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Connected Distribution to supply RTI control solutions

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Connected Distribution has today announced its appointment as a distributor for the RTI range of automation and control systems.

The RTI advanced control products for residential and commercial installations provide a comprehensive solution for the custom installer. Its award-winning wired, wireless and app-based products offer total control over entertainment, distributed audio and video, lighting, climate and security. The company’s Integration Designer programming software enables powerful, customised integration of third-party products.

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Mike Bonnette, Connected Distribution’s director says, “We are delighted to add RTI to our portfolio of distributed AV products. This powerful and hugely flexible platform will enable our customers to provide unparalleled personalised system control for their end-user clients.” He continues, “Used in conjunction with the HD video products we supply from Pulse-Eight and our highly regarded audio brands, such as Russound, RTI underlines our offering as the one stop shop for the custom installation sector.”

Used in conjunction with the company’s other brands, including Russound, Yamaha, Pulse-Eight and Parasound, plus loudspeaker solutions from the likes of Cabasse and Atlantic Technology, RTI from Connected Distribution offers a total solution for the market.

The RTI product range will be supported by comprehensive training from Connected Distribution and the UK master distributor, Pulse-Eight.

RTI will be available from 1stJune.

 


 

Connected Distribution at EI Live 2019

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Connected Distribution will be using the UK’s only custom installation show to present new products from its key brands, including Russound, Cabasse and Soundcast and introduce the show visitors to other exciting additions to its range.

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Among the key new product introductions will be the Russound MBX series of streamer/amplifiers. The compact MBX-AMP amplifier and MBX-PRE pre-amplifier are the first of a new generation of streaming products designed to deliver streamed and networked music, internet radio, streaming via Bluetooth, Chromecast or Airplay and local TV sound, right into the customer’s room or as part of a multi-room installation.The range of connectivity options and ability to reproduce high-resolution audio at competitive prices set them apart from their rivals. 

Also launching at EI Live from Russound are the IC series ceiling speakers, which incorporate the latest advances in material technologies and are designed, manufactured and tuned for a highly rewarding listening experience. The range of speaker solutions provide excellent choices in any application - from the budget-minded to audio-purists. Each speaker includes Easygrip™ and the IC-620, IC-820, and IC-630 models include Swiftlock™ for effortless installation at the push of a button – no more screw drivers required. 

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New from French loudspeaker experts Cabasse, The Pearl is an active, high-definition, connected speaker, that concentrates all the expertise and technology from the legendary La Sphère into a compact form. The Pearl has the “je ne sais quoi” that appeals to the most demanding customers looking to acquire a compact and wireless speaker, without compromising on acoustic quality.

The Cabasse Eole 4 is the 4th generation of Europe’s biggest selling home cinema speaker package. It brings all the benefits of Cabasse co-axial drive unit technology to home cinema fans in a stylish new package. Five discreet spherical satellite speakers, featuring new grilles and adaptable mounting bases, plus a new slimline subwoofer make it the installers’ and interior designers’ perfect cinema speaker solution.

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Summer is coming and Soundcast outdoor speakers provide the perfect add-on sale for installers. These Bluetooth, weatherproof, portable high-performance wireless audio speakers deliver the ultimate in sound quality and are designed to work seamlessly with any lifestyle, indoors or out. With five loudspeaker products in the VGX series and a Bluetooth transmitter in the range, there is a product for every application, from a pocket sized portable and fully waterproof speaker to the class-leading flagship outdoor portable.

Full scale cinema installations are the domain of Earthquake. A brand known best for its no-compromise subwoofers, the show visitors will also get to see the carbon drive unit centre channels, line array in-walls and of course the famous subwoofers.

Other products on display from Connected Distribution’s portfolio will include Pulse-Eight HDMI solutions, Atlantic Technology home cinema loudspeakers, Yamaha home cinema and multi-room electronics and Sanus mounting solutions.

See Connected Distribution at EI Live, April 30 - May 1, Farnborough Exhibition Centre

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Parasound heads north for the Acoustica Show

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Parasound will be presenting a selection of new products at the Acoustica Hi-Fi Show on 6thand 7thApril in Chester, including the UK show debut for the P6 pre-amplifier and JC5 power amplifier, bringing all the power and poise so cherished by the professional recording industry to the audiophiles of the north west.

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On permanent demonstration at Acoustica, the Parasound products redefine the proposition of value and despite the low prices, compared to comparable performance products, they are the amplifiers of choice for many of the major movie studios, composers, artists, recording engineers and music studios. With Parasound there is no separate "pro" line of products, and nothing is specially modified for the industry insiders. The amplifiers available for use in the home are exactly the same as those that Pixar, Sony and Lucasfilm and many others, for whom money is no object, choose to buy. Visitors to the Acoustica show will find out for themselves why Parasound is so revered.

The P6 pre-amplifier allows audiophiles to seamlessly bridge the analogue and digital divide in these ever-changing multi-format days. On the digital side, new technologies have changed the way audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music, so the P6 features a ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC with USB, optical and coax inputs. The coax and optical accept all sampling rates up to 192 kHz, 24-bit, whilst the USB input is capable of DSD & 384kHz/32-bit PCM. On the analogue stage, with the vinyl resurgence, Parasound has included a genuinely great and adaptable phono stage to accommodate MM & MC cartridges.

Partnering the P6 will be the new A23+ stereo power amplifier, which features 2 x 160 watts into 8 ohms and will be powering the Cabasse Murano Alto loudspeakers. Vinyl duties will be handled by the extremely well reviewed JC3+ phono stage.

Connected Distribution will also be showing off the new Parasound Hint 6 integrated amplifier and the new ZphonoXRM, Parasound’s latest phono preamplifier which combines high performance with unprecedented versatility - and at a price that fills the gap between the popular Zphono and the internationally acclaimed JC 3 Jr. 

