Soundbites

Compact in size but big on volume, the newest audio devices are proof that small can be mighty.
2017-05-01
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DEVIALET PHANTOM GOLD

Established high-end audio brand Devialet has launched a new edition of the Phantom Gold. In terms of looks, the speaker is compact and stylish in design, with 22kt rose-gold panelling. Inside, its 4,500 watts of power project an impressive 108 decibels of sound. It is, in a word, exhilarating. It also features a frequency range from 14Hz to 27KHz thanks to its in-built titanium speaker, meaning it can cope with a broad range of bass and treble to deliver any sound, whether rock, jazz or opera, quite beautifully.

TECHNICS SL-1200G

To mark its 50th anniversary, Technics released a limited edition of its SL-1200 series direct-drive turntable, with only 1,200 available. Following now is the SL-1200G. Based on the same design, the main enhancement is a direct-drive motor without an iron core to address sound-quality degradation caused by “cogging” – tiny vibrations in the rotational speed of the motor. A twin rotator construction limits vibration further to deliver that subtle analogue sound.

RUARK R4

With its curved walnut cabinet and simplistic design, the third-generation R4 from British brand Ruark Audio is one of the most stylish all-in-one music systems available. The latest model features a slot-loading CD player, as well as digital and FM radio tuners. It also uses an aptX-enabled Bluetooth receiver to stream and play music from compatible devices, producing CD-quality sound, while a handy USB port allows users to charge their smartphones. Set-up and programme information is neatly displayed on the OLED screen.

IXION MAESTRO

Designed, tuned and handmade in Norway, Ixion’s Maestro is available in white, red, grey and blue. The device is designed to function on its own, but can be used with Ixion’s Solo speakers to provide multi-room audio. It works either through a smartphone app or via the touchscreen, and can stream wirelessly via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. As well as digital radio, it features a number of built-in music apps that include Tidal, Spotify and Tuneln.

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