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Luxman 90th Anniversary
Luxman 90th Anniversary poster shows 90 years of dedication and pedigree of its components.

The Luxman L-550 Series is the most evolved Class A Integrated Amplifier in history. Relive the emotion of the first time you heard these albums. Register to audition your own.

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Vivid Audio launched their new flagship speaker over the past weekend at the Tokyo International Audio Show and at the Hi Fi Messen in Norway.

The driving quest behind Vivid Audio is the continuous quest for perfection. The designer Lawrence Dickie regularly points out the importance of “reducing resonance and reflection” at the core to create the cleanest window into the music. As he said in a talk in Europe recently, “when you first hear a Vivid Audio loudspeaker you may well think there is something missing – well you would be correct, what is missing is colouration.”

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GIYA Spirit is the culmination of eight years of work during the development of the GIYA line where it became obvious that should we build a new GIYA flagship speaker  we would make noteworthy advances to the product line by doing so. The Spirit projects the logical enhancement of our flagship speaker, the GIYA G1 to the Spirit.

Spirit has come about because of the incredible performance it is able to deliver due to these numerous enhancements. Spirit utilises a completely new carbon stiffened 125mm low mid driver which has a flat frequency response to beyond 10khz! This is certainly a world first.

The C225 bass units now use a motor assembly able to handle double the power of the current G1 design. A 100mm copper clad aluminium edge wound single layered voice coil is used for the first time. The new D26k and D50 drivers (B1 Decade style), are used in conjunction with these new drivers. New cross over topologies are implemented with new components exhibiting improved thermal tracking. High quality 99.9% OFC copper air cored inductors are used throughout.

If you thought that the Giya G1 had state of the art bass, then you will be bowled over when you hear what the redesigned 11 1/2″ woofers are capable of. With twice the power handling, greater excursion, larger diameter voice coil and neodymium magnets that are approximately twice the size of the regular Giya G1’s woofers.

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The  lower midrange woofer has also been updated and delivers a fuller, richer midrange compared to previous Giyas. The highs have not been forgotten; building upon the crossover technology designed for the B1 Decade, the high frequency performance is now airy & silky smooth. A new cabinet design with extensive new bracing and strengthening, that is 4″ lower than the Giya G1, puts the tweeter on axis with the listener’s ears. Finally, the crossover has been removed from the speaker cabinet and placed in its own carbon fiber enclosure. Thus removing the crossover components from the vibration inside the cabinet itself; giving a purer less corrupted musical signal.

We will announce at a later date the official launch of this exciting new reference caliber loudspeaker system and also plan on showing these at CES 2017. Stay tuned.

A new generation of integrated audiophile server will be demonstrated by On a Higher Note

Puidoux, Switzerland. September 2016: Merging Technologies will display a pre-production version of the Merging+NADAC Player at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. The result of a dynamic partnership with Roon Labs, On a Higher Note, Merging’s US distributor will be demonstrating the product in Longs Peak on the Mezzanine floor of the Denver Marriott Tech Center. The concept of Roon’s ground breaking player program being offered in integrated solutions is not new; there being many existing partners with products available, but this will be the first time that the focus will shift to a complete turnkey and networked solution offering stereo as well as multichannel capability up to DSD256 and DXD.

The Merging+NADAC player was shown as a concept at the 2016 HIGH END Munich event and was welcomed by the attendees. The ‘single box’ solution with the software and the server combined with a DAC removes the need to have a computer in the living room. The ease with which the whole system can be controlled by your favorite tablet or smart phone enhances the user experience significantly. Integration details such as direct control of the NADAC volume and mute from the Roon user interface, also adds to the overall ergonomics by simplifying the control of the entire system from one single page on one single tablet. The NADAC Player requires only to be connected to the home network to access the remote control tablet through Wifi and stream from NAS servers storing music. When connected on the network any computer can still also stream music to NADAC using Merging Ravenna/AES67 drivers for Windows or Mac, while the NADAC Player enjoys a brand new Merging Linux/ALSA driver. Optional USB drives containing music may be connected directly on the back plate of the NADAC Player.

