The Philips release for the Lightning cable connected, active Fidelio M2L headphones explains that they have a direct digital connection to compatible iOS devices, thus supporting 24bit HD audio formats using inbuilt DACs and amplifiers powered via the cable. Thus the rumours for HD, 24 bit, up to 48kHz audio playback from new generation Lightning equipped Apple devices seem confirmed. Where does this leave other HD music and playback device providers?
Panasonic has resuscitated the famous Technics brand in time for IFA Berlin, 2014
First products due in December
Andrew Everard reports
Technics is back, and it’s aiming high: its new ‘Reference Class’ R1 system is expected to have a price of around £32,000, and comprises the SU-R1 network music player/preamplifier, the 150Wpc SE-R1 stereo power amplifier, and the floorstanding SB-R1 speakers. These have a coaxial mid treble driver.
UK company Flexson have announced a superior one box record player deck clearly based on trusted UK Rega components, for what seems a competitive £330. Flexson currently make some decor accessories for the wireless speaker brand leader SONOS.
This could well be the best sounding and best engineered all in one turntable of its type, currently populated by confections of tinny plastic which frequently cannot even be relied upon to rotate. Flexson note that vinyl sales are set to rise 40% in 2014.
Called the MXA70 and delivered in the classic McIntosh chassis build with the trademark power and volume indicators in deep blue, this 50W plus 50W powerhouse has full digital input flexibility, with four digital inputs (coaxial, optical, balanced digital AES/EBU and USB), and allowing digital replay at up to 32-bit/ 192kHz resolution. Two analogue inputs are also present, but no Wi-Fi or streamer facility.
Money has been spent on the headphone output with selectable output impedance for 8 to 600 ohms in three steps, plus HXD cross-feed technology which is claimed to enhance perceived imaging. Classic tone controls are present and the package is competed by two ‘desk mount’ cast alloy enclosure, two-way compact loudspeakers in black gloss enamel.
These have 4inch paper cone woofers and a 3/4inch titanium foil tweeters.
The all up weight of 23kg gives an idea of its solidity but with a lack of stream and wireless connectivity I wonder what kind of customer they are seeking ?
Devialet announced their SAM go faster software loudspeaker specific plug-in for their widening range of integrated amplifiers at the Munich High End show. We outlined the project in that show report. These downloadable ‘upgrades’ are loudspeaker specific so the thorny question is, who gets it first?
Event hosted by KJ Director Vsevolod Mikhailov and his team.
On the 28th and 29th May, running until late in the evenings, KJ hosted a London showroom launch of the Naim Statement amplifier driving the Focal Grande Utopia Be for invited guests, KJ customers and the Press. On a secondary display the new MUSO all-in-one was also demonstrated by Ryan Latham, Naim’s marketing director.
Larry Gullman co founder of MSB, California, dropped by before heading off to the Munich Show for next week. In a quirk of fate the booked MSB room had vanished from the organisers list leaving them no option but to run a static stand on the show floor. I was really hoping to hear the new select DAC at Munich and to my great good fortune he brought the show exhibit with him for me to try out with the current HIFICRITIC review system of D’Agostino Momentum paired with the Wilson Sasha Two.
Designed in the first half of 2011 by Martin Colloms, Christien Ellis (CE Electro-Acoustics, www.christienellis.co.uk) and Miles O’Carroll (firstname.lastname@example.org) The Rhythm King has passed its proving trials and is ready for demonstration at the National Audio Show September 24/25. Room S15 with ticketed presentations on the design principles involved.
Wilmslow Audio built the enclosure to drawings created by Miles O’Carroll from design sketches by Martin Colloms and Christien Ellis. Wilmslow Audio have agreed to supply all the parts required including the exclusive supply of the Cotswold Acoustics manufactured, BMR full range planar driver. The custom made Multi-Contact terminated solid core internal and external wiring harnesses are built by DNM Design and work with external, easily updated crossover networks.
This speaker is designed for wall boundary matching and a neutral timbre.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.