9th Jan CES 2018: Chord Electronics has launched the most advanced compact DAC on the planet: Qutest. A highly accomplished standalone device, the new Qutest is based on the latest proprietary Rob Watts’ FPGA technology developed for the class-leading Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp. Click.
12th December: The Chord Company has added to its award-winning Shawline cable range with the introduction of a technology-rich streaming cable offering great value, performance and build quality. More here.
8th December: Leema Acoustics' Pulse IV unites turntables and digital devices with high-res audio, Bluetooth and more. Click here.
15th November: Dan George Communications' clients scoop SEVEN trophies at the What Hi-Fi? awards 2017! More here.
9th November: McIntosh launches its most powerful single-chassis monoblock amp: 1,200 watts, 71kg, £29,995 per pair. More here.
01st November: McIntosh launches its first ever hybrid technology integrated amplifier, the MA252.
19th October: Chord Electronics launches Poly, a portable music streamer/player that combines with Mojo to wirelessly stream from connected devices and playback from its Micro SD, with smartphone control. More here.
11th October: McIntosh’s MA5300 amplifier delivers huge power, plus USB, turntable and headphone connectivity. Click here.
3rd October: ECLIPSE to host 'invisible speaker' 3D audio demos at this year's AES sho, NY. More here.
27th Sep: McIntosh sound quality for portables as new MHA50 launches. More here.
14th Sep: headroom@Indulgence, the UK's biggest headphone and portable audio event, 29-Sep - 01 Oct, expands to include a number of rarely seen overseas brands
17th August: McIntosh’s MCT80 SACD/CD transport introduces disc playback to its compact lifestyle components
The MCT80’s introduction brings disc-based playback to McIntosh’s space-saving MXA80 integrated audio system (£7,500). It joins a number of other add-on modules, the MB50 streaming audio player, MP100 phono stage and MHA150 headphone amplifier, to provide a complete yet compact McIntosh solution for the office, bedroom, lounge or any secondary live/work space (modules sold separately) More here.
16th August: London’s biggest headphone event is coming!
The UK’s biggest headphone experience, headroom@Indulgence, returns to the capital this autumn showcasing the latest trends in portable audio technology plus the widest range of demonstrable headphones in the UK. Save the date! Friday the 29th of September to Sunday the 1st of October at London’s Novotel London West, Hammersmith.
18th July: ECLIPSE collaborates with Richer Sounds on TD508MK3
ECLIPSE has joined forces with leading British A/V retailer Richer Sounds making the iconic TD508MK3 accessible across its store network. The collaboration has made it even easier to experience ECLIPSE’s legendary TD508MK3 loudspeaker (£960) with selected stores in the group, Southampton, Weybridge and Chelsea, holding demonstration samples available for audition. More here.
14th June: Metaxas & Sins’ Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ debuts in the UK
Designed by Metaxas and Sins, the Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ is an extraordinary headphone amplifier that combines historic art, contemporary sculpture and cutting-edge audio tech. Featuring a sculpted cranium, CNC-machined from solid aluminium billet, the Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ is a minimalist headphone amplifier and dedicated stand for the design-conscious music lover. It's available in the UK for the first time via London store audiosanctuary.co.uk - more here.
12th June: ECLIPSE's iconic TD-M1 sells out in the UK and Europe!
Widely considered to be one of the world’s best desktop loudspeaker solutions, the ECLIPSE TD-M1 wireless home audio speaker system has completely sold out in the UK and Europe, with all future production now accounted for.
Where one speaker door closes, however, another two open — maintaining the trademark ECLIPSE ‘accurate sound’ and fully embracing the design technology, the compact TD307MK2A (£360) and award-winning TD508MK3 (£960) are two existing (passive) models most closely related to the outgoing TD-M1 in terms of size and affordability. More here.
01st June: McIntosh's MP1100 is
Hi-Fi World's July cover star!
The incredible MP1100 phono preamp from McIntosh is Hi-Fi World's cover star in the new July issue. Inside, the newcomer is reviewed over four pages and receives top marks: a full five globes. The new issue is out now.
22nd May: The Chord Company's Taylon-tech Sarum T cables recommended in Hi-Fi Plus!
Respected hi-fi magazine Hi-Fi Plus has recommended The Chord Company's latest high-performance cables, Sarum T, this month. The 2017-launched Sarum T range includes the company's unique Super ARAY mechanical tuning, plus its exclusive insulation material, Taylon, which it shares with the flagship ChordMusic range, bringing the proprietary technology to a more accessible price point. More here.
18th May: McIntosh launches new integrated amp and (SA)CD player at High End, Munich 2017
The world's best-known high-performance audio company, McIntosh Laboratory, has launched a new integrated amp and (SA)CD player at High End, Munich. The new MA8900 and MCD350 are here!
