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Cobalt Is The New Blue – AudioQuest Releases A New Dragonfly DAC

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt

It is hard to deny the wide appeal and success of AudioQuest’s original Dragonfly Series. What may have started as just another headphone USB dongle for the computer quickly migrated to a $99 sensation, no doubt thanks to the low power draw and compatibility with iPhones across the board.

The Dragonfly series started with a single black colored unit and spread its wings into another black V2, but also a red option as well. Both USB sticks had a solid organic feel to them, something somewhat unusually for the sticky portable size and price tag.… Read the full article

QUADfest Cancelled

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

This year’s annual QUADfest, which was to have been held in Germany on Saturday, September 14, 2019, has been cancelled.

Manfred Stein, the show’s organiser, released a statement that said: ‘Fate sometimes puts you too many obstacles in your path and plans must be changed. The forecasted QUADfest in September will not take place. We very much appreciate your understanding for our decision.’

He advised that anyone who has already booked travel plans is still welcome to visit during ordinary office hours at QUAD Musikwiedergabe, Brunnenstrasse 57, 56751.… Read the full article

My Journey Into Audio

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I heard an interesting theory last year at the California Audio Show. Basically, I was informed that women aren’t audiophiles because they’re not wired that way. It seems boys spend time with their fathers working on cars, taking things apart and putting them back together, and are thus programmed to be gear heads. Girls, on the other hand, spend time with other girls painting their nails, and gushing over boys, and are not at all inclined to listen to stereos. In situations like these, instead of striking back with angry denials, I strive to acknowledge that people are entitled to their own opinions.… Read the full article

Hasselblad Celebrates First Camera On The Moon

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Arguably the most significant photographs of the 20th century were recorded 50 years ago on a specially prepared Hasselblad camera after the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, Eagle, had successfully landed on the surface of the Moon. The date was, of course, 20 July 1969 and the camera was the Hasselblad Electric Data Camera or HEDC, specifically modified for lunar photography and based on the 500 EL motordriven 6x6cm rollfilm SLR.

The Hasselblad Electric Data camera was modified specifically for photography on the Moon.

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Fire TV vs Roku: Which streaming video platform is better?

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Streaming video players have come a long way in just 10 years. Back in 2009, almost no one owned a Roku – and Amazon? Prime Video had just come out in 2006, so at that point it was still just a blip on the radar. But 10 years later and Amazon and Roku are two of the biggest names in streaming video players thanks to the Amazon Fire TV and ever-expanding family of Roku players.

That said, these days you can find about half a dozen Roku players on the market including the Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere and Roku Express alongside Amazon’s three flagship streaming devices – the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Cube.… Read the full article

Review: AudioQuest Cobalt – First Impressions

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt was sent to us free of charge in exchange for this preview article at the launch and a full review.

Intro

AudioQuest launched the very first DragonFly back in 2012 and has been improving it ever since. A few years ago the BLACK and RED came in to play and now in 2019, AudioQuest is back with a new and improved version of the RED: The Cobalt!

AudioQuest

AudioQuest is a US based company and the EU headquarters is located in the Netherlands.… Read the full article

Whammerdyne Heavy Industries, Announces Another World's First

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Founded in 2010 by Pat Hickman, Whammerdyne Heavy Industries is an amalgamation of technical skill-sets united by a common passion for hi-end audio, based in Wilsonville, OR. With many years of combined experience in hi-end audio, electronics engineering, and CNC fabrication, the team set out to build the ultimate single-ended stereo amplifiers. The year 2019 finds Whammerdyne repeating history with three new models using RAM (Remote Advanced Magnetics)

Having introduced the first series of upgradeable and modular single ended 2A3 vacuum tube amplifiers in early 2017 they did not rest on past success with the finest sounding 2A3 amplifiers offered on the market.… Read the full article

AG x Melbourne Guitar Show 2019: Van Larkins

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Making its way back to the Caulfield Racecourse for its fifth consecutive year, the Melbourne Guitar Show is eyeing August 2019 off like a dog eyes off its dinner. Poised to be its biggest and best jaunt yet, this year’s show – kicking off across the weekend of August 3rd and 4th – promises a (quite literally) jam-packed lineup of performers and exhibitors, with an emphasis on getting punters hands-on with the enormous array of axes on show.

In the lead-up to this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian Guitar is going full steam ahead on the hype train. … Read the full article

Qobuz Teams Up with AudioQuest for DragonFly Cobalt

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

qobuz

Qobuz, the Hi-Res streaming and download hybrid service, is teaming up with AudioQuest to give customers a taste of the best music streaming and sound with the newest generation of AudioQuest’s groundbreaking DragonFly DAC line, the Dragonfly Cobalt. Upgrading Hi-Res listening from iPhones and other devices to full 24-bit, the new DragonFly comes loaded with one month of Qobuz Studio (Hi-Res) streaming and a free download of an audiophile sampler album from Blue Coast Records.

Launched in the US in February after a decade of success in Europe, Qobuz bridges the gap between the audiophile-curious community (estimated at appr.… Read the full article

AMD Radeon RX 5700 vs RX 5700 XT: what’s the best AMD GPU for you?

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Right now, we're having a tough time thinking of a better time to buy a new graphics card, thanks in large part to the new Nvidia Super RTX graphics cards, and of course, AMD Navi. Why's that? Well, before the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, we've never seen graphics cards this affordable that can provide such amazing performance in this price range. 

But, no matter how awesome these graphics cards are, it can be hard to decide once and for all which AMD graphics card is best for you – especially when they're priced so closely together. 

Luckily, here at TechRadar we've spent an inordinate amount of time obsessing over the best graphics card, so we can help you decide whether to go with the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT or the Radeon RX 5700. 

The dent in the RX 5700 XT is supposed to be there

Price and specifications

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 are actually priced extremely close to one another – there's just a $50 (about £40, AU$70) difference between the two, at $399 (about £315, AU$580) and $349 (about £275, AU$500), respectively.… Read the full article