2014-06-20 Audio/Video News
UK-based electronics manufacturer Musical Fidelity has announced three new products, all of which are integrated amplifiers: the M6si, which is scheduled to begin shipping next week; the M3si, shipping July 20; and the NuVista 800, shipping in September.
The M3si replaces the M3i and comes with a built-in digital-to-analog convertor accessible through a USB input, along with a host of analog inputs including a phono stage for connecting a turntable. Power output is now 90Wpc and the price is $1...Read more
2014-06-02 Audio/Video News
To commemorate their 10th anniversary, Magico, based in Hayward, California, has announced the release of the M Project loudspeaker, a limited-edition model that they say incorporates elements from past Magico loudspeakers with some new technologies the company has just developed.
The M Project is a five-driver, three-way design comprised of a 1” beryllium-dome tweeter with a diamond coating; one 6” midrange driver, which they say was spawned from the midrange driver in the company’s ...Read more
2014-05-27 Audio/Video News
PSB Speakers, which was founded by Paul Barton in 1972 and is based in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, has added to their Imagine series of loudspeakers with four new entry-level models called Imagine X. The Imagine X models are comprised of the floorstanding X2T and X1T speakers, priced in the United States at $649 and $449 each (double for per-pair price), respectively; the XB stand-mounted monitor, priced at $499 per pair; and the XC center-channel, priced at $399.
The Image X2T is a t...Read more
2014-05-15 Audio/Video News
The SoundStage! Network’s coverage of High End 2014 in Munich, Germany, has officially begun! This year’s event runs from May 15 to 18 and has 20% more exhibitors than last year’s show. The SoundStage! Network is updating “live” from the event as it happens. The first-day coverage includes details on new products, such as KEF’s Blade Two and Reference-series loudspeakers, Devialet’s updated amplifier line, T+A’s SACD/CD player, Focal's headphones, and much more. All the coverage appears on ...Read more
2014-05-13 Audio/Video News
On May 12, Doug Schneider visited Octave Audio, which is located in Karlsbad, Germany. Octave Audio, which has been in business since 1980, makes tube-based amplifiers, preamplifiers, and phono amplifiers. When he was there, Doug talked extensively to Andreas Hoffman, the company’s founder and chief designer, and he toured their factory to see the production and testing first-hand. He also had the world’s first look at the company’s new HP 700 preamplifier, which will debut at High End 2014...Read more
2014-05-07 Audio/Video News
Oppo Digital, which is based in California, USA, and is best known to audio- and videophiles for their universal disc players, has recently branched out into headphones and, most recently, headphones amplifiers. The company’s first headphone amplifier is the HA-1, which they say borrows technology from their award-winning disc players. According to the company’s press release on May 7: “The analog audio section of the HA-1 is a fully balanced design with an emphasis on keeping the audio sig...Read more
2014-04-24 Audio/Video News
According to a new article published today on Strata-gee.com, Thiel Audio is moving from Lexington, KY, which is where they’ve been based for 38 years, to Nashville, TN. The article, called “Thiel Audio Story Takes a New and Troubling Turn,” indicates that all the company’s manufacturing equipment was sold at a public auction earlier this year. The author also speculates that the factory is or will be closed and no speakers are currently being manufactured. A statement attributed to company repr...Read more
2014-04-10 Audio/Video News
Gryphon Audio Designs, based in Denmark, has announced the fourth member of its loudspeaker line, the Pantheon. This new model slots into the Gryphon lineup as the brand's most compact floorstanding model alongside the larger Pendragon and Trident II models. The standmounted Mojo is the smallest Gryphon loudspeaker.
Like Gryphon's other speakers, the Pantheon employs proprietary constant-phase technologies to ensure that all drivers are in phase at all frequencies at all times, allowing th...Read more
2014-04-03 Audio/Video News
Pro-Ject Audio Systems, which is based in Austria and established itself in 1991 with the P1 turntable, has announced the release of the Xtension 9 Evolution turntable. The Xtension 9 Evolution incorporates the company’s 20-plus years of know-how, and is intended to offer ultra-high-end turntable performance for a reasonable price. According to the company’s press release on April 3: “[the] Xtension 9 Evolution chassis is made from high-class ultra-dense MDF, that g...Read more
2014-04-03 Audio/Video News
Oppo Digital, which is based in Mountainview, California, announced the release of the PM-1 planar-magnetic headphones, their first personal-audio product. Up until now, Oppo has been known for their topflight disc players. According to their press release on April 2: “The Oppo PM-1 utilizes a unique and pioneering planar-magnetic driver that sets it apart from the majority of headphones on the market. The Oppo PM-1 driver features a seven-layer diaphragm and an FEM-optimized high-energy Ne...Read more