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NAGRAから、「 HD Preamp 」登場!!

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World announcement of the NAGRA HD PREAMP, twenty years after the NAGRA PL-P preamplifier was released on to the high-end market.

In 1997, NAGRA introduced its very first high-end consumer product after more than 40 years of continuous success in the professional recording market. The PL-P preamplifier was a class A triode-based line and phono preamplifier that immediately set new standards in sound reproduction. It became a reference all over the world and received awards from Stereophile (USA) and Stereo Sound (Japan) magazines among many others.

In Munich, Audio Technology Switzerland, the company that designs and builds Nagra electronics, unveils its NAGRA HD PREAMP project. The HD PREAMP has been created as a perfect partner for the HD DAC and HD AMP.
In many respects, the HD PREAMP’s design started from a blank page. Every aspect and step in the design process involved research to find the most elegant solution to accurately and faithfully convey the music from the source to the amplifier. As a result, the HD PREAMP – also a tube design  – includes several patent-pending technologies that take the music listening experience to new heights.

Nagra’s unique approach to designing audio products draws on 65 years of experience in the field, a large and skilled R&D group as well as extensive listening sessions. This frequently results in a very organic and natural sound. The unit is tube based, dual-mono, with separate super-cap power supply. It features high end custom made components as well as Nagra in-house audio transformers.

As a tribute to Nagra legendary recorders and PL-P preamplifier, the HD PREAMP will feature the mythical modulometer (see picture). The modulometer is a custom made measuring unit that differs from traditional Vu-meter, as modulometers are faster and more accurate.

As is to be expected with such high-quality electronics, the sophisticated power supply will be located in a separate chassis. Like the audio circuit, it uses ultra-high quality components that are specified for extreme applications. Just as the PL-P made use of batteries to isolate the unit from external interferences, the HD PREAMP’s power supply uses a unique virtual battery technology – built around super-caps – that provides superior results compared to a conventional battery without the inconvenience of dealing with charging time and battery life. Consequently, the noise floor level at the preamplifier reaches uncharted territories; it is the lowest ever measured on a NAGRA product. (See picture attached).

The HD PREAMP’s chassis construction and power supply ensures that the unit is free from the influence of external disturbances (vibration and electrical interference) and will drastically reduce mechanical resonances. As a result, the HD PREAMP promises to set new standards for preamplification as did the PL-P twenty years ago.
The NAGRA HD PREAMP is due for release in fall 2017.
The NAGRA HD Experience

The HD DAC is the purest interface from the digital world to audio excellence thanks to its state-of-the-art design combining high resolution DSD conversion and Nagra‘s 65 years of experience as a world-leader in audio technologies. Its digital circuits were developed in association with Andreas Koch, the pioneering engineer of the DSD format. The Nagra HD DAC has received numerous awards and is considered to be the “most analog sounding” converter in the world. It is used by demanding audiophiles as well as mastering studios.

The Nagra HD AMP has just received the prestigious Grand Prix award by the renowned Japanese magazine Stereo Sound.

Nagra HD AMP mono power amplifiers are the result of a 5-year R&D project that has allowed Nagra to redefine what ultimate amplification should be. This prestigious piece of electronics brings the transparency, accuracy and musicality associated with the NAGRA brand to more powerful amplifiers for filling large rooms and driving demanding speakers. The HD AMP is designed around a bigger, all-new chassis. It features a massive linear power supply built around a 1600 VA transformer, a dual Pi filter with a 264 mF capacitive filtering bank featuring custom-made Mundorf capacitors and the power stage is built on precisely matched clusters of power MOSFETs that deliver 250 W rms on 8 Ohms and 1000 W rms on 2 Ohms. It is worth noting that few manufacturers provide conservative measurements that are true rms.

METRONOMEから、DIGITAL SHARING CONVERTER 「 DSc1 」登場!!

