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Furutech NCF Booster Cable Elevator

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

An Uplifting Performance

by Venoth Nair

 
At the highest end of the Hi-Fi spectrum, enthusiasts tend to look at too many technical and imaginative ways to try to further refine their systems. Considering the serious amount of dosh that’s thrown at each individual component in the system, it only makes sense that owners would want to arm their setup with accessories to squeeze out every ounce of quality from the respective components. This is where companies like Furutech play their part by providing specialized accessories that are precision engineered to ensure that your equipment is able to perform at their absolute best without any harm or degradation in sound quality.… Read the full article

BenQ W1700 4K Projector

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Big Screen 4K for the Masses

by Dick Tan
BenQ's W1700 4K home theatre projector is the first to break the sub RM10,000 price barrier and by a substantial margin too
BenQ’s W1700 4K home theatre projector is the first to break the sub RM10,000 price barrier and by a substantial margin too

The BenQ W1700 DLP projector is not entirely new to these pages having been mentioned before earlier this year but in a brief ‘product news’ sort of manner.

 

It has, since its introduction been ‘flying off’ the shelf which explains the difficulty we had in trying to source one for a proper review.… Read the full article

CanJam SoCal 2018 – Dekoni After Market Ear Pads

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Ear pads make a difference to the sound of headphones…a big difference! If I ever had any doubt, I was convinced by the time I swapped swapped Fostex TH610 pads onto the TH900 Mk2 and the sound went from needles jabbing my ear drums into something quite listenable. And, headphone pads certainly wear out over time—the Sennheiser HD 600/650 pads are famous for slowly but surely loosing their loft. Point is, a new pair of pads can breath life into a poor or worn pair of headphones.… Read the full article

“Secret” Humble Pie Long Player For Record Store Day 2018 (No Longer Secret)

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Just going to publish the press release verbatim so if you have any friends in that part of the U.K.:

Immediate Records Presents “Humble Pie On 79th Street” Limited Edition Vinyl LP – A Secret Release For Record Store Day UK April 21

Stax Limited Edition Headphones

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Stax Limited (Japan) has released a pair of limited edition electrostatic headphones to commemorate the company’s 80th Anniversary.

The Stax SR-L300 Limited ‘Earspeaker’ incorporates features developed for the Stax SR-L700 and is finished in black with an 80th Anniversary gold badge. Only 800 units are available, each with a retail price of $999 (RRP).

The Stax RM-353X BK, which can be used to drive the SR-L300s, is also available in an 80th Anniversary edition in matching black and gold livery, however only 300 units are available at $1,699 each (RRP).… Read the full article

Stax Limited Edition Headphones

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Stax Limited (Japan) has released a pair of limited edition electrostatic headphones to commemorate the company’s 80th Anniversary.

The Stax SR-L300 Limited ‘Earspeaker’ incorporates features developed for the Stax SR-L700 and is finished in black with an 80th Anniversary gold badge. Only 800 units are available, each with a retail price of $999 (RRP).

The Stax RM-353X BK, which can be used to drive the SR-L300s, is also available in an 80th Anniversary edition in matching black and gold livery, however only 300 units are available at $1,699 each (RRP).… Read the full article

MQA, DRM, and Other Four-Letter Words

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

In an article published in the March 2018 Stereophile, I wrote that critics have been attacking MQA, the audio codec developed by J. Robert Stuart and Peter Craven, by accusing it of being lossy. The critics are right: MQA is, in fact, a lossy codec—that is, not all of the data in the original recording are recovered when played back via MQA—though in a clever and innocuous way. For MQA’s critics, though, that’s not the point: They use lossy mainly for its negative emotional associations: When audiophiles hear lossy, they think MP3.… Read the full article

Sunday Morning at AXPONA with John

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

I hit the ground running Sunday morning, with many rooms to visit but only six hours to do so. I started with the 16th floor suite featuring horn speakers from German company Avantgarde. Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the wall” was playing on the humongous, four-way Trio XD horn system ($150,000 with four bass horns) and the kick drum did indeed kick me in the chest. (Peak spls, measured with the Studio Six iPhone app, reached 102.3dBC, slow.) Rest of the system included Esoteric source and amplification, Transparent cabling, and an HRS racks.… Read the full article

Amazon and Best Buy to Launch Line of Smart TVs

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

If you thought Amazon and Best Buy were the archest of arch rivals in the rapidly shifting world of retailing, brace yourself: The e-tail and retail powerhouses yesterday announced a collaboration to bring a new line of smart TVs to market in the U.S. this summer.
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Andy Regan Talks HiFiMAN – AXPONA 2018

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Andy Regan, CMO of HiFiMAN has been racking up the frequent flier miles as of late. From Singapore to Los Angeles to Florida to Chicago, the traveling man has been keeping up with all the major personal audio shows one can possibly maintain on a worldwide basis. He also has a lot to talk about. HiFiMAN is still hot to trot with three new headphones (including the Sundara we reviewed) along with all the other audio goodies the company manufactures.… Read the full article