After a short period of almost eerie secrecy, Benchmark this month revealed the fruit of their latest collaboration with Californian high-fidelity and audio/visual company THX. Benchmark’s newly announced HPA4 product is pitched to serve as the 'Ultimate Headphone and Line Amplifier,' featuring a fully analogue signal path, touch screen interface and, perhaps most important of all, THX’s AAA or 'Achromatic Audio Amplifier' technology.

This year SCV Distribution will join Chester Hi-Fi and home cinema retailer Acoustica to showcase a selection of their premium headphone and portable audio ranges at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel (a stone’s throw from Chester Cathedral). As a professional audio distributor for over 30 years, SCV are a relatively new arrival in the Hi-Fi sector but have been quick to establish themselves as key suppliers of high-end audio innovations. So what’s on offer at Acoustica 2018?

Anyone who has seen Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla or any of five different James Bond films has enjoyed the spoils of David Arnold’s musical talents. His enormous body of film scoring work from 1993 to date spans both cinema and television (Sherlock, Little Britain and more). In recent years, he has also been involved in staged orchestral concerts showcasing a number of scores from his on-screen triumphs to live audiences.

This year, still on the noble mission to rid all audio equipment of acoustic anomalies, IsoAcoustics have turned their attention to Hi-Fi separates (or components, as they’re known across the pond). Their latest product aims to remove parasitic vibrations from amplifiers, mono-blocks, DACs, CD players, turntables and more, enabling a new standard of openness and sound clarity.

Fostex’s Regular Phase (RP) technology has been a corner stone of their headphone empire since the 1970s and countless pairs are still being enjoyed use across homes and recording studios alike. The specially designed polyimide-film diaphragms are capable of awesome accuracy and an all-round ‘crisp’ audio reproduction, whilst the neodymium magnet boasts transient characteristics tolerating up to 3000mW of input.

Over the last few months some of the keen-eyed among you may have noticed certain changes occurring on the SCV Distribution site. Behind the scenes, our digital team has been hard at work developing a better experience for fans of our distributed lines, UK/EU dealers and product end-users alike.

It’s that time of year again – Hi-Fi and consumer audio fans across the UK (and beyond) begin almost levitate westward a westerly direction, assembling at the revered Sound & Vision Bristol Show – in association with Audio-T.

In this 'Part Two' article we take another dive into the latest product annoucements at this year's Winter NAMM in Anaheim California from the likes of Focal and Black Lion Audio. Focal Professional launched one of the largest arrays of new products in one hit that we’ve seen in recent years, announcing brand new additions to their professional headphone range, plus a new extension to their hugely popular Shape Studio Monitor family.

An enormous chunk of our beloved industry left the UK’s drizzly shores last week to attend the hugely popular Winter NAMM show in Anaheim California. Amongst the multitude of product launches and music industry awards were some particularly exciting announcements from SCV’s UK-distributed lines...

For a full decade Avantone's MixCubes have been known for two stand-out qualities: having equal height, depth and width measurements and - more importantly - offering a unique insight into studio mixes which optimises music for playback on consumer audio devices (think iPhones, radios and in-ear headphones).

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