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Bristol Show 2015: Sygnifi to launch NovaFidelity X40 CD ripper/streamer

Its spec sheet is impressive, with support for DSD (Direct Stream Digital), DXD and PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) audio up to 32-bit/192kHz. There's an ESS Sabre Reference DAC under the bonnet, and users benefit from high-speed, lossless CD ripping to its onboard storage.

As well as support for high-resolution audio formats, the NovaFidelity X40 also has analogue and digital inputs, plus a Moving Magnet phono input for direct recording from vinyl. CD ripping formats include FLAC, ALAC and WAV, while a built-in music server database and cover art look-up feature ensure the ripped music library is easy to access.

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Qobuz CD-quality music streaming is included as standard, along with support for UPnP (Universal Plug and Play), Sonos libraries and direct streaming from iOS devices via Shareplay. Radio fans have the option of Reciva internet radio or an FM tuner.

Connectivity runs to balanced XLR and single-ended RCA outputs, as well as coaxial, optical and AES/EBU digital outputs. There's even an HDMI output for the Full HD resolution on-screen user interface.

You can buy the unit in silver or black with either HDD storage or SSD storage in the following configurations:

2TB HDD £1299

4TB £1399

512 SSD £1499

1TB £1899

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Sygnifi will also be exhibiting a new range of wi-fi and Bluetooth speakers from Danish audio Brand Clint Digital. The Clint Asgard series initially consists of the Freya, a portable speaker available in wi-fi or Bluetooth variants, and the flagship Odin, a wi-fi stereo speaker.

The wi-fi versions offer push-button wi-fi set-up, multi-room mode, AirPlay and DLNA streaming (the latter up to 24-bit/193kHz), Spotify Connect, internet radio and wi-fi direct.

The Freya is driven by a Class D digital amplifier and has a multi-function USB port that can be used for charging portable devices, music playback from iOS devices or a subwoofer upgrade. The built-in Li-ion battery offers up to six hours of portable playback.

Meanwhile, the 40cm-tall Odin is a full-size stereo wireless speaker for larger rooms with 2x25W of Class D amplification. It's capable of streaming a range of audio formats from MP3 to FLAC up to 24-bit-192kHz.

Prices are £144 for the Freya Bluetooth model, £190 for the Freya Wi-Fi and £320 for the Odin.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.