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DALIから、SPEKTOR シリーズ登場。


The development of the SPEKTOR series was a difficult balancing act between the achievement of the best possible sound quality and the optimal production of each individual component. A range of loudspeakers in this price range to meet the DALI requirements not only demanded our entire experience and know-how, but also many hours in the listening room to match the speakers to the best possible sound.

With the SPEKTOR series, DALI transfers the sound philosophy typical of this brand into a new price range, thus enabling many new music and film lovers to have a real DALI HiFi experience. Get to know the new DALI SPEKTOR.

Lansche Audioから、「 No 7.1 」「 No 5.2 」登場!!

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Harbeth 40th Anniversary two limited edition products.
・Harbeth’s SuperHL5plus speaker
・Brand flagship, the M40.2, will both be available in a walnut veneer with added features including;
・The latest WBT-nextgen binding posts
・A new-look super-tweeter with protection bar
・British-made audio grade poly capacitors.
・Harbeth 40th Anniversary limited edition front and back badges
・New magnetic anniversary grille badge.
・A matching walnut stand is available

Harbeth HL5 Plus Walnut

Harbeth HL5 Plus Walnut


Harbeth HL5 Plus Walnut

Harbeth HL5 Plus Walnut

CHORDから、CDトランスポート「 BLU II 」登場!!The second generation advanced FPGA transport designed for DAVE featuring M-Scaler technology

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BLU II: The second generation advanced FPGA transport designed for DAVE featuring M-Scaler technology

Put simply, the Blu MkII upscaling CD transport sets new standards for CD sound quality by using the very latest FPGA technology to implement advanced proprietary filtering and upscaling techniques. Our next-generation CD transport incorporates a powerful new FPGA core with extraordinary capability.

Blu MkII’s sophisticated WTA (Watts Transient Alignment) filtering and upscaling algorithms can output digital data at 705.6kHz (16 x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution). When partnered with the critically acclaimed DAVE DAC/preamp, with its 705.6kHz-capable digital inputs, the Blu MkII sets a new technical benchmark for CD performance, while redefining sound quality from the medium.

At the heart of the Blu MkII lies an enormously powerful Xilinx FPGA. Rob Watts’ (Chord’s Digital Design Consultant) has used this to create his exclusive WTA M-Scaler technology, which incorporates the most advanced filter of its kind in the world. The Xilinx FPGA has also enabled a key breakthrough in tap-length (the technical indicator of how complex the interpolation filter is) taking Blu MkII to an unprecedented 1,015,808 taps.

A comprehensive suite of high-performance connectivity is offered and the Blu MkII also features a BNC S/PDIF digital input, meaning that it can also be used a standalone high-performance upsampler, for use with other digital sources.

Further features include Chord Electronics’ legendary proprietary high-frequency switching power supply and a dedicated CD-only laser mechanism for an uncompromising performance.



Materials:                                 Precision machined Choral aluminium casing designed by John Franks

CD Resolution:                      44.1kHz – 705.6kHz (user configurable)

Connectivity (input):          1x BNC S/PDIF: 44.1kHz – 384kHz (upsampled)

Connectivity (output):       1x Single AES Option 44.1kHz & 88.2kHz

1x Dual AES Option88.2kHz & 176.4kHz

1x Optical44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, & 176.4kHz

1x Single BNC S/PDIF Mode88.2kHz, 176kHz, & 352.8kHz

1x Dual BNC S/PDIF Mode176.4kHz, 352.8kHz, & 705.6kHz


User Configurable Options:

Selectable upsampling:     1x selectable switch providing three sample rates

Dither:                                     On/Off (Only operational with 16bit source)

Control options:                   Manual

Remote control (included – upsampling modes not accessible via remote operation)

Technical specifications:


Chipset:                                           Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx XC7A200T FPGA

Tap-length:                                    1,015,808 (16FS filter)

FPGA current draw:                  10amps

Frequency response:                 0Hz (DC) – 20kHz +/- 0.0000001dB

In-band ripple 0Hz-20kHz:    +/- 0.0000002dB

Stop band rejection:                   -135dB

THD and noise (24bit input): -144dB

Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted:       No measurable noise floor modulation

Signal to noise ratio:                   126dB ‘A’ Weighted

Power supply:                               90v AC – 24v AC Auto-Switching

Power consumption:                  30w

Weight:                                           7kg

Dimensions:                                   335mm (L) x 170mm (W) x 105mm (H)






CHORDから、「 POLY: The wireless network streaming upgrade module for Mojo 」登場!!