16th May: Chord Electronics' DAVE DAC/preamp takes Stereophile's cover and lead review
Chord Electronics' DAVE DAC/preamp which has redefined performance amongst high-end DACs, has been recognised by Stereophile magazine in the new June issue. DAVE takes the front cover and lead feature in the magazine and is reviewed by the magazine's editor, John Atkinson. The issue is on sale now. Click here for more.
11th May: Leema Acoustics to re-launch Pulse amp at High End
Leema Acoustics has relaunched one of its best-loved amplifiers, the Pulse, for 2017. Led by its ex-BBC engineering team, the company has added new features, improved performance and flexibility, and introduced all-new casework. Now in its fourth generation, the new Pulse IV will form part of the newly re-launched Spectrum range and will make its international debut in pre-production form at High End, Munich, in May 2017. More here (Hall 4, W06)
11th May: Chord Electronics is Hi-Fi Choice's cover star and lead review
Chord Electronics' new TToby power amp and Hugo TT DAC/headphone amp take the prestigious cover spot in the latest Hi-Fi Choice. Inside, the handmade-in-Kent duo receive a full five stars (each) plus the coveted Editor's Choice award. Read it here.
10th May: ECLIPSE to show '2.2' speaker/two-subs system at Munich
ECLIPSE will be highlighting the benefits of dedicated, high-quality subwoofers at High End, Munich, with an extraordinary ‘2.2’ demonstration featuring its acclaimed TD510ZMKII speakers plus two TD520SW subs. Halle 3, L04. More here.
5th May: A/V bargains galore in Unilet Sound + Vision's incredible Blue Murder Sale 2017
London’s leading A/V tech store, Unilet Sound + Vision (est. 1969), is offering some incredible deals on new and used products for the next five weeks as its famous Blue Murder Sale returns this weekend (6th May). The legendary sale brings huge savings on a wide range of home cinema, high-performance audio and portable tech and includes headphones, streamers, turntables, Blu-Ray players and much more. More here.
27th April: McIntosh's MB50 streamer recommended in Hi-Fi Plus magazine
The highly versatile McIntosh MB50 streamer has been recognised for its streaming excellence in the latest issue of Hi-Fi Plus magazine, April 146. Featuring on both the cover and over three pages inside, the incredible MB50 is noted for its build, performance and streaming ability, gaining a recommendation from the magazine's Editor, Alan Sircom.
8th March '17: Chord Electronics' new solid black acrylic side panel alternative launches
Chord Electronics has introduced a new styling alternative to its full-size component ranges, Reference and Chord. All double- and quad-height products* in Chord Electronics’ two upper ranges can now be ordered with high-quality solid black acrylic side panels as an alternative to Chord’s traditional Integra Leg System; Chord’s single-height products** will also be available with the new side panels later in 2017. Full details here
30th November: Chord offers free Mojo case with in-store Mojo purchases until 14th January
The award-winning Mojo DAC/headphone amp from Chord Electronics is being supplied with a free protective case* throughout the holiday season in store at participating retailers, internationally. The promotion offers the high-quality protective case (worth £65) with all new Mojo purchases bought in retail stores up until 14th January 2017. More here.
18th October: SIX What Hi-Fi? 2016 Awards for Dan George Communications' clients!
Dan George Communications' clients have won SIX awards in the What Hi-Fi? 2016 Awards! For the second year running The Chord Company wins Product of the Year for the Clearway speaker cable AND Best Analogue Interconnect for the C-Line. Chord Electronics takes FOUR Awards: for the second year running Product of the Year for Mojo and Best DAC for 2Qute and Hugo. Chord also scoops the Temptations award for DAVE: If you’re looking for the best DAC money can buy, this is it”
12th October: The Chord Company launches its first ever headphone cable - 30+ years in development!
For the first time in over 30 years, The Chord Company has applied its cable-building expertise to a headphone cable. The new ShawCan, which will make its debut at October’s headroom show is a thoroughbred Chord cable and features the company’s unique Tuned ARAY conductor technology. More here
12th October: Leema launches new Sirius audiophile music server
Leema Acoustics has partnered with leading music server software company Innuos, to develop a high-quality streaming music server system for discerning music lovers. The new Sirius is a hi-fi-grade streaming music server system that provides a high-performance solution for the storage and playback of digital music. Discover more here.
