Simaudio Announces MOON 240i Integrated Amplifier

SIMAUDIO Ltd. is pleased to announce the soon-to-be-released MOON 240i Integrated Amplifier. This is the entry-level modern integrated you have been waiting for. With connectivity accented on digital audio (up to 24-bit/352.8kHz and DSD256), as well as a plethora of analog line-level inputs, plus a phono input, the 240i can easily become the one-box centerpiece (amplifier and nerve center) of your music and entertainment system.

Full external control (Control4 driver available), OLED front panel display, amazing user-configurability to customize its features for your specific installation, and a gutsy 50W per channel (MOON watts, which is to say the power rating is subjectively conservative) allow the 240i to drive even inefficient and complex low impedance speaker loads without difficulty. Asyouwouldexpect,thesoundqualityisallMOON: organic and detailed, with exceptionally well-controlled and tuneful bass, coupled with a wide and airy soundstage. In a nutshell, music comes alive. Rounding out the package, the MOON 240i is of course manufactured in our own factory in Montreal, Québec, and naturally comes with our renown 10-year warranty.

  • 3 line-level inputs including a front-mounted 1/8” mini-jack for personal media players.
  • Headphone output on 1/4” TRS jack located on the front panel.
  • Five (5) digital inputs include USB (hi-res audio), SPDIF (2), Optical (2).
  • OLED type screen.
  • Moving magnet phono preamplifier input.
  • Analog inputs are configurable to “pass-through” mode, for use with a home-theater processor, whose own volume control is used.
  • Includes CRM-3 Remote Control.

Retail Price: $2,100 USD, Availability: Q3 / 2017 (source)

Klipsch Announces All-New Forte™ III loudspeaker

Klipsch®, a tech-driven audio company, today announces the release of the new Forte™ III loudspeaker, one of its best-selling speakers of all time. The Forte III is a member of the legendary Klipsch Heritage series and the loudspeaker cabinet is meticulously handcrafted in the USA. The original Forte is an American classic that was first introduced in 1985 to much fanfare, but has been out of production since 1996.

The Forte III features updated cosmetics and the latest advancements in acoustic engineering, while maintaining the original elegant design and powerful performance that made it so popular years ago. The speaker hosts a three-way design utilizing a 12” woofer and horn-loaded midrange and tweeter, with all new state of the art titanium compression drivers for a smooth and powerful response. A new midrange horn incorporates a modified Tractrix® design with patented Mumps technology to improve coverage and control of the key mid-frequency band. The Forte III employs a rear-mounted passive radiator that is 15” in size for greater bass output and extension.

At just 13” deep, the Klipsch Forte III solves space issues with its narrow, shallow footprint, while still delivering room-filling, quality sound.

Each pair of Forte III loudspeakers is grain-matched using wood veneer panels that are harvested from the same timber. The speakers move seamlessly together through the factory and the finished product is inspected and labeled with sequential serial numbers, ensuring that each pair of speakers is a matched set. 

The Forte III (MSRP $1,800 ea.) is available now at select retailers in four standard finish options – American Walnut, Natural Cherry, Black Ash, and new Distressed Oak.

Additionally, a limited production run of 70 pairs of Forte III’s are available in two unique finishes. The California Black Walnut version features a lambswool grille cloth (MSRP $2,300 ea.), while the Matte Black finish boasts silver luster grille cloth (MSRP $2,000 ea.). Both special edition Forte III models include a commemorative back plate hand-signed by the craftsman.

Features:

  • High efficiency, full range loudspeaker
  • Designed and made in the USA with domestic and imported components
  • 15" Passive Radiator for full range performance
  • Book-Match wood veneer sold as grain-matched pairs
  • Built to last

To learn more about the Klipsch Forte III speakers, visit Klipsch.com.

Simaudio Announces The Next Generation 600i: the 600i v2

SIMAUDIO Ltd. today announces the next generation 600i: the 600i v2.

The long-awaited successor to the MOON600i Integrated Amplifier is finally here. In response to feedback from around the world, the 600i has enjoyed almost 8 years in the MOON line-up of amplifiers and is now ready for an upgrade.

New technological developments have paved the way for an improved version of the 600i, aptly called the600iv2 (“v2” means“ version2”). The600iv2providesanevengreaterinsightintoyourmusic, with increased resolution, bass articulation, detail, and soundstage, thanks to upgrades in the power supply and gain stages. Of course, thefamiliar600i’s “family sound” is all there, and is now enhanced to provide even more of everything it already does so well. And the best part? All of this comes to you at the same price as before.

