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Krix shrinks its wall of sound

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Krix shrinks its wall of sound

Krix first released the Series MX modular screen speaker systems in late 2015, as easy-to-install modular systems designed to be placed behind an acoustically transparent screen. They take many of the principles used in large commercial cinemas and apply them to a residential space.

The first two Series MX solutions were the MX-20 and MX-30. Their combination of LCR and dual subwoofer modules into easily-installed screen speaker systems have become extremely popular, and have inevitably been nicknamed Krix’s “wall of sound”.… Read the full article

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Nicolas Bearde, I Remember You | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Nicolas Bearde has released his new album, I Remember You: The Music of Nat King Cole, to commemorate the legendary singer’s 100th birthday. I love Nat King Cole, and I own many of his albums, so I would imagine that a tribute to him from a less experienced artist might contain a modicum of impersonation. Most of us love Cole because of that impossibly rich yet almost casual tenor, but Nicolas Bearde has a much more respectful approach. He stays true to his own voice, one that reaches the high notes with ease without Cole’s trademark grain.… Read the full article

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Book Review: 99% True: Almost a National Bestseller

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

1019psbbok.promo99% True: Almost a National Bestseller, by Paul McGowan. Lioncrest Publishing, 2019. 364pp. $25.00, hard cover; $15.99, paperback; $9.99, Kindle e-book.

To many audiophiles, high-end audio manufacturers must seem like monolithic entities, enduring for what seems like forever, like cliffs beside a familiar path. But as Paul McGowan explains in this unputdownable autobiography (footnote 1), behind the facade of stability things can be in financial turmoil, with success equally as risky as failure.

Paul writes on his website that he’s “the CEO of PS Audio, a multimillion-dollar corporation that makes stereo equipment: a proud father of four, a mentor, a respected member of our community.… Read the full article

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AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt Headphone Amplifier/DAC Review

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $299


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Outstanding sound from compact solution
Ample dynamics for a broad range of headphones

Minus

96kHz maximum PCM sampling rate
Requires extra-cost adapter for use with Apple Lightning devices


THE VERDICT

AudioQuest’s Headphone amp/DAC-on-a-stick offers sonics to rival standard-size components.


Listeners tend to consider an external digital-to-analog converter as either completely unnecessary or absolutely essential. If you believe bits is bits, you’re probably perfectly happy with the converter inside your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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Wi-Fi 6 routers: the best Wi-Fi 6 routers you can buy in 2019

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The best Wi-Fi 6 routers will be gracing our homes with their presence soon enough. Just when we were getting used to Wireless-AC, there's a new standard creeping its way onto the market: Wi-Fi 6.

So what's Wi-Fi 6, and why should you care? Well, Wi-Fi 6 is the successor to 802.11ac (commonly branded as Wireless-AC). Thankfully, the Wi-Fi Alliance has realized how confusing the 802.11b/g/n/ac/ax nomenclature is for consumers. So, now you'll be looking for the best Wi-Fi 6 router instead of trying to figure out what random letter combination is the latest and greatest.… Read the full article

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Could your next smartwatch replace your phone?

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

When did you last check what your smartwatch can actually do? If you’re lucky enough to have the newest Apple Watch, then you’ve got one super-smart device strapped to your arm.

The Apple Watch 5 has an always-on retina display that never sleeps (unless you tell it to). It can play songs, audiobooks and give you instant access to thousands of apps on the app store. With cellular connectivity, you can call, text and stream music without your phone. Its heart rate monitor and sensors allow for best-in-class exercise tracking and it has advanced ECG (electrocardiogram) heart-tracking tech built in.… Read the full article

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Any laptop or PC can get Wi-Fi 6 with this single upgrade

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The new Wi-Fi 6 standard is here in a pre-release form, replacing the older 802.11ac Wi-Fi found on many recent laptops, desktops, and mobile devices with 802.11ax. 

But, just because the standard is available for manufacturers doesn't mean devices are getting hardware to support it. It's still new, and even some of the best laptops come without it. But, we've got good news: In many cases, you can add Wi-Fi 6 to your device after you've bought it.

How you get Wi-Fi 6 support on your device will depend on the type of device you have.… Read the full article

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When it comes to esports, Intel is backing university students as the future

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Intel is a leading force when it comes to esports in the UK, offering some of the best computing hardware on the market and throwing its weight behind esport tournaments, such as ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters.

However, the company is now looking to invest in the future of the industry and, in particular, university student esport talent.

Earlier this year, Intel announced its sponsorship of the National Student Esports (NSE), the official body of university esports in the UK.… Read the full article

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iPhone XR deals: latest price drop takes fight to iPhone 11 ahead of Black Friday

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We're big fans of the iPhone 11. The camera's ace, the battery life is better than ever and we'll even admit to raising a smile about the extra casing colours Apple added this time around. But less than a month into its shelf-life (and with Black Friday 2019 still a while away), we can see why the price tag would put some shoppers off.

And that's where its predecessor comes in. As is the tradition, iPhone XR deals have taken a tumble since the flashier new kid in town took its place.… Read the full article

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OnePlus 7T Pro release date, price, news and leaks

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The OnePlus 7T Pro release date is nearly here – we're expecting the handset to launch tomorrow, at which point we'll probably find out how much it will cost and when we'll be able to get our hands on it.

Specifically, OnePlus is holding an even on October 10 and we're expecting the OnePlus 7T Pro to be the star of the show. The Pro handset hasn't been explicitly confirmed for the event, but we know there will be something besides the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus TV, and the company has described the 7T range as a series, suggesting one or more other handsets are coming.… Read the full article

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