NEWS RELEASE 9/30/14 LH Labs will demo the latest version of their Geek Out DAC at the 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, October 10, 2014 through October 12, 2014. The latest version of the Geek Out, the world's first portable crowd-designed and continuously crowd evolved digital-to-analog converter, will feature firmware upgrades highlighting enhanced Time Control Mode (TCM) and Frequency Response Mode (FRM).

he Geek Out is the first portable USB DAC capable of pushing 1000mW out of a USB Port and the only portable DAC under $1000 to include a minimum phase digital filter. LH Labs will also be offering a specialized version of Geek Out dedicated to IEM's, providing the lowest noise floor and the best signal to noise ratio available on USB DAC.

Geek Out is the most advanced and powerful USB DAC and headphone amplifier on the market. Featuring a Pure Class A headphone amplifier and 32bit/384kHz PCM + DSD 128 capabilities, Geek Out stands alone in the portable DAC market with the ability to playback virtually any digital music file format in current existence.

About LH Labs

lhlabs.com
LH Labs, a division of Light Harmonic, is dedicated to creating affordable high-resolution audio. Their products inherit technology from Light Harmonic's $31,000 USD ground-breaking audio device, Da Vinci Dual DAC. LH Labs was the first high-performance audio company to embrace crowdfunding as a platform for product development and launch. As a result, they revitalized the image of high-end audio to mainstream consumers, and have had their products featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and the LA Times.

For more information, contact:
Casey Hartwell, Marketing & Media Relations
Light Harmonic / LH Labs
415.730.5073
casey@lightharmonic.com


NEWS RELEASE 9/30/14 Nordost is very excited to be taking part in the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this year October 10-12. Once again, Nordost encourages attendees to take advantage of the live demonstrations lead by Nordost representatives in the Humboldt Peak room on the mezzanine level to experience first hand the difference that high quality cables can make in an audio system.

Humboldt Peak room visitors will have the opportunity to listen to a top of the line system completely wired with Nordost's Valhalla 2 Reference Range, which has made quite an impression on the consumer electronics industry since its debut at the MOC in 2013. V2 cables benefit from innovative and groundbreaking advances such as Nordost's Dual Mono-Filament technology and their revolutionary, proprietary HOLO:PLUG® connector. Achievements such as these result in a cable range that allows the overwhelming clarity and nuance of detail that transforms standard music reproduction into a dynamic performance.

In addition to demonstrations varying from power cords to interconnects, USB cables, auxiliary cables, and power products, Nordost will be reintroducing their Sort Füt, first seen at RMAF last year, in an exciting new application. In 2013 Nordost showed hifi enthusiasts the profound improvements their Sort Füt made on loudspeakers; this year guests will experience the effect that the same resonance control devices have when used with audio racks. By using a mechanically tuned, 3-part construction, the Sort Füt creates a ground path, eliminating all undesirable vibrations that would otherwise negatively affect the performance of audio components. This year the Nordost experience is continued downstairs in the lobby with an interactive personal audio listening station featuring the new Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable. At this station you will be able to enjoy the high-fidelity sound quality that Nordost brings to the personal audio market. Using Litz construction combined with Dual Mono-Filament technology and mechanically tuned lengths, the Heimdall 2 Headphone cable acts as the ideal conduit to transfer an amazingly realistic reproduction of sound from your system to your hifi headphones.

While at the listening station, be sure to enter Nordost's Prize Draw for a chance to win a 2 meter

Blue Heaven Power Cord! Blue Heaven is our most extensive product range in the Leif Series and it will give you a taste of how changing just one cable can give a noticeable improvement to your sound system.

Meredith Gabor

meredith@nordost


NEWS RELEASE 9/30/14 Richard Schram, the president and founder of the San Francisco-based audio component manufacturer, Parasound, will moderate a diverse panel of experts from the realms of music recording and high-end audio engineering on Saturday, October 11th at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver. Entitled: "Experts Ask the Experts," the panel discussion and audience Q&A will be held in the Marriott Aspen Amphitheater, Lobby Level between noon and 1:00 pm.

The panel will also include Siegfried Linkwitz, speaker designer, Linkwitz Labs; Cookie Marenco, producer/engineer, Blue Coast Records; Peter McGrath, recording engineer and sales manager, Wilson Audio; Naotaka Tsunoda, headphone designer, Sony Electronics; and Jack Vad, San Francisco Symphony producer/engineer.

The discussion considers the premise that experts in one field of audio may not always understand the complexities of another audio expert's field. This panel provides an opportunity for professional recording engineers to ask consumer audio component designers questions they've always wanted to ask and vice versa. Should the parameters of consumer component design always correspond with what a professional audio engineer hears while recording? How does microphone placement affect the music coming from the speakers? This panel will begin a lively conversation that is sure to continue.

Founded in 1981, Parasound Products, Inc., is a privately owned U.S. company that specializes in producing affordable audio components to critical listeners. The company's perennially acclaimed line of audio products has garnered a reputation for performance, value, and reliability, with quality control assured by decades-old relationships with the same three Taiwan manufacturing facilities.

For more information, visit www.parasound.com or call 415-397-7100.


NEWS RELEASE 9/30/14 If your phone, MP3 player, tablet, laptop or computer already has a built-in Digital-to-Analog Converter or "DAC" do you really need an external one? The fact is, that while the majority of these devices do have an internal DAC, most are low quality components that produce background hiss or warbling, and can reduce the audio dynamics of lossless files and CDs, especially when listening with headphones.

For music lovers looking for a listening experience that is much closer to how the artists originally intended, Chinon has introduced the CH-DA260U digital-to-audio converter with integrated amplifier and digital output. Available immediately for $149 (USD) at www.chinonshop.com, the CH-DA260U features a USB audio input, along with coaxial and optical digital outputs, so it will connect to virtually any audio or AV equipment that supports USB audio. Significant improvements can immediately be heard in resolution, realism and depth from an audio source, whether you are listening to a high quality lossless FLAC file or just jamming to iTunes and Spotify.

The CH-DA260U leverages the simplicity of USB for a true plug-and-play user experience. Directly connect it to any device that supports USB Audio and decode digital audio for audiophile-grade music. Its amplifier steps up the punch of headphones, delivering much more power than most sound cards found inside laptops or tablets. In addition to headphones, the CH-DA260U can be used as a link between your smartphone, tablet or laptop and a home hi-fi or home theater system.

The compact aluminum casing minimizes interference, plus is durable and perfect for desktop. Visit www.chinonshop.com for more details and to purchase the CH-DA260U.

The Chinon CH-DA260U USB DAC is a must-have for music lovers who want the highest quality sound from their computers, smartphones or tablets. Simply connect to any device that supports USB Audio to enjoy professional-grade audio through your headphone or Hi-Fi system. The compact and great looking aluminum casing is durable and perfect for your desktop.

About Chinon

Chinon Group was established in 1948 in Japan by founder Mr. Hiroshi Chino as a manufacturing and marketing company for optical products such as lens modules, 35mm cameras, movie cameras, disc drives, and printers. Long-time partner Eastman Kodak Company became Chinon Industries Inc.'s majority shareholder in 1997, and later merged Chinon Industries Inc. into the group. Chinon Corporation was restarted by the founder's family as the formal successor. For additional information, please visit www.chinonshop.com.


NEWS RELEASE 9/30/14 Setting the standard with Jens Phono Preamplifier with 70 dB gain for Low output Moving Coil cartridges, by Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC.

Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC is pleased to announce the Jens Phono stage pre-amplifiers, which is certain to set a new standard for Phono stage Preamplifiers. As befits a world class phone preamplifier, the Jens offers precise wide sound staging, a dead quiet background, high gain, lightning fast transients and superb musicality. Prices at $15,449, the Jens Phono stage preamplifier will be the one to beat at any price.

Built specifically for Low Output Moving Coil Cartridges the Jens Phono Preamp allows for load setting from 25 Ohms to 5 kOhms , 70dB gain with better than 0.1dB RIAA equalization, very fast and is ultra quiet.

Initial comments:

"This phono stage handily out performs anything I have owned or heard"

Robin Wyatt, www.robyattaudio.com importer of Miyajima cartridge

"I've had it in my home for a long listening session and when it left I not only felt embarrassed to again listen to mine but almost couldn't come up with words to say how good the "Jens" phono stage.",

David Nemzer, President of Audiophile Society, NY

"From the first notes of a reference LP, it unleashed a soundstage so life-like, and so alive with natural detail that I just sat there, completely engaged, mouth open, possibly drooling. Yes, it's that good, and yes, you need to hear it before spending five figures on any Phono Stage on the market."

Alón Sagee, President San Francisco Audiophile Society www.SFAudiophileSociety.com

Jens Phono stage was in development for 7 years, including 3 years of listening tests with veteran vinyl experts. Using expert technology and hand built in the USA, the Jens Phono stage offer vastly superior sound that will astound all vinyl aficionados. Call Merrill Audio or go to www.MerrillAudio.net to be among the first to own a Jens Phono Stage Pre-amplifier.

Build features include external power supply, steel chassis for maximum EMI/RFI shielding, Stillpoints Ultramini riser footers for isolation, Furutech pure copper Rhodium plated RCA, Double fused AC lines, silver plated Teflon sleeved pure copper wires, Hand matched high tolerance components, hand routed circuit board designs, multi-stage power supply filtering, proprietary circuits.

Merrill Audio develops very high performance award winning Power Amplifiers, Preamplifiers, Phono Preamplifiers and Cables for the discriminating Audio connoisseur looking for Audio Purity.

Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC

Merrill Wettasinghe

sales@MerrillAudio.net

www.MerrillAudio.net


NEWS RELEASE 9/30/14 Soundsmith Corporation is pleased to announce five new cartridge models that are designed to fill the need for audiophiles that have moderate gain preamplifiers from such esteemed manufacturers as Conrad-Johnson and Audio Research among many others.

Peter Ledermann designed these cartridges to perform flawlessly in preamps that utilize a 48dB-54dB gain structure. No longer is there any fear of overloading with a high output MM cartridge or having to ramp up the volume with a low output MC type.

Based on Peter's now classic Moving Iron designs - HYPERION, SUSSURRO, PAUA, THE VOICE & AIDA - these moderate output cartridges give the same level of performance as their high and low output siblings. Without any tradeoffs, these new medium output cartridges will breathe new life and alter expectations from audio system front-ends with moderate gain.

HELIOS – The Sun-Goddess daughter of HYPERION featuring the unique "cactus spine" cantilever and OC-CL stylus $7,500.00

MEZZO – Italian for middle or medium (output not performance that is). Based on the SUSSURRO - $480

NAUTILUS – This is a moderate output version of the very popular PAUA with natural seashell detail - $3800

SOTTO VOCE – Literally "soft voice". Based on the now legendary THE VOICE - $2800

NORMA – The sister cartridge to the AIDA featuring the same sweet midrange - $1800


NEWS RELEASE 9/30/14 PS Audio, manufacturer of fine audio components since 1973, is pleased to announce a major upgrade of its revolutionary DirectStream DAC, free to its owners. The upgrade radically improves both the measured and sonic performance of the device. It also helps redefine the state of the art in digital audio, again.
 
When we launched DirectStream this spring, we called it "a totally new approach to processing digital signals", and said it would "change viewpoints regarding ultimate sound-quality while simultaneously offering greater value than any contender for state of the art." 

In the months since then, DirectStream has lived up to its claims. In fact, it's received more praise and accolades than any product PS has made in four decades of pushing the edge of the art.

-Stereophile Recommended Component, Class A+
-The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award
-6Moons Blue Moon Award
-AudioStream Greatest Bits Award

And rave reviews from Positive Feedback, Stereo Times, Bit Perfect, Gus Skinas, Steve Hoffman, and many other knowledgeable folks.

How is DirectStream different from all those other DACs that are out there?

First, its design is different: DirectStream converts all input signals to DSD. PCM, DSD, whatever the input, the output is DSD. By doing this, we greatly reduce the amount of processing the signal undergoes, shorten the signal path. The result is improved clarity, resolution and presence that exceeds others in the field on both DSD and PCM recordings.

Second, DirectStream's construction is different. DirectStream doesn't use an off-the-shelf processor chip like most other DACS in all price ranges.

Instead, DirectStream's architecture is based upon a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that is infinitely reprogrammable and updatable.

Obsolescence has become…obsolete

DirectStream is one of the few devices in high-end audio that can be fully upgraded by downloading and installing new firmware.

The firmware upgrade that is immediately available for DirectStream is the biggest single improvement yet. Overall distortion and noise are reduced. The sound is more stunningly lifelike: as good as DirectStream was before, now it's better. A lot better.

The upgrade to firmware version 1.2.1 is available right now to all DirectStream owners and users for free Owners can download the firmware from PS Audio's website.

 The latest version of DirectStream will be playing in the PS Audio suite (Room 550, the Keystone Suite) at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, October 10-12. Also featured in the system will be the Memory Player transport and prototypes of the PerfectWave Amplifier designed by Bascom King, playing through Infinity IRS Betas set up by their designer, Arnie Nudell! Messrs. King and Nudell will both be present in the PS Audio suite during the show.

About PS Audio: Founded by Paul McGowan and Stan Warren in 1973, PS Audio has a long history of offering innovative designs at affordable prices. PS has been an industry-leader in the fields of power-regeneration, phono preamplifiers, DACs and transports. PS Audio's administration, engineering and manufacturing facilities are all located in Boulder, Colorado, and all core products are fully made in the USA.

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NEWS RELEASE 9/30/14 Cary Audio is pleased to announce the re-launch of its Cary Direct Online Store! The online store is now split into three different sections: B-stock, DIY parts, and vacuum tubes and accessories.

The B-stock section is made up of current and past production models. It could be returned or open box products, previously repaired products, demonstration products used at industry shows or in dealer showrooms, cosmetic flaws such as scratches or dings in chassis, faceplate, paint surfaces, or other visible areas. All B-stock products will only be sold and shipped within the United States.

The DIY parts section is made up of stock of different parts such as, capacitors, speaker binding posts, switches, etc. This caters from those looking to build their dream project to those who are looking for parts to upgrade their current equipment.

The vacuum tubes and accessories section is made up of different vacuum tubes and accessories available at Cary Audio. For the vacuum tubes, we have anything from new production tubes to new old stock (NOS) tubes. Some of the NOS tubes are available in limited quantities. For accessories, we supply anything from bias meters to Cary Audio t-shirts.

About Cary Audio

A manufacturer of high-end audio and video electronics, Cary Audio is known for delivering innovative, no-compromise high-end audio and audio video designs to owners worldwide. Cary Audio's award winning product lines have received accolades from many influential audio enthusiast magazines. Visit www.caryaudio.com for complete product specifications and additional information.

For more information about this topic, please email Katie Wright at katie@caryaudio.com.


NEWS RELEASE 9/15/14 Acoustic Sounds' Super HiRez™ digital download platform, which was the first to offer mainstream albums in Direct Stream Digital (DSD) as well other high-resolution PCM formats when it launched in late 2013, is about to create another audio milestone.

The company will be in the first in the high resolution audio space to offer a live blues concert recorded entirely in Direct Stream Digital (DSD), which provides 64 times the resolution of CDs and a much more life-like quality than MP3 tracks.

The recording will take place October 17-18 during the 17th annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads festival at Blue Heaven Studios, a sonically superb, 91-year-old Gothic church in Salina's downtown area.

Gus Skinas, digital audio expert and president of the Super Audio Center in Boulder, Colo., will oversee the recording, along with Chad Kassem, the founder of Acoustic Sounds. The recordings in October are expected to be available on SuperHiRez.com in time for the holidays and will be followed by several other recordings captured at the concerts in DSD since 1998.

"Capturing the legacy of some of these Blues performers is very important to me and I really can't think of a better way of capturing the power and emotion of their music than with live recordings in DSD," said Kassem. "We've been doing the Blues Masters shows for a long time and I'm confident these recordings will be treasured by music lovers."

The announcement of the first live concert recording in DSD follows an agreement between Acoustic Sounds and Warner Music Group (WMG) to provide the company's digital download music service with more than 1,200 high-resolution, mainstream albums by some of the most dynamic names in music.

The first wave of hi-res titles from such artists as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Tom Petty are available now, with new content being added daily.

"Adding Warner to our existing roster of major labels [Sony, Universal] is huge win for us, the industry, and for those looking to enhance their high-resolution music collections," said Kassem, who launched SuperHiRez.com last September with just 70 titles. "As far as we're concerned, the more choices in high-resolution music, in both titles and formats, the better."

Besides providing music in the highest resolution formats possible, Acoustic Sounds will also provide the provenance of all Warner recordings when available. Additionally, licensing deals continue to be discussed to provide customers living outside the U.S. access to the high-resolution music download service.

"Immersing yourself in a recording that sounds the way an artist, producer or engineer originally intended is an incredible experience. We feel that many will agree, and we look forward to high-resolution audio reaching a wider, growing audience," said President, Artist & Label Services, Warner Elektra Atlantic (WEA), Matt Signore.

There are currently more than 1,700 albums available for download on SuperHiRez.com. By year's end, more than 3,000 albums could be available, thanks in part to the deal with Warner, Kassem added.

ABOUT ACOUSTIC SOUNDS

Headquartered in Salina, Kan., Acoustic Sounds, Inc. is the world leader in audiophile music. Owned by CEO Chad Kassem, the 28-year-old company provides the largest selection of highest-quality music in a variety of formats—from vinyl LPs and Super Audio CDs to digital downloads—all designed to exceed the expectations of audiophiles in almost 80 genres. The company owns its own record pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, and operates three different brands of record presses. Acoustic Sounds also owns and operates its own vinyl reissue label (Analogue Productions), an original production label (APO Records) and its own recording studio (Blue Heaven Studios, a converted church). The company also hosts the annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads festival in Salina. This year's event is Oct. 17-18, 2014.


NEWS RELEASE 9/10/14 Blue Circle Audio - A New Hybrid PLC with Balanced Power Based upon its highly acclaimed BC60X1 reference-standard powerline conditioner, Blue Circle Audio is very pleased to announce the release of the BC30X1 hybrid powerline conditioner. Like the BC60X1, this new offering from Blue Circle provides both non-current limiting filtered power for high-current components, as well as outlets that provide both balanced power and capacitive filtering.

Balanced power is a two-edged sword. The centre-tapped transformer that is used in a balanced power PLC provides the added filtering action known as common-mode rejection, or CMR. By inverting the polarity of the noise signal on one side of the tapped transformer secondary, the common noise is canceled out due to their 180˚ phase relationship. Like all things in nature, this comes at a price. Transformers inherently tend to limit high current demands that occur at short intervals (like music transients). For this reason the balanced-power outlets are designed specifically for low-current line-level components since balanced power will tend to limit the dynamics of high-current components, such as large power amplifiers.

The BC30X1 provides a total of eight outlets: two for balanced power and six filtered outlets. Two of the filtered outlets are optimized for particularly heavy loads, like large power amplifiers or powered subwoofers. The other four filtered outlets are designed for general purpose applications. All six outlets of these filtered outlets are totally non-current limiting and will not restrict the dynamics of even the most current-hungry components. The two balanced-power outlets offer both capacitive filtering as well as the CMR filtering from the centre-tapped transformer.

Like the BC60X1, the 30X1 also contains the revolutionary X1e low-frequency filter module. Almost all PLCs focus on radio-frequency (RF) noise above 50 kHz. Our research has shown that due to the increased use of devices like compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and switch-mode power supplies, there is more and more powerline noise at lower frequencies; between 5 kHz and 50kHz. The X1e low-frequency module is specifically designed to attenuate noise in this critical noise spectrum.

For more information on the BC30X1 hybrid powerline conditioner please visit http://bluecircle.com or contact Toby Boydell (inside sales) at 519-449-1514 or at toby@bluecircle.com.


NEWS RELEASE 9/10/14 Ingress, the augmented reality real-world adventure game created by Google's Niantic Labs, has joined Sennheiser's "What's Your MOMENTUM?" project in a partnership that celebrates the best of technical innovation and human creativity. Audio specialist Sennheiser will be releasing a limited Ingress edition of its acclaimed MOMENTUM headphones later this year.

Sennheiser's social video project, "What's Your MOMENTUM?" tells inspirational stories of people and projects that epitomize the commitment to creativity, authenticity and following one's dreams. The project uses short films to tell the stories of people that go further than others, and achieve things that the world has not yet seen.

In Ingress, the project is exploring something entirely new – a global community of millions of players that enhance the physical world with an online reality, making the real world around us a giant game board. As well as a new MOMENTUM film documenting the worlds and people of Ingress, Sennheiser will be releasing very special limited edition MOMENTUM headphones later this year.

"The MOMENTUM project is all about the people exploring new frontiers in sound, technology and creativity," said Uwe Cremering, Head of Global Marketing at Sennheiser. "The community of Ingress players is a testament to this spirit — they're blurring the lines between reality and the virtual, using technology to discover an entirely new way to experience our world."

Ingress is a massively multiplayer mobile game that blends an evolving virtual narrative with the physical world around us using augmented reality. Available on Android and iOS devices, Ingress uses smartphone geo-location technology to get players out in the real world and discovering the unique and exciting locations around them. Players team up with others in their local communities to capture and control "portals" — including landmarks, historical sites, parks and artwork — in an attempt to control territory. The world is the game, and the game is getting bigger. Today it is being played in 200 countries and has been downloaded by over 5 million users.

The vision of Ingress creator, John Hanke, was to reverse the inward trend to focus on our screens. "Technology today is incredibly useful and powerful, but one of the side effects of its usefulness is that we're constantly being drawn toward our screens and away from the things around us. Ingress helps create adventures on foot out in the real world by using that technology to enhance the way that you learn about and interact with the interesting things around you." Ingress encourages movement and takes people outside, and rewards people for collaboration in the real world and learning more about local environment and landmarks.

What's Your MOMENTUM?

Sennheiser, together with Spotify, is telling the stories of a hugely diverse yet 100% inspirational group of 100 people and projects – following their personal journeys and learning more about the passion, lives and the spirit of MOMENTUM that drives achievement. This fundamental commitment to create something that is special, unique and that has uncompromised authenticity and substance is what Sennheiser seeks to celebrate and discover over the course of the MOMENTUM project. Alongside the films, Sennheiser is also asking others "What's your MOMENTUM?" – inviting people to join the global MOMENTUM community by adding their own inspirational videos at www.sennheiser-momentum.com. People inspired in turn can add their videos to chains that link connected themes, bringing together ideas about art, music and what it means to live life one step ahead of the crowd.

About Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.


NEWS RELEASE 9/10/14 Audience today announced the introduction of its Conductor in-wall power cable, designed to provide the highest level of AC power delivery in custom-installation home theater, multiroom audio, architectural and other in-wall applications.

"Our new Conductor power cable combines optimized AC power delivery with exceptional durability and ease of installation," said John McDonald, president of Audience. "Conductor enables in-wall systems to perform at their best. Why build a custom-installation home entertainment system and wire it up with run-of-the mill power cable?"

Audience Conductor cable features three 10 AWG multi-conductor wires plus a ground wire and can be used in 120-volt and 220-volt applications. The wire is cryogenically treated, which relieves built-in stresses and re-forms the microstructure in the copper for improved conductivity. The insulation is made from XLPE cross-linked polyethylene insulation, which provides extreme durability and long-term use yet is flexible and easy to work with. (XLPE is used in plumbing and radiant heat applications and even in human artificial joint replacement.)

Conductor is UL-approved, is OSHA-acceptable and meets ICEA S-95-658/NEMA WC 70, IEEE 383, IEEE 1202 and other standards.

Audience Conductor provides the ideal finishing touch for any custom-installation home theater and multiroom audio system, or wherever a premium-quality cable is needed but must be hidden from view. Conductor is currently available at a suggested retail price of $20 per foot.

About Audience

Audience was formed in November 1997 by John McDonald and the late Richard Smith, as a design and production company focused on building the best possible audio and video equipment. To pass the Audience test, each product must truly make a significant contribution to the reproduction of audio and/or video. Audience offers loudspeakers, electronics, cables, power conditioners, high-resolution capacitors and the Auric Illuminator optical disk resolution enhancement.

Audience's commitment is to develop the very best products possible, and the company is committed to unexcelled customer service and product support. All Audience cables have an unconditional lifetime warranty and power conditioners have a ten-year warranty. For more information visit www.audience-av.com.


NEWS RELEASE 9/10/14 Bowers & Wilkins launches new CM Series. The new Bowers & Wilkins CM Series dramatically improves on the audiophile-quality performance and luxurious design for which the series is renowned. Combining the latest Bowers & Wilkins technologies – including Decoupled Double Dome tweeters – plus refined new styling and an entirely new addition to the range, the result is truly beautiful sound.

The introduction of Bowers & Wilkins Decoupled Double Dome tweeter to 2013's CM10 led to not just awards, but more importantly, massively improved audio performance. So the next logical step was to bring the same technology to the rest of the CM Series. For the first time the entire CM Series features these outstanding new tweeters, while the CM10 S2 and the completely new CM6 S2 (above) boast tweeter-on-top technology for an even more engaging performance.

Bowers & Wilkins Double Dome tweeters use a thin aluminum dome surrounded by a thicker aluminum ring for the perfect combination of lightness and rigidity, helping prevent audible distortion. The result is stunning clarity and tonal purity. In the new CM Series this advanced tweeter is also decoupled – using a ring of gel cushioning to physically separate the assembly from the cabinet – to improve dispersion and imaging for an even more natural, spacious treble.

The CM10 S2 and the new CM6 S2 also benefit from a tweeter-on-top design – a feature shared with our most advanced reference speaker range, the 800 Series Diamond. Isolating the tweeter in this way aids imaging and dispersion, creating a more lifelike sound and a better sense of space.

These tweeter advances are just the first of many improvements; the new CM Series has been redesigned to deliver vastly improved audiophile-standard performance across the board. New crossovers use respected Mundorf capacitors throughout while Anti-Resonance dustcaps are employed across all bass/midrange drive units for smoother response and lower coloration. These improvements augment existing CM Series technologies such as FST midrange drive units in the CM8 S2, CM9 S2 and CM Centre 2 S2 plus, in the flagship CM10 S2, the additional clarity of a decoupled FST assembly.

The new CM Series also look more beautiful than ever before. They retain the high-quality, real wood cabinets for which the range is renowned, but visible fixings have been removed for a cleaner, more subtle look. Yet even these visual improvements lead to acoustic benefits, as the incredibly solid cabinets and fixingless fascias help improve sound quality. The new, acoustically optimized and protective circular tweeter grilles further enhance the look of the new CM Series, while also protecting the tweeter.

Sitting pretty between the studio-quality speakers of the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond and the surprisingly affordable new 600 Series, the new CM Series delivers stunning audiophile sound quality and subtle, stylish design perfect for home audio. The new CM Series truly is beautiful sound.

Beautiful detail

The CM10 S2 remains the flagship floorstanding speaker in the range, and has been brought visually into line with the rest of the new models. As well as a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter on top, physically removed from the main cabinet for vastly improved audio performance without distortion – a technique taken from the tweeters in Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond – the CM10 S2 features three powerful 165mm bass drivers and a decoupled FST midrange driver.

Joining the CM10 S2 with a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter-on-top design is the completely new CM6 S2. It features a 165mm bass/midrange driver, with the overall result being superb imaging and spaciousness for a standmount speaker. It is the first standmount CM Series speaker to benefit from tweeter-on-top technology.

The CM9 S2 and CM8 S2 are the two remaining floorstanding speakers in the range. Both feature Decoupled Double Dome tweeters, FST midrange drivers and two bass drivers. The new CM8 is designed with a slimmer profile to fit a wider range of room sizes and configurations, while still delivering amazing clarity, detail and realism.

The CM5 S2 and CM1 S2 are the range's two other standmount speakers. Both models employ new Decoupled Double Dome tweeter technology plus a host of other engineering advances, making for compact and discreet speakers that still deliver ample power plus pin-sharp precision.

The CM Centre S2 and CM Centre 2 S2 also use Decoupled Double Dome tweeters while the CM Centre 2 S2 benefits from an FST midrange driver plus a pair of symmetrically arranged bass drivers to deliver superb centre channel performance. This makes the new CM Series ideal not just for stereo music but also for home cinema use.

The ASW10CM S2 subwoofer features a 10inch drive unit paper/Kevlar® driver driven by a highly efficient 500W audiophile standard Class D amplifier and switch mode power supply.

Completing the range is the new FS-CM S2 stand, with improved finish and design detailing to not only provide a supremely stable platform for the CM1 S2, CM5 S2 or CM6 S2 but also a perfect visual counterpart for the new models' beautiful design.

All new CM Series speakers are available in Gloss Black, Rosenut and Satin White finishes, except the ASW10CM S2, which is available in Gloss Black and Satin White. The FS-CM stand is available in Black and Silver finishes.

The new CM Series is available from September 2014

About Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) is Britain's leading exporter of loudspeakers, and is also the number-one imported brand in North America. Since 1966, B&W's "Quest for Perfection" has resulted in a succession of technical loudspeaker innovations that have satisfied the world's most demanding listeners. B&W's rave reviews and universal acceptance as the monitor for classical music recordings have helped B&W become the dominant premium loudspeaker company throughout the world. http://www.bowers-wilkins.com


NEWS RELEASE 9/10/14 The Sound Organisation, North American importer and distributor of fine European audio products, extends an invitation to visit their booth #1080 at CEDIA 2014 where TSO will showcase the latest, award winning products from DALI and Rega.

The new RUBICON Loudspeaker Series consists of three floor standing models, the Rubicon 8, 6 and 5. The Rubicon 2 is the bookshelf version and all can be used in front, rear or surround applications. Rounding out the series is the award winning Rubicon L/C/R, designed for on-wall installation in either horizontal or vertical placement. All engineered with DALI SMC Drive Technology, a unique tweeter and cabinets wrapped in a clean modern, Danish design.

Faxon Micro Compact Loudspeaker
The multi-purpose Micro is at home as the centerpiece in a 5.1 surround system, working in a stereo setup or acting as rear speakers. Position on a shelf or mount on a wall with the supplied multi-function wall bracket. Push button terminals make connecting the speaker cables simple.

Kubic Free Loudspeaker

This elegantly designed speaker enables you to enjoy music from a wide variety of sources and can be connected via Bluetooth, USB, Optical or Analog inputs. The 100W amplifier is a true active solution offering a fully digital crossover, direct handling of digital sources, and a high quality AD converter.

Brio-R Amplifier
This 73w/channel power amplifier is comes complete with a built-in phono stage. The compact chassis holds a substantial power supply and a rugged output stage make this an award winning amplifier.

Apollo-R CD/DAC

Apollo-R is a top loading design with improved analog and digital outputs, DAC, digital power supplies and a dedicated display microprocessor. The Apollo-R is the perfect companion to the Brio-R Amplifier.

About The Sound Organisation
For nearly twenty years, the mission of The Sound Organisation has been to bring the most musical sounding home audio components from Europe to the USA. TSO proudly offers Certon Systems, Chord Company, DALI, PMC, Quadraspire and Rega Research to North American specialty audio retailers. All backed by a unique team of sales, training and service technicians providing a combination of responsible and responsiveyou the very best sound for the dollar. retail support and delivering the very best sound for the dollar.
www.soundorg.com


NEWS RELEASE 9/10/14 Audeze, maker of award-winning planar magnetic headphones, components and accessories is proud to sponsor the third of four celebrations of music with The Village Studio and Crescent Hotel, Beverly Hills. Discover the next generation of artists in this legendary studio brimming with history.

The third of these limited-capacity events this Saturday, September 13th, features The Reverend Shawn Amos, the Bart Davenport Blue Band, Jerome Holloway, and a Special Guest Artist.

Email RSVP@villagestudios.com and experience these great bands in person. Hope to see you there!

Click to learn more about the LCD-X, the LCD-XC, the LCD-3 , and the LCD-2.

About Audeze

Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship. Audeze's commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our made-in-the-USA products.

Audeze | Costa Mesa, CA 92626| Tel: (714) 581-8010 | Fax: 702.823.0333
info@audeze.com | http://www.audeze.com


NEWS RELEASE 9/10/14 Vrb Headphones has revamped the wireless headphones by integrating 3X range Bluetooth technology. The wireless headphones with the built-in mic will have the latest 4.0 Bluetooth technology that will also be compatible with any Bluetooth device supporting the 3.0 version. With the 3X range advanced Bluetooth technology, users will have up to 33 feet of wireless range.

The headphones will come in three different color options: Black and Silver, White and Gold, and Cinnamon and Silver. Vrb uses eco-friendly material, such as Japanese Synthetic Protein Leather, for the headband and ear cups. The sleek unibody design weighs in at only 5.3 ounces. The Lithium-ion battery provides up to 15 hours of usage time and 250 hours of stand-by with a rapid battery charge of less than 3 hours. Included in the unique packaging of the new Vrb Headphones will be a carrying case, usb charging cable, and user manual.

Vrb Headphones has fully funded their crowdfunding campaign in less than a week. The campaign for the new Bluetooth headphones launched on Wednesday, August 27 at 12 p.m. PT on Kickstarter.com. It will run for a total of 58 days and end on Friday, October 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

With the success of the campaign, Vrb hopes to have their product in stores by early 2015. Vrb Headphones have created a high quality product at an affordable price. By placing orders now, consumers are eligible for the special Kickstarter price, starting at $108 (reg. retail $199) with additional perks also being offered.

Vrb Headphones

Vrb Headphones is San Francisco-based company founded by Melissa Brown in late 2013. She is an up-and-coming model who has been featured in multiple publications, such as Indie Blush, Lavish Living, and Sacramento Bridal. Brown was responsible for the bringing together a team of designers and engineers to create Vrb Headphones, a company dedicated to bringing high quality audio and style together.


NEWS RELEASE 9/10/14 Classé has announced the availability of a new series of components called Sigma, featuring a 7.1 channel Surround Sound Preamp/Processor, called Sigma SSP and two amplifiers, the AMP2 and AMP5, rated at 2x200W and 5x200W into 8 ohms respectively.

"High-end is about passion, discovery, experience and technical exploration. It's not just who can make the most expensive things." said Dave Nauber, President of Classé. "Making more affordable products that are truly high-end is a greater challenge, which is why there is a gap in the market between offerings from the mass-market CE companies and the high-end brands. We chose to exploit our cost advantage as part of the B&W Group to fill this void with some exceptional new products."

The Sigma SSP has been optimized as a high-performance stereo preamp/processor with video switching, multichannel processing and bass management included. Connections for USB and Ethernet streaming augment the basic HDMI, coax and optical digital inputs. Balanced and single-ended analog inputs, including an optional phono stage, make the Sigma SSP a truly versatile preamp/processor.

According to Classé, the amplifier models are derived from their breakthrough Delta series CA-D200; a Class D topology that addresses the problem of dead-band-time—the time when both halves of the amplifier are off—once thought to be the Achilles' heel of Class D designs. The Classé solution achieves an astonishingly low 3 nanosecond dead-band-time, dramatically lowering distortion and enabling numerous other design advantages. The result is said to be superbly musical sonic performance along with other class D benefits like small size, low heat dissipation and high efficiency.

"Our goals in designing the Sigma series were to deliver true, high performance for the audiophile, offer versatile connectivity to accommodate a wide range of sources, bundle it with a host of performance-oriented features and package it in a compact and affordable chassis." said Nauber. "We have done all that and more. With their efficient use of power, the Sigma series designs generate less heat and are more eco-friendly than other conventional designs."

The Classé Sigma series is available in October.

Retail pricing:

Sigma SSP $5,000 USD

AMP5 $5,000 USD

AMP2 $3,500 USD

For additional information about Classé visit www.classeaudio.com

Classé is a subsidiary of UK-based loudspeaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins.


NEWS RELEASE 9/10/14 Bryston has announced today the introduction of the model CIW architectural loudspeaker designed for full-range, high-performance audio reproduction. The CIW is a versatile loudspeaker ideally suited to accommodate the requirements of newer surround formats such as Dolby Atmos®, which require ceiling speakers for proper configuration. The CIW is also ideal for any home theater application where traditional floor-standing speakers simply do not fit the décor. Please see Bryston at CEDIA 2014, Booth 320.

The Bryston CIW is a round coaxial design based on a 6.5-inch aluminum woofer and a 1-inch titanium tweeter. The CIW takes advantage of the same tweeter design found in other Bryston loudspeakers, however the tweeter motor utilizes a neodymium magnet - a compact yet powerful element used to conserve size while maintaining the desired energy in the gap. The CIW tweeter also pivots, enabling the installer to direct the field of dispersion as needed for each application. The CIW's woofer is also derived from Bryston's A-Series loudspeakers, noted for high power handling and dynamic capability extending beyond most drivers of this size.

The Bryston CIW is a fully enclosed acoustic suspension design featuring Bryston's unique anti-standing wave rear chamber. This design produces a controlled and balanced output difficult to achieve from an architectural loudspeaker platform. Two additional form factors—a flange-less and a flush-mount version of the CIW are currently in development as well. "Since Bryston began offering high-performance loudspeakers, our dealers have been asking for an architectural speaker with matching timbre to complete home theater installations," explained Bryston's James Tanner. "Now our dealers can deliver a complete Bryston-branded system to their most décor-conscious customers," Tanner added. The Bryston CIW has an MSRP of $290 each and is expected to ship to Bryston dealers in Q4, 2014.


NEWS RELEASE 8/20/14 Introducing the musicbook:10 and the musicbook:15 LINDEMANN presents two highly innovative USB-DACs which set new standards in resolution, functionality and sound quality. The devices offer a bit-perfect reproduction of max. 32-bit at 384 kHz (PCM) as well as native DSD playback up to DSD 128. Of course, the all-newly developed USB interface works asynchronously using an ultra stable "Femto Clock", is USB-updatable and fully isolated from the power supply of the connected computer. The musicbook:10/15 is the first serial equipment ever to utilize the brand new AK4490 converter chip from Japanese specialist AKM. The chip sounds amazingly transparent and natural and can handle resolutions up to 3-bit, 768 kHz and DSD 256. The IR remote allows easy navigating through playlists and albums comfortably from your couch. The features list of the musicbook includes analogue inputs, an analogue preamp with analogue volume control, remote control, a class-A headphone amplifier and an optional CD drive (musicbook:15 only). Price: from € 3200.

For more information visit the Lindemann microsite at http://www.lindemann-audio.de/en/products/musicbook-series/usb-dacs/musicbook-10/uebersicht/

About Lindemann: Lindemann audiotechnik is committed to the goal of lifelike music reproduction in the tradition of the high fidelity pioneers of the 1960s. Our vision has always been to deliver a natural musical performance that conveys the emotion and intimacy of the recording by remaining as faithful as possible to the original. Only in this way can listening to music at home evolve into a genuine experience of the live event.

www.lindemann-audio.com


NEWS RELEASE 8/14/14 Audeze, maker of award-winning planar magnetic headphones, components and accessories is proud to sponsor the second of four celebrations of music with The Village Studio and Crescent Hotel, Beverly Hills. Discover the next generation of artists in this legendary studio brimming with history.

The second of these limited-capacity events this Saturday, August 16th, features Beach Party, The Dead Ships and In The Valley Below, plus a Special Guest Artist and DJ sets to open and close the night.

Email RSVP@villagestudios.com and experience these great bands in person. Hope to see you all there!

Click to learn more about the Audeze LCD-X, the LCD-XC, the LCD-3 , and the LCD-2. Download the Online Press Kit for specifications and photos.

About Audeze
Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship. Audeze's commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our made-in-the-USA products.

Audeze | Costa Mesa, CA 92626| Tel: (714) 581-8010 | Fax: 702.823.0333
info@audeze.com | http://www.audeze.com


NEWS RELEASE 8/14/14 The Sound Organisation, North American importer and distributor of European Audio products, is pleased to announce the US DEBUT of DALI's brand new loudspeaker series, the Rubicon.

The RUBICON Series consists of three floor standing models, The Rubicon 8, Rubicon 6 and Rubicon 5, the bookshelf Rubicon 2, all can be used in front, rear or surround applications and Rubicon L/C/R. Designed with DALI SMC Drive Technology, unique tweeter and cabinet designs, all models are wrapped in a clean modern, Danish design. Crafted into each Rubicon are the following proprietary elements.

RUBICON Woofers. Drawing upon the heritage of EPICON, the patented SMC-based ‘Linear Drive System' used in RUBICON dramatically reduces unwanted distortion. The DALI proprietary wood-fiber cone woofers are optimized for long excursion, and a large useful frequency range insuring that the roll-off is handled in the crossover and not in the driver

Rubicon Tweeters. DALI makes use of both the soft dome tweeter working alone, and the hybrid tweeter configuration results in an amazing execution of high frequencies. The voice coil used in the RUBICON series is designed to be very light and agile to achieve a broader bandwidth. This lighter voice coil is placed inside a powerful ferrite magnet that keeps tight control of its movements. The ribbon tweeter is the master of wide dispersion and combining it with the soft dome, the tweeter module starts working as low as 2.5 kHz, passing up to the ribbon at 15kHz and above.

For more information visit the DALI Rubicon microsite at http://www.dali-us.com/en-US/Microsites/DALI-RUBICON-site.aspx

About DALI
Founded in Denmark in 1983, DALI is driven by a raw passion for music and its honest reproduction in the domestic environment. The development and refinement of new technologies to increase the realism of the home entertainment experience is the main objective in their quest to create what is believed to be the best loudspeakers in the world.

Engineered for performance, DALI loudspeakers are driven by a team that is passionate about performance, not marketing and numbers. DALI designs and crafts a wide range of speakers at its home in Denmark, and recently opened its own purpose-built factory in China for its most value-oriented lines. But regardless of origin, DALI speakers are known for their impeccable fit and finish, reliability, and, of course, highly musical sound. At DALI, the motto remains, "In admiration of music."
www.dali-us.com
https://www.facebook.com/DALINorthAmerica

About The Sound Organisation
For nearly twenty years, the mission of The Sound Organisation has been to bring the most musical sounding home audio components from Europe to the USA. TSO proudly offers Certon Systems, Chord Company, DALI, PMC, Quadraspire and Rega Research to North American specialty audio retailers. All backed by a unique team of sales, training and service technicians providing a combination of responsible and responsiveyou the very best sound for the dollar. retail support delivering the very best sound for the dollar.
www.soundorg.com
www.facebook.com/thesoundorganisation


NEWS RELEASE 8/14/14 Calyx Audio of South Korea, is debuting the M -- a DSD capable, high-resolution hand held music player -- in the United States. The M also does double duty as a digital-to-analog converter, and the custom-designed software lets users browse and create playlists on the go. The Calyx M is available for the introductory price of $999 in select retail stores, and online at Chane Music and Cinema (www.chanemusiccinema.com/calyx/m), Care Audio (http://care-audio.com/wo/photoiG.php?wo=711946&sub&ino=PastedGraphic1) and Sight and Sound Gallery (http://sightandsoundgallery.com/).

The Calyx M offers users the ability to store up to 448 GB worth of music with one SD and one Micro SD card slot. Digital conversion is handled by the ESS Labs ES9018S-2M chip then sent to a discrete class A analog output stage. Sound quality is what music aficionados expect from Calyx, and the M delivers! Whether through headphones or your audio system music is highly detailed and effortless sounding. Bass extension and power belies the look of the M with its sleek and light chassis. The micro USB input allows the M to be used as a stand alone, asynchronous digital-to-analog converter with the ability to play back virtually any file type, including DSD, 128DSD, DXD and 32Bit 384KHz. 

About Calyx Audio

Digital & Analog (D&A), the parent company of Calyx Audio, designs and manufactures class D output devices for industry brands such as Samsung. Passionate music lover, CEO, and designer Seungmok Yi, started Calyx Audio in 2008 with the goal of bringing music's essence to people through technology. Contact On Song Audio Distribution toll free at (844) 255-9961 (844-calyxm1), or email at Calyxm.us@gmail.com. Dealer inquiries welcome.


NEWS RELEASE 8/14/14 Rutherford Audio Inc, Distributor of many fine European brands launches the Vertere SG-1 Turntable with SG-1 Tonearm and handbuilt internal wiring at the California Audio Show August 15-17th at the Westin SFO, California. The Vertere SG-1 will be showcased in action in the Aspen room along with Genesis Advanced Technologies. This will be the first time a Vertere turntable has been shown in North America following the launch of the Vertere Reference ToneArm at CES 2013. Rutherford Audio is the exclusive distributor for Vertere and Genesis Advanced Technologies in North America.

The Vertere turntables set the new standard for reference turntables world wide. Vertere was born out of a deep desire to pursue audio perfection and a belief that innovation will both drive us forward and define who we are. Innovation – in this instance combining the weight of experience and understanding with the love of music that pervades everything to have the perfect conditions for stunning advances in audio technology. The belief in simplicity: Perfection as we see it is not when there is nothing more to add but when there is nothing left to take away. Of course, a quest for perfection in our field can never be attained – for ‘perfect' audio one must be in the presence of the musicians. At Vertere the ambition is simply to carry on a long tradition of being the closest to perfection that is achievable. The new Vertere SG-1 Turntable and arm have achieved a new level of perfection.

On demonstration will be the following configuration: 

SG-1 Standard Record Player + SG-1 Motor Drive w/Pulse-R cable + SG-1 Tonarm with Handbuilt wiring $ 27,500 USD

About Vertere Acoustic

Vertere Acoustics is a leading U.K. designer, developer and manufacturer of high-end luxury turntables and cables. Vertere delivers components to music lovers around the world through a network of dealers and distributors worldwide.

For more information please contact: Vertere Acoustics • 1.28 The Lightbox • 111 Power Road, London England • voice: +44(0)203 176 4888 • info@vertereacoustics.com www.vertereacoustics.com

About Rutherford Audio

Rutherford Audio is thee luxury distributer of the finest European hifi products in North America.

For more information please contact: Rutherford Audio • 11420 Blacksmith Place • Richmond, BC V7A 4X1 • voice: 604-418.7622 • info@rutherfordaudio.com www.rutherfordaudio.com


NEWS RELEASE 8/14/14 SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, proudly announces its selection by ProSource to become the newest brand available to the group's rapidly growing roster of retailers across the U.S. SVS is being tapped to energize subwoofer sales for independent retailers with the support of PRO's extensive marketing, training and merchandising resources.

Dave Workman, president and COO of ProSource said, "As a brand, SVS brings a vibrancy and genuineness that is rare for any company, let alone a consumer electronics company. As a subwoofer manufacturer, SVS is all about visceral power and dynamics that assault the senses in the best way possible, and performance well beyond the price tag."

ProSource Retailer Members consist of some of the largest, most successful home and mobile entertainment regional retailers in the U.S. who are dedicated to advancing the latest technologies and customer services. PRO consists of a broad cross section of different retailer channels throughout the U.S. including brick, brick and click and online retailers with best in class merchandising, product selection, product knowledge and services.

"ProSource is the most influential merchandising group in the CE industry so this is a watershed moment for SVS," said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. "We've made tremendous inroads with independent retailers in 2014 but this PRO partnership blows open the doors for what is possible and we expect to see a lot more happy SVS subwoofer owners in the years to come."

SVS products are sold internationally, both direct and at retail, depending on regional preferences. The company's hybrid go-to market approach and unilateral resale policy have proven to be a profitable model that helps raise the average selling price of audio products for dealers with real margins backed by expert service, when it's needed.

Yacoubian continued, "ProSource has an impressive legacy in the high performance audio segment and has thrived in what has been a challenging economic environment for many. I firmly believe we are in the midst of a resurgence in the demand for high performance audio, and while it may not reach the levels it did during the golden age of hifi, brands and retailers that engage customers the right way and with the right products will see continued growth."

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com or like them on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information about ProSource, please visit www.progroup.net.

About SVS 

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

About ProSource 

Founded in 2011, ProSource is a cooperative, member-owned, not-for-profit buying group that includes members of the former Home Entertainment Source (HES) and PRO Group. With retail sales of more than $3.1 billion, ProSource is the largest specialty and consumer-electronics merchandising group in the United States, which allows it to negotiate stronger programs with manufacturers, helps independent retailers stay relevant to consumers, and keeps the specialty A/V channel competitive. ProSource currently represents more than 500 retailers and custom integrators. For additional information go to: www.prosourceinfo.com. 


NEWS RELEASE 8/11/14 Hi Res Audio Central (www.hiresaudiocentral.com), a new web portal devoted to covering everything about the benefits of high resolution audio in all formats, launched today.

HRAC serves as the connective hub between listeners and the artists, producers, engineers, labels, and gear manufacturers dedicated to the hi res (high resolution) audio listening experience, which offers sonic fidelity far beyond that of current CDs, MP3s, and streamed audio services, and takes the listening experience to unprecedented levels of realism and detail.

HRAC showcases both original and curated content for new hi res audio consumers and audiophiles alike, including download and playback primers, hardware and software reviews, interviews with musicians and producers, and much more. HRAC offers extensive connection to the world of hi res audio in all its formats, and advocates the hi res audio musical experience to a broad audience of music lovers.

"Hi Res Audio Central is designed to connect music lovers to the hi res audio experience in all its many shapes, forms, and tastes," said Ron Goldberg, HRAC's Site Director. "They'll discover a higher level of musical engagement, whether hearing new releases or treasured favorites, and they can use the site for research, education, or just plain enjoyment. HRAC will be a one-stop destination for all things hi res audio."

Added HRAC Chief Content Officer Mike Mettler, "Listening to great-sounding music in its highest resolution is a magical experience, and it's something I enjoy doing every day. HRAC will help steer people to all of the ways they can do just that every time they're listening, whether they're at home or on the move." Noted Scott Constantine, HRAC's Director of Sales, "Our goal is to increase awareness to the large number of music lovers about hi res audio in all formats, educate them as to the services and products available, and get them excited about purchasing software and hardware."

HRAC is devoted to everything that reflects and promotes the power of listening to and enjoying the substantial aural benefits of hi res audio.

ABOUT THE HI RES AUDIO CENTRAL TEAM

Chief Content Officer Mike Mettler is a 25-year veteran of print, web, and mobile publishing, starting at High Fidelity before joining the Stereo Review family to helm Car Stereo Review and Mobile Entertainment, and recently spent 7 years as Editor-In-Chief of Sound & Vision. He also runs The SoundBard, is the current music editor for Sound & Vision, and is a music columnist for Digital Trends. He can be reached at mike.mettler@hiresaudiocentral.com and mike.mettler@soundbard.com.

Site Director Ron Goldberg founded the first CD label dedicated to electronic music created with MIDI (Periodic Music), and co-founded the web's first broad-scale portal for consumer electronics (etown.com). He is former syndicated columnist for New York Newsday and National Media Spokesperson for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). He can be reached at ron.goldberg@hiresaudiocentral.com.

Director of Sales Scott Constantine has been an industry force for over 30 years through such publications as Sound & Vision, its predecessors Stereo Review, Audio, and Video magazines, Car Stereo Review, and the high-end titles The Absolute Sound and The Perfect Vision. Advertising queries can directed to him at scott.constantine@hiresaudiocentral.com.

Visit Hi Res Audio Central at www.hiresaudiocentral.com.


NEWS RELEASE 8/11/14 Audioengine® today introduced the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth® Music Receiver. The B1 is a high-fidelity audio component that easily integrates into your music system and plays music directly from your library or streams from any app. The B1 streams high-quality audio from your Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone, computer, or tablet to any music system or powered speakers. 

Easy setup
The B1 is a simple way to get great-sounding wireless music from your device out to any music system. We've made Bluetooth device pairing extremely easy and no special setup or software is required.

Upgrade your Bluetooth
You already have Bluetooth on your tablet, computer, or iDevice, so get more out of it and experience stunning audio with the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver including aptX, 24-bit upsampling DAC, and extended range.

"No longer is Bluetooth a one-room wireless solution with mediocre audio quality. The simplified setup of the B1, longer-range wireless and incredible sound all make B1 a game-changer," says Audioengine Director, Dave Evans. "Our goal was to take Bluetooth to the next level and we feel the B1 exceeds our expectations - and we hope our customers agree."

Features
Easy setup, connects in seconds
Plug-n-play, no software to install
Superior sound and extended range
Streams audio from any media player
Connects to any music system

Pricing and availability
The Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth® Music Receiver has a retail price of $189. The B1 is available now and can be purchased from over 400 authorized worldwide resellers or online direct.

About Audioengine
Audioengine designs and builds innovative audio products with all your music in mind. Great sound and useful features at affordable prices. More info on the B1 and our other computer audio products can be found on our website.


NEWS RELEASE 8/11/14 Peachtree Audio, manufacturer of high-performance audio products since 2007, is proud to announce that their INDIEGOGO.com campaign for the launch of deepblue2, the company's "Ultimate Bluetooth Speaker", has exceeded $200,000. The campaign reached its initial goal of $63,000 in just over an hour.

Launched on Monday, July 21, the campaign gave early backers the opportunity to get deepblue2 for $249, a 50% savings from its expected $499 US retail price. Current backers are still able to get deepblue2 for $299, a 40% discount.

"We're ecstatic about the response that deepblue2 has received," said Andrew Clark, President of Peachtree Audio. "Our more than 600 backers include longtime Peachtree customers, as well as people from all over the world who are coming to the brand for the first time. It's encouraging that more than 20% of our backers have chosen to receive multiple units, and we're confident that our newly-added referral program will help introduce even more backers to our brand and products."

Peachtree launched the original deepblue in 2013 to rave reviews from the media and customers alike. The unexpected closing of an OEM supplier forced Peachtree to discontinue the product shortly after the first production run.

Rather than give up on the concept of "Ultimate Bluetooth Speaker", Peachtree went back to the drawing board determined to build a product that would play louder, produce deeper bass and have even better overall sound quality. The result is deepblue2, a more advanced and higher performance Bluetooth speaker in every way.

"Everybody loved the original deepblue," said Jonathan Derda, Peachtree's Ambassador of Awesome. "The response to our Indiegogo campaign shows that there are a lot of people who want a simple, high-quality all-in-one speaker, and we're confident they'll love deepblue2."

The INDIEGOGO.com campaign for deepblue2 went live July 21 and runs through August 22nd. Deepblue2 is expected to be available from select retailers and peachtreeaudio.com in late 2014 for $499.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/deepblue2-the-ultimate-bluetooth-speaker-designed-by-peachtree-audio/x/7065271

About Peachtree Audio

Peachtree Audio is a manufacturer of audio components based in Washington state. Peachtree is owned and operated by a group of audio professionals passionate about music and how to best enjoy it at reasonable prices. You can learn more about Peachtree Audio and its products at select retailers and online at peachtreeaudio.com.

