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Beverly “Guitar” Watkins R.I.P. October 1st, Played At Last Year’s “Blues at the Crossroads”

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Beverly “Guitar” Watkins passed away in Atlanta on October 1st at age 80. She had a heart attack after previously suffering a stroke. I’d missed the news until reading the obit in today’s New York Times. If you’ve not watched this video posted here and on the AnalogPlanet YouTube channel last fall, do yourself a big favor and watch it now. Here’s what was written when the video originