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Yamaha's NX-N500 is a marvelous, innovative product, with engaging sound and cutting-edge connectivity. It could serve as a music system in a small or medium-sized room for serious or background listening, but would also be at home on a desktop for nearfield listening.
During the summer, MOON by Simaudio made an important update to its Nēo 340i integrated amplifier. The Boucherville, QC company began offering the 340i with a built-in DSD-capable DAC. Previously, the built-in DAC available for the 340i supported PCM playback to 24 bits/192kHz, but not DSD.
Music is changing, and music systems are changing right along with it. This Monitor Audio system is a case in point. It's a very enjoyable system, equally satisfying when listening up close, or when sitting back and listening out loud in a small to medium-size room.
What really impressed me me is how wonderfully organic this lovely little system can sound. The NAD D3020 amplifier and Kin Minis speakers fare nicely on their own; but the system really blossoms with the Kin Mini Subwoofer thrown into the mix.
I don't imagine WiFi HiFi Publisher John Thomson realized he was setting off a firestorm earlier this year when he posed the question "Do Cables Matter?" in his weekly newsletter. Over the next few days, John's inbox filled up with messages weighing in on both sides of the debate.
Soundbars are a popular option for people who want to improve on their flat-panel TV’s built-in speakers, but don’t want a full-blown surround-sound system. A sound base, like the Kanto Grandstand reviewed here, is a variation on this theme.
Not many people think of Samsung as a major player in audio. A Canadian ex-pat working in California plans to change that. "We want to be the number-one audio company in the world," says Allan Devantier, Director of Samsung Research America's U.S. Audio Lab in Santa Clarita, CA.
I can't think of a product better suited to on-the-go music-lovers than headphones with Bluetooth connectivity and active noise cancellation (ANC). This is a relatively new category, offered by a handful of brands, including B&O, Definitive Technology, Parrot and Sennheiser.
Yamaha's A-S801 is a great-sounding DAC/amplifier, and a fantastic value. Match it with a good set of speakers priced between $1,000 and $2,000, and you have a very fine hi-fi system.
For 2015, Sony has introdued three new flagship Hi-Res portable music products: the NWZ-ZX2 Hi-Res Audio Walkman. the PHA-3 portable headphone amplifier/DAC and MDR-HZ7 circumaural headphones. For many music lovers, including yours truly, this is a dream portable setup.