Bringing the power to the show will be the colossal JC5 power amplifier, which distils the essence of the top-of-the-line Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifiers into a single chassis. The design features a high power and ultra-high bias Class A/AB topography capable of delivering 400 watts per channel. The JC5 will be in use in the Bowers & Wilkins room.

“We’re very excited to be taking the Parasound range to the Acoustica Show,” says Mike Bonnette from Connected Distribution. “Acoustica is one of the major Parasound retailers in the UK and is serving the music lovers of the north west very well by combining the amplifiers with top-quality audio streamers, resulting in simply sublime sounds. We are looking forward to sharing this with the show visitors.”

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More on the Parasound range HERE


 

Cabasse launches Eole 4 home cinema speakers

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Cabasse UK distributor, Connected Distribution, is excited to announce the availability of the 4th generation of the EOLE 5.1 speaker system, bringing all the benefits of Cabasse co-axial drive unit technology in a stylish new package to home cinema fans so they can get the full experience from their favourite films, TV shows and sporting events.

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The 4th generation of Europe’s biggest selling home speaker package comes with five spherical satellite speakers, featuring new grilles and mounting bases plus a new slimline subwoofer.

Spherical speakers are the perfect design, eliminating cabinet induced diffraction and enabling a very wide dispersion of sound that is perfect for home cinema systems. Each 13cm diameter satellite presents the Cabasse properties of efficiency, power, transparency and stable soundstage from its coaxial driver: a 29mm tweeter dome and a 100mm medium-woofer.

The new style grille fitted to the satellites creates a more refined look, with an improved and more open profile than its predecessor, that brings even more transparency and a better high frequency response.

Also new for Eole 4, each satellite comes with a mounting base which allows users to choose between two configurations during set up, adding a pure and elegant shape to the satellites whether they be installed on walls or located on shelves. The magnetic base makes it possible to position the satellites in all directions, making it possible to focus the speakers for an optimal configuration that harmonises the aesthetics and the acoustics of any room, resulting in an impressively realistic soundstage without being intrusive.

The low frequencies are provided by a newly designed subwoofer – Lipari 21 – with its “Super Slim” format. The subwoofer was designed using the same logic as for the satellite speakers, which guarantees realistic and powerful sound reproduction in a discrete presentation. Practical, lighter and thinner (15x39x39cm) than its predecessor, the Lipari 21 can be placed vertically against a wall or horizontally underneath furniture for an even more discrete installation, without altering the sound from the 21cm woofer. Peak power of 400W provides the maximum in realistic and faithful sound for both home cinema and music.

Eole 4, in black or white, is available now with a UK MSRP of £899 inc. VAT.

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Read more about Eole 4 HERE

 


 

Russound’s new MBX-PRE and MBX-AMP professional grade streamers

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Russound, distributed by Connected Distribution, is introducing the compact MBX-AMP amplifier and MBX-PRE pre-amplifier, the first of a new generation MBX streaming audio products designed to deliver networked music, internet radio, streaming via Bluetooth, Chromecast or Airplay and local TV sound, right to the customer’s room or multi-room installation.

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The 50 watts-per-channel MBX-AMP is the cornerstone of a distributed audio system, whether centralised or decentralised, for installers who need to offer the most up-to-date streaming solutions to their clients. Its range of connectivity options and ability to reproduce high-resolution audio sets it apart. Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet connections allow for quick, reliable streaming of all network stored music, plus Tidal and Deezer at up to 24bit/192kHz high resolution. In addition to TuneIn, vTuner, UPnP, DLNA and Apple AirPlay, the MBX features built-in Chromecast to play any music (e.g. Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.). With integrated Chromecast, the MBX is compatible with Google Home and can be voice controlled via Google Assistant. Both products can be controlled using the intuitive MyRussound app for iOS and Android and is compatible with the Russound XTS touchscreen.

External audio sources can be connected via an optical digital or analogue input, plus a USB socket makes provision for locally stored music to be played. Each audio input can be distributed to the other MBX players for a true whole-house, multi-room, audio experience. Analogue line level and optical digital outputs permit connection to external amplifiers and distributed audio systems. The MBX-AMP also features a dedicated subwoofer output.

The 21cm x 18cm x 4.5cm MBX-AMP is slim enough to wall mount behind a TV and attractive enough to have on display in a room, the MBX also features an optical digital input to which the TV’s audio output can be connected. Auto sensing of the TV signal when it is switched on overrides the streaming audio connection to the MBX and feeds the sound directly to the connected loudspeakers. An IR input for control via the TV’s remote makes operation simple.

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The companion MBX-PRE is a preamplifier version of MBX-AMP. It features all the same connections, streaming services and high-resolution audio capabilities as its sibling, but is designed solely to feed any external amplifier or distributed audio system. Both models feature a 12v trigger output to control additional equipment.

Charlie Porritt, Russound CEO, describes the impact of these new MBX streamers, “While small in size, these new streamers deliver a lot: bringing really helpful additional features, superb performance and fingertip convenience to every TV installation or entertainment zone of our dealers’ installations. Designed and built with the input of many experienced Russound integrators, these robust MBX streamers are more flexible to install, easier for consumers to operate and they perform beautifully.”

Mike Bonnette, Connected Distribution’s Technical Director adds, “Our close working relationship with Russound, over the past 19 years, has been hugely beneficial for the UK based custom installers, in that we have been able to interact directly with the R&D team to offer advice as to the features and benefits that are needed in our market. The MBX series addresses many of the needs of our installers, offering exceptional performance, simplicity of installation, ease of use and huge amounts of flexibility. We are confident they will provide installers with an unbeatable proposition for their clients’ installations.”

