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OPPO PM-3

OPPO Digital has just followed up its recent release of the HA-2 portable headphone amplifier with a new headphone – the new PM-3 Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones – designed for music on the go.

The OPPO PM-3 pulls together audiophile performance with noise isolation and portability within a lightweight stylish planar magnetic headphone.  At just over 10 oz., the PM-3 is the world’s lightest closed-back planar magnetic headphone design, according to OPPO Digital, making it ideal for those who want planar magnetic sound on the go.  Comfort along with sound isolation is key to its design with the intent of providing hours of uninterrupted sound.

Key features:
• Planar magnetic drivers for superb sound
• Closed-back design for privacy and noise isolation
• Light weight, comfortable with high sensitivity for mobile use
• Elegant styling and exquisite workmanship

The OPPO PM-3 utilizes a planar magnetic driver that is derived from the EISA award-winning PM-1 headphones. Technological breakthroughs achieved during the PM-1’s development, such as the 7-layer double-side voice coil diaphragm design and FEM-optimized neodymium magnet system, have enabled OPPO to reduce the weight of the planar magnetic drivers while maintaining excellent sound quality and high sensitivity.

In the PM-3’s planar magnetic driver, sound is generated by a very thin and light diaphragm which is driven in a symmetric pull-push manner, and the magnetic system and conductor patterns have been optimized for maximum sensitivity and consistency. This allows the diaphragm to generate very stable and linear piston-like vibrations, ensuring phase coherence and high resolution performance with minimal distortion.

The all-new 55 mm diameter round driver is especially suitable for a lightweight close-back design like the PM-3.  The PM-3 maintains the very natural and smooth sound signature of the PM-1, and is tuned to have deep, tight bass and a touch of excitement.  With its deep bass, smooth midrange, and clear treble, the PM-3 delivers a very natural and balanced sound with plenty of emotion and impact.

The new PM-3 is currently available at a MSRP of: $399 U.S. and comes with one long cable (for home) and one shorter cable (for mobile use).  Look for more details to be made available at: https://www.oppodigital.com.

 

Gemsen - WireWorld Distributor

Gemsen has just announced that is is now the exclusive Canadian distributor for Wireworld Cable Technology products.

Wireworld Cable Technology, founded by David Salz in 1992, is a manufacturer of leading edge digital and analog cable products for home audio/video.  Their cables span analog interconnects to HDMI and through to USB and speaker cables. Wireworld has been able to build a solid reputation based on its premium cables that are based on the use of objective perceptual testing, innovative patented designs, premium materials, and exceptional manufacturing quality.

Gem-Sen Holdings Corp. is an innovative national distributor of Consumer Electronics, Multimedia, and Licensed products. Its CE division holds the Canadian distribution rights to JL Audio home and mobile audio, Kicker mobile audio products, Dynaudio home and mobile loudspeakers, Morel speakers and audio drivers, Atrend universal and vehicle-specific subwoofer enclosures, HushMat sound deadening materials, Boss Audio Systems mobile electronics and Planet Audio mobile audio video entertainment equipment. The company’s multimedia division sub-distributes Sony and JVC headphones.  

To learn more about Gem-Sen, please visit: http://www.gemsen.com and/or http://www.wireworldcable.com.

 

 

NAD MDC

NAD Electronics has just announced a new upgrade program for their AVRs and PrePro models.  The new 4K Ready AVR MDC Upgrade Program applies to all NAD T 758, T 777, T 787 (AVRs) and T 187 (PrePro) models.  HDMI 2.0 features, including 4K Video and HDCP 2.2 encryption (required for viewing 4K content), will be fully supported in the new video module, future-proofing the customer’s investment.

Since 2006, NAD has incorporated MDC (Modular Design Construction) into many of its high performance AVRs and AV PrePros.  MDC places all input/output circuitry on easily removable plug-in cards. When new technologies come along and are fully developed, these units can be upgraded practically and affordably.

NAD is offering their “4K Ready MDC Program” effective now for the 4K Upgrade Video MDC Module ($599 MSRP) when it’s available later in 2015.  Customers purchasing NAD T 777, T 787 and T 187 are eligible for a free future upgrade 4K MDC video module when available later in 2015. Customers purchasing the T 758 AVR are eligible for a future upgrade 4K MDC video module at the special program price of $199. Customer upgrades will be fulfilled through their NAD dealer by presenting the 4K Video MDC Certificate supplied along with their proof of purchase.

For more details, look for information to be shared at: http://www.nadelectronics.com

 

Bryston Model A Sub

Bryston has just formally announced their new Model A subwoofer.  The Model A subwoofer takes a different approach than Bryston’s other subwoofers, using two opposing long-throw 10″ woofers, rather than mulitple 8″ drivers.

The Model A subwoofer incorporates a robust 400-Watt internal amplifier, isolated within its own chamber and mated to the pair of 10-inch drivers in an opposing configuration.  This driver array helps cancel cabinet resonance energy while delivering strong, balanced and detailed bass response.  The Model A subwoofer has been developed for use in music and home theatre setups.

Bryston developed the new Model A subwoofer to provide high performance in a more compact package – smaller, more discrete but with big sound.

