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High End Munich 2019 with CH Precision

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

The $20,995 Etsuro-Urushi Gold might be the most expensive phono cartridge in the world. I mention this because in the CH Precision room, at High End 2019 I was delighted to experience the Gold in comparison to C-H’s all-out assault on the digital art – who could ask for more fun?

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DJI Takes On GoPro With New Osmo Actioncam

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Camera drone company DJI is moving into the actioncam market and has launched a highly-featured model designed to compete with GoPro’s products. It makes sense, as the new Osmo Action incorporates a number of DJI’s camera drone technologies, including advanced image stabilisation. The ultra-compact camera is dustproof, waterproof down to a depth of 11 metres and shockproofed to withstand a drop of up to 1.5 metres. It can also operate in subzero temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. An optional housing extends the underwater shooting depth down to 60 metres.… Read the full article

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High End Munich 2019: CanEver DAC-Headphone Amp

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I have not yet experienced the music-playback capabilities of CanEver’s ZeroUno D/A processor. But Art Dudley has. And he praised it at some length in the April 2017 Stereophile: “By the end of its stay in my home, it had pushed virtually all of my Happy buttons — not by doing everything I could ask of it, but by having a point of view that aligned with my own.”

CanEver’s ZeroUno original DAC caught my attention because it is from a small Italian company (I like small European companies) with a sharp-brained, designer-engineer named Mario Canever, who, I thought, might have an aesthetic-engineering viewpoint not too dissimilar from my own.… Read the full article

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Video Interviews from Munich 2019, Part 1:  NativeDSD.com Talks with the Industry About DSD

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Our good friends at the well-known DSD downloading site, NativeDSD.com, attended Munich 2019. During that time, they did a handful of video interviews with some key industry figures, which provide an excellent look at, and feel for, what Munich is all about. It also gives our readers an opportunity to hear more from companies that are carrying on significant development work in high-end audio…especially in the realm of DSD audio.

NativeDSD.com offered us the chance to republish their YouTube video links and accompanying text here at PF, which kind offer we immediately accepted.Read the full article

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Why is Alexa and Spotify not working on Sonos?

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

We haven’t had a traditional ‘format war’ in the audio and AV market for a good few years. The closest thing is perhaps the splitting of brands between those that are supporting Amazon’s Alexa voice control (dominant in the US market) and those that have gone with Google Assistant (more dominant in Europe and Australia, where it launched ahead of Alexa). 

Google seems to have the edge in ease of set-up and simple useability, but Alexa does have a significant advantage in allowing specific skills to be added for any given brand of equipment.… Read the full article

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Profoto Adds X Factor To A1 On-Camera Flash

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

With the ongoing demise of big studio flash systems, Profoto’s decision to move into making compact, portable lighting now looks nothing less than inspired. The original A1 on-camera flash has been very successful, but it does now have rivals so Profoto has moved things up a gear with the new A1X model.

Profoto says that the A1X “has a little more of everything that made its predecessor a success” and this runs to a total of 30 updates, including a more powerful battery, faster recycling, more wireless channels and a revised display with higher resolution read-outs.… Read the full article

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Blog: High End Munich 2019 – Picture Report Part 1

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

High End Munich. My favorite show of the year! Why is that you say? Well, it has all the brands that really matter, all the product launches, it’s not too crowded and you get to see all your audio friends again. Oh and to get there we have 700 kilometers of unlimited German Autobahn. The pics in this report are from the gear that really caught our attention at the High End show. It’s not realistic to cover all the personal audio gear, and it’s a complete mission impossible to cover everything

As usual this will be a picture report of the show, in alphabetical order, split over two parts as there are around 200 pictures: Eye candy à volonté.… Read the full article

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Warriors vs Trail Blazers live stream: how to watch 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals online

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We probably should have seen this coming. The Golden State Warriors have absolutely dominated the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. They have one giant foot in the NBA Finals – surely they can't be stopped now, can they? You can find out by watching a Warriors vs Trail Blazers live stream of every game with this handy guide for how to watch from anywhere on Earth.

So there's no doubt that the Warriors go into this seven-game NBA playoffs series as overwhelming favorites.… Read the full article

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Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

I have to admit that Boston-based Sonner Audio was unfamiliar to me until I read colleague Andy Quint’s 2018 AXPONA report. He was impressed with the potential he heard under arduous show conditions (“Satisfying orchestral weight and timbral nuance were evident even on a brief audition”). Such audio qualities have always been near and dear to my heart, so I was eager to have a listen to this new kid on the block. Sonner Audio is led by president Gunny Surya—a music and audio enthusiast with a background in industrial engineering, a Master’s in business, and 20 years of experience …… Read the full article

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Coltrane '58: The Prestige Years

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

What can I possibly say about John Coltrane that hasn’t already been said? Every jazz lover worth their salt knows John Coltrane was a player and band leader of unparalleled depth, creativity, and skill. With Craft Recording’s new box set Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Years the question is less about Coltrane and more about whether Coltrane fans need this prodigious 8-LP 60th anniversary time capsule in their collections. Also available in 5-CD and digital formats.

Until now there hasn’t been a cohesive way to listen to Coltrane’s entire body of work with Prestige in a comprehensive, chronological, and unified collection, not to mention one lovingly handled and beautifully presented by the reissue team at Craft.… Read the full article

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