Roon is well known to provide a superlative user experience with its friendly interface and the most comprehensive database available for the music lover seeking information on all aspects of his favorite track. Marrying Roon to the best sounding and most transparent DAC available and providing multichannel playback would be noteworthy enough but the addition of true networking advantages provides a degree of in-home flexibility that users could only dream about.

Merging also announced that this solution can be retrofitted to all Merging NADAC units already in the field and to any units shipping from now on, meaning that early adopters can take advantage of the upgrade if they wish. The Merging+NADAC Player is planned to be shipping in time for CES in January. Prices will show a small increase from the existing DAC despite the huge increase in functionality and convenience. The price will include a VIP Service Program that covers numerous added-value benefits during the generous three-year warranty. This will cover remote assistance, IT support, online technical support and free shipping both ways in case of the need to return the unit.

Roon’s CEO, Enno Vandermeer commented; “We are sure that this combination of the very best audio reproduction and the ultimate user experience, is going to bring back the enjoyment of listening to music in the home.” On Merging’s behalf, Head of Software Engineering and NADAC Product Manager, Dominique Brulhart stated; “The feedback we have had from customers, dealers and distributors over the past few months has convinced us that the market wants an elegant solution in a neater package. The Merging+NADAC Roon player is just that.”

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Merging Technologies professional products are used by:
Amsterdam Sinfonietta, BBC Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and TrondheimSolistene.

A couple of months ago I was honored to be invited to a recording session of the Sibelius Piano Trio by Yarlung Records founder Bob Attiyeh. These early Sibelius piano trios are as yet unpublished and have never been recorded before. Bob was kind enough to let me have a few session tracks to use as demo material, as I absolutely love the music.

Like all Yarlung recordings, they were recorded by Bob Attiyeh on his Merging+ HAPI  (digital audio workstation), while Grammy award winning recording engineer Tom Caulfield brought his own Merging+ Horus to record the same event in multi-channel DSD256.  All of the editing and post production were done in Merging+ Pyramex software.

For the past couple of months, I have been raving about Tom Caulfield’s multi-channel DSD256 recording (Channel Classics) of the Mahler 3; Iván Fischer conducted the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, Hungary in April 2016. John Atkinson (editor of Stereophile, bass player and a recording engineer) commented after hearing this sublime recording:

…a new Channel Classics recording of Mahler’s Symphony 3, performed by Iván Fisher conducting the Budapest Festival Orchestra and recorded in multi-channel DSD256, may well have been the finest recorded orchestral sound I have experienced.

Visit our Merging Technologies page to learn more about Merging+ tools available for your home audio system.

T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 is this weekend at the Hotel Irvine and Eclipse will be in Room #410. Read on for details and equipment list. Get more info about our ‘Pelican Hill’ Room and other details on T.H.E. Show 2016 event page.

Eclipse — Room #410

From 3 – 4 PM every afternoon, Philip will be spinning discs at the Eclipse TD room #410, reminding audiophiles how terrific SACDs sound and playing some recent titles, such as Santana III, Harry Belafonte Sings The Blues and Vanessa Fernandez’s When The Levee Breaks.

“It’s a great opportunity to trawl through my SACD collection and play the Best of the Best through some remarkable speakers that seem to coast under the radar of many audiophiles. The single driver, crossover-less speakers—once properly positioned—can completely disappear, delivering a three dimensional soundstage. Close your eyes and you will be convinced that Ella Fitzgerald is casting her magic right in front of you. The vocal delivery is so palpable, your brain will be fooled into believing that this performance is happening right now before your very ears. One of the benefits of near-field listening is that it removes the room’s acoustic inadequacies from the equation. Think of these as headphones on steroids, but delivering a perfectly proportioned soundstage to boot.

