While a recently released mod turned the Moto Z3 into the first true 5G phone, there's still a good likelihood that Motorola has more in the works for the Moto Z line. Though, the question of just what it has in mind is what we'll explore here.… Read the full article
In what is sure to be a long list of “must see TV” stops here at this year’s AXPONA 2019, I want to call out the new PS Audio AN-3 loudspeakers. These speakers have been in the works for many years, which means they’re really not an afterthought, lark, or one-off. PS Audio’s Paul McGowan is deadly serious. And at the target $12-15k/pair price point, his new AN3 loudspeaker prototypes are too.… Read the full article
The best Android phones sport slimmer bezels and introduce startling new design quirks. With the growing number of killer Android smartphones, it can hard to pick the best one to suit your particular needs, but we’ve had plenty of hands-on time to list the best – and the rest.
For now, Samsung is still holding strong thanks to its talent for blending features, high specs, and exciting design alongside some stunning cameras in its new S10 line. But given the advancements coming from competing Google Pixel and Huawei phones, the roster of best Android smartphones will keep getting more interesting.… Read the full article
If you're looking for a pair of wireless headphones with top-of-the-line noise cancelation technology , then you've come to the right place. Right now Amazon has the Sony Noise Canceling Headphones (certified refurbished) on sale for $259.99. That's a $100 discount and the best price we've seen for top-rated wireless headphones.
The Sony WH1000XM3 headphones claim to be the best noise canceling headphones on the market, offering industry-leading digital noise cancellation technology. Whether you're traveling, walking, or in a busy office, the Sony headphones will adapt to the sounds around you and adjust background noise accordingly.… Read the full article
So Mercedes is looking like the team to beat at the Chinese Grand Prix, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton on the front row of the grid at the Shanghai International Circuit. You can watch the crazy cornering, exciting straights and nail-biting near misses from anywhere in the world, using this guide to getting an F1 live stream.
The Shanghai Formula 1 track is relatively youthful with a 2003 birth following a whooping $450 million investment and 18 months of building.… Read the full article
Famous phono cartridge manufacturer Ortofon has released a turntable, the Ortofon Century, that can play back 78 rpm shellac records.
The Ortofon Century is a belt-drive turntable with an electronic speed change available between 33.33 and 45 rpm platter speeds. However if you manually move the drive belt to the top stage of the drive pulley, and select ‘78’ on the turntable’s subchassis, the platter will rotate at 78 rpm. Ortofon rates wow and flutter at 0.1% at 33.33rpm and rumble at –71dB.… Read the full article
Gaming peripheral maker Astro has announced a new version of its famous A40 TR Gaming Headset and MixAmp Pro, promising better sound and a few other perks to please competitive and casual gamers alike.
Astro claims it upped the audio quality after collaborating with pro gamers to get their input. The new headset packs Astro’s Audio V2 enhancement that will offer “a more balanced signature sound” and improved voice quality, especially for gamers and streamers.
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Besides some tweaks to the audio quality, there doesn’t seem to be a huge change to the design of the headset: it’s still open-back with a removable mic and swappable earplates.… Read the full article
by Paul Elliott
After months of planning, weeks of preparation, days of packing, the exhibitors unload their vans and trailers or the transport companies deliver what looks like an overwhelming amount of crates and boxes. The stuff that dreams are made of…. Or at least for the many of audiophiles and visitors that will come through the doors of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, for the next three days of AXPONA 2019, will have on their wish lists.… Read the full article
Which loudspeakers do audio professionals listen to? And why should we care? After all, it’s not as if recording engineers are the kind of refined, sensitive, music-loving types who read Stereophile. As much as they may love music, many audio pros appear only to view the original sounds of musical instruments as raw materials to be creatively reshaped and manipulated. (Okay, there are exceptions. But recordists who care about the sounds of real instruments usually record them in real acoustic spaces rather than in studios, and use as little signal processing as they can get away with.)
This doesn’t mean that recording engineers are oblivious to the quality of their monitor systems.… Read the full article
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a really new tweeter design. Only five basic types have ever been developed: cones, domes, panels, ribbons, and ionic plasmas. And the most recent of these—the long-defunct DuKane “blue-glow” Ionovac—was introduced 40 years ago. Since then, tweeter development has been more evolutionary than revolutionary, a series of refinements that has made them more efficient, more reliable, and smoother and more extended in response.
After 40 years of evolution, a new species of tweeter has appeared: the Linaeum TLS, which stands for True Line Source.… Read the full article