16th September: McIntosh launches MHA150 luxury head amp/DAC
The new McIntosh MHA150 headphone amplifier has been designed to deliver the best possible sound quality to today’s luxury headphones and is also powerful and versatile enough to drive a pair of high-quality desktop or small bookshelf speakers, via its 50-watt stereo speaker outputs. More here
15th September: Chord Company launches Clearway Analogue
The Chord Company, has introduced a new ARAY-technology analogue interconnect to its award-winning Clearway range. The Clearway Analogue, which is hand-built at Chord’s Wiltshire headquarters, has been designed to show music lovers just how good the new wave of entry level DACs, CD players and Streamers really are. Full details here.
1st September: Leema Acoustics celebrates important milestone with the new Tucana II Anniversary Edition amplifier
Leema Acoustics has launched the Tucana II Anniversary Edition integrated (£4,995), a significantly upgraded version of a much-loved amplifier. The new model, which has been improved and updated by Leema’s Lee Taylor, celebrates 10 years since the original Tucana amplifier, Leema’s first electronics product, was introduced. More here
25th August: Chord Electronics adds MkII refinements to SPM 1050
Chord Electronics’ new SPM 1050 MkII power amplifier, first unveiled at High End 2016, Munich, is now available worldwide. The new MkII version directly replaces the original and introduces the latest Chord amplifier technology, plus some key aesthetic improvements. More here.
18th August: ECLIPSE TD-M1 available at Richer Sounds
The world’s leading high-performance loudspeaker manufacturer, ECLIPSE, has joined forces with premier hi-fi, home cinema and TV retail giant, Richer Sounds, to make its award-winning TD-M1 Airplay-ready high-resolution wireless desktop audio system (£799) more accessible than ever before. The critically acclaimed system, which represents the most affordable way into ECLIPSE ownership, is now available via the Richer Sounds network. More here.
15th August: Chord Electronics wins a prestigious EISA award for its Mojo DAC/headphone amp
Chord Electronics has won a major European technology award for its ground-breaking Mojo DAC/headphone amplifier. The diminutive British-made portable device, which enables up to studio-grade sound quality from smartphones and digitally connected devices, has earned an official EISA award for European USB DAC/headphone amplifier 2016-2017.
The prestigious award from the European Imaging and Sound Association adds to a comprehensive range of international accolades for the British audio manufacturer’s landmark Mojo DAC/headphone amp. The official EISA citation states: “a better mix of versatility, sound quality and sheer value for money has yet to be found.”
5th July: The Chord Company launches cable range that does nothing: announcing Shawline
The Chord Company really has launched a cable range that does nothing. The Chord Company has 30 years’ UK design and manufacturing experience, and over the past three decades has spent countless hours listening, playing, experimenting and exploring. The Wiltshire specialist can now make cables that do nothing. Click here for more.
29th June: Leema Acoustics launches new cable range!
Designed to complement its wide range of consumer audio products, Leema Acoustics has launched a comprehensive range of high-quality audio cables. The new Reference 1 and Reference 2 ranges, comprise speaker cables plus several digital and analogue interconnects, all carefully built to specification. The range has been designed to deliver incredible performance while offering striking value for money.
Referendum day (23rd June): In or out? Have it both ways with Chord Electronics' Mojo case
Chord Electronics has launched a high-quality protective case for its revolutionary Mojo DAC/headphone amplifier. The new case has been meticulously designed by Chord Electronics’ owner John Franks to protect the device while allowing full access to its innovative spherical controls and its generous connectivity options. More here
02nd June: ECLIPSE TD-M1 explained in Gadget magazine
The experts at Gadget magazine have taken an in-depth look at the incredible ECLIPSE TD-M1 wireless high-res home audio system in the new issue. Find it here.
29th April: High End 2016, Munich
ECLIPSE performing '5.2.4' dems
ECLIPSE are performing world-class dems at High End, Munch, 5th-8th May 2016. ECLIPSE are showing Dolby Atmos at its finest with an impressive 5.2.4 system, comprising its Accurate Sound Time Domain loudspeaker range, where the speakers 'disappear' into the soundstage. More on this amazing feat here.
27th April: Unilet Sound + Vision's legendary Blue Murder Sale starts April 30th 2016!
Greater London’s leading independent hi-fi, audio and home entertainment store, Unilet Sound + Vision, is once again hosting its famous Blue Murder Sale. The much anticipated annual event sees unmissable discounts across a range of equipment including new, used and ex-demo, from the 30th April to the 11th June 2016. Full details here
22nd April: The Chord Company launches ChordMusic, its most advanced range in 30 years!
The UK's biggest specialist audio/video cable manufacturer, The Chord Company Ltd, is celebrating 30 years of UK design and manufacturing with the launch of ChordMusic, its most advanced range in three decades! Details here:
22nd April: Unique Alice Cooper MT5 donated to Cooper's charity
McIntosh Laboratory has created a special one-off Alice Cooper MT5 turntable which it is proudly donating to the Alice Cooper Solid Rock Rock & Roll Vampire Bash charity auction, taking place on Sunday April 24th 2016, at Las Sendas Golf Club, Arizona, USA.
