This week, we have the pleasure of presenting the AVID Ingenium turntable. This is an extremely high quality model, using a specific structure, made up of two solid T-shaped aluminium parts, set on three Sorbothane support feet, a polymer material which offers excellent damping properties. This model uses the Avid Diva II turntable rotation system, i.e. a stainless steel thrust point upon which sits a tungsten carbide bearing. Fitted to this is the sapphire disc and platter assembly. This turntable is equipped with a Pro-Ject 9CC carbon fibre tonearm and Nagaoka MP-110 phono cartridge, which can be used with an AVID Pellar RIAA phono preamp. A specific dust cover is available ? the AVID Universal Flat Cover.
The M-Audio Super DAC II is a USB-self-powered model with a Wolfson WM8740 24 bit/192 kHz converter, mini-jack line input, S/PDIF coaxial and optical outputs, 3.5 mm mini-jack and 6.35 mm jack headphone outputs, RCA stereo output, volume control on all outputs, input and output selector and sampling frequency indicator.
The M-Audio Micro DAC is a more low-key compact self-powered model which can handle PCM 16 bit/48 kHz audio stream. It is equipped with an S/PDIF coaxial and headphone output and an impedance selector switch.
The M-Audio Bass Traveler is a portable headphone amplifier with a maximum power output of 250 mW/16 Ohms with adjustable gain, 2 headphone outputs and a rechargeable battery with an 8 hour battery life.
A wide variety of RHA earphones has been added to the Son-Vidéo.com catalogue this week. The RHA T10 feature a stainless steel shell covering, interchangeable acoustic filters and are Hi-Res audio certified. They come with 10 pairs of ear tips and a carry case. The RHA T20 feature dual coil transducers. The RHA T20i are similar and are iPhone, iPod and iPad compatible.The RHA MA350 have an aluminium shell covering, aerophonic design and a high sensitivity rating (103 dB/mW). The RHA MA450i model comes with an iPhone, iPod and iPad compatible wired remote control. The RHA MA600i model features high definition transducers and is made for iPhone, iPod and iPad.
The Final Audio Sonorous VIII headphones are a closed over-ear model whose earpieces are fitted with wide 2″ dynamic transducers with a balanced frame, BAM (Balanced Air Movement) technology, capable of 105 dB acoustic pressure (16 Ohms impedance).
The Final Audio Sonorous X hi-fi headphones are a closed over-ear model with two 2″ titanium cone dynamic transducers, using BAM (Balanced Air Movement) technology. Despite their closed design, these headphones succeed in delivering an open sound stage, which is both deep and wide.
Designed by Jakob Wagner, the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H7 Bluetooth headphones are made of high quality materials and benefit from a beautiful finish. They use 1.6″ diameter dynamic drivers, which cover a wide range of frequencies. Each transducer is driven by a powerful neodymium magnet with a bass port which improves the reproduction of the lowest frequencies.
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H3 ANC earphones are fitted with .4″ diameter dynamic drivers, covering a wide range of frequencies. Each transducer sits inside an aluminium casing which ensures that it is securely fitted in place and offers excellent insulation from any outside interference. The delivery of low frequencies is aided by a bass reflex port which takes the form of decompression vents, offering well defined bass. Sound delivery is clear, precise, powerful and well balanced.
Next up is a new subwoofer from Focal ? the Focal Sub 1000F, fitted with a Focal Flax cone. The Focal Sub 1000F subwoofer is a closed model with a 12″ flax cone driver and a powerful 1000 Watt amplifier. This piece of equipment is the ideal companion for the Focal Aria range of speakers, despite being suitable for all types of speakers.
Yamaha next with its Yamaha HS5 and Yamaha HS8 studio monitors, 2-way bass reflex bi-amplification monitors which would be at home in any home studio. Yamaha HS5 and Yamaha HS8 studio monitors have an XLR balanced input and a 6.35 mm jack format unbalanced input. The rear panel features the control interface ? volume, treble level (-2, 0 or +2 dB) and acoustic response control for the room for low frequencies at 500 Hz (0, -2 and -4 dB). The monitor adapts to its surroundings to ease mixing and keep it free from any interference. These monitors can be used with the Yamaha HS8S subwoofer.
Next up are two powerful subwoofers ? the Yamaha DXS12 and Yamaha DXS15. These subwoofers use a bandpass filter, large driver amplifiers (12-inch and 15-inch) capable of reaching up to 132 dB! Guaranteed thrills for a home cinema experience.
And finally for some cables ? Nordost (made in Massachusetts, USA) and its range of coaxial cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, power cable, RCA stereo cable, pre-assembled speaker cable and XLR balanced cable.