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The EISA Amplifier 2018–2019 is… Primare I15 Prisma
Primare’s industrial design speaks volumes in this stylish, slimline amplifier. Despite being just three-quarters the size of conventional separates, it punches way above its weight in sound and features.
Alongside conventional analogue inputs, there’s a hi-res PCM/DSD DAC plus Prisma connectivity and control technology that includes Bluetooth®, AirPlay, Spotify Connect and Chromecast (with Roon) functionality. It sounds surprisingly good for its size – super-smooth and creamy with detail aplenty and satisfying stage depth. The proven Class D power amplifier is meaty enough to drive most loudspeakers, while the fascia’s crisp OLED display keeps track of source and volume settings. Factor in the svelte alloy casework and the I15 Prisma makes great sense for those seeking something out of the ordinary.”
EISA award citation
For more on all our new Primare models go to primare.net
Room 142, 1st floor, discover Primare and Acoustic Signature turntables, with Pai-Audiovideo. Nice.
Room Sydney, 1st floor, Introducing the NAD Electronics AMP1.
NAD’s Most Compact Amplifier Ever with Chromecast built-in and Digital Amplifier Technology
The AMP1 adds big sound to your favourite music sources and brings incredible flexibility to any stereo system. This hi-fi amplifier has Chromecast built-in, and allows you to stream and cast music directly from a mobile device or any music streaming app, letting you enjoy your music wirelessly. With Bluetooth® also natively integrated, the AMP1 can wirelessly connect to any smart phone, tablet, or Bluetooth-enabled device within range so you seamlessly stream your favourite music apps or libraries in high-fidelity. Add a turntable using the phono input and experience the warmth of vinyl collections with the room-filling sound of pure digital amplifier technology. The design is compact and very discrete with a beautiful aluminium cabinet with a finish that is unheard of in this price category.
Introducing the NAD C 658
The NAD C 658 is a new kind of stereo component, one that at once changes preconceptions and opens new possibilities for audio reproduction. You see, there has never before been a component offering such a rich palette of both new and proven technology. Bold statements? Read on.
REDEFINING THE ARCHITECTURE OF HI-FI PLAYBACK
As we move deeper into the 21st Century the way music is distributed and enjoyed
continues to evolve away from physical media to streaming. It also has moved away
from analogue to digital. The C 658 has incorporated these fundamental truths to create an entirely new type of component that combines a network streamer, a state-of-the art DAC, and many aspects of the traditional preamplifier into a single highly cost effective package. And thanks to NAD’s exclusive Modular Design Construction, it will keep pace with the latest technology, not yet introduced, but inevitably coming in the future. In fact, an optional HDMI 4K switcher module is available now allowing the best sound from any of the many HDMI sources available (like game consoles and video STBs). While the C 658 immediately replaces (or adds) your streamer, DAC, and preamp, it also adds many new features you may not be aware of, like a Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth transmitter to use with your wireless headphones. The highly flexible outputs allow for a true balanced connection to powered speakers or amplifiers. Single-ended connections for amplifiers and subwoofers are also provided and include an adjustable subwoofer crossover executed perfectly in the digital domain. A highly sophisticated MM phono input is also included along with line inputs for legacy analogue components.
The NAD ElectronicsD 3045 HYBRIDDIGITAL™ DAC AMPLIFIER.
The Amp With All the Ins and Outs
The NAD D 3045 is everything a modern amplifi er should be; compact, energy effi cient, powerful, silent, high-resolution enabled, and packed with cutting edge features like DSD and MQA playback. NAD’s expertise in both digital and analogue engineering is on full display in this fl exible and affordable amplifi er.
Hi-Res is to audio, what HD is to video. It is more lifelike, natural, and a much more enjoyable listening experience. With features like support for MQA music, the D 3045 can faithfully and accurately reproduce the full spectrum of sound encapsulated on the studio
master. Until now, music loving consumers have only been able to hear an edited version of the full fidelity because the delivery systems, be it tape, vinyl, or CD, did not have the capacity to hold all the information contained in the studio-master recording. With hi-res downloads and streaming we can now enjoy exactly the same experience the artist heard in the studio when the recording was first made. This is revolutionary! Yet, 90% of the products on the market today do not have the full capability required to experience this new higher fidelity.
The new NAD Electronics C 588 Turntable
NAD’s is well known for innovative, high performance, yet affordable, turntables. While the basic operation of a turntable seems simple, extracting all the musical energy from the record grooves without exciting destructive resonances requires both science and art. Let’s take a closer look at each of the elements of the C 588 with an explanation of the choices we made.
ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
Having exact pitch (speed) is important, but human hearing is much more sensitive to momentary changes in speed which we express with the terms Wow and Flutter. As its name sounds, Wow is a slow cyclical speed variation. The most severe example is the sound of a severely warped record, where the stylus travels faster on the rising side of the warp and slower on the descending side, causing abrupt changes in musical pitch. Flutter is what we call very fast and small variations that are usually generated by the motor. The C 588 addresses both of these problems with proven and effective solutions. A specialized, high precision, synchronous clock motor is both very smooth and accurate, especially when driven from a stable AC voltage. To ensure a clean and stable AC voltage we isolate the AC Mains by first converting it to a clean DC voltage, and then electronically generating the precise AC frequency to regulate the synchronous motor. Using a specially formulated belt to drive the platter further filters and isolates any remaining vibration. All rotating parts are made from aluminum alloy machined to very tight tolerances to eliminate any eccentricity or vibration in the drive system.
TONEARM AND CARTRIDGE
The C 588 features a custom designed carbon fiber tonearm shaft with a fixed metal head shell and features a decoupled counterweight and magnetic anti-skate compensation. An Ortofon 2M Red cartridge is factory installed and offers superb tracking and a delicately nuanced full range sound. The C 588 uses a longer than usual 9” tonearm to optimize overhang and reduce the tracking angle error. To perfectly align the stylus we include adjustments for azimuth and vertical tracking angle, and include a gauge to calibrate the alignment, a rarity at this price point.
CLOSING THE TRIANGLE
To fully realize the micro-dynamics of music requires a very tight mechanical coupling of the platter and the tonearm. This forms a triangle, as vibrations can travel from record being played, to the platter, through the shaft and bearing to the base (plinth), up the arm mount through the arm pivot and down the arm to the cartridge and stylus. There are many separate parts in this path and some of them are required to move relative to one another through mechanical bearing interfaces. If there is any play in these mechanical interfaces musical energy will be lost. This is why NAD has paid strict attention to precision machining, assembly, and testing that is so important in a turntable.
RESONANCE CONTROL AND ISOLATION
Reducing all spurious vibrations to a minimum is critical to getting the best result when playing vinyl. Since these vibrations can come from various sources, both internal and external, the materials and dimensions must all be carefully calculated to reduce and balance all the resonances to prevent a buildup of energy at particular frequencies. To isolate external vibrations from the loudspeakers or footfalls bouncing the floor, we use a massive MDF base with specially tuned vibration damping feet, along with a thick non-resonant dust cover. The choice of glass platter, felt pad, MDF base, and carbon fiber tonearm, were carefully considered to work together to limit and reduce spurious vibration.
RECIPE OR INGREDIENTS?
They say a great chef can make delicious food from very basic ingredients, while a cook without training can make a mess of even the finest and most exotic ingredients. NAD is a Five Star Chef in the audio world, designing award winning products for 45 years now. We think the C 588 hits a sweet spot for performance and value by using very simple high quality parts and precisely engineering them to work together in perfect harmony. We believe the result to be a feast for the ears that will last for years and bring new life to your existing record collection while preserving it for the future.
KEF LSX, room Athens 1, 1st floor
Give your music the space it deserves.
The convenience and connectivity of wireless. The emotion and detail of true high-resolution stereo. And all from a compact system designed to fit almost anywhere. LSX is the speaker system for the way we listen today.
