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Flat Sound Believers

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , |

I used to write a blog post everyday. These days it’s harder to find the time and I apologize for being out of touch for these past few weeks. My days have been filled with producing the website and pitch video for the YARRA 3DX campaign and pushing ahead on the book and Blu-ray disc (more on that in a moment) and meeting the obligations of my professorship. Now that summer has arrived and I’m no longer heading to the studio everyday, life is a little more sane.… Read the full article

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Rega In Red

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Rega’s famous Planar 2 and Planar 3 turntables are now available in a high-gloss red colour, as well as in gloss black and gloss white. ‘This new colour release will maintain Rega’s spot firmly on top of shopping lists all over Australia,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Rega in Australia. ‘This red colour option comes a year after the release of the Planar 2 and Planar 3 models, but it was always planned to be included as standard for these models, however due to incredible popularity and very high demand since release, Rega has focused on meeting that demand.’ As with all Rega products, production of the red versions is at Rega’s own factory in Southend on Sea, Essex, England.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: The $350 to $5,000 systems they were lining up for

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Making money go further.

There were a number of spectacular, cost-no-object components drawing stereo fans at the Los Angeles Audio Show, but the room I had the hardest time getting into featured a $350 USD rig.

laas2Even late Sunday – a typically slow-traffic time as the event wound down – seats were full and a line stretched back to the door of the “Getting Started/Audio for the Rest of Us” exhibit.

The room, sponsored by Positive Feedback, was filled with gear that could be used to assemble systems ranging from the dirt-cheap example above up to around $5,000 USD.… Read the full article

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Doctor Strange

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Marvel explores its mystical side is in this mind-bending, psychedelic entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe directed by Scott Derrickson. Benedict Cumberbatch plays brilliant but egotistical neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, who loses the use of his hands, and subsequently his career, when he crashes his supercar. Strange travels to Kathmandu seeking a supernatural cure for his injuries. There, an immortal sorceress, the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), accepts him as her pupil, trains him in the mystic arts, and turns him into a powerful sorcerer.

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Moonlight

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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This coming-of-age drama is notable for a lot more than the Oscar night flub seen around the world that ultimately had the film walking away with the Best Picture statuette. It’s a beautifully captured movie set in three distinct acts and, notably, one of the few dramas about the black American experience to be recognized that is not overtly concerned with slavery, the civil rights struggle, or institutionalized violence against said community, although one could make an argument about the undercurrent of those issues running through the story.

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Sound & Vision Tech Tidbits July 2017

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Control4’s Custom Airstream is rolling across the country to promote “Smart Design, Smart Living.” It features wholehouse A/V, smart lighting, intelligent safety and security, and voice control…(See the video tour here.)


LG, Samsung, and Sony are Netflix-recommended
TV makers. Among other talents, their products can power up and start Netflixing within seconds, rapidly switch between Netflix and live TV, and display the Netflix interface in HD…

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Is Your Wi-Fi Network Ready for Wireless Speakers?

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

In a recent post I chided manufacturers for releasing Wi-Fi-based speakers that failed to perform reliably. But then I began to wonder about the role of our Wi-Fi networks and whether the demands of these new products are outpacing the capabilities of today’s “average” network. Ravi Rajapakse, founder and CEO of Blackfire Research, sheds some light on the subject…
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Wrensilva Loft Record Console

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Stereo consoles were all the rage in the ’60s. Every major TV company sold them—some with an integrated 25inch screen, some without. Many were imposing pieces of furniture placed front and center in living rooms across America. I have vivid memories of paying $3 or $4 for my first album at the long-gone Jersey-based chain store Two Guys and promptly replacing the Engelbert Humperdinck LP on the platter of our Zenith console with Abbey Road.
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VPI Launches $900 Cliffwood Turntable

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Analog planet|

VPI Industries announced on June 29th the new $900 Cliffwood turntable, named for the New Jersey town in which VPI has been headquartered for the past 30 years.

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VPI Industries $900 USD Cliffwood turntable with Grado cartridge shipping this summer

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Coming to shake things up? The Cliffwood turntable.

Mat Weisfeld of VPI industries contacted me Thursday to announce that the company’s $900 USD turntable/tonearm/cartridge combination that I spoke about with his father Harry in Montreal several months ago – dubbed The Cliffwood – would be shipping in late July or early August. This looks to be quite an accomplishment to deliver the quality VPI is known for at such an entry-level price point. I think many in the industry will be taking notice of this salvo across the bow of other turntable manufacturers like Rega, Pro-Ject, and U-Turn who have seen great success carving up the sub-$1,000 record player market for some time.… Read the full article

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