PLAY­ERS, AMPS & STEREO SYS­TEMS

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McIn­tosh

Ac­cord­ing to McIn­tosh, the com­pany’s new Mono­grammed Heatsinks in the up­com­ing MA8900 in­te­grated am­pli­fier don’t just de­liver ef­fi­cient cool­ing, but also im­proved sound qual­ity along­side a stylish ap­pear­ance. Of­fer­ing 200w per chan­nel, the MA8900 also fea­tures an up­graded 8-chan­nel 32-bit DAC with six digital in­puts. Sig­nals up to 32-bit/384kHz are sup­ported by over USB in­put, along with DSD256 and DXD 384kHz.

Along­side the MA8900, McIn­tosh also re­vealed the MCD350 SACD/CD player, fea­tur­ing a bal­anced two-chan­nel 32-bit/192kHz DAC, bal­anced and un­bal­anced ana­log stereo out­puts, plus coax and op­ti­cal out­put.

Onkyo

The up­com­ing A-9150 In­te­grated Stereo Am­pli­fier from Onkyo aims ims to de­liver dy­namic, high-qual­ity sound at a more re­al­is­tic price point than sim­i­lar of­fer­ings from com­peti­tors. Along with a 32-bit/768 kHz DAC from AKM for high-qual­ity re­pro­duc­tion of digital sources, ces, Onkyo have re­fined the power am­pli­fier in the A-9150 and cus­tom m de­signed two large au­dio ca­pac­i­tors.

A wide range of in­puts are sup­ported: a MM/MC phono in­put for r con­nect­ing to turnta­bles, four RCA line in­puts, two coax­ial digital al in­puts and two op­ti­cal digital in­puts, all of which are gold-plated. d.

Pi­o­neer

Pi­o­neer’s two new high-res net­work au­dio play­ers, the N-70AE and the N-50AE, are loaded with fea­tures and func­tion­al­i­ties de­signed to ap­peal to au­dio­philes. Both fea­ture the SABRE32 Ul­tra 32 DAC - one in the N-50AE and two in the N-70AE - as well as twin trans­form­ers and USB-DAC sup­port­ing 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz DSD.

Chrome­cast is built-in to both au­dio play­ers, along with sup­port Spo­tify Con­nect, TIDAL and Deezer. USB hard drives can be con­nected to a USB in­put, with sup­port for copy­ing mu­sic from a com­puter to the con­nected hard drive over a lo­cal net­work.

Pri­mare

Pri­mare is us­ing three new prod­ucts to launch its new wire­less multi-room sys­tem called Prisma. The I15 and I35 amps, as well as the CD35 player, can all play­back stored and streamed me­dia over a net­work us­ing Prisma, and also sup­port for Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth as well as the Prisma app for set­ting up and con­trol­ling multi-room and multi-zone func­tion­al­ity.

Both new amps fea­ture PCM 768kHz and DSD 128 DAC con­ver­sion, but the I35 is the more pow­er­ful of the two thanks to the new UFPD 2 power sys­tem that of­fers 150w at 8 ohms, com­pared to the 75w of the I15. Mean­while the CD35 also sup­ports PCM 768kHz and DSD 128 con­ver­sion, and in­cor­po­rates a new DAC stage with an ESS Sabre chipset.

Tech­nics

Plenty of tech­nol­ogy is packed into Tech­nics’ new SCC70 com­pact stereo sys­tem, in­clud­ing Jit­ter Elim­i­ta­tion and Noise-shap­ing Op­ti­mi­sa­tion (JENO) En­gines for elim­i­nat­ing digital jit­ter, Load Adap­tive Phase Cal­i­bra­tion (LAPC) for align­ment with speak­ers, and Space Tune cal­i­bra­tion soft­ware which, as the name sug­gests, adjusts sound to an in­di­vid­ual spa­tial sit­u­a­tion.

The sys­tem fea­tures a CD player, USB and Blue­tooth func­tion­al­ity, and Ap­ple Air­Play sup­port, as well as sup­port for high-res mu­sic play­back and net­work con­nec­tiv­ity.

Thorens

As the vinyl re­vival con­tin­ues to show that ev­ery­thing old is new again, Thorens have taken in­spi­ra­tion from their her­itage for the new TD 900 se­ries turnta­bles. Fea­tur­ing a three-spring sub-chas­sis de­sign in­spired by clas­sic Thorens turnta­bles, the up­com­ing TD 903, TD 905 and TD 907 are de­signed to ap­peal to vinyl lovers.

The vin­tage de­sign hasn’t been in­cor­po­rated at the ex­pense of sound qual­ity, with al­ter­nat­ing lay­ers of damp­ing alu­minium and poly­eth­yl­ene used in the plinth, base plate and sub-chas­sis for in­creased sound qual­ity. The TD 903 is Thorens’ en­try level model in the se­ries, fol­lowed by the TD 905, then the flag­ship TD 907.

High End 2018 will be held on 10-13 May next year.

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