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Atlas Cables, the engineering-led cable specialist, will be showing six new products at the Bristol Sound & Vision show. Bristol Sound and Vision will see the unveiling of the latest version of Atlas’ multi-award winning Equator Integra interconnect cable. Atlas Equator Integra The latest edition of the Equator Integra is equipped with an upgraded conductor […]

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Atlas Equator IntegraAtlas Cables, the engineering-led cable specialist, will be showing six new products at the Bristol Sound & Vision show.

Bristol Sound and Vision will see the unveiling of the latest version of Atlas’ multi-award winning Equator Integra interconnect cable.

Atlas Equator Integra

The latest edition of the Equator Integra is equipped with an upgraded conductor core. This now features Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) 5N (99.999% pure – the highest purity available) copper technology nestled in PEF (Foamed Polyethylene) dielectric material.

Atlas Equator IntegraAdditionally, the Equator Integra’s double-screen construction provides maximum RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) resistance. This important as today’s homes are filled with WiFi and Bluetooth communications. As you probably already know, RFI has a detrimental effect on sensitive audio signals. So, the double screening utilised for the Equator Integra eradicates any such interference between a source and an amplifier.

Atlas Ascent

Having recently introduced its Grun cable grounding system to its high-end range, the mid-range Ascent speaker cable has now been upgraded with the relevant connectivity options allowing for integration into a fully-grounded cable loom.

Also featured on the Ascent speaker cable are the company’s new Tin Cobalt 4mm Z plugs.

… and more

The mid-priced Hyper dd S/PDIF cable now uses the company’s dual drain technology. This elimiates that aforementioned pesky RFI (Radio Frequency Interference). Furthermore, it also incorporates a new cold-weld crimp fit BNC plug. Also, the company will be showing its new dedicated tonearm plugs for the very first time.

Additionally, Atlas will also be running demonstrations of its Eos power cables against a standard 13 amp mains cable.

Finally, headphone fans will be able to hear the improvements the company’s Zeno cable makes over a stock cable using OPPO’s PM-3 planar magnetic headphones.

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Kevin Kelly, MD at Atlas Cables, said:

Bristol Sound and Vision is always a great show for Atlas and 2018 is no exception, with the launch of 6 new products including our latest Equator Integra budget interconnect.

As well as the product launches, we will also be building cables on our stand, demonstrating the effort and attention to care that goes into the hand-building of our cables at our factory in Kilmarnock. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand and allowing them to hear for themselves the performance advantages our cables will offer them.”

Atlas at The Bristol Show 2018

Atlas Cables will be exhibiting its range of products on Stand 7b within the Bristol Suite.

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Dynaudio is back in the West Country for the 31st Bristol Show. Not only will this be the biggest Sound and Vision show, it looks like Dynaudio have something Special to bring. Dynaudio regularly scoops the much coveted ‘best in show’ awards for its demonstrations. Needless to say then that the speaker maker has an […]

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Dynaudio Special FortyDynaudio is back in the West Country for the 31st Bristol Show. Not only will this be the biggest Sound and Vision show, it looks like Dynaudio have something Special to bring.

Dynaudio regularly scoops the much coveted ‘best in show’ awards for its demonstrations. Needless to say then that the speaker maker has an enviable reputation to maintain.

Dynaudio at The Bristol Show

This year they will be exclusively demonstrating its Special Forty stereo speakers. These standmounts were lovingly created by the Danish company to mark its 40th anniversary.

The Special Forty is classic Dynaudio design.

Everything that you have come to expect from the brand is there. The craftsmanship, attention to detail and total love of authentic sound.

Dynaudio Special Forty

Dynaudio Special FortyThe Special Forty is a classic passive two-way design: the team in Dynaudio Labs studied the legendary techniques and technologies that make their speakers so celebrated. They then took them back to the drawing board. The result? The ultimate compact standmounter in its class as far as they are concerned.

Esotar Forty tweeter

Firstly, the Esotar Forty tweeter is exclusive to this speaker. It is based on the other Esotar tweeters but has a few new tricks.

Behind the diaphragm in the magnet is a new pressure conduit –a specially shaped vent that allows more space to the rear chamber. Also, it controls how the air moves from the back of the diaphragm into that space. There is more damping material and, in conjunction with the pressure conduit, it serves to reduce back-pressure on the rear of the tweeter diaphragm.

