Headphone fans rejoice, as the multi-award-winning Naim Uniti Atom has just got even better with the release of the all-new ‘Headphone Edition’. In place of the speaker output stages and power amplifier, Naim has put the headphone output, along with three headphone sockets on the front panel as well as a balanced 4-pin XLR and Pentaconn.

The standard model Uniti Atom has a headphone amplifier that feeds a 3.5mm jack. However, the new Headphone Edition has been completely reengineered to distribute a much more sophisticated and immersive headphone listening experience. 

The technology in this new unit comes in some part from Naim’s flagship ‘Statement’ amplifier. This distinct new headphone amp is more than capable of managing even the most premium of headphones. The Atom also boasts an updated transformer design providing power to the brand new transistor circuit design. 

This new Headphone Edition is a fully-formed music system complete with ample connections and a plethora of built-in streaming solutions. Naim’s streaming platform is a portal to streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal and Qobuz, as well as DLNA playback and internet radio. It also comes with built-in Chromecast and offers support for AirPlay 2 and Roon.

Both digital and analogue connections are available including RCA and phono, coaxial, optical and USB for additional source connections. Whilst the new Atom HE is designed with headphone users in mind, it can still be utilised as a perfectly capable streaming preamplifier, connected to either a pair of active speakers or a power amp. 

And there we have it. Yet another desirable addition to the Naim Uniti range. The Headphone edition is available now and offers something markedly different to the headphone/preamp hi-fi market. 

This is an incredibly versatile unit that not only offers a range of connections but is also suitable for use alone with headphones or with a power amp or active speaker system. Its simple and elegant design is easy to navigate, and whilst it has a somewhat more niche appeal than its brothers and sisters, headphone users will certainly not be disappointed with its impressive sound performance.


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    Pro-Ject Pre Box RS2 Digital Pre-Amplifier

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    Pro-Ject CD Box RS2 T CD Transport

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    Pro-Ject Signature 10 Turntable

    The Signature 10 is a true high-end turntable designed by Pro-Ject Audio Systems. Designed as a more affordable, easier to accommodate version of the superior Signature 12, the Signature 10 uses many of the coveted design aspects of the flagship.

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Pro-Ject Audio Equipment Now Available at Premium Sound

For Hi-Fi enthusiasts, Austrian brand Pro-Ject is, of course, synonymous with turntables, and is known as a brand which has always strived to create excellent products with impeccable value and using only the best components for the price. It manufactures its handmade products in Europe and always keeps an eye on trends, it’s goal to successfully fit the needs of the market.

Pro-Ject’s Hi-Fi electronics and turntables range are no exception, and we are excited to announce that Premium Sound is now a reference dealer for some of Pro-Jects top of the range audio products.

We now stock models from the RS2 line which includes RS2 T CD transport and RS2 Pre-amp, alongside high-end turntables, including the Signature 10 – a stunning turntable with 10” single-pivot tonearm – a veritable treat for vinyl lovers everywhere! 

Amazing Reputation

Renowned for its box design range, which began with the original Phono Box in 1991, Pro-Ject’s range has progressed through a series of models and different levels within its ranges of phono stages, CD players and DACs. The outstanding RS2 models are now at the top end of its range.

With vinyl seeing a resurgence, the demand for physical media is on the up and many brands are now releasing new style CD players. Pro-Ject indeed calls its RS2 T model the ‘next generation of ultimate CD transports’. Hence, we are delighted to be stocking the RS2 T model in store alongside the DAC Box RS2 and Prebox RS2 Digital.

Precision Built

Pro-Ject’s products are always built with precision, and the RS2 T is no exception. Boasting StreamUnlimited’s CD mechanism CD-Pro 8 and Blue Tiger CD-84 servo system to ensure the perfect mechanism and modern top-loading design, the result is that the RS2 T has a stable and secure mechanism unaffected by any external influences. And it’s stylish too. The RS2 T is available in a precision machined aluminium case in silver or black colourways.

A truly stunning design do come and see for yourself as we have a selection of Pro-Ject products on display in our store.

