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Solgt: PS Audio Sprout

  • TAS1Stereophile Editor’s Choice 2015
  • Stereophile Product of the Year Finalist 2015
  • Stereophile Recommended Component 2015
  • TAS Product of the Year 2015

Sprout is the culmination of PS Audio’s 42 years’ experience building concert quality audio products. We hand selected the best parts of that rich history and put it into a single, simple, easy-to-use personal music system. It’s everything you need. Nothing you don’t. Just add speakers or headphones, and music—so close to live—will fill your whole home. It’s nothing short of magical. Sprout is the link between your music and your speakers. Sprout is the size of a big novel, yet it will fill your living room, bedroom or any room with enormous, live sound. Sprout is designed down to the very atom. Constructed of stainless steel, extruded aluminum, and walnut, this is not audio equipment. It’s audio furniture.

  • Full featured integrated amplifier
  • 50 watts per channel power amplifier
  • Drives any size loudspeaker
  • Analog preamplifier
  • 192/24 high end fully asynchronous DAC
  • Passive EQ moving magnet phono preamplifier
  • Low output impedance headphone amplifier
  • Coaxial digital input
  • USB input
  • Analog Input
  • Built in Bluetooth receiver uses Sprout’s internal asynchronous DAC
  • True analog stepped volume control
  • Analog input selector for all inputs
  • Headphone output 16Ω 500mW, 300Ω 425mW (drives all headphones)
  • Analog output: variable 3.5mm line, for subwoofer or otherwise
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted) >90dB
  • THD <0.025% at normal listening levels
  • Dimensions: 6″W x 8″L x 1.75″H

Sprout-Owners-Manual

Stereophile Herb Reichert

With Sprout, I always enjoyed the way I felt when a song ended and the next one began. I took pleasure in how I would go from smiling satisfaction to eager anticipation. Sprout specialized in the beguiling reproduction of every kind of music I sent through its four inputs. Recommended to style-conscious, value-seeking human beings of all ages, genders, and heights. You go, little Sprout! Read More

Absolute Sound Julie Mullins

Call it love at first sight. Simply put, I adored this little integrated amp from PS Audio straight out of the box. From its wonderfully compact size—slightly larger than a chunky paperback bestseller—to the look and feel of its smooth wood-paneled top and its (dare I say it?) convenience, it’s a winner. Whether you’re into digital or analog, you’ll discover big sound in a neat little package. Read More

AudioStream Michael Lavorgna

For those people looking for a simple one-box solution combining an integrated amp and headphone amp with the ability to play their file-based music, streaming services, and LPs, the little Sprout shouts out loud and clear that it’s worth more than a casual listen. Read More

Part Time Audiophile John Richardson

When it’s all said and done, what can I say about the PS Audio Sprout? I mean, that hasn’t already been said. First off, I’ve really come to love this little thing. I knew I’d like it, but I didn’t expect to become so attached to it. And I’m not even a Millennial.

Speaking of Millennials, I’m thinking Sprout would be the perfect gift for each of my kids when they make the final move from the house and really head off on their own.

Distilling it all down, listening to Sprout just plain makes me happy. I think it will make you happy too. So there! Just buy one and don’t look back. Read More

Stereo Life Tomasz Karasiński

In one, chic box we get a great amplifier for small speakers which need the kick and the momentum, but we also get a neutral and audiophile headphone amplifier, DAC with wireless connectivity and a phono stage. It has everything music lovers need. For audiophiles it is an noteworthy, highly functional device, which can become the heart of a second hi-fi system. However, the price trumps all the other advantages of Sprout. Excellent value for money, and a really nice amp regardless of the cost. Read More

Positive Feedback – Steve Lefkowicz

As I see it, this is not a product for hardened veteran audiophiles to look at as a replacement for their separates, tubes and tweaks. It might best be looked at as the ever sought after entry level product, that really gets someone who doesn’t have much high end experience a chance at starting off on the right path. Read More

Digital Audio Review John H. Darko

The Sprout is vinyl friendly – a Project Debut Carbon played into its MM phono input. Bluetooth streaming makes it kid and spouse friendly. Reel to reels tapes occasionally ran the line-level input. And despite a humble 33 wpc output (into 8 Ohms) the Sprout made a solid fist of Golden Ear’s Aon 3 standmounts. Read More


PS Audio Sprout er en snerten forsterker, som også inneholder DAC, hodetelefonforsterker – og platespillerinngang.

