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Sony PHA-2 and TA-A1ES amplifiers aim at high-res music fans

Sony PHA-2 and TA-A1ES amplifiers aim at high-res music fans

Sony has unveiled a pair of new audio amplifiers aimed at fans of high-resolution music formats. The new music and players include the Sony PHA-2 High-Res Portable DAC/Amplifier and the TA-A1ES integrated stereo amplifier. The PHA-2 is a portable headphone amplifier designed to provide superior sound production from a number of audio sources.

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Grace Digital Bluetooth receivers make ancient speakers usable again

Grace Digital Bluetooth receivers make ancient speakers usable again

This week there's a couple of new devices arriving from Grace Digital that may very well be the one thing that makes that ancient set of speakers you've been keeping in the garage worth the years of nagging from your significant other. Why don't you get rid of those old things? You're never going to use them, everything is wireless these days! Here's why: the GDI-BTAR122 (24 watt) and GDI-BTAR502 (100 watt) from Grace Digital work with Bluetooth 4.0 and connect to your old speakers - like the future attaching to the past, so to speak.

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IK Multimedia launches AmpliTube Orange software for Mac and PC

IK Multimedia launches AmpliTube Orange software for Mac and PC

IK Multimedia, a company that specializes in guitar and music software, has just launched a new piece of software for both OS X and Windows computers that emulates the style and sound of 17 different Orange amplifiers and cabinets. It's called AmpliTube Orange, and it's available now for the price of $99.

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Marshall Major 50 FX headphones marks 50th anniversary

Marshall Major 50 FX headphones marks 50th anniversary

Marshall is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with another set of headphones, only these are lined with gold trimmings. The Major 50 FX headphones are similar to the Major Pitch Black headphones that we reviewed over the summer, only these new ones comes with a few upgrades inside and out.

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NXP Semiconductors boosts smartphone speakers by 5x

NXP Semiconductors boosts smartphone speakers by 5x

The annoying group of teenagers blaring music from their phones at the back of the bus are set to become even more frustrating if NXP Semiconductors has its way, with new tiny speaker tech promising huge increases in output. The TFA9887 can deliver a 5x increase in loudness, NXP claims, pushing in excess of 2.6 watts RMS into micro-speakers previously limited to just 0.5W. Best of all, the company says it can do so with more sound accuracy and no potential for damage to the speakers themselves.

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Marshall Major Pitch Black Headphones Review

Marshall Major Pitch Black Headphones Review

When we were first informed that Marshall would be creating a pair of headphones here in 2012, it seemed too good to be true. One of the most major brands in the amplification of sound, providers of sound for no less than Slayer, greatest creation of Jim Marshall himself, they were going to push that sound right up to our eardrums? Yes, of course that seemed like a good idea. As it turns out, they've not only taken their major experience in sound and hammered it down to a pair of fine over-ear headphones, they've made them comfortable to wear, too!

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Jim Marshall’s amplified life ends

Jim Marshall’s amplified life ends

One of the most influential humans to ever change the face of music, Jim Marshall Obe of Marshall Amplification, has passed away this week. This man's tagline "the Father of Loud" did the world justice through his magnanimous rise two one of the four cornerstones of rock and roll. If you've ever rolled out some lovely tunes on a Marshall amp, you're part of a legacy that for the past 50 years has kept the greatest musicians in the world in guitar-happy business.

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NuForce Dia wants to amp your Apple TV and more

NuForce Dia wants to amp your Apple TV and more

NuForce has unveiled a new digital amplifier for digital audio and streaming devices called the NuForce Dia. The new amplifier promises clear sound without having to be overly complex. The amp delivers 24-bit/192kHz D/A converting and a 24W stereo amp. The design of the device is to connect to your TV components like DVD players, HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and Apple TV boxes among other things.

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NuForce offers new audiophile grade amp for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad

NuForce offers new audiophile grade amp for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad

NuForce has a new amplifier that is for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that promises audiophile grade quality out of the music stored on your device. The amp is called the NuForce Icon iDo and it comes in several colors. You can get the external amp in white, black, red or blue for $249.99. The amount claims to take the music from your digital device and deliver CD quality sound.

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Koostik Wooden iPhone Dock for Olde Fashioned Sound Amplification

Koostik Wooden iPhone Dock for Olde Fashioned Sound Amplification

Take a peek at the Koostik - an all-wood amplifier for your iPhone (or iPod Touch I could imagine without too much of a stretch) that'll softly take the lovely sounds of your guitar clanging to a slightly louder level, all in a very beautifully carved piece of industrial design. You can get one in many different kinds of wood and wood combinations: walnut face and cherry body, birdseye maple face and walnut body, cherry face and walnut body, birdseye maple face and cherry body, walnut face and walnut body, and cherry face with cherry body. Such a bunch of awesomeness.

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NuForce Icon uDAC2 and Icon2 make USB DACs stylish

NuForce Icon uDAC2 and Icon2 make USB DACs stylish

Perhaps its just our desire to anthropomorphise gadgets, but we can't help thinking that NuForce's new Icon uDAC2 USB portable DAC looks a whole lot like a big nosed man looking somewhat surprised.  No matter; the important thing is the bag-friendly size (just 21 x 42 x 68 mm and 87g) and decent specs for a USB-bus powered DAC: 110dB, total harmonic distortion of -95dB and a SN ratio of 98dB.

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Pioneer Elite G-Clef range updates SACD players & stereo amps

Pioneer Elite G-Clef range updates SACD players & stereo amps

Pioneer has outed its latest prosumer A/V equipment, and the company reckons the updated Elite G-Clef range is good enough to be classed with professional systems despite being sold at relatively down-to-earth prices.  The four new models comprise two stereo amplifiers, the SX-A6MK2 and SX-A9MK2, and two CD/SACD players, the PD-D6MK2 and PD-D9MK2.

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