Our 2016 spring issue is packed with reviews and features:
2016: Bristol: Marriott City Hotel
While a broken hotel lift conspired to make the exhibitor’s workload that much tougher, working through the night on the day before, by the opening on Friday 19th pretty much all was in place, up and running. For the three days there were queues round the block to get in at the opening despite the unusually chilly weather, fortunately rain and snow free.
Clarity, the UK Hi Fi trade association, held their annual trade event at Dolby Soho Square, with a packed set of presentations including a brief introduction to Dolby Vision (HDR), an upcoming video standard delivering higher contrast, 4,000:1 and said to be a greater performance gain visually than current 4k is over 720p. There is a higher contrast high def format already, HDR 10, which ideally is a tasty 10-bit resolution at up to 1,000 nits. Dolby Vision will do up to 4k nits (and it really is really bright with a good laser projector!) at a 12 bit dynamic range. In addition, like the Atmos sound standard optimising the playback sound channels, this video format adapts and scales the incoming data to best match the video playback you are using. Seen at 2016 CES several manufacturers have adopted it including Vizio and LG.
At Grahams HIFI, London
Renowned Naim hi fi dealer Grahams was the venue for the physical launch of the new smaller MUSO. Naim’s one box music player MUSO was a new venture last year and has done well, penetrating the web and high street quality music box market exemplified by the range stocked by John Lewis. The Muso itself was viewed initially with some suspicion by Naim customers and dealers as it is not a traditional Hi Fi component but it has penetrated that market too. Naim’s MD Trevor Wilson explained that there has been a gain in NAIM audio component sales from new customers who have got on so well with their Muso that they also want to experience NAIM component audio.
Naim Headquarters, Salisbury, UK 13 November 2015
Naim brief the PRESS on the technology and explain the rollout of the new DR augmented line of NAP power amplifiers:
With a good attendance of UK Press: Hi Fi News, Hi Fi World, HIFICRITIC, Haymarket (What Hi Fi and Gramophone) and Hi Fi Plus, NAIM expanded on their earlier Munich Show announcement for the new DR amplifiers, at that stage previewed as prototypes. The day began with an introduction by the new CEO Trevor Wilson, who noted that NAIM sales were still rising and that their commitment to the traditional hi fi separates market would continue, especially in respect of the close bond which has been struck with historic customers and enthusiasts. After rolling out Spotify compatibility, Tidal was the next project and NAIM have worked closely with Tidal to get the project underway smoothly. I agree with Steve Harris that access to Tidal is undoubtedly a great asset especially for validating potential purchases but in a high quality system, in our view, Tidal does not quite provide the particular subjectively connected quality of live replay from a raw CD.
Paul Morley music writer, critic, and iconoclast
Burgh House 05/011/2015
With a noted background in pop music journalism at NME and then music production, not least Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Morley explained how he has belatedly discovered the emotional and intellectual riches contained in the classical music back catalogue.
Located at Partridge Green West Sussex, near Brighton UK Audio Note comprises a sprawling collection of three adjacent, connected industrial units covering warehousing, manufacturing, research and development with a turnover in the low millions Sterling. The organisation has grown like topsy over recent years and is continuing to expand despite its core technologies being primarily based on historic, valve-tubed electronics with top class audio transformers of their own manufacture.
Windsor, 24-25 October 2015
The new Bang & Olufsen flagship speaker, the BeoLab 90, was unveiled by the company at an event held close to its headquarters in Struer, Denmark. Said to represent the company’s vision of ‘the future of sound’ the new model, named in recognition of B&O’s 90th anniversary this Autumn, uses multiple drive units to enable on-the-fly adjustment of sound beam width and direction, plus active room correction, all controlled from an app on a smartphone or tablet.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.