The unique Alice Cooper MT5 (standard edition £7,495 from Jordan Acoustics), features a custom-made version of the turntable’s famous black glass faceplate, specially designed for the event. The fascia incorporates classic McIntosh design cues, such as brushed-aluminium end caps, plus an illuminated ‘Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock’ logo. More here.
5th April: The Chord Company revamps its entire cable range!
The Chord Company, the UK’s biggest specialist A/V cable manufacturer, has completely restructured its cable line-up, with new ranges, exciting new additions and a simplified grouping system. The Chord Company’s product portfolio now comprises seven distinct ranges, from the entry-level C-series, to the flagship, no-compromise ChordMusic cables. The new ranges make it easy to discern between price points and performance levels and offers consumers a high-quality Chord cabling solution, regardless of budget. More here.
11th March: Leema Acoustics launches new Elements series pre
Leema Acoustics’ high-performance space-saving Elements range has expanded to include a new preamp with a high-quality DAC section, offering a wide range of connectivity for today’s digital devices. The new Elements Pre-Amplifier builds on the success of Leema Acoustics’ Elements integrated, adding a high-quality balanced output. Full details here.
24th February: The Chord Company to preview new analogue and digital cables at Sound and Vision!
The Chord Company has chosen Sound and Vision to preview selected models from its new streamlined 2016 range line-up, ahead of the official range launch later in the year. The Chord Company will be introducing the new analogue and digital cables across two key sites at Sound and Vision: Chord’s now familiar and easily accessible Foyer stand, plus a dedicated listening room on the first floor, Room 112. More here.
24th February: McIntosh's CES-launched MX122 A/V processor now available in the UK!
McIntosh Laboratory’s new feature-packed MX122 processor, which debuted at CES 2016, will soon be available in the UK via McIntosh’s UK distributor Jordan Acoustics. The new MX122 brings the legendary McIntosh sound and build quality to home cinema connoisseurs for just £6,995 and is the latest way to enjoy McIntosh’s exclusive A/V technology, following the recently launched MX160. More here.
28th January: The Chord Company unveil new USB, digital and prototype Tuned ARAY headphone cables at headroom 2016
The UK’s leading high-performance A/V cable manufacturer, The Chord Company, has chosen headroom to reveal a number of exciting new cables designed to exploit the full potential of today’s high-performance desktop audio and headphone-based systems. Get the full story here.
11th January: Chord Electronics' Rob Watts interviewed at CES 2016 by What Hi-Fi?
Chord Electronics' digital design guru Rob Watts features in an extensive interview with What Hi-Fi? taken at The International News Stage at CES 2016. In the piece, Rob reveals more about the incredible Mojo DAC/headphone amp, plus Chord's future plans.
06th January: McIntosh Laboratory launches new products at CES!
McIntosh has introduced three new products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Each product combines best-in-class audio performance with the latest tech. CES 2016 sees the introduction of the MX122 A/V processor, MB50 streaming audio player and the RS100 wireless loudspeaker. More here
22nd December: McIntosh Laboratory’s new MX160 processor launches: available to order in the UK from jordanacoustics.co.uk
McIntosh Laboratory has launched a stunning new feature-packed processor. The new MX160 replaces the existing MX151 and supports RoomPerfect™ room-correction technology, which adjusts the audio to the specific acoustics of the room. It also supports new object-based 3D audio formats, including Dolby® Atmos and Auro-3D® More details here
18th December: Sennheiser reference-level HD 800 S to make its UK debut at headroom, Jan '16
Sennheiser’s new reference-level HD 800 S headphone will make its UK debut at the headroom show (January 29th-30th 2016 ). Headroom is a unique two-day experience that brings together the world’s leading portable audio manufacturers and showcases the latest products, technology and trends within an exclusive environment: Europe’s foremost recording and mastering studios, Metropolis. More here.
16th December: The Chord Company launches a new speaker cable priced to inspire a new generation of music and movie lovers: C-screen at just £5p/m
C-screen is a brand new shielded speaker cable aimed at both audio and home cinema systems. It joins the award-winning line up of Chord Company shielded speaker cables, including the acclaimed Clearway and the high-performance Signature Reference.
Chord’s design objective was to produce a cable discreet enough for easy installation, with all the performance benefits that shielding can bring. C-screen is just 8mm in diameter and flexible enough to route around corners with ease. More here.
