After years of feuding, it looks as though Apple and Amazon are ready to make up and play nice. The first sign of a budding friendship? Apple is bringing its widely used Apple Music streaming service to Amazon Echo devices starting on December 17.
It’s certainly a strange move for the two companies who have, at several points in the last few years, removed streaming services from one another’s platforms and refused to sell each other’s hardware in their respective stores – and that’s not even mentioning the fact that Apple has its own smart speaker, the Apple HomePod, that could use a little more attention – but it could be the start of something good.
Whatever Apple’s motivation is, starting mid-December, you’ll be able to use the full breadth of Apple Music on Amazon Echo devices, according to a post on Amazon's Day One blog.… Read the full article
Germany (11/30/2018): T+A, a German audio system manufacturer has announced the addition of two more of its multi source players, the T+A Multi Source Players CALA CDR and CALA SR, joining the three other multi source player products that are already Roon Ready certified, the T+A MP 8, the MP 2000 R MK II, the MP 1000 E and the Multi Source Receiver R 1000 E.
T+A was at the recent California Audio Show, demonstrating the T+A PA 3100 HV integrated amplifier ($13,900), the T+A MP2500 R multiple source SACD player ($13,000) and the T+A Pulsar ST20 loudspeakers ($4,400), along with the support of a full MIT Cable system.… Read the full article
Elac Debut B5 $229 It’s little; it’s vinyl clad; it’s dirt cheap; and it sounds terrific. The B5 compact represents the first effort in what should be a long and fruitful collaboration between Elac and its celebrated VP of Engineering, Andrew Jones. The B5 is robust in the mid and upper bass, but the real difference is how everything comes together in such an exquisitely balanced and musical fashion. NG instinctively connected with the basic honesty of the B5 sound and was gobsmacked by its bargain-basement price.… Read the full article
After establishing an industry rep as the premier archival jazz label on the scene today through a string of previously unheard recordings by such jazz giants as Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Larry Young, and Stan Getz, Resonance Records has upped the ante with its recent issue of two deluxe packages by guitar great Grant Green. Funk in France is actually two recordings in one—The Round House: Live at la Maison de la Radio in Paris, recorded with Green’s working trio on October 26, 1969; and Haute Funk: Live at the Antibes Jazz Festival, which captured Green’s organ quartet …… Read the full article
“Do you know when Qobuz is launching in the USA?” This question has landed in my inbox several times a week ever since the French music streaming service previously announced it would be formally flipping the switch on the USA in October.
And yet Qobuz’s RMAF 2018 presence was more low-key than many expected and, crucially, went without a launch or mention of ‘when’.
This week, Qobuz has announced that their Stateside debut will happen sometime in ‘early 2019’ with the following four pricing tiers:
- Sublime+: $299.99/year for full Hi-Res streaming and substantial (40-60%) discounts on purchases from the Qobuz Hi-Res (up to 24-bit / 192kHz) download store
- Studio: $24.99/month for unlimited Hi-Res (24-bit /up to 192kHz) streaming ($249.99 annually)
- Hi-Fi: $19.99/month for streaming including 16-bit CD quality streaming ($199.9 annually)
- Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3 quality streaming ($99.99 annually)
For hi-res fans, the devil is in the details.… Read the full article
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Watching someone open a present is one of the best parts of gift-buying. You look for that little spark in their face that shows: you bought the right thing. The hardest part? Finding the right present, to make sure that first reaction is not disappointment.
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The Conion C-100F is a Japanese made Stereo 4-band FM/AM Tuner, Double Cassette Recorder Boombox. At nearly 30” wide, 16” tall, 8” deep and weighing 22lbs, this is a boombox of gargantuan size, with booming sonics, and dripping with deliciously gaudy ‘80s swag.
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