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Dynaudio Focus XD

Dynaudio has just released their actively powered, digital high-resolution 24-bit/192 kHz Focus XD loudspeaker series. 

Focus XD aims to provide high-end sound performance at a new level of convenience.  Within the series are a compact 200 model, a floor-standing 400 model and a larger 600 model.  Digital source music signals are transmitted losslessly from the source to the loudspeaker drivers without analog conversion.  Focus XD brings together high-power digital amplifiers, high-performance DSP, a digital volume control and both digital and analog inputs.

Each XD model has a coaxial S/PDIF 75-ohm digital input, as well as an analog input (RCA).  Volume and tone are adjusted directly in the speakers, so only a music source is required.  The Focus XD loudspeakers can also connected to a Dynadio Hub, which also accepts digital and analog inputs.  The Hub can send the audio signal wirelessly to the Focus XD loudspeakers, making multi-source and multi-room solutions possible.

Tone control is provided by way of a speaker position EQ (equalizer).  All tonal properties are adjusted digitally and thus are lossless.  Even the input sensitivity of the Focus XD analog input can be adjusted to allow for difference output levels of music sources.

The Focus XD loudspeakers come with a black aluminum remote control and spike outrigger feet (floorstanding models).

Model Details:
Focus 200 XD – digital active-compact, 2-way, 300 watt;
Focus 400 XD – digital active-floorstanding, 3-way, 450 watt;
Focus 600 XD- digital active-floorstanding, 4-way, 600 watt.

All Focus XD models will become available in October 2014, pricing is yet to be announced.  Look for more information at: http://focusxd.dynaudio.com/

TEAC HA-P50

TEAC has just announced their new HA-P50 portable headphone amplifier, a company first.  The HA-P50 incorporates a 24/96 USB DAC that provides high-resolution in a truly portable solution that works with iPhone, Android and PC / Mac.
 
Key Features

  • Accepts a digital input via USB from iPhone or Android* devices
  • 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution playback from iPhone and other iOS devices (with no Apple Camera Connection Kit needed when using the TEAC HR Audio Player for iOS high-resolution audio playback app)
  • An optical digital input jack allows direct connection to portable audio players or CD/DVD/Blu-ray players
  • HIGH/LOW output gain sector
  • 21.7mm thick flat-profile design; sturdy aluminum body
  • USB-rechargeable Li-ion battery (continuous battery life approx. 8 hours) with auto power save function

* AOA (Android Open Accessory Protocol) 2.0 compatible Android handset
 
The HA-P50 is constructed with a durable, compact aluminum alloy body and high quality internal circuity to bring out the best with connected headphones.  
 
Using the USB interface, the HA-P50 can extract the digital audio signals from your source device, whether iOS, Android, PC/Mac and process it via its on-board DAC.   
 
The HA-P50 can also be used with the free TEAC HR Audio Player app for high-resolution 24bit/96kHz audio playback for iPhones and other iOS-based devices.  Equipped with a BurrBrown PCM5102 digital-to-analog converter, the HA-P50 is capable of making the most of high resolution playback.   
 
A high/low gain selector enables the output gain to be precisely matched to the impedance of the headphone being used, an indispensible feature for consumers who use top quality high-impedance headphones (the high-output  2 x 160mW power amplifier successfully drives 600ohm headphones at full power)
 
The HA-P50 is equipped with a combined optical digital input and analog AUDIO IN terminal that self-detects incoming signals.

The new TEAC HA-P50 is currently available at a MSRP of: $299.99 U.S.  Look for more information at:
http://www.teac.com/ 

 B&W T7

Bowers & Wilkins has introduced their first portable, wireless speaker, dubbed simply as the T7.  The T7 incorporates two (patent-pending) force-canceling high-output bass radiators, which extend low frequencies and two highly optimized 2 inch (50mm) drive units.  Utilizing aptX Bluetooth, the T7 ensures high-definition detail is preservd from any Bluetooth-enabled PC, tablet or mobile phone streaming source.  A micro matrix honeycomb internal bracing structure provides substantial cabinet stiffening for the highest performance.

