amplifiers

Amazon Echo Link Amp goes on sale for audiophile Alexa fans

Amazon Echo Link Amp goes on sale for audiophile Alexa fans

Amazon's Echo Link Amp is finally available, giving audiophiles who want Alexa control for their music but with the option to use high-end speakers, a better way to listen. Announced last year amid Amazon's huge splash of Alexa-powered products, the Echo Link Amp acts as a bridge between pro-audio and streaming sources.

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Amazon Echo Link Amp, Echo Link, Echo Sub are speaker add-ons for your Alexa setup

Amazon Echo Link Amp, Echo Link, Echo Sub are speaker add-ons for your Alexa setup

Amazon is currently hosting an Alexa event in Seattle, and it's been revealing new products at a breakneck pace. Three of these new products were introduced as add-ons for your existing Alexa set-up: the Echo Link, Echo Link Amp, and the Echo Sub. These will all enhance your array of Echo speakers in one way or another, but they could prove to be costly additions depending on what you pick up.

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New Sonos Amp gives pro-audio some streaming power

New Sonos Amp gives pro-audio some streaming power

Sonos has revealed a new connected amplifier, the Sonos Amp, delivering streaming music, AirPlay 2 support, and more for installations where third-party speakers are preferred. Targeting professional installers, the new Sonos Amp is designed to fit into a standard AV rack.

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Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

It's time to head to the ol' swap meet to find a few vintage speakers - they're about to get wicked sweet again. Bang & Olufsen teamed up with HiFiBerry this week to reveal the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier. This piece of equipment can be installed in any old B&O speaker to enable wireless features. As such, your father can finally say "I told you so" for keeping his ancient box speakers sitting in your parents' basement for the last several decades.

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RHA Dacamp L1 portable DAC headphone amp launches at IFA 2016

RHA Dacamp L1 portable DAC headphone amp launches at IFA 2016

RHA has some new personal audio gear that it will be launching at IFA 2016 that includes the company's first portable DAC headphone amplifier and a two sets of new headphones. The headphones include the flagship CL1 Ceramic and the stainless steel CL750 headphones. All three of the products will go on sale in October 2016.

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UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

Pocket amps certainly aren't scarce -- if you are handy, you can find instructions to make one yourself all over the Internet -- but they're not often stylish, and some of them are more burdensome to transport than some are willing to deal with. Enter the UAMP, a sleekly designed pocket amp that aims to improve the sound quality coming from your mobile device. It does this alongside a small form factor, one that won't get in the way of most activities.

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Blue Microphones’ Mo-Fi headphones bake in the amp

Blue Microphones’ Mo-Fi headphones bake in the amp

If you want the best in personal audio, so the standard thinking goes, you need a standalone headphone amplifier, but Blue Microphones is hoping to change all that with its first set of consumer headphones. Mo-Fi may look like a typical set of over-the-ear headphones, but inside there's what Blue describes as an audiophile-grade amplifier and the rechargeable battery to power it, hooked up to 50mm hi-fi drivers.

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Denon’s HEOS Sonos-rival now plays nice with existing speakers

Denon’s HEOS Sonos-rival now plays nice with existing speakers

Denon's HEOS streaming home audio range is getting two new pieces, with the multi room system adding new ways to easily hook up existing speakers. The HEOS Link and HEOS Amp join Denon's Sonos rival, for those who already have their choice of receiver speakers but still want to add wireless streaming to them.

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Asus Xonar Essence STU 600ohm headphone amp supports USB audio

Asus Xonar Essence STU 600ohm headphone amp supports USB audio

Asus has been busy rolling out audiophile grade headphone amplifiers this month. Back on October 17 Asus unveiled the Essence III featuring an audiophile grade USB DAC. Asus has now unveiled another audiophile grade headphone amplifier called the Xonar Essence STU. The Essence STU features a USB DAC.

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Asus Essence III preamp rocks audiophile grade USB DAC

Asus Essence III preamp rocks audiophile grade USB DAC

Asus The has pulled the wraps off a new USB audiophile preamplifier and headphone amplifier called the Essence III. The Essence III features a USB DAC converter with a fully balanced design. The device also supports Direct Stream Digital (DSD) can for the best audio quality.

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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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