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Ayre Charles Hansen氏 亡くなる。

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以下、Ayre Acoustics 公式FBより。


Charles Hansen 1956 – 2017

With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Charles Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, has passed away on November 28th, 2017. Those who knew Charley knew that he was a passionate man who always stood up for what he believed to be right. His family knew him as a loving and dedicated father of his two children. With the passing of Charley, the world has lost one of the most creative and innovative minds in the audio industry and we have lost a good friend.

While we can never replace Charley, his spirit lives on in the team at Ayre. We are dedicated to continuing his mission of creating and manufacturing the best sounding audio equipment in the world. Most importantly, we will be there for our friends, partners, and customers who have supported us over the years. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time.

We wish you all the best over the holidays, and please play an album for Charley sometime.


Sonusfaberから、新「 Aida 」登場!!

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limitless immersion.

All the technological and stylistic experience of Sonus faber is condensed in Aida, la pinnacle of Sonus faber catalogue in which are expressed at their best elegance, refinement, but also, power and precision. Our flagship maintains the name of the grandiose opera by Giuseppe Verdi; as the masterpiece of the Italian opera, Aida will be able to immerse the listener in a new dimension where the emotion of music has never been so realistic. Aida can reveal how Sonus faber improved, always keeping its original intuition, the synthesis of tradition with technological innovation.

Product available only in
European and North American markets


State-of-the-art Technology.

Don’t let the familiar face fool you: Aida maintains the typical lute shape and the typical design elements that made it so recognizable, has been completely overhauled, embracing the most advanced electroacoustic developments of the latest years. This “3 and 2/3 way” loudspeaker system features the patented “Stealth Ultraflex”, for a better bass extension, the “Anima Legata” system and the “Tuned Mass Dampers”, for maximum elimination of inner spurious vibration, the patented “Zero Vibration Transmission”, for saving the listening environment from the spread of vibration and for a better performance of the infrawoofer, and the “Sound Field Shaping” technology, for a new dimensionality of sound and perceived size of the sound-stage. The most radical among the new changes is the selection of all-new driver systems, all of them rigorously “made in Italy” and featuring a Neodymium motor system.



New combination of tweeter and midrange creates the “Voice of Sonus faber”, the iconic configuration of driver technology capable of maintaining the effortless, warm and involving timbre that has become our trademark thanks to the 28 mm tweeter with silk dome and “Arrow Point” DAD (Damped Apex Dome, the dampening system to avoid counter phase vibrations of the dome) and to the midrange with cellulose pulp cone and Neodymium motor system.



Patented system that allows a big reduction of the THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) and a better bass extension while minimizing distortion and eliminating spurious vibration coming from the air passage inside the reflex duct. Aida Stealth Ultraflex system has a high ratio between width and height and allows reducing the dimensions of acoustic chambers.


The TMD (Tuned Mass Damper) is a device normally used in the biggest world’s skyscrapers and consists in some suspended masses placed inside of the speakers; while vibrating in antiphase, the TMD erases main vibrations and allows a clearer bass reproduction and a better silence reproduction.


The purpose of this technology is decoupling the loudspeaker system from the ground, avoiding spurious vibration to spread in the listening environment. Springs and elastomers are placed on the base; their decoupling compliance is carefully calculated in reason of the weight of the speaker and allows a more powerful performance of the down firing infrawoofer and a perfect tuning of the entire loudspeaker system.


This rear facing mid and high loudspeaker system is developed to make the music reproduction as natural as possible and precisely control the dimensionality and perceived size of the sound-stage. The listener will be able to optimize the Sound Field Shaper according to personal taste and listening room characteristics.



“3 and 2/3” way, “Sound field Shaper technology”, “Zero Vibration Transmission” technology, para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Ultraflex” system and staggered low frequency floor standing loudspeaker system.

Sonus faber “Arrow Point” DAD (Damped Apex Dome, synthesis of the classic dome and ring transducer) H28 XTR-04. A Sonus faber designed 28 mm moving coil driver, with Sonus faber’s vibration optimized mechanical interface. The ultra-dynamic linearity is given by the Neodymium motor system. Implemented with a natural wood acoustic labyrinth rear chamber, a mechanical anti-resonator designed for this application.

