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Fujifilm X-T100 REVIEW

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

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There’s a new entry-level X-T series Fujifilm mirrorless camera which is based on the X-A5 so it’s quite a bit cheaper than the X-T20, but is anything that’s important missing?

OUR FULL REVIEW IS BELOW, BUT FOR FULL SPECS & STUFF, CLICK RIGHT TO READ THE ORIGINAL MAGAZINE PAGES AS PDFs > > >

Fujifilm’s X mount system has been one of the success stories in mirrorless cameras and, so far, not seriously challenged in the ‘APS-C’ format sensor category.… Read the full article

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Best Gear of October 2018

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The Halloween ghouls and goblins are gone but they left behind a delightfully eclectic mix of road-tested AV gear to ponder, ranging from an amazingly versatile amp/DAC to a 65-inch TV that will make you rethink what you should pay for a top performing 4K set. In between we had the pleasure of reviewing a new top-line TV from Sony and two stellar home theater speaker systems — one a reference-quality setup from a respected name in audio, the other a unique system from a company you’ve probably never heard of.
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Guess the brand of this French smart speaker…

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Guess the brand of this French smart speaker…

So did you guess Devialet? So did we when we first saw it, but no — it’s from Cabasse, also French, but with no indication as yet that this design owes anything to shared IP or co-design with its compatriot competitor. Guess it’s just coincidence then. Placed head to head, they are in fact distinct enough — Devialet with its odd grille that looks like grandma’s paper doilies, its elongated back-end and flappy side speakers, the Cabasse slightly larger and rather purer in design, surrounded by silver swirls. … Read the full article

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Pro-Ject White Album Turntable

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The Beatles’ classic White Album has been re-mastered and is being re-released on double 180g vinyl, CD and Bluray, along with the Esher Demos, and the studio Sessions. And Pro-Ject is releasing a ‘White’ turntable to celebrate the re-release.

Not only is the Pro-Ject turntable white, but owner Heinz Lichtenegger has managed to convince Ortofon to produce a special white version of its 2M cartridge, and he’s also built a white version of the Pro-Ject Evo tonearm. So it’s all white, white, white… including the record clamp.… Read the full article

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Zu Omen Tweeter and Capacitor Upgrade – A Stunning Improvement in Clarity

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I’ve had the “Dirty Weekend” version of the Zu Audio Omens for almost five years now; retailing for right at $1K USD, they’re the least expensive way to taste the Zu experience. Zu has a very liberal upgrade and trade-in policy; they’re constantly improving the technology of the drivers and cabinets they employ. The “Dirty Weekend” (DW) line takes drivers that have been traded in and re-purposes them by placing them in standard Zu Omen cabinets, at a price that is significantly lower than the built-to-order Omens ($1500-$2K, depending on finish).Read the full article

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What the Hell – Issue 100 of Positive Feedback

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

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KEF Unveils ‘Fully Wireless’ Compact Speaker System

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

KEF today announced a “fully wireless” follow-up to its award-winning LS50 compact wireless speaker system that uses a wireless connection between speakers instead of the usual clunky cable.
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Nordost is headed to the New York Audio Show

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

Nordost is thrilled to be exhibiting at the New York Audio Show with our friends and partners, Magico and AVM. The New York Audio Show will be held at the Park Lane Hotel, November 9th – 11th. Be sure to visit us in suite 701 to hear a world class sound system featuring Nordost’s extensive range of products. We hope that everyone in the area will be able to visit us to hear, firsthand, what our transformative products have to offer your home audio system.… Read the full article

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Odeon 17 Loudspeakers

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This article, as reviewed by Victor Chavira, Dave Clark, and Larry Cox, originally ran when audioMusings was in print. Issue 3. 1998

I always welcome the opportunity to listen to speakers other than my. own. Usually, the experience confirms my wisdom in choosing Magneplanars. No matter the strengths of a particular speaker, I always return gratefully to the open and spacious sound of my Maggies. (I wear my audio bias proudly on my sleeve.) A dynamic speaker would have to swing mighty hard in order for me to consider switching.… Read the full article

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Sonos One won’t see Google Assistant support until 2019

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Sonos might’ve been a bit ambitious when it promised both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support on the Sonos One smart speaker back in 2017: It’s been over a year now and while the speaker has seen a number of updates – including AirPlay 2 support – Google Assistant wasn’t among them. 

Unfortunately, according to a post on Sonos’ blog, that’s not changing anytime soon.

“While we originally planned to have the experience ready to ship in 2018, the reality is that we need a bit more time to get the experience right and will now look to lock down a date in 2019,” Sonos says.… Read the full article

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