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Melco Audio Debuts First Mid-range SSD Music Library

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Melco launches full-width mid-range SSD music library New Japanese-crafted N50 offers SSD quality, Melco’s legendary ease of use, plus dedicated USB connectivity Tokyo, Japan,  20th October 2021 : Melco Audio has launched its  first mid-range SSD-based digital music library, the N50-S38 . Handcrafted in Japan, the N50-S38 offers best-ever Melco solid-state affordability, the latest digital technologies, plus Melco’s legendary ease of use.  The new N50-S38 benefits from a heavy, 1.7 mm-thick full-width chassis, an IEC power inlet with noise filter, and classic Melco styling. Improvements include an enhanced main board with a specially selected 3.84 TB SSD drive coupled to the new rigid, layered SSD cradle, plus a new dynamic PSU with 25 % more output. Re-engineered isolation feet are also included.  As with all Melco digital music libraries, the N50-S38 is remarkably easy to use. Crucially, the rear panel includes four specific USB ports: USB 3.0; Expansion and Backup, plus a dedicated

Valve Specialist PrimaLuna Launches first Hybrid Amp

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PrimaLuna EVO 300 Hybrid: a perfect sonic fusion Dutch firm PrimaLuna was founded in 2003 with a clear mission: to deliver high-performance valve-based audio components at affordable prices, resolving the reliability issues that had often dissuaded people from investing in the sonic beauty of valves. The company’s current, much-acclaimed EvoLution range spans 12 valve amplifiers – integrated amps, preamps and power amps across four price tiers – as well as a valve-based DAC   This  autumn ,  a new amplifier join s  the range – and for the first time in PrimaLuna’s history it’s not a valve amp! Or at least, it’s not  entirely  a valve amp. The PrimaLuna EVO 300 Hybrid Integrated Amplifier is the result of a collaboration between PrimaLuna and Floyd Design – the solid-state design arm of Durob Audio, PrimaLuna’s parent company. PrimaLuna has designed the  amp’s valve-based preamp stage; Floyd Design has created the solid-state power stage; and the two have worked together to mould a hybr

McIntosh Labs Quality and Power For 12 Channels

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McIntosh quality and power for 12 channels New 12x 50-watt MI1250 distribution amp brings cool-running power to AV systems  Binghamton, New York, USA, October 14th, 2021 : McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 70 years, is proud to announce the  MI1250 12-Channel Power Amplifier . The new 12-channel digital distribution amplifier brings McIntosh’s legendary sound quality to A/V systems and custom installations everywhere. Offering 50 watts of power into 8 ohms and 90 into 4, power is distributed via highly sophisticated closed-loop digital switching amplifiers that are paired with robust power supplies.  The MI1250 features installer-friendly, rack-mountable dimensions and, as a highly efficient Class D amplifier, does not require noisy cooling fans to maintain nominal operating temperature. On the front panel, multi-colour LED indicators display the status of each channel. On the back, unbalanced inputs are located with two-p

Melco Audio N10P/PS10 Digital Music Library Review

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If you have been following my page you will know that I really like Melco Audio products since reviewing the brilliant N100 Digital Music Library and S100 Data switch, two great products which improve your listening and music experience to new levels of enjoyment. Staying with the half width form factor, in steps the Melco Audio N10 two box flagship model which consists of the N10P player and its dedicated linear PS10 PSU.  Build and Features Looks is where it ends when comparing the N10 to the  N100 as the internals of this unit has been completely revised and overhauled with some serious audiophile cirruitry installed over its sibling. With a newer lower profile main board to the super linear power supply fed from the outboard PSU which leaves plenty of room in the N10 for audiophile components to the dampening of the 3TB HDD 2.5”aptly named as a Highly Stable Storage System, the N10P is also heavily shielded from outside interference which stops the noise from entering into the deli

Chord Electronics Debuts Anni at the UK Audio Show 2021

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Chord Electronics debuts Anni at the UK Audio Show 2021    The new Anni desktop integrated amplifier will make its world show debut this weekend in the Chord Electronics/BAYZ Audio suite at the UK Audio Show 2021 Kent, England, 5th October 2021:  Chord Electronics’ September-launched Anni desktop integrated amplifier will be making its world (show) debut at this weekend’s Audio Show. The Kent-based company will be sharing the  Chester Suite on the first floor  with the Hungarian loudspeaker manufacturer BAYZ audio, which is introducing itself to the UK for the first time. Bayz audio is supplying the 100,000 Euro Counterpoint 2.0 loudspeaker, and the 50,000 Euro Courante 2.0 to complement Chord Electronics’ DAVE DAC/preamp, Hugo M Scaler, ULTIMA Pre 2 preamp and ULTIMA 3 mono power amplifiers. https://chordelectronics.co.uk/

