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Celebration Giveaway: The $10K Ra C Cu Winner

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

We fully END our $50k gear giveaway by announcing the winner of the oBravo Ra C Cu.

Number 52 – The End

This was the very last giveaway, and logically we had hundreds of entries for the Ra C Cu which is worth $10.000USD. The team read all of them (phew!) and then selected the winner. All 5 staff writers selected the same winner without knowing what the others voted for, so it was a real unanimous “decision”.

I want to thank all of you for entering the 52 weekly giveaways, I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for us.… Read the full article

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dCS Bartok D/A processor/headphone amplifier

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The Vivaldi—the four-box flagship product from digital audio specialists dCS—is, in my opinion, misnamed. Vivaldi the composer was an asthmatic priest who worked in an orphanage for 30 years and died in poverty. The Vivaldi stack dedicates four separate products to converting into music digital code stored on silver discs (although you can play music—very well I am sure—on just one box, the Vivaldi DAC, footnote 1). Together, those boxes weigh about 148lb and cost some $115,000. The most expensive is the CD/SACD transport; leave that off and you can save 51lb and $42,000.… Read the full article

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Sneak Preview: Shunyata Research

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Sneak Preview: Shunyata Research

My first encounter with Shunyata Research products was about six years ago, in Issue 239, when I reviewed the company’s basic “starter system”—Venom PS8 power distributor, Venom Defender power conditioner, and Venom HC power cords. It was a great system for under $1300 (depending on the number of power cords enlisted). As I concluded then, “In as little time as it takes to plug in a couple power cords, I’ve gone from skeptic to believer. The Shunyata Venom system refined the voicing in my system to an extent I never would have predicted at the outset…for the dedicated among us …… Read the full article

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Is it Legal to Copy Blu-ray Discs to a Hard Drive?

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at [email protected]

Q What are the realistic and/or legal options (if any) for transferring a collection of DVD and Blu-ray discs to a server or hard drive? Can this be done while maintaining full quality? Is iTunes an option? I have a Mac computer connected to my TV if that helps. —Kenny Youngers, via email

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High Fidelity Reviews the QPOINT

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

Some reviews stand above the rest. That is exactly the case with Wojciech Pacuta’s article on the QPOINT in this month’s edition of High Fidelity magazine. In his review, he says that the QPOINT may be “one of the most valuable improvements to [a] system”. In reading this piece, you’ll get a detailed description of just what our Resonance Synchronizers bring to a system— including a deeper and more nuanced sound, and a treble that becomes fluid and better articulated.

“I treat the QPoint as a fully fledged device, as valuable as anti-vibration feet, a power strip, platforms, etc.Read the full article

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Vincent Audio Has A New Compact Hybrid Integrated For Your Listening Pleasure

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: |

Vincent Audio SV-200 integrated hybrid tube amplifier.

Straight out of the midwest, Grand Rapids-based Vincent Audio unleashed a new hybrid integrated amplifier this week which lands on the somewhat audiophile modest side of pricing at suggested retail price of $799.95.

Featuring two 6N1 tubes in the input stage, the new SV-200 is also trumpeted as a compact design with a 8.25″ width – sure to fit on any full size shelf. As a special surprise bonus, the SV-200 also includes a digital section equipped with 1 optical and 1 coaxial connection available on the back panel.… Read the full article

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Aurender W20 Music Server Review: The Sound of Silence

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Hello darkness, my old friend. Sigh. It was inevitable, really. Using Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” as a metaphor for the Aurender W20 Music Server. As soon as I switched over to it from the Aurender N10 the difference was noticeable enough that the song leapt to the fore of mind and I blurted out. “Shit.”

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Avaya launches OneCloud ReadyNow for enterprises

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Avaya has launched OneCloud ReadyNow, a cloud-hosted VoIP platform specifically aimed at enterprises, as the company continues to struggle with debt and a plummeting share price.

The service launch appears to be part of an overall attempt to simplify Avaya's business service range, with previous unified communications (UC) and contact center (CC) services now being sold under the new Avaya OneCloud brand.

This new brand platform aims to provide very scaleable VoIP and UC solutions for businesses of all sizes using public clouds, leveraging Avaya's expertise and experience in these areas.… Read the full article

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How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race UK online: stream from the UK or abroad

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The library is open and mother has arrived! With more drama, make up and lip-syncing than ever, RuPaul's Drag Race UK is officially underway with more glamour and style than ever. We know you don't want to miss a second of the action so here is how you can watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK online. 

Gentlemen start your engines for RuPaul's Drag Race UK. Everyone's ready to see the best woman win and the rest sashay away! A wonderful exploration of drag, art and sexuality, it is safe to say we stan RuPaul's Drag Race UK.… Read the full article

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iPhone SE 2 could land in early 2020 with iPhone 11 power

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

There's been plenty of disagreement over whether or not we’ll ever see an iPhone SE 2, but the latest rumor suggests not only that we will, but that it’s coming pretty soon.

In a research note seen by 9to5Mac, Ming-Chi Kuo, a respected Apple analyst, says he expects the iPhone SE 2 to land in the first quarter of 2020, so in other words in the January-March period.

He added that it’s likely to have an A13 chipset (the same in as the iPhone 11 range), along with 3GB of RAM, but that it will have an iPhone 8-like design, likely meaning a 4.7-inch LCD screen and a home button with Touch ID, rather than using Face ID.… Read the full article

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