More on the MBX series HERE


 

Chest Heart & Stroke Charity benefits from Parasound and Fish Auction


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A Parasound hi-fi system signed by the rock star and platinum-selling artist, Fish, recently sold at auction in aid of Fish’s chosen charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, and the lucky winner was able to meet his musical hero during the presentation of the proceeds to the charity.

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Connected Distribution, UK distributor for Parasound, organised the charity auction in conjunction with Fish, who is a Parasound endorsee. The signed Parasound Z Series hi-fi system, comprising: Zpre v.2, Zamp v.3, Zdac v.2 and Zphono was listed for sale on ebay and publicised to the huge fan base via the Fish’s website and social media channels.

Barry Capper, a lifelong lover of Fish’s music, was the winner of the system, which had been bid for by his wife as a surprise Christmas present. Barry was invited to join Fish for the soundcheck at the final date of his European tour in Glasgow, before the presentation of a cheque for £1000 to Lauren Mackenzie of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. Barry and his family were then able to enjoy the sell-out concert and got a chance to meet up with Fish after the gig.

Mike Bonnette, director of Connected Distribution says, “We were delighted to be able to facilitate this charity auction in conjunction with Fish and the very worthwhile charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, to support the amazing work it does with people across the country in helping improve their rehabilitation from stroke, heart attack and breathing conditions.” 

Commenting on the afternoon’s event, Barry said, “Just wanted to say a big thank you to Fish and Connected Distribution for making my year with the surprise presentation onstage before the gig in Glasgow. And for a great night.”

“For any loyal fan, owning something signed by your musical hero is a real coup.” adds Mike Bonnette. “For Barry, it’s not only a genuinely unique souvenir of his favourite musician, but a top flight Parasound hi-fi system that will enhance his enjoyment of Fish’s music for years to come.”

Lauren Mackenzie, assistant fundraiser, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, said, “We were absolutely delighted to be Fish’s chosen charity. This incredible donation will help people in Scotland to rebuild their lives after diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or following a stroke. A huge thank you to Fish and the Capper’s for supporting us and helping to change lives.”

Derek Dick, otherwise known as Fish, is a successful solo artist and the former Marillion frontman and lyricist who fronted the band from 1981 to 1988, during the period of the critically acclaimed and iconic Misplaced Childhood album. Since that time, he has gone on to explore contemporary pop, traditional folk and rock music, releasing over 12 albums and touring the world to a huge and loyal international fan base. 

Fish has chosen Parasound’s exceptionally well-reviewed Halo Integrated amplifier for the main audio system in his home and studio located close to Edinburgh. The Parasound amplifier will enable Fish and his band members to record the forthcoming album, “Weltschmerz”, in their dedicated studio facility and carefully monitor the results before commercial pressings are made.

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More on the Parasound Z Series here

More on Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland here

The Pearl from Cabasse - a new jewel in the acoustic streaming crown


 

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Connected Distribution, exclusive UK distributor of Cabasse, the iconic French loudspeaker brand, announces the launch of The Pearl, an active, high-definition connected speaker, that concentrates all the expertise and technology from the legendary La Sphère into a compact form.

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After three years extensive research and development, its refined and powerful design presents ultra-pure acoustics, faithful to brand signature sound, and perfect reproduction of music. The Pearl has the “je ne sais quoi” that appeals to the most demanding music lovers looking to acquire a compact and wireless speaker, without compromising on acoustic quality.

In keeping with the familiar Cabasse aesthetic, The Pearl’s spherical shape is ideal for spatial coherence and also plays the seduction card with its decorative jewel-like casing that evokes both gentleness and power. Manufactured and finished to the highest standards, the materials chosen for its construction help channel the performance. No fewer than six layers of lacquer were necessary to obtain the best possible finish on the reinforced double-shell cabinets, in either metallic black with pure chromium rings, or pearl white with silver rings. 

As the inventor of coaxial technology, which has forged the reputation of the brand for decades, Cabasse has succeeded in a new technological feat with The Pearl: develop and integrate into a much smaller volume (32cm for The Pearl,compared to 130cm in height for La Sphère), the first compact triaxial loudspeaker. Its brand new 25cm bass driver has a linear excursion of more than 30mm, offering an exceptional level of rich bass, and is coupled with the coaxial midrange and tweeter in Cabasse patented carbon. Exceptional power handling and a wide smooth frequency response from 14Hz to 27kHz, without directivity issues, coloration or distortion, makes it possible to free the music from technical constraints, leaving only the essence of the performance. 

With the sound output equivalent to that of a Formula 1 car (118dB) from its 1600W RMS (3200W peak) amplifiers and Cabasse acoustic expertise, The Pearl successfully reproduces all the purity of sound. For the perfect and fully immersive experience the Cabasse engineers have equipped The Pearl with an automatic calibration system (CRCS) that takes full advantage of the integrated microphone and Cabasse patented technology from the flagship La Sphère.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

For an even more exceptional sound, it is possible to link two Pearl speakers through a simple direct Wi-Fi connection, without then need for an additional box or hub, making it possible to listen to digital audio sources in stereo with unrivaled performance. Connectivity options also permit the use of external sources such as a television, CD player, or even a turntable/phono stage combination via the optical and analogue inputs. Easy to add to any interior decor, thanks to the versatile stands or wall brackets, two Pearls present the music and movies with the precision of a high-end stereo audio system.

The Pearl, with its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, integrates seamlessly within the Cabasse StreamCONTROL multi-room system and supports MP3, AAC, WMA, AIFF, FLAC and ALAC files including 24bit/192kHz high definition, whether they are stored on USB connected hard disks, networks or computers, internet radio or online music services (Spotify, Qobuz, Napster, Deezer, Tidal). The Pearl is compatible with the Google Assistant and soon Amazon Alexa and permits streaming anywhere in the home of any source connected to the speaker, as well as phones or tablets connected via Bluetooth.

