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Dali, BlueSound, NAD, Sony, Panasonic, Sennheiser, Real Cable: this week’s new products

Brand new, or should we say a first, on Son-Vidéo.com, a selection of 180 g vinyl records. In other words, quality analog supports to enjoy on any good record player. Browse our catalog  of over 50 classic albums released by Music On Vinyl.

Music on Vinyl Janis Joplin Pearl

Janis “Pearl” Joplin’s crown jewel

The Dali Zensor 1 and Dali Zensor 5 speakers now exist in an amplified version. Dali has added a 2×50 W stereo power module with digital / analog inputs and Bluetooth apt-X receiver. The Dali Zensor 1 AX and Dali Zensor 5 AX – now available.

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The Dali Zensor 1 AX, featuring an integrated 2×50 W amp and a remote control

Let’s continue with a series of Bluesound products made for indexing and enjoying dematerialized music. The Bluesound Vault 2 features a CD-Audio player and a 2 Tb hard drive to let you convert thousands of discs into digital files, index them and play them via its digital / analog outputs. This device can also receive Internet radio and stream music via Qobuz, Deezer or Spotify, all this thanks to the iOS and Android control app. The Bluesound Vault 2 can also share its files via a local network. Last but not least, it can wirelessly play music from a smartphone, tablet or computer via Bluetooth (apt-X codec supported).

Bluesound Vault 2

The Bluesound Vault 2 player-ripper-streamer

Also available is the Bluesound Node 2 featuring similar functions (with the exception of the indexing and copy of CDs) as well as the Bluesound Power Node 2, an amplified version (2×60 W at 8 Ohms) of the Node 2. Highlight: the entirely digital amplification is made by NAD.

Bluesound Pulse Mini

The Pulse Mini wireless Bluetooth speaker

If you are looking for a speaker featuring these streaming functions, Bluesound has released the Bluesound Pulse 2 wireless speaker, boasting similar functions to the network player and Node 2 amplifier, as well as a pair of wideband 2.75-inch drivers and a 5-inch woofer. The Bluesound Pulse Mini is a compact version (smaller drivers, not as strong in the lower end of the sound spectrum) offering the same functions (Internet radio, Qobuz, Deezer, Spotify, Bluetooth apt-x). Finally, the BlueSound Pulse Flex speaker is the most compact model of the Bluesound range, featuring a 3.5″ driver and a tweeter. All the speakers from this range benefit from NAD digital amplification.

Important aspect: the Android and iOS control apps allow the user to operate several devices simultaneously for a multiroom configuration.

C510 DAC

The NAD C510 DAC digital preamplifier

Since we just mentioned NAD and its fully digital amplification technology, you can now find the brand’s first digital stereo preamplifier, the NAD C510 DAC on our website. Boasting S/PDIF, USB and HDMI inputs, this preamp is not equipped with any DAC. The incoming digital signals, up to 24 bits / 192 kHz are converted into PWM (digital) signals, then power-modulated before being converted into audible sounds at the very end of the circuit. The absence of analog conversion when the digital signal arrives results in an outstandingly lower distortion rate. THE NAD C510 DAC’s sound signature is comparable to that of a vacuum tube component.

STR-DH550

The 5.2 STR-DH550 home cinema amplifier

New home cinema products from Sony as well, with the Sony STR-DH550 and Sony STR-DH750 home cinema amplifiers. These 5.2 and 7.2 units deliver 90 W/channel, feature 4 1080p/3D compatible HDMI inputs as well as 1 output, are Hi-Res Audio compatible via their USB port (iPhone / iPod compatible) and also offer a microphone auto calibration function.

Sony KD-49X8305C

The Sony KD-46X8305C UHD 4K TV

The Sony KD-49X8305C is a connected UHD 4K Smart TV boasting a resolution of 3840 x 2460 pixels. It’s 123 cm diagonal LCD screen benefits from an Edge LED backlight and features the ACE (Advanced Contrast Enhancer) contrast enhancement technology, X-Reality PRO 4K (4K X1 processor) video treatment and proprietary Motionflow XR image treatment at 800 Hz. Its simple and elegant design features a slim frame to leave as much space as possible for the image. Its network connectivity and Android TV operating system allow access to numerous online services and wireless access to photos and videos stored on a smartphone or tablet via the screen.

Panasonic TX-55CR730E

The Panasonic TX-55CR730E 4K TV

The Panasonic TX-55CR730E TV is a 139 cm diagonal curved model with an LCD-LED screen boasting a UHD-4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). Featuring a plethora of very efficient video treatments, it also has access to many online services and benefits from the Mozilla Firefox OS operating system, which features a simple and intuitive interface. It also exists in a 65” in diagonal version under the reference Panasonic TX-65CR730E.

Sennheiser HD-461i

The HD-461i Sennheiser headphones with telephone function

As regards portable audio products, let’s introduce three new supra-aural headphones. The Sennheiser HD-231G, designed to be powered by an Android smartphone or tablet and capable to reach up to 110 dB of acoustic pressure (guaranteed thrills!). Its wire remote control features a microphone and lets you operate music and video playback apps. The Sennheiser HD-231i is identical but features a mini-jack connector compatible with Apple devices. The Sennheiser HD-461i, is bulkier and boasts an even higher sound level as well as the iPhone, iPod, iPad and Macbook compatibility.

Real Cable OTG-1

A small yet very important cable, the Real Cable OTG-1 lets you connect OTG compatible USB DACs to Android smartphones and tablets featuring an active USB output. It is also possible to use it to connect a flashdrive or a digital camera. Other new products from the Real Cable catalog are four HDMI switches, very convenient to add inputs to an HDTV for example. Finally, the RCA cables CA-Reflex and Chenonceau by Real Cable will undoubtedly be a delight for all audiophiles.

 

 

 

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Tristan Jacquel

Tristan est rédacteur chez Son-Vidéo.com. Passionné de musique, d'acoustique et de high-tech, il réalise notamment les tests matériels pour notre blog.

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