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Review: JH Audio JH13V2 PRO – For the love of Music

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: I was sent the JH13V2 PRO by JH Audio free of charge in exchange for this review. JH Audio is in no other way related to Headfonia and the sample doesn’t need to be returned

JH Audio

As we have learned from the interview with Jerry Harvey we did last year, JH Audio was founded 2008. But Jerry has been the founder and owner of Ultimate Ears and has designed some of their most reputable products, including the Triple.Fi. If you haven’t read the interview yet, you can do it here.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2019 Gingko Audio Product Announcement

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Gingko Audio will premiere the Clarissa LE monitor speakers at AXPONA 2019 in Room 1520.  We will drive them using three different integrated amplifiers: a 100W Class D Cyrus One HD from the UK, an 8W tube TRV-A300XR from Triode Corp of Japan and a 150W solid state Majestic from Wells Audio in California.

An international lineup of digital and analog sources from Poland, Austria, Mexico, and the USA is also presented.  Cables are from Danacable, racks are from Pangea, and vibration control devices are from Gingko Audio.… Read the full article

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Tributaries Vega UHDV Active HDMI Cable

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

National AV Solutions has released a range of active HDMI cables in lengths up to 50 metres, all of which are guaranteed to pass 18Gbps.

The cable is the Vega UHDV manufactured by Tributaries, a company founded and owned by Joe Perfito, who left his job as Vice President of Sales at McIntosh Laboratory Inc to establish the company. Tributaries Vega UHDV is an active hybrid HDMI cable in which optical fibre is used to carry the TMDS signals and copper cable is used for the DDC line.… Read the full article

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Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

The following is a press release issued by Sonarworks. April 3, 2019 | Riga, Latvia – Sonarworks, the European sound calibration software developers, have just announced the launch of a public research project designed to fine-tune the calibration of their award winning apps for individual listener preference. The Sound Preference Research Project, which is currently underway globally, allows users to audition music samples with different sound settings in a simple A/B assessment to choose the sound they prefer most. Based on the user input AI algorithm predicts the best possible sound settings for that user.… Read the full article

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Moto Z3 is officially the first 5G phone in the world, beating Samsung by 2 days

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Verizon had planned to turn on its 5G mobile service in parts of two cities (Chicago and Minneapolis) on April 11, but suddenly activated it a week early, the telecom announced

Now, the telecom’s customers who have 5G-capable phones can enjoy the promised fast speeds of its next-gen network – and the only one available is the Motorola Moto Z3, which was released last August, equipped with a 5G Moto Mod, which is being released today.

The Mod had been up for preorder on Motorola’s site but – as of this writing – isn’t available online just yet.… Read the full article

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McIntosh to launch more affordable MPC500 Power Controller

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

In my experience clean, protected power is a key element to help in getting the best performance from delicate digital-centric source components like DACs, media servers, streamers or combos thereof.

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Benjamin Zwickel on Mojo Audio Mystique v3 DAC Balanced

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

At the eighth annual (2018) California Audio Show, Benjamin Zwickel, founder of Mojo Audio, enjoyed discussing the technologies he incorporated into his products at his ‘quiet room’ booth in the HeadMasters Auditioning Room. The level of energy he imparted was palpable and infectious. For attendees who crave details and industry insider insights, Ben was the one to talk to.

The following is a Q&A on the Mojo Audio Mystique v3 DAC Balanced ($7,555).

What are the benefits of having 5 power supplies in a DAC?

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PSB Alpha T20 Speaker System Review

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Speakers
Performance
Build Quality
Value

Subwoofer
Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $1,800 (as tested)


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Neutral balance
Close timbral matching between models
Excellent value

Minus

Pedestrian styling
Basic finish options


THE VERDICT

PSB’s long-running Alpha Series has been a value leader for more than 25 years. Now in their third generation, these speakers sound equally good with music and movies, and the value quotient is stronger than ever.


I think of PSB’s entry-level Alpha Series speakers as being the loudspeaker equivalent of the Toyota Corolla.

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More Record Store Day News

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Two recently announced Record Store Day offerings may interest you. One is from the jazz label Newvelle. The other is from Reverb LP, the online record marketplace created by reverb, a website for buying and selling musical instruments and accessories.

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Apple’s new Powerbeats Pro are Airpods that will stay in when working out

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After weeks of rumors and a leak or two, Apple has finally unveiled the new true wireless – and water-resistant – Powerbeats Pro. 

The marquee features of the new Powerbeats are that they’re 23% smaller and 17% smaller than previous Beats workout earphones, plus an adjusted design that gives a better, more comfortable fit. There have also been a number of improvements to the in-house driver that Apple says will bring  “incredibly low distortion and great dynamic range across the entire frequency curve.” 

Like the new-and-improved Apple AirPods (2019), the Powerbeats Pro use the Apple H1 Chip for hands-free Siri and will in turn offer improved connectivity and a faster connection time.… Read the full article

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