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Leica goes Bauhaus… and Lenny Kravitz

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Leica Camera AG has decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the German art and design school operational from 1919 to 1933, with a special edition of the Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus.’

The set comprises a silver version of the Leica CL, a matching Elmarit-TL 18mm f2.8 ASPH. lens in silver, and a carrying strap. The leather trim of the camera and the carrying strap are embossed with the Bauhaus logotype.

To reflect the concept of plain and simple design advocated by the Bauhaus school, the Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus’ has also gone with a restrained execution of the Leica logo, in black on the camera body.… Read the full article

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Salk Intros A New $10k Floorstander – The SS9.5

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Salk SS9.5 speaker

A quick dive into Salk Signature Sound website will reveal a complete list of all the speakers the Michigan-based company has to offer, complete with pricing. What also becomes quickly apparent is how deep and well-covered every price point is along the product lines.

The floorstander category runs from $1,500 for the two-way Songbird, all the way up to $16k SS12 at 147 lbs. per cabinet. Wedged in between all that is the new SS9.5 at $10k for standard veneer. The woodwork it reduced to a mere 112 lbs.… Read the full article

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Elac Navis ARB-51 Powered Loudspeaker Review

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Build Quality
Value

PRICE $2,000


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Top-tier tonal accuracy and dynamic ability
Amazingly compact for performance level
On-board EQ offers flexible placement options

Minus

Relatively tight sweet spot
No on-board streaming, digital inputs, or DSP


THE VERDICT

Elac’s powered-speaker is highly compact, yet capable enough to satisfy serious listeners.


Active loudspeakers, or speakers with built-in amplification, have long been box-office poison in the U.S. market. That’s because we Americans like our big receivers, choosing them based on power ratings, and then hooking them up to conventional, passive speakers using garden-hose speaker wire.

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Should I Invest in IMAX Enhanced AV Gear?

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at [email protected]

Q Is there any reason why I should invest in IMAX Enhanced AV gear and discs? Do you think this technology can survive against the established Dolby and DTS competition? —David Riley, via email

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Dolby and Universal Music Group are releasing thousands of songs in Dolby Atmos

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Dolby and Universal Music Group announced today that the pair will release ‘thousands of songs’ from the music label in the Dolby Atmos Music format. 

The new, remastered versions of these songs will include “a diverse list of artists across a wide range of genres, from hip-hop, pop, and rock through jazz and classical music”. In an email to TechRadar, a Dolby representative explicitly mentioned “What’s Goin On” by Marvin Gaye, “7th heaven” by Beck, “Drive” by R.E.M. and “Mama said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J.… Read the full article

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Review : KZ AS16 – The Heist

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

The KZ AS16 is the latest flagship from the brand. It got 8 Drivers and cost a mere 125$. Learn more with our review.

Disclaimer : the KZ AS16 were provided to us, free of charge, by Linsoul in exchange of our honest opinion. Check their website as they also carry Fearless, BGVP and of course KZ.

About Knowledge Zenith

Last year, I said KZ or Knowledge Zenith was a very discrete brand. As time flies and review pile up, this isn’t quite true anymore : now KZ is one of the Chi-Fi pilars and they even have a website !… Read the full article

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Audio Time Machine: Revox Reel-to-Reel Recorder

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

With its latest audio offering, New Jersey-based vintage audio specialist SkyFi Audio steps back in time but adds a modern twist.
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AMD Navi RX 3080 specs leak ahead of Computex 2019

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Information on AMD Navi graphics cards keeps leaking out, and this time the specs for the AMD RX 3080 have been spotted online ahead of Computex 2019.

This leak comes via renowned leaker KOMACHI, and while the tweet was deleted, it was spotted by Wccftech. Despite the remarkably similar name, it doesn't look like the AMD Navi RX 3080 will go up against something like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

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Balanced Audio Technology VK-56SE power amplifier

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I had never been alone with a Russian-manufactured 6C33C tube. At least not at night, in the dark. The first night Balanced Audio Technology’s VK-56SE tubed amplifier was in my system, I sat on the floor studying the unusual shape and dark orange glow of its four 6C33C-B output tubes. I noticed their brightly lit, cathedral-like innards. My Russian neighbor told me they were used as regulator tubes in MiG jets during the Cold War. I could believe it—their exposed cathodes were the exact color of the Soviet flag.… Read the full article

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HIGH END 2019: Arcam SA30

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Arcam showed its new flagship integrated amplifier from its HDA product range, the Arcam SA30, at HIGH END 2019. The SA30 uses Arcam’s tried and true version of Class-G amplification to deliver 120-watts per channel into 8Ω and 220-watts per channel into 4Ω. However, thanks to the Class G design, the amplifier operates mostly in Class-A, only switching to Class-AB when high power output is required.

The Arcam SA30 (pictured above, click on image for larger version) has five analogue inputs including a switchable MM/MC phono input and four digital inputs.… Read the full article

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