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Wednesday, 21/07/2010

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On Review: I30 integrated amplifier from Dared
A mid-priced integrated amplifier featuring a two EL34 push pull output stage, one useful USB port to playback your music files through your pc and good aesthetics too. Well balanced tube sound for anyone who looks for an amplifier tailored to a small scale system. (Greek text)
Arion Audio MK 1000 Class D monoblocks
Arion Audio is not a very well known company, at least not yet. But, given these excellent 500Wrms/8ohm monoblocks with a noise figure under -110dBs they will be, probably soon enough. Apart from their quite annoying secrecy, since everything is covered under a green material, they -obviously- know what they are doing and doing it well... (Greek text)
Audio & Video News
... Unveiled the Rex power amplifier
The REX replaces the companys VK-75SE/VK-150SE models and employs customized oil-filled capacitors in important areas of the power supply. An interesting choice, also, is the elimination of the typical power supply rail fuses. (13/07/2010)
info:
http://www.balanced.com/
Variable bass trap from Vicoustic
Vari Bass is designed for use in any professional recording space, home studio, or hi-fi room. Made from wood and high-density acoustic foam, the bass trap can be tuned between 50Hz and 100Hz by simply rotating its wooden top. (11/07/2010)
info:
http://www.vicoustic.com/
JBL MS-8 to upgrade your in-car sound experience
The heart of the MS-8 is a powerful digital signal processor that operates like a little computer. Intelligent custom programming within the processor maximizes frequency response, bass performance, dynamics, clarity, detail and stereo imaging. (15/06/2010)
info:
http://www.jbl.com/
Sony unveiled interchangeable lens HD camcorder
The NEX-VG10E, available from September 2010, is the worlds first consumer HD camcorder with interchangeable lenses. Its also the first Handycam featuring an extra-large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that allows the creation of exquisitely cinematic background defocus effects. (14/07/2010)
info:
http://www.sony-europe.com/

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FastNews
- Kef to offer custom colours for Reference Series - These high-gloss colours are finished with multiple layers of lacquer, each one polished to a mirror finish by hand before applying the next one. The result is a rich, deep, shine that matches that of the very finest luxury cars. Kef is now offering twelve more compelling reasons to buy a Reference Series loudspeaker, each one based on this stunning finish. KEF has introduced a dozen magnificent new built to order colours for the Reference range that take their lead from the worlds luxury car marques.
- Anthem unveiled Audio/Video Master 50v music pre-amplifier/home cinema processor - Following in the footsteps of its big brother, the multi-award winning Statement D2v benchmark design, the AVM 50v aims to offer the same state-of-the-art technologies though for significantly less outlay. With the AVM 50v, Anthem has delivered a fully featured 7.1-channel audio and video processor with eight HDMI inputs, broadcast-quality digital video processing, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, XLRs, highest quality 1080p upscaling, Anthem Room Correction, and two stereo zones.
- Naim Audio to offer SSD version of their HDX audio server The British company abnnounced that the multi-award-winning Naim HDX is to be offered with a 16GB Enterprise grade, Single Level Cell (SLC), Solid State Drive (SSD). This totally silent drive will contain the operating system and includes space for future upgrades. This and the performance upgrades are an upgrade option for existing HDX owners. HDX-SSD designed for the music lover with a larger music collection has no local storage and is designed to save to Network Attached Storage (NAS), giving almost infinite storage capability. Research carried out by Naim indicates that there is an almost exactly 50:50 split between HDX owners and potential owners that would prefer to store all their music locally or on a NAS drive somewhere convenient in their homes.

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