“The Eclipse TD subwoofers have been designed to keep up with these super fast monitors, and deliver a cushion under the music. While the small listening room at Newport only needs one subwoofer, we are going with two, as we know that two will be able to deliver a more uniform bass across the room. Nothing spoils the music faster that a sub that can’t keep up, or one that draws attention to itself. We are looking for a disappearing act!

“Driven by Luxman’s flagship Class A integrated amplifier L-590AX II and accompanied by Luxman’s new entry level SACD player D-05u; this should be a golden hour every afternoon.”

Philip O’Hanlon, On a Higher Note

Last year “Prof” Keith Johnson waxed lyrical about this setup. Come and hear what all the Grammy-award winning, mixing and mastering engineers are so excited about. It should be a lot of fun.

Room #410 Equipment List

Get more info about T.H.E. Show Newport 2016.

Newport Beach, CA—June 1, 2016: Merging Technologies is proud to announce that the result of a new partnership with Roon Labs can be seen and heard at T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 June 3rd – 5th. The Merging NADAC player was a success at the HIGH END show in Munich. The concept of Roon’s ground breaking player program being offered in integrated solutions is not new—there being many existing partners with products available—but this was the first time that the focus has shifted to a complete turnkey and networked solution offering multichannel capability up to DSD256 and DXD.

The Merging NADAC was launched at the 2015 HIGH END to much acclaim and has been fortunate to have received several rave reviews for its amazing transparency and for the advantages of the RAVENNA/AES67 networked solution. A variety of player solutions including Merging’s own Emotion player can be used with an external computer but this concept is not the first choice for all users. The ‘single box’ solution with the software and the server combined with a DAC removes the need to have a computer in the living room. The ease with which the whole system can then be controlled by tablet or smart phone enhances the user experience significantly. Integration details such as direct control of the NADAC volume and mute from the Roon user interface also adds to the overall ergonomics by simplifying the control of the entire system from one single page on one single tablet.

Roon is well known to provide a superlative user experience with its friendly interface and the most comprehensive database available for the music lover seeking information on all aspects of his favorite track. Marrying Roon to the best sounding and most transparent DAC available and providing multichannel playback would be noteworthy enough but the addition of true networking advantages provides a degree of in-home flexibility that users could only dream about.

Merging also announced that this solution can be retrofitted to all Merging NADAC units already in the field and to any units shipping from now on, meaning early adopters can take advantage of the upgrade if they wish. Pricing and options for this solution, as well as cost for the upgrade of existing units and delivery date will be announced at Rocky Mountain.

Roon’s CEO, Enno Vandermeer commented; “We have admired the innovation and devotion to excellence that Merging has demonstrated with their entry into the audiophile market. This dovetails with our objective to be at the top of the performance table as well as having the best user experience.” On Merging’s behalf, Head of Software Engineering and NADAC Product Manager, Dominique Brulhart stated; “We have carefully evaluated the trends and needs of today’s audiophile and it is clear that a Roon enabled DAC is a very elegant solution. We are delighted to be working with our friends there to maximize all the advantages that we can both offer. Customers can still choose other player solutions with our technology, as well as other DACs with Roon, but we think this combination will be hard to beat.”

The Merging NADAC player will be shown this week at T.H.E. Show Newport in the Pelican Hill Room on the ground floor of the Hotel Irvine (June 3rd-5th). No info on pricing or delivery yet.

For more information on Merging+ NADAC, please see: www.nadac.merging.com

During T.H.E. SHOW NEWPORT on the weekend of June 3-6, Philip O’Hanlon — Dean of High End Audio from On A Higher Note, Joseph Cali from Joseph Cali Systems Design and Grant Samuelson of Shunyata Research — will present at the Pelican Hill room : analog 1/4” and 1/2″ tape and vinyl through a LUXMAN preamp, turntable, SACD player, amps, mono amps, and electronics, and will also be playing Hi-Res stereo & multi-channel music all the way up to Quad DSD through the Merging+ NADAC utilizing world class monitors.

