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Fight the power with AudioQuest’s PowerQuest2 & 3 AC filters

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

How many power sockets are occupied by your hi-fi system? Asking this question of Darko.Audio’s YouTube community, 1,300 respondents begat the following results:

That’s invaluable intel for a company like AudioQuest who this week formally announce the availability of their PowerQuest2 (US$199) and PowerQuest3 (US$299) AC filters, teased for some time on the audio show circuit.

The name of this game is affordability in which designer Garth Powell (interviewed here) brings his electrical noise reduction smarts to lower price points.… Read the full article

High End Munich 2019 Days 3 & 4—Mop Up, Wrap Up and Clean Up!

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

With just about every new turntable at High End Munich covered, Days 3 and 4 were times to slow down, visit more rooms and have a few record cleaning adventures. Coverage is not finished though. There will be another video coming that you might enjoy.

The best Nintendo Switch prices, bundles and sales in Australia (May 2019)

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The latest console from Nintendo hasn't wavered too much in price since launch (check out our Nintendo Switch review to see why) but you can be sure that we've found the best possible price on any consoles bundles or standalone units on this page. We've also rounded up the best prices for extra Pro controllers, Joy-Con controllers, and even some cheap memory cards.

If a retailer does offer a sneaky discount, or a terrific bundle, you'll be able to see it below thanks to our automatically-updating price comparison charts.… Read the full article

Telstra is discounting its entire range of mobile plans for Click Frenzy

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Optus rolled out some pretty terrific deals for Click Frenzy over the last couple of days, but with those offers now expired, and it's apparently Telstra's turn to offer up some bargains.

With an impressive discount on one of its SIM-only contracts as well as money knocked off plans that include popular flagship handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the iPhone XS, there really is something here for everyone – whether you need a new phone, or are happy with what you've already got.… Read the full article

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G available in Australia from next week

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you've been eagerly awaiting the release of Samsung's most advanced flagship, the Galaxy S10 5G, you're in luck – the South Korean electronics giant has announced Australian availability of the next-generation device, and it's out sooner that you might think. 

Available in Australia from May 28, 2019, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G offers a slightly larger Infinity-O display than the Galaxy S10 Plus, measuring in at 6.7 inches. It also factors in an additional 3D depth-sensing camera, bringing the S10 5G's lens total to six.… Read the full article

Marantz debuts latest 'just-add-speakers' M-CR612 system

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

We often promote the merits of hi-fi separates over all-in-one systems, but we also see the attractions in the way streaming has delivered a new breed of just-add-speakers solutions, especially when they come from an established audio brand.

Both Marantz and Denon have won Sound+Image awards for such systems, so we’ll be checking out the new Marantz M-CR612 compact network CD receiver when it arrives in Australia this July. Priced at $1320, the M-CR612 includes streaming capabilities with the HEOS multiroom audio platform able to stream content from TuneIn, Spotify, TIDAL, locally networked files and more using the HEOS app.… Read the full article

The best 2-in-1 laptop 2019: find the best convertible laptop for your needs

By | May 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Over the last decade, we have fundamentally changed the way we use our laptops – thanks in large part to hybrid laptops. The best 2-in-1 laptops come in various shapes and sizes, and there’s nothing like flipping your laptop into tent mode to watch a show or movie on Netflix after a long study session.

Some of the top 2-in-1 laptops, like the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, will come fitted with the best processors, and will be among the best laptops on the market right now.… Read the full article

Vizio’s budget V-Series will offer 4K and Dolby Vision for just $259

By | May 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Vizio is attacking both ends of the price spectrum with its 2019 series of 4K TVs: On one end, there’s the new P-Series Quantum X that promises an eyeball-searing 3,000 nits of peak brightness while on the other end, there’s the new V-Series that will offer a 4K Dolby Vision screen for just $259. 

Both TVs are part of the 2019 Vizio TV lineup that was announced today. 

The 2019 TVs will fall under four new series – the M-Series Quantum and P-Series Quantum, plus the aforementioned P-Series Quantum X and all-new V-Series that will replace the E-Series at the bottom of the lineup – all of which will support the latest version of SmartCast (now up to version 3.0) and include support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit via a firmware update later this year. 

Admittedly, the specs of the P-Series Quantum X are the real bombshell here: It’s a 4K HDR TV with support for Dolby Vision, 384 local dimming zones and UltraBright 3000 – i.e.… Read the full article

Apple now accepts 2018 MacBooks into its keyboard repair program

By | May 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The saga of Apple's MacBook Butterfly keyboards continues. The Butterfly mechanism used in its recent MacBook lines has been prone to failure, and Apple has apologized for the issue with a repair program on top. Now, coinciding with the release of Apple's first MacBookPro with an 8-core processor, it's expanding its keyboard repair program substantially, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Issues have plagued Apple's Butterfly mechanism since the first iteration with tis 2016 12-inch MacBook. They've been prone to miss key presses, duplicate key presses and accumulate debris underneath the keycaps.… Read the full article

Digital transformation could be causing security risk

By | May 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Rapid deployment of digital transformation technologies could be leaving businesses at risk according to a new report which highlights a growing security gap among European organizations.

Of the companies surveyed in the 2019 Thales Data Threat Report – Europe Edition, almost a third (29%) said they had experienced a breach last year and just over half (55%) believe their digital transformation deployments are very or extremely secure.

Interest in digitally transformative technologies is high with 84 percent of organizations using or planning to use technologies including cloud, big data, mobile payments, containers, blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT).… Read the full article