The stainless-steel hinges add a striking touch of rugged urban style to cool design touches like the colour-coordinated fabric-wrapped headband. However, the use of metal – on the premium hinge mechanism and the tough aluminium sliders – ensures these headphones are also styled to last.

The durable sliders and hinges also work with the super soft ear pads to ensure that the listener is insulated from external noise, ensuring great comfort for even long periods of listening enjoyment. And with its larger ear-pads, the Sennheiser URBANITE XL offers even greater levels of comfort.

For extra peace of mind all URBANITE headphones are supplied with a soft pouch for safe storage, and also come with a 2-year international warranty.  The Sennheiser Urbanite is currently available at a MSRP of: $199 U.S. while the Urbanite XL will be available in Q4-2014 at a MSRP of: $249 U.S.  Look for more details at: www.sennheiser.com.

 

Mass Fidelity Speaker

Mass Fidelity Inc., creator of ‘The Relay’ Bluetooth DAC, has now introduced ‘The Core’ compact wireless speaker.  The Core leverages a number of acoustic technologies to mimic stereo Hi-Fi sound from a compact device that can fit in the palm of a hand.  

The Core uses innovative Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) technology, which is an entirely novel way of rendering audio in a holographic manner that can be perceived from anywhere within a room.  Mass Fidelity claims that Wave Field Synthesis produces a purer sound than traditional stereo, because avoids a dependency on listener position.  WFS causes sound to emanate from virtual starting points (in this case, ‘The Core’) and continue to move along pathways, creating a lifelike sound image as each of the waveforms collide at a point in space. Unlike conventional stereo that is designed to trick the brain with clever psychoacoustic processes, WFS reconstructs the sound field physically, making it the purest and cleanest audio representation. It is a technology that has been touted as the obvious next step in acoustic rendering since the late 80′s; however, could not be practically implemented due to demanding computing requirements, until now.     

Users can access and play music however and wherever they want by steaming from a smart device or connecting a music source through an analog or digital connection.  Up to nine units can be connected to create a multi-room music experience with the touch of a single button – all wirelessly, without the need for additional wireless equipment.  

Custom-Designed Acoustics - utilizes four custom-designed mid/high frequency speakers and a downward-firing subwoofer, driven by 120 watts of precision digital power

Digital Horse Power – Six Digital Signal Processors (DSP), and an ARM processing core work in unison to execute a series of advanced acoustic rendering algorithms, which combine to create a true acoustic tour de force. 

Additionally, the Core’s 120-watt digital amplifier stage delivers high-quality music at an almost unbelievable scale for such a small box.

No More Stereo Sweet Spot – With WFS, the Core creates a multidimensional sound image that can be heard from any location in the room, eliminating the sweet spot that comes from traditional stereo speakers.  

Multi-room – Using the built-in adaptive wireless network, users are able to connect between two and nine units to create a multi-room system in a home with the press of a single button — no wires or Wi-Fi required.  No matter the source, music can be streamed at CD quality in any size home.  

In order to make it easy to use, there is no app, complicated setup or extra “bridge” components required; users simply place the units where they want to hear the music and press the ‘multi-room’ button.

When multiple Cores are connected, they create a dedicated adaptive music network in the 5GHz radio spectrum, streaming at “Red book” CD quality (16-bit / 44,100 Hz), no matter the source (Bluetooth, legacy analog sources via analog input, AppleTV etc.). The network continually scans for interference to ensure the highest audio quality possible and in the event of any interference from other electronics, the Core will automatically move to another channel to find the cleanest channel possible for delivering the music.

Bluetooth Clarity – Employing similar techniques used in The Relay, Mass Fidelity’s award winning Bluetooth DAC, the Core utilizes signal processing architecture to guarantee the best possible sound quality from the easiest and readily available output from a smart phone or tablet. The Core’s ultra-sensitive Class 1 Bluetooth receiver technology minimizes dropouts, and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and aptX audio decoding brings out the best possible sound from any digital source.

Portability – The Core’s compact 6” x 6” x 4” size and 12-hour battery life makes it very portable.

A combination of its compact size and extended battery life makes it effortless to take it out on the patio and beyond.  

Additionally, the Core recharges in less than two hours and features a USB port that can conveniently charge smartphones or tablets if they are low on power. It even comes with International power adaptor tips for effortless travel.

The Core does not require Wi-Fi or a router to perform any of its multitalented tasks. This means users are never at the whim of their home internet connection, nor do they have to be within range of a Wi-Fi network to listen to music wirelessly. The Core requires no apps or complicated set-up procedures; just pair a smart phone, tablet or PC via Bluetooth and users can enjoy music in less than 60 seconds.

Absolute Bass – The Core uses Absolutely Bass Technology (ABT), a combination of electronics, software, and mechanical engineering working in unison to produce low frequency performance unmatched for its size. The Core will output frequencies down to 44 Hz at ‘normal’ listening volumes.

Dynamic Re-tuning Technology – Because there are some who want more bass, the Core automatically retunes itself when connected to any wired powered subwoofer. When connected, the Core focuses on midrange and high frequency information in the music and delivers the low frequency information to the external subwoofer, allowing the Core to play louder than normal.

 Inputs – With multiple inputs, the Core allows for both digital and analog sources to be connected, whether an AppleTV, Amazon FireTV or Roku via the optical input. This optical digital input can also be connected to the digital output of a TV so the Core can be used as a ‘soundbar’.  Using the 3.5 mm analog input, users can connect any wired device, even a turntable (with phono pre-amp).

