This week’s 4 best hi-fi news announcements

The Most Interesting Hi-Fi (and Head-Fi) News for Week 33, 2022.

Same outer shell, all new innards. That was reportedly the design brief behind a new UK integrated amplifier Cyrus audio, starting this week. The new Classic AMP is an upgraded version of a previous model, however featuring a completely redesigned circuit built with a new component selection and a new power supply modeled after a 304VA toroidal transformer. The net result is 91 WPC into 8 ohms. According to the back of the device, however, standard banana plugs do not have to be used. There we notice four analogue inputs plus a pair each of TOSLINK and coaxial – indicating the presence of an internal DAC – as well as an MM phono input and a headphone jack. Price: £1995.

To join PSBThis week’s flagship of the Synchrony line of passive speakers is a new TOTL model. The T800 floorstanding speaker is reportedly equipped with larger drivers, delivers greater bandwidth and has a greater power handling capacity (up to 300 watts) than the more recent T600 floorstanding speaker and B600 bookshelf. The T800 is a line array design that uses a 4th order Linkwitz-Riley crossover to mate a trio of 8″ woofers and a 5.25″ midrange driver mounted above the 1″ titanium – Dome tweeter is seated. The T800’s low-frequency performance is rated at just 3dB lower at 21Hz to make it nearly a full range. You have a choice of Satin Walnut or Gloss Black. $11,999/pair.

The refinement (is that a word?) of Bluetooth headphones continues with the latest announcement from clip. The storied American brand has teamed up with EAR Micro to create a new true wireless IEM called (*clears throat*) Bespoke T10 Ear Computers. Sit down? prices here begins at $2500/pair. Customers in the US can choose from a range of sustainable materials to give the case their own unique style. This unique design is then color-matched to the earbuds themselves, which are smaller than much more affordable true wireless IEMs, implement Class-D amplification, and specify the lossy LDAC codec. That’s too bad if Bluetooth audio appears to be lossless only around the corner; a fact that probably won’t move customers looking to buy a pair of custom T10 earbuds to brag about, lifetime warranty or ease of use.

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Brits say “technics”. Americans say “techniques”. The latter reign supreme this week with the announcement that Technology is at last Brings his SL-100C turntable to the US. The SL-100C is essentially an SL-1500C that has had its internal phono preamp removed and its factory fitted Ortofon 2M Red cartridge swapped out for an Audio Technica AT-VM95C. The bottom line is we get a direct-drive turntable with push-button speed control and stop/start action but without all the DJ bells and whistles, all for $999. I have owned an SL-1210GR for two years and have never once touched the ESC or the pop-up light.

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