Sonus faber M18 XTR-04. A Sonus faber designed 180 mm Neodymium magnet system ultra-dynamic linearity midrange. CCAW wire is used on a composite former “eddy current free” voice coil. The dynamically linear magnetic field motor incorporates triple Kellog/Goeller rings. A special custom diaphragm is made with a real-time air dried non-pressed blend of traditional cellulose pulp, Kapok, Kenaf and other natural fibers, developed according to the most natural sound. To further inhibit any residual cone coloration, we are using a transparent viscous surface damping coating. The basket is thoroughly optimized to eliminate any resonance, fully CNC machined from solid billets of Avional and Gunmetal. The combination of the two different metals allows eliminating any mutual resonance. The same way as the tweeter, the midrange is decoupled from the main baffle board and designed synergistically with its optimized “acoustic chamber”. A special coaxial anti-compressor is used, designed to remove cavity resonances and distortions.

Sonus faber W22XTR-12. A pair of Sonus faber designed 220 mm Neodymium magnet system woofers, lightweight “sandwich” cone structure (high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins of cellulose pulp) woofers. Each of them is integrated in its own acoustically amorphous “stealth reflex” chamber. Designed to blend perfectly with the special midrange and, at the same time, to have absolute definition in their range: the sandwich structure with outer paper pulp skins has the same sonic character of the midrange cone. A powerful long stroke motor system with a 2” controlled “eddy current” voice coil is implemented for high speed, performance and linearity.

Sonus faber SW32XTR-08. A Sonus faber designed 320 mm Neodymium magnet system infra woofer, sandwich cone structure with high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins in Nano Carbon Fiber for maximum rigidity and light weight. An impressive 4” voice-coil, inside and outside winding design to take advantage of the magnet field strength and to control the Lorentz currents proportionally to the excursion obtaining this way the tightest available lows. To perfectly match the low-end performance to different listening rooms it is possible to adapt the SPL of the infra woofer.

The patented “Sound field Shaper” technology, allows the control of the direct/reverberant radiation ratio of the Aida. The sound field shaping module can be SPL optimized.

Sonus faber “Arrow Point” DAD 29XTR2. A Sonus faber designed 29 mm moving coil driver. The ultra-dynamic linearity is given by the new Neodymium motor system.

Sonus faber M8XTR. A pair of Sonus faber designed 80 mm ultra-dynamic linearity midrange. CCAW wire is used on a controlled “eddy current free” voice coil. The dynamically linear magnetic field motor has focused field geometry. A special custom diaphragm is made with a blend of traditional cellulose pulp, Kapok, Kenaf and other natural fibers. A special coaxial anti-compressor is used, designed to remove cavity resonance and distortions.

Non-resonant crossover, optimized amplitude/phase response for optimal space/time performance. “Paracross topology” for maximum transparency. The impedance at low frequencies is controlled for a clear and friendly amplifier performance. Double staggered transfer function low frequency/room interface optimized filter. Highest quality is used in terms of the components: last generation Mundorf Supreme Evo, Aluminium Oil and Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors, Mundorf Supreme resistors and Jantzen Cross-coils inductors. Cross-over frequencies: 55Hz – 150 Hz – 200Hz – 3000.

18 Hz – 35.000 Hz, Stealth Ultraflex included.

92 db SPL (2.83V/1 m).

4 ohm.

100W – 1KW, without clipping.

1725mm x 482mm x 780mm (HxWxD).

330 Kg per pair – net weight
550 Kg per pair – est. shipping weight

MSBから、「 The Reference Transport 」登場!!!

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MSB The Reference Transport

New ProISL proprietary connection:

Dual-link laser fiber technology

Cable lengths up to 1 km

100% electrically isolated

Synchronous clock signal

Data redundancy

Other Features:

Included desktop power supply

Optional power base upgrade available

New dual-link power interface

Machined aluminum drive tray

4K video using the Oppo UDP-203

More details coming soon.  MSRP 18,500.00

MSBから、「 The Select Transport 」登場!!!

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MSB The Select Transport


New ProISL proprietary connection:

Dual-link laser fiber technology

Cable lengths up to 1 km

100% electrically isolated

Synchronous clock signal

Data redundancy

Other Features:

Included desktop power supply

Optional power base upgrade available

New dual-link power interface

Machined aluminum drive tray

4K video using the Oppo UDP-203

More details coming soon.  MSRP 24,500.00

MSBから、「 Reference Headphone Amplifier 」登場!!