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METRONOME
DIGITAL SHARING CONVERTER DSc1

・4 Transformers, 10 Regulation Lines
・2×AK4497 DUAL MONO DACs
・INPUTS: USB+2×S/P DIF
・OUTPUTS:XLR+RCA+TOSLINK
・DLNA ETHERNET / WIFI
・AIRPLAY COMPATIBLE
・TIDAL / QOBUZ / DEEZER / vTUNER READY

OCTAVEから、「 V16 single ended 」ヘッドフォンアンプ登場!!

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OCTAVE
V16 single ended

ORPHEUSから、「 HERITAGE ULTIMATE AMPLIFIER 」登場!!!

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ORPHEUS
HERITAGE ULTIMATE AMPLIFIER

 

Burmesterから、40th anniversary 「 175 turntable 」登場!!

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Burmester 40th anniversary turntable 175
€30,000
2017年末発売予定

・Full record-playing package that includes arm, cartridge, power supply and phono stage
・Four drive motors. These AC motors are positioned around the sub-platter and use multiple belts to ensure an even pull on the main bearing as well as a rapid start-up.
・The tonearm:Nine-inch unit ( arm tube : mixture of carbon and aluminium)
・Bearing:hybrid of steel and ceramic.
・The Burmester cartridge
・Internal phono stage

 

GOLDMUND、「 Telos5500 」を公開。

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すでに発表されていましたがGOLDMUND Telos5500がミュンヘンハイエンドにて公開されています。

Ayre 8 SERIES 「AX-8」「QX-8」の詳細発表!!

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*先日速報したAyreの新製品について詳細が発表されています。

Dan D‘Agostinoから、PROGRESSIONシリーズの新製品続々登場!!!

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Dan D’Agostino
PROGRESSION Stereo Poweramplifier
PROGRESSION Preamplifier

MonitorAudioから、「 SILVER 6G 」シリーズ登場!!

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MONITOR AUDIO
SILVER 6G RANGE

Taking hi-fi and home theatre performance to a new level
Encompassing technological advances from the top-of-the-range Platinum Series II
Featuring a completely redesigned 25 mm Gold Dome tweeter for precise treble
Stunning real wood veneer, piano lacquer and contemporary Satin White finishes to suit every setting
Revered by audiophiles around the globe, Monitor Audio’s award-winning Silver Series enters its sixth generation with a host of new features to make it the best-performing ever.

Sit back and prepare to enjoy this fabulous combination of engineering excellence and fabulous design whatever your hi-fi or home theatre loudspeaker requirements. Choose from stand-mount, floorstanders, centre channel, surround and subwoofer designs to create your perfect home system.

Whatever you choose from the Silver Series you will love the fabulous sound and design, which is the result of over 40 years of loudspeaker development to produce accurate audio with aesthetic perfection. Wallow in abundant dynamics, rich textures and immense detail and enjoy the holographic clarity and pinpoint imaging which every Silver Series model creates. Prepare to re-live your music collection with Silver.

SILVER 500
SILVER 300
SILVER 200
SILVER 100
SILVER 50
SILVER C150
SILVER C350
SILVER FX
SILVER W-12

SILVER 500

TECHNOLOGY
・Three-way, four driver configuration (both electrically and acoustically) allows drive units to be optimised to deliver high efficiency and lowest distortion
・New bespoke 25 mm C-CAM, (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) tweeter featuring vented Neo magnet system optimised for lower distortion and cleaner-sounding highs
・Specially-developed 4-inch mid-range driver with ‘under hung’ voice coil and motor system so the voice coil is always in the magnetic gap ensuring incredibly low distortion
・Dual 8-inch bass drivers with ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile for better damping and improved mid-range clarity
・RST Cone profile for improved diaphragm rigidity and lower distortion
・Unique-build ring/voice coil-cone coupling mechanism (DCF) optimised to reduce high-frequency cone break-up and increase the critical voice coil circumferential rigidity. Cast polymer driver chassis design – improved rigidity and damping characteristics
・HiVe II port technology means improved transient response and tighter bass, due to smoother airflow
・Pureflow silver-plated OFC copper internal cabling gives highest quality transfer through the signal chain
・High-quality crossovers featuring premium-grade bespoke polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and low-loss laminated steel-core inductors equate to maximum signal transfer and zero distortion
・Rigid 20 mm MDF construction utilising scientifically optimised cabinet bracing
・Single bolt-through driver technology provides increased bracing strength, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
・Ultra-low profile grilles featuring invisible magnetic grille fixings for clean visual styling when fitted
・Bespoke, high quality bi-wire terminals
・Terminal panel located at floor level for easy termination and neat cable access
・Out-rigger feet (spiked, or rubber for hard flooring) provide attractive appearance while taking up less floor space
・Selected, premium-quality wood veneers, high-gloss lacquer and contemporary Satin White finishes.