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POLY: The wireless network streaming upgrade module for Mojo

Poly is our revolutionary streaming module for Mojo and is based on a condensed high-level PC, with data server, DLNA receiver, Wi-Fi hub, Bluetooth module and SD card reader/player functionality, plus highly sophisticated software. Poly enables wireless audio playback from smartphones and for the first time, negates the need for a cable between the two devices.

Poly acts as a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hub and can access music in a number of ways including streaming over Wi-Fi, network storage devices (NAS) and collections stored on SD cards (using MPD). Bluetooth connectivity and AirPlay functionality provide real flexibility with smartphones and enable multiple Mojo/Poly combinations to be used throughout the home, providing a high-quality multi-room streaming playback solution.

Poly removes the original need for a wired link between the smartphone and Mojo, and is controlled wirelessly from Android and iOS apps on your phone. When connected to Mojo, Poly conveniently slips into pockets, bags and handbags — it doesn’t need to be hand-carried or regularly checked like other players.

Poly is compatible with the latest high-resolution-audio file types and supports PCM files up to 768kHz resolution and DSD64 to DSD512 (Octa-DSD). Poly’s high-quality SD card reader/player frees up smartphone memory and storage, so vast libraries no longer need be kept locally on phones.

Poly integrates with advanced music players such as Roon (excluding SD access) and supported file types (at the time of writing) include: ACC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, OGG VORBIS, ALAC, WMA and MP3. The device includes a rechargeable LiPo battery giving around nine hours playback from a sub-four-hour charge using the device’s fast-charging circuit; both Mojo and Poly can be simultaneously charged.



Materials:  Precision machined aluminium casing with black anodisation, opaque black wireless signal window, and silicone feet.

Battery:  Rechargeable LiPo (Lithium Polymere) 2200mAh.

Play time: In excess of nine (9) hours.

Charging:  Less than four (4) hours. 2amp Micro USB Input. Both Mojo and Poly can be simultaneously charged via Poly’s Micro USB.

Connectivity types:  Bluetooth A2DP and WiFi 2.4gHz.

Storage:  Micro SD card – Unlimited maximum capacity.

Playback support:  Roon, DNLA, Airplay, and Bluetooth playback.

Files supported:  To be confirmed, although all major file types including: ACC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, OGG VORBIS, ALAC, WMA, and MP3.

PCM sample rates:  44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.

DSD via DoP sample rates:  DSD64 – DSD512 (Octa-DSD).

Devices supported:  iPhones and iPads, Android smartphones and Tablets, Windows smartphones and tablets, Windows computers, Mac OS X computers, and DAPs (ie. Astell & Kern).

WiFi device set up:  Manually enter SSID of device and enter password. Poly will remember previously connected devices and automatically connect.

Bluetooth set up:  Select Poly as the output device and input code 0000.

Airplay set up:  Simply select Poly and instantly airplay to the device.

Name of device:  This is user configurable, however by default it is named ‘Poly’. This feature is enabled to allow Poly to be used in zones. For example, an owner of two Mojo’s can label one unit that is used within a static system as ‘Home Mojo’ and a Mojo for on the go as ‘On the Go’.

Dimensions:  50mm (L) x 62mm (W) x 22mm (H).




CHORDから、「 HUGO2 」登場!!

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In 2014, we introduced Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and headphone amp that became a landmark product in the audio landscape. Advances in digital technology, including the latest FPGAs and WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filters, have enabled us to introduce a next-generation version, Hugo 2, featuring flexible new features, plus next-generation technical and sonic performance.