Striking Finish

Alongside the RS2 range, we are proud to offer the Pro-Ject Signature 10 – an affordable, but high-end version of the Signature 12. Beautifully finished, the Signature 10 has a heavy non-resonant base with a plinth that sits on four magnetic feet for practical use with a Hi-Fi stand. 

What is truly striking about the Signature 10 is its tonearm, created from a variety of metal and aluminium alloys and as you would expect from Pro-Ject, engineered using ultra-precise diamond cutters.

The Signature 10 spins via a hefty belt drive to ensure exceptional timing and quality and combines a mass-loaded magnetic-floating sub-chassis, perfect for reducing resonance and noise to guarantee outstanding performance.

Book a Demo

This is a taster of the outstanding quality of Pro-Ject’s range. Experience the audio quality and precision build of these products first hand at our Maida Vale showroom, where we have products on display, ready to demo.

Make an appointment and join us for a demo to experience pure sound quality first hand. Email us: info@premiumsound.co.uk


Renowned British brand KEF has introduced a world-first with its revolutionary acoustic breakthrough – the Uni-Q 12th Generation with Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT). This technology is a smart way of absorbing sound waves to banish distortion and increase audio quality.

It’s new loudspeaker models, the LS50 Meta and the LS50 Wireless II are the first to feature this technology and have just been released.

These outstanding loudspeakers are updated versions of the LS50 and LS50 Wireless models respectively and feature upgrades that improve the sound and minimise distortion. In fact, KEF states that MAT can absorb 99% of unwanted sound radiating from the rear of the driver.

The introduction of MAT means you will benefit from pure, natural, three-dimensional sound with low-diffraction and discover a totally immersive audio experience.

The LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II are available in three finishes: Carbon Black, Titanium Grey and Mineral White plus a special edition Royal Blue (LS50 Meta) and a special edition Crimson Red (LS50 Wireless II).

We have recently added both of these stylish, high-performance loudspeaker models to our extensive collection, which is exciting news for audiophiles everywhere. The LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II models are in stock now from Premium Sound London store.


Danish brand Audiovector has recently launched it’s much anticipated new R6 loudspeaker series.

A renewal of the SR6 series, these three new loudspeakers are supremely impressive, high-end models, based on a mixture of technological evolution from the R11 and R8 alongside brand-new inventions. Indeed, 112 changes have been implemented since the SR6 series.

Always striving to optimise the thrill of listening, Audiovector has innovation at the heart of every product it develops and hand builds in its facility in Copenhagen, so it is no surprise that the new R6 series is a triumph.

The R6 series introduces the Arreté, Avantgarde and Signature models, all with advanced elements, improved materials and new crossovers for strong and precise sound with low distortion.

Compound Bass System

Each model has a new compound bass system with a hand built 6.5” internal woofer and an 8” external woofer for deeper, more precise and dynamic bass sound. The Arreté version is a step up with its 4.5-way system with an extra 3-inch midrange at the rear

Carbon Drive Units

Rich, high-definition, vibrant sound is possible through carbon drive units built by hand in Denmark in collaboration with Scan-Speak and their skilled craftsmen.

The R6 Signature uses an R Evotech treble with a woven silk diaphragm to provide depth and low distortion, however, the Arreté and Avantgarde are superior.

AMT Treble Drivers

The R6 Arreté and R6 Avantgarde include Air Motion Transformer (AMT) Treble Drivers. This special treble element uses a folded diaphragm and powerful neodymium magnets to reach up to more than 52.000 Hz with perfect dispersion in both the horizontal and vertical plane.

Revolutionary ‘Freedom’ Technology

Wholly exclusive to the Arreté model is Audiovector’s revolutionary grounding technology – Freedom Grounding Concept. This stops movement induced distortion between the drive units in a loudspeaker. A new separate crossover routes the signal to the ground terminal of the wall socket or grounded mains distributor to produce a clean, accurate and much more realistic sound with low noise floor.

Stylish Cabinets

While the technology is ground-breaking, the look of the R6 series is also stunning. Teardrop cabinets are engineered from high density hardwood for strength and low resonance. Each of the new R6 models are finely detailed with a solid plinth for improved air flow, a hand-finished front baffle as narrow as possible for smooth, broad, precise sound diffusion and to keep distortion to a minimum, plus a rear baffle to reduce resonance and standing waves.

