Just Arrived: Chord Hugo TT 2 & Chord Étude Stereo Amplifier

I had a chance to hear the TT 2 prototype a few months back and I’ll just say – You’re in for something truly spectacular. An output impedance of 0.042 ohms. I can’t wait to drive speakers with this thing. Unfortunately, no M-Scaler yet…but I have a feeling you might not need those bulky ferrites……


New to the Family: Focal Emblematic Grande Utopia and Stella Utopia EM Evo

Focal Adds the Emblematic Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo Loudspeakers to its Utopia III Evo Line Debuting at 2018 High-End Trade Fair in Munich, Focal’s legacy Hi-Fi loudspeaker is redefined Munich – May 10, 2018 – Focal, a recognized leader on the global stage for high fidelity products, today launches the…


The New Flagship: Lumin X1 – Fresh Output Stage, PSU, and Optical Networking

The new Lumin X1 is the new flagship offers improvements in dynamics, imaging, and tonal quality. Roon Ready Network Player Dual ES9038Pro DSD512 Femto Clock New output stage New power supply Optical network (in addition to copper Ethernet network) XLR, RCA, BNC-SPDIF, USB audio output (*) Lumin (solid aluminum chassis): 350mm (W), 345mm (D), 60mm…


Enhance Your PC Audio Easily – For Under $120

Understandably, there are plenty of audiophiles who use their Windows machines as their server/streamer. I personally don’t care for PC audio. I’m on a MacBook Pro 99.99% of the time. When I’m on the go, I just plug in my Chord Hugo 2 and stream off Spotify or Tidal. I’ve been kindly asked by readers to…


New MQA Partnerships – Hegel Music System, ESS Technology SABRE Mobile DACs, and More

London / Munich, 7 May 2018 – With new software and hardware partners, and growing momentum around MQA music availability, there will be a record number of MQA demonstrations at this year’s High End show, as well as an exclusive MQA Live performance, streamed in real-time into partner listening rooms in the Munich exhibition halls….


World Premiere of Audirvana Plus for Windows 10 – High End Munich 2018

Paris, May 9, 2018—Audirvana, maker Audirvana Plus, the reference hi-fi audio player initially made for Mac users, announced today the launch of its Windows 10 version for the pleasure of PC owners. Highly anticipated, this new software with a totally redesigned user interface is set to take Audirvana Plus to an even wider audience. Created…


AXPONA 2018 – The Awards

In case you haven’t heard, AXPONA 2018 has set the bar as far as North American High-end audio shows go. It’s going to be tough to beat and we’re already looking forward to next year. Before then, please let us know what you’d like to see on Audio Bacon. It’s an ongoing poll we’ll be…