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Digital music

The Sound Blaster X7 made its debut at IFA 2014 in Berlin (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Creative Technologies has combined its audio processing know-how with high end audiophile-grade components and specifications for a new addition to the Sound Blaster audio family that's been developed to wrap serious gamers in high resolution sonic goodness. The new X7 boasts more features than any Sound Blaster before it, including a built-in power amp, cross-platform connectivity and intelligent audio enhancement technologies.  Read More

The Woburn features vintage-inspired grille cloth with the immediately recognizable Marsha...

Marshall Headphones brought four new products to IFA in Berlin this year. The Woburn and Acton join the Hanwell home audio thrower launched two years ago, which has now reached the end of its production run, and the current Stanmore model. Meanwhile, the new Mode EQ and Mode earphones team up with the Major, Minor and Monitor headphones.  Read More

The Reference Class system ready for a listening demo (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Technics is back. Panasonic has unveiled the first new hi-fi products from the highly-regarded brand in 6 years. The first two premium ranges out of the starting gate are the Reference Class R1 Series and the Premium Class C700 Series. Both ranges including a stereo amplifier, a network audio streamer and speakers (and the C700 also gets a CD player).  Read More

The Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 is a tactile DJ controller that allows DJs to mix tracks directly fr...

The days of a DJ turning up with a bag full of records to play on a pair of turntables are long gone. Today, digital music has largely taken vinyl's place and you don't even need the files on your computer any more. The new Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 allows DJs to mix tracks directly from Spotify.  Read More

The DSN-12 provides a 3D visualization of classic Korg synth sounds

Korg has announced plans to release new software on Nintendo’s 3DS handheld. Known as the DSN-12, and inspired by the classic MS-10 analog synthesizer, the software features a step sequencer, a 3D oscilloscope, and allows users to share their sounds.  Read More

The Voxtok audiophile-grade Capsule player and home music server, the VXK app and VXK clou...

Headquartered in the US, with R&D in Montpelier, France, Voxtok is currently putting the final touches to what's described as a new generation of Hi-Fi equipment. The company's Hi-Fi system is made up of a VXK Capsule that acts as both audiophile-grade music player and home music server, a mobile device app for remote control and more, and a dedicated cloud service for music library backup and playback while out and about. Two generations of prototypes have been developed, and a pre-production run of alpha units secured. Now Voxtok is looking for crowdfunding success to get its end-to-end solution into the hands of music lovers.  Read More

Motorola's Moto Stream brings wireless audio streaming capabilities to old stereo systems

Do you have a stack of speakers or stereo system at home collecting dust due to their inability to wirelessly connect to your digital music collection? The folks at Motorola have decided it’s time to modernize your antiquated audio system with the release of a portable wireless adapter called Moto Stream, which brings wireless audio streaming capabilities to older units.  Read More

Portalmod's MOD Duo prototype mounted in acrylic housing

The MOD system from Brazil's Portalmod was born of a desire to break free from the confines of carefully considered manufacturer-supplied digital effects for guitar and bass, and sail into the vast uncharted territory of independent developer-generated plug-ins. The hardware features its own mini computing system capable of wirelessly receiving user-customized virtual pedalboards configured via a browser-based interface. Having sold out of its original Quadra model, the company is currently making plans to release its next product, the MOD Duo, in the US.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the TriplePlay wireless MIDI controller and pickup from Fishman (Photo: Pau...

In addition to showing off its new Fluence pickup at this year's Winter NAMM, Fishman followed last year's debut of Godin's Session Custom TriplePlay guitar with a TriplePlay version of Fender's HSS Stratocaster. The wireless MIDI controller and hex pickup allows players to tap into a world of almost infinite digital sound generation, tracking the picking and neck action and sending the signals to a computer for processing and output. Gizmag was given the opportunity to give the system a whirl, but rather than break in a brand new instrument, we opted to attach the stand-alone version of the system to an otherwise innocent and unsuspecting guitar of our own.  Read More

Naim has unveiled the aluminum-clad Muso wireless music system

Streaming digital music around the home can be a lesson in compromise, offering convenience at the expense of fidelity. British high end audio specialist Naim says that its Muso system is different, claiming it delivers "a carefully engineered step up in sound quality and concentrates on creating the best possible experience for the listener whilst still being simple to set up and use." Taking design cues from its £125,000 (US$210,000) Statement home amplification system, but thankfully not costing quite as much, the aluminum-clad Muso treats each of its six speakers to its own digital amp for 450 W of combined power and supports the playback of high resolution WAV, FLAC and AIFF audio files.  Read More

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