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Orinda Acoustics | New York 2019

By | November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

Sunny Lo, the proprietor of Orinda Acoustics, has been showing at the NY Audio Show for some years now. This year, he brought a speaker model, the 8″ 2-Way N (New), that was nicely sized for the room.

Sunny follows his own muse with system setup (see photo) and always just puts his custom solid-state integrated amps and Tascam CD player on the floor, and his monstrous The Box power conditioner with a Hydra-like profusion of power cords directly behind the system.

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Amazon Fire tablets drop to lowest ever prices for Black Friday 2019

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

It's a Black Friday deal which comes as no surprise, but one which may make up your mind whether to purchase one of Amazon's now-extremely affordable Fire tablets.

This is a great time to buy as well, as Amazon's Fire tablets haven't been cheaper than they are right now.

Amazon Black Friday deals started in earnest on November 22 and will be running right through until the end of Monday, December 2 (aka Cyber Monday 2019), which means you've got more than a week to take advantage of its tablet price drop.… Read the full article

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

By | November 22nd, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: , |

Vivo U20 with Snapdragon 675 launched in India at Rs 10,990

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

The Vivo U20 has finally launched in India, and at a starting price of Rs 10,990, it is probably the most affordable Snapdragon 675-powered smartphone currently available.

This year, Vivo simplified its lineup while adding new budget and gaming-centric smartphones. The U series is meant to take care of the highly competitive sub-15K segment of India. The Vivo U20 is priced at Rs 10,990 for the base 4GB RAM variant and Rs 11,990 for the 6GB variant. The first sale is scheduled for November 28.… Read the full article

Amazon Echo Dot is just £22 as prices plummet in Black Friday sales

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

If you've been thinking of buying an Amazon Echo Dot, today is the day to do it: the Amazon Black Friday sales have kicked off in earnest, with the retailer slashing the prices of its smart speakers and smart displays. 

Right now, you can get the 3rd-gen Amazon Echo Dot for just £22 – that's less than half price, saving you nearly £30 on the Alexa-powered smart speaker. 

This impressive little smart speaker can make calls, lets you control smart home devices, and streams music – so although it may be small, it sure packs a punch.… Read the full article

This Ring Doorbell Echo Show combo deal is ideal for improving home security

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

Yes, with a full week to go before Black Friday, many stores just couldn't wait any longer and have launched loads of deals already. Naturally, the Amazon Black Friday deals are running front and centre today and the camera-enabled Ring doorbells are among some of our favourite items so far.

Our runaway pick of the bunch is the bundle with a Ring Video Doorbell Pro and an Amazon Echo Show 5 that saves you as mighty £159.99. The smart speaker with a screen lets you see who is at the door and even allows you to speak to them (or ignore them if they have a clipboard) without opening the door.… Read the full article

This exclusive iPhone 11 deal for Black Friday is better than we’ve ever seen before

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

Usually, when a new iPhone comes out we find ourselves patiently waiting ages for prices to shift into what we'd call 'affordable'. But with the iPhone 11, things have been different. In the lead-up to Black Friday Apple's latest handset has been a battleground for the best price, but we think we just found the victor…already.

Starting at £33 a month and £75 upfront, this offer was already a good few laps ahead of the rest of the market but, just for you readers of TechRadar, it gets even better.… Read the full article

Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is its lowest price ever, along with other great Kindle deals

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

Amazon's big Black Friday sale has begun, and the company has discounted its Kindle range as part of its own devices sale bringing huge price drops to the Kindle Oasis and other products.

All the current Kindle range are discounted in some way or the other, but the most significant price drop is on the high-end model that is now £50 cheaper at £179.99. This is the first time we've seen the price of the Kindle Oasis drop since it was announced back in July this year.… Read the full article

John Lewis Black Friday phone deals: two-year guarantee on top of price matches

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

While there are some fantastic Black Friday deals around right now, some retailers are being more generous than others, and judging by its discounts, the John Lewis Black Friday sale isn't going to win any prizes for smartphone deals.

However, there's a reason you'd typically want to buy items from John Lewis even if they cost the same as, or a bit more than, as you'd find elsewhere, and that's because of its excellent guarantee policy.

John Lewis provides a two-year guarantee on smartphones – which is as long as many people use a new phone for – so even though John Lewis doesn't have any particularly cheap phones, you might want to look for Black Friday phone deals there.… Read the full article

Call of Duty: Mobile’s most anticipated new mode just released – here’s how to play it

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

Update: not all of us here at the TechRadar office have been able to access Call of Duty: Mobile zombies mode, despite the slated patch release time having passed. This could be because the launch is staggered, or perhaps it's been delayed – either way, we'll let you know when the mode finally becomes available.

When Call of Duty: Mobile came out in October 2019, the multiplayer and Battle Royale modes were available, but the menu icon for zombies was grayed out.… Read the full article