There’s an aero-coupled pressure-release outlet under the tweeter’s voice-coil. It equalises the pressure immediately under the voice-coil with that outside to reduce any air pockets that could stop the coil moving as it should. This reduces resonance and manifests itself in the form of a more detailed performance.

The Esotar Forty’s 28mm diaphragm is a classic Dynaudio soft-dome design, complete with the DSR (Dynaudio Secret Recipe) precision coating. This coating is applied in exactly the correct places and thicknesses to optimise high-frequency performance.

Furthermore, the unit is suspended in magnetic ferrofluid. This increases power-handling, improve the dome’s excursion and absorbs unwanted heat and excess energy. And that, in English, means a tighter, more controlled and more honest performance.

The Esotar Forty’s frequency response as even been increased; downwards. It can comfortably reproduce frequencies down to around 1000Hz –well into the midrange. The reasoning will become apparent in a bit.

Dynaudio’s best 17cm woofer

Dynaudio Special FortyThe Special Forty woofer is based on Dynaudio’s classic 17W75MSP model. This one has an
improved spider and specially optimised excursion-symmetry. I know, right?

They’ve stuck with their proprietary MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) material. Additionally, the Special Forty’s driver is a one-piece design.

Additionally, the coil’s former is bonded directly to the back of the ring where the Balance Ribs sit –making the dome part of the playing surface.

This enables the woofer’s frequency response to be extended upwards. It can easily handle frequencies up to around 4000Hz. Are you getting it yet?

Seamless driver overlap

Finally, it’s time to pull it all together. That 3000Hz overlap between the tweeter and the woofer is crucial.

It means there’s no need for steep filters and complex circuitry to make the drivers mesh well together.

Because the Special Forty’s drivers perform alike in many areas (including frequency response,phase response, tonality, sound dispersion and on-and off-axis performance), they blend incredibly well.

That’s before any crossover magic happens.

Dynaudio first-order crossover

Dynaudio has used first-order crossovers for decades. The Special Forty has taken that classic design and ramped-up their unique Phase Alignment and Impedance Alignment technologies.

Specifically selected components handle the impedance optimisation and, because both drivers have extended frequency ranges for even better overlap and integration, their performance is impressive.

Where to hear the Special Forty

To the hear a Special Forty stereo pair, powered by Naim electronics, visit Dynaudio at Stand Foyer 2a on the Ground Floor.

Dynaudio Xeo 20Here you can also view the new Xeo 20 and Xeo 30 active wireless speakers – on public display in the UK for the first time.

Price and availability

The Special Forty is available now for £2,500.

It comes in two finishes: Grey Birch High Gloss and Red Birch High Gloss.

Technical specifications

  • Sensitivity 86dB (2.83V / 1m)
  • IEC power handling 200W
  • Impedance 6ohms
  • Frequency response (+/-3dB) 41Hz –23kHz
  • Box principle Bass-reflex rear ported
  • Crossover 2-way
  • Crossover frequency 2000Hz
  • Crossover topology 1st order
  • Woofer 17cm MSP cone
  • Tweeter 28mm Esotar Forty
  • Weight 8.1kg / 17.9lb
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 198 x 360 x 307mm / 7.8 x 14.2 x 12.1in
  • Dimensions with feet/grille (W x H x D) 198 x 360 x 322mm / 7.8 x 14.2 x 12.7in

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Melco 100-series CD and HD Drives – Bristol Show 2018 http://gadgetynews.com/melco-100-series-cd-hd-drives-bristol-show-2018/ http://gadgetynews.com/melco-100-series-cd-hd-drives-bristol-show-2018/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:15:00 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=65227 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Melco the audiophile division of leading Japanese computer peripheral company Buffalo Technology, has announced the launch of two additional products to its range of digital music libraries. These make up the Melco 100-series: E100 Expansion Drive and D100 CD Drive. These new audiophile-designed half-sized components offer greater flexibility by allowing users to expand the storage […]

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Melco the audiophile division of leading Japanese computer peripheral company Buffalo Technology, has announced the launch of two additional products to its range of digital music libraries. These make up the Melco 100-series: E100 Expansion Drive and D100 CD Drive.

