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MartinLogan’s Masterpiece 9.4.4 Demo

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

MartinLogan’s demo of its new Masterpiece CI Series in-wall speakers has

proven to be one of the more ear-catching events at CEDIA 2019. The 9.4.4

speaker demonstration used a pair of Statement 40XW (shown at right), five

Monument 7XW, two Tribute 5XW, and four Sistine 4XC in-ceiling speakers

augmented by a quartet of the company’s Dynamo 1600X subwoofers. Movie clips

used included a particularly face-melting segment from the Alita:Battle Angel Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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RMAF 2019 Photo Essay Part 2

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.

Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.

Computer Based System

Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article

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RMAF 2019 Photo Essay Part 1

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.

Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.

Computer Based System

Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article

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Pixies: Natural Magic

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #134Subscribe to our print edition here!

Weird and wonderful as they’ve ever been, the Pixies throw us through yet another loop with Beneath The Eyrie: an album that peers back on the past 30 years of their reign over alt-rock with fondness, and to the future with a blinding fervour.

Words by Matt Doria.


If there’s one defining trend we can pin to the 2010s, it’s been… Nostalgia. Perhaps because the rest of the world is in goddamn shambles right now, pop-culture has largely shifted its focus to re-appreciating the gems of our past – whether that’s in cinema (Star Wars, Jurassic World and Ghostbusters are all titans of the present-day box office), TV (though it’s a new property, the whole allure of Stranger Things is its retro flavouring) or music; this year alone, we’ve seen chart-destroying albums drop from Weezer, Dream Theater and the Backstreet Boys – all bands who ostensibly peaked in the ‘90s, but have enjoyed wickedly lucrative comebacks as of late. … Read the full article

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JBL Synthesis Introduces Lower Price Immersive Controllers

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

High-end home theater owners know JBL Synthesis as a brand that delivers high-end, no-holds-barred performance. The company today introduced two 16-channel immersive surround-sound controllers at CEDIA that bring renowned high-end performance and a fully loaded feature set to drastically lower price points.
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Lexicon’s SL-1 Speaker Lets You Steer Sound Around the Room

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Launched at the high-end Munich audio show this past May, Lexicon displayed its new SL-1 active loudspeaker at CEDIA. The flagship system takes a radically different approach to providing either a pinpoint audio image or room filling sound by employing a ring of individually amplified and controlled drivers. The speakers can be freely positioned and use advanced beam steering technology to aim and focus the sweet spot almost anywhere in the room to ensure the best possible sound at the listening position.
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Slack launches Dark Mode and data residency

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The popular workplace chat and collaboration software Slack is bringing a dark mode to its desktop version and the company also announced that it will bring data residency to the service later this year.

The software's new dark mode for desktop option is available across all platforms and Windows, macOS and Linux users can now make the switch from the service's traditional light theme. Slack has also enabled dark mode variants of the software's existing sidebar themes.

Accessibility product manager at Slack, George Zamfir explained why the company decided to add a dark mode to its desktop app after doing so for its mobile apps on iOS and Android, saying:

“Dark Mode is an important feature for lots of people.… Read the full article

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The Apple Watch 5 needs sleep tracking, not an always-on display

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple Watch Series 5 just got a radical new feature: an always-on display… which essentially makes it as useful as a hundred-year-old analog wrist watch. 

While this Apple Watch wearer is overjoyed that I no longer need to flex my wrist just to see the time, the addition of an official Apple sleep tracking, rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 11 launch event, would have been much more useful than a display that never turns off.

Why do we feel so strongly about it?… Read the full article

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SMART AMPLIFIERS – Amazon Echo Link Amp vs Sonos Amp vs Bluesound Powernode 2i

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

With voice control, app control, streaming, external inputs and built-in power, the race is on to provide the easiest just-add-speakers plug-and-play zone of multiroom music.

The concept isn’t, of course, new — indeed one of the very first releases from Sonos back in 2006 was a smart zone amplifier designed as a just-add-speakers solution. Every wireless multiroom ecosystem launched since then has had its own version of this easiest of system solutions, the smart amplifier.… Read the full article

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Voxi has brought back its best ever SIM only deals in this impressive flash sale

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Whether it's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, social media has the tendency to tear through our mobile data. One minute you're sitting happy with 30GB and the next, you're completely out and three hours into a binge of Twitter scrolling. Luckily, a flash sale from the people at Voxi is here to help you out.

Boosting the data on its two most affordable plans, Voxi has pushed itself up to offer some of the best value SIM only deals on the market, temporarily.… Read the full article

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