Play anything. Hear everything.
From streaming to gaming, from TV to multi-room music, LSX is designed for all your home entertainment needs. Play what you like, how you like, where you like – and experience it all in glorious high-resolution stereo.
Stereo. Feel the performance.
With two speakers positioned apart from each other, you’ll experience music as a 3D soundstage, with the pin-point imaging and sense of presence that one-box systems miss. It’s the difference between just hearing music, and really feeling it.
Apple AirPlay 2*
LSX comes with Apple AirPlay 2 which, from a simple screen tap or request to Siri, unlocks the world of multi-room audio. You can wirelessly stream all your favourite music apps to your whole home with seamless control from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.(*available in early 2019)
All the music on earth.
With Spotify Connect and Tidal built in, all the music you love is at your fingertips. Stream from the cloud, or directly from a NAS drive or a computer through DLNA fully wirelessly at 48kHz/24bit resolution (or 96kHz/24bit using optional wired connection). Or simply use Bluetooth.
With LSX, nothing gets between you and the music. Connecting to Wi-Fi takes moments with the KEF Control app and keeps abreast of the latest firmware, so your speakers are future-proofed and always up to date.
Room Séoul, More Music demonstrate a high-end set with several new products
dCS Bartók Upsampling DAC / Streamer / Headphone Amplifier / Pre Amp
The new dCS Bartók DAC brings together dCS’s past, present and future. It is first and foremost a state of the art network streaming DAC that uses technology developed for the Rossini range. With the addition of the unique headphone amplifier it brings the extraordinary dCS digital experience to both headphone and stereo listeners.
This single-box digital music player features the legendary dCS Ring DAC™ and signal processing platform, plus a custom high performance UPnP music streamer.
Bartók plays music through an array of industry-standard USB, AES or S/PDIF digital inputs. It can stream over Ethernet from a NAS drive or online music services such as TIDAL™ or Spotify™, and from Apple devices via Airplay™. The network interface can perform full MQA™ decoding and rendering.
The DAC section is equipped with independent balanced and unbalanced line outputs that can drive power amplifiers directly, avoiding the need for a separate preamplifier. The Headphone DAC features a custom designed headphone amplifier that works extremely well with both high and low impedance headphones in balanced or unbalanced formats. All of the outputs can be set to one of 4 maximum levels to enhance system compatibility.
Designed for flexibility and ease of use without compromise, Bartók uses the very latest dCS Digital Processing Platform and Ring DAC™ technology, originally developed for the Rossini series. Its single FPGA offers streamlined signal processing and superior flexibility, effectively making it future-proof.
Bartók DAC has a powerful new user interface, plus a custom control app that lets listeners manage their music playback from any source in an elegantly simple way – accessing iRadio channels, digital and UPnP sources all from one control point. The Bartók app provides easy access to the DAC settings.
Featuring DXD upsampling as standard, the multi-stage oversampling design offers optional DSD upsampling plus an extensive selection of DSP filters to suit individual taste and music choice. The network streaming functionality within Bartók is proven in terms of jitter, ease of use and sonic performance. The network interface currently runs at up to 24-bit, 384kS/s and DSD128, supporting all major lossless codecs, plus DSD in DoP format and native DSD.
Bartók supports the simple yet highly effective dCS ‘auto clocking’ architecture as used in Vivaldi, which minimises jitter and improves sound quality significantly.
Designed and made in Great Britain to the highest standards, Bartók takes its design cues from the award winning Rossini range, using aerospace-grade machined aluminium with internal acoustic damping panels to reduce sound-degrading mechanical vibration and magnetic effects. Multi-stage power regulation is employed, with twin mains transformers to isolate the DAC circuitry from the headphone amplifier.
As with all dCS products, Bartók firmware can be easily updated via CD, USB or the new automated download and update facility. This lets dCS add new features and improve the performance of Bartok over its lifetime.
Listening to digital music through a Bartók system is in some ways a staggering experience. The general hallmarks of dCS playback – precision, detail, immersive and engaging sound are all there along with a natural musicality and faithfulness to the original recording.
ACS10 Muziek Server/ Streamer/ Ripper
- Caching Music Server & Streamer
- Precision CD Ripper
- Dual-HDD Storage with RAID 1 configuration
- SuperCap based internal UPS
- Library Manager with metadata editing
User benefits of ACS10
The Aurender ACS10 is a device designed to eliminate the reliance upon computers and other IT products for the management of digital music files. Its primary functions are what any audiophile needs when using a file-based playback system and are consolidated within the ACS10 with attention given to the simplification of the tasks at hand. It can be used as a companion to an existing Aurender Music Server and it will greatly expand its functions and flexibility. That said, the ACS10 could also be used as a fully-functional server and streamer controlled by Aurender Conductor and delivering a digital output via an Audio 2.0 USB port designed to be connected to an external DAC. However, the highest audio performance is realized when using the ACS10 mated with models A10, N10 or W20. For Aurender users seeking to add the functions of cd ripping, expanded storage and backup and metadata editing the ACS10 is the ideal companion. Customers seeking that same functionality in a stand alone one box server / streamer solution can use ACS10 in that way as well.
One-touch CD Ripping with metadata and cover art retrieval with a unique user determined target folder depository feature. Industrial-grade CD-ROM drive (TIAC DVD-ROM), tray loader design. Choice of FLAC, WAV and AIFF codecs.
Nimbie Autoloader support for unattended ripping (Scheduled in November 2018 software release, Nimbie is not a product from Aurender. And it’s not included in ACS10 package)
Extensive metadata editing application for easily correcting metadata or modifying to suit your sorting requirement
Support for using ACS10 as central library storage. And support for ACS10 to expand storage beyond the capacity of an Aurender music server. ACS10’s SmartMerge feature will identify a network attached W20/N10/A10/N100H/N100C or X100L and allow user to see content from both libraries combined into one. (can only be used 1+1, one ACS10 and one Aurender music server).
File storage on dual 3.5” HDD with up to 24TB using Western Digital Red(8TB/16TB) HDDs (24TB using Western Digital Gold/Seagate IronWolf). Available factory fitted in 4TB x 2, 8TB x 2 or 12TB x 2 configurations
User configurable HDD setup options. Choose from between RAID 1 mirroring or the total storage capacity of both HDDs. (RAID 1 is the factory default)
Media File and Streaming Playback
Media files and streaming content managed using the integrated Aurender Conductor App. Integrated app support for Tidal, Qobuz, Bugs and Melon (determined by country offering service). Spotify Connect(We expect we can release it by the time of ACS10 shipping).
USB Audio Output Port
High-performance USB Audio Class 2.0 output allows ACS10 to function as a music server / streamer when connected to an external DAC. (Circuit similar to N10)
Power Supply with Integrate UPS
Full-linear power supply for audio and “super capacitor” uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for stabilizing the ACS10 under an abrupt power outage condition.
Supported Formats and Rates
All major codecs supported. PCM up to 786kHz/32-bit. DSD up to 256 DoP.
Native DSD up to 512.
One of three Hub Ports are doubly isolated.
Besides the USB Audio ports, there is one USB 2.0 port on the front panel and one USB 3.0 on the rear panel.
- SSD for System and Cache 240GB(8TB/16TB model), 480GB(24TB model)
- System Memory 8GB (8TB/16TB model), 16GB (24TB model)
- Storage 8TB, 16TB or 24TB (The HDD capacity is before RAID 1. 2 HDDs configuration for
- Power Full-Linear & UPS(Uninterruptible Power Supply) System
- Display: 4.0″ IPS LCD
- Digital Audio Output: USB Audio Class 2.0 – DoP (upto 256), NativeDSD (upto 512),
PCM : up to 768KHz/32-bit
- Input/Output: USB 2.0(x2), USB3.0(x1), CD-ROM Drive – Ripping Only CD-ROM
- Network: 1Gbps LAN Hub Port 3ea(One doubly Isolator Port)
- Dimensions & Weight 430mm x 96mm x 355mm / 12.3 Kg(with 2HDD)
- Material Machined Aluminum
To discover the NEW Klipsch CORNWALL III, come to room 204, floor 2 at New Music High-end Innovation. HiFi & Home Theater SHOW, 24 and 25 november 2018.