15th December: ECLIPSE will be demonstrating its flagship high-performance TD series loudspeakers at CES 2016
ECLIPSE is to focus on multichannel audio at CES 2016 with its flagship speaker and subwoofer. The range-topping TD712ZMK2 speaker and TD725SWMK2 subwoofer, perfectly demonstrate the unique sound accuracy delivered by ECLIPSE’s Time Domain technology. Full info here
10th December: the headroom experience returns to London in January 2016
London’s headroom show, which offers music lovers the chance to try the largest range of demonstrable headphones in the UK, is returning to the capital in January 2016 (29th-30th). The unique two-day experience brings together the world’s leading portable audio manufacturers and showcases the latest products, technology and trends within a very special and deliciously exclusive environment: Europe’s foremost recording and mastering studios, Metropolis
Click here for the full story.
01st December: Dan George Communications is appointed by headroom for UK PR
The headroom show (Jan 29th-30th 2016) is held at Europe’s foremost recording and mastering studios, Metropolis, and offers music lovers the widest selection of demonstration headphones in an exclusive private setting. The unique two-day experience brings together the world’s leading headphone manufacturers and showcases the latest products, technology and trends in portable audio. Full details here
25th November: McIntosh launches luxurious new two-chassis preamp with huge connectivity, the C1100
McIntosh Laboratory has launched a stunning new two-chassis preamplifier which offers the company’s finest preamp performance to date. The new C1100 utilises a two-chassis design, allowing the control and power sections to remain completely separate from the audio section. The C1100 comprises the C1100 controller and the C1100 vacuum tube preamplifier and boasts the lowest noise of any McIntosh preamplifier ever produced. Press release and images here.
11th November: ECLIPSE price-drops its TD-M1 high-res audio desktop system to just £799!
ECLIPSE, the high-performance loudspeaker division within Fujitsu Ten has made its TD-M1 high-res audio wireless desktop system more affordable than ever before! A dramatic price reduction of 20 per cent, following favourable currency conditions in ECLIPSE’s native Japan, sees the TD-M1 reach an incredible new price of £799. The system brings audiophile sound quality to desktops, workspaces and a multitude of rooms around the home and is built for the digital age. Full details here.
06th November: The Chord Company introduces Clearway Digital: a Tuned ARAY cable built for the digital age
The UK’s leading high-performance A/V cable manufacturer, The Chord Company, has launched Clearway Digital — a high-performance digital coaxial cable designed and built to deliver the full potential of today’s high-quality digital music. Full details here.
26th ROCKtober: Dan George Communications' clients scoop FIVE What Hi-Fi? awards for 2015!
Dan George Communications' clients have scooped an incredible FIVE awards in the 2015 What Hi-Fi? Awards. At a gala dinner at The Hilton, Park Lane, London, DGC clients The Chord Company and Chord Electronics, dominated their respective categories. The Chord Company won Best analogue interconnect 2015 for C-line, Best speaker cable 2015 AND Product of the Year for Clearway. Elsewhere, Chord Electronics won THREE out of FOUR awards for DACs, also scooping Product of the Year. Best DAC £1200+ Chord Hugo, Best DAC £800-£1200 Chord 2Qute, Best DAC £400-£800 and Product of the Year Chord Mojo! Congratulations to Chord Electronics and The Chord Company. What an incredible year it's been together!
14th October: Chord Electronics'
Mojo DAC/headphone amp launch
Chord Electronics, a world leader in digital audio, has launched Mojo. A contraction of ‘Mobile Joy’, Mojo is a headphone amplifier and DAC (digital-to-analogue convertor) that empowers smartphones to deliver music content at up to studio-master-tape quality. More here
17th September: ECLIPSE goes 2.1 at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest!
ECLIPSE, the high-performance loudspeaker division within Fujitsu Ten, the multi-billion-dollar global technology giant, is to exhibit at The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest! ECLIPSE will be taking selected models from its legendary range of high-performance loudspeakers and subwoofers, to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2015 (October 02nd – 04th 2015). Click here for further information.
16th September: McIntosh distributor, Jordan Acoustics, launches all-new website!
Jordan Acoustics, Britain’s foremost high-end audio outlet, has launched a brand new tailor-made website jordanacoustics.co.uk bringing visitors the very best in high-performance audio from around the world. The fully searchable site offers a host of new features along with a fresh, modern design that perfectly complements Jordan Acoustics’ two luxurious outlets, Bournemouth and Glenrothes. More details here
10th September: Leema Acoustics' Libra DAC new photoshoot!
Leema Acoustics has just commissioned a new photoshoot for its new Libra DAC/preamp. See the shots here
27th August: The Chord Company redefines the affordable speaker cable: introducing Clearway
The UK’s leading high-performance A/V cable manufacturer, The Chord Company, has launched Clearway — a high-performance, low-cost speaker cable that replaces the critically acclaimed Carnival SilverScreen and introduces a raft of advanced features
The new Chord Clearway speaker cable borrows key ideas from recent development projects at The Chord Company’s Wiltshire headquarters. Clearway refines 30 years of Chord know-how into a ground-breaking, highly affordable new speaker cable. More here.
