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AG x Melbourne Guitar Show 2019: Chris Bieniek

By | July 11th, 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

Made My Day

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There isn’t a lot of money to be made running a small audiophile record label and I knew that when I started AIX Records back in 2000. But I proceeded anyway because I was convinced the introduction of a new […]

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Steam Store’s experimental new features to help you find your next favorite game

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

As the proprietor of the Steam Store, it’s Valve’s job to help you find the games you’re looking for – a job that’s easier starting today with the introduction of three new experimental features that are part of Valve’s new Steam Labs collection. 

In more or less words, Steam Labs is a collection of new experimental features that Valve wants to test before rolling it out to everyone with Steam installed on their computer. 

The three features released today are called Micro Trailers, Interactive Recommender and Automatic Show.… Read the full article

Aretha Franklin – Aretha's Gold   

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Aretha Franklin Aretha's Gold   

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissue MFSL 2-479 (Sept. 2017). Originally released on Atlantic – SD-8227 (Aug. 1969). Category: soul, southern soul, R&B, blues, black gospel and spiritual roots, churchy. Format: Vinyl (2×180 gram LPs at 45 rpm).


  • Global Appreciation: 9.6
  • Music: A+ (9.5)
  • Recording: 9.3
  • Remastering + Lacquer Cutting: 9.7
  • Pressing: 10
  • Packaging: above average


  • Aretha Franklin – vocals, piano.
  • Spooner Oldham – keyboards, piano. 
  • Jimmy Johnson, Chips Moman, Bobby Womack, Joe South – guitar.     
  • Tommy Cogbill, Jerry Jemmoth – bass guitar. 
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Hee-Young Lim: French Cello Concertos

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor; LALO: Cello Concerto in D minor; MILHAUD: Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 136; OFFENBACH: Les larmes de Jacqueline; MASSENET: Thaïs: Méditation. Hee-Young Lim, cello; London Symphony Orchestra/Scott Yoo. Sony Classical S80425C.  TT: 75.40

The Korean cellist Hee-Young Lim has a lot to offer. Her tone is dark and full-bodied, not quite Rostropovich-sized, but suggesting a comparable amplitude. Her technique encompasses not only the obvious flashy runs, but such hazards as, for example, the profusion of double stops, not always consonant.… Read the full article

Another new Switch won’t release this year, says Nintendo

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Nintendo Switch Lite was recently announced, and there are rumors another new Nintendo Switch could be on the way. But according to Nintendo, we won't be seeing the new console this year.

At a press briefing for the announcement of the Switch Lite, Nintendo president Doug Bowser revealed that we won't be seeing another new Switch model in 2019, according to CNET.

"[The Nintendo Switch Lite will] be the only new Nintendo Switch hardware this holiday, as Bowser says the larger Switch won't get an upgrade right now," CNET writes. 

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BT suggests it could cut dividend to fund fibre expansion

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

BT has suggested it could cut the dividend handed out to shareholders in order to invest in fibre to the premise (FTTP) infrastructure.

Speculation that BT is preparing to cut its dividend for the first time since 2009 has been mounting, with some expecting an announcement in the company’s most recent financial results.

However, such a move did not materialise, with CEO Philip Jansen doubling down on a promise to change the payment until the end of the current financial year.… Read the full article

Cary Audio VT-500 Phono Preamplifier – A World Premier 

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Cary Audio VT-500 Phono Preamplifier

The new Cary Audio VT-500 Phono Preamplifier, based on the venerable 6SL7 tube and the most expensive phono preamp Cary has ever manufactured here in America, takes its place as the most successful phono stage from this 30-year-old company. Cary Audio now sells direct to the consumer. Musical and melodious to the max, moving coil cartridges are treated to powerful amplification with ultra-low noise and unhearable distortion. My more expensive references are no more flexible or quiet than Cary Audio VT-500.… Read the full article

Thorens TD-150AB turntable and tonearm

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

This is an integrated arm-and-turntable unit using single-belt drive from a stepped motor pulley to an inside platter (under the main one), and having a three-point suspension similar to that in the AR turntable for isolation from acoustic feedback and floorborne vibrations. Speed change is accomplished by a two-pronged “fork” which, actuated by the speed selector knob, throws the belt from one step of the motor pulley to the other. The motor is a special synchronous type that is actually two motors in a single case.… Read the full article

Exposure XV integrated amplifier

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

American audiophiles have long had a love-hate relationship with British integrated amplifiers. On one hand, they often provide superb musicality, sell for a moderate price, and don’t take up much room. On the other, these British alternatives to Adcom or B&K separates often have low power output, nonstandard connectors, idiosyncratic appearance (footnote 1), and dictate the kind of speaker cable and interconnects you can use.

No product exemplifies this dichotomy more than the Exposure XV integrated amplifier from England. This 40Wpc (rated) unit offers the best of what makes British amplifiers appealing, and also illustrates why British integrateds aren’t as popular here as their musical performance would suggest.… Read the full article