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Sonus faber Chameleon
Sonus faber is launching their new Chameleon loudsspeaker collection that incorporates innovative style and design with sound quality. The new Chameleon loudspeakers will be “handmade in Italy” for the highest level of craftsmanship and construction.

Chameleon loudspeakers cabinets are covered in leather with driver flanges embellished with aluminum trims and side walls that house the exchangeable side panels via a system of pins which allows for simple removal and replacement. Choosing a finish is no longer a permanent decision with the new Chameleon loudspeakers, with the option to easly replace / switch the side panel. Sonus faber Chameleon side panels are available in 6 different finishes: WHITE, BLACK, METAL BLUE, METAL GREY, ORANGE, RED.

For the Chameleon collection, Sonus faber’s designers have developed cabinet shapes and proportions that guarantee exceptional control of internal resonance, perfect acoustics, excellent driver stability and easy integration into rooms. All the driver components are built exclusively for Sonus faber by the foremost manufacturers in the field. Other special treatments during assembly put the finishing touches on the drivers before being sent to the production line. Extreme care is taken in the design of the crossover network to maintain Sonus faber’s standards of excellence.

Sonus faber uses specialized software to design its speakers to exacting specifications; however, final listening tests and ‘tuning by ear’ ensure that emotion and humanity are instilled within the final products.

A floor-standing model, a bookshelf speaker, and a center channel provide a range of combinations that are well-suited to any environment, from the largest living room to the most intimate listening room.

The new Chameleon loudspeaker collection will be available this April – pricing, along with additional details can be found at: http://www.sonusfaber.com.

Wilson Sabrina 1

Wilson Audio has just launched their new Sabrina loudspeaker. The Sabrina rides on the heritage of the Wilson WATT/Puppy as well as the Alexandria XLF. The WATT/Puppy was developed to be compact, yet outperform much larger state-of-the-art designs – the new Sabrina is about the same size as the original 1980 WATT/Puppy. On the other hand, the Wilson Alexandria XLF is the pinnacle of Wilson’s attempt to bring the live unamplified experience to recorded reproduction. Where the XLF is built around complex and precise time-alignment capability, custom-designed drivers, and adjustable cabinet modules – the Sabrina delivers its capabilities through a simple, compact and accessible form factor.

Wilson Sabrina 2

Sabrina’s cabinet is hand-assembled, glued with proprietary adhesives, hand-sanded, gel coated, painted with multiple layers of automotive-grade paint, inspected, then polished and buffed to the same exacting standard as every other Wilson loudspeaker. The front baffle and bottom panels are built from Wilson proprietary composite, X-Material.

When the drivers in a loudspeaker array are aligned so that the leading edge of transients from each driver arrives at the listener’s ear at the same time, the result is a profound improvement in dynamics, harmonic detail, transparency—and in other important areas of sonic performance – simply making things sound “real”. In Wilson’s larger loudspeakers, adjustable drivers allow precise adjustment of time-alignment for almost any listening space – the Sabrina, driver array is time optimized for the “typical” listening room, using a sloping front baffle.

Every Sabrina crossover is a solitary work of art, built individually to match the reference crossover. Wilson mandates tolerances as stringent as plus-or-minus point-two percent (+/- 0.2%)—much more exacting than even the best individual crossover components typically achieve. Other high-end manufacturers accept this lack of precision as fait accompli. At Wilson, every crossover component is meticulously measured and cataloged with its actual value (which is always different from its rated value). Each Sabrina crossover is a unique admixture of mathematically complimentary components such that its final value precisely matches the reference loudspeaker’s crossover. Wilson believes that the owner of any of its products should hear precisely what Dave and the engineers heard when they signed off on the final prototype.

In Sabrina, an agile and dynamic 5.75” midrange driver is used. Its midrange beauty and dynamic alacrity extends into the lower treble (it is linear to beyond 3.5kHz). To capitalize on this driver’s seamless musicality in this area of the bandwidth, the tweeter is crossed over at a higher frequency than in other Wilson designs. The higher crossover results in an even higher power handling capability for this rugged yet musically expressive tweeter. Sabrina’s eight-inch woofer was first used in the Alexia, and was modified for its use in this smaller, single-driver enclosure. These drivers represent “trickle-down” technology at its best.

Measurements:
Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms / 2.53 ohms minimum @ 139 Hz
Sensitivity: 87 dB @ 1W @ 1m @ 1 kHz
Frequency Response: 31 Hz – 21 kHz: +/- 3 dB: Room Average Response [RAR]
Minimum Amplification Power Recommended: 50 watts/channel

Drivers:
Woofer: 8 inch drivers (20.32 cm) Cone Material: Paper Composite
Midrange: 5 3/4 inches (14.61 cm) Cone Material: Paper Composite
Tweeter: 1 inch, Dome (2.54 cm) Dome Material: Doped Silk Fabric

Dimensions:
Height—38 inches (96.52 cm) W/spikes: 39 5/16 inches (99.80 cm)
Width—12 inches (30.48cm)
Depth—15 3/16 inches (38.55 cm)
Enclosure Type (Rear Ported) X-Material Front Baffle and Bottom Panel

Weight
Weight Per Channel Uncrated: 94 lbs (42.64 kg)
Total Approximate System Shipping Weight: 222 lbs (100.70 kg)

The new Sabrina loudspeaker is available in three standard “Wilsongloss” colors—Desert Silver, Galaxy Gray, and Obsidian Black. Two upgrade colors, Biarritz White and Titan Red, are also available for an additional charge. First shipments are scheduled for late March 2015 on currently submitted orders. Current MSRP is: $15,900 U.S. Look for more details on the Sabrina at: http://www.wilsonaudio.com.

