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AnalogPlanet Spins Vinyl at Next Week’s Florida Audio Expo

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

At next week’s Florida Audio Expo in Tampa, Florida (Thursday-Sunday, February 8-10th), AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer will spin records and play 96/24 files from vinyl in the VAC/The Audio Company/Von Schweikert Audio Kilgore Suite located on the second floor of the Embassy Suites by Hilton at Tampa Airport Westshore located five minutes from the airport.

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Dell XPS 15 2019: what we want to see

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Back when the Dell XPS 15 2018 launched, it was packed to the brim with 8th-generation H-series processors, fast SSDs and some gorgeous displays. And, it is still one of the best laptops in 2019. 

But, now that Whiskey Lake is available, and Nvidia’s Turing graphics architecture is powering some of the best gaming laptops, we thought it was the perfect time to concoct a wish list for what we want to see in the Dell XPS 15 2019. No matter what the result is, it’s going to be way faster than the current model. 

Beyond certain aspects of the Dell XPS 13 2019 that we think will carry over, like the webcam, we don’t know much about the Dell XPS 15 2019 right now.… Read the full article

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Sony’s futuristic take on AR shows depth-sensing taken to another level

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

In 2015, Sony acquired the Belgian company SoftKinetic, a firm boasting Kinect-style depth-sensing, including tracking light via Time of Flight (ToF). SoftKinetic’s ToF tech ‘DepthSense’ just re-emerged in a video Sony just uploaded, which shows depth-sensing coming to the gadget giant’s line of smartphones.

The video (embedded below) shows folks looking through a nondescript phone’s display to see how DepthSense can liven up their lives: 3D neon writing and drawing suspended in the air, a game where players use their finger-guns to shoot at enemies, seeing a shopping item displayed in real space, and so on. 

Days ago, a leaked photo hinted that the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ4 could pack a 0.3MP ToF camera – so this new DepthSense showcase on a generic (i.e.… Read the full article

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Nordost is headed to the Montréal Audio Fest!

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

Come and see Nordost at the Salon Audio Montréal Audio Fest. Please join us, March 22nd – 24th, in Montréal at the Hôtel Bonaventure. Throughout the show, our sales representatives and product specialists, Bruno de Lorimier and Michael Taylor, will be performing live demonstrations and product comparisons, available in both French and English, in Salon St-Michel. This year we will be partnering with our new Montréal-based dealer, Villeneuve Audio Video, to put together a system featuring Simaudio components, Bowers & Wilkens speakers and, of course, Nordost cables.… Read the full article

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: what we want to see

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

When the original Surface Laptop hit the market nearly two years ago, it was stuck in Windows 10 S Mode, and generally didn’t make much sense in the midst of the tablet-focused Surface Lineup. But, it all finally made sense when Microsoft launched the Surface Laptop 2 back in October 2018, refining the formula to become one of the best laptops. So, we want to know: what will the Surface Laptop 3 look like.

Beyond the obvious stuff, like an upgrade to either Intel Whiskey Lake or Ice Lake processors, a higher screen resolution and the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 would be the most obvious upgrades – that is, if Microsoft is willing to abandon its proprietary Surface connector.… Read the full article

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Sony’s PS4 sales surpass 91 million, but that number is slowing

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Sony announced its financial earnings on Friday and despite some falling numbers elsewhere in the business, PS4 remains a strong seller for the company. 

To wit, Sony says it sold 91.8 million consoles in total with around 8.1 million of those sales happening in the last three months. 

This latest sales number is just slightly less than the total number of units shipped (94.2 million a the end of last quarter) and could represent an inflection point for the console, which sold 800,000 more units this time last year.… Read the full article

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A New Twist On Earplugs – NAMM 2019

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

It should come as no surprise that earplugs show up on coverage of this year’s National Association of Musician’s Merchants (NAMM). Hearing protection ought to be found in the pocket of any audiophile’s journey to a loud concert or venue. Still, there are several hangups about filling your ear with any material, and the resulting sound is never close to natural… no matter what the sales pitch says.

Loop earplugs hopes to change some of that. Not only do they offer some interesting aesthetics over your typical foam-in-the-ear look, the circular shape of the device provides both form and function.… Read the full article

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Download 8K/HDR Video From Space

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Need something to watch on that new 8K TV? (You have one of those, of course, don’t you?) Florian Friedrich, a developer who creates HDR mastering software and who has worked with video expert Joe Kane to develop UHDTV test content, has created a reformatted 8K version of the 8K footage NASA recently made available for download on its website.


It apparently was necessary for Friedrich to reformat the original NASA 8K footage because it wouldn’t play on the Samsung 8K TV that he initially tried it with.

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Download 8K/HDR Video From Space!

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Need something to watch on that new 8K TV? (You have one of those, of course, don’t you?) Florian Friedrich, a developer who creates HDR mastering software and who has worked with video expert Joe Kane to develop UHDTV test content, has created a reformatted 8K version of the 8K footage NASA recently made available for download on its website.


It apparently was necessary for Friedrich to reformat the original NASA 8K footage because it wouldn’t play on the Samsung 8K TV that he initially tried it with.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy S10E photo has it looking ready to rival the iPhone XR

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A new Samsung Galaxy S10E photo has leaked, showing exactly what you'll get if you opt for the likely-cheaper Samsung phone instead of the flagship Galaxy S10.

What are the big differences? It'll have two, not three, cameras on back – presumedly regular and telephoto lenses –  and a single front-facing camera, not two like we've seen on the more premium Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

It still appears to have Samsung's new extra-expansive Infinity-O display, with space for a punch-hole camera in the top right corner of the screen.… Read the full article

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