About Indiegogo

Indiegogo is the most tech-savvy crowdfunding platform in the word. Since its founding in 2008, hundreds of thousands of creative projects have been backed through Indiegogo. The Peachtree Audio deepblue2 Indiegogo campaign went live July21st, and runs through August 22. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/deepblue2-the-ultimate-bluetooth-speaker-designed-by-peachtree-audio/x/7065271


NEWS RELEASE 8/11/14 NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced the newest member of their illustrious digital family, the C 510 Direct Digital/Preamp/DAC. Known for reference quality digital audio, the company's latest addition combines a superb digital preamplifier with reference quality DAC to create a unique blend of audiophile separates. The NAD C 510 will be shipping in August at $1299 MSRP.

In today's high performance system, the traditional arrangement of a source component connected to a preamplifier and amplifier driving set of loudspeakers is often replaced by computer audio. This typically consists of a computer or dedicated music streamer connected to the internet or local network attached storage. The best of this source material rivals the finest studio recordings offering stunning sonic results and amazing convenience. For this new type of audiophile and music lover, the C510 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC is an ideal solution.

The C 510 Direct Digital DAC uses the same high precision digital processing as NAD's groundbreaking M2 Direct Digital Amplifier and award-winning Masters M51 but in an updated format that easily interfaces with high performance analog components. As well, the affordable new DAC features extremely low noise, low distortion, wide dynamic range, superb linearity and extremely low digital jitter. The C 510 accepts PCM data rates up to 24-bit 192kHz making it perfect for listening to increasingly popular high resolution downloads.


NEWS RELEASE 8/11/14 Cary Audio is pleased to announce the launch of its new website! Cary Audio is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014 and is honored and proud to continue to be designing and producing state of the art high performance products. Cary Audio continuously strives to offer the best products available anywhere and carries this into all aspects of the business. Launching the new website is another step in that direction. The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed product information with the option to be interactive with the company and share information across all major social networking sites.

About Cary Audio

A manufacturer of high-end audio and video electronics, Cary Audio is known for delivering innovative, no-compromise high-end audio and audio video designs to owners worldwide. Cary Audio's award winning product lines have received accolades from many influential audio enthusiast magazines. Visit www.caryaudio.com for complete product specifications and additional information.


NEWS RELEASE 7/29/14 Light Harmonic, manufacturer of state-of-the-art digital audio products, is pleased to offer a free DSD 128 download of a recording by Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Michael Bishop.

"As manufacturer of the DaVinci Dual DAC, the state of the art in digital playback, we're asked all the time if the difference between DSD and PCM-based digital recordings is obvious," said Gavin Fish, Light Harmonic's VP of Sales and Marketing. "Michael is one of the best-known recording engineers in the world, and he recorded a student choral group for us, direct to DSD 128. Listeners can compare the native DSD recording to FLAC and MP3 versions, and decide for themselves if there's a difference between the formats."

The track, a choral performance by the John Adams Academy Advanced Vocal Ensemble, can be downloaded in seven different formats. Two are DSD: DSD 128 (the original format of the recording) and DSD 64; five are PCM: 352.8 FLAC, 176.4 FLAC, 88.2 FLAC, 44.1 FLAC, and 320 kbps MP3. Users will need to register on the LH Labs website to download: http://lhlabs.com/free-dsd-music.html

"We think it's important for people to hear the differences between formats and resolutions for themselves," said Larry Ho, Founder and President of Light Harmonic. "By providing a high-quality native DSD128 recording in these different file-formats, we hope to make it easier to compare."

About Michael Bishop: A nine-time Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, Mr. Bishop is the former Chief Engineer of Telarc Records, and is known for his pioneering use of cutting-edge technology such as surround-sound and DSD. He has recorded music in all genres from classical to jazz, pop and rock, and the sound-quality of his recordings is legendary.

About Light Harmonic: Light Harmonic was founded in Sacramento, California in 2010 with the goal of producing the finest-sounding digital audio products in the world. The company produces the industry-leading Da Vinci DAC ($20,000) and Da Vinci Dual DAC ($31,000) and the LightSpeed USB cable ($999-$1999).

The company's LH Labs division offers leading-edge digital technology in mass-market products such as Geek Out, starting at $199.


NEWS RELEASE 7/29/14 SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, was chosen to be the exclusive subwoofer brand recommended and sold by Essence Electrostatic Speaker Systems. The SVS Gloss White SB-1000, SB-1000 in Black Ash, and the SB13-Ultra Gloss Black sealed subwoofers were chosen for having qualities that complement the unique sound profile of the Essence 1200 and 1600 electrostatic speakers and will be available from the Essence website and its audio/video dealers worldwide.

"After conducting exhaustive research on every subwoofer brand we could think of, it became clear that SVS sealed subs were more articulate, musical and transparent than any others we tested," said Bob Rapoport, vice president sales and marketing for Essence Electrostatic. "We call the Essence Electrostatic speakers the "ultimate listening experience" because they are capable of producing a palpably realistic stereo image, something that's easy to hear and gives you the goosies. SVS sealed subwoofers will only enhance this experience."

Unlike traditional speakers with magnets and woofers, electrostatic speakers use an ultra low-mass thin-film Mylar diaphragm suspended in an electrostatic field between two perforated acrylic panels called "stators" to propagate sound out the front and back of the panel. Electrostats are known for rendering astonishing clarity, resolution, transient response, and image specificity in the mid to high frequency ranges. As a result of this design, electrostatic speakers don't generally move enough air to fill a listening room with visceral bass output. Knowing its strength is in electrostatic speakers, Essence chose SVS to fill in the low frequencies, the bottom 2 octaves of bass.

SVS sealed subwoofers feature sophisticated Class D amplifiers with custom DSP (digital signal processing) for effortless performance and refinement at all volume levels. Sealed subwoofers are known for providing cleaner, tighter bass than ported models with heightened musicality, articulation and transient response. SVS sealed subwoofers integrate with both electrostatic and traditional speakers.

"Essence Electrostatic speakers provide a sense of realism and transparency that is unique in the world of audio and there's no doubt the new models are an impressive achievement," said Gary Yacoubian, president and CEO of SVS. "Most subwoofers would muddy the experience of listening to electrostatic speakers, so we're flattered to be chosen and consider it a real validation of the engineering we put into our sealed subwoofer designs."

Essence loudspeakers and SVS sealed subwoofers are available now from www.Essenceelectrostatic.com and from select specialty AV retailers.

For more information about SVS, please visit www.svsound.com or like them on Facebook or Twitter.


NEWS RELEASE 7/29/14 Audeze, maker of award-winning planar magnetic headphones, components and accessories is excited to be a part of Stereo Exchange's inaugural Headphone Event on Thursday, July 31st from 1 to 9pm at 627 Broadway just above Houston Street in New York City. Chat with the experts and win door prizes!

We applaud Stereo Exchange for creating their Headphone Lounge. If you're attending come visit us there, the Audeze team is always happy to talk with enthusiastic audiophiles who share our passion for great sound. Audition a pair of our award-winning, state-of-the-art headphones and hear for yourself why they sit at the very pinnacle of any audio component collection.

See you there!

Click to learn more about the LCD-X, the LCD-XC, the LCD-3 , and the LCD-2. Download the Online Press Kit for specifications and photos.

About Audeze
Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship. Audeze's commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our made-in-the-USA products.

Audeze | Costa Mesa, CA 92626| Tel: (714) 581-8010 | Fax: 702.823.0333
info@audeze.com | http://www.audeze.com


NEWS RELEASE 7/29/14 THIEL Audio (www.thielaudio.com) has announced today that as part of a complete brand revitalization plan, the company's headquarters has been relocated to the Nashville, TN area and new ownership has appointed John Wittman as CEO. Wittman joins THIEL Audio with a successful track record in consumer products, manufacturing, distribution and most recently the publishing industry.

Nashville's deep roots in music and entertainment seemed an ideal foundation for a makeover of THIEL Audio, which was founded in 1977 and has designed and built loudspeakers that have earned the respect of music enthusiasts in over 30 countries around the world. "Being a part of the Nashville community is paramount for THIEL, a city founded on making legendary music," Wittman stated. In addition to the city's high visibility and growing population, the community provides access to an experienced and creative pool of talented individuals to help move THIEL Audio forward.

Wittman is assembling a diverse and talented team to advance the brand, "Our future is dependent on balancing THIEL's 37 year history without constraining innovation in order to dynamically meet the changing needs of our consumers," said Wittman. In the new Nashville headquarters, the THIEL Audio team is growing with the appointment of Paul Fisher, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing along with new hires in engineering, marketing, purchasing and operations, with more staffing to follow. While THIEL Audio is adding some new faces, they are retaining longtime THIEL veterans Lana Ruth and Rob Gillum with a combined 40+ years of audio industry experience to run the customer service and repair departments from a new facility in Lexington, KY.

"Our objective at THIEL first and foremost is to be a fresh and imaginative company, engineering and manufacturing premium products that represent outstanding craftsmanship as well as the highest levels of performance," Wittman stated. THIEL is placing an emphasis on designing new products to address a broad range of market segments including but not limited to high performance audio, home theater and the custom installation channel. Part of the new go-forward strategy will be to broaden the audience for THIEL Audio products by establishing key relationships for the brand; making the line visible to luxury buyers as well as the traditional audiophile. Based on those initiatives, THIEL's VP of Engineering Mark Mason is designing an entire new series of speakers to be unveiled in 2015. "Everyone at THIEL is energized to be a part of such a vital and legendary brand, with an opportunity to execute our vision for truly innovative premium products and services," said Wittman.

THIEL Audio Products Company: Based in Nashville, TN., THIEL's mission is to conceive and build the world's finest loudspeakers – speakers that reproduce sound in such a lifelike manner as to create an emotional and sensory connection between listeners and the entertainers they love. THIEL loudspeakers are manufactured using the highest quality materials and are ideally suited for dedicated music systems, home theater systems and architectural applications. Founded in 1977, THIEL's customers, music aficionados, and audio press from around the world have lauded THIEL's loudspeaker designs as some of the best ever conceived. www.THIELaudio.com


NEWS RELEASE 7/16/14 Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the LFC-12v subwoofer. PRO's new high-sensitivity architectural subwoofer is equipped with a 12-inch, 700W driver and achieves a maximum output of 117dB from a 6-inch deep cabinet.

The professional-grade 12-inch driver employed in PRO's LFC-12v includes a high-powered motor system designed with the most demanding music and movie soundtracks in mind. Its over-sized, four-inch voice coil aids with heat dissipation, greatly improving the thermal stability of the driver, allowing the LFC-12v to handle long periods of high output playback without over-heating and with no threat of sonic compression or damage. The subwoofer's four front-firing free-flow ports enhance the LFC-12v's low-frequency extension and output, resulting in a highly dynamic listening experience.

At 14-inches wide, the LFC-12v's enclosure is designed to fit into a standard stud bay. Its shallow 6-inch depth lets it function as a primary subwoofer in media and multi-purpose rooms with limited space, or as an in-wall solution for side and rear wall placement in elaborate multi-subwoofer home theaters. Designed for use with PRO's DSP driven amplifier / processors, integrators can select between power levels of 300, 450, and 1000 watts per channel to drive the subwoofer. Rated at a sensitivity of 96dB with one watt of input power, this subwoofer is quick to provide dynamic, visceral bass power in every installation.

"The advantages of using multiple subwoofers in a home theater or media room are well known, but the floor space they require can be a real issue. Our LFC-12v addresses space constraints while maintaining the high-output performance and visceral slam that customers and integrators expect from PRO subwoofers," said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder.
PRO's DMA and PMA amplifiers provide power to the LFC-12v while enabling in-room performance calibration via PRO SoundTools, a proprietary software program that makes it easy for integrators to attain optimized audio performance in a matter of minutes. For advanced users, PRO SoundTools provides parametric EQ and delay capabilities so installers can address in-room low-frequency modal problems and precisely tune sophisticated multi-subwoofer systems. 

The LFC-12v is Pro Audio Technology's most affordable subwoofer available, for more information, please visit: www.proaudiotechnology.com.

About Pro Audio Technology

Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you've come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.


NEWS RELEASE 7/16/14

Wireworld Cable Technology, one of the world's most respected manufacturers of high performance audio and video cables, is releasing their Series 7 reference USB Audio cables, Platinum Starlight® 7 USB and Silver Starlight® 7 USB. The addition of Composilex® 2 insulation makes them dramatically quieter and their upgraded DNA Helix® design increases their transmission speed to a class-leading 10.2Gbps+. These advantages minimize jitter, which maximizes the musical realism of high resolution PCM and DSD music files.

"Critics and customers seem to agree that the Series 7 upgrades are our best ever," comments Wireworld President and founder David Salz. "The pristine tonality and expressive musicality of Platinum and Silver Starlight 7 USB cables is a wonder to behold. Our previous series was widely considered the best available, and Series 7 outperforms it in every way."

Both cables employ Wireworld's patented DNA Helix design with six signal conductors -- twice as many as other USB cables -- arranged in a newly expanded symmetrical geometry that channels more electromagnetic energy to exceed 10.2Gbps transmission speed, dramatically faster than other cables and the official USB high speed specification. The Composilex 2 insulation reduces triboelectric noise in the signal conductors and it also triples the noise-absorption of the isolated power conductor to produce surprisingly lifelike tone color and imaging.

Featuring molded carbon fiber connectors and six solid silver conductors (3 x 23AWG) for uncompromised performance, Platinum Starlight 7 USB has a suggested price of $700 for one meter. Silver Starlight 7 USB features the same DNA Helix design with six silver-clad OFC conductors and aluminum connectors at $300 for a one meter cable. Both cables are available in lengths from .3 to 5 meters in A to B and A to mini B configurations.

Wireworld Cable Technology, which was founded by industrial designer David Salz in 1992, is the premier provider of leading edge digital and analog cable technology for home audio and video, from HDMI and USB audio to state of the art high-end interconnects and speaker cables. Wireworld earned its world-class reputation by producing superior cables based on the use of objective perceptual testing, innovative patented designs, premium materials, and exceptional manufacturing quality. For more information, visit: http://www.wireworldcable.com/ or call 954-464-4474.


NEWS RELEASE 7/16/14 Hello from Kubala-Sosna!!

We are pleased to announce our latest Elation-level product .... our long-awaited Power Distribution Box ... The XPander.

You can download our latest newsletter that features it, by clicking here.

This box has seven (7) 15Amp Single Outlets on the back so that you can plug into one outlet on your wall and expand that to seven outlets to use for your system components.

It is pure and powerful distribution, not conditioning. Why not? Purity. Dynamics. Expressiveness. In fact, all the attributes our cables are known for are maintained with this device.

We have just announced this to our dealers and distributors, and are accepting orders at this point.

MSRP is US$4800 without a power cord (requres a PC with a 20amp IEC).


NEWS RELEASE 6/16/14 PS Audio, manufacturer of fine audio equipment for over 40 years, is proud to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for 'Sprout', an all-in-one integrated amplifier. The campaign on Kickstarter launched this morning at 8:31 am MST and was funded in less than one hour.

'Sprout' was recently shown in prototype form at the Munich High End show, to overwhelmingly positive response from media, industry and the public. The brainchild of Scott McGowan (PS Audio's Sales Director, and son of Founder Paul McGowan), 'Sprout' is the simple but high-quality hub of a home music system, and contains a 50 watt/channel integrated amplifier, a phono preamplifier, 24/96 asynchronous DAC, headphone amp and a Bluetooth receiver. 'Sprout' can thus play music directly from a turntable, any digital input, and wirelessly from a smartphone.

"Most people of my generation—in their '20's and '30's—have grown up with earbuds and cheap plastic home-theater systems, and have no idea how great music at home can sound," said Scott McGowan. "This product is our first step in growing awareness of awesome home audio—so we think 'Sprout' is an appropriate name. We expect big things from this little guy."

Built to the usual PS Audio standards of quality, utilizing aircraft-grade aluminum, steel and walnut, 'Sprout' will offer PS' legendary concert-hall sound, reliability and customer support to a whole new audience.

"We're excited to be able to bring the experience of great sound to a new generation," said Paul McGowan, Founder and CEO of PS Audio. "The really cool thing about 'Sprout' is that it plays music the way people listen today—from their phones, from turntables, from their computers—and it does it simply. Gamers and movie-viewers will have a more-immersive experience, too. 'Sprout' is a great product, and we're proud to put the PS Audio name on it."

Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will have the opportunity to sample 'Sprout' for as little as $399 before it begins shipping in Q3 2014 to specialist audio retailers and online resellers, where it will sell for an MSRP of $799.99 The campaign can be seen here, and will run for 30 days.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2022604828/sprout-hifi-stereo-amp-that-transforms-the-way-you

Sprout Specs
•Dimensions: 6"W x 8"L x 1.75"H
•Inputs: Phono (Moving Magnet), Analog, USB (asynchronous 192/24), Digital Coax (any sample rate and bit depth up to 192kHz 24 bits), Apt X Bluetooth (built in).
•Stereo power Amplifier 8Ω 33W, 4Ω 53W (1KHz, @1% THD)
•THD <0.025% at normal listening levels
•Headphone output 16Ω 500mW, 300Ω 425mW
•S/N Ratio (A-weighted) >90dB
•Retail MSRP $799.99
 
About PS Audio: Founded by Paul McGowan and Stan Warren in 1973, PS Audio has a long history of offering innovative designs at affordable prices. PS has been an industry-leader in the fields of power-regeneration, phono preamplifiers, DACs and transports. PS Audio's administration, engineering and manufacturing facilities are all located in Boulder, Colorado, and all core products are fully made in the USA.
 
www.psaudio.com
Paul's Daily Posts: http://www.pstracks.com/category/pauls-posts/
PS Audio Community: http://www.psaudio.com/learn/
 
About Kickstarter: Kickstarter is the world's leading crowdfunding website. Founded in 2009, over 50,000 projects in the fields of art and technology have been launched through the site. The PS Audio 'Sprout' Kickstarter campaign can be seen here, and will run for 30 days. www.kickstarter.com


NEWS RELEASE 6/16/14 We are pleased to announce the establishment of German Physiks USA. This will be run by US audio industry veteran Charlie Harrison. The company will provide the full range of sales and support functions necessary to provide our US customers with the best possible service. 

The partnership with Mr. Harrison is a particularly fortuitous one, as he also manages the US distribution of the German audio electronics company AVM GmbH. AVM produce a range of high quality amplifiers that work especially well with our loudspeakers and with whom we maintain a close relationship.

Mr. Harrison will also look after the distribution of German Physiks loudspeakers in Canada, which will be managed from his office in British Columbia, 1-888-593-8488.

For more information please contact German Physiks USA by phone on 1-310-601-7976, or by email at sales@germanphysiksusa.com.


NEWS RELEASE 6/16/14 The Cary Audio SL-100 dual mono solid state preamplifier combines the desirable attributes of low noise, low distortion and ease of use, making it an excellent preamplifier choice for your home audio system. The all solid state design ensures carefree maintenance, yet delivers a very smooth tonal balance not unlike tubes. Feature laden, the SL-100 offers a XLR balanced input and output as well as multiple RCA single-ended inputs and outputs making it highly flexible at any price point. The full function remote control powers the SL-100 on/off, switches sources, controls volume, balance, and mute. It has a brightness control for the front panel display that has four settings including "off". The display also shows current settings and volume levels during use. The SL-100 utilizes dual power supplies and dual mono circuitry and offers outstanding musical reproduction.

Weight: 22 lbs.

Dimensions: 4 1/2" H x 17" W x 13" D

Retail Price: $1,995

About Cary Audio

A manufacturer of high-end audio and video electronics, Cary Audio is known for delivering innovative, no-compromise high-end audio and audio video designs to owners worldwide. Cary Audio's award winning product lines have received accolades from many influential audio enthusiast magazines. Visit www.caryaudio.com for complete product specifications and additional information.


NEWS RELEASE 6/16/14 As customer habits and preferences within the consumer electronics industry change it is important that manufacturers keep in-step accordingly, creating new products that facilitate these changes. For this reason Nordost has recently revisited their analog interconnects for portable devices. At last month's High End Show in Munich Nordost launched two versions of the new iKable, the LS Blue Heaven iKable and the Heimdall 2 iKable.

At their core both the LS Blue Heaven and Heimdall 2 iKables are constructed from 4 silver plated, solid-core 24 AWG OFC conductors and employs Nordost's innovative precision FEP extrusion technology. This process greatly reduces the dielectric properties in the cables in order to increase signal speed and accuracy in signal transfer. This on its own makes a significant improvement upon the standard interconnects used with portable audio devices.

However, the Heimdall 2 version takes it a step forward. The Heimdall 2 iKable uses Nordost's proprietary Dual Mono-Filament technology, suspending the conductors in a virtual air-dielectric which decreases the resistance and signal loss even further than what is possible with the Blue Heaven.

http://www.nordost.com/images/large-heimdall-ikable.jpg

Additionally, the Heimdall 2 iKable utilizes mechanically tuned lengths which are proven to reduce internal microphony and high frequency impedance resonance.

Both the LS Blue Heaven and the Heimdall 2 iKables are fitted with gold plated, full metal jacket shell connectors which are available in the following terminations: 3.5mm stereo mini to 3.5mm stereo mini, 3.5mm stereo mini to 2x XLR and 3.5mm stereo mini to 2x RCA. Nordost iKables are made specifically for auxiliary inputs in aftermarket radios, car and home audio stereos and are compatible with all portable audio devices. Suggested retail for a 1m length iKable is $214.99 for the LS Blue Heaven iKable and $460.00 for the Heimdall 2 iKable. Both products are now available for purchase at select Nordost dealers, worldwide. To find the Nordost dealer nearest you, visit the "Where to Buy" page at www.nordost.com .

Nordost iKables are the perfect solution for today's modern hifi enthusiasts. Whether applied in your car or home audio system, the elevated performance achieved from your portable devices will be amazing.

Introducing The Tyr 2 Power Cord

June 2014: The High End Show in Munich was the ideal platform for Nordost to introduce several new products that they have been working on; the most highly anticipated being the Tyr 2 Power Cord. For years Nordost users have been asking for something to bridge the gap in AC Supply between Frey 2 and Valhalla, especially since last years' introduction of V2, and this cable is the solution. Now the Norse 2 family has never been so powerful.

The Tyr 2 Power Cord is comprised of seven silver plated, solid-core 16 AWG OFC conductors that lend to an important consistency throughout the Tyr 2 range. This type on construction eliminates strand interaction, which would otherwise compromise the sound and integrity of the cable. In order to further enhance performance by decreasing resistance and signal loss, Nordost employs the use of extruded FEP insulation which is superior to all other insulation methods.

Like its Norse 2 counterparts, the Tyr 2 Power Cord implements mechanically tuned lengths. This unique technique allows Nordost cables to reduce internal microphony and high frequency impedance resonance that could radically diminish a cable's performance.

Where the Tyr 2 Power Cord breaks away from other Norse 2 family AC supply options is with the incorporation of Nordost's proprietary Dual Mono-Filament technology. Also used in the Valhalla 2 Reference range, this innovative technology extends this Norse 2 cable range into the realm of our Reference line.

Terminations for the Tyr 2 AC mains are available in US, EU (Schuko), UK, or AUS to IEC (15 or 20 Amp) or Figure 8 (Furutech) connectors. Suggested retail price is $3,199.99 for a 1m length and adds $600.00 for each additional meter. The Tyr 2 Power Cord is now available at select Nordost dealers, worldwide. To find the Nordost dealer nearest you, visit the "Where to Buy" page on www.nordost.com. The Tyr 2 Power Cord allows the subtle texture, explosive dynamics and truth to performance that can be found in V2 at a Norse value.

NEWS RELEASE 5/27/14 CEntrance, Inc. a leader in portable digital audio technology is heading to the T.H.E. Show Newport. The Newport Beach exhibition is Southern California's largest gathering of the audiophile community. At the show, CEntrance will release its new Mini-M8(tm) ('Mini Mate') portable DAC. The new product is a slimmer version of the Company's best-selling HiFi-M8, and has several enhancements including compatibilty with in-ear monitors (IEM). The Mini-M8 will be available for pre-ordering at the show.

"We are very excited to be offering a version of our HiFi-M8 specifically designed for in-ear monitors," said Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance. "The new Mini-M8 has a longer battery life, two additional inputs and it's thirty-percent slimmer than the original, all for under $600." 

"Our customers will also be happy to know that the ultra-powerful HiFi-M8 is back in stock as well!" added Goodman.

In addition to the new product announcement, CEntrance is revealing "GloveAudio," a brand extension, which will focus on small amplifiers for existing MP3 players.

Come meet CEntrance in the Headphonium Pavilion at the 2014 T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, CA, May 30-June 1, and say hello to Managing Director Michael Goodman and Business Development Director Bill Ford. For more information on the show visit: http://theshownewport.com/visitors/index.html

CEntrance is expanding its dealer network. To inquire, please call +1 (847) 581-0500 or e-mail at sales@centrance.com.

About CEntrance, Inc. 
Founded in 2000, CEntrance develops innovative audio entertainment products and licenses its technology to industry leading brands, such as Playback Designs, Bel Canto, Benchmark, PS Audio, and Lavry. Our portable recording and playback solutions have earned enthusiastic endorsements from artists such as Harry Shearer, Nathan East and Will Lee, and mastering engineers Bob Katz, Brian Gardner and sound designer Frank Serafine, among many others. CEntrance is headquartered in Chicago and distributes its products worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.CEntrance.com


NEWS RELEASE 5/27/14 The Sound Organisation, North American importer and distributor of European Audio products, is pleased to invite you to visit two of their specialty dealers exhibiting at the Newport Audio Show featuring Rega, Quadraspire Audio furniture and Chord Cable Company cables.

Audio Element
Room 203 - Atrium Hotel

The professional staff at Audio Element will demonstrate award winning products from Rega including the Elicit-R Amplifier, Saturn-R CD Player, Aria Phono Stage and the new RP10 Turntable with Apheta MC Cartridge all exquisitely displayed on Quadraspire Audio/Video SVT Bamboo A/V Racks.

Shelley's Stereo-Video
Room 218 – Atrium Hotel

Shelley's A/V experts will demonstrate the new Rega RP10 Turntable with Apheta MC Cartridge and Aria Phono Stage. From Quadraspire the beautiful SV2T Bamboo A/V Rack and from the Chord Cable Company C-Stream Ethernet cables.

About Audio Element
Audio Element provides a contemporary audio experience with a carefully chosen selection of finely matched equipment that aims to redefine excellent sound reproduction and set a new standard. Their experienced team is ready to provide a welcoming and empathetic environment eager to share their knowledge to help all enjoy the richest musical life possible.
Audio Element
sales@audio-element.com
www.audio-element.com

About Shelley's Audio - Video
Since their beginning in 1959, Shelley's remains as dedicated as ever to presenting its clients with quality audio electronics that provide the most accurate audio reproduction available for their music enjoyment and listening pleasure. The manufacturers, whose products they carry, share this passion. Whether you wish to spin vinyl records or play digital music media, it sounds better on Shelley's carefully selected products and custom designed audio systems.
Shelley's Stereo Audio-Video
www.shelleysstereo.com

About The Sound Organisation
For nearly twenty years, the mission of The Sound Organisation has been to bring the most musical sounding home audio components from Europe to the USA. TSO proudly offers Certon Systems, Chord Company, DALI, Naim Audio, PMC, Quadraspire and Rega Research to North American specialty audio retailers. All backed by a unique team of sales, training and service technicians providing a combination of responsible and responsiveyou the very best sound for the dollar. retail support delivering the very best sound for the dollar.
www.soundorg.com
www.facebook.com/thesoundorganisation


NEWS RELEASE 5/27/14 Audience today announced it has appointed Lenny Mayeaux as Vice President of Sales and Product Development. Mayeaux will direct and support the sales efforts of Audience products and will be instrumental in creating new products and bringing them to market.

Lenny Mayeaux has more than 25 years of experience in the high-end audio industry and before joining Audience was sales manager at power conditioner and cable manufacturer Running Springs Audio. He was also the director of military sales at Kenwood, held positions at Imperium Acoustics and TRaD Technologies and has worked as a consultant for other companies.

John McDonald, president of Audience, said: "I am excited to announce the appointment of Lenny Mayeaux as Vice President of Sales and Product Development. Lenny has extensive experience in areas that are key to the growth of our company and he will be an invaluable asset as we continue to broaden our product lineup and sales efforts worldwide."

Lenny Mayeaux noted: "I'm extremely pleased to join the Audience team and to be working with a company that has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence. I look forward to taking the company to an even higher level in our efforts to offer products that embody the very best in performance, quality and technical advancement."

About Audience

Audience was formed in November 1997 by John McDonald and the late Richard Smith, as a design and production company focused on building the best possible audio and video equipment. To pass the Audience test, each product must truly make a significant contribution to the reproduction of audio and/or video. Audience offers loudspeakers, electronics, cables, power conditioners, high-resolution capacitors and the Auric Illuminator optical disk resolution enhancement.

Audience's commitment is to develop the very best products possible, and the company is committed to unexcelled customer service and product support. All Audience cables have an unconditional lifetime warranty and power conditioners have a ten-year warranty. For more information visit www.audience-av.com.


NEWS RELEASE 5/27/14 Audeze, maker of award-winning planar magnetic headphones, components and accessories, is looking forward to exhibiting at the T.H.E. Show Newport at the Hilton Atrium Headphonium, May 30th through June 1st.

Audeze headphones can be auditioned on a variety of components including the Meridian Director and Prime, Violectric, Auralic, Soloos, and a Cavalli Liquid Gold, all wired up with Nordost cables.

Click to learn more about the LCD-X, the LCD-XC, the LCD-3 Fazor, and the LCD-2 Fazor. Download the Online Press Kit for specifications and photos

About Audeze
Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship. Audeze's commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our made-in-the-USA products.

http://www.audeze.com


NEWS RELEASE 5/27/14 Aluminous Audio will debut its new AL13.02 and SU13.01 Subwoofer at T.H.E. Show Newport, Hilton room 729, May 30th to June 1st. Aluminous manufactures aluminum-cabinet sealed-alignment speakers that effortlessly present recordings with utter clarity, openness and lack of distortion. The engaging, natural sound is illuminated from within, along with startling dynamics that deliver a profound musical experience.

Atomic Number 13
Aluminum carries atomic number 13 on the periodic table and it's hundreds of times more rigid than any wood on earth, a logical low-resonance material for speaker cabinets. The Aluminous AL13.02 Monitors and SU13.01 Subwoofer are separated to take advantage of the inherent strength and rigidity of smaller structures so the cabinet has far less inherent sound of its own.

The Monitors and Subwoofer are sealed-cabinet designs making the system far easier to place. Aluminous speakers sound amazing even with less-than-perfect placement and almost as good from the next room!

The AL13.02 Monitor
The AL13.02 Monitors are available as stereo pairs or single speakers for surround. When designing monitors you can choose between optimizing it for low-frequency response or transient response, one or the other. Since the AL13.01 Subwoofer handles low frequencies, the Monitor's sealed-cabinet alignment allows the bass response to roll off gently resulting in far better focus and clarity throughout the frequency range. Aluminous Audio recommends solid-state amplifiers from 20W to 100W. MSRP $15,000.

The SU13.01 Subwoofer
The SU13.01 Subwoofer also takes advantage of the inherent strength of aluminum construction and the rigidity and damping of smaller structures. The crossover is variable from 30Hz to 120Hz and driven by an internal 175 watt class-D amplifier -- no need for huge solid-state amplifiers to drive the Aluminous system. MSRP $5,000

Form Follows Function… Really
Unlike overly-complicated speaker designs that introduce equally complex problems, form follows function in every Aluminous speaker. A music signal divided by crossovers into too many drivers just cannot reconstruct the signal without damaging its original form. Aluminous avoids this with perfectionist, minimalist double-decker, double-sided crossovers that bolt solidly to the interior cabinet. Aluminous feels the drivers should move, not the speaker or its constituent parts.

About Aluminous
Aluminous Audio speakers are hand-made in Spokane Valley, WA, following the vision and principles of creator Luke Zitterkopf. Using only aircraft-grade aluminum, costly drivers and hand-made crossovers, Aluminous fashions ultra-low-distortion speakers that free your music from the mechanics of playback. And because the monitors and subwoofer are separate they're much easier to place wherever you listen to music.

Aluminous Audio | Spokane Valley | WA 99206
Tel: 509.434.8889 www.AluminousAudio.com | Luke@AluminousAudio.com


NEWS RELEASE 5/27/14 PSB Speakers, long renowned for affordable excellence in loudspeaker design, introduces four new models to their Imagine Series that resets the price-to-performance ratio. Imagine X is comprised of four models that follow a time-honored tradition of producing high performance, high-value loudspeakers that PSB has established for more than four decades. For years, critics and music lovers alike have hailed PSB's Imagine speakers for their clear midrange presence, uncluttered bass, smooth extended highs and true-to-nature sound.

Joining the current products within PSB's Imagine line-up, the new Imagine X models consist of two tower speakers (the Imagine X2T at $649 each and the Imagine X1T at $449 each MSRP), one set of monitors (the Imagine XB at $499 per pair) and one center channel (the Imagine XC at $399 each). Available now, all four models feature a slim design and are offered exclusively in simulated Black Ash finish. Imagine X models are carefully matched in timbre, providing the system designer or end-user flexibility to combine any of the models to work seamlessly together in a variety of applications, venues or system setups.

Coaxing this high level of performance in high-value price points is an engineering feat. However 40 years of experience along with a deep working knowledge of acoustics gives PSB Speakers a clear advantage. The Imagine X range clearly benefits from trickle-down technology from PSB's award-winning flagship models. Like all PSB Speakers, final voicing is performed by Founder and Chief Designer, Paul Barton, at Canada's famed National Research Council. PSB's research has discovered how listener preferences can be integrated into a wide range of speaker designs for many different applications, yet all featuring consistent sound quality that is natural and lifelike. 

Imagine X2T ($649 ea. MSRP) This slim, floor-standing tower borrows many design innovations from the multiple award-winning Imagine T2, yet also showcases many of its own advancements. The Imagine X2T is a three-way, dual-chamber, dual front-ported design with a one-inch titanium dome tweeter, two 6.5-inch woofers, and an innovative discrete 5.25-inch self-contained midrange driver, a unique development within the entire Imagine Series. Designed specifically for the Imagine X2T, the injection-molded poly-filled carbon fiber midrange driver features a novel shape and filleted surround to optimize the reproduction of voices. Each woofer, refined for stiffness and performance, sits in its own individual chamber to achieve incredible control and spatial, dynamic sound quality. Dividing and individually porting the chamber eliminates standing waves inside the X2T's tall, slim speaker cabinet. The placement of the woofers in multiple positions also reduces the first reflection phenomenon, minimizing the negative effects of the primary 'floor bounce' reflections, resulting in a much more accurate and tuneful bass performance.

Imagine X1T ($449 ea.) As a deceptively slim and discreet floor-standing design, the Imagine X1T has wide bandwidth and high SPL output capabilities that defy its size. This dual-woofer transitional two-and-a-half way design features identical 5.25-inch woofers and one-inch titanium dome tweeter that delivers refined sound with tonal, spatial and dynamic accuracy. Like all Imagine Series woofers, the X1T's cone materials have been specially developed for optimal control, allowing for a simpler more cost effective crossover design.

Imagine XB ($499 pr) An attractive, compact design with a single 5.25-inch woofer and one-inch titanium tweeter can be easily placed in most spaces. It is ideal for multi-channel, 2.1 subwoofer/satellite systems, or main-channel use in smaller rooms. 

The Imagine XB shares the injection-molded, clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene designs of the Imagine X towers and includes dual magnets, rubber surrounds and a rear-facing port.

Imagine XC ($399 each) A two-way system in a dual-woofer horizontal format with a pair of 5.25-inch woofers and one-inch titanium dome tweeter, this center channel is engineered to maximize performance in multichannel systems. Its clean lines complement today's ultra flat TVs while its compact footprint allows it to be nestled below.

True-to-nature sound is the intrinsic characteristic of PSB Speakers' Imagine X Series. In engineering Imagine X, PSB designers focused on simplicity—distilling sound to its purest essence - in order to bring listeners the experience that they truly enjoy. 

"With the Imagine X, our mandate was simple - to produce the best performing speakers with the most value in the market for real people who want real sound.," stated Paul Barton who founded PSB more than forty years ago. "To achieve performance and 

value together, one must begin with performance. In the Imagine X speakers, the objective is never less than doing music justice: These are speakers that eschew any fads in favor of timeless design. Imagine X represents the culmination of PSB design expertise and the refinement of our traditional virtues. These are speakers designed to give the listener complete enjoyment and satisfaction for years to come."

About PSB

Founded in 1972, by renowned speaker designer Paul Barton, PSB is a leading global speaker brand, now celebrating more than 40 years. Currently sold in more than thirty countries around the world, for music or movie listening, the company has the standard for high-performance, high-value speakers. PSB products are distributed in the U.S. by Lenbrook America.


NEWS RELEASE 5/23/14 PF will be at THE Show Newport Beach 2014, big time! Our Hospitality Room will be up on the seventh floor of the Hilton, Room 711. This will be the place for fine spirits (single malt whisky, bourbon, etc.), wine, and water. Great spirits for great spirits!

Additionally, we will be featuring the "PF DSD Blend" hand-roasted coffee from Ristrettro Roasters here in Portland, Oregon! Din Johnson, owner of Ristretto will be personally grinding the DSD Blend...REAL COFFEE! Bring your business cards; we'll be having a drawing for some bags of PFO DSD Blend, shipped after THE Show right to you.

We'll be playing Single, Double, and even Quad DSD recordings... come by and hear what you've been missing! This will be done with equipment from MBL (Corona C51 integrated amp, C31 CD player/DAC, 126 speakers), exaSound (e28 Quad DSD-capable 8-channel DAC), WyWires, eXemplar Audio, Furutech, and DSD recordings from all over!

If we can work it out, we'll have live music from the Extreme Guitar Duo, Keith Knight and Don Alder, in the room a time or two, as well! Incredible guitar work from two guys that I'd like to get recorded in DSD!

Hope to see you all there... don't miss it!


NEWS RELEASE 5/21/14 Channel D, developers of the innovative and award-winning Pure Vinyl™ and Pure Music® computer audio software for Apple Macintosh computers and the creator of the Seta® Ultra Wide Bandwidth Balanced Flat Phono Preamplifiers has released a major update to its Pure Music® software.

The new Pure Music 2 includes more than 50 new features, user interface and performance enhancements.

Channel D will be demonstrating Pure Music 2 (and Pure Vinyl 4, as well as its Seta phono stage) at the upcoming T.H.E. "Newport Beach" CA audio expo May 30 - June 1, 2014 (Hilton Room 912, facing the 9th floor elevator exit). The occasion also marks Channel D's 3rd consecutive appearance at the Newport audiophile trade show.

Pure Music 2 (still) retails for its original 2010 price of $129. Upgrades to Pure Music 2 are free for users who purchased a license in the last 15 months. Previous users may upgrade for the special price of only $44.95 until May 28, 2014; $74.95 thereafter.

http://www.channld.com/download.html


NEWS RELEASE 5/21/14 Autonomic, makers of the finest whole-house music systems, has evolved their most popular music player based on feedback from key dealers. The new Mirage MMS-2A delivers pure, reference quality high-resolution audio through three independent streams to a multi-room system as large as an astonishing 96 zones. A new generation of the world's first cloud-based media server, the MMS-2A will store, sync, schedule and stream an entire music collection along with the most popular online streaming services.

Based on input from key dealers, Autonomic has also equipped the MMS-2A with a highly reliable solid state drive, whisper quiet fanless cooling and the versatility of a 1RU rack-mountable chassis (rack ears and traditional feet included). "The MMS-2A delivers faster browsing and processing thanks to the most advanced drive technology while providing silent operation from a slender new form factor—all at the same $1995 MSRP as its predecessor," explained Autonomic CEO Michael de Nigris. "Our mission with this new model was to deliver the highest value to performance ratio of any music player on the market—the MMS-2A, and its big brother the MMS-5A are really the ultimate whole-house high resolution audio solutions available anywhere," de Nigris said.

The MMS-2A also delivers on all of the features that have become the hallmark of the Autonomic brand, including access to the most popular streaming services (PANDORA® internet radio, Rhapsody®, TuneIn Radio, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker, Napster and Spotify), cloud synchronization, which brings together music from multiple locations into a single collection that can be accessed from anywhere in the world, two onboard AirPlay receivers enabling guest computer/device streaming, and Autonomic's exclusive TuneBridge™ technology (patent pending), making it easier than ever to listen to, discover and explore your favorite music styles and genres. The MMS-2A is available with pre-programmed modules to integrate with all of the major control systems: Crestron, RTI, Control4, Elan, AMX, and more. Alternative control options include the Mirage Media Controller app for iOS and Android devices, Airplay control and the Mirage Web Interface.

New packages available: Autonomic is now offering Mirage Audio System 2 or 5-stream base packs leveraging the MMS-2A and MMS-5A music players, giving integrators a complete range of high-resolution whole-house audio distribution systems. 16-zone packages start at $499 per zone ($7995 MSRP) with 4-Zone, 2-Stream packages as low as $3,995 MSRP. All Mirage Audio System packages can be tailored to the exact needs of each customer and are fully expandable to 96 zones.

Enthusiastic dealer comments about pre-production MMS-2A: "Over the past few months we've put the new MMS-2A server through its paces using two different integrated control systems. We are happy to report excellent stability and performance analogous to its big brother, the MMS-5A. Thanks to the MMS-2A, we can now offer a similar platform and performance level when specifying systems ranging in price from the turnkey Mirage Audio System 2 and 5-source solutions on up to very large multi-server installations using the most popular integrated control systems." Jan Grube, Partner Phoenix Audio/Video and Systems Integration

Autonomic is now accepting preorders for the MMS-2A, which begins shipping June 2, 2014 as MMS-2 inventory is exhausted.

Learn more about the Mirage Audio System HERE

Autonomic Controls, Inc. (www.autonomic-controls.com) introduced the world's first cloud-based media server, making audio and video consumption more reliable, easy and fulfilling. Exclusively engineered for control system integration, Autonomic products have become the standard for converging content for multi-room distribution from the most popular sources, such as iTunes, Windows Media, PANDORA® internet radio, Rhapsody®, TuneIn Radio, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker, Napster and Spotify.


NEWS RELEASE 5/21/14 A Letter from Jim

I've been in this business for over 25 years and for me, it started with art. The art of the craft, the art of music and being able to truly appreciate it as the artist intended. Our new, Luminist revision returns to these roots and is, we believe, a true marriage of art and fine engineering.

We named it for the Luminist art movement, a movement which emphasized depth and the beauty of the natural landscape and natural light. Luminist artists were so skilled that they rendered their brush strokes invisible, which kept the focus on the beauty of the painting. With our nearly 30 years' experience, we are hoping to give you those invisible brush strokes, that you may hear music as truly, the artist intended.

Jim Aud

Founder and Audio Engineer

Purist Audio Design

What They're Saying...

[The] Luminist reveals more information. I heard the bass filling in on the brand new Luminist just in the 1.5 hours. Luminist is better out of the box.

Brian, customer

Our Luminist revision marries engineering and art in a way they were meant to be. Constructed by hand by skilled craftsmen, and guided by nearly 30 years' experience in quality engineering, the Luminist sets a new standard in high-end audio.

Luminist Highlights

Reengineered core wire to allow a more flexible design

Improved the metallurgy of the wire across all lines

New spade banana design to allow for easy change from spade or banana

Enhanced build quality and design for all cables

Enhanced Ferox and Contego Processing

Improved Triple Cryomag process

New RCA connectors made from beryllium copper with silver then gold plating

New ultra-high end plugs on our top of the line AC Power cables

Refined engineering and enhanced design in our XLRs

Built by-hand, by skilled artisans

Engineered and built in the U.S.A

The Luminist represents quality engineering from the ground up. Our new Ferox process became Ferox 13, named because we polish it 13 times. Each polish pulls the silicon molecules closer together. It is a more efficient, spender design and requires less space to work.

Our Luminist cables possess superior RMF, EMF, EMI noise reduction, and reduce vibration even better. It's quality you can hear.


NEWS RELEASE 5/21/14 At the High End Show in Munich, Germany, May 15-18, 2014, Krell will introduce one of the most advanced yet affordable products in its history: the Vanguard integrated amplifier. The Vanguard incorporates a 200-watt-per channel amplifier and a Class A preamplifier, enclosed in a chassis that borrows its design and construction from the new Krell Foundation preamp/processor, Connect stream player, Illusion preamp and iBias amplifiers. Suggested U.S. retail price for the Vanguard is $3,500. An optional, field-installable digital module with USB input, Ethernet audio streaming and apt-X Bluetooth will also be available.

"The name Vanguard connotes leadership and innovation, and that's exactly what we were going for," Krell president Bill McKiegan said. "Compared with most other integrated amps on the market, the Vanguard is far ahead in technology, performance and design."

The Vanguard's amplifier incorporates a massive power supply with a 750 VA toroidal transformer and 80,000 microfarads of storage capacitance. The tremendous amount of energy on tap allows the Vanguard to deliver 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 400 watts at 4 ohms. This is far more power than most other integrated amplifiers, at any price, can deliver. Two quiet, thermostatically controlled fans permit the use of a surprisingly compact chassis, especially considering how much power the Vanguard produces.

The preamplifier section of the Vanguard borrows its fully balanced, fully discrete Class A circuit concepts from Krell's top-of-the-line Illusion preamps. Krell's Current Mode technology is employed to assure unequaled signal bandwidth, easily enough to handle the latest high-resolution PCM and DSD audio sources without impacting high-frequency response and detail.

"We've created a lot of landmark products in our 34-year history, but we expect the Vanguard to be one of the most popular and influential audio components we've ever designed," Krell president Bill McKiegan said. "We've packed it with many of our most musical-sounding technologies. We've kept the chassis small and the design elegant to make it living-room-friendly. Yet it has enough power to achieve incredible, lifelike dynamics with any speaker."

A machined aluminum volume control accesses a sophisticated front-panel menu system that controls the Vanguard, and also provides features such as input naming, input trim, balance control and muting level—luxuries not offered on integrated amplifiers controlled by traditional switches and knobs. A home theater bypass mode lets the Vanguard serve as the core of a surround-sound system without sacrificing two-channel sound quality in any way. Inputs include three stereo RCA and one stereo balanced XLR. High-quality WBT speaker cable terminals provide a secure, electrically ideal connection.

The Vanguard also offers features that make it perfect for custom installation, such as 3.5mm jacks for IR input and 12-volt trigger input and output, as well as optional rack-mount ears. Additionally, the unit can be controlled with home automation systems through its Ethernet connection.

A key option for the Vanguard is the digital module, which can be added at the factory or by a dealer. The digital module includes USB, HDMI, coax and optical digital inputs; Ethernet music streaming controlled through dedicated iOS and Android apps; and apt-X Bluetooth wireless for convenient streaming from phones, tablets and computers.

"With the digital module installed, all you need to do is add speakers and you have a complete high-end audio system," McKiegan said. "If your focus is on digital music files and streaming, the Vanguard with the digital module will give you all the convenience of the mass-market streaming audio products, but with sound quality that's far beyond what those products can achieve. It's truly an audio product built for the next decade."

Pricing and Availability
The Vanguard will be shipping in July and will have a suggested retail price of $3,500. Price for the optional digital module has not been set yet.

About Krell Industries
Founded in 1980, Krell Industries is the world's premier manufacturer of high performance audio and video equipment. Its amplifiers, preamplifiers, surround-sound processors, stream players and loudspeakers have won acclaim in countless reviews and among audiophiles worldwide. For more information, please visit www.krellonline.com or call 203-298-4020.


NEWS RELEASE 5/21/14 Astell&Kern announced the worldwide launch of the new second generation AK100 and AK120 portable high resolution audio players, called the AK100 II and AK120 II at High End 2014 in Munich, Germany today.

The AK100 II and AK120 II build upon the successful first generation models and add new features that were introduced this year in Astell&Kern's flagship player, the AK240. The new players also feature an updated design that gives a nod to both the original models and the new AK240.

Henry Park, CEO of iriver, said, "since the launch of the original AK100 in December 2012, Astell&Kern has spent countless hours researching ways to produce the best sounding portable audio player possible. With the launch of the AK120 in May 2013 and the AK240 in January 2014, we have tweaked our design and added new features to give the listener the opportunity to hear music the way it was meant to be heard. This is true for how the artist and studio engineer originally intended for the song to be heard as well. We are proud of the new AK100 and AK120 second generation players. We feel these two players, along with our flagship AK240, provide the best sound possible from a portable audio player."

The AK100 II and AK120 II replace the Wolfson WM8740 DAC with the Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC chipset found in the flagship AK240. The AK100 II features a single DAC chipset like its predecessor, while the AK120 steps up to two (2) DACs (Digital to Analog Converters) that output audio signals independently to each channel, making the AK120 II a true dual mono (dual monaural) setup like those found in expensive hi-fi equipment. The dual Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC chips found in the AK120 II dedicates each DAC chip to a completely separate left and right channel. In result, the AK120 II provides far superior depth, clarity, and spaciousness to the audio. By providing a much clearer sound with lower distortion, the AK120 II truly replicates how the original music was recorded.

Both players include Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing users to stream high resolution audio from a Mac or PC located on the same network via the MQS Streaming function. Firmware updates are also preformed over the air, eliminating the need to connect the player to a computer to update software and add features.

Like the flagship AK240, the AK100 II and AK120 II feature balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, giving audiophiles a wider range of listening options. With a 3.31" AMOLED screen, both players display more information that the first generation models in a crystal clear, high resolution display. Single-rate and double-rate DSD playback is supported via DSD to PCM conversion done in real-time via the player's software. In addition to DSD support, the Astell&Kern portable players support 24-bit, up to 192khz digital audio files, and Apple lossless formats in addition to many other lossy music formats users may currently have.

The AK100 II features 64GB of internal memory. The AK120 II adds 128GB of internal memory. Both portable players feature one microSD card slot that supports up to a 128GB microSD card slot, providing up to 192GB total storage for the AK100 II and 256GB total for the AK120 II. Both players can also be used as an USB DAC, allowing the user to connect the unit to a computer to provide higher quality sound processing than most sound cards available today.

Pricing and availability of the new second-generation AK100 and AK120 will be announced soon.

For a list of audio dealers that carry the Astell&Kern line, please visit http://www.iriverinc.com/support/wheretobuy.asp.

About Astell&Kern

Launched in October 2012, Astell&Kern is the high-end audiophile brand by iriver. The current Astell&Kern line includes the award-winning AK100, AK120 and AK240 high-resolution portable audio players, capable of playing 24-bit/192 kHz Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) files including DSD. Astell&Kern's lineup has recently expanded to include accessories such as the AKR01 and AKR02 In-Ear Monitors, Astell&Kern portable player docking stations and line of home audio products.

For more information about Astell&Kern, please visit www.AstellnKern.com or the Astell&Kern Facebook page and Twitter feed.

About iriver

iriver Ltd. is a global IT device company. Since its founding in 1999, iriver has become renowned for its product innovation, style-driven technology, and track record of market dominance. After producing many award-winning portable media devices, the company diversified its categories to include Tablet PC, VoIP Phone, and more. For more information on iriver and its product lines, please visit: www.iriverinc.com.


NEWS RELEASE 5/21/14 Simaudio Ltd. proudly introduces the MOON Neo 430HA Headphone Amplifier with optional digital-to-analog
converter, the newest addition to our MOON Neo Series.

A new reference is born!

The Nēo 430HA is a genuine "tour de force" loaded with numerous state-of-the-art features. This fully balanced, pure analog amplifier includes an output stage using a discrete transconductance circuit topology, selectable gain setting (14 or 20dB), an oversized power supply and a defeatable analog crossfeed circuit. Rated at 667mW at 600 ohms and 8W at 50 ohms, the Neo 430HA will effortlessly drive any headphone to its full potential.

For headphone enthusiasts who desire perfection, the Nēo 430HA is the ultimate solution. Borrowing various technologies from our more exotic and costlier Evolution series, while incorporating the most advanced analog audio circuitry, the 430HA will achieve the very best possible sonic performance from your headphones. The optional DSD256 and 32-bit PCM capable DAC can be used with virtually any digital source such a computer for streaming music, satellite TV receiver or Blu-Ray player, offering the same fidelity as your music system.

The Neo 430HA is destined to establish a whole new set of standards for headphone amplification.

MOON Neo 430HA Significant Design Features:
 
● Inputs include 2 single-ended on RCA's, 1 balanced on XLR's and 1 single-ended on 1/8" jack located on the front panel
● Outputs include a pair of 3-pin XLR and one 4-Pin XLR located on the front panel behind a sliding window, a 1/4" TRS jack,
 as well as both fixed and variable line-level single-ended RCA stereo pairs
● M-LoVo (MOON Low Voltage) DC regulation circuit: a highly sophisticated circuit that is virtually free of noise, yielding an
 exceptionally fast, precise, and stable DC voltage. The result is a power supply with a virtually unmeasureable noise floor
● M-eVOL2 volume control with 530 steps and channel matching of 0.1dB
● Optional fully asynchronous DAC supports DSD up to DSD256 (USB only); PCM from 44.1kHz to 384kHz (32-bit USB only)
● Optional DAC provides four digital inputs (S/PDIF x 2, TosLink x 1 & USB x 1) allowing for use with any digital source
● RS-232 port for (i) full unsolicited bidirectional feedback and (ii) firmware updates; IR input for external control
● SimLink™ controller port for 2-way communications between other MOON components; 12V trigger output.

The MOON Neo 430HA will be available in Q3 2014 with an MSRP $3,500.00 USD; Add $700.00 for the optional DSD256 / 32-bit PCM digital-to-analog converter.

Complete details about Nēo 430HA: http://www.simaudio.com/moonneo430HA.htm

At the same time, we take great pleasure in announcing that the MOON Neo 380D Digital-to-Analog Converter will now support the DSD data format up to, and including, DSD256 as well as 32-bit PCM up to 384kHz.

Complete details about Nēo 380D with DSD: http://www.simaudio.com/moonneo380D.htm


NEWS RELEASE 5/12/14 LH Labs introduced its first product design into the portable audio player market today with its feature-friendly, sound-quality-centered Geek Wave (http://bit.ly/1nOL3Mt). By incorporating the best ideas from the hundreds of different players on the market, and then combining them with the high-performance features that LH Labs is known for, they've managed to create a no-compromise, high-performance portable music player that both the audiophile community and casual music listener are sure to be talking about. Geek Wave pricing starts at just $299.

