Exposure's integrated stereo amplifier (2 x 110W) is beautifully put together at the price, with a solid aluminium casing and minimalist design that ensures it looks good on any hi-fi rack. It has a fast, powerful sound that’s tonally smooth and neutral enough to kick back with for lengthy sessions. An optional plug-in DAC board with Wolfson’s WM8742 chipset and USB and BNC inputs supports PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution and DSD 64. Throw in the optional £240 onboard phono stage (in moving magnet or moving coil flavours) and you have a formidable integrated amplifier package.
There's a new DAC in the Bryston line-up, the Canadian company’s highest resolution model to date. The BDA-3 is DSD-capable, a first for Bryston, and will decode up to DSD-256 via its asynchronous USB inputs, and accept SACD input via HDMI.
A generous 10 discreet inputs are provided, including four 2-channel HDMI ones, two asynchronous USB, and one each balanced XLR, optical and coaxial. Balanced and single-ended analogue outputs are included, and also on board is Bryston’s network module for control via TCP/IP and RS-232 in modern smart home platforms.
"High performance and versatility were the benchmarks that we established for the BDA-3 when we began working on the design," said Bryston CEO Chris Russell in a press statement.
"We wanted to create the ultimate DAC for traditional audiophiles as well as those enthusiasts using a computer-based system. The USB and HDMI interfaces deliver the extremely high bit rate that consumers demand while ensuring compatibility with high-performance computer-based music playback systems, and combination of stereo and multi-channel theatre systems."
"With a vast array of available inputs, the BDA-3 is compatible with just about any digital source, enabling enthusiasts with older SACD or universal players to benefit from the performance of this advanced new DAC," Russell added.
The BDA-3’s brand new chipset can decode up to 32-bit/384 kHz PCM files and up to DSDx4 natively. Each format is processed in native resolution for bit-perfect signals all the way to the analogue outputs. Jitter is reduced to nearly negligible levels with Bryston’s ultra-precise re-clocking circuit.
The proprietary analogue section is completely free of integrated circuits, resulting in non-limiting bandwidth and dynamic range.
The Guangzhou Show is taking place at Dong Fang Hotel, 120 Liuhua Road, Guangzhou this Friday. The 3-day event will feature the China premiere of the Kepheus Momentum loudspeaker by Peak Consult of Denmark. Partnering equipment comprises an Acoustic Signature analogue turntable with tonearm and classic electronics by Burmester. Spectacular demo sessions will be held in Richcoln Company Ltd's exhibition booth in Conference Room # 2 on the ground floor of Tower 2 of Dong Fang Hotel.
The B135 SST² is an upgraded version of the classic B-100 integrated amplifier. Embracing Bryston's latest technological advances and components to date, it features sonic neutrality, fine texture and powerful drive for easy loudspeaker matching. Meanwhile, the bass quantity of the PMC twenty.26 demands amplifiers with speed and driving power, rendering the Bryston B135 SST² a natural partner to form an uncolored monitoring combination. The inornate sound in playback of superb music programs is truthful enough to reveal the actual recordings in process.....
Thomas Newman, composer of countless blockbuster movie scores has once again created the gripping music for the latest James Bond film using PMC. Spectre joins Skyfall to make up a duo of Bond movies for which PMC IB2, three way monitors have been used during the crucial writing process.
". . . the main thing about them, for me, is that they make speakers that I forget are there. You stop thinking of them as speakers - they're a conduit for music and sound, and you just believe what you're hearing." - Thomas Newman
The long awaited 24th Bond film, Spectre, was released in UK cinemas on 26th October.
iZotope, Inc., maker of award-winning software for audio production, has chosen PMC loudspeakers for its new studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Featuring a multi-use mastering room as well as a flexible live room and control room, iZotope Studios was designed to support product design and development, in-studio and webcast educational events, preset design, and research into digital signal processing.
iZotope engaged noted mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner, now Chief Engineer and also Education Director at iZotope, to steer the studio’s conception and planning, and he was assisted by renowned acoustician Francis Manzella.
“iZotope has a reputation for world-class audio quality,” explains Brian McQuoid, iZotope’s Chief Operations Officer, “iZotope Studios supports our continued work to that standard, and is a physical expression of that commitment to quality.”
Performance and aesthetics were the key factors why iZotope chose PMC for its new rooms. Of their two studios, the first features a pair of MB2S, 3 way, passive monitors powered by two PMC active 7B mono amplifiers and the second a pair of IB1S 3 way, passive monitors teamed with a PMC active 4B amplifier.
"The PMC monitors are well balanced and musical," Wyner says. "They also suit a wide range of musical material. I worked closely with PMC's US President of Sales and Marketing, Maurice Patist, and he recommended these models based on the studios' intended use and the room dimensions. As a mastering engineer, I believe a no-holds-barred listening experience is essential to achieve great results in production, product development and teaching. These speakers satisfy that requirement."