The T7 is designed to be simple – with unobtrusive controls that are supported by a unique collection of audio cues developed in collaboration with Mira Calix, an international composer, artist, and performer who works with sound across a range of formats.

T7 is the most portable standalone speaker Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced. The size of a hardcover book.  With a recharagle batter that offers up to 10 hours of playback at normal listening levels, the T7 is a wonderful travelling companion.

The rubber surround of the T7 adds protection and tactile quality, complementing the overall elegant design.  

Features

  • Micro Matrix – The distinctive honeycomb structure surrounding T7 isn’t just for show. Micro Matrix braces the speaker, reducing cabinet resonance for a cleaner, more precise sound.
  • Drivers – T7 uses two highly optimized 2 inch (50mm) drivers to ensure the highest quality of sound from the small enclosure. The driver diaphragm is made from glass fiber, the same material used in Bowers & Wilkins award-winning Wireless Music Systems.
  • High-output bass radiator – T7 also uses two (patent-pending) force-canceling high-output bass radiators designed to provide impressive bass, even at top volume, without adding resonance or rattle. The result is cleaner, more powerful bass, from a smaller box.
  • Electronics – High-performance digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) ensure audio is as faithful as possible to the source material. Digital signal processing ensures sound is controlled, whatever you’re listening to and no matter how loud. Two filterless class D amplifiers deliver smooth and open high frequencies, intelligible midrange frequencies and tight bass.
  • Bluetooth with aptX – Bluetooth wireless streaming is built into nearly every modern portable device – laptops, smartphones and tablets. And, with aptX, the Bluetooth listening experience is improved significantly by improving the transfer of data without affecting audio quality or introducing latency issues.
  • User interface A simple-to-use, intuitive user interface is supported by a pallet of unique audio cues developed in conjunction with composer, artist and performer Mira Calix.
  • Play anywhere – A heavy-duty Lithium Ion rechargeable battery means you can forget about plugs and power sockets. T7 will go anywhere and everywhere.

The Bowers & Wilkins T7 will be available October 2014, priced at $349.99 U.S. each.  Look for more details at: www.bowers-wilkins.com.

TA Electroakustic

T+A Elektroakustik has just launched their latest disc player within their flagship HV “High Voltage” series – the PDP 3000.  The two-channel models in the HV series have been designed to meet the expectations of demanding audiophiles.

The amplifiers of the HV series are driven at significantly higher than conventional voltages.  This high voltage is applied to the output stages and pre-amplifier stages as well as power amplifiers, resulting in an extremely linear curve with low distortion and tremendous dynamic capabilities.

The PDP 3000 HV incorporates a state-of-the-art disc mechanism that reads CD and SACD media perfectly, and transfers the data to the PDP 3000 HV’s high-performance PCM and DSD converters.  The PDP 3000 HV can also serve as a state-of-the-art DAC, as it has seven digital inputs.

The PDP 3000 HV case takes a cost-no-object design approach - crafted out of solid aluminum with no ferromagnetic materials.  Aluminum dividers separate five perfectly shielded sub-compartments which house the disc mechanism (with decoder board and digital inputs), the D/A converter (with analogue output stage), the analogue mains power supply, the digital mains power supply and – in the solid aluminum front panel – the control section with its ultra- bright screen and sensor buttons.

The heart of the PDP 3000 HV is a quadruple double-differential digital –to-analogue converter based on the outstanding converter employed in the T+A MP 3000 HV model.  The PDP 3000 HV, the converter features a supplementary signal path for processing DSD signals. The signal passes through T+A’s innovative jitter-reduction stage, which receives the data from either the CD/SACD transport or any of the seven digital inputs before such is processed by the converter. The USB input is equipped with one of the latest USB interfaces, and is capable of reproducing PCM and DSD audio at the highest level of quality; DSD data is passed directly to the converter modules. The current/voltage transducers, which are downstream of the D/A converter, are critical to the sound quality. They are of fully discrete, channel-separate construction, and are equipped with the T+A HV technology, as are the analogue output stages.

