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ZMF Headphones Drops A New Series of LE Woods

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

ZMF Headphones Verite Ziricote

It’s clear that Zach of ZMF Headphones has a love for both artisanal craftsmanship and fine woods. He has a penchant for some of the earth’s original building material which is usually offered as an alternative choice around each model’s initial lunch. However, the latest crop of limited edition options arrive this week as a full refresh to the entire family of personal audio offerings he currently sells.

The flagship beryllium-coated diaphragm Verite we reviewed is refinished with a darker wood called Ziricote.… Read the full article

Audio Solutions Speakers at 3mA Audio Houston, TX

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Audio Solutions Speakers at 3mA Audio Houston, TX

The following is a press release issued by 3mA Audio. March 25, 2019 – We are pleased welcome 3mA Audio as our dealer for Audio Solutions speakers in Houston,TX Johnny Yip, owner of 3mA Audio and Ozan Turan from High End By Oz, USA distributor for Audio Solutions, will demonstrate Audio Solutions Figaro XL speakers on March 30 between 4 pm to 7 pm. The event is open to public but seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected] 3mA Audio is located at 1431 W.… Read the full article

Capacitors, Speakers, Cables, and Other Magic Stuff

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Roger Skoff, LAOC Gala 2018 (photograph by David W. Robinson)

Roger Skoff writes about possibly unexpected things that can affect the sound of your system.

Well more than half a century ago, when I was a kid, the teacher in my High School physics class did something I will never forget. Let me tell you about it. Maybe you’ll want to keep it in mind, too.

One day, as part of his regular lesson, the teacher (sorry, but after all these years, I simply don’t remember his name) brought out an electroscope—a device for indicating the presence and polarity of an electrical charge [https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroscope]—and showed us how it worked by using it on one of the batteries kept on hand in the classroom for just such purposes.… Read the full article

Audio-Technica AT-LP7 Turntable

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Audio-Technica AT-LP7 Turntable

With the arrival of Audio-Technica’s new turntable, its top-of-the-line AT-LP7, I’m back in my comfort zone, happy to have a new record player in my listening room, especially one that looks as nice as the LP7 does. It may be considered Audio-Technica’s top of the line, but at $799 it’s still well within my entry-level guidelines. There’s a surprising amount of competition right now in the sub-$1000 turntable market, with solid decks from Music Hall, Rega, Pro-Ject, U-Turn, and others. They all more or less have the same basic layout: rigid plinth typically made of MDF or some other non-resonant …… Read the full article

Tune in to CBS to see Nordost on “Superstar Renovation” with LaMarcus Aldridge!

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

Juma Entertainment – CBS

Have you ever wanted to give the gift of great sound? That is exactly what San Antonio Spurs forward, LaMarcus Aldridge will be doing on April 7th—and we can all tune in to see it!

Last year, CBS introduced a new, heartwarming show to their line-up: “Superstar Renovation”. In this series of one-hour specials, we join sports celebrities as they head back to their hometowns to recognize people who have played a special role in their lives, and honor them with customized home makeovers.… Read the full article

Best free software for small businesses

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Setting up a small business is hard enough without the extortionate costs associated with modern software licenses. Set up a number of seats with full-price software and you could be looking at monthly bills nearing the salary of an employee.

Now, we wouldn't advise that you start cutting corners – a creative business trying to survive on Gimp and Inkscape rather than ponying up the cash for Creative Cloud isn't going to remain a creative business for very long.

But there are some business functions that you can reasonably hand off to free software without too much difference, and there are certain pieces of free software that can make your business more efficient.… Read the full article

The best iPad games of 2019

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The iPhone revolutionized gaming through multitouch, but the iPad provided a larger canvas and power for fully immersive and expansive experiences.

Apple’s tablet remains a powerful, engaging gaming device, whether you delve into innovative touchscreen games, or use a controller for a more console-style experience.

Whatever you prefer, the very best games are found in our lists. Check back weekly for our latest favorite.

iPad game of the week: Backfire ($2.99/£2.99/AU$4.49)

Backfire features an exorcist trying to cleanse an ancient curse; for some reason, this is achieved by piloting a neon-green ship around hellish arenas.… Read the full article

What is electrical noise and how does it affect your DAC?

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

We’ve been here eleventy billion times before: the sound quality of a digital audio system doesn’t rely simply on the safe arrival of each and every bit but how accurately those bits are timed into the DAC chip. Any mis-timing is called jitter. Electrical noise – entering hi-fi components via the mains and via cables acting as antennae – can seriously disturb the timing accuracy of a DAC’s clock oscillators.

Not only. According to Garth Powell, Direct of Power/Engineering at AudioQuest, electrical noise will also make its way into the analogue section of a DAC to potentially mask the very low-level signal retrieval for which it was designed/purchased.… Read the full article

Robert's Day 3 in Montreal: Grandinote, Elac, Neat Acoustics, Etc.

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

A perennial exhibiter at the Montreal fest, Quebec-based importer / distributor Goerner Audio usually puts together a wonderful-sounding system built around a turntable, but this year’s setup was one of my favorites of theirs in recent years, and it included no vinyl. Rather than fuss around with LPs, the affable Reinhard Goerner was sitting leisurely in the corner of the room doing what most other exhibitors were doing: stabbing a finger at the screen of a tablet to choose the next piece to play.… Read the full article

Robert's Day 3 in Montreal: Grandinote, Elac, Neat Acoustics, Etc.

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

A perennial exhibiter at the Montreal fest, Quebec-based importer / distributor Goerner Audio usually puts together a wonderful-sounding system built around a turntable, but this year’s setup was one of my favorites of theirs in recent years, and it included no vinyl. Rather than fuss around with LPs, the affable Reinhard Goerner was sitting leisurely in the corner of the room doing what most other exhibitors were doing: stabbing a finger at the screen of a tablet to choose the next piece to play.… Read the full article