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YouTube music link of Aliosha Generala's Orkestra Tangra Folk; link to Mohamad Aly's cover of 'Nehaya Wada'; link to the Rouh Trio's 'Mahla Alfusha'; link to Indialucia's 'Nagpur'; link to Pitingo's 'A puro dolor';
link to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Amjad Sabri; link to Vicente Amigo; link to Florin Nicolesu & Stochelo Rosenberg; link to New York All Stars 'Balkan Bollywood'; link to Juan Carmona's 'Perla de Oriente'; link to Borko's 'Bomba'; link to Nedim Nalbantoglu's 'Malaguena'; link to Lila Downs, Niña Pastori & Soledad; link to Taksim Trio's 'Lotus Feet'; link to Diego El Cigala's tango; link to Neshko Neshev's 'Ali Baba'; link to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan; link for Salif Keita & Cesaria Evora; link to El Lebrijano; and a link to Joscho's Stefan's 'After you've gone'. Enjoy!

With our publisher's recent acquisition of the Audio Physic Codex as new big reference speakers, his Albedo Audio Aptica and soundkaos Wave 40 speakers are available for purchase. Interested parties may inquire at the usual email. The speakers will come in their original packaging and currently reside in Ireland.
September 2017 - Go sutty not slutty - "Unlike most step-up transformers (SUT) customized to a specific cartridge with few adjustments, Zesto Audio's Allasso is the most versatile, with 40 mono adjustments and 40 for your stereo MC cartridge. All adjustments are easily accessible on the front and can be done on the fly without clicks or pops. The most prized features are the 4 gain settings of 17dB, 21dB, 23dB and 26dB and the stepup ratios of 1:4, 1:6, 1:8 and 1:12 with 10 load positions for each."
September 2017 - Nagra HD preamp - After 3 years of R&D with a 10-strong team of engineers, Swiss Nagra Audio are about to bow their new flagship tube preamp [€54'900] with outboard power supply and integral mechanical decoupling system. There are 3/2 RCA/XLR inputs, one each RCA/XLR variable outputs, one fixed RCA output, a pair of XLR inputs which bypass the internal dual-mono volume control, and selectable grounding for the main outputs. The two volume controls are clutched for normal operation, can be offset to dial in balance and, with a switch, can be reset to normal. More information to come, with first public appearances planned for the upcoming hifi shows in Tokyo, Vietnam and Denver/US.
September 2017 - Meadowlark sings again - For those wondering what Pat McGinty has been up to since the original Meadowlark Audio closed its doors, their low-key new website shows a major shift of design approach: to 24/96 DSP-controlled fully active models in fact. The latest Kestrel now is a 2x250wpc twin 7" woofer affair in a 9 x 9 x 40" cab, with performance that "used to take a Heron level speaker with very good amps." With Pat's main business today being custom architectural wood trim for period homes, interest from custom installers knowing about his past had led to one-up speaker commissions. Those speakers had to be small yet potent. This led Pat to investigate the most current class D amps and DSP engines. Far more impressed with the result than he initially expected, he next applied the same thinking to the type speaker he'd designed before. The outcome is a small made-to-order boutique operation which he runs together with his daughter in parallel to their main architectural commissions.
September 2017 - Taga go hybrid - The HTA-1200 80wpc integrated combines a 12AX7 preamp and 12AU7 buffer stage to drive four Toshiba pure current-gain output transistors from a 300V transformer. Coupling caps are MKP issue and the potentiometer is an Alps. The built-in DAC features 24/192 specs and there is a headphone circuit and a pre-out for a subwoofer.
September 2017 - Mac integrate and receive - The McIntosh MA7200 export version of their integrated amplifier (not available in the US/Canada) combines 200wpc with 14 inputs including 5 x RCA, 1 x XLR, MM, MC, 2 x coax, 1 x Toslink, 1 x USB and 1 x proprietary for the company's SACD/CD transports. The modular DAC accepts up to 384kHz PCM and DSD256. The headphone output runs crossfeed technology. Available globally is the MAC7200 Receiver shown which adds to the integrated platform an AM/FM tuner [$7'000].