SPECIFICATION

System Format:3-way
Frequency Response (-6 dB):30 Hz – 35 kHz
Sensitivity (1W@1M):90 dB
Nominal Impedance:8 ohms
Minimum Impedance:3.1 ohms @ 2.45 kHz
Maximum SPL:117 dBA (pair)
Power Handling (RMS):250 W
Recommended Amplifier Requirements:80 – 250 W
Bass Alignment:Bass reflex. HiVe II port system
Crossover Frequency:
LF/MF: 625 Hz
MF/HF: 3.1 kHz
Drive Unit Complement:
2 x 8” RST bass driver 1 x 4” RST mid-range driver
1 x 1” (25 mm) Gold Dome C-CAM tweeter
Cabinet Dimensions (excluding grille and terminals):1050 x 230 x 300 mm
(41 5/16″ x 9 1/16″ x 7 7/8”)
External Dimensions (including grille and terminals):1050 x 230 x 329 mm
(41 5/16″ x 9 1/16″ x 12 15/16”)
External Dimensions (including out-rigger plates, feet and spikes):1083 x 297 x 367 mm
(42 5/8″ x 11 11/16″ x 14 7/16”)
Weight (each):22.8 kg

SILVER 300

TECHNOLOGY

・Three-way, four-driver configuration (electrically and acoustically) allows the drivers to be optimised to deliver higher efficiency and lower distortion from a cabinet of this size
・New 25 mm C-CAM, (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) featuring vented Neo magnet system has been optimised for lower distortion and cleaner-sounding highs
・Specially developed 4-inch mid-range driver with ‘under hung’ voice coil and motor system so the voice coil is always in the magnetic gap, ensuring very low distortion
・Dual 6inch bass drivers with concave ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile means better damping and improved mid-range clarity
・RST Cone profile for improved diaphragm rigidity and lower distortion
・Unique-build ring/voice coil-cone coupling mechanism (DCF) optimised to reduce high-frequency cone break-up and increasing the critical voice coil circumferential rigidity
・Cast polymer driver chassis design results in improved rigidity and damping characteristics
・HiVe II port technology for improved transient response and tighter bass, due to smoother airflow
・Pureflow silver-plated OFC copper internal cabling gives the highest quality transfer through the signal chain
・High-quality crossovers with premium grade, bespoke polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and low-loss laminated steel-core inductors ensure maximum signal transfer
・Rigid 20 mm MDF construction utilising scientifically-optimised cabinet bracing
・Single bolt-through driver technology provides increased bracing strength, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
・Ultra-low profile grilles featuring invisible magnetic grille fixings for clean visual styling when fitted
・Bespoke, high quality bi-wire terminals
・Terminal panel located at floor level for easy termination and neat cable access
・Out-rigger feet (spiked, or rubber for hard flooring) provide attractive appearance while taking up less floor space
・Selected, premium-quality wood veneers, high-gloss lacquer and contemporary Satin White finishes.