The R6 loudspeaker series promises superior sound and style! Available in high gloss or matt finishes including Italian walnut veneer, lacquered African rosewood and contemporary black and white piano laquer, luxurious custom colours are also available.

The R6 Arreté, R6 Avantgarde and R6 Signature are all available now from Premium Sound.

 



One of the most recognised names in the Hi-Fi market is the Norwegian brand Hegel, established since 1988. Known for producing integrated, pre and power amplifiers alongside some of the most modern and sophisticated DACs, Hegel is unmistakably Scandinavian. Simplicity, uncompromised functionality and power is Hegel’s signature sound and style alongside a combination of contemporary and elegant award-winning design. 

When it comes to contemporary styling, the H90, H120, H190, H390 and H590 integrated amplifiers fit the bill perfectly. These compact amps offer high power, high performance and sleek lines.  

Let’s take a closer look at Hegel’s superior, single box integrated amplifiers.

Hegel H90

Hegel-H90 blackThe H90 has been designed with simplicity in mind, making it the perfect stand-alone unit. As an entry-level amp model, the H90 comes with a fantastic set of features and 60 watts per channel sound. This ensures you’ll get a powerful bass response, even through large floor standing speakers. Although an entry-level amp, the damping factor is up to 20 times higher than the industry average and the range of the H90’s features allow superior flexibility, including Apple AirPlay, network streaming, digital and analog connections.

These features (except streaming) can be configured to fixed level inputs which allow easy integration with your Home Theatre System. For private listening, there is a high-quality headphone output and a white OLED display which is not only informative but sleek and bright too. Set-up is super simple. Just connect your TV, phono stage or phones, add your speakers and you’re ready to listen to extraordinary sound!  

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Hegel H120

One step up in price from Hegel’s entry-level amplifier is the Hegel H120 . While it’s a small step in terms of cost, it’s a massive step in terms of performance. This is down to the H120’s features. Like the H90, the H120 comprises Apple AirPlay; it also includes Spotify Connect, IP Control, Control4 and UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) streaming. And it doesn’t end there! Additional features, in development, will be offered when they are ready at no extra cost and can be easily integrated using the software update functionality.  

The H120 uses the Hegel SoundEngine2 amplifier platform which allows a damping factor higher than 2000 yet keeps extremely low distortion levels. It works a little like a noise cancelling headphone by comparing the output of the amplifier with the input. When distortion is detected, this is played forward into the speaker output, but in reverse phase. 

This is the key to the incredible sound performance of the H120. The 75W power output creates a more dynamic sound, and this, combined with sizeable loudspeakers, presents more challenging drive loads. 

All inputs can be configured for volume bypass so that you can integrate with your home theatre or your wireless sound system making it the perfect affordable upgrade.

Hegel H190

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With powerful technology within a modern casing, the Hegel H190 is a beautifully designed piece of equipment. This time it is a small step up from the Hegel H120 and has a damping factor of over 4000. The H190 is massively powerful! This amp will drive pretty much any loudspeaker currently on the market, especially the big ones! With a power output of 150W, the H190 also includes DLNA streaming capabilities that can play music from various streaming platforms, including Apple AirPlay. 

The H190 also features configurable inputs, a high-end DAC and a substantial 6.3mm front-facing headphone output, making it easy to plug and unplug depending on your listening preferences. 

Ultimate sound quality combines with its ease of use and of course, its style when it comes to the H190. Available in contemporary anodised black or white aluminium, and with a sleek OLED display, the H190 is indeed a beautiful and powerful centrepiece in any Hi-Fi system. 

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Hegel H390

The Hegel H390‘s is a complete product, designed with vast amounts of thought and care, while also remaining affordable. This is apparent from the carefully selected and matching components to the best measurement equipment in the world. The amp is a dual mono class A/B design, with each channel delivering 250W into 8 ohms, so is an excellent option if you have planar magnetic or electrostatic speakers that are often difficult to drive.