The array of connections on the PDP 3000 back panel reflects the symmetrical construction of both the case and the overall circuit design. The analogue output stages pass their signals directly to the professional-grade XLR or RCA output sockets for PCM and DSD operation. Located below them – behind the lower compartment – are the digital input connections, the HV bus, the LAN socket and the separate sockets for the analogue and digital mains power supplies.

The PDP 3000 HV’s high-grade SACD mechanism is fully shielded and housed in a machined solid aluminum case in order to prevent any trace of interaction between the moving parts of the mechanism and the rest of the player. The transport mechanism is mounted on just two close-tolerance pushrods, which completely de-couple it from the massive outer case. This in turn prevents the transmission of external pressure waves, vibration or structural sound from the mounting surface to the electronics and disc mechanism. A high-torque synchronous motor moves the disc carrier block smoothly and quietly by means of a precision-made de-coupled spindle. The loading mechanism makes it easy to insert discs without damaging them; they are held in securely in place by an anti-resonance puck.

The T+A Elektroakustik PDP 3000 HV is crafted in Germany, and will begin shipping in the USA and Canada during October, 2014. The PDP 3000 HV will be priced at $20,000.00 U.S.  Look for more details on this and other T+A Elecktroakustic products at: http://www.taelektroakustik.de/.

 

Jamo

Jamo, one of the Klipsch Group brands, has just announced four new subwoofer models: the J 10 SUB, J 12 SUB, J 110 SUB, and J 112 SUB.  These new subwoofers combine stylish looks with the latest innovations.   

All four subwoofer models use modern materials and core technologies.  High-gloss polymer veneer or wood grain vinyl finishes are available to match décor and removable cloth grilles are functional and add a refined look.

All of the subwoofers employ all-digital amplification for clean, highly-efficient power and accuracy. 
Both line level and LFE RCA inputs are provided to work with virtually any home-theatre receiver – new or old.  A low-pass crossover and phase control allows easy of integration.

The J 10 SUB and J 12 SUB subwoofers feature front firing aluminized polyfiber woofers, providing exceptional low frequency response with minimal distortion. Their MDF cabinet is finished in a sleek wood grain vinyl to match the highly acclaimed Jamo Studio speaker line.

The J 110 SUB and J 112 SUB subwoofers are designed as an ideal counterpart for the renowned Jamo Concert line, as well as other high-performance loudspeaker systems. Their Injected Molded Graphite woofers with Hard Conical Cone technology creates clear, detailed sound with very little distortion. Both models are compatible with the WA-2 wireless subwoofer kit, allowing for a completely wireless connection of one or multiple subwoofers for easy placement anywhere in the room. Each subwoofer is housed in a MDF cabinet that is finished in a sleek, high-gloss polymer finish.

All four subwoofer models are currently available.  The J 10 SUB and J 12 SUB subwoofers have a MSRP of: $399 U.S. and $499 U.S. respectively, while the J 110 SUB and J 112 SUB have a MSRP of $679 U.S. and $849 U.S. respectively.  For more information on the Jamo brand and its product offering, visit: www.Jamo.com.

Alpine Headphones

Alpine Electronics has just made their first step into the headphone market with the launch of thier all-new Alpine Headphones product, accompanied by their Alpine Level Play iPhone App.  Alpine is characterizing their new headphones as allowing listeners to: Feel, Hear and See the music. 

  • Feel: Alpine’s patented TKR3 Full Frequency Immersion Technology delivers a unique sound field expansion that recreates a live event sensation so users can feel the beat in their core.
  • Hear: High performance audio reproduction with user customizable sound settings.
  • See: Users can interact with music via Level Play iPhone App.

The Alpine Level Play App automatically scans, analyzes, and organizes a user’s music library and puts it into “energy” levels.  The Level Play App randomizes playback of tracks within a set “energy” level, which the listener can tune to their taste.

Alpine Headphones have a headband and iconic diamond shape design that are meant to present a bold and impactful presence.