The Suite will be offering closed door Music and Film Presentations by Joseph Cali. These premium demos will feature selected samples of music from all of the Analog and Digital Sources. A selection from the new Lori Lieberman Deluxe Double Record Set, Ready For The Storm on a 180 gram Quality Pressing will be played. There will also be immersive 4K high resolution content shown on a Screen Excellence Acoustically Transparent Screen paired with a 4K Wolf Projector set up by Jim McGall of Wolf, and driven by a Kaleidescape Strato 4K UHD server, Roku 4 streaming 4K UHD with live streaming in the room, 4K UHD Blu-Ray’s and a new Lori Lieberman 4K Music Video from a computer. The heart of the Audio for the Film presentation will be delivered in Surround through the Industry Standard Datasat RS20i, much like they would in the custom Professional DCI and Home Theatre they would build together with On A Higher Note’s high end music systems.

During separate presentations Philip O’Hanlon will be sampling tracks from the “Best Of The Best” 1/2” & 1/4” analog tape masters provided by Acoustic Sounds, Groove Note, Horch House and The Tape Project. Grant Samuelson from Shunyata Research will demonstrate their revolutionary Denali line conditioner, originally developed at the request of the medical industry.

Get more details about T.H.E. Show Newport 2016, including equipment lists and schedule here.

May 24th, 2016—Best known for the classic song, “Killing Me Softly”, which was inspired by a poem she’d written, Lori Lieberman has gone on to record 17 records and CDs. Her newest, Ready For The Storm, now available as a Deluxe Double Record Set on 180 gram vinyl from Quality Record Pressings and is mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain. “I was thrilled that Bob was able to fit me into his packed schedule, between his work with the Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crowe, Paul McCartney and others! For this project, I intentionally kept the arrangements small and found that in doing so, the songs had more impact”. From her stellar version of Tom Paxton’s “Last Thing On My Mind” where the only instrument is her solo guitar and naked vocal, to the rousing “Lucky Life” which charted at number 4, and features her talented band mates and layered vocals, this recording is by far, her finest to date.

June 4th, 2:00 pm T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach in The Pavilion at The Hotel Irvine

On a Higher Note and Shunyata Research are proud to sponsor the Lori Lieberman Band. Lori will be performing songs from the new release of her double set on vinyl, along with her talented group of musicians at the select high end audio show.

Accompanying her are: Jason Orme, Jessy Greene, Eric Holden, Carl Byron and Blair Sinta.

Following the concert she will be available to sign copies of Ready For The Storm.

AXPONA is this weekend in Chicago (April 14th – 17th). We have a relatively short equipment list, but it’s heavy on new products. Visit AXPONA event page to learn more.

AXPONA Products Showcase

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Luxman EQ-500

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Can be heard in Rosemont 3 (Music Direct’s room)

The Luxman EQ-500 phonostage is the best looking, best built, and best sounding phonostage that Luxman has ever made. A vacuum tube design is utilized in order to deliver the tonal density that the best vinyl playback is capable of. The EQ-500 also uses only the highest quality parts: Mundorf “audiophile” series capacitors (Germany), JJ vacuum tubes (Slovakia) and Takamisawa capacitors (Japan).

Art Dudley reviewed the EQ-500 in the May 2016 issue of Stereophile. We’ll be posting more from that later this week, but for now here’s an excerpt:

“…especially for the LP enthusiast who uses an analog front end with multiple tonearms and an assortment of cartridges — it’s difficult to imagine another contemporary product offering this combination of flexibility and superior sound. In addition to being a pure delight to use, it was easily one of the best-sounding, most musical phono preamps I’ve ever had in my system. If your budget can stretch this far, the Luxman EQ-500 is a must-hear.”

