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Navigating Through Our “Shows” Dropdown Menu

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Your editor hadn’t looked in a while at the “drop down” menu under “Shows”. When he did he was kind of shocked to see how few shows were there compared to how many have been covered.

Review: LZ A5 – Variety

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: We received the LZ A5 directly from LZ HiFi. It goes for $269. The unit does not have to be returned. LZ is not affiliated with Headfonia, and they’re not a site advertiser. Big thanks to LZ for sharing this review sample.


LZ HiFi had sent us a couple of nice monitors last year and one of them (the LZ A4) still keeps its place in our Universal IEM Recommendations. The other one was the Big Dipper and that one also left good impressions on me, with its changeable sound and fit.… Read the full article

‘Strike Back’ Season 5 Arrives on Blu-ray

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

You can’t keep a good series down. When Cinemax’s top-tier action series Strike Back signed off seemingly for good in 2015 after five über-thrilling series installments, all signs pointed to the show putting its legacy to rest after triumphantly biking off into the sunset.
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Volareo Launches ‘Alternative’ Blockchain Smart Speaker

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Netherlands-based startup Volareo today launched the “world’s first open source smart speaker” on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
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Beta Version of New Dirac Live Now Available

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Dirac Research, the Swedish company specializing in sound optimization software, has announced that the beta version of its second generation Dirac Live room correction software is now available for owners of Arcam, Lexicon, AudioControl, and NAD gear, with broader availability to follow.
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Special Event with Magico at Hanson Audio Video

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

We’re partnering with Magico for an incredible night of music, demonstrations, and good times at Hanson Audio Video’s state-of-the-art Cincinnati location.  If you’re in the area, come join our very own Mike Marko, along with Peter from Magico, as they provide insight and answer questions about some truly transformative products.  — Thursday August 30th, from 5-9PM.

Thursday August 30th
Hanson Audio Video
10800 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati OH 45242
(937) 469-1410
Contact – Josh Gwin [email protected]

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Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier

In the interests of transparency readers should know that the $2999 Parasound JC 3+ has been my reference phonostage since I reviewed it in Issue 245. I say this not because I’m partial to Parasound products in general, but because I flat out believe there is no better phonostage on the market within shouting distance of its price. For me, the John Curl designed JC 3+ has consistently drawn forth a wealth of musical and sonic detail from a range of cartridges.… Read the full article

Connected-TV Devices Top 1 Billion Worldwide

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Source: Strategy Analytics, “Global Connected TV Device Vendor Share: Q2 2018” report.

More than one billion connected-TV devices are now in use worldwide, according to new research from U.K.-based Strategy Analytics.

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Lear Kaleido Review

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Tonality8Build Quality8.5Comfort & Fit8.8Matchability8 8.3Our ScoreHK$1,699.00LearDisclaimer: The Lear Kaleido sent to us for the purposes of this review is a sample and does not have to be returned. Thank you to Lear for giving us this opportunity. It has been a few years since we last covered a Lear IEM. Back in Summer and Xmas 2016, […]

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Samsung’s premium HW-950 7.1.4 soundbar has room-filling Dolby Atmos

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Having bought Harman Kardon back in 2017, Samsung's use of the audio brand's expertise has been so far limited to AKG headphones bundled with its mobile phones, and some sonic tuning for its tablets. The partnership goes into full swing today however with the release of a new premium soundbar line.

The HW-950 and HW-N850 are both Dolby Atmos speakers and DTS:X enabled home cinema kits – the first first to feature co-branding between Harman Kardon and Samsung.

Both feature wireless subwoofers and wireless rear channels, with the HW-950 being the more feature-rich of the line-up. 

Adding height

The HW-950 is a 7.1.4 channel affair (five front firing speakers in the soundbar, a front firing speaker in each of the rear channels, plus two height channels in the soundbar and one each in the rears, as well as a wireless subwoofer), giving the full Dolby Atmos experience.… Read the full article