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Bryston BCD-3 CD Player

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Bryston BCD-3 CD Player

Why Buy a CD Player? There’s something to be said for doing one thing and doing it well. After all, doing many things well—as, for instance, the dCS Rossini DAC/streamer/player does—gets costly. In the case of the Rossini, $28,000 costly. The Bryston BCD-3 does just one thing, plays CDs, which it does exceptionally well. Further, Bryston offers the BCD-3 at an eminently reasonable price. Still, in this day and age, does it make sense to buy a digital source that doesn’t support hi-res, streaming, USB, or Tidal?… Read the full article

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Yamaha R-N803D stereo networked receiver REVIEW

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

On paper Yamaha’s R-N803D looks like a do-it-all solution loaded with clever stuff. While it is in essence a stereo amplifier, Yamaha’s description of it as a networked receiver emphasises its inclusion both of traditional radio sources (DAB+ and FM) and of networking plus online playback. MusicCast plays a large part in the latter set of abilities — Yamaha’s multiroom platform includes AirPlay and DLNA network playback, Bluetooth streaming, and app control of playback from internet radio and online music services.… Read the full article

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Is this Xiaomi’s foldable tablet?

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Foldable devices are getting more and more buzz, and we might even see one this year. Notable tipster Evan Blass tweeted a video of what could be a Xiaomi tablet that folds into thirds, though he noted that he couldn’t verify its authenticity.

Though it’s unclear if this is actually a Xiaomi product, or even if it’s anywhere near market-ready, the tablet does seem to function and respond to touch gestures before folding up without seams. 

But is it a real product, or is it a “gadget porn deepfake” as Blass noted in his tweet?… Read the full article

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dCS release Rossini 2.0 Software and Network Update

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Updates. In a world of instantaneous answers at the tip of our fingertips or tongues as we wag either at our various platform-specific digital assistants to tell us want we want to know, waiting for an update on anything can be a tortuous predicament on our first-world list of problems.

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Bonus Recording of January 2019: Bruckner: String Quintet

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Bruckner: String Quintet (arr. for Large Orchestra), Overture in g
Gerd Schaller, arr., cond.; Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Profil PH16036 (CD). 2018. Milan Puklický, prod.; Jan Lzicar, eng. DDD. TT: 57:12
Performance ***
Sonics ****

Bruckner & Mahler: String Quintet (arr. for Chamber Orchestra) & Symphony 10: Adagio
Peter Stangel, arr., cond.; Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra
Edition Taschenphilharmonie/Sony ETP008 (CD). 2017. Sebastian Riederer von Paar, prod., eng., ed. DDD. TT: 59:12
Performance ****
Sonics ****

Bruckner’s only mature chamber work, the String Quintet in F, has long sounded to many less like chamber music than like a Bruckner symphony squeezed into far smaller form.… Read the full article

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iFi Audio Pro iDSD D/A processor/headphone amplifier

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

On the first page of the owner’s manual for iFi Audio’s Pro iDSD tubed/solid-state multibit DAC and headphone amplifier, the British company unabashedly describes it as “a ‘state of the art’ reference digital to analog converter” and “a wireless hi-res network player or the central DAC in an expensive high-end home system.” As if in an afterthought, it continues: “The on-board balanced headphone section means high-end headphones can also be directly connected to it.” The manual doesn’t describe the headphone “section” as “state of the art,” so I’m deducing that the Pro iDSD is really more a fancy-pants DAC than a high-tone headphone amp.… Read the full article

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The best 4K TV deals in January 2019

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you didn't score a new TV during the holidays, and you're still in the market for one, then you've come to the right place! January is one of the best months to find great deals on TVs, and Walmart and Amazon are currently offering big savings on some of their best-selling 4K sets.

We've scoured both sites to find the best TV deals from top brands including Samsung, Vizio, and Sharp.

The best deals we've spotted include the TLC 43-inch TV for $259.99, the Samsung 50-inch TV for $377.99 and the Vizio 70-inch TV for $798.… Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 11

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations

82. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon. Harvest – SHVL 804, 1E 064 o 05249 (UK) (1973), 582 1361 (UK) (2003) (30th anniversary edition), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: space rock, art rock, progressive rock, electronic, jazz fusion, and funk touches.

Ahh, at last, there it is. Of course it just had to be included in any Top Sonic or Top Rock Album List worthy of the name. Recorded between June 1972 and January 1973 at Abbey Road Studios, London, by a masterful twenty-three year old engineer named Alan Parsons, with assistance from engineers Peter James, and Chris Thomas supervising the mix on then state of the art 16 track analog; by all accounts DSOTM represents Pink Floyd’s musical masterpiece.… Read the full article

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Best smart bags: suitcases, luggage and rucksacks for the future of travel

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Let’s face it – the golden age of flight is over. Sure, we can get around the world with relative ease, with all but the most far-flung and remote locations accessible by air. 

But unless you’ve paid for the first class, premium experience you’re going to be about as comfortable as a cow in an overheating barn.

So it’s becoming ever-more important to be able to enjoy air travel with as little extra stress as is possible, able to bring your prized entertainment gadgets along for the ride and keeping them easily at hand and fully charged.… Read the full article

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The first Samsung Galaxy S10 photo leaks along with new wireless charging feature

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A new Galaxy S10 photo suggests that Samsung's flagship smartphone will sport a fresh all-screen design with a pinhole camera, according to a new leak today.

Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors have previously hinted at less bezel around the display by moving to a 'punch hole' cut-out in the screen to fit the front-facing camera.

But this is the first alleged live Galaxy S10 photo – not just a render – we've seen, and it comes from smartphone leaker Evan Blass.… Read the full article

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