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Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD unveiled

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

Looking for a portrait lens but torn between focal lengths? The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043) looks like it might save you the hassle of making a decision.

Described by its manufacturer as a portrait zoom, the new full-frame-friendly optic takes in all the focal lengths commonly called upon by portrait photographers. 

These run from the 35-50mm range that's suited to environmental portraiture, through to the 60-85mm range for classic head-and-shoulder framing, and culminating in the low three-figure focal length region that's ideal for tighter crops.… Read the full article

The Fight is Over: YouTube Returns to Fire TV, Prime Video to Chromecast

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Peace between Amazon and Google means that the YouTube app will return to Fire TVs and Amazon Prime Video will be available to cast to Google Chromecast.
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The Fight is Over: YouTube Returns to Fire TV, Prime Video to Chromecast

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Peace between Amazon and Google means that the YouTube app will return to Fire TVs and Amazon Prime Video will be available to cast to Google Chromecast.
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Butcher Block Acoustics & The New RigidRack – AXPONA 2019

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

Butcher Black Acoustics Rigid Rack

Audiophile racks come in all kinds of shapes and colors, but at AXPONA’s marketplace expo hall a new alternative could be found from the Los Angeles-based Butcher Block acoustics.

The new line of component stands is a mix-and-match approach centered around the company’s core product – heavy, dense wood blocks. Available in maple or walnut, custom arrangements can be ordered up in a variety heights, widths, depths and leg material. Carpet spikes or rubber feet round out the show for a presentation that founder Jim Whithorne says is inspired by danish modern design elements.… Read the full article

Pro-Ject’s Versatile DS2 USB MM/MC Phono Pre Sounds Good And Digitizes Too

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Pro-Ject’s DS2 USB combines in one chassis a versatile MM/MC phono preamplifier and a high resolution A/D converter capable of digitizing at up to 192/24 bit PCM or 128 DSD (A/K/A “double DSD”). It’s a feature-packed unit that includes 2 independently adjustable phono inputs and a line input and both USB and optical TOSlink digital outputs as well as an analog output. An outboard 18V “Wall Wart” powers it.

Apple AirPods 3 could arrive by the end of 2019, according to analysts

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple AirPods rumors are like weeds, just when you thought you’ve cleared your yard of them, another one pops up. Such was the case today when we caught wind of the new Apple AirPods 3 in a report corroborated by analysts.

The original report, which came from DigiTimes, said that the third-generation of Apple AirPods will arrive by the end of 2019 and will actually pack the features we believed the second-generation headphones would have like noise-cancellation and water-proof casing.… Read the full article

The Annual WFMU Record Fair Is This Weekend!

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

The annual WFMU Record Fair comes to the Brooklyn Expo Center this Friday through Sunday featuring 28,000 square feet of records, 45s, CDs (?), books, collectibles and the usual gang of idiots plus live bands and broadcasts. This is always a great show just like they used to make them except that with the Internet prices are more uniform (though there are still bargains from vendors who don’t know certain “stuff”).

Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

The following is a press release issued by Hi-Fi Centre. Hi-Fi Centre is pleased to host the Vancouver Audio Festival 2019. Friday April 26th 5pm-9pm Saturday April 27th 10am-5pm This year we have curated a selection of systems which are guaranteed to make you smile whether you are a die-hard audiophile or a casual listener. Demonstrations are not time limited allowing you to enjoy each system for as long as you wish. Manufacturers reps will be on hand to present their products and answer all your questions.… Read the full article

New laptops and improved tech support may make 2019 the ‘Year of Razer’

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Razer already started off 2019 on a strong note with the release of a new 15-inch Razer Blade gaming laptop that ranks among the best gaming laptops around. And, now it's earned a second place ranking for best tech support in the 2019 Tech Support Showdown published by our sister site, Laptop Mag.

The ranking sees Razer take second place with a score of 88 points out of a possible hundred. This puts it in second place right behind Apple in first with 91 points.… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019: Personal Audio

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

AXPONA 2019: Personal Audio

AXPONA 2019, held in the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois, was one of the best run, best organized, and most enjoyable audio shows I have ever attended. While the Chicago-area weather outside was, especially on the closing day of the show, pretty frightful owing to a freakish mid-April snowstorm, the atmosphere inside the show was warm, convivial, and full of good audio camaraderie. Nowhere was this more in evidence than in the Ear Gear Expo located in a medium-size ballroom adjacent to some of AXPONA’s largest demonstration rooms.… Read the full article