1 Edition 85 – April 2014 X AVCables News: CYRUS REVEALES NEW FLAGSHIP AUDIO STREAMER……………….2 X Product Reviews: FURUTECH ADL X1 PORTABLE 24/192 HEADPHONE AMP, USB, I-DEVICE..…..4 X Industry News and Events: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN TABLETS HAVING HAPTIC FEEDBACK ……………..... 5 Click on logos or hyperlinks for more info! X Letters and Competition Corner: YOUR ‘AVCables CC focus’ - your source in keeping you up to date on all the latest news, LETTERS AND COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS……...... 6 reviews, events and technical commentary related to our world-renowned product ranges. Please forward any inputs, comments or suggestions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org X Classifieds and Special offers:……....7 Editorial Comment Welcome to our 85th edition of AVCables Focus Newsletter. A friendly reminder to please browse through our classifieds and product SPECIALS for great new deals on offer!! Let’s see what’s being covered: Enjoy! • Our regular ‘Feature’ section stands over. Jeandré Botha • In our ‘News’ section we announce the release of Cyrus’ new Flagship Music Streamer, the Stream X Signature. • In our ‘Reviews’ section we cover our first review (HiFi World Magazine) of the new Furutech ADL X1 portable 24/192 headphone Amp with USB DAC and i-device interface. • In our ‘Industry News’ section we take a look at the latest trends in developing Tablets having haptic capability….wow! What’s next!? Note: Product specials shown and entry into our quarterly competition are only valid for subscribers to our newsletters. Click here to subscribe NOW!! 2 News, Events and Reviews This section covers all the latest industry news and reviews on our products, as well as information on any local hi-fi news/events of interest. AVC ABLES CC Authorized SA Dealer Network (E=Ecosse, S=Spendor, F=Furutech, M = Multibrackets, C = Cyrus) GAUTENG (Pretoria/Centurion): The Audio Zone, E/F/M/C/S, Pretoria East, (084) 557 4091 • AVCables News • • Cyrus reveals their new flagship music streamer, the Stream X Signature A streaming music player finely tuned to provide the best sound quality possible….make the most of the latest high resolution music files, or upgrade the quality of your CD resolution music. • The Stream X Signature is a dedicated music streaming source that uses Cyrus’ advanced filtering and resonance reducing techniques to ensure the sound quality produced by the unit is completely unaffected by unwanted signals and noise. Based on their blue sky Anniversary System project, the Signature range uses the very best components and engineering techniques to provide music lovers with spine tingling high fidelity performance. As with all Cyrus’ products, the Stream X Signature can be connected to other Cyrus units via their unique MC-Bus connectivity. If you want to hear all of the detail, energy and emotion in your music, the Stream X Signature is the best streamer at its price point. Pixel Perfect, E/F/M, Lyttelton, 082 415 4480 Big 5 Import and Export, E/F/M, Pretoria, 084 940 0094 GAUTENG (JHB/Sandton/Benoni): • Global Sound, E/F/M, JHB, 082 906 0591 • Cyrus’ new flagship music streamer, the Stream X Signature allows you to browse and select from your entire music collection using the colour screen n-remote, or their iOS application, called “Cadence”. Stream from any UPnP or DLNA device, or use one of the streamer’s various other inputs to play music from your PC or mp3 player. Hi-Fi Installations, E/F/M, Centurion, (012) 663 1122 • • • • Multiroom AV, E/F, Oaklands, JHB 011 7288 817 Destiny Home Theater, E/F/M Sandton, 084 616 3314 HiFi Connection, E/F/M, Boksburg, (011) 823 3955 Sounds Unique, E/F/M, Shop L303, Cresta Shopping Mall, (011) 476 6798 Ampliphonic, Benoni, E/F/M/C/S, 082 775 9261 NORTH-WEST: • HiFi4U, E/F/M, Klerksdorp, 083 406 5907 • Digital Revolution, F/M, Rustenburg, (014) 592 6147 MPUMALANGA • Smart-Fi Audio Visual, E/S/F/M/C, Nelspruit, 083 419 5179 • Sphere Custom Design & Install, E/S/F, Nelspruit, 082 903 4344 WESTERN CAPE: • The Listening Room, E/F, Cape Town, 021 418 4379 • • • • • Signals Audio Visual, F, Cape Town, 082 573 2814 Celestial Sounds, F, Stellenbosch, 076 940 8985 Sound and Cinema, F, Cape Town, 021 683 6453 Immersive AV, E/F/M, Cape Town, 082 886 3922 Sound and Vision at Home, E/F/M, Bellville, 083 687 3333 KWA-ZULU NATAL: • Mod n Sound, M, Umhlanga, (031) 566 5510 • • Audio Excellence, F/M, Umhlanga, (031) 566 5931 The Listening Room, F/M, Umhlanga, 0315847194 Continued on next page…. Note: Product specials shown and entry into our quarterly competition are only valid for subscribers to our newsletters. Click here to subscribe NOW!! 3 News, Events and Reviews Stream X Signature Technical Specifications Signature series After the success of our limited edition Anniversary System, Signature brings the advances made in fine-tuning that to our separates. It’s the top range in the Cyrus catalogue, representing months of research, tuning and testing to produce the best Cyrus sound yet. TuneIn Radio Providing access to over 100,000 radio stations from around the world, TuneIn opens the door to all sorts of new music, allowing you to browse radio stations by category or location, and save favourites for easy access next time you switch on your streamer. Control The n-remote is an intuitive and much loved remote control with full colour LCD screen, allowing you complete access to browse your own music as well as TuneIn’s growing library of fantastic radio stations. Cadence is our iOS app (available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch), custom designed in house