The Klipsch Cornwall III delivers the full-range bass response of the Klipschorn®
with sensitivity and output approaching the fully horn-loaded models.
Initially introduced in 1959, the Cornwall speaker was designed to serve as a larger, full-range alternative to the Heresy when used as a center channel speaker between two widely spaced Klipschorns.
Thus the Cornwall is likely to be the world’s second commercially produced center channel speaker.
We Still Build Them Here
The little town of Hope, Arkansas is the birthplace of the Klipsch Cornwall III speaker. Assembled with cabinets handmade there since 1959, we are incredibly proud to continue this practice in the United States.
Better Than Ever
The third edition of the Klipsch Cornwall speaker is better than ever before. It boasts a three-way design using horn-loaded compression drivers for the midrange and treble and a direct-radiating 15-inch woofer for the low frequencies.
The Cornwall III now includes a riser-base, which was optional in previous versions and is available in a high-quality Black Ash, Cherry, or Walnut wood veneer finish.
Room Amsterdam, PV Trade presents Focal Kanta N° 1 and N ° 3. A great success.
Focal Kanta N°1, discreet performance
2-Way bookSHELF loudspeaker
This bookshelf loudspeaker from the Kanta N°1 line will discreetly blend into any unit or stand: it is the perfect solution for rooms under 270 ft2 (25 m²). Entirely dedicated to acoustic performance and with a resolutely personal aesthetic: that, in a nutshell, is the Kanta DNA! After three years of research, Focal offers a new combination of exclusive technologies: the marriage of Beryllium, in the next generation IAL3 tweeter, and Flax, for the midrange and bass speaker drivers. The result? A precise, detailed sound, brimming with warmth and musicality. It is the start of a new era for those who love sound... There’s a surprise in store right from the start of your listening experience, in the form of the extent of the bass frequency response for its dimensions. When positioned in an enclosed space such as this, or near to a wall, a piece of foam can be slid into the vent to optimise the bass even further.
Another strong point of the line is its bold look that puts the finishing touch on this acoustic masterpiece with a resolutely modern and disruptive design! With eight front panel finishes, gloss or matt, there are several possible combinations. So many styles, each one so different from the next, means there’s something for everyone. Kanta has become a veritable, ultra stylish, designer object that will become the star of your interior.
Focal Kanta N°3, the benchmark in high-fidelity
3-way floor standing loudspeaker
Kanta N°3 is the reference product for the line: this Hi-Fi loudspeaker superbly combines depth, impact and articulation of the bass register. The definition and neutrality of the midrange are incredible. The next generation IAL tweeter reproduces the tiniest details with clinical precision. The result? A precise, detailed sound, brimming with warmth and musicality. It is the start of a new era for those who love sound...This acoustic masterpiece performs at its best in large rooms, from 430 to 860 ft² (40 to 80 m²).
Entirely dedicated to acoustic performance and with an incredibly original look: that, in a nutshell, is the Kanta DNA! After three years of research, Focal offers a new combination of exclusive Hi-Fi technologies: the marriage of Beryllium, in the next generation IAL3 tweeter, and Flax, for the midrange and bass speaker drivers.
Another strong point of the line is its bold look that puts the finishing touch on this acoustic masterpiece with a resolutely modern and disruptive design! With eight front panel finishes, gloss or matt, there are several possible combinations. So many different styles, each one so different from the next, means there’s something for everyone. Kanta has become a veritable, ultra stylish, designer object that will become the star of your interior.
Naim Audio and the new ND 555 are waiting for you in London room at the New Music High-end Innovation. HiFi & Home Theater SHOW 2018.
Experience music as it was imagined
Their intrinsic quality is where our reference quality high-fidelity separates steal the spotlight and allow you to create your perfect musical space. Steeped in the knowledge, heritage of design and engineering excellence, our Marque Separates systems capture the difference between listening to a simple recording of sound and actually being able to experience the reality of the musical performance, as the original artist intended.
The 500 Series is our elite range of high-fidelity separates, surpassed only by Statement. It's the result of a single-minded pursuit of musical performance with a narrow focus on enhancing the aspects of music that matter to us most: pace, rhythm, timing and ultimately emotive power.
Pure musicality with our most advanced streaming platform
Our reference network player is quite simply the best source component we’ve ever developed. Drawing on decades of digital and analogue engineering experience, the ND 555 marries our innovative new streaming platform with classic Naim analogue technology. It features a 40-bit SHARC processor with advanced signal processing, a suspended brass sub-chassis to isolate sound-critical circuits from vibrations and the best external power supply we’ve ever made. Whether you’re listening to Bonham’s solid groove or Coltrane’s dizzying scales, the ND 555 lets the music flow with astonishing ease and uniquely engaging musicality. Partnered with Statement or 500 series amplification, we believe the ND 555 is as close to live music as it gets.
Discover all Pro-Ject Audio Systems turntables series at New Music High-end Innovation. HiFi & Home Theater SHOW, 24 and 25 november 2018, floor 0.
100 year jubilee edition turntable
100 Years Ortofon
Our long-time partners and friends of Ortofon have the incredible jubilee of 100 years. Not many companies can say that they have been the industry leader in their field and manage to exist for such a long time. We are very happy to be able to celebrate their existance of one full century together.
We are thrilled to release the Ortofon Century turntable in conjunction with Ortofon. Built on The Classic SB it has a few tweaks which result in even better performance. We took the already incredible Classic SB and exchanged the sub-platter for a more sophisticated aluminium one.
This newly released turntable comes, unlike most other The Classic offsprings, in an elegant piano black chassis. Together with the silver aluminium sub-chassis, this results in stunning aesthetics. The supplied cartridge is limited edition Concorde and marks the celebration of Ortofon‘s 100 years of existance. It is based on a Concorde cartridge, which was mostly used as a DJ system, but has its origins in HiFi. The Concord Century uses pure silver coils for best possible conductivity. As a result, the sound will be more open and more precise.
The Ortofon Century turntable comes fully equipped with a built in electronic speed control. Change from 33.3 to 45 rounds per minute with the ease of pushing a single button. Even if you have a collection of 78 R.P.M.
shellack records, we have got you covered. By manually placing the drive belt on the upper ring of the pulley and selecting the respective speed on the sub-chassis.
GENELEC, the ONES
room 2016, level 2
Hello. We are the world’s most compact three-way studio monitors, and the first coaxials without sonic compromises. With uncoloured, detailed imaging and incredible off-axis responses, we allow you to monitor with total confidence, hour after hour. And thanks to the ever evolving GLM setup application, we can adapt to even the most challenging of environments.
We’re simply Ultimate Point Source monitors, so please excuse us from not keeping a low Finnish profile. We are The Ones.
Standing just under 300mm (12”) tall, the 8331 packs three-way precision into a portable nearfield package. Small, but extremely potent.
For those looking for more bass extension and higher SPL, the 8341 offers the perfect blend of size and performance.
The flagship of the range, and the model that has already redefined nearfield studio monitoring. Hearing is believing.
The NEW Dynaudio Confidence, room Antwerpen, floor 1
Dynaudio Confidence 2018
Key technologies and what they do
The 2018 Confidence range features several new technologies. They’ve all been conceived, researched and perfected in Dynaudio Labs, the company’s R&D facility at its HQ in Skanderborg, Denmark. Here are some highlights…
New Esotar3 tweeter
The Esotar3 is the pinnacle of Dynaudio tweeter design. It’s an evolution of the renowned Esotar2 found in the Contour and previous Confidence series, and it incorporates (and improves on) the cutting-edge airflow-optimisation technology seen in the award-winning Esotar Forty anniversary tweeter.
