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Philip Glass Premiere from Third Coast Percussion

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Philip Glass (b. 1937) may not quite be a household name in America, but he’s surely as well-known as any living classical composer, and the repetitive minimalism that is the hallmark of his music has influenced everything from rock music to TV commercials. Still, after 5 decades of composing, it took a commission from Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion for Glass to write his first concerto for percussion ensemble, Perpetulum—”What took them so long to ask me?” Glass has said about the commission.… Read the full article

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PS [email protected]: Speakers, State-of-the-Art DAC, and Ask Paul Live!

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

New speakers based on Arnie Nudell’s work, the best-ever DAC from digital guru Ted Smith, and Paul McGowan! 

Boulder, CO: 4/5/2019—–At Axpona 2019, PS Audio is proud to present the next generation of state-of-the-art components from a 45-year industry leader. PS will be exhibiting in the Schaumburg A suite near show registration, in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center.

The star of the show at Axpona will be the AN3 speaker prototypes; PS’  first loudspeaker, based upon the work of our friend and mentor, Arnie Nudell (prototype cabinets are shown above with PS Audio Director of Sales, Scott McGowan).… Read the full article

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exaSound & NativeDSD Pres(s)entation Invitation AXPONA 2019

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Multichannel DSD Listening Demos in SUITE 658

By George Klissarov (exaSound) & Ted Brady (NativeDSD Music) in collaboration with Magnepan and Parasound

exaSound and NativeDSD, in a multichannel show room setup, will excite you with a flood of 3D spatial cues, stunning detail and immersing realism. What better way to demonstrate what it can do than selections from NativeDSD Music? Selected by NativeDSD Managing Director Jared Sacks and demonstrated by Technical Advisor Ted Brady in partnership with exaSound’s George Klissarov.… Read the full article

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SVS Prime Pinnacle Tower Speaker System Preview

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Prime Pinnacle PairSVS has recently released a new entry into their popular ‘Prime’ speaker line, and their new loudspeaker takes the Prime speakers to new heights (literally, since it is taller than any of the others). It is the new top dog of the Prime series, and SVS has rightfully named it the ‘Prime Pinnacle.’ The Prime Pinnacle is a three-way, five driver tower speaker, much like the regular Prime Tower, and one might be forgiven for thinking it is just a bigger and beefier version of the Prime Tower since that is what it looks like on the outside, but there is considerably more to it than that.

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Notorious

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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After her father is jailed for treason at the end of World War II, Alicia Huberman, a disillusioned, hard-drinking, but patriotic party girl is recruited by Devlin, a suave, cynical government agent. Her mission is to romance a wealthy friend of her father’s, Sebastian, infiltrate his palatial home, and observe his associates that are suspected of Nazi conspiracy in Rio, Brazil.

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Android TV now includes sponsored content on the home screen

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

As part of a pilot program, Google has added a new sponsored content section to some Android TV devices, the company confirmed in a statement to XDA Developers.

That reaffirms an earlier report of some users noticing advertisements appearing on their Android TV-based Sony X900F TVs, though a statement from an Nvidia representative denies that the ads are appearing on Shield TVs – which implies that the problem might just be contained to Sony smart TVs. 

If the update has been deployed to your device, you’ll notice a new 'Sponsored Content' row on the home screen in between your recommended content. 

Unlike other channels on Android TV, those who have the update claim the sponsored row cannot be customized in any way, nor can it be removed in the typical way – requiring those users to disable the Android TV Core Services app and manually restart the system. 

That said, while no one likes seeing advertisements spring up in a place where there were none before, what’s particularly frustrating is the way in which Google stealthily deployed the update and in the lengths some users have needed to go through to remove them.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2019: PREVIEW

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

CHICAGO (PTA) — The Part-Time Audiophile team are packing our bags for the trip to Chicago next week. It’s gonna be epic. According to various news sources, AXPONA 2019 will have over 1 million exhibition rooms, an indoor water-park, a pumpkin-chunkin’ contest, Formula 1-style go-kart racing, free screenings of all the Marvel movies culminating in a sneak preview of Avengers: Endgame, and several dozen strategically-placed Jacuzzi tubs filled with hot coffee! Okay, that last bit is probably an exaggeration.… Read the full article

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Why I don’t always listen to as much new music as I should

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: |

Why I don’t always listen to as much new music as I should

I’m a hifi reviewer, with an excellent music system at my disposal and thanks to Tidal, Qobuz and Roon, I pretty much have the world’s biggest record store available 24/7. That’s better than the flying cars they promised me when I was in high school – really, it is.

So why don’t I explore new music every minute of the day?

In all fairness, I am still sampling as much as I have time for, but at this point in my life, day to day can get in the way more than I’d like.… Read the full article

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Apple Watch price cut: save $80 on the Series 3 Apple Watch at Walmart

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you're interested in picking up an Apple Watch, now is a great time to find excellent deals on older models. Walmart has the Apple Watch Series 3 on sale at for $299. That's an $80 discount and the best price we've seen for the Series 3 Apple smartwatch. 

The Apple Watch 3 is a health-focused smartwatch and offers features such as heart rate monitoring, calorie tracking and GPS technology. The watch can also track popular workouts such as yoga, cycling, running, and swimming.… Read the full article

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ModWright Instruments PH 9.0 Tube Phono Stage

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Quality phono stages are all the rage. Records are now so popular with audiophiles, vinyl returners and the general population, a quality phono stage is aspirational in any fine analog set up. Dealers and vinylphiles have been shouting this from the rooftops for years. Audiophilia has reviewed five in the past twelve months. All first class, with outstanding fit and finish, varying designs, and with quality sounds unique to themselves. A wide array of prices but all significant investments. Ah, the cost, always the elephant in the listening room. 

Dan Wright of ModWright Instruments took all this to heart when designing his new PH 9.0 Tube Phono Stage ($2900).… Read the full article

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