PS Audio Sprout er virkelig kompakt.

PS Audio Sprout er virkelig kompakt.

Rimelig men komplett
Det dreier seg om en integrert forsterker på 2 x 50 watt, som også inkluderer både asynkron USB-DAC-inngang, koaksial digitalinngang (begge 24-bit/192kHz), trådløs bluetooth med aptX, og dessuten platespillerinngang i tillegg til en vanlig AUX analoginngang. Her er også innebygd hodetelefonforsterker. Med andre ord, her er alt man trenger, i et kompakt kabinett. Som skapt for skrivebordet! Og det til bare 5.000 kroner! Ikke dårlig for en produsent som står bak nettfiltere og digitale produkter i high-end-klassen. Som for eksempel det eksemplariske CD-drivverket og digitalkonverteren i PerfectWave-familien.

Innebygd hodetelefonforsterker skal drive alle hodetelefoner (500mW i 16 ohm og 425mW i 300Ω).

Målet var å få 36.000 dollar gjennom Kickstarter for å kunne gå i gang med produksjonen. Nå, med 22 dager igjen av kampanjen, er målet for lengst passert, med 243,482 dollar nådd i skrivende stund.

Med Sprout ønsker PS Audio å for alvor sette lydkvalitet på menyen for folk flest. Folk som er oppvokst med plastørepropper og som ”ikke aner hvor bra musikk kan låte hjemme.”

Klikk her for video hvor PS Audios Scott McOwen presenterer forsterkeren på High-End-showet i München i våres.

PS Audio planlegger å ha Sprout klar for utsendelse i 3. kvartal. For 449 dollar eller mer får du en rabattert Sprout via Kickstarter, pluss 75 dollar for forsendelse til utlandet.

AKG 240 Studio

image129614d419c16593baThe K 240 Studio is an update of the “classic” AKG K 240 Monitor. The new K 240 Studio delivers even wider dynamic range and higher sensitivity than its wellknown and widely used predecessor.

The secret to the semi-open K 240 Studio’s sound quality is the new XXL transducers in acoustically tuned vented enclosures with circumaural (around the ear) pads. The circumaural pads envelope your ears nicely and reward you with smooth, solid bass and well-balanced, articulate mids and highs. For over twenty years, professional engineers and musicians have made the AKG K 240 headphones the best selling and most widely used headphones in large studios, sound stages and orchestras around the world. Reliable, comfortable and true, the K 240 Studio headphones from AKG lend well to professional and project studios alike.

AKG K240 Studio at a Glance:

  • Low impedance driver – for use with any headphone jack
  • Plug-in cable
  • Semi-open, circumaural design

Low Impedance Driver = Better, Louder Sound
So, how does AKG improve on a standard headphone? Featuring a new, low impedance XXL transducer with patented AKG Varimotion technology, the K 240 Studio headphones deliver a more accurate signal transfer and greater dynamic range than previously possible. Most importantly, the AKG K 240 Studio headphones play louder than ever before – on ANY system!

Plug-In Cable
The AKG K 240 Studio features a plug-in cable with mini XLR connector. This AKG innovative and professional design is especially of benefit if the cable is ever damaged. Instead of purchasing a new set of AKG K 240 Studio headphones, you only have to replace the cable (saving you money!).

Semi-Open, Circumaural Design
Semi-open headphones, such as the AKG K 240 Studio, combines the best features of both closed or sealed headphones and open air designs and relatively few or none of their disadvantages. Through careful attention to the control of resonances, a surprisingly realistic stereo sound field is developed, coupled with low distortion and extended low frequency response. Circumaural headphones encircle the ear, and provide a good seal. The AKG K 240 Studio are comfortable to wear, provide good isolation, and result in a consistent sound from one wearing to another. Bass extension is excellent with the AKG K 240 Studio because a very good air seal can be made against the head.

AKG K240 Studio Features:

  • Dynamic headphones. Circumaural, semi-open
  • Self-adjusting headband for optimum fit
  • Frequency Range: 15 Hz to 25,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 91 db SPL/mW
  • Power handling capability: 200 mW
  • Rated impedance: 55 Ohm
  • Cable: 3m (10 ft.) plug-in cable
  • Stereo adapter: gold plated, screw-on 3,5/6,3mm (1/8″ to 1/4″) jack
  • Net Weight (without cable): 240 g (8.5 oz.)

BILLIE RCA Interconnect Cable

99.99% Pure OFC Copper, RCA&XLR Termination.