Along with Apple AirPlay, the H390 also supports Roon, Spotify Connect and can handle streaming from music server software running on a networked computer or NAS via UPnP. The H390’s digital inputs are MQA-compatible and support for up to DSD 2.8 playback is provided via DoP (DSD over PCM). At present, the H390 offers basic IP control, with Control4 and Crestron currently in the works to support the custom integration market.

The H390 is top of the league in Hegel’s pursuit to make mainstream sources sound incredible and means that the H390 is not just for audiophiles; the entire family can enjoy it.

 

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Finally, let’s look at the Hegel H590. This is a reference amplifier throughout, delivering a massive 301W per channel, so it’s no wonder it’s often referred to as ‘the beast’. Like the rest of the series, the H590 includes user-friendly services such as Apple AirPlay, but at the same time embraces super high-performance formats like DSD. The H590 is Hegel’s way of making ‘high end’ quality accessible to everyone! 

The H590 uses SoundEngine2 amplifier patented technology combined with high power, low distortion amplifier design. The result is dynamic capabilities which are unmatched, while maintaining a smooth, natural sound with all the detail. The H590 can be used to provide outstanding sound in your Home Theatre or to combine a Theatre and a wireless system for music listening without losing sound performance. The H590 is genuinely the ultimate integrated amplifier.

 

Visit our Hegel section to find out more about their award-winning Hi-Fi selection.


What is Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos, until a few years ago, was known for being one of the most recognised technologies in cinemas. It was the only place you could experience that genuinely magnificent sound, the type of sound that vibrates through your very being and fully immerses you in a movie. But Dolby’s Atmos iconic surround sound technology has quickly transitioned to home cinema and can now be enjoyed by everyone, at home.

In Dolby’s own words, Atmos is: “…the most significant development in cinema audio since surround sound.” And the company is not wrong.

Originally developed in 2012, Atmos is a surround sound technology with channels that send sound from overhead. This surpasses the current 5.1 and 7.1 set-ups and allows sound to really come alive, enveloping you in a ‘dome of sound’ and giving you a magnificent 3D audio experience.

This immersive, 360-degree audio experience has been made possible through incredible advancements in acoustic technology and developments in sound editing software, producing ‘object-based’ sound that places and moves audio around to bring the sound alive from every direction, including from above. This is a mighty achievement and allows for outstanding clarity, depth and detail, not to mention a remarkable experience for you, the audience.

How does Dolby Atmos Work?

The more traditional surround sound formats such as Dolby Digital deliver sound through a 5.1 or a 7.1 channel set-up. The ‘5′ set-up consists of a left front, right front and centre speaker plus left and right surround sound speakers, and the ‘point 1’ refers to the subwoofer. The ‘7’ set-up is the same except for two extra speakers, usually positioned behind you. When a soundtrack is produced, different sounds are assigned to different speakers, creating the ‘surround sound’ effect. Typically, the centre channel is used for dialogue, dramatic music and sounds are to the front left and right channels and the ambient sounds are usually mixed between the left and right surround channels. All the low frequency effects are sent to the subwoofer. 

Does this all sound familiar? Of course it does, and this set-up does indeed make for stunning surround sound, but Dolby Atmos goes further with an even greater sound achieved by the addition of overhead or elevated speakers to your set-up.

Because sounds are encoded as ‘objects’, rather than sending an audio track to a specific channel, for example, a front left or front right speaker, sound designers can assign an audio track to a specific location. This includes assigning a sound to ‘overhead.’ This gives sound designers huge flexibility with the audio, and by adding another audio source, the sound becomes three dimensional, totally immersing and surrounding you with the highest audio quality possible. 

How to Set up Dolby Atmos at Home

It’s unlikely that you will have the space to accommodate in your home, the same number of speakers most cinemas use for their Dolby Atmos sound! This is typically up to 400 speakers in the most modern of venues. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create a similarly immersive experience with the correct equipment.

As with your traditional surround sound system, the basic set-up for Dolby Atmos is your starting point. From there you can add at least two overhead/elevation speakers making the system a 5.1.2 system.