These new audiophile-designed half-sized components offer greater flexibility by allowing users to expand the storage capability of their music libraries. Moreover, they are able to do this without compromising on performance.

Melco at Sound and Vision

Priority is given to sound quality and performance, a rarity for products normally associated with IT.

Melco engineers use only the finest components and audiophile design techniques across the board. The result is two additions to the company’s 100-series. I’ve no doubt that these will prove to be essentials for any user intent on getting the very best from their digital music libraries.

E100 Expansion Drive

Melco E100Featuring the same Hi-Fi quality hardware as Melco’s main units, albeit with additional technology to support expansion connectivity.

The E100’s single hard drive has a capacity of 3TB. That should be enough to significantly expand the capacity of your Melco Digital Music Library.

Mounted on the Melco Highly Stable Storage System (HS-S2) anti-vibration platform, as used in the N1ZS/2A, the selected 3TB hard drive is controlled by a dedicated Melco control board. The board utilises audiophile design and components to achieve the best sound quality possible.

The 2mm ridged aluminium half-size chassis houses both the electronics and the hard drive.

The rear panel accommodates two USB 3.0 sockets – one for connection to the main Melco library and the other to daisy-chain further E100’s for additional storage capacity.

D100 CD Drive

Melco D100Ideal for playing or importing CD’s in archive quality into the brand’s ecosystem, the D100 CD Drive uses the latest generation of Japanese optical drives. This is directly mounted to the 2mm thick chassis via Melco’s anti-vibration platform.

The UV laser system delivers meticulous optical disc surface reading, whilst benefiting from extreme mechanical stability for bit-perfect CD import.

Crucially, the imported file is retained within the unit in archival quality. In short, this means that you’ll never have to rip it again. A great way to gain easy access to an entire CD collection without having to touch a disc.

Naturally, the control circuit has been designed to audiophile standards. It houses a low jitter clock generator for accurate reading and data transmission.

The rear panel features two USB 3.0 ports. One port is for connecting directly to a Melco music library for data import. The other is to attach directly to a USB-DAC or other USB3 storage or import device.

Controlled by the front panel interface utilised on all Melco Digital Music Libraries, the D100 exploits the Melco DIRECT CD PLAY feature.

When used with an external USB-DAC, this combination delivers the full benefit and performance of a high-end CD player.

By keeping the CD mechanism separate from the main Melco library, system reliability is ensured and sound quality maximised.

Price and availability

Both the E100 Expansion Drive and D100 CD Drive are available now with UK SRP of £899.00

Melco at The Bristol Show

Visit Melco and experience the new 100-series drives and more at Sound and Vision. They can be found on Stand 10a (Ground Floor) and Room 204 on the 2nd Floor.

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Leema Acoustics biggest Bristol Show yet http://gadgetynews.com/leema-acoustics-biggest-bristol-show-yet/ http://gadgetynews.com/leema-acoustics-biggest-bristol-show-yet/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:00:32 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=65217 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

The classic Leema Acoustics Stream CD player and Pulse amp combo will reunite for Sound and Vision – The Bristol Show as of today, Friday, February 23rd. The Welsh audio specialist is debuting the new upgraded 2018 Stream IV streaming CD player to complement the recently announced Pulse IV amp/DAC. The Bristol show will mark […]

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Leema Hydra II Anniversary EditionThe classic Leema Acoustics Stream CD player and Pulse amp combo will reunite for Sound and Vision – The Bristol Show as of today, Friday, February 23rd.

The Welsh audio specialist is debuting the new upgraded 2018 Stream IV streaming CD player to complement the recently announced Pulse IV amp/DAC.

The Bristol show will mark the world’s first public outing for the Welsh-made source and amplifier, now in their fourth generations.

Leema Acoustics at The Bristol Show

Leema Hydra II black 06_Also making its world debut at Sound and Vision will be a new addition to the space-saving Elements range: the Elements Streamer.

Leema’s brand new compact streamer is based on the same high-quality module in the Quasar streaming amp/DAC. However, it introduces a world of content to Leema’s shoe-box-sized Elements range.

