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Hi-Res Music Challenge Again: Doing It Right!

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s been over a month since my last post. Time flies when there’s travel (Charlie and I had a road trip to the mountains of Colorado for some late season skiing), a weekend in Big Sky with friends, and a […]

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RIP: Con Lucas, Telos Audio Distributors

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Con Lucas, co-founder of Telos Audio Distributors, died on Tuesday April 23rd, aged 59.

Anthony Casi Loulatzis, known to everyone in the audio industry as ”Con”, co-founded Telos Audio Distributors with Mark Doehmann in 2010, to distribute brands such as Kirmuss, Spiral Groove, Sutherland Engineering, Thrax Audio, Air Tight and Ypsilon. You can read a story about how it was founded HERE.

Con’s funeral notice, published in the Herald Sun, said: “‘A generous soul giving of himself. His humour and intellect was there to be shared by all who knew him.… Read the full article

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A Chance Encounter at AXPONA 2019 With Sonic Presence President And Industry Veteran Russ Hamm

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

At AXPONA 2019 Western Electric’s Charles Whitener introduced me to Russ Hamm, president of Sonic Presence, a company that manufactures the VR15-USB Spatial Microphone™ a headphone-like in-ear microphone system that turns your head into a virtual “dummy head”, which for some of us is easy! While that was interesting, it was Mr. Hamm’s earlier experience as president of Gotham Audio in New York that got my interest.

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How Much Would You Pay For This Cartridge?

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

The picture purposely obscures this moving magnet cartridge installed in the Rega Planar 8 tonearm plugged into the Graham Slee Accession. That’s because I don’t want you to know its identity. Rather, please listen to the file and tell everyone how much you’d be willing to pay for it and how you think it sounds.

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Apple Watch sale: the Apple Watch Series 3 gets an $80 price cut at Walmart

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you've had your eye on an Apple Watch, then now is a fantastic time to snag a deal. Walmart has the best-selling Apple Watch Series 3 on sale for $199. That's an $80 discount and the lowest price we've found for the Series 3 smartwatch.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is a health-focused smartwatch that tracks activities, calories and popular workouts such as running, yoga, and cycling. The Series 3 also offers heart rate monitoring and will notify you when an unusually high or low heart rate is detected.… Read the full article

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Stereographic Apparitions with Herb Reichert

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

I remember the voice of Roy Rogers coming from the bottom of my parent’s television set. Bing Crosby sang from behind the grill-cloth of their colossal wood radio. The Beatles shouted through holes in the top of my ’63 Chevy dashboard. Those Beatles sounded small.

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Nintendo Switch Online nears 10 million users

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Nintendo Switch Online has nearly reached 10 million users, according to a financial statement released by the company on Friday, April 26. 

That's a fairly substantial amount considering the service launched less than a year ago and, when compared to the system's 35 million unit sales number, means that nearly one-in-three Switch owners subscribe to the service.

As you'd expect for a nascent service still in its first year, Nintendo Switch Online is still trailing the two other console subscription services – Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus – by 50 million and 26 million users respectively.… Read the full article

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Stranger Than Paradise & Night on Earth

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

“What are we doing here?” “I don’t know.” Stranger Than Paradise, the delightful deadbeat breakout film by writer/director Jim Jarmusch with its whack-character studies, unactorly acting, absurdist deadpan humor, and minimalist style brilliantly captured the mood of its time. It also established him as an instant auteur of the $100,000-budget, low-production-value indie-film scene and inspired many others to do likewise.
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Windows 10 update will do away with password expiry policies

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Alongside the draft release of the configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 v1903 and Windows Server v1903, Microsoft has revealed its plan to do away with password expiration policies beginning with the Windows 10's May update.

Once these policies are removed, organizations should replace them with modern and improved password-security practices such as multi-factor authentication, detection of attacks aimed at guessing passwords, detection of anomalous log  on attempts and the enforcement of banned password lists.

Microsoft offered further insight on these recommendations, saying: “While we recommend these alternatives, they cannot be expressed or enforced with our recommended security configuration baselines, which are built on Windows’ built-in Group Policy settings and cannot include customer-specific values." 

According to the company's principal consultant Aaron Margosis, the password expiration mechanism is a flawed defense method because once a password is stolen, mitigation measures should be taken immediately as opposed to when the password expires.… Read the full article

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Astell & Kern KANN Cube Review

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Power is an aphrodisiac for many, which is why I think many individuals who identify as headphone-centric will fall for Astell & Kern’s largish KANN Cube high-output portable. With a reported May 2019 launch date, an MSRP of $1,499 USD, the new Cube will be available in Astell & Kern dealers worldwide in June 2019.

While there’s no denying the appeal of a five-pin Mini-XLR connector for jacking into your home system, dual SS ES9038PRO SABRE eight-Channel DACs in dual-mono configuration, a quad-core CPU, Femto Clock, full MQA-decoder (supporting both downloaded MQA audio files and the TIDAL app, allowing users to stream high resolution audio via TIDAL Masters), 128GB of internal memory (plus up to 2TB of additional storage space via microSD slot), 32-bit/384 PCM and native DSD256 playback, aptX HD Bluetooth support up to 24-bit/48kHz … nothing quite compares to 12Vrms of output power via Balanced and 6Vrms via Unbalanced to really get the heart pounding (almost doubling the output from the previous version).… Read the full article

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