Geek Wave is the only portable 32bit / 384 kHz PCM capable, native DSD player in the world. Meaning, it can play just about any type of music file from MP3's all the way up to ultra high resolution DSD128 files. With its easy to manage user interface, Geek Wave gives you quick and easy access to the essentials: play, pause, next, and previous on the front panel. Buttons on the side allow you to turn it on and off quickly, and gives you access to the main menu. Geek Wave allows for easy drag and drop music management directly onto the device from your computer's hard drive. With expandable storage up to 2TB, users will be hard pressed to fill up the Geek Wave's music library.

One the biggest complaints against the iPod and many other portable music players is that they don't have a replaceable battery. When the battery dies, the whole device dies with it, forcing users to pay for repair or simply scrap the whole device. Geek Wave has solved this longstanding issue by making their battery user-accessible. If the battery is low on charge or reaches the expected two year lifespan of the rechargeable lithium ion battery, Geek Wave user's can simply swap in a new one. On top of the battery interchangeability, the 3100mAh battery has a continuous playback time of 10 hours.

With almost $2 Million dollars raised via crowd-funding in the past year, LH Labs has positioned itself as a manufacturer that incorporates their customers ideas, wish-lists and tech requests to provide the most appealing and high quality audio products available.

About LH Labs

LH Labs is an amalgamation of audio geeks and engineers who have partnered together with one sole purpose in mind: bringing the sound of high-end audio to the masses.

Based in Northern California, the epicenter of the high-end audio industry, LH Labs was founded on the principle that music lovers deserve something better than just the "usual." LH Labs has made it their mission to create the best products possible for both audiophiles and music enthusiasts. 


NEWS RELEASE 5/12/14 Last month, audio specialist Sennheiser announced its MOMENTUM campaign, which together with Spotify highlights one hundred unique sound stories from all over the world: stories about creators with MOMENTUM, people who push the world forward with their creative passions. The stories feature artists, innovators and entrepreneurs in the truest sense, and serve to inspire others to uncover their own unique MOMENTUM.

The story of Berlin-based Nik Nowak is the latest in this series of inspiring stories. Nik Nowak, who is 33 and who has exhibited his work in China, Europe and Russia, embodies the ideals of Sennheiser's MOMENTUM campaign by designing and building futuristic sound sculptures that take to the streets and unleash up to 4,000 watts of sound for bedazzled audiences. Watch Nik Nowak's MOMENTUM video here, which explains how he is constructing an entirely new art form centered on music and machine.

All of Nik Nowak's sound sculptures amalgamate highly futuristic, angular shapes and pristine sound within unique, vehicular designs. He created his first sound sculpture in 2005, "Mobile Booster" — a bright green, wheeled object made of steel, wood and fiberglass and high-end loudspeakers. His most famous sculpture is the "Soundtank": a mini-dumptruck weighing 1.5 tons that has been transformed inot a 4,000-watt sound system with a hydraulically enabled wall of sound. This remarkable sound machine consists of four tweeters six 12-inch mid/bass woofers and three 18-inch subwoofers. Inside the cockpit is a fully featured DJ station with integrated production studio.

"Drawing forms the basis of my work," Nik Nowak explains. "Sound and drawing came together for me quite early on, and I started to construct special sound systems. I get a real thrill from pushing the boundaries, from knowing that everything that lies ahead is uncharted territory."

Nik Nowak is currently busy creating his latest project, "Echo", which consists of ground drones that will be used to blast his audiences with sound. Fitted out with directional microphones, the machines are fully autonomous and use sensors to detect people. "Drohne 1" picks up the sounds its target makes and uses a parametric speaker to generate a directional echo that sends the sounds straight back to their source. "Drohne 2" amplifies the sounds or conversations of gallery visitors via a gigantic sound system attached to a mast. This creates background noise comprising individual sound sources that are audible to everyone.

Among the influences of his new project was his own hearing loss: "Losing my high-frequency hearing in my right ear revealed to me just how much sound affects our sense of reality. This is what I am driving at with my new 'Echo' project," he says. Highly mobile and unstoppable, the drones are much like Nik Nowak himself: never resting, always searching for a potential connection between man, sound and machine.

What's your MOMENTUM?

As part of the MOMENTUM campaign, Sennheiser is inviting anyone to share their creativity by contributing their own videos on www.sennheiser-momentum.com and by watching the MOMENTUM videos. Visitors can vote for their favorite stories and add their own seven-second MOMENTUM film to a video chain that inspired them, or that shares the same themes or ideas as their own submission. To take part in the MOMENTUM project, videos can be uploaded between April 2, 2014 and July 31, 2014.

Those who inspire the most successful chains, creators of the most successful videos, and people who vote over ten times in a week will be eligible for a weekly prize drawing for a pair of MOMENTUM headphones and a six month subscription to Spotify Premium. As part of the campaign, Sennheiser will also award 'ultimate sound experience' trips to New York, London and Tokyo.

To learn more, watch the films or to submit videos, visit www.sennheiser-momentum.com. Even more MOMENTUM videos can be found on www.youtube.com/sennheisermomentum.


NEWS RELEASE 5/12/14 The brand new EXTREME, is the newest loudspeaker from high end manufacturer Estelon.

Estelon follows a philosophy of blending technology, design and hand craftsmanship to create a loudspeaker with a natural pure sound and a beautiful graceful aesthetic. 

Estelon's award-winning X Diamond loudspeaker is a successful execution of this philosophy.
The new Estelon EXTREME builds on this philosophy and approaches the pinnacle of advanced engineering. The result is a remarkable world-class statement loudspeaker that achieves perfect harmony between design and technology and delivers a rich, dynamic, tactile, immersive listening experience.

Each EXTREME loudspeaker is comprised of two modules; upper and lower. The upper modules are adjustable for optimizing the sound to the listening room, they also provide ideal isolation to deliver the purest possible sound. Driver technology is highly advanced. The Extreme features two 10" aluminum dome woofers, one 10" aluminum mid-bass driver, one 7" ceramic midrange and one 1.5" Diamond inverted dome tweeter.

Meet Estelon designer Alfred Vassilkov and hear the new EXTREME loudspeakers at Audio High, Mountain View, CA. June 5. For more info email jrein@bluebirdmusic.com
Bluebird Welcomes New Estelon Dealer Soundstage Fine Audio

Customers in Ontario Canada now have a wonderful place to get a great demonstration of the Estelon X Diamonds and Estelon XB loudspeakers. Soundstage Fine Audio is a unique store which specializes in products which they believe contribute to improving quality of life. If you are passionate about great music you can be guaranteed a great listening experience and expert advice at Soundstage Fine Music, 59 Regina Street North, Waterloo, ON. Tel: 519-885-4750. www.soundstagefineaudio.com

Extelon XCs Get a Great Review from HiFi+

"In so many ways, the Estelon XC is the best speaker that ever came to stay and I am going to be very sorry when it leaves. It certainly is expensive, but given the quality of the build and more importantly, the way it opens the music, I think it still represents very good value." - Chris Thomas, HiFi+, Issue 110.


NEWS RELEASE 5/12/14 SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, proudly announces a partnership with Gramophone to become the newest audio brand available from the award-winning, Maryland-based custom installer.

"Being from the Maryland area, I've admired Gramophone's service and custom installation work for a long time," said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. "Gramophone is, without a doubt, one of the top AV companies in the business and their partnership in incredibly valuable to SVS."

SVS makes subwoofers for a wide range of applications, which is important since Gramophone installs some of the most extreme home theaters in the country. The SVS product line spans extends from the 155lb, 1000W flagship PB13-Ultra ported subwoofer for large home theaters, to the powerfully compact 13x13x13 SB-1000 tailored for smaller rooms and audio systems. SVS also makes a line of unique, space-saving cylinder subwoofers.

"SVS brings a unique energy to the audio segment, like a throwback to the days when performance was king and the experience mattered most," said Brian Hudkins, Gramophone president. "With SVS, we know our clients are getting an incredible subwoofer experience and a highly supportive, customer-focused brand to back it up."

Gramophone is a privately held, family-owned company with more than 40 employees, many of whom have been with the company for over a decade. Today, they provide the highest quality home audio and video equipment, as well as expert design and custom installation services.

Andrew Davis, Director of sales and operations for Gramophone said, "SVS has earned the right to be called one of the great American audio companies and we're excited to share their passion and bring chest-thumping bass experiences to our customers."

SVS products are sold internationally, both direct and at retail, depending on regional preferences. The company's hybrid go-to market approach and unilateral resale policy offer a predictably profitable model that helps raise the average selling price of audio products for dealers with real margins backed by expert service, when it's needed.

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com or like them on Facebook or Twitter.


NEWS RELEASE 5/12/14 The David Berning Company, a world leader in advanced OTL tube electronics announces the debut of his 211/ 845 OTL amplifier.

The amplifier will automatically bias to 211 or 845 output tubes. No user

adjustment is ever required. Output transformer less. 60 watts per channel. Class A Triode. Differentially balanced. Zero global feedback. Proprietary advanced switch mode power supplies with full Power Factor Correction for global plug and play operation. Constant output impedance over the entire audio spectrum utilizing the patented Berning ZOTL circuit. Drives difficult dynamic loads within its power rating while the inherently low noise floor accommodates high efficiency loudspeakers.

Stillpoints Ultra 5's, Ultra Bases and circuit board isolators are integrated for vibration control. Stillpoints cryogenic treatment is selectively utilized throughout the amplifier. Additionally, Stillpoints Aperture Room Treatments and Fono Acustica cables will be fully implemented in our Munich demonstrations.

PRICE 73,500 USD per monaural pair

For further information, please visit (davidberning.com). For global product acquisition, please contact Rick Brown at Hi Fi One (rbhifi1.com).


NEWS RELEASE 5/7/14 This year at the High End Show in Munich, May 15-18, Nordost will be launching five new products spanning its ranges from Leif to Norse 2 to Sort Systems. Peers in the industry and media members attending the High End Show will be the first to see the LS Blue Heaven and Heimdall 2 iKables, the Sort Kup, and the groundbreaking Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable as well as the highly anticipated Tyr 2 Power Cord. Nordost will be located in Atrium 4, room 114 (Halle 4) performing demonstrations and answering questions throughout the show.

Nordost has been extremely busy since they launched their newest reference range, Valhalla 2, in Munich last year, which has seen tremendous success and received rave reviews. The Valhalla 2 range will be making an appearance again this year at the High End Show as the featured cabling in our system. If you have not yet had the opportunity to hear a system entirely wired with V2, now is your chance. Valhalla 2 Cables use our Dual Mono-Filament technology, along with an innovative, proprietary connector called the HOLO:PLUG®, designed to be the best possible interface between the cable and component. The combination of these two ground-breaking technologies allows Nordost's products to perfectly match our philosophy of low mass design, optimal signal transfer and perfect impedance matching.

Another unique feature in our system this year in Munich is the Sort Füt. First released at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this past year, the Sort Füt is a mechanically tuned resonance control device. It is purpose-built to enhance the performance of your hi-fi system and improve upon the standard spikes and stabilizers that are provided with loudspeakers and racks. The Sort Füt's proprietary four-part construction eliminates unwanted vibration by providing a direct ground path, allowing extraneous energy to escape from the speakers. The resulting in a reduction in intermodulation distortion, a proliferation of musical information, and an increase of tonal and textural details that will allow your system to achieve the dynamic range it is capable of. Sort Füt demonstrations will be conducted throughout the show using A/B comparisons with two identical pairs of Scorpio 25 plus+ loudspeakers by Audio Physic. This demonstration clearly identifies the previously thought unavoidable damage that vibrations can cause in even the best equipment, and truly cannot be missed.

Along with the Sort Füt, Nordost will also be introducing the Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 to our European market. The Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 offers a step-up from Nordost's original Blue Heaven USB cable, which was already a dramatic improvement from standard USB cabling. This new USB cable provides all of the technological and performance advantages of Nordost's Norse 2 family to computer audio. By using Nordost's proprietary Dual Mono-Filament technology as well as implementing mechanically tuned lengths, the Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 not only increases the cable's dielectric but it reduces internal microphonics and high-frequency impedance resonance that can drastically impact a cable's performance.

The final recent addition to Nordost's line of products to be featured in demonstrations at the High End Show 2014 will be the QK1. The QKOIL is a load resonating coil (LRC), which generates a passive electronic field that provides a vital solution to the issues of AC quality in audio/video performance. The QK1 uses Nordost's proprietary Micro Mono-Filament technology in a loading application to prevent time delay and distortion of the transmitted signal, making the AC current as close as possible to the desired "distortion less condition" which results in an improvement in the overtones and pacing of music as well as adding depth and focus to visual qualities.

Nordost is excited to share what they have been working on throughout the year and to introduce even more remarkable innovations. They will be located in Atrium 4, room 114 (Halle 4) of the MOC both holding meetings as well as conducting demonstrations of their line throughout the show.

Meredith Gabor
meredith@nordost.com
508 893-0100
www.nordost.com


NEWS RELEASE 5/7/14 PS Audio, manufacturer of fine audio equipment for over 40 years, is proud to announce the European debut of two of the most important products in the company's history: the game-changing DirectStream DAC, and a pre-production prototype of 'Sprout', a high-quality, compact all-in-one intended for the lifestyle market. PS will be exhibiting in Halle 2 Stand B04 of the Munich High End show, at the Munich MOC convention center. The show runs from May 15-18, 2014; May 15th is trade-only.

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DirectStream was introduced in March, 2014, amidst major industry interest in its unique design and construction, as well as its stunning sound quality. DirectStream converts all inputs to DSD, resulting in a substantial increase in detail from PCM inputs.

"The response to DirectStream proves to us that listeners want the experience of live music in their homes, and their present equipment just isn't giving it to them," said Paul McGowan, Founder and CEO of PS. "DirectStream reveals to listeners all the music that's been hidden in their existing libraries of CDs and digital files, and once the difference is heard, they simply can't go back. That's why DirectStream has been the most successful product launch in our history."

'Sprout' is the brainchild of Scott McGowan, PS Audio's Sales Director, and son of Paul McGowan. Designed as the simple but high-quality hub of a home music system, 'Sprout' is a 50 watt/channel integrated amplifier which includes a phono preamplifier, DAC, headphone amp and a Bluetooth receiver. 'Sprout' can thus play music directly from a turntable, any digital input, and wirelessly from a smartphone.

"Many of my friends want the concert-hall sound of my Dad's products," said Scott, "but they can't afford them, and they don't have room for them in their homes. 'Sprout' will give them the kick-ass sound and build-quality of PS' traditional products, in a simple, small unit whose design will fit in modern homes. 'Sprout' will play music from any source, in the way that people listen today—at a price they can afford."

DirectStream will be demonstrated in a two-channel system utilizing Raidho loudspeakers; 'Sprout' will be demonstrated with Audeze headphones being driven by 'Sprout's' headphone amplifier. Both Paul and Scott McGowan will be on hand to conduct demonstrations and answer questions about the new products.

'Sprout' is being shown as a pre-production prototype; it will be introduced to a mass audience soon, by means of a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. "Most people of my generation—in their '20's and '30's—have grown up with earbuds and cheap plastic home-theater systems, and have no idea how great music at home can sound," said Scott McGowan. "This product is our first step in growing awareness of awesome home audio—so we think 'Sprout' is an appropriate name. We expect big things from this little guy."

DirectStream is in production, and currently in back-ordered status. MSRP is $5995 in the US; pricing in other markets may vary.

'Sprout' is being shown as a pre-production prototype, and some details may change before it reaches production. Projected MSRP is $799.99 in the US, subject to change and variance in other markets.

About PS Audio: Founded by Paul McGowan and Stan Warren in 1973, PS Audio

has a long history of offering innovative designs at affordable prices. PS has been an industry-leader in the fields of power-regeneration, phono preamplifiers, DACs and transports. PS Audio's administration, engineering and manufacturing facilities are all located in Boulder, Colorado, and all core products are fully made in the USA.

www.psaudio.com

About High End Munich ("The Munich Show"): Now in its 33rd year, High End has become the largest and single most important audio show in the world, open to both the trade and the general public. Held at the massive MOC (Munich Operating Center) convention center, the 2014 show will feature nearly 270,000 square feet of audio/home-entertainment products from manufacturers from all over the world.


NEWS RELEASE 5/7/14 At the upcoming HIGH END 2014 show in Munich (May 15 - 18), Audience will be exhibiting with Nagra and will provide its Au24 SE cables and powerChords and Adept Response aR6-TSS power conditioner. The Audience products will be used in a complete ultrahigh-end music system to be demonstrated during the show in the Munich Order Center (MOC), Room E217.

The top of the line Audience Au24 SE interconnects, speaker cables and powerChords are designed to deliver extraordinary musical accuracy. They are constructed from the finest materials and feature ultra-low-mass, high-purity copper connectors that enable the passage of more low-level information in phono, line-level, speaker and power cord applications.

The sonic benefits of Au24 SE cables and powerChords include greater coherency and transparency, much more decay and subtle reverb cues for instruments and vocals, a greater sense of the room environment and dimensions on a recording, and a richer sound throughout the frequency spectrum.

Audience's Adept Response aR6-TSS power conditioner is renowned for its ability to provide the highest-quality pure AC power to an audio system. The aR6-TSS overcomes the RF noise and other liabilities of poor AC power through the use of sophisticated filtering circuitry, premium-quality components including Teflon capacitors and optimized component layout. The audible result is purer sound with significantly improved resolution and coherence, and a more natural sense of pace, rhythm and timing to the music.

The Nagra components in the system include the HD DAC D/A converter and the Nagra Seven digital recorder, both designed to deliver the ultimate in music recording and playback. The HD DAC high-definition D/A converter employs 2X DSD circuitry with a 5.6MHz sampling frequency and can accept a signal up to DSD 128 from a computer. The NAGRA Seven digital audio recorder is a compact, 24-bit/192kHz two-channel digital recorder with both digital and analog audio inputs and employs Nagra's renowned mic preamps for unsurpassed recording fidelity.

About Audience

Audience was formed in November 1997 by John McDonald and the late Richard Smith, as a design and production company focused on building the best possible audio and video equipment. To pass the Audience test, each product must truly make a significant contribution to the reproduction of audio and/or video. Audience offers loudspeakers, electronics, cables, power conditioners, high-resolution capacitors and the Auric Illuminator optical disk resolution enhancement.

Audience's commitment is to develop the very best products possible, and the company is committed to unexcelled customer service and product support. All Audience cables have an unconditional lifetime warranty and power conditioners have a ten-year warranty. For more information visit www.audience-av.com.


NEWS RELEASE 5/7/14 Shortly after the successful launch of its PM-1 planar magnetic headphones, OPPO Digital (www.oppodigital.com) released another member of its family of personal audio products today – the HA-1 headphone amplifier.

OPPO Digital is well known for its reference quality universal Blu-ray Disc players, and the HA-1 headphone amplifier builds upon the success of the BDP-95 and BDP-105 audiophile players. Drawing upon the proven circuit design of these award-winning players, the HA-1 combines an uncompromising analog audio section with the latest technology in digital audio.

The analog audio section of the HA-1 is a fully balanced design with an emphasis on keeping the audio signal in the analog domain once it leaves the DAC. The HA-1 is anchored by a hefty toroidal power transformer, and linear power regulators and filters with custom made capacitors ensure that the headphone amplifier has a clean power source with plenty of reserve energy. The fully balanced Class A power amplification section uses hand-picked and paired discrete components to ensure symmetry, and a motor-driven precision volume control knob allows for both manual and remote control volume adjustment while keeping the audio in a pure analog audio path.

The HA-1 is especially suitable for high-resolution digital audio playback. Its digital inputs include coaxial, optical, balanced AES/EBU, and an asynchronous USB DAC. It is easy to connect the HA-1 to digital audio players or to a computer running the listener's favorite playback software. The USB DAC supports PCM audio up to 384 kHz 32-bit resolution and DSD audio up to 256x the CD sample rate. The same ESS 9018 Sabre32 Reference DAC and output driving stage used in OPPO audiophile Blu-ray players ensure extremely low noise and low distortion performance. The HA-1 is compatible with Apple's iPod, iPhone and iPad for use as an external DAC, enabling the listener to directly tap into digital music played from these devices. For additional convenience, the Bluetooth audio transport with high quality aptX CODEC sets music free from your mobile phones with a performance boost.

OPPO designs the HA-1 headphone amplifier with the same versatile approach as the Blu-ray players. The HA-1 is a high performance headphone amplifier, and it doubles as an asynchronous USB DAC, a stereo pre-amplifier, a digital audio dock for mobile devices, and a Bluetooth audio transport. Users have a choice of using the 4-pin balanced XLR or the traditional quarter-inch headphone jack. Line level analog inputs and outputs are provided with both RCA and balanced XLR sockets.

The HA-1 sports a classic design with contemporary elements. It is a desktop component housed in an aluminum chassis, and the familiar volume and source selection knobs are complemented by a 4.3-inch color screen for easy operation. While music is playing, the screen can show a classic VU meter, a modern spectrum display, or detailed technical information about the audio signal. A supplied IR remote and a smartphone app provide complete control and convenience.

With its exemplary sound quality, versatile connectivity, and energetic driving power, the HA-1 headphone amplifier is a good match with any high performance headphones or stereo sound system. The black version of the HA-1 is available now directly from OPPO Digital's web site at a retail price of $1199, and the silver version is estimated to be available in June.


NEWS RELEASE 5/7/14 Estelon launches its new flagship model EXTREME at Munich High End Show

Estelon's relentless pursuit for perfection in speaker design and all the knowledge accumulated through the years of progress has been invested in the new product that is to be launched at Munich HIGH END Show on May 15th. With the utmost pride we present the new flagship model - Estelon Extreme.

The proprietary marble-based composite material with the finest aesthetic finish presents the familiar sculpture-like design that Estelon has trademarked over the years. The most noticeable change in Exteme's design is that it is built of two modules. The upper module allows the speaker to be adjustable by user for optimizing the sound in regard of room specifics (speaker height is changeable from 177 to 207 cm). The two module design also isolates the high, medium and mid-bass drivers from the vibration that the lower positioned bass drivers provide. Symmetrically arranged bass drivers work in equal conditions, which results in outstanding bass performance. To achieve the maximum performance, the listener can also adjust the tweeter to his listening position.

The design features best components available, including new aluminum woofers (2 x 10") and mid-woofer (10"), ceramic midrange (7") and diamond tweeter (1,5"), all custom designed by Accuton.

Suggested retail price in Europe 170 000 EUR.

To see and hear the Estelon EXTREME and to meet the Estelon product designer Alfred Vassilkov, please visit our booth at HIGH END Show in Munich on May 15-18, 2014. We are located in Atrium 4, booth F216. Estelon Extreme will be presented with Vitus Audio Masterpiece Series electronics, incl. new stereo power amplifier MP-S201. Product presentations will run every hour from 11 a.m


NEWS RELEASE 5/7/14 Barton Perreira celebrates a symphony of sight and sound with the launch of the limited edition Barton Perreira / Audeze / London Bridge Trading Company. The collaboration features a custom set of Audeze LCD-XC headphones, matching Barton Perreira sunglasses, custom silver plated 1/8-inch headphone cables, and all in a custom London Bridge Trading Company carrying bag: the perfect marriage of inspired design, music and artisanship.

People that live for music live for Audeze because they deliver the most accurate sound available today and are engineered with the latest innovations. Much like aficionados of eyewear feel for Barton Perreira, known for its distinctive design, precise fit with a refined yet cutting-edge aesthetic. For the first time, they are available at Barton Perreira's Aspen and Nashville retail stores.

"One of the things that had a strong influence on Barton Perreira is the music. As a photographer on the touring side of the music industry, I have gained access to the best headphones that the industry has to offer. When I first put on the Audeze headphones, I experienced something that I have never felt before. The clarity, the sound and the comfort were all working together. Putting on the Audeze headphones and listening to my music was like time travel - it allowed me to fall in love with a song again that I've heard over and over before. Audeze is the Barton Perreira of the headphone industry," said Tim Cadiente, President of Barton Perreira.

The collaboration was the brainchild of President Cadiente, who has over 20 years of experience in the eyewear, music and entertainment industries. His past campaigns in the eyewear industry included Oakley, Oliver Peoples and Mosley Tribes. His music portfolio includes early images of Tool, Nirvana and The Beastie Boys. In front of his lens on the entertainment side he's pushed the button on celebrities such as Giovanni Ribisi, Peter Fonda and Milla Jovovich. When Cadiente saw the opportunity to work with Alexander Rosson and Audeze, he knew that it was a natural fit. When LBT Inc agreed to build the limited custom case for this sight and sound project, the two companies knew that their experience would be carried in style.

"As a fan and customer of Barton Perreira, we're proud to be part of this unique collaboration and custom, limited- edition headphone. This very special combination of high performance, luxury brands represents the absolute best in quality eyewear and world-class sound," said Alexander Rosson, CEO of Audeze.

Barton Perreira was started by Patty Perreira, Bill Barton and Tim Cadiente, as a shared desire to challenge the eyewear industry. Before launching Barton Perreira with his partners, Cadiente's campaign work was seen at other eyewear giants that included Oakley, Oliver peoples and Mosley tribes prior to the Luxottica buy out. His portfolio includes musicians and entertainers from Billy Bob Thornton, Giovanni Ribisi, Milla Jovovich, Jack White, Radiohead and the Beastie Boys. Pooling together their expertise in design, artistry, style and entertainment, they have created a cutting edge collection of eyewear. Barton Perreira is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey New York, and opening ceremonies are planned among other boutiques nationwide.

Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship. Audeze's commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our made-in-the-USA products.

Audeze | Fountain Valley, CA 92708 | Tel: 657.464.7029 | Fax: 702.823.0333
info@audeze.com | http://www.audeze.com


NEWS RELEASE 4/19/14 Enjoy the Music.com, the industry's most forward-thinking site for more than 19 years in concert with major print media and Internet partners, is pleased to announce sister site Enjoy the Music.TV will be streaming live at AXPONA 2014 from April 24th through 27th! Our state-of-the-art high resolution studio facility will be broadcasting key information during the entire event to help educate consumers on the many high-end audio products at AXPONA. The live stream will feature high-end audio electronics, music, seminars, plus have special interviews with equipment designers and engineers. With over a dozen leading print magazines and Web sites as partners, Enjoy the Music.TV continues their ability to reach a worldwide audience using the latest in advanced technologies. Enjoy the Music.TV's AXPONA 2014 live broadcast continues our pioneering efforts and industry firsts in delivering a new level of connectivity with enthusiasts worldwide. Viewers can participate during the live broadcast via integrated chat or use Twitter #AXPONA2014.

"To celebrate Enjoy the Music.com's 175th event report, our AXPONA 2014 live Internet broadcast opens a new chapter for the high-end audio industry," says Editor and Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin. "With the launch of Enjoy the Music.TV, we are enabling music enthusiasts to receive essential information instantly from the industry's leading companies and ask questions in real time. Our audience constantly craves information concerning the many ways to enjoy music that was not possible only a handful of years ago. With an in-house state-of-the-art professional studio, plus the ability to mobilize for on-location reporting, this opens up yet another avenue to promote the many facets of the high-end audio consumer electronics industry. Our guiding role for the past 19 years has educated readers and enable them to appreciate their music to its maximum potential; as the artist intended to convey to their passionate audience. To be true to your music. Or, put simply, enjoy the music."

What Our Partners Say
"AXPONA 2014 is very pleased to be the launching pad for the new site Enjoy the Music.TV from Steven R. Rochlin," said Stephen Davis, VP Sales & Industry Relations of the AXPONA event. "Enjoy the Music.com has always produced high quality reporting and coverage that was and still remains to this day far ahead of its time. With the launch of Enjoy the Music.TV, it will no doubt be the site to watch for coverage of all things related to our great industry. AXPONA is overjoyed to have this new site streaming full coverage of new and innovative events plus their addition to the AXPONA 2014 event."

"Steven R. Rochlin is always pushing for inclusion and innovating around his desire to reach beyond the already converted," said Michael Mercer of Audio360.org. "We were honored to take part in his live streaming via the Enjoy the Music.com Dub Bot from RMAF 2013, and Enjoy the Music.TV only shows he's one of the very few who truly puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to outreach! We're psyched to be affiliated with Enjoy the Music.TV and we look forward to helping make the channel the best it can be. With Steven at the helm we know we're in for informative and entertaining content!"

"As the high fidelity audio and music industry evolves and market demographics shift, it is clear that new approaches are required," said Scot Hull, publisher of Part-Time Audiophile. "We have to both evangelize the joys of music appreciation to the forgotten generations while making it easy and fun for those on the path to find the innovators that are carrying the high-end audio industry forward. There are a lot of folks out there that would love to explore 'better sound', but the message of how to do that hasn't reached them. Leveraging new approaches and new media seems an obvious great step. Part-Time Audiophile believes that the journey is at least as important as the destination. You have to do more, speak the language, and deliver in a way that consumers will enjoy and actively seek out. Enjoy The Music.com has been at the forefront of the fight for audio joy, we're quite sure this new venture will be an entertaining and informative addition to the arsenal of tools the curious will use to pursue their own path. We're thrilled to support it."

"Positive Feedback Online is pleased to affiliate itself with Enjoy the Music.TV," said Editors Dr. David W. Robinson. Myself and co-Editor Dave Clark see this as an excellent opportunity to extend our audio community into new modes and venues, as we extend our reach to passionate audio and music lovers globally. We agree with Steven R. Rochlin that the time has come for high fidelity audio to reach out globally via streaming video. There are hundreds of thousands of music enthusiasts who will benefit from high-quality media sent out over the Internet. Positive Feedback Online's 24-year-old model of being a 'creative community for the audio arts' will fit in very well with Enjoy the Music.TV's commitment to outreach via excellent video production and Internet-based streaming media. We look forward to a successful collaboration."

About Enjoy the Music.com / Enjoy the Music.TV
Enjoy the Music.comis the Internet's leading information sitefor high fidelity audio information, reviews and show reports including home and mobile devices, digital music downloads and more since 1995. We have received critical acclaim worldwide with like-minded audio publications both in print and online plus the President of the Consumer Electronics Association. Beingaffiliated withseven prominent print publications plus offeringa Review Magazine and 175 show reports online, Enjoy the Music.comis a leading Internet authority for diverse informationserving music lovers worldwide. Enjoy the Music.TV adds an additional seven online publications as partners plus both sites are media sponsors of high-end audio events including AXPONA, California Audio Show, TAVES, T.H.E. Show Newport Beach and the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

www.EnjoyTheMusic.com

www.EnjoyTheMusic.TV

Enjoy the Music.com is the only specialty audio site withitsown Internet browser, RSS feed, Android and Windows Phone 7 / Windows 8 applications so their readership can easily find information they desire. Music enthusiasts can find us on all leading social media sites including Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Enjoy the Music.com is official Internetpartners with The Absolute Sound, Australian Hi-Fi Magazine, CANADA HiFi, Hi-Fi+, Hi-Fi Media, Hi-Fi World, HIFICRITIC, and legacy publications Sound Practices and VALVE magazine. Enjoy the Music.TV adds Internet partners Audio360.org, Dagogo, High-Fidelity, High Fidelity, Mono & Stereo, Part-Time Audiophile, and Positive Feedback Online.


NEWS RELEASE 4/19/14 SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, proudly announces a partnership with Stereo Advantage to become the newest high-performance audio brand available from the highly regarded New York based retailer.

"Stereo Advantage understands the unique challenges of selling high performance audio products and they have continuously evolved to meet the needs of the modern audio and home theater consumer," said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. "Whether it's offering stellar sales service through its online store or expert installation from its 'Smart Squad', the Stereo Advantage team brings the same passion for audio and technical expertise we embrace at SVS. They have a tremendous legacy and we're proud to be among the industry-leading brands they carry."

Stereo Advantage recently celebrated 35-years in the industry with the grand opening of the Stereo Advantage Warehouse Sales Center, which represents its new identity for consumer electronics, replacing not only the iconic Stereo Advantage, but the currently expiring formats of the industry. The Stereo Advantage Warehouse Sales Center offers consumers, businesses, schools, institutions, and the government complete technology integration and entertainment solutions, providing the finest brands, Lifetime Service, and system architecture professionally designed, programmed, and installed by The Smart Squad.

"To our surprise, SVS re-engaged us with our love of high performance home theater," said Mike Criscitiello, chief revenue officer of Stereo Advantage. "We experienced it firsthand when they came to our facility and energized the Stereo Advantage team during product overviews and trainings and we fully expect SVS subwoofers to be a valuable, sought-after addition to our product line."

SVS products are sold internationally, both direct and at retail, depending on regional preferences. The company's hybrid go-to market approach and unilateral resale policy have proven to be a profitable model that helps raise the average selling price of audio products for dealers with real margins backed by expert service, when it's needed.

"Its great partnerships like the one we have with Stereo Advantage that help SVS grow so we can continue to develop world-class subwoofers and audio products that fuel people's passion for special home theater experiences. Its sales model is truly future-facing and allows customers to benefit from the knowledge and experience of highly skilled installation and technical support services," said Jack Travis, SVS director of global sales

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com or like them on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information about Stereo Advantage, please visit http://stereoadvantage.com/

About SVS

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.


NEWS RELEASE 4/19/14 Fidelis Distribution of Nashua, N.H. is proud to announce its appointment as the distributor of Wilson Benesch line of loudspeakers for the USA and Canada. Fidelis will be showing select models of the highly reviewed Square Five Series at the Newport Beach Audio Festival May 31-June 2. Audiophile press and audiophiles are invited to visit us at the Hilton, Room 620.

Wilson Benesch will introduce the next evolution in its reference line May 15-May 17. The Endeavor, Wilson Benesch's first super-monitor speaker, will make its Global Premier at the Hotel Kempinski, Munich as part of High End Munich 2014. Further details available at www.wilson-benesch.com

Please direct all inquiries to info@fidelisav.com or call 603-880-4434.


NEWS RELEASE 4/19/14 Channel D, developers of the innovative and award-winning Pure Vinyl™ and Pure Music® audio software for Apple Macintosh computers and the creator of the Seta® Ultra Wide Bandwidth Balanced Flat Phono Preamplifier has released a major update to its Pure Vinyl software.

The new Pure Vinyl 4 includes more than three dozen significant new features, user interface and performance enhancements. Pure Vinyl 4 also includes a Preview of the forthcoming Pure Music 2, which adds dozens more additional improvements and new features.

Channel D will be demonstrating Pure Vinyl 4 at the upcoming AXPONA audio expo in Chicago, April 25 - 27, 2014 (AXPONA Wabash Room). The occasion also marks Channel D's 6th consecutive appearance at the AXPONA audiophile trade show.

Pure Vinyl 4 retails for $299. Upgrades to Pure Vinyl 4 are free for all users who purchased a license on or after January 20, 2013. The upgrade price for previous users is only $79 for a limited time until April 20, 2014, increasing to $139 thereafter.


NEWS RELEASE 4/19/14 Akubarik Joins the Exakt Revolution

Exakt technology inside Akubarik offers more music lovers the chance to experience sound at its best

Linn has extended its ground-breaking Exakt platform into its Akurate range. The highly acclaimed Akubarik loudspeaker is the latest product to benefit from this revolutionary new technology which marks the dawn of a new era of personalisation in customers' homes.

Exakt eliminates the sources of loss inherent in the traditional analogue hi-fi chain by transfering the lossless digital signal all the way to the speaker. This means that a Studio Master file, or any other music source, is now transmitted perfectly into the speaker.

Exakt delivers the most direct connection ever made between the listener and the artist, and turns the speaker into a intelligent, connected, software upgradeable product.

Using the groundbreaking Exakt technology launched in Linn's flagship Klimax Exakt System in September last year, the Akurate Exakt System comprises an Akurate Exakt DSM and Exakt Akubarik loudspeakers.

Inside Exakt loudspeakers is a digital platform that enables a whole new range of performance-enhancing capabilities and the ability for a Linn Specialist to optimise the system to the customer's home. This ensures the best possible sound no matter the unique characteristics of the customer's room or their preferred speaker positioning.

Eliminates Magnitude and Phase Distortion in Design

Exakt eliminates magnitude and phase distortion that is inherent in traditional passive crossovers. So what you hear is a more faithful reproduction of the music as it was recorded.

Corrects for the Differences Between Drive Units at Manufacture

All speaker drive units have their own unique characteristics. Exakt measures and corrects for even the tiniest variation between drive units, meaning every system that leaves the factory performs exactly to the designers specification.

Optimises Performance in your Home

Every room is different and this can have a significant effect on what you hear. Exakt enables the Linn specialist to optimise performance for any customer's unique room. This personalisation is based on the room's dimensions, furnishings and the customer's preferred speaker location. Now you can enjoy the best possible sound no matter your room's size, furnishings and speaker placement.

Exakt Link

In order to deliver the digital signal losslessly to the speaker, Linn developed a new protocol — Exakt Link. Exakt Link achieves what no existing standard could: accuracy of data transmission with the ability to losslessly transmit 8 channels of 24-bit 192 kHz Studio Master; exceptionally low jitter to ensure perfect musical timing; and extreme precision synchronisation between speakers.

Hear Vinyl at its Best Through Exakt

Up to thirteen sources can be connected to the system via the Akurate Exakt DSM with inputs including HDMI, Toslink, S/PDIF, XLR and RCA phono available, and as with all Linn DSM players, any source will enjoy improved performance.

Even vinyl sounds better – there's no better way to preserve the signal from an LP12 than Exakt. New ADC technology converts the delicate analogue signal digitally and sends it losslessly to the speaker.

The remaining specification of Exakt Akubarik retains the exceptional acoustic and mechanical qualities of the original Aktiv product including the two 8" glass fibre composite cones mounted face-to-face in the isobaric system on the underside of the enclosure. By doubling the driving force, the moving mass and the stiffness of the suspension (i.e. two cones, two motors and two voice coils), Exakt Akubarik delivers the rich, deep and detailed bass extension normally reserved for much larger speakers, and all from a relatively slim, stylish and compact cabinet.

All of the other drivers of the Exakt Akubarik are mounted on the front baffle including Linn's unique, patented 3K driver array technology featuring a polyurethane 3" mid-range dome, 1" dome tweeter and a ½" silk super-tweeter, each placed in a very rigid, machined die cast aluminium chassis for optimum positioning to achieve wider dispersion, precise high frequency response and single-point source accuracy.

Upper bass is handled by a 6" doped paper driver mounted in its own sealed enclosure designed to deliver better transients with less distortion.

The six-channel amp module houses the Exakt capability alongside Akurate quality DACs and Linn's patented Chakra 'silent power' amplification, all mounted within a special and effective passive cooling chimney which draws the warm air up and out of the electronics without requiring a fan. Great care has also been taken to isolate the electronics from the cabinet to minimise microphony.

Exakt Akubarik's gently curved cabinet is practical, beautiful and living-room-friendly. The cabinet is a composite construction of steam moulded, layers of wood veneer and MDF. Additional meticulously placed internal bracing creates an exceptionally rigid and acoustically inert structure and a very stable mounting for the drive units.

Finished by hand, Exakt Akubarik is available in a range of stunning finishes, including six high-grade real wood veneers in standard or high gloss options. A stunning range of 200 bespoke, high gloss colour finishes are also available. Exakt Akubarik can be further personalised through the choice of polished chrome or black finishes for the chassis of the 3K array.

Available to audition from late April at Linn Specialists nationwide, the Akurate Exakt System will be priced at $41,000 US Retail. Upgrade options are also available for existing Akubarik owners.

LINN

Linn design and make the best music systems in the world. Based in Scotland and established since 1973, Linn manufacture everything in-house, from the electronics in their industry-leading Linn DS technology to the loudspeakers found in homes around the world. The iconic Sondek LP12 turntable continues to set the standard for vinyl playback and the latest digital stream players out-perform any CD or network music player available. Linn systems are sold through a worldwide network of specialist retailers who also share a passion for enriching people's lives through music. Linn were awarded a Royal Warrant in 2002 as suppliers of entertainment systems to the Royal Household, and received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation in 2012. Linn also record music and sell high resolution Studio Master downloads.

Linn Records is home to celebrated artists such as Carol Kidd, Claire Martin and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with recordings available from Linn and other high-quality labels via our award-winning Studio Master music downloads service. Awarded 'Label of the Year' by Gramophone magazine for 2010-11, Linn Records were the first label to release Studio Master downloads without DRM (Digital Rights Management) and the site now hosts Studio Master releases from labels including Universal, Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics.


NEWS RELEASE 4/19/14 New from Janzsen. The zA1.1 is a stand mount electrostatic hybrid, the first of its kind to our knowledge. It's meant to go right near the front wall and has a second woofer in back to fill in the bottom octave. Here are the basic specs:

Electrostatic midrange and treble for exquisitely sweet sound (500 Hz, 1st order crossover)

Unique, 2nd counterfiring deep bass woofer at rear (60 Hz rolloff)

Deep bass and treble individually adjustable

Maximal room independence via controlled dispersion (±20° horizontal; ±10° vertical)

Not overly beamy

Space saving -- normal position is only 5" to 15" from front wall

Sensitivity: 85 dB (free field; 1W/2.83V/1m; pink noise)

Frequency response: 30 Hz - 40 kHz in room (±3 dB)

Impedance: 8 Ohms (pink noise; rear woofer at zero dB position)

Power requirement: 120W/ch for full steady state SPL (40W - 350W/ch)

Entirely passive; sealed enclosure

High linearity 7" alloy cone woofers with paper dust caps and secret sauce

17" H x 8" W x 12" D; 35 pounds [43 x 20 x 30 cm; 16 kg]

Figured maple, walnut, or cherry finish

$4495 MSRP -- 10% off available for early adopters

30 day trial on direct purchases


NEWS RELEASE 4/13/14 After two highly successful campaigns raising more than $1.5 million over the last six months and bringing two new products to market including Geek Pulse and Geek Out, LH Labs, a division of Light Harmonic, is ready to announce its third product that aims improve smartphone audio quality. Geek Wave is in the final stages of development and the company is now ready to hear from audiophiles and casual listeners what additional features they want to see in the new device. Geek Wave is designed to work with a user's smartphone to bring the highest quality audio to their ears, while also acting as a battery backup and storage device for every smartphone user.

Geek Wave plans to be the answer to three common complaints about smart devices: Audio and Streaming Quality, Storage, and Battery Life. Beyond being the answer to these complaints, Geek Wave is sleek and portable, plus works directly with a smartphone interface, unlike similar audio devices on the market or in development that only act as standalone music players.

Audio and Streaming Quality: Plays Audio, Including Live Streaming, 128x Clearer and 8x Louder

One of the most common complaints with smart devices, as smart as they are, is that they don't have enough bass and volume. Simply put, they cannot play high-resolution audio or be heard in crowded places. This is partly because up to 40 percent of a phone manufacturers' budget goes into the ultra-high-resolution screen, leaving about a dollar for sound components. This results in smart device audio sounding blah and is the reason why it's so difficult to hear music and movies when on a train or plane, in a coffee shop or while at the gym. Beyond the basic components within a smartphone, headphone output power is weak, on average just 20mW, not high enough no matter how expensive a listeners headphones are.

Wanting to provide life back to lifeless music, movies and games, Geek Wave instantly turns a smartphone into a high performance audio engine. It is capable of playing audio that's 128 times clearer than a CD and up to 8 times louder, finally allowing smartphone users to clearly hear their music, movies and games.

To achieve this, Geek Wave is built on a high-performance digital to analog converter core that Light Harmonic has had in development since 2008 and uses it is "cost-no-object" audio components. Utilizing Light Harmonic's "INSTANT POWER" technology, currently used in its high-end Da Vinci DAC, Geek Wave delivers 2 times more power to headphones, allowing them to be heard to their fullest potential, even in the most crowded of places. This is something that every audiophile and casual listener will notice.

For the millions of listeners that have entire libraries of lower quality MP3 music or stream through services like Pandora and Spotify, Geek Wave uses Light Harmonic's "Duet Engine" to improve the digital signal, making the music louder and clearer when played back. The ability to stream audio and play additional types of audio formats, and make the music that listeners already have sound better uniquely sets Geek Wave apart from other devices, including Neil Young's "Pono."

Storage: Free Up Smartphone Storage Space and Put More Music in Your Pocket

With basic smartphones starting at 16 gigs and going up to 64 gigs of storage, it's hardly enough for apps and games, let alone a music library of MP3s or higher quality audio. Geek Wave adds storage capacity with 256 gigs of storage standard, plus it has the ability make both MP3 music files and live streaming audio clearer and louder. This means users can store more than 50,000 songs in their pocket, or with streaming have access to billions more.

Battery Life: Charges Smartphone Twice and 2x as Fast

It's no secret, one of the biggest complaints about smart devices is battery life, especially when using them for playback of larger, higher quality audio and for gaming. The Geek Wave features a high capacity battery that can recharge a smartphone battery twice in half the time of other chargers available on the market. It does this by incorporating charging circuits into the tips where it connects with a smartphone, ensuring it's receiving the most power available from a USB port. With many standalone portable batteries costing $75 or more, LH Labs is able to provide its superior charger technology and a major enhancement to a phones audio performance in a single device.

Price

LH Labs hopes to sell its Geek Wave for as low as $399. Other similar devices, if they were on the market, could sell for $1,000 and above, but LH Labs wants to ensure that its device and high quality audio are available to everyone, not just the elite. No other device on the market can compete at this price and offer so many features including being able to recharge a smartphone, play a variety of digital audio file formats at top quality and do it all with more bass and volume.

"Together with backers and future users we are revolutionizing the way music is listened to on-the-go," said Gavin Fish, co-creator of Geek Wave. "Geek Wave is the best audio compliment to a smartphone ever designed and is portable enough to easily go everywhere a smartphone goes."

Crowdfunding on Indiegogo
Having raised more than $1.5 million in the past six months and releasing two new products, LH Labs, a division of Light Harmonic, a high performance audio manufacturer and maker of the Da Vinci Dac, Da Vinci Dual Dac and LightSpeed USB cable, knows the importance of not only raising money, but of asking questions. The campaign launches Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 12:00 noon Pacific Time. The campaign is seeking input from backers and audiophiles on how the current specs can be improved and is hoping to have more than 1,000 backers support the project and its further development. LH Labs plans to release the Geek Wave in late 2014.

LHLabs.com/GeekWave

About LH Labs:
LH Labs is a division of Light Harmonic (Facebook.com/LightHarmonic) whose vision is simple: make sound, sound better. Follow LH Labs online at LHLabs.com and on social media: Facebook.com/GeekByLHLabs, Twitter.com/GeekByLHLabs, and YouTube.com/user/LightHarmonic.

LH Labs in the Media:
The Best Gear for Listening to Hi-Res Audio, The Wall Street Journal, 1/3/2014
The Entry Level // The LH Labs Geek Out ($199, lightharmonic.com), which will be available for order Jan. 7, packs a dizzying number of audiophile-friendly features into a gadget the size of a thumb-drive. Manufactured by an offshoot of the ultra-high-end audio company Light Harmonic (whose flagship DAC goes for $31,000), it's one of the most future-proof models in its class, equipped to play an especially wide range of high-resolution audio formats, even the most obscure ones (32-bit/384-kHz files, in case you were wondering, as well as a format known as DSD). There are three different models of the Geek Out, each tailored to work with a specific type of headphone, but the basic version is suited for the vast majority of headphones.

Double Take Review: Rockin' out with the Geek Out, Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile, 3/28/2014
Light Harmonic hit the hi-fi scene like a bat outta hell a few years ago, earning a reputation for sonic integrity and forward-thinking design aesthetics. … The Geek Out 1000 has powerful musical presentation, dynamic range, and staggering dimensionality, and place it in a class all its own. Its only similarity to the other products in this segment is the fact that it plugs directly into the USB slot without the need for a cable. But the Geek Out doesn't behave like a small, pocket-friendly USB amp/DAC. It's got the power and resolving capabilities of a desktop unit! This lil' thing is a beast!

Light Harmonic crowdfunding campaign raises $1.2M, Sacramento Business Journal, 12/31/2013
The company is four years old, and used to sell just about 100 of its high-end units a year. The success of the Geek Out, and now the Geek Pulse, is helping Light Harmonic get in front of international distributors and retailers, as well as direct to customers.

The 10th Annual Positive Feedback Writers' Choice Awards for 2013 - The Best of the Best!, Positive-Feedback, November/December 2013
As a headphone enthusiast, I've come across my share of miniature USB DAC/Amp units over the past few years. And while many are passable (Audioquest Dragonfly), and some are superior (HRT Microstreamer, CEntrance DACport), none of them have resonated that deeply with me. … So when the Geek Out's crowdsourcing initiative was launched, I remained rather apathetic and blasé about it. Then I heard it. OMGWTFBBQ!!11!oneone! How was it possible that this little thing could sound so good? While putting out 1-watt into an LCD-3? It was detailed, natural, balanced and unbelievably clean. And it was not thin or strident at all. The overall presentation was refined with nearly effortless power output. "Everything was way larger than I expected, and my expectations were not low. I'm waiting for one like an audio junkie." - Michael Mercer


NEWS RELEASE 4/13/14 Nordost has recently released the newest addition to their line of power products: the QK1. The QKOIL is the entry level product in the QRT range, a family of modular, non-intrusive devices that deliver measurable sonic enhancements and provide purified power to your components. At its core, the QK1 is a load resonating coil (LRC) which generates a passive electronic field that has a beneficial sonic effect on the AC current. The QK1 uses Nordost's proprietary Micro Mono-Filament technology in a loading application to prevent time delay and distortion of the transmitted signal, making the AC current as close as possible to the desired "distortionless condition". In addtion to improving the overtones and pacing of music, the QKOIL opens up midrange frequencies and improves the attack of transient details in the music.

Visually, the QK1 increases clarity of imaging by adding depth and focus. The QK1 is housed in a mechanically tuned carbon-fiber body and equipped with either a US (NEMA) or EUR (Schuko) connector. It is compatible with voltages from 110V to 240V, and can be used with an AUS or UK adaptor if required. Suggested retail price for the QKOIL is set at $249.99, and is now available at select Nordost dealers, worldwide. To find the Nordost dealer nearest you, visit the "Where to Buy" page on www.nordost.com. Like all QRT products, the benefits are cumulative and the QK1s are even more impressive when applied collectively. It can be used as a "stand alone" product or to complement a full QRT system with a QBASE, QX2, QX4 and especially the QV2. Plug the QKOIL into any spare socket on your system's AC line and experience first-hand the surprising yet indisputable effect it will have on your A/V components.


NEWS RELEASE 4/13/14 Whatever the volume, the Eclipse TD-M1 fills a home or office environment with ultra-fidelity sound in a system designed for today's connected lifestyle. Whether entertaining or working, the TD-M1 renders music so accurate that recording engineers at studios around the world use Eclipse TD-Series speakers as their reference monitors. Because the TD-M1 is made to perform its best at natural volumes, every detail and subtle audiophile nuance is rendered at sound levels perfect for normal conversation. While other speakers strain to deliver articulate detail at anything less than concert-hall volumes, the Eclipse TD-M1 system puts a magnifying glass on the music—intimate, up close and personal.

Eclipse TD-M1 uses the same award-winningtechnology employed in Eclipse's $10,000 TD-712 speaker, preserving that flagship's remarkable accuracy and transparency while adding wirelessconvenience, connectivity and compact size.

With dedicated amplification and wireless electronics built into the elegant base, the TD-M1 is at home everywhere—from the living room to the bedroom—and is bound to be the ultimate desktop system for audiophiles and music lovers who want to work without compromising their sound. Meanwhile, the TD-M1 introduces headphone lovers to a whole new personal listening experience—for total freedom of movement and without confinement.

With a form factor so compact, it's hard to believe the Eclipse TD-M1 can produce such life-size, realistic sound, thanks in part to the high-efficiency digital amp that powers the crossover-less driver. This Class-D design delivers high output voltage, an excellent signal-to-noise ratio and incredibly low distortion. Advanced circuit topology focused on temporal waveform accuracy is used for the circuits around the amp IC.

From input to output, the Eclipse TD-M1 is designed to work with high-resolution sound sources. A built-in 192kHz/24 bit input interface is capable of handling 6.5 times the amount of data on a CD (44.1kHz/16 bit). Eclipse engineers developed a 192kHz/24 bit-compatible D-to-A converter, with a world-class signal-to-noise ratio and ultra-low distortion factor, making the TD-1M capable of playback that brings out the magic of the highest-quality original master tapes.

In order to remove the inaudible noises that occur when digital sound is converted into analog sound, over-sampling filters are normally used. But the TD-M1 employs a non-oversampling D-to-A converter (NOS-DAC), for clearer sound. In over-sampling free mode, this removes the over-sampling filter while focusing on the accuracy of the temporal waveform, making it possible to achieve even more accurate sound, from the D-to-A converter stage onwards.

Wireless playback via AirPlay® makes the Eclipse TD-M1 intuitive and so easy to use. CD-quality (44.1kHz/16 bit) lossless audio can be streamed through Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and Mac (available for Wi-Fi devices with AirPlay for iOS 4.3, Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.5, or iTunes 10.1 and later., directly connected without need for a router). A dedicated App for remote control functionality (for iOS 6 or later) is available for free download (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id785205531?mt=8)and offers power, volume and input switching functionality.

One-touch speaker angle adjustment allows the listener to choose between three angles (0° ­– 20°) with just a single touch on the top of the speaker. By establishing the optimal listening point tailored precisely to seating position and distance, the Eclipse TD-M1 can create an unbelievably realistic sonic landscape with world-class imaging of voices and instruments. It's like a window onto the soundstage from the best seat in the house.

The TD-M1 has intuitive touch sensor controls built into the base of the master speaker, while a simple LED indicator displays the operational functions. Response from simple touch commands and a smooth, button-free exterior combine to allow both ease of use and a stylish design. An external input (3.5mm stereo mini jack) allows connecting to TVs and other devices.

It's all about the waveform. The TD project is a joint venture between technology giants Fujitsu and Toyota to explore "Time Domain," the guiding principle expressing the design philosophy that makes every Eclipse TD-Series speaker sound so real compared to even the finest conventional speaker systems. The philosophy of Eclipse TD engineers is different from conventional speaker design solutions that typically concentrate on frequency response issues at the expense of accuracy in time-domain performance.

Importantly, the use of more than one driver in conventional speakers to cover the audio band introduces unavoidable distortions due to delayed delivery across the frequency spectrum, as the path length from each driver to the listener's ears is unequal. Similarly, traditionalrectangular, sharp-cornered cabinets used byconventional speakers add delayed signals fromdiffraction effects and panel resonancethat arrive at the listener later than the signal from either driver. Such audible aberrationbecomes immediately evident when compared to a correct time domain design. Finally, with multiple drivers comes the need for a crossover network—often quite complex—the introduction of which creates phase anomalies and adds further coloration to a speaker's sonic signature.

