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The KEF LSX Wireless Music System Is Now Out!

The KEF LSX Wireless Music System Is Now Out!

KEF just launched LSX wireless music system with all the convenience of connectivity and true high-resolution stereo. How will the KEF LSX wireless music system improve your music? Read on to find out more!

 

What is KEF LSX?

The KEF LSX is fully wireless from both source and between the speakers. It features Apple AirPlay 2 technology that enables multi-room streaming from an iPhone, iPad or Mac (in early 2019).

After the success of the LS50 Wireless, the KEF LSX features their Uni-Q driver array, that radically improves stereo imaging across a much wider listening area allowing more people toexperience better sound.

The KEF LSX combines with KEF’s highly advanced trademark-pending Music Integrity Engine, a cutting-edge collection of bespoke Digital Signal Processing algorithms, ensuring accurate time alignment and phase coherence.

 

What Can  The KEF LSX Do?

The KEF LSX is fully wireless both from source and between the speakers, using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to stream music from Spotify, Apple Music and TIDAL. LSX is also DLNA compliant and boasts TOSLINK Optical and Auxiliary connections, making it ideal for use with TV. It can be set-up in minutes using the KEF’s Control app, which also manages firmware updates as they become available.

The KEF LSX sports four Class-D amplifiers, one for each of the drive units alongside dedicated twin DACs that provide pristine signal path of up to 96kHz/24bit (using the optional wired connection between the two speakers) or 48kHz/24bit in completely wireless operation.

>LSX’s gently curved cabinet was designed with extensive use of Finite Element Analysis as well as  constrained layer damping as found in KEF’s high-end audiophile products.LSX was designed by designer Michael Young who has created a masterpiece of understated elegance and comes in a choice of five colours – Black, Blue, Maroon, and Olive. They are clad in a luxury fabric by Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat – and a striking Gloss White.

With Spotify Connect (available in November 2018) built in, music lovers can stream Spotify’s entire library directly from the cloud. Uninterrupted streaming lets users watch videos, play games, answer phone calls without pauses to the music even as the listener leaves the room or goes out of range.

LSX goes on sale on 12 November 2018 at selected retailers with a recommended retail price (RRP) of RM 5,999 / ~US$ 1,429.

 

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The Sony Signature Series Audio Technology Explained

At the recently-held Sony Sound Stage 2016 event, Sony took the opportunity to introduce their new Sony Signature Series premium audio products. They even brought in Sony’s Chief Sound Architect, Koji Nageno, to explain the technologies behind the Sony Signature Series models.

 

The Sony Signature Series

The Sony Signature Series was created, partly to showcase Sony’s engineering excellence in audio, and partly to celebrate their 70th anniversary. Combining High Resolution Audio capability with the very best Sony analogy and digital audio technologies, Sony designed the Sony Signature Series products to deliver the ultimate in sound quality.

The first four Sony Signature Series devices to be introduced are the Sony MDR-Z1R headphones, the Sony NW-WM1Z and NW-WM1A Walkman audio players, and the Sony TA-ZH1ES headphone amplifier. All Signature Series models are based on the newly standardised φ4.4mm balanced connection.

Sony MDR-Z1R Headphones

The MDR-Z1R headphones boast 70mm HD drivers that have a wide frequency range with up to 120kHz playback in High Resolution Audio. Its equalised opening and resonance-free housing further ensures faithful reproduction of High Resolution Audio sources.

It is fitted with genuine leather ear pads, a lightweight beta titanium headband, and a stainless steel wire mesh housing protector. This is no doubt, an exquisite product that exudes luxury in every component.

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Sony NW-WM1Z & NW-WM1A Walkman Hi-Res Audio Players

Both Hi-Res Audio players support the DSD Native format (11.2 MHz), and the new Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) technology that upscales lower bit rate files to near Hi-Res Audio quality. They also add a newly-developed FT CAP to the amplifier, allowing for 4x higher power output to the headphones.

The higher-end NW-WM1Z comes with a gold-plated oxygen-free copper chassis, while the NW-WM1A comes with a sleek aluminium chassis.

Sony TA-ZH1ES Headphone Amplifier

The Sony TA-ZH1ES headphone amplifier supports Hi-Res Audio up to 22.4 MHz (DSD) and 768 GHz, 32-bit (PCM), and comes with the D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit – a combination of the S-Master HX digital amplifier and an analog amplifier. It also features the new DSEE HX and DSD Remastering Engine, which converts lower bit rate files to near Hi-Res Audio quality.

 

The Sony Signature Series Audio Technology Explained

If you are into the technical details of how Sony achieved the new level of digital audio performance with the new Sony Signature Series models, Koji Nageno, Sony’s Chief Sound Architect, explains it all.

 

The Sony Signature Series Prices & Availability

The Sony Signature Series models and accessories are now available here in Malaysia. Their recommended retail prices are as follows :

  • Sony MDR-Z1R Headphones – RM 7,099 / ~US$ 1,775
  • Sony NW-WM1Z Walkman – RM 9,999 / ~US$ 2,500
  • Sony NW-WM1A Walkman – RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1,250
  • Sony TA-ZH1ES headphone amplifier – RM 8,999 / ~US$ 2,250

 

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Chord Mojo : Studio Quality Audio For Smartphones!

On the 9th of December 2015, we were invited to the launch and tech briefing of the Chord Mojo from Chord Electronics. What is the Chord Mojo? It is a portable digital-to-analogue converter and amplifier designed to deliver studio quality audio from your smartphones and tablets. Check it out!

 

Chord Mojo – Smartphones Deserve Better Audio

In this video, Chord Electronics CEO John Franks, talks about Chord Electronics and why the Chord Mojo is so important in reinventing audio for smartphones. He also talks about how the Chord Mojo is specifically designed for mobile devices like smartphones, being very portable even with 8-10 hours of battery life.

 

How It Delivers Studio Quality Audio From Your Smartphone

In this video, the designer of the Chord Mojo and Chord Hugo, Robert Watts, goes into the technology that powers the new Chord Mojo. Learn how the Chord Mojo delivers studio quality audio from your mobile devices!

 

Chord Mojo Features & Specifications

  • The Mojo works with your iPhone, Android or Windows smartphone
  • The Mojo is also compatible with your Mac, PC or Linux computer.
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  • The Mojo’s lithium-ion polymer battery charges in just 4 hours to provide up to 10 hours of use.
  • You can connect up to two (2) pairs of headphones or earphones with the Mojo (4 Ω to 800 Ω)
  • The Mojo plays all files from 32 kHz to 768 kHz, and even DSD 512.
  • The Mojo is fully automatic, and remembers its last-used settings.
  • The Mojo case is precision-machined from a single solid block of aluminium.
  • The Mojo is entirely designed and manufactured in Great Britain.
  • Output power @ 1 kHz, 600 ohms : 35 mW
  • Output power @ 1 kHz, 8 ohms : 720 mW
  • Output impedance : 0.075 ohms
  • Dynamic range : 125 dB
  • THD @ 3 V : 0.00017%

 

Availability & Price

The Chord Mojo is available right now and officially priced at £ 399 or US$ 599. Centre Circle Audio and Visual (the authorised distributor here in Malaysia) declined to reveal their local price, so Malaysians will need to call them up to find out how much the Chord Mojo costs here.