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PS Audio launches massive P20 Power Regenerator

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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PS Audio P20.

There’s big, and then there’s BIG.

While details are still coming, and there’s nothing yet on the PS Audio website, regarding specifications or pricing, Bill Leebens, PS Audio’s Director of Marketing, intimated that the brand new PS Audio P20 Power Regenerator announced this afternoon is in an entirely different weight class compared to the previous flagship P10 which tipped the scales at 73 lbs. The P20 features an all-new touch screen LED panel on the front fascia, and massive handles for rack-mount applications.… Read the full article

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The Fifth Element

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Korben Dallas, a retired space fighter pilot, has been relegated to driving a cab in New York City, and since leaving the military, his life has been on a downward spiral. His luck begins to change when a beautiful girl named Leeloo drops into the back of his cab, and before he knows it, he’s stuck in the middle of an intergalactic feud that happens every 5,000 years. It turns out the lovely young lady is the Fifth Element, who when combined with earth, wind, fire, and water becomes the perfect weapon to save the human race from destruction.

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Power Rangers

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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The long-running Japanese franchise Power Rangers is rebooted in this 2017 film from director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins. The somewhat camp story follows a group of teen misfits who uncover a collection of ancient artifacts and a buried alien ship; endowed with superpowers, the teens must muster their new powers and learn to work together to save the world. Power Rangers is hardly high art, and it never has been. The American version of the series was culled from stock Japanese footage edited together with new English-speaking scenes.

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PS Audio Debuts the P20 Power Plant at RMAF 2017 ! 

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Enigma Acoustics Tweeters. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Clayton Audio M200 monoblock amplifiers (with Hi-Fi Tuning and Furutech fuses), Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.… Read the full article

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Sony’s Top Soundbar Gets DTS:X, Dolby Vision Update

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Sony has announced the availability of a firmware update for its high-end HT-ST5000 soundbar that adds DTS:X surround sound decoding, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Vision pass-through, and other features.
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MERGING Technologies RMAF 2017

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Our current (August 26, 2017) stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers. Our new GamuT Lobster Chair optimized for audiophile listening and maximum comfort is in the foreground to the lower right.

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The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.

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The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.Read the full article

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An Audio Breakdown of the New 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Family

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Amazon doesn’t reach out too far to say that its voice-activated Echo speaker is an audiophile device, but it is undeniable how convenient the product is for any music lover or modern day tech geek. In practice, the interface does closely resemble a magical genie that pulls your favorite tracks out of thin air. While a few snags in that dream may occur if you have unusual or uniquely selective tastes, the AI dream of a personal musical assistant does work.… Read the full article

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Samsung’s Gear Icon X wireless earbuds are $150 off

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: TechRadar|

If you're in the market for wireless earbuds, now is a great time to snag a pair at a huge discount. Samsung has its Gear Icon X Bluetooth earbuds for $49 after a massive $150 discount.

The Gear Icon X earn solid praise for a stellar design and snug fit. And for Bluetooth earbuds, a snug fit is essential, since you won't have any wires to keep them from falling to the ground or worse.

Go straight to the deals:

The Gear Icon X earbuds offer more than just a wireless connection to your phone for listening to music.… Read the full article

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Hefner, Hi-Fi, and Jazz

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Hef is gone and whether you think he was a villain, a visionary or a skeezy old fool, the news, alleged by his widow and some recent former girlfriends was shocking: Hefner, who let’s not forget was 91 when he died, had taken so much Viagra that may have experienced a rare side effect and lost his hearing. In other words, he’d chosen sex over music.

You can debate the merits of that trade, but what was weird was that Hefner had always been such a music fan, supporting jazz in particular.… Read the full article

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AR Leapfrogs VR

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Ya got trouble, folks, right here in virtual reality. It begins with a lowercase “i,” and that rhymes with “my,” and that means iPhone!
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