These above phenomena, among others,are predominantly responsible for conventional speakers sounding like—well—speakers: compressed, non-coherent and ultimately, unnatural. Eclipse engineers understand that optimum time-domain performance of a speaker is achieved by engineering out all the mechanisms that introduce time-domain errors. The Eclipse TD-M1 is just such a speaker, revelatory in its ability to do an acoustic "disappearing trick" while revealing detail like never before.

Founded in 2001, On A Higher Note is dedicated to helping music lovers and listeners deepen their musical engagement and emotional experience when enjoyingmusical performances recreated in the comfort of their environment. This pursuit stems from dedication and a genuine love of music, prompting us to comb the globe in search of the ideal audio components. Collaborating with a premier base of acoustic consultants and dealers across North America, together, we offer acoustic advice, assistance and auditions to suit listeners' specific needs and wants. We are the exclusive distributor of high end audio brands: Eclipse TD, Einstein, Luxman,Mola-Mola, and Vivid loudspeakers.

High-end speaker specialist Eclipse TD, is the advanced "Formula 1" division of the huge Japanese Fujitsu-Ten audio group; actually a joint venture between Fujitsu & Toyota. This gives Eclipse TD access to multi-billion yen R&D facilities, advanced materials technology and the huge engineering resources of Fujitsu & Toyota. Very few speaker companies, even the most famous ones, can call on this level of expertise when designing their products.


NEWS RELEASE 4/13/14 Sadurni Acoustics introduces the Staccato Horn Speaker System, a 4-way system, usingcompression drivers for both the high- and upper mid-frequencies. It is one of the firsthorn systems usinga front-firing (i.e., not folded), wooden bass horn, which extends down to 120 Hz. Frequencies below 120 Hz to 25 Hz are delivered via a proprietarybass unit.It is certain to take on legendary status in the world of audio reproduction.

The sound from the Staccato model asserts its extraordinary aesthetic qualities through its constituent parts positioned in perfect time alignment, detached and individually connected allowing for the most complete placement and multiple set up options, bringing down all barriers in the quest to achieve the perfect resolution with an extensive tone palette reminiscent of the most sophisticated concert halls.

Sadurni Acoustics developed a proprietary horn system over many years with unique components to achieve the Staccato Horn and Bass system. Horn systems were used because of its speed. Sadurni Acoustics developed a manufacturing process which removes distortion from the horns to deliver crystal clear sound, avoiding the famous horn shout and horn sound. Each driver was meticulously selected for its ability to maintain the correct timber and tone of the music. To complement the very fast dynamics and disappearing distortion in the Staccato Horn Speaker system, Sadurni developed a very fast bass system for deep low bass that will keep up with the horns and yet fill a room of any size.

With the introduction of the Staccato Horn System, is the assignment of Merrill Audio as the US Distributor. George Sadurni, CEO of Sadurni Acoustics says, "We are very excited about the Staccato Horn System as a new standard for music reproduction and extremely pleased to have a very high value partnership with Merrill Audio as our US Distributor".

The Staccato Horn System will be sold in the Singapore region through Horizon Acoustics, LLP based in Singapore.

The Staccato Horn Speaker System will carry a MSRP of USD $40,000 with Shipping beginning June 1st. The speakers will be on display at Axpona 2014 at the Burton Room, from 25th to the 27th of April.

Listening to the Staccato is now available in New Jersey.

Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC


NEWS RELEASE 4/13/14 OPPO Digital (www.oppodigital.com), a renowned manufacturer of high performance universal Blu-ray Disc players, introduced its family of planar magnetic headphones today.

The introduction of the new OPPO planar magnetic headphones is a result of many years of research and development led by a team of passionate audio and acoustics engineers, chemical and material scientists, and audiophiles. The technology encompasses a wide range of innovative solutions that deliver exceptional performance.

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 7-layer diaphragm and an FEM-optimized high energy Neodymium magnet system. The diaphragm has a spiraling pattern of flat conductors etched on both sides, and the double-sided design allows twice as many conductors to be placed within the magnetic field, which leads to higher sensitivity, better damping, and even drive force. The magnetic field and conductor patterns are optimized for maximum driving force and consistency of the applied force over the radiating area, and its circumaural (over-the-ear), open back design provides the best in sound quality and comfort. These aspects of the OPPO PM-1's design combine to provide high sensitivity and extremely low distortion, delivering a transparent, highly dynamic sound that exhibits well-balanced tonal qualities. The high sensitivity and low weight also allow the headphones to be used freely with portable devices without requiring additional amplification.

The PM-1 is constructed with the finest materials for the best in performance, reliability and comfort. Thanks to feedback from OPPO's beta testing group, the design of the PM-1 was revised many times in order to meet OPPO's high standards. OPPO is committed to ensuring that each pair of headphones is equally exceptional and will ramp up production slowly. The PM-1 is estimated to be available in limited quantities starting mid-April at a suggested retail price of $1099.

In order to allow more people to enjoy the benefit of OPPO's planar magnetic headphone technologies, OPPO will release a PM-2 model which is the more affordable version of the premium PM-1. The PM-2 will maintain very similar performance to the PM-1 while reducing costs to the customer. It utilizes the same planar magnetic driver, the same acoustic design principles and tuning techniques, the same tight tolerances for quality control, and its lower price is achieved without sacrificing acoustic performance. Certain metal parts that require many hours of machining time and have relatively low yields in the PM-1 have been replaced by materials and processes that are more suitable for quantity production, and the luxurious hand-picked lambskin found on the headband and ear pads of the PM-1 has been replaced with synthetic leather that offers similar comfort and durability at a much lower cost. The PM-2 is estimated to be available in summer 2014 at a suggested retail price of $699.

OPPO states that the headphones are natural extensions of their product line into the personal audio field. Many users are already utilizing the headphone output of the OPPO BDP-105/105D audiophile Blu-ray players with great results. OPPO will also soon release a dedicated headphone amplifier HA-1. Together the OPPO Blu-ray player, headphone amplifier and headphones can deliver a complete system that communicates to listeners all nuances of their favorite music.

OPPO Digital, Inc.
www.oppodigital.com


NEWS RELEASE 4/13/14 The International+ is the newest generation of our popular amplifier The International.
Updated features include the Android compatible DAC, output impedance lowered to <1 Ohm and new micro USB connections.

The International + is a pocket-sized powerhouse. It is one of our smallest portable amplifiers and it is also one of our most versatile. It easy handles a full range of earphones and headphones in both balanced and singled ended modes.
A low noise floor is specially tailored for the most sensitive IEMs, bringing them to life in a way that most devices struggle to do. The high gain setting coupled with the balanced headphone output provides all the power you need to drive the most demanding headphones on the market.

Plug directly in with your computer or portable device* via the included USB-A and microUSB cables and enjoy all of your favorite high-resolution tracks with the internal Circus Logic reference digital to analog converter.

Available Now - Just $599


NEWS RELEASE 4/1/14 Immersive Records, headquartered at Boulder, Colorado's state-of-the-art recording facility Immersive Studios, recently released the first episode of its new video series, "Round The Tree." Check out the video for free at www.immersiverecords.com.

Flexing its cutting edge muscle, Immersive Records' unique Round The Tree (RTT) video series captures artists in Immersive Studios performing around a five-channel surround microphone "tree," free of headphones and processing. Each performance is recorded direct to DSD audio and HD video, with an episode released every month at www.immersiverecords.com - available via a download purchase and free online streaming. For this premier episode, RTT features Denver singer-songwriter Patrick Dethlefs (pronounced "DET-Lefs"), who is perfectly suited to feature what Round the Tree is all about. His intimate RTT session captures effortless sincerity, a stripped-down feel, and classic virtuosity.

View the first episode of Immersive's Round The Tree here.

About Immersive

Immersive Studios - a world-class recording facility and audio/video production house in Boulder, Colorado - is also headquarters to the newly launched Immersive Records. With Grammy and Emmy Award-winning engineers/producers Mike Yach and Steven Vidaic at the helm, together with their in-house team of specialists in audio/video production, A&R, and entertainment marketing, Immersive takes the artist to recording and the recording to the masses – all under one roof.

In an era where content is king, and great content can make all the difference in getting noticed, Immersive's roster of artists can count on premier production services, a nurturing artistic environment, and the know-how and resources to effectively use that content.

Immersive is already well-known along the Front Range for helping keep Colorado talent close to home when they record (The String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Otis Taylor, The Motet, Ron Miles, Roots Underground, and Paper Bird have all recorded at Immersive). Globally, Immersive is recognized for their mastery of the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) "super audio" recording process and houses the largest Sonoma Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in the world.

With a unique integration of state-of-the-art studio and production resources with expert post-recording artist support - including distribution, licensing, strategy and development, and even management services – Immersive Records is poised to become a major player in signing and recording top-flight national artists, all while nurturing Colorado's fertile music scene. Upcoming Immersive album releases slated for this year will include Lara Ruggles, Reed Foehl, John Common, Erik Deutsch, Garrett Sayers, and Goodbye Champion

www.immersiverecords.com

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NEWS RELEASE 3/23/14 exaSound Audio Design announces another world's first - DSD256 playback on Mac OS X Mavericks. The new DSD256 capability is available with the release of two new driver technologies - Core Audio DoP256 and OS X ASIO. Owners of the e20 Mk III, e22 and e28 DACs can download the free update from exaSound.com.

exaSound developed the world's first DSD256 capable DACs. Until now the highest DSD resolution - DSD256, also known as 4xDSD or DSD 11.28/12.28 MHz, was available only on Windows.

OS X Mavericks offers new possibilities for audiophile-grade sound streaming. It also introduces new challenges to driver developers by breaking the compatibility with previous driver technologies. exaSound recognized the importance and scale of the required development effort and started work on next generation drivers early – way back in July 2013, in fact.

The Mac sound system doesn't have a built-in support for DSD-encoded audio. The audio industry has adopted an open-source standard called DSD over PCM (DoP). DoP relies on a workaround to disguise DSD as PCM data stream. Unfortunately this workaround causes 30 to 50 percent overhead. The DoP implementation of DSD 256 requires support for PCM at 705.6kHz and 768kHz. Such sampling rates are a real challenge for both computer CPU and USB audio interface.

The new completely redesigned exaSound Core Audio DoP256 driver overcomes these limitations.

Other benefits of the exaSound Core Audio DoP256 driver include:

Simplified installation and upgrade. All that is required is to run the installation package and to select the new driver in the player program setup.

A single driver supports all exaSound devices in both stereo and multichannel modes.

Simplified user interface and configuration.

Seamless support for Integer Mode and Exclusive Mode.

Most Mac users will be completely satisfied with the performance and ease of use of the new exaSound Core Audio DoP256 driver. For enthusiasts interested in pushing the technology even further, exaSound announces a new ASIO driver technology for OS X. We are working with leading player developers to enable ASIO support in their programs. Documentation and sample code is available to interested third parties.

With the release of DSD256 support on Mac exaSound reaffirms its commitment to leading edge innovation. exaSound DACs are the only devices on the market that can play natively any high-resolution audio format - multi-channel and stereo - at any sampling rate that can be produced today.


NEWS RELEASE 3/23/14 T.H.E. Show Newport Beach will once again be home to the West Coast's largest and most spectacular Fine Audio and Home Theater event of the year. Now in it's fourth year, T.H.E Show Newport Beach will take place May 30--June 1, 2014 at the Hilton and Atrium hotels in Irvine, CA. To date, it's gearing up to be another exciting event for the senses—high end audio, home theater, rare vinyl for sale, exotic cars, exquisite food & wine, outstanding musical guests, a headphonium and a series of educational seminars covering emerging technologies. Exhibit space is almost full and sleeping rooms are still available but we ask you not to delay in making your overnight accommodations.

Tickets are available for sale now online at: http://theshownewport.com/visitors/attendee.html

Pricing: Daily—$15 or 3-day tickets-- $40.00.

Members of the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society can purchase discount tickets here:http://theshownewport.com/visitors/la-oc-members.html

Interested in joining the largest audio society in the country? The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society is offering a free 3-day event pass for new members. Sign up here: http://theshownewport.com/visitors/join-la-oc.html

Musical guests scheduled to appear include: Mike Garson, Nita Whitaker, Nnenna Freelon, Tierney Sutton, and more to follow

Up to date information can be found in two locations, the Show's website:http://www.theshownewport.com

And on the Show's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHomeEntertainmentShow

We hope you will "Like" our Facebook page and interact with us there. Pass it on!

T.H.E. Show Dates: May 30-June 1, 2014

Locations:

Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport (starting at $121/night)

18800 MacArthur Blvd.

Irvine, CA

Atrium Hotel / Orange County Airport (starting at $109/night)

18700 MacArthur Blvd.

Irvine, CA


NEWS RELEASE 3/23/14 Backert Labs (www.BackertLabs.com), an audio manufacturer devoted to designing and building stereo preamplifiers, has introduced its new Rhythm 1.1TM linestage preamplifier.

Finished in a frosted silver exterior, the Rhythm 1.1 appears radically modern, an impression that is confirmed by the technology inside.

Innovations include a new take on the best way to produce live-sounding music, a revolutionary new power supply using the world's finest capacitors, and a self-biasing circuit never before seen in a preamp.

In addition, it is friendly to the environment in a way no other manufacturer has been able to achieve.

The Rhythm 1.1 is designed and hand-made in the U.S. by veteran amplifier designer and CEO Bob Backert, with his son, Chief Operations Officer Gary Backert. Featuring point-to-point wiring, it has 5 inputs, two outputs, and a record-out (all stereo RCA connectors). It has an IEC inlet allowing users to change power cords, and features mute and mono switches, balance control, and remote volume control. Pricing is set at $7,500.

Live Music at Home: A New Approach

The Rhythm 1.1 is one of the few stereo components ever to focus directly on rhythm. Mr. Backert noted, "Most audio companies focus first on tonality. Tone is absolutely critical, but we believe that truly live-sounding music begins with accurate timing and dynamics. Several of our innovations led to new levels of realism in these areas."

Say Hello To a New Kind of Power Supply

One innovation that improved rhythm and dynamics is the power supply. Patented by Mr. Backert, "GreenForce" is the first completely new kind of power supply since switched-mode power supplies were conceived in the 1950s. It is the first power supply that can use the finest type of capacitor available today. "These capacitors use a material we can't name for trademark reasons, but if you know what nonstick cookware uses, then you know what the finest capacitors are made with," said Andy Tebbe, President of Backert Labs.

"For technical reasons, it is impossible to use these excellent capacitors in a typical power supply. We're proud that the Rhythm 1.1 does," said Mr. Backert. The power supply utilizes V-CapTM brand capacitors (http://www.v-cap.com).

"The way this power supply works is equally important," said Mr. Backert. "It's very different, because it pushes power into the amplifying circuit, proactively, instead of passively bleeding out power when the circuit demands it. That 'push' gives GreenForce its accuracy, which leads to better rhythm and dynamics."

And Goodbye To a Capacitor That Few Will Miss

Further improving rhythm and dynamics, the Rhythm 1.1 is the first active stereo component to eliminate the ubiquitous aluminum electrolytic capacitor.

By doing so, the Rhythm 1.1 avoids a major reliability concern for audio components today. Said Mr. Backert,"Electrolytic capacitors can rupture, which damages the surrounding circuitry. Whether or not they rupture, all electrolytic capacitors begin to fail after a number of years. This gradually impairs sound quality. With the Rhythm 1.1, our customers will never need to 're-cap', and its capacitors will never impair sound quality."

Eliminating these undesirable capacitors also helps the environment. "Electrolytic capacitors contain chemicals that you definitely wouldn't want in your garden. When typical audio equipment is disposed of, these chemicals end up in landfills. In contrast, the capacitors used in the Rhythm 1.1 contain metal and plastic, which are basically inert," noted Mr. Tebbe.

A Retro Touch

Although the Rhythm 1.1's approach is thoroughly modern, its amplifying device is familiar to stereo buffs: the electron vacuum tube. "We have worked with transistors and tubes. So far, we've been able to create the most accurate, natural and dynamic sound with tubes," said Mr. Backert. "However, the way we use them is a bit unusual."

Innovations in the tube circuit include active self-bias, never before seen in a home stereo preamplifier. The result is that each brand of tube used will sound its very best. Two 12au7 tubes are utilized, accessible by a convenient one-touch door in the top panel.

The Rhythm 1.1 preamplifier from Backert Labs is available in silver or black. More information can be found online at www.BackertLabs.com.

"V-Cap" is a trademark of VH Audio, Inc. (http://www.vhaudio.com)


NEWS RELEASE 3/13/14 Beauty Of Sound, Exclusive U.S. Distributor for Ikeda Sound Labs, located in East Greenbush, New York, proudly announces the introduction of two new phono cartridges from the legendary Ikeda line.

Ikeda 9TS moving coil phono cartridge $2800.

Tonally this cartridge has the same exceptional musicality as every other MC cartridge in the "9" family, but at a more attractive price-point. The 9TS has a .35mV output, which is almost twice the output voltage of the 9TT. This will allow the end user to experiment with a variety of phono stages.

  • Output Voltage: 0.35mVrms (1kHz 35.4mm/sec., at 45°peak)

  • Coil Impedance: 6.0 ohms (1kHz)

  • Appropriate Stylus Force: 2.0grams ±0.2 grams

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz 45kHz

  • Channel Separation: over 27dB (1kHz)

  • Channel Balance: within 1.0dB (1kHz)

  • Stylus Chip: Oval-shaped solid Diamond

  • Cantilever: Double layered duralumin pipe.

  • Weight: 10 grams

  • Compliance: 7 x 10-6cm/dyne

  • Ikeda SAI moving coil phono cartridge $7500.

The "SAI", is the uncompromising advancement of the legendary "9MUSAM" but with a completely brand new pickup system.Engineers from IKEDA succeeded in maintaining the tonal qualities of the 9MUSAM, but in a more user-friendly design.Through enhanced developments in the area of the coil drive, the output voltage has been increased to .3mV, and the addition of a cantilever makes set-up much easier. The cantilever consists of "Boron" and the diamond stylus profile is "Micro-Ridge."

The SAI sets new standards and is continuing the decades-long tradition of IKEDA-San.

  • MC cartridge: Universal type with integrated headshell

  • Output Voltage: 0.3 mVrms (1kHz 35.4mm/sec., at 45°peak)

  • Coil Impedance: 2.5 ohms (1kHz)

  • Appropriate Stylus Force: 2.0grams ±0.2 grams

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz 45kHz

  • Channel Separation: over 30dB (1kHz)

  • Channel Balance: within 0.5dB (1kHz)

  • Stylus Chip: Micro-ridge solid Diamond

  • Cantilever: made of Boron.

  • Weight: 30 grams

  • Compliance: 7 x 10-6cm/dyne

www.beautyofsound.com


NEWS RELEASE 3/13/14 Pro-Ject Audio Systems is proud to introduce the ultimate DAC for PCM & DSD!

DAC Box RS is a reference-class D/A converter for all types of digital stereo sound sources. It features a truly linear Solid-State Class-A or selectable tube output stage. It serves as a superior USB audio in-terface for demanding HD computer audio, and features an I²S interface plus Master Clock output for use with CD Box RS. It also suits other digital sources with AES/EBU, optical and coaxial output.

Seasoned audiophiles will love the full DSD capability (up to DSD128) over PCM. All inputs fully support 24/192kHz HD music data (optical inputs 96/24) in fully asynchronous mode.

DAC Box RS

As with all RS components, the unit is fully balanced, with both balanced and RCA input and output. The I²S interface with separate master clock output makes it the perfect partner for our CD Box RS with the lowest possible jitter connection!

The entire audio circuit design is ultra-low-noise and ultra-linear, with very low output impedance to avoid any negative interference with cables or pre-amps. Thanks to its class-leading audio performance, DAC Box RS is the ultimate high-end bargain!

Some background info on sound:

In all of our top-class digital products, like DAC Box RS (double), Stream Box RS and DAC Box DS (single), we use the TI 1792 24/192 DAC chip combined with a tube output configuration. This DAC chip is the most expensive DAC on the market! A tube output stage, to our ears, is by far the most musical, 'analogue'-like sound available from a digital source. Both the DAC and the tube output section represent a high investment for us, while providing exceptional value for the customer.

Because some listeners do not like tube-smoothness, we added a second output stage in Pure Class-A to provide sound with the impression of more speed!

UPGRADE OPTION:

The addition of the linear power supply "Power Box RS uni" (retail price €399) adds even more depth and lets the

listener hear all the microscopically fine details.

With all of these sound options, as well as the selection of inputs, the DAC Box RS represents the most flexible DAC on the world market! The DAC Box RS is now shipping in silver and black.

ABOUT PRO-JECT AUDIO SYSTEMS

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 hi-fi 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 products are exported to almost 80 countries worldwide and Pro-Ject Audio Systems is the recipient of nearly every award in the audio industry. Pro-Ject produces more than 15 different models to satisfy any taste, wish or requirement of the customer.

Since 2006, PRO-JECT Audio 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 repro-duction 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 now produc-es all of the components of traditional hi-fi systems including CD players, tuners, phono amps, head-phone amps and switching modules, as well as digital products such as docking stations, D/A converters and streamers to con-nect with the PC wired or wireless.

All of the components are packaged in Micro 'cigarette pack'-sized boxes, which allows the stacking and mixing of the components according to the needs of the consumer. 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.


NEWS RELEASE 3/13/14 Nordost is proud to present its latest addition to the Heimdall 2 range, the Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 cable. For the first time, this new USB cable brings the technological advances and performance advantages of Nordost's Norse 2 family to computer audio. The Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 capitalizes on Nordost's years of research and testing– perfecting techniques such as their proprietary Dual Mono-Filament technology, dramatically increasing the cable's dielectric. Additionally, the Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 is implementing mechanically tuned lengths, a method used in Nordost's Odin, Valhalla 2 and Norse 2 ranges, which reduces internal microphonics and high-frequency impedance resonance, further elevating the performance capable of this revolutionary USB cable. The Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 is constructed from 4x20 AWG stranded, silver-plated 99.99999% OFC conductors, arranged in a precise, twisted double helix in order to ensure character impedance, reduce noise and minimize cross-talk contamination. Add a dual layer silver foil jacket, silver braided shield, and gold plated, full metal jacket shell connectors, and the Heimdall 2's extreme data transmission speeds surpass USB 2.0 standards.

Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 cables are handcrafted in the United States and manufactured in 1M, 2M, 3M, 5M and 7M lengths. The suggested retail price for this product is set at $499.99 for a 1 meter length while additional meter increments are $100.00. The Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 is now available for purchase at select Nordost dealers, worldwide. To find the Nordost dealer nearest you, visit the "Where to Buy" page on www.nordost.com.

As the use of music servers, hard-drive stored music and high-resolution audio downloading grows increasingly popular, it is critical to use a high quality USB cable that can meet the demands of music fidelity. Nordost is now prepared to meet that need.

This high-end digital cable will deliver ones and zeroes with newfound efficiency and diligence. The Heimdall 2 USB 2.0 cable allows your hifi system's performance to reach a whole new level, untethering you from computer audio's previous restraints.


NEWS RELEASE 3/13/14 Audeze, maker of award-winning planar magnetic headphones, components and accessories, is pleased to participate in the fifth annual SXSW Music Gear Expo at the Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5, Stand 105, March 13th through the 15th.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference offers an exploration of the future of the music industry at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo and other conference activities.

Audeze will demonstrate their highly-acclaimed planar magnetic technology LCD Collection headphones at the Expo. "As an innovator in electronics and technology we're looking forward to participating in the Music Gear Expo this year," said Alex Rosson, CEO of Audeze.

The Audeze Team looks forward to seeing you at Exhibit Hall 5, Stand 105 At the Austin Convention Center!

About Audeze
Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship. Audeze's commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our made-in-the-USA products.


NEWS RELEASE 3/13/14 Audience today announced the introduction of its Au24 SE MP (medium power), Au24 SE LP (low power) and Au24 SE c7 powerChord AC line cords, three different-sized, lower-cost versions of Audience's currently available 10 AWG Au24 SE powerChord.

The MP, LP and c7 versions of the Au24 SE powerChords are designed to best suit the demands of components like preamps, CD players and D/A converters that require lesser amounts of AC power compared to larger amplifiers and other components that draw more power. Along with providing optimum performance, the new models offer significant savings over the cost of the original Au24 SE powerChord.

The Au24 SE MP powerChord features 14 AWG wiring and is recommended for use with components that require up to 150 watts of AC power. The Au24 SE LP employs 16 AWG wiring and should be used with components that require up to 50 watts. The Au24 SE c7 is also 16 AWG and fits into the c7 AC connector used on some audio/video components.

The MP, LP and c7 models all provide the same level of performance, when used as prescribed, as the standard Au24 SE, which utilizes 10 AWG wiring and is ideal for use with amplifiers and components that have high power demands. As an added benefit, these powerChords are exceptionally flexible for ease of use.

All Au24 SE powerChords are designed to eliminate or reduce the traditional weak points of conventional power cords: more often than not, power cords will behave in a reactive manner and introduce capacitance, inductance and resistance into the electron flow, which will compromise the interface between the component and the power source.

"Can a power cord really make that significant of a difference? Rather than looking at a power cord as the last few feet in a long line of power delivery, consider the power cord as the first few feet of your component's primary transformer winding," noted John McDonald, president of Audience. "Viewed this way, a high quality, well designed power cord is an essential part of preserving the performance of your music or audio/video system."

Audience Au24 SE powerChords feature a high-current, low impedance, wide bandwidth design for fast response, accurate reproduction of macro and micro dynamics, articulate bass, superior imaging, exceptional harmonic integrity, lower background noise and additional benefits. Au24 SE powerChords are constructed using the highest quality materials including OHNO high-purity monocrystal copper wiring, rhodium-plated copper plugs and IEC connectors and are available in both US and European (Schuko) styles.

Audience Au24 SE MP, Au24 SE LP and Au24 SE C7 powerChords are available now with suggested retail pricing as follows: Au24 SE MP, $1,250 @ 6 ft, +/- $75 per foot; Au24 SE LP, $1,080 @ 6 ft, +/- $50 per foot, Au24 SE c7, $799 @ 6 ft, +/- $35 per foot.

About Audience

Audience was formed in November 1997 by John McDonald and the late Richard Smith, as a design and production company focused on building the best possible audio and video equipment. To pass the Audience test, each product must truly make a significant contribution to the reproduction of audio and/or video. Audience offers loudspeakers, electronics, cables, power conditioners, high-resolution capacitors and the Auric Illuminator optical disk resolution enhancement.

Audience's commitment is to develop the very best products possible, and the company is committed to unexcelled customer service and product support. All Audience cables have an unconditional lifetime warranty and power conditioners have a ten-year warranty. For more information visit www.audience-av.com.


NEWS RELEASE 3/3/14 The Sound Organisation, North American importer and distributor of European Audio products, is pleased to announce a new addition to the well-established PMC twenty series of loudspeakers, the twenty.26.

The twenty.26 is the first three-way speaker in the series featuring a refined version of PMC's Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass loading technology. As the pinnacle of the series, the twenty.26 features the same traits as its siblings – finesse, delicacy and musicality – but with an added ability to convey huge dynamic impact and the sheer scale of a musical performance.

Setting the twenty.26 apart is PMC's newly developed 2" soft dome midrange drive unit, nestled between the existing tweeter and a bespoke bass driver. This driver is designed to produce an extremely natural and wide dispersion characteristic while integrating seamlessly with its other drivers.

The new 7" bass driver, designed specifically for the twenty.26, is a low mass, natural fiber cone designed by PMC to produce very low coloration and excellent transient response. Mounted within a cast alloy chassis, the new drive unit is excursion controlled by the suspension design, limiting only at maximum excursion.

As with all PMC's passive speaker designs, the crossover is military grade circuit board with ultra-thick copper tracks and gold though plating ensures non-inhibited current flow and greater reliability. Careful component selection, precision matching and optimized positioning provide low component interaction and low coloration from the sophisticated 24dB per octave crossover.

86dB efficiency and a true 8 ohm design enable the twenty.26 to be partnered with a vast array of amplifiers from the recommended 50W to 300W with tri-amp and tri-wire terminals. Frequency response is a smooth 28Hz to 27kHz.

The cabinet features 18-25mm thick Medite™ walls and extensive bracing, particularly at the high-pressure areas on the top panel, to dramatically reduce cabinet induced coloration. The now familiar decoupled plinth, for better bass definition and HF focus, is carried over to the twenty.26, but with 30% increase in mass for improved stability.

The twenty.26 will ship in 6-8 weeks (mid-late April) in a selection of finishes including Oak, Walnut, Amarone and high gloss Diamond Black. All available exclusively through The Sound Organizations' US network of specialty audio retailers at an MSRP USD $10,250.00 Pr.

About PMC
PMC was founded in 1990 by Peter Thomas of the BBC and Adrian Loader of FWO Bauch. The combination of knowledge and a life-long passion for the music led to the production of PMC's first product – the BB5-A – an active main studio monitor. This design was snapped up by BBC Maida Vale and Metropolis Mastering and remains the world's reference, used by Stevie Wonder's Wonderland Studio, Prince, and Hospital HDTV Broadcast London and for renowned classical labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Harmonia Mundi

PMC is one of a few companies who have been awarded an Emmy® for their contribution to recording excellence. With film titles include: Titanic, Die Another Day, Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Caribbean and countless more.

PMC is headquartered in Holme Court near Biggleswade, England.

About The Sound Organisation
For nearly twenty years, the mission of The Sound Organisation has been to bring the most musical sounding home audio components from Europe to the USA. TSO proudly offers Certon Systems, Chord Company, DALI, Naim Audio, PMC, Quadraspire and Rega Research to North American specialty audio retailers. All backed by a unique team of sales, training and service technicians providing a combination of responsible and responsive retail support delivering the very best sound for the dollar. retail support delivering the very best sound for the dollar.


NEWS RELEASE 3/3/14 Krell introduces the Illusion and Illusion II preamplifiers. The Illusion preamplifier extends the Krell tradition of separating the power supply from the audio circuitry in their flagship preamplifiers. Sharing the new Class A iBias power amplifier aesthetic and featuring Krell CAST technology, the Illusion preamplifier is the ideal match for the new Solo 375 and Solo 575 power amplifiers. The Illusion II is Krell's high value solution that adds digital inputs and eschews the separate power supplies.

"Separate power supplies for our top preamplifiers has always been featured by Krell," Bill McKiegan, president of Krell Industries, said. "Now we've created a pair of preamplifiers for all audiophiles supporting the new esthetic established by the Foundation preamp processor and our new iBias amplifiers."

An optional crossover function offers the ability to use a subwoofer/satellite speaker arrangement and still maintain the highest quality sonic performance. Previous to the Illusion preamplifier, this system configuration would require signals to pass through a subwoofer's lower quality crossover circuitry. The Illusion preamplifier is the centerpiece of a world-class audio system where space is at a premium.

Crossover Highlights

Owing to Krell's work in the Modulari Duo Reference loudspeaker, the unique crossover feature is a highly sophisticated option. When the optional board is present, additional crossover menu items become available. Definable parameters include independently assignable crossover frequencies and filter types for the high and low pass sections. Choices include 40Hz, 55Hz, 75Hz, and 100Hz crossover points with 12dB, 24dB, and 48dB Butterworth or 24dB Linkwitz-Riley style filters. The high pass section of the crossover uses the full Illusion preamplifier circuitry for its output stage.

Circuitry Highlights

The Illusion preamplifier is a dual monaural circuit design with the left and right channels afforded by their own power supply regulation and individual full chassis sized boards. All signal gain is realized in surface mount topology using proprietary multiple-output current mirrors with nearly 500 times the open loop linearity of other designs. 1.5 MHz open loop circuit bandwidth in a zero feedback, balanced, Krell Current Mode design terminates in Krell CAST. A complete Krell system (source, preamp, and amplifier) system, connected using CAST interconnects reduces the number of voltage gain stages to the minimum, one. The resulting noise floor approaches the theoretical limit of technology. Negative feedback is not used anywhere in the preamp, nor is it necessary. Open-loop distortion is typically less than 0.003%. The volume control is realized with a balanced resistor ladder - bandwidth and transient response of the preamp circuitry are virtually unaffected by the volume setting.

Power Supply Highlights

The Illusion audio circuits receive power from a Krell Current Mode analog power supply housed in its own dedicated chassis. The power supply avoids the common integrated circuit topology used in many preamplifiers and instead mimics the design topology of Krell Evolution Series amplifiers. The circuitry is completely discrete giving it the ability to respond quickly to current demands and also be unaffected by all but the most severe AC voltage power fluctuations. Oversized for a preamplifier, the power supply features a 290 VA transformer and 41,600µF of capacitance. Locating the power supply in its own chassis presents the ideal configuration for isolating stray electrical and magnetic interference from the critical preamplifier signal path. Capable of delivering current and voltage swing for any musical event, the Illusion power supply is gentle on AC requirements when not in use. A new eco-friendly design reduces standby power draw to 2W.

The Illusion II - Welcomes Digital Sources

The Illusion II is the perfect centerpiece for a world-class digital and analog audio system. Added to the normal selection of balanced and single-ended inputs are five digital inputs. The digital module features AES/EBU, coaxial, and optical digital inputs for use with streaming devices or other digital sources.

Digital Module Highlights

The digital module supports up to 24 bit/192kHz LPCM. All digital signals are fed to an ESS Sabre DAC and then sent to Krell's Current Mode, discrete, balanced analog circuitry.

Illusion II Power Supply Highlights

Oversized for a preamplifier, the power supply features a 95 VA transformer and 40,000 µF of capacitance giving it the ability to respond quickly to musical demands. The large power supply improves noise rejection and renders the Illusion II impervious to all but the most severe AC voltage power fluctuations. A new eco-friendly standby mode reduces power consumption to 2W.

About Krell Industries

Founded in 1980, Krell Industries is the world's premier manufacturer of high performance audio and video equipment. Its amplifiers, preamplifiers, surround-sound processors, stream players and loudspeakers have won acclaim in countless reviews and among audiophiles worldwide. For more information, please visit www.krellonline.com or call 203-298-4020.


NEWS RELEASE 3/3/14 LH Labs, a division of California based Light Harmonic, began shipping their first crowdfunded product, "Geek Out" on Friday, February 28th to over 1500 Kickstarter backers.

"Geek Out" is a thumb-drive-sized portable USB DAC (digital-to-analog converter) which plugs into a laptop's USB port and processes digital music files in all available formats, combined with a state-of-the-art headphone amplifier and spatialization technology which creates a 3-D soundfield around the listener's head, or what LH Labs' refers to as the "3D Awesomifier". "Geek Out" recently won the 2013 PFO Writers Choice Award from Positive Feedback Online and was featured in the iLounge Pavilion at the 2014 International CES.

The Geek Out Kickstarter campaign hit its $28,000 goal in less than 11 hours, raising more than $300,000 and securing more than 1500 orders during the thirty-day campaign. "Geek Out" continued its crowdfunding success as part of LH Labs most recent campaign featuring a desktop version called "Geek Pulse". The "Geek Pulse" Indiegogo campaign raised over $1,277,000 making it one of the most successful crowdfunding projects in Indiegogo history, and giving LH Labs more than $1.5 million in crowdfunding revenue in less than six months.

"Geek Out" is up to 25 times more powerful than a computer headphone jack, and will play super high resolution audio, up to 384 kHz / 32 bit, decodes DSD and DSD2 (DSD64/128) audio natively and has two 3.5mm output headphone jacks. It comes in three different power output models; Geek Out 450 ($199), Geek Out 720 ($249), and Geek Out 1000 ($299), and is available in four different colors, Diamond Black, Chalice Silver, Cobalt Blue and Vivid Red.

"This experience has given us more than we ever thought possible," says Gavin Fish, VP of Sales and Marketing for Light Harmonic. "Using crowdfunding as a way to introduce our newest product provided our team with great incentive. Knowing that we had a product our backers wanted was great, but we also had a responsibility to deliver the product they expected, and we worked around the clock to make sure that 'Geek Out' would knock it out of the park. We can't wait for our backers to get their hands on it. We know they will be very pleased."

LH Labs will continue to ship "Geek Out" to their Kickstarter backers this week, sending out more than 1500 Geek Outs across the country and internationally.


NEWS RELEASE 2/23/14 PS Audio, manufacturer of fine audio equipment for over 40 years, is proud to introduce the revolutionary new DirectStream DAC.

DirectStream is the result of lead designer Ted Smith's decade-long obsession with DSD, the first in a field of one: a DAC so radical that it will show how most other DACs on the market are…well, broken. How so?

The back-story: In 1981, music was reproduced exclusively on analog-based turntables and tape decks. Although there are inherent limitations in their media, records and tape have benefitted from a century of development. Despite the very listenable music coming through those grooves, the audio world wanted more: greater dynamic range, lower noise, extended frequency response.

No wonder that when, in 1982, Sony and Philips announced they had achieved "Perfect Sound Forever", music lovers around the world waited in eager anticipation of analog's promise finally fulfilled.

The launch of the PCM-based Compact Disc would set in motion a 30-year war amongst Audiophiles, decimate the analog format, cover up subtle musical details for decades and turn the music and audio industries upside down—and not necessarily in a good way.

It might not have ever been a problem if Sony and Philips had waited another decade, and passed over the classic PCM delivery system. It turns out the processing of the CD and its higher-resolution siblings is fundamentally flawed, and has been from the beginning.

Most modern DACs are broken: music's details have been more faithfully recorded than we ever suspected, and the cover-up of those recorded details has been with us for more than 30 years. Happily, the missing musical information is still buried deep within our audio libraries—waiting to be revealed.

The problem is the PCM decoding process itself: whether a classic ladder-DAC or more modern multi-bit Sigma-Delta type, PCM processors universally mask some of the subtle cues in music, and no amount of upgrading, expenditure, tweaking or improvement can fix this fundamentally-flawed system.

In order to extract everything hidden in PCM recordings, a completely new processing method is needed.

An end to the 30-year PCM cover-up: PS Audio is proud to end the cover-up, and finally, with the revolutionary DirectStream DAC, reveal all the missing information buried within PCM-based digital recordings.

Put DSD into DirectStream, you get DSD. Put PCM into DirectStream, you get—DSD.

DirectStream converts all digital inputs, including PCM, to pure 1-bit DSD, in an elegantly-simple path. In the process, the PCM feed becomes more linear, less edgy, and never-before-heard musical details are released from all digital audio recordings. Billions of CDs and high-resolution downloads worldwide will gain new life, and be saved from obsolescence—and recycling bins or landfills.

Its secret is in its simplicity: Take a look at this comparison diagram (click to enlarge): on the top is a block diagram of one of the best PCM-based processors in the world, the ESS Sabre DAC. Look at that cluttered, circuitous path—then look at the pure simplicity of the DirectStream. The PCM processor's tendency to mask music's subtle details is largely due to its complex needs, multiple clocks, power supplies and limitations inherent in ICs.

It's not enough to just convert PCM to DSD: Converting PCM to DSD can be an easy exercise using any number of computer software programs or IC solutions. Converting PCM to DSD properly, and in such a way as to reveal missing details in the music, is a serious technical challenge.

DirectStream utilizes 66-bit fixed-point FIR filters, eliminates headroom issues common to PCM, flattens noise response in the 20-100kHz region, uses coefficients optimized for best sound rather than faster processing speed and optimizes hardware-specific operations not possible in software.

Method: Unlike other processors available today, DirectStream unifies all inputs (PCM or DSD) at 10 x DSD, then uses a true single-bit double-rate DSD core engine. True DSD core engines (compared to the standard multibit Sigma-Delta converters followed by random lower quality multibit converters) offer advantages in simplicity, linearity, and in analog-like overload characteristics that avoid PCM's "hard clipping" potential and a PCM processor's propensity to mask subtle details.

Construction:Instead of being based upon a packaged PCM-based DAC chip, with all of its inherent compromises and limitations, DirectStream utilizes an FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array). An FPGA is capable of dissipating large amounts of heat, enabling intensive levels of signal-processing that are impossible to achieve with an off-the-shelf chip.

Further information of lead designer Ted Smith's seven-year journey leading to DirectStream, as well as complete details of DirectStream's design and features, download the DirectStream White Paper. Videos of Ted's discussions of his design process as well as the entire Gus Skinas interview can be found here.

PS Audio's DirectStream is a totally new approach to processing digital signals. By means of its radical architecture and construction, it is able to offer state-of-the-art digital performance and previously masked musical details from all formats, at an affordable price. DirectStream will change viewpoints regarding ultimate sound-quality while simultaneously offering greater value than any contender for state-of-the-art.

PS Audio's DirectStream isn't just another new DAC. It's a whole new process for decoding digital audio.

Release: The PS Audio'sDirectStream DAC will be announced March 1, 2014. Shipments to dealers and distributors will begin in April, 2014. A limited number of units are available for review at the present time.

MSRP: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is $5995 in the United States. Pricing in overseas markets will vary.

Upgrades: PS Audio provides an aggressive upgrade program for all PerfectWave DAC owners to convert their existing units to the new DirectStream standard.

About PS Audio: Founded by Paul McGowan and Stan Warren in 1973, PS Audiohas a long history of offering innovative designs at affordable prices. PS has been an industry-leader in the fields of power-regeneration, phono preamplifiers, DACs and transports. PS Audio's administration, engineering and manufacturing facilities are all located in Boulder, Colorado, and all core products are fully made in the USA.


NEWS RELEASE 2/23/14 The 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, the most-respected and longest-running Jazz label in the world, is being commemorated throughout 2014 and beyond with a broad range of special releases and events. Blue Note is pleased to announce a new vinyl reissue series of 100 essential remastered Jazz albums spanning both the classic and modern eras of the label. The series will launch on March 25 with five iconic LPs: Art Blakey Free For All, John Coltrane Blue Train, Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch, Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil, and Larry Young Unity. On the same date, the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will launch Blue Note Records: The Finest In Jazz, a one-of-a-kind exhibit offering visitors an in-depth look at the legendary record label. On the evening of March 25, the museum will host a special public event, "An Evening With Blue Note Records," featuring a Q&A with Blue Note Records President Don Was.

Blue Note Records was founded on January 6, 1939, when a German immigrant and passionate Jazz fan named Alfred Lion produced his first recording session in New York City. Blue Note has gone on to represent The Finest In Jazz, tracing the entire history of the music from Hot Jazz, Boogie Woogie, and Swing, through Bebop, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Fusion, and into Jazz's numerous modern day incarnations under the leadership of Bruce Lundvall, who revived Blue Note in 1984, and the label's current President, Don Was, who took the helm in 2012.

GRAMMY MUSEUM EXHIBITION AND LAUNCH EVENT DETAILS

On March 25, The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will unveil Blue Note Records: The Finest In Jazz. Located in the Mike Curb Gallery on the Museum's fourth floor, this one-of-a-kind exhibit will offer visitors an in-depth look at the legendary record label through music, album artwork, photographs, artifacts, interviews and more.

On the evening of March 25, the museum will launch the exhibit with a special public event, "An Evening With Blue Note Records," a Q&A with Blue Note President Don Was, hosted by the museum's executive director, Bob Santelli, and the curator of the exhibit, Nwaka Onwusa, in the museum's Clive Davis Theater. Tickets for the event are available for purchase on the GRAMMY Museum website: www.grammymuseum.org.

BLUE NOTE RECORDS 75TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL INITIATIVE

Blue Note will commence an extensive 100-album vinyl reissue initiative on March 25 with the release of five classic titles (Art Blakey Free For All, John Coltrane Blue Train, Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch, Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil, and Larry Young Unity). The vinyl releases are set to continue monthly and will also include modern classics from Blue Note's recent catalog such as Joe Lovano Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard, Jason Moran Soundtrack To Human Motion, Terence Blanchard Flow, Medeski Martin & Wood Combustication, and Cassandra Wilson Traveling Miles. Click here for the full list of vinyl releases.

Blue Note President Don Was says, "Two years ago, we began remastering the jewels of the Blue Note catalog in hi-def resolutions of 96k and 192k. In order to develop a guiding artistic philosophy for this delicate endeavor, we donned our lab coats, ran dozens of sonic experiments and carefully referenced every generation of our reissues. Ultimately, we decided that our goal would be to protect the original intentions of the artists, producers and engineers who made these records and that, in the case of pre-digital-era albums, these intentions were best represented by the sound and feel of their first-edition vinyl releases. Working with a team of dedicated and groovy engineers, we found a sound that both captured the feel of the original records while maintaining the depth and transparency of the master tapes... the new remasters are really cool!

While these new versions will become available in digital hi-def, CD and Mastered for iTunes formats, the allure of vinyl records is WAY too potent to ignore. This year, Blue Note - along with our friends at Universal Music Enterprises - is launching a major 75th Anniversary vinyl Initiative that is dedicated to the proposition that our catalog should be readily available at a low cost, featuring high quality pressings and authentic reproductions of Blue Note's iconic packaging. Although this program begins in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary, our catalog runs so deep that we will faithfully be reissuing five albums a month for many years to come!"

On March 11, Blue Note/UMe will release a new 2CD collection of 22 stellar tracks spanning the label's history, Best of Blue Note ICON, including Sidney Bechet Quintet/"Summertime," Thelonious Monk/"'Round About Midnight," John Coltrane/"Blue Train," Sonny Clark/"Cool Struttin'," Lee Morgan/"Sidewinder," Wayne Shorter/"Speak No Evil," Norah Jones/"Cold Cold Heart," and more.

For Record Store Day in April, Blue Note will also reissue the label's first two releases as limited edition 12" vinyl: Meade "Lux" Lewis "Melancholy"/"Solitude" (BN1) and Albert Ammons "Boogie Woogie Stomp"/"Boogie Woogie Blues" (BN2). Other catalog releases, including a 75-track digital bundle spanning Blue Note's entire history, will be announced shortly.

NEW RELEASES

Blue Note continues to maintain an incomparable roster of current talent, and 2014 brings new releases from Takuya Kuroda (Rising Son, February 18), Ambrose Akinmusire (the imagined savior is far easier to paint, March 11), Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band (Landmarks, April 29), as well as artists beyond Jazz such as Rosanne Cash (The River & The Thread, January 14) and Benmont Tench (You Should Be So Lucky, February 18). Additional new releases will soon be announced from Jason Moran, José James, Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Soundprints Quintet, and two Blue Note legends: Bobby Hutcherson in a quartet with David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Hart, and Wayne Shorter whose return to Blue Note, Without A Net, figured prominently in several Best of 2013 lists.

UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS

May 11 – Jason Moran, who also serves as the Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC will present Blue Note At 75, The Concert. As the culminating event of a celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, artists from the label's present and past roster perform including Moran, Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter, and surprise special guests. Additional live events will be announced throughout the year.

BRUCE LUNDVALL'S BIOGRAPHY

Blue Note's former President and current Chairman Emeritus Bruce Lundvall – who re-launched Blue Note in 1984 and presided over the label's flourishing for over 25 years – recently released his biography Playing By Ear (written with author Dan Ouellette) through ArtistShare.

BLUE NOTE APPS

Blue Note has proved itself to be an innovator not only musically but also technologically, most notably with the 2012 release of our much-heralded Blue Note Spotify App which created a space within the popular streaming service to explore and discover music spanning the entire history of the label, as well as the Blue Note by Groovebug App which is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users. Now Blue Note has introduced a fun Facebook App that allows fans to insert their own face into classic Blue Note covers. Choose between six cover artwork designs by influential designer Reid Miles and see how you would look on the cover of your own Blue Note record.

It took the joining of many natural forces to create and define one of the greatest Jazz labels there has ever been: Jazz-loving German immigrants on the run from Nazism (Alfred Lion & Francis Wolff), a New Jersey optometrist moonlighting as a recording engineer (Rudy Van Gelder), a classical music-loving commercial designer (Reid Miles), and slews of the most incredible musicians that have ever walked the earth (too many to name them all here). The elements that each brought to the table—impeccable A&R instincts, elegant and insightful photography, sterling sound quality, strikingly original cover artwork, and consistently transcendent music—were all essential to the label's early success. Together they created a vivid Blue Note identity. The whole could not have existed without each of the parts.

Blue Note's legendary catalog traces the entire history of the music from Hot Jazz, Boogie Woogie, and Swing, through Bebop, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, Fusion, and on. The label's stars from the early years form a true Who's Who: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Andrew Hill, Ornette Coleman.

After a brief dormancy from 1981-1984 during which producer/historian Michael Cuscuna kept the label's legacy alive with a series of reissues on EMI, Blue Note returned reinvigorated by the leadership of Bruce Lundvall and has since established itself as the most respected Jazz label in the world. Blue Note is still home to some of the most prominent stars and cutting-edge innovators in Jazz today, and at the same time has broadened its horizons to include quality music in many genres.

Under Lundvall's stewardship, Blue Note had its share of commercial successes from Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Us3, Medeski Martin & Wood, Norah Jones, Al Green, Anita Baker, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis. The label also remained a haven for the most creative voices in Jazz including Ambrose Akinmusire, Patricia Barber, Brian Blade, Terence Blanchard, Don Byron, Kurt Elling, Robert Glasper, Stefon Harris, Charlie Hunter, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Greg Osby, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Scofield, Jacky Terrasson, Chucho Valdes, and many more.

In 2011, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as Chief Creative Officer and soon became President of the label with Lundvall continuing to provide guidance as Chairman Emeritus. With Was at the helm, Blue Note has renewed its dedication to Lion's original vision that "any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression." In the 21st century Lion's words still ring true and provide a blueprint that includes Robert Glasper Experiment's visionary melding of Jazz, R&B, and Hip-Hop and Elvis Costello's funky collaboration with The Roots, as well as bringing the legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter back to the label where he made his early classic albums, and continuing to sign singular voices in Jazz such as saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and vocalist Gregory Porter. Blue Note Records is one of the flagship labels of the Capitol Music Group.


NEWS RELEASE 2/11/14 Leading digital audio developer exaSound Audio Design unveils the newest member of its award-winning line of D/A converters - the e22 DAC. The new exaSound e22 is a third generation DSD256 DAC that brings fine audio to a higher level. It offers to the audiophile community the best DSD support, including the native DSD256+ mode at a sampling rate of 12.288 MHz.

Unique in-house developed technologies like asynchronous USB interface with error correction, proprietary computer drivers, and Galvanic ground isolation give exaSound DACs what it takes to compete with the most expensive D/A converters on the market today. The vanishingly low distortion, noise, and jitter levels of the e22 greatly extend the accuracy, transparency and dynamics of music reproduction. You can hear the difference from the first listening impression, or you can see it on the measurements published on the exaSound.com website.

Compared to its predecessor, the widely reviewed e20, the e22 DAC offers substantial advantages: 82fs Femto-Master-Clock, an enhanced high-current headphone amplifier, lower noise and distortion levels, a 12V Trigger Output, and heavy-duty USB-B and RCA connectors.

The e22 DAC is immediately available for purchase from exaSound.com and from dealers in the US, UK, Japan and Canada.


NEWS RELEASE 2/11/14 Bowers & Wilkins Launches New 600 Series

The new Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series dramatically improves on the existing range's legendary combination of outstanding value and exemplary audio performance. The new 600 Series brings high-end sound quality within the reach of more people than ever before, using the cutting-edge technologies and class-leading design for which Bowers & Wilkins is renowned.

Bowers & Wilkins existing 600 Series of hi-fi and home theater speakers has won a host of awards for its mix of value and performance. Now, through the careful application of both established and all-new technologies, every element of its design has been significantly improved in the form of six new models. The resulting range – versatile, discreetly stylish and able to compete against far more expensive rivals – sets an all-new standard for affordable loudspeakers.

The new 600 Series utilizes proven Bowers & Wilkins engineering solutions from other ranges – Double Dome Tweeters derived from the CM10 speaker extend the first breakup frequency to 38kHz, Anti-Resonance Plugs for mid/bass drive units first seen in the PM-1 lowers bass distortion and improves dynamics and, of course, Bowers & Wilkins' iconic Kevlar® cones provide smooth, articulate midrange. Added to these proven technologies are new advances developed specifically for the new 600 Series, including new Dual Layer aluminum bass drivers and new tweeter decoupling technology.

The Decoupled Double Dome tweeter on its own is a major technological advance. It comprises two separate aluminum domes, the second with its center portion cut out and glued to the rear face of the first dome to create a remarkable blend of lightness and rigidity. The entire tweeter assembly is then decoupled, being physically separated from the cabinet by a cushioning gel ring in much the same way as our outboard tweeters. Harmful resonances are neither transferred from the baffle to the tweeter or the tweeter to the baffle. The resulting Decoupled Double Dome tweeter has stunning clarity and tonal purity plus outstanding imaging and dispersion. The new models sound bigger with less dynamic compression – credit much of that to the new tweeter design. We have also fitted the new design with an optimized steel mesh grille to prevent accidental or malicious damage in a decorative brushed aluminum plate with a diamond cut logo. The result is a step change in capability for affordable loudspeaker design, one that propels the new 600 Series firmly to the top of its class.

The new 600 Series is ideal not just for stereo hi-fi applications – making the most of everything from vinyl to FLAC – but also home theater. The range includes two all-new center channel speakers.

Serious speaker pairs

The 683 is the largest speaker in the new 600 Series – a floorstander designed to deliver outstanding power, accuracy and musicality. The 683 features the new Decoupled Double Dome tweeter, an FST™ midrange driver and new Dual Layer aluminum bass drivers. This new Dual Layer design sees an aluminum bass cone reinforced around its periphery with a second layer of aluminum, for a more effectively damped cone and higher break-up frequency. The result is even richer, distortion-free bass. With exceptional performance across the frequency range, the new 683 fuses serious stereo and home cinema sound with amazing value for a speaker of this caliber.

The new 684 floorstander is now slimmer than ever, yet still offers an amazing combination of serious power, clarity and unbeatable value. That's because of improved Kevlar bass/midrange drive units and the Decoupled Double Dome tweeter. 5" mid/bass drivers replace the 6.5" drivers of the current 684, affording a décor-friendly appearance, yet Bowers & Wilkins engineers have improved audio performance by using the Anti-Resonance Plugs in the drivers to deliver smoother response and lower distortion when driven hard. The 684 is also a 2-way design compared to the 2.5 way of the previous model. The smaller drivers have broader off axis response at higher frequencies, allowing the use of a simpler crossover. The result is room-filling sound without a room-filling speaker cabinet.

The versatile new 685 is at home on a stand or bookshelf. Perfectly sized for most rooms, it combines new Decoupled Double Dome tweeters, Kevlar cones and Anti-Resonance Plugs with all the value for which the 600 Series is renowned. The Decoupled Double Dome tweeter found throughout the new 600 Series builds on technology developed for the award-winning CM10. The new 685 is destined to follow in the footsteps of its highly acclaimed predecessors, the 601 and the outgoing 685, and will be recognized as THE definitive affordable compact loudspeaker – just as its predecessors were in their time.

