Nov 27th 2013 - KEF news
LS50 wins Stereophile budget product of the year and overall product of the year to add to the 17 awards from 10 countries it has already collected!
Supply will be gone in days order yours today! Hear them in Atlanta only at kemela.
Superb award-winning M500 headphones now available for audition.
Nov 9th 2013 - Quad is back!
Most Quad products, including the latest ESL-2812 and ESL-2912 electrostatic speakers and the brilliant QSP stereo amplifier and QMP mono-block amplifiers are now available from kemela.
The reviews are good, the quality is much improved, and Quad keeps its niche in great sounding well-priced products.
Oct 3rd 2013 - Review Round-Up
Wharfedale's Diamond 10.7 loudspeakers are reviewed in the October edition of Stereophile.
"I was smitten by the perfectly crisp detail and transients, the warm midrange timbres, the clean, clear bass. Overall this is excellent measured performance for the price."
Also in the same issue regarding the Wharfedale's Diamond 10.1s... "The Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 remains my favorite affordable stand-mounted loudspeaker".
The larger 10.2s are even better value and all three can be compared at kemela.
We can put together a much better sounding system with these Wharfedales than those from big box stores for those wanting to get into HiFi on a budget.
Wharfedale's Jade line of higher performance speakers is the perfect upgrade from the Diamond series.
The Chordette Toucan is a headphone amp with built in DAC, two headphone sockets, and both balanced and unbalanced inputs.
It is small enough to quite portable and is perfect for out of town business trips partnered with a good pair of headphones.
Pro Audio web blog's positive review wrote..."the only headphone amp you'll ever need"
Chord has also been getting great reviews for it's latest mark II amplifiers.
Esteemed music magazine Gramophone liked Primare's DAC30 "This is a DAC designed to play music and do all the hi-fi stuff as foundation to what's being played and not a distraction from it".
The full review can be found on Primare's website.
DACs are available at relatively low cost but the more expensive ones still sound considerably better.
Sept 12th 2013
Ray Dolby, inventor of Dolby noise reduction died today. Calibrating Dolby levels for reel to reel and cassette tape was my introduction to audio calibration.
Adjusting bias, equalization, record and play back levels for various tape brands gave me a hands-on feel for non-linearity and transfer functions in general
and how the shape of these functions affected sound reproduction. Certainly Dolby B was a milestone in my audio adventure and I'm grateful to Ray for that.
Listening to one of my own cassette tape compilations made in the late 70s on a recent road trip was thoroughly entertaining.
Not just for my own experimental variable level recording and double Dolby encoding which enhanced the emotional impact of climaxes in songs like Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin"
(partly because of the induced over-the-top recording level distortion) but from the choices of romantic popular music in my cross-faded selection.
Who was that first year university student with romance on his mind? Was that really me?
Our personal music collection is more than entertainment for the present moment. It's about fashion, society, what was going on in our lives at the time; and something that in the future, when we look back and connect to a younger version of ourselves, can be powerfully evocative.
Sept 1st 2013
Wilson Benesch launches new Square 5 loudspeaker.
Bass is enhanced by a powerful isobarik stacked pair driver alignment built into the substantial 15Kg machined aluminum base foot.
This elegant 44" tall cabinet is only 8" wide and 10" deep and comes with the luxurious wood finishes that Wilson Benesch is known for as standard.
U.S pricing to be announced shortly.
August 22nd 2013
kemela plans, designs, codes, and maintains its website 'in house' and is proud to release stage 1 of this new version.
It is now much easier to find products and navigate the website: just click the 'click to find gear' on the left and you will see!
More 'list pricing' is in place. I hope you like the changes.
There are five new Rega products on demo - the improvements are big and again we are reminded just how good Rega has become at offering outstanding sound at an affordable price.
The new Ear headphone amp and Aria phonostage are great but I'm most excited by the eagerly awaited Elicit-R integrated amplifier. This captivating amplifier is very addictive and has
kept me up late at night for several nights in a row. If you are looking to take the next step from an entry level amplifier you must hear this amp.
Rega is far more than just turntables - although we do now happen to also have the RP6 and RP8 turntables. The sonic improvements achieved in these tables using Rega's philosphy,
and hand-assembled bearings, is undeniable.
Best selling speakers over the past few months has been KEF: particularly the R300,
LS50 (even more awards) and X300A audiophile powered desktop speakers.
Wharfedale's Diamond 10 series continues to be a solid performer.
There has been increasing interest in Cyrus Audio products across the board but particularly the digital products.
Cyrus has released 2nd generation streamers, CD players and the latest optional internal DAC upgrades for the integrated amplifiers are now 24/192.
Cyrus components and KEF speakers work well together. Several customers have upgraded from their initial components.
The product with the most on-line chat is the QuteHD DAC from Chord Electronics.
kemela has recommended this product from the outset and it has deservedly received widespread acclaim.
On the other end of the scale I've been delighted with the improvements to Chord's high power amplifiers making them even more transparent and responsive.
Many of the "numbers" in HiFi are of limited value - particularly in speakers - and for speakers that are harder to drive the benefits of the powerful Chord amps are easily appreciated.