The Esotar3’s rear cavity is much larger to lower resonance, damping has been further optimised, and there’s a super-strong neodymium magnet on board for greater sensitivity and control. The effect? Higher detail resolution, improved clarity and even better dynamics. Quite simply, it’s the best tweeter Dynaudio has ever made.
There’s also a special new component: the Hexis. This is a small inner dome that replaces the Esotar2’s felt ring for even greater control over resonances and to smooth out the frequency response.
Previous floorstanding Confidence speakers had twin tweeters and an incredibly complex crossover to help form a sound beam that would reduce reflections from floors and ceilings. They all worked together – along with all the other components in the speaker – as part of a system called DDC (Dynaudio Directivity Control).
Dynaudio Labs has refined the DDC philosophy for new Confidence. The latest DDC generation speakers need only one tweeter, and a far simpler crossover, thanks to the DDC Lens. It’s a complex precision-machined aluminium waveguide that hones the vertical audio image while maintaining wider horizontal dispersion than before.
The DDC Lens works in conjunction with the Esotar3, plus the speakers’ midrange drivers and woofers to greatly reduce unwanted resonances and focus the stereo image on the listening position.
The Confidence’s all-new woofers use neodymium magnets for greater power, more finesse and improved dynamic range.
They have brand-new voice-coils that use up to three layers of glass-fibre for optimum stiffness, plus there are developments in airflow and venting (particularly in the bottom of the yoke) and clever use of aluminium or copper in the voice-coils across different models to make sure the moving mass is appropriate for that particular driver. Each model in the Confidence range has its own woofer design.
And, of course, they all use Dynaudio’s celebrated MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) material – just as all the company’s woofers have done since 1977.
The Confidence’s signature baffle has been revamped. It’s now made from an advanced composite, Compex, that’s not only very light, but extremely strong, rigid and well-damped to absorb unwanted resonances. Lift one up and tap it, and you’ll hear that it’s acoustically very dead. Exactly as it should be.
The drivers are sandwiched around the baffle with gaskets. There’s an alloy mounting plate on the back containing the screws – which means the woofers are coupled and the tweeter and midrange drivers are decoupled as much as possible to avoid vibration.
The XXXX baffle has been developed, simulated and machined to work in tandem with the DDC Lens – so they both, along with the drivers and crossover, all mesh perfectly into the DDC philosophy.
Why composite? The MDF of the old Confidence’s baffle wouldn’t be able to handle the precise angles, curves and edges that the updated DDC technology demands. And this one won’t change over time – which means minimal servicing.
New midrange driver with Horizon Surround
The Confidence’s brand-new MSP midrange driver is a big departure from previous Dynaudio designs.
It has a radical surround design that follows the shape of the cone right to the edge of the driver. This reduces the diaphragm’s first resonant mode to effectively increase the playing surface area and improve performance. It also sits flush with the baffle to reduce diffractions from the diaphragm and the nearby tweeter.
Behind the scenes, the basket has been given a new lightweight organic design – one that’s come from extensive topology-optimisation simulations. It increases airflow, maintains its stability and rigidity and reduces weight simultaneously without sacrificing performance.
The new bullet-shaped cabinets draw from the updated Contour range, upping the game with a seamless rounded shape all the way around the back. The WBT NextGen terminals are integrated in the plinth at the bottom, and the bass reflex port – an innovative design derived from the celebrated Consequence Ultimate Edition – is a hidden-down-firing design.
Because the port fires downwards, it can be made much wider and longer for greatly decreased port noise, higher output and lower tuning frequency. The result is a clean, powerful and articulate bass response without audible artifacts, even when the volume is turned up.
The clever dual-surface foot, meanwhile, keeps everything on the level regardless of the floor material – and it’s adjustable without tools, and without having to turn the speaker upside down.
More : www.dynaudio.com
To discover Wilson Audio, come to room Athens 2, floor 1.
When we think about Wilson Audio, there is a strong propensity to get caught up in the company’s heritage. It’s easy to do. Wilson’s place in the industry and in the history of audio is formidable, even extraordinary. Wilson’s past is glorious, and it’s something most loudspeaker brands cannot claim. But for some, a rich heritage can be a crutch, and can be, somewhat ironically, a marketing hurdle. For Wilson, our perennial position as the high-end loudspeaker market leader can overshadow the simple fact that the company remains at the cutting edge of loudspeaker technology.
Wilson is very excited to introduce its fifth all-new loudspeaker in as many years: The Yvette.
As we launch our newest loudspeaker, the natural questions seem to be within the context of Wilson’s past models. This is understandable. Dave Wilson’s WATT/Puppy literally transformed the high-end loudspeaker market in the late eighties, and went on to be the best selling loudspeaker in the over-€10K category in history. The Yvette may also invite comparison to Wilson’s cult favorite, the Sophia. Again, this makes sense. For thousands and thousands of music lovers and audiophiles, Sophia was the first experience they had with Wilson. Sophia was treasured for her unique combination of musicality and accessibility with other traditional Wilson virtues, such as dynamic resolution and soundstaging. She was, above all else, easy-going and eminently lovable.
The new Yvette draws from this rich tradition. But, perhaps more importantly, it derives its core technology directly from the enormous research-and-development reservoir of what is perhaps Wilson’s most prolific era of innovation to date. Wilson’s latest Sasha Series 2, the Alexia, the leading-edge Alexx have all informed the Yvette project, in some cases, with identical components. And like the Alexx, the Yvette was developed alongside Dave Wilson’s new WAMM project.
Yvette is the most advanced and musically refined single-enclosure loudspeaker in Wilson’s history.
Like all recent Wilson loudspeakers, the Yvette is the beneficiary of Wilson’s state-of-the-art composites research, the heart of which is the laser vibrometer. Beyond using the best enclosure materials, the Yvette’s architecture is driven by two factors: time-domain performance, and extremely low-resonance and vibration contribution.
The enclosure is built primarily from two Wilson-developed composites: the third generation of X-Material, an extremely well-damped and inert composite, and S-Material, which was developed for exquisite midrange performance.
The S-Material midrange baffle is angled to its own plane in order to optimize its time-domain relationship between the woofer below and the tweeter above. Wilson’s engineers designed a new venting system for the midrange enclosure, similar to those found on the XLF, Alexx, Alexia, and Sasha Series 2.
The tweeter baffle is built from X-Material, and, like the mid baffle, is optimized for time-domain performance and dispersion. The X-Material woofer baffle is also positioned optimally in the vertical array. As is true for the Sabrina, Alexx, and the upcoming WAMM, Yvette’s bass baffle angles back slightly toward the midrange for better dispersion accuracy in the upper bass, and more optimized time alignment between the woofer and midrange. The lowest section of the enclosure, below the woofer, changes direction again, and is perpendicular to the ground. This facilitates a smaller footprint when compared to the Sophia.
Bracing in this system is more ambitious and heroic than any previous single-enclosure system—another direct result of laser vibrometer testing. Even the tweeter grille design was scrutinized and meticulously designed, with a frame shape that reduces acoustic interaction.
Wilson’s exclusive resistor tuning system, located in an isolated chamber on the rear of the enclosure, can be accessed through a convenient cover on the rear of the loudspeaker. It features improved hardware and accessibility over that found in the Sophia 3.
The Yvette shape and overall aesthetic may call to mind the Sasha Series 2 and elements of the Sabrina. She is simple and organic, with sculpted lines that remind the viewer of the important function her shape serves.
In conjunction with the WAMM project, Wilson Audio recently completed yet another wave of research into tweeter technology and driver materials. Tweeters with domes constructed from beryllium and diamond—the seemingly ubiquitous choice of many loudspeaker engineers—were developed, tested, and rigorously compared to the latest version of Wilson’s Convergent Synergy Tweeter. While many of these designs held promise on paper, they all fell well short of the musicality, natural resolution, and coherence of Wilson’s tweeter.