With the new 686, small really is beautiful. At just 6.3" wide x 12.4" high x 9" deep, the 686 is the most compact speaker in the new 600 Series, but don't underestimate its power and precision. That's thanks to its new Decoupled Double Dome tweeter and improved Kevlar driver with Anti-Resonance Plug. Its main 5-inch driver features a 25mm voice coil for higher sensitivity, and it now has a front rather than rear-firing Flowport™, making it ideal for placement near a wall or in a bookshelf. The 686 features a built-in bracket for easy wall mounting but it sounds just as good on a bookshelf – or just about anywhere else.

Home theater versatility

The new 600 Series isn't just great for hi-fi; with two center speakers and in combination with our three 600 Series subwoofers, its ideal for home cinema.

HTM61 has probably seen greater change than any other in the range. The outgoing model, in an effort to minimize baffle area while still offering a full 3-way system, had only a single bass driver and an asymmetrical horizontal dispersion pattern around the upper crossover frequency. The new model takes a similar design philosophy to the CM Center 2 and has grown considerably as a result. Placing the tweeter directly above the 4" FST midrange driver guarantees a symmetrical dispersion and the extra bass driver matches the power output of the 683, with which this center speaker should be used in a home theater installation.

HTM62, the smaller of the two center speakers, carries over the twin 5" bass/midrange with central tweeter concept of the outgoing model. The cabinet height has been reduced in the same way that the 686 width has decreased, but in order to keep the same internal volume without increasing depth, the cabinet width has increased a little. However, both center speakers retain rear-facing ports in order to minimize cabinet width. The speaker may be considered as a 684 on its side, with the tweeter moved to a position between the bass/midrange drivers to guarantee a symmetrical horizontal dispersion. Typically, it would be included into any 600 Series home theatre system that did not feature the 683 at front left and right.

Bowers & Wilkins new 600 Series combines unbeatable value and best-ever performance. Vastly improving on every facet of its predecessors, the new 600 Series comfortably surpasses the outgoing range's already excellent reputation for outstanding value and exemplary audio performance.

The new 600 Series is available in a Black Ash finish only from March 2013.

The 683 is priced $1,650 per pair.

The 684 is priced $1,150 per pair.

The 685 is priced $700 per pair.

The 686 is priced $550 per pair.

The HTM61 is priced $750 each.

The HTM62 is priced $450 each.

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) is Britain's leading exporter of loudspeakers, and is also the number-one imported brand in North America. Since 1966, B&W's "Quest for Perfection" has resulted in a succession of technical loudspeaker innovations that have satisfied the world's most demanding listeners. B&W's rave reviews and universal acceptance as the monitor for classical music recordings have helped B&W become the dominant premium loudspeaker company throughout the world. http://www.bowers-wilkins.com


NEWS RELEASE 2/11/14 LH Labs has begun sourcing out new hardware designs in their rapidly growing forum, Geek Force. The company, a division of Light Harmonic, maker of luxury audio components, has raised more than $1.5 million dollars with their recent crowd/funding success. "Of course raising that kind of money has great advantages when producing new products", says Gavin Fish, VP of Sales and Marketing, "but the greatest value and benefit to come out of our crowdfunding experience was creating Geek Force, a collaboration of mostly Kickstarter and Indiegogo backers who have collectively provided us with great ideas focusing on their needs in the products they want."

On Friday, January 31st, a new Headphone Stand Design contest was announced, with LH Labs devoted to building the winning design and giving the first of the manufactured product to the winner along with a $1000 cash prize. Design submissions are due by 12:00AM (PST) February 10th, 2014. LH Labs will then select five finalist designs from all of the submissions. Finalists will be announced by 12:00 AM (PST) on February 11th, 2014. Members of Geek Force will then vote for their favorite of the five finalist designs. Polling will close at 12:00AM (PST) on February 14th with the winner officially announced on February 15th, 2014.

The Geek Force forum has over 2000 members and was created after LH Lab's first crowdfunding project on Kickstarter for Geek Out, a thumb/drive/sized portable USB DAC (digital/to/analog converter). The campaign raised more than $300,000 and created the desire for a larger desktop version of Geek Out. "We received a lot of input from our backers, so much so that we decided to create a place for them to tell us what they wanted, which is how Geek Force came to life", says Fish.

The second crowdfunding campaign for LH Labs coincided with the Geek Force forum dedicating their posts to product design and specifications for Geek Pulse, a desktop DAC and headphone amp. The Indiegogo campaign raised over $1.2 million dollars. "It's clear that our second campaign would have never reached anywhere close to that million dollar mark if it wasn't for Geek Force", says Fish. "Because of the product LH Lab's Geek Out raised

$300,000 on Kickstarter

Geek Pulse designs created by Geek Force

Continued, improvements they suggested and we committed to, our backers and Geek Force members became emotionally and financially invested in the product." LH Labs will continue to ask the Geek Force to provide ideas and designs for new products and will create incentives like design contests and limited edition products for their members.

Geek Force is free to join, and is geared toward advanced audio and tech/performance product discussion.

To find out more about the Headphone Stand Designing Contest, go to lhlabs.com

About LHLabs: LH Labs is a division of Light Harmonic whose vision is simple: build the worlds most advanced audio and tech performance components; but build them for real people, not just audiophiles. The company's mission: to make sound, sound better and to create an army of designers that bring innovation and community to product design. Follow LH Labs online at www.lhlabs.com and through social media.


NEWS RELEASE 2/11/14 Devialet, a critically acclaimed inventor of new audio technologies, has introduced three sophisticated and elegant, audiophile-quality audio systems.

Radical in conception and design, the Devialet audio system, expressed in three different offerings, effortlessly delivers accurate, precise and, most of all, emotionally resonant music. Made for the Web generation as well as audiophiles and music lovers without audiophile ambitions, the Devialet are also software-upgradable, ensuring a long life and high value for purchasers' investments.

Made in France and milled from single blocks of aluminum, the Devialet 240, Devialet 170 and Devialet 110 and their remote controls are distinctively shaped and polished to a stunning Black Chrome mirror-finish. Their slim, rectangular chassis and sleek square remotes are unlike any others in the industry, and represent a radical esthetic that reflects the level of Devialet's technological inventiveness and pitch-perfect audiophile reproduction.

Whether placed on a table or mounted on a wall, the Devialets provide visually arresting centerpieces for both compact and expansive music systems. Highly sophisticated yet remarkably easy and intuitive to operate, they support a broad range of speakers, CD players, turntables and digital music sources and components as well as Internet-based programs and services.

Devialet technology, invisibly embedded within its sculptural components, encompasses several unique achievements including:

A patented core called Analog Digital Hybrid (ADH®), designed to create an original standard of quality, seven years in research and development.

Floating-point integral digital processing of Devialet's 192-kHz/40-bit signal.bsp;

A very short circuit path between its systems' built-in and patented Digital Analog Converters (DACs) and loudspeaker connections.

A lossless current path between the DACs and built-in Class-A amplifiers.

A patented 600-Watt switching supply with a peak value of 2,500 Watts.

The Devialet 240 is the flagship of the series. An advanced version of the original Devialet D-Premier, it's the world's most powerful integrated system that enables neophytes and audiophile music lovers alike to share the emotion of music at the highest levels of performance. [Note: D Premiers can be factory-upgraded to the [Devialet 240.]

The Devialet 240 combines a powerful and patented ultra-linear Class-A amplifier with a built-in DAC and a range of sophisticated digital capabilities. The amplifier serves two channels at 240 watts each, with the power adjustable down to 50 Watts through an online configuration tool. It can also be configured as a 500-Watt dual-monoblock amplifier, and daisy-chained together with up to seven additional Devialet 240s.

An asynchronous Wi-Fi streamer permits Devialet AIR-Bit perfect streaming of any data stored on or played by a computer, a smart phone or a tablet using any format up to 24 bit/96 kHz. Additional features include the ADH core, a low-jitter, ultra-high precision clock, and a switchable mode power supply.

The Devialet 240's hidden rear panel includes Ethernet, digital S/PDIF, RCA, XLR, HDMI, USB, Toslink, an RS232 trigger, phono (both standard and configurable types) and analog line connections, plus a subwoofer output with a cut-off frequency adjustable through Devialet's online configuration tool. It also comes supplied with a remote control with a unique — but very familiar volume knob, and an SD card [for upgrades].

The Devialet 170 offers the best of both worlds: cost and performance. It also combines a powerful ultra-linear Class-A amplifier with a patented DAC and a range of sophisticated digital capabilities. The amplifier serves two channels at 170 watts each, with the power adjustable down to 50 Watts through Devialet's online configurator. Devialet's asynchronous Wi-Fi streamer, installed on the Devialet 240, is also available on the Devialet 170.

Additional features include a low-jitter, ultra-high precision clock, Devialet's proprietary ADH core, and a switchable mode power supply.

The Devialet 170's connection package is comprehensive and wireless-ready. It includes Ethernet, digital S/PDIF, RCA, XLR, HDMI, USB, Toslink, an RS232 trigger, phono (standard and configurable) and analog line accommodations, plus a subwoofer output with a cut-off frequency adjustable through Devialet's online configuration tool. The unit also comes with a remote control with a built-in volume knob, and an SD card.

The more affordable Devialet 110 similarly combines Devialet's powerful ultra-linear Class-A amplifier and patented DAC with a range of sophisticated capabilities. The amplifier serves two channels at 110 watts each, with the power adjustable down to 50 Watts through Devialet's online configurator. Devialet's asynchronous Wi-Fi streamer, standard on the Devialet 240 and Devialte 170, is also now standard on the Devialet 110.

Additional features include a low-jitter, ultra-high precision clock, Devialet's ADH core, and a switchable mode power supply.

The connection package includes Ethernet, digital S/PDIF, RCA, HDMI, USB, Toslink, an RS232 trigger, analog line, and phono accommodations. The unit comes with a remote control with a built-in volume knob, and an SD card.

All three Devialets can also access free software applications that further expand their capabilities. The key app is Devialet AIR, the company's Universal Wi-Fi streamer for MacOS and Windows-based systems. It plays any content or live stream from a computer and is compatible with all player formats, including iTunes, VLC, WMP and the like, and all Internet radios and online services like Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz, Wolgang's Vault, Tunein, Opeo and thousands more.

A second free program, the Devialet Remote App, adds volume and source control, and music file streaming for iOS and Android-based smart phones, tablets and other devices.

The Devialet 240, 170 and 110 are available now from authorized dealers at suggested prices of $17,495, $9,495 and $6,495 (MSRP), respectively.

About Devialet

Based in Paris, Devialet is a company of inventors and innovators whose mission is to produce simple, beautiful audio systems that deliver the purest emotions music has to offer and the unaltered intentions of its artists. Its products — the most faithful musical reproduction instruments in the world thanks to their unique technology — embody the singularity, quality and modernity for which Devialet stands.

For further technical information, visit Devialet's website at www.devialet.com/en


NEWS RELEASE 2/11/14 LH Labs has begun sourcing out new hardware designs in their rapidly growing forum, Geek Force. The company, a division of Light Harmonic, maker of luxury audio components, has raised more than $1.5 million dollars with their recent crowd-funding success. "Of course raising that kind of money has great advantages when producing new products", says Gavin Fish, VP of Sales and Marketing, "but the greatest value and benefit to come out of our crowdfunding experience was creating Geek Force, a collaboration of mostly Kickstarter and Indiegogo backers who have collectively provided us with great ideas focusing on their needs in the products they want."

On Friday, January 31st, a new Headphone Stand Design contest was announced, with LH Labs devoted to building the winning design and giving the first of the manufactured product to the winner along with a $1000 cash prize. Design submissions are due by 12:00AM (PST) February 10th, 2014. LH Labs will then select five finalist designs from all of thesubmissions. Finalists will be announced by 12:00 AM (PST) on February 11th, 2014. Members of Geek Force will then vote for their favorite of the five finalist designs. Polling will close at 12:00AM (PST) on February 14th with the winner officially announced on February 15th, 2014.

The Geek Force forum has over 2000 members and was created after LH Lab's first crowdfunding project on Kickstarter for Geek Out, a thumb- drive-sized portable USB DAC (digital-to-analog converter). The campaign raised more than $300,000 and created the desire for a larger desktop version of Geek Out. "We received a lot of input from our backers, so much so that we decided to create a place for them to tell us whatthey wanted, which is how Geek Force came to life", says Fish.

The second crowdfunding campaign for LH Labs coincided with the Geek Force forum dedicating their posts to product design and specifications for Geek Pulse, a desktop DAC and headphone amp. The Indiegogo campaign raised over $1.2 million dollars. "It's clear that our second campaign would have never reached anywhere close to that million dollar mark if it wasn't for Geek Force", says Fish. "Because of the productimprovements they suggested and we committed to, our backers and Geek Force members became emotionally and financially invested in the product."

LH Labs will continue to ask the Geek Force to provide ideas and designs for new products and will create incentives like design contests and limited edition products for their members.

Geek Force is free to join, and is geared toward advanced audio and tech-performance product discussion.

To find out more about the Headphone Stand Designing Contest, go to lhlabs.com.

About LH Labs: LH Labs is a division of Light Harmonic whose vision is simple: build the worlds most advanced audio and tech-performance components; but build them for real people, not just audiophiles. The company's mission: to make sound, sound better and to create an army of designers that bring innovation and community to product design. Follow LH Labs online at www.lhlabs.com and through social media.


NEWS RELEASE 2/11/14 Pass Laboratories, Inc., an audio innovator renowned for its unique high-performance products, has introduced the X.8 (or "Point 8") Series Amplifiers, a stunning new family of music-first audiophile components seven years in the making.

Point.8 Series amplifiers are models of electronic elegance, delivering more power, fewer stages, lower distortion and less feedback than ever before. They more accurately represent recording venues through a soundstage whose dimensionality does not change no matter the complexity of the material. In addition, the layering of orchestral instruments by Point 8 Amps allows the orchestra to seem present in the listening room, but with more space and air around the instruments, leading to a greater sensation of musical ease and flow.The bass goes very deep, while the highs extend outward without sounding edgy.

The series consists of nine Class-A amplifiers, four two-channel and five monoblock models. The two-channel amps include the X150.8, the X250.8, the X350.8 and the XA30.8. The mono models include the X600.8, the XA60.8, the XA100.8, the XA160.8 and the XA200.8. Their per-channel power ratings range from 30 for the two-channel XA30.8 to 600 for the single-channel X600.8.

Pass Labs' new amplifiers refine superb objective measurements with subjective perceptions. They represent a summation of the company's knowledge of and expertise in designing amplifiers, while elegantly expressing its philosophy of more amplifier, more progress and more music.

They also demonstrate Pass Labs' belief that the best products must be carefully adjusted until its various components operate in harmony then subjectively fine-tuned. As a result, Pass Labs subjected the Point.8 amplifiers' state-of-the-art engineering to an extensive, rigorous listening process using six different sound systems to deliver peak musical experiences.

Inspired by Pass Labs' X.5 Series amplifiers from 2006, the output stages of the larger Point.8 Series have been designed to biasmore deeply into the Class-A operating region. They feature large push-pull Class-A operating envelopes for low distortion and good loudspeaker control at ordinary listening levels.

Head of the Class-A

Pass Labs successfully increased the amplifiers' Class-A operation by employing higher power Toshiba MOSFETs (metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors) than in its earlier amps. MOSFETs are typically used to convert voltage. Those in the Point.8 Series run at a fraction of their stated specs to enhance both performance and reliability.

Pass Labs also installed many more MOSFETs than usual on most Point.8 models. The X250.8 and XA100.8 amplifiers each use 56, while the X350.8, X600.8, XA160.8 and XA200.8 models each use 72.

Pass Labs also improved the amplifiers' front ends, which house the input and voltage gain stages. Each of the nine Point.8 models has a front end uniquely molded to the specifics of its output stage so that the nine front ends vary in size, voltage, bias current, dissipation, and the distribution of single-ended vs. push-pull bias.

The improvements yield directly coupled (DC) front ends that boast very high stability, low distortion, low noise, 100-Khz open-loop bandwidths, and very high input impedances. Direct coupling in this manner maximizes the performance of each model's output stage, while imparting to each model its own subtle and unique sonic signature. With the Point.8 Series, Pass Labs moves beyond cookie-cutter circuits.

Power to Spare

The power supplies are also larger than those of earlier amplifiers. The X150.8, X250.8, XA30.8, XA60.8, XA100.8, X350.8 and X600.8 models have a third more storage capacitance as well as new CRC (capacitor-resistor-capacitor) filtering to round out the edges of the supply ripple.

The power supplies still use paralleled fast/soft rectifiers and very large toroidal transformers from Plitron, but the AC primary circuits now incorporate additional RF filtering. Power on/off switching and a stand-by draw are also new.

The amplifiers' front-end circuits boast massively larger power supply decoupling and low-noise shunt regulators that enable unprecedentedly more precise reference voltages for the cascode circuits. In addition, Pass Labs improved the amplifiers' output noise by more than 10 dB, and made the amplifiers much more resistant to variations in the AC power line.

The smaller Point.8 models — the X150.8, the X250.8, the XA30.8, the XA60.8 and the XA100.8 — also feature new and larger heat sinks, an upgrade that lowers distortion and dissipates the energy of the larger bias currents.

Availability and prices for the X.8 Amplifiers are still to be determined. A summary of the amplifiers' preliminary specifications follows:

About Pass Labs

Founded in 1991 by legendary audio designer Nelson Pass, Pass Laboratories, Inc. markets its unique amplifiers, preamplifiers and speakers throughout the world. The company has been based in Foresthill, California, since its beginning, and is widely regarded as one of the most innovative audio brands in the world. Its critically acclaimed Aleph, X and XA-Series products have won numerous awards, and Founder and CEO Nelson Pass holds numerous audio patents. His achievements include developing the first dynamically biased Class-A amplifier circuit, developing a fully cascode audio power amplifier, and developing the Stasis amplifier in 1977. He helped popularize solid-state, single-ended Class-A power amplifiers, and developed the very successful Aleph series of products, and the Super-Symmetry™ circuit, which achieves exceptionally low distortion and noise levels.

For further technical information, visit Pass Labs' website at www.passlabs.com


NEWS RELEASE 2/11/14 Bluebird Music is pleased to announce it has been appointed North American distributor for Leema Acoustics effective immediately.

Modern Products for a Modern World

Leema offers a comprehensive range of innovative, highly flexible components to suit virtually every modern requirement. Whether the application is high end two channel, desktop, streaming, multi-room, home theater, RS232 integration or phono, Leema has an excellent, easy to integrate solution.

Leema was founded in 1998 by Lee Taylor and Mallory Nicholls, both ex-BBC engineers with a fanatical interest in audio reproduction. As you discover Leema you'll see these guys are smart, really smart; and so are their products which are painstakingly engineered and hand-built in the United Kingdom to offer considerably better sound and superior value.

Smart Design with Built-In Flexibility

Leema products were designed with the modern consumer in mind. For example, the Leema Elements DAC has all the digital inputs one could ever want plus an analog input, aheadphone output and a high quality volume control. This means you can connect it directly to a power amp and have a two box system capable of running all your audio sources including your turntable.

Not only does this smart design save you money by allowing you to purchase fewer boxes and cables, but you actually get more functionality, better ease of use and better sound quality. All Leema products are cleverly designed this way.

LIPS Smart Integration

LIPS, (Leema Intelligent Protocol System), is a microprocessor based communication system developed by Leema which allows Leema components to communicate with and control each other. With LIPS you can easily integrate two channel, surround and multi-room systems. By simply changing inputs on your remote control LIPS will automatically switch configurations and power components on or off. Now everyone in the family will finally be able to operate the system.

Leema Amplifiers

Leema amplifiers feature a simple short signal path design for low noise and ultra-low distortion with positively robust construction. Their dual-mono, quad differential power supplies provide very high current with massive dynamic headroom and excellent performance driving difficult loads.

For the ultimate performance, Leema Elements monoblocks deliver 210 watts while Leema Constellation monoblocks deliver a heart pounding 450 watts The Leema sound is characterized by outstanding bass power, superb clarity, finesse and stunning realism.

Leema DACs

While on the surface D/A conversion is a discipline that appears to be a simple number crunching exercise, there is much more involved in making a great sounding audio component. Leema's design team has been involved with digital audio in both music recording studios and movie sound stages since the early 1980s. Leema DACs perform at the technical limit of what is achievable but most importantly with a warm, detailed, musical and natural sound.

But It's Really All About Sound Quality

It's not clever design just for convenience, cost savings, more functionality and improved ease of use. The primary design goal at Leema is superior audiophile sound quality at prices audiophiles can afford. Two product ranges are offered; Elements and Constellation.

Elements is the affordable lifestyle range featuring half-width components with excellent performance and value. Elements products feature high quality stainless steel chassis and are priced in the $2,000 - $3,000 range.

Constellation is the full size studio reference quality range offering outstanding audiophile performance at surprisingly affordable prices. Constellation products feature aluminum chassis and are priced in the $6,000 range.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 T.H.E. Show, Las Vegas may not be the largest electronics show in town this week, but it is extremely significant in the world of High-End Audio.

This year's The Home Entertainment Show: Las Vegas, in the Executive Conference Center at the Flamingo Hotel on The World-Famous Las Vegas Strip, runs concurrent with the all-encompassing CES (Consumer Electronics Show), January 7 - 10, 2014. T.H.E. Show Las Vegas offers the finest in innovations in high-end audio. Everything from the most exclusive developments in headphones to a MILLION DOLLAR system

From Mark Levinson's personal exhibit, demonstrating the latest developments in his "Daniel Hertz S.A." line to The Absolute Sound's debut of the masterpiece publication: "The Illustrated History of High-End Audio" this year's theme is: Audio Legends and Today's Innovators.

In this, the 16th annual T.H.E. Show Vegas, The Absolute Sound formally debuts its latest masterpiece publication: the 320-page, deluxe hardbound "coffee-table" book which is nearly the size of an LP cover. T.H.E. Show is the Only Place in Vegas This Week to purchase this book - and all copies sold will be first-edition, numbered copies. There are LIVE book-signing sessions with Robert Harley, Editor-In-Chief, and many contributors to the book.

Mr. Harley will present the book at T.H.E. Show's Opening Night Reception, Tuesday from 6pm - 8:30pm and then, on Wednesday and Friday, Robert and other contributors will be on hand from Noon to 1:30PM for book signings. A limited amount of books will be available at T.H.E. Show for a special rate of $119. Ordering on-line, the cost is $129 + shipping and handling and the book is not guaranteed to be a first edition, numbered copy - with no chance of having it personally "signed". Pick up this "Collector's Edition" ONLY at The Show Las Vegas. It is a "must-have" for every Audiophile

Also at the Opening Night Reception, Chad Kassem, CEO and founder of Acoustic Sounds will be honored by the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society with the announcement of their exclusive and prestigious "Founders Award". The award will be presented to Chad later this year at the Society's huge Gala and Dinner in December. Mr. Kassem will be debuting his HiRez DSD downloads, daily in the Acoustic Sounds booth in T.H.E. Marketplace.

T.H.E. MARKETPLACE also features the best venue in Vegas this week for those in search of high-end Headphones, rare Vinyl and CD's, and software to be found nowhere else in the city. Purchases are available on-the-spot.

Mark Levinson, a true industry visionary with a rich history of high quality audio equipment, will be exhibiting in Conference Room F at T.H.E. Show with his Daniel Hertz S.A. line: including the M1 loudspeakers, the new M61 preamplifier and the new M5L monoblock power amplifiers. He also debuts the new compact Daniel Hertz system dubbed "Baby Daniel". Not to be missed.

"More than half of our exhibitors at T.H.E. Show this year", says Richard Beers, President of T.H.E. Show, "are new to our show - and many are new to the business". Warner Dynamics in Conference Room C brings refreshing, new young-age thinking; Perla Audio in Red Rock 2 also debuts their new line at T.H.E. Show. Beers adds, "We have new exhibitors from China, Japan, Italy, the UK, Sweden and locations dotting the entire globe. This show is truly international and, in many cases, first entries to the Industry."

Also, Jon Whitledge brings in his "Magic Bus" outside the Red Rock Ballroom doors with continuous "Guitar Textures" supplied by guitar virtuoso Larry Mitchell. The "Magic Bus" will be open to all "for an audio spin" during convention hours; sponsored in part by Dynaudio and Kimber Kable. Robert Harley calls the Magic Bus, "The World's Best Car Stereo".

Larry will be joined by Industry bass guitarist favorite: Dean Peer, sponsored by Cardas Audio in supplying great and unusual entertainment throughout T.H.E. Show.

Audio Skies, from L.A., presents Larsen's Ortho-Acoustic speakers; Pear Audio Analogue Turntables and Tonearms and ESP cables - FOR THEIR U.S. DEBUT

Zesto Audio Premieres the Bia 120, a pure Class A Stereo Power amp - debuting ONLY AT T.H.E. Show Just reviewed by PFO's Bob Levi in which he exclaims great excitement over this new development, exclaiming it to be one of the best he has ever heard (and he has heard many).

Coin Audio brings Mansion Speakers to their exhibit room; "Without music, life would be a mistake".

Darin Fong Audio presents his latest headphones, "OUT OF YOUR HEAD" in The Marketplace claiming: "the audio software that replicates the experience of listening to high-end speakers using only headphones".

Chapman Audio returns and proudly presents the brand new Chapman model T-5 loudspeaker at the show. "AN AMAZING VALUE", Chapman says, at MSRP $4995 a pair.

Mark & Daniel Audio Labs and WAVAC Audio return after a few years absence. Mark and Daniel introducing the "stunning" new Opal Air 4 WIRELESS speakers, and WAVAC debuts their newest 150wpc class A, single-ended triode amplifier, the HE-833v2 monoblocks.

darTZeel, from Geneva, Switzerland, unveils its new danalogue integrated amplifiers - "BEAUTIFUL"

Magnepan unveils its latest entry the 3.7i - with a Make-A-Wish theme, donating a pair to a deserving winner. Stop by Conference Room A and see what they are up to this year

Perfect8 celebrates its tenth anniversary with one of the most dynamic exhibits in T.H.E. Show. Located in Red Rock VIII ballroom, Perfect 8 is joined by legendary Walker Proscenium Black Diamond V turntable, VAC electronics and Stealth cables. Just to see the high-end GLASS loudspeakers, premiering THE FORCE MKII, is worth the trip.

Also joining T.H.E. Show new this year: Questyle Audio Technology and returning with all new electronic marvels: RATOC, exhibiting with Technical Brain.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 Korg (Suite 30-133 / Venetian Hotel) announces the DS-DAC AudioGate USB Audio Playback system. The system consists of Korg's proprietary AudioGate 3 software, plus a choice of the DS-DAC-100 or DS-DAC-100m hardware interfaces. Both are USB digital-to-analog converters that will allow any Windows (ASIO) or Mac (Core Audio) user to play back their audio with the highest possible fidelity (DSD 2.8 MHz or 5.6 MHz). These interfaces are designed to provide enjoyment of high definition sound, whether on a home computer or on-the-go with a laptop, even in the most critical listening situations.

By using DS-DAC-100m or DS-DAC-100 (which includes both RCA and balanced XLR outputs) with Korg's AudioGate 3 – the latest version of AudioGate audio playback and audio format conversion software – users can play back their existing audio from CDs, downloads or other sources, as high-quality DSD audio on their computer or laptop, resulting in audio playback that sounds better than before.

The benefit of audio conversion via AudioGate software is a purer end result: experiencing the audio as it was originally intended. The audio passes through without the hardware filtering or modulation present in other available D/A converters, thereby eliminating potential noise and distortion. Audio files will sound better because the converted, pure DSD stream bypasses potentially damaging processes in the audio path.

In addition to a 1/4" stereo headphone output, the stylish DS-DAC-100 provides convenient XLR and gold-plated RCA outputs for connecting to devices like power amplifiers. The DS-DAC-100m's streamlined design and familiar 1/4" stereo headphone output will make a perfect point of entry for those new to DSD audio.

Both the DS-DAC-100 and DS-DAC-100m support ASIO, WDM (Direct Sound, WASAPI) and Core Audio drivers. Installing the Korg USB Audio Device Driver will allow native 1-bit DSD playback on either Mac or PC. Supported audio input sample rates range from 44.1 to 192 kHz for PCM; both 2.8224 MHz and 5.6448 MHz are supported in the 1-bit DSD realm.

DS-DAC-100 and DS-DAC-100m users can download AudioGate 3 software from korg.com at no charge. A free lite version of the software will also be available for customers who are just getting started listening to DSD.

The Korg DS-DAC-100 & DS-DAC-100m will be available in spring 2014 for U.S. Street prices of $599.99 and $349.99 respectively.

For more information, please visit www.korg.com.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 Sennheiser unveils its new MM 30G in-ear headset, a 'perfect fit' for the latest generation of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets from the Galaxy S2 upwards. Sleek and discreet, it's a headset with a mobile device remote control, modeled in elegant black or white. It offers you a top of the range Sennheiser music listening experience on your Samsung Galaxy device while giving you complete control for all your conversations on the go.

Whether you're on the move, chilling out, or working, the MM 30G's three button in-line remote control lets you play and pause tracks, or take a call on your Samsung mobile phone, with a quick touch, wherever you are, without having to reach into your pocket or dig through your bag to find your device and answer it. The in-line remote control also lets you set or change the volume level without manually adjusting the device either. With the MM 30G headset, you can talk to friends or send a message without stopping the music.

As the MM 30G was specifically designed for your Samsung smartphone, there is no need to install an app or configure the buttons manually – just plug & play

The new MM 30G headset's fantastic audio quality does real justice to your music collection, with high end, dynamic speakers packing all the power you'd expect from Sennheiser's renowned bass-driven sound - on your Samsung Galaxy device.

Sennheiser's expert designers have brought in a host of features to ensure that the MM30G is one of the most comfortable headsets around. The headset's ear-canal design passively attenuates ambient noise all the time, so you'll have all the comfort and protection you ever need – wherever you are. Besides, the MM 30G comes with a choice of small/medium/large size ear sleeves, which gives you customized comfort.

The MM 30 G headset doesn't need a special Galaxy device app as it is 100% compatible but you can check out all the functionality before you buy, in a matter of seconds at: www.sennheiser.com/MM30G or by scanning the QR code located on the packaging.

The MM 30G will be one of the highlights of Sennheiser's booth at the International CES 2014 show in Las Vegas from January 7-10. Customers and media representatives can try out the MM 30G headset at Sennheiser's booth [LVCC, South Hall 1, Booth-Nr. 20606] at CES 2014.

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, the USA and now Australia and New Zealand, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and contact centres).

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio[CES: Venetian, suite 29-227] introduces its new Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC/headphone amplifier during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The Zodiac Platinum, features a unique 256X upsampling mode where DSD64 and DSD128 are upsampled to DSD256, thereby releasing the true potential of DSD – delivering new standards in accuracy, transparency, imaging, and dynamics. The new DSD DAC ships with an entirely new, second-generation Voltikus power supply and an elegant aluminum remote control.

In addition to having a strong presence in the consumer audiophile market, Antelope Audio is highly regarded in the professional audio community as the world's leading manufacturer of digital clocking devices and AD/DA converters. The company's equipment can be found in top commercial facilities around the world and is routinely used by the industry's most accomplished recording, mixing, mastering and live sound audio engineers. The new Zodiac Platinum DAC draws on this combined expertise, providing the most comprehensive, top-end DSD and PCM sample rate support and uncompromising audiophile quality.

Zodiac Platinum: The Revolutionary Difference is in the Details

With the Zodiac Platinum, it is possible for the listener to discern each tiny detail presented in the original recording. This is because its innovative PCM and DSD upsampling capability enables the device to reconstruct a more natural-sounding waveform than other standard upsampling methods allow. Such a premium result is achieved through a proprietary 64-bt algorithm, developed by Antelope Audio CEO, Igor Levin, adding precisely the right samples in their most natural placement.

"We have created an algorithm that we believe is the best sounding and most authentic in reconstructing the wave using the DSD," says Levin. "And the precision with which we are carrying this out is three times higher than what is typically done on the DAC chip. It is a more accurate calculation, and this is what makes the difference when you are computing the missing points."

"Even in cases where the original material was not recorded at higher rates, we can still use the same mathematics that we use in the upsampling with the PCM in order to produce higher sample rate DSD - and that is going to make a big difference when the DSD is reconstructed," he added. "So in a way, I would go so far as to say that we've created the best DSD that's ever been built by improving it through this upsampling process."

Zodiac Platinum: The Perfect Digital Hub

In addition to the custom-built USB chip capable of carrying DSD128 and up 24-bit, 384 kHz PCM files, the Zodiac Platinum boasts a wide range of connectivity options, including AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/O, a couple of TOSLINK inputs (PCM only), a set of balanced and unbalanced analog outs, as well as an unbalanced RCA input. All this makes it a corner stone for any home entertainment setup, allowing seamless connectivity to any computer, streamer, gaming console or TV screen and providing the highest level of audio reproduction performance and enjoyment.

The Platinum is complimented with two audiophile grade headphone outputs fed by dual-stage drivers and controlled by a precision stepped relay attenuator, coming as a welcome addition to those that prefer to be immersed in a more intimate high-end audio appreciation.

Zodiac Platinum: The Ultimate Clocking

Finally, the device features Antelope's renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking and is also equipped with a 10MHz input for Antelope's 10M Rubidium atomic clock — which delivers the most accurate, stable clocking reference available, bringing the ultimate imaging and 3D dimensionality. Superior stereo placement on the Zodiac Platinum is enhanced by the Quad-DAC architecture, procesing the left and the right channel conversion in two separate DAC chips. This technology affects the signal to noise ratio while improving stereo separation and overall linearity.

The Zodiac Platinum, which ships with Voltikus power supply, is priced at US $5,500 and is already available globally. For more information and product specifications, please visit the Antelope Audio website.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 The Mark Levinson № 585 integrated amplifier combines exceptional versatility with high 200 watts per channel power output (into 8 ohms, 350 watts into 4 ohms) and offers six digital inputs including USB, optical, coaxial and AES/EBU XLR, to accommodate a wide variety of digital music sources, including 32-bit/192kHz computer audio and DSD over PCM via USB. The № 585 incorporates exclusive HARMAN Signal Doctor processing, which employs proprietary signal-enhancement techniques to provide the best-possible sound quality from compressed digital audio sources.

"Our new № 585 integrated amplifier is created for audiophiles and music lovers who desire an all in one component that delivers musical performance equal to the finest separate components yet is space-saving and easy to use," said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management, HARMAN Luxury Audio Group and Loudspeakers. "Recognizing that a growing number of listeners are using computer-based audio and music servers as primary music sources, the № 585 offers a broad array of digital as well as analog connections and includes a built-in 32-bit/192kHz D/A converter to provide high-resolution digital audio playback."

The № 585 provides a subwoofer output with a selectable 80Hz high-pass filter for use in a properly implemented 2.1-channel system, and includes Ethernet, RS-232, IR and 12V trigger ports to facilitate its use audio/video installations with integrated systems control.

The № 585 is engineered for ultimate audio quality in every respect. It employs discrete analog circuitry throughout, optimized for maximum sonic purity as evidenced by its symmetrical, clean interior design with no visible wires or cabling. Its high-current Class AB power amplifier section utilizes a robust 900VA custom toroidal analog power supply and SMPS digital power supply and is capable of driving even the most demanding exotic loudspeaker loads with ease.

Though sophisticated in its capabilities, the Mark Levinson № 585 is simplicity itself to operate via its two front-panel knobs and six function buttons or using its included remote control. The № 585 is as stunning in appearance as it is in performance – its next-generation industrial design blends iconic Mark Levinson historical elements with an angular, modern contemporary look. The № 585's substantial extruded and machined aluminum front panel has a two-tone brushed black and textured silver finish, accented by the company's iconic red panel display and LED indicators.

The № 585 is built entirely without compromise to the highest standards, with a heavy-gauge chassis and casework, audiophile-grade internal components, premium rear-panel connectors, custom-machined knobs, controls and structural components and many additional refinements.

The Mark Levinson № 585 Integrated Amplifier will be available in Summer 2014 at a suggested retail price of $12,000.

About HARMAN

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the twelve months ended September 30, 2013. The company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR. Please visit www.harman.com for more information.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the expansion of Sennheiser's acclaimed headphone range is gaining pace with the launch of the new MOMENTUM Ivory. Joining the classic Brown and Black editions, the new MOMENTUM family member features ivory-coloured ear cups, richly offset with a tan leather headband and the iconic stainless steel headband slider. The lighter shade adds a new dimension to the pure, clean aesthetics of the MOMENTUM range.

Design for the senses – quality for individualists

Crafted from the finest materials, the MOMENTUM Ivory fuses understate design with uncompromising sound performance. An elegant headband slider of brushed stainless steel provides maximum comfort and adjustability; while the headband and the ear cups worked from soft and supple leather of the finest quality ensure ultimate wearing comfort. With the new colour version, Sennheiser reimagines its clean design in a lighter tone.

Beneath its luxurious exterior, the MOMENTUM Ivory embodies a refusal to compromise on sound quality. Audio specialist Sennheiser has taken technologies from its high-end headphone range to ensure a natural, authentic and richly detailed sound.

Perfect combination of sound and style

"The MOMENTUM family of headphones is going from strength to strength with the launch of this new edition of the MOMENTUM and the seven colours now available in the compact MOMENTUM On-Ear range," said Magdalene Tan, Product Manager at Sennheiser Consumer Electronics. "We have sought to achieve something new in the world of headphones by combining uncompromising sound quality with the finest materials, and a distinct, pure design. We've reimagined the concept of a contemporary, urban style with a classic, timeless feel." A unique, uncompromising approach that has proved successful with both critics and discerning music lovers alike.

Smarter design for smart devices

The MOMENTUMIvory includes a single-sided detachable cable with convenient in-line remote and microphone for Apple iDevices, for easy control of music playback and to make and receive calls on the go.

The MOMENTUM Ivory will be available through selected Sennheiser sales partners from January 2014.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 Technical Audio Devices Laboratories, Inc. today officially announced in the U.S. the TAD-D1000 disc player and TAD-DA1000 D/A converter, two new offerings designed to support the latest digital audio technologies and faithfully reproduce sound sources to the absolute limits. Equipped with a proprietary ultra-high C/N1master clock UPCG2and extensive digital input terminals, playback of all digital audio media are maintained with extreme accuracy. Through their built-in USB ports, both models offer playback of 384 kHz/32 bit PCM data or 5.6 MHz DSD data. In addition, the TAD-DA1000 D/A converter also include a volume function for creating a simple audio system with a direct connection to a power amplifier.

"Both of the TAD models are extremely versatile, allowing them to be integrated into virtually any existing system," said Andrew Jones, director and chief engineer for Technical Audio Devices Laboratories, Inc. "And of course, as with all TAD products, build quality and performance are unparalleled."

Precise Clock and Circuit

The two new models each start with a highly accurate master clock similar to that used in the flagship TAD D600 disc player. The newly developed C/N Master Clock UPCG is incorporated into both units to obtain the highest reproduction quality. The master clock is complemented with dual differential independent Burr-Brown PCM1794A DACs for left and right channels to achieve exceptional accuracy in conversion and a high signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio.

In addition, a proprietary discrete IV conversion circuit is utilized to reduce residual noise effectively even at the highest sample rates and also provide a high slew rate resulting in music with excellent transient response with high definition and impact.

Proprietary Asynchronous USB Transmission Engine

To handle a variety of high resolution formats, both models feature five digital inputs (USB, XLR, optical, and 2 x coaxial). The USB Audio Class 2.0-compatible USB port is equipped with a specially-developed asynchronous USB transmission engine capable of handling PCM audio data of up to 384 kHz/32 bit, and DSD audio data up to 5.6 MHz. As received digital signals are read out with the high-purity clock, the digital signal boasts incredibly high precision and reduced jitter.

Aluminum Chassis and Structure

For an unmatched modern and stylish look combined with the best feel and advanced functionality, both TAD models are constructed of an eight millimeter thick pure aluminum chassis and a structure with a low center of gravity that places heavier components in the lower portion to minimize the effects of external vibrations. For precise disc rotation and highest operational stability, the TAD-D1000 SACD/CD player utilizes a TAD custom built machined aluminum disc tray and low-noise brushless DC servo that is firmly mounted to the chassis.

Toroidal Power Supply

Both units are integrated with a proprietary high-output, large-sized toroidal power supply to ensure extremely fast response and exceptional audio output even at high volume levels.

TAD-DA1000 Volume Function

The TAD-DA1000 is equipped with a line output volume function for simple high sound quality setup and direct connection to an external power amplifier. In addition, the unit also offers a headphone amplifier with a dedicated independent volume control and can be used directly with headphones with impedances ranging from eight to 600 Ohms.

The TAD-D1000 disc player and TAD-DA1000 D/A converter are currently available for purchase. For further information, please contact an authorized TAD distributor or retailer or visit www.tad-labs.com.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, unleashes two subwoofers with completely re-designed drivers specifically engineered to handle the punishing power of SVS' new Sledge STA-500D amplifier with DSP controls. At $699 and $799 respectively, the SB-2000 and PB-2000's combination of power, processing, and innovative driver design redefine subwoofer performance at their price points.

At the heart of each SVS subwoofer is a newly engineered 12" 2000-series driver. Nearly 20 generations of driver prototypes were built by hand and punished with rigorous real-world testing; including 100-hours of full power testing; before the final version was approved for production. Extensive prototyping allowed SVS to engineer a driver capable of outclassing those in subwoofers costing two and three times as much as the 2000 Series.

The drivers consist of dual high-grade ferrite magnets and an FEA-optimized motor for nearly distortion-free performance. A reinforced Nomex spider was integrated for improved linearity and driver control, especially important when the STA-500D amp is pushing the subwoofers to maximum output levels. To ensure the SB-2000 and PB-2000 play their best long into the future, the driver also features a durable low-creep rubber long-throw surround and integrated tinsel leads to eliminate tinsel slap and improve reliability.

Gary Yacoubian, SVS President, observes, "We are especially proud of this driver, as it is the product of exhaustive design and an incredible number of prototype iterations. The goal was to design a driver that could fully leverage the crushing power of our new amplifier, and change the game at this price point. It took us many months, but we nailed it "

The aforementioned Sledge STA-500D DSP amplifier is incredibly powerful and flexible considering it comes in a subwoofer costing less than $800. Conservatively rated at 500 watts RMS continuous and 1100 watts peak dynamic, the amp has brains to match its brawn. A sophisticated DSP in the amplifier includes an array of filters and volume, gain, and phase controls for fine-tuning performance. A frequency-dependent limiter/compressor algorithm with adjustable attack/release and compression parameters offers the ultimate in refined behavior at the drive limits of the subwoofer system. The DSP amplifier is effortless in its delivery of all this power, yet it consumes less than half-a-watt in stand-by mode.

"500 watts of amplification, a painstakingly optimized driver, and a sophisticated DSP engine in a $700 subwoofer is simply unheard of, which is exactly how we like to do things at SVS," said Gary Yacoubian. "The PB-2000 and SB-2000 integrate our best technology, engineering and design elements and hit a pricing sweet spot that will make them extremely appealing to audio and home theater enthusiasts."

SB-2000
Sporting a compact, sealed enclosure weighing only 35 lbs. and measuring 14.2" all-around (without feet and grille) with a staggering frequency response of 19-240Hz, the SB-2000 easily matches or beats the output levels of subwoofers twice the size and weight. Its understated but elegant appearance make moving and blending the SB-2000 into any listening environment a cinch. A new driver and amplifier, sealed cabinet and revised tuning let the SB-2000 achieve lightning fast transients and levels of articulation, musicality, dynamics and fathomless extension unequaled in other compact subwoofers.

PB-2000
For chest-thumping slam/impact and shear bass performance for the price, the ported PB-2000 subwoofer outperforms similarly sized subwoofers, without sacrificing musicality. Weighing in at 66 lbs., with cabinet dimensions of 20.9" x 17.3" x 22", the PB-2000 is nearly twice the weight of the SB-2000 and dips all the way down to 17Hz, lower than some $2000 subs. The PB-2000 features a front-firing 4" high-flow port with inner/outer port flares for energizing rooms of all size with low frequency dynamics that contribute to more exciting and realistic movie and music playback.

Both 2000 Series subwoofers feature comprehensive and flexible connectivity options for easy set-up and integration into any home theater or stereo system. The SB-2000 is available now for an MSRP of $699, the PB-2000 is also shipping with an MSRP of $799.
For more information, please visit www.SVSound.com or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 Audio-Technica is introducing a wealth of new products at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall Lower Level, Booth 20656, Las Vegas, Nevada (January 7 - 10, 2014). Highlights of Audio-Technica's new product introductions include the following:

Audio-Technica's new SonicFuel AX Series over-ear headphones feature sleek, comfortable design, superior sound quality and three models with smartphone and iPhone compatibility. AX models include the ATH-AX5iS, ATH-AX3iS and ATH-AX1iS with microphones, and the ATH-AX5 and ATH-AX3 without microphones (SRP: US$89.95 - US$39.95). Like all SonicFuel iS models, the ATH-AX5iS, ATH-AX3iS and ATH-AX1iS have universal smartphone compatibility; they're fully compatible with today's latest smartphone devices from companies like Apple, Samsung, HTC and more.

The new SonicFuel CKX Series in-ear headphones are designed to take musical enjoyment to greater sonic heights. All feature ergonomic C-tip earpieces that nestle in the ear for a stay-in-place fit, and the "iS" models have smartphone and iPhone® capability with an in-line controller with microphone and volume adjustment for managing phone calls and music/video playback. Other features like the innovative 360-degree rotating eartips, flat tangle-free cord and useful accessories are also available on various models throughout the line. The SonicFuel in-ear headphones include the ATH-CKX9iS, ATH-CKX9, ATH-CKX7iS, ATH-CKX7, ATH-CKX5iS and ATH-CKX5, with suggested U.S. retail prices ranging from $99.95 to $44.95.

Audio-Technica is introducing its first-ever gaming headsets, the closed-back ATH-AG1 and open-back ATH-ADG1 (SRP: US$249.95 and US$299.95). The premium-quality headphones utilize core elements of the company's audiophile models to deliver an immersive sonic experience with exceptional clarity and dynamics, and a realistic soundstage that draws listeners completely into the gaming environment. Both include a built-in microphone and a detachable USB D/A converter/headphone amplifier along with additional gaming-specific features.

The ATH-ANC70 is the newest member of Audio-Technica's acclaimed QuietPoint active noise-cancelling headphones lineup. The ATH-ANC70 (SRP: US$199.95) provides up to 90% noise cancellation and offers a host of improvements, including a mic and controller for answering calls and controlling music, completely integrated electronics with all functionality built into the earcup, and a new comfort-fit design.

Audio-Technica is expanding its SonicSport fitness-oriented headphones lineup with the ATH-CKP200iS ear hook style headphones with mic, volume and control functionality. The ATH-CKP200iS (SRP: $US44.95) has an IPX5-certified waterproof rating and is sweat-proof and washable. Its hinged ear hook adjusts around the ears for a perfect fit. The ATH-CKP200iS comes with both standard silicone and ridged XS/S/M and L eartips to provide a choice of greater sound isolation or allowing in a low amount of ambient sound for greater safety outdoors.

The ATR 7000 Series VHF Wireless Microphone Systems are four new wireless systems designed for consumer use that combine long-range wireless performance with ease of use, clear, natural sound quality and outstanding value. Incorporating technologies that are directly drawn from Audio-Technica's industry-standard professional wireless systems, the new models include the ATR7200 handheld wireless, ATR7100/L lavalier, ATR7100/H headworn and ATR7100/G guitar/instrument systems. Suggested retail prices range from US$129.95 to US$109.95. In addition, Audio-Technica is introducing its ATR3350iS lavalier mic with smartphone compatibility (SRP: US$29.95).


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 Astell&Kern expands its award-winning lineup of high resolution portable audio players with the introduction of the Astell&Kern AK240, debuting at CES 2014. The AK240 will be on display at the Astell&Kern suite on the 35th floor of the Venetian Hotel, Suite 35-204.

The AK240 builds upon the success of the current Astell&Kern AK100 and AK120 players with a slick, sexy redesign and a slew of new features not offered in any other high resolution portable audio player.

Among the highlights of the new AK240:

256GB internal memory, 1 microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB microSD card for a total of 384GB of music storage

Dual-Core processor, allows the AK240 to process requests and play back high resolution audio files with no lag time

Wi-Fi enabled

Ability to connect to high-resolution music download sites directly from the player to purchase and download music tracks

3.31" AMOLED Touch-Screen with 800x480 resolution

Dual (2) Cirrus Logic 4398 DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Chipsets, creating a true Dual-Mono setup that gives clear channel separation, broader dynamic range and wider soundstage

Native DSD Support including DSD64 and DSD128 files

Stereo and Balanced Analog Outputs

Body made of Duralumin – an aircraft grade aluminum alloy

Henry Park, CEO of iriver, said, "We are proud of what the Astell&Kern brand has accomplished in one year since the launch of the AK100 player. The Astell&Kern name is recognized as a leader in the high resolution audio space, won numerous awards and has been one of the best-selling high resolution portable audio players in the world. With the launch of the AK240, Astell&Kern has once again raised the bar in the portable high resolution audio field.

The Astell&Kern portable player line support 24-bit, up to 192khz digital audio files, DSD and Apple lossless formats in addition to many other lossy music formats users may currently have.

Not only is the AK240 the best high-fidelity portable audio player on the market, it can also be used as an USB DAC, allowing the user to connect the AK240 to a computer to provide higher quality sound processing than most sound cards available today.

The Astell&Kern line of portable audio players are the first portable hi-fi audio devices from iriver, capable of Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) playback. MQS files are sound or music files saved as a lossless format, straight from the studio mastering source. Because less data is lost during the digital mastering process and the sound quality is distortion-free, a dramatic difference between the 24-bit source data of MQS files and CD (WAV)/MP3s can be heard and felt. MQS files are often in 24bit WAV or FLAC formats. With the encoding process in the Astell&Kern MQS Portable System, MQS music and sounds are more refined and pure.

The Astell&Kern AK240 will be available early Q1 2014 at high-end audio retailers and online at Amazon.com, Buy.com, ebay.com and www.iriverinc.com.

For a list of audio dealers that carry the Astell&Kern line, please visit http://www.iriverinc.com/support/wheretobuy.asp.

About Astell&Kern

Launched in October 2012, Astell&Kern is the high-end audiophile brand by iriver. The current Astell&Kern line includes the award-winning AK100, AK120 and AK240 high-resolution portable audio players, capable of playing 24-bit/192 kHz Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) files including DSD. Astell&Kern's lineup has recently expanded to include accessories such as the AKR01 and AKR02 In-Ear Monitors, AKS01 Docking Station and line of home audio products.

For more information about Astell&Kern, please visit www.AstellnKern.com or the Astell&Kern Facebook page and Twitter feed.

About iriver

iriver Ltd. is a global IT device company. Since its founding in 1999, iriver has become renowned for its product innovation, style-driven technology, and track record of market dominance. After producing many award-winning portable media devices, the company diversified its categories to include Tablet PC, VoIP Phone, and more. For more information on iriver and its product lines, please visit: www.iriverinc.com.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio[CES: Venetian, suite 29-227] will provide ongoing demonstrations of its new Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC/headphone amplifier during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The Zodiac Platinum brings the digital audio listening experience to a new level with its unique 256X DSD upsampling mode, which enables users to upsample DSD64 and DSD128 files to DSD256 —unleashing the true potential of DSD.

In addition to the Zodiac Platinum, Antelope Audio will also provide demonstrations of its CES 2013 Innovations Award Winning Rubicon Atomic AD/DA Preamp — a DSD128, 24-bits, 384 kHz converter, phono stage preamplifier and headphone amplifier with an integrated atomic clock. During the presentations at CES, the Zodiac Platinum and the Rubicon will be connected to a pair of ATC SM100-AMT studio reference loudspeakers.

The presentations will demonstrate the unprecedented clarity, detailed imaging and wide frequency response that are possible with digital recordings while using Antelope Audio's premium audiophile componentry. Attendees will experience A/B listening comparisons between analog source material and digital recordings using Antelope Audio playback systems.

Master clocks are ubiquitous in the creation of digital audio —whether in movies, television, live sound or recorded music. Marcel James, Antelope Audio's U.S. Director of Sales and Marketing, will be on hand to explain how the end-user listening experience can be improved by using the same sophisticated clocking technology that is used in the creation process itself — and how this can introduce a more detailed soundstage rich in depth and clarity.

No appointment is necessary for demonstrations during exhibit hours. For more information on the Zodiac Platinum or the Rubicon, please visit the Antelope Audio website.


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 At CES, THIEL will have an Amberwood pair of TM3s playing in their Venetian suite. The CS1.7s will also be on active display. The THIEL TM3 is expected to be shipping to authorized dealers by late spring 2014, with a projected MSRP of $2,999 per pair in standard finishes. Please visit THIEL at CES 2014 Venetian Towers 29-111.

The TM3 project began as a vision for a compact speaker with superior on and off axis frequency response uniformity, high power handling capabilities and ultra-low levels of distortion. These characteristics help make the TM3 ideal for traditional music applications as well as the rigors of movies soundtracks. The TM3 delivers tremendous dynamic capability in a beautifully sculpted multi-ply wood enclosure. The 2-way design utilizes a proprietary 6.5-inch cast basket woofer and 1-inch tweeter, both optimized specifically for the TM3 project. "Our ultimate goal for the TM3 was to create a loudspeaker that outperforms competitive products while pleasing the discerning eye of décor-conscious consumers," explained THIEL CEO Bill Thomas. "Our objective is to position the THIEL brand as the ultimate supplier of high-performance loudspeakers and the TM3 is just the first in a series of innovative designs as part of a comprehensive product roadmap that we will be presenting to our dealers and distributors worldwide," Thomas concluded.

THIEL TM3

Projected MSRP: $2,999/Pair (standard finishes)

Optional stands: $599/Pair projected MSRP

Design: 2-Way Bass Reflex

Bandwidth: 45Hz to 30 KHz

Sensitivity: (2.83v At 1m) 87db

Driver Compliment:1" (25 mm) metal dome tweeter 6.5" (16.5 cm) cast basket woofer with fiberglass cone

Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms

Minimum Impedance: 3.5 Ohms

H x W x D: 16" x 9.5" x 8.7" / 41cm x 24cm x 22cm

Projected weight: 20lbs / 9 kgs

THIEL Audio is a loudspeaker manufacturer providing components for the highest quality music and cinema sound reproduction in the home. The beauty of THIEL loudspeakers can be traced back to design concepts born from powerfully innovative thinking. For over 30 years, THIEL has woven a nearly magical synergy between engineering brilliance and an unfailing passion to create the most lifelike reproduction of recorded music. Along this quest for sonic perfection, THIEL's customers, music aficionados, and audio press from around the world have lauded THIEL's loudspeaker designs as some of the best ever conceived. www.thielaudio.com


NEWS RELEASE 1/4/14 Audeze, maker of highly acclaimed planar magnetic headphones, is exhibiting at the THE Show Las Vegas in the Flamingo Hotel lobby.

