Panasonic, Yamaha, Klipsch, Earsonics, Shanling, Vogels: a few of this week’s new products


Mis à jour le 26 February 2019.

UHD OLED TV, digital stereo amplifier, balanced armature in-ear headphones, portable player, automation?

Panasonic TX-65CZ950E

The Panasonic TX-65CZ950E 4K OLED TV is undoubtedly a reference in the current high end television market. Introduced by the Japanese manufacturer during the 2015 IFA in Berlin, it has a 165 cm diagonal Ultra HD OLED curved screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. Benefitting from a calibration fine-tuned by the greatest colorists in Hollywood, HDR compatibility and featuring ISF calibration modes, it is equipped with a powerful Panasonic 4K Studio Master Pro video processor and has received the THX 4K Display label. The Japanese giant has left no stone unturned and offers the best TV there is on the current market with the Panasonic TX-65CZ950E.

Vogel's PPL1180

Four new motorized projector lift systems by Vogel’s are in our catalogue. The Vogel’s PPL1035, Vogel’s PPL1070, Vogel’s PPL1180 and Vogel’s PPL1280. Installed as a suspended ceiling they roll out vertically in order to place the projector precisely in front of the screen.

Fibaro Home Center 2

The Fibaro Home Center 2 is an automation system designed to command numerous modules to automate or handle various devices in the house such as the heating, lights, doors, windows or alarm system via a smartphone or tablet. It uses the Z-Wave communication protocol within a mesh network so that each Z-Wave module added to the system expands its range. Fibaro products include connected sockets, various automation modules and security modules (door opening detector, smoke detectors, etc.).

Yamaha A-670

The Yamaha A-U670 amplifier is a stereo model developing up to 2×75 Watts, featuring an asynchronous digital USB input and made to work along with the Yamaha CD-NT670 CD and network player. The particularity of the Yamaha A-U670 stereo amplifier is to integrate digital amplification. Although it features only one analog input, this amplifier digitizes the incoming signals and amplifies the PWM digital modulations. This technology, which has proved its worth with various amplifiers costing much more, is used to maintain the distortion signal at an extremely low level. The digital signals are transformed into audible sounds at the very end of the circuit. This amplifier also exists in a version devoid of digital inputs under the reference Yamaha A-670.

Shanling M2

Two new audiophile portable players by Shanling, the Shanling M2 and Shanling M3. The Shanling M3 portable player is an audiophile model equipped with a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC compatible with 24 bits / 192 kHz stream, benefits from a very comprehensive connector range as well as an extensible internal memory (8 Gb internal + microSD up to 64 Gb). It differs from the Shanling M2 due to its higher quality amplification and its S/PDIF digital input. It is fitted with a quality DAC, the Cirrus Logic CS4398,used for much more expensive devices. This chip can handle 24 bits / 192 kHz PCM stream from a wide range of formats – FLAC, WAV, ALAC, WMA, APE or OGG. The DAC is combined with a second Cirrus Logic chip which handles the synchronization of digital stream and their oversampling. The battery life of these portable players is about 9 hours (2200 mAh battery).

Shanling H3

The Shanling H3 portable headphone amplifier and USB DAC is compatible with audio streams up to 24 bits and 192 kHz via its asynchronous USB input, features a line input and an apt-X Bluetooth receiver. It is also equipped with the excellent ESS Sabre ES9018K2M microchip.

Shanling Tempo eA3 Ice Power

The Shanling Tempo eA3 Ice Power amplifier is fitted with a Bang&Olufsen ICE Power amplification module, a high output amplification used for midrange and high end amps. The Temp eA3 Ice Power delivers 2×25 W at 8 Ohms and up to 2×45 W at 4 Ohms, with a very low distortion rate. Little extra: a headphone output.

Klipsch Reference X6i

New Klipsch in-ear earphones next. The Klipsch Reference X6i earphones are fitted with a balanced armature wide band transducer and feature a wired remote control to manage music and phone calls with an iPhone, iPod or iPad. Unlike a traditional dynamic transducer, the diaphragm is not attached to a coil but directly to the armature which is centered by a magnetic field. Very light and ultra-mobile, the armature delivers an extremely clear sound. The sensitivity is high, with 110 dB for a milliWatt.

The Klipsch Reference X12i earphones feature an even more performance balanced armature and offer a frequency response ranging from 5 Hz to 19 kHz. Finally, the Klipsch Reference X20i earphones combine two balanced armature transducers including a super-tweeter for exceptional delivery of harmonics.

The Earsonics S-EM9 in-ear headphones spearhead the universal range of the French manufacturer. It is a 3 way model with 9 transducers, no less. This is not Earsonics first try, which confirms its status as a specialist of in-ear headphones, strengthened by its close partnership with the music world. The S-EM9 in-ear headphones shine by their respect of tone and their high sensitivity.

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