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Bohemian Rhapsody

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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The indisputable success of Bohemian Rhapsody confirms what many of us have known for decades: Queen was one of the biggest rock bands in the world, and their late frontman Freddie Mercury was one of the singularly most polarizing and mesmerizing popular-music performers of the 20th century.

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Best virtual machine software of 2019

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Virtuality was once a capability of mainframe computers, and now even smartphones can do it.

Being able to segment the computer into different virtual versions has many advantages, specifically in respect of isolating experimental code from other critical processes.

Using this combination of hardware and software a system can allocate its resources more efficiently, and divide those functions that are internet-facing from those that have internal access to a network.

For IT professionals and software developers, virtuality is an important aspect of their computing activity, and picking the right tools to create and manage virtual installations is paramount.… Read the full article

“What’s Going On” One-Step Long Ago Souled Out But….

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Mobile Fidelity’s One-Step reissue of Marvin Gaye’s groundbreaking album What’s Going On is long out of print but still deserving of a short review.
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Marvin Gaye
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What's Going On
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Tamla/Mobile Fidelity UD1S 2-008 2 45rpm 180g ""One Step" "Supervinyl" LPs
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Marvin Gaye
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Krieg Wunderlich, Assisted by Rob LoVerde At MFSL, Sebastopol, CA
Mobile Fidelity’s One-Step reissue of Marvin Gaye’s groundbreaking album What’s Going On is long out of print but still deserving of a short review.
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Here’s what Huawei ‘Mate X’ foldable 5G phone might look like

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Huawei teased it would show off a foldable 5G phone at MWC this year, but the cat might be out of the bag before the phone event even starts. Someone took a photo of what is allegedly promotional material, which shows a possible first look at the next-gen folding phone, and its apparent name: The Huawei Mate X. 

Twitter user @gimme2pm tweeted out an image showing the alleged phone in three stages: fully unfolded in tablet-like mode, partially folded in half (clamshell-style), and fully folded into smartphone-size dimensions.… Read the full article

Pangea Audio Introduces New Speaker Stands

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Pangea Audio Introduces New Speaker Stands

The following is a press release issued by Pangea Audio. GRAND RAPIDS, MI | February 22, 2019 – Pangea Audio, developer and manufacturer of high performance, high value audio accessories, will soon ship a new rock-solid, aesthetically pleasing speaker stand designed to support nearly any monitor in consumer and professional audio. The new DS100 all-steel speaker stand series emulates the clean, sleek aesthetic of Pangea’s popular DS400 stand, with a single post design that supports even the heaviest currently available speakers.… Read the full article

How Long Will You Continue to Buy Discs?

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Physical media took another hit this week with word that Samsung will no longer produce standard and 4K/Ultra HD Blu-ray players for sale in the U.S., leaving Sony, Panasonic, and LG to carry the BD hardware mantle.

The news comes on the heels of recent NPD VideoScan data that reveals 4K/UHD discs accounted for only 5% of sales among the top 50 titles for the week ended February 9; standard Blu-ray claimed 40% and DVD 55%. The numbers were reported by MediaPlayNews.com, which bills itself as the “voice of the home entertainment industry.”

Add to that Hollywood’s selective commitment to 4K on disc.

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Samsung’s New Wireless Earbuds Are Voice-Enabled

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Samsung has added voice control to the next generation of its wireless Galaxy Buds.
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Samsung’s New Wireless Earbuds Are Voice-Enabled

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Samsung has added voice control to the next generation of its wireless Galaxy Buds.
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HiFiMAN Shangri-La Electrostatic Headphone and Tube Amplifier

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

HiFiMAN Shangri-La Electrostatic Headphone and Tube Amplifier

Many audiophiles and music lovers dream of owning the best audio components, but don’t want to shell out as much as a luxury automobile to get them. What I like to find are components that approach the state-of-the-art, but are much more affordable, such as HiFiMan’s amazing Shangri-La Jr. electrostatic headphone system ($8000). Electrostatic transducers have entranced me since I heard the original Quad loudspeakers many decades ago. I have owned several pairs of original Quad ESL-57 and ESL-63 speakers, and still enjoy a set of refurbished ESL-57s.… Read the full article

Allnic Audio H-7000 Phono Stage

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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No sooner had the review been posted on Audiophilia of the splendid Allnic Audio H-1202 Phono Stage ($3750) when distributor David Beetles called to ask if I wanted to review Allnic’s $14,999 H-7000, the upgraded model of Allnic’s H-3000, all transformer-coupled, LCR phono stage.

Yes! Please.

After reviewing the H-1202 and ZL-5000 Power Cable, I was utterly convinced of designer Kang Su Park’s prowess and looked forward to a deep dive into his upscale analogue device.

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Although the H-7000 has the Allnic Audio product profile with wonderful tube chimneys, slick transformer casings, moving coil step-up transformers with Permalloy cores, and smart casework (but here thicker and more substantial), this is where the aesthetic similarities end.… Read the full article