The Model A subwoofer’s control panel offers access to crossover, phase, and level adjustments. This enables users to optimize the burly 400-Watts of output power, creating a perfect blend with the audio system as a whole and with room acoustics.  A sturdy ¾ inch MDF cabinet with ample internal bracing features dual rear-facing ports that deliver extended low frequencies without unwanted chuff even under high-output conditions. The Model A subwoofer is available in standard Boston Cherry, Natural Cherry and Black Ash with special order finishes available at premium price.  Rubberized aluminum leveling feet and a heavy gauge AC line cord are included.

The Bryston Model A Subwoofer has an MSRP of $2000 each and is available now from authorized Bryston dealers.  Look for more details on this and other Bryston products at: http://www.bryston.com/

Wadia m330
Wadia Digital has released its new m330 media server, which provides access to locally stored and internet based digital music.  The new m330 has a 1TB internal hard drive for local storage of music files which can be expanded via its USB and eSata ports that allow for additional external drives to be connected.  Taking it a step further, the m330 accommodates for Internet based music services, including: Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, Rhapsody, TIDAL and TuneIn, while additional services may be added in the future.
The Wadia m330 sports a new industrial design that’s less than 3.5” (9 cm) tall.  Uncompressed, lossless files of up 24-bit/192kHz are supported as is cloud access for file backup and synchronization with multiple units.  Two digital outputs are available along with both balanced and unbalanced analog outputs.
The operating system for the m330 sits on a state-of-the-art solid state hard drive for fast response times, quiet operation and durability.  The m330 provides control via iPhone, iPad or Android apps, a web browser, or a remote control but also many popular home automation systems for easy integration.  Combine the m330 with the Wadia 321 decoding computer and a315 or a340 amplifiers for a complete system solution.  The m330 media server is powered by Autonomic.
The new Wadia Digital m330 is available at a MSRP of: $6,000 U.S.  For further information, visit: www.wadia.com.

Magico Q7 MKII

Magico has just announced a new flagship loudspeaker model – the new Q7 Mk II loudspeaker, which takes the place of the Q7 at the top of the heap.  However, owners of the Magico Q7 are being provided with an upgrade path.

The new Q7 Mk II loudspeaker incorporates new features and design elements from Magico’s own M-Project that result in significant improvements in sonic performance.  Changes in this MKII version of the Q7 have been made to the tweeter, midrange, and crossover.

The diamond-coated beryllium diaphram tweeter in the Q7 Mk II is a more efficient version of the 28mm tweeter found in the M-Project speaker.  This tweeter has been optimized using state of the art modelling, resulting in what Magico claims to be the lowest distortion levels possible in a high-frequency transducer.  The new 6″-diameter midrange driver features a Graphene-based cone material that is said to be 30% lighter and 300% stiffer than its predecessor.  The Q7 Mk II will also include MCap Supreme Evo capacitors from Mundorf of Germany.

The price of the Magico Q7 Mk II is $229,000 U.S. per pair.  For owners of the Q7, Magico offers a factory upgrade that will bring all the benefits of the MKII version at a price of $44,000/pr.  Look for more details on this and other Magjco products at: http://magico.net.

 

Rotel RSP-1582

Rotel Electronics (Rotel) has just introduced their new RSP-1582 Reference Sound Processor – a 7.1 channel, surround-sound preamplifier/processor.  The new RSP-1582 is Rotel’s attempt at producing the very best audio/video performance possible for home entertainment.

The new RSP-1582 preamp/processor uses six 24-bit/192kHz Wolfson WM8740 DAC chips, with four dedicated for the Front Left, Front Right, Center and Subwoofer channels and shared stereo DAC’s for the rear and surround channels.  A Texas Instruments PCM1804 audio-performance analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is utilized in the design.

Multichannel soundtracks are decoded by a Texas Instruments Aureus TMS320DA808 DSP chip with a 10-channel Parametric Equalization (PEQ). Digital inputs include: optical (3), coaxial (3), PC-USB input supporting 24bit/192kHz audio, and an embedded aptX Bluetooth receiver for CD quality wireless connectivity.

The RSP-1582 has an analog Bypass function for relevant input signals, which circumvents the DSP section to obtain the purest analog signal path. The analog inputs include: Phono stage, Auxiliary (4), XLR balanced input, 7.1 channel input, and conventional stereo analogue inputs (6). The analog pre-outputs are presented on fully balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA connectors, both with twin subwoofer connections.

Volume control is precisely done in fine 0.5dB steps, while on the video side, the RSP-1582 features eight HDMI 4K video pass-through inputs and employs a Silicon Image Sil9573 2K/4K HDMI transceiver.  There are also two HDMI 4K video pass-through outputs (one ARC/CEC enabled). And a convenient front-panel HDMI input with 4K video pass-through.

Feature Highlights:

• A 7” TFT display on the front panel facilitates easy adjustments of all audio and video parameters;
• Front-panel USB input for Apple devices with 2.1 ampre charging capability;
• Operating software updatable via USB port or network connection;
• RS232 and IP network interface for control of custom installations;
• Two IR output connectors for IR pass-through and wired IR remote input and;
• Three source independent trigger outputs.

