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The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes in half a dozen colors, and here they are

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Samsung has officially unveiled its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S10, and it packs top-tier specs and cutting-edge features. As folks line up to buy the year’s first huge Android phone, they’ll have a choice to make: what color will you pick?

There’s a plethora of hues to choose from, but as always, availability may vary depending on where you’re shopping. US consumers, for example, won’t be able to pick up the Galaxy S10 in the Prism Green or Canary Yellow colors. 

Of course, there’s no difference in performance between the colors – it’s just how you’d like your phone to look.… Read the full article

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audio-technica ATH-ANC700BT Bluetooth headphones with noise-cancelling REVIEW

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The art of cancellation

Using ‘QuietPoint’ noise-cancellation with a twist, Audio-Technica delivers a careful balance between the different demands of wired and wireless sound.

Noise-cancelling (NC) and Bluetooth together of course deliver the ultimate in convenience — hands-free without cables, noise-free by cunning cancellation of lower frequencies.

Yet it’s notoriously hard to achieve with distinction. As we’ve seen on many wireless NC designs, problems come when deciding how to ‘voice’ the headphones. Do you create the best possible cabled sound and then hope Bluetooth won’t muck it up too much?… Read the full article

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Wilson Benesch Resolution

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Wilson Benesch Resolution

If you live with a speaker for a while, as Wilson Benesch was gracious enough to allow me to do with its new Resolution towers, one of two things happens. Either the speaker’s flaws become increasingly apparent and start to grate on you, or you come to accept those flaws, learn to hear past them, relax, and enjoy the music. The commonality between these two scenarios is that in both cases the speaker’s sound becomes familiar. There is a third possibility, but it’s a highly unusual one.… Read the full article

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For Sale: Lamm M1.2 Reference hybrid mono amplifiers

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

We have a trade in pair of Lamm’s M1.2 Reference hybrid monobloc amplifiers for sale. Our customer has enjoyed these thoroughly but is now ready for a change. Beautiful condition, cosmetically and sonically, 7 years old. With original crates, manuals and packaging. These amps have not left our customer’s dedicated listening room since he received them brand new.

The Lamm sound is pure, rich and sophisticated. The M1.2 Reference are highly capable amplifiers suitable for driving a wide range of loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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Amazon Prime Day in Australia: What to expect during Prime Day 2019

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While Amazon Prime Day is now a well-established annual bargain-hunting phenomenon in overseas markets, Australia has had just the one so far. That’s because Amazon entered the Australian e-commerce market late, arriving Down Under in December 2017 to an underwhelming response.

Despite that, Amazon made every attempt to quickly improve its catalogue of products and has expanded its warehouse network by adding a second one in Sydney.

With its Aussie ambitions growing, Amazon finally debuted Prime Day Down Under in 2018, offering some excellent bargains across every category to its Prime members.… Read the full article

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All the phones you can use on AT&T 5G

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While all carriers have been excited about 5G networks, AT&T went a bit overboard by rebranding its advanced 4G tech (delivering ‘5G-equivalent speeds’ via millimeter wave) as the misleading “5GE” (for 5G Evolution), which led Sprint to sue AT&T. 

In any case, the latter carrier does have plans to implement true sub-6 GHz 5G across its network this year – so what phones will you be able to use on it?

Per a press release, AT&T planned to roll out 5G in 12 smaller cities by the end of 2018: Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C.… Read the full article

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If Disney controls Hulu, the streaming service could go global

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A new report suggests Disney is considering an investment in Hulu, the US-only streaming TV and movie service. If the report is correct and the investment materializes, it could allow Disney CEO Bob Iger to follow through on his plan to roll out the streaming service out to the rest of the world. 

But, before you cancel your Netflix subscription, a few things need to happen – starting with any proof of the report of Disney buying AT&T’s stake in Hulu being true.… Read the full article

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Huawei MateBook 14 vs Huawei MateBook X Pro: which laptop is best for you?

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

During MWC 2019, Huawei announced not one, but two fresh laptops for 2019: a refresh of the Huawei MateBook X Pro and the brand-new Huawei MateBook 14. However, looking at the two laptops’ spec sheets, they’re nearly identical – save for some key differences.

Naturally, these differences lead to some even more important differences: price. Depending on what you’re looking for from a luxury laptop, you could either get shortchanged by some missing features or end up severely overspending.… Read the full article

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Tellurium Q Ultra Black 2 Speaker Cable

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Tellurium Q has released its Ultra Black 2 speaker cable, which comes with the unusual option that you can purchase unequal lengths for the left and right channels of a stereo pair.

We can’t say we’d recommend taking advantage of this unusual option, because it means that the electrical characteristics of the cable would be different for each channel, plus the audio signal would take longer to travel down the longer cable than the shorter one, inevitably resulting in an unwanted time delay.… Read the full article

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EMM Labs DV2 D/A processor

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

For years, I’ve attended audio shows at which the Canadian company EMM Labs, either on its own or in conjunction with Kimber Kable and IsoMike, has displayed some of the grandest, most impressive-sounding multichannel systems I’ve ever heard. When everything was aligned properly, as it was at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, the sound was breathtaking.

When Shahin Al Rashid, EMM Labs’ extremely knowledgeable and longtime director of sales, offered for review the just-released DV2 digital-to-analog converter ($30,000), the dogs and I eagerly welcomed him to our home in Port Townsend, Washington.… Read the full article

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