SPECIFICATION

System Format:3-way
Frequency Response (-6 dB):32 Hz – 35 kHz
Sensitivity (1W@1M):90 dB
Nominal Impedance:8 ohms
Minimum Impedance:3.5 ohms @ 146 Hz
Maximum SPL:116 dBA (pair)
Power Handling (RMS):200 W
Recommended Amplifier Requirements:80 – 200 W
Bass Alignment:Bass reflex. HiVe II port system
Crossover Frequency:
LF/MF: 570 Hz
MF/HF: 3.5 kHz
Drive Unit Complement:
2 x 6-inch RST bass driver 1 x 4-inch RST mid-range driver
1 x 1-inch (25 mm) Gold Dome C-CAM tweeter
Cabinet Dimensions (excluding grille and terminals):1000 x 185 x 300 mm
(393/8 x 75/16 x 1113/16-inch)
External Dimensions (including grille and terminals):1000 x 185 x 329 mm
(393/8 x 75/16 x 1215/16-inch)
External Dimensions (including out-rigger plates, feet and spikes):1034 x 252 x 367 mm
(4011/16 x 915/16 x 147/16-inch)
Weight (each):20 kg

SILVER 200

TECHNOLOGY

・Two-and-a-half-way, three-driver configuration
・Differentially-tuned acoustic system means high efficiency with powerful low-frequency extension
・New 25 mm C-CAM, (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) tweeter featuring vented Neo magnet system optimised for lower distortion and cleaner sounding highs
・New 5¼-inch bass and 5¼-inch bass/mid drivers with ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile for better damping and improved mid-range clarity
・RST Cone profile for improved diaphragm rigidity and lower distortion
・Unique-build ring/voice coil-cone coupling mechanism (DCF) optimised to reduce high-frequency cone break-up and increasing the critical voice coil circumferential rigidity
・Cast polymer driver chassis design for improved rigidity and damping characteristics
・HiVe II port technology means better transient response and tighter bass, due to smoother airflow
・Pureflow silver-plated OFC copper internal cabling for the highest quality transfer through the signal chain
・High-quality crossovers utilising premium grade, bespoke polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and low-loss laminated steel-core inductors results in maximum signal transfer
・Rigid 20 mm MDF construction utilising scientifically optimised cabinet bracing
・Single bolt-through driver technology providing increased bracing strength, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
・Ultra low-profile grilles featuring invisible magnetic grille fixings for clean visual styling when fitted
・High-quality crossovers with premium-grade polypropylene film capacitors throughout
・Bespoke, high quality bi-wire terminals
・Terminal panel located at floor level for easy termination and neat cable access
・Out-rigger feet (spiked, or rubber for hard flooring) provide attractive appearance while taking up less floor space
・Selected, premium-quality wood veneers, high gloss lacquer and contemporary Satin White finishes.

SPECIFICATION

System Format:21/2-way
Frequency Response (-6 dB):38 Hz – 35 kHz
Sensitivity (1W@1M):89 dB
Nominal Impedance:8 ohms
Minimum Impedance:4.7 ohms @ 182 Hz
Maximum SPL:114 dBA (pair)
Power Handling (RMS):150 W
Recommended Amplifier Requirements:60 – 150 W
Bass Alignment:Dual chamber bass reflex with differential tuning. Twin HiVe II port system
Crossover Frequency:
LF: 700 Hz
MF/HF: 2.9 kHz
Drive Unit Complement:
1 x 51/4-inch RST bass driver 1 x 51/4-inch RST bass/mid driver
1 x 1-inch (25 mm) Gold Dome C-CAM tweeter
Cabinet Dimensions (excluding grille and terminals):885 x 165 x 240 mm
3413/16 x 61/2 x 97/16-inch
External Dimensions (including grille and terminals):885 x 165 x 269 mm
3413/16 x 61/2 x 109/16-inch
External Dimensions (including out-rigger plates, feet and spikes):918 x 232 x 307 mm
361/8 x 91/8 x 121/16-inch
Weight (each)
14.6 kg

