The recently tested all-in-one streaming amplifier HiFi Rose RS201E has had a pretty big response. With its very large and practical touch display for this device class, as well as its Android-based operating system, the device stands out from the crowd.
With the RS150, the German Rose Sales audiodomain now also the technically much more demanding RS150 to Germany. It dispenses with a power amplifier section and only works as a steaming DAC and preamplifier, but dedicates itself to these tasks all the more consistently. Otherwise, the RS150 uses the same operating system, but has a touch display that is significantly larger at 14.9 inches. In addition, this model also offers the HDMI-ARC connection missing on the RS201E.
Equipped with Asahi Kasei’s flagship DAC chip AK4499EQ, the manufacturer promises particularly low signal noise, low distortion and ultra-high resolution analog sound density in proprietary technology (support for PCM 32 bit / 768 kHz and native DSD512 (22.5792 MHz)) for the RS150. Components such as a very complex linear power supply and a high-precision Femto-Clock are intended to ensure an optimal sound result.
CD playback and ripping is possible by connecting an optional external CD-ROM drive via USB. Music data can be stored on an optional SSD, USB storage device or MicroSD. The overall range of functions is huge and easily expandable thanks to the open, app-based structure. Features like playing YouTube videos and podcasts are rarely found in such streaming components.
The manufacturer’s recommended retail price for the RS150 is 3999 euros. As part of a Introductory offer the price will be reduced to 3799 euros by December 31, 2020.
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T + A SOLITAIRE P-SE HIGH END PLANAR HEADPHONES – THE “LITTLE BROTHER”
While some are still arguing about whether the price of around 600 euros for the Apple AirPods Max is justified or totally excessive, in the high-end world one reckons with completely different amounts (and numbers). For example, some time ago T + A elektroakustik presented the Solitaire P headphones for a fluffy 4,800 euros. The HA 200 headphone amplifier, which is available for 6,600 euros, also goes with it. (See introduction in Rewind.)
The Solitaire P was presented as a technology carrier from the start, and T + A had the prospect of further headphone models. With the Solitaire P-SE, the Herforders ignite the second stage. The P-SE is a significantly cheaper, albeit by no means “cheap” variant.
The Solitaire P-SE shares the DNA of the Solitaire P without displaying a mere copy in a new guise. The housing is made of high-quality plastic (instead of a solid block of aluminum) and is available in matt black. This reduces the cost and weight of the headphones. The Solitaire P-SE retains characteristic design elements such as chamfered ear cups and reinterprets them discreetly. In addition, the P-SE contains a new converter (TPM 2500), which is characterized by newly developed membranes and filters.
The Solitaire P-SE is handcrafted in Herford and will be available in specialist shops from January 25, 2021 at an RRP of 2800 euros.
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AUDIRVANA NOW RUNS NATIVE ON APPLE SILICON
Music fans, for whom Apple’s own music app brings too many qualitative and functional restrictions (for example no streaming of Qobuz, Tidal, etc.), often rely Audirvana as a higher quality alternative. Some even use a Mac mini that is only used for hi-fi and on which nothing other than Audirvana runs.
With a recent update, the popular player app now also runs natively on Apple’s new in-house processors. There are no functional changes as a result, but the manufacturer promises that Audirvana will run as efficiently and quietly as possible on the new M1 chip, which ensures optimal audio performance. In fact, the M1 Macs are predestined for Audirvana because they are much more energy efficient than their Intel predecessors. And energy efficiency always means less signal noise. Exactly for this reason, as mentioned before, some use a Mac dedicated only to music, on which all unnecessary processes are switched off as much as possible. In particular, from the Mac mini M1 make a highly attractive and at the same time powerful streaming center.
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HAPPY NEW HEAR! NUCLEUS AND NUCLEUS + BUNDLE OFFER
A Roon server is even more consistent than a Mac mini with Audirvana. At the moment I don’t know anything better for high quality audio streaming. The manufacturer of the popular streaming solution Roon also offers suitable hardware in the form of the two server variants Nucleus and Nucleus +. These are from German sales ATR Audio Trade briefly – more precisely until January 2, 2021 – available in a special streaming bundle.
Both devices are not only offered including one year of Roon, but also come with an annual subscription for the Tidal HiFi streaming service that is reduced by 50%. Instead of 239.88 euros, a whole year of HiFi streaming enjoyment – often also in high-resolution MQA quality – costs only 119.94 euros.
When purchasing a Nucleus or Nucleus + Roon-Core, the customer can purchase a 50% discounted voucher, which he can then redeem for the Tidal HiFi subscription.
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THINKTANK BACKSTORY 13 AND BACKSTORY 15 PHOTO BACKPACKS
The US manufacturer ThinkTank Photo says they didn’t make thinking part of their brand name for nothing. Every product at Think Tank should be thoroughly researched, the advantages discussed, developed, checked and further improved. Which of course should also apply to the new Backstory 13 and Backstory 15 camera backpacks that are now in the range of CULLMANN were accepted as sales partners.
The models differ in size: The Backstory 15 has a laptop bag for 16-inch laptops, the Backstory 13 has the same bag for 13-inch laptops. One or two DSLR cameras or mirrorless system cameras with different accessories and several lenses, depending on the model, fit into the Backstory backpacks.
- Quick access on the top
- Full access to rear camera equipment
- Special laptop bag (13 inches for the Backstory 13 and 16 inches for the
- Backstory 15) and 10-inch tablet compartment
- spacious front pocket for personal items
Both backpacks are available now. The Backstory 13 costs 230 euros RRP, the larger model 15 260 euros. The prices already include VAT, which has been increased to 19%.