Thirty-seven wires have variable gauge strands in a sound tube array for minimum interference.¡¡Each cable consist of seven 35-gauge and thirty 41-gauge wires of 99.99% Pure OFC Copper which are also protected by optimized shielding with both foil and pure copper braid.¡¡Featured special array structure, this handcrafted interconnect could catch any tiny sonic details and result very airy sound performance.

Description of layers from center to outside.
OFC Copper Silver Signal&return conductor.
Special PVC+PE dielectric fillers.
Alum solid foil shield.
individual pure copper braided shield.
PVC main cable insulation.
Abrasion protective braid
Custom lengths available, contact the local dealer for pricing.

Audio GD NFB6 Headphone Amplifier

Audio Gd has been a favorite manufacturer for headphone fans having developed a reputation of building amplifiers and other products to very high standard at a reasonable price and the NFB6 follows in the same tradition. The NFB6 is built to a price point but it appears to have been designed in the same tradition as all Audio GD products.

It has 5 inputs and is fully balanced. It can be used either with a DAC or CD player in either balanced or single ended mode. It can also be used as a standalone preamp. The retail price is $400.00 without the remote control and for $50.00 extra you can have get a remote control. The case is the traditional black heavy duty case Audio GD uses in most of their products. It also has an 80 step volume control which Audio Gd describes on their web page in detail. For the price it would be difficult to find products built like the NFB6 with all the features described.  Audio GD is packed with features unheard of in this price range.

The NFB6 has two gain modes designed into the unit. The low setting is set at 0 db  and high has gain of  9db and my auditioning was done primarily using the low setting as I found the high setting very hard and aggressive and edgy to a point where I always wanted to stop listening. Single ended mode which most users in this price range would be using the amplifier is hard and grainy most of the time with a single ended source and is better in all ways and a significant step up in balanced mode. Single ended most $250.00 amplifiers and many even less priced would be a better option.  The full description of all the power ratings are listed on the website and power for any headphone will not be an issue. The unit is fully discrete design with no opamps and all quality parts. I had to keep reminding myself to review this amp I also had to consider its price point and that all my other headphone amplifiers are two or three times more expensive than the NFB6

The NFB6 sounds better in balanced mode. It drives the HD800 and the HE500 very easily. It is clean and neutral. It had pretty much all balanced flavor to the bass and midrange. The treble at first was brittle but it did get better used balanced and with some hours on the unit.  Most of my time using the NFB6 has been with the HD800 using a Norse balanced cable provided by Trevor for this review. The cable is outstanding and really provided a clear window into the music and allowed me to evaluate this amplifier and hear both the amplifiers strength and also to hear what the amplifier did not do as well.   I have also struggled to write this review as my time with the NFB6 has been a mixed bag of ups and downs.  I think most users using this amplifier would be using the orthodynamic headphones offered by HiFiman and for those headphones this would be a nice low cost alternative

SOUND

 The NFB6 in balanced mode is clean. It is also very neutral.  Soundstage is excellent. It is both deep and wide. There is no noise as the amplifier is very quiet. Bass is not tipped. It goes deep but does not hit hard. Treble is as it should be balanced and is brittle single ended. The amplifier is not as dynamic as others I have heard in this price range and some priced less.  High gain makes it hard and aggressive low gain requires the amplifier to be listened to at higher volume settings but it also the best way I found to use the NFB6. Single ended was and is too hard and edgy. Most of all it is very fatiguing and balanced is really where this amplifier is best suited to play music. The NFB6 does not favor any genre all are played equally. Vocals are clean and not sibilant. Instrument tone is good.

CONCLUSION

As most can see this has been a very difficult review for me to do.  The NFB6 has been a very mixed bag over the last four weeks. It is a $400.00 amplifier built well and loaded with features. It also need to be used balanced which for many will make this a harder choice as headphone and sources can get expensive. In single ended mode this amplifier is outclassed by lower priced amps. In this price range there are not too many balanced amplifiers. I would only recommend this amplifier for balanced use and in that context it is a three star performer. It is good solid well built amplifier by a manufacturer known for building battleship products. I can see this being used by people as a stop gap owning expensive headphones that want to experience balanced but cannot yet afford a reference amplifier.  It does not excite as the much more expensive amps I have.   It is also not the last word in detail or extension.  I also recommend this for the users of the HE500 as it has gobs of power and it can be used to power the orthodynamic headphoneseasily. To sum it all up it’s a very clean and quiet headphone amplifier that will please many and can be a good stepping stone for people who want to build a balanced system and to be used as a stepping stone for the HD800 until you  funds for the more expensive audio gd balanced amps or other amplifiers on the market. A good value based on price and recommended only for balanced use.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/609536/audio-gd-nfb6-headphone-amplifier-review

TELLURIUM Q BLACK II

Tellurium Q Black was their first cable and they knew they were on to something special when they took the prototypes to various dealers for their comments and input. One in particular would not believe that it could match the somewhat thicker more expensive cable in their demonstration system.