Audio Research SE Amplifiers
Audio Research, has just announced their new SE amplifiers. Following the announcement of the Audio Research GS150, which feature the new KT150 output tube, Audio Research, has been working on substantial performance upgrades for its Reference amplifiers to take full advantage of a full changeover to the KT150 output tubes.

In addition to changing from the KT120 to the KT150 output tube, a number of active and passive parts have been changed in the SE amplifiers. Audio Research claims that the results are dramatic – with the new SE series being better in every way: purity and lack of grain, resolution, micro- and macro-dynamics, separation and instrumental focus, phase and time coherence, and greatly improved bass weight, authority and control.

Audio Research Reference 75, 150, and 250 amplifiers can be fully upgraded to include all SE enhancements. Upgrades in North America will be performed as a factory upgrade, while those outside North America can contact their distributor to schedule an upgrade.

Pricing and availability has not been announced. Look to the Audio Research website for more details to be shared: http://www.audioresearch.com/

Arteluth Cadenza

Arteluthe, a Canadian loudspeaker manufacturer, based out of Quebec, has just announced their latest loudspeaker model – the Cadenza. The new model is a departure from the company’s former designs and is “entirely built by hand in Canada with select exotic veneers, solid and engineered woods. Utilizing TAD Pro components (TL1601a and TD2001), the two-way hornloaded system has a high sensitivity specification of 96dB@2.83V. Frequency response is stated as: 36Hz to 24-000Hz (24Hz@-6dB) with a 90° horizontal and vertical dispersion and nominal 8 ohm impedance. The Cadenza uses diffraction horns that are each made from 15 individual parts, which are hand-finished prior to assembly. The Cadenza comes with a matching base, bass cabinet, horn assembly, high quality 4th-order crossover and pure silver wiring.

The Cadenza is now available at a MSRP of: $24,000 CDN and a variety of exotic veneers can be special ordered. Look for more information to be shared shortly at: http://www.arteluthe.com/

UAMP
Uamp has just launched their new Uamp portable headphone amplifier, developed to provide hi-fi sound from music devices, whether smartphone, mp3 player, tablet, laptop or PC.

Given the cheap and low quality headphone outputs of most portable music devices and PC’s, great sound is not possible by connecting headphones directly to these devices. This is where Uamp steps in. Listening to music through hi-fi audio equipment results in clearer, louder, and richer-sounding experience. Uamp makes hi-fi sound possible through a compact and portable device.

Uamp incorporates a slick aluminium-body design and measures just 1.69 x 1.69 x 0.36 inches (43 x 43 x 9 mm). At a weight of 0.9 ounces (26 grams) Uamp can easily be used while excercising, on the move, at play or travelling. With a ten hour rechargeable battery convenience is maximized.

Uamp has five times the power of the amp in an iPhone and allows easy connection via a 3.5mm headphone output. Uamp comes with five EQ presets (Bass Boost, Bass Boost 2, Treble, Streaming and Flat) as well as custom EQ setting that you can adjust yourself. The Streaming EQ preset is specifically designed to enhance the sound of music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Youtube, iTunes Radio, iHearts Radio and many more.

Uamp is currently available on kickstarter.com at an introductory price of $50 U.S. Look for more information at: http://www.uamp.co

Parasound Integrated Amp

Parasound has announced that its all-new 2.1-channel integrated amplifier with digital audio converter (DAC) – the Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier is now shipping.  The new integrated amplifier brings together a John Curl designed amplifier with a sophisticated analog preamplifier and DAC that covers virtually all digital formats, including the latest high-resolution DSD digital music files.  The new Parasound Halo Integrated is a Class A/AB design, derived from Parasound’s own stand-along amplifiers.  It provides 160-watts per channel (240-watts @ 4 ohms).  Features include a home-theater bypass function, 2.1-channel analog bass management, a dedicated high-current headphone amplifier, and state-of-the-art integration technologies.

The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier uses the latest ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC to decode a wide range of digital music files via optical, coaxial, and USB inputs. The asynchronous USB 2.0 input supports PCM up to 384 kHz/32-bit, native DSD256 and DoP DSD bit streams. The coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192 kHz/24-bit.

The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier uses the company’s classic Class A/AB, DC-coupled topology with a J-FET input stage, MOSFET driver stage and high-current output stage with 12 rugged Sanken bipolar output transistors. With its oversized shielded toroid power transformer, 40,000 µF filter capacity and enormous heat sinks. Its adjustable low pass and high pass crossovers and front panel subwoofer level control allows for seamless subwoofer integration.

The Halo Integrated has a balanced XLR input and XLR L, R and Sub preamp outputs. There are five line-level inputs, record/fixed level output, and a low noise MM/MC phono input with three loading options. Its unique home-theater bypass input circuitry enables a surround sound receiver or processor to utilize the Halo Integrated’s power amp to drive the left and right loudspeakers during surround sound listening while its subwoofer bypass inputs make it possible for subwoofer(s) to operate with surround sound and stereo listening.

The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier is currently available in black or silver finish with a MSRP of: $2,495 U.S.  For more information, visit: www.parasound.com

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/