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Apple Music for Android to finally get tablet support

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

It was back in 2015 when Apple finally played nice and launched Apple Music for Android, with the app getting a makeover last year. Now, three years after launch, the Android version of Apple Music is finally getting support for tablets.

As discovered by Android Police, version 2.7 of the app, which is currently only available to beta testers, includes “performance improvements for images and audio playback”, the usual host of bug fixes, and “tablet support” in the changelog.… Read the full article

Review: Empire Ears Phantom – Crassus

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today we are looking at Empire Ears’ most talked about monitor yet – the Phantom. Since its introduction, the Phantom has made a lot of fans. Will it convince us too?

Disclaimer: Empire Ears provided the Phantom at a discounted price for this review. Empire Ears is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity to review the Phantom.

About Empire Ears:

Empire Ears is an American IEM and custom IEM company, seated in Norcross, Georgia.… Read the full article

Capture One Pro Gets A New Look And More Power

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The big deal with Capture One is that you can still buy it as a package rather than being committed to ongoing subscription fees and local distributor, Specular, has introduced a ‘loyalty scheme’ for repeat customers every time a new version of Capture One Pro is released. This has financial advantages, but purchasing the software locally means there’s a telephone number users can call if they run into any problems, and a convenient option if they want to book either in-person or over-the-phone training.… Read the full article

The James Gang: The Best of the James Gang Featuring Joe Walsh

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

The James Gang: The Best of the James Gang Featuring Joe Walsh

The 1970 release of the James Gang Rides Again helped define 70s rock and served as a calling card for guitarist Joe Walsh, who went on to greater fame as a solo artist and member of the Eagles. This sonically impressive greatest hits reissue, featuring ten songs remastered from the original analog tape and pressed at the Quality Record plant in Salina, Kansas, showcases the band’s chunkiness. Walsh could crunch chords a la Deep Purple, but there was a homegrown Midwestern tone to this Cleveland band’s FM-radio-ready sound.… Read the full article

25 Music Releases That Ended Up Making Me Smile

By | December 3rd, 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 DAC+, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

Esoteric Sound Rek-O-Kut Trovatore six speed belt-drive transcription turntable

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Introduction – A bridge between two worlds for the music enthusiast

Rek-O-Kut enjoys a long and storied history in the evolution of turntables for studio, broadcast, and home use. Esoteric Sound are the owners and curators of the Rek-O-Kut brand since 2004 and have continued the tradition of serving varied industries, archivists, and hobbyists. Eight years ago this month, it was on these Dagogo pages where Philip Holmes first explored the modern Rek-O-Kut Rondine 3 and how it served as a universal turntable for all types of vinyl software.

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Our Favourite Christmas Albums

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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From all of us at Audiophilia, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  

Here are a few of our favourite Christmas albums, some you’ll know, some maybe new to you. All are spectacular, both in execution and musicianship. 

All recordings are on CD, with most on the streaming networks. Get them all in a queue for Christmas morning.  

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. And a very special thank you to all for your support in 2018. 

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Zesto Audio Andros Téssera Phonostage

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Zesto Audio Andros Téssera Phonostage

The Greek word tessera refers to the number four. Zesto Audio uses that definition (tessera; τέσσερα) to name its latest phonostage. The word is fitting in function since the Andros Téssera ($12,000) phonostage supports four inputs. The word téssera is also defined as an individual tile in a mosaic. What the reader will find out is the “individual tile in a mosaic” is correspondingly applicable to this component since the Andros Téssera also serves as a tile in the mosaic of analog music reproduction.… Read the full article

Best Gear of November 2018

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Beyond an abundance of turkey and great Black Friday deals, the month of November produced a handful of Sound & Vision Top Picks, starting with two state-of-the-art audio components — one a processor for home theater enthusiasts in search of the very best surround sound has to offer, the other a high-performance integrated amp that will leave audiophiles drooling. From there, we move on to audiophile-caliber headphones that can be had for far less than you might expect and Sony’s latest and most affordable take on native 4K video projection.
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Gryphon Audio Designs to Demonstrate Zena Preamplifier in Chicago

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Gryphon Audio Designs to Demonstrate Zena Preamplifier in Chicago

The following is a press release issued by Gryphon Audio Designs. December 3, 2018 – Gryphon Audio Designs are proud to demonstrate their new Zena preamplifier in Chicago on Saturday 8 Dec. @ 2:00 and 4:00pm at Kyomi Audio. Your hosts will be Professor George Vatchnadze (a celebrated concert pianist and classical music recording artist, owner of Kyomi Audio) and Philip O’Hanlon (Chief Fun Officer from On A Higher Note) playing a wonderful collection of hand curated music on a Gryphon system.… Read the full article