Hugo 2 can be used both at home and on-the-go, either with headphones or within a conventional audio system. Its line-level output and full-function remote control adds real flexibility in full-size and desktop systems.

The device offers four digital inputs (optical, coaxial and HD USB) plus extended-range Bluetooth, with high-resolution file playback up to 768kHz and up to DSD512 (Octa DSD), via its HD USB input. Analogue outputs include 2x RCA, plus 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs.

A four-function switch filter offers a useful degree of user-selectable frequency-shaping, bringing warm and soft or transparent and incisive presentations, giving additional flexibility and user control. For headphone-listening, Hugo 2 retains the popular digital crossfeed function of the original and offers three operation modes. The system duplicates the effect of listening to speakers and is based on advanced binaural audio research.

Hugo 2 features four spherical control buttons, which illuminate with colour-coding information and control power, input, filtering, plus the unit’s crossfeed functions.

Battery playing time is around seven hours and two modes of automatic charging are included using the dedicated Micro USB charging port; an indicator shows charging and battery-charge status.



Materials: Clamshell precision machined aluminium casing with polycarbonate  buttons, acrylic signal window, and glass viewing portal. Available in a choice of two colours – natural silver, and satin black

Battery: 2x Rechargeable custom Enix Energies 3.7v 9.6Wh Li-ion (lithium-ion (2600mAh) batteries

Play time: In excess of seven (7) hours

Charging: Nominal four (4) hours via Micro USB at 1.8amps (fast charge) – Nominal eight (8) hours at 1amp (slow charge)

Connectivity (input): Micro USB (White): 44.1kHz – 768kHz – 16bit – 32bit

Coax via 3.5mm Jack (Red):44.1kHz – 768kHz – 16bit – 32bit

Optical (Green):44.1kHz – 192kHz – 16bit – 24bit

Connectivity (input wireless): Bluetooth (Apt X) (Blue): 44.1kHz – 48kHz – 16bit

Connectivity (output):  1x ¼” jack headphone output

1x 3.5mm jack headphone output

1x stereo (L & R) RCA output

PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.

DSD support: Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)

Volume control: Digital, activated in 1dB increments. Last known state saved upon shutdown, with exception of line-level mode

Line-level mode: Activated via dual press of middle ‘Source’ and ‘Crossfeed’ buttons. Line level = 3v via all outputs. Reset by power cycle

Power saving mode: Auto-shutdown after ten minutes of input inactivity

Driver support:  Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS


User Configurable Options:

Filters (Digital): Hugo (Ultimate Reference) (White)

Hugo HF+ (High Frequency roll off) (Green)

Mojo (‘Smooth’) (Orange)

Mojo HF+ (High Frequency roll off) (Red)


Crossfeed (Digital IIR): Level 1 – Light

Level 2 – Medium

Level 3 – Heavy


Control options: Manual

Remote control (included)

Technical specifications:


Chipset: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA

Tap-length: 49,152

Pulse array: 10 element pulse array design

Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

Output stage: Class A

Output impedance: 0.025Ω

THD: <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω

THD and noise at 3v RMS: 120dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ wighted (reference 5.3v)

Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation

Signal to noise ratio: 126dB ‘A’ Weighted

Channel separation: 135dB at 1kHz 300Ω

Power output @ 1kHz 1% THD: 94mW 300Ω

740mW 33Ω

1050mW 8Ω

Weight: 450g

Dimensions: 130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H)

Boxed Dimensions: 220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H)






SIMAUDIOから、MOON Evolutionシリーズフラグシップパワーアンプ「 888 」登場!!

