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Alpine's X-Series goes Premium

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Alpine X-Premium

Alpine took out a 2018 Sound+Image Award with its one of its X-Series speaker splits — and ow the company has extended the X-Series performance to new high-res heights with an all-new X-Premium series, which it says are “among the finest speakers ever crafted by Alpine”.

New materials are key to the X-Premium range, with new carbon-graphite tweeters promising high frequency range extension to 66kHz, making them ideal for reproducing high-res audio files such as 24-bit/96kHz and beyond, while the nano-fibre woofer diaphragms Alpine says maintain high clarity and realistic sound while delivering extremely fast response speeds and dynamics.… Read the full article

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Is InfoComm the New CEDIA Expo?

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

CEDIA Expo, the annual trade show of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, has been steadily shrinking, and its management has been turned over to an outside company. So it’s curious to see InfoComm, the trade show devoted to pro AV, moving into consumer territory.

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Bob Dylan: Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 Deluxe Box Set

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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No other artist in the rock era has followed his own muse as deliberately and as singularly as Bob Dylan has. Right from the dawning of his career at the outset of the 1960s, Dylan has chosen his own lane and then merged into it full-on, regardless of any external pressures or expectations. Whether the message is parlayed with his voice backed only by an acoustic guitar or translated with full band accompaniment, the foremost poet of our times has known exactly what information he wants to share with us every step of the way, critics and cognoscenti be damned.

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CES 2018: AKG N5005 Earphones

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

AKG announced a pair of $US999 earphones, AKG N5005, at CES 2018.

The AKG N5005 wireless earphones have five drivers in each earpiece: one 9.2mm dynamic driver and four balanced armature drivers, with each earpiece being made from a tough scratch-resistant thermoplastic. You can tailor the sound to suit your personal preferences by using one of three different filters that are labelled ‘Bass Boost’, ‘High Boost’ and ‘Semi-High Boost.’ If you don’t choose one of these, you’re listening to the ‘Reference Sound’ setting.… Read the full article

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YG Acoustics Sonja 2.2 Loudspeaker

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

YG Acoustics Sonja 2.2 Loudspeaker

Rarely does a high-end manufacturer make a new product available for review well in advance of its official release. Usually a new product is announced at an audio show like Munich High End, and its market delivery is targeted for several months after the announcement. Yoav Geva, principal designer at YG Acoustics, was way ahead of schedule in the case of the Sonja 2.2. He and his manufacturing team were able to make an advanced production pair available exclusively to TAS several months before the speaker’s official release, scheduled—as of this writing—for sometime in December, 2017, most likely at special …… Read the full article

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Intact Audio Strikes Again

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: , |

I always get excited when a package arrives from Intact Audio aka Dave Slagle. In fact if it wasn’t for encouraging words from Dave, Jeffrey, JRob and local friend who prevents me from becoming a french fry Chris I doubt I would be doing any DIY audio. The only downside is now I am a parts hoarder like the rest of you guys. Anyway if your into DIY audio and you haven’t run into Intact Audio do yourself a favor and check it out.… Read the full article

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A Novel Approach to Explaining ‘Net Neutrality’

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Have you seen Burger King’s ‘Whopper Neutrality’ ad? It’s hilarious — and ingenious.
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Sonos finally kills off CR100 controller and long-time fans aren’t happy

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

After ceasing the sale of it way back in 2012, Sonos has today announced that it's ending support for the legacy CR100 hardware controller that first launched alongside its multi-room speakers back in 2005. 

From April 2018 anyone who still owns and uses the controller will no longer be able to use it to control their speakers thanks to an upcoming firmware update. 

Users on the Sonos forums aren't happy about the change. "Should Sonos stay with the decision to forcibly retire the CR100 I will part ways with the company and seek alternative solutions when the time comes," said Don_H.… Read the full article

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Integra’s Unveils New Research Series AVR, Controller

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Integra yesterday announced plans to add an AV controller and AV receiver to its reference-grade Research Series.
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Wanted: Your Thoughts on How To Videos

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

Joseph Beuys

We’re gearing up for another day of barn videoing and this time the subject will be “How To” videos. My question—what subjects would you like to see covered?

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