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Melco's Best Ever Entry-level Music Library Unveiled

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There has never been a better time to try a Melco: new entry-level N100 gets a 150 % storage boost Melco announces the new   N100-H50 , its best ever entry-level digital library with 150 % more music capacity 16th June 2021 , Surrey, UK:  Melco Audio has significantly upgraded its highly acclaimed entry-level N100-H20 digital music library, creating a new high-capacity HDD variant, the  N100-H50,  which more than doubles the original device’s music storage capability.  The new N100-H50 benefits from a 150 per cent capacity increase over the standard 2 TB N100-H20 (which stays in the range), to a whopping 5 TB. The upgraded 5 TB HDD is no ordinary drive, either: it is the same audio-specific model featured in the N100-H50’s upmarket sibling, the £7,499  N10 45th anniversary limited edition  digital music library.  The dedicated drives are hand-picked by the factory to provide exceptional audio performance. The new N100-H50 directly benefits from Melco’s trickle-down drive technology, ma

Sonus faber Announces Two New Lumina Speakers

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Two new Sonus faber Lumina models bring greater power handling to the now five-strong collection The iconic Italian manufacturer adds a powerful new standmount, Lumina II, and a new floorstanding flagship, Lumina V 15th June 2021 , Vicenza, Italy:  Iconic Italian loudspeaker manufacturer   Sonus faber has expanded its award-winning Lumina range to include a new flagship floorstander, the Lumina V, and a powerful yet compact standmount speaker, the Lumina II.  Both models feature the same legendary handmade-in-Italy craftsmanship, artisan design and natural sound quality as Sonus faber’s more exclusive ranges, while offering the extraordinary affordability Lumina has become known for.  The new Lumina II and Lumina V A/V speakers are designed to offer the ‘voice of Sonus faber’ in both stereo and multichannel systems, and are positioned to offer greater power handling for larger spaces. Both models embody the history and spirit of Sonus faber, expanding the September 2020-launched Lumina

Next-gen Chord Co. C-view 2.1 HDMI; 48 Gbps support from just £30

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Next-gen C-view 2.1 HDMI offers 48 Gbps support plus Chord Co. quality from just £30    C-view 2.1 offers the latest ‘full bandwidth’ standard for today’s 4K and 8K screens at a bargain price 4th June 2021, Wiltshire, England:  Chord Company has launched a next-generation HDMI 2.1 cable for today’s 4K and 8K screens at a bargain price. The new C-view 2.1, which starts from as little as £30, is a ‘full bandwidth’ cable with all-new features, plus the legendary Chord Company quality.  The new C-view 2.1 HDMI directly replaces its predecessor and represents a complete overhaul of the original design. The new cable benefits from full bandwidth 48 Gbps support, HDMI 2.1’s maximum data rate, with a resolution of 8K at 60 Hz or 4K at 120 Hz. It also supports Dynamic HDR, HDCP 2.2, HDMI eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel), 3D, plus all HDMI audio formats. Chord Company has also upgraded the new C-view 2.1 HDMI’s physical properties, to enable the extra bandwidth needed for the higher-resoluti

Chord Electronics 2yu Heralds the Arrival of a Standalone Network Bridge

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Now shipping, the 2yu  heralds the arrival of a standalone Chord Electronics network bridge The 2yu and 2go combine to create Chord Electronics' first-ever network bridge 1st June 2021, Kent, UK:  Chord Electronics’  2yu   digital interface  for the 2go streamer/server is now shipping worldwide, following its 2020 reveal. The 2yu connects to the existing 2go streamer/server to create Chord Electronics’ first-ever network bridge, ready for use with DACs, DAC-equipped A/V devices and Chord Electronics’ Hugo M Scaler. 2yu  is specifically designed for 2go: the resultant network bridge offers high-resolution streaming from both wired Ethernet and wireless sources ( using 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi or A2DP Bluetooth) , including popular streaming services such as Qobuz, Tidal and Internet radio; the combination is also Roon Ready. In addition to streaming, 2go’s 2x 2 TB-rated SD card slots also enable the combination as an audiophile-grade music server, solid-state being the preferred storage medium

Melco's Best-ever Performance From Upgraded Flagship Libraries

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Best-ever Melco sound as the flagship N1Z  music libraries receive a double upgrade Upgraded single-drive SSD or HDD storage and improved power supplies deliver the best-ever Melco sound  27th May 2021, Surrey, UK:  Melco Audio has upgraded its two flagship Japanese-engineered digital music libraries, the HA-N1Z/2EX-H50 (HDD) and HA-N1Z/2EX-S40 (SSD), to include new, improved power supplies and new, higher-performance single-drive storage for the best-ever Melco sound quality.  The flagship N1Z series machines offer audio connoisseurs the choice of either solid-state or hard disc storage, both specifically engineered for audio. The SSD-based HA-N1Z/2EX-S40 now benefits from a new, high-performance 4 TB storage drive and the HDD-based HA-N1Z/2EX-H50 is supplied with a new 5 TB unit; both models feature the new single drives. Melco’s implementation of the new single drives means its engineers no longer have to incorporate a RAID system ( Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks ) in the oper

McIntosh's MB20 Transceiver Adds Two-way Bluetooth to Legacy Audio Systems

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New MB20 transceiver adds McIntosh-quality wireless Bluetooth to   all   home audio systems, even legacy ones The MB20 sends and receives Bluetooth, modernising systems with wireless audio in fabulous McIntosh quality 20th May, 2021, Binghamton, NY, USA : McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 70 years, is proud to introduce the  MB20 Bluetooth Transceiver ( £649). Images:  here The MB20 Bluetooth Transceiver is an easy way to add McIntosh-quality wireless Bluetooth® streaming to virtually  any  McIntosh (or non-McIntosh!) home audio system, from any era. The MB20 Transceiver modernises home audio systems, enabling them to not only go wireless, but allow music to be sent  and received, all with the legendary McIntosh sound quality.  Used in  receiver mode , music lovers can stream  to  the MB20 via Bluetooth from any compatible device, including smartphones, tablets and laptops. In  transmitter mode , users can stream  from  th

Chord Electronics Launches New 2go Firmware

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New 2go firmware released today Chord Electronics rolls out key updates for the 2go streamer/ser 18th May 2021, Kent, UK:  Chord Electronics has released new firmware for the company’s 2go streamer/server, a device that directly connects to both the Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp and the forthcoming 2yu network bridge, to bring music streaming to audio systems.  The firmware rollout (v. 1.5.0) introduces new radio-listening features, SD card album playback and improved stability, and follows the release (13th of May) of the latest version of Gofigure, Chord Electronics’ set-up and configuration app companion. The updates include better radio station and playlist support along with faster access over Wi-Fi.  A key upgrade is the new playlist generator feature that allows Gofigure to scan any SD card/s inserted into 2go for music and create playlists for  every  stored album, giving an easy way to play all stored albums  without  the need for Wi-Fi or another app. Existing 2go owners will rece