Focal Naim, a subsidiary of Vervent Audio Group, has acquired both Audio Plus Services and Plurison. Audio Plus Services will now be known as Focal Naim America, while Plurison has become Focal Naim Canada. Both companies will be headed up by Daniel Jacques, who will continue in his position as President.
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The NAD Electronics Masters Series M10, introduced at CES 2019 earlier this month, is a BluOS-enabled amplifier that can serve as the heart of a quality whole-home system.
McIntosh has launched its new MTI100 Integrated Turntable, that plays both 33-1/3 and 45 rpm vinyl records, but also includes a power amplifier, vacuum tube preamplifier section, shielded phono preamplifier, unbalanced auxiliary input, digital audio coaxial and optical inputs, Bluetooth receiver, subwoofer output, stereo speaker outputs, and a headphone jack for personal listening.
Now that I've had a week to let the overload of tech goodies I saw at CES sink in, sift through my notes, photos, and digest all of the information, I've devised a list of 7items that were my favourite from the show.
The worldwide home audio market experienced an increase of 21% in units in 2018, while posting revenues of nearly US$15 billion, according to year-end estimates from a new Futuresource Consulting report.
David's Take: Hands-On the Sony WH-1000XM3 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones - The Roaring Sound of Silence
Sony has released the third iteration of the WH1000s headphones. Typical of YouTube hyperbole, online posters claimed this version 3 is amazing. I was guarded, but as I become curious, I took the bait and bought myself a pair to see if all the hype was justifiable.
Parasound has announced more-powerful "plus" versions of its best-selling A 21 and A 23 power amplifiers that were in continuous production since 2003. The new Parasound Halo A 21+ and A 23+ employ higher-capacity power supplies to increase output from 250 to 300 watts and 125 to 160 watts, respectively.
At CES 2019, Audio-Technica expanded its QuietPoint wireless active noise-cancelling headphones lineup with the introduction of its new top of the line over-ear ATH-ANC900BT, plus the over-ear ATH-ANC500BT and in-ear ATH-ANC100BT.
As my last day at CES 2019 approached, the energy had been completely sucked out of my body. Thankfully, the following five items re-energized me throughout the day, giving me great hope for what's to come in AV in 2019.
During our third day walking the CES show floor, we came across plenty more AV goodies that excite us about what's to come for 2019.
This year's CES, as always, was chocked-full of plenty of goodies of all kinds, from small and clever gadgets, to massive flying vehicles and even a luxury yacht.