THE HI–FI HEAD­LINES

There is a lot hap­pen­ing at Len Wal­lis Au­dio at the mo­ment, with both new prod­uct re­leases and with the con­tin­u­ing flurry of price ad­just­ments...

Australian HIFI - - SOUND BITES -

STAX, who we be­lieve man­u­fac­ture the finest head­phones on the mar­ket, turns 80 this year. To cel­e­brate they have re­leased a very lim­ited an­niver­sary model based on the ex­ist­ing SRS-3100 sys­tem. They have up­graded the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the SR-L300 Ear­s­peaker (pic­tured) to ap­prox­i­mate the per­for­mance of the SR-L700. The changes to the SRM-252S driver are mostly cos­metic.

There are only 13 of these sys­tems avail­able for Aus­tralia, so if you have an in­ter­est it would be wise to act now. The sys­tem sells for $2,698.

MARANTZ have re­leased a new am­pli­fier (PM8006) and a match­ing CD/ Streamer (ND8006). The am­pli­fier is an up­date of the very suc­cess­ful PM8005. It is still rated at 70 watts RMS/chan­nel, and sells for $2,650.

The ND8006 is an ex­cel­lent so­lu­tion for to­day’s mar­ket. It in­cor­po­rates a high qual­ity CD player, along with stream­ing fa­cil­i­ties for on-line and stored con­tent. It has Air­Play, Blue­tooth, In­ter­net Ra­dio and is com­pat­i­ble with Spo­tify, Ama­zon, TIDAL and Deezer among oth­ers. It has HEOS multi-room tech­nol­ogy on board al­low­ing you to add ad­di­tional wire­less speak­ers around your home as well. It can also be used as a qual­ity DAC. At $1,990 this unit has a lot to of­fer.

We now have the AVID Acu­tus SP turntable on dis­play. We have been singing the praises of AVID turnta­bles for a long time now, but this is the first time that we have shown their flag­ship model. This is fit­ted with an SME 309 ton­earm, and sells for a lit­tle over $23,000.

The other ex­cit­ing new prod­uct is the MU­SI­CAL FIDELITY M6s DAC. This is a 32bit/768kHz Dig­i­tal to Ana­logue Con­verter that sells for $2,699. Su­perb per­for­mance and great value. Mu­si­cal Fidelity were one of the pi­o­neers of Dig­i­tal to Ana­logue com­po­nen­try, re­leas­ing the world’s first high-end DAC, the Dig­ilog, in 1987. Their ex­per­tise shows in this uni.

The wave of price read­just­ments con­tin­ues – the most dra­matic be­ing from PANA­SONIC. Their TH77EZ1000 77” OLED TV is with­out doubt one of the finest TV screens ever pro­duced – but at $34,000 sales were very lim­ited. Pana­sonic have just repo­si­tioned this at $19,995. If you are con­sid­er­ing a very high per­for­mance large screen TV, drop in and have a look – you will not be dis­ap­pointed.

BLUESOUND has been steadily gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best wire­less multi-room stream­ing sys­tems on the mar­ket – they have also re­cently repo­si­tioned (re­duced) their prices to bring them closer to par­ity with over­seas mar­kets (join­ing the likes of Krell, Mu­si­cal Fidelity and Stax). With the avail­abil­ity of higher res­o­lu­tion stream­ing now avail­able from com­pa­nies like TIDAL the de­mand for higher per­for­mance sys­tems is grow­ing, and this is where Bluesound steps up.

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