Additionally, Leema Acoustics will be debuting its Hydra II Anniversary Edition power amp.

All together, this is shaping up to be Leema Acoustics’ biggest Bristol show in years.

Visitors to the Leema suites on the tenth floor will be the first in the world to experience the new products. I might see you there.

Here’s a run down of the devices.

New: Elements Streamer

ELEMENTS STREAMER 2017Firstly, the compact Elements Streamer is based upon the high-quality streaming module used in the recently launched Quasar streaming amp/DAC. That unit costs £2,995, by-the-way.

With the addition of an advanced ESS Sabre DAC, this enables the device to be used as a standalone unit in a wide range of audio systems.

The Elements Streamer has built-in support for a number of high-performance streaming services. You will have access to Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz and vTuner radio, as long as you have the relevant subscriptions.

Spotify Connect is also supported, along with file playback from Dropbox and Microsoft Onedrive. Furthermore, local playback from USB drives is also supported.

The device can ‘pull’ music and effortlessly stream audio from any suitable DLNA/UPnP device on the same network. This means you can hook up your smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer, NAS drives and music servers. Naturally, this also includes Leema’s forthcoming Sirius music server.

New: Stream IV (streaming CD player)

STREAM IVThe new full-width Stream IV streaming CD is the fourth incarnation of Leema’s classic source component and has been updated for the streaming age.

The player shares many of the internals with the Elements Streamer with the inclusion of a Stream Unlimited-sourced CD player.

The Stream IV has been designed to complement the newly launched Pulse IV amp/DAC.

Also, the new CD player and streamer offers huge versatility and can playback from virtually every source: CD, streaming, analogue and vinyl systems, plus all manner of digital devices.

World debut: Hydra II Anniversary Edition power amp

Leema Hydra II Anniversary EditionThe Hydra II Anniversary Edition is an intelligent, bridgeable stereo power amplifier. This tasty bit of kit incorporates many developments pioneered in Leema’s legacy reference-grade monoblock, the Altair IV.

Highly flexible and hugely powerful, its dual-mono design uses two massive toroidal power transformers, one for each channel.

Get the full low-down about the Hydra II here

World debut: Pulse IV amp/DAC (production version)

Leema Pulse IV blackFinally, the new Pulse IV amplifier/DAC. This is the ideal ‘hub’ for contemporary music-listening. It offers turntable connectivity, Bluetooth playback and seven digital inputs enabling a huge range of devices to connect.

The Pulse IV is a highly versatile and powerful integrated amplifier that enables a world of music to be enjoyed . Moreover, you get the added bonus of Leema Acoustics’ sound quality.

The Pulse IV is the perfect complement to the Stream IV streaming CD.

Check out more details about the Pulse IV here

Pricing and availability

  • The Hydra II Anniversary Edition is available now priced at £4,795
  • The Pulse IV DAC/amplifier is available now priced at £2,295
  • The Stream IV steaming CD player availability TBC. Price: £2,095
  • The Elements Streamer availability TBC. Price: £1,095

Leema at The Bristol Show 2018

Find Leema at Sound and Vision – 10th floor 1006 and 1008

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AG352UCG6 Black Edition monitor at IEM Katowice http://gadgetynews.com/ag352ucg6-black-edition-monitor-iem-katowice/ http://gadgetynews.com/ag352ucg6-black-edition-monitor-iem-katowice/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:34 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=65160 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

AOC are all set to showcase their all-black special edition AG352UCG6 curved monitor at year’s Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice. With over 100,000 event attendees to be expected, AOC will be introducing their AG352UCG6 Black Edition gaming monitor to Europe’s most passionate esports audience. Intel Extreme Masters – Katowice With season 11 underway, Katowice will […]

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AOC AG352UCG6 black editionAOC are all set to showcase their all-black special edition AG352UCG6 curved monitor at year’s Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice.

With over 100,000 event attendees to be expected, AOC will be introducing their AG352UCG6 Black Edition gaming monitor to Europe’s most passionate esports audience.

Intel Extreme Masters – Katowice

With season 11 underway, Katowice will once again host esports fans on February 24–25 for the IEM Expo. Additionally, between March 2–6, it will see the Intel Extreme Masters tournament.

