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Keith Monks DiscOvery microLight Record Cleaning Machine

International CES, Venetian Hotel Suite 29-139 Las Vegas, January 6th 2016. Keith Monks Audio today unveiled the new discOvery microLight Record Cleaning Machine. The microLight is the smallest ever Keith Monks RCM and is the smallest precision record cleaning machine ever.
The cliché of a picture is worth a thousand words is so apt for the microLight, and in fact pictures don’t really capture its interesting and innovative design.  Is it modern, post modern or classic? In reality all of the above. Caught in its naked pose the design is post modern industrial perhaps, appealing to the technocrat but with a quick insertion of a high definition image and with the illumination on, it’s anything you wish it to be. Anything that suits the mood or the room.

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Be Summoned by the Sound: Introducing Mu-so Qb by Naim

Wednesday 6th January 2016. International CES, Suite 30-233 Venetian Hotel Las Vegas. Today Naim launches Mu-so Qb, a more compact, but equally musically enjoyable, wireless loudspeaker system.  There can’t be many people involved in the hi-fi business who have missed the success of Naim’s Mu-so wireless music system. It combines Naim’s normal priorities of a highly enjoyable and engaging sound quality with dramatic but understated design and remarkable ease of use. Mu-so Qb takes these attributes and delivers them in a compact structure that is easy to accommodate in most rooms.

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Naim improves its award-winning DACs

Naim improves its award-winning DACs with increased performance and DSD playbackNaim today released firmware updates to both the Naim DAC (colloquially known as the nDAC) and the DAC-V1. Both multi-award winning DACs have a strong following and large installed base and demand for DSD playback has been strong from some international markets.

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Focal’s DNA in a unique pair of in-ear headphones

Focal, the French loudspeaker manufacturer, has developed its first in-ear headphones starting from first principles. The result: Sphear breaks with conventions and proves that high-fidelity in-ear headphones can be used for hours without discomfort.

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Enhanced functionality for Naim network players

Includes Bluetooth (aptX), DSD, BBC HLS playback and improved multiroom capabilities.

From today the Naim ND5 XS, NDX and NAC-N 172 XS network players will be shipped with Bluetooth (aptX) compatibility.

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The Pono Player: musically worthwhile or just good clickbait?

I took the leap of faith and order a Pono back in March of 2014.  It arrived just before Christmas. I don’t like the hype around it, the software or the website but I do love the player itself.

I hear a level of sound quality and musical performance, from CD resolution and hi-res files, that I’ve not heard before from portable devices.

Here’s a link to a piece I wrote for Hifi Critic magazine when I was feeling particularly irritated at what I felt were far too many writers using Pono as clickbait. Many having not even bothered to try one.

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Here is a link to Hifi Critic’s website

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