CEntrance launches crowd funding project ‘HiFi-Skyn’ clip-on amplifier for iPhone series 5 and 6 and iPod touch 5G.
Your phone gets larger with this clip-on auxiliary battery case with an extended lower section containing the electronics, at an estimated $400. Conversely overall battery life is extended and it has 10 hours of high definition audio replay. Not from iTunes, but from your own HD downloads at up to 24 bit/192kHz, and including DSD. It can be described as a snap-on USB DAC and audiophile soundcard for the iPhone. It will be featured at CES 2015 and may be seen as a rival to Neil Young’s portable HD Audio Pono player and other HD players from Sony and also Astell and Kern.
There are currently 167 brands confirmed as exhibiting at the 2015 show and no doubt there will be a few more by next February. HIFICRITIC has supported this show from its inception and it is the largest UK audio show running, despite the western location.
We enjoy meeting thousands of visitors and hearing about their systems. Please come and see us, and we are happy to advise on audio topics whenever we can. There will be special show offers from HIFICRITIC, strongly discounted back issues, introductory issues, and the current issue at a special price. In addition there will be an offer for new and lapsed subscribers.
Marriott City Centre Hotel Bristol Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD
Show Opening Times 20th - 22nd February 10:00am - 5:00pm
Press Launch at London’s Shard 69 December 4th 2014
Meridian, after years of research have launched a new digital recording archiving and transmission format which claims to be of potentially higher sound quality than presently used high resolution standards and yet is more economical of encoding, storage and transmission resources. The term lossless has been mentioned in this connection and is associated with the use of this term for MLP, Meridian Lossless Packing which has been widely licensed particularly for DVD and Blu Ray sound tracks to allow more economical audio data storage and transmission without loss of quality.
Much research by Bob Stuart and his colleagues including Peter Craven concerned reaching a better understanding of perception, what parameters are key to sound quality, and a shift from a traditional emphasis on recording the frequency components of sounds, to better mapping of the time related or transient components. Studies on perception in recent years have showed that humans are better able to resolve and appreciate transients than frequencies. Grossly simplifying the argument we understand that a single pure frequency, a sine wave carries no musical information, it is dead, static, and cannot even reveal its location, yet our recording technologies seem to have concentrated on accurate capturing groups of sine waves.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.