Tellurium Q sat down and listened to some of the dealers familiar music tracks, then they swapped the cable for Tellurium Q Black. The dealer sat forward, looked at TQ and quite seriously asked what else they had done to the system while they were changing the cables over. It was only when the dealer swapped the cables himself a couple of times he believed the evidence of his ears.

So why Black II? Despite Black winning multiple awards, surprising owners with it’s performance and more people than ever choosing to use it in their systems?

Tellurium Q have been learning and developing, especially in the last few years and have come up with a way to make this little gem even better. The only thing to do was to give it to their customers. Switch Black for Black II and it is completely obvious which is which. Once you hear the difference, it is also completely obvious why they felt compelled to upgrade Black in the way that they have.


HIFI World: Back in black

Tellurium Q has updated its award-winning Black cable – and made it even better, says Jon Myles

Tellurium Q may be a relatively young company but it has forged an impressive reputation for constructing high-quality audio cables during its eight years of operation. One main area of its focus has been engineering as clean and phase neutral a path for electronic signals passing through loudspeaker cables and interconnects as possible. If implemented correctly, this should give a more transparent, focussed sound with less smear and the reduction in perceived timing of musical pieces it brings.

While the original Black cable was good this new version takes all its qualities and builds on them with a sense that it is letting even more of the musical information through. Timing, especially, seemed better and more focussed with a total absence of smear or haze around instruments. With a slice of classic electronica such as Kraftwerk’s ‘The Model’ the flip-flopping bass line had a rock-solid beat to it but wasn’t overly dominant, allowing the intersecting synth lines above to shine through.

CONCLUSION
An update to an already outstanding loudspeaker cable, the new Black II cables improve on the originals to a remarkable degree. Highly recommended.

 



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Looking to upgrade your speaker cables? Paul Rigby reviews Tellurium Q’s upgraded Black cables called…wait for it…the Black II

If you are enhancing and improving your hifi then, it goes without saying, the inherent quality of the music spewing from it, should be better than before. That’s a ‘given’.

CONCLUSION
The lowering of inherent and sonically damaging noise creates a generally improved suite of sonic frequencies that will serve any audiophile looking to upgrade from budget cables very well indeed. As you can see, even those of you who own the original Black cables should take a serious look at the new Black II cables. >>>>>>>> 

Silver Sonic BL-1 Signalkabel

In the tradition of our highly acclaimed SILVER SONIC T-14 High Resolution Speaker Cable, SILVER SONIC BL-1 is made in USA and uses the finest materials available, including high purity silver, FEP and oxygen-free copper.

SILVER SONIC BL-1 is a balanced cable designed for use with both RCA and XLR connectors. It is 100% shielded, and can operate in close proximity to digital equipment without noise pick up. The conductors consist of slow drawn oxygen free copper, which are coated with pure silver, the silver coating thickness being chosen to provide optimum synergy with the OFC base metal. The conductors are insulated with a special FEP dielectric.

graph-BL1Silver Sonic BL-1 uses large 20 gauge conductors for low signal loss. Every spool is tested, and our FEP insulators are made to the highest standards in the industry. Cables are terminated with special silver bearing solders and the finest connectors available. Each connector is meticulously hand soldered by carefully trained craftspeople. Bulk lengths are also available for custom installations.

CINNAMON USB DIGITALKABEL

Cinnamon er en god USB-kabel som vil gi deg en presis overføring av den digitale lyden fra en PC over til en D/A-konverter, digital forsterker eller receiver. Lederne er forsølvet, og de solide metallpluggene har forgylte kontaktflater.


  • This Audioquest cable is well made, with a braided construction that gives it a solid feel.
  • The experience is organised, with instruments maintaining a sense of space. The presentation is neat, which affords some precision to the music.
  • The Cinnamon is a subtle cable, conveying details with a lightness of touch.
  • The sound is a little restrained, but not enough to be considered downbeat. Far from it: there’s an assertiveness to the proceedings that allows a little panache to come through.
  • Nonetheless, this is a like a fine paintbrush: controlled and delicate, but lacking the fun, broad strokes of a roller.

