Sennheiser HD 400 2015

Sennheiser has launched the next generation of its HD 400 series of over-ear headphones. Combining “fine audio quality with contemporary style and robust design”, the range includes the closed-back HD 451, HD 461 and HD 471 models. Designed to keep the listener isolated from ambient noise, they are described as lightweight and durable designs. Powered by Sennheiser’s proprietary […]


According to Danish speaker builder DALI "music is art and the recording is the canvas on which musicians paint. Because of this we at DALI believe the experience of listening to music should be the aural equivalent of walking through a great art gallery, the music untouched and played out exactly as the artist originally […]


Atlas Cables has announced an updated version of its Ascent Ultra interconnect cable. As well as building on the qualities of the existing Integra plug, which significantly reduces the plug mass and eliminates potential negative eddy currents that reside in all metallic plugs and connectors, Atlas also wanted to make the cable more efficient and […]


Following a seven-year absence, Leema Acoustics’ micro monitor is back: introducing the new Xen 2. The original Xen was the result of a research project to squeeze a BBC-graded monitor speaker into a 5L cabinet by Leema’s ex Beeb founders. The new Xen 2 is based on the previous model but with a host of […]


Highly regarded by us at The Ear, Metrum has a new entry level DAC called Musette. In order to improve upon the Octave MkII  Metrum has stopped using a “secret industrial chip”, and implemented the Transient technology that has proved so effective in the flagship Pavane DAC. The Musette is designed for the same basic casework […]


The National Gallery's new Soundscapes exhibition pairs new work from six sound artists and musicians including Jamie xx, classical composer Nico Muhly, and Oscar-winning film composer Gabriel Yared with art they have chosen from the Gallery's collection. The pairings are showcased inside soundproof rooms with crystal clear audio from Bowers & Wilkins speakers.To be in […]


American headphone specialist, Audeze has launched the Deckard headphone amplifier and DAC, with the claim that it “drives any headphone with power to spare”.  Deckard is named after Harrison Ford’s lead character in Blade Runner; Audeze’s engineers are big fans. BMW Designworks designed the metal exterior, while inside you’ll find pure Class A circuitry and a […]


‘Queen: The Studio Collection’, to be released on 25 September 2015, brings together the complete collection of 15 studio albums, re-mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig and half speed mastered for vinyl by Miles Showell at Abbey Road.  Complementing the release of the 18 disc coloured vinyl box set is the launch of a limited edition […]


Black Rhodium’s Venus mains cables have been designed to give very clear diction and instrument separation through a “dramatic reduction” of ‘Transient Phase Distortion’. This is done by using thicker insulation than is usual in interconnect cables and increasing the distance between conductors. This reduces the magnetic field seen in each conductor wire as a […]


The Chord Company has launched its most advanced analogue interconnect to date: Sarum Super ARAY. First unveiled at Sound and Vision 2015, in February Sarum Super ARAY technology distils 30 years of Chord know-how into a very special cable range. The Sarum Super ARAY interconnect builds on the musical coherence that made the award-winning Sarum […]


Foo Fighters (seen enjoying hi res lifestyle above) celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's acclaimed 1995 debut album this year. Having built itself into one of the premiere stadium and arena headlining attractions worldwide, the legendary band-Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear has sold over 20 million albums to […]


Quad marks its 79th year with an all-new loudspeaker range: the S Series. Each model combines advanced Kevlar-coned bass/midrange drivers with a specially designed ribbon tweeter. The range comprises two standmount models (S-1 and S-2, above), two floorstanders (S-4 and S-5, below) and a centre speaker for home cinema systems (S-C).Just 285mm high, the S-1 […]