AudioPlus News and Views http://www.audioplus.org.uk News, reviews, images and other audio related bits Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:58:49 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 http://www.audioplus.org.uk http://www.audioplus.org.uk/favicon.ico AudioPlus News and Views 5541990 Naim introduces Power-Line Lite http://www.audioplus.org.uk/naim-introduces-power-line-lite/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:35:25 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=5654 Naim today announced that its newly designed mains plug, has now replaced the MK mains plug that was fitted by Naim to all its standard mains cables.

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Naim launches four new Uniti models http://www.audioplus.org.uk/naim-launches-four-new-uniti-models/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:37:58 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=5386 New Uniti is the next incarnation of the Uniti family all-in-one players. Inspired by Naim’s passion for music, new Uniti is a highly advanced all-in-one streaming platform with five times the power of the previous generation. Combining seamless digital technology with a rich analogue soul to deliver sound quality and musical performance with ease of use and joy of ownership.

Ready to go – just add speakers, Uniti gives instant access, total clarity and no compromise on quality, all within a beautiful all-in-one form. The advanced connectivity will unleash music wherever it is stored.

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A new line of High-End Headphones from Focal http://www.audioplus.org.uk/a-new-line-of-high-end-headphones-from-focal/ Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:16:41 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=5228 Focal, the French loudspeaker manufacturer renowned for its exclusive speaker driver technology, is unveiling three new models of headphones. They bring major innovation in acoustic components and mechanical design. Initiated four years ago, this huge project has now given life to Listen, Elear and Utopia.

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Neat introduces the Iota ALPHA http://www.audioplus.org.uk/neat-introduces-the-iota-alpha/ Thu, 05 May 2016 17:31:00 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=4470 Neat Acoustics has today finally confirmed that the low-down floor-standing Iota ALPHA will be available from its specialist hi-fi retailers from June 2016. Neat’s loudspeakers have long been renowned for creating big sounds from compact and elegant enclosures. However, the Iota ALPHA succeeds in stretching this concept well beyond the limits of what might be expected.


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FinkTeam in Munich http://www.audioplus.org.uk/finkteam-in-munich/ Tue, 03 May 2016 20:14:54 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=4438 What happens when the team that develops some of the world’s most successful loudspeakers, albeit for other companies, decides to make something for itself?

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Keith Monks DiscOvery microLight Record Cleaning Machine http://www.audioplus.org.uk/4255-2/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:38:26 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=4255 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 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/be-summoned-by-the-sound-introducing-mu-so-qb-by-naim/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:15:46 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=4246 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 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/naim-improves-its-award-winning-dacs/ Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:02:12 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=4078 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 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/focals-dna-in-a-unique-pair-of-in-ear-headphones/ Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:54:15 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=3989 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 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/enhanced-functionality-for-naim-network-players/ Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:38:44 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=4015 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? http://www.audioplus.org.uk/the-pono-player-musically-worthwhile-or-just-good-clickbait/ Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:56:32 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=3973 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.

Pono Opinion Piece

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Naim’s new NAC-N 272 Streaming Preamplifier http://www.audioplus.org.uk/naims-new-nac-n-272-streaming-preamplifier/ Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:50:58 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=3894 Naim today confirmed the arrival of a new product in its core range: a performance upgradeable preamplifier including full network audio and zero S/PDIF jitter DAC.

Combining the qualities of a Naim preamplifier and a Naim network audio player in one Naim classic non-magnetic aluminium case is not easy. It has taken time and significant engineering skill to preserve the intrinsic performance of both and create a compelling sound.

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New range of Naim high-end interconnects and speaker cables http://www.audioplus.org.uk/new-range-of-naim-high-end-interconnects-and-speaker-cables/ Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:00:31 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=3823 Today Naim revealed its new Super Lumina range of high-quality interconnects and speaker cables, developed in parallel with Statement, its flagship amplification system.

The brief was simple: design a range of cables that would complement and allow the maximum performance of Statement as well as Naim 500 Series and Classic products. Starting with a blank page, Naim’s engineers specified each element of the cables based on the results of thousands of hours spent in the listening room testing prototypes.

To reach their goal required a deep understanding of material science and the influence of cable and connector construction on sound quality.

Super Lumina pre to power interconnects ship as standard with all Statement systems. The rest of the range is scheduled to enter production in February 2015 and will be available from all Naim specialist retailers.

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Keith Monks discOvery mini One Sapphire Limited Edition http://www.audioplus.org.uk/keith-monks-discovery-mini-one-sapphire-limited-edition/ Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:11:19 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=3778 Celebrating 45 years of the original – the Keith Monks Record Cleaning Machine

Keith Monks Audio today unveiled the new discOvery mini One Sapphire Limited Edition Record Cleaning Machine.  This exclusive model takes all the benefits of the discOveryOne so successfully launched in 2013, and then improves on it.  The Sapphire is the smallest ever Keith Monks and features a vacuum gauge, hinged lid cover and the Keith Monks Classic precision wash system built in. Each Sapphire machine and its accompanying certificate are individually numbered, and both display a reproduction Keith Monks original signature.

The discOvery mini One Sapphire is a limited edition of 45 production units worldwide.

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Bose QuietComfort 20i http://www.audioplus.org.uk/bose-quietcomfort-20i/ Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:33:17 +0000 http://www.audioplus.org.uk/?p=3696 I’ve been away in Darlington most of the week and I’m on the train home knackered. I had the foresight to use Radio Paradise’s version 3 on my iPad to download six hours of great eclectic ‘radio’.  Radio is great for travelling and when tired, as it takes away the need for decision making – just let it play and if a song comes along you don’t like, another will be along soon.

The real key to me relaxing on the train is not the choice of music or the sound quality whether it be the 320kbps AAC of Radio Paradise, or the 24/192 wavs I sometimes play on my Fiio X3, it’s my Bose QuietComfort  20i noise cancelling headphones.

The QC 20i’s noise cancelling is superb, they take away most of the roar of the train, the clatter of the tracks and some of the noise of the louder passengers, however there is one small foible with the noise cancelling: on a train when another train passes in the opposite direction the QC 20i’s pop. The odd pop is a small price to pay for the amazingly good noise cancellation.

Sound quality of the QC 20i’s is very good. It’s not quite as good as say my Shure SE535s or even my Etymotic ER-4Ps but still very good.  They don’t quite have the transparency of the best in-ears, they have low colouration once they have run for a few hours. But, and it’s a huge but, they are very comfortable – they are ear bud style rather than true in-ears but Bose have included some little soft plastics wings that mean for the first time ever I can wear buds without them falling out.

In conclusion, the Bose QC20is are my choice for travelling earphones.  Great noise cancellation, truly comfortable, good sound, what more can you really want?

It’s no surprise if you look around at an airport or train station to find the people who look like seasoned travellers are mainly wearing Bose cans.

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