Cinnamon-B_300x300_mainIn 1982 Sony gave us “Perfect sound forever,” along with the attitude that, “it’s just digital, so all CD players sound the same.” That was disproved and qualitative differences between players became accepted truth. Next came separate transport and DAC combos, which brought with it the attitude that “all S/PDIF digital audio cables sound the same…” until that too became disproved. Now the frontier has moved once again. Is digital audio really just ones and zeros? We don’t believe so, and once you’ve had a chance to listen to Cinnamon USB, you won’t think so either…

SOLID 1.25% SILVER CONDUCTORS: Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications, like USB audio. These signals, being such a high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable. This is an incredibly cost effective way of manufacturing very high-quality USB cables.

FOAMED-POLYETHYLENE INSULATION: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Cinnamon USB uses air-filled Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation because air absorbs next to no energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a benign distortion profile. Thanks to all the air in Foamed-PE, it causes much less of the out-of-focus effect common to other materials.

TERMINATIONS: Precision gold-plated plugs are carefully attached with the very best solder. Through choice of flux and metallurgy, AQ solder has been optimized to make a low-distortion connection. The difference you hear between solders is a result of connection quality. AQ solder does not have a high silver content because the more silver there is in solder, the more difficult it is to make a good connection.

UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS DEVICE CLASS DEFINITION FOR AUDIO DEVICES: USB (Universal Serial BUS) was established by a stalwart group of companies such as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft (just to name a few) in order to give the personal computing world a truly universal standard and means to connect devices such as hard drives, printers, cameras, and, more importantly to us, audio components. Included in the original description are protocols for the pristine transfer of audio over USB. Great care and sensitivity went into this. Consequently, a computer connected to a USB-enabled digital-to-analog converter can outperform the best compact disc players available today. AudioQuest is committed to contributing products that honor USB’s ability to deliver state-of-the-art performance on this new and wonderful frontier.

Cayin CD-252

Du har sikkert allerede guflet dig igennem testen af den forrygende integrerede forstærker Cayin 252B, som kan findes i testsektionen. Sammen med den dejlige forstærker, der som det første og eneste produkt har fået HIFI4ALL.DK’s EDITORS CHOICE, fulgte Cayin’s nye skud på CD-spiller stammen, CD-252.

Alene sammenfaldet af modelnummeret 252 er nok til at de to spillemaskiner må antages at være i nær familie med hinanden. Der er da heller ingen grund til at antage andet, når de begge pakkes ud og står ved siden af hinanden.CD-252 er samme sorte farve og afbryderknappen er også den samme, men så går familiebåndet heller ikke meget længere. Hvor forstærkeren har to gennemtrængende blå lysdioder på fronten, præsenterer CD-252 sig med et display i en ubestemmelig, men letlæselig grøn farve, der på ingen måde signalerer slægtskabet mellem de to brødre. På fronten finder du desuden fire mindre knapper til den basale betjening (Open, Play, Næste og Forrige, som efter min mening burde have været placeret i en samlet gruppe. Men pyt, det tager kun få sekunder at få det på rygmarven. CD-skuffen er fantastisk lækkert arbejdende og giver virkelig et indtryk af kvalitet. Drevet er CDM 12.10 fra Philips med Philips CD7 servoen, som også findes i f.eks. Shanling rørbestykkede CD-spiller og Music Hall. Bagsiden er ganske almindelig med et sæt forgyldte RCA-udgange til de analoge liniesignaler og både en optisk og coaxial, digital udgang. I alt en diskret og nydelig sag der sammen med sine 10 kilo signalerer uproblematisk drift i mange år.