Design – The elegant look of the Core is the result of Mass Fidelity’s focus on intelligent yet minimal design.  The Core is beautifully accented with an acrylic glass top and chromed steel base.  Its bold yet simple beauty, compact size, slight embellishments and lack of unsightly wires make the Core enviable in any space.

Additional Features
Speakerphone
Gesture Control to advance tracks
NFC ‘touch to pair’

The Core will have an initial offering on Indiegogo beginning September 4th for $349 U.S. for one unit, $698 U.S. for two or $999 U.S. for three.  The Core is expected to be available for $599 U.S. retail, beginning December, 2014.  Look for more information at: http://massfidelity.com/

 B&W P5 Series 2

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) has just announced updated versions of their P5 on-ear headphones and C5 in-ear headphones, referred to as Series 2.  B&W has provided a number of improvements to both models.

The new P5 Series 2 incorporates trickle down technologies from the P7 and will now offer like power, precision and true Hi-Fi sound, combined with the portability and luxury of the original P5. 

Like the P7, the new P5 Series 2 uses drivers with a suspended diaphragm far more like a traditional speaker than other headphones, delivering more precise movement.  B&W claims these changes provide a wonderfully open and spacious soundstage, powerful, natural and tightly controlled bass, and impressive detail retrieval.  

Designed for music on the move – with Made for iPhone cable and a carry case included – the new P5 Series 2 is as light, comfortable and luxurious as its predecessor: the new drivers are encased in the finest materials, including real leather and solid metal. The new P5 Series 2 is understated, yet imbued with a sense of style and is endlessly wearable thanks to its luxuriously comfortable fit. So comfortable, you’ll forget the headphones and just feel the music.

New P5 features

  • New drivers – Based on technology developed for the award-winning P7 headphones, the new P5 Series 2 features drivers with a suspended diaphragm more like a traditional speaker than other headphones. These result in more precise, ‘pistonic’ movement of the diaphragm – and more accurate sound reproduction.
  • New internal components – Just about every internal component has been altered to ensure the new P5 Series 2 delivers the best possible sound for such portable headphones.
  • Design and materials – What the new P5 Series 2 shares with its predecessor is the iconic build quality and comfort of its design.  High-end materials are used throughout, including leather ear cup covers and headband, solid metal end plates and headband frame.
  • Portability – Shrinking true Hi-Fi sound to fit in P5 Series 2 is no mean feat.  And the new P5 Series 2 sounds better than ever, despite not being any bigger or heavier.  With smartphone cable and carry case included, the new P5 Series 2 is true Hi-Fi sound, anywhere and everywhere.
  • Made for iPhone - P5 Series 2 features an improved Made for iPhone Mic and Remote, with improved ergonomics for more control.

B&W C5 Series 2

Along with the updated P5, there is the updated C5 Series 2.  The new C5 is now 10% lighter and uses optimized 9.2mm dynamic drivers, a Tungsten Balanced Design, that produces powerful, yet precise bass reproduction. ass that’s powerful, yet precisely controlled.  The Series 2 C5 now has a black finish with black matching cables.

Both the P5 and C5 Series 2 models will be available in September at a MSRP of $299.99 U.S. and $179.99 U.S. respectively.  Look for more details on these products at:   http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/.

DALI Rubicon

DALI has just announced its new Rubicon Series of loudspeakers.  The Rubicon Series is comprised of three floor standing models: Rubicon 8, Rubicon 6 and Rubicon 5; and a bookshelf modle: Rubicon 2.  All models are tonally consistent, allowing them to be used in any surround sound application – as a left/right/centre/surround/rear speaker.  Designed with DALI SMC Drive Technology, unique tweeter and cabinet designs, all models are wrapped in a clean modern, Danish design. Crafted into each Rubicon are the following proprietary elements.

RUBICON Woofers: patented SMC-based ‘Linear Drive System’ dramatically reduces distortion. Proprietary wood-fibre cone woofers are optimized for long excursion, and a large useful frequency range.

Rubicon Tweeters: a soft dome tweeter and hybrid tweeter configuration. The voice coil is designed to be very light and agile to achieve a broader bandwidth. This lighter voice coil is placed inside a powerful ferrite magnet that keeps tight control of its movements. The ribbon tweeter is the master of wide dispersion and combining it with the soft dome, the tweeter module starts working as low as 2.5 kHz, passing up to the ribbon at 15kHz and above.

Pricing & Specifications:

Rubicon 8 $7,995 U.S. /pr.
2-1/2 + 1⁄2 + 1⁄2-way floor standing
Bi-wire terminals
Frequency range: 38Hz – 34kHz
Sensitivity: 90.5dB
4 Ohm impedance

Rubicon 6 $5,995 U.S. /pr.
2-1/2 x 1⁄2-way floor standing
Bi-wire terminals
Frequency range 38Hz-34kHz
Sensitivity 88.5dB
4 Ohm impedance

Rubicon 5 $4,595U.S. /pr.
2-way floor standing
Bi-wire terminals
Frequency range: 45Hz- 34kHz
Sensitivity: 86dB
4 Ohm Impedance

Rubicon L/C/R $1,695 U.S. /ea.
2-Way On-wall Speaker
Rotatable hybrid tweeter module
Frequency range: 59Hz – 34kHz
4 Ohm Impedance

Rubicon 2 $2,995 U.S. /pr.
2-way bookshelf
Frequency Range 50Hz-26kHz
Sensitivity: 87dB
4 Ohm Impedance

All Rubicon models are currently available in a selection of Gloss Black, Rosso and Walnut.   A Gloss White finish is available on special order.  Look for more information on the new Rubicon series at: http://www.dali-speakers.com/.

 

JOIN US & WIN GREAT PRIZES!

1,706FansLike
456FollowersFollow