This year's T.H.E. Show Las Vegas will feature exhibitors from all over the world: Japan, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and of course the US. Visit us at our exhibit in the Flamingo Hotel lobby and join the Audeze team Tuesday for a drink at the Opening Night Reception featuring John Atkinson from Stereophile, Robert Harley from The Absolute Sound, and entertainers like bassist Dean Peer in the Flamingo's Red Rock Ballroom. Festivities begin at 6:30pm.

We've had an extraordinary reaction to the new LCD-XC and LCD-X and we'd like to thank everyone for making it happen.

Visit Audeze at T.H.E. Show Las Vegas Lobby Level Flamingo Hotel

About Audeze

Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio headphone and accessory manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship. Audeze's commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our made-in-the-USA products. Learn more about Audeze at www.audeze.com.


NEWS RELEASE 1/1/14 MIT Cables is pleased to announce its live sound presence for CES 2014. MIT Cables will be providing a live sound demonstration in Venetian Suite 29-321 comprising the following components:

Speaker Interfaces:

MIT Cables Oracle MA-X SHD Speaker Interfaces

Interconnects:

MIT Cables Oracle MA-X SHD RCA Audio Interconnects

MIT Cables Oracle MA-X SHD RCA Audio Interconnects

MIT Cables Oracle MA-X Phono Interconnect

SL-Matrix USB

Power Conditioning:

MIT Cables Z Powerbar

MIT Cables Z-Strip

MIT Cables Oracle ZIII Power Cords

Loudspeakers: Magico Q3
Amplifier: Spectral Audio DMA-300RS
Preamp: Spectral Audio DMC-30SS

Analog Source: AMG Viella 12, Southerland Engineering Phono Blocks

Digital Source: Spectral Audio SDR 4000, Macbook Air
DAC: Light Harmonic Da Vinci

Additionally, MIT Cables can be found in the rooms of the following partners:

Martin Logan Venues 1 & 2: Venetian Suite 29-140

Broadmann & Electrocompaniet Room: Venetian Suite 30-229

MIT Cables
4130 Citrus Ave., Suite 9
Rocklin, CA 95677
Phone: 916-625-0129
Fax: 916-625-0149
www.mitcables.com


NEWS RELEASE 1/1/14 LH Labs, a division of California based Light Harmonic, willfeature their newest consumerelectronic product, "Geek Out" in the iLounge of the Las VegasConvention Center during the 2014 International CES.

"Geek Out" is a thumb-drive-sized portable USB DAC (digital-to-analog converter) which plugs into a laptop's USB port andprocesses digital music files in all available formats, combined witha state-of-the-art headphone amplifier and spatializationtechnology which creates a 3-D soundfield around the listener'shead, or what LH Labs' refers to as the "3D Awesomifier". "Wewanted to bring the best sound to a non-audiophile market, so thattravelers, gamers and music lovers can better enjoy the stuff they
love," says Gavin Fish, VP of Sales and Marketing for LightHarmonic. "We want people to have fun, like we do. That's why usewords like 'Awesomifier' and 'Shareulator' instead of digital-to-analog-converter and multiple-output amplifier. We don't think you haveto speak geek to enjoy "Geek Out".

"Geek Out" is up to 25 times more powerful than a computer headphone jack, and will play superhigh resolution audio, up to 384 kHz /32 bit, decodes DSD and DSD2 (DSD64/128) audio nativelyand has two 3.5mm output headphone jacks. It comes in three differentmodels; "Geek Out" -450mW power output ($199), "Geek Out M" - 720mW power output ($249), and "Geek Out EM" -1000mW poweroutput ($299), and is available in four different colors, Diamond Black, ChaliceSilver, Cobalt Blue and Vivid Red.

Light Harmonic will also be representing its flagship product, Da Vinci Dual DAC, ($31,000)featured in the high-performance category,taking place at the Venetian during the InternationalCES. "Geek Out" inherits technology from the multiple award-winning Da VinciDual DAC, using DaVinci's patent-pending three layer buffer, 384 kHz / 32 bit and DSD 2 decoding engines, with 64 bitvolume control.In the analog domain, "Geek Out" uses Da Vinci's quiet power technology, class Ahigh current output and less than 1Ohm outputimpedance.

Zanden Audio Systems has introduced a new solid state phonostage: the model 120. Based on Zanden's award winning 1200 series of phonostages, it maintains the essence of their reference products: an LCR type circuit in the equalization section and selectable equalization. The model 120 offers nearly the same sound quality of its more exalted brethren at a much more attainable price point.

The phonostage is the heart of analog music reproduction, and the model 120 retains Zanden's core principals. All phonostages must perform equalization. However, Zanden's model 120 phonostage is not limited to just the traditional RIAA equalization, but also incorporates (4) additional equalization circuits so all stereo LP records can be played with the utmost fidelity and accuracy. The (4) additional equalization curves are Decca, Columbia, Teldec and EMI. All of these additional equalization standards were developed by major record labels and used extensively during the golden age of vinyl. Proper equalization is essential to preserving the time coherence of the musical signal, which is the foundation for high fidelity music playback.

The model 120 uses an LCR type passive circuit design, considered the best, in the equalization section. The advantage of the LCR circuit is quite simple. As far as the musical signal is concerned, it is nothing more than a straight wire. Impedance does not vary with frequency. Therefore, there are no micro-level fluctuations in amplitude. Two loading positions are available to provide the greatest compatibility with a wide range of cartridges. For this function Zanden has chosen top quality step-up transformers manufactured by Jensen, one of the most storied manufactures in audio. An outboard power supply prevents contamination of the musical signal by mechanical noise from the power transformer. A number of unique noise absorption and shielding techniques are used throughout the design, including Asahi-Kasei Fibers Corporation's Pulshut RF noise absorption material.

Zanden Audio Systems, Ltd., is a privately held company based in Osaka, Japan. It was established in 1990 by Kazutoshi Yamada for the purpose of closing the gap between live music and recorded music which he became keenly aware of as a concert coordinator for over 500 live events. Zanden is both a manufacturer of hi-end audio equipment and continues to be active in the recording of live music. Over the years their products have received numerous awards and wide acclaim for their sonic virtues. They are distributed in over 15 countries with many more local dealers. The model 120 will be demonstrated at CES 2014 from January 7th to 10th in the Venetian Suite 30-211 and is currently available for sale worldwide. Please contact your local distributor for pricing.

High-endaudio electronics manufacturers Valve Amplification Company(VAC), Critical Mass Systems and Focal team up to feature their best for the ultimate insound systemsat the 2014 InternationalConsumer Electronics Show, which takes place January7-10in Las Vegas, Nevada.


NEWS RELEASE 1/1/14 Focalpresents its Grande Utopia EM speakers whileCritical Mass System's bestprecision component rack, theMAXXUMsupportsVAC's finest and newest Statement series amplifiers.

"The Focal Grande Utopia EM accompanied by Critical Mass Systems and VAC promises to deliver an absolutely exquisite listening experience where detail, focus and speed combine to deliver everything one could expect from a world-class sound system. This will definitely be an event you will not want to miss," saysJean-Philippe Fontaine, Focal Export Sales Director

CES attendees have the opportunity to experience the best in sound each day in The Venetian Towers, suite35-207. At 2 p.m. every day, Kevin Hayes (VAC Founder), Joseph Lavrencik (Critical Mass Systems Founder) and Jean-Philippe Fontaine (Focal Export Sales Director) will hold a presentation about their companies' technologies.

About VAC

Founded in 1990, VAC designs and manufactures the world's finest audio instruments, exploiting the inherent linearity and advantages of vacuum tube technology to achieve the highest possible fidelity.VAC is located in Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A. and is a privately held business. For more information, visit www.vac-amps.com.

Abot Critical Mass Systems

Critical Mass Systems crafts high-performance vibration mitigation systems for high-end audio. Beginning with the ultimate in rack system performance and aesthetic, the MAXXUM down through the modular design racks with the interchangeable filters, Critical Mass Systems provides the best vibration mitigation system for your high-end audio listening pleasure. For more information, visit www.criticalmasssystems.com.

About Focal


NEWS RELEASE 1/1/14 For over 30 years Focal has designed, developed and manufacturedhigh fidelity loudspeakers and drivers. Focal allies passion, tradition and technological perfection, bringing you optimal solutions for ultimate listening pleasure. For more information, visit www.focal.com.

Raven Audio, manufacturer of tube preamplifiers, integrated, stereo and monoblock amplifiers, features its Nighthawk Integrated Amplifier.

Tubes Do It Better
Raven Audio's Dave Thomson, like many enthusiasts, is convinced that tubes do things better, especially when combining the best of classic tube design with contemporary technology, materials and composites to achieve a wideband, engaging, extremely musical sound that gets beyond the mechanics of playback.

Perhaps you're a tube aficionado and need a second system for a smaller room. Or you love music and you just experienced a tubed audio system for the first time… and now you have to have one too Many audiophiles are captivated by the sound of tubed components. But how do you buy into the tubular lifestyle without breaking the bank? You just need a pair of efficient speakers (87 to 96dB) plus your favorite source components and… a Nighthawk

Integrated Advantages
The advantage of integrated amplifiers is that the preamp and amplifier sections are built into one chassis resulting in shorter signal paths. It also takes less space and eliminates the need for another set of cables. Plus all Raven Audio integrates and amplifiers are self-biasing so you never have to adjust tubes for a perfect match.

Quality Build
The chassis is manufactured of sturdy 14-gauge carbon steel with an aircraft-grade aluminum faceplate and a handsome small-signal tube plate on top. Even at $1,595 Raven Audio doesn't skimp on quality; the handles are made of schedule-20 carbon steel with knobs machined from aircraft-grade aluminum.

The folded carbon steel plate gets a high-quality primer and several coats of high-grade automotive enamel that's baked and clear-coated several times with aircraft-grade sealant. The result is a deep, lustrous finish that looks great and sounds awesome.

The Result
The 20wpc Nighthawk Integrated delivers a wideband, smooth, detailed and very present, very palpable sound with a polished look and feel. You'll hear with your ears with the added dimensions of emotion and excitement, a nearness to the music that makes everything breathtakingly real.

Raven Audio preamplifiers, integrated, stereo and monoblock amplifiers range from the Nighthawk's $1,595 to $34,950/pair.

Visit www.RavenAudio.com to Purchase a Nighthawk and Let Your Music Take Flight


NEWS RELEASE 1/1/14 High-performance manufacturer MIT Cables, announces the availability of a broad line of new power conditioning products. Known for nearly 30 years for its top of the line Reference audio cable products featuring outboard passive parallel networks to optimize poles of articulation and efficiency of power transfer, MIT is also well-known for its patented AC Filterpole technology. Today MIT is launching the first of a new range of Z-Power AC filtration products, building on the successful past products with even better performance and a more extensive selection.

MIT's Z-Series power filtration products use patented parallel AC Filterpoles, which are tuned networks which actually eliminate reflected noise by efficiently absorbing all forms of AC noise, and convert it to harmless thermal heat. This is done by creating a very low impedance across the load at a variety of frequencies corresponding to sources of unwanted noise. This removes everything but the actual power line frequency, and is a patented technology.

The result? Once the Z-Power circuitry protects an AV system, you will instantly enjoy "blacker" blacks, better color saturation, and increased shadow detail; movie sound tracks will deliver more articulate dialog, Foley sounds, and background music with theater-like quality. Because your audio system has a lower noise floor, you will enjoy pinpoint audio image placement within a lifelike soundstage, with smoother highs and deeper bass response.

Power Factor Correction, another MIT patented technology as it relates to audio equipment, ensures that all of the energy supplied by the mains is consumed by the load, and none is reflected back to the source. By correcting the Power Factor, many MIT ZSeries products ensure that your noise floor is even lower, and that you will use less power for the same work, prolong the lifespan of your components, and not limit the current toyour system for best performance.

The new Z-Power series will feature three product categories. First products are:

Power Cords

SL Z-Cord 3fp (starting at $349/2M cord) is a high-quality IEC power cord with an integral AC noise trap using three FilterPoles. These filters are optimized to trap and remove the RFI interference so prevalent because of all the digital equipment being used today.

SL Matrix Z-Cord 6fp (starting at $699/2M cord) steps up to a 14AWG construction capable of handling 15-amp currents, so is suitable for larger power amplifiers and other components with higher current draw. Its noise trap uses six FilterPoles and Power Factor Correction, adding extra filters designed to clean up specific AC line noise harmonics, as well as reaching into the video frequency range.

Plug-in Modules

SL Z-Plug 3 ($199) is a very basic plug-in module, with three FilterPoles in a housing with an AC plug on the back. Simply plug it into any outlet or AC strip/surge protector being used to power an AV system or any office electronics, and it will instantly clean up the RFI interference and improve the performance of your equipment. No installation needed, no calculations, just plug it in and enjoy the results.

SL Z-Plug 6 ($349) is a larger version of the Z-Plug 3, housing six FilterPoles and Power Factor Correction for broader power conditioning in the same way as described above with the power cords.

Free-Standing Power Conditioners

SL Z-Pod ($699) is the first in a new line of free-standing power conditioners, designed to improve the sound and picture of the very best AV systems. The Z-Pod is a basic module with two high-current outlets, a resettable fuse, and an IEC power inlet. Like all Z-Power products, it utilizes our patented parallel AC FilterPoles, in this case six for broad noise reduction capability. It also has a greater degree of Power Factor Correction than in the power cords and plug-in modules for even better performance.

Please visit www.mitcables,com for further details on these and our other fine products, and look for a series of videos explaining the technologies. All Z-Power versions are engineered and built in the US, carry a limited one-year warranty, and are available for immediate shipment from MIT Cables' Rocklin, California factory.


NEWS RELEASE 12/16/13 Azione Unlimited (AU), the buying and educational group for integrators and custom retailers headquartered in Chester Springs, PA announces the addition of Thorens Turntables and Accessories to the buying group. Thorens is distributed in North America by Rutherford Audio Inc. out of Vancouver BC, Seattle WA and Denver CO.

Richard Glikes, President and CCO of Azione Unlimited stated "Great businesses are built on great relationships. Azione Unlimited had a specific need for a high quality turntable supplier and as fate would have it an old rep friend brought Norm Steinke, director of sales for Rutherford Audio, and an old friend, in to see me. Rutherford Audio Inc. is the North American distributor of Thorens turntables. Coincidentally, I owned a Thorens TD 160 twenty five years ago. The thing was a tank. So here come two friends, a great brand, and a hole in our product mix all coming together at the same time. We are thrilled to announce our exclusive buying group program with Thorens and Rutherford Audio".

"I am very pleased to welcome the Azione Unlimited group and all of its dealers to the 137 year history and the fantastic future of Thorens" said Mr. Robb Niemann, President and CEO of Rutherford Audio. "Thorens has a history and a pedigree that few companies can share. Being in business now for 137 years Thorens is one of, if not the oldest HiFi company out there. With a great product line up and innovative stylish new designs Thorens is growing exponentially in North America and we are proud to be part of bringing it back to its former glory and we welcome the professionals and market leaders in the Azione buying group"

About Azione Unlimited (AU)

Azione Unlimited (AU) is the buying and educational group for integrators and custom retailers. Its goals are to deliver exceptional profits to all dealer and vendor members to ensure long-term success, create a cohesive national network of leading edge entrepreneurs, and provide an ongoing dialogue and platforms on ideas, interaction, and execution excellence. The very focused vendor line-up ensures maximized profitability for both our dealer and vendor members.

Azione Unlimited's motto is SHARE TRUST PROSPER. AU strives to educate its members in order to help them become more profitable. National member conferences, gatherings at CEDIA, monthly webinars and coming soon, Azione Unlimited University, give our members up-to-date information vital for continued growth and success.

For more information please contact: Azione Unlimited (AU) • 501 E Uwchlan Avenue

Chester Springs, PA 19425 • voice: 610-280-3840 • richard@azionegroup.com www.azioneunlimited.com

About Rutherford Audio

Rutherford Audio distributes the finest high-end hifi products in North America.

Brand List includes: Burmester, ELAC, Thorens, Genesis Loudspeakers, Roksan, Intercore, Vertere, Yacht Audio Speakers, Plinius and Schroers & Schroers

For more information please contact: Rutherford Audio Inc • 654 South Lucile St • Seattle, WA, 98108 • voice: 604-542-0904 • info@rutherfordaudio.com • Norm Steinke, USA Director of Sales direct line 303-845-0773 • www.rutherfordaudio.com


NEWS RELEASE 12/16/13 Earlier this month award-winning record label and high quality music systems manufacturer, Linn, announced their special gift for music lovers this Christmas. They're giving away a free 24-bit Studio Master track every day until Christmas day, available to download at www.linn.co.uk/Christmas.

A Studio Master, or 24-bit download, is the highest quality music file available, allowing the listener to hear music exactly as it was recorded, before it was altered to fit on a CD or squashed down to MP3 size. Because the best way to listen to this Studio Master music is through a Linn system, Linn are offering one lucky winner the chance to win their very own Linn Kiko system.

To be in for the chance of winning this Kiko system, all you have to do is;

Download a 24-bits of Christmas track via www.linn.co.uk/christmas

Review the track

And then, post the review on Linn's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/linnhifi

Your review can be a few words, a sentence or paragraph – it's up to you. Tell us why you love this 24-bits of Christmas track;the lyrics, the bassline, that beautiful harmony, the way it makes you feel.

Go on, become a music journalist for the day; get inventive.

You have until Sunday 5th January, 00:00GMT. Linn will announce the winner on Friday 10th January.


NEWS RELEASE 12/16/13 Audio-Technica is now shipping its new ATH-ANC70 QuietPoint active noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones. The latest addition to the company's award-winning QuietPoint family of noise-cancelling headphones, the ATH-ANC70 provides up to 90% noise cancellation and offers a host of improvements, including a mic and controller for answering calls and controlling music, completely integrated electronics with all functionality built into the earcup, and a new comfort-fit design.

The ATH-ANC70 has a microphone and controller for answering calls and operating music playback, and the controls are discreetly built into one of the earcups. Simply press the illuminated "Audio-Technica" logo/button to activate the mic or scroll through music tracks. A highly sensitive fixed-position mic has been built into the earcup, rather than the cable, to maintain consistent distance from the mouth for uniform volume level and to eliminate noise from cable motion or rubbing on a collar. The mic and controller support most smartphones as well as select products including the iPhone®, iPad® and many iPod® models.

The ATH-ANC70 is redesigned to provide total long-wearing comfort. The diameter of the earcups has been increased for a more comfortable over-ear fit, and the earcups have a slimmer profile. The ear cushions and headband are made from memory foam, and the design of the headband hugs the shape of the wearer's head to evenly distribute mass for a lighter "feel" and fit.

Like all QuietPoint models, the ATH-ANC70 offers superior noise-cancellation performance and audio quality. The headphones' large 40 mm drivers and high-quality internal components deliver clear, detailed sound with impactful bass, a natural midrange, extended treble and precise imaging in an immersive sound field. The ATH-ANC70 also works when the noise-cancelling function is turned off, and operates in passive mode without batteries. The detachable cord enables the ATH-ANC70 to be used as cordless noise-cancelling headphones.

The ATH-ANC70 folds for compact storage and comes with a hard carrying case, a 1/4-inch adapter and airline adapter. The included AAA battery provides up to 40 hours of operation.

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 QuietPoint active noise-cancelling headphones are currently available at a suggested U.S. retail price of $199.95.

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Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is renowned worldwide for a broad range of consumer and professional audio products, including high-performance headphones, microphones, wireless systems, turntables and phono cartridges. Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica designs and manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for major concert tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, theaters, house-of-worship venues, and consumer applications. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com.


NEWS RELEASE 12/16/13 Raven Audio, a manufacturer of tube preamplifiers, integrated, stereo and monoblock amplifiers, unveils their new website and invites you to visit and begin your Raven Audio tour.

Tubes Do It Better
There's a world of difference between Raven Audio sound and old-timey tube sound. The best solid-state and tube components sound more alike than ever. But Raven Audio's Dave Thomson, like many enthusiasts, is convinced that tubes do things better, especially when combining the best of classic tube design with contemporary technology, materials and composites to achieve a wideband, engaging, fulfilling, extremely musical sound that gets beyond the mechanics of playback.

The mechanics of playback? It takes an enormous amount of work to go from the wall receptacle to your speakers. Raven Audio preamplifiers and amplifiers tie everything together so the listener can easily suspend disbelief and fall into the music in an excitingly visceral way. You'll hear with your ears with the added dimensions of emotion and excitement, a nearness to the music that makes everything breathtakingly real.

Raven Audio components are handsome, well-appointed, and housed in solid-machined billet aluminum chassis with solid-bronze corner posts, stainless steel screws and chrome ball footers that isolate the amplifiers for better sound and avoid scratching your fine furniture. They're hand-wired point-to-point with silver-plated PTFE-coated conductors and three types of solder. Choose from new or NOS tubes when ordering.

Raven Audio preamplifiers, integrated, stereo and monoblock amplifiers range from $1,595 to $34,950/pair.

Tube Aficionados, Visit www.RavenAudio.com and Let Your Music Take Flight

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Raven Audio |Trinity | Texas | 936.662.5100 | dave@ravenaudio.com


NEWS RELEASE 12/16/13 At CES 2014 Spiral Groove will be exhibiting its ultrahigh-end SG1.1 turntable, which has received a 2013 Products of the Year award from Stereophile magazine. Named one of two Analog Components of 2013 by the publication, the SG1.1 turntable and companion Centroid tonearm are designed to deliver ultimate-quality record playback.

The SG1.1 will be on exhibit at the Immedia suites at The Venetian Las Vegas, Venetian Tower Suites 30-125 and 30-127 (January 7 - 10, 2014) as part of a complete music system that also features QUALIA & COMPANY components and the Canalis Amerigo 2.0 loudspeaker.

The SG1.1 is engineered using Spiral Groove's Balanced Force Design approach, aimed at achieving the most elegant equilibrium of materials, performance, function, manufacturability and beauty.

The body of the SG1.1 utilizes two separate constrained layer platforms, separated by elastomers that mechanically decouple the two assemblies and form a dense, rigid and well-damped, non-resonant platform to which the working parts of the turntable can be precisely mounted and isolated from one another. The entire turntable weighs 70 lbs.

The SG1.1 offers electronically selectable 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speed control. The low voltage/high-torque AC synchronous motor is decoupled from the rest of the turntable for exceptionally quiet record playback. The inverted sapphire disc/hardened steel bearing and platter assembly is mounted in a manner that allows the platter to rotate freely without flexure or noise, and the platter is driven at the fulcrum of the bearing for wobble-free revolution. The platter utilizes an oversize stainless steel drive ring to provide increased inertia and speed stability.

The Centroid tonearm is built from materials selected for low mass, high strength and the ability to transfer mechanical energy away from the cartridge. The Centroid was designed using computer modeling techniques that simulate the forces exerted on the arm as the cartridge tracks the record, enabling the tonearm's design to precisely account for and compensate for the mechanical effects of arm/cartridge/record interactions.

The tonearm mounting board of the SG1.1 is fitted with a stainless steel bayonet mounting system that is easily removed from the turntable with the push of a button, enabling multiple arm and cartridge combinations to be pre-set up and readily swapped and installed, with perfect alignment every time.

The Spiral Groove SG1.1 turntable is currently available at a suggested retail price of $36,000 with Centroid arm and $30,000 without arm. Spiral Groove is distributed in the U.S. by Immedia, along with Canalis loudspeakers, Strange Attractors vibration control accessories and QUALIA & COMPANY audio components.

About Spiral Groove

Spiral Groove designs and manufactures turntables, pickup arms and accessories that embody the highest standards of precision engineering to convey music with exceptional fidelity and emotional involvement. The concept of Balanced Force Design is at the heart of every Spiral Groove product. The goal of Balanced Force Design is to achieve the most elegant equilibrium of materials, performance, function, manufacturability and beauty.

All Spiral Groove products are manufactured in Berkeley, California and distributed by Immedia. For more information please visit www.spiral-groove.com.


NEWS RELEASE 12/16/13 Audio-Technica now offers its new SonicFuel in-ear headphones, six models designed to take musical enjoyment to greater sonic heights. All the headphones feature ergonomic C-tip earpieces that nestle in the ear for a stay-in-place fit, and the three "iS" models have an in-line controller with microphone and volume adjustment for managing phone calls and music/video playback. Other features like the innovative 360-degree rotating eartips, flat tangle-free cord and useful accessories are also available on various models throughout the line. The SonicFuel headphones include the ATH-CKX9iS, ATH-CKX9, ATH-CKX7iS, ATH-CKX7, ATH-CKX5iS and ATH-CKX5, with suggested U.S. retail prices ranging from $99.95 to $44.95.

"We named these headphones SonicFuel because they're created to fuel listeners' passion for enjoying their favorite music wherever they go," said Crystal Griffith, Audio-Technica Consumer Marketing Manager. "They offer all the value, comfort, features and sound quality people look for in high-quality in-ear headphones, including three models with in-line mic and controller for smartphone compatibility."

The ATH-CKX9iS and ATH-CKX9 (U.S. SRP: $99.95 and $94.95) offer exceptional audio quality and comfort, thanks to their large 13.5 mm drivers that deliver surprisingly powerful, dynamic and immersive sound from an in-ear design, with exceptional clarity and detail. Both headphones have the same features except the ATH-CKX9iS (like all "iS" models) adds a microphone and a cord-mounted remote for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, and other compatible smartphones and portable devices, enabling users to answer calls, control media and adjust volume.

The headphones have a flat, tangle-free cable that won't get in the way, and are available in black or silver. The ATH-CKX9iS and ATH-CKX9 come with S, M and L-sized C-tips, XS, S, M and L-sized eartips, and Comply TM Foam Tips that form to the shape of the ear canal. Both are supplied with a carrying case.

The SonicFuel ATH-CKX7iS smartphone-compatible model and ATH-CKX7 headphones (U.S. SRP: $79.95 and $74.95) feature newly designed 360-degree rotating eartips that adjust to the angles of the listener's ear canals, helping to create a perfect seal for maximum bass impact and sound isolation. Their compact enhanced driver systems deliver clear, robust sound. Available in black, white, blue, red and purple, the ATH-CKX7iS and ATH-CKX7 have a flat, tangle-free cord and are supplied with S, M and L-sized C-tips, XS, S, M and L-sized eartips, Comply Foam Tips and a carrying case.

The ATH-CKX5iS smartphone-compatible and ATH-CKX5 headphones set new price/performance benchmarks in the under-$50 category at U.S. suggested retail prices of $49.95 and $44.95, respectively. Both feature Audio-Technica's 360-degree rotating eartips and high-quality compact drivers for outstanding sound quality with impactful bass and isolation from outside noise. Both are available in black, white, red, blue and green. The ATH-CKX5iS and ATH-CKX5 come with S, M and L-sized C-tips, XS, S, M and L-sized eartips and a carrying pouch. SonicFuel headphones carry a two-year Audio-Technica manufacturer's warranty.

Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is renowned worldwide for a broad range of consumer and professional audio products, including high-performance headphones, microphones, wireless systems, turntables and phono cartridges. Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica designs and manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for major concert tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, theaters, house-of-worship venues, and consumer applications. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com


NEWS RELEASE 11/26/13 Enjoy the Music.com, high fidelity audio's leading online information site for more than 18 years and now in concert with major print media plus Internet partners, is pleased to announce a historic alliance. Armed with a new state-of-the-art audio/video studio facility, Enjoy the Music.TV will stream key information to help educate consumers about great high fidelity audio gear while also showcasing multi-Grammy award winning recording studio engineers and musicians, EDM DJs plus home, car and portable audio gear. It is not just how music is created in the studio or reproduced with an electronic device, what matters most is that the musical artists' creation is experienced as intended in true high fidelity audio sound quality. With so many new technologies reaching the marketplace, it can get confusing to exactly what the inherent sound quality of music people are purchasing. Consumers can rely on Enjoy the Music.TV's experts, with many hundreds of years of experience in the field of music and audio, to educate as well as entertain our audience.

With technology now moving at such a rapid pace, it may be confusing for music enthusiasts to understand all the possibilities and benefits of MP3 versus, vinyl LPs, DSD, DVD-A, SACD, 24-bit/192kHz, etc music files and how high fidelity equipment provides ease of use and plays music files within their daily lives. Equally as confusing may be all the new gear now reaching stores worldwide. Enjoy the Music.TV will make life easier as we demystify acronyms, introduce popular musicians, recording studio engineers, popular personalities plus well-established journalists who report on the industry. Together, we work in harmony to enhance how we all interact with music on a daily basis and bring it to a higher level. Since music plays an important part in our lives, with billions of dollars spent each year worldwide to create, deliver and reproduce it, consumer are always looking to make their music easier to access and in finding ways it can enhance and integrate within their lifestyle.

With over a dozen leading magazines and sites as partners at launch, plus five major consumer electronics shows that focus on high fidelity music and equipment, Enjoy the Music.TV will continue to expand their reach and seek strategic alliances with those who play key roles within the many facets of the music industry. Viewers can participate and interact during live events via chat, send in their photos for our broadcast to show how they enjoy music and much more. Enjoy the Music.TV brings a new level of connectivity with our audience and to those who create music.

"With the launch of Enjoy the Music.TV and its ability to reach a worldwide audience, we are enabling music enthusiasts to better connect to their music and with those who created it," said Editor and Creative Director of Enjoy the Music.com and Enjoy the Music.TV Steven R. Rochlin. "Today, there are so many ways to enjoy music that was not possible only a handful of years ago. Enjoy the Music.TV is simply an evolution in the many technologies Enjoy the Music.com has employed over the years. With our in-house based state-of-the-art professional studio, plus the ability to mobilize for on-location reporting, this opens up yet another venue to promote the many facets of the music industry. Our guiding motto for the past 18 years has always been to help educate others and enable them to appreciate their music to its maximum potential; as the artist intended to convey to their passionate audience. To be true to your music. Or, put simply, enjoy the music."

About Enjoy the Music.com / Enjoy the Music.TV
Enjoy the Music.comis the Internet's undisputed industry leading information sitefor high fidelity audio information, reviews and show reports including home and mobile devices, digital music downloads and more since 1995. The site has received critical acclaim worldwide with like-minded audio publications both in print and online plus the President of the Consumer Electronics Association. Beingaffiliated withseven prominent print publications, plus offeringits own Review Magazine and over 160 show reports online, Enjoy the Music.comisthe leading Internet authority for diverse informationserving music lovers worldwide. Enjoy the Music.TV adds an additional seven online publications as partners plus both sites are media sponsors of high fidelity audio events including AXPONA, California Audio Show, TAVES, T.H.E. Show Newport Beach and the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

www.EnjoyTheMusic.com

www.EnjoyTheMusic.TV

What Our Partners Say
"AXPONA 2014 is very pleased to be the launching pad for the new site Enjoy the Music.TV from Steven R. Rochlin," said Stephen Davis, VP Sales & Industry Relations of the AXPONA event. "Enjoy the Music.com has always produced high quality reporting and coverage that was and still remains to this day far ahead of its time. With the launch of Enjoy the Music.TV, it will no doubt be the site to watch for coverage of all things related to our great industry. AXPONA is overjoyed to have this new site streaming full coverage of new and innovative events plus their addition to the AXPONA 2014 event."

"Mono & Stereo high fidelity audio magazine is happy to join the forces with Enjoy the Music.TV for a long term collaboration with exclusive content," said Matej Isak, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Mono & Stereo. "In the era of globalization and borderless audio, viewers from all over the world are seeking quality content that ensure the true insights into the products and people behind them. Mono & Stereo and Enjoy the Music.TV will bring the passion and quality content to a large audience."

"As the high fidelity audio and music industry evolves and market demographics shift, it is clear that new approaches are required," said Scot Hull, publisher of Part-Time Audiophile. "We have to both evangelize the joys of music appreciation to the forgotten generations while making it easy and fun for those on the path to find the innovators that are carrying the high-end audio industry forward. There are a lot of folks out there that would love to explore 'better sound', but the message of how to do that hasn't reached them. Leveraging new approaches and new media seems an obvious great step. Part-Time Audiophile believes that the journey is at least as important as the destination. You have to do more, speak the language, and deliver in a way that consumers will enjoy and actively seek out. Enjoy The Music.com has been at the forefront of the fight for audio joy, we're quite sure this new venture will be an entertaining and informative addition to the arsenal of tools the curious will use to pursue their own path. We're thrilled to support it."

"Positive Feedback Online is pleased to affiliate itself with Enjoy the Music.TV," said Editors Dr. David W. Robinson. Myself and co-Editor Dave Clark see this as an excellent opportunity to extend our audio community into new modes and venues, as we extend our reach to passionate audio and music lovers globally. We agree with Steven R. Rochlin that the time has come for high fidelity audio to reach out globally via streaming video. There are hundreds of thousands of music enthusiasts who will benefit from high-quality media sent out over the Internet. Positive Feedback Online's 24-year-old model of being a 'creative community for the audio arts' will fit in very well with Enjoy the Music.TV's commitment to outreach via excellent video production and Internet-based streaming media. We look forward to a successful collaboration."

"We at Dagogo and California Audio Show are excited to be partners with Steven R. Rochlin's launch of Enjoy the Music.TV channel," said Constantine Soo, Editor of Dagogo and President of the California Audio Show. Steven is a visionary of our time and we look forward to working with him closely."

"High-Fidelity.com is pleased to announce that it will be joining Enjoy the Music.TV and Steven R. Rochlin as he once again seeks to push boundaries, open new doors, and seek new vistas for our shared audiophile enthusiasm," said High-Fidelity.com co-founder Chris Sommovigo. "I've known Steven for over 20 years and I've never known him to be timid about a great idea. His generosity and goodwill precede him, and we're very happy to have been asked aboard Enjoy the Music.TV."

"We wish everyone with Enjoy the Music.TV well with the new venture," said Richard Beers, President of T.H.E. Shows Las Vegas & Newport. "It sounds extremely exciting and if anyone can pull it off, it is Enjoy The Music.com and Enjoy the Music.TV We here at T.H.E. Shows Las Vegas and Newport have attempted our darnedest to attractive a new 'listening audience' and folks who appreciate all the latest developments in high-end audio. We look forward to working with Enjoy the Music.TV on this new project. No one keeps up with media advances like Steven R. Rochlin. Can't wait to see what's next "

"HIFiMedia is very excited to become a part of Enjoy the Music.TV, a new effort by Steven R. Rochlin," said Andrija Curkovic, Editor-in-Chief of HiFi Media. "We expect Enjoy the Music.TV and its affiliates to find its way to broader public and audio and music lovers. This approach open new windows of opportunities and may prove particularly useful for small markets such ours."

"Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is delighted to join Enjoy the Music.TV in celebrating the introduction of a new technological advancement," said Show Director Marjorie Baumert. "I can always count on Steven R. Rochlin to bring groundbreaking toys to RMAF. At this year's RMAF he introduced the Dub Bot and there are plenty of YouTube videos that recorded the surprise I heard from people all over the world about how much they enjoyed the videos and especially the live interactive demo in the CANJAM room. At RMAF 2014, Enjoy the Music.TV will be here at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest transmitting a full day so everyone can enjoy the new products and interviews of the cast of characters within this industry. Please join me in congratulating Enjoy the Music.TV's launch and a creative avenue to reach a larger audience."


NEWS RELEASE 11/23/13 Randall K Designer HiFi was started a little under a year ago with one mission, to make audio cool again and get people passionate about wanting to share music and audio the very same way it was infused in us. To do this, we are building limited edition functional audio art that at the very least are conversation pieces, and, perform at state of the art levels. We feel that for too long, people would purchase a piece of equipment to hide it in their audio cave. The only way the audio business will drive groups of music lovers towards finer equipment and enjoy listening is to make audio an inclusive sport and not an exclusive one, as well as offering unique, high performance products.

Each hand made pair of Randall K speakers are limited editions to insure exclusivity and value. Randall K speakers can be custom tailored in both color and material utilized to add another level of personalization. We want our clients to be an integral part of the process and to take pride in owning a Randall K loudspeaker.

Multiple steps with industry leading technology and craftsmanship are employed to assure that performance is commensurate with the aesthetics. Randall K designs mate wide band drivers with a midbass/bass driver to achieve the coherency of a single driver loudspeaker, along with the output and dynamics of a multiway. Our designs allow coherence, musicality and timing to be taken to a previously unattainable level. Resonance and internal timing errors are addressed using our AIR technology (Asynchronous Internal Randomization) for ultimate musical reproduction. The shapes and contours of Randall K cabinets are chosen to minimize internal reflections and minimize all of the non-desirable restrictions that putting a speaker into a box causes.

We are currently looking for 10-15 Dealers in the US and 10 -15 International Distributors that would like to offer the Randall K designs exclusively, people who want to bring excitement back into our industry and attract much needed new blood into our beloved sport. Our speakers truly will separate you from your competitors as something you can't wait to show off from a sonic and aesthetic perspective.

If you are one of those Dealers that truly cares about music and desires to make listening to music fun and cool again, as well as growing your business, please contact me at;

Email: randy@randall-k.com Website: www.randall-k.com


NEWS RELEASE 11/23/13 Bryston, LTD (www.bryston.com) has announced the introduction of the BUC-1, a special purpose digital to digital converter that enables music enthusiasts to use their computer as a high resolution music source even though their existing Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) does not feature asynchronous USB capability. The Bryston BUC-1 converter allows for native 24 bit resolution at sampling rates up to 192 kHz. MSRP for the BUC-1 is $799. Available January 1st, 2014.

The BUC-1 takes a standard USB output from the computer and delivers bit-perfect data via either an AES/EBU or S/PDIF output to any DAC. "The concept behind this product is to serve a very specific niche in the marketplace," explained Bryston's James Tanner. "There are digital music enthusiasts out there who would like to use their computer as a high resolution music server and yet extend their investment in a previously purchased DAC that does not feature asynchronous USB. The BUC-1 is that critical link between older hardware and the latest high resolution music software," Tanner explained.

The BUC-1 differentiates itself from competitive USB solutions in several critical ways including a robust linear power supply design. This is not a device that is buss-powered via the USB cable. In order to supply clean power to the on-board circuitry, the BUC-1 uses a combination of power supply filtering and a newly engineered power down-regulator. Like other Bryston electronics, the power supply features ultra stable voltage regulation, extremely low noise/low distortion circuitry throughout and a steel chassis to reject any radiated noise from a computer or other device in close proximity. The goal of any quality USB converter is to convey the exact bits in the audio signal with the least amount of jitter possible. While most USB converters are capable of delivering correct bits, accurate timing is another matter. Timing errors in the signal can come from a number of different sources, such as noisy power supplies or clocks, timing errors already present on the audio signal being encoded, and noise in the transmission line, just to name a few. Most crucially, the Bryston BUC-1 takes control of the master timing of the audio system—so rather than the computer running the master clock with questionable results, the BUC-1 becomes the main system clock delivering ultra low jitter, sparkling high resolution audio to any outboard DAC. "The BUC-1 is ideal for anyone who wants the benefits of computer-based high resolution audio playback using an existing DAC," Tanner concluded.


NEWS RELEASE 11/23/13 Lone Mountain Audio, the U.S. distributor for ATC, Acoustic Transducer Company Consumer Hi-Fi products announces ATCs new Hi-Fi Passive SCM19 V2 Loudspeakers designed for medium size stereo and multi-channel applications.

The new Hi-Fi Passive closed-box SCM19 employs ATCs new SH25-76, 25mm soft dome tweeter, updated bass/mid drivers and crossovers housed in a new curved laminated cabinet. The second generation SCM19 employs ATCs landmark SH25-76 tweeter, developed to satisfy the companys long-established rigor in drive unit engineering.

ATCs SH25-76 Tweeter

Sharing technology with the renowned ATC soft domed mid-range drive unit, the new tweeter employs a unique dual suspension system suppressing rocking modes even at high power output levels. The configuration of a short edge-wound voice coil in a long, narrow magnetic gap ensures exceptionally low distortion throughout its operating band and removes the need for Ferro-fluids, which can dry out over time, compromising performance.

A complex, shaped, soft-domed diaphragm extends high frequency range and offers a smooth off-axis response. The tweeters 15,000 gauss (1.5 tesla) neodymium magnet has a black heat-treated top plate, which dissipates heat away from the voice coil to maintain high power handling and low power compression. A precision-machined 5.5mm rigid alloy waveguide provides optimum dispersion, a flat on-axis frequency response and resonance-free operation.

New Cabinets and Systems

Establishing what is to be a new style for ATCs most competitively priced range of loudspeakers, and joining their new SCM7 V3 and SCM11 V2 recently announced, the new SCM19 benefit acoustically and aesthetically from a curved cabinet construction. The new cabinet design is braced and laminated for high rigidity and damping, the curved enclosures in real cherry or black ash veneer also impart a strong impression of handcrafted design quality. The systems improved crossovers feature metallized polypropylene capacitors, large air cored inductors and ceramic wire-round resistors offer superior power handling and clarity. The new model exhibits an impedance curve free from low values, presenting an easy load for amplifiers of 75 to 300 watts.

The SCM19 is designed for optimum performance with the grill in place although the difference in performance without the grill is minimal. The metal grille, finished in anthracite grey, fixes to the cabinet via hidden magnets. According to tradition, each model number represents internal cabinet volume in liters.

Second Generation SCM19

The new ATC SH25-76 soft dome tweeter is joined with the companys highly linear 150mm mid/bass driver. It features an integrated 75mm soft dome exceptional for its horizontal dispersion of mid-band frequencies and a huge 9kg high-energy, Super Linear magnet systems, which includes a 75mm diameter flat wire, under hung voice coil, meticulously milled and formed by ATC. The magnet system and a carefully weighted doped fabric cone assembly contribute to the SCM19s wide bandwidth, impressive dynamic range and convincing bass output coupled with very low distortion as a result of the unique Super Linear motor system.

The new range of ATC closed-box passive loudspeakers is certain to raise the bar in performance driven bookshelf loudspeakers. Manufactured in-house, the new SCM19 offer the ownership of a hand-built ruggedly engineered speaker, world famous for musical accuracy and high power output, and are backed by ATCs six-year warranty.

Visit Lone Mountain Audio / ATC Loudspeakers at 2014 International CES Venetian Tower, Suite 29-227.

ABOUT LONE MOUNTAIN AUDIO / ATC U.S. www.lonemountainaudio.com

Lone Mountain Audio is import and Distribution Company designed to be different by focusing only on products that bring "The Studio Experience" to the home. Founded by Pro Industry Veteran Brad Lunde, LMA brings extensive experience in the recording studio industry to the consumer electronic home hi fi world. Based in Las Vegas, LMA is the exclusive US Importer for ATC Loudspeakers from the UK.

ABOUT ATC, ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER COMPANY www.atcloudspeakers.co.uk

ATC "Acoustic Engineers" was founded in 1973 by Billy Woodman, ATC is a transducer and loudspeaker manufacturer located in Stroud, Gloucester UK. ATC is a major supplier to the Recording Studio Industry world wide, with a unique product line designed to reveal more details with lower distortion than comparable designs. Nearly every component inside an ATC handcrafted loudspeaker is engineered and manufactured in house.


NEWS RELEASE 11/23/13 Canadian based Kronos Audio has chosen GTT Audio as its United States distributor of high performance turntables. Kronos Audio, known throughout the world for their unparalleled Limited Edition Turntable, looks to GTT Audio for marketing and sales in the US for its existing and soon to be released new models.

GTT Audio plans to build a network of dealers to make these products visible through-out the United States. "I am very excited to have been chosen to represent Kronos Audio in the US. I have already developed a good working relationship with Kronos' designer, Louis Dejardins. The Kronos turntable is by far the most dynamic, lowest in noise, highest in resolution and true to the source turntable I have ever heard." says GTT Audio's president, Bill Parish.

Kronos introduced the worlds first counter-rotating dual platter suspended turntable for which it received an international patent. Its unique design provides an unequalled level of stability, creating an optimum environment to extract more musical information from your vinyl records. Kronos will soon be releasing this technology in two additional turn-tables. The KRONOS offers the vinyl enthusiast incomparable listening enjoyment.

Every single component of the KRONOS is engineered for simplicity and ease of use: the uncomplicated construction enables easy setup, smooth operation and long-term reliability.

Kronos Audio

Kronos Audio, a Montreal based Canadian company, was founded in 2010. Kronos has received rave reviews throughout the world. Harry Pearson of HP Soundings might have summed it up best when he wrote, "the best turntable I've never heard...this turn-table gives me all the musical truths I so desire...a masterpiece of design and sound.


NEWS RELEASE 11/23/13 Introducing the Audioengine D3 Premium 24-bit DAC
Only $189 and shipping now

The Audioengine D3 Premium 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) bypasses your computer's headphone jack and sends music directly through USB, making any computer sound noticeably better.

Easy setup
Setup is easy and no special software is needed. The D3 plugs directly into a USB port on your Mac or PC and the output connects to headphones, Audioengine powered speakers, or any audio system.

Designed for the headphone enthusiast
With it's high signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion, the D3 delivers sound quality generally heard only in more expensive DACs. The high-performance headphone amplifier was designed for a wide range of headphones and will satisfy even the most demanding headphone enthusiast.

See and hear the difference
The aluminum case of the D3 reflects traditional Audioengine design and the high-quality components and audio fidelity are typical of our commitment to great sound at affordable prices. The Audioengine D3 continues to close the gap between your computer music and home hi-fi and even if you're not an audio enthusiast we guarantee your music will sound better

Pricing and availability
The Audioengine D3 Premium 24-bit DAC has a retail price of $189. The D3 is available now and can be purchased from over 500 authorized worldwide resellers or online direct.

About Audioengine
Audioengine designs and builds innovative audio products with all your music in mind. Great sound and useful features at affordable prices. More info on the D3 and our other computer audio products can be found on our website.


NEWS RELEASE 11/13/13 Black Cat Cable, a manufacturer of high-end audio cables, interconnects and accessories, has announced the release of its Silverstar USB audiophile cable. The Silverstar USB is a well-executed cable that was designed for maximum performance at minimum price.

"The USB cable market has been in full swing for several years now, but I wasn't comfortable releasing any products unless they were in the realm of 'can't be beat,'" says Black Cat founder Chris Sommovigo. "I had to be confident that the new Silverstar would be heads and above other cables even three and four times its price. I'm so excited about the final product, and I can't wait for end users to see what's possible at this price. This USB cable draws a line in the sand."

Black Cat Cable products have been renowned in the audiophile community for many years for their extreme performance and reasonable price tags. And their latest offering, the Silverstar USB, embodies that company philosophy perfectly, by ignoring unrelated bells, whistles and pseudoscience, and focusing solely performance.

"In a way this scaled-back approach is quite a bit better than a lot of your other options, including some of the radically expensive cables," Sommovigo continues. "As with so many other things, before getting fancy we have to make sure we're doing no harm. Silverstar USB is our 'Do No Harm' cable, and we think you'll be surprised at how well it can do its job."

The 1.23m Silverstar USB retails for $150 (plus shipping/handling) for 1.23m.,with the 24" option selling for just $99. As with all Black Cat Cable products, the new cables are assembled right here in Atlanta, GA USA

About Black Cat Cable:
Black Cat cables are divided into sub-series, almost all of which have been made possible by our development of the AERON™ insulating process, which lends us the ability to manufacture very high performance cables without being held hostage to the high premiums that subcontractors charge.
Black Cat interconnects all use our newly-designed RCA connectors, which feature a combination of design elements that make them high performance and yet still quite cost-effective.


NEWS RELEASE 11/13/13 Light Harmonic, maker of state-of-the-art digital audio products, has responded to an unprecedented degree to input from backers of their current Indiegogo campaign for "Geek Pulse", a desktop DAC and headphone amplifier which can form the basis of a home audio system.

"After our Kickstarter campaign for 'Geek Out', we said that the biggest benefit of the campaign was the input from our backers," said Gavin Fish, Light Harmonic VP of Sales. " With 'Geek Pulse' we're showing just how important that input is to us, by allowing our backers to define key product features and even lead us into whole new products."

Since the campaign for "Pulse" was launched on October 28th, Larry Ho and the Light Harmonic design team have changed a number of key features of Pulse including the

front panel, its display, the type of volume control, inputs and outputs, and most recently, added optional Bluetooth connectivity with the addition of "Geek Blue".

"Our backers have given a lot of thought to what they want in a desktop system," said Larry Ho, CEO of Light Harmonic. "Their ideas have helped us clarify what features we should have in Pulse. They've shown us that there is significant demand for some features we didn't think were important-- like Bluetooth".

Bluetooth compatibility is usually considered a limiting factor in high-resolution audio, but by utilizing the aptX codec, the technology behind HD radio, in association with Light Harmonic's patent-pending three layer buffer to reduce the noise ('jitter") inherent in wireless transmission, wireless streaming sounds better than ever before.

"It's true that aptX is still a compressed format," said Ho, " but by combining Bluetooth 4.0 with our buffer and quiet power circuit, Pulse will be the best-sounding Bluetooth component made, and one of the easiest to use."

Additional features for Pulse will appear in the weeks to come. "We've said from the beginning that we want Pulse to be the basis of a home audio system, " said Fish. "Use your imagination-- we expect we'll provide features everyone wants, as well as some unexpected ones. This is just the beginning."

The Indiegogo campaign for Geek Pulse went live on October 28, 2013, and will run through December 20, 2013. Presently, over 1000 backers have pledged more than $250,000 in support of Pulse.

Since its inception in 2008, Indiegogo has raised millions of dollars for thousands of projects. Initially geared to the independent film industry, the site expanded in 2009 to include all industries and types of fundraising projects

"We want the 'Geek' products from our LH Labs division to become known as the products that customers dream of-- but can't believe anyone will make," said Ho.

Suggested Retail Price, "Geek Pulse": $499.00 Geek Blue: $249.00 additional.

Availability: April, 2014

About Light Harmonic

Light Harmonic was founded in Sacramento, California in 2010 with the goal of producing the finest-sounding digital audio products in the world. The company produces the industry-leading Da Vinci DAC ($20,000), Da Vinci Dual DAC ($31,000) and the LightSpeed USB cable ($999-$1999). All three products have received rave reviews and are sold worldwide through a network of specialist dealers and distributors. "Geek Out" was the first product developed for Light Harmonic's mass-market subdivision, LH Labs; "Geek Pulse" is the second.

"Geek Pulse" Indiegogo campaign


NEWS RELEASE 11/13/13 Audience today announced that it is now shipping its ClairAudient 1+1 loudspeaker. The ClairAudient 1+1 is a bi-pole (front- and rear-radiating) design that is compact, yet provides surprisingly expansive sound.

Recipient of Greatest Bargain and Best Sound (highest value) accolades at T.H.E. Show: Newport 2012 from The Absolute Sound when presented as a pre-release prototype, the ClairAudient 1+1 utilizes two of Audience's proprietary A3-S full-range drivers, one in the front and one rear along with two side-firing passive radiators in a crossoverless design, a configuration that yields exceptionally coherent and musically natural performance. The 1+1 is striking in appearance, with a high gloss black multi-angled enclosure accented by rosewood sides.

The Audience proprietary A3-S driver, although just 3 inches in diameter, delivers extremely flat frequency response from 50Hz to 22kHz (depending on room placement), eliminating the need for a separate woofer, midrange driver, tweeter, and crossover network. As a result the inherent problems of integrating multiple sonically dissimilar drivers and the accompanying phase distortions, loss of resolution and transient response degradation of a crossover network are completely avoided. The dual side-mounted passive radiators augment the output of the A-3S drivers and enable the 1+1 to deliver outstanding presence and dynamic contrast.

"By employing our A-3S driver in a bi-pole design with dual passive radiators, the 1+1 is able to provide an expanded soundstage, extended low-frequency response and offer increased power handling," said John McDonald, president of Audience. "Most importantly, the 1+1 attains a level of sonic purity and musical accuracy that removes all obstacles between the loudspeaker, the listener and the performance."

The 1+1 also utilizes Audience's unique SSIT SweetSpace TM Imaging Technology that provides an expanded listening area rather than the usual single listener sweet spot.

The A3-S driver features a large patented neodymium-magnet motor structure and voice coil that moves with a highly linear excursion. It utilizes an exclusive rigid lightweight anodized aluminum-magnesium alloy cone material with a curvilinear shape. The driver's concave dust cap is made of a proprietary material that is specially designed to control high-frequency cone breakup and provide optimum dispersion.

The patent-pending A3-S surround has a unique "S" shape that allows the driver to provide large excursions without impacting the movement of the cone, enabling the driver to behave more like an ideal pistonic (back and forth) radiator. The driver's patent-pending basket (frame) provides rigid support and eliminates sonically degrading resonances. Other refinements include large pole-piece vents for efficient heat dissipation, a spider (the circular piece that holds the driver's voice coil in place) that allows unrestricted cone movement and many additional enhancements.

The loudspeaker is built using the highest-quality components including the company's custom-made mono crystal Auric internal wiring. Like all Audience audio components and loudspeakers the ClairAudient 1+1 is designed, engineered and handcrafted in the United States.

The Audience ClairAudient 1+1 loudspeaker is currently available at a suggested retail price of $1,800 per pair.

About Audience

Audience was formed in November 1997 by John McDonald and the late Richard Smith, as a design and production company focused on building the best possible audio and video equipment. To pass the Audience test, each product must truly make a significant contribution to the reproduction of audio and/or video. Audience offers loudspeakers, electronics, cables, power conditioners, high-resolution capacitors and the Auric Illuminator optical disk resolution enhancement.

Audience's commitment is to develop the very best products possible, and the company is committed to unexcelled customer service and product support. All Audience cables have an unconditional lifetime warranty and power conditioners have a ten-year warranty. For more information visit www.audience-av.com.


NEWS RELEASE 11/1/13 Audioengine today announced the Audioengine 2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speakers.

The award-winning Audioengine 2 speakers just got better. With a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC), the Audioengine 2+ allows you to bypass your computer's headphone output and send music directly through USB for improved sound.

Upgrade your audio
The Audioengine 2+ sets a new standard for computer audio and these small, but high-performance speakers are the perfect upgrade for your computer.

"We designed the A2+ with the same philosophy as our other products - great sound and simple setup and operation," says Audioengine Director, Dave Evans. "The A2+ upgrades are based on customer and dealer feedback and I feel we've achieved our goal without altering the fundamental design and sound of the original A2."