For simplified use, The Pearl is also supplied with a remote control with the same refined finishes and clean, ergonomic design. The Bluetooth connected remote can easily control The Pearl’s volume by rotating the ring, and select the choice of input, operate play and pause and selection of a favourite radio station or music track from the presets.


 

Parasound Charity Auction with Fish

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Connected Distribution, UK distributor for Parasound, is launching a charity auction in conjunction with the well-known rock star and platinum-selling artist, Fish, enabling one lucky person to win a complete system signed by the man himself.

Fish’s chosen charity, Chest Heart Stroke Scotland, will benefit from 100% of the proceeds of the auction which is for a complete Parasound Z Series hi-fi system, comprising: Zpre v.2, Zamp v.3, Zdac v.2 and Zphono.

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The auction goes live on eBay at 9.00pm Monday 24thSeptember, to coincide with Fish’s concert in Leamington Spa, at which fans will be able to pick up information about the auction. It runs for one week, taking in the Festival of Sound, where the complete system will be displayed in the Connected Distribution room, D7 Graves.

Derek Dick, otherwise known as Fish, is a successful solo artist and the former Marillion frontman and lyricist who fronted the band from 1981 to 1988, during the period of the critically acclaimed and iconic Misplaced Childhood album. Since that time, he has gone on to explore contemporary pop, traditional folk and rock music, releasing over 12 albums and touring the world to a huge and loyal international fan base. 

Fish has chosen Parasound’s exceptionally well-reviewed Halo Integrated amplifier for the main audio system in his home and studio located close to Edinburgh. The integration of Parasound amplification will enable Fish and his band members to record the upcoming album, “Weltschmerz”, in their dedicated studio facility and carefully monitor the results before commercial pressings are made.  

Mike Bonnette, director of Connected Distribution, comments, “When we suggested to Fish that we could run a charity auction using some of the Parasound products he immediately agreed and nominated the charity Chest Heart Stroke Scotland. His connection with the charity goes back a while, as his mother used to volunteer in its North Berwick shop and Fish actually performed the opening ceremony when that branch opened.

“We are delighted to be able to assist with money raising for this very worthwhile charity and would urge all Fish and Marillion fans, and lovers of good music and excellent hi-fi to take part in the auction. The system is worth over £1800 and with Fish’s signature is a priceless collector’s item which deserves to do very well in the auction.”

The charity auction runs on eBay from 9pm 24thSeptember until 9pm 1stOctober and can be found by searching for ‘Parasound ZSeries - signed by Fish’ or eBay item number 382562526178.


 

Win tickets to see Fish live in concert

WIN TICKETS TO SEE FISH LIVE IN CONCERT

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To celebrate the endorsement of the Parasound Hint integrated amplifier by legendary rock star, Fish, we're offering three pairs of guest list tickets for his concert on 24th September at Leamington Spa. 

Follow this link https://1.shortstack.com/vlnNh0 to enter the competition. All entries must be in by 18th September and winners will be notified on 19th September.

Fish, is a successful solo artist and the former Marillion frontman and lyricist who fronted the band from 1981 to 1988, during the period of the critically acclaimed and iconic Misplaced Childhood album. Since that time, he has gone on to explore contemporary pop, traditional folk and rock music, releasing over 12 albums and touring the world to a huge and loyal international fan base.

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Fish has chosen Parasound’s exceptionally well-reviewed Halo Integrated amplifier for the main audio system in his home and studio located close to Edinburgh. The integration of Parasound amplification will enable Fish and his band members to record the upcoming album, “Weltschmerz”, in their dedicated studio facility and carefully monitor the results before commercial pressings are made.

More on the Parasound Hint HERE


 

Introducing the Parasound Halo Integrated 6 (Hint 6 to its friends)

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Following on from the success of its first ever integrated amplifier, the Halo Integrated, Parasound has unveiled the Halo Integrated 6 (AKA HINT 6). Upgraded components, more features, more inputs and a cutting-edge volume control join the HINT’s core architecture and John Curl designed 160-watt class A/AB power amplifier stage.

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Named HINT 6 to reflect the pre-amp stage being derived from the forthcoming Parasound P 6 pre-amp, this second iteration HINT remains faithful to the original’s ‘powerful, musical and versatile’ design philosophy as well as its value-engineered price. 

With a 1.1kVa transformer and dual-mono power supply at its heart, the new HINT 6 adds a Burr-Brown analogue resistor ladder volume control with ball-bearing supported aluminium knob. It offers an updated USB input and DAC implementation, and a further improved phono stage with higher gain for lower output cartridges. New convenience features include dimmable display, volume level memory and an additional optical input. 

In addition to the class A/AB power section carried over from the original HINT, the HINT 6 retains the dedicated high-current headphone amplifier, a direct input that bypasses the pre-amp section, 12v trigger and IR integration, and fully balanced XLR in/out connections. Comprehensive analogue bass management and subwoofer control can be engaged for 2.1 systems and the phono stage offers variable loading for MM and MC cartridges. The Hint 6 is supplied with a robust, back-lit remote control.

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Comments Parasound founder and president, Richard Schram: “The HINT receivedoutstanding accoladesfrom audiophile magazines around the world, so we looked carefully at what we could improve without significantly increasing the price. 

