DS Audio's New DS-W2 Cartridge and Equalizer

DS Audio has just upgraded its highly-acclaimed DS-W1 cartridge to the new DS-W2 which now features a number of design improvements said to make for better information retrieval and all-round performance enhancements. The DS-W2 is claimed to be a comprehensive improvement over the DS-W1 – now to be phased out – which was heralded as the ‘world’s best cartridge’ by two German audio publications – Stereo and Audio magazines.

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Qutest DAC

Chord Electronics has been making high-tech digital-to-analogue converters with proprietary FPGA circuitry for quite some time and, in fact, may have been among the first to do so. Another signature theme of the company is a design aesthetic that tends to blend superb build quality with ever more diminutive form factors. Enter the new Qutest, Chord’s tiniest DAC packed with the company’s ever-evolving digital technology.

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Massive Musical Fidelity Australian Pricing Restructure

Audio Marketing, Australia’s distributor for Musical Fidelity, has managed to build a very high profile and a respected reputation for the UK manufacturer over three decades of uninterrupted representation in this country. Now, in an effort to offer extraordinary value to Australian customers, Musical Fidelity’s wide product range has been reinvented at the retail level to slot into never-seen-before price points.

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Big Boulder – Boulder Amplifiers’ New 1110 Preamplifier

Boulder Amplifiers has announced the perfect mate for the recently released 1160 power amplifier; the all-new 1110 full-function preamplifier joins the stable of 1100 series products from the Colorado-based company.

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Magico Brings On the A Game

High-end speaker specialist Magico, who has been trickling out its latest spare-no-expense M series speakers and continues its development of the upmarket S series, now introduces the company’s entry level A series with the new A3. The A3 speaker includes many of Magico’s trademark features in the aluminium enclosure and high quality bespoke drivers.

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Perreaux’s New High-Power Integrated Amplifier

New Zealand’s Perreaux, one of the country’s longest-running manufacturers, has announced a new high power integrated amplifier with a whole stream of in-built features making it a hub of amplification and source connectivity.

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Super! Supratek Back Making Superb Preamplifiers

Western Australia’s Supratek is back in business making highly-evolved valve-based preamplifiers. While the company is now offering the Cortese preamplifier – a recently-refined 6SN7-based preamplifier – company founder and designer Michael Maloney has told SoundStage! Australia that he’s working on a new entry level preamplifier for possible launch in Q1 2018.

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Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

Audio Research has announced a new Foundation Series ‘Special Edition’ version of its VT80 power amplifier, the VT80SE, which ups the original’s potential by replacing the amplifier stage’s KT120 matched valves with the new high-performance KT150.

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Devialet ‘Activates’ New Phantom Elevate Models

No small speaker system extant has either the power capacity, inherent features list, ultra-cool design aesthetic and overall performance potential as Devialet’s high-tech Phantom speaker. Now, the company ups the stakes with a new Phantom Elevate range of upgraded units.

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Lumin D2 Network Music Streamer

The very successful Lumin D1 Network Music Streamer has been revamped in the new D2 which aims to upgrade several areas of the highly-acclaimed original music player.

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McIntosh MC1.25KW Monoblock Power Amplifier

McIntosh’s new ‘Quad Balanced’ MC1.25KW brute-force-in-a-velvet-glove monoblock amplifier is the company’s most powerful offering and reinvents the highly-acclaimed MC1.2KW with significant circuit improvements and overall refinements.

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