The Yvette employs the MK III version of the Convergent Synergy Tweeter, which is also found in the Sasha Series 2 and the Alexx. The MK III features Wilson’s latest thinking on rear-wave diffraction and ultra-low resonance rear chambers. It mates seamlessly with Wilson’s proprietary midrange driver, which is the same unit found in the Alexandria XLF.
The ten-inch woofer chosen for the Yvette was (one of two woofers) originally developed for the Alexia, and is a cousin to the ten-inch in the Alexx and the upcoming WAMM. These newest series of bass drivers are partially responsible for Wilson’s unique blend of dynamic contrast, impact, speed, and musicality. When installed in Yvette’s bass enclosure, which was optimized for this driver in terms of volume and resonance control, it pushes the boundary of musical accuracy, extension, and dynamics for such a compact loudspeaker.
While not adjustable in the time domain as are Wilson’s larger, modular designs, the Yvette benefits from Wilson’s patented testing protocols, and is uniquely time coherent for a single-enclosure design. Wilson continues to be the only loudspeaker company in the world that fully understands the musically deleterious artifacts caused by time-domain smearing endemic to all multi-driver systems, and has, for decades, ...
More : www.wilsonaudio.com
The "6 Moons Lunar Eclipse Award" for the speaker Ilumnia Magister.
Congratulations to Tom Nuyts and his team for this remarkable work!
To discover the Magister, go to the New Music High-end Innovation. HiFi & Home Theater SHOW 2018, rooms 210 and 212, floor 2.
More : www.6moons.com
To discover Dan D'Agostino, come to room Athens 2, floor 1.
THE PIONEER OF HIGH-END,
HIGH-POWERED AUDIO AMPLIFICATION.
No name is more closely associated with high-end audio amplifiers than that of Dan D’Agostino. During his career of more than 30 years, D’Agostino pioneered countless advances in the design of amplifiers, preamplifiers, CD players, and surround-sound processors. He is known as the audio industry’s most passionate promoter of highquality, high-powered amplification. Makers of the world’s finest loudspeakers rely on D’Agostino-designed amplifiers for their most important demonstrations.
Dan D’Agostino was founder and chief engineer of Krell Industries through 2009. Now, he embarks on a completely fresh start with a new organization and new state-of-the-art designs. The products that bear his name not only achieve new levels of sound quality, they also look like nothing he has built before—more compact, more distinctive, and more living-room-friendly.
The new Dan D’Agostino products also reflect his concern for the environment—an attitude uncommon in an industry where some amplifiers consume hundreds of watts even when they’re not in use. Through innovative power-supply design, Dan D’Agostino products consume only the slightest trickle of power at idle, so they run cooler and save energy.
The greatest testimony to the quality of D’Agostino’s new project, though, is that his name—in fact, his very signature—graces the front of each and every Dan D’Agostino product. Everything he has learned in decades of design and engineering the finest audio equipment has gone into the Momentum.
As impressive as these designs may sound on paper, the only way you can truly appreciate their warmth, detail and unmatched beauty is to hear them at your nearest Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems dealer.
More : dandagostino.com
To discover MBL, come to room 209, floor 2.
MBL Akustikgeräte – The Company.
Since 1979, MBL has played a major part in breathtaking developments in the worldwide audio sector. MBL accompanied and influenced the birth and growth of high-end audio equipment. Throughout the entire process, MBL was driven by its special goal: to be the cutting edge market leader in terms of technology and quality. There was a time when the “Radialstrahler” was only an idea on a sketch-pad. An idea that many people believed would not work, was turned into patent. Thirty years and countless awards later, thousands of audiophiles in the whole world are now closer to their beloved music than they had ever dreamt of.
MBL’s goal remains unchanged: developing the most advanced speakers and audio players worldwide plus the establishment of a standard above all competitors – with the highest possible demand on quality. Every single MBL component is man-made, from development and design to the manufacturing, testing and listening – from the idea to the finished product. It’s up to you, the music lover, to assess the result. Your judgement, your emotion when you listen to your favourite piece of music on one of our players, this is what counts at MBL. Let yourself be enchanted by music and the design of our music equipment – all our efforts are dedicated to music and to you.
Radialstrahler mbl 120 / mbl 120 RC
It is evident that with the new Radialstrahler mbl 120 the world of hi-fi has to rethink and let go of its prejudice that only huge and mighty speakers can present music in its full nature and relaxed sovereignty. The revolutionary loudspeaker concept was carried over to the mbl 120 from the bigger MBL-Loudspeakers and in result created a loudspeaker which stands for fascinating three dimensional and natural music reproduction. And this with an elegant design which adapts itself harmoniously in every high-quality home environment.
Center Speaker mbl 120 RC: A special center speaker version of the mbl 120 is available as well.
MBL - The NOBLE LINE
Uncompromising perfection for connoisseurs
With the NOBLE LINE of MBL you will encounter new worlds of sound inunimagined pureness and precision, without any compromise.
Extremely solid execution, application of optimal and successful technologies, precious and carefully selected materials, and last but not least the timeless compact design, are only a few highlights of this series. Arrange your individual configuration according to your preference and budget.
With close to 40 years of experience at creating world-class audio electronics and loudspeakers, our newest range of products, the Noble Line, adheres to the definition of “Made in Germany” in the truest sense. Each component is hand-built to the strictest of specifications in MBL’s own facilities near Berlin.
ROOM 208 - floor 2
Discover TAD at New Music High-end Innovation. HiFi & Home Theater SHOW, 24 and 25 november 2018.
INSPIRING THE JOY OF LISTENING.
Technical Audio Devices Laboratories, Inc. (TADL), grew from the sprit to discover technologies to perfectly recreate the pure sound of live performances with uncompromising craftsmanship. We inherited our philosophy from Bart Locanthi, recognized across the globe as the ultimate sound technologist. He believed that genuine technology is true to the basics and that genuine technology places greater importance on sound quality than on technology for its own sake. At TADL, we are honing our technology to create equipment that reproduces musical sounds and evokes both the energy and impact of life music.
To discover KEF, come to room Athens 1, floor 1.
KEF announces new completely re-vamped R Series loudspeakers.
Globally-renowned audio pioneer, KEF, has announced the launch of its brand new R Series, a complete, top-to-bottom transformation of what was already one of the world’s most acclaimed loudspeaker ranges.
Boasting a hefty raft of technological innovations and design improvements, the new R Series draws on acoustic developments originally achieved in KEF’s flagship Reference Series, bringing authentically high-end design features and resulting high performance levels into this category for the first time. No fewer than 1043 individual changes have been made for the new R Series.
The latest, 12th generation of KEF’s Uni-Q driver is at the heart of the new range. As well as a redesigned motor system to improve the midrange, the area between the two drivers has been completely reimagined. The design of Uni-Q necessitates a narrow gap between the drivers, which can be excited by sound waves at certain frequencies. The new structure and damping system eliminates these resonances, resulting in an even more smooth, transparent and detailed treble performance than ever before.
The Uni-Q Driver array’s role as a waveguide is further expanded by KEF’s innovative ‘Shadow Flare’ trim ring design. The Shadow Flare is precision-designed to drastically reduce the diffraction effects that inevitably come from having a speaker with edges. This makes for a much clearer, more compelling and transparent sonic performance.
For the new R Series, KEF has completely re-worked the low-frequency drivers to improve performance still further, as well as managing to achieve this level of performance with smaller drivers than previously – enabling cabinets to be slimmer. The new bass drivers have greater excursion, as well as an improved low-distortion motor and a new, higher-rigidity cone. The result is a superb bass performance, with power, depth, speed and articulation in abundance.