Art Dudley, Stereophile May 2016

Luxman EQ-500 Phono Stage

Merging+NADAC

Can be heard in Wells Room (Kyomi Audio)

Merging+NADAC (8-Multichannel)

Artesania Exoteryc Equipment Rack

Artesania Exoteryc Rack – 3 Level Tandem

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Luxman DA-250

Luxman’s DA-250 is a Class A Preamplifer, Class A Headphone Amplifier and a USB capable Digital Audio Converter packaged in a slim & compact B4 form factor. It delivers a wonderfully musical rich tone that will provide countless hours of fatigue-free listening enjoyment.

The DA-250 is the successor to the DA-200 which launched in 2010 and proved tremendously popular among desktop audio users.

Luxman’s sales team and engineers have continuously listened to end users’ comments carefully and exchanged opinions about applications and styles on how best to enjoy computer audio. Now Luxman is introducing this new USB D/A Converter DA-250 which is much improved over the DA-200 by focusing on upgrading its sound quality and adding new features and incorporating the latest technology.

Luxman DA-250 USB DAC

Luxman MQ-300

Luxman MQ-300 debutTo celebrate their 90th Anniversary, Luxman has produced the MQ-300, a low powered stereo amplifier, built to deliver the highest quality music performance.

Using a design akin to Luxman’s original MB-300 model of 1984, the company isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, but just make it look and sound much better than before. Using original oil capacitors and various other design characteristics of the older model, the MQ-300 has been crafted to provide a full tone range of audio to make your music sound as natural as possible. Set in a walnut wood frame with a red piano lacquer finish and combined with a steel chassis, the MQ-300 is a terrific way for Luxman to celebrate their 90th Anniversary.

Luxman MQ-300 Stereo Amplifier

AXPONA 2016

Artesania racks are superbly well built and they sound fantastic.  By lowering the noise floor on your system, these racks bring out the inner detail you have been missing up until now. Bass is tightened up and more clearly defined.

Not only did manufacturers showing at CES rave about the Artesania Audio’s rack, high end audio industry insiders worldwide who chose to use Artesania racks at the High End Munich Show 2015, and the Tokyo Show 2015 seem to reach the same consensus.

At On A Higher Note, the only change we made to our system in our listening room this year was to put in an Artesania Exoteryc rack with an Artesania Krion turntable platform and two of the Aire amplifier stands. What we particularly like is how the whole system now takes on a more relaxed tone. Music becomes yet more enjoyable to listen to.

On a Higher Note Equipment CES 2016
A closer look at our equipment on Artesania Audio racks at CES 2016. Notice the dampening plates on top of the components.

Here’s an anecdote we want to share: Pandora got in from Los Angeles during the opening morning of CES.  Music was playing and she was dying to hear the system, especially how the Vivid Audio B1D sounded as she missed both debut events in N. America. She started greeting people but she froze in the middle of the room as the sound suddenly changed dramatically for the better.  None of us knew what caused it.  It just sounded like someone was fiddling with the tone controls. We looked around the room only to find Tatsu San from Luxman moving the dampening plates on top of each Luxman component to find the perfect sound.  He did it every so slowly, gliding the anti-magnetic stainless disc across the top of each component.  The result, we can attest that the difference was noticeable, but most noticeable on the preamplifier.   It’s just that all active components generate electrical magnetic energy (EMI). The dampening plates do a remarkable job of squishing this unwanted energy, which audibly corrupts the audio signal.

It’s a similar effect to what I heard at RMAF 2015, when we used a similar system to that of RAMF 2014, except for the inclusion of the Artesania racks. The system took on a wonderful, musical, relaxed character.

Every rack or amplifier stand comes complete with a dampening plate for each shelf / component. Also included are a choice of neoprene or Delrin discs underneath each decoupling base, with a choice of velvet or neoprene isolation discs that support each component. In a lively room you can tune the system down, in a more damped room, you can make your system a little more lively sounding.

Artesania dampers
Artesania dampers

The stock color is gunmetal, but black or silver finishes are also available as an option.

Exoteryc rack in gunmetal & Krion turntable platform
Exoteryc rack in gunmetal & Krion turntable platform

Watch what one of our Artesania dealers had to say about these hand crafted racks below.

Contact us to learn more.