Furthermore, there’s plenty other reasons to get excited. Firstly, the list of prestigious participants: none other than the world’s 16 best pro CS:GO teams will vie for the lion’s share of a massive 500,000 USD prize pool.

Amongst those competing for the prize money and bragging rights are AOC-sponsored international superteam G2 Esports. These head into the competition well prepared after intense weeks spent bootcamping with the lightning-fast AOC AG251FZ, boasting 240 Hertz and a 1 ms response time.

In between the rounds of competitive action on stage, why not visit AOC’s partner Alsen at their booth (location: B2). Here, the G2 pros will be available for a brief chat and signing sessions on March 2 – 6.

Besides that, AOC, Alsen, and AOC partners Komputronik and Corsair (location: A7) will be offering plenty of giveaways. These will also include the AOC gaming monitors!

AOC AGON AG352UCG6 Black Edition

AOC AG352UCG6 black editionThe AOC AG352UCG6 Black Edition offers 3440 x 1440 pixels resolution, 120Hz and G-Sync support.

In addition to the two weekends filled with esports, you will have the exclusive opportunity to witness the public debut of the new curved AG3562UCG6 Black Edition. You will also find it at the Alsen booth.

Equipped with a 35-inch panel, this all-black special edition comes with a 120 Hz refresh rate and UWQHD (3440×1440 pixels) resolution.

Thanks to integrated G-Sync support, the AG3562UCG6 Black Edition delivers visuals in perfect harmony with NVIDIA GPUs. Furthermore, this tech guarantees to eliminate input lag and display stuttering.

Useful extras such as AOC Flicker-free technology, the retractable headphone holder and AOC Shadow Control solution round out the AG352UCG6’s esports-focused feature set.

Price and availability

The planned availability date is May 2018.

Further Information: http://eu.aoc.com/en/gaming

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Eclipse TD510Mk2 speakers review http://gadgetynews.com/eclipse-td510mk2-speakers-review/ http://gadgetynews.com/eclipse-td510mk2-speakers-review/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:34:36 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=65170 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Eclipse is renowned for its strikingly egg-shaped speakers. The clever folk at Eclipse wring out the very best and the most they can from a single full-range driver per cabinet. Recently, the TD510Mk2 has been entertaining us at GadgetyNews HQ. We have slowly been working our way up the Eclipse food-chain. Now we find ourselves […]

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TD510MK2 driverEclipse is renowned for its strikingly egg-shaped speakers. The clever folk at Eclipse wring out the very best and the most they can from a single full-range driver per cabinet. Recently, the TD510Mk2 has been entertaining us at GadgetyNews HQ.

We have slowly been working our way up the Eclipse food-chain. Now we find ourselves at the TD510Mk2, just below the astounding, top-of-the-range TD712zMk2.

As you may have guessed, the TD510Mk2 are larger than the TD508Mk3 we reviewed most recently. Those we found lost a little oomph in the lower regions at some points. Will their larger sibling do better in our modestly-sized room?

Eclipse TD510 Mk2 design

mercury v1i and td510mk2The TD510 Mk2 very much follow the same design concept and aesthetic as their other speakers.

So, without labouring the point, each cabinet is made from two synthetic parts joined around the middle.

TD510MK2 shinyThe TD510 are equipped with the 10cm fibre-glass drivers seated in the front section of the ‘egg’.

Around the rear is where you’ll find the speakerposts and a bass port.

TD510MK2 front backThe TD510Mk2 didn’t come with grilles so this means I felt like I was being watched. All. The. Time.

It took a while for my girlfriend to get used to their never-blinking stare. Granted, I didn’t help matters by playing Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’ through them. However, she now loves how they look.

The adjustable desk stands of the TD510Mk2 suits the aesthetics of the speakers. The bundled Allen keys allows you to alter the angles of the speakers. You can even mount the speakers on a wall, or even on a ceiling. Please make sure your walls/ceiling can take the weight. These tip the scales at 9.5Kg each. Also, they measure 255×391×381mm (WxHxD).