The new R Series also utilises an ingenious internal bracing system called Constrained Layer Damping. Originally developed for the award-winning LS50, the system uses internal braces which connect to the cabinet panels via a lossy interface (as opposed to being fixed rigidly). This is hugely effective at dissipating unwanted vibrations.
Another highly effective innovation to be included in the design of the new R Series is the flexible port design. All the ports in the R Series speakers are precisely positioned, and feature innovative flexible walls, which prevent longitudinal resonances from colouring the midrange. KEF has also used computational dynamics to very precisely calculate the flare and profile of each port, ensuring that no unwanted resonances appear that might colour the low or midrange frequencies. The result is the elimination of unintended resonance – giving you the pure sound of the artist.
KEF’s R Series now also benefits from a completely redesigned, suede-like, microfibre grille design, which removes the performance-compromising thick frame of most speaker grilles. The grille utilises 1801 precision-cut holes for each driver, thus minimising the traditional compromise between great sound and driver protection.
The new R Series consists of the R11, R7 and R5 floorstanders, the R3 standmount, the R2c centre speaker and the R8a Dolby Atmos-compatible speakers. All the loudspeakers in the range come in three contemporary finishes: Black Gloss, White Gloss and Walnut.
Available from September, the new R Series displays KEF’s constant commitment to improvement and evolution in audio design. Using the very latest technologies and components to prevent unwanted resonances at every level of the loudspeakers’ design, the new R Series represents a new standard of performance at this level of the market.
More : www.kef.com
To discover FINKTEAM, come to room 214, floor 2.
See you at the New Music high-end hifi show, 24 & 25 november 2018.
As an adjunct to Europe’s premier loudspeaker design consultancy, we at FinkTeam are involved in the creation of many different speakers across a wide range of prices. Loudspeaker manufacturers hire us because of our expertise, experience and extremely well-equipped simulation and measurement facilities. But we are ‘backroom boys’ and so much of our work is, in the nature of consultancy, confidential: only if the client elects to mention our involvement are we credited.
When we began work on designing a loudspeaker for ourselves, from the ground up and virtually without cost limitations, we envisaged it both as a demonstration of our capabilities and as a very useful internal reference. There was no intention that it would go on sale. We are loudspeaker engineers, not loudspeaker manufacturers – at least, not normally.
The result of our efforts, the WM-4, is the best loudspeaker we currently know how to make: the distillation of our wide, deep experience of designing loudspeaker drive units and loudspeaker systems, and marrying them into something even greater than the sum of its parts.
A year later and we have completed the design of Borg – a smaller more domestic room friendly loudspeaker. Yes, we know a great 10inch isn’t going to be better than a great 15inch for bass power and dynamics but for some a great 10 is all that can be accommodated.
We suggest that you get to listen to the Borg at your convenience, you may be surprised as just how musically revealing and fun it can be.
FinkTeam’s Borg is two-way floor standing design featuring a 10.25 inch high-power mid/bass driver and an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter.
Borg is a significant design exercise as knitting a 10.25 inch mid/bass, albeit an extremely fine one, with a HF unit is never easy. To combine the two drivers to achieve a flat frequency response and, more importantly, a slow even mid/HF roll off in the power response is a significant feat of engineering. There is no off-axis hole in the middle effect.
Borg is designed as a more domestic friendly loudspeaker than the WM-4. Borg’s low frequency tuning is designed to deliver weight and drama to music but without making it a total diva when it comes to room positioning.
More information : www.finkteam.com
To discover ISOTEK, come to room 214, floor 2.
See you at the New Music high-end hifi show, 24 & 25 november 2018.
IsoTek is an English company making award-winning power optimisation products for hi-fi and home cinema systems.
Our highly specialised mains conditioners actively clean the power obtained from your wall sockets before it reaches your hi-fi or audio visual system, and our range of power cables further enhance this improvement. Our solutions cover a wide range of systems, delivering significant upgrades in performance at competitive prices.
IsoTek products are enjoyed by more than 100,000 customers in over 45 countries, and have earned numerous accolades from specialist audio and AV publications worldwide.
IsoTek was born with a singular aim: to create a better solution to the problem of poor mains quality, which restricts the performance of audio systems, through rigorous research and genuine innovation.
Today, our products supply clean, fully optimised power to all manner of audio and AV equipment, from amps and source components to TVs and projectors, enhancing performance and protecting valuable equipment.
The company’s founder and managing director is Keith Martin, a man whose vision has led to hundreds of awards from respected audio critics worldwide.
Clean Power, Pure Sound... The first input into any audio or AV system is electricity. It flows through the system, utilised by each component in turn to create the signal that eventually moves the speakers’ drive units or delivers the pixels on-screen. What we see and hear is ultimately fashioned from, and by, mains electricity – it is the ‘raw material’ from which the ‘art’ is created.
The mains supply is distorted by numerous factors as it travels from power stations to be distributed throughout our homes, eroding the performance of high-quality audio and AV systems. As the electronic devices we use proliferate and the demand for electrical power intensifies, the quality of the electricity we feed our systems continues to slide.
The escalation of mains-borne ‘noise’ means that the need for IsoTek’s clean-power technology has never been greater. ‘Differential mode noise’ is especially exacerbated by the switch-mode power supplies that are common in many modern devices, from computers to kitchen appliances. ‘Common mode noise’ is ever-increasing thanks to wireless networking in the home, with mobile phones, wi-fi and Bluetooth bathing us in a sea of airborne interference.
The quality of electricity we feed our audio and AV systems has a profound effect on performance, and that’s where IsoTek’s unique clean-power solutions come in. Without IsoTek, you are only accessing around 80 per cent of your system’s full potential, at best.
ISOTEK EVO3 GENESIS ONE
IsoTek’s EVO3 Genesis One is a highly compact state of the art full sine wave generation system, taking techonology from IsoTek’s Ultimate Series Genesis.
The product is ideal for front end components up to a maximum of 100W from the single rear outlet. Multiple Genesis or Titan Ones can be linked together and positioned side by side on an equipment support rack using the “link cable”. This avoids the need for multiple power cables from wall sockets for every unit.
A total of six Genesis or Titan Ones can be positioned side by side to create a rack width unit.
Genesis One is housed in an extruded and machined aliminium chassis with fully functional display showing in-coming voltage, THD and mains frequency and out-going voltage, THD and power consumption.
ISOTEK EVO3 AQUARIUS
The IsoTek EVO3 Aquarius is an innovative rack width power conditioner (cleaner) that can dramatically upgrade a full system.
Essentially Aquarius is six power conditioners in one chassis, with each outlet having its own dedicated filter network. Thus Differential Mode noise created by connected electronics cannot cross contaminate to the next output socket.
There are two high current outlets, rated at 16A, (3680VA / 230V) suitable for power amplifiers, active loudspeakers or sub woofers and four medium current outlets for the remaining items in your audio or home cinema system.
The medium current outlets auto sense the requirements of the load based upon power draw, thus a projector (typical 300W) can be plugged in next to a CD player (typical 35W) and both will have an auto adjusted correct level of filtration.
Housed in a rack width steel and aluminium chassis Aquarius is high quality design yet highly functional.
ISOTEK EVO3 ASCENSION
EVO3 Ascension takes IsoTek’s power cable designs and technical innovations to a new level.
This unique design consists of deep cryogenically treated silver plated Ohno continuous cast copper conductors, wrapped in a dielectric of air, with partial FEP contact, before a further extruded FEP sleeve seals the construction. Each of these individual conductor assemblies are wrapped in Mylar with a further OFC shield before being given a slight rotational twist with FEP tubes of air.
Ascension drops the noise floor to an inky black level, opens the soundstage with holographic images, air and space and unparalleled micro dynamics. Astonishing.
ISOTEK EVO3 INITIUM
EVO3 Initium is IsoTek’s new entry level power cable designed to offer high quality performance at an extremely fair price. Initium is a must for replacing all of your free standard black plastic power leads which have been designed down to a price not up to a quality.
