2014-08-15 Audio/Video News
The SoundStage! InSight video series gives an in-depth look at audio companies, the products they produce, and the people behind them. The first episode, which debuted in March, featured Muraudio, while the second episode, which was released in May, focused on Axiom Audio. The third episode, which debuted today, showcases speaker-maker Totem Acoustic, which was established in 1987 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where they still remain. The video features Vince Bruzzese, the company’s founder and p...Read more
2014-08-05 Audio/Video News
NAD Electronics has announced the newest member of their digital-electronics family, the C 510 Direct Digital preamp/DAC. This new model uses the same "high-precision digital processing" as NAD’s more expensive M2 integrated amplifier and M51 digital-to-analog converter, which are part of the company's Masters series, but in a more affordable package. The C 510's DAC section is said to have "extremely low noise, low distortion, wide dynamic range, superb linearity and extremely lo...Read more
2014-07-15 Audio/Video News
MartinLogan, based in Kansas, MO, USA, has announced the introduction of three new models to their Motion-series loudspeaker line: the Motion 60XT floorstander, Motion 35XT monitor, and Motion 50XT center-channel. This brings the total number of Motion-series speakers to eight.
According to the company’s press release today: “XT stands for extreme, and for good reason. The new Motion XT speakers play louder, lower, and with unflinching accuracy. Larger woofers and cabinets, pai...Read more
2014-06-20 Audio/Video News
UK-based electronics manufacturer Musical Fidelity has announced three new products, all of which are integrated amplifiers: the M6si, which is scheduled to begin shipping next week; the M3si, shipping July 20; and the NuVista 800, shipping in September.
The M3si replaces the M3i and comes with a built-in digital-to-analog convertor accessible through a USB input, along with a host of analog inputs including a phono stage for connecting a turntable. Power output is now 90Wpc and the price is $1...Read more
2014-06-02 Audio/Video News
To commemorate their 10th anniversary, Magico, based in Hayward, California, has announced the release of the M Project loudspeaker, a limited-edition model that they say incorporates elements from past Magico loudspeakers with some new technologies the company has just developed.
The M Project is a five-driver, three-way design comprised of a 1” beryllium-dome tweeter with a diamond coating; one 6” midrange driver, which they say was spawned from the midrange driver in the company’s ...Read more
2014-05-27 Audio/Video News
PSB Speakers, which was founded by Paul Barton in 1972 and is based in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, has added to their Imagine series of loudspeakers with four new entry-level models called Imagine X. The Imagine X models are comprised of the floorstanding X2T and X1T speakers, priced in the United States at $649 and $449 each (double for per-pair price), respectively; the XB stand-mounted monitor, priced at $499 per pair; and the XC center-channel, priced at $399.
The Image X2T is a t...Read more
2014-05-15 Audio/Video News
The SoundStage! Network’s coverage of High End 2014 in Munich, Germany, has officially begun! This year’s event runs from May 15 to 18 and has 20% more exhibitors than last year’s show. The SoundStage! Network is updating “live” from the event as it happens. The first-day coverage includes details on new products, such as KEF’s Blade Two and Reference-series loudspeakers, Devialet’s updated amplifier line, T+A’s SACD/CD player, Focal's headphones, and much more. All the coverage appears on ...Read more
2014-05-13 Audio/Video News
On May 12, Doug Schneider visited Octave Audio, which is located in Karlsbad, Germany. Octave Audio, which has been in business since 1980, makes tube-based amplifiers, preamplifiers, and phono amplifiers. When he was there, Doug talked extensively to Andreas Hoffman, the company’s founder and chief designer, and he toured their factory to see the production and testing first-hand. He also had the world’s first look at the company’s new HP 700 preamplifier, which will debut at High End 2014...Read more
2014-05-07 Audio/Video News
Oppo Digital, which is based in California, USA, and is best known to audio- and videophiles for their universal disc players, has recently branched out into headphones and, most recently, headphones amplifiers. The company’s first headphone amplifier is the HA-1, which they say borrows technology from their award-winning disc players. According to the company’s press release on May 7: “The analog audio section of the HA-1 is a fully balanced design with an emphasis on keeping the audio sig...Read more
2014-04-24 Audio/Video News
According to a new article published today on Strata-gee.com, Thiel Audio is moving from Lexington, KY, which is where they’ve been based for 38 years, to Nashville, TN. The article, called “Thiel Audio Story Takes a New and Troubling Turn,” indicates that all the company’s manufacturing equipment was sold at a public auction earlier this year. The author also speculates that the factory is or will be closed and no speakers are currently being manufactured. A statement attributed to company repr...Read more