The List: The Hottest New Technology For The Budget Audiophile! (2/2/23)

Take your music experience to the next level without breaking the bank! Check out our list of new technology for audiophiles that won’t hurt your wallet.

With the rise of streaming and digital music, more and more audiophiles are looking for ways to get the best sound quality without breaking the bank. Enter, The List: The Hottest New Technology For The Budget Audiophile!

This list of the latest and greatest audio gear has something for everyone, from the audiophile just starting out to the long-time enthusiast. Whether you’re looking for a new sound system, desktop speakers, or digital music-playing devices, The List has the perfect item for your budget.

Both high-end and low-cost, you’ll find the equipment that will help you get the most out of your music. So if you’re looking for the best audio gear for your budget, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s dive in and explore The List: The Hottest New Technology For The Budget Audiophile!

New Technology: Cambridge Audio intros two new ways to stream your music

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Cambridge Audio, a British audio enterprise passionate about music, has created the ANX10 and MXN10, two fresh network players that join the renowned StreamMagic family, presenting excellent value in multiple forms.

The MXN10 (£449/$499/€499), a little and discreet choice, offers awesome performance for the money and makes it possible to upgrade vintage hi-fi equipment to modern times, while the AXN10 (£549/$599//€599) provides a polished music streaming option that matches the popular AX range of hi-fi separates.

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Cambridge Audio AXN10

Both units are Roon Ready, have ESS DAC sections, and have Spotify Connect, TIDAL & Qobuz built in. There’s also USB playback, Bluetooth 5.0, Airplay 2 & Chromecast built-in. In addition, you also get app control via Cambridge Audio’s excellent StreamMagic App!

Klipsch Releases All New Heritage Inspired Powered Monitors

This week, Klipsch announced two new large format additions to their Heritage Inspired Powered Monitors line. The first is The Sevens, which comes with a 6.5-inch woofer for $1299, and the second is The Nines which has an impressive 8-inch woofer for $1499.

These powered speakers have a specially designed built-in amplifier intended to provide clean sound output and transparency without the need for an audio receiver. All digital inputs have 192kHz / 24-bit decoding, so they can accurately play high-resolution sound from your TV, PC, or streaming source.

The new high-excursion driver is teamed with high-quality Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and filter technology, resulting in a richer, fuller soundstage. The Heritage Inspired Powered Speakers also come with HDMI-ARC, a built-in phono pre-amp, Bluetooth® 5, digital optical, analog RCA, and USB inputs, as well as a subwoofer output.

Additionally, each set of Nines is crafted with real wood veneer and metal controls, making them unique and timeless. The cork pads on the feet protect against any surface damage.

Drop Unveils New Compact, Desktop Speakers Under $130

At CES, Drop, a well-known entity within the tech world, launched their first in-house designed desktop speakers dubbed the Drop BMR1 Nearfield Monitors. The BMR1s are said to provide a robust sound that caters to both work and leisure, all in a compact size with a market-leading cost of $129 (now available for $99 during the pre-order period).

Crafted around balanced mode radiators with corresponding passive radiators, the speakers are designed to offer a distinct, 3D-type sound as well as a natural, organic tone quality. This should permit the audio to remain faithful to the original source without sounding too sharp or bright. Furthermore, the speakers are Bluetooth compatible for wireless listening, and also have a headphone output and aux-in so that they can be linked to virtually any source device.

Additionally, as part of the pre-orders, Drop will be releasing six colorful grilles that users can customize their speakers with to fit their workspaces. A raw steel version of the grille will be available for $39, as well as five color options (Black, White, Shinai Sage, Skiiboard Orange, and Laser Purple) for $25.

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