More information : www.isoteksystems.com
ROOM 138 - floor 1
It sound like a revolution
AudioNec's range of product is partially renewed in 2018 with the V5 Music Server, the AAD2 Signature amplifier and the new Speakers, the small Nova V2, the Crystal V2, the Diva V2 and the new Diva XL V2 Flagship Speaker.
More : www.audionec.com
Room Antwerp/Anvers, floor 1
Dynaudio is the leading producer of hand-crafted high-end loudspeakers created by impassioned music lovers for your living room, the professional studio and for your car.
Sound is our number one priority
We have no needs for superfluous design or trendy symbols to beautify our speakers. Our mission is to create the best sound possible. This means to reproduce music and sound as close as possible to the natural experience.
We always strive to be authentic
We want the sound of our loudspeakers to be as effortless and natural as the musical instrument would be playing in your room.
More : www.dynaudio.com
Stand Lobby 5 and 2 - floor 0
Pro-Ject, Box•Design by Pro-Ject and Musical Fidelity
Pro-Ject Audio Systems was founded by Heinz Lichtenegger 1990 in Vienna, with the idea that analogue playback is the most cost-effective way to listen to music of audiophile quality. Inspired by the concept of supporting analogue in the face of the digital onslaught, Pro-Ject Audio Systems became one of the most powerful driving forces in reinventing analogue turntables for the hifi market. Today, Pro-Ject Audio Systems is the world leader in the
manufacture of quality hi-fi turntables, as turntables are once again accepted as a must have for every concerned music lover. Pro-Ject Audio Systems’ products are exported to almost 80 countries world-
wide and is the recipient of nearly every award in the audio industry.
Since 2006, Pro-Ject Audio Systems has been bringing its idea “less is more” mission to the digital world. Inspired by the new possibilities of the iPod and high-quality music reproduction from a PC or laptop, Pro-Ject Audio Systems has designed a complete new and revolutionary range of micro high-end Hi-fi components under the family name BOX DESIGN. Starting with the smallest audiophile amp in the world, with open and euphonic sound, Pro-Ject Audio Systems now produces all of the components of traditional hi-fi systems including CD players, tuners, phono amps, headphone amps and switching modules, as well as digital products such as docking stations, D/A converters and streamers to connect with the PC wired or wireless.
BOX DESIGN regards itself as the ‘next generation of hi-fi’ - the link between the micro sized hardware of the IT world and the big boxes of the audiophile world. All products, except for speakers and headphones, are
designed and produced in Europe. Pro-Ject: Simple to use, high quality sound, astonishing value, long term stability and good service.
More : www.project-audio.com
ROOM Séoul - floor 1
We will demonstrate a High-End set with several NEW products
Golden Ear Technologie Loudspeakers
We have a special show offer !
More : www.moremusic.nl
ROOM 203-205 - floor 2
PIONEER - Onkyo - Teac
USB DAC/Network Player
Dual monaural USB DAC/Network Player supporting DSD512 and PCM32/768
WHAT'S NEW: "NR-7CD" and "NT-505" support the MQA file playback with latest network firmware
The NT-505 is a flagship dual monaural USB DAC with versatile network playback capabilities. It successfully incorporates the latest network technologies, along with TEAC’s decades of accumulated audio design experience, in an attractive package with an A4-sized footprint.
Like its predecessor (the NT-503) it employs a dual monaural circuit design to process audio signals with even greater purity, with the latest VERITA AK4497 DAC chip used on each of the two channels. This improves the S/N (signal to noise) ratio by processing each channel individually in monaural mode, as well as delivering DSD512 (22.5MHz) native and 768kHz/32-bit PCM playback capabilities.
The analogue section, which is one of the keys to sound quality, includes four TEAC-HCLD buffer amp circuits that allow different drive modes, – fully-balanced drive for balanced output, and parallel drive mode for unbalanced output – to achieve enhanced acoustic expression.
On the network audio side, the NT-505 supports high-quality music subscription services, namely TIDAL and Qobuz, and is Roon Ready. There’s also a built-in MQA decoder, and you will enjoy unlimited music content on the Internet thanks to its high-quality digital and analogue processing technologies.
In addition to a wide range of digital and analogue inputs, a Bluetooth® receiver supporting LDAC™ and Qualcomm® aptX HD™ allows you to stream high-quality audio wirelessly from your smartphone to this flagship USB DAC.
The NT-505 is a compact and high-spec USB DAC and network player that supports the latest Hi-Res formats and online music subscription services.
USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier
Dual monaural USB DAC/headphone amplifier supporting DSD512 and PCM32/768
The UD-505 is a flagship dual monaural USB DAC with an integrated fully-balanced headphone amplifier, that fuses high-end audio design concepts and TEAC’s decades of audio design experience, in an A4-sized footprint.
Like its predecessor models, the UD-501 and UD-503, it employs a dual monaural circuit design to process audio signals with even greater purity, with the latest VERITA AK4497 DAC chip used on each of the two channels. This improves the S/N (signal to noise) ratio by processing each channel individually in monaural mode, as well as delivering DSD512 (22.5MHz) native and 768kHz/32-bit PCM playback capabilities.
The analogue section, which is one of the keys to sound quality, includes four TEAC-HCLD buffer amp circuits process different drive modes, – fully-balanced drive for balanced output, and parallel drive mode for unbalance output, – to achieve enhanced acoustic expressive.
The headphone section is remarkable. A totally new 4.4mm headphone jack, called Pentaconn, is employed, allowing balanced and active ground connections within a single jack, while conventional 1/4” phone jacks are also provided. In addition to a wide range of digital and analogue inputs, a Bluetooth® receiver supporting LDAC™ and Qualcomm® aptX HD™ allows you to enjoy high-quality wireless audio streaming from your smartphone on this flagship USB DAC.
The UD-505 is a compact and high-spec USB DAC and headphone amplifier that supports today’s high sampling rate Hi-Res formats.
Master Clock Generator
An all-new Master Clock Generator for the Hi-Res era.
The CG-10M is a master clock generator that delivers an extremely accurate clock signal to allow Digital-to-analogueue converters (DACs) to perform at their ultimate best.
It is a well-known fact among audiophiles that the clock signal is the foundation for all digital signal processing. For example, digital signals, such as PCM, are divided extremely finely into tens of thousands of parts per second along the time axis. If that fundamental time axis fluctuates during the process of D/A conversion it is much more difficult to render an analogue audio waveform that is identical to the original. This is all the more true with DSD audio signals that function at MHz speeds in the time axis. For this reason, having as accurate a clock signal as possible is very important for the re-creation of digital audio signals, particularly HiRes files that use ultra high sampling-rates, such as DSD 22.5MHz or PCM 768kHz.
At the heart of the master clock generator is a crystal oscillator, encased in in a temperature- controlled box, the "oven", to maintain the best and stable performance under an ideal temperature condition for crystal oscillation. This oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO, for short) generates an extremely accurate 10MHz clock signal which is within ±3 ppb of frequency temperature characteristics and within ±0.1 ppm of frequency precision.
The elegant analogue gauge on the front panel gives a visual indication of the status of the internal crystal oscillator at all times..
The CG-10M is a master clock generator that brings out the best performance from USB DACs, network players, CD players and any other kind of device that supports a 10MHz clock input.
ROOM Barcelona - floor 1
Discover Mcintosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber and Avid turntable
McIntosh, EXPERIENCE, PASSION, PERFORMANCE
The people behind the scenes at McIntosh possess a desire to achieve the finest quality standards. McIntosh has defined quality sound reproduction and sets the standards for performance, reliability and service. McIntosh has handcrafted prestige audio products in Binghamton, NY since 1949. Glass front panels, Output Autoformers®, Blue Watt Meters and Power Guard® are some of the innovations that enhance our product longevity.