September 2017 - Gold Note integrate - The IS1000 is a 120wpc class A/B 'super' integrated with phono stage, DAC and streamer, Roon readiness, WiFi/LAN, MQA, Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify/Connect, Deezer, iOS/Android app, 24/192 PCM, DSD native/DoP, 3 Toslink inputs, one coax, one USB, one XLR analog and two RCA (one can be MM/MC). There are even fixed and variable analog RCA outputs. Finish is black or silver.
September 2017 - Lio's new DAC - This modular DAC2 with its three circuit boards can replace the DAC1 in Vinnie Rossi's integrated Lio platform. The top PCB is the left channel, showing the discrete Class A output stage and linear voltage regulators for the output stage and converter chip. The middle board is identical but handles the right channel. The bottom PCB contains the digital inputs, Xilinx FPGA, oscillators, reclock circuit, control firmware and linear regulators for various voltages.
September 2017 - Liszt - Ivo Linnenberg is getting his new reference monoblocks ready for their public unveiling at October's Westdeutsche Hifitage in Germany's city of Bonn. The Liszt will be high-power versions of his existing 55-watt Allegro monos.
September 2017 - Vermeer - "It is a pleasure to announce that a new version of our Vermeer Audio Two is ready to launch as the TWO Universal Control Center LAN. This model has the same specs as the TWO but adds a LAN/network input to convert our DAC/preamp platform into a high-end music server that will process Internet radio as well as all files located on a LAN, NAS or personal computer. Remote control is via iOS/iPad app. Also, the Two in all its versions is now equipped with Black Path capacitors developed by our partners at Convergent Audio Technology."
September 2017 - B&W 700 - "This new 700 speaker series sees the implementation of technology first seen in the high-end 800 Series Diamond: the Continuum midrange driver, a bespoke version of the Aerofoil profile bass driver; plus improved tweeter-on-top housings for the two flagship models crafted from solid aluminium billet. Both were first seen on the 800 Series Diamond. More new tech comes in the shape of the carbon-braced tweeters. This delivers sweeter cleaner performance even further up the audible bandwidth. The new range comprises eight models, two with tweeter-on-top technology including the flagship 702 S2. There are three floorstanding models, three standmount speakers and two dedicated centre channels. All models are available in gloss black, satin white or rosenut finishes. Pricing starts with $1'200/pr for the smallest monitor and tops out at $4'500/pr for the biggest 3-way vented floorstander."
September 2017 - Cubism - Grzegorz Rulka introduces their Cube Audio company from Poland where they "manufacture widebanders and loudspeakers based on them. This means complete customisation of the parts, hybrid magnetic motors, ultra-linear suspensions and many more advanced in-house developed technologies." Two models each of drivers and speakers are available: the Fa8 [€490/ea.] and Fc8 [€790/ea.] 8-inch drivers; and the Bliss A and Bliss C back-loaded hornspeakers at €4'990/€5'990 per pair respectively.

For the Fc8 driver, the specs are:
Resonant frequency - Fs  = 42Hz 
Nominal impedance - Z = 8 Ohm
Mechanical quality factor - Qms = 14.3
Electrical quality factor - Qes = 0.39
Total quality factor - Qts = 0.38
Bl factor  = 8.6Tm
Xmax = ± 3mm
Xdamage = ± 6mm
Sensitivity @ 1kHz = 92dB
August 2017 - SAG - Simon Lee, formerly of April Music, is prepping the launch of his new portfolio. "Within two months, we expect samples of our small CD/DAC and integrated, our full-sized preamp and power amp and there are even two speaker models awaiting launch time." Given Mr. Lee's prior track record, one expects high-value product of unreasonably high sound quality. Those curious before the website launches can already reach Simon at simon55kr @
August 2017 - ET wanna go home - conrad-johnson's new ET-7 preamp [$9'500] doesn't mean a remote star but your system. "It incorporates advances in regulated power supply design debuted in our GAT Series 2 line stage while closely following the GAT audio circuit. The ET7 boasts the same extreme quality parts. CJD Teflon capacitors are used throughout the audio circuit and for the regulated plate voltage power supply filter and storage capacitors. In the interest of bringing GAT-like performance to a more affordable price, the ET7 reduces the total capacitance in power supplies and output coupling. Like the GAT Series 2, the ET7 uses all Vishay resistors in the audio circuit and in the associated power supplies. The ET7 replaces the discontinued ET5. Deliveries have already begun."