In addition, the RSP-1582 provides RJ45 network connection, USB front-panel connector to support software updates, three source independent trigger outputs, a wired IR remote input, RS232 and IP network interfaces for automation system control, two IR output connectors for IR pass-through, and front-panel navigation of setup menus.

The all-new Rotel RSP-1582 will be available in either black or silver finish beginning this March/April at a MSRP of: $3,499 U.S.  Look for more details to become available at: http://www.rotel.com/.

 

Baetis XR3

Baetis Audio has just announced its new XR3 media server.  The new XR3 uses a modified version of Baetis’ Reference model circuit board.  The new board, sans USB bus and PCI bus, is said to provide a more correct digital wave form, including a significant gain in the voltage (amplitude) of the SPDIF signal, as well as a decrease in rise time.  The XR3 provides significantly better sound quality with respect to accuracy, musicality, and sound stage over the former XR2 model that it replaces.

Baetis servers use JRiver Media Center software to ensure the best possible playback.  The Baetis music server can rip and play CDs as well as DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.  The XR3 has the ability to play virtually any audio file format, including professionally ripped SACDs, downloaded PCM and DSD files, either in 2-channels or multi-channel, and at any sampling rate or bit depth.  Video is also supported via the XR3 with two HDMI outputs.  This is necessary when the user’s world-class multi-channel pre/pro does not do a truly great job at isolating video from audio.

The new XR3 media server uses the same chassis and hybrid cooling system of the Baetis’ Reference, and its video output is the same.  Warranty and full support is one-year.  The new Baetis XR3 is available in either black or silver at a MSRP of: $7,995 U.S.  Look for more information on this and other Baetis products at: http://www.baetisaudio.com.

 

Audio Technica ATH-M70

Audio-Technica has unveiled its ATH-M70x Professional Monitor Headphones, which are the new flagship model within the company’s M-Series line of headphones. The new ATH-M7 has been designed to draw out added detail, featuring proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils.  The headphones are tuned to accurately reproduce extreme low and high frequencies (5 to 40,000 Hz) with a perfect balance.

The new ATH-M70x features rugged, metal design that makes them ideal for studio, DJ, or personal applications.  Crafted for lasting durability with a collapsible, space-saving design, the headphones are equipped with 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring.  Maximum power input is 2,000 mW, meaning very low distortion at even high volumes. Professional-grade earpads and headband provide excellent durability and comfort, and detach for easy replacement. The headphones’ circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments. They come standard with three interchangeable cables (1.2 m – 3.0 m coiled cable, 3.0 m straight cable and 1.2 m straight cable) and a hard carrying case.

ATH-M70x Specifications:
• Type: Closed-back dynamic
• Driver Diameter: 45 mm
• Magnet: Neodymium
• Voice Coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
• Frequency Response: 5 – 40,000 Hz
• Maximum Input Power: 2,000 mW at 1 kHz
• Sensitivity: 97 dB
• Impedance: 35 ohms
• Weight: 280 g (9.9 oz), without cable and connector
• Cable: Interchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m – 3.0 m (3.9′ – 9.8′) coiled cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8′) straight cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9′) straight cable
• Accessories Included: Carrying case, 6.3 mm (1/4″) screw-on adapter

Audio-Technica’s ATH-M70x Professional Monitor Headphones will be available January 2015 with a MSRP of: $419.00 U.S.  For more information, please visit: www.audio-technica.com.

MoFi

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL), has introduced its Ultradisc UHR GAIN HD with 4X DSD digital mastering technology which utilizes 4X DSD direct-to-CD conversion with a new mastering process to provide the highest accuracy, resolution and fidelity from CD.

Three titles will be part of the initial debut of the Ultradisc UHR GAIN HD mastering technology: The Band, The Last Waltz (UDSACD 2139); Love, Forever Changes (UDSACD 2131); and Pretenders (UDSACD 2144).  All three are currently available with many more planned for 2015.

GAIN stands for Greater Ambient Information Network which is used to provide subtle improvements in low-level detail, ambient cues and air, as well as a more relaxed presentation with more ease.

The GAIN HD mastering chain starts with Mobile Fidelity’s custom Studer tape playback deck with proprietary reproducer electronics and tape head designed by legendary engineer Tim de Paravicini.  Music is extracted from the original master tapes and then directly fed to the MFSL’s 4X DSD A/D converter which samples at 11.2 MHz or 256fs, or 256 times the CD sampling rate of 44.1 kHz.  The 4X DSD file is then downsampled to 1X DSD for the SACD layer and the 4X DSD file is also downsampled to 44.1 kHz for the CD layer.  The result is better resolution in both formats.

The company’s first half-speed-mastered Original Master Recording LPs set a remarkable new sonic benchmark for vinyl playback and through the decades MFSL has continued to redefine the state-of-the-art in LP, CD and high-resolution digital sound with technologies including the Ultradisc 24-karat gold-plated CD, GAIN 2 mastering system, Ultradisc UHR (Ultra High Resolution) SACD disc and other breakthroughs.  For more information, visit: http://www.mofi.com/.