“We began by upgrading key parts in the analogue preamp circuitry to achieve exceptional sonic transparency and improved channel separation. On the digital side, we redesigned the ESS-based DAC implementation making it easier to integrate with cutting-edge PCs and music servers. We also thoroughly modernised the volume control, replacing the original’s motorised potentiometer with an electronically switched, pure analogueresistor ladder array to achieve exceptional channel tracking even at low listening levels. John Curl’s circuit topology is timeless, so we carried over the Halo Integrated’s 160-watt, Class A/AB power amplifier stage to the HINT 6.

Finished in the new Halo cosmetic with gold trim and hand-milled aluminium end-caps, the Halo Integrated 6 is available now in silver or black. 

More about the Hint 6 HERE


 

Cabasse and Parasound at Festival of Sound

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Connected Distribution, exclusive UK distributors of high-end hi-fi from Cabasse, Parasound and Heed will be launching a number of new products at Festival of Sound from 28-30 September, London Novotel West, Hammersmith.

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In room D7 Graves on the 2nd Floor of the Novotel London West, show visitors will get the opportunity to experience the latest products from Parasound and Cabasse, including the JC5 stereo power amplifier, JC3 JR phono pre-amplifier and Murano Alto loudspeakers.

The John Curl designed JC5 distils the essence of the top-of-the-line Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifiers into a single stereo chassis. The design features a high power and ultra-high bias Class A/AB topography capable of delivering 400 watts per channel (8 ohms), or 600 watts per channel into 4 ohms and can also be bridged to mono for 1,200 watts into 8 ohms.

Building on the phenomenal success of the JC3+ phono pre-amp, the JC3 JRboasts a plethora of unrivalled features including 50 to 550 ohm continuously variable MC impedance, mono switch to improve the sound of older vinyl and a Carl Thompson designed circuit board. The JC3 JR specification boasts RIAA accuracy to within 0.2dB, S/N ratio up to 94dB and THD below 0.02%, making it a perfect audiophile choice at an affordable price.

Pre-amplifier duties will be handled by the respected Parasound JC2 BP.

Cabasse’s latest tower speaker, the Murano Alto is a high-end and high-performance loudspeaker that offers a big sound and the benefits of co-axial drive unit technology in a compact slim-line enclosure. Murano Alto uses technology trickled down from the Cabasse flagship products, such as the midrange-tweeter coaxial driver from the Cabasse masterpiece system, l’Océan, and two new designs of honeycomb membrane woofers, developed from La Sphère. The combination of such high-end components into a more compact loudspeaker make it possible for users of the Murano Alto to experience the effortless reproduction of music that Cabasse is famous for.

Mike Bonnette, Connected Distribution’s product director says “The combination of Parasound electronics and Cabasse loudspeakers is one which has been tried and tested across our network of dealers. The three new products from these respected brands, that we’ll be showcasing at Festival of Sound, work brilliantly together and we know the show visitors are going to really enjoy the sonic experience.” He adds, “We’re also working on some musical treats which will complement other attractions at the show. Watch this space and all will be revealed.”

Connected Distribution will be joined in the Graves Suite by equipment rack supplier Quadraspire and source components will be provided by Vertere Acoustics. Cabling will be courtesy of Russ Andrews and Kimber Kable.

More on the Cabasse Murano Alto HERE

More on the Parasound JC5 HERE


 

Introducing the Parasound Halo JC5

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Parasound is pleased to announce a new flagship stereo power, the Halo JC5. Designed by the legendary John Curl, the Halo JC5 distils the essence of the top-of-the-line Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifiers into a single chassis. The design features a high power and ultra-high bias Class A/AB topography capable of delivering 400 watts per channel.

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High bias class A/AB provides 12 watts per channel pure class A power and class AB effortlessly to its 400 watts per channel 8 ohm rating. It can deliver 600 watts per channel into 4 ohms and can be bridged to mono for 1,200 watts into 8 ohms. The output stage employs 24 beta-matched, 15 ampere, 60 MHz bipolar transistors to deliver a formidable peak current of 90 amperes.

The power supply employs a 1.7 kVA shielded toroid power transformer with a premium H18 grade steel core. It has independent secondary windings for its dual-mono power supply. As with the JC 1, input stage B+/B- rails are 10 V above the output stage rails to eliminate distortion caused by voltage sagging when the amp is under load. Independent power supplies for left and right channel input stages employ filter capacitors totalling 8,880 µF. Driver and output stages employ massive Rubicon filter capacitors totalling 132,000 µF.

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The Halo JC 5 is direct-coupled, protected by DC servo circuits to eliminate coupling capacitors, to extend bass response down to 5 Hz. Its balanced inputs use discrete circuits with Neutrik locking XLR connectors. The connecting hardware includes Vampire 24k gold-plated RCA input and loop output jacks. Five-way "propeller" speaker binding posts are custom-manufactured for Parasound by CHK Infinium. They are 24k gold-plated and accept 7-gauge bare wire. 

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Comments Parasound founder and president, Richard Schram: “The new JC 5 is a remarkable amplifier that creates a new sweet spot in our Halo product family. Our customers often tell us they love everything the JC 1 offers while wondering if we could deliver comparable performance in a no-compromise stereo power amplifier, to save them money and space. We challenged John Curl to distil the essence of two JC 1 mono blocks into a single chassis and the result has exceeded everyone's expectations."

Parasound's refined Halo design aesthetic is evident in the JC 5. Slim, hand-milled solid aluminium endcaps with gold highlights amplify its grace and elegance. The JC 5 is available in silver or black. Rack mount hardware for its four rack space chassis is included. The net weight is 33kg.

 The Parasound Halo JC5 is available now in the UK, with an SRP of £6,999.00

Find out more HERE

Connected Distribution at EI Live 2018

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Connected Distribution is once again joining forces with its supplier partner, Pulse-Eight, to present the “Connected Distribution and Pulse-Eight Lounge” at this year’s EI Live. Taking over the 180m2Champagne Lounge at Sandown Park, Esher, from 9thto 10thMay, Connected Distribution will be presenting ten of its key brands and introducing the visitors to the latest additions to its portfolio.

