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“Beside Bowie-The Mick Ronson Story” Is a Flawed But Essential Documentary For Every Bowie and Mick Ronson Fan

By | August 31st, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Filmmaker Jon Brewer’s Mick Ronson documentary tells the truly sad story of the wholly under-apprecriated guitarist/arranger Mick Ronson, who is of course best known (if he’s known at all) for his work with David Bowie. That being the case, Brewer spends a great deal of time (too much time) at the beginning of the 101 minute film on the rise of David Bowie before getting to the fall of Mick Ronson, better known to his friends as “Ronno”.

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Monitor Audio, Roksan & BluOS

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

Monitor Audio and Roksan have partnered with BluOS with a view to introducing high-resolution multi-room audio capabilities in upcoming Monitor Audio and Roksan products. They have also announced a new Australian distributor: Interdyn.

‘Our development team explored all of the available options for wireless multi-room audio solutions that premier loudspeaker companies must be reviewing in this marketplace,’ said Andrew Flatt, Monitor Audio’s Chairman & CEO. ‘After that full review, we have decided to adopt the BluOS platform. It’s purpose built for discerning audio enthusiasts and thereby fits with our own core values.Read the full article

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IFA 2018: Loewe brings Mimi and portable klang

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

We found Loewe’s stand at IFA 2018 all in a breakfast bustle just as the Show opened its doors, and the friendly and attentive staff showed us the German TV-meisters’ latest innovations.

Loewe is not a company to change its TV models every year as do many competitors — but it does make a habit of upgrading the TVs already owned by its existing customers via the power of the firmware update.

So the only hardware changes this year are that its OLED bild models will all be upgraded to the latest generation of OLED panels.Read the full article

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InnerFidelity Podcast No. 1

By | August 31st, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Welcome to the premiere edition of the InnerFidelity Podcast featuring a brief shout out from new managing editor Rafe Arnott and then an in-depth interview with Campfire Audio CEO Ken Ball.

Featuring one-on-one interviews with everyone from high-fidelity headphone manufacturing heavyweights, musicians, artists, audio engineers and record and tape collectors, to long-time industry legends, audio technical experts and young up-and-coming headphone designers, host Brian Hunter takes listeners on an exciting aural journey every month with intelligence, wit and humour.

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First look: Harman Kardon Citation home cinema range brings style and smart sonics

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

The IFA 2018 show in Berlin is bursting at the seams with smart speakers. But with its new Citation speaker range, Harman Kardon has enough Google Assistant-enabled speakers to do an entire show of its own.

Set to compete with Sonos systems thanks to their multi-room capabilities, the Citation range is a bit of a jack of all trades, with speaker sizes and colors to fit all tastes, voice control smarts, LCD touch controls and the ability to be paired up as a wireless 5.1 channel home theatre system.… Read the full article

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A Quiet Place

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

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Directed by John Krasinksi (star of TV’s “The Office”) and produced by action film director Michael Bay, A Quiet Place is a curious mashup of sci-fi/horror and family drama. The world is under siege by alien creatures who are blind but have powerful hearing capability, which they use to locate human prey. To survive, a family at the story’s center of needs to remain completely silent at all times— not something that’s easy to do when the clan includes young children.

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Love: Forever Changes – 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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

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Always the pauper, never quite the prince. Such was the case for Love, the racially integrated Los Angeles psychedelic/folk-rock hybrid who were always on the cusp of breaking through the ether during those heady revolutionary times of the late 1960s, but just couldn’t totally get there. While the sounds of other SoCal Sunset Strip brethren like The Doors and The Byrds made the leap into mass consciousness, Love’s impact initially came at more of the cult-favorite level—though their multicultural influence has only grown over the ensuing years, especially within the British alternative scene of the early ’90s.

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Morrow Audio Improves SSI Cable Technology

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

Morrow Audio Improves SSI Cable Technology

The following is a press release issued by Morrow Audio. August 31, 2018 – Morrow Audio, a major high end audio cable manufacturer whose products span 70 countries, has recently developed some major improvements to their existing SSI Cable Technology design. “We are always striving for perfection,” Mike Morrow said. “Any improvements we discover, we implement and pass it on to our customers. We have now discovered some areas of improvement, taking our already excellent SSI cable design to a whole new level.” The new design has been incorporated into their interconnects, speaker cables, speaker jumpers, REL subwoofer upgrade cable, …… Read the full article

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Review: Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

By | August 31st, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

It came as the perfect pairing for the matching DAC3 digital converter and pre. A full loom of Benchmark cabling with correlating connectors even accompanied the review sample. Everything stocked, locked and loaded in proper working order as a complete package ready for any pair of speakers.

The AHB2 power amp is usually demo’d with a pair of the Benchmark’s own stand mount SMS1, so in the lab we went straight to the TAD Micro-Evolution One’s in for review from MoFi Distribution.… Read the full article

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IFA 2018: Up Close with Samsung’s 8K TV

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

The IFA show happening right now in Berlin, Germany is as much about home appliances as A/V electronics — I’ve never seen so many refrigerators in one place in my life. Still, there are interesting products to report on, particularly the new 8K TVs from Samsung and LG.
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