August 2017 - Polish SET - Acuhorn introduce their new TT amplifier which works its 6C33C at 400mA in auto bias. The amp can be run in stereo [€4'800] or converted to mono [€9'600 for the pair]. "The switching 90-264V/AC power supply is by ultra state-of-the-art Vicorpower modules. The amplifier has only three parts in the signal path: the grid input transformer, the tube and the output transformer." Input sensitivity is 2V and output power is 6wc or 12-watt mono. Weight is 11kg and dimensions are 8.5 x 32 x 28cm WxDxH.
August 2017 - Flip yer lid - Returning to London Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October is headroom@indulgence at the Novotel/Hammersmith. £15 tickets open the doors and key players like Sony, Pioneer, Astell&Kern, Focal and Chord Electronics will display their latest and greatest; or smallest if it's IEMs.
August 2017 - Moscow show - This year's MHES will be held in the capital's Holiday Inn Tagansky hotel from November 10-12.
August 2017 - Tell it, man - The Telemann [€4'400] is Ivo Linnenberg's latest DAC/pre. With Amanero USB, AES/EBU, 2 x coax and Toslink digital inputs and RCA/XLR outputs, there's even the option to convert the RCA output into an analog input via internal jumper. By keeping volume control in the analog domain, no A/D is involved. The user may select from one of seven digital filter options. Volume spans 76dB in 1.2dB increments. Max output voltage is 4/8V on RCA/XLR respectively. The red 14-segment display operates in noise-free DC mode and extinguishes 10 seconds after remote commands and 20 seconds after initial turn-on. Specs are 32/192 PCM, DSD128 DoP, DSD512 native via Asio, 82fs master-clock jitter, <0.0003% THD/N, 138dB dynamic range, 120db cross talk and output impedance of 300 ohms per phase. Dimensions are 12x17x26cm HxWxD and power consumption is 8W in operation, 0.5W in standby. A metal remote is standard.
August 2017 - Polarising - Campfire Audio's new Polaris IEM [$599] combines an 8.5mm dynamic driver loaded into 3D-printed chambers fore and aft with an auxiliary balanced armature inside a 3D-printed waveguide. This hybrid driver array sits inside a machined aluminium housing finished in blue Ceracote.
August 2017 - Superphile - No, that's not a new breed of listener. It's the release of a new Live at Bernie's audiophile recording featuring the Anne Bisson Trio's Four Seasons in Jazz in a collaboration between Gary Koh of Genesis Advanced Technologies and mastering legend Bernie Grundman. "Canadian jazz vocalist/pianist Anne Bisson and her musical collaborators were recorded direct to disk over two days by Bernie Grundman at his studio. Co-produced with Bisson, legendary sound engineer Michael C. Ross used a 100% analog recording chain directly to Grundman’s all-analog record cutting system to realistically capture every glorious moment."
August 2017 - Bryston pre - In their Cubed Series, the Canadians launch the BP-173 [$3'995] with $700/ea. optional DAC and phono boards and $375 BR-2 remote. "Our patented super-linear low noise input buffer jointly developed with the late Ph.D. engineer Dr. Ioan Alexandru Salomie significantly reduces noise and distortion. The machine also has improved RF and audio frequency noise filtering and expanded i/o including two pairs of XLR and RCA outputs, an RCA tape loop and one of the XLR outputs can be set for variable or fixed. There are two pairs of balanced inputs and five pair RCA inputs. The BP-173 is available in either black or silver, 17" or 19" wide face plates."
August 2017 - Monrio - Giovanni Gazzola informs us that the new MC207 is their "largest and most powerful integrated amplifier featuring the latest circuit topology and top-notch materials. The circuit now relies on a single big printed circuit board capable of receiving all the necessary updates, carrying the output stage and the power supply whilst the sub board carries the low-level audio stage. The power transistors are designed for audio applications with good current and HF characteristics. By connecting these NPN devices in a quasi-complementary configuration, the MC 207 delivers 140 watts into 8 ohms even for very low-impedance loads. It features one 500 VA power transformers and four large electrolytic capacitors rated for 10'000uF each, four line high level inputs, a dedicated unity gain A/V direct input, a tape output and pre-out. An optional USB module allows connection to an Internet network."