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IMAX Enhanced: an inside look at the new standard heading to home theaters

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you're a movie buff, an IMAX theater is the best cinema experience money can buy – so how would you like to bring that experience into your living room? 

While it doesn't quite promise to bring hundreds of speakers or a massive 72-foot projection screen into your living room, IMAX Enhanced will be a game-changer by offering expanded aspect ratio and immersive sound to a living room near you.

IMAX Enhanced is both a new licensing and certification program for home entertainment gear that was announced last September, launched in December and made its debut to the world's tech industry at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. 

There were billboards outside the venues, there were demo rooms, there were fast-talking presenters on the booths of Sony, DTS, Denon, and Marantz.… Read the full article

Chord Qutest DAC review

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

I had to wonder out loud to myself (I just had a baby girl with my partner last week, so I’m talking out loud to myself a fair amount these days because of sleep deprivation) about the coincidence of the musical/mental association I had after plugging in the $1,895 USD Chord Electronics Qutest DAC and its candy-colored ju-ju bean filter and input buttons glowed sweetly at me as it powered up.

Get the PlayStation Classic for only $39 today

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Sony PlayStation Classic has seen some progressively amazing deals since the holiday season, and now it’s going for its biggest discount yet at just $39.

Just the other week, we saw the PlayStation Classic sell for $54.99 at Amazon, but this new deal from Walmart absolutely tops it by slashing $60 – or 60% off – its original $99 price.

Why is the PlayStation Classic seeing such a fire sale? Well, it might have to do with the PlayStation Classic being the the worst retro revival console ever released.… Read the full article

American Primitive Guitar

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

American Primitive Guitar

In the late 1950s, fingerstylist John Fahey birthed an alter-ego named Blind Joe Death, a mythic bluesman who personified what music critic Greil Marcus has dubbed old, weird America. In shaping his eccentric personal mythology, Fahey once claimed to have built a guitar from a baby’s coffin. He christened his own music American primitive, though it was neither purely American (he incorporated Indian ragas, as well as classical, jazz, and Latin rhythms, into the form) nor primitive (he could neither read nor write music, yet his odd tunes were complex).… Read the full article

Focal Unveils Stellia Closed-Back Headphone

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Focal Unveils Stellia Closed-Back Headphone

The following is a press release issued by Focal. New York, NY | February 12, 2019 – Focal, a recognized leader on the global stage for high fidelity products, today unveils Stellia, high-end, closed-back headphones, creating a listening experience worthy of the best loudspeakers. Stellia integrates a new generation of exclusive speaker drivers, capable of working at low sound levels while offering an extremely extensive frequency response (5Hz- 40kHz). Thanks to the many signature Focal technologies incorporated within these speaker drivers (frameless 100% copper voice coil, ‘M’-shaped pure Beryllium dome and more), Stellia delivers extreme sound precision, in both bass …… Read the full article

DeVore Fidelity Gibbon X loudspeaker

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

In 2008, a pair of DeVore Fidelity’s Gibbon Nine loudspeakers arrived at my home for a Follow-Up review. Within weeks, I wrote a check for them. That put me in good company: Several other reviewers who reviewed the Nines also bought their review pairs.

Ten years later, the Gibbon Nines are still my main speakers. That’s the longest I’ve ever kept a pair of speakers in my main system, not counting the Polk Audio 7Bs I bought in 1980, when I was 16.… Read the full article

There's No Business like the Audio Show Business

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

With this year’s Consumer Electronics Show behind us, readers of our on-line show reports know the sad truth: that the largest industry-only technology show in North America attracted even fewer “high-performance” audio exhibits in 2019 than it did in 2018. The phrase “CES is dead” is now a mantra, and no one should be surprised if this year’s poor showing proves to be the final nail in CES’s coffin as far as high-end audio is concerned.

Last year also saw the number of exhibits decline at two regional audio events: the California Audio Show (to be held July 26–28, 2019, Oakland Airport Hilton) and the New York Audio Show (November 8–10, 2019, Manhattan’s Park Lane Hotel).… Read the full article

How to Use EQ & Measurements to Tame the Effects of Your Room

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Whether you live in a McMansion, a hovel, or something in between, the most influential component in your audio or home theater system is the room. Given at least a basic level of quality in your components, it isn’t even close.

We do acclimate fairly easily to our own listening space, which allows one to overlook response deviations that would make you abandon audio for fly fishing were you to see them on a graph. I’ve had many different rooms over the years, and until I acquired some basic measurement equipment was often quite happy with them once I’d settled in.

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Jaybird Targets Athletes with Earbuds that are Wireless and Waterproof

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Jaybird is targeting athletes with wireless earbuds designed to withstand sweat and adverse weather.
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Darko.Audio podcast #14 – Vinyl

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Get into the groove? With entry-level turntables shipping with their own factory-fitted cartridges, I’m finding it a challenge, especially when sitting them next to entry-level streamers selling for similar cash. A recent poll revealed that many of you feel the same way. What’s going on? Where is that elusive magic that so many vinyl die-hards speak of?

I put this to TONEAudio’s Jeff Dorgay for our first podcast episode of the year. Dorgay is a far, far more experienced vinylphile than I.… Read the full article