Crucially, you will need a Dolby Atmos receiver to recognise the sound sent to your surround speakers. To this end, you must ensure your AV receiver offers Dolby Atmos. The receiver is a critical part of your home entertainment system. Hence, you must have a receiver that can efficiently power your speakers and decode a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

To efficiently bring Dolby Atmos cinema sound into your home, just add two or four ceiling speakers to your system. A second option is to install add-on speaker modules on top of your existing bookshelf or floor standing speakers. Alternatively, consider the purchase of a purpose-built Atmos Speaker System.

When a Dolby Atmos system is installed, each speaker has its own discrete feed, enabling new front, surround and ceiling-mounted height channels. The room thereby is calibrated, which allows sound mixers to precisely ‘place’ sounds and voices at exact points in the sound field rather than just to specific channels.

This entertainment system set-up, when used to play a pure Dolby Atmos mix, allows you to hear the sound as it was always intended, so your source material must be encoded in Dolby Atmos technology. You are then guaranteed the best, most immersive sound and a truly unforgettable listening experience at home.

Dolby Atmos Speakers

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    Elac Debut 2.0 A4.2 Dolby Atmos Speakers

    The sound quality, unique design, and efficient features of Elac Debut 2.0 A4.2 provides a whole new experience in your Atmos world. The Dolby Atmos technology provides a true 3D space, expands the sonic landscape that makes it stand out to other similar models. Just add the Debut A4.2 to the top of your floorstanding or bookshelf speakers to enjoy the amazing music and action.

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    The sound quality, unique design, and efficient features of Elac Debut 2.0 A4.2 provides a whole new experience in your Atmos world. The Dolby Atmos technology provides a true 3D space, expands the sonic landscape that makes it stand out to other similar models. Just add the Debut A4.2 to the top of your floorstanding or bookshelf speakers to enjoy the amazing music and action.

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    Dali Alteco C-1 Speakers

    The DALI ALTECO C-1 is truly a multi-purpose speaker. The perfect fit for adding height information to a surround setup or taking the role as an out-of-the-way stereo speaker. By designing the crossover for stereo use and by keeping a strict focus on DALI sound design principles, we have created a speaker that delivers believable height information from Atmos, DTS-X and Auro-3D movies.

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    The DALI ALTECO C-1 is truly a multi-purpose speaker. The perfect fit for adding height information to a surround setup or taking the role as an out-of-the-way stereo speaker. By designing the crossover for stereo use and by keeping a strict focus on DALI sound design principles, we have created a speaker that delivers believable height information from Atmos, DTS-X and Auro-3D movies.

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    Klipsch RP-500SA Reference Premiere Atmos Elevation Speakers

    Enhance your home theater system with the incredible, overhead sound effects of the Klipsch RP-500SA Dolby Atmos® speaker. By leveraging Klipsch proprietary horn-loaded controlled directivity technology, the RP-500SA bounces sound off the ceiling to create an astonishing, immersive listening experience. The RP-500SA can also be utilized as an on-wall elevation or surround speaker via its easy-to-use keyhole mounting system - delivering the perfect angle for enhanced sound effects.

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    Enhance your home theater system with the incredible, overhead sound effects of the Klipsch RP-500SA Dolby Atmos® speaker. By leveraging Klipsch proprietary horn-loaded controlled directivity technology, the RP-500SA bounces sound off the ceiling to create an astonishing, immersive listening experience. The RP-500SA can also be utilized as an on-wall elevation or surround speaker via its easy-to-use keyhole mounting system - delivering the perfect angle for enhanced sound effects.

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    KEF R8a Surround Speakers

    The R8a works as a surround or rear speaker and can bounce sound of the ceiling to create truly cinematic scale with Dolby Atmos.

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    The R8a works as a surround or rear speaker and can bounce sound of the ceiling to create truly cinematic scale with Dolby Atmos.

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    Dynaudio Contour 25ci Centre Speaker

    Dynaudio’s Contour 25Ci integrates seamlessly with your entertainment system for a fantastic surround-sound performance. Add the Contour 25Ci along with the Contour 20is, 30is and 60is, and you’ll achieve a seamlessly integrated multichannel system on which you can enjoy a more defined bass, perfect for blockbuster movies and stereo music.

