NAD Viso HP20 Earphones

NAD Viso HP20 Earphones

I measured the NAD Viso HP20s using a G.R.A.S. RA0045 ear simulator, a Clio 10 FW audio analyzer, a laptop computer running TrueRTA software with an M-Audio MobilePre USB audio interface, and a Musical Fidelity V-CAN headphone amplifier. Measurements were calibrated for drum reference point (DRP), the equivalent of the headphones’ response at the surface of the eardrum. This is a “flat” measurement; no diffuse-field or free-field compensation curve was employed. Except as noted, I used the HP20s’ medium standard eartips. I experimented with the fit of the eartips and…

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Magico Introduces the S3 Loudspeaker

Magico Introduces the S3 Loudspeaker

Magico has announced the expansion of its award-winning S-series loudspeaker line with the addition of the S3. The S3 (48”H x 14”D x 12”W, 150 pounds each) is a full-range floorstanding loudspeaker that houses a 1” MB30 tweeter, a 6” M380 midrange, and a pair of 8” hybrid Nano-Tec/aluminum woofers. According to Magico’s CEO and chief designer, Alon Wolf, “By drawing from our technological well and in-house manufacturing capabilities, we are now able to deliver a remarkable value proposition in the S3, one which will become a new benchmark in…

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New Meridian Headphone Amplifier Features Analogue Spatial Processing

New Meridian Headphone Amplifier Features Analogue Spatial Processing

Meridian’s new Prime headphone amplifier’s features include: an all-metal extruded chassis; a six-layer circuit board; direct-coupled inputs; a 24-bit/192kHz DAC with separate crystal oscillators for 44.1kHz- and 48kHz-based sources; and preamplifier outputs to drive a power amp or active speakers directly. It also features Analogue Spatial Processing (ASP) technology, which the company says provides a “more immersive, authentic sound to any headphones. Meridian’s advanced ASP transforms headphone listening, providing a more natural spatial soundstage that’s more like listening on loudspeakers.” The Prime is priced at $2000 in the United States…

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Tokyo International Audio Show Coverage Online

Tokyo International Audio Show Coverage Online

The SoundStage! Network is proud to announce that we’re providing full coverage of the Tokyo International Audio Show, which is being held November 2-4 at the Tokyo International Forum. TIAS 2013 features many great display rooms and products, and is also home to the world premier of Vivid Audio’s Giya G4 loudspeaker, which the SoundStage! Network is featuring in the new “Product Debuts” section of SoundStage! Global, our purpose-built site for show reports and company tours. Coverage is happening now and will continue through the remainder of the show. SoundStage! Global

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Anthem Now Shipping MRX 710 and MRX 510 A/V Receivers

Anthem Now Shipping MRX 710 and MRX 510 A/V Receivers

Anthem Electronics has announced that two models in its next generation of popular MRX A/V receivers — the MRX 710 and MRX 510 — are now shipping. Advanced Load Monitoring on the amplifiers means the new models are able to not only work harder, but work harder for longer. Also included is a new version of ARC (Anthem Room Correction), dubbed ARC 1M. According to Anthem’s October 30 press release, “Ease of integration, a useful and forward-looking feature set with an exciting refined version of Anthem Room Correction (ARC 1M) designed exclusively for this new…

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Gryphon Audio Designs Now Shipping Kalliope DAC

Gryphon Audio Designs Now Shipping Kalliope DAC

Premiered in late prototype form at the 2013 Munich High End show, the Gryphon Audio Designs Kalliope digital-to-analog converter is now shipping. The Kalliope’s digital circuit boards employ a modular layout for easy access to future upgrades. Firmware updates will be available via USB, we were told. Flemming E. Rasmussen, Gryphon’s founder and president, elaborates: “We designed the Kalliope to be a moving target in the rapid evolution of ultra-high-resolution digital audio. For once, hardware seems to be out in front of software, as the Kalliope offers playback of digital PCM…

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013 Coverage Begins!

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013 Coverage Begins!

The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) is the largest consumer-based high-end-audio show in the United States. It takes place annually at the Denver Marriott Tech Center in Denver, CO, USA. RMAF 2013 runs October 11-13 and the SoundStage! Network is currently there covering it. All coverage appears on SoundStage! Global, the SoundStage! Network’s special site devoted exclusively to event coverage and company tours. SoundStageGlobal.com

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Arcam Tour Now Online

Arcam Tour Now Online

SoundStage! Network senior editor Hans Wetzel visited the headquarters of Arcam on September 17 and 18, which is located in Cambridge, UK. While there, Hans met with founder John Dawson (shown in photo, right), managing director Charlie Brennan, and product manager Andy Moore, in order to learn more about what the company is doing right now and what we can expect from them in the future. Hans’s six-part feature about that trip is now online at SoundStage! Global, the SoundStage! Network site that was specially built for company tours and…

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Check Out Copland’s KT120-Based CTA405A Integrated Amplifier

Check Out Copland’s KT120-Based CTA405A Integrated Amplifier

Copland, which is based in Denmark and is distributed in North America by Divergent Technologies, has announced the release of the CTA405A integrated amplifier, which retails for $5990 USD. The CTA405A is similar overall to the CTA405 it replaces, but now uses KT120 tubes in its output stage. These tubes allow for increased current capability, in turn making the CTA405A more suitable for lower-impedance speaker designs than the CTA405 was. The CTA405A’s power rating is 50Wpc (8 or 4 ohms). The CTA405A’s linestage section, which is said to be based on the company’s…

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“Up Close and Personal” Coverage at CEDIA Expo 2013

“Up Close and Personal” Coverage at CEDIA Expo 2013

The SoundStage! Network’s coverage of CEDIA Expo 2013 has begun. This year’s event runs from September 26-28 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Typically, CEDIA Expo is a showcase for custom-installation products, but many manufacturers of stereo, home-theater, and personal-electronics products also show there. So, to ensure that these manufacturers’ products are seen by our readership, the SoundStage! Network “up close and personal” coverage of CEDIA Expo 2013 has begun! The Network team has taken an “up close and personal” approach to covering this event — less products covered overall, but higher focus on…

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