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Impressions: My Audio Oasis! Awards from AXPONA 2019 – Part the Third

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Continuing my Audio Oasis! Awards, reflections on AXPONA 2019, and my photographs…

Merging Technologies/Evolution Acoustics/Wave Kinetics/darTZeel/Durand Tonearms/ATR/Analog Audio

 In the Blue Light Audio room…world-class components, all!

Another big-time non-surprise:  The Blue Light Audio et al. room was gassed, stoked, and ready-to-go! once again. Jonathan Tinn, Kevin Malmgren, and Joel Durand hosted a really seductive room, filled with state-of-the-art designs, and the amazing Maestoso Loudspeakers with their Exact external crossovers.

The system:

  • Wave Kinetics NVS Reference Turntable ($45,000)
  • Durand Tonearms Tosca 10″ Gimbal Tonearm ($14,900)
  • Ortofon MC-Century Cartridge ($12,000, limited edition, sold out)
  • darTZeel NHB-18NS MkII Preamplifier ($44,000)
  • darTZeel NHB-108 Model Two Stereo Amplifier ($44,000)
  • Merging Technologies MERGING+NADAC DAC ($10,000)
  • Merging Technologies MERGING+CLOCK ($36,000)
  • Merging Technologies MERGING+POWER power supply ($6000),
  • ATR Services Ampex ATR 102 RTR Tape Deck (price varies; contact ATR Services)
  • Evolution Acoustics Maestoso loudspeakers ($18,900 per pair)

The Evolution Acoustics Maestoso Loudspeaker with a Merging Technologies stack; in the lower right rear is the Exact external crossover, a technical tour de force

The unique Evolution Acoustics Maestoso Loudspeakers have impressed me every time I’ve heard them at audio shows.… Read the full article

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Highly Resolving Audio Systems: Required or Not?

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s an easy and all to common response from high-end audio reviewers and consumer commentators that one needs to assemble an audio system of sufficient quality and expense — “a highly resolving system” — to reap the benefits of high-resolution […]

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Vincent Belanger ft. Audio Note U.K. at Munich HiFi Deluxe 2019 part 2

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

Recorded in 24bit, 96khz on May 11, 2019 at the Munich Marriott during Hifideluxe 2019.

Vincent was accompanied by, well, Vincent being played back from a laptop into an Audio Note U.K. stereo consisting of:

1. X? a prototype Level 5 DAC (on the Fifth Element DAC platform with Fifth Force power supply) with a brand new very bold architecture which is a big departure from what anyone has tried before and a clear advancement of the state-of-the-art
2. AN/E SEC Signature speakers (on “J” stands)
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Employees circumvent IT just to do their job

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Employees worldwide have begun to go rogue by using unauthorized software and applications on their work devices despite being aware of the potential business risks involved according to new research from Snow Software.

The company's new study surveyed 3,00 professionals in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific to reveal stark contrasts between the mindset of today's workers and the priorities of IT leaders.

This rift was most notable in younger employees and Snow's survey revealed that millennials are almost as twice as likely to go behind IT's back when compared to older workers.… Read the full article

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Dell is offering 15% off sitewide exclusively to TechRadar Australia readers

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you're looking to score yourself a brand new computer for work or for pleasure, then there's never been a better time to check out Dell's array of laptops, ultrabooks, 2-in-1s, and gaming rigs, thanks to an exclusive TechRadar site-wide sale.

Considering that the Dell XPS 13 currently sits at the top of our lists for both the best ultrabooks and best laptops available in Australia, it's definitely worth checking one out with these savings.

From June 1 until June 7, you can take a further 15% off any listed priceon Dell's site simply by entering the code TECHRADAR15 at the checkout.… Read the full article

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We used our iPhone to ride the New York City subway today – it’s the future

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

New York City is hard. Fact. Here are two more NYC life facts: I'm never not carrying multiple things in my hand, and one thing I'm always juggling is my smartphone.

That's why I'm ready to say goodbye to fetching my yellow MetroCard every time I use the subway or bus, and say hello to New York's contactless payment system.

I was so ready for the changeover that I 'camped out' at Grand Central Station, as if this were an old-fashioned Apple launch, to be the first to use the MTA's now publicly launched OMNY (One Metro New York) contactless payment system today.… Read the full article

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IoT attacks are the “new normal”

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

As the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices continues to rise, new research from Irdeto has revealed that eight in ten organizations have experienced a cyberattack on their IoT devices within the past 12 months.

The company's new Irdeto Global Connected Industries Cybersecurity Survey questioned 700 enterprises in China, Germany, Japan the UK and US to learn more about how hackers have targeted their organizations and their IoT devices.

Of the organizations whose IoT devices fell victim to a cyberattack, 90 percent experienced an impact as a result including operational downtime and compromised customer data or end-user safety.… Read the full article

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Panasonic S1H: 6K full-frame camera unveiled at Cine Gear Expo 2019

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After weeks of rumors, teasers and all kinds of speculation, Panasonic has finally confirmed development of the third camera in its S series, the S1H.

The S1H is set to be a video-focused addition to its newest camera line, joining the S1R and S1 models that were announced back in September – and it has the honor of being the first model of its kind to record 6K video.

This can be captured at a maximum 24p in a 3:2 ratio, while 5.9K footage at 30p can be recorded in 16:9.… Read the full article

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Panasonic makes the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. official

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Panasonic has finally revealed full details of its Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens.

The optic, which is said to be the world's fastest constant-aperture f/1.7 wide-angle zoom, is compatible with the company's G-series cameras like the G9, in addition to other Micro Four Thirds models, rather than its new full-frame S1 and S1R bodies.

Panasonic first announced development of the lens back at last year's Photokina event in September, and the official unveiling follows leaks of the specs and images.… Read the full article

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Trachea from 2L and Norway’s Schola Cantorum

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

With Trachea, the latest superb recording from Norwegian label 2L, label founder and recording engineer Morten Lindberg continues his commitment to contemporary music. Here, working with Schola Cantorum, Norway’s well-tuned 55-year old chamber choir, under the leadership of Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl, Lindberg scores big with six fascinating and musically accessible choral compositions, all but one of which were written in the last five years.

The opening track, “Snilla Patea” (2016) by Bjørn Kåre Odde (b.1990), begins with what sounds like a medieval Norwegian folk song instrumental.… Read the full article

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