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Bob Mould Gives Keynote and Performs at Making Vinyl Berlin Day One

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Mastering engineer Reiner Maillard invites us into Emil Berliner studio. (Photo: Michael Fremer)

I arrived in Berlin early Wednesday morning and was picked up by a fellow named Frank Wonneberg, who I didn’t really know, though I think we may have met years earlier at the High End Show when it was in Frankfurt, probably in 1996. He offered to pick me up and take me to the hotel, which was beyond kind. He also took me on a tour of Berlin.

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Huawei is developing a 5G 8K TV because that’s apparently a thing now

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Huawei could be the first company to make an 8K 5G TV – i.e. a TV with an 8K resolution (four times that of a 4KTV) and the next-gen wireless standard capable of gigabit throughput. That’s according to a report from Nikkei Asian Review who spoke to sources familiar with Huawei’s plans. 

If the product comes to fruition, this would not only be the first TV to integrate the two technologies – a historic first in its own right – but it would be Huawei’s first TV period after years of supplying components to other Chinese TV makers like Hisense, Skyworth and Changhong.… Read the full article

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Schiit Audio Aegir

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The world’s only scatalogically named company, Schiit Audio, has released a new 20-watt per channel amplifier which it says uses ‘constant-transconductance topology’ circuitry. (A transconductance amplifier is one whose output current is proportional to the voltage at its input, rather than the output voltage being proportional to the input voltage.) [Click image above for a larger view.]

Called the Aegir, this new amplifier from Schiit Audio uses a completely discrete, fully complementary, current-feedback, linear power supply and an ‘intelligent’ microprocessor management system that means that there need be no coupling capacitors or d.c.… Read the full article

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Jeff Tweedy: WARM

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Jeff Tweedy: WARM

It’s hard not to feel a little conflicted about aging in tandem with a musical hero. But Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy, now nearly a rock elder statesperson, aims to soothe his longtime listeners into bittersweet midlife with his latest and aptly named solo album, WARM. Consider it a respite from the cold, cruel realities of the modern world, where Tweedy envelops you with the cozy acoustic ring of his guitars, delivering straightforward sentiments like “I know what it’s like to not feel love” without a hint of triteness.… Read the full article

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CH Precision Announces New 10 Series Products

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Munich High End 2019 Atrium 4, F221 Marking CH Precision’s 10th anniversary.

  • L10 line-stage with dedicated external power supply and more powerful M10 mono/stereo power amplifier (300 W/RMS into 8 Ohms stereo, over 1kW RMS into 8 Ohms in bridged mono mode, with bi-amped and high-current mono configurations as well).
  • The same proven topologies (fully balanced, fully differential) as tried and tested in the 1 Series, the same patented technologies, but with all-new circuit layouts and upgraded
  • Increased resolution of user-adjustable global feedback in the M10 and, for the first time, a choice of adjustable local or global feedback in the
  • Three color finishes, that match existing CH systems or allow owners to strike out in a new aesthetic direction, even mixing and matching chassis component color

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

  1. Karr may have felt that the more things change, the more they stay the same, but at CH Precision, we beg to differ.
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Nordost Playlist – May 2019

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: , |


Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers who travel around the world educating and demonstrating the effects of Nordost’s products. As part of these demonstrations, it is our job to find an interesting and diverse selection of music to showcase our cables, power devices, sort system and accessories. Whether at shows, visiting our dealers and distributors or even in our own listening room in our headquarters in Holliston, we are constantly getting asked what music we are playing (or if our audience is not so bold to ask, we can see their Shazams working overtime).Read the full article

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Music in the Round #97: Hegel C53 & DSPeaker Anti-Mode X4

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Sometime near the turn of this century, I wandered into a demo room at a Consumer Electronics Show and discovered, in the exhibit of a company I’d never heard of, an integrated amplifier that sounded clean and refreshing. It was the only product Hegel Music Systems displayed at that CES, and I don’t recall its name or the associated equipment, but I’ve always remembered that model’s striking appearance and impressive sound quality.

Hegel seemed to have little visibility in the US in the years immediately after, but that has changed.… Read the full article

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Poor passwords putting many businesses at risk

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

New research from OneLogin has revealed that UK IT leaders are putting their business data at risk by not effectively managing employees' passwords.

In conjunction with World Password Day, the Unified Access Management firm surveyed 300 IT decision makers across the UK to uncover their attitudes towards password hygiene and the emphasis placed upon internal policies to protect business networks.

Despite the fact that 98 percent of IT decision makers have company guidelines in place around password complexity and 95 percent fell their current password protection measures and guidelines provide adequate protection for their business, OneLogin's research has revealed there is still a lot of work to be done.… Read the full article

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Don Was: What Was Will Be

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Don Was is a music lover. Looking at his extensive discography as a record producer and musician, one is struck by the variety of artists he’s worked with: from Iggy Pop to the B-52’s, from Roy Orbison to Elton John, with over half a dozen stops along the way as producer for a little band called the Rolling Stones. In 2017, Was produced Gregg Allman’s final studio album, Southern Blood (Rounder 610005). And when you include all the music he’s had a hand in since 2012, when he became president of Blue Note Records, you’re talking about one busy little red hen helping to bake a lot of bread.… Read the full article

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Yes, Razer is actually going to make a toaster now

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Razer, the company behind the impressive Razer Blade laptops, is making a toaster. Though this may not be the first time you've heard this news, this time it appears to be happening for real. 

It may have started as a joke, but Razer has been backed into a corner by fans pleading for a Razer-branded toaster. Now, the company's CEO, Min-Liang Tan, has announced that it will begin working on a Razer Toaster, CNET reports.

The Razer Toaster joke has been ongoing for years.… Read the full article

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