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
FLORENCE, Italy: Gold Note – the Italian High-End Audio manufacturer based in Florence – is introducing DS-10, an innovative D/A Converter & Streamer with Headphone amplifier and analogue preamplifier stage designed for the contemporary audiophile.
First presented at the High End Show in Munich in 2019, DS-10 represents the state of the art among our digital signal decoding electronics, but it is much more than a DAC. The experience gained with the top of the line model DS-1000 and the addition of innovative features of the IS-1000 integrated amp and streamer have led us to designing this smaller all-in-one unit: a DAC/Streamer with AES-EBU digital inputs typical of the professional market, a headphone output and advanced connectivity to use all available streaming services and much more.… Read the full article
Leaks and patents have strongly hinted that Sony’s PS5 may be accompanied by an improved PSVR 2 headset, either at launch or later – and a new patent just made public suggest it could track eye movement and head motion.
What will that do for VR? According to one Sony Interactive Entertainment patent (image above), it will enhance immersion by refining what each eye sees – aka ‘parallax images’ – for improved stereoscopic depth. Sony is also developing tech to keep those images relative when you rotate/tilt your head.… Read the full article
Come and join Nordost at the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival this September 6-8 in its new location at the at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado. This year, Nordost will be located in Homestead 1, where we will be demonstrating some of the incredible new products that were released earlier this year at High End in Munich. One of the innovations we are excited to share with the attendees of RMAF is the QPOINT Resonance Synchronizer, a revolutionary device that emits a subtle field which impacts and manipulates all electromechanical resonances within its immediate proximity so that they resonate in unison.… Read the full article
A visitor to stereophile.com named billmilosz commented: “Compared to these, everything else sounded like it was coming out of a cereal box.” When I read that, I laughed out loud.
That reader was responding to my AXPONA report about Magnepan’s new $650/pair Little Ribbon Speaker (LRS)—which I presume he also heard at the show.
Naturally, as a prattler who has long served at the altar of hyperbole, I was jealous of billmilosz’s simile. So I’ll try now to verify his observation—while fashioning a more thorough and maybe even philosophical description of Magnepan’s newest entry-level speaker.… Read the full article
Alibaba Group's Xiami Music is the First Music Streaming Service in China to Add MQA Studio Quality Audio
LONDON / HANGZHOU, JULY 16th, 2019 – Xiami Music, a wholly-owned entity of the Alibaba Group, will be the first music streaming service in China to adopt MQA. With the implementation of MQA, Xiami Music will become the audio quality leader in China, sending a clear signal to artists and creators that Xiami’s service is the best way to connect with their fans.
MQA, the pioneering technology delivering authenticated master-quality music in a file small enough to stream, will be introduced into the SVIP tier of Xiami Music iOS and Android apps. … Read the full article
Aftermarket components maker ASRock has pointed out new AMD Navi-based graphics cards with dual-fan designs and out-of-the-box overclocking, HotHardware reports. And, MSI has teased its own design, also according to HotHardware.
AMD's Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT graphics cards are an affordable pair of high-power hardware, but were limited to blower-style designs and factory clock speeds at launch (except the Anniversary Edition). Clearly, that's changing soon.
We learned previously that AMD's add-in-board partners would release new designs in August, and the hope was that some of those new graphics cards would include different cooling solutions.
The blower-style design seen on AMD's reference cards may offer consistent cooling in different setups, but that doesn't mean it's powerful cooling.… Read the full article
Henry Brant: Ice Field
Cameron Carpenter, organ, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edwin Outwater, Conds.
SFS Media SFS 0075 (24/48 WAV). 2019. Jack Vad, prod, and eng.; Roni Jules, Gus Pollek, Jonathan Stevens, Denise Woodward, supporting engs.; Jack Vad, Mark Willsher, John Loose, Atmos post-prod. DDD. TT: 24.31
Even though Henry Brant’s mind-boggling Ice Field for orchestra and organ won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2002—the year after its premiere—and years later was revisited by the San Francisco Symphony, for which it was commissioned, no recording format has succeeded at capturing its musical and spatial wonders.… Read the full article