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Crate Diggers?

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Put the expression “crate-diggers” into any sentence and it will catch my eye. The Warner Music Group has launched Run Out Groove, a new fan-driven, vinyl-only label that is going to let the public, or more accurately the crate-diggers among us, choose which records from the WMG trove of labels this new label will release. WMG, don’t forget, owns the catalogs of Atlantic, Warner Bros., Reprise, Elektra, Sire, and Rykodisc, so the choices here are nearly endless.

According to WMG publicist Chris Macowski, the material to be voted on will either be unreleased tracks, out-of-print records, or new collections compiled from the WMG vaults.… Read the full article

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Onkyo Firmware Update

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Onkyo has announced a free Firmware update that will add FireConnect wireless multi-room audio distribution capabilities from selected Onkyo hi-fi components to compatible wireless loudspeakers.

FireConnect powered by Blackfire is a wireless protocol that’s fundamental to Onkyo’s Next Generation Network Audio concept, which leverages dual-band 5/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi together with the Onkyo Controller app for iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and Android devices to make music sharing simple and intuitive. Our tech primer on FireConnect is here.

The update enables mirroring of on-demand internet streaming services built into components including Tidal, Deezer, and TuneIn as well as Spotify and network-attached audio from entertainment systems to FireConnect-ready speakers, such as the Onkyo NCP-302  Network Audio System (available late April).… Read the full article

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The best Australian Chromecast deals in July 2017

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: TechRadar|

The Google Chromecast is not only one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years, it's also dazzlingly cheap. And if you're looking to pick one up for the cheapest possible price, you've come to the right place!

Chromecast is a Wi-Fi HDMI dongle that you plug directly into your TV. From there you can use your smartphone or tablet to 'throw' video at your TV over Wi-Fi – whether it be Netflix movies, live football matches from the major broadcasters or simply just a funny YouTube video.… Read the full article

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Book an Appointment at Capitol Studios with Ultimate Ears

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

For all those who live in the California area (or those that might be visiting next week for the personal audio show downtown) there awaits a great opportunity for you courtesy of Ultimate Ears. Their latest collaborations with Capitol Studios has given birth to several cool partnerships but this one of the first that offers a way for the common man to visit the iconic studios in Los Angeles next Friday, April 7th.

Our staff got a chance to visit studio B for the release of the UE Reference Remaster and it was quite a trip.… Read the full article

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The Girl on the Train

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Rachel (Emily Blunt) is a lost soul who eases the lingering pain of her divorce with ample doses of alcohol, particularly on her daily rail trips to and from Manhattan. Her only diversion is an elaborate fantasy about someone she sees from her moving window, Megan (Haley Bennett), and projecting all of her longing onto this stranger. And then one day Rachel spies Megan doing something she ought not to, threatening the idyllic life the voyeur has imagined for her.

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Syllable D900 – Review

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , |

In a world where high end headphones seems to evolve the wrong way, meaning that almost every big headphone manufacturer started doubling the price with every new model, I figured I go in the other direction for a while, to the cheaper market to see what lays there.

Build quality, looks & specs

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The first thing I noticed about the Syllable D900 Mini is that they come with their own carrying case which is also a charging “station” as it includes a battery inside and can be charged using a usb cable.… Read the full article

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Xiaomi MI Pro HD In-Ear Headphones Review

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , |

General Presentation and Specs

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The packaging and unboxing is quite nice and gives you the impression that you bought a more expensive product. Even the eardbuds are made of metal (Zircon to be more exact), not cheap plastic. They also come with a small carrying pouch.

The presentation of these headphones on the manufacturer’s website is quite impressive and in Audiophile world you would pay big bucks for a product like that.

Let’s go through some interesting features the Xiamon MI Pro HD have.… Read the full article

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Superlux HD-681 Review

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , |

I’ve heard a lot of good things about these headphones throughout the ears and they’ve managed to capture my attention, so here we are.

Looks & Build Quality 

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For their price these headphones are quite well built. They’re mostly built out of plastic, but the way they’re put together seems to make them durable and quite sturdy. They gave me the feeling I can trow them around without any serious consequences.

They’re semi-open headphones and they’re certainly not enough isolated for traveling, but they have a good isolation and I think you can listen to music without bothering someone near you at work or in your home.… Read the full article

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Alta Audio IO Loudspeaker

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|

Michael Levy, the owner of Long Island’s Alta-Audio and designer of its range of speakers, is as passionate an audio professional I know.

Levy leverages every ounce of that energy, extreme knowledge and passion into his loudspeaker design. 

Two Audiophilia writers, Martin Appel and Karl Sigman, both have Alta Audio FRM-2 Celestas as their references. At USD$ 15,000, they are worth every penny. Encased in the most gorgeous polyester piano black finish, these stand mount gems are among the best sounding speakers you can buy.… Read the full article

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From the Kipnis Studios (KSS): The View From The Top – An Interview with Tommy O’Brien of Digital Amplifier Company

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

Tommy O’Brien Digital Amplifier Company

Kipnis Studio Standard (KSS) – Stereo Loudspeaker & Amplifier Testing Array with (Left to Right) Ologe Model FIVE, Ceratec Effeqct Mk. IV, and Waterfall Audio Niagara, Hurricane, & Elora Evo Glass Loudspeakers being powered by the Golden Cherry Amps from Tommy O’Brien at Digital Amplifier Co. (plus Nero Barky von Schnauzer – my assistant). The tiny Golden Cherry Amps are on either side of the fireplace & subwoofer (400 watts / 4-Ohm)

 Introduction

“Class-D? It can’t possibly sound anything like music!”
“Analog sound cannot be amplified digitally and come out sounding analog.”
“How can anything so small and light possibly sound as good as a classic Krell, Levinson, or Threshold?”

Amplifiers… their job seems simple enough: take a small signal and increase its voltage (and current) to drive one or more loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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