Logic3 releases iPod dock with valve amplifier


iPod docks, as I’ve said before, are ten-a-penny around here. They’re not the most exciting product to write about, and every company in the world makes one. This, however, is something special. It’s got valves.

If you don’t know why that’s good, then go ask your neighborhood audiophile. It basically makes the music sound ‘warmer’, and valve amps have long been praised for the lovely feel that they give to sound and music. Of course they’re not cheap. This model costs £300. For that, you’re getting lovely lovely sound, a pair of 40W speakers (though you can plug in whatever speakers you like) and two auxiliary inputs, for plugging in your TV or stereo. Full specs are over the jump.

Acapella unveils new Violon & High Violon MKIV speaker set – beauty is in the ear of the beholder


German audio company Acapella Audio Arts is a household name amongst serious audiophiles and renowned for its dangerously high quality audio products, and in particular its Violon loudspeakers. Well, audiophiles, prepare to clasp the nearest ring binder to your waists and shuffle cautiously towards the gents; Acapella has just unveiled its latest Violon set – the Violon & High Violon MKIV.

Sonus Faber intros Cremona Auditor Elipsa compact, stylish, expensive speakers


Italian luxury loudspeaker manufacturer Sonus Faber has introduced its Cremona Auditor Elipsa compact speaker aimed at the discerning (rich) audiophile.

Designed to be wall mountable, but equally at home on the floor or bookshelf, the Cremona Auditor Elipsa — as its name suggests — has an elliptical shape, and features a two-way driver configuration with a 25mm ring-radiator tweeter and 150mm wood fibre cone mid/bass driver, plus a Symmetric Drive Motor System…

Wanna save on speaker cables? Use a few coat hangers instead


A member of the online Audioholics forum claims that, in a blindfold test between a Monster Cable speaker cable, and four coat hangers, twisted together to make two impromptu speaker wires, no-one could tell the difference:

“Keeping us blind folded, my brother switched out the Belden wire (are you ready for this) with simple coat hanger wire! Unknown to me and our 12 audiophile buddies, prior to the ABX blind test, he took apart four coat hangers, reconnected them, and twisted them into a pair of speaker cables…