I forhold til forgængeren, CD-251, er CD-252 forbedret på flere områder, idet strømforsyningen er forøget, 24 bit/ 96 kHz D/A-konverterne kommer nu i seneste generation fra Crystal Labs, de analoge kredse er bedre separerede og med designændringer, værket har forladt sin centermonterede position og chassiset er kraftigere – dvs. forbedringer på stort alle væsentlige områder.
CD-252 ledsages nu også af en lille, fin remote i alu-chassis med små, smarte knapper. Desværre ændrer det ikke på det faktum, at du praktisk talt skal stå lige foran maskinen og ramme remote sensoren lige i øjet for at få en reaktion fra maskinen. Undertiden synes kommandoerne forsinkede op til et sekund eller to inden der sker noget.Musikken
Efter 50 timers tilspilning var det første ord, der faldt mig ind: Ro ! Jeg mener dog ro i sin bedste betydning, hvor roen er skabt af fornem kontrol over det samlede lydbillede og de dynamiske egenskaber. Der er absolut ingen slinger i valsen – instrumenterne bliver præcis hvor de er sat fra starten, lydbilledet antager en helt fast karakter og får ikke lov at give sig en centimeter undervejs. På disse punkter minder CD-252 en hel del om den dobbelt så dyre Primare D30.2. CD-252 leverer dog ikke samme bredde og dybde i lydbilledet som Primare, men det vil også være at forlange det komplet urimelige, da Primaren er ret god i sin egen prisklasse !Sammenlignet med Thules balancerede Spirit CD der er godt 1000 kroner billigere, fandt en enkelt på testholdet, at CD-252 faktisk var en anelse kedelig og også i denne sammenligning noget smallere i lydbilledet. Intens nærlytning afslørede dog, at Thulen tilførte lydbilledet en anelse glansbilledagtig lyd i toppen af frekvensområdet, som kan forveksles med et bredere lydbillede. CD-252 er bare knusende rolig med en knastør og superdetaljeret gengivelse. Gengivelsen af optagerummet er særdeles præcist – kender du din favorit koncertsal godt, kan du også genkende den på gode indspilninger afspillet over CD-252. Dynamisk er der ingen afsnit i frekvensområdet, der stikker af fra hinanden. Gengivelsen er altså særdeles homogen og sammen med en lav forvrængning, bidrager den i høj grad til roen i lyden og muligheden for at spille alle typer musik non stop i halve og hele dage uden lyttetræthed.

Konklusion
Cayin har med CD-252 skabt et særdeles kompetent stykke værktøj til afspilning af dine CD’ere til en ganske fair pris. Det er ikke verdens bredeste lydbillede, men den knusende ro og den nøjagtige reproduktion af optagerummet/ koncertsalen er ganske overbevisende. Er du på jagt efter en ny CD-spille i prisklassen eller gider du ikke lytte til CD’ere med din DVD-maskines middelmådighed, bør du gøre dig selv den tjeneste, at tage Cayin CD-252 med i overvejelserne, når valget skal tages. Så må tage det specielle display og den mindre effektive remote med som hundeprutterne i posen med de fine, håndlavede bolcher !

Pris: 7.490,-

Tekniske specifikationer:
Frekvensområde: 5-20000 Hz. +/-0,5 dB
DA– Konverter: Chrystal 24 Bit/96 kHz
Dynamik område: > 90 dB
Signal / støj: > 90 dB
Kanalseparation, 1 KHz > 90 dB
Udgangsniveau, analog: 2 V
CD– Transport: Phillips 12.10
Afkobling: Flydende på 6 mm alu. plint
Analog udgang: 1 stk. RCA (Phono)
Digital udgang: 1 stk. Koaksial 75 Ohm samt 1 stk optisk
Mål BxHxD: 440x100x350 mm
Vægt: 12 Kg


Tidal HIFI

TIDAL is the first high fidelity, lossless music streaming service with 30 million tracks, 75,000 music videos, and expert editorial from experienced music journalists. TIDAL is the prerequisite for all who appreciate quality on any level and want to enjoy music the way it was intended to sound by the artists.

 Tidal er Wimps internasjonale versjon av Wimps egen HiFi-tjeneste. Visuelt skiller Tidal seg fra Wimp med et annet design, men det som er på innsiden av innhold, menyer og innstillinger er så vidt vi kan se mer eller mindre identisk.

Dette gjelder enten vi bruker Tidal på mobil, nettbrett, PC eller via webspilleren. Tidal er rett og slett Wimp med en litt annen påkledning.

Det gjør at om du er Wimp-bruker vil du umiddelbart kjenne deg igjen. Det som ennå mangler i den norske versjonen av Tidal er det «norske» redaksjonelt tilrettelagte innholdet.

– Når det gjelder redaksjonell profil så velger vi til å begynne med å åpne TIDAL i Norge med den globale profilen. Dette er fordi vi har hatt så stor pågang fra nordmenn som har hatt lyst til å prøve, så vi har valgt å åpne en sniktitt for dem som ønsker å prøve TIDAL allerede nå, sier Kristin Eldnes til Klikk Teknologi.

 tidalm

Hva er HiFi-streaming?