Eclipse TD510Mk2 performance

TD510MK2 monoFor the purpose of this review I had to balance the TD510Mk2 on my usual stands. Not ideal. I did ask if there was any chance of borrowing the Eclipse stands. The response was that the stands I have seen are integral to the practically identical, yet taller, twins the TD510z. I have also seen the pricing of the floorstanding Z model.

The speakers are quoted as having a frequency response of 42Hz-22kHz (-10dB). Being rear ported I took some time in getting them a decent distance from the wall. Also, with my previous Eclipse experience, I ensured that they were toed-in a little more severely than I would my usual speakers.

Taking the time to get the positioning right is really rewarding. I think this goes especially with these speakers as they are quite focused.

Sound quality

TD510MK2 postsEclipse really work on the pace and timing of their speakers. I am pleased to say that the TD510Mk2 is no exception.

Naturally, with a single driver of this size, the treble and upper mid-range are amazingly agile and sweet. Thankfully, the bass is also instantly more present than it was from the 8cm drivers of the smaller versions.

Firstly, dropping the needle on Robin Trower’s ‘Bridge of Sighs’ LP brought both warmth and clarity. The band all had their own area and vocals had both presence and expression.

TD510MK2 driverA Perfect Circle’s ‘Package’ on CD is one of my favourites for its opening bass salvo. It rumbles through tautly but without annoying the guitars.

Back to black plastic and Leftfield’s recent re-release of ‘Leftism’. Bass is still potent but there is only so much even the clever folk at Eclipse can manage.

Yes, it is swift, direct and clear, however, you are never going to be able to achieve earth-moving sub bass from a 10cm driver that is covering everything.

It is still a very enjoyable listen and not really being a bass hunter, they are pretty good for me. That said, I can’t help but feel I am still missing something from some tracks.

I guess this is why Eclipse offers a sub woofer unit too. I would suggest that you look at adding that as well if your room is of a decent size. For my little London living room, the TD510Mk2 just about do the trick.

Eclipse TD510Mk2 review conclusion

The Eclipse TD510Mk2 possesses a lot of the enjoyable traits the smaller eggy speakers have. They have amazing timing and an entertaining clarity. I really do have a soft spot for Eclipse units.

For most music, no matter the source, the TD510Mk2 prove to be adaptable. Yes, they do need a shove from the amp. Also, as well as loving to be driven, the speakers are quite directional. That said, with a little time spent at getting them positioned, they will not fail to impress.

If you are looking for something other than another boring box but still value timing, accuracy and clarity, I urge you to take the TD510Mk2 for a test drive. Also, see if they’ll throw in the TD520SW sub for good measure.

Eclipse TD510Mk2 price and availability

You can buy the Eclipse TD510Mk2 now in either white, black or silver.

Prices are as follows: TD510MK2 (with the short desktop stands as reviewed) £1,920. For the taller floorstanding TD510ZMK2, you will need £3,840.

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Audeze LCD-2 Classic refreshed headphones http://gadgetynews.com/audeze-lcd-2-classic-refreshed-headphones/ http://gadgetynews.com/audeze-lcd-2-classic-refreshed-headphones/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:41:49 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=65134 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Audeze has reinvented a Classic with new updated-spec LCD-2 headphones at a more affordable price. Please welcome the LCD-2 Classic. Audeze are well respected for their high-end, Audiophile headphones. Furthermore, their LCD-2 are firm favourites. The company has decided it’s time for an update. Better still, along with a fresh specification comes a new entry-level […]

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Audeze LCD2 ClassicAudeze has reinvented a Classic with new updated-spec LCD-2 headphones at a more affordable price. Please welcome the LCD-2 Classic.

Audeze are well respected for their high-end, Audiophile headphones. Furthermore, their LCD-2 are firm favourites.

The company has decided it’s time for an update. Better still, along with a fresh specification comes a new entry-level suggested retail price.

Audeze LCD-2 Classic

Audeze LCD2 ClassicThe new headphones keep the over-ear, open-back design as before. They are also loaded with advanced planar-magnetic technology.

Additionally they are equipped with a lightweight suspension headband, special crystal-infused nylon rings, and redesigned audio jacks.

Audeze LCD2 ClassicMoreover, the LCD-2C headphones retain the rich sound signature of the original LCD2.

