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StormAudio Processors Get Dirac Live

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High-end audio maker StormAudio announces a partnership with Dirac Research-- and adds Dirac Live room calibration and sound optimising technology to its StormOptimiser room calibration software.

Storm Audio DiracDirac Live will become a standard feature in newly purchased StormAudio processors, and is available as a free DSP runtime firmware update for already installed products.

“At StormAudio, it’s our mission to provide our integrators and end-users with exceptional sound and service, and our agreement with Dirac enables us to achieve both,” the company says. “Dirac Live has been well recognised as the best room correction solution on the market. Advanced yet simple to use, Dirac Live will be a powerful tool for our integrators-- they will deliver a premium listening experience to their customers while spending less time on site.”

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Acoustic Energy Returns to UK Ownership

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Acoustic Energy celebrates its 30th anniversary with a return to UK ownership, following a successful bid from the management to to buy the company from Malaysian owner Formosa Prosonic Group.

Acoustic Energy The company will continue operations and manufacturing from its Cotswolds HQ, with a dedicated manufacturing partners overseas producing its loudspeaker range. It also has a "large" portfolio of new products planned for 2017 rollout, while senior management, internal contacts, sales teams and all existing international distribution agreements remain in place.

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Yamaha Adds MusicCast to Legacy Systems

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Yamaha presents a means to connect existing audio systems to a MusicCast multirooom streaming network-- the WXAD-10 MusicCast adapter, also known within Yamaha as the ADD.

Yamaha WXAD-10 adapterThe WXAD-10 is a small device powered by a single USB cable. It connects to audio equipment via phono stero or 3.5mm line out, and is compatible with high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz FLAC, WAV and AIFF, and 24-bit/92kHz ALAC audio files.

In addition to Bluetooth connectivity and Airplay compatibility it also handles the streaming of Spotify, Tidal and Deezer from the MusicCast mobile device app. For the curious, inside the device is a Burr-Brown DAC and a custom-made network module.

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Bang & Olufsen Takes on Modular Speakers

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Bang & Olufsen presents the BeoSound Shape-- a wireless speaker series featuring a hexagonical wall-mountable modular design customers can clip together and turn into a piece of wall art.

BeoSound ShapeEach Shape panel hides a different audio component, namely a speaker, amplifier or sound-absorbing acoustic damper. Bringing all together is the final component, the BeoSound Core, a hub featuring AirPlay, ChromeCast, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity as well as ethernet, USB-C and line-in ports. Customers can also combine the system with the BeoLink system to create a multi-room setup based on B&O and Beoplay products.

A base package includes 8 Shape tiles-- 4 speakers, 2 acoustic dampers, 1 amplifier and 1 Core-- and the system is expandable to up to 11 amplifier units, each able to support 4 speaker tiles (for a total of 44 panels). In turn, each speaker tile carries a 13.3cm woofer and a 1.9cm tweeter.

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NAD Presents C 388 Amp

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NAD C 388NAD announces the C 338 HybridDigital integrated amplifier-- the first amp from the company with a built-in Chromecast, allowing streaming from enabled mobile and PC apps.

One can also stream to the C 388 via Bluetooth, and it can serve as an UPnP client for streaming from a local NAS. Control comes through either NAD Remote iOS/Android app or Google Assistant when paired with a Google Home speaker or Pixel phone.

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A Wrensilva Record Console to Stream to Sonos

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Wrensilva LoftWrensilva announces a smaller and lighter take on the record console-- the Loft, a console built out of N. American walnut able to stream records directly to Sonos speaker systems.

The Loft features modern internals inside retro stylings, with an OA2 precision Gimbal tonearm and Ortofon 2m Red cartridge paired with a 300W per channel Bang & Olufsen ICEpower classD amplifier. The turntable is fully decoupled belt-driven, while wifi connectivity allows one to push whatever vinyl is being played to a whole-home Sonos system.

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ATC Ships C3X Ver.3

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ATC Loudspeakers announces the C3C Ver.3-- a centre channel speaker matched to the Hi-Fi Series SCM7 and SCM11 loudspeakers for home theatre rooms.

ATC C3C Ver 3The C3C driver systems feature the ATC SH25-76 dual-suspension tweeter designed and built in-house. The tweeter carries a 15000 gauss (1.5 tesla) neudymium magnet with a black heat-treated top plate, something the company says dissipates heat away from the voice coil to maintain high power handling and low power compression.

A precision-machined 5.5mm rigid alloy waveguide provides optimum dispersion, a flat on-axis frequency response and resonance-free operation. The tweeter sits between two mid-bass drivers identical to those employed by the corresponding L/R main loudspaker, while the SCM11 CLD 150mm mid-bass driver incorporates a 45mm soft dome. Constrained Layer Damping reduces harmonic distortion between 300Hz and 3kHz, an extended frequency response and improved off-axis performance.

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