Cabasse unveiled at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2014 the new multi-room synchronised playback facility for its range of Stream players and access to over 30 million tracks from Deezer, allowing users to easily start playing via their smartphone their favourite music wherever they are throughout the home. The partnership with Deezer means that Cabasse offers an attractive alternative to other multi-room solutions, including long-standing market leader Sonos, while producing high quality music playback which is a cornerstone of the Cabasse philosophy.
Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) opened the doors this morning for the next three days on the 2014 Edition which promises to be the biggest and best ever. Before looking at the details of new products and some of this year’s innovations, we feel it is important to get a bit of perspective and give a mega “Hats Off” to the partners behind this Trade Event that started in 2004, and, in particular, to Mike Blackman, the Managing Director, and all of his staff. If all our companies had growth rates like this we would be more than ecstatic. A few numbers….
Bowers & Wilkins has launched the P5 Maserati Edition Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones. Once again the two companies are collaborating to make a very exclusive product as these headphones follow in the heritage of Bowers & Wilkins 805 Maserati Edition loudspeaker and Bowers & Wilkins uniquely tuned in-car audio systems for the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte.
In today’s fast-paced world full of change, preserving traditions seems to have gotten a bit lost by some, but not at McIntosh. On the outside, the MA8000 integrated amplifier has the iconic “McIntosh Blue” Watt Meters that have become the signature image of this mythical brand since they were first created over half a century ago. However, on the inside of this new flagship model we find a 300 watt per channel amplifier combined with a full-functioned preamp in one space-saving unit as well as many modern technology innovations.
EOps NOISEZERO O2+ are the World’s first on-ear headphones to feature COMPLY Premium Headphone pads that feature a high-tech patent pending construction that combines a comfortable COMPLY Flex-Coat surface coating with a special body-heat activated memory foam formulation. In terms of comfort, the super soft COMPLY Premium Headphone pads can distribute forces evenly around the ear, reducing them by over 35% at anatomical pressure points when compared with generic headphone pads.
Noel Lee, CEO of Monster Audio, presented at CES the 750+ watt, 10-speaker custom-designed audio system that they developed for the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster which is controlled by an Android-based wind-shield mounted touch-screen with dashboard, door, and headrest-mounted speakers. Well you say OK the car is beautiful (should be with a 3.3 mio € price tag) and the system sounds great (you can do a lot when you spend about 36,000€) but why write about this for normal human beings? We follow closely what Noel Lee does as he is a real visionary with marketing savvy, from cable to when he jumped into headphones at a good time with a strategy that has proven to be a big sales success.
In a headphone market jam-packed today with in-ear, on-ear, and over-ear products, the British audio innovator, Damson, showcased at the CES 2014 an audio advancement they call “out-of-the-ear” technology that could take “feeling” music into another dimension with the company’s first offering in the wireless headphone category, Headbones™, a radically new design utilizing the temporal bone and inner-ear structure to deliver a headphone experience that can be both heard and felt.
In honour of the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the world’s first digital loudspeaker, the D600, Meridian has announced a new Special Edition series of DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers, featuring their latest innovations in digital loudspeaker system design including a beryllium domed tweeter, new electronics and firmware as well as driver clamp rings to deliver the highest-performing Meridian DSP Digital Active Loudspeaker available to-date.
As the CES has just closed its doors on a record breaking show, it’s now only 3 weeks before Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) will open at the Amsterdam RAI, once again filling all 12 halls in anticipation of over 45,000 attendees from 140 countries.
The renowned British manufacturer Arcam of Cambridge, has unveiled its new flagship stereo integrated amplifier, FMJ A49, at the CES, boasting a massive 200 watts per channel Class G constant power into 8 ohms, and 400 watts into 4 ohms. Designed and engineered in the UK, it will be hand-crafted at the company facility in Rochester New York. The FMJ A49 will be shipping only in late March, with a launch at the UK Bristol Show on the 21st Feb 2014, but here are a few highlights of the key features.
We had so much interest in our recent article about the launch of the i-box Trax, we thought we should give you more details on its big brother Max, which is also now available. Like Trax, Max has a similar distinctive design and offers Bluetooth connectivity as well as NFC pairing technology for smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers but packs a pair of 5cm full-range drivers, supplemented by a rear-ported 7.5cm low-frequency radiator for powerful bass, driven by a fully integrated, high-performance Class D amplifier that delivers 30 watts RMS.
Both Meridian co-founders, Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd welcomed Ted Martin as a VIP guest of honour at Meridian’s Huntingdon HQ on 17th December in an event held to celebrate the fact that Martins Hi-fi is Meridian’s longest serving retail partner. Ted Martin was given a detailed and extensive tour of the factory and was able to experience some stunning home-cinema demonstrations in Meridian’s dedicated Theatre.
CEDIA has announced the findings of its second extensive survey into the UK residential custom installation sector. The results show an industry anticipating healthy annual growth in turnover this year. As a member of CEDIA for 8 years, Cinenow.com has reproduced below the integral text of the summary of the CEDIA Survey, including some interesting figures, as we think this good news should be heard loud and clear! The complete market research report will be available in January and can be purchased directly from CEDIA.
Based on the mini-monitor concept of the popular Quad 9L, Quad has launched the 9AS compact two-way active speakers with a new design, featuring a new treble unit with associated waveguide front plate in addition to the classic Quad woven Kevlar bass unit, both driven by low distortion Class AB amplifiers via a sophisticated active crossover. Offering sonic accuracy required of near-field studio monitors, these speakers are small enough to sit on a desk or a shelf in the living room, while incorporating amplifier power output of 100 watts per speaker (peak rated at 200W per speaker) and a wide range of digital and analogue inputs.