The original LCD-2 headphones came with a travel case; this is now available as an optional extra for the LCD-2 Classic. This is one area where Audeze has managed to reduce the cost to their customers.

Audeze plug-ins

Audeze LCD2 ClassicThose using the new Classics to master their own music can further benefit from Audeze REVEAL. This is a set of free software plug-ins that can be used for mixing and mastering on your headphones with confidence.

More details can be found here: https://www.audeze.com/audeze-reveal-plugin

Price and availability

The LCD-2 Classic will be available in the UK later this month from a range of hi-fi stockists, with a suggested retail price of £599.

Audeze LCD-2 Classic tech specs

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Archos Citee Connect Android scooter – MWC 2018 http://gadgetynews.com/archos-citee-connect-android-scooter-mwc-2018/ http://gadgetynews.com/archos-citee-connect-android-scooter-mwc-2018/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:37:02 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=65162 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Archos, to me, is a brand associated with smartphones and tablets. Well, it appears that they have diversified. At MWC 2018 next week, they shall be showing off their Android-powered Citee scooters. I shall be attending my very first Mobile World Congress this year. So, as part of my due diligence, I’ve been snooping around […]

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archos citee connectArchos, to me, is a brand associated with smartphones and tablets. Well, it appears that they have diversified. At MWC 2018 next week, they shall be showing off their Android-powered Citee scooters.

I shall be attending my very first Mobile World Congress this year. So, as part of my due diligence, I’ve been snooping around the net to see what I should check out.

I had to check twice when I saw the Archos logo next to a scooter.

Archos Citee

By all accounts it looks like the French tech manufacturer dipped its toes in to the electric scooter pool last year. Moreover, it continues to do so and is bringing in Android to the mix this year.

The Citee range

archos citee connectThe Citee scooters will make their debut at MWC 2018.

Firstly, the Citee and Citee Power look to be your normal electric scooters. They boast maximum speeds of up to 25kph and fold away easily.

Next is the flagship Citee Connect.

This scooter matches its lesser siblings but then adds an entry-level Android smartphone.

Furthermore, this apparently gives bragging rights to it being “the first Google Android scooter.”

Impressed?

archos citee connectAdditionally, it is equipped with 8.5-inch wheels wrapped in puncher-proof rubber, a 350W motor and regenerative brakes.

Also, the battery has the legs to run for between 25km and 30km.

The centre console is loaded with a five-inch display showing off Android Oreo.

The device is powered by an unspecified quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and has 8GB of storage with access to 3G connectivity. I can only assume this is for navigating the streets and receiving messages, not watching YouTube videos.

Price and availability

Citee and Citee Power will start at €399.99 and go on sale from April.

The Citee Connect will cost €499.99 and sell from the summer.

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Technics SL-1000R UK demo at The Bristol Show 2018 http://gadgetynews.com/technics-sl-1000r-uk-demo-bristol-show-2018/ http://gadgetynews.com/technics-sl-1000r-uk-demo-bristol-show-2018/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:47:43 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=65027 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Earlier this year we let you know of two rather special turntables from Technics. Well, if you want to see and hear them in the metal, Bristol is where you need to be. Technics launched two industry-leading Reference Class Hi-Fi products at CES in January. The rather excellent-looking The SP-10R and SL-1000R certainly have impressive […]

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technics sp10-rEarlier this year we let you know of two rather special turntables from Technics. Well, if you want to see and hear them in the metal, Bristol is where you need to be.

Technics launched two industry-leading Reference Class Hi-Fi products at CES in January.

The rather excellent-looking The SP-10R and SL-1000R certainly have impressive spec sheets, but they need to match that with performace.

Well, you will be able to judge for yourself as you’ll be able to hear the SL-1000R for the first time in the UK.

Technics will be at Sound and Vision – The Bristol Show again this year. Come and witness time demonstrations of the SL-1000R and see the SP-10R.

technics sp10-r fullYou will also be able to discover more from the premium Technics range.

technics sl-1000rIf that wasn’t enough, Technics are also partnering with Rough Trade this year. So, if you visit their stand, you’ll receive a co-branded Technics and Rough Trade 12-inch record bag.

Nifty, huh?

I’ll see you there.

