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Toronto Audiofest 2018 Show Report (Part 2)

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Continuing my show coverage…

The most visually pleasing room I saw (overall), belonged to our friends at Charisma Audio. This setup looked and sounded great, with the beautiful Audio Space LS5/9 Ebony monitors, Audio Space monoblocks, and Well-Tempered Lab’s stylish new Amadeus 254 turntable. As at previous shows, there were two complete systems, this time each sitting on a stunning Codia Diagon rack. Unfortunately I only saw Bernard Li briefly on Saturday, and we missed each other when I was at the Charisma room on Sunday; we will follow up – especially about Charisma’s brand-new Musiko tonearm!… Read the full article

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Ayon Audio Unveils Triton III Amplifier

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Ayon Audio Unveils Triton III Amplifier

The following is a press release issued by Ayon Audio. Austria | October 26, 2018 – Ayon Audio, the award winning Austrian vacuum tube manufacturer unveils the New Ayon Audio Triton III GEN 4. Pure Class A operation integrated and stereo amplifier. Operation in Pentode & Triode mode that delivers a Pure Class A signal, no signal loss at any demand. Intelligent auto-bias and tube protection system. Alerts when a vacuum tube is misbehaving & needs replacement. The cool running, no hassle amplifier.… Read the full article

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Shure’s next-gen headphone cable elevates wireless listening

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Shure's sound-isolating earphones are unmistakable with their one-of-a-kind design. From the immense value of the entry-level SE215 earphones all the way up to the high-end clarity of the quad-driver SE846, Shure has established a lineage of impressive sound and fit, complete with that uniquely-shaped module and detachable cable.

And since last year, they've been wireless too. No, not in an Apple AirPods-like, free-floating manner. Instead, Shure's RMCE-BT1 Bluetooth Enabled Remote + Mic Accessory Cable let you swap out the original wired 3.5mm cable for a Bluetooth tether that linked up the earphones with a remote in between, but then connected wirelessly to your device for freedom of movement.… Read the full article

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Audio Note UK DAC 5 Special preview

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

I’ve heard the word “Special” used pejoratively or sarcastically in relation to my sense of humour and jokes, but in all seriousness it usually carried a more weighty connotation, or inference when I was a kid. “Special” usually meant different, unique, or rare in some cases. All descriptors I would use in relation to the Audio Note UK DAC5 Special I recently received for review here at AudioStream.

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Mercury “Living Presence” Reissue Series Cut From 3-track Analog Masters From Analogue Productions

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Tom Fine, re-mastering producer of the first two soon-to-be-released Analogue Productions Mercury “Living Presence” titles talks with AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer about the all-analog mastering process, with lacquers cut by Ryan K. Smith from the original 3 track master tapes.

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Toronto Audiofest Recap

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

The first ever Toronto Audiofest was the perfect kick-off of what is sure to be a institution in the Canadian audio community. It was great to see so many new faces coming out to enjoy music together on some outstanding systems. Thank you to our amazing Canadian retailers who represented Nordost and our products so well, producing some stellar sound. We were especially pleased to be working with our Toronto-based dealer, Executive Stereo, who supplied us with stand-out gear for the event.… Read the full article

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Periodic Audio Nickel Amplifier

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Much smaller (30x50x15mm) than a smart phone! About the same weight (20.9g) as many USB stick drives! Can easily power (250 mW into 32 Ohms) headphones (not just earbuds) without a sweat! It’s the Periodic Audio Nickel, a super-compact $299 headphone amplifier that can be used on the run.

It is essentially the size of a small box of matches. It is made in the USA. I gave it a quick try at the recent RMAF in Denver in early October 2018, was impressed, and the ever so friendly Periodic Audio Co-Founder Daniel Wiggins offered to send me a review sample (and thanks to Sue Toscano for helping).… Read the full article

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Hereditary

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Like its sci-fi counterpart, the horror film genre is packed with “cult classics.” But there are only a few horror titles that can lay claim to “classic” film status. Universal Monsters films from the 1920s through the 1950s notwithstanding (see Boxes of Joy on page 28), my list is limited to The Shining, The Exorcist, Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, Halloween, and Carrie.

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Does This New Smart Speaker Look Familiar?

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

China-based Huawei Technologies today previewed its new AI Speaker a launch event for its new Mate 20 X smartphone and the web is abuzz about how much it looks like a certain smart speaker from another company you might have heard of — Apple.
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Survey: 2019 Could Be a Breakout Year for VR

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

SuperData Research says 2019 will be a “defining moment” for virtual reality (VR) and other XR (extended reality) technologies.
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