Following the success of the 2017 show, when the company took the bold step of taking the biggest space available at the venue, the 2018 event promises to once again reinforce the close relationship it helps forge between its supplier and customer partners. Helping strengthen this bond will be the presence of representatives of its Russound and Parasound brands and, of course, a substantial presence from Pulse-Eight.

Partnering with Pulse-Eight gives installers the opportunity to interact with the managing director and chief designer, Martin Ellis, and members of his engineering team. Pulse-Eight will be demonstrating its cutting-edge video distribution products, which lead the field and show why Connected Distribution chose this British based company as its sole HD video management brand. 

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In addition to Pulse-Eight, Connected Distribution will be showcasing many new products from Russound, Parasound, Cabasse, Sanus, Atlantic Technology, Yamaha and Earthquake. For example: from Russound, the first of the company’s new MBX series streamer/amplifiers will be on show; Parasound’s Zonemater ZM2350 two channel and subwoofer amplifier will make its UK debut; and the pocket sized Cabasse Swell Bluetooth speaker will show just how good small speakers can sound. 

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The most recent additions to the Connected Distribution portfolio, DemoPad and Soundcast will be displayed and demonstrated. DemoPad brings installers an easy to program comprehensive iPad-based control platform for audio/visual equipment, lighting, heating, CCTV and access control. Soundcast manufacture high-performance Bluetooth and wireless, weather-resistant, portable audio products.

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All show visitors are invited to the Connected Distribution and Pulse-Eight Lounge, where they will be able to relax with a great cup of coffee, plus, they’ll have the chance to win Soundcast and Pulse-Eight products.

Register for FREE show entry by clicking this link:

https://eil2018.smartreg.co.uk/Visitors/Visitors/register?promoid=CONNECTEDDISTRIBUTION


 

Soundcast added to Connected Distribution Portfolio

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Connected Distribution today announced it has partnered with the market innovator in high-performance wireless audio systems, Soundcast, to bring the company’s Bluetooth and wireless weather-resistant portable audio products to UK consumers.

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San Diego based Soundcast has been in existence since the early 2000s, when the founders of one of the USA’s largest and oldest loudspeaker manufacturers launched the brand. Its products are high-performance wireless audio speakers that deliver the ultimate in sound quality and are designed to work seamlessly with any lifestyle, indoors or out.

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With five loudspeaker products in the VGX series and a Bluetooth transmitter in the range, there is a product for every application, from a pocket sized portable and fully waterproof speaker to the class-leading flagship outdoor portable. The VG1 is diminutively proportioned at just 173mm in length and comes with dual aluminium drivers and a weighted bass radiator delivering rich, clear audio with a real bass response. Two VG1 speakers can be synced together for dedicated left and right stereo playback over Bluetooth with Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo (TWS) technology.

VG3 shadowThe VG3 is designed with two 1.5” full-range drivers and a long-throw 3” down-firing woofer for rich, full reaching sound. The VG3 features a capacitive touch interface featuring power off and on, easy-touch track and pairing control and a fuel-gauge LED array that shows power, battery and volume. The speaker’s active down-firing woofer sets it apart in its size and provides rich, clear and powerful bass. The coupling of these features provides ease of use for consumers and marks an unprecedented offering and value in a compact Bluetooth speaker.

Powered by a long-throw, down-firing 6" woofer and two 3” full range drivers, the VG5 produces plentiful low-end sound to fill the expanses of any listening environment. The largest model in the range, the VG7 utilises a 7" long-throw woofer in a downward-firing configuration and four 3" full-range drivers in a stereo 360º array presenting a 55-20kHz (+/-3dB) frequency response.

All VGX products are housed in durable rubberised cases weather resistant, with the VG1 being fully waterproof. They feature Bluetooth 4.2 technology with multiple memory slots, high-def AAC, aptX codec, lip-sync support, NFC pairing capability and Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo (TWS) circuitry. The rechargeable internal battery with USB power supply provides extended wireless use and playback can also be achieved while plugged into USB power.

Bringing the power of Bluetooth audio to legacy audio systems, the VGtx is a long-range transmitter that enables speakers to extend beyond the standard 10 meters and increases to 50 meter transmission. The VGtx is connected to existing audio source equipment via a 3.5mm analogue input or digital Toslink with zero lag.

Mike Bonnette, technical director of Connected Distribution, comments, “We are delighted to be able to bring this extensive range of very high-quality products to the UK. Never before have we been so impressed by the sound quality, ease of use, build and extensive feature set of Bluetooth speakers. They really do open up a whole world of outdoor and indoor entertainment options for consumers and installers alike.” He continues, “We believe the addition of Soundcast to our portfolio of products will open up new channels and opportunities for Connected Distribution and enhance the offering of our existing business partners for their customers.”

For more information on the Soundcast range click HERE


 

Leading rock star chooses Parasound

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Well-known rock star and platinum-selling artist, Fish, is endorsing the multi award-winning Parasound Halo integrated amplifier. His choice will ensure the accurate monitoring of his studio recordings prior to release, providing an authentic playback experience for the fans at home.

 

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Derek Dick, otherwise known as Fish, is a successful solo artist and the former Marillion frontman and lyricist who fronted the band from 1981 to 1988, during the period of the critically acclaimed and iconic Misplaced Childhood album. Since that time, he has gone on to explore contemporary pop, traditional folk and rock music, releasing over 12 albums and touring the world to a huge and loyal international fan base.

