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Review: Meze Audio Rai Penta – A Star

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this article we’re reviewing the long awaited Meze Audio Rai Penta IEM.

Disclaimer: The Rai Penta was sent to us by Meze Audio directly in exchange for this review. The unit doesn’t need to be returned as far as I know

Meze Audio

The Romanian company no longer needs an introduction. Meze Audio has become famous and big over the last few years, their recipe for success? Top quality sound, perfect build quality and budget friendly gear for the majority.… Read the full article

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PS Audio Launches Power Regenerator for Stellar Line

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

PS Audio’s Stellar Line of gear is no stranger around here, with the M700 mono blocs and Gain Cell DAC having spent a few months in the bungalow with me last summer and earning great praise for their price/performance ratio and also an AudioStream Editor’s Choice Award 2018 for the Gain Cell DAC.

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Design Notes 1: iFi Pro iDSD

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , |

Publisher’s note: Every product comes with an Owner’s Manuals to familiarize the customer with its operations. These dcouments are often written in a dry style and to the point. But once in a while, we come across vast sections in Manuals that reads like a smooth presentation of ideas and juicy description of brilliant technologies, and if we’re lucky, even a story on the challenges faced by the engineers and designers in bringing the concept to fruition. ‘Design Notes” is a new series created to feature the informative and well written documentary inside those Manuals to the readership, to offer knowledge and viewpoints that we believe will benefit and even entertain us.

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Google Assistant can now make vocal restaurant reservations in 43 states

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Google Assistant feature built on Duplex tech that makes restaurant reservation calls for you is expanding. Now you’ll be able to use it in 43 US states and, in the coming weeks, it’s expanding to non-Pixel Android and iOS devices, as per a Google blog post.

Sure, the feature’s current capability is more of a cute trick (and lovely for those of us who hate speaking to other humans over the phone), but it represents the first possibilities of what Google’s Duplex technology can do: interface with other humans on our behalf, whether it’s making inquiries or using Google Assistant as a more complex secretary to phone out requests.… Read the full article

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Sonos One is getting an upgrade – but it’s not as exciting as you think

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Sonos One is getting an upgrade this week … but it's not worth tossing out your old speaker for. 

According to Sonos, the second-generation Sonos One will feature a few new improvements like an updated processor and increased memory, but it will still look and act a lot like its predecessor.

To that end, a Sonos representative confirmed that there would be no difference to how the speaker functions or looks. 

Why upgrade at all then?… Read the full article

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Entry-level Surface Book 2 may receive quad-core power boost

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Microsoft will reportedly issue an upgrade to its entry-level, 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 in the middle of its product cycle, according to several leaked retailer listings in the US and Europe.

First picked up by a German outlet, WinFuture, this beefier version will swap out the current model’s 7th-generation Intel Core i5-7300U dual-core processor for a new, 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8350U quad-core processor.

At the time of writing, the only way to get quad-core processing in the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 is to undertake a massive, $850 (about £650, AU$1,185) upgrade for more storage and an Intel Core i7 processor you may not need.… Read the full article

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Atrevit Acoustic – Florida 2019

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

Atrevit Acoustic

My first visit with Atrevit Acoustic was in a sprawling expo hall at Axpona a few years back. The speakers system (yes, it is a system) was tucked in the corner of the exhibition pumping out huge IMAX like bass. Obviously this was garnering some sneers from fellow exhibitors, but in the moment, it attracted all the right attention from show attendees.

A few years later, here we are in Tampa, Florida at the Florida Audio Expo. Atrevit has secured a room all to themselves, and the system is on full-bore display, looking more like a mahogany interpretation of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien, than a traditional set of speakers and amplifiers.… Read the full article

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Dealer Events in Pasadena, Virginia, Chicago Friday & Saturday

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Friday March 8 at 6pm, Audio Element (117 E. Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103) is presenting the next in their 2019 Monthly Music Series—Ae LIVE! Each event takes place at Audio Element and will showcase a local musician/band, Audio Element brand, and local food vendor. Friday’s event will feature country blues guitar from Barry Big B Brenner and delicious BBQ from Gus’s BBQ. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP.

Friday and Saturday, March 8, 4–7pm, and March 9, 11am–4pm, Command Performance AV (115 Park Avenue, Suite 2, Falls Church, VA 22046) will host two Luxman events with special guest Jeff Sigmund, president of Luxman America.… Read the full article

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Rega Research’s Less Is Much More Planar 8 (Plus Exclusive Interview)

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Call it “P8” or “Planar 8” but do not call this new Rega turntable “RP8”. That was the previous 8. Despite the obvious superficial Rega similarities the new Planar 8 differs greatly from its predecessor.

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Best home security systems of 2019

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The one crime statistic that is falling across the US year-on-year is burglary, and that's because homeowners are turning to home-based security systems that can help prevent crime. It's not just about trying to deter opportunists, but also making sure that even determined burglars will have difficulty forcing their way into your home without being caught.

Yet there's such a wide array of home security options available to the homeowner, from CCTV and security cameras, to monitoring solutions, it can all seem overwhelming.… Read the full article

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