HiFi-lyd er ikke definert i noen standarder, men brukes stort sett om lyd som CD-kvalitet (16-bit/44,1 kHz) eller bedre, ofte 24-bit 96/192 kHz.

Bit-tallet referer til musikkens oppløsning (dynamisk oppløsning), mens kHz er samplingsfrekvensen (sier litt om hastigheten til den digitale-til-analoge prosessen). Generelt så anses en høyere frekvens som bedre enn en lav frekvens.

Tidal tilbyr tre nivåer av streaming:

  • Standard: ACC+ 96 kbps
  • Høy: ACC 320 kbps
  • HiFi: FLAC 1411 kbps
 ACC (Advanced Audio Coding) er en standard som ble laget for tapsfri lyd og ble i sin tid designet for å etterfølge MP3-formatet. Generelt så kan man si at ACC skal levere bedre lydkvalitet enn MP3 ved samme bitrate.

FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) er et format som ikke forringer lydkvaliteten – og har av den grunn vokst fram som et populært format for lyd.

Tidal streamer HiFi med Flac 1411 kbps/16 bit (Flac- og Alac-filer). Ifølge Wimp er dette over fire ganger bitraten til konkurrerende tjenester. 320 kbps skal tilsvare kvaliteten på en CD. Wimp har eksakt de samme kvalitetsnivåene – gitt at du har Wimp HiFi.

Buchardt Audio S300

The S300 has gone through a major upgrade. Although the old S300 was an amazing speaker, there where still room for improvements. We wanted it to be among the best sounding 2 way speakers out there.

The Soundstage.
The soundstage is just outright amazing! It’s plays far beyond the speakers itself, and with a depth that makes you feel like you’re listening to live acoustic music.

Off axis characteristics.
This has always been a big focus point for Buchard Audio. The importance of the off axis sound, is overlooked by many. Whether we want it or not, the room we place the speakers into is going to influence the sound a lot! This means the speakers have to sound as equal as possible, no matter where they are positioned in the room. The drivers have a big impact on this, but the Crossover design influence this even more. The S300 MKII masters this ability and you will notice that the sound doesn’t change character, no matter where you are in the room.

Flat Impedance.
The new design has a very flat impedance, this makes the S300 MKII easier to drive for small amplifiers.

Time corrected drivers.
The engineers have been able to time correct the tweeter to the woofer without “tilting” the speakers backwards.

The Sound.
The S300 MKII is a very neutral sounding speaker, but not by any means boring to listen to. It has smooth and detailed highs, with a mid-range that really brings the voices forward. Although it’s only equipped with a single 6” bass driver, the amount of depth, tight and crystal clear bass it delivers, will surprise you! You don’t need a sub-woofer to support the S300 MKII at all!

Please note that the speaker requires a ”burn in period” for them to reach their optimal state. The sound will be a bit to the bright side at first. This will drastically chance after 30-50 hours of play time.

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This speaker will work best in room sizes up to 60 sqm.
Technical specifications
Operating principle: 2-way Bass reflex
Tweeter: 1 x 1″ Fine weave soft fabric textile
Mid / woofer: 1 x 6″ Mineral filled PP-cone
Impedance: 4 ohm
Sensitivity: 88 dB
Frequency response: 33 – 30.000 Hz +/- 3db
Crosover Network: 2nd Order baffle step corrected
Power recommendation: 40 – 200 W
Measurements (h x w x d): 370 x 190 x 330 mm
Weight: 20 kg / set
Design and Engineering : Kasper Raun

My first meeting with the Buchardt audio was on the HiFi fair called Sweetspot in Jönköping Sweden. Both the s200 and s300 took me by storm. To get a speaker for only 7.000-10.000kr to perform better than many speakers in the 100.000kr class is fantastic. The speaker i choosed was the s300 which i think has it all. It’s able to perform good on everything from jazz to hardrock. How the music disapears from the speakers is really amazing, and this is something i think a small amount of speakers can handle. It’s a speaker with extremely high resolution with a mindrange to die for and the bass is fantastic. But above all, it will still put the music in first position. S300 is absolutley one of the best spekars i’ve heard from a prizepool at least 100.000kr. Sincerely, Mikael Hallengren


Store små højttalere

Hvordan kommer man videre efter en overstrømmende succes med sit første produkt? Man prøver at gøre sig selv kunsten efter – og laver et nyt.