Feature Set:

  • TKR3 Full Frequency Immersion Technology: Unique sound field expansion that recreates a live concert like listening experience
  • 24-bit stereo audio analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog converter
  • Powered Digital amplifiers
  • 2 X 40 mm high performance drivers
  • Fully programmable audio processing for separate bass and equalization
  • Bluetooth Low Energy for easy-pairing with your iPhone device for user-programmable sound settings
  • Level Play application, an application that scans, analyzes, and organizes the listener’s music library into “energy” levels. At Playback, Level Play presents the listener with a randomized song flow from a particular “energy” level
  • Fixed rechargeable Li-ion battery with 10 hour capacity
  • Dynamic circuitry allows for listening in case of fully depleted battery
  • iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod ready audio cable with remote and microphone
  • Available in Apollo White and Onyx Black
  • Comes with: USB Charging cable, Audio Cable, and Headphone pouch

Alpine Headphones are available now at all Apple retail stores and online on October 17th, 2014 at www.apple.com for a suggested retail price of $299 U.S.  Look for more details to become available at: http://www.alpine-canada.com/

 PSB T3 - C3

PSB Speakers has just announced two all-new Imagine loudspeaker flagship models; the T3 (a five-way floor-standing speaker with three woofers in a transitional array) and the C3 (a true three-way center channel, engineered to complement and perfectly match the T3).   

The T3 and C3 models incorporate all-new drivers with advanced technologies to reduce distortion and increase transient response.  A copper cap over the motor structure pole piece provides a dramatic reduction of 3rd harmonic distortion.  In addition, a symmetrical drive design creates a more uniform magnetic field in the driver motor coil, increasing linearity by reducing 2nd harmonic distortion, especially at high volume levels.  The woofers and midrange utilize polymer coated felted fiberglass cones mated to a high temperature fiberglass voice coil.  Rubber surrounds and a highly rigid non-resonant die cast aluminum alloy chassis provide precision alignment of all speaker components for high performance and excellent reliability.  Utilizing amplitude-perfect acoustic Linkwitz-Riley 4th order crossovers, the T3 and C3 drivers provide the lowest distortion and highest power handling that PSB has every created.

Three 7” woofers are arranged in PSB’s five-way transitional array, where all three woofers combine to produce the longest wavelengths of sound in the lowest frequencies. At higher musical frequencies woofers are strategically attenuated until only the woofer adjacent to the midrange is active, creating a perfect transition with uniform off-axis response. The position of each woofer, and the exact crossover slope, has been carefully optimized to reduce first acoustic reflections, also known as ‘floor bounce’. These early reflections are responsible for response irregularities and exist for all speakers unless compensated for as in the Imagine T3.  Other advantages to using multiple woofers include a more efficient transfer of energy into the air compared to a single larger woofer, and the varying positions also tend to excite a broader spectrum of room resonances preventing unwanted room nodes.  The smaller cones with large motors are more sensitive than a single larger driver and also more accurate for faster transients and lower distortion. 

The T3 use individually tuned chambers for each woofer, which also provides added structural rigidity by way of the added dividers.  Each chamber has its own rear firing tuning port that can be plugged to fine-tune in-room response.  The bottom woofer can be fully disconnected from the amplifier and shorted using the provided shorting link so that it acts as a ‘bass trap’ or damper to further suppress room resonances.

The PSB Imagine T3 includes a one-piece aluminum plinth with adjustable spikes, ideal for use on carpeted floors to gain stability and give a clean mechanical interface with the floor structure; even with uneven floors. Isolation pucks with carefully engineered rubber dampers are also included for hardwood floors to prevent damage and create a perfect interface. Five-way, gold binding posts provide multiple input terminals that allow for bi-amping and tri-amping if desired, along with the unique ability to use one woofer as a bass trap to tame room resonances and adjust the bass to perform perfectly in a wider range of room sizes and shapes.

The majority of musical information is reproduced in the midrange between 200Hz and 2000Hz and contains most of the musical information related to pitch and timbre of instruments and voice, and just happens to be our ears most sensitive range. The Imagine T3 uses a specially developed 5 ¼” midrange driver and tunes and isolates it in its own sealed chamber.  The 5 ¼” size has a nearly perfect combination of low distortion, high output capability and ideal dispersion over the desired frequency range, allowing it to integrate smoothly with the woofers and tweeter.