McIntosh Offers Concert-level Listening Experience in the 2022 Grand Cherokee

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  McIntosh Offers Concert-Level Listening Experience in 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee  Legendary Audio Performance Meets Next-Generation Grand Cherokee BINGHAMTON, NY (September 29th, 2021)  – McIntosh ®  is proud to announce the integration of the McIntosh MX950 Entertainment System in the next-generation 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee —the  Jeep ®  brand’s best-selling vehicle, and the most awarded SUV 1 .   The MX950 has been meticulously designed and engineered to deliver a clear and immersive audio experience replicating a live musical performance. Jeep and McIntosh, two iconic American brands, collaborated to fuse the sound performance of McIntosh into the form and function of the Jeep vehicle’s architecture.    The MX950 Entertainment System offers a true “MAC” home theater listening experience in the vehicle. Using several patented McIntosh technologies, the system delivers crisp sonic reproduction of the highest quality, with low distortion and lightning-fast response.  The system boast

Chord Electronics ULTIMA Tech Goes Desktop

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Chord Electronics offers ULTIMA technology in its first ever small desktop amplifier   The new  Anni  brings ULTIMA tech to today’s high-performance headphones and compact loudspeakers Kent, UK, 21st September 2021:  Chord Electronics has launched its first ever small desktop integrated amplifier,  Anni . Capable of driving  both  headphones and compact loudspeakers, the Qutest-sized Anni benefits from the company’s proprietary ULTIMA circuit topology and is perfectly positioned to exploit the full potential of today’s high-performance headphones, desktop monitors and high-resolution audio sources.  The new Anni  desktop integrated amplifier forms part of the Qutest range and seamlessly complements the resolving abilities of the multi-award-winning Qutest standalone DAC and Huei phono stage. As a system, the Qutest components provide an unrivalled desktop audio solution, offering class-leading digital and analogue technologies for the modern music lover. The company’s compact QSS (Qute

Sonus faber and Maserati MC20 Awarded ‘Best in-car OEM Premium Audio System

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Sonus faber and Maserati MC20 awarded ‘Best in-car OEM premium audio system’ The expert imaging and sound association announces 2021-2022 winners Vicenza, Italy, September 9th, 2021:  Sonus faber is proud to announce its achievement of the 2021-2022 EISA award for the Best In-Car OEM Premium Audio System in the Maserati MC20 Super Sports car. One year after the vehicle’s reveal, the two luxury Italian heritage brands are thrilled to continue to celebrate their partnership in innovation and automotive audio technology. The first Maserati model in production with the Sonus faber system, the MC20’s premium audio system leverages Sonus faber’s sound tuning expertise to create a 12-channel system amplified with 695 watts of power and 12 speakers with specific characteristics of the Sonus faber philosophy of creating a sound reproduction that implies the use of natural materials. The system is tailored specifically to the environment, the speakers working with custom EQ and real-time optimiz

McIntosh 8K Tech for its MX123 A/V Processor

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8K upgrade for McIntosh’s MX123 Mid-range MX123 processor goes 8K, including onboard upscaling and new features Binghamton, New York, USA, September 8th, 2021 : McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 70 years, is proud to announce an 8K-compatibility upgrade for the  MX123 A/V Processor .  Launched in October 2019 with 4K/60 Hz compatibility, all new MX123 A/V Processors shipping from the McIntosh factory starting in September 2021 will support 8K/60 Hz and 4K/120 Hz video resolutions and refresh rates. The MX123 will also be able to upscale lower resolutions to 8K. The upgrade is in line with McIntosh’s philosophy of continuous product improvement; the 4K version is no longer available. The MX123 benefits from 10 HDMI inputs and outputs; one of the inputs and two of the outputs will have 8K/60 Hz and 4K/120Hz support (all 10 will continue to support 4K/60 Hz). The three HDMI ports that are 8K/60 Hz- and 4K/120 Hz-compatible, w

Best-ever Leema Sirius Streamer/Server with new InnuOS 2.0 Upgrade

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Leema Acoustics’ best-ever Sirius streaming music server following InnuOS 2.0 upgrade Developed with Innuos, Leema’s Sirius streamer/server is now better than ever, thanks to InnuOS 2.0 Welshpool, Wales, UK, 7th September, 2021:  Leema Acoustics’ audiophile-grade streaming music server Sirius, which has been developed in conjunction with Innuos, is set to benefit from a major upgrade following the release of Innuos’ InnuOS 2.0 operating system. The new InnuOS 2.0 software brings a completely new operating system and desktop interface to the Sirius, plus for the first time, full dedicated app control using the all-new Innuos Sense app for iOS and Android devices. Innuos Sense offers comprehensive control over selecting and playing music from the Sirius and various music streaming services, along with a number of important control features including editing metadata. The upgrade means there has never been a better time to audition a Sirius streaming music server via  leema-acoustics.com/