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Thursday, 02 January 2020 12:23

Arendal Sound 1961 - Building bridges

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At the end of 2015, Jan Ove Lassesen surprised the Norwegian HiFi and AV world with the launch of a brand new speaker manufacturer - Arendal Sound. Now comes the next big step. Arendal Sound premiered the news in the end of October, and now the prices for the entire series have been revealed.

Wednesday, 01 January 2020 15:20

New Premium Series of soundbars from LG

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LG launch four new premium class soundbars. They are developed in collaboration with Meridian Audio.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 11:07

Records of the year 2019

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On the last day of the year, I take a look back at 2019, and select the very best records I've reviewed during this year. It has been a brutal process to have to reduce the selection to ten discs - there is an incredible amount of good music that has passed my keyboard over the past year. The order of this list is chronological. Enjoy the reading!

Sunday, 15 December 2019 09:14

Denon Home - a new generation of HEOS speakers

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Denon launch a new generation of streaming speakers. All models are certainly HEOS compatible.

The extreme dual-mono SINGularity is followed by a far more affordable MC-RIIA this December. We take a look at Entity and SINGularity.

Gold Note has launched a new power amplifier. The name is PA-10, and Gold Note experts will already know bythe  name that this is a compact model.

This Sunday we have come to Chicago VIII, perhaps one of the most anonymous albums from Chicago to that date, with the exception of a couple of tunes.

Thursday, 28 November 2019 20:36

Vera Audio - new Norwegian HiFi brand

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In Bergen there is a bit of everything happening, also within HiFi. And one of those things going on is that a brand new HiFi brand is emerging from the unknown.

That is -  Bjørn Omholt, the man behind Vera Audio isn`t totally unknown. Together with composer and musician Sveinung Nygaard he is the man behind the company Lyd & Akustikk, also in Bergen. Here, acoustic products are the main ingredient, at least until now.

Vera Audio P400/1000

The new product name Vera Audio will stand for truth in the audio industry, totally free from for Snake-oil and other marketing humbug, according to Omholt. Hence the name "Vera" - Latin for truth.

The very first product is a powerful Class D power amplifier. The model name is P400/1000, and should be on the market one of these days. It has a powerful power supply and is based on Ncore NC500 modules from Hypex. The power is at 400W at 8 ohms, and as the model name reflects, it can be bridged to a 1000W mono block at 8 ohms.

According to the manufacturer, both noise and distortion are at a very low level. Also, there is gain adjustment in 3dB steps separately for each channel, making the P400 / 1000 adaptable to different configurations.

A cabinet cut into one Block of aluminium makes you start to get some classy vibrations. You know this kind of thing from Linn Klimax, and if used in the right way may be used to provide a very elegant cabinet. The limited imagery available supports the impression of an elegant finish, and then time will tell if it sticks to the real thing.

The price of Vera Audio P400/1000 is set at 29,000, -

More models on the horizon

But there are already several models in progress from Vera Audio. Bjørn Omholt states that there is a new power amplifier in progress that is expected to be ready in a few months, but he is not quite ready to reveal more details yet.

A little further ahead on the horizon, some speaker constructions with uncertain time perspective are considered. "The target is at least one model in sales by 2020,"  Bjørn Omholt states. «We are working on with a large horn model with active crossovers».

We are excited about the continuation, and wish Vera Audio good luck with a bold and exciting investment in the Norwegian- and hopefully eventually also international HiFi market.


Read more about Vera Audio P400/1000 at Sound & Acoustics

This time we've come to what is perhaps the most interesting of all the Chicago studio albums. Because there is a lot going on here, both on the record and in the scenes.

Once again it has been settled that the tradition will continue also this year. Morten Lindberg and 2L receive two new Grammy nominations for 2020.

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