SILVER 100

TECHNOLOGY

・Unique RST Cone profile for best diaphragm rigidity and lowest distortion
・Proprietary-build ring/voice coil-cone coupling mechanism (DCF) optimised to reduce high-frequency cone break-up and increase the critical voice coil circumferential rigidity
・Cast-polymer driver chassis design for improved rigidity and damping characteristics
・HiVe II port technology ensures linear transient response and tighter bass, due to smoother airflow
・Pureflow silver-plated OFC copper internal cabling means the highest-quality transfer through the signal chain
・High-quality crossovers with premium grade, bespoke polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and low-loss laminated steel-core inductors for maximum signal transfer
・Rigid 20 mm MDF construction utilising scientifically-optimised cabinet bracing
・Single bolt-through driver technology provides increased bracing strength, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
・Ultra-low-profile grilles featuring invisible magnetic grille fixings ensure clean visual styling when fitted
・Bespoke, high quality bi-wire terminals
・Selected premium-quality wood veneers, high-gloss lacquer and contemporary Satin White finishes.

SPECIFICATION

System Format:2-way
Frequency Response (-6 dB):40 Hz – 35 kHz
Sensitivity (1W@1M):88 dB
Nominal Impedance:8 ohms
Minimum Impedance:4.5 ohms @ 167 Hz
Maximum SPL:112 dBA (pair)
Power Handling (RMS):120 W
Recommended Amplifier Requirements:40 – 120 W
Bass Alignment:Bass reflex. HiVe II port system
Crossover Frequency:2.8 kHz
Drive Unit Complement:
1 x 8-inch RST bass/mid driver
1 x 1-inch (25 mm) Gold Dome C-CAM tweeter
Cabinet Dimensions (excluding grille and terminals):375 x 230 x 300 mm
(143/4 x 91/16 x 1113/16-inch)
External Dimensions (including grille and terminals):375 x 230 x 329 mm
(143/4 x 91/16 x 1215/16-inch)
External Dimensions (including out-rigger plates, feet and spikes):N/A
Weight (each):9.3 kg

SILVER 50

TECHNOLOGY

・New 25 mm C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) tweeter, featuring vented Neo magnet system, optimised for lower distortion and cleaner sounding treble
・New 5¼-inch bass/mid driver with concave ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile for optimal damping and improved mid-range clarity
・RST Cone profile for improved diaphragm rigidity and lower distortion
・Unique build ring/voice coil-cone coupling mechanism (DCF), optimised to reduce high-frequency cone break-up and increase the critical voice coil circumferential rigidity
・Cast polymer driver chassis design for improved rigidity and damping characteristics
・HiVe II port technology giving improved transient response and tighter bass, due to smoother airflow
・Pureflow silver-plated OFC copper internal cabling to allow the highest-quality transfer through the signal chain
・High-quality crossover components including premium grade, bespoke polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and low-loss laminated steel-core inductors allowing maximum signal transfer and zero distortion
・Rigid 20 mm MDF construction utilising scientifically-optimised bracing
・Single-bolt-through driver technology pioneered by Monitor Audio, providing increased bracing strength, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
・Ultra-low-profile grilles featuring invisible magnetic grille fixings mean a clean visual styling
・Bespoke, high quality bi-wire terminals
・Selected premium-quality wood veneers, high-gloss lacquer or contemporary Satin White finishes

SPECIFICATION

System Format:2-way
Frequency Response (-6 dB):52 Hz – 35 kHz
Sensitivity (1W@1M):87 dB
Nominal Impedance:8 ohms
Minimum Impedance:4.1 ohms @ 220 Hz
Maximum SPL:110 dBA (pair)
Power Handling (RMS):100 W
Recommended Amplifier Requirements:40 – 100 W
Bass Alignment:Bass reflex. HiVe II port system
Crossover Frequency:3.0 kHz
Drive Unit Complement:
1 x 51/4-inch RST bass/mid driver
1 x 1-inch (25 mm) Gold Dome C-CAM tweeter
Cabinet Dimensions (excluding grille and terminals):270 x 165 x 240 mm
(105/8 x 61/2 x 97/16-inch)
External Dimensions (including grille and terminals):270 x 165 x 269 mm
(105/8 x 61/2 x 109/16-inch)
External Dimensions (including out-rigger plates, feet and spikes):N/A
Weight (each):6 kg

SILVER C150


SILVER C350


SILVER FX


SILVER W-12

Pass Labsから、「 XP-12 Preamp 」「 XP-17 Phono Stage 」登場!!

