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Sigma pursues more Art… and Sport

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: AV Hub|

Sigma continues to develop its ‘Global Vision’ programs of three high-performance lens series specific to applications. At Photokina the lens maker added two models to its Art line – an 85mm f1.4 DG HSM fast prime and a 12-24mm f4.0 DG HSM wide-angle zoom – and a new Sport model, the 500mm f4.0 DG OS HSM supertelephoto. All are designed for use with full-35mm size sensors.

Fast, high-performance 85mm primes are quite fashionable at the moment (Sony, Nikon, Zeiss, etc), but the new Sigma Art model looks capable of being competitive, and have been designed to work with the latest ultra-high resolution full-35mm sensors.… Read the full article

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SanDisk heads to 1.0 TB with SDXC card

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: AV Hub|

Now part of Western Digital (WD), SanDisk has released details of the first 1.0 TB (terabytes) capacity SDXC memory card. The new card will be part of SanDisk’s Extreme Pro series and is designed to meet the demands of both 4K and 8K video, as well as ultra-high resolution stills capture.

Dinesh Bahal – who is vice president of product management in WD’s Content Solutions Business Unit – commented, “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64 MB SD card and today we are enabling capacities of 1.0 TB.… Read the full article

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Profoto adds TTL control to new flash pack

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: AV Hub|

Swedish studio flash manufacturer continues to capitalise on its TTL control technology, adding the feature to its latest-generation flash power pack. The new Profoto Pro-10 2400 AirTTL offers TTL auto exposure control along with HSS (High Speed Sync) and the world’s shortest flash duration of just 1/80,000 second (t0.5). This is made possible by offering an 11-stop power adjustment range on the 2400-joules unit which has two flash head outlets with fully asymmetric control. Consequently, the minimum output possible is just 2.4 joules.… Read the full article

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Phase One Makes 100 MP Capture More Affordable

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: AV Hub|

Phase One has repackaged its 101 megapixels CMOS sensor from the IQ3 100 capture back into a more affordable IQ1 Series device. IQ1 backs can be used on Phase One’s current XF camera platform, but doesn’t support the same level of integration as the IQ3 models such as power sharing and various tools. The new IQ1 100 can also be used on Hasselblad H-System cameras such as the current H5X (but excluding the H3D to H6D series). As an IQ1 back, the new 101 megapixels devices also lacks built-in WiFi and an HDMI port, but it has a large 8.1 cm LCD monitor screen with touch controls, USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 connections, and replicated camera controls on the home screen.… Read the full article

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Nakymatone at Wavetrain

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: AV Hub|

Wavetrain Distribution has been appointed the exclusive Australian distributor for Canadian-made Nakymatone Invisible speakers.

Nakymatone is the audiophile name in the invisible built-in speaker category,’ said Scott Stidston, of Wavetrain. ‘Their next-generation fully-enclosed designs use controlled resonance technology, developed by Nakymatone, to re-create sound the same way a musical instrument does and integrates the speaker, back-box and protection device for a faster more efficient install with superior performance.

What makes the European-designed made-in-Canada Nakymatone speakers different is the fact that an integral backbox is part of the product’s design.… Read the full article

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November 2016 Top Picks at a Glance

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

While any of the products that made the cut in November are worthy contenders for gift status, three seem particularly well suited for consideration…
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First Listen to the New Wilson Audio Modular Monitor (WAMM)

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

First Listen to the New Wilson Audio Modular Monitor (WAMM)

Jacob Heilbrunn and I traveled separately in mid-November to Provo, Utah to hear the new Wilson Audio Modular Monitor, the WAMM Master Chronosonic, one of the most ambitious loudspeaker systems ever created. The original WAMM, introduced in 1985, was a monumental effort at creating a true reference loudspeaker. It pioneered the concept of drivers in separate modular enclosures that could be moved independently to realize perfect time alignment at the listening position regardless of distance from the speaker or listening height.… Read the full article

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Dealer Events in Montreal, Nashua, and Bethesda Thursday and Saturday

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Thursday, December 1, 6–9pm: Audioville (4340 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, Quebec, Canada) will host a Digital Music Seminar. Guests will learn about the components, applications, and peripherals needed to successfully use a computer as a high-performance media player. AudioQuest’s Steve Silberman and Frédéric Pinsonneault will be on hand to answer questions, share new products, and play great music. Featured gear will include the award-winning DragonFly Black and Red USB DACs, JitterBug USB filter, Niagara Noise-Dissipation Systems, and the new AudioQuest NightOwl headphones (above).… Read the full article

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Raspberry Pi in High Definition Music, A DIY Project.

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

What is a Raspberry Pi

With the recent launch of a digital media with hifi aspirations product based on the raspberry pi, in which I covered, curiosity got the better of me, and I started to search for for information about the raspberry pi, which was developed by some of the biggest corporations in silicon valley with a very noble aim to elevate the standards of American public school system by creating an affordable computer platform for students.  A raspberry pi is simple small computer the size of a credit card which can be plug into a TV / Monitor with keyboard and mouse it becomes a regular computer.… Read the full article

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The Adventures of K’Scape

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

If you’re a regular reader then you know we reviewed the Kaleidescape Strato 4K movie player and also reported on the company’s closure and subsequent rebirth.
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