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Recommended Components: Fall 2017 Edition

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Components listed here have been formally reviewed in Stereophile and have been found to be among the best available in each of four or five quality classes. Whether a component is listed in Class A or Class E, we highly recommend its purchase.

Each listing-in alphabetical order within classes-is followed by a brief description of the product’s sonic characteristics and a code indicating the Stereophile Volume and Issue in which that product’s report appeared. Thus the May 2017 issue is indicated as “Vol.40 No.5.”

Some products listed have not yet been reported on; these are marked (NR), for “Not Reviewed.” We recommend that you read any product’s entire review before seriously contemplating a purchase (products without reviews should therefore be treated with more caution)-many salient characteristics, peculiarities, and caveats appear in the reviews, but not here.… Read the full article

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Hasselblad X1D 50C REVIEW

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Hasselblad X1D 50C
Click for magazine pages as PDFTHE FULL REVIEW IS BELOW, BUT SHOULD YOU PREFER, THE ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PAGES CAN BE VIEWED BY CLICKING THE PAGE IMAGE HERE >>>

Could there be any greater differences in the design philosophies behind the Hasselblad X1D 50c and the Fujifilm GFX 50S… or, indeed, their executions? It’s absolutely going to influence buying decisions, as these fundamental differences directly affect both accessibility and application.

It’s probably true to say that both Hasselblad and Fujifilm have similar objectives – namely, to sell more digital medium format cameras.… Read the full article

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Nikon's mirrorless path

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

What are we to take from Nikon’s recent confession that it’s working on a new mirrorless camera system? The implication, clearly, is that it’s not another 1 Nikon model based on that system’s tiny sensor. And besides, it looks to be the end of the road for 1 Nikon, at least as we’ve known it.

So… there’s the timing for starters and, specifically, the arrival of Sony’s A9. Sony is making no bones about the fact that it’s gunning for both Canon’s and Nikon’s top-end D-SLRs with this model, and the A9 story is just about compelling enough to initiate a substantial number of defections.… Read the full article

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Survey: Live TV Is Losing Appeal Among Millennials

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Millennials watch more time-shifted programs (55 percent) than live TV (45 percent) compared with older viewers who prefer watching live TV over time-shifted content by a three to two margin, according to a new study from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
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Fujifilm GFX 50S REVIEW

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Fujifilm GFX 50S
THE FULL REVIEW IS BELOW, BUT SHOULD YOU PREFER, THE ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PAGES CAN BE VIEWED BY CLICKING THE PAGE IMAGE HERE >>>

Digital medium format has been thrown a lifeline… and maybe just in the nick of time. It’s called the mirrorless camera and here – arguably more so then with the smaller formats – this configuration delivers benefits which effectively overcome the commonly cited impediments to investing in a big sensor system.

Both the Hasselblad X1D-50c and Fujifilm GFX 50S illustrate the dramatic reduction in size and weight that’s achieved when you take the mirror box and optical eyelevel viewfinder out of a digital medium format camera.… Read the full article

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MQA: Avoiding Confrontation

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MQA continues to spin their thread of sonic improvements through “origami” and removing “time smear” with high-end equipment manufacturers, audiophile reviewers, and streaming services. Among professional audio engineers and equipment designers, the jury is still out on the merits of MQA. I’ve made my position pretty clear over the past couple of years — they have developed solution to a non problem. There is no need to enhance fidelity beyond high-resolution PCM, FLAC encodes are DRM free and open to everyone and deliver better compression, and virtually all tracks consumed on disc or via streams aren’t high-resolution to start with and therefore can’t possibly benefit from MQA.… Read the full article

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones tipped to include Google Assistant

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: TechRadar|

Bose's next pair of high-end wireless headphones look like they'll include a little something extra: support for Google Assistant.

Several leaks, including an image in a Bose newsletter spotted last month by The Verge, have pointed to the existence of the QuietComfort 35 II, an upgrade to the current-gen QuietComfort 35

One of the mysteries surrounding the new headphones has been a never-before-seen button on the underside of the left cup.

As evidenced in documentation seen by 9to5Google and images from a Reddit user, it now appears the button will launch Google Assistant.… Read the full article

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New Compensation Curve for InnerFidelity Measurements

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Nice surprise ending to this one.

You may remember my trip to Harman International last year to plonk my measurement head down in front of a reference level speaker system. My motive was to determine exactly what speakers looked like with my particular Head Acoustics dummy head. My basic assumption was that good headphones should measure like good speakers. If I could capture the head response with good speakers, I could then build a compensation curve for headphone measurements that would be related directly to my particular head and a speaker based reference.… Read the full article

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Tivoli Audio Model One Digital

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Tivoli Audio today launched the Model One Digital, bringing the quintessential tabletop radio into the age of the smart home. The Model One Digital builds on Tivoli Audio’s flagship Model One radio, adding a multi-operational dial and a clutch of connectivity options, including AM, FM, DAB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and music streaming via Spotify Connect and Tidal.

You can use the Model One Digital in classic ‘tabletop radio’ mode (i.e. manual operation) or by controlling it with your mobile phone (via the free Tivoli Wireless app) after which you can link it with other ‘ART by Tivoli Audio’ speakers to create stereo pairs, wireless hi-fi systems, or multi-room audio.… Read the full article

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Conrad Johnson Sold

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Jeff Fischel, (pictured right) the long-time general manager of Conrad-Johnson, is now the owner of the company, having purchased it from founders Bill Conrad and Lew Johnson (pictured below).

Dr William Conrad and Dr Lewis Johnson founded Conrad Johnson in the early 1970s. Their first product was a preamplifier that actually had no name, though it would later go on sale as the PV1. Their second product, the MV75 stereo valve power amplifier, was far more successful than the PV1, indeed Conrad said ‘the success of this product did much to ensure the long term viability of conrad-johnson design.Read the full article

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