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Reference Headphone Amplifier Main Features:
-137 db Dynamic Range
-Designed for Dynamic Headphone
-4-Pin XLR headphone output connectors
-Analog Pass through
-Designed for Reference and Select DAC customers
-Matching Reference Chassis with increased heatsink area
-Front and rear headphone jacks included for clean rack aesthetic
-True balanced Amp Design

MSRP: $15,500


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dCS 各製品の MQA対応 ソフトウェアアップデート
dCS Rossini – October 2017
dCS Vivaldi One – November 2017
dCS Network Bridge – November 2017
dCS Vivaldi DAC & Upsampler – December 2017



dCS announces the release of a software update that provides MQA compatibility to all current product ranges – bringing the MQA experience into what many regard as the best digital music source in the world.

MQA, Master Quality Authenticated, provides a means to efficiently encode and transmit high resolution audio. MQA is based on the axiom that, in audio, high resolution can be more accurately defined in the analogue domain in terms of temporal fine structure and lack of modulation noise, than by any description in the digital domain, particularly one that relies on sample rate or bit depth numbers.

MQA works by converting the analogue music to digital and back to analogue again. The conceptual framework models analogue as an infinite sample rate representation, which can be approximated by a hierarchical chain of downward and upward splines. The MQA encoder takes account of and corrects aspects of the original analogue-to-digital and studio preparation chain.

Although a listener can enjoy the encoded stream at CD quality without a decoder, the best result comes with an MQA Decoder, or a combination of MQA Core Decoder and Renderer, which reconstructs exactly what was heard in the studio.

The MQA Renderer performs sampling reconstruction under song-by-song instruction from the encoder, while at the same time matching and optimising the attached DAC to deliver an authenticated analogue output.

MQA Decoders include a Renderer which is customised for each built-in digital-to-analogue converter. Generally, the converter includes an integrated DAC which is not wholly configurable and may have some performance limitations. For this reason, most MQA decoders include pre- compensation for the built-in converter.

dCS does not use IC converters in its DACs; instead the process of reconstructing analogue from the digital stream is entirely custom, using specific software and discrete hardware to make a DAC. However, unlike other non-integrated DACs, the dCS is still modelled on reconstruction using oversampling, filtering and high-speed conversion.

David Steven, Managing Director, dCS states:

“The dCS and MQA teams have been in discussion, development and testing for almost a year. This is a unique and exciting implementation made possible by the flexibility and capability of our platform, as well as the fact that both companies have aligned philosophies, strong mutual respect and trust.”

Bob Stuart, Founder & CTO, MQA adds:

“In the case of the dCS Rossini, the MQA and dCS teams were able to work together to develop code which accurately matched the MQA hierarchical ideal reconstruction to analogue. This MQA implementation is unique, as it is the first opportunity to enable a DAC which, by providing exact rendering to beyond 16x (768 kHz), matches the desired temporal response with very low modulation noise.”

dCS owners can update their firmware to support MQA via the ‘internet download and update’ functionality.

dCS Rossini – October 2017
dCS Vivaldi One – November 2017
dCS Network Bridge – November 2017
dCS Vivaldi DAC & Upsampler – December 2017

Constellation Audioから、「 Cygnus Media Player/DAC, Roon Ready 」登場!!

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Constellation Audio Cygnus Media Player/DAC, which is Roon Ready, to debut at RMAF 2017


Constellation Audio is pleased to announce the introduction of the Cygnus Media Player/DAC, the first Roon Ready digital product from Constellation Audio. The Cygnus makes its launch at RMAF 2017 in Denver, Colorado and builds upon our years of experience in analogue and digital music reproduction. and combines it with the user-friendly interface from Roon Labs. “Cygnus brings discriminating music lovers the sound they expect from Constellation Audio with the unique easy to use control system that Roon offers,” says Constellation Audio CEO Dr. Murali Murugasu.
As part of our Performance Series of products, Cygnus utilizes a two-piece design common to preamps and DACs in that series with the option of adding an additional DC filter. The separate enclosure houses dual power supplies – one for the analog circuits and a separate one for the digital circuits. This unit also serves as a Roon end-point. Song selection is done either through a connected laptop, tablet, or smart-phone. Through an Ethernet connection Roon is connected to the power supply. In addition, the power supply also houses a digital re-clocking mechanism. The signal is transmitted from the power supply to the DAC via a DVI interface. One of the unique features of the Cygnus is the ability to connect it directly to an amplifier, using the Roon interface to control the volume. To further isolate any possible digital or mechanical noise, the listener has the option of adding a DC Filter that goes between the power supply and the DAC.

