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Review: AAW Nightingale – Planar Birdy

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today we’re taking a look at AAW’s first planar magnetic IEM – the Nightingale. Let’s find out how it performs.

Disclaimer: The Nightingale was provided free of charge by AAW. I only had to pay for importing the earphone from Singapore. AAW is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity.

About AAW:

Advanced AcousticWerkes is a Singaporean brand of custom and universal In Ear Monitors. They have been around for a little while already.… Read the full article

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Parasound Zphono XRM Phono Preamplifier

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Parasound’s new $1,199 Zphono XRM phono preamplifier (pictured above and below, click on images for larger versions) bridges the price gap between its entry-level  Zphono at $399 and its award-winning Halo JC 3 Jr, at $2,995. The new model includes balanced XLR outputs, a switchable rumble filter, a mono/stereo switch, plus a continuously variable load adjustment for moving-coil cartridges that allows adjustment between 50Ω and 1050Ω. Separate input jacks and independent circuits for MC and MM cartridges mean that you can use dual turntables, each fitted with a different cartridge.… Read the full article

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Yamaha Adds AirPlay 2, New Streaming Options and Voice Control to Existing Products

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Yamaha today announced a series of firmware updates that will bring Apple AirPlay 2 support and new streaming and voice control capabilities to a number of existing products.
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2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $100,000 and up

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2019 Editors' Choice Awards:  Loudspeakers $100,000 and up

Lansche No.7 $105,000–$113,000 depending on finish With its massless corona-plasma tweeter, the Lansche No.7 brings something different to the upper-end-loudspeaker arena. This driver works by modulating a plasma field surrounding an electrical arc, producing sound with no moving parts. Transparency, delicacy, resolution, and transient fidelity are stunning. A pair of 4" midranges and dual 8.7" woofers are optimized to blend with the massless tweeter—that is, to sound quick and clean, at the expense of conveying a sense of weight, body, and dynamic impact.… Read the full article

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Audiolab readies 6000N DTS Play-Fi streamer

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

A network streamer for less than five hundred British pounds? With Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity? Plus: analogue and digital outputs? The obvious (if dated) choice is the Sonos Connect whose breadth of streaming service integration is unsurpassed but whose sound quality is found wanting when sat next to more recent rivals such as the Bluesound Node 2/i, Volumio Primo and the (now discontinued) AURALiC Aries Mini.

Throwing their hat into the Sonos Connect-rival ring this week is Audiolab whose 6000N Play streamer will join the 6000CDT CD player and 6000A integrated amplifier as part of the British company’s more affordable 6000 series — see header image.… Read the full article

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Best cloud logging services of 2019

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While most servers maintain detailed logs of system events, connection attempts and application errors, it takes a lot of time and skill to go through each one manually.  

Cloud logging services try to make life easier for network admins by automatically monitoring your chosen servers and displaying log alerts via a dedicated dashboard or API.

In this guide, you’ll discover some of the very best cloud logging services online today. We've specifically chosen platforms which emphasis easy setup and consolidated information, so even moderately IT literate users can get started immediately.… Read the full article

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Leaks show Intel Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs have T-Series models incoming

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It's been just over a year since Intel's 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors (CPU) got low-powered T-Series variants. Now, with the Coffee Lake Refresh in full swing, it makes sense to expect low-power versions. It appears that may be exactly what is coming, according to leaks compiled by Hexus.

A series of leaks detailed the names, specs and thermal design power (TDP) levels of various T-Series processors. An important aspect for low-power builds is that TDP, which all of the new T-Series processors appear to share at a low 35W.… Read the full article

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“The Big Raidho Room in the EXPO Hall” . . .

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

. . . proclaimed posters everywhere on the Renaissance Convention Center’s ground floor. It turned out that the show had run out of exhibit rooms, so a purpose-built listening room had been built for Chicago dealer Kyomi Audio at the back of the big hall that housed the LP fair, the Master Class space, and the Ear Gear exhibits. Inside—forgive the grainy photo; it was quite dark inside this room—were a pair of Raidho TD1.2 stand-mounted speakers ($27,000/pair) connected with Gamut Reference cables to a pair of Jadis NEC 845 push-pull monoblocks ($29,990, the first pair in North America), a Jadis JPS2 preamp ($15,500), and a Jadis JPS3 phono preamplifier ($14,900).… Read the full article

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Esoteric & Avantgarde & AudioQuest & Auralex

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I had forgotten how dynamic Avantgarde’s Uno XD speakers ($32,000/pair) could sound, coupled with a fine delicacy that was in evidence on an SACD track by Jenn Chapin (daughter of Harry Chapin), where Ms. Chapin was palpably placed in the center of the stage, with a double bass on the right and a baritone saxophone on the left. Electronics were all from Esoteric: the new Grandioso P1X SACD transport ($50,000) feeding DSD data to two of Esoteric’s new Grandioso mono DACs ($50,000/pair), these all clocked from an Esoteric Grandioso Rubidium Master Clock ($26,000).… Read the full article

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Schiit & Salk Signature Sound

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The 3rd-floor room shared by Schiit and Salk Signature Sound was so crowded the first two times I stopped by that I couldn’t listen, But the third time, Béla Fleck’s classic “Flight of the Cosmic Hippo” was playing, I snagged a second-row seat and liked what I heard. A big, clean sound from an affordable system. Speakers were Salk’s Song3 BeATs ($4495/pair, $4795/pair in custom finishes like those at the show); source was either a Salk Streamplayer Gen III ($1695) feeding Schiit’s Yggdrasil DAC ($2395) or an SOL turntable (estimated price $799); phono preamp a Schiit Mani ($129); preamplifier a Schiit Freya ($699); and amplifier a Schiit Aegir ($799).

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