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Review: Xduoo X10T – Digital Excellence

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Xduoo X10T was sent to us free of charge by Linsoul.com in exchange for this review and a link to their website. This isn’t the first time we work together with Lingsoul (see KZ ZS10 review). The pictures in this article are from Xduoo and they’re not ours.

Xduoo

You may not have heard about the Chinese Xduoo but they have really nice and affordable personal audio gear. This actually is only the first time we’re featuring Xduoo on Headfonia.com and that’s way overdue!… Read the full article

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DS Audio DS-W2

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

DS Audio, which manufactures optical phono cartridges, has discontinued its DS-W1, which was the first model to be made available outside Japan, and replaced it with the DS-W2.

The new DS Audio DS-W2 joins the company’s entry-level cartridge, the DS-002 (see story HERE) and the flagship DS Master 1. It is a direct replacement for the DS-W1, but reportedly offers significant design enhancements over its predecessor. It does, however, use the same design principle, where the movement of the cantilever modulates the light picked up by a photosensor.… Read the full article

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CTA Calls for ‘Immediate End’ to China Tariffs

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is calling for an “immediate end” to the 25% tariff the White House imposed last Thursday on $16 billion worth of goods imported from China.
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The Mayor of MacDougal Street

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

The Mayor of MacDougal Street

The “Early-60s Folk Music Revival” incubated gigantic talents that reshaped popular music forever—Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell being the most prominent. A whole world of rock and pop music, “singer-songwriters,” and hybrid folk-rock Americana is unimaginable without these two. Many less-known figures shone brightly during that period also, of course, from The Kingston Trio and Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs to Jesse Colin Young and Peter, Paul, and Mary, among many others, though their fame and influence were less widespread and less durable.… Read the full article

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Natural beauty with Yosi Horikawa

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Unplayable. The likes of Autechre’s NTS Sessions 1-4 and Bjarki’s Oli Gumm have been given a healthy dose of Harbeth/Hegel airtime these past two weeks. That’s at Darko.Audio HQ where pummeling Icelandic techno and abstract beats (that bleed in and out of noise) need dis/please only yours truly.

At audio shows, with the demographic and musical tone seemingly set in stone, spinning Autechre and Bjarki would likely turn precisely zero frowns upside down. Asking the die-hard Diana Krall-digger to tolerate electronic music at hi-fi shows doesn’t begin with artists like these.… Read the full article

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Bang & Olufsen Announces High-End Smart Speakers

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen has announced that it will begin shipping two Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers in September.
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AVM CS 2.2 4T Compact Streaming CD Receiver

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , |

AVM’s latest Compact Streaming CD Receiver, the INSPIRATION CS 2.2 4T will be unveiled by PMC UK Distribution at Festival of Sound in September. Based on the CS 2.2, the enhanced CS 2.2 4T now features the latest Bluetooth 4.2 standard, with a dedicated second antenna on the rear of the unit.

Upgrades to the digital section of the CS 2.2 4T include the use of the latest Wolfson Digital to Analogue converter, to bring improvements to all connected digital sources.… Read the full article

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Copenhagen Show October 27th-28th 2018, Clarion Hotel

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , |

Talking of Hifi shows, places like Las Vegas, Munich, London and Bristol spring quickly to mind. I have to admit, though, that I had not heard of the Copenhagen show until I was asked to attend it in 2018. Yet Denmark itself is quite a big name in the Hifi manufacturing world.  Not only are there big names we all know such as Ortofon, Bang and Olufsen and Scandyna, but today Denmark plays a significant contribution to the market place with the major contingent including Copland, Dynaudio, Dali, Gryphon, Lyngdorf Audio, Densen, Vitus Audio, Gamut and Tangent, to name just a few.

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Bowers & Wilkins Release New 600 Series

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

Bowers & Wilkins, the British audio brand, has introduced the sixth iteration of its 600 Series speakers.   

The Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series range has won many awards for value and performance. Now, Bowers & Wilkins is launching a new range composed of four speakers and matching subwoofers that feature several improvements from their predecessors.

“The 600 Series is the perfect entry point into the Bowers & Wilkins high-fidelity audio experience,” said Richard Campbell, Chief Revenue Officer at Bowers & Wilkins.

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Burning Amp Festival For DIYers

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , |

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