Details

When: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th February 2018
Where: Cabot Suite, Lower Ground Floor

Venue Address: Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel, 2 Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD

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Wharfedale DS-2 – dinky desktop divas http://gadgetynews.com/wharfedale-ds-2-dinky-desktop-divas/ http://gadgetynews.com/wharfedale-ds-2-dinky-desktop-divas/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:30:35 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=65147 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Wharfedale have just let us know about their diminutive DS-2 stereo Bluetooth speaker system. The Wharfedale DS-2 delivers hi-fi sound in miniaturised form. This makes them perfect to place on a desk, table or shelf. Bluetooth speakers are wonderfully convenient but all too often their sound disappoints. This is especially true of many models below […]

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Wharfedale DS-2Wharfedale have just let us know about their diminutive DS-2 stereo Bluetooth speaker system.

The Wharfedale DS-2 delivers hi-fi sound in miniaturised form. This makes them perfect to place on a desk, table or shelf.

Bluetooth speakers are wonderfully convenient but all too often their sound disappoints. This is especially true of many models below £200.

Common issues include their lack of proper stereo, poor sonic definition and small-scale soundstage leaving music sounding distinctly flat.

Wharfedale DS-2

Wharfedale DS-2However, Wharfedale’s new DS-2 stereo Bluetooth speaker system is an entirely different proposition. It’s based on the now-discontinued DS-1, the award winning Bluetooth speakers widely acknowledged as the best available under £200.

The DS-2 reconstructs the original DS-1 concept with an all-new design, delivering even better sound- per-pound performance.

In contrast to most Bluetooth speakers, the DS-2 is a pair of proper two-way hi-fi speakers shrunk to desktop size. The speakers stand just 190mm high, 120mm wide and 140mm deep.

Pedigree and power

Wharfedale DS-2Wharfedale is arguably Britain’s most famous loudspeaker brand. Just check out their audio engineering heritage stretching back to 1932.

Furthermore, the company invented the concept of the two-way speaker – utilising separate drive units for high- and low-frequencies.

Given this background, it’s no surprise that each DS-2 contains two high-performance drivers: a 19mm silk dome tweeter and a 75mm mid/bass driver.

Drivers

Wharfedale DS-2The mid/bass driver’s cone is fashioned from woven polypropylene. The material has been chosen for its ideal combination of lightness, strength and low coloration. Both drive units are protected by specially designed metal grilles.

The speakers are also equipped with a rear-firing port. This has been designed to augment low-frequency performance to provide bass that’s surprisingly deep and punchy for the speakers’ size.

Amplification

Inside the master speaker nestles a high-performance digital amplification. Dishing out 2x15W of continuous and 2x30W peak.

This drives the treble and mid/bass units via a high-quality crossover network containing select audio-grade components. Moreover, this is superior to the cheap, single-component crossovers used by many compact speakers.

Connectivity

Wharfedale DS-2Bluetooth provides simple wireless pairing with smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs, complete with support for the sonically superior aptX codec.

Also, flexibility is further enhanced by a 3.5mm analogue stereo input and supplied cable. This is positioned on the side of the master speaker, along with the volume and pairing controls.

The results

The DS-2 makes full use of Wharfedale’s award-winning acoustic engineering expertise.

According to Wharfedale, you can expect impressively agile and articulate audio for their size and price.

Additionally, they also boast an engaging musicality and a spacious stereo soundstage that their Bluetooth price-rivals cannot muster.

Finally, the rigidly constructed cabinets with tastefully curved corners are finished in high-gloss finish that’s offset with tactile leatherette.

Words

Peter Comeau, Wharfedale’s Director of Acoustic Design, stated:

The award-winning DS-1 desktop Bluetooth speakers were a tough act to follow, but we’ve really brought the design forward with the new DS-2. These are low-cost stereo Bluetooth speakers that punch above their weight, robustly built with a musical performance that belies their compact size.

We spent a great deal of time voicing these speakers to ensure they’re perfectly balanced for use on a shelf or desktop and can be positioned close to a rear wall for hefty, yet agile, bass output.”

Price and availability

The Wharfedale DS-2 stereo Bluetooth speakers are available from March in a choice of black or white.

They have an RRP of £179.95.

For further information, head on over to www.wharfedale.co.uk

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