Give the 600i v2 a test drive and experience the true power and emotion of the music, while rediscovering your music collection all over again. (source)

Retail Price: $9,000 USD, Availability: Q3 / 2017

McIntosh Announces the MA9000 Integrated Amplifier

McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MA9000 Integrated Amplifier. Our largest integrated in both size and power, it offers 300 Watts per channel and combines our amplifier and preamplifier expertise into one comprehensive unit.

There’s enough inputs and outputs on the MA9000 to last a lifetime. The 10 analog connections are comprised of 2 balanced and 6 unbalanced inputs plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet phono inputs. Both phono inputs feature adjustable loading for fine tuning of vinyl playback. All unbalanced analog connectors are made from premium gold-plated solid brass for superior signal handling and grounding. On the digital side, 2 coax, 2 optical, 1 USB and 1 MCT input are all housed in our new DA1 Digital Audio Module; the DA1 can be easily replaced by future modules to keep the MA9000 up to date as new digital audio formats and technologies are developed. The DA1 utilizes a powerful 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) used in Quad Balanced mode. High resolution DSD256 and DXD 384kHz is supported via the USB input while the coax and optical inputs will decode music up to 24-bit/192kHz. All inputs can be given custom names for user-friendly system control and configuration.

The MA9000 features our new McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ that are made from high quality materials with excellent thermal conductivity properties. They are so efficient at dissipating heat that they warrant bearing the McIntosh “Mc” logo. They also have a higher quality finish thanks to a new manufacturing process. They are connected to advanced high current output transistors that eliminate thermal equilibrium lag time (or warm-up time), meaning the first note played will sound just as good as those played later in the listening session.

New, more powerful control microprocessors have been used in the MA9000 to improve overall system operation. Some of the latest audio-grade circuit components have also been utilized to allow the MA9000 to deliver the best sound possible. At 300 Watts per channel, the MA9000 has enough power to properly drive virtually all loudspeakers – and our renowned McIntosh Autoformer guarantees the speakers will always receive that full 300 Watts regardless if they have 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance. Other McIntosh features included in the MA9000 are:

  • Power Guard® that monitors and adjusts the sound wave at the speed of light to prevent harsh sounding distortion and clipping that could damage the speakers
  • Sentry Monitor™ is our fuse-less short-circuit protection circuit that disengages the output stage before current exceeds safe operating levels and then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal
  • Home Theater PassThru that allows for seamless integration into a home theater system
  • High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) which can bring an added dimension to headphone listening
  • A discrete, eight-band tone control that allows for advanced manual analog adjustment of favorite recordings
  • Power Control to send power on/off signals to connected McIntosh components for easy system power up and shutdown
  • Our patented Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts that easily but securely attach the speaker cables to prevent them from coming loose and possibly causing a short; the binding posts are also gold-plated to prevent corrosion and ensure a quality signal is sent to the speaker

The entire unit is wrapped in the classic McIntosh aesthetic with blue watt meters, a black glass front panel, control knobs, illuminated logo, aluminum end caps with built-in handles and a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis.

Pricing and AvailabilityWe are now accepting orders for the MA9000 with shipping expected to begin in July. Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $10,500 USD. (source)

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) Announces Electronics Product Lineup

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) is best known for 40 years of legendary analog remastering. Its limited-edition reissues are consistently the most sought after by record collectors, audiophiles and music lovers across the globe. Fast forward to 2017 and Mobile Fidelity is now offering complete and moderately affordable analog solutions for all LP owners, especially those who cherish their MFSL vinyl remasters.

It is with great pride that Mobile Fidelity introduces the USA-made Mobile Fidelity Electronics product line of turntables, tonearms, cartridges, and phono preamplifiers. This achievement is the result of multiple collaborations with several legendary analog hardware designers. The primary goal is to offer a level of quality that is synonymous with the MFSL brand. For example,
the phono preamplifier circuits are based on the same ideas originally applied to the MFSL Gain 2™ and Ultra Analog™ mastering chain and the phono cartridges employ a V-Twin Dual Magnet generator that mirrors the design of a lathe’s stereo cutter head.

Both turntables offer exceptional performance and value. They are designed to preserve the complete sound that is found on an Original Master Recording. Standard features include heavy Delrin® platters, HRS-designed anti-vibration feet, an inverted bearing system comprised of an extremely tight tolerance combination of steel, and bronze, as well as the highly adjustable, custom-designed 10-inch gimbaled bearing tonearm.