The DAC itself is a sonic tour-de-force, admirable on its own merits. In a fully complementary arrangement, the Cygnus uses two custom-designed 32/192 DACs per channel: one for the positive half of the audio signal, the other for the negative half. This balanced design delivers even the subtlest details of any recording details most DACs tend to obscure. And with an array of digital inputs including Coax, Toslink, and AES/EBU, the Cygnus DAC can serve as a hub for connecting digital inputs from television, CD, or other digital sources. There are also four user-selectable filter profiles which allow the listener to fine tune the sound to their individual tastes. Using the DAC only part of Cygnus requires connection to a preamplifier for volume control.

Constellation Audio will be demonstrating the Cygnus as part of their Performance Series based system in the Conifer I room at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest at the Marriott Denver Tech Center Hotel from October 6 – 8 2017.

The retail price of the Cygnus is $38,000. Deliveries will begin in Q4 2017.

Mytekから、「 Brooklyn DAC+ 」登場。

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       RMAF: Lobby Booth #13        


Mytek Introduces New Brooklyn DAC+ With Upgraded Performance; Now Shipping: Brooklyn AMP, Plus Optional Phono and Roon Cards for Manhattan II


2017 RMAF, October 6, 2017Mytek, manufacturer of professional ADC/DACs and consumer DACs, unveiled at RMAF 2017 a brand new model of the highly-acclaimed Brooklyn DSD/MQA DAC, the Brooklyn DAC+.

Brooklyn DAC+, priced at $2,195, features redesigned and enhanced conversion, analog and power supply circuits, resulting in overall improved sound quality. Improvements include the new Sabre 9028PRO DAC chipset for enhanced resolution and better digital filter options, upgraded headphone amplifier, better L/R separation, larger capacity power supply and new, very transparent analog attenuator circuit.

All these quality improvements result in even more convincing digital PCM, DSD and MQA playback and streaming as well as state of the art M/C, M/M Phono musical experience. The Brooklyn DAC+’s new headphone circuitry performance challenges many dedicated headphone amplifiers.

A lot of praises were written about the Brooklyn DAC, which has sold many thousands of units since the launch of MQA. The new Brooklyn DAC+ provides users with benefits of the newest conversion technologies, while retaining the amazing versatility and affordability that the original Brooklyn DAC has been praised for.

Shipments of the Brooklyn DAC+ start Oct. 16th, 2017.


Mytek’s new Brooklyn AMP, the world’s smallest dual-mono 300W power amplifier, is now shipping in quantity. Priced at only $1,995, the Brooklyn AMP “delivers unbelievably analog-like, triode-type sound,” according to Mytek president and chief engineer Michal Jurewicz.

Mytek’s engineering team have used their extensive DSD experience to get the Brooklyn AMP dual mono Class-D circuit design sounding better than other comparable Class-D designs to date. The Brooklyn AMP is compact, yet delivers deep and powerful tight bass, natural mids and silky, smooth highs.


Several additional features include monoblock bridge operation, biamp operation and a 12VDC power trigger. The sculpted chassis design integrates perfectly with the Brooklyn MQA/DSD DAC and Brooklyn MQA/DSD DAC+ for a great sounding compact electronics setup capable of playing digital music or vinyl into a set of speakers and headphones.

The Brooklyn AMP and Brooklyn DAC are also available together at the special introductory “bundle price” of $3,595. Weight is a mere 6 lbs./3kg.

Mytek is also now shipping their long-awaited optional Phono and Roon cards for the Manhattan II DAC.


Optional Precision Phono Analog Preamp Card: High End M/M, M/C Phono Preamplifier with custom nickel core step up transformer, relay switchable and tunable. Input impedances, transformer ratio, RIAA curves and choice of gain can be changed within the menu or using the remote via relay switches.

Optional “Roon Ready” Network Card: Turns the Manhattan II into a network streamer with 24/192k and DSD64 maximum throughput. Compatible w/Roon, DLNA/UpnP. ▼

Both are user-installable, and priced at $1,495 for the Phono card, and $995 for the Roon card.

AVALONから、新スピーカー「 Precision Monitor 4 (RM4) 」登場!!

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AVALON Precision Monitor 4 (RM4)

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