Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The new DSX1000 is a high-performance digital network streamer that at its heart, boasts our world-renowned proprietary DAC technology. The latest-generation Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) architecture found inside the DSX1000, is the same advanced technology used in the highly acclaimed QBD76 HDSD DAC and the Red Reference MkIII CD player, giving the DSX1000 a significant sonic advantage over ordinary network players with off-the-shelf DAC chips.
The FPGA handles all the digital data decoding, clocking, WTA filtering and the 5th generation Pulse Array DAC. Improvements to the Pulse Array DAC have
been further complimented with an enhanced power supply design and layout, giving the very best digital-to-analogue conversion available. The DSX1000’s streaming engine is directly coupled into our own DAC technology, which carefully re-clocks all data, removing many of the jitter issues that can affect other products where the DAC is coupled into the main streaming chip.
The DSX1000 features UPnP/DLNA access and control and is capable of transforming the sound of MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, ALAC and FLAC files, with 24-bit/192kHz support where available, and follows the success of our debut streamer, the Chordette Index. Key features include an inbuilt analogue volume control circuit, as used in our CPA8000 Reference preamp, which gives highly accurate volume adjustment without the problems and low-level distortions associated with digital volume controls normally found in streaming products.
The player also boasts both volume-controlled and line-level analogue outputs which feature both balanced XLR and RCA phono connections. The network connection is via a fixed-wired ethernet port due to the bandwidth limitations of Wi-Fi for 24/192kHz support (ethernet-over-mains connections can also be used if required).
The DSX10000 has a full-colour 3.5-inch TFT front-panel display showing album artwork, set up options etc. and conventional control is via a unique front-panel cursor button that illuminates depending on the button pressed. Remote control is also available. The unit can also be enjoyed using many of the UPnP apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. We will also be offering a custom version of SongBook for the DSX1000, which will be available to download from iTunes soon. An Android version may also be available later on.
As with all of our products, the DSX1000 is carefully made by hand in Kent with an advanced chassis and casework machined from aircraft-grade aluminium. The unit’s top-plate has been carefully machined to reveal the technology beneath and an elegant internal lighting system compliments the aesthetic.
• Harmonic distortion: < -103 dB (1kHz, 24-Bit @ 44.1kHz sample frequency),
< -110dB (100Hz, 24-Bit @ 44.1kHz sample frequency)
• Signal to noise ratio: > 120dB
• Channel separation: > 125dB @ 1KHz
• Dynamic range: 120dB
• Network input: 1 x RJ45 100 base T Ethernet
• Supported formats: wma-9, mp3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, ALAC, AIFF (96KHz)
FLAC, WAV (including 176.4 and 192kHz support)
• Analogue outputs: Stereo RCA phono and balanced XLR line-level direct outputs; stereo RCA phono and balanced XLR volume control outputs
• Supported sample frequencies: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz
• Line level output: 6V rms balanced; 3V rms unbalanced
• Output impedance: 75 (short circuit protected)
• Dimensions: 420mm x 355mm x 88mm (width x height x depth)
• Power consumption: 30W
• Operating voltage: 85 – 270V AC (50-60Hz) auto switching
• Weight: 12 kg
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Shown here is the new VR-100XS with the UniField 2 for scale.
Weighting in at over 225 kilograms per tower due to the massive build specifications, this line source array actually has a fairly modest footprint given the scope of design (180cm tall, 38cm wide and 69cm deep). In addition, the two towers are accompanied by two independent 15" subwoofers powered by 1600 watt Class D Channel Island Audio digital amplifiers.
All drivers are custom built and are all made from magnesium/aluminum/Mylar/ceramic sandwiches; even the new ribbon tweeters are sandwich designs using magnesium/aluminum strips with a Mylar backing to eliminate metallic ringing. The new sandwich drive units have a transient response that is claimed by Von Schweikert Audio to be superior to any other driver they have tested. The drivers employ Alnico and Neodymium super high output magnets with a linear magnetic field with shorted-turn voice coils for a 10x reduction in motor distortion.
At this time the company is busy patenting their Low Frequency Alignment that features flat bass response in the room, down to a 1.5dB tolerance no matter where you sit or stand. This requires DSP correction in the subwoofer amplifiers and the utilization of four woofers with adjustable phase rotation and time delay.
The VR-100 main towers are dipoles, but offer adjustable level controls for the rear signal above 1kHz. There are two rear drivers: a 1.5" dome midrange and a 3" ribbon tweeter, both adjustable with a level control for Ambience Retrieval.
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This elegant loudspeaker builds on the foundation laid by the S5 and entry-level S1. In common with all Magico creations, the SCC has been designed using advanced computer-aided technology along with our own customized software to minimize diffraction effects and internal resonance, while determining the ideal damping requirements. Meticulously crafted from 16-inch diameter extruded aluminum with half-inch thick walls similar to the S5, the curvilinear enclosure of the SCC provides the rigidity and mass necessary to ensure optimum performance from its fourdriver, three-way acoustic suspension enclosure. The driver complement consists of two newly-designed seven-inch woofers, Magico’s famous proprietary five-inch Nano-Tec® midrange, and a Beryllium diaphragm tweeter.
Included with the SCC to provide additional support is an integrated, yet removable, base with a svelte curved form that complements the speaker itself. As with all S-Series loudspeakers, the SCC is available in a variety of finishes, including Magico’s own satin M-COST and high gloss paint to fit in a wide variety of living environments. As the newest member of the Magico family, the SCC extends Magico’s unswerving commitment to performance, quality, design and innovation. The SCC will make its debut at CES 2013 in Las Vegas.
2 x 7” Nano-Tec® Midbass
1 x 6” Nano-Tec Midrange
1 x 1” MB-30 Tweeter
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Frequency Response: 22 HZ – 50 kHz
Recommended Power: 50 – 1200 Watts
Dimensions (including integral stand): 19.9”H x 25.5”W x 14.2”D
Weight: 160 lbs.
Pricing and Availability
The US retail price of the Magico SCC will start at $16,800.
Delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2013.