to work seamlessly with our streamers and provide a host of functions. Electrical Inputs: 2 Optical, 3 SPDIF, 1 USB and 1 RS232 Outputs: 1 SPDIF File compatibility: WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3, WMA, AIFF Sample rate compatibility: 24 bit/192Khz Communications: MC-BusTM System Bus Specifications Digital output voltage: 500mV pk-pk Digital Input Impedance: 75 Ω Dimensions: (H x W x D) 73 x 215 x 360 mm Weight: 4.7kg Retail: R28 999 Note: Product specials shown and entry into our quarterly competition are only valid for subscribers to our newsletters. Click here to subscribe NOW!! 4 News, Events and Reviews This section covers all the latest industry news and reviews on our products, as well as information on any local hi-fi news/events of interest. Latest Reviews/Awards HiFi World (UK) Magazine – March 2014 Furutech ADL X1 portable 24/192 headphone Amp with USB DAC and i-device interface "If you want a thoroughly modern battery powered headphone amplifier with plenty of volume, then this is the one. Literally a top rate product!" Furutech's latest portable 24/192 headphone Amp with USB DAC and i-device interface, the ADL X1, was recently reviewed by HiFi World (UK) Magazine and was awarded 5 stars: “Outstanding—amongst the best”. It`s the age of personal, portable electronics; everyone carries their music with them. Accessories reflect your personal style and the X1 is sure to create jealousy and envy wherever you go. It delivers thrilling sound to match its gorgeous appearance. Whether you`re using iTunes for low-bit-rate downloads or high resolution music files just connect your computer to the X1 with one of our matching ADL GT2 USB cables or the new ADL iD35 series analogue stereo cable. The X1 is small, discrete but highly specified with inputs supporting iOS and Android digital at up to 16/48 via Apple 30pin and Lightning or micro-B docking connectors for iPod, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The X1 also runs 24/192 SPDIF with high-resolution files from PC via the PC`s USB output. There`s an analogue line-level 4pin 3.5mm input and a 4-pin 3.5mm output for headphones in the 12 to 600 ohm range. The 4-pin input supports 3.5mm Remote and Mic Earphones. The 3.5mm TOSLINK optical output delivers SPDIF up to 24/192. There`s a convenient GND TRRS switch making it easy to change from one 4-pin set of headphones to another. Retail: R5 100 incl. Note: Product specials shown and entry into our quarterly competition are only valid for subscribers to our newsletters. Click here to subscribe NOW!! 5 News, Events and Reviews This section covers all the latest industry news and reviews on our products, as well as information on any local hi-fi news/events of interest. Industry News and Innovations • A Tablet Having Haptic Capability Moves Towards Commercialization, March 07, 2014, Display Central, Arthur Berman • Insight Media has reported on developments related to haptics for quite some time. This Display Daily article may be unique, however, in that it reports on a tablet with haptic capabilities that seems well on its way to actual commercialization. The news comes from the recent Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona where Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. (Kanagawa, Japan) demonstrated a prototype tablet with haptic capabilities. The surface of the tablet can produce sensations such as slipperiness or roughness appropriate to the image presented on the display. Koto: Offers users the sensation of plucking the strings of a traditional Japanese harp. DJ: The surface provides the user the sensation of touching the smooth surface of a CD. It also provided the user the sensation of touching a volume and other control bar. These bars feel convex, as if protruding above the surface. • Vault: Gives the user both the auditory and tactile feedback of rotating the dial of a combination lock. The user feels the moment when the lock opens. • Alligator: When touching the image of an alligator presented on the screen, the user will feel the sensation of the skin texture. The texture will be appropriate to the place on the alligator that is being touched. The Fujitsu Labs prototype produces a tactile sensation by changing the frictional force between the tablet surface and the user’s finger. This is accomplished by the use of ultrasonic vibrations. The introduction of an ultrasonic vibration on the tablet surface creates a high pressure layer of air between the tablet’s surface and the user’s fingertip. This has the effect of reducing friction and creating a floating effect. Utilization of this phenomenon makes it possible to create a slippery sensation on the tablet surface. Up till now, this particular sensation has been difficult to achieve using other techniques. Other sensations can be produced by rapidly cycling between states with high and low friction. By this means, a tactical illusion can be produced such that the tablet surface feels bumpy or rough. Visitors at the exhibition were able to experience four different demonstrations of the tactile sensations produced by the prototype tablet. These demonstrations also included corresponding visual and audio features. Events None Continued on next page…. Note: Product specials shown and entry into our quarterly competition are only valid for subscribers to our newsletters. Click here to subscribe NOW!! 6 Letters from our members NOTICE: Please feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com with your comments, suggestions, questions and/or inputs for possible addition to this section. 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