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iFi ZEN One Signature – Be At One With Your Sound

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iFi says: be at One with your sound One DAC with universal connectivity – iFi’s ZEN One Signature delivers exceptional sound from every digital device in a home audio environment Southport, England – Award-winning audio specialist iFi expands its ZEN Signature range – enhanced, premium-grade devices based on the acclaimed, entry-level ZEN Series – with the ZEN One Signature. Described as a ‘universal DAC’ owing to its all-encompassing input options, the ZEN One Signature takes the DAC stage from the ZEN DAC V2, adds S/PDIF inputs (optical and coaxial) alongside the USB port, stirs in Bluetooth technology from the ZEN Blue V2 and seasons the pot with Signature-grade circuit enhancements to create a delicious audio brew. The result is a pure DAC (no built-in headphone amp or volume control) that serves as a home audio hub for all your digital devices, from smartphones and tablets to PCs and Macs, disc players and audio servers to TVs and games consoles. The ZEN One Signature’s singular p

McIntosh Labs MA352 Hybrid Integrated Stereo Amplifier Review

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Over the years I have had many great names and brands come in to The Speaker Shack for review, Krell, Audio Research, Dan D’Agostino to name a few but McIntosh Labs have graced my living room on a number of occasions and each time they never fail to impress me with their beautiful looks and great sound. It’s not all about looks though but it certainly helps when purchasing items at these sort of price points and the MA352 certainly has the looks. With those big blue VU meters and brightly lit tubes you’d be hard pressed not to like what you see and this big McIntosh is truly beautiful to look at. As usual when these sort of high end amplifiers arrive you are never really quite ready for the size and weight as I actually struggled to get the box into my property, but with the added excitement of what was in the box it gave me the strength to succeed and a sense of relief that I had made it once in my room. With the amplifier boxed the weight comes in at a hefty 34Kg and once unpacked th

The New Estelon Extreme Mk II Speakers

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Estelon is proud to present the new Extreme Mk II flagship loudspeaker. The Estelon model that needs no introduction is getting upgraded! After updating the Estelon classics series to Mk II and launching a limited Anniversary Edition of the Forza model, Estelon now refines its most luxurious high-end loudspeaker having incorporated a significant number of advancements in the same iconic form factor. The Extreme Mk II includes everything that Alfred Vassilkov (Estelon’s Chief Designer & Co- founder) has learned during his 35 years of experience. The unique two-module design of the over 2 meters tall loudspeaker allows the user to adjust the height of the upper part as well as the depth of the tweeter in order to achieve optimal performance in any room. Furthermore, it isolates the upper drivers from vibration created by the woofers, therefore, the sound remains clear and free of colouration. The new Estelon Extreme Mk II is being offered in new and exciting, two-tone, ultra- premium

Chord Company Epic Power Cables

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Epic power for A/V systems everywhere Chord Company’s new  Epic Power  is the connoisseurs’ choice when it comes to clean system power Wiltshire, England, 17th December, 2021:  Chord Company is offering A/V lovers epic levels of clean power delivery for their systems with the launch of  Epic Power . Expanding the Epic cable portfolio, which sits three rungs down from the flagship ChordMusic range, the new  Epic Power  is a high-performance power cable that benefits from Chord Company’s proprietary ARAY mechanical tuning technology, legendary 37-year UK design, engineering and manufacturing expertise, plus lifetime guarantee.   Handmade in the Wiltshire factory, just outside historic Stonehenge, Epic Power benefits from high-purity, multi-strand copper conductors (with ARAY technology), PVC internal and external insulation with high mechanical damping, plus a dual-layer high-frequency-effective braid and foil combination shield. The cable is then finished with a high-density, vibration-

Dan D’Agostino Trickles Down Relentless Technology to Momentum Power Amps

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Dan D’Agostino trickles down Relentless technology to Momentum power amps Revered for their extraordinary sonic power and poise, the Momentum S250 and Momentum M400 are acknowledged worldwide to be among the finest amplifiers available. Dan D’Agostino’s latest ‘MxV’ updates ensure these models now scale even greater sonic heights, coupling the same chassis with new circuitry that draws heavily on the flagship Relentless mono power amplifier. For more details, please visit the  product pages  on the Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems website: https://www.dandagostino.com/products/momentum-s250MxV-stereo-amplifier https://www.dandagostino.com/products/momentum-m400MxV-monoblock-amplifier Prices and availability   The Momentum S250 MxV stereo power amplifier (UK RRP: £48,998) and Momentum M400 MxV   mono power amplifier (UK RRP: £45,000 each; £90,000 for a stereo pair) begin shipping in January from the Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems facility in Arizona.   Owners of previous version