Versatile and efficient
The A2+ was designed for your desktop but their superb soundstage and imaging also makes them the perfect choice to fill a room. An output to connect a subwoofer is included and you can even go wireless with our W3 adapter. Using a similar analog design as the Audioengine 5+, the A2+ power amplifiers are built inside the left speaker providing a very efficient system. Setup is easy. Just plug the left speaker into a power outlet and connect the included speaker wire from left to right. We've included multiple inputs for easy connection to your computer or iDevice. All cables needed are included, there's no software to install, and A2+ works with any computer or music player.

"The Audioengine 2+ is another step forward for powered speakers and a very affordable upgrade for your music," says Brady Bargenquast, Audioengine Director. "As is the goal with our other products, the A2+ offers quality and performance not generally seen in other speakers in this price range."

Features
Built-in analog power amplifiers
Dual analog audio inputs
USB audio input
Variable audio output
Works with Mac or PC, no software to install
Designed for desktop use, but will fill a room

Differences between the A2+ and original A2
USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
Variable audio output (connect a subwoofer or wireless adapter)
Upgraded speaker connectors
Standard 1/4" threaded inserts for wall mounts
Upgraded power supply
Upgraded accessory cables

Pricing and availability
The Audioengine 2+ (A2+) Premium Powered Desktop Speakers have a retail price of US$249 per pair. A2+ is available now and can be purchased from over 500 authorized worldwide resellers or online direct.

About Audioengine
Audioengine designs and builds innovative audio products with all your music in mind. Great sound and useful features at affordable prices. More info on the A2+ and our other computer audio products can be found on our website: audioengineusa.com


NEWS RELEASE 11/1/13 Sennheiser, a leading provider of premium headset solutions, announced the launch of its PRESENCE™ premium-quality mobile headset, a solution for consumers and business professionals requiring outstanding sound quality and HD voice clarity – whether around the office, in the car or outdoors. Building on Sennheiser's 70-year legacy of sound leadership, the PRESENCE features the latest Bluetooth® 4.0 technology, as well as Sennheiser's new SpeakFocus™ and WindSafe™ technologies. The combination of these innovations delivers a high quality, professional communication experience for mobile users, regardless of their location.

As consumers are constantly on the go and business professionals increasingly work from locations away from the office, they are all still expected to maintain clear communications and therefore require technology they can rely on in any environment. PRESENCE™ mobile headset ensures sonic clarity and outstanding audio quality in a slim and aesthetically attractive design that is simple to operate.

Innovations for a Superior Mobile Communications Experience

PRESENCE™ is equipped with Sennheiser HD voice clarity, enabling a superior listening experience. Each PRESENCE™ headset is also equipped with three digital microphones and the new SpeakFocus™ technology, which detects the user's voice while filtering out background noise. This allows users to make phone calls in noisy environments and provide listeners with a professional, crystal clear sound experience.

Sennheiser's WindSafe™ technology reduces wind noise effectively, reducing one of the biggest annoyances for the listener at the other end of the line. To do this, the PRESENCE automatically chooses the best mix of the three microphones and processes the sound to determine the optimal way to balance and enhance the voice of the user. To safeguard users against hazardous noises that can be dangerous to hearing, the headset is also equipped with Sennheiser's uniquely patented ActiveGard® hearing protection system.

The PRESENCE™ solution consists of a headset and a USB dongle that allows for a 'plug and play' experience with computers – enabling seamless switching between a mobile phone and the Unified Communications client. The headset also features real-time battery monitoring, talk time of up to 10 hours and a range of up to 82 feet depending on the environment and the device it is being used with. With a sleek and iconic design, PRESENCE™ looks as good as it sounds and is lightweight at just 13 grams.

Tori Seliokas, channel manager, telecommunications at Sennheiser, said: "With the evolution of the modern enterprise towards more flexible, agile working practices that allow people to work remotely and across multiple locations, there is a need for a high-quality headset solution that can meet these demands. PRESENCE™ incorporates Sennheiser's latest innovations – the SpeakFocus™ and WindSafe™ technologies – providing users with outstanding sound quality and performance they will appreciate wherever they are."

The Sennheiser PRESENCE™ is priced at $179.95 and is available now.

For more information, visit sennheiserusa.com.

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.


NEWS RELEASE 11/1/13 DEQX Pty Ltd, manufacturers of leading-edge Preamp Processors providing speaker calibration, crossover and room compensation will be exhibiting at the Australian Audio & AV Show at the Intercontinental Melbourne, room 314.

The DEQX PreMate
As a full-function preamp processor the PreMate follows the Hippocratic Oath: First do no harm. The very notion of digital or analog sound doesn't exist for DEQX; we let the music speak for itself. You'll be surprised by what DEQX can do to a pair of Magneplanar 1.7s, and gobsmacked as DEQX turns a pair of plastic PA speakers into decent performers.

The PreMate delivers the same comprehensive speaker and room calibration features as the DEQX Mate plus the preamp functions of the flagship HDP-4. DEQX Preamp/Processors calibrate your space by removing speaker distortion with subsequent room compensation. The results are always startling when timing, phase and amplitude accuracy are restored. The PreMate, like the DEQX Mate, works with speakers and their built-in crossovers.

The PreMate's preamp section includes four digital inputs – Toslink Optical, RCA Coax, BNC Coax, balanced AES3 XLR. And DEQX is also introducing the optional I2S-Direct USB audio input that provides astonishing resolution by avoiding the conversion to and from S/PDIF or AES3 that compromises clocking. There are two analog inputs via RCA and balanced XLR. Outputs are RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced for both main speakers and subwoofers (or bi-amped speakers). The main speaker outputs are also available in digital form to drive an external DAC.

The PreMate features Cirrus Logic's Reference-Grade Pro Audio ADC (Analog-to-Digital Converter) for ultimate transparency, and two latest-generation 32-bit Burr Brown DACs (Digital-to-Analog Converters) combined with DEQX's world-leading 32-bit floating-point DSP calibration engine that provides an analog-like fluidity that's turned ADC skeptics into true believers.

The PreMate carries an MSRP of $4,495USD and the I2S-Direct USB input option another $495USD.


NEWS RELEASE 11/1/13 Pass Laboratories, Inc., an audio innovator renowned for its unique high-performance products, has announced it is beginning shipments this month of its Xs Preamplifier, designed by Wayne Colburn, and the new flagship of its preamplifier line. The Xs Preamp is entirely new and designed to complement the ultimate performance standards of Pass Labs' new and highly regarded, dual-chassis Xs-300 and Xs-150 Amplifiers.

Custom designed for the ultimate in music listening, the Xs Preamp opens up the soundstage, delivers a greater sense of space and layering, and provides a clearer window into the performance of reproduced music. It achieves a frequency response of -3dB at 2 Hz and 60 kHz, and a signal-to-noise ratio of -110 dB. Equally important, it applies numerous lessons Pass Labs learned designing its breakthrough XP-30 3-Chassis Reference Preamplifier, and the two Xs Series Amplifiers.

The Xs Preamp is quieter than the XP-30 and has an even more improved power supply. In appearance, it resembles the Xs Amplifiers and features two large chassis built with a true dual-monaural topology. Internally, it has been innovatively designed, especially in its use of high-quality materials.

Pass Labs fabricated its circuit boards from materials sourced in many cases from the military and high-speed computer sectors for their superior performance. Pass Labs also optimized each circuit board through an arduous trial-and-error listening process designed to obtain top performance in each functional area for which a board is employed. For example, circuit boards for power supply circuits have different requirements than ones for gain stages. In the Xs Preamp, each board is optimized for its specific use.

Each of the Xs Preamp's two channels has its own power supply board, both featuring an optimized circuit design and layout. The boards' 100,000-microfarad (uF) capacitors are optimized for low noise and high performance through the use of a variety of materials, from highly reliable electrolytics to a custom polypropylene. Innovatively utilizing newly available silicon carbide semiconductors further heighten performance by dropping noise below the level of Pass Labs own remarkable XP-30 Preamp.

The circuit boards for the gain stages have been completely redesigned for maximum sonic impact. They employ a direct-coupled (DC), ultra-symmetric gain path with high-bias Class-A circuitry, and feature auto bias and DC-compensation to maintain peak performance. An extra large, high-definition display addresses listeners' desire to know a music system's status even from across a brightly lit room. The 20-character display is easy to read, turn on or off and dim. The Xs Preamp comes supplied with a remote control. Its rear panel includes six single-ended, balanced inputs, including a pass-through, a tape loop, and dual-power input connections. It also provides two fixed and one variable output, both of which are single-ended, balanced and suitable for bi-amping. The preamp's two chassis weigh a total of 80 pounds, with each chassis measuring 19 inches wide by 14 inches deep by 6.25 inches high.

The Xs Preamplifier will be available this month from authorized Pass Labs dealers at a suggested price of $38,000 (MSRP).

About Pass Labs

Founded in 1991 by legendary audio designer Nelson Pass, Pass Laboratories, Inc. markets its unique amplifiers, preamplifiers and speakers throughout the world. The company has been based in and manufacturers in Foresthill, California, since its beginning, and is widely regarded as one of the most innovative audio brands in the world. Its critically acclaimed Aleph, X and XA-Series products have won numerous awards, and Founder Nelson Pass holds numerous audio patents. His achievements include developing the first dynamically biased Class-A amplifier circuit, developing a fully cascode audio power amplifier, and developing the Stasis amplifier in 1977. He helped popularize solid-state, single-ended Class-A power amplifiers, and developed the very successful Aleph series of products, and the Super-Symmetry™ circuit, which achieves exceptionally low distortion and noise levels.

For further technical information, visit Pass Labs' website at www.passlabs.com


NEWS RELEASE 11/1/13 Introducing Exakt - a new revolution in hi-fi, which has turned the loudspeaker into an intelligent, connected, software-upgradeable product.

Exakt, a ground-breaking, new Linn technology builds on Linn DS to extend the lossless digital path all the way to the speaker, keeping the signal digital and only converting to analogue at the last possible stage to ensure absolute accuracy of data, guaranteed low latency, extremely low jitter, and extreme precision synchronisation between speakers.

Introducing the new Klimax Exakt System
Linn has launched the Klimax Exakt System, comprising Klimax Exakt DSM and Klimax Exakt 350 Speakers.

Exakt combines and improves on three key Linn innovations – Source-First, Aktiv, and DS – to radically improve the performance of the music system.

Exakt is the most direct connection ever made between the listener and the artist. It sends digital data to an Exakt speaker losslessly to eliminate sources of noise, distortion and interference inherent in the traditional analogue hi-fi chain, meaning that a Studio Master file, or any other music source, is transmitted perfectly to the speaker.

Inside the Exakt Speaker is a digital platform that enables a whole new range of audio performance enhancing capabilities in design, manufacture and in the customer's home.

Eliminates in Design
In design, the intelligence built into Linn Exakt phase corrects every signal, eliminating the phase and magnitude distortion introduced by analogue crossovers, ensuring 100% accuracy in every single crossover.

Corrects at Manufacture
In manufacture, physical variation between parts is inherent in even the most accurate processes, however Exakt measures and corrects for even the tiniest variation between drive units, meaning every system that leaves the factory is guaranteed to perform exactly to its specification, guaranteeing a perfect speaker.

Optimised at Home
In the home, the Exakt system is optimised to suit every individual's room using powerful new Linn software and Linn specialist retailer expertise. The customer now has the flexibility to choose where they would like their system positioned to fit around their lives without compromising the sound they hear.

As with all Linn DSM players, all sources can be connected for improved performance. Even vinyl sounds better – there's no better way to preserve the signal from an LP12 than Exakt. New ADC technology converts the delicate LP12 to digital and sends it losslessly to the speaker, better protecting the signal than any other solution.

The Linn Klimax Exakt system is available now from Linn Specialists worldwide, priced at $80,000 retail. Visit linn.co.uk for more information.


NEWS RELEASE 11/1/13 Light Harmonic, maker of state-of-the-art digital audio products, is proud to introduce "Geek Pulse" through a campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com . "Geek Pulse" is a desktop DAC and amplifier that connects to a computer, music server or other digital device to form the basis of a high-quality compact music system.

Light Harmonic recently confounded expectations of the audiophile world by utilizing technology developed for their $31,000 DaVinci Dual DAC in the 'Geek Out' portable DAC/ headphone amp launched on Kickstarter.com. The campaign set records by reaching its $28,000 funding goal in 10 1/2 hours, with a final tally of $303,000 from 2,146 backers. 'Geek Out' will sell through mainstream retail outlets for an MSRP of $299, starting in January, 2014; the strong response to "Geek Out" prompted Light Harmonic to establish a division devoted solely to mass-market products: LH Labs. "The 'Geek Out' campaign proved the demand for no-frills, nojargon high-performance digital audio products that regular people can use and enjoy", said Gavin Fish, Light Harmonic's VP of Sales. " 'Geek Out' showed that the general public understands the benefits of clearer sound, and a lot of our backers asked us for a desktop device with more power, more inputs, and more outputs. So here it is ."

"Geek Pulse" provides superb sound quality from a wide range of high-resolution formats, in an easy-to-use plug-and-play device. "Pulse"'s DAC natively decodes PCM files up to 32-bit/384kHz, as well as native decoding of DSD64 and DSD128 files, and features the Patent-Pending 3L buffer introduced by Light Harmonic in Da Vinci DAC. The amplifier is pure Class-A, utilizing a super-quiet DC power supply to produce 3,000 milliwatts of clean power, enough to drive even the most insane headphones, as well as quality desktop speakers.

Connectivity is class-leading: inputs include 1-USB 2.0, 1-Toslink, and 2-S/PDIF RCAs; outputs are a 1/4' headphone jack on the front, and a pair of gold-plated RCA line-out jacks on the back.

"We were so happy that people liked 'Geek Out'," said Larry Ho, CEO of Light Harmonic. "Our backers said they wanted a desktop unit, and so we are happy to give it to them with 'Pulse'. We will have even bigger surprises in this next year."

"We expect our backers will help us to make 'Pulse' even better than it already is," said Fish. "And it's already as good as anything being made today." The Indiegogo campaign for "Geek Pulse" went live at at 12:00 AM, PST on Tuesday, October 29th and runs through December 20th, 2013.

Since its inception in 2008, Indiegogo has raised millions of dollars for thousands of projects. Initially geared to the independent film industry, the site expanded in 2009 to include all industries and types of fundraising projects.

"Our last campaign showed us that as smart as we think we are, our backers are smarter," said Fish. "We can't wait to see what they teach us during the launch of 'Geek Pulse'."

Suggested Retail Price, "Geek Pulse": $499.00

Availability: April, 2014

About Light Harmonic

Light Harmonic was founded in Sacramento, California in 2010 with the goal of producing the finestsounding digital audio products in the world. The company produces the industry-leading Da Vinci DAC ($20,000), Da Vinci Dual DAC ($31,000) and the LightSpeed USB cable ($999-$1999). All three products have received rave reviews and are sold worldwide through a network of specialist dealers and distributors. "Geek Out" was the first product developed for Light Harmonic's mass-market subdivision, LH Labs; "Geek Pulse" is the second.


NEWS RELEASE 10/15/13 Merus Audio launches amplifier chip with 90 percent reduction of energy consumption at "Sound of Denmark" in Silicon Valley

At Innovation Center Denmark's Sound of Denmark campaign in Silicon Valley, Merus Audio will present a groundbreaking new technology that drastically reduces energy loss in consumer electronics

After several years of intense product development, Merus Audio is now ready to launch a new amplifier chip to the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics. The ultra-efficient and compact chip will primarily address the Home Audio segment, but the technology will also extend the battery life of portable devices like cell phones.

CEO of Merus Audio, Hans Hasselby-Andersen, will present and demo the amplifier chip MA12070 on October 22 at Sound of Denmark's panel event open to the public. (info below)

"The demo will mark the important transition from concept to a product ready for customer sampling," says Hasselby-Andersen, who will use the demo to compare the amplifier chip's performance with competing technologies in what marks the company's first public product presentation.

Sound of Denmark is a delegation of Danish audio professionals organized by Innovation Center Denmark in Silicon Valley and Danish Sound, an innovation network representing more than 180 Danish audio companies as well as research communities within the sound domain.

From October 21-24, Sound of Denmark brings the best of Danish audio technology and knowledge to Silicon Valley to explore and foster new relationships, business opportunities, and R&D collaborations. This happens through networking events, workshops and site visits to local audio giants such as Sennheiser and Dolby.

The Danish audio industry is disproportionate to the size of Denmark with Danish hearing aids making up close to 50 percent of global production. Executive Director of Innovation Center Denmark, Camilla Rygaard-Hjalsted recognizes how this pioneering achievement has spurred related Danish research in the field of acoustics:

"Coming out of Denmark right now, we're seeing world-class research—ranging from human perception of speech and sound, through hearing, loudness, music recognition, andhearing loss to computer aided speech," she says.

The average yearly growth of the Danish audio sector, from 2005 through the recession to 2012, was at a robust eight percent. Director of Danish Sound, Jan Larsen, sees a huge opportunity in introducing Danish audio knowhow to the global arena:

"We have some very successful Danish audio companies with well-known products and an export share above 90 percent, but we also see global potential in new niche products on the audio market that we can help leverage with initiatives like Sound of Denmark," says Larsen.

One such niche product is made by Ortofon. The Danish company will showcase a prototype of a new bone conductor that interprets sound by producing vibrations transmitted through the skull to the inner ear where it is perceived as sound. This technology aids those with hearing loss while also benefitting professionals in the security, fire prevention, and law enforcement sectors that need to communicate clearly while keeping the ear unobstructed to surrounding sound.

CTO at Ortofon, Leif Johannsen, sees Sound of Denmark as a unique opportunity to meet developers of future audio products:

"We believe that the quality of Ortofon bone conductors as compared to traditional bone conductors opens up a new world of applications. We need to create the right networks in order to make this happen and this is where Sound of Denmark plays a crucial role," says Johannsen who looks forward to demoing the bone conductor solution at the showcase event October 22.

The bone conductor is one of the audio products Silicon Valley is tuning into at the moment—especially since Google launched the Google Glass prototype featuring the technology.

Sound of Denmark panel
Sound of Denmark's panel event in Silicon Valley on October 22 from 6-9pm is free and open to the public with a pre-sign up requirement:
Visit https://soundofdenmark.eventbrite.com/ to sign up.
The event is organized by Innovation Center Denmark and will feature numerous new product and research presentations from Danish companies and scientists as well as U.S. researchers.

The presentations include:

Merus Audio:
The amplifier chip MA12070 from Merus Audio is based on the company's patented eximo™ technology that reduces power losses at typical listening levels by up to a factor of 10 compared to conventional class-D amplifiers. Amplifier solutions based on the chip are 1/5th the size of many existing solutions on the market giving manufacturers unprecedented freedom in designing modern applications with very tough space constraints. The market for amplifier chips is estimated at $1.4 billion within the next five years, with energy efficient amplifiers expected to experience significant growth. The chip is targeted a wide range of high-volume consumer electronics applications, including soundbars, docking/wireless speakers, surround and stereo systems, TVs, and portable applications.
http://www.merus-audio.com

Ortofon:
Ortofon isthe leading specialist and developer of acclaimed phono cartridges, headshells,tonearms, high-end audio cables, step-up transformers,and accessories for installation of cartridges and tonearms.In tandem with the production of its core products, Ortofon has now branched into the nascent bone conductor industry, developing products aimed at both the hearing aid sector as well as consumer electronics.
http://ortofonmicrotech.com/bone-conductors/
Short video presentation:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/e7lybosbqgbhozs/Ortofon-60%20second-QuickTime%20H.264.mov

About Innovation Center Denmark
Innovation Center Denmark facilitates the entry of technology-based Danish companies into Silicon Valley, connects research, capital, and companies, innovates business models and market strategies, and delivers the inspiration that drives innovation. Innovation Center Denmark is a joint effort between The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology and a new type of commercial mission located in technological hot spots around the world.
http://icdk.um.dk/en/about-us/innovationcentres/siliconvalley/

About Danish Sound
The Danish Sound Innovation Network was founded in 2009 and is an Innovation Network in the program administered and funded by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The Network's main priority is to facilitate cooperation and knowledge dissemination in relation to research and innovation between companies and knowledge institutions from Denmark and abroad and to strengthen research, development and innovation in Danish companies, thereby supporting the efforts to increase knowledge based growth and productivity.
www.danishsound.org


NEWS RELEASE 10/12/13 The AHB2 stereo power amplifier introduces groundbreaking advances in power amplifier design and performance. Its entirely new patented technology eliminates most sources of distortion while extending the dynamic range well beyond that of most high-end amplifiers. High-resolution audio recordings are now available in a variety of digital formats, but none of these formats can be experienced to their full potential using a typical power amplifier. Only the AHB2 power amplifier is designed to deliver the details, texture, and dynamic range of the finest best high-resolution recordings.

According to John Siau, Director of Engineering at Benchmark, "the AHB2 is a truly groundbreaking product. It represents a totally unconventional approach to some well-known problems in high resolution audio."

Siau went on to say that, "recent advances in high-resolution digital formats have well outpaced most existing amplifier technologies. It is now possible to produce and distribute recordings that have dynamic ranges that exceed 120 to 125dB. However, it is hard to find a power amplifier that can deliver more than 100 to 105dB of dynamic range. The AHB2 is the last piece of the chain in delivering high resolution audio."

Most of the advantages of the high-resolution formats are lost in even high-end setups. Benchmark saw clearly that the differences between a 16-bit recording and a 24-bit recording cannot be fully appreciated through a power amplifier that can only achieve 16 to 18-bit performance.

That's why we created the AHB2, a perfect match to the new high-resolution digital formats.

Benchmark's AHB2 power amplifier delivers musical details without introducing the masking effects of amplifier noise. The dynamic range of the AHB2 approaches 130dB, making it 10 to 30dB quieter than the typical audiophile power amplifier. You will discover previously overlooked nuances, dynamics, and detail in your favorite recordings and experience the full potential of the latest high-resolution 24-bit PCM and 1-bit DSD audio formats.

The frequency response of the AHB2 extends beyond 200kHz, to deliver the ultrasonic detail and fast transients captured by high-resolution recordings. At the other end of the audio spectrum, the low-frequency response extends below 0.1Hz. The AHB2 has a high damping factor that augments its extended low-end to deliver solid, well-controlled bass. It's a stunning experience to finally hear full bandwidth high-resolution playback. The AHB2 allows you to escape the distortion limitations of classic amplifier topologies and enter the world of high-resolution audio playback.

Class AB amplifiers generate crossover distortion every time the output stage crosses 0 volts. This crossover distortion can be especially problematic at low playback levels. Class A output stages eliminate this crossover distortion at the expense of high power consumption, poor damping, and a limited dynamic range. THX recently patented two new technologies that address crossover distortion, and Benchmark incorporated these innovations into the AHB2 design. These new innovations virtually eliminate crossover distortion while offering opportunities to improve efficiency, damping, and dynamic range. The licensed technology solves the crossover problem by combining a plurality of output stages such that one stage drives the output while another stage enters a crossover region. Distortion performance exceeds that of class A amplifiers, while the efficiency exceeds that of traditional class AB amplifiers.

For more information about Benchmark's AHB2 visit: http://www.highresolutionplayback.com

The A.H.B. Story

The AHB2 power amplifier is named in honor of Benchmark's founder, Allen H. Burdick. Allen had a life-long passion for audio, and became one of the leading innovators in the pro-audio industry.

Allen's business ventures began in 1983 as "Benchmark Sound Company" where he operated from his garage in Dallas, Texas. He surrounded himself with a staff that shared his passion for achieving new audio performance "benchmarks". Benchmark's first product was a large mixing console for television and radio broadcast applications. In 1985, Allen changed the business name to Benchmark Media Systems, Inc., and relocated to a facility in his hometown of Syracuse, New York. By this time Benchmark was manufacturing the DA101 audio distribution amplifier for television studios. Allen's DA101 was a 35 W power amplifier card with astonishing specifications. It had a 150 kHz bandwidth, and a dynamic range of over 120 dB. The DA101 was designed to distribute line-level audio through extensive distribution networks. Television networks often require many cascaded distribution amplifiers, and this places extraordinary demands on the performance of each individual amplifier. Allen's DA101 revolutionized audio distribution in the era of analog TV.

Allen retired in 2006, but Benchmark continued to develop new products under the direction of John Siau. Allen's DA101 was never marketed as a power amplifier, but it became Benchmark's amplifier of choice for critical listening tests during the development of Benchmark's digital products. The recent development of the DAC2 converter family highlighted the need for a power amplifier that could match the performance of the converter, and Benchmark began the "PA2" amplifier project.

In many ways, Allen's DA101 helped define the performance goals of the PA2 project. Early prototypes were evaluated against the DA101. Benchmark's performance goals were achieved through the use of two new patented topologies from THX, the application of good engineering, and a high level of cooperation between the engineering groups at both companies. The result is an amplifier that Allen would have been proud to call a "Benchmark".

Sadly, Allen passed away September 27, 2013. Just minutes before his death, we changed the product name to AHB2 in his honor.

Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. is a privately-held manufacturer of precision audio electronics providing leading-edge performance to audio professionals and enthusiasts for over 30 years.


NEWS RELEASE 10/12/13 Channel D, developers of the innovative and award-winning Pure Vinyl™ and Pure Music® audio software for Apple Macintosh computers will host a special exhibit at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest October 11-13 in Exhibit Room 586 showcasing a high performance yet budget priced audio system.

This modestly priced system will deliver large measures of the high-end sound heard in rooms featuring systems costing up to 100 times more, but on a budget The system's recipe will rely on selected components showcasing high quality sources (including a carefully chosen turntable and cartridge) and also includes (for under $3500) Speakers, Amplifier, 192 kHz 24 bit DAC, Computer, Memory Upgrade, Hard Drive for Music Storage, Computer Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker Stands (pair), Speaker Wire (bi-wired pair), Line Interconnects (pair), Turntable, Turntable Platter Upgrade, Audio Input / Preamp / 192 kHz 24 bit ADC, Moving-Coil Cartridge, Connector Adapter (pair), and Computer Software.


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 A tube lover dream…and something special to "stream" about…..

Channel D, developers of the innovative and award-winning Pure Vinyl™ and Pure Music® computer audio software for Apple Macintosh computers and the creator of the Seta® Ultra Wide Bandwidth Balanced Flat Phono Preamplifiers will demonstrate the new Pure Vinyl 4 software for digital computer audio at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, October 11-13, in Exhibit Rooms 582 and 586.

The new Pure Vinyl 4 includes more than two dozen significant new features, user interface and performance enhancements.


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 Audeze, maker of highly acclaimed planar magnetic headphones, announces two new products at RMAF joining the existing LCD line. They are the LCD-X and fully-enclosed LCD-XC.

Audeze customers began asking for a closed-back design ever since the award-winning open High Performance LCD-2 headphones were introduced in 2010. "After much research and various design prototypes we finally developed the materials and supporting structure that produces our unprecedented Audeze sound," said Sankar Thiagasamudram, COO of Audeze. "We're excited to finally release the LCD-XC."

The new closed-back LCD-XC and open reference LCD-X headphones benefit from a completely redesigned planar magnetic driver. "The accuracy and sound quality of our new closed-back headphones are superb," said Alex Rosson, CEO of Audeze, "but for the very best sound Audeze feels it's not yet possible to surpass an open design." Both new headphones are available in either lambskin leather or leather-free microsuede, and the LCD-XC features beautifully-finished wood enclosure caps.

Audeze continues making the award-winning LCD-2 and ultra high performance LCD-3 open headphones. "The LCD-3 defines the ultimate in headphone playback, but the open architecture and beautifully-finished wood enclosure may not be ideal for travel," explained Alex. "The LCD-X and XC, on the other hand, feature hard-anodized, aluminum enclosures making them even more durable for travel and studio use."

"We'd like to thank the Audeze community and those publications like Head-Fi and others who have spurred us on to greater heights," said Mark Harper, CMO of Audeze. "We appreciate their loyalty and feedback and we'll continue to do everything we can to satisfy our devoted customers."

About Audeze
Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio headphone and accessory manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship to produce an astonishingly dynamic and enveloping sound. Audeze's commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our made-in-the-USA products. Learn more about Audeze at www.audeze.com.

Visit Audeze at Rocky Mountain Audiofest CanJam
Friday October 11th through Sunday October 13th
Denver Tech Center, Denver, Colorado


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 AURALiC LIMITED has announced its introduction of the GEMINI 2000 and 1000 Headphone Docks, the first entries in an entirely new and revolutionary personal audio product category. Breaking audio's rigid design envelope, the GEMINI Headphone Docks combine several highest quality headphone-oriented audio components plus full-format decoding in a compact, self-contained and visually appealing curvilinear shape.

Named after the constellation Gemini, representing the mythological twins Castor and Pollux, the two GEMINI Headphone Docks include a full-format Digital Audio Converter (DAC), a Class-A headphone amplifier, an integrated SD Extended Capacity (SDXC) card reader holding up to 2 terabytes of music, and attractive headphone + cord storage.

The GEMINIs are designed by AURALiC LIMITED, utilizing an exclusive profile licensed from an award-winning Swedish firm dedicated to the merger of high-quality sound and superior aesthetics, and bearing the tongue-in-chic name Klutz Design.

AURALiC's two GEMINI Headphone Docks break the mold by breaking the box. Their unique, consumer-friendly lifestyle design shatters a longstanding audio mold with a new Form Factor that subverts the stereotypical rectangular box into which amplifiers and DACs are traditionally squashed. Standing less than 12 inches high and weighing a comforting 6.2 pounds, which insures rock-solid stability, each GEMINI Headphone Dock visually resembles an abstracted sculpture of the human head and neck. The sculpted upper portion is a precisely milled wood chassis exhibiting a mirror-like finish with five coats of hand-polished lacquer in any of five colors - black, white, red, yellow and blue.

The GEMINIs' organic Form-as-Function contours are ideal for headphone storage and include two metal knobs for securely winding headphone cable. Except for the headphones resting astride them (instead of in a pool of cable on a table or floor), the GEMINIs don't even look like traditional audio products, and are sure to be popular as a Lifestyle product.

For Living Room, Library, Bedroom, Office, Yacht & Private Jet

The GEMINIs' bases, precisely milled and highly polished, provide heavy brass foundations that house a variety of connections and dissipate heat better than the lighter-weight aluminum more typically used for audio components. The base comes in two finishes - gold and chrome - for the GEMINI 2000, and Titanium gray for the GEMINI 1000, providing consumers with multiple custom design options.

Because the GEMINIs' form factor is so compact, they are far more portable than any similar suite of components. Standing less than a foot high, they can be used almost anywhere - beside a couch, on a desk, atop a bedside stand, in a living room, a library, a bedroom, an office, a yacht or a private jet - and be taken along to a weekend home or on a vacation. Because of their craftsman-quality wood and metal construction, they will look good virtually anywhere, and with any interior decor, especially as purchasers can select the GEMINIs' lacquer colors to suit their homes or other locations.

The Headphone Docks' compact size also conceals brilliantly miniaturized amplifier and DAC technology from AURALiC's VEGA Digital Audio Processor and TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier - both multiple award-winning products in the worldwide audiophile field. The heart of the Docks is an exclusive, ingeniously designed, printed circuit board that hosts more than 500 components on a platform the size of a human palm. The frequency response covers a full 20 Hz - 20 KHz range with an exceptional THD of less than 0.001% at rated output for the GEMINI 2000, and less than 0.002% for the GEMINI 1000.

Both GEMINI models support all high-resolution music formats, including DXD, DSD and double-rate DSD as well as sampling rates from 44.1K to 384K. Their amplifier sections provide Class-A headphone power outputs up to 2000 milliWatts in Class-A for the GEMINI 2000, more than enough to drive any higher-quality model; and 1000mW of Class-A power for the GEMINI 1000. Both the GEMINI 2000 and 1000 come equipped with quarter-inch stereo phone jacks and 4-PIN XLR headphone jacks. The GEMINI 2000 additionally employs a fully balanced design to achieve a the finest audiophile-quality music reproduction.

Built-In SDXC Card for Up to 2TB of Music

Each GEMINI also includes a uniquely integrated SDXC card reader that allows it to host a vast personal music library. After connecting a GEMINI to a computer, via USB, two device icons appear on the computer screen. One reveals an audio interface for the amplifier and DAC functions. The other interfaces with the GEMINI's built-in SDXC card and allows a user to equip the GEMINI with up to 2 terabytes of music. Each GEMINI comes with a 4GB SD card loaded with computer driver and a User's Guide.

Each GEMINI's base includes both a quarter-inch stereo phone jack and a 4-PIN XLR headphone output, a USB port for connecting to a computer, an SDXC card slot, a phone jack for connection to Android devices, an optical TOSLINK input, two small buttons for Power On/Off and input selection, a "NICENESS" (Volume) control, and a power socket. LEDs discreetly recessed on top of the baseplate indicate the sampling rate, input channel and volume level.

The GEMINIs even play well with the environment. The GEMINI 2000 and 1000 consume no more than 20 and 15 watts of power, respectively, both less than most light bulbs, and standby power below one watt.

The GEMINI 2000 and 1000 Headphone Docks will be available in the beginning of November from AURALiC and authorized dealers at suggested prices of $1,995 and $995 (MSRP), respectively.

About AURALiC
Based in Vancouver, Washington and Beijing, China, the newly incorporated AURALIC AMERICAS and its parent company, AURALiC LIMITED, are passionately committed to designing, engineering and manufacturing user-friendly audio components that combine modern audio technologies with superior design and functionality, providing music lovers with a new way of enjoying music. Its growing family of products includes the VEGA Digital Audio Processor with Class-A preamplification, the MERAK 400-Watt Monoblock Power Amplifier, the TAURUS PRE Balanced Class-A Line Stage Preamplifier and the TAURUS MK II balanced Class-A headphone amplifier.

For further technical information, visit AURALiC's website at www.auralic.com


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 Channel D, developers of the innovative and award-winning Pure Vinyl™ and Pure Music® audio software for Apple Macintosh computers and the creator of the Seta® Ultra Wide Bandwidth Balanced Flat Phono Preamplifier will introduce the new Seta Piccola DAC Buffer / Active Attenuator product for digital audio at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, October 11-13, in Exhibit Room 582.

The new Seta Piccola Active DAC Buffer / Attenuator solves a critical problem with today's Computer Audio, at a lower price point than the original Seta DAC Buffer.


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 DEQX Pty Ltd, manufacturers of leading-edge Preamp Processors providing speaker calibration, crossover and room compensation will be exhibiting at RMAF in the Marriott Tech Center in room 525. The DEQX PreMate will feature in two systems; the first a Certified High-End setup, the second a Certified to Blow Your Mind setup.

The DEQX PreMate
As a full-function preamp processor the PreMate follows the Hippocratic Oath: First do no harm. The very notion of digital or analog sound doesn't exist for DEQX; we let the music speak for itself. And DEQX will prove it at Rocky with a sophisticated vinyl front-end. You'll be gob-smacked Like last year when DEQX turned a pair of plastic PA speakers into decent performers.

The PreMate delivers the same comprehensive speaker and room calibration features as the DEQX Mate plus the preamp functions of the flagship HDP-4. DEQX Preamp/Processors calibrate your space by removing speaker distortion with subsequent room compensation. The results are always startling when timing, phase and amplitude accuracy are restored. The PreMate, like the DEQX Mate, works with speakers and their built-in crossovers.

The PreMate's preamp section includes four digital inputs – Toslink Optical, RCA Coax, BNC Coax, balanced AES3 XLR, and DEQX has just released an optional USB audio input with an I2S internal interface that provides astonishing resolution by avoiding the conversion to and from S/PDIF or AES3 that compromises clocking. There are two analog inputs via RCA and balanced XLR. Outputs are RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced for both main speakers and subwoofers (or bi-amped speakers). The main speaker outputs are also available in digital form to drive an external DAC.

The PreMate features Cirrus Logic's Reference-Grade Pro Audio ADC (Analog-to-Digital Converter) for ultimate transparency, and two latest-generation 32-bit Burr Brown DACs (Digital-to-Analog Converters) combined with DEQX's world-leading 32-bit floating-point DSP calibration engine that provides an analog-like fluidity that's turned ADC skeptics into true believers.

The PreMate carries an MSRP of $4,495 and the USB input option another $495. Also featuring at RMAF is DEQX's updated OEM/commercial-grade PDCOEM active crossover/calibration processor for DIYs at something less than $1500.

The Certified High-End System
A VPI Scout 1.1 and Legend Cartridge paired with a Dynavector P75 MK3 phono preamp, a MiniMac, a DEQX PreMate Preamp/DAC, and a pair of Plinius P10 amplifiers driving YG Acoustics Kipods.

The Certified to Blow Your Mind System
DEQX will again amaze the crowds at RMAF with a demon demonstration of their ultra-effective speaker and room calibration system. Using the same front end components we'll also calibrate less than high-end $100 speakers Hear what DEQX Calibration can do, you'll be gob-smacked too

VISIT DEQX at RMAF in the Marriott Tech Center Room 525
Friday October 11th through Sunday October 13th
4900 S Syracuse St., Denver, CO 80237


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 Raven Audio, a manufacturer of tube preamplifiers, integrated, stereo and monoblock amplifiers, is happy to exhibit at this year's RMAF. Their Silhouette Reference Preamplifier and Silhouette Reference monoblocks will drive Joseph Audio Perspective speakers, with a Mytek Stereo192-DSD USB DAC, a Hanss Acoustics T20 turntable with a SoundSmith high-output Paua cartridge, and all Cardas cabling.

No Old-Timey Tube Sound at Raven Audio
There's a world of difference between Raven Audio sound and old-timey tube sound. The best solid-state and tube components sound more alike than ever. But Raven Audio's Dave Thomson, like many enthusiasts, is convinced that tubes do things better, especially when combining the best of classic tube design with contemporary technology, materials and composites to achieve a wideband, engaging, fulfilling, extremely musical sound that gets beyond the mechanics of playback.

The mechanics of playback? It takes an enormous amount of work to go from the wall receptacle to your speakers. Raven Audio preamplifiers and amplifiers tie everything together so the listener can easily suspend disbelief and fall into the music in an excitingly visceral way. You'll hear with your ears with the added dimensions of emotion and excitement, a nearness to the music that makes everything breathtakingly real.

Raven Audio components are handsome, well-appointed, and housed in solid-machined billet aluminum chassis with solid-bronze corner posts, stainless steel screws and chrome ball footers that isolate the amplifiers for better sound and avoid scratching your fine furniture. They're hand-wired point-to-point with silver-plated PTFE-coated conductors and three types of solder. Choose from new or NOS tubes when ordering. Raven Audio products sound as beautiful as they look.

Raven Audio Components in Room 581
Many audiophiles looking for that special connection with their music prefer monoblock amplifiers as both channels are completely separate so they're generally quieter with blacker backgrounds and offer a greater sense of image palpability. The Silhouette Reference monoblocks deliver 100 watts of tube-biased sound from 6550s and an interstage transformer. Look for V-Cap, Mundorf and MIT-RTX capacitors, they're in there The Silhouette Reference Preamplifier includes a 6-tube phono stage loaded at 47k ohms suitable for high-output MC (moving-coil) or MM (moving-magnet) cartridges.

Made and machined in Groveton Texas, Raven Audio preamplifiers, integrated, stereo and monoblock amplifiers range from $1,495 to $30,000.

RAVEN AUDIO at RMAF Marriott Tech Center Room 581
Friday October 11th through Sunday October 13th
4900 S Syracuse St., Denver, CO 80237


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 Introducing the all-new JA120 monoblock amplifiers from Jadis. The new JA120 builds on Jadis' tradition of combining fine hand craftsmanship with state-of-the-art innovation and design. The JA120 benefits from several important enhancements and raises the bar with with no-compromise performance at Jadis' mid-price level. The JA120 is a push-pull monoblock pair which effortlessly cranks out 100 watts of Pure Class A power. The JA120 uses the newer, more powerful KT120 output tubes and an additional front end tube which adds more gain to the driver circuit. This means the JA120 doesn't drive its tubes hard so the six output tubes comfortably deliver 100 watts. This new design offers the perfect blend of the big, bold, dynamic power of Jadis' world renowned JA200 with the immediacy and delicacy of their lower power JA30.

Of course the JA120 features Jadis' custom in-house hand-wound output transformers which have been continuously refined and substantially improved over the past four years. The output transformers, guaranteed for life, will accommodate speakers with impedance from 1 to 16 ohms. Audio circuit protection is enhanced by new, easy to change, fuses. Other features include: pure point to point wiring, auto bias operation, oversized power transformers for better dissipation of heat and vibration, improved mechanical isolation, twin output terminals for bi-wiring, gold plated connectors, and a high grade, non-magnetic, stainless steel chassis which eliminates RF interference.

The JA120 is a set of two mono amplifiers. Each amplifier measures 28" x 12" x 10" and weighs 99 lbs. Tube complement for each amp is: 6 x KT120, 2 x 12AU7 and 1 x 12AX7. The US price is $27,900 per pair and the JA120 is available now.

Hear Jadis at CES - Venetian 29-221


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 GTT Audio plans to build a network of dealers to make these products visible throughout North America. "I am very excited to have been chosen to represent Grimm Audio in North America. The Grimm System will attract many more music lovers because it simplifies the system and competes sonically at many times its price point." says GTT Audio's president, Bill Parish. The LS1 Active Loudspeaker represents the next phase in high performance audio. It is an entire system comprised of a unique 76 bit DSP processor for correction, multiple NCore amplifiers, digital I/O, AD/DA's and the same master clock circuits as theCC1, which made Grimm famous in the pro world. The LS1 encompasses everything you need for a system except the music itself. GTT and Grimm Audio will premiere the LS1 in North America next week at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver (Room 537). Famed designers Bruno Putzeys and Eelco Grimm will be in attendance.

Grimm Audio Grimm Audio was founded by four of the Netherlands´ best known audio engineers, Bruno Putzeys, Guido Tent, Peter van Willenswaard and Eelco Grimm, with the explicit aim of consolidating their collective competences into the most transparent recording and reproduction equipment possible.


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 Come visit Cary Audio and ADAM Audio in suite 8025 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel, October 11-13 for Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013. Cary Audio will be showing an all tube reference system playing a variety of high resolution and standard music files through a PC laptop HDD via USB as well as IP network and direct HDD storage.

Our main system will use tubes from top to bottom driving the ADAM Audio Column Mk3 speakers. Starting at the top, we'll be showing our hugely successful, and much talked about USB tube DAC. The DAC-100t is a high resolution 24/192 Asynchronous XMOS USB DAC. It also does 24/192 over SPDIF coaxial and Toslink inputs. The Analog section incorporates a pair of 6922 tubes for differential balanced and single ended outputs. Receiving the tube DAC-100t is the renowned SLP-05 all tube preamplifier running in pure class A from input to output. The SLP-05 in turn feeds our top-of-the-line CAD-211FE mono block amplifiers. Each mono block is a cornucopia of tube bliss. Utilizing 6CA7 current source tube, 6SL7 input tube, a pair of 300B driver tubes, and a pair of 845 output tubes for a rich, detailed, musical sound that must be heard

Cary Audio will also be showing a glimpse into the future with our upcoming solution to all things digital and streaming. The DMS-500 is a high resolution DLNA/UPnP network streaming component capable of playing 32 Bit, 192kHz music files from network computers, NAS drives, or direct from its two (2) USB Type-A inputs that accept up to 3TB HDD's and flash drives. It also includes the convenience of AptX Bluetooth connectivity as well as internet radio. Oh yeah, it's also a high resolution 32/192 DAC with coaxial and Toslink inputs. All DLNA functionality is control by iOS and Android DLNA/UPnP apps. Be sure to stop by and see it

Our secondary system will be Cary Audio's Audio Electronics line of components that are available direct to the consumer for an unparalleled price to performance ratio of any audio components on the market today and all hand built in the USA. As the source, the Audio Electronics Lightning USB XMOS DAC, a cousin to our top-end Cary Audio DAC-100 and 100t, will be feeding our tube Audio Electronics Constellation preamplifier, driving our EL34 tube amplifier, the Hercules. A mighty 30 watt tube amplifier that sounds MUCH bigger. This system will be driving the ADAM Audio Compact Mk3 speakers. Come see us for special show pricing

Billy Wright, President/CEO, of Cary Audio will be on hand to answer any questions about Cary Audio or Audio Electronics products.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver

About Cary Audio

A manufacturer of high-end audio and video electronics, Cary Audio is known for delivering innovative, no-compromise high-end audio and audio video designs to owners worldwide. Cary Audio's award winning product lines have received accolades from many influential audio enthusiast magazines. Visit www.caryaudio.com for complete product specifications and additional information.


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 Von Schweikert Audio is pleased to announce that we will be displaying speakers in three rooms at RMAF:

Room 550- A large room featuring some of the best components in the world Hear the VR-100XS Holographic Projectors ($140,000) driven by the incredible Constellation Audio electronics and music server ($85,000 for all electronics), along with the amazing (and top rated) UHA open reel tape deck ($15,000). Master-Built Audio cables and Critical Mass rack systems will support this incredible system. This is a $390,000 "no holds barred" system that should not be missed. Every single component in this system is top rated by US/European/Asian magazines, see if you agree

Don't forget to attend our Press Party Saturday evening, 8:30pm – 12:00pm in Room 550. Greg Baron of UHA will be playing studio masters, Tape Project and Opus 3 recordings. Open bar will be serving wine, beer, and Scotch at no charge. Last year we played copies of Beatles, Doors, and Who albums until 2:00am. This year we'll have 90 master tapes

Room 542- featuring the Von Schweikert VR-44 Aktive speaker system ($25,000) with the YFS music server Ref 3 ($15,500), EMM Labs MA-1 DAC ($7,000) and Constellation Audio Virgo Preamp ($19,000) and Centaur amplifier ($24,000). Cables will be supplied by YFS ($5,000/complete set).

Find out why music servers are becoming very popular, this one sounds like an analog deck. We were so impressed that we bought one

Room 9013- PS Audio will be playing a rocking system using our VR-35 Export Deluxe ($10,000) along with their best DAC and electronics – a virtual room filled with the best PS Audio gear Come see why Paul McGowen's room is always packed with listeners

NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 Raffle Drawing for a free pair of Endeavor E-1 speakers, open to all room visitors including members of the audio press

Special Guest Appearance by Dean Peer, electric bass virtuoso Dean will be playing the last 5-minutes of every hour to demonstrate the incredible sound of our E-3, the world's most affordable "super" speaker. $5,995/pr MSRP. You will not believe the power, clarity, and punch of this speaker system when driven with 400-watts of power and an electric bass guitar. Dean has released four albums and has contributed to several more, including the Stereophile Test CD #3, engineered by John Atkinson, Robert Harley, Keith Johnson and David Chesky.

A preview of our new models E-1 and E-2, along with the E-3. The E-1 is a killer mini-monitor ($1,495/pr) while the E-2 is an M-T-M monitor that can be used as a center speaker or any LCR application ($1,750/each). All EAE speakers will be sold through an upcoming dealer network, please visit our website at www.endeavoraudio.com for more information.

We welcome reviewer interest, please speak with us after the demo


NEWS RELEASE 10/8/13 Zesto Audio announces the launch of their newest product, theBia 120, a pure Class A Stereo Power Amp, at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, Colorado October 11-13, 2013, exhibit room #1117.

In Greek mythology, Bia is the Titan Goddess of force and power.George Counnas, president of Zesto Audio admits, "I'm verypleased that Bia's reputation remains intact."

George goes to his Pro-Audio roots and his background in tube circuitry from his college days in England to describe his design philosophy as, "I wanted power without compromising the music. It should be easy to use, reliable and with plenty of power to drive speakers, to bring out the best detail in the music."

George says, "I like Class A design because the tubes are always on, so the power is fast and responsive.

The Bia 120 has Auto-Bias so there are no adjustments. It delivers 60 Watts per channel using a matched quad of KT88's and four 12AU7's. The power supply incorporates a custom Toroid power transformer and a choke based dual-mono power supply.The circuitry design is Ultra-Linear, Push-Pull to deliver the most precise, enjoyable and faithful reproduction as possible.

For more information and complete specs please visit our website: www.zestoaudio.com

George Counnas is the founder, president and design engineer for Zesto Audio. He has loved music all his life and went from a musician, to an electronics engineer, to an audio engineer. As a young man in England, he designed vacuum tube circuits. He worked for DECCA Navigator (now Raytheon)-- at the time Britain's largest electronics company -- as part of a research and development team designing airborne navigational systems for the Royal Air Force. So he has many years of experience designing, creating and bringing to market high-end electronic equipment.

Zesto Audio is amanufacture of fine analog equipment specializing in vacuum tube technology. Their products include the award winning Andros PS1 Phonostage and Leto Line Preamp.

The Bia 120 retails for $12,500 sold through authorized dealers.


NEWS RELEASE 10/1/13 The new JL AudioE-Sub Powered Subwoofers—thee110ande112deliver unprecedented levels of subwoofer performance at prices well within the reach of any serious audio enthusiast.

A series of JL Audio's key technologies have been applied to the E-Subs to deliver exceptional sound quality, power and value in a wide range of demanding applications.

Any great powered subwoofer system must start with an exceptional subwoofer driver. The E-Subs' subwoofer drivers offer impressive, low-distortion excursion envelopes capable of handling the most demanding program material, or the most delicate. To accomplish this, JL Audio's exclusive DMA technology is applied to shape, control and stabilize the drivers' motor strength, ensuring linear behavior over a very long excursion range. Unlike typical steady-state modeling systems, our approach takes into account the dynamic shifts created by current flow and back EMF under real power conditions, with real program material. The payoff offered by DMA optimization is a driver that more faithfully tracks its input signal at all listening levels, leading to superior bass definition and dynamics.

The extreme mounting depth of the E-Sub driver is very deliberate. It permits wide gaps to exist between the three suspension elements (the rubber surround and the dual spiders), imparting exceptional mechanical stability over the driver's full excursion range. This further improves linearity, reduces distortion and enhances long-term reliability. In a stroke of engineering elegance, the steel front mounting flange of the E-Sub driver also forms the entire front baffle of the finished product, while the back-plate of the driver is threaded and bolted to the rear wall of its enclosure for support.

To power these innovative drivers, JL Audio engineered a completely new switching amplifier with a regulated, switching power supply. This approach helps make the amplifier more compact, lightweight and efficient, while still delivering ample, clean power to fully exercise the E-Sub driver's performance envelope.

The amplifier module also incorporates a studio-grade signal-processing section, which is controlled from a panel on the top of the subwoofer cabinet making adjustments on an E-Sub a much more enjoyable experience than adjusting the rear-mounted controls found on most powered subwoofers. An attractive cover is also included to hide and protect the controls during normal use.

The feature set has been designed to allow the use of E-Subs in a wide range of applications, from full home theater systems to dedicated two-channel music systems, to desktop audio workstations.

Analog inputs are provided for unbalanced line-level signals or speaker level signals. Using a rear panel switch, the line level inputs can be configured as grounded or isolated, which is very useful in combating ground-related noise problems.

The built-in, active crossover is a true two-way, 4th order Linkwitz-Riley design, with a low-pass filter feeding the subwoofer's amplifier and a high-pass filtered signal exiting through a pair of line outputs. When the on-board crossover is defeated, as is typical in a home theater installation, the line outputs deliver a pass-through signal that permits multiple E-Subs to be interconnected in a 'daisy-chain' arrangement. Switchable polarity and a fully variable phase control round out the signal processing section. All signal processing is performed in the analog domain, ensuring very low latency in critical applications.

Every E-Sub is precision-built in JL Audio's U.S.A. factory and individually performance-verified and tested to deliver years of listening enjoyment in your home audio or home theater system.


NEWS RELEASE 10/1/13 THOR Monoblock Power Amplifiers from Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC

Using trickle down technology from Hypex Ncore and Merrill Audio's VERITAS Monoblocks, the new THOR Monoblock Power Amplifiers will be introduced at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, room 582. With plenty of power at 400 watts into 4ohms, the sleek Monoblocks, priced at $4,000 a pair, come in Piano Black Gloss in a billet Aluminum Chassis with top class engineering and components like its elder VERITAS. Using the finest components from Cardas, Furutech and Triode Wire Labs, the THOR Monoblocks are excellent for the discerning Audiophile who wants a stereo amp, bi-amp, tri-amp their audio system and to use it for home Theatre. The 9" x 9" x 2.5" Monoblocks are engineering for top performance at a very attractive price point. Paid orders before November 1st will get a 10% pre-production discount. Shipments begin after December 1st. See www.MerrillAudio.net for more information.

Merrill Wettasinghe

Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC

www.merrillaudio.net

NEWS RELEASE 10/1/13 John Tucker, of Exemplar Audio, has just announced their eXception line of products. Designed to be the new "classics" of tube audio, the line includes the eXception SE Line preamplifier, the eXception DAC, and the eXception Integrated.

The entire line features an all triode signal path with no negative feedback. By utilizing innovative high-performance power and control circuitry, these products provide exact control and very low noise. The eclectic marriage of tubes and solid state delivers the most transparent and natural sound possible by letting each technology do what it does best.

www.exemplaraudio.com


NEWS RELEASE 10/1/13 Rotel Electronics, well known throughout the world as an affordable high-end manufacturer of audio and video components, is launching a new Stereo Preamplifier that delivers an extraordinary level of performance for hi-fi purists and music fans of all levels. The RC-1570 offers a tremendous value and it's the perfect upgrade for owners of older analog-only preamplifiers.

The new RC-1570 stereo preamplifier is a blend of cutting edge digital circuitry with on-board Digital-to-Analog conversion and classic analog stages. Beneath the clean lines and user friendly fascia lies highly sophisticated engineering born of Rotel's 50 years of experience delivering affordable priced high performance components. Both analog and digital sources have been given equal consideration as today's listener often has several digital sources, but may also enjoy legacy formats like vinyl LPs. A large toroidal transformer and regulated power supply ensures stable current and voltage requirements to all stages under dynamic conditions. Premium circuit components have been selected only after extensive listening evaluations. Careful routing of all low level signals has been practiced to ensure impressive signal-to-noise levels. The result is effortless musical dynamics, impressive detail and scale.

The RC-1570 stereo preamplifier is also extremely flexible. Four digital inputs (2 co-ax and 2 optical), plus the PC-USB on the rear panel, handles digital sources up to 24/192 resolution. The 4 inputs are designed for sources such as TV set-top boxes, flat panel TVs or Blu-ray players for stunning playback. The PC-USB input makes use of audio playback software such as iTunes or a Windows Media Player to replay music from a computer's digital library. A Bluetooth dongle is also provided for use with the front USB input. A premium Wolfson stereo D/A converter handles critical conversion from digital data to analog. Analog inputs include balanced XLR connectors in addition to four pair of conventional RCA inputs.

