Music System

Nuforce Icon Mobile headphone amp & USB DAC

Nuforce Icon Mobile headphone amp & USB DAC

Nuforce's Icon Mobile is a headphone amp with a difference.  Like most of its ilk, it starts with offering headphone amplification - in this case twin 80mW at 16-Ohm, with a signal to noise ratio of 0.054-percent at 25 mW, 1 kHz - for your PMP, though here to the Icon Mobile offers dual outputs rather than the traditional one.  However it then includes USB DAC functionality, connecting to your laptop via USB and bypassing its audio outputs.

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Redpoint Model A Testa Rossa Racing Red edition

Redpoint Model A Testa Rossa Racing Red edition

It's almost Christmas, which means just about everything goes red for a special edition.  If you're going to pick up one festive-themed gadget this year, might we suggest the Redpoint Model A Testa Rossa Racing Red edition - the company's classic audiophile turntable.  Built upon a solid aluminum billet base with a silicone-oil-damped composite Teflon platter, the Model A would make the ideal gift for someone who refuses to give up their vinyl.

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Onkyo HDC-1L Audio nettop

Onkyo HDC-1L Audio nettop

Onkyo Japan have announced [pdf link] new entry-level versions of their HDC-1.0 Audio PC.  The new range now takes advantage of Intel's Atom 230 1.6GHz processor, paired with 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard-drive, DVD burner and six USB 2.0 ports.  However there are several missing features compared to the full HDC-1.0 system, of which the most noticeable is the integrated audiophile amplifier.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 5 digital music system

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 5 digital music system

Bang & Olufsen have officially announced the BeoSound 5, a digital music system intended to bridge the gap between the company's high-end hifi systems and music stored digitally.  The main interface is the BeoSound 5 controller, a 2.65kg table-top or wall-mounted remote dominated by a 10.4-inch 1024 x 768 LCD and an aluminium scroll wheel.  Providing the power is the BeoControl 5, a 500GB music server with internet connections.  The whole system runs MOTS (More Of The Same), B&O's new intelligent playlist system.

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Sonos Controller app for iPhone & iPod touch, plus Pandora & Last.fm with 2.7 update

Sonos Controller app for iPhone & iPod touch, plus Pandora & Last.fm with 2.7 update

Sonos have released their first official app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which adds controller functionality to the touchscreen devices and allows them to manage the company's networked audio players.  The software, which is a free download through the AppStore, brings not only the full functionality from the official Sonos controller but adds touch-control and text-driven media searching. 

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High Water Sound four-arm turntable with multiple music personalities

High Water Sound four-arm turntable with multiple music personalities

Since vinyl purists are such, well, purists, it comes as no surprise that they favor different needle cartridges depending on the type of music they're listening to.  No problem if you only play, say, jazz, but if you're also partial to some reggae, string quartet and classic ABBA, that's a whole lot of switching and tweaking each time.  New York audio pros High Water Sound may have the answer: a modified TW-Acoustic Raven AC turntable with four separate, independent arms and cartridges.

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