More : www.mcintoshlabs.com
Audio Research is one of the oldest continually operating manufacturers in American audio. The company was founded in 1970 in Minneapolis with one goal in mind: to advance the state-of-the-art in music reproduction. Today, Audio Research remains a performance-oriented company by philosophy and design. New product introductions are driven only by genuine advances in technology and performance -- the HIGH DEFINITION that is the hallmark of the company's products. The company has grown steadily over the last 40 years, with a network of top audio specialist retailers across North America and distributors throughout Europe, Asia and South America. The company occupies a 48,000 square-foot, technically-advanced production plant and administrative headquarters in Plymouth, Minnesota, where approximately 50 technical, assembly and support staff guide the product line from concept to finished goods.
More : www.audioresearch.com
Sonus faber is today part of the product portfolio of Fine Sounds Group, the holding company of the brands Audio Research, leader in the production and sales of audio electronic components High-Definition Vacuum-Tubes (valves) and Solid State, Wadia Digital, one of the first companies dedicated to high-performance digital audio playback, which has been at the forefront in technology for Apple iPod and iPhone docking stations, Sumiko, importer and distributor of the best audio components in North America; Fine Sounds Group has recently purchased McIntosh Laboratory, the most important American producer of high fidelity systems, world leader in prestigious home entertainment systems and for over 60 years in highest quality audio systems.
With these important acquisitions, result of the entrepreneurial project of Mauro Grange (CEO of Sonus faber and Fine Sounds Group), Sonus faber together with its American 'sisters' makes up one of the world's largest groups in the High-End sector, , namely the market of the most sophisticated and prestigious acoustic speakers and audio electronics in the world
The recent acquisition of McIntosh, based in Binghamton - NY, is for End Sounds a "marquee investment" whose strategic objective is to offer products that are the best in the world in their category. Fine Sounds Group employs 270 staff.
More : www.sonusfaber.com
ROOM 210 and 212 - floor 2
The Ilumnia Magister speaker features the world’s first electromagnetic floating cone driver. No spider, no surround.
This featherweight floating cone with electromagnetic suspension is ultra fast, more than 99% linear and virtually distortion-free.
Because there is no spider and no surround, none of the energy of the music signal is absorbed by these components and the signal is translated into movement without any loss.
This results in the most detailed and natural sound today available in high-end music reproduction.
It took 7 years to complete the whole project.
More : ilumnia.be
ROOM 206 - floor 2
with John Watkinson Legend
John Watkinson LEGEND
Precision Sound Reproducers
are a new technology based on study of human hearing. After a decade of deve- lopment, they now address all known detection mecha- nisms in the human ear and take into account the way our brain deals with periodic and aperiodic sounds in rever- berant environments. This results in the ability to repro- duce both periodic and aperiodic sounds in a stunningly realistic and natural way, and additionally to reduces listening fatigue.
More : www.legendloudspeakers.com
ROOM PARIS - floor 0
Discover Bowers & Wilkins, Rotel,
Storied sound for every moment.
The most powerful 600 Series speaker
603 speaker in Bowers & Wilkins new 600 Series features our Continuum™ cone technology, developed over an eight-year period and first featured in our 800 Series Diamond models. Fill your home with beautiful Bowers & Wilkins sound.
Our larger bookshelf speaker delivers big sound
Whether it’s on a bookshelf or stand, 606 speaker in the new 600 Series from Bowers & Wilkins transforms your space with pristine sound. Our Continuum™ cone technology, eight years in the making, creates a pure and precise soundscape.
Our smaller bookshelf speaker fills your space with pristine sound
Our 607 speaker in the new 600 Series from Bowers & Wilkins transforms your home with pristine sound. The smaller of our bookshelf speakers, it fills your space with beautiful Bowers & Wilkins sound. Our Continuum™ cone technology, eight years in the making, creates a pure soundscape.
More : www.bowers-wilkins.com
PURE ROTEL SOUND
A stereo system can be something as simple as an integrated amplifier and a pair of bookshelf speakers connected to your smartphone. Or, it might be something larger and more sophisticated – a stereo preamplifier with on-board Digital-to-Analogue convertor, multiple independent sources including a turntable, a CD player, a network music player and powerful separate amplifiers for bi-amping full range floorstanding speakers. Simple or sophisticated, Rotel manufactures a wide range of high-performance, high-value audio components that deliver all of the passion and detail the artist intended.
More : www.rotel.com
STAND - floor 0
Belram present Supra cable, Atohm, Atoll, SSC
If you really want to have an extremely clean current and a sound filled with dynamics, harmonics and timbre, you must try the Supra Cable DC-Blocker !
Supra LoRad DC-Blocker - Removes up to 3.6 VDC from the mains power AC
Now, Supra Cables has taken yet another step to minimize the impact from malicious elements like DC (Direct Current) superimposed on the mains AC (Alternating Current) in most modern households and industries!
DC voltage derives from a number of electrical appliances and will cause an offset on to you alternating mains power. This offset is the result of electrical devices that do not equally load the AC positive and negative phase. In the ideal mains power supply there should be no DC-offset at all. Refer to figure below and picture.
This DC offset limits the power supply efficiency in most multimedia and hifi equipment and causes transformers to saturate (the iron core). It increases iron core heat build-up and may even cause transformers to sound with a humming noise. Finally it may prolong life of the equipment by means of lowering the heat dissapation inside the device. The sonic impact is in most cases quite dramatic and again it will scale off audible sounds that do not come from the recording. You will listen to music, movies but not to your mains power irragularities.
Again Supra Cables is leading the way by offering a very efficient DC-blocker stopping DC up to 3.6 Volt making it future proof also for next generations of electrical consumers giving DC-offset. It is very easy to add-on to your existing power feed. It does not require protective ground to operate, but we strongly recommend it for a number of other reasons. Your equipment will sound much better and all other Supra mains power devices in the LoRad product range will work ideally.
Again Supra Cables have launched a product that in comparison costs a fraction (see big American companies).
We do not spend on bling, just bang for the buck. Our No-Nonsense strategy means that almost all hifi enthusiasts will afford a Supra Cable Product, making exactly the same benign impact.
It is rated 16 Ampere and consequently allows for 3,680 Watt of power. The connection cord is optional and we recommend our Supra Lorad Mains Cord rated for 16 Ampere for optimal operation. Note that the DC-blocker input connector is rated 16 Ampere.
N.B. The filter will not dampen any dynamics. When the sound is much cleaner and tighter after the filter is connected, sometimes listeners perceive the dynamics to be reduced. When there is a difference in music and sound reproduction that will remove parts not really belonging to the source, this is a quite common reaction. On the contrary, bringing down the noice from the equipment will undoubtedly increase dynamics and often substantially reduce the duration of e.g. a bass pulse. Now it will most likely be possible to hear every tone in the bass range, also from each tuned drum skin.
Important! When connecting and disconnecting the Supra DC-filter, follow this procedure. Pull the mains cord connector from the wall socket. Wait until all power LEDs have gone out from the stand-by position. Now you can connect the existing mains power cord to the filter, connect the optional mains power cord to the filter and finally connect it to the wall socket. When disconnecting, always start with wall socket and wait until all connected devices LEDs go out. By doing this you make sure that no electrical charge remains in any of the devices or in the DC-blocker.
Features and benefits
Removes DC from AC mains - Silence noise floor substantially
Tighter bass reproduction - Outstanding beat from drums, bass and percussion
Reduces transformer hum - No irritating noise from the devices
Reduces power supply heat dissapation - May prolong life span
Filters up to 3.6 VDC - Added capacity for future demands
No dampened dynamics - Audible true dynamics
Correct reference voltage - Substantially reduced harshness from DAC chips
Made in Sweden! - According to Supra Cables No-Nonsense strategy
Price : 460 €
More : www.supracables.co.uk
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