The Imagine T3 is using a hand-selected version of PSB’s famous titanium dome tweeter.  This 1” dome features a neodymium magnet, high temperature voice coil and Ferrofluid cooling, allowing it to keep pace with the high power handling of the rest of the speaker. Several years spent perfecting the manufacturing process has resulted in a tweeter with extremely smooth response and amazingly low distortion compared with other well-known tweeter designs.  An integrated ‘phase plug’ is ingeniously designed to extend high frequency response while also creating an ‘air spring’ that effectively damps the metal dome’s ‘oil can’ resonance.  Although this resonance is beyond the audible range, if not well suppressed it can have knock on effects in the audible range.  Excellent power handling allows PSB to ideally place the crossover point at 1,800Hz that enhances the dispersion and integration with the midrange driver.

Home theater enthusiasts can create a perfectly matched surround sound system by combining Imagine T3 for left and right speaker positions, and the Imagine C3 as the center channel speaker.  The identical voicing of these speakers creates a seamless and expansive sound field. Other Imagine models, including specialized surround speakers in stand mount, wall mount, in-wall and in-ceiling options complete the surround experience.  The Imagine C3 is true 3-way transitional design – unusually sophisticated for a center channel – that uses the same driver technology as the Imagine T3. The C3 includes two of the 7” woofers, both active at lower frequencies and with different low pass filter frequencies to maintain proper power response, and the same tweeter as the Imagine T3.  The specially developed midrange driver is unique to the Imagine C3 and is responsible for the excellent voice articulation of this speaker. The enclosure is rear ported and includes a tuning plug to adjust bass output for different placement options.

Key Features of PSB Imagine T3 and C3:
» Advanced driver technology reduces distortion
» All new drivers and crossover designed specifically for T3 and C3.
» Tweeters are Titanium dome with Ferrofluid and Neodymium magnet structure
» Three 7” Woofers, in individual bass chambers, configured in a transitional array
» Newly-designed midrange drivers in their own sealed chambers
» Gold-plated, five-way, binding posts that are also bi/tri-wireable and bi/tri-ampable
» Final voicing performed by Paul Barton at Canada’s famed NRC
» High Gloss premium finishes in choice of furniture grade Black or Cherry

PSB Speaker’s new Imagine T3 ($7,498 U.S./pair) C3 ($1,999 U.S.) flagship loudspeaker models will be available in late November in choice of premium High Gloss Black or High Gloss Cherry finishes.  Look for more information at: http://www.psbspeakers.com/.

SVS Prime Series

SVS has just announced their new Prime Series line of high performance speakers.  The new Prime Series incorporates trickle-down technology form SVS’ own Ultra Series, at a more affordable price level.

Within the Prime Series are a tower, bookshelf, satellite and centre channel model, which in combination with an SVS subwoofer, allows for a complete home theatre setup.  Tower, Bookshelf, Center and Satellite model, the Prime Series is the American audio brand’s second full-range speaker family offering.  The ultimate goal of the Prime Series is to make high-end audio inclusive and open experiences up to a broader audience than was previously possible.

The Prime has a completely new 3.5-way crossover that ensures a full, flat and seamless frequency response from the tweeter to the midrange driver, and through the two individually tuned and isolated 6.5-inch woofers. The design creates deep bass extension and a cohesive sonic presentation, with no compromises for either home theater or home stereo applications.

The Prime Bookshelf speaker uses a 6.25″ woofer that is designed to deliver deep and articulate bass and outstanding extension, courtesy of a stiffened polypropylene cone, a refined motor with aluminum shorting ring for reduced distortion, and a vented voice coil former.  The 1″ aluminum dome tweeter utilizes an FEA-optimized diffuser to deliver open ‘airy’ presentation and unveiled highs.

