Alon Wolf, founder of high end loudspeaker brand Magico brought his latest loudspeaker, to show the press just what could be done if you make the decision to invest in building larger quantities. Big outfits do this all the time and reap the rewards of economies in scale, usually to the benefit of the consumer. However, Magico inhabit the world of high end audio with essentially bespoke, to order manufacture, with small batch quantities of raw materials, hand crafted assembly and resulting high prices.
Premiered At London Audio Specialist, KJ West One, April 15-16 2016
Audiophile products distributor Absolute Sounds ran a two day series of presentations at the prestigious West End audio store KJ West One, both for press and public. Absolute Sounds audio technology chief Pedro Jorge Luis has been keeping an eye on the more recent developments at ML now that ML Chief Audio Technologist Joe Voijko, a 20 year veteran of the company, has really got his teeth into high end hybrid moving coil /electrostatic loudspeaker design. Two important developments were brought to our attention, the recently introduced, part active Renaissance Series and new to the UK, the massive and purely passive Neolith flagship weighing nearly 400lb each, where most of this mass is down to the bass section!
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.
Thursday 10th September, 10:30 am
The Violin Factory, 35a Cornwall Road, South Bank,
Waterloo, London SE1 8TJ
With press launches all over the place this week UK, USA and Berlin our journos had trouble keeping up. I hit the Linn do at the Violin Factory, and found upwards of eight new offerings.
MD Gilad Tiefenbrun introduced the new style friendly speakers.
We had already experienced Linn’s active linear phase digital version of the B&W
Nautilus flagship and now we had the KEF Reference 5, the digital drive system design supported by production tolerance data from Jack Oclee-Brown, head of research at KEF. Linn showed how at some cost such a loudspeaker could be reversibly modified to bypass the passive crossover and be driven actively.
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.