Det er gået stærkt for danske Buchardt Audio. Siden firmaet debuterede på Hi-Fi & Surround-messen i oktober 2014, er det strømmet ind med både lovord og bestillinger. Mads Buchardt, som er firmaets eneste medarbejder, har derfor haft travlt.

Vi testede i januar – som det første medie – S200, der var den første tilgængelige model fra Buchardt Audio. Og vi var mildt sagt imponerede over, hvor meget kvalitet det var lykkedes at proppe ind i de meget små og billige kasser. Især bassen fik os til at tabe underkæben.

Nu er de større S300 så blevet klar til levering. De blev også i sin tid demonstreret som prototype på messen, men da højttalerne produceres i Indonesien, og der skal bestilles temmelig mange ad gangen, var der ikke penge til at sende begge modeller på markedet på én gang.

Finish og placering
Buchardt S300 ligner ved første øjekast S200 til forveksling. En minimalistisk designet tovejskonstruktion i sort eller hvid silkemat finish. Kabinettet er dog nogle få cm større på hver led, og bassen er på 6 tommer, hvor S200 havde et 5 tommers bas-element. Frontstoffet dækker ikke hele fronten, men er udformet som runde stofhætter, der lige akkurat dækker henholdsvis bas og diskant, og holdes fast med usynlige magneter.

På bagsiden er der dog forskel. I stedet for et slavesystem er S300 basrefleksafstemt. Slaveafstemningen var nødvendig for at få den mindre model til at gå dybt nok i bassen, men i det større kabinet er der ifølge Mads Buchardt ikke samme gevinst ved slaveprincippet, så her er der valgt en traditionel basport. Højttalerne er opgivet til at have en nedre grænsefrekvens på 33 Hz (-3 dB).

Højttalerterminalerne er udført som solide bananbøsninger med plads til ret tykke kabler.

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Lyden
Buchardt S200 overraskede med en basgengivelse, som vi kun har oplevet tilsvarende fra meget få minihøjttalere (de er på under otte liter i kabinetvolumen). S300 gør det på ingen måde dårligere, men det er ikke helt så overraskende, da kabinetterne er næsten dobbelt så store. Der er naturlige grænser for, hvor meget luft et 6 tommers bas-element kan flytte i de nederste oktaver, men en subwoofer behøver ikke at være det næste, du anskaffer.

Anbragt på standere og med en halv meter til bagvæggen kvitterer S300 med et stort og velopløst lydbillede, hvor selv meget små detaljer kommer med.

Mange sværger til tovejshøjttalere, fordi der med kun to elementer og én delefrekvens er færre problematiske overgange at tage hensyn til. Til gengæld er udfordringen med at få blot to elementer til at dække hele det hørbare område så meget desto større.

Samarbejdet fungerer endda rigtig godt i S300. Overgangen mellem de to elementer er fuldkommen glat, og højttalerne skaber et særdeles flot stereoperspektiv, der rækker langt ud på begge sider af højttalerne – og faktisk et godt stykke hen ad sidevæggene.

I en godt dæmpet stue på 25 kvadratmeter kan man spille rigelig højt, uden at højttalerne mister deres greb om tingene. S300 er ikke diskotekshøjttalere, men de følger fint med, når der kommer et nummer, som kræver et ekstra vrid på volumenknappen. Selv min yndlings-stresstest, “Pestilence and Plague” fra Judas Priests Nostradamus, blev spillet på fuld tryk, uden at elguitarer og kor flød sammen. At S300 er afslørende, bevidnes også af, at flere af dem allerede bruges i lydstudier.

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Konklusion
Comeback er en svær kunst, især efter et så perfekt afsæt som S200. Men S300 er en tredjedel større, en tredjedel dyrere – og også en tredjedel bedre. De vil ikke i samme grad chokere på grund af størrelsen, men som trofaste og meget præcise musikgengivere skal de nok få mange tilhængere. Og nu også til større stuer.

KARAKTERER
Lydkvalitet
Funktionalitet
Brugervenlighed
Kvalitetsindtryk
FAKTA
  • Funktionsprincip: 2-vejs basrefleks
  • Diskant: 1″ tekstil-dome
  • Bas/mellemtone: 6″ mineralfyldt polypropylen
  • Impedans: 4 ohm
  • Følsomhed: 87 dB
  • Frekvensområde: 33 Hz – 30 kHz
  • Mål: 37 x 19 x 33 cm
  • Vægt: 10 kg
  • Farver: Sort, hvid