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Munich HIGHEND Show, May 18, 2017 — At Pass Labs, we don’t change our products unless we feel that the changes are significant improvements over previous versions. Because of this we see typical product life spans of seven to eight years.

We are constantly working on and listening to new things and increasing our knowledge of circuits and components on sound. Eventually we find some things worth putting into production because they are significant enough. That time has come with a new series of preamplifiers.

The XP-12: Single Chassis Line Level Preamp

The new XP-12 starts with a new power supply. It uses an efficient toroidal design with both an electrostatic and Mu metal shield, along with vacuum impregnating and epoxy fill. This gives us a very quiet transformer both electrically and mechanically.

The power supply circuitry itself is also lower noise and has additional filtering; perhaps a little more complicated, but worth it.

The XP-12 uses the single stage volume control borrowed from the Xs line preamp. This gives us one hundred 1 dB steps with lower noise and distortion, while removing some signal path parts.

The gain circuitry continues to use our favorite transistors from Toshiba, but has a larger, higher biased output stage like the Xs preamplifier’s auto bias. This makes longer and multiple cable runs easier to drive and provides the advantage of simplifying our single-ended output circuitry while increasing performance.

Overall this makes for a quieter, more neutral, musical and versatile control center for your system.

XP-12 Specs

Power consumption 50 Watts
Gain 9.3dB Balanced
Frequency response: +/- 0.05 dB 10Hz to 20KHz, -1dB @ 100KHz
Crosstalk > 100dB
Residual Noise 15uV 10 – 30Khz
THD < 0.001 @ 1V 1Khz
Double shielded low noise toroid
Dimensions: 17” W x 12.5” D x 4” H
MSRP: $5,800

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The XP-17: Single Chassis Phono Preamp

The XP-17 uses the new-shielded low noise toroidal and input filter module, like the XP-12. The power supply has an extra stage of RC filtering, allowing for lower radiated and mechanical noise.

The XP-17 has an all new input circuit that is symmetrical and lower in noise and distortion, with greater drive capability. Noise being the most prominent part of THD+N in the first section of a phono stage; by lowering noise we get better resolution and dynamics.

It was designed with a split EQ network, like the XP-25 and XI Phono, that is more accurate and can handle greater signal levels. The secondary stage runs a higher bias output stage with auto bias.

The numerous loading options from the XP-15 are all still available, plus three gain settings to accommodate low output MC to MM cartridges.

XP-17 Specs

Power consumption: 40 Watts
Gain: 76, 66, 56 dB balanced 70, 60, 50 unbalanced
Output impedance: 110 Ohms RCA; 220 Ohms balanced
Input impedance: 10 – 47K Ohms more than 200 values
Capacitive loading: 10 -750 pF
RIAA curve accuracy: +/- .1 dB 20 – 20 KHz Passive / Active EQ
Distortion and noise: .004%
Quad-matched low noise symmetrical JFET input.
Double shielded low noise toroidal transformer
Dimensions: 17” W x 12.5” D x 4” H
MSRP: $4,300
About Pass Labs

Founded in 1991 by legendary audio designer Nelson Pass, Pass Laboratories, Inc. markets its unique amplifiers and preamplifiers. The company is based in Auburn, California, and is universally regarded as one of the most innovative audio brands in the world. It’s critically acclaimed Aleph, X and XA-Series products have won numerous awards, and Founder Nelson Pass holds numerous audio patents. His achievements include developing the first dynamically biased Class-A amplifier circuit, developing a fully cascode audio power amplifier, and developing the Stasis amplifier in 1977. He helped popularize solid-state, single-ended Class-A power amplifiers, and developed the very successful Aleph series of products, and the Super-Symmetry™ circuit, which achieves exceptionally low distortion and noise levels.

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