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    Dynaudio’s Contour 25Ci integrates seamlessly with your entertainment system for a fantastic surround-sound performance. Add the Contour 25Ci along with the Contour 20is, 30is and 60is, and you’ll achieve a seamlessly integrated multichannel system on which you can enjoy a more defined bass, perfect for blockbuster movies and stereo music.

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    Dynaudio Contour 20i Bookshelf Speakers

    Designed for smaller listening rooms, the Contour 20i is Dynaudio’s stand-mount speaker. It offers a beautifully clear midrange and taut, dynamic bass response, and with its simple 2-way design and Esotar2 soft-dome tweeter that has been a legend in its own right for years, the Contour 20i is equipped to deliver stunning sound.

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    Designed for smaller listening rooms, the Contour 20i is Dynaudio’s stand-mount speaker. It offers a beautifully clear midrange and taut, dynamic bass response, and with its simple 2-way design and Esotar2 soft-dome tweeter that has been a legend in its own right for years, the Contour 20i is equipped to deliver stunning sound.

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    Dynaudio Contour 30i Floorstanding Speakers

    The Contour 30i is a natural step up from the 20i and perfect for a medium size room. Dynaudio’s mid-size speaker offers audibly better sound performance and oozes honesty, transparency and entertainment. Redesigned inside and out, the Contour 30i delivers open and detailed mid and high frequencies for a remarkable sound and memorable performance.

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    The Contour 30i is a natural step up from the 20i and perfect for a medium size room. Dynaudio’s mid-size speaker offers audibly better sound performance and oozes honesty, transparency and entertainment. Redesigned inside and out, the Contour 30i delivers open and detailed mid and high frequencies for a remarkable sound and memorable performance.

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    Dynaudio Contour 60i Floorstanding Speakers

    If you like your entertainment loud, or you have an ample listening space, the Contour 60i is perfect. With its unique midrange driver, Dynaudio’s Contour 60i shares the same redesigned crossover and components as the rest of the family, and like all Contour i models offers audibly better sound performance.

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    If you like your entertainment loud, or you have an ample listening space, the Contour 60i is perfect. With its unique midrange driver, Dynaudio’s Contour 60i shares the same redesigned crossover and components as the rest of the family, and like all Contour i models offers audibly better sound performance.

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The new Dynaudio Contour i Series – updated from the multi-award-winning 2016 Contour range – has officially launched!

Audiophiles everywhere have come to expect nothing less than top quality, high-performance products from Dynaudio. As one would expect, the whole Contour i range was extensively optimised in Dynaudio’s world-leading Jupiter measuring facility before being subjected to countless hours of listening and fine-tuning by the experts in Dynaudio Labs before release.

World-famous for crafting high-end loudspeakers for living rooms and professional recording studios, Dynaudio’s updates to their latest series include a new Esotar tweeter with the ingenious Hexis resonance defeating inner dome, plus a new larger rear chamber combined to reduce distortion and give a flatter frequency response.

The Contour family has been subject to a total revamp! If you thought Dynaudio couldn’t top their Confidence range, think again, because the talented team have managed to take audio technology to new heights once more with advanced acoustic technology and materials – and the results are plain to hear!

Never a brand to shy away from new technologies, materials and innovations, as Product Manager Otto Jørgensen says;

“We didn’t do it because we had to, we did it because we wanted to.”

So, what’s new?

Although the Contour 20i, 30i and 25Ci all have the same structural design as the 2016 Contour, with varying-width corrugations for finer excursion control, the new material sounds better. This is the result of hours of listening!

The Contour 20i, 30i and 25Ci have updated crossovers and the woofers all gain an upgraded Nomex spider. In fact, because of the driver tweaks providing an inherently flat frequency response, Dynaudio has been able to remove the impedance correction circuitry to make an even simpler board.

For a tighter bass, even at high volume, the Contour 60i has new woofers with a bigger magnet system, a different voice-coil design and a glass-fibre voice-coil. There’s no change to the driver itself, but it does sit in a new moulded, resonance-damping enclosure developed from Core, Dynaudio’s flagship professional reference monitor range.