Fish has chosen Parasound’s exceptionally well-reviewed Halo Integrated amplifier for the main audio system in his home and studio located close to Edinburgh. The integration of Parasound amplification will enable Fish and his band members to record the upcoming album, “Weltschmerz”, in their dedicated studio facility and carefully monitor the results before commercial pressings are made. 

The Parasound Halo Integrated has been designed to bring the audio benefits of the highly respected Halo range, as used in some of the most well-respected recording studios in the world, to a one box solution. With its high-resolution ESS Sabre32 Reference DSD capable DAC; MM/MC phono stage; balanced XLRs; analogue bass management; and 160-watts per channel of John Curl designed amplifier topology, the Halo Integrated provides flawless reproduction of the highest resolution digital and analogue audio.

UK Parasound distributor, Connected Distribution, installed the amplifier in Fish’s premises in conjunction with Doncaster based Parasound retailer, Audio Elevation.

Fish, says, “I have been listening extensively to the Parasound Halo amplifier ever since it was installed and am blown away by its combination of accuracy and musicality. The first night with it involved a few glasses and playing albums into the small hours – time ran away with me as the sound was so absorbing.” He continues, “I am under no illusion that it is going to contribute hugely to the creation of my next studio album and can’t wait to hear the results as we start the recording process. In the meantime, my extensive music collection is going to get some serious and very enjoyable listening!”

Mike Bonnette, technical director of Connected Distribution, comments, “To have an artist of Fish’s standing choose to equip his home with the Halo amplifier is a testament to the dedication shown by Richard Schram, and his team at Parasound, to produce amplifiers that allow artists to capture their music without compromise and music lovers to enjoy it sounding as good as it possibly can.” He continues, “We are delighted that Fish has agreed to act as an endorsee for this superb amplifier and look forward very much to hearing the next album, which will be the first to have been monitored using the Halo.”

Visit:

http://fishmusic.scot

For more information omn the Parasound Halo integrated, visit http://bit.ly/2Eql3Wk


Parasound introduces the Zonemaster 2350 stereo power amplifier with subwoofer crossover

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Parasound is introducing the ZoneMaster ZM2350, a powerful and affordable 350-watt per channel Class D stereo power amplifier with built-in subwoofer crossover, perfect for custom installation and premium audio applications.

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The two-channel ZoneMaster ZM2350 draws on the company's renowned heritage of low-noise class AB input stages and analogue bass management, combined with the highest quality Class D amplification to drive 8-ohm speakers to 350 watts per channel and up to 600 watts into 4-ohms.  As with all Parasound amplifiers, the 2350's high current design and extensive heat-sinking enable it to easily drive 2-ohm loads in demanding applications.

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In addition to providing high power and audiophile-grade sound quality to stereo speakers, the ZoneMaster 2350 includes installer-friendly features that have proven very popular on Parasound's other ZoneMaster amplifiers. These include a two-channel analogue 80Hz, 24dB/octave low-pass crossover for driving up to four 8-ohm passive subwoofers with 300 watts per sub, without the need for external crossovers. A mono mode permits use of up to eight 8-ohm full-0range mono speakers, perfect for applications where stereo sound is not required, such as bars and restaurants.

Each channel features a separate level control, useful to limit the output when using speakers with in-wall volume controls, for left/right balance adjustment to compensate for room placement or to restrict the maximum level in a particular zone. A and B speaker switches, a stereo/mono switch and a switchable 30Hz/80Hz high-pass filter, to improve performance with small speakers, provide flexibility of set up. Both line level and speaker level inputs are catered for, with the option to daisy chain both at line level to another amplifier. The 2350 also features a mono full range line level output and an 80Hz low pass line level output for use with an active subwoofer. Audio-sensing or 12 Volt trigger auto turn-on options complete the line-up of installer friendly features.

"While this is probably my 38th new power amplifier introduction, I am especially excited about the ZoneMaster 2350 as something new and different for Parasound," said Richard Schram, the company's president and founder. "It has the high horsepower our industry has come to expect from good Class D, and by marrying it with our industry-leading analogue input stage and unique connectivity options, we've created a remarkably rugged, maximum-fidelity amp that can play at the red-line all day. With bass management and versatile installation features, it is also a really practical choice for commercial systems."

The Parasound ZoneMaster 2350 is now available from authorised Parasound dealers with an MSRP of £1,449 inc. VAT.

For more information on Parasound products, click HERE or buy online from www.parasound.shop


 

High Quality Bluetooth Audio from the Cabasse SWELL

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Cabasse, the leading name in French high-fidelity since 1950, is excited to announce SWELL, the company’s first wireless portable speaker is now available through Connected Distribution, its UK distributor. This rechargeable Bluetooth speaker proves that audiophile quality music can be produced from an ultra-compact speaker for enjoyment by music lovers on-the-move.

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With more than 67 years of experience in high-fidelity acoustics, Cabasse has used its expertise to develop its first wireless, travelling speaker that offers the pure, dynamic and wholly natural “Cabasse signature” sound. Built with a state-of-the-art digital amplifier and fine-tuned in the Cabasse studios in France, SWELL is one of the most powerful and well-balanced hi-fi Bluetooth portable speakers available. It is equipped with four speaker drivers and has a complete audio range that goes from tight, rich bass to the purest high tones, with an especially transparent reproduction of the critical midrange.

SWELL offers simple and pleasant listening to all styles of music. The user simply connects a smartphone or tablet directly to the speaker via Bluetooth using the NFC connection technology, or manual pairing, and can instantly listen to all their playlists, streaming services or favourite web radio stations. It’s even possible to connect a turntable (equipped with a phono preamp) or a CD player to the auxiliary input, to expand the music choice to all formats. And, to get the party really started, two SWELL speakers can be paired together to create a 120 watt stereo system!

