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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/

 

ADL Stratos

Alpha Design Labs (ADL) has now introduced an all-new product – the STRATOS.  The STRATOS will be positioned above the ADL GT-40 (which will also have some enhancements).  Though it hasn’t officially been announced as a replacement model for the ADL ESPRIT (my own reference DAC / headphone amplifier), I expect that this is likely the case, given features and pricing.

Building on the features of the GT-40 the ADL STRATOS brings something new to the table – DSD capability, a first for ADL.  The STRATOS is truly a jack of all trades and quite possibly a master of many, having a built-in preamplifier, phono stage, headphone amplifier, DAC  & ADC (24-bit/192-kHz), as well as DSD functionality (both 2.8M and 5.6M) via USB connection.  S/PDIF optical input and output are also provided.

The STRATOS can thus serve as the hub of a music system and/or a work-horse of a desktop system.  With it you can create pristine digital versions of your LP vinyl albums or get the most out of your headphones with robust amplification and the audiophile quality DAC.

Additional features include L/R analog inputs, switchable line or phono inputs and a controller that supports both ASIO and Asynchronous modes. The STRATOS also uses the finest Furutech RCA sockets to deliver high-quality sonic results.  A clear step-up from the GT40 in performance, the STRATOS, has been reconsidered and rethought using the latest technology and the latest designs.

Features
• 24-bits/192kHz CS4392 High Performance Stereo DSD DAC (2.8M/5.6M)
• VT1736 USB 2.0 High Speed 480Mbps 32-bits/192kHz USB DAC , 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 KHz
sampling rates supported
• ASIO driver (Windows); Plug’n Play (MAC)
• Powerful Headphone Amplifier MAX9722A (16~600 ohm)
• Line , ADC and DAC OPA : NJM5532 OP Amp
• Analog-to-Digital Converter: The STRATOS sports a high-performance ADC IC (CS5340) chip for high resolution recordings via analog inputs including phono, AM/FM radio, or other analog signals.
• Phono Preamplifier: The STATOS features a phono equalizer for recording your precious LPs. Switch between Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) or Line input
USB Playback Resolution: 24bit/192KHz (Max)
USB Recording Resolution: 24bit/192KHz (Max)
• Highest Quality Parts: The STRATOS features a high quality amplifier and condenser supporting its high performance analog circuit
• High End Audio Grade Connections: The STRATOS is equipped with gold-plated Furutech RCA jacks with an extremely high quality aluminum chassis and machined volume knob
• Power Supply AC Adaptor Rating: Erp step2 compliant, 2Wire AC Input Type, Class II, AC/DC Switching Adaptor output DC 15V / 0.8A / 12W
• Dimensions: 150 (W) x 141 (D) x 57 (H) mm
• Weight (approximate): 900 grams

The all-new ADL STRATOS is scheduled to be available in October 2014 at a MSRP of $895 in Canada.  Look for more information to soon be made available at: http://www.adl-av.com/

LG 34U97 Curved UHD

LG Electronics has just released a new flagship IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor, their model 34UC97, which as a 32.7-inche diagonally measured screen.  

LG’s IPS technology the monitor can deliver wide viewing angles without distortion. The LED backlighting delivers deep black levels and rich colors for an amazing contrast and color detail, and its Ultra Quad High Definition (UQHD) picture quality with 3440 x 1440 pixels make movies, games and sports come to life.

 

LG proposes that the larger screen size allows users to replace their current dual monitor setups with this single monitor.  Using True Color Finder color calibration software the LG 34UC97 ensures color accuracy for source material; a must for professional photographers and graphic designers as well as video enthusiasts.  And, for sound, the monitor also features MAXXAUDIO and 7-watt stereo speaker system.

Compatible with both PCs and Macs, the LG 34UC97 monitor handles heavy graphics and videos with ease on either system and supports Thunderbolt 2 for high-speed data transfers – four times faster than USB 3.0. It also allows multiple devices to be daisy chained together.

LG’s 4-Screen Split feature makes multitasking easy by dividing the screen into up to four sections at eight different screen ratios. Users can prioritize windows by size and location instead of having to manually resize and position each window individually. A few simple mouse clicks enable the user to arrange windows quickly into a variety of useful configurations, perfect for the professional who needs to view multiple programs at once. Adding even more versatility, a connectivity feature called Dual-Link Up allows the monitor to connect to two source devices (e.g., smartphones, PCs, cameras, Blu-ray players or gaming systems) and display each on a single screen simultaneously.

LG’s 34UC97 will be available this October at a MSRP of: $1,299 U.S.  Look for more details at: www.lg.com.

 

Akiko Audio Triple AC

Akiko Audio has just introduced their new Triple AC Enhancer product.  Akiko Audio affirms that negative influences of high frequency RFI-EMI radiation are more significant than many music enthusiasts and even audiophiles may believe.  Reducing RFI-EMI, which amount to high frequency noise / interference results in an immediate audible improvement in the rendering of music.  The Triple AC Enhancer does just this, reduces RFI-EMI and thus, provides a cleaner, more natural and pleasant sound to any system it is used with.  

Using the Triple AC Enhancer is as simple as plugging the provided Akiko Audio Gold connector into the power strip or wall socket that the audio system is connected to.  

The new premium model Triple AC Enhancer is now available from Akiko Audio directly or thorough authorized dealers at a European price of € 295.  Look for more information on this and other Akiko Audio products at: www.akikoaudio.com.

Samsung 590C

Samsung has just announced their new SD590C curved monitor.  Developed to provide a more immersive viewing experience, it also allows for multi-screen extension, given its super narrow bezel.  Sound is supported via integrated stereo speakers and the monitor has a specialized mode that optimizes it for gaming.

The SD590C’s curved LED screen provides users with a unique perspective ideal for viewing content ranging from multimedia to games. Through its carefully selected curvature of 4000R, the monitor has a wider field of view than flat 27-inch panels making the display seem bigger.  Because the display’s edges are physically closer to the user’s eyes and match their natural curve, users don’t need to shift focus to see the ends of the screen, which makes it ideal for anyone spending extended time in front of a computer.

High brightness (350 nit) and 3000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio add to the experience by making images and video appear even truer to life with deeper blacks, pristine whites and amazingly bright colors.  The screen provides a wide field of view for watching multimedia content from nearly anywhere in the room.  In addition, the SD590C has a 5-Watt, 2-channel dual stereo speakers built right into the curve that are designed to deliver rich, high-quality stereo sound to envelop the watcher.  

With a single click the monitor switches into Game Mode, instantly adjusting settings for optimized play. It intelligently detects changes in scenes, enhances the color, and alters the screen’s contrast to make the darks darker and the lights lighter. With Game Mode, users can see all the action at all times, even in the darkest scenes. The curved screen provide a more engaged experience.  

Game Boost also enriches sound to further boost gaming in two ways: first, the monitor’s equalizers are adjusted to make sound effects sound true to life. Second, the most important game noises (for example, car noises in a driving game, explosions in an action game, or character sounds in a role playing game) will stand out over the background music. When paired with the display enhancements above, the result is an unmatched gaming experience.

Users can connect two or even three SD590C monitors simultaneously to create a wider, gentler curve that delivers an incredible viewing experience for all games and multimedia content.  The SD590C monitor features a clean, understated look and narrow bezel that keeps users focused on the content while still standing out on their desk. The screen is elevated on a curved metallic stand with an angled neck, which makes it appear to float weightlessly. 

The SD590C will be available beginning October, 2014 at a MSRP of $429.99 U.S.  Look for more information at: www.samsung.com.

 

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