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AIPP WWII Veterans Book Donated To The National Library

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Two volumes of books featuring 6500 portraits of Australia’s WWII Veterans have been donated to the National Library Of Australia by the Australian Institute Of Professional Photography (AIPP). The books are the result of an AIPP initiative that spanned two years and involved over 400 photographers committed to capturing Australia’s remaining WWII veterans.

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia said she was honoured to accept the books on behalf of the Australian people.

“Books such as these are such a special form of collection item, allowing previously untold stories to be told or unseen faces to be seen,” Dr Ayres said.… Read the full article

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Frank “Big Boy” Goudie: Jazz On Three Continents Part 1 of 3, France and Europe 1924-1939

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Goudie’s professional headshot, 1939. Photo courtesy and property of Christine Goudie.

Frank “Big Boy” Goudie (b. 1899 Louisiana – d. 1964 California) has been almost completely overlooked; a mere footnote in the jazz chronicles until recently.  He was a skilled musician who played saxophone, trumpet and clarinet, performing jazz, swing, dance, Latin and ethnic music on three continents.  His career paralleled the history of jazz itself: origins in Louisiana, migration to Europe, transition to Swing, integration with Latin music and the New Orleans revival.

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Steven Wilson Dissects His Latest ‘Home Invasion’

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Photo by Hajo Mueller.

We called Steven Wilson, the once and future king of surround sound, to discuss the differences between mixing live quad for a performance venue and then mixing the same show for his Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall Blu-ray, the importance of creating dynamics and tension release, and how to keep an audience engaged for 3 uninterrupted hours.

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A Capital Wrap-Up

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

“I’ve got six hours to get ready for 30 hours of show time so an attendee can listen for 10 minutes.” Thus did Doug White, proprietor of the Philadelphia-area dealer The Voice That Is, describe the challenge of setting up a system for a show such as Capital Audiofest. (When I asked, Do you use a spectrum analyzer?, White said Yes, and smiled and pointed to his brow.) The results of his expertise—no other word for it—were in full flower in a system that, though far from humble, featured the least expensive loudspeakers I’ve heard in a TVTI system: Tidal’s Vimberg-series Mino ($29,000/pair).… Read the full article

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First Takatsuki Amplifier Launched

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Japanese valve manufacturer Takatsuki released its very first valve amplifier, the Takatsuki TA-S01 integrated at the Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show in Melbourne — a world exclusive for the show.

The official launch of the Takatsuki TA-S01 was spearheaded by Takatsuki’s Australian distributor Finn Bespoke Technology. Designed and built in-house at Takatsuki Electric’s own factory in Kyoto, Japan, the Takatsuki TA-SO1 integrated amplifier is a single-ended triode (SET) design that uses Takatsuki TA-300B output tubes and a Takatsuki TA-274B rectifier tube, as well as output transformers built specifically for Takatsuki by specialist Japanese transformer manufacturer Tamura.… Read the full article

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McIntosh MC312 Power Amplifier Hits the Streets

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

The steady drumbeat of progress out of Binghamton, New York continues as McIntosh Labs trickles down the technical improvements from their top-of-the-line mono and stereo power amplifiers to their midrange offerings with the new $7,000 USD MC312 Power Amplifier, shipping now.

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Le Tigre – GET OFF THE INTERNET

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“Little” Steven Van Zandt’s Keynote Discussion At Making Vinyl 2018

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

At last month’s “Making Vinyl” conference in Detroit Keynote speaker Steven Van Zandt chose not to present a formal address. Instead, he sat down with music journalist Gary Graff to talk about his relationship with vinyl records and especially his TeachRock (teachrock.org) organization that provides to schools free of charge music educational resources.

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Marantz AV8805 A/V Surround Processor Review

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $4,499


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D formats
13 processing channels and 15 audio outputs
Clean, highly detailed sound

Minus

Very narrow remote sensor


THE VERDICT

Marantz’s new flagship surround processor makes the most of the Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D formats while providing a notable sound quality improvement over its predecessor.


I remember my first flagship A/V receiver like it was yesterday. It was the year 2000, and Onkyo’s TX-DS989, which sold for a cool $3,200 and featured seven channels of built-in amplification plus support for the latest, greatest THX Surround EX and DTS-ES codecs was every home theater enthusiast’s dream.

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64 Audio launches three new IEMs starting at $699 USD

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Left Coast/Pacific Northwest custom and universal-fit IEM headphone manufacturer 64 Audio’s founder and chief sound designer Vitaliy Belonozhko has been busy adding depth to the company’s line with three new custom models featuring trickle-down technology from their flagship designs aimed at audiophiles and musicians (I’ve sometimes heard one person can be both, but these sightings are rare and on par with Elvis sitings at Walmart).

The three new models are the A6t ($1,299 USD), the A4t ($999 USD) which both take advantage of the company’s patent-pending tubeless tia technology and the more modest A3e ($699 USD).… Read the full article

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