28th July: Leema Acoustics relaunches the legendary Xen micromonitor: introducing Xen 2!
Leema Acoustics, the internationally respected hi-fi manufacturer founded and run by two ex-BBC sound engineers, has launched the Xen 2 loudspeaker; the original Xen having been the result of a research project to squeeze a BBC-graded monitor speaker into a 5L cabinet!
The new Xen 2 is based on the previous model (deleted in 2008), but with a host of improvements for 2015. Full details and images here.
10th July: The Chord Company launches flagship interconnect 30 years in the making: Sarum Super ARAY
The UK’s leading high-performance A/V cable manufacturer, The Chord Company, has launched its most advanced analogue interconnect to date: Sarum Super ARAY. The new high-performance cable forms part of The Chord Company’s new flagship Sarum Super ARAY range, a reference-level line-up first unveiled at Sound and Vision 2015, in February. More details here
27th May: The Chord Company launches its most advanced power cable to date: Sarum Super ARAY!
The Chord Company has launched its most advanced mains product to date: Sarum Super ARAY power cable. The new super-high-performance Sarum Super ARAY is the Wiltshire company’s flagship power cable and forms part of a new reference-level range first unveiled at Sound and Vision 2015, in February.
The Sarum Super ARAY power cable is testament to just how much musical information conventional cables can lose or corrupt. Sarum Super ARAY builds on the musical coherence that made the award-winning Sarum Tuned ARAY cables so popular. More here.
01st May: Chord Electronics' 2Qute DAC is now shipping!
Chord Electronics’ new 2Qute DAC, which brings the genre-defining performance of Hugo to the Chordette range, is now shipping following its CES world debut in January. More here
01st May: classic McIntosh amps get updated to modern standards
McIntosh Laboratory has reintroduced two classic ‘60s/’70s amplifiers updated to modern standards. The C22 pre and MC75 mono power amp retain the aesthetics of their era, while sporting modernised internals for contemporary system integration. More here
17th April: Chord Electronics reveals tank-proof qualities of Hugo
Discerning music lovers already know Chord Electronics’ Kent-made hi-fi is built to last, but very few know that it’s also tank-proof! Following the company’s famous 2011 run-in with a 13.2-tonne Russian BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle with its flagship DAC, the QBD76, the British company decided to see if its more affordable digital-to-analogue convertor, the multi-award-winning Hugo DAC, could hold out under pressure just like its sibling. Details here
27th March: McIntosh reveals high-performance SACD/CD transport
McIntosh Laboratory, the global leader in high-performance home entertainment systems for over 65 years, has launched the new MCT450 SACD/CD transport — a high-performance disc-spinner designed to complement any McIntosh product with a digital input. Full details here
19th March: Chord Electronics launch free streaming app for the DSX1000 and CodeX streamers
Chord Electronics’ class-leading high-resolution audio streamers, the reference-grade DSX 1000 (£7,500) and the stylish CodeX from the Choral Series (£4,500), have been given a new free control app, Chord 2 HD. The new app, which is available for both the iPad and iPhone, will initially be available on iOS 8.0 and above, with an Android version to follow. Chord 2HD brings a number of improvements over Chord’s debut control app (Chord HD), which will remain available for older devices. Full details here
27th Feb: free £1,995 McIntosh headphones this March!
McIntosh Laboratory’s UK distributor, Jordan Acoustics, is giving away a FREE pair of MHP1000 headphones with every McIntosh pre/power amp purchased
through its UK dealer network in March. Details here
19th Feb: The Chord Company launch new Tuned ARAY streaming cables at Sound and Vision 2015
The Chord Company has expanded its dedicated high-performance streaming cable range with the addition of two new Tuned ARAY technology products. Both the new Anthem Tuned ARAY streaming cable and the Signature Tuned ARAY streaming cable benefit from The Chord Company’s proprietary Tuned ARAY technology, which was originally developed for the flagship Sarum range. Details here
18th Feb: Dan George Communications' clients to launch new products and Sound and Vision
Chord Electronics will be launching the new CPM 2800 MkII ‘digital’ integrated — a knockout combination of proprietary Chord power supply technology and proprietary Chord DAC technology! The 120-watt powerhouse contains a Hugo DAC board and all of the FPGA tech that has made Hugo such a success in 2014. Chord will also have the new Hugo TT and 2Qute DACs. The Matthew Suite, lower ground floor.