The Mobile Fidelity Electronics Product Lineup is available now. (source)

  • StudioDeck turntable with 10" tonearm, 3/4" Delrin® platter, removable dust cover and weighs 19 lbs., $999.00.
  • StudioDeck+ turntable, same as above and includes factory-aligned StudioTracker cartridge ($50.00 savings), $1149.00.
  • UltraDeck turntable with 10" tonearm, 1.3" Delrin® platter, removable dust cover and weighs 23 lbs., $1799.00.
  • UltraDeck+ turntable, same as above and includes factory-aligned UltraTracker cartridge ($300.00 savings), $1999.00.
  • StudioTracker MM cartridge with an elliptical stylus and gray polymer body, $199.00.
  • UltraTracker MM cartridge with nude elliptical stylus and silver billet 6061 body, $499.00.
  • MasterTracker MM cartridge with Microline™ stylus, Ohno copper coils, and gray billet 6061 body, $699.00.
  • StudioPhono MM/MC phono preamp, with adjustable impedance/gain, subsonic filter, and mono mode, $249.00.
  • UltraPhono MM/MC phono preamp includes built-in Class A headphone amp, $499.00.

Audio Research Announces Trade-In to Trade-Up Program

Audio Research is pleased to announce a special program to US owners of older Audio Research amplifiers, preamplifiers, or phono preamplifiers to Trade Up! to current models.  The 2017 Trade Up! Program runs for a limited time so act quickly.

The Program offers US owners of qualified Audio Research models Trade In values up to 75% of the original MSRP* of their Audio Research amplifier, preamplifier, or phono preamplifier when it is traded in toward the purchase of a new Audio Research amplifier, preamplifier, or phono preamplifier. All Trade In units must be in working order and be in reasonable physical condition.

The Program offer is limited to select amplifiers, preamplifiers, and phono preamplifiers. Select monoblock amplifiers are eligible but only when traded in and sold in pairs.  Current models may also be traded in. See your participating authorized US Audio Research Dealer for program details and the complete list of eligible units.

Offer good June 15 - July 31, 2017. Valid only to US customers who trade-in a qualified Audio Research product and purchase new qualified Audio Research product(s) from a participating US authorized dealer. (source)

*Limitations and restrictions apply.  Eligible Audio Research Models can be downloaded here.

HiFiMAN Introduces RE2000 and RE800 In-Ear Monitors

HIFIMAN, a leading designer/manufacturer of high-performance headphones and portable audio products, announced the introduction of two new In-Ear Monitors (IEM) that utilize breakthrough nanotechnology called Topology Drivers. The RE2000 ($2000) and RE800 ($699) deliver smoother, more extended response with reduced distortion for an improved soundstage and more realistic listening experience.

RE2000 is the finest IEM ever produced by HiFIMAN and is the company’s first IEM with removable cables. The Topology diaphragm, combined with extensive testing, allows the sound waves to encounter the listener’s ear precisely as the recording engineer intended. Housed in brass, the unique shape of the RE2000 provides remarkable comfort and isolation allowing the listener to enjoy them for hours on end. 

Using a 9.2mm dynamic driver in a rigid gold-plated, brass housing, RE2000 has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, sensitivity of 103dB and impedance of 60 ohms. The detachable cable is comprised of silver coated crystalline copper wire. (source)

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RE800 shares much of the same technology as its larger sibling but in a lighter more compact housing of gold-plated brass. Using a 9.2mm dynamic driver, RE800 has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, sensitivity of 105dB and impedance of 60 ohms. The cable is silver coated crystalline copper wire.

According to HIFIMAN Founder and President, Dr. Fang Bian, “Our new IEMs, with the Topology driver, have substantially improved performance that is readily audible. In fact, the idea behind the new Topology Diaphragm was actually inspired by my Ph.D. thesis that different nano materials have differing structures and each of those materials has their own properties. Therefore, by carefully controlling the diaphragm surface structure we can yield different results in acoustic performance to a degree previously unobtainable.” (source)

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The RE2000 and RE800 are available now for immediate shipment.

HiFiMAN will be exhibiting at the upcoming LA Audio Show June 2-4 at the Sheraton Gateway LAX. HiFiMAN will be in the Xtreme Room as part of Head-Gear. Company founder Dr. Fang Bian, along with company personnel, will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions about SUSVARA as well as the new Shangri-La electrostatic headphone.