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Dealership Event: Lavish Learning Session March 21, 2019

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

LAVISH LEARNING SESSION
MARCH 21 @ 5 – 7 PMHome Theater Audio and Video, A-Z

Planning a home theater, or simply hoping to get more out of what you already have?There are a lot of components with enough differences in technologies to be confusing to even the most informed users. Internet searches usually result in more questions than they answer.

What are Dolby, HDR, THX, IMAX, DTS, OLED, Quantum Dot, etc?

How big should the screen be, and how high on the wall?

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In-Wall Amp/Dock Supercharges Amazon’s Echo Dot

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Vanguard Dynamics today announced that it is now shipping an in-wall docking system/stereo amplifier that converts Amazon’s little Echo Dot virtual assistant/speaker into a high-performance audio source.
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The Sonos One Smart Speaker Gets a Stealth Upgrade

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Sonos today began shipping an updated “Gen 2” version of its Top Pick-designated Sonos One wireless smart speaker, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it.
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EA will be at E3, but don’t expect a press conference

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After Sony pulled out entirely, EA is taking a very different approach to E3 2019, the company announced today. 

Instead of a press keynote that shows gamers what they have to look forward to in a single sitting, EA will instead offer multiple live streams throughout the weekend leading up to the show.

The live streams will go hand-in-hand with the annual EA Play event that will be held in Los Angeles, California from June 7 through June 9.… Read the full article

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2018 Products of the Year: Amplifiers

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

2018 Products of the Year: Amplifiers

Integrated Amplifiers of the Year Constellation Inspiration Integrated 1.0 $13,500 The firm’s most affordable effort and the third entry in Constellation’s Inspiration Series, the 100Wpc Integrated 1.0 has the sonic character of a “control” amp in the most exacting and incisive sense of the word. Leaving nothing unexplored, it latches onto an audio signal with a death grip, not letting go until it reveals and resolves every sliver and shred of the program material. Its general tonal signature is dead-on neutral, its personality ever-so-slightly shaded to the cooler side of the spectrum, as befits a solid-state amp that doesn’t give …… Read the full article

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Nvidia’s study linking hardware to competitiveness is peak PC gamer elitism

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Nvidia has published a study in which it links the quality of a PC gamer’s hardware to his or her performance in battle royale games, like Fortnite and Apex Legends.

Using a series of graphs to display data sourced anonymously through its GeForce Experience app, Nvidia posits that, unless you’re using one of its latest GeForce RTX graphics cards and a 144Hz Nvidia G-Sync monitor, you’re playing these games at a disadvantage.

So much so, in fact, that Nvidia directly links higher kill-death ratios – a figure measuring how many times you kill players versus how many times you’re killed – to more powerful (and considerably more expensive) gaming hardware.… Read the full article

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Best accounting software of 2019

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Where business is concerned, it goes without saying that keeping your finances in order is imperative. Not only is it necessary in order to ensure that invoices are sent out and paid on time, and to help with forecasting cash flow, but detailed financial records are critical when the taxman comes knocking.

Fortunately, this is much easier than it used to be. Today's accounting software and invoicing packages are built for business owners, not accountants, which means there's no complicated jargon and you can be up and running in minutes.… Read the full article

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Analog vs Digital: Home-Brew Science at the Edge of the Art

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Publisher’s note: The following article, from the early days of Compact Disc, is presented with no claim for absoluteness. (In fact, just as we go to press in the spring of 1986, we received a manuscript from Philip Greenspun, Product Review Editor of Computer Music Journal (Cambridge, MA), who had precisely the opposite result when comparing CD to analog versions of the same recording, though it was unclear that his test procedures were as thorough as in the tests by these authors, footnote 1.) The tests described are neither single- nor double-blind, and the author’s decision to forego conversation while listening to the same products does not by any means guarantee lack of mutual influence—especially because their musical tastes are so well known to each other.… Read the full article

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Magnepan MG2.6/R loudspeaker

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

91maggie26rAsk anyone in the street what they think of when they hear the word “loudspeaker” and odds are they’ll describe a wooden box with moving-coil drivers sitting in its front. But ask a Stereophile reader and it’s quite possible that he or she’ll describe a large, flat panel reminiscent of a room divider: in our 1989 reader survey, the most widely represented brand of loudspeaker was Magnepan, with a significant lead over Infinity and Vandersteen, the second and third most common speaker brands.… Read the full article

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Samsung Drops Blu-ray, Drives Nail into Disc-Media Coffin

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Samsung, one of the world’s most prominent electronics manufacturers, and leader in the development of Blu-ray, has announced it will no longer produce and distribute Blu-ray players in the US. That announcement also included Samsung’s acknowledgement that it has completely abandoned plans to roll out a new, high-end 4K ultra high definition (UHD) Blu-ray player originally scheduled for release this year.

It’s shocking news from a company that has been a major backer of the Blu-ray high-definition media format since its introduction over a decade ago.

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