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Bowers & Wilkins PX7 & PX5 wireless headphones launched

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

While Australia lagged some other countries in the release of the Bowers & Wilkins Formation wireless multiroom products, we’ll have no such wait for B&W’s new range of headphones, just announced.

And there’ll be no waiting for your Bluetooth signal either, as these are the first headphones to include aptX Adaptive, which combines the merits of aptX Low Latency with aptX HD to deliver a more robust Bluetooth for transmission of files up to 24-bit/48kHz.

Being B&W, though, the number one promise for the new over-ear, on-ear and in-ear ’phones is sound quality.… Read the full article

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Are We Really Streaming “HD” Music?

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: |

In my last blog post, I lamented the confusion that Amazon has wrought on the world of HD-Audio with their reclassification of Redbook audio as “HD”. It wasn’t considered “high-definition” or “high-resolution” back in 1982 when CDs were introduced by […]

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What is aptX Adaptive?

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Bowers & Wilkins’ new range of wireless headphones and in-ears are the first to market using aptX Adaptive. So what’s that, then?

aptX Adaptive is a Bluetooth codec which aims to deliver the higher resolution of aptX HD in a more robust way, while also incorporating the advantages of aptX Low Latency, a codec which it will apparently replace.

It is also backwards-compatible with aptX & aptX HD, so that many existing phones will be able to use those codecs with devices specified as aptX Adaptive; for the full abilities you’ll need to wait for phones which specifically support aptX Adaptive. … Read the full article

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Surge of malicious ads target iOS and macOS users

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

By exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities in Chrome and Safari, cybercriminals were able to serve over 1bn malicious ads to users in less than a two month period.

The attackers targeted both iOS and macOS users by leveraging known zero-day vulnerabilities (which have since been patched) to inject exploit code which redirected vulnerable users to malicious sites according to the security firm Confiant.

The threat actor eGobbler exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Webkit, the browser engine used in Safari and Blink, the Webkit fork used in Chrome, to generate successful redirects. 

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2019-8771, existed in a JavaScript function which occurs each time a user presses down a key on their keyboard.… Read the full article

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EU rules active consent is required for tracking cookies

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A big change will soon be coming to websites in the EU as Europe's top court has ruled that pre-checked consent boxes for cookies are not legally valid.

Going forward, consent will need to be obtained before a website stores or accesses non-essential cookies such as tracking cookies used for targeted advertising

Websites in Europe could soon face legal troubles if their cookie notices fail to ask for consent first which is typically the case as site owners prefer not to risk having their ability to track users for ad targeting taken away from them.… Read the full article

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PS Audio Releases New OS for DirectStream/DSJ: Windom!

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

 
Boulder, CO: 10/1/2019—-Since its introduction in 2014, the PS Audio Perfect Wave DirectStream DAC has repeatedly advanced the state of the art in digital audio. Thanks to its FPGA-based architecture, owners of the DirectStream can update their units with new OS firmware. PS Audio has chosen to name the free downloads after Colorado “Fourteeners”, the 53 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet in the company’s home state—symbolizing the pursuit of the pinnacle of digital audio.

Nearly a dozen OS upgrades have been released for the DirectStream and DSJ DACs, and each new release has improved upon the performance and sound quality of its predecessor.

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Serving Up the Straight Wire Expressivo AG and Serenade 3 – A Quick Comparison of Two Audiophile Interconnects

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Audio cables act as passive filters, affecting the performance of a high fidelity speaker system for better or worse, depending on interactions with the room, first, the electronics, second, and personal tastes of the listener, third. As with a wine and food match at a chic bistro, the resulting interactions can be mediocre to stellar, depending on the pairings.

The Expressivo AG RCA interconnects

Location, Location…

In a setup like mine—a 20’x 16′ room with a brick fireplace, acoustic absorption panels, bass traps, thick curtains, an acoustic diffuser, and a large area rug on vinyl plank flooring—highly revealing speakers like my diamond-tweetered Usher Mini Dancer Twos or the Usher TD-10s with diamond tweeters and midrange (you can read my review HERE) render digital playback best with two different interconnects in tandem: Straight Wire’s silver plated copper Virtuoso R2 connecting my tube-based Lampizator Lite 7 DAC and PrimaLuna Prologue 3 preamplifier, and StraightWire Expressivo AG between the preamp and my solid state Odyssey Khartago amplifier.… Read the full article

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Tivo’s latest DVR holds 300 hours of shows, and even streams Dolby Vision content

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Rather than disappearing into the aether alongside cable television packages, Tivo is taking on traditional streaming players with the release of its latest DVR, the Tivo Edge, that offers traditional TV recording features with the added bonus of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos playback for select streaming services.

The new DVR is launching this week in two separate models – the Tivo EDGE for antenna that comes with a 2TB hard drive, plus four tuners, and costs $349.99 with Tivo’s $6.99 per month service package; or the Tivo EDGE for cable that raises the amount of tuners up to six, but costs $399.99 and requires Tivo’s $14.99 service plan.… Read the full article

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How MSI builds some of the smallest gaming PCs in the world

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

MSI has been one of our favorite gaming computer makers of late. That's because, in the last few years, it’s introduced some of the smallest PCs we’ve ever seen – from a gaming-grade, Mac Pro look-a-like to one of the first backpack PC’s designed to power a wireless virtual reality experience. 

More recently, the company has introduced the Trident 3, a console-killing mini PC gaming system.

We caught up with MSI marketing manager Lenny Tang to get the low down on how the company designed some of its latest and smallest gaming PCs.… Read the full article

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Accustic Arts Audio Mono II monoblock power amplifier

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Accustic Arts of Lauffen, Germany, was founded in 1997 by Fritz Schunk, who sold the company to Hans-Joachim “Jochen” Voss in 2016. Voss’s professional background had more to do with sweet spreads than sweet sounds—he spent 20 years doing sales and marketing, including with the Ferrero Group, which produces Nutella—but he happened to own some Accustic Arts components, and as a music-loving consumer with a special fondness for rock, had been in touch with Schunk for many years before the company went up for sale.… Read the full article

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