Magico TITAN 15 The Ultimate Powered Subwoofer

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Magico TITAN 15 The Ultimate Powered Subwoofer HAYWARD, CA – Magico LLC, the Leader in High-Performance Loudspeaker Design and Manufacture, is pleased to announce the TITAN 15: a new pinnacle of Magico engineering and design vision for the ultimate subwoofer. Whether listening to the lowest pipe organ note at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City or the earthshaking steps of a dinosaur in the movie Jurassic Park- the TITAN 15 is designed to reproduce low frequency sounds with realistic force and energy. Setting a new benchmark in powered subwoofer design, the TITAN 15 features a sophisticated control center, dual- opposed force cancelling driver arrangement with a massive, sealed aluminum enclosure. This superlative subwoofer design extends beyond the bandwidth of human hearing (>20Hz) into infrasonic levels and expands the dimensional sound field in any room space with unparalleled low bass performance. QSUB15 driver (left) and the new TITAN 15 driver (right). The newly developed 15-inch

New OTA Melco Audio Firmware Update

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Melco's new OTA firmware rolls out New over-the-air firmware update 4.30 brings Melco’s latest improvements to the N10, N100 and N1 (EX) 2nd December, 2021, Tokyo, Japan:  Leading digital music library specialist Melco Audio has released a new over-the-air firmware update ( 4.30 ), which brings a host of updates for the company’s N100, N10 and N1EX ( EX Series) of digital libraries The new update, which has already been automatically sent to owners of Melco’s current EX Series or  EX-updated digital music libraries, can be simply installed from the front panel with a few button presses.  Melco’s new 4.30 firmware brings a number of benefits, including updates to the media server software, improved file sharing and Windows integration, plus better filename handling within Melco’s import, backup and revert functions.   Further upgrades include improved web service availability, support for temporary Android USB tethering and better importing from CD-DA drives to expansion storage dri

Melco's Audio Best-Ever Money-Saving Offers

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Melco’s best-ever money-saving offers   Melco is offering some incredible savings this winter, with up to £1,197 off! 1st December 2021, Tokyo , Japan:  There has never been a better time to invest in a new Melco digital music library package in the UK and Europe, thanks to the Japanese specialist’s exciting Winter Combo Deal. To celebrate the hi-fi season this winter, Melco, t he world’s leading high-performance digital music library manufacturer, is offering  five  money-saving combo packages for a limited time only.  The promotion will run in the UK and Europe  from 1st December 2021 to 31st January 2022  at participating Melco dealers while stocks last; a handy online dealer locator tool on the Melco website,  www.melco-audio-masters.com , provides full retailer listings. The savings, which range from £598 right up to £1,197, can be made when buying a class-leading music library and key Melco accessory together, from a range of five combo offers. There are three offers with a Melco

Power-Up With Chord Company's New SignatureX Power

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Power-up with the new ARAY-based SignatureX   The time-proven Signature range (launched in ’98!) gains a new high-performance power cable: SignatureX  Wiltshire, England, 26th November, 2021: Chord Company’s time-proven Signature range, launched back in 1998, is set to benefit from a new, high-quality power cable:  SignatureX Power . Handmade in the Wiltshire factory, just outside historic  Stonehenge , the new  SignatureX  Power features the company’s proprietary ARAY mechanical tuning technology, plus the latest XLPE insulation, as seen in many of the company’s recently introduced loudspeaker cables.  The new SignatureX Power directly replaces the previous Signature ARAY power cable. It benefits from significantly heavier-gauge conductors, offering lower resistance and improved efficiency, a high-quality foil with high-density braid screen, plus a PVC outer jacket. SignatureX Power’s heavy-gauge multi-strand OFC copper conductors with  ARAY  geometry are terminated with custom-design

Audiolab Omnia - CDs, Vinyl, Streaming... Just Add Speakers!

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Great universal From CDs and vinyl to hi-res network streaming, the Audiolab Omnia is the all-in-one, just-add- speakers hi-fi system that does it all, and does it in style Cambridgeshire, England – Throughout its 40-year history, Audiolab has produced some of British hi-fi’s most celebrated electronics. Amps that stretch from 1982’s classic 8000A to the current, best-selling 6000A; DACs from 1992’s 8000DAC to the mighty M-DAC series of the last decade; and a range of source components that includes the award-winning 6000CDT CD transport and 6000N Play network streamer. For its newest creation, Audiolab has distilled its know-how across these component categories into a single chassis. The result is an all-in-one, just-add-speakers music system that Audiolab calls the Omnia. Housed in a beautifully engineered aluminium enclosure with a crisp, minimalist aesthetic, the Omnia caters for a music lover’s every need – from digital streaming to physical CD and vinyl collections. It sports an