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REVIEW: DS AUDIO DS-002 OPTICAL PHONO CARTRIDGE

For a medium that was created in the 19th century, vinyl has continued to defy the odds as a playback source. There's been a number of changes over the decades since, but the introduction of optical phono cartridges could be a game-changer.

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MARK LEVINSON BRINGS ROON AND MQA INTO THE FOLD

Mark Levinson's highly regarded No.519 Audio Player just received a significant firmware upgrade that embraces both the MQA file format, along with Roon Ready certification.

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MAGICO EXPANDS M-SERIES RANGE WITH NEW M2 SPEAKERS

Magico has revealed its M2 3-way floor-standing speaker that will be available early 2019.

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MCINTOSH CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW PRE AND POWER VALVE AMPS

While the MC275 valve amplifier remains the brand’s most iconic model, the soon to be released C70 preamp and MC2152 power amplifier signal a new direction for McIntosh.

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KRELL IS BACK ON THE MAP WITH NEW K300I-XD INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

Finally, there's some good news coming out of Connecticut's Krell headquarters. Discerning audiophiles have embraced the iconic US brand in the world of high-end Hi-Fi since 1980 when Dan and wife, Rondi D'Agostino founded the company.

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MARK LEVINSON NO585.5 FLAGSHIP INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER EMBRACES VINYL

The release of the Mark Levinson No585.5 integrated amplifier features everything found in its award-winning predecessor but with the addition of a pure Class A phono pre-amplifier.

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MCINTOSH ANNOUNCES XRT1.1K LOUDSPEAKERS

The latest speakers from McIntosh have been designed to be easier to fit into more home environments. The XRT1.1K boasts no fewer than 70 drivers in a cabinet that is under 6-feet tall.

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VAN DEN HUL RELEASES TOP OF THE LINE PHONO CARTRIDGE

A.J. van den Hul doesn't seem to be able to stop inventing and re-inventing his cartridges. This time he has announced a new edition of the top-of-range model - the Colibri XGW Signature Stradivarius.

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CHORD ELECTRONICS CELEBRATES 30 YEARS WITH FLAGSHIP COMPONENTS

Chord Electronics will soon be celebrating its 30th anniversary and what better way to mark the occasion than by launching a state-of-the-art flagship amplifier?

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WILSON AUDIO ANNOUNCES SASHA DAW LOUDSPEAKERS

While keeping an eye on the past, Wilson Audio’s new Sasha DAW speaker also marks a new direction for this US high-end speaker brand.

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MARK LEVINSON’S FIRST TURNTABLE NOW AVAILABLE

Partnering with one of the world's most respected brands in turntables, VPI Industries, Mark Levinson's No515 handcrafted turntable is now available.

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MCINTOSH RELEASES THE MC312 POWER AMPLIFIER

A steady stream of new power amplifiers seems to be heading out of McIntosh’s Binghamton NY facility. The latest amp to join the conga line of models leaving McIntosh is the MC312, and yes, it’s an alluring amplifier.

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VPI CELEBRATES 40 YEARS WITH HW-40 LIMITED EDITION DIRECT DRIVE TURNTABLE

With a limited edition production of only 400 turntables, VPI's HW-40 direct drive turntable celebrates brand's 40th anniversary.

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MARANTZ LANDS ISHIWATA 40TH ANNIVERSARY SACD PLAYER AND AMPLIFIER

As reported exclusively by StereoNET back in May when Peter Familari spoke directly with Marantz Brand Ambassador, Ken Ishiwata, celebrating his 40th anniversary with the company, Marantz will deliver two special new products to Australia next month.

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SONUS FABER RELEASES THIRD GENERATION ELECTA AMATOR

For the past two years, the pedigree Italian speaker brand Sonus faber has been celebrating its 35th birthday with a slew of new models and all culminating in the reimagined Electa Amator III.

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SGR AUDIO DEBUTS NEW FLAGSHIP ACTIVE LOUDSPEAKER AT MELBOURNE HI-FI SHOW

Attendees at this year's Melbourne International Hi-Fi Show are in for a treat with the launch of SGR Audio's new flagship active loudspeaker combined with class-leading MSB Technology electronics.

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PURE MUSIC GROUP SET TO SHINE AT MELBOURNE HI-FI SHOW

Turntable devotees have a moveable feast of vinyl spinners to enjoy at this year’s Melbourne International Hi-Fi Show, courtesy of the Pure Music Group.

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