A moving magnet phono-stage rounds out the source capability. XLR and single ended outputs are provided, as are two 12-volt triggers to control on/off operation of an amplifier and/or other components and RS-232 on a standard DB-9 connector.

The RC-1570 is available in Matte Black or Brushed Silver finish.

Suggested Retail Price USD: $999.00

About Rotel Electronics

Rotel audio products are known worldwide for their quality, reliability, value, and, above all, exceptional sound reproduction. Since 1961, Rotel has utilized the resources of its formidable international design team and has manufactured its products in its own sophisticated production facilities. Rotel proudly offers a complete range of electronics that have consistently received critical acclaim and coveted industry awards. With substantial investment in new technologies and manufacturing, Rotel is prepared to meet the challenges of an evolving specialty electronics marketplace.


NEWS RELEASE 10/1/13 The Sound Organisation, North American importer and distributor of European Audio products, announces two exhibit rooms at Rocky Mountain Audio Festival showcasing 12 new products from award winning manufacturers Naim, Dali, Rega and PMC. Joining The Sound Organisation team at RMAF are European Directors of Sales Doug Graham of Naim Audio, Thomas Knudson of Dali and Mike Picanza of PMC.

Naim / Dali Room 8020
As Naim celebrates their 40th year, and Dali their 30th, their respective British and Danish engineering teams continue to design new and innovative products including an integrated amplifier series, wireless loudspeaker and new linear drive magnetic system reference loudspeaker.

NAIM Integrated Amplifier Series – NAIT Evolved
The NAIT 5si, NAIT XS2 and SUPERNAIT2 are a range of integrated amplifiers applying new technology to significantly improved performance. Common to all are a USB-mini B for future software upgrades and a ¼" headphone output located on the front panel.

NAIM NAIT 5si Integrated Amplifier ($1,800)
The NAIT 5si provides 4 analogue inputs and a 60W/ channel into 8 ohms and 90W/ channel into 4 ohms power amplifier. It features a new headphone amplifier and borrows numerous technologies from across the spectrum of Naim products.

NAIM NAIT XS 2 Integrated Amplifier ($2,900)
At 70W/ channel, the NAIT XS 2 is more powerful than its NAIT XS predecessor. It also features numerous refinements to enhance its music reproducing powers such as ceramic heat sink technology, constant current source drive electronics, a reconfigured internal layout to optimize signal paths and custom manufactured film style capacitors in all critical audio locations. Constructed in a slim line aluminum enclosure, the NAIT XS 2 provides 6 analogue inputs and an innovative Class A headphone amplifier.

NAIM Supernait 2 Integrated Amplifier ($4,900)
Combines a muscular 80w/channel power amplifier with 6 analogue inputs. In terms of both performance and hardware, it is conceptually as close as it is possible to get to separate pre and power amplifiers in one chassis. Utilizing the latest NAIM DR (Discrete Regulator) technology in its power supply, ceramic heat sink technology and a Class A preamp output stage (which doubles as a headphone amplifier) the Supernait 2 sits at the forefront of Naim amplifier technology.

Dali Kubik Free Loudspeaker ($1,295 ea.)
Awarded a 2013/2014 EISA Award (UK) for Best Product in the Wireless Speaker Systems category, this is the first wireless speaker from Dali. The essence of the DALI KUBIK FREE is connectivity - the elegantly designed, 2-way active speaker enables the user to enjoy music from a wide variety of sources and can be connected via Bluetooth, USB, Optical or Analog inputs. A 5-1/4" woofer, ¼" tweeter an internal 100 w/channel power amplifier and subwoofer jack round out this versatile speaker.

Dali Epicon 6 Loudspeaker ($13,999/pr.)
The backbone of EPICON 6 is DALI's new driver featuring two 6 ½" bass woofers, the Dali developed Linear Drive Magnet System as well as the breakthrough ribbon/soft dome hybrid tweeter. This loudspeaker breaks with traditional loudspeaker conventions.
The EPICON 6 is a 2½-way and features anadditional woofer kicking in below 600Hz. In addition, for the highestfrequencies a ribbon tweeter is incorporated as partof the hybrid tweeter, in reality turning the speaker into a '2½ + ½-way'construction.

Dali Fazon Micro Loudspeaker ($650/pr.)
This compact loudspeaker is built around the renowned DALItrademark of wood fiber cone driver and soft dome tweeter module.The 4" woofer delivers an accurate, detailed and dynamic sonicreproduction of music or movie sound, and the extremely strongcabinet design ensures that acoustic and mechanical resonancesare almost non-existent. The ¼" ultra-light soft dome tweeterenables the FAZON MICRO to deliver a richly detailed mid-range, andto extend the high frequency well beyond the audible range.

Dali ZENSOR 3 Shelf or Floor Standing Loudspeaker ($695 pr. Black & Light Walnut/$750 in White)
DALI ZENSOR 3 is the newest member of the award winning ZENSOR series. Thisbrand new speaker is developed and built to sound much larger than it actuallyis. Using a 7" woofer based on the technology from the ZENSOR 7 and the tweeter module from theZENSOR 1, the ZENSOR 3 is able to recreate the high frequencies, the mid-range and the low bass in the best possible way.
A 7" woofer combined with a 4 layer voice coil magnet drive the system. A copper clad aluminum wire ensures optimal reproduction in themid-range, and the power of the magnet motor keeps the bass controlled andprecise. The ¼" soft dome tweeter module has over and over again proved its ability todeliver a rich and detailed sound delivering an extended frequency response with wide dispersionand low coloration.

Rega / PMC Room 8024
Rega, known world-wide for their exceptional engineering and turntable designs is celebrating their 40th year with a variety of new products. PMC is has become one of the UK's signature speaker companies. Over the past 22 years PMC has established a strong, worldwide base of users in the Professional, Consumer and Custom Install markets.

Rega RP8 Turntable ($3,490 with MM Cartridge / $2,995 without cartridge)
This new turntable includes a radical new low mass, high rigidity Skeletal plinth design with polyolefin foam core which adds more stiffness in the crucial area between the arm and the main bearing. A hand built tone arm boasts a low mass, precision engineered, vertical bearing assembly redesigned to redistribute mass. A 24V twin phase synchronous motor unit contains an anti-vibration circuit hand tuned to each motor and is controlled by Rega's unique and innovative TTPSU power supply.

Rega Saturn DAC ($2,995)
The brand new Saturn is a full size DAC with CD Transport. This top loading transport is based on the outstanding Rega Apollo R and includes asynchronous 24 bit /192kHz USP Input, SP/DIF Inputs (coax/TOSLINK) along with the full feature Rega system remote.

Rega Elicit-R Integrated Amplifier ($2,995)
Delivers 105w/channel into 8 ohms and 162 w/channel into 4 ohms and includes a high quality built in MM phono stage designed to maximize the potential of a vinyl source. A simple switch on the rear panel allows the same input to be switched to a line level product such as a CD or DAC. This input is specially configured to offer further isolation and reduce noise. This makes the Elicit-R ideally suited for connection of more sensitive products such as an external MM or MC phono stage.
The line inputs enable the connection of sources, such as a CD, DAC, tuner, DVD or Blu-ray player for use with an Audio Visual system. Inputs 2-5 can be used for a DAC, tuner (suitable for use with most types of AM/FM and DAB tuners) and can also be used as a CD input, suitable for use with any CD, Blu-ray and DVD source. All inputs (other than the Direct and Phono input) are at standard line level and can be used for any line level input.

The pre-amplifier can drive at least 5 power amplifiers, sub bass units etc. The pre-amplifier output uses RCA type (phono) connectors. The output level is 760mV with a line input level.

PMC fact.12 Loudspeaker ($19,500 /pr.)
The Fact 12 is a product of PMC's passion for absolute sonic transparency. A 5-1/2" bass driver is complimented by a 2" mid and ¾" tweeter generating a frequency response of 26Hz to 30kHz. With Advanced Transmission Line (ATL)bass loading technology and its audiophile level controls for precise adjustment of high and low frequencies, fact.12 guarantees a flawless sound in any listening environment and with a vast range of source equipment.

About The Sound Organisation
For nearly twenty years, the mission of The Sound Organisation has been to bring the most musical sounding home audio components from Europe to the USA and proudly offer Certon Systems, Chord Company, DALI, Naim, PMC, Quadraspire and Rega to North American specialty audio retailers. All backed by a unique team of sales, training and service technicians providing a combination of responsible and responsiveyou the very best sound for the dollar. retail support delivering the very best sound for the dollar.
www.soundorg.com


NEWS RELEASE 10/1/13 SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, announces availability of the SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System, an affordable and discreet alternative to traditional platforms and risers designed to improve sound quality while reducing pesky floor vibrations that can cause sonic rifts between sub owners and their neighbors or roommates. The Isolation System comes in packages of four (standard) or six elastomer feet (larger subwoofers), with three popular thread sizes to accommodate virtually any subwoofer, SVS brand or otherwise.

Decoupling a subwoofer from its surroundings has a number of positive effects. For one, the floor doesn't offer its own sonic signature or boom to the performance; resulting in cleaner, tighter bass. Plus, as anyone who's ever cranked a subwoofer up to reference levels can attest, the buzzing and rattling of dishes, light fixtures, furniture and other room décor that results can be distracting and take away from the subwoofer's true calling. With the SVS SoundPath Isolation System installed, a subwoofer is unburdened by the room it resides in and free to produce crisp, impactful lows.

Audio science dictates that a bass drum is more likely to cause consternation among neighbors and roommates than a flute, even when played at the exact same volume. Why? Bass from movies and music is heard more perceptibly than mids or highs because the longer wavelengths of low frequency sound waves travel further and pass more freely through air and matter at an atomic level. To address the complaints that can arise from having a killer subwoofer, SVS extensively researched sound performance using accelerometer and acoustic measurements to develop the SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System, engineering it to significantly reduce floor noise by absorbing the vibrations that normally get transferred into floor.

"Believe it or not, a common question the SVS support team gets asked is, How can I enjoy my subwoofer as loud as I want without bothering my roommates or neighbors?" said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. "The SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System was developed for audio fans who want better bass performance without the room effects, and also for those who live in close proximity to neighbors, so they can enjoy movies and music without disturbing the sleeping baby next door, studying roommates or the elderly couple playing bridge below them."

The optimized durometer elastomer feet that make up the system feature a durable anodized steel outer shell and steel machine screws with thread sizes of ¼-20, M6 or M8, to fit almost any brand of subwoofer. Super easy to install with an understated yet elegant finish, the SVS SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System is available now for $49.99 (four foot system) and $69.99 (six foot system).

For more information, please visit www.SVSound.com or interact with them on Facebook.

About SVS
SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.


NEWS RELEASE 9/28/13 For the first time in America – LARSEN's Ortho-Acoustic speakers

The LARSEN speakers have a long and proud pedigree. The famous Sonab speakers from the 60's and 70's were designed by the Stig Carlson, who later developed his own speakers: Carlsson Ortho-Acoustics. Stig dedicated his life to methodically examining the interaction between speakers, the room and the listener. Specifically, how early room reflections affects timbre and soundstage. That resulted in a row of speakers over the years. His last and most successful constructions were the breakthrough OA-50 series that he designed and built with John Larsen. After working with Stig for 16 years John Larsen took over production in 1997 and further improved upon these innovative design principles to build the LARSEN speakers, resulting in the current top model, the LARSEN 8.

LARSEN speakers excel in taking advantage of the room they play in; meaning speakers, made to function in regular living rooms and not only in anechoic sound studios. Does that sound self-evident? It's not. Still today, the majority of today's ultra high-end speakers are designed to work best when they are unaffected by the room they play in.

The LARSEN speakers seeks to emulate the live sound you hear at concerts. At orchestra concerts the instruments are lined up, but if you close you eyes, this clear separation between the instruments becomes less focused when you listen. Direct sound from the instruments, as well as reflected sound from boundary surfaces, hits you. The combination of direct and reflected sound envelopes you and you perceive the music as an organic whole. LARSEN speakers seek to recreate this natural and realistic sound in your home.

One of the biggest factors to how music sounds in your home is the room you play in and the placement of the speakers. Conventional speakers release a bombardment of distorting sound reflexes, that can be somewhat reduced by modern room treatment, but it doesn't solve the basic problem. LARSEN speakers are designed by incorporating how the speaker plays WITH the room, not against it; enriching the listening experience, instead of degrading it.

By placing the speaker against the wall, angling the drivers slightly up- and inwards, and flanking the drivers with absorption material, LARSEN speakers eliminates early distorting sound reflections allowing the right combination of direct and reflected sound, creates a rich three-dimensional soundstage with a wide listening area, bringing you closer to that elusive live sound.

And because the timbre, the tonal balance and the soundstage is much more life-like and a visceral reminder of reality, it makes it easier for us to absorb the music and all the feelings music provides. Which is probably why many musicians prefer LARSEN speakers when they listen to music.

The LARSEN speakers also have a high WAF factor (wife approval factor) because they are designed to stand against the wall, thus taking up less space.

LARSEN currently have three models starting at $1995. Larsen 4, Larsen 6 and the current top model, Larsen 8. Available in cherry, maple, wine-red, black and white. Larsen 3, a budget model is expected to arrive in the US later in the year.

Each LARSEN speaker is built and tested, one at a time, in Sweden by John Larsen himself.

A review by Larry Cox of the Larsen 8 speakers will appear in October's Positive Feedback. For questions or additional information please contact:

Import and distribution:

AUDIO SKIES INC
Los Angeles, CA
www.audioskies.com
T: 310-773-4435


NEWS RELEASE 9/28/13 exaSound Audio Design today announces the immediate availability of the e28 Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC). The e28 is the world's first high-end, eight-channel DAC capable of DSD playback at a 12.288MHz (DSD256) sampling rate. The e28 extends exaSound's line of high-end DAC's and offers music lovers a new level of performance unobtainable from any DAC currently offered in the marketplace.

"The e28 represents another market first for exaSound and marks an important move in broadening our product portfolio," said George Klissarov, President of exaSound Audio Design. "The predecessor to the e28, the e20 MK III, was the only consumer-oriented DAC capable of achieving DSD256 at 12.288 MHz. With the release of the e28, we have again extended that performance level by introducing multichannel sound capability and a third-generation headphone amplifier."

exaSound's mission is to allow music lovers to enjoy any studio-master file the way it is recorded, in stereo or multichannel, in PCM or native DSD, without down-sampling or down-conversion.

The new performance features offered in the e28 will allow music lovers to experience an unmatched level of audio reproduction. While the e20 supported the reproduction of two-channel recordings, the e28 supports recordings of all formats and channel configurations without users having to change any device settings. In addition, the e28 supports the reproduction of up to eight-channels without compromising the e20's exceptionally high sampling rates.

With the eight-channel capability of the e28, listeners can recreate the three-dimensional richness captured in multichannel recordings: the ambience of the original recording venue, or the in-orchestra soundstage experience from the aural vantage point of the performing musicians. For those who like to listen through headphones, the headphone amplifier on the e28 offers more power with less distortion, thus allowing a wider range of headphones to be used with the device.

The e20 Mk III and the e28 are the first consumer DACs introduced in the marketplace which are capable of covering a range of formats, from PCM up to 384 KHz/32bit, and DSD up to12.288 MHz. Like its predecessor, the e20, the e28 has exceptionally low levels of jitter, distortion and noise, while creating an astonishingly clean analog-like sound. Detailed specifications and reviews of the e28 are available at www.exaSound.com.

About exaSound Audio Design

A premier audio brand, exaSound Audio Design is dedicated to improving the way people experience music. exaSound delivers innovative solutions for enabling music lovers and sound enthusiasts to enjoy the highest-quality audio reproduction.

A global brand, exaSound Audio Design offers an array of leading edge products for audio playback. All exaSound products combine technology, function and style to provide music lovers with a matchless listening experience. The exaSound line includes the e18 and e20 DAC's, and the company's latest product, the e28 DAC. Contact exaSound Audio Design through the company website at www.exasound.com, or via email at contact@exasound.com .


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 Sign up for a head-to-head shootout between your speaker cables against DanaCable speaker cables at this year's Rocky Mountain Audiofest, October 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

We will conduct 10 shootouts during the show. If your cables are chosen for the test you will receive a set of Gingko Mini Clouds isolation units valued at $100 just for taking part in the shootout, regardless of the outcome. You will also be entered in a prize drawing to win a set of DanaCable Sapphire unbalanced interconnects valued at $600.

These tests are done strictly for your benefit utilizing high current (200 amp) low resistance knife switches for real time switching.

If your cables are chosen, you get to decide:

  • the time for the test (during show hours or after hours)

  • if the test will be private for yourself or public allowing others to attend

  • if it should be a blind test

  • if the results should be private or public

  • if your own choice of music be used in the test

  • if you will get 15% off the retail price of any DanaCable, or get 30% off the retail price as trade-in value for your cables, should you buy DanaCable at the show.

If lugging your cables to the show is such a bother, no problem. We would even pay to ship your cables to the show ahead of time for the test and ship your cables back to you at our cost.

If you are local to the Denver area and want to test DanaCable in your own system, no problem. We will set a time for an after-hours shootout at your place.

THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO DOWNSIDES FOR YOU TO TAKE THE TEST, ONLY UPSIDES. SO SIGN UP TO BE A PART OF THE UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY TO PUT YOUR CABLES TO THE TEST

Email us at gingko@gingkoaudio.com if you want to participate.


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 Hailed as one of the music industry's greatest producers, arrangers and composers, Arif Mardin created musical magic that won him countless awards as well as great friendships with illustrious talents such as Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, Phil Collins and the Bee Gees, among many others. The long awaited Grammy nominated film,The Greatest Ears In Town: The ArifMardin Story,is filled with rare studio footage, photos, interviews and incredible music, and is finally arriving on DVD and digital platforms onNovember 5, 2013from Shelter Island. The DVD includes 24 never-before-seen minutes of bonus materials. Co-producer/co-director, producer, songwriter and arranger, Joe Mardin is available for interviews.

The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Storyis one of the most insightful, inspiring and enjoyable documentaries ever produced about how "hits" are created; a must-see for any musician, producer or fan of popular music. A 15-time nominee and 12-time Grammy award-winner, Arif Mardin was a visionary and tastemaker who could spot talents, nurture them and groom them for success. Mardin was comfortable working in almost all music genres including jazz, R&B, pop and rock and roll, and he quickly rose among the ranks at Atlantic Records to become the in-house producer and arranger. He was a major architect of the "Atlantic Sound" in the 1960s and his recording and producing career continued to flourish after he left Atlantic Records and joined EMI. Under the Blue Note label he was still creating hits including Norah Jones' Grammy award-winning Album of the Year "Come Away with Me," which included Record of the Year "Don't Know Why." Mardin received Producer of the Year.

Over the years Arif Mardin's work resulted in hundreds of classic hits including:

Aretha Franklin – Until You Come Back to Me

Bee Gees – Jive Talkin'

Chaka Khan – I Feel For You

Bette Midler – The Wind Beneath My Wings

Judy Collins - Send in the Clowns

Phil Collins – Against All Odds (Take A Look at Me Now)

Carly Simon - You Belong To Me

The Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces

Nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for "Best Long Form Music Video"The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story"was co-produced and co-directed by Arif's son Joe Mardin and Doug Biro, writer/director/producer and founder of Hudson River Films. Biro's producing and directing credits include the feature documentariesHerbieHancock: Possibilitiesand co-producer and director with Alex Gibney onAway From The Sunstarring the multi-platinum rock band, 3 Doors Down. The film chronicles the life and career of the man who produced over 50 gold and platinumrecords with sales topping 50 million units.

The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Storyincludes in-depth interviews and studio footage with music luminaries and friends such as Quincy Jones, Ahmet Ertegun, Sir George Martin, Aretha Franklin, ChakaKhan,Bette Midler, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Jewel, Phil Collins and Daryl Hall, among others who celebrate Mardin's life and recall his distinctive focus, versatility and infectious personality.

The film shows Mardin reuniting with many of his artists to record what would become his third and final solo album,All My Friends Are Here.The film's title was taken from the song "The Greatest Ears in Town" co-written by Bette Midler and Marc Shaiman.Arif Mardin died of pancreatic cancer at age 74 in June 2006 and his son Joe completed the album and the film.

Bonus DVD Features

EPK

Film Noir

Mardinis, Tabloids, Turks & Doorknobs – a homage to the big personality of Arif Mardin

"Separate Lives" with Phil Collins and Doug Morris

Lunch with Chaka Khan

"No Way Out" alternate edition with Nicki Parrott

About Joe Mardin

Producer/arranger/songwriter Joe Mardin, the son of Arif Mardin, co-produced and co-directedThe GreatestEars in Town: The Arif Mardin Story. During his career, Joe has worked with chart topping artists such as Jewel, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Anita Baker, a-ha and George Benson. Working alongside his father, Joe co-produced songs for Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan. Joe releasedFairytales Interrupted, an album of electronic compositions for an exhibition of artwork by his sister, photographer and visual artist, Julie Mardin. Joe founded NuNoise Records which releasedAll My Friends Are Here, Arif Mardin's star-studded third and final album as an artist. Joe's label is currently working with a New York-based pop artist. Mardin graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with honors.

About Shelter Island

New York City based home entertainment label Shelter Island is known for distributing critically-acclaimed independent films including the Emmy Award® winningJourney of the Universe, the powerful environmental feature documentaryInto the Coldand the upcoming Parents Choice® award winningDrawing with Markseries. Shelter Island is the sister label of home entertainment companies True Mind and Disinformation, all operating under the rebranded entertainment and electronic media company, TDC Entertainment. Shelter Island releases are distributed by Entertainment One throughout North America.

For more information on Shelter Island visithttp://shelterisland.net/.


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 Introducing Exakt - a new revolution in hi-fi, which has turned the loudspeaker into an intelligent, connected, software-upgradeable product.

Exakt, a ground-breaking, new Linn technology builds on Linn DS to extend the lossless digital path all the way to the speaker, keeping the signal digital and only converting to analogue at the last possible stage to ensure absolute accuracy of data, guaranteed low latency, extremely low jitter, and extreme precision synchronisation between speakers.

Introducing the new Klimax Exakt System

Linn has launched the Klimax Exakt System, comprising Klimax Exakt DSM and Klimax Exakt 350 Speakers. Exakt combines and improves on three key Linn innovations – Source-First, Aktiv, and DS – to radically improve the performance of the music system. Exakt is the most direct connection ever made between the listener and the artist. It sends digital data to an Exakt speaker losslessly to eliminate sources of noise, distortion and interference inherent in the traditional analogue hi-fi chain, meaning that a Studio Master file, or any other music source, is transmitted perfectly to the speaker. Inside the Exakt Speaker is a digital platform that enables a whole new range of audio performance enhancing capabilities in design, manufacture and in the customer's home.

Eliminates in Design

In design, the intelligence built into Linn Exakt phase corrects every signal, eliminating the phase and magnitude distortion introduced by analogue crossovers, ensuring 100% accuracy in every single crossover.

Corrects at Manufacture

In manufacture, physical variation between parts is inherent in even the most accurate processes, however Exakt measures and corrects for even the tiniest variation between drive units, meaning every system that leaves the factory is guaranteed to perform exactly to its specification, guaranteeing a perfect speaker.

Optimised at Home

In the home, the Exakt system is optimised to suit every individual's room using powerful new Linn software and Linn specialist retailer expertise. The customer now has the flexibility to choose where they would like their system positioned to fit around their lives without compromising the sound they hear. As with all Linn DSM players, all sources can be connected for improved performance. Even vinyl sounds better – there's no better way to preserve the signal from an LP12 than Exakt. New ADC technology converts the delicate LP12 to digital and sends it losslessly to the speaker, better protecting the signal than any other solution.

The Linn Klimax Exakt system is available now from Linn Specialists worldwide, priced at £50,000.

Visit linn.co.uk for more information.

About Linn

Linn design and make the best music systems in the world. Based in Scotland and established since 1972, Linn manufacture everything in-house, from the electronics in our industry-leading Linn DS technology to the loudspeakers found in homes around the world. The iconic Sondek LP12 turntable continues to set the standard for vinyl playback and the latest digital stream players out-perform any CD or network music player available. Linn systems are sold through a worldwide network of specialist retailers who also share a passion for enriching people's lives through music. Linn were awarded a Royal Warrant in 2002, as suppliers of entertainment systems to the Royal Household, and received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation in 2012. Linn also record music too and Linn Records is home to celebrated artists such as Carol Kidd, Claire Martin and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with recordings available from Linn and other high-quality labels via our award-winning Studio Master music downloads service. Awarded 'Label of the Year' by Gramophone magazine for 2010-11, Linn Records were the first label to release Studio Master downloads without DRM (Digital Rights Management).


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 Krell Industries, LLC (Demo Room SR-11), the leader in high performance music and home theater systems, is demonstrating the latest in digital connectivity/processing and high-resolution audio streaming technology with the Foundation and Connect at this year's CEDIA.

The CE Pro BEST and EXC TE CEDIA award-winning Krell Foundation is a 7.1- channel AV processor that features the latest digital connectivity with 10 HDMI 1.4a inputs, balanced audio outputs, automatic setup and room EQ. From decoding the latest lossless audio formats, extensive digital switching, 3DTV pass-through, bit-for-bit accuracy and more, the Foundation is fully compliant with the digital age and also maintains Krell's exacting standards for analog audio reproduction. The Foundation was designed with flexibility and ease-of-use in mind, with extensive routing capability of the audio inputs to the various outputs. Krell's Intelligent HDMI switching provides the fastest signal recognition possible. The Foundation also features Krell Automatic Room Equalization System (ARES), which ensures the best possible performance by analyzing all the speakers by location, phase, and distance to determine the best frequency, delay, and more. The Foundation is the ideal combination of audiophile performance, custom integration features, and a compelling price point for dealers to present to their clients.

The Krell Connect is the ultimate in high-resolution audio streaming players. From FLAC to WAV, Apple Lossless, MP-4a, MP3 and WMA, the Connect plays back up to 192kHz/24-bit audio plus Internet radio, all to Krell's highest audio fidelity standards. The Wi-Fi equipped Connect is available in two forms: digital only, or with a built-in Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) module. The DAC-equipped Connect has a 32-bit ESS Sabre chipset with discrete, direct-coupled analog circuitry outputting via RCA or balanced audio outputs. The digital-only version has both coax and Toslink optical outputs. The Connect is rack mountable and with its clean styling will look great in any A/V rack or entertainment center and is a vital component to any A/V system. Add iOS App control and automation integration and the Connect is the perfect choice for high performance network streaming.

"Both Foundation and Connect are our customers and integrators' answers to upgrading systems to Krell performance with the latest digital technologies," said Bill McKiegan, Krell President. "At our demo room, you'll be able to experience the seamless integration of Foundation and Connect with other signature Krell systems, but also the convenience of operating them remotely with today's smartphones and tablets."

The Foundation is available at Krell authorized dealers for $6,500 MSRP while the Connect is available for an MSRP of $2,500 (digital only), and $3,500 (w/ Internal DAC).

Krell will demonstrate the Connect, Foundation, along with other signature systems at the CEDIA Expo in collaboration with Wolf Cinema in demo room #SR-11 in Denver, Colorado, September 25-28, 2013.

About Krell Industries
Founded in 1980, Krell Industries is the world's premier manufacturer of high performance audio and video equipment. Its amplifiers, preamplifiers, surround-sound processors, stream players and loudspeakers have won acclaim in countless reviews and among audiophiles worldwide. For more information, please visit www.krellonline.com or call 203-298-4020.


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 PSB Speakers, long renowned for affordable excellence in loudspeaker design, introduced four new CustomSound speakers designed for high performance custom installation. Two new in-wall (W-LCR, W-LCR 2) and two in-ceiling (C-LCR, C-SUR) models offer the same natural sound that PSB is known for along combined with high quality construction and remarkable ease of installation.

All four CustomSound models feature premium materials such as Clay/Ceramic-filled, Polypropylene cone woofers with rubber surround, 1" Titanium dome tweeters with Ferrofluid cooling, Sealed MDF backboxes, frameless magnetic grilles, and gold-plated spring-loaded binding posts. Pre-construction brackets are available to order.

W-LCR ($799 MSRP) - an In-Wall, 2-Way design features two 5 ¼" Woofers combined with PSB's renowned 1" Titanium Dome Tweeter to provide a natural sound that is perfect for stereo music or as a left, center or right speaker in home theater applications. These can also be used as surround speakers for 5.1 and 7.1 systems.

W-LCR 2 ($999 MSRP)- an In-Wall, 3-Way design adds a 4" Midrange driver in addition to the two 5 ¼" Woofers providing enhanced output capability and lower distortion, especially at high SPLs. The Midrange and Tweeter are mounted together on a rotatable sub-baffle to provide perfect dispersion characteristics whether mounted vertically or horizontally. This makes the W-LCR 2 perfect for use as a Center speaker in a home theater or for ultra-high performance stereo presentations in larger rooms.

C-LCR ($799) - In-Ceiling design usesthe same driver complement as the W-LCR but due to the additional depth offered by ceiling mounting provides a useful increase in sensitivity and bass extension.The C-LCR offers an optimal solution for installations where wall mounting is not desired or practical (masonry walls for example).The driver angle has been carefully calculated for optimal dispersion characteristics and special damping material is used to prevent early reflections from the baffle, which could compromise stereo imaging and voice articulation.

C-SUR ($799) - the diffuse dispersion characteristics of the CustomSound C-SUR In-Ceiling dual mode speaker is perfect for side andbacksurround channels in a multi-channel home theater. Another interesting application is in long narrow spaces like corridors and hallways where one C-SUR can take the place of two or more In-Ceiling speakers while offering superior sonic performance with fewer amplifier channels and easier installation.

Unlike other In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers whose performance is compromised by the very structures into which they are installed; PSB includes a superbly engineered enclosure that ensures the acoustic integrity of the design in every installation.

For years, PSB's speakers have been hailed by critics and music lovers alike for their clear midrange presence, uncluttered bass, smooth extended highs and natural sound. The new CustomSound in-wall and in-ceiling speaker not only embody these sonic attributes, they are cleverly designed to provide flexible configurations that custom installers will readily appreciate.

The new CustomSound models can be utilized on their own or combined with other PSB speakers to create a truly customized Home Theater package.

Coaxing this high level of performance from a custom speaker with narrow depth is an engineering feat, however 40 years of experience along with a deep working knowledge of acoustics gives PSB Speakers a clear advantage. Like all PSB Speakers, final voicing is performed by Paul Barton at Canada's famed National Research Council. PSB's research has revealed how listener preferences can be integrated into a wide range of speaker designs for many different applications, yet all featuring consistent sound quality that is natural and lifelike.

"Properly designing an architectural speaker like our CustomSound models requires a thorough understanding of acoustics to get sound that is true-to-nature," explained Paul Barton, Founder and Chief Designer of PSB Speakers. "PSB has perfected the tools required to get the optimal result for every loudspeaker application. The CustomSound speakers are voiced to perfectly integrate with other PSB models of In-Room, On-Wall and subwoofers."

Lenbrook will be showing the new PSB CustomSound models at CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colorado September 26-28 in Booth # 1624.

About PSB

Founded in 1972, by renowned speaker designer Paul Barton, PSB is a leading speaker brand celebrating more than forty years of innovation and value. Now sold in more than thirty countries around the world, for music or movie listening, the company has set the standard for high-performance, high-value speakers. PSB products are distributed in U.S. by Lenbrook America.


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, introduced a pair of high-resolution headphones: the VISO HP50 ($299 MSRP) full-size, over-the-ear headphone as well as the VISO HP20 ($169) in-ear model. Both are designed for the music lover seeking exceptional performance, comfort and value.

With sumptuous ear pads for comfort and isolation, the HP50 is a full-size, over-the-ear design, featuring RoomFeel ™ technology for deep bass and a lifelike sonic experience. The HP50 features a convenient Apple 3-button multi-click remote with microphone. It is available now in a choice of Black, White or Red gloss finishes.

The NAD VISO HP20 ($169 MSRP) is an in-ear, noise-isolating headphone of all alloy construction that also features RoomFeel technology for a richer, more natural experience. The HP20 also includes an Apple three button remote with microphone for convenient hands-free operation. HP20 is available now in choice of Black or Silver.

The HP50 and HP20 are the newest members of NAD's VISO Series, a collection of high-performance, lifestyle technology products that includes the award-winning VISO 1.

Performance

At the heart of the HP50 is a pair of ultra-low mass, high excursion 40mm drivers set in optimized acoustic chambers for tight, articulate bass and natural sound. Internal wiring is OFC (Oxygen Free Copper) for maximum signal transfer and minimal loss.

Voiced for a flat response, the HP50 and HP20 headphones were developed by Paul Barton noted speaker designer from sister company PSB. Working at NRC (The National Research Council of Canada) and using the KEMAR dummy head testing system, Barton discovered the addition of low frequency room gain that one would expect to hear with normal loudspeakers in a room. This is the same room gain compensation transfer function (+3 dB/octave boost from 200Hz down to 50Hz) that was developed in the Athena Project at NRC.

These findings have led PSB to a unique feature the company calls Room Feel™. Room Feel makes music sound more natural by taking into account the effects of the room on music playback. Almost all recorded music is monitored using direct radiating loudspeakers to determine the acoustic balance for the final mix. The transfer function NAD developed for their HP50 headphone takes into account the "room gain" that occurs when playing direct radiator loudspeakers in a room. The result is a much richer and more natural listening experience.

Comfort and Ergonomics

The HP50 and HP20 were ergonomically designed to be comfortable even when worn for long periods of time. The ESO ear pads on HP50 are oval to better fit around the ear for comfort as well as provide a good acoustic seal for sound isolation. An Ergo hinge design allows the ear pads to freely rotate to further facilitate an optimal fit.

For additional comfort and convenience, there are two 1/8 inch input connectors (one on each ear cup) making it easier to connect the cord near the source amplifier. Doing so, helps eliminate having the cord cross in front of the listener.

For HP20, five different size, soft Silicone Ear Tips are supplied to provide a good fit and comfort for virtually any ear.

Convenience and Ease of Use

The HP50 and HP20 are designed for easy storage and transport. HP50 is supplied with a leatherette travel case with a handy accessory organizer where HP20 has a neoprene travel case with a mini-storage pouch for easy access. For both models, two detachable, tangle-free cords are supplied: a regular stereo headphone cable as well as an Apple-approved 3-button multi-click remote with microphone for full control of all Apple music and call functionality right at the fingertips. Also supplied are a 1/4 inch adapter and a dual 1/8 inch airplane adapter for use with a variety of sources. Premium materials built into the HP50 and HP20 to provide durability and carefree good looks.

"NAD has given a great deal of thought to what our headphones will bring to the table. Combining our audio know-how with the tremendous design expertise of Paul Barton and his decades of experience at the NRC, we have produced both full-size and in-ear headphones with remarkable sound, comfort and convenience." commented Greg Stidsen, Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD. "I know that headphone enthusiasts will readily see and hear the HP50 and HP20 as products worthy of serious consideration and ones that proudly bear the NAD name."

As with most NAD and PSB products, industrial design was handled by noted designer David Farrage of DF-ID.

About NAD

Founded in 1972 and now sold in over 80 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned for its award-winning line of high quality components for audio, home theater and custom installation applications. The company's products consistently deliver outstanding performance, value and simplicity. With over forty years of innovation and value, NAD products are proudly distributed in the U.S. by Lenbrook America.


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 Savant Systems, LLC has announced the addition of Anthem to their PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE cooperative program. Savant's PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE initiative has been targeted to achieve global compatibility between Savant's control systems and a diverse group of best-in-class manufacturers from the audio, video, lighting control, HVAC, and security industries, as well as value-added partners from many related markets.

Anthem, part of Paradigm Electronics, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high performance electronics for music and home theater systems sold internationally as Anthem and Anthem Statement. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, the Anthem lineup includes power amplifiers, stereo preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers, surround-sound processors and digital room correction systems. Savant recently completed development of their profile for Anthem's generation 2 MRX series of A/V receivers. "Savant's Partners in Excellence program facilitates efficient integration of Anthem products into the Savant control and automation environment; we are pleased to participate in this initiative and bring added value to our network of authorized dealers," explained Anthem's Senior Marketing Director, Mark Aling.

Participation in Savant's PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE cooperative program will facilitate the seamless integration of Anthem's products within the Savant system environment. "Savant is pleased to be able to deliver control compatibility with a respected audio/video electronics manufacturer such as Anthem," stated Savant's Director of Business Development Bob Ross. "We welcome Anthem to our PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE program," Ross added.

The core of Savant's technology is an open programmable platform built upon the Mac OS X operating system supporting various communication protocols and offering high speed A/V switching, scaling and processing.

Savant's PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE program will open new doors for participating manufacturers seeking to expand their business in a rapidly growing industry.

Interested manufacturers can find out more about the PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE program by communicating via email to Bob Ross at bob.ross@savantsystems.com.

About Savant

Savant Systems, LLC, an innovator in the home and commercial automation markets, designs, develops and manufactures a complete suite of integrated solutions that has defined the modern age of control technology. Savant's progressive platform cohesively addresses control, automation, audio/video, telephony, digital display, lighting control, energy management and the media integration needs of today's most advanced environments. Through their tightly integrated use of Apple® technology, Savant has leveraged the familiarity and intuitive nature of the iPad® and iOS family of devices to address the user interface demands of today's discerning consumers. Savant SmartSystems are sold globally through a network of authorized integrators within residential properties and into a number of different commercial markets including: Corporate Enterprise, Education, Retail, Arenas & Events, Multi-Dwelling Units & Hotels, Government, Healthcare, Luxury Transportation & Marine, Houses of Worship and Broadcast. www.savantsystems.com


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 Stereomatic.com, a popular website for high-end, yet affordable, audiophile products and accessories by the Black Cat Cable and Stereolab brands, has announced today the launch of an all-new website. The new design features a sleek black background, an enhanced homepage, and a much more user-friendly shopping experience.

"Websites are just like many audio products: they have to be upgraded regularly to take advantage of the latest available technologies," said Chris Sommovigo, owner of Stereomatic.com. "We are always keeping our customers in mind and if there is a way to make their shopping experience better, then we do it. We really think that it's now easier than ever for people to get some of the best bang-for-the-buck audiophile products anywhere."

Stereomatic.com is home to many top audiophile brands, such as Black Cat Cable and Stereolab Master Reference. These brands offer world-renowned products such as NeoMorpheus and Lectraline speaker cables and interconnects, as well as Master Reference and Silverstar digital audio cables.

All products sold on Stereomatic.com are handmade and assembled in Atlanta, GA, USA.

About Stereomatic.com:

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty" was the message inscribed on John Keats' Grecian urn in his famous ode. And as there can be no authentic elegance without simplicity, there can be no authentic beauty without sincere truth...and no authentic truth without sincere beauty.

By this simple philosophy, Stereomatic strives toward virtue in our endeavors to create and otherwise cultivate a collection of audio products worthy of ownership, for which the pursuit of musical beauty is irretrievably entangled with the pursuit of musical truth. Stereomatic is not a purveyor of boxes of commoditized "stuff," nor "products of the month." Rather, it is a roof under which a philosophy is tended. We share Keats' fascination for the intertwinings of soul, eternity, art and nature and believe that this nexus is revealed when we are deeply immersed in the truth and beauty of exquisite music.

For more information visit: www.stereomatic.com or Facebook.com/BlackCatCable


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 High-Fidelity.com, the leading audiophile news and reviews aggregator, has partnered with Norway's 2L.no – one of the most highly regarded high-resolution recording labels in the world – for a special giveaway-promotion to last until the end of the year.

"High-resolution digital formats are emerging as one of the most exciting and compelling evolutions in modern recording media, and 2L has clearly earned its way to the top of the heap with its catalog of extraordinary recordings," said Chris Sommovigo, owner of High-Fidelity.com. "No high-resolution digital library should be without several of these truly superlative albums."

"2L" is the trade-name for Lindberg Lyd, AS – Norway's leading high-resolution recording label, founded by engineer and audiophile Morten Lindberg.

The music captured by 2L features Norwegian composers and performers and an international repertoire reflected in the Nordic atmosphere. 2L have garnered no less than 14 American GRAMMY nominations since 2006. Nine of these in categories "Best Engineered Album" and "Best Surround Sound Album."

2L records and distributes high-resolution music in stereo and multi-channel (surround) formats, in both high resolution PCM (24/96 and 24/192), DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz, and the extraordinary DXD FLAC (24/352.8).

Together, High-Fidelity.com and 2L.no are going to be giving away one voucher per day to one person for credit towards an entire high-resolution album download at 2L's website. Those interested in participating should sign up on High-Fidelity's popular website by clicking the large "2L" logo.

For more information visit: www.High-Fidelity.com


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 High End sound from a Bose Wave Radio? Some thoughts from our Lead Designer Ted Denney III on his greatest achievement to date.

"For over 20 years I have been working to eliminate compression from music playback. This journey has resulted in a series of new technologies starting with system specific cable geometries in 1992 and the world's first truly high end power cord- the AC Master Coupler. Later I invented Active Shielding which has evolved through 6 generations over 15 years.

I then turned my attention to cleaning up AC with the invention of the Electromagnetic Cell as found in our PowerCell AC line conditioners, Tranquility Bases and Galileo Cable Cells. Next I focused on acoustic tuning through sympathetic resonance as found in our Acoustic ART and MiG resonators. The culmination of my life's work has been a lifting of veils from recorded music playback with a resulting increase in sound stage, lowering of the noise floor for a more realistic portrayal of live music, increased micro and macro dynamics and a more lifelike reproduction of space and air.

But my latest invention, to be unveiled at this year's RMAF in Denver, will be by far my most significant contribution to the world of audio. These devices are unobtrusive, easy to implement, and very easy to afford. They neither compete with nor replace any current Synergistic Research technologies, but rather supplement the performance of my other products while dramatically transforming even ordinary systems to a level of performance that will amaze everyone.

In short, this new technology is a game changer with the potential to transform audio as we know it. To make this point crystal clear I will be demonstrating this new technology with nothing more than a Bose Wave Radio at the 2013 RMAF in October"Denver Marriott Tech Center - Room # 8009, October 11-13, 2013

Synergistic Research fans, "You ain't heard nothin yet"

SYNERGISTIC RESEARCH INC


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 Iconic, cult, legendary: only a product that inspires passion and remains in demand after 25 years earns this level of acclaim. Launched in 1988, Sennheiser's HD25 has come to define the ultimate DJ headphone. Alongside the launch of a new edition – the HD25ALUMINIUM, the anniversary is being marked by 25 of the world's greatest DJs, who wish the iconic headphone a "Happy Birthday" and explain its essential role in their music and performance.

Top DJs and their HD25s – The stories and memories

Over the past 25 years many of the world's greatest DJs have selected Sennheiser's HD25 as their first choice of headphone, with some using theirs over years and even decades. That enduring appeal is expressed by 25 of the world's leading DJs (and HD 25 fans), who send their birthday wishes in a special film by Sennheiser. Star DJs including QBert, Bob Sinclar, and Luciano describe how their HD25s become an integral part of performance and the experience of music itself. They also share stories of their first DJ performances, describe the feeling of playing to an audience and the role their headphones play in delivering a great performance. To watch the Happy Birthday HD25 video and exclusive DJ interviews, visit www.sennheiser.com/dj.

That special something: What makes the HD25 the perfect DJ headphone?

Built for a life behind the decks, the HD25's highly insulated rotatable capsules deliver high levels of background noise attenuation, make one-ear monitoring easy, and stay comfortable when worn for long periods. And the daily punishment of professional use is more than matched by its robust build quality and serviceability.

But keeping the world's greatest DJs happy is about more than the features and specifications. For DJ legend and four-time DMC champion QBert, the magic of the HD25 is its precise signature sound, a characteristic that's prized by many DJs: "My ears are accustomed to the Sennheiser sound. I love that the HD25s have a flat sound, so you hear how the music really is – not coloured, but pure – the way the artist wanted to put their music out. I'll be using these for 50 years – 100 years "

"I've been using the HD25 for a long time and Sennheiser headphones even longer – they made the first headphones I ever used " said Swiss-Chilean DJ, Luciano. Likewise, Canadian superstar DJ Mike Shannon has found over the course of his career that the HD25s are built to last: "I've been using the HD25s since they came out," he explains. Commenting on the sound performance, which offers tightly controlled bass and detailed treble while handling high sound pressure levels, Shannon said: "The clarity of the sound, it's a clean reference – it's very real. In the studio, listening to a mix, the sound is tight – it's one to one with how it's intended."

Like Shannon, Parisian electro house DJ, producer and label boss Martin Solveig has had a lifelong affair with the HD25: "I've never ever DJed without it. If you look online at the pictures of all my performances and every party you'll never see me using another headphone. It's the only piece of equipment I've never changed. The reason is the same reason everyone will tell you – it's the best headphone. The response is linear enough to be trusted even in a studio or recording situation. Of course, I know the sound, and it matches the references in my head – I'm formatted to this headphone "

In daily use, performance has to be matched with comfort and durability. Ibiza legend and Pacha resident Andy Baxter explains that the headphones' longevity also reflects its perfect blend of both sound and a robust design that offers a great fit over long periods of use: "I've been using the HD25 for many years now – there's no more comfortable headphone out there that can deliver such good sound quality, for myself and for many of my favourite DJs that use the HD25, too. Happy 25 years of listening pleasure to the one and only Sennheiser

The HD 25 ALUMINIUM – The cult classic reborn

Marking the 25-year milestone, Sennheiser has launched the HD25ALUMINIUM, a new version featuring a unique, premium aluminium construction. Taking the legend into the future, the HD25ALUMINIUM naturally delivers peerless sound quality in a headphone that is now even more desirable. With earcups lathed individually from single blocks of strong, lightweight aluminium, the HD25ALUMNIUM is ready for a lifetime in the DJ booth. Find out more at: sennheiser.com/hd-25-aluminium

About Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, the USA and now Australia and New Zealand, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.


NEWS RELEASE 9/21/13 Bowers & Wilkins launches P7 headphones

Bowers & Wilkins' P7 headphones deliver an enveloping, pristine listening experience. A combination of new drive-unit technology, luxurious materials, and a clever folding design, make the P7s Bowers & Wilkins best mobile hi-fi headphones yet.

Bowers & Wilkins is proud to announce the P7 Mobile Hi-Fi headphones. Our first over-ear headphones, the P7s provide a truly immersive listening experience, combined with the luxurious comfort and impeccable build quality you expect from Bowers & Wilkins.

With the P7s, everything is designed to allow you to lose yourself in music. Thanks to the technological advances we've made with these headphones, sound performance is a revelation. Bass is tighter, vocals are more defined, and there's a wonderful sense of space, balance, and clarity across the entire frequency range.

For the P7s we've drawn on everything we know about speaker technology and built it into a set of mobile headphones. New drive unit technology and Bowers & Wilkins famed attention to detail mean that the P7s offer a giant leap forward in sound quality. At the same time, the over-ear design and snugly fitting ear pads allow you to listen without unwanted interruptions.

Because when you're hearing sound this good, you don't want anything to interrupt your enjoyment of it.

The all-encompassing ear cushions not only provide noise isolation and high levels of comfort, their dual-cavity construction helps the pads mold to the contours of the wearer's head. This design maintains a consistent volume of air between the drive unit and the surface of the ear at both sides of the head. Not only is stereo imaging enhanced - the sound is optimized for every listener.

As with all Bowers & Wilkins headphones, no corners were cut in terms of the P7s' build quality and choice of materials. Moving parts are constructed from brushed and stainless steel, as is the ingenious folding mechanism. The logo plates are crafted from brushed aluminum. The headband and ear pads are encased in luxuriously soft leather, making them a delight to wear even for long listening sessions. The P7s also features a detachable remote-control- and-microphone cable.

The result of all of this attention to detail, advanced technology, and choice of materials is the best-performing Bowers & Wilkins headphones yet: the P7s.

Technology

With most headphones, sound quality is compromised by the way drive-units are designed. To save space, the diaphragm must perform the dual role of sound generator and suspension system. But for the P7 we have created a headphone driver that works more like the drive-unit in a hi-fi speaker, with a diaphragm focused purely on the job it's supposed to do: generate sound.

The internal speaker baskets encasing the P7s' drive-units are perforated with air vents covered with a resistive film. This unique design allows for precise control of the airflow from behind the drive-unit, resulting in a more uniform, piston-like movement. Plus, while the voice coil of most headphones are made from copper, the P7s' voice coils are constructed from a lighter aluminum-copper compound. The decrease in weight means that the drive-unit can move more freely, improving high frequency dynamics.

The P7's speaker baffle plates are constructed from a polymer material that has been heavily braced and tuned to make it very rigid and inert. This limits any resonances that might color the sound of the headphones. Finally, damping material inside the speaker enclosure helps control and dampens internal reflections, further reducing coloration and distortion. All of this means a drive-unit with a more precise, controlled movement, capable of producing outstanding levels of performance.

The Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones are available in September, priced at $399.99

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 is available now, priced at $299.95

The Bowers & Wilkins P3 is available now, priced at $199.99

The Bowers & Wilkins C5 is available now, priced at $179.00

About Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins is Britain's leading exporter of loudspeakers and the number one imported brand in North America. Since 1966, Bowers & Wilkins' "Quest for Perfection" has resulted in a succession of technical loudspeaker innovations that have satisfied the world's most demanding listeners. Its products' rave reviews and universal acceptance as monitors for classical music recording have helped Bowers & Wilkins become the dominant premium loudspeaker company throughout the world.

www.bowers-wilkins.com

Listen and you'll see.


NEWS RELEASE 9/15/13 MIT Cables is pleased to announce its return to the CEDIA Expo for 2013.

Come see us at the Denver Press Club venue, just one block from the main CEDIA event center.

Exhibiting with Discovery Marketing, we will be showing alongside such brands as Martin Logan, Canton, Wharfedale, Arcam, ElectroCompaniet, TiO, Cambre Displays, and others.

MIT Cables will be providing all of the cabling and power filtration for these select companies showcasing the NEW SL-Matrix Series cables and the NEW Z-Series power filtration solutions.

Showcased MIT products include audio cabling from the NEW High End SL-Matrix series of interfaces, the StyleLine, and the Matrix series.

Power conditioning throughout the venues include the MIT Z-Powerbar, Z-Strip, and the NEW Z-Series power products: the Z-Cord, the Z-Pod, and the Z-Plug.

MIT Subwoofer cables, HDMI, and our USB digital cables will also be used throughout.

Location: Denver Press Club - 1330 Glenarm Place, one block from the Colorado Convention Center

Denver, CO

Sept 26 - 28

http://www.mitcables.com


NEWS RELEASE 9/15/13 THIEL Audio winner of over 60 prestigious awards for loudspeaker design and performance since 1978, has appointed Mark Mason as the company's new Director of Product Development. Mason represents the first in-house engineering presence for the brand since the passing of Jim Thiel in 2009.

Mark Mason brings a depth of engineering experience combined with a broad range of technical capabilities to THIEL after nearly a decade as Design Team Manager at PSB. Mason's expertise includes critical applications such as driver design (the term "driver" refers to the woofer, midrange and tweeter components that make up most dynamic loudspeakers), Class D amplifier design and high performance acoustic systems design (referring to a completed loudspeaker including drivers, crossover networks and enclosures). "I heard about THIEL quite a long time ago and I have tremendous respect for what the brand has achieved in the three decades plus since it was founded," explained Mason. "I am honored that I have an opportunity to be a part of THIEL's future and help evolve this storied organization," Mason added.

Mason has demonstrated success as a creative thinker and team leader with a proven history of bringing premium audio products to market in a timely manner. "I have been fascinated by loudspeaker design since childhood and have a great passion for seeking out the highest possible levels of performance," Mason explained. "One of the aspects of THIEL that excites me is the domestic manufacturing capability here in Lexington, Kentucky—I have an opportunity to take a vision from the earliest stages of development and work with the factory every step of the way to achieve the desired results," Mason stated. "This gives me vastly more control over performance and quality than if I were handing drawings off to overseas contract manufacturers," he added. Mason is confident that he can first evaluate and then manage the technology, people, and processes together at THIEL to achieve great things for the brand. "I am thrilled at the prospect of designing and overseeing a lineup of ultimate quality loudspeakers across multiple market segments, such as high performance floor-standing models, custom installation products and loudspeakers for home theater," said Mason.

Since THIEL was acquired earlier this year, the new ownership group has been focused on a fresh approach to product engineering and industrial design while leveraging the strong heritage of the company. Mason's appointment as Director of Product Development is in concert with this carefully orchestrated new vision for THIEL. "I have many years of association with Mark at PSB and watched him grow into a world-class talent in all phases of speaker design and manufacturing," stated THIEL COO Bob Brown. "Mark is perfectly suited to take the product development reins at THIEL—it has been years since the company has had anyone of Mark's breadth of experience driving engineering," Brown added.

"While we have kicked off a major new product development initiative, the timing for Mark's arrival could not be more ideal," said THIEL CEO Bill Thomas. "He has worked with our North American Sales Manager and our industrial designer in the past very successfully and I anticipate this team reaching full stride very quickly," continued Thomas. Part of the new vision for the brand includes a more regimented new product development process and cycle, making the company more vital in the marketplace and of increased value to the sales chain. "We have expended great effort to bring the necessary human resources to THIEL so that engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales and administration are all working together," Thomas concluded.

Most recently, Mason was Director of Product Development for Specialty Technologies (SVS), where he was accountable for all aspects of the company's product management strategy and execution. Over the years, Mason's designs have garnered numerous prestigious awards such as The Absolute Sound Editor's Choice, Sound & Vision Certified and Recommended, Sound & Vision Editor's Choice, Home Cinema Best Buy, Best Home Cinema Room (S&V Bristol Show), SoundStage Great Buy, AV Forums Best Buy, EISA Best Product, Audioholics Consumer Excellence, Stereophile Recommended Components, Electronic House Product of the Year.

THIEL Audio Products Company of Lexington, Kentucky is a privately-held, engineering driven organization that performs research, design, and manufacturing of loudspeakers for the highest quality music and video sound reproduction in the home.The beauty of THIEL loudspeakers can be traced back to design concepts born from powerfully innovative thinking. For over 30 years, THIEL has woven a nearly magical synergy between engineering brilliance and an unfailing passion to create the most lifelike reproduction of recorded music. Along this quest for sonic perfection, THIEL's customers, music aficionados, and audio press from around the world have lauded THIEL's loudspeaker designs as some of the best ever conceived.THIEL manufactures ten individual products ranging in price from $1090 each to $14,700 per pair. www.thielaudio.com

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