Exciting New Products from KEF, Wharfedale, Bel Canto, and More
By Bes Nievera
KEF Q Series
The eight generation of KEF's much-heralded, value-loaded speaker line takes aim at satisfying both stereo and multichannel listeners. Featuring the company's signature Uni-Q driver technology, each speaker provides wide imaging, freeing up the sweet spot and immersing you in sound no matter where you sit. In addition, Auxiliary Bass Radiator drivers on the tower models deliver enhanced bass performance that will pin you to your chair.
Wharfedale EVO Series
Wharfedale's all-new EVO Series recently appeared in our showroom for a hands-on demonstration. Once our sales team heard the line, nobody could stop talking about it. With custom-designed AMT tweeters, wide-throw silk-dome midrange drivers, and Kevlar bass drivers, EVO Series models make as dramatic a statement on music as they do when employed for multichannel home-theater use.
D.BOB Digital Breakout Box
We first heard this remarkable accessory at the 2019 AXPONA. In short, there's nothing on the market like it. If your universal player (like the Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 or Yamaha BD-A1060) supports HDMI out, and mates with any of our DSD-capable DACs, this little black box will revive your SACDs and have you running to hear more of your discs. Even Blu-rays get a tremendous boost. Arrange for a risk-free in-home audition today.
Bel Canto e1X Integrated Amplifier
Bel Canto's slim eX1 is about as musical as integrated amplifiers come in its class. A 180-watt U.S.A.-made powerhouse with a sophisticated onboard DAC, the Roon-ready device decodes MQA and up to DSD128 while its MM phono input invites you to spin vinyl. Designer John Stronczer visited our showroom for an in-depth conversation surrounding the technology, and subsequent listening tests bowled us over with purity, detail, and warmth. PS: Mr. Stronczer loves the JBL L100 Classics, and calls them the "perfect match" for his listening tastes.
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