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Devialet Debuts Fully Powered Speakers

2014-12-16 News Editor

Devialet Debuts Fully Powered Speakers

Last week, SoundStage!’s Doug Schneider traveled to Devialet’s headquarters, in Paris, France, for an exclusive sneak peak at the company’s two new loudspeaker models: Phantom and Silver Phantom, which will retail in the United States for $1990 and $2390, respectively. Both are fully powered, four-d...

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2013-2014 Buying Guide Updates

SoundStage! InSight

  • SoundStage! InSight -- Vivid Audio (October 2014)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- Totem Acoustic (August 2014)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- Axiom Audio (May 2014)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- Muraudio (March 2014)

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Denon's New Compact Stereo Amplifier: the PMA-50

2014-12-12 Audio/Video News

Denon's New Compact Stereo Amplifier: the PMA-50

According to the company's December 11 press release, the upcoming Denon PMA-50 stereo amplifier has been created "for serious hi-fi listeners looking for a compact and high-quality design that meets their lifestyle." The PMA-50 offers a wide array of digital inputs: optical, coaxial, USB, and Bluetooth. The amplifier's output stage has discrete construction, which realizes "higher signal-to-noise ratio and lower distortion compared to conventional class-D amplifiers." Denon claims this amplifi...

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"SoundStage! InSight" Focuses on Paradigm's Prestige Series

2014-12-01 Audio/Video News

"SoundStage! InSight" Focuses on Paradigm's Prestige Series

On December 1, the SoundStage! video team visited Paradigm Loudspeakers to film the latest episode of SoundStage! InSight. This video, which is the fifth in the InSight series, focuses on Paradigm’s new Prestige-series speakers, which were first shown at CEDIA Expo 2014, held in September. The series is comprised of three floorstanders (95F, 85F, and 75F), one bookshelf model (15B), two center-channels (55C and 45C), and one surround (25S). All of the models are in production now at Paradig...

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"SoundStage! InSight" Features Vivid Audio

2014-11-01 Audio/Video News

"SoundStage! InSight" Features Vivid Audio

The SoundStage! InSight video series, which began this year, takes an in-depth look at audio companies, the people behind them, and the products they make. The first three episodes featured Muraudio, Axiom Audio, and Totem Acoustic. The fourth instalment, which was released yesterday, features Vivid Audio, which is based in South Africa. In it, the company’s chief designer, Laurence Dickie, talks about the company’s origins, his vision for the original Giya G1 loudspeaker, and the technolog...

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SVS Goes Direct in Canada and Adds Bill of Rights

2014-10-30 Audio/Video News

SVS Goes Direct in Canada and Adds Bill of Rights

Loudspeaker-maker SVS is now offering their products in the Canadian market direct with a Bill of Rights for its customers, designed to make online purchases less risky. This announcement came shortly after the introduction of the company’s Prime-series speakers, which are now the company’s most affordable offerings. According to the company’s press release: “SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, is proud to announce the direct availability of its speakers, s...

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SVS's New Prime Series

2014-10-12 Audio/Video News

SVS's New Prime Series

Loudspeaker-maker SVS, which was founded in 1998, has released the new Prime Series line, consisting of the Prime Tower, Prime Bookshelf, Prime Center, and Prime Satellite. According to the company’s October 10 press release: “The Prime Tower speaker benefits from lessons learned developing the Ultra Tower, with its own distinctive touches. It has a completely new 3.5-way crossover that ensures a full, flat and seamless frequency response from the tweeter to the midrange driver, and through...

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PSB Introduces the Top-of-the-Line Imagine T3

2014-10-10 Audio/Video News

PSB Introduces the Top-of-the-Line Imagine T3

PSB, founded in 1972 by Paul Barton, has announced the release of the Imagine T3 loudspeaker, which now takes the position of being the company's top-of-the-line loudspeaker offering. The T3 is a five-driver design comprised of three 7” woofers, one 5.25” midrange, and one 1” tweeter. The 1” tweeter has a titanium dome and the midrange driver is newly designed -- as are all the drivers -- for this model. A unique design element of the T3 revolves around the configuration of the three woofers, wh...

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Classé's New Sigma-Series Processor and Amps

2014-09-10 Audio/Video News

Classé's New Sigma-Series Processor and Amps

Classé, which is a subsidiary of loudspeaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins, has announced the new Sigma-series components. The line is comprised of the Sigma SSP surround processor, Amp2 stereo amplifier, and Amp5 five-channel amplifier. The amplifiers are both rated to deliver 200Wpc into 8 ohms. In the company’s September 10 press release Classé’s president, Dave Nauber, states: “High end is about passion, discovery, experience and technical exploration. It’s not just w...

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Paradigm Unveils Prestige

2014-09-10 Audio/Video News

Paradigm Unveils Prestige

Paradigm Loudspeakers has announced the release of the Prestige series of loudspeakers, which is comprised of three floorstanders (95F, 85F, and 75F), one stand-mounted model (15B), two center-channels (55C and 44C), and one surround model (25S). Prestige is the company’s first new speaker line in several years. According to the company’s press release about Prestige, the speakers have a “Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens that protects the delicate S-PAL™ tweeter dome and acts as th...

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Harman/Kardon to Release Esquire Mini Bluetooth Speaker This Fall

2014-09-08 Audio/Video News

Harman/Kardon to Release Esquire Mini Bluetooth Speaker This Fall

The new Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini, according to the company's September press release, embodies “elegance, sophistication and extreme portability in a chic, urban uni-body design that spares no attention to detail.” The Esquire Mini is portable and wireless, and provides sound from dual "high-performance" drivers coupled with what the company calls an "enhanced bass port design." It is constructed from premium materials, including real leather backing and brushed aluminum for a high-end look. ...

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Bryston's Lowest-Priced Digital Music Player Yet

2014-09-03 Audio/Video News

Bryston's Lowest-Priced Digital Music Player Yet

Bryston, based in Peterborough, ON, Canada, has announced the release of the BDP-1USB digital music player, which is priced $1795 in the United States. The BDP-1USB looks almost identical to and borrows most of its technology from the company’s flagship BDP-2 player, but is designed to work exclusively with USB DACs and lacks the pricier unit’s internal sound card, which their September 3 press release says, “reduces the cost of the new player without any penalty in sound quality and o...

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