Chord Electronics has launched what it calls its most advanced converter to date. DAVE is a reference-grade DAC, digital preamp and headphone amplifier. It is based around a proprietary FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) offering more than ten times the program capacity of its predecessor (QBD76 HDSD). At its heart lies a new LX75 version […]


Gramofon is claimed to make it easy to stream music over the cloud to any audio system you own, from portables to hi-fi separates. Plug the little black box into your system, connect it to the Wi-Fi network in your home and get streaming from any Wi-Fi-enabled device – smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac. Gramofon […]


Flexson’s VinylPlay digital turntable has been selected by the New York Museum of Modern Art to appear in the NYCxDesign 2015 London Tech City collection, celebrating the best and brightest in British technology. VinylPlay will be on sale in MoMA Design Store outlets during New York Design Week from May 15th until the end of […]


Set the controls for Munich,  this week sees the High End show taking over the MOC exhibition centre with more extreme audio than you can shake a 12inch arm at. As well as Wilson Benesch’s new rack and the NADAC DAC already mentioned we are expecting the following high resolution gems. Kronos Sparta 0.5A Kronos […]


Wilson Benesch’s new R1 hi-fi rack is a modular rack solution that provides “optimal conditions for the operation of State-of-the-Art digital and analogue audio equipment”.The eye catching precision machined finished black vertical stands of the R1 have been machined and finished in-house from polyoxymethylene to a tolerance of 0.02mm. Polyoxymethylene (POM) is a dense, high-performance engineering […]


Sonic Studio is to release of version 1.0 of Amarra for TIDAL. The latest member of its audio software family Amarra for TIDAL joins Amarra, Amarra Hifi, Amarra sQ+ and Amarra Symphony High Resolution Audio (HRA) player software. Recent trends in consumer audio have hastened the rise in popularity of HRA, including new higher resolution, […]


Icon Audio have launched their second CD player, the CDX2. Replacing Icon’s earlier, more expensive CDX1, the CDX2 has been specifically designed to deliver comparable sonics but at a lower, mid-range price. The aim, says Icon’s founder and chief designer David Shaw, was “to craft a CD player with real warmth and dexterity. With that […]


Swiss manufacturer Merging Technologies will launch their audiophile D/A converter, NADAC, at the High End Show in Munich. Merging Technologies manufactures high-resolution digital audio recording and editing systems including products that process PCM formats up to 24-bit/384kHz and DSD up to DSD256. The bulk of the DSD downloads now available on the numerous specialist websites […]


DALI’s classic Mentor Menuet speaker has been upgraded to create the new DALI Menuet. Stylish and compact, the Menuet has received a design upgrade in line with DALI’s Rubicon series. The DALI Menuet is a compact bass reflex loudspeaker measuring only 25 x 15 x 22.8cm and featuring a 114mm woofer and a 28mm soft […]


The compact new Optoma NuForce STA120 stereo power amp is designed to compliment any contemporary living space. The STA120 is specified to deliver 85 Watts into 8 Ohms and 125 Watts into 4 Ohms with a peak output of 300 Watts. Its highly efficient design uses less energy and generates less heat to provide “ultra […]


Sonus faber has launched the Chameleon speaker collection, a range that the Vicenza based company hopes will bring its products to a larger and younger demographic. It’s doing this by bringing the start price down to £430 and offering a bit of colour, variable colour at that.“Chameleon embodies all of the iconic design elements of […]


Following the rebranding of Sansui UK as Mitchell and Johnson at CES 2015, the new company is launching an integrated amplifier with built in 24bit/192kHz DAC and a matching CD player. Designed in Europe, the SAP-201V is an updated and improved version of the slim-line integrated amplifier previously sold under the Sansui brand name. The […]