The Prime Series centre channel is also unique in that it is a three-way model.  SVS wanted to avoid the compromise in off-axis frequency performance that typical two-way centre channel models have.  The Prime Series centre channel is designed to be an uncompromised, yet affordable center channel – engineered as a true three-way, four-driver design featuring a 1″ aluminum dome tweeter, dedicated 3.5″ midrange driver and dual 5.25″ woofers.  The SVS SoundMatch three- way crossover ensures a smooth transition between all drivers for effortless projection into the room, both on- and off-axis. To avoid midrange modulation from all that woofer power, SVS mounted the midrange driver in its own dedicated and completely sealed compartment, which ensures natural and immersive dialogue clarity and vocal timbre, even during bass-heavy tracks and scenes.

The Prime Satellite aims to raise performance to an unprecedented levels for such a form factor.  The Satellite speaker stands on its own, or matches perfectly with SVS subwoofers in 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 systems, or it can serve as the front, center, and surround speakers in a very capable, very affordable multi-channel home theater system featuring other members of the Prime family. The compact size and included wall bracket also make the Satellite ideal in locations where space is limited, but high performance is desired.

The Prime Series feature lifestyle-friendly cabinet design, available in black ash or piano gloss. Precision machined front-baffle chamfers on the Prime family were carefully engineered to reduce tweeter diffraction artifacts, as well as to tie the Prime Series to the SVS Ultra Series lineup sonically and aesthetically. Every speaker in the range has been painstakingly voiced and sonically matched with each other and the Ultra Series allowing end-users to mix and match all models, creating endless home theater possibilities.

SVS Prime Series speakers are available in a variety of two-channel and home theater packages, but can also be configured in any multi-channel array for use with Dolby Atmos or other surround sound formats. Information and pricing for the various speakers and packages is available at www.svsound.com.

Mr.Speakers Alpha Prime Headphone

Mr. Speakers, known for their headphones, has just released a new dog to their stable of products – the Alpha Prime.  The Alpha Prime is Mr. Speakers most advanced and expensive product, to date; building upon their Alpha Dog headphone model but incorporating re-engineered Fostex T50RP drivers that deliver a whole new level of clarity, dynamics and detail.

The Alpha Prime’s modified driver is an extensively modified version of the legendary Fostex T50RP planar driver. The Alpha Prime is designed to improve on the performance of the Alpha Dog in almost every way, including: smoother frequency response, increased clarity, a wider soundstage, harder-hitting yet faster and more linear bass with improved dynamics.

The Alpha Prime, other than its headband, looks identical to the standard edition Alpha Dog but incorporates new techniques and technologies for a whole new level of performance.

Specifications:

Frequency response (+/- 3dB): 16Hz to 18KHz

Efficiency: 90dB/mW

Weight (without cable): 440g

Cable: Dual entry

Alpha Prime comes with: one cable (6ft 1/4″, 3.5mm single-ended cables or 4-pin XLR, 2.5mm, RSA/ALO balanced cables); a metal stand; a cleaning cloth and a two year warranty.  The Alpha Prime will be made available in Claret and Black and will ship on or before December 8 at an introductory sale price of: $999.99 U.S.  Look for more details on this product at:  http://mrspeakers.com/alpha-prime-headphones/.

 

 

Brinkmann Spyder

Brinkmann Audio has just announced a new turntable – the Spyder.  The Sypder is a radical new turntable with great versatility, accomodating  up to four 9”to 12” tonearms simultaneously, while providing maximum flexibility of placement.

The Spyder shares construction techniques and components with upscale Brinkmann turntables, including the direct-­‐drive Bardo and flagship Balance turntable.  The Spyder is a belt-drive table that uses the Brinkmann Balance’s advanced Sinus motor and solid state power supply.  Even greater performance is achievable by employing the optional RöNt II vacuum tube power supply.  The Spyder’s main bearing is the Brinkmann hydrostatic common to all Brinkmann ‘tables.  Construction is primarily of anodized aluminum for fast transmission of harmful vibrational energy.  The 22-­‐lb. alloy/crystal‐glass platter ensures speed stability and wide dynamics through the most complex musical passages.

The Brinkmann Spyder will soon be available with a single arm setup for: $14,000 U.S.  An additional tonearm base will be: $3,000 U.S. and an additional tone arm base with extended top plate will be: $3,400 U.S.  Look for more information to be made available shortly at: http://www.brinkmann-audio.com/

 

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