The Chord Company has been very busy in 2014 preparing a huge range of new product for 2015, including the new flagship Sarum Super Tuned ARAY range, the £3,000 Chord Music, plus Tuned ARAY streaming and power cables. As usual, you can listen in Chord’s demo room (112, 1st floor) and get Chord people, deals and advice on their two foyer stands.
Rebooted in 2014 and now under new ownership but with Lee and Mallory (Leema) still designing and hand-building the products, Leema Acoustics will be launching its giant-killer DAC/preamp: Libra. The £6,000 DXD-compatible upgradeable DAC is bursting with technology and is one of, if not the most, flexible DAC/preamp discerning hi-fi fans can buy. Room 411 on the 4th floor.
ECLIPSE the high-performance loudspeaker division within the global technology giant Fujitsu Ten, will be demonstrating an exceptional 2.1 system based around its award-winning flagship TD (Time Domain) speaker, the TD712zMk2, plus the TD725SWMK2, an easy-to-integrate, lightning-fast, high-performance subwoofer. For desktop enthusiasts, ECLIPSE will also be demonstrating its critically acclaimed TD-M1 home audio system, an active speaker pairing featuring AirPlay and Android control. If you’ve not heard the TD-M1 yet, you really should give them a few minutes of your time at Bristol. Room 324 on the 3rd floor.
18th Feb: The Chord Company to launch several new products at Sound and Vision, including a new flagship! Discover more about the new Sarum Super ARAY and Chord Music here
13th Feb: Chord Electronics' new CPM 2800 MkII 'digital' integrated combines Chord's proprietary power supply technology with Chord's proprietary DAC technology! Hugo tech in a thoroughbred Chord amplifier. Details here
11th Feb: Leema Acoustics’ new Libra DAC brings replaceable, upgradeable audio technology to digital music collections everywhere. Sound and Vision 2015 launch! Details here
05th Feb: The countdown for Sound and Vision 2015 (The Bristol show) is on! Expect hot new products from Leema Acoustics, The Chord Company, Chord Electronics and the latest speakers from ECLIPSE.
Head to the showpage here for more details.
02nd Feb 2015: Hi-Fi Wigwam's editor on the Leema Acoustics Elements Ultra Phono - "Reveals exactly whatever your cartridge discovers in the groove."
Read the full, in-depth review of Leema's grooveriding phono stage over on Hi-Fi Wigwam here.
9th January 2015: Chord Electronics' new 2Qute DAC is a What Hi-Fi? Star of CES 2015!
Launched on 6th Jan at CES, Las Vegas, Chord Electronics' new 2Qute DAC, which brings the award-winning Hugo technology to the Chordette line, has won a prestigious What Hi-Fi? Star of CES 2015 award! Congratulations to Chord Electronics and digital designer Rob Watts, well done guys!
9th January 2015: McIntosh launches the new D150 DAC/preamp at CES, Las Vegas
McIntosh Laboratory, the global leader in high-performance home entertainment systems for over 65 years, has launched the new D150 digital preamp —
a highly flexible DSD- and DXD-compatible digital preamp that brings the legendary McIntosh sound to digitally connected devices.
6th January 2015: Chord Electronics debut new DACs at CES, Las Vegas
Chord Electronics launched two new products at CES 2015: the Hugo TT DAC/preamp and the 2Qute DAC. Both products incorporate the award-winning Hugo DAC technology and expand the family into desktop and static products. More on the Hugo TT here and the 2Qute here.
23rd December: ECLIPSE's highly acclaimed TD-M1 home audio system gets Android control!
ECLIPSE, the high-performance loudspeaker manufacturing division within Fujitsu Ten the multi-billion-dollar global technology giant, adds a free Android control app to the AirPlay TD-M1 desktop system (available from the Apple Store and selected retailers now). Full details here
09th December: McIntosh's first-ever headphone launches!
McIntosh Laboratory, the global leader in high-performance home entertainment systems for over 65 years, has launched its first-ever headphone, allowing users to intimately experience the legendary McIntosh sound and enjoy the same superior sound characteristics as McIntosh loudspeakers. Details here.
05th December: Dan George Communications appointed by Leema Acoustics
Dan George Communications has been appointed by Leema Acoustics to handle its UK PR. The internationally respected manufacturer of high-performance audio products was founded by two ex-BBC sound engineers, both of whom have a long history in pro and domestic audio. Full details here
28th November: Dan George Communications' clients gain prestigious hi-fi press awards!
Congratulations to Dan George Communications clients The Chord Company, McIntosh and Chord Electronics who have all won prestigious awards in the hi-fi press in the past month. Scooping Best Interconnect Cable 2014 in Hi-Fi World was The Chord Company with its Signature Tuned ARAY cable, the Best Amplifier award 2014, also in Hi-Fi World, went to McIntosh for the awesome MA8000 and Best High-End USB DAC 2014/15 in the AVTech Media awards (Hi-Fi Choice/Hi-Fi News/Home Cinema Choice), went to Chord Electronics for Hugo, a fantastic award that joins the recent What Hi-Fi? Best DAC 2014 (£1k+) award. Well done guys!