Compact and easy to carry, SWELL can follow audiophiles everywhere at home or while travelling, making it possible to enjoy quality sound either alone or with friends. Its low weight (750g) makes it the perfect speaker to carry anywhere, and with 10 hours of non-stop music from its rechargeable battery, listening to music has no boundaries!

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The SWELL is a “jewel” of a speaker that will become an integral part of the home decor thanks to its understated elegant design which is available in black or white. Its sturdy structure and metallic grill provide durability, making it the perfect travel companion. The Cabasse quality acoustics are enhanced by a refined aesthetic that only a “Designed in France” badge can offer.

The SWELL will be available in the UK during November 2017 and will have a MSRP of £229.


 

Cabasse introduces the Murano Alto loudspeakers

New from Cabasse is the high-end and high-performance Murano Alto column speaker, that offers a big sound and the benefits of co-axial drive unit technology in a compact slim-line enclosure.

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Murano Alto uses technology trickled down from the Cabasse flagship products, such as the midrange-tweeter coaxial driver from the Cabasse masterpiece system, l’Océan, and two new designs of honeycomb membrane woofers, developed from La Sphère. The combination of such high-end components into a more compact loudspeaker make it possible for users of the Murano Alto to experience the effortless reproduction of music that Cabasse is famous for.

At the heart of the tri-axial driver from the high-end L’Océan speaker, the BC13 fitted to Murano Alto guarantees perfect reproduction of tones, without unwanted distortion nor listening fatigue and with an unrivalled soundstage. And specially engineered for the Murano Alto, today’s BC13 has a new aluminium wave broadcast system designed to optimise integrations with Murano’s woofer.

The new 17ND36 woofer drivers were specially designed for the Murano speakers. To quickly obtain rich and deep bass in a compact speaker, Cabasse engineers miniaturised the same concept from La Sphère’s 55cm woofer driver. The concave membrane with a honeycomb structure provides extra rigidity, as well as cushioned movement, resulting in high performance and excursion without deformation. Guided by an extra-long voice coil in the 45mm air gap of the powerful motor, weighing in at 4kg, this membrane bestows Murano Alto a quality of bass that has a purity and solidity of reproduction not normally associated with speakers at this price.

Three long, curved and flared, down-firing port tubes supply a stunning boost to low frequencies, with extension and depth. The user option to seal one port of each speaker provides the user with a choice to configure either the maximum amount of bass or the best extension for extremely deep bass, to suit the room acoustics and musical taste.

The 102cm tall, 27cm wide and 37cm deep Murano Alto has a frequency response of 32Hz – 24kHz and is capable of handling 175 watts of RMS power and 1200 watts peak. It is available in Glossy White, Glossy Black or Glossy Mahogany finishes and has a UK MSRP of £8,000 per pair.


A trio of Cabasse debuts at The Indulgence Show

Cabasse distributor, Connected Distribution, will use The Indulgence Show to unveil three new important models from the French manufacturer, including the new Baltic 4 high-end lifestyle speakers, Murano Alto compact tower speakers and the company’s first Bluetooth portable speaker, SWELL.

 

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The Baltic 4s combine audiophile sound quality and stunning aesthetics to satisfy the desires of both the hi-fi and lifestyle visitors attending the show. As the only three-way coaxial satellite loudspeaker available, fitted with wholly new tri-axial driver, Baltic offers the acoustical and musical qualities that only a full-range true point source can do. The Baltic 4 stands out from the crowd with its spherical enclosure mounted on a sculptured blade and circular base. It is available with a Wenge stand and shere in Pearl, Black Pearl, Glossy White or Glossy Black. For The Indulgence Show, the Glossy White Sphere wil be mounted on a matching Glossy White stand.

The Baltic is designed to be used in a 2.1 configuration and integrating seamlessly is the Santorin 30-500 subwoofer. The power, musicality and precision of automatic room acoustics optimisation is combined with the sensitivity of the 360° down-firing 30cm honeycomb woofer, make the Santorin 30-500 the leader in its category. 

 

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Murano Alto

The high performance Murano Alto column speaker, provides a big sound and the benefits of co-axial drive unit technology in a compact, slim-line enclosure. The combination of the midrange-tweeter coaxial driver from the Cabasse masterpiece system, l’Océan, and two new designs of honeycomb membranes woofers make it possible for Murano Alto to effortlessly reproduce all genres of music.

At the heart of the tri-axial TC23 driver from the high-end L’Océan speaker, the BC13 fitted to Murano Alto guarantees perfect reproduction of tones, without unwanted distortion nor listening fatigue and with an unrivalled soundstage. And engineered for the Murano Alto, today’s BC13 has a new aluminium wave broadcast system specifically designed for optimal use in conjunction with Murano’s woofer drivers. Specially designed to quickly obtain rich and deep bass in a compact speaker, the Cabasse engineers miniaturised the concept from La Sphère’s 55cm woofer driver.

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SWELL

Built with a state-of-the-art digital amplifier and fine-tuned in the Cabasse studios in France, SWELL is one of the most powerful and well balanced hi-fi Bluetooth portable speakers available. It is equipped with four speaker drivers and has a complete audio range that goes from rich deep bass to the purest high tones.

Compact and easy to carry, SWELL follows audiophiles everywhere at home or while travelling, making it possible to enjoy quality sound either alone or with friends. Its lightweight (750g) makes it the perfect speaker to carry anywhere, and with 10 hours of non-stop music from its rechargeable battery listening to music has no boundaries!

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See and hear the Baltic 4 and Santorin 30-500 system, plus Murano Alto and SWELL in the Pouilly Suite, Mezzanine Floor at The Indulgence Show. 29th Sept – 1st Oct, Novotel London West, Hammersmith.

Book tickets here: www.indulgenceshow.com