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IFA 2017: Technics' top turntable

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Talk about back-compatibility – the new premium turntable announced by Panasonic under the Technics brand at IFA is described as “ interchangeable with systems using the SP10MK2 (released in 1975) and the SP-10MK3 (1981) – the two predecessors which have been highly evaluated by professional broadcasting stations and are still very much admired and used by many audiophiles world-wide.”

So if you’re running a 42-year-old SP10Mk2, the new SP-10R will slot right in with your existing arm and cartridge, though when it is finally released (it’s expected mid-2018) it will be supplied as a complete system with  tonearm and cartridge.Read the full article

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IFA 2017: Hisense kicks goals with 100-inch laser TV

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

IFA 2017 Berlin: It was not surprising to find Hisense focused on the upcoming FIFA World Cup – the company is a key sponsor, and it’s a huge marketing commitment,. But Hisense always shows some interesting screens outside their usual ranges at IFA, so we were on the look-out for interesting ideas. And we weren’t disappointed.

The company had its latest Series 8 and Series 9 ULED televisions on show in Berlin, not new themselves but demonstrating a new user interface ‘VIDAA U’ for 2017 TV models which will allow viewers to switch “lightning fast” between a World Cup game and highlights and replays on YouTube or other streaming services, aiming to allow seamless switching even while the game is on.Read the full article

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Vinyl is better, well…kinda

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , , , , , |

Vinyl is better, well…kinda

With all the horror surrounding last months article in The Wall Street Journal, on “the vinyl boom being over,” it appears that records are still being made and records are still being sold.

Certainly, tons of turntables, cartridges and phono preamplifiers are being produced as well. So is the sky falling or is it not?

But what a lot of enthusiasts, hipsters, and industry pundits (especially the ones that are old enough to have been around for the first go of the vinyl trip) seem to always forget is that just because something is imprinted on a slab of vinyl doesn’t mean it’s automatically awesome, it’s automatically better than a digital recording and that “digital sucks,” because it doesn’t.… Read the full article

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Reviewer Video Profile: Michael Lavorgna

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

’80s Sunburst Fender Japanese Strat
’67 Blackface Princeton Reverb
Effects Pedals include Fulltone CLYDE wah, “Red Brick” version of the Love Pedal COT50, SolidGoldFX If 6 Was 9 fuzz, Analog Man Ibanez Tube Screamer
’70s Guild Madeira (my first guitar)
Vintage Harmony Baritone Uke
Unknown Parlor Acoustic Guitar (pictured to my right in the still photo. it’s my favorite)
’50s Farfisa Pianorgan I
’60s Schylling Child’s Accordion
Misc.: Student violin, vintage slide whistle, trumpet, harmonicas, talking drum, Cajon

The books are more interesting 😉… Read the full article

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Q ‘n A Saturday: JH Audio

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to Linus’ new interview series on Headfonia.comEvery two weeks we will publish an interview with an insider of the audio industry. They will give us a little insight on how they started and what they are up to. We are thrilled to be able to share a little something with all of you.

Episode five’s guest of honor is the rockstar of audiophile IEM manufacturers, Jerry Harvey – CEO of Jerry Harvey Audio!

Jerry Harvey

HFN: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at Jerry Harvey Audio
JH: I founded JH Audio in 2008.… Read the full article

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IFA 2017: Technics’ SP-10R turntable, SC-C70 all-in-one

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Smart cities. Smart life. Better living tomorrow. TV. Home AV. Digital imaging. Small kitchen appliances. Personal care. Ladies’ beauty. Male grooming. Oral care — these are the categories by which Panasonic Europe subdivide its product range for display at IFA 2017, where the Japanese giant occupy the entirety of the first floor of Halle 5 of Berlin’s Messe complex.

For high/er-end audio products, we look to a brightly lit corner for Technics whose display is enormous by CES standards. This sub-brand’s range of static and active displays incorporates three zones decked out like lounge rooms to show off the good, the better and the best of home audio.… Read the full article

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Review: Audio Research VT80 Foundation Series power amplifier

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Audio Research VT80 Power Amplifier.

By John Richardson

I miss Sam Tellig. I always read Sam’s column in Stereophile as soon as the newest edition hit my mailbox; I found him to be an entertaining and informative writer. It was great to read about his European adventures, and the offbeat audio personalities he hung out with (Roy Hall included). I also learned an important lesson about audio reviewers from Sam: We don’t always agree.

This lesson I learned the hard way.… Read the full article

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Onkyo and Pioneer Announce Support For DTS Play-Fi

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Here’s a problem that routinely frustrates hi-fi audio listeners: How do you move from room to room listening to music if you have a bunch of wireless speakers from a variety of manufacturers? One answer is DTS Play-Fi wireless multi-room audio technology, which is designed to give your mobile devices the power to stream music to an array of wireless speakers. What it means is that you can mix and match your speakers and avoid having to use a bridging device or solutions like Chromcast built-in Audio.

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