GUY FAWKES DAY! The Chord Company rockets-in with a revolutionary sub-£50 ARAY interconnect: C-line!
The Chord Company launches a stellar performer this Guy Fawkes Day! The C-line is a game-changing new entry-level interconnect cable that introduces the company’s proprietary ARAY techniques for under £50! The new C-line is the most technically advanced cable at its price point and beyond. Full details here.
04th November: Stevie Nicks' 24 Karat Gold exhibition powered by McIntosh!
McIntosh was honoured to provide the audio experience for the opening of Stevie Nicks' 24 Karat Gold photography exhibition at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, New York, in October. The opening event showcased Stevie’s 24 Karat Gold exhibition: a photographic journey into the private world of the rock legend, through previously unseen self-portraits from her personal Polaroid collection, taken between 1975 and 1987.
Halloween 2014: McIntosh launches free MB100 Media Bridge app!
McIntosh Laboratory has launched a new control app for its recently launched media streamer the MB100 Media Bridge. The McIntosh Media Bridge app allows users to fully control and operate the new MB100 Media Bridge streamer, launched in the UK in late September.
23rd October: Chord Electronics launches the Choral Ensemble equipment support and audio system!
Chord Electronics introduces the Choral Ensemble equipment support, an impressively engineered modular support system for the beautifully styled Choral range of components. The new equipment support is based around a finely machined 30mm-thick aircraft-grade aluminium plate, supported by four stackable solid aluminium (50mm diameter) Integra legs. Its high-mass design offers the
optimum environment for partnering electronics.
20th October: Chord Electronics' Hugo Product of the Year 2014, says What Hi-Fi?'s Technical Editor, Ketan Bharadia
The unique abilities of Chord Electronics' Hugo have been recognised by What Hi-Fi?'s Technical Editor, Ketan Bharadia, who has named Hugo his Product of the Year 2014. Ketan said: "Class-leading sound wrapped in a compact case with aptX Bluetooth. What more could you ask for?"
14th October: Chord Electronics wins twice in the 2014 What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Awards!
Chord Electronics, the world's leading digital expert, has won an incredible two out of five awards in the 2014 What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Awards DACs category.
The QuteEX won Best DAC £700-£1,000 and Hugo won Best DAC £1,000+. What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision has made it very clear: Chord Electronics is, quite simply, the best you can buy.
Hugo Satin Black arrives!
Chord Electronics, has launched its game-changing DAC/headphone amplifier, Hugo, in a new Satin Black finish. The luxurious new anodized Satin Black version has arrived in plenty of time for Christmas!
Full story/high-res images here
25th September: McIntosh launches the MB100 Media Bridge!
McIntosh Laboratory, the global leader in high-performance home entertainment systems for over 75 years, has launched a new media streamer – the MB100 Media Bridge. The new streamer takes full advantage of the latest McIntosh technologies and gives users access to web-based music plus digital files from its generous 1TB hard drive. Full press release and images here.
17th September: Dan George Communications clients, The Chord Company and Chord Electronics, to exhibit at the National Audio Show 2014
The two leaders in their respective fields, Chord Electronics and The Chord Company, will be at the show with some sublime products and show-stopping systems. Get the full story over at Hi-Fi Wigwam.
10th September: Chord Electronics launches the beautiful new Hugo Leather Case, which protects and provides for a DAP or cell phone
Chord Electronics’ Hugo has quickly established itself as the definitive DAC/headphone amplifier for both home and mobile use. Now, Hugo owners can protect their device and house a digital audio player or cell phone, in the new Hugo Leather Case (£99).
08th September: The new Hi-Fi + magazine is on sale with key reviews for both CAD and The Chord Company!
Pick up the new issue of Hi-Fi + (or go online) to discover why The Chord Company's flagship cable, Sarum Tuned ARAY, is the most cost-effective upgrade for your hi-fi system. The same issue also has the world's first review of the new CAD CAT. Don't miss it!
01st September: For those about to rock, The Chord Company's £780 instrument cable giveaway!
The UK's leading cable manufacturer, The Chord Company, today launches a unique competition to help unsigned artists and bands make great music by winning a set of Cream guitar cables. Full details here.
19th August: McIntosh launches its big little system, the MXA70!
McIntosh Laboratory introduces the MXA70 – a luxury all-in-one system giving music lovers authentic McIntosh sound quality in a compact and stylish package. (£5,995) Full details here.