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MOON Evolution
888 Power Amplifier

Available in Q2 2017

·  Massive single-piece cast aluminum heat sinks are manufactured using the same processes as  high-performance racing engines.
·  The heat sinks can dissipate energy far better than typical designs. Further CNC machining assures a fit and finish within  1/1,000th of an inch.
·  Audio circuitry is integrated within the complex monolithic heatsink thereby dampening vibration down to the vanishing point.
·  The transistors’ output section boasts a prodigious 8kW total rating, assuring the amplifier will always operate far below its  capacity.
·  Over 350,000 µF of power supply energy storage and massive transformers for extreme power delivery.
·  State-of-the-Art componentry in all areas.
·  All-aluminum chassis with cast and machined components assures exceptional heat dissipation and thermal efficiency.
·  Finest rhodium-plated heavy-duty speaker output connectors.






Transparentから、「 Opus Power Cord Source 」登場!!

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Opus Power Cord Source

Now, Transparent is pleased to announce that much of what we have learned in the development of Generation 5 Audio Cables has led to a series of breakthroughs that unleash power cord performance. Transparent welcomes the new Opus Power Cord to our growing family of Generation 5 flagships!

The new Transparent Opus Power Cord takes Transparent’s commitment to reproducing the most lifelike and involving music possible to another level. The Opus Power Cord is constructed of precision wound OFHC conductor bundles, uniformly separated by carefully selected quiet and electrically neutral fillers to deliver the most accurate, uninterrupted electrical flow. A first for Transparent, every Opus Power Cord has a finely calibrated network built into it to achieve ideal electrical characteristics regardless of its length and termination requirements. In addition, the Opus Power Cord connectors feature superior quality, tight-fitting contacts. AC plugs and component-end connectors can be customized in a manner that results in the cleanest, most-strain free connection possible. US, Euro, and UK AC terminations are all available.


•Standard termination: 15A grounded USA wall plug > 15A IEC
•Optional terminations: 20A grounded USA Wall Plug; 20A IEC; plugs for EU, UK, and other electrical systems available.
•Standard length: 2 meters
•Custom lengths always available.







上:Opus Power Cord
下:Opus Power Cord Source


HARMANから、「 Performa3 Be Concept 」スピーカー登場!!ベリリウムツィーター搭載。

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Revel by HARMAN today previewed the Performa3 Be concept loudspeakers, based on the award-winning Performa3 Series product range, at CES 2017. Based on Revel’s Performa3 F208 and M106 models, the Performa3 Be concepts include two new models: the F208Be 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker and M106Be 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker. The concepts feature the latest waveguide geometry, Beryllium and Deep Ceramic Composite (DCC) transducer technology and premium crossover network designs.

The Revel F208Be employs a 1-inch Beryllium dome tweeter inspired by Revel’s Ultima2 series and patented fifth generation Acoustic Lens Waveguide to deliver a remarkably transparent and detailed high frequency response and seamless integration with the mid-range. The Be concept also features a newly developed DCC cone technology that yields a durable ceramic surface to the aluminum cones and results in an ideal stiffness to weight ratio.

With a single 5.25-inch DCC cone for midrange frequency and two 8-inch DCC cone woofers with cast Aluminum frames for low frequency response, the F208Be delivers a remarkably smooth frequency response with extension to 40kHz. The loudspeaker is designed with aesthetics matching the award-winning Performa3 series with curved side panel, rounded back enclosures and includes High Frequency and Boundary Compensation controls.

Utilizing the same 1-inch Beryllium dome tweeter and waveguide mated to a 6.5-inch DCC cone woofer for low frequency response, Revel’s Performa3 M106Be bookshelf loudspeaker offers clear, highly resolved sound with extension to 40kHz. Built with a compact form factor, the M106Be can be shelf-mounted or stand-mounted with optional M Stand accessory floor stands.

“The Performa3 Be concept loudspeakers bring Revel’s widely acclaimed Ultima2 Series Beryllium tweeter technology to the award winning Performa3 range. The new loudspeakers combine the Beryllium tweeter with our most advanced waveguide and DCC transducer technology resulting in unparalleled acoustic performance,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management, HARMAN.

The Performa3 Be Series concept loudspeakers feature magnetically-attached black cloth grills, and are available in a furniture-grade high-gloss wood veneer finish or automotive-grade high-gloss painted finishes, including Walnut, Black, White, and Beryllium Metallic.


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