Contour 60i has an entirely new crossover because of the new woofers and Esotar 2i tweeter, and the effect of the moulded midrange cup and the Nomex spiders has allowed Dynaudio’s engineers to shift the crossover frequency up. It now works better at higher frequencies – up to around 300Hz. The frequency curve in this area is also flatter, giving better midrange performance from a more straightforward crossover. Lessons have been learned from the earlier Evoke and Confidence series as even the internal damping is brand-new.

Once again, Dynaudio has excelled with their new additions as audiophiles around the world have come to expect! 

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Elac Debut Reference Speakers


The Debut series began as Andrew Jones’ venture to carry on and do exactly what he was doing before for Pioneer, but now under a new label – Elac. Elac’s Debut series have been considered to be the best products that a customer can get on a tight budget. After a good run and record sales, Elac decided it was time to update the Debut series with a new version of the product which was released back in 2018. Two years later and we now see the launch of the exciting new Debut Reference label.

According to Andrew Jones, this will be the first time a speaker looks as good as it sounds. Just by looking at them you can easily notice the Debut Reference series speaker’s refined aesthetics. The sound has also received a fair share of refinement. There are currently two available Debut Reference series speaker finishes; the Satin Black Baffle with Dark Walnut vinyl wrapped cabinet and the Satin White Baffle with Stripped Oak vinyl wrapped cabinet. The new Debut Reference’s front exiting port is a flared slot-port design that can easily go unnoticed in case you were not looking for it. The construction of the cabinet is all-new and it has been given the same attention as the crossover network and the speaker drivers. The drivers have also been upgraded with the tweeter getting a new waveguide and also a brand new grille. The mid-bass driver has an all-new aluminium basket to quieten the “thonk” sound and maintain the magnet motor. The crossover also received a few upgrades, however not in the area of selecting higher quality components, but with a unique and sophisticated crossover design.

Generally, Debut Reference’s sound lives up to its name. The hand-off between frequencies and driver integration is more linear and smoother. The balance across the frequencies is much tighter. For its price range the bass tuning is perfect and this makes the product the best bargain in the market today. The treble of this speaker is extended and not as harsh as compared to earlier models. With the new Debut Reference series upgrades, there is definitely a lot to be excited about. For a competitive price you get an excellent sound with good treble and bass.

You’ve done it again Andrew…..Cheers!


Bluesound streamers and amplifiers

Streaming has come of age. Whether you are looking for a new, standalone, streamer for your Hi-Fi system or a multi-room solution for your home, the Bluesound Node 2i is the answer. It stands out as the simplest component in the Bluesound family, details of which can be viewed in full through the link below. The design is subtle and elegant, but powerful with fast ARM Cortex A9 processors at its heart and effortless support for up to 32-bit, 192 khz playback. The Node2i delivers smooth, seamless sound that highlights the smallest subtlety of a recording so you can enjoy your favourite music in High Definition.

There are quite a few reasons to add the Bluesound Node 2i streamer into your audio system. You can access your own digital music library through the BluOS app or near-unlimited music via Internet, radio and streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz and Napster, amongst others. There’s also an ability to control wirelessly from any iOS or Android device also using the BluOS App. Recent software updates include compatibility with Apple’s Airplay2 protocol allowing you to stream directly from your IOS device to your speakers and connect with other compatible Airplay2 devices.  There are also several output and input choices at the rear of the unit which provide connection flexibility; Analogue, optical and coaxial digital, USB, Ethernet, RCA, Sub out, 12V trigger and an IR input for remote learning and integration into home automation systems.   

Need amplification? The Powernode2i adds 60w per channel of NAD “full-disclosure” power to the Node2i. It supports AptX HD for Hi-Res files at a modest price point of £799. It’s a great option for expanding hi-fi into other rooms or for your TV. “Full-disclosure” means the amplifier is capable of sustained power delivery – unlike quoting “peak power” which is a short micro-burst of energy and a meaningless indicator of the capability of the amp.

 

Bluesound Node 2i Streamer white . Bluesound Node 2i Streamer black.