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Shinola launch Campfire Audio collaboration with Canfield Bluetooth IEMs

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Shinola brought jobs to Detroit and now they’re teaming up with the Pacific Northwest’s highly respected, handmade, headphone design and manufacturer Campfire Audio out of Portland, Oregon to launch a Bluetooth IEM collaboration in the guise of the budget-friendly ($250 USD) Canfield In-Ear Monitors which is available in either silver stainless steel or black.

Featuring a 16.5 OHM impedance for easy driving and a frequency response of 10Hz~20kHz, they are equipped with 8.5mm Beryllium dynamic drivers, Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth connectivity (enabling 24-bit high-resolution audio on supported devices) and AAC for Apple devices, the new Canfields are easily paired with any smartphones, tablets or computers for streaming-music goodness.… Read the full article

Def Tech Upgrade Offer Extended

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Advance Audio Australia has extended its offer of a complimentary upgrade for anyone who buys a Definitive Technology loudspeaker to the end of November. 

Originally due to finish on 30 September 2018, Advance Audio Australia has extended the promotional period to 30

November 2018.

The ‘complimentary upgrade’ deal is that if you buy an eligible Definitive Technology BP Series speaker, participating hi-fi dealers will offer you a complimentary upgrade to the next model up in that series.

So if you want to buy a pair of BP9020s, the dealer will offer to upgrade you to a pair of BP9040 speakers for the same price.… Read the full article

Ant-Man and The Wasp

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|


The most fun thread in the Earth-bound tapestry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe owes much to the presence of star/co-writer Paul Rudd, whose comedic charms and dramatic sensibilities embiggen an otherwise diminutive hero. Two years after the fallout from Captain America: Civil War, when ex-con Scott Lang (Rudd) illegally fought as Ant-Man, he’s nearing the completion of his house arrest and ready to get his life back on track.

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Bits-are-Bits Or Are They? Nuno Vitorino of Innuos: AudioStream Podcast No. 2

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

Nuno Vitorino of Innuos sparks up a conversation with host Brian Hunter about the silicon-based neural pathways that help make up digital-audio music servers. Are bits really just bits, or is there more to the story than just that?

Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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New York City based Master & Dynamic is a unique company. While not aiming for the highest ‘audiophile’ quality in the universe—together with the very high prices that go along with that—they, instead, produce superb sounding audio products displaying a savvy mix of fashion, art and modern culture. They even partner with legendary companies such as Leica Camera and make a special series of headphones in honour of legendary musicians such as Michael Jackson. The result? Gorgeous products of audiophile quality in both sound and construction that engenders pride of ownership.… Read the full article

NY Audio Show 2018: Herb's Preview

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

I love the New York Audio Show. I wish all American audio shows could take place at The Park Lane Hotel at 36 Central Park South. Why? Because NYC has more excellent audio dealers than any towns not touching the Pacific ocean. And because, when I need a break from hotel halls and Eagles singing Diana Krall, I can sit on a bench in Central Park’s Hallett Nature Sanctuary and watch the turtles on rocks—or have snacks at the Plaza Food Hall.… Read the full article

HDMI 2.1 Features Start Trickling into AV Gear

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Enhanced audio return channel (eARC), a key HDMI 2.1
feature that supports high-bandwidth audio formats, has begun rolling out in select 4K TVs, AV receivers, and soundbars as a firmware update, but the HDMI 2.1 feature supporting high-bandwidth video formats such as native 8K won’t appear in TVs and audio products until late 2019 or 2020, says the organization that licenses HDMI technology.
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Marantz Is Back: 40th-Anniversary Marantz KI Ruby Series

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

Marantz Is Back: 40th-Anniversary Marantz KI Ruby Series

Now under the auspices of Sound United (along with Denon, Classé Audio, and other brands), Marantz is back on the map. The classic audio company has been celebrating its 40thanniversary this year with recent launches of its KI Ruby limited-edition series components in Europe and the U.S. Along with a number of (mostly) European-based audio journalists and a handful of sales folks, I had the good fortune to attend a special launch event in Amsterdam held at an incredible venue: the renowned Concertgebouw concert hall.… Read the full article

Do Wall-Mounted Speakers Work in an Atmos Setup?

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at [email protected]

Q I’m upgrading my home theater for Dolby Atmos and have noted that various speakers are now being specifically marketed for this purpose. For example, I’ve seen compact speakers with sloped,
downward-pointing baffles that are designed to be wall-mounted near the ceiling. Are these as effective in delivering overhead effects as an in-ceiling or Atmos Enabled speaker? Also, could an Atmos Enabled speaker be mounted in the same manner near the ceiling?

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A Modern Witches' Sabbath

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

This review and its companion that will follow next week spotlight two very different and equally recommendable recordings of contemporary music with a common theme: the quest for freedom and justice in perilous times. This week’s special, Lament/Witches’ Sabbath (New Focus Recordings), due out today (November 9), contains four works by Mathew Rosenblum, an East Coast composer who occasionally ventures into forbidden territory as he blends percussion, acoustic instruments, electronics, voice and microtonal elements in extremely visceral, moving, and sometimes gut-wrenching ways.… Read the full article