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Review : iBasso IT01S – Shine right like a diamond

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

Disclaimer : The iBasso IT01S were sent to us free of charge in exchange for an honest opinion by iBasso. Their retail price is 199€/$ and you can find them at your usual store.

About iBasso

Well-known by audiophiles, iBasso is a Chinese brand of DAPs, amplifiers and more recently IEMs. After the DX150 and DX120, which we previously reviewed, it’s time to take a look at their new IT01S.

If you want to check our previous iBasso reviews, just go here.… Read the full article

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New Editor At Stereophile Magazine

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Famous US hi-fi magazine Stereophile has a new editor: Jim Austin (pictured above left). Former editor John Atkinson (right) continues with the magazine in a new role as Technical Editor. (Click for larger image.)

AVTech Media Americas which owns Stereophile, Hi-Fi News, Hi-Fi Choice, Sound & Vision and Inner Fidelity, announced the editorial changes on March 1st, 2019, effective following publication of the June issue of Stereophile. ‘It is impossible to overstate the impact that John Atkinson has had in reporting and shaping the audiophile landscape during his 33 years as editor of Stereophile,’ said Paul Miller, Editorial Director of AVTech Media Ltd, ‘so I am delighted to say that this is less the end of an era than a transition to another as John segues into a new role as our Technical Editor.’

As Technical Editor, Atkinson will continue to conduct the in-depth laboratory tests for which Stereophile has become famous, and will continue to write equipment reviews for the magazine.… Read the full article

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Apex Legends attracts 50 million players, gains ground on Fortnite

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apex Legends has crossed the 50 million registered player mark, EA announced today. 

By some estimates that makes the player base around a quarter of the size of the battle royale behemoth – and money printing machine – Fortnite, which had around 200 million players at last count, but also means that Apex Legends is catching up quickly. 

The difference between the games, besides the obvious gap in player bases, is the time in which they rose to meteoric heights: Fortnite took around four months to reach the 50 million mark, according to Roundhill Investments, while Apex Legends has done it in just one. 

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Juniper Networks looks to bring AI to IT with Mist Systems acquisition

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Juniper Networks has announced its intent to acquire Mist Systems for $405m as the company aims to deliver on the promise of a software-defined enterprise.

Mist Systems, which offers a wireless LAN network powered by AI, will see its technology combined with Juniper's wired LAN, SD-Wan and security services if the deal receives approval. Juniper Networks will also leverage Mist's AI capabilities by extending them across its portfolio for software-defined architectures.

Juniper Networks CEO Rami Rahim explained in a blog post that the acquisition would put it in the unique position to service the enterprise from end-to-end, saying:

“With our planned acquisition of Mist Systems, we are not only expanding our enterprise portfolio into the wireless arena, but also staking claim to AI-driven operations in the era of multicloud.… Read the full article

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Vizio Announces March Madness Deals on 4K TVs

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Vizio is back on the discount trail, this time to promote “March Madness Deals” on a handful of HDR-enabled 4K TVs and two Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar systems.
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AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation specs and prices spill out after a retail leak

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We got a hearty helping of information about AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors at the start of the year, but all has been quiet for a while. Thankfully, this long silence has been broken by a massive retail leak that may have spelled out the entire Ryzen 3000 lineup.

It appears Ryzen 3rd Generation will include many new additions and an overall increase in core counts – if Bigzam’s recently published product catalog is to be believed.

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At the head of the family is a new Ryzen 9 3850X processor equipped with 16 cores and 32 threads, with clock speeds ranging between 4.3GHz and 5.1GHz.… Read the full article

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Wireworld Platinum Starlight Ethernet Cable

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Audiophiles with a high-end audio system eventually recognize that cables make a difference in the sound quality (SQ) of their system. Interconnects, speaker cables, power cords, USB cables and so on. Sometimes the SQ is just different, sometimes ‘better’, sometimes ‘worse’ as compared to the cables they already have.

Controversial as it is, it is what it is. For me the time came about six years ago when I experimented with power cables that clearly made a positive difference in my ever evolving system, particularly amplifiers.… Read the full article

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T+A MP2000 R MKII Multi-Source Player Arrives

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Streamlining your box count to get something that can do most or all of what the bulk of those separates do is fast becoming the holy grail of digital audio for many.

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Microsoft launches quantum computing network

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While commercial quantum computing is still a ways off, Microsoft has officially launched its own hardware network.

The Microsoft Quantum Network made its official debut during a Startup Summit at the company's Redmond HQ which laid out the its vision for the future of quantum computing.

Representatives from 16 startups attended Microsoft's summit which featured talks from leaders of its quantum team as well as demos and workshops related to its programming tools.

Corporate vice president of Microsoft's Azure Hardware Systems Group, Todd Holmdahl gave a speech in which he explained how quantum computing will be used to solve the world's biggest problems, saying:

“We’re looking at problems like climate change.… Read the full article

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Brahms: 4 Symphonien—Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/ESOTERIC remaster

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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I have been a long time fan of Claudio Abbado’s Brahms since my father bought me an early Abbado DG Brahms LP in 1972 (Serenade No. 2; Academic Festival Overture). Grade 8 in Canadian School years. I was never a fan of the Serenade, but Abbado’s Academic was stunning and sounded as such with Karajan’s remarkable band. This new Esoteric release is a remaster of the late 80s, early 90s DG Brahms set recorded at the beginning of Abbado’s reign with the Philharmoniker.… Read the full article

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