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Klipsch Aims Powered Speakers at Premium Market

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Klipsch expands the plug-and-play Reference powered speaker series with the 2-channel R-28PF towers and the R-14PM monitor speakers, both promising "groundbreaking" technology.

Klipscsh speakerThe speakers feature easy setup to any audio source via wide range of digital, analog and wireless inputs, are turntable-, PC- and TV-ready, and feature a 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and RIAA-equalised phono preamplifier. Bluetooth allows use with any device, while a subwoofer output blends the speakers with any powered subwoofer.

The R-28PF floorstanding speakers push audio in a 2-channel configuration. They carry dual 8-inch copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofers, 1-inch linear travel suspension (LTS) in Tractrix horns and custom-designed bi-amplified ultra-low noise 260W amplifiers. A digital crossover, equaliser and limiters deliver high performance without distortion.

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Sony Readies Robotic Smart Speaker

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Sony looks to differentiate its take on the smart speaker with a spot of cuteness-- the Xperia Hello is an Alexa-compatible number featuring a 4.55-inch display and a round, animated face.

Sony Xperia HelloFirst presented in concept form back at MWC 2016, the Xperia Hello is an Android-based device able to recognise facial expressions and gestures as well as voice through a camera on top of the swivelling "face." The camera is paired with 7 microphones and 4 motion sensors, allowing the Hello to detect people approaching within a 3m radius.

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The Smallest McIntosh Amp Yet

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McIntosh announces the MA5300-- an integrated stereo amplifier packed in the most compact chassis from the company to date, featuring a range of analogue and digital inputs and a high-spec phono stage.

McIntosh MA5300The MA5300 measures 44 x 15 x 56cm, and offers 6 analogue inputs (x4 unbalanced, x1 balanced, x1 moving magnet) and x6 digital inputs (including x2 each for coax and optical). A USB port is also included, together with a special port for McIntosh MCT series SACD/CD players. Installers can re-name all inputs for simpler system control and configuration.

All digital inputs are housed in a DA 1 Digital Audio Module customers can remove for upgrades with future modules developed as new digital audio technologies arise. The DA1 uses an 8-channel 32-bit DAC, with support for DSD256 and DXD 384kHz files.

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Flexson Accessory Range for Sonos One

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The recently announced Sonos One gets an accessory range from Sonos specialist Flexson, including a wall mount, floor stand, desk stand and a selection of replacement power cables.

Flexson Sonos OnThe accessories are "precision engineered" to fit the Sonos One, and as such address a key design change-- the removal of the fixing-screw recess found on the PLAY:1.

The wall mount is designed for a seamless fit, and has a tilting and swivel mechanism (15-degrees down, and 40-degrees left/right) allowing installers to angle the speaker for optimum performance. One can also invert it to securely hold the Sonos One upside down, making controls and microphone more accessible in case of mounting higher up a wall.

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Focal Intros Sib Evo Dolby Atmos Package

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French audio maker Focal presents an easier means to provide customers with a Dolby Atmos system-- the Sib Evo Dolby Atmos, a 5.1.2 speaker package.

Seb EvoThe package consists of x2 Sib Evo Dolby Atmos speakers (both featuring integrated Dolby-enabled upfiring drivers and front-firing speakers), x3 Sib Evo satellites (2 for rears, 1 horizontally aligned as centre speaker) and a Cub Evo subwoofer (floating below). The Atmos drivers are angled to bounce channel information off the ceiling for an overhead effect.

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Sonos Intros One Smart Speaker

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Sonos confirms rumours of its making a smart speaker with the One-- the first product from the company with native voice assistant support, initially via Amazon Alexa.

Sonos OneThe One is essentially a refresh of the Play:1 for the smart speaker era. It features a cuboid design with rounded edges in either black or white, and acts as either a standalone speaker or paired with other Sonos audio products as part of a multi-speaker setup. Setup and management come through Sonos mobile app, and the speaker handles a number of streaming services, including including Amazon Music, Pandora, IHeartRadio, TuneIn and SiriusXm.

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Pioneer Debuts Flagship PD-70AE SACD Player

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Pioneer clearly believes audiophiles still care for the humble CD as it presents the PD-70AE-- a flagship CD player and DAC combining original pickup control and quiet drive technologies with the latest in digital audio design.

Pioneer CD PlayerThe PD-70AE promises the best in components, including a full-balanced circuit featuring independent left and right channels to minimise interference when passing analogue signals through a balanced input. An on/off switching function for RCA output is also available for a high signal to noise ratio and high separation for XLR output.

The digital and analogue circuitries have individual power supplies, while a custom electrolytic capacitor promises to bring out the best from CDs and SACDs. The RCA terminals are machined and gold-plated, and a lock range adjust function allows customers to make fine adjustments in a six-increment scale in order to reduce jitter.

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