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The Audio Surgeon, Bricasti, Dynaudio, Octave, Cardas, VPI, Sutherland, Torus | AXPONA 2019

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Audio Surgeon

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

Since last years Axpona, the one thing I looked forward to one thing most, revisiting The Audio Surgeon room. For it is Dr. Andy Collen, “the audio surgeon” himself, that hosts a room like no other.

AXPONA 2019 Audio Surgeon

To re-acquaint for some, or introduce for others, let me tell you about Dr. Collen and The Audio Surgeon. The story could be a long one, but I’ll do my best to convey the important details while also moving along for the sake of reading time.… Read the full article

Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD unveiled

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Looking for a portrait lens but torn between focal lengths? The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043) looks like it might save you the hassle of making a decision.

Described by its manufacturer as a portrait zoom, the new full-frame-friendly optic takes in all the focal lengths commonly called upon by portrait photographers. 

These run from the 35-50mm range that's suited to environmental portraiture, through to the 60-85mm range for classic head-and-shoulder framing, and culminating in the low three-figure focal length region that's ideal for tighter crops.… Read the full article

The Fight is Over: YouTube Returns to Fire TV, Prime Video to Chromecast

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Peace between Amazon and Google means that the YouTube app will return to Fire TVs and Amazon Prime Video will be available to cast to Google Chromecast.
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The Fight is Over: YouTube Returns to Fire TV, Prime Video to Chromecast

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Peace between Amazon and Google means that the YouTube app will return to Fire TVs and Amazon Prime Video will be available to cast to Google Chromecast.
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Butcher Block Acoustics & The New RigidRack – AXPONA 2019

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Butcher Black Acoustics Rigid Rack

Audiophile racks come in all kinds of shapes and colors, but at AXPONA’s marketplace expo hall a new alternative could be found from the Los Angeles-based Butcher Block acoustics.

The new line of component stands is a mix-and-match approach centered around the company’s core product – heavy, dense wood blocks. Available in maple or walnut, custom arrangements can be ordered up in a variety heights, widths, depths and leg material. Carpet spikes or rubber feet round out the show for a presentation that founder Jim Whithorne says is inspired by danish modern design elements.… Read the full article

Pro-Ject’s Versatile DS2 USB MM/MC Phono Pre Sounds Good And Digitizes Too

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Pro-Ject’s DS2 USB combines in one chassis a versatile MM/MC phono preamplifier and a high resolution A/D converter capable of digitizing at up to 192/24 bit PCM or 128 DSD (A/K/A “double DSD”). It’s a feature-packed unit that includes 2 independently adjustable phono inputs and a line input and both USB and optical TOSlink digital outputs as well as an analog output. An outboard 18V “Wall Wart” powers it.

Review : Shanling M2X – Harder, better, faster, stronger

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

In this review we take a close look at the Shanling M2X DAP.

Disclaimer : the Shanling M2X was sent to us free of charge by the brand in exchange for an honest opinion. 

About Shanling

Founded in 1988, Shanling has been developing Hi-Fi products for more than 30 years now. From high-end CD players to classy tube-amps, the brand made a name thanks to great craftsmanship and top of the line performances.

Shanling logo

Since then, Shanling has extended their range to reach higher grounds, all up to… portable players.… Read the full article

Apple AirPods 3 could arrive by the end of 2019, according to analysts

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple AirPods rumors are like weeds, just when you thought you’ve cleared your yard of them, another one pops up. Such was the case today when we caught wind of the new Apple AirPods 3 in a report corroborated by analysts.

The original report, which came from DigiTimes, said that the third-generation of Apple AirPods will arrive by the end of 2019 and will actually pack the features we believed the second-generation headphones would have like noise-cancellation and water-proof casing.… Read the full article

The Annual WFMU Record Fair Is This Weekend!

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

The annual WFMU Record Fair comes to the Brooklyn Expo Center this Friday through Sunday featuring 28,000 square feet of records, 45s, CDs (?), books, collectibles and the usual gang of idiots plus live bands and broadcasts. This is always a great show just like they used to make them except that with the Internet prices are more uniform (though there are still bargains from vendors who don’t know certain “stuff”).

Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

The following is a press release issued by Hi-Fi Centre. Hi-Fi Centre is pleased to host the Vancouver Audio Festival 2019. Friday April 26th 5pm-9pm Saturday April 27th 10am-5pm This year we have curated a selection of systems which are guaranteed to make you smile whether you are a die-hard audiophile or a casual listener. Demonstrations are not time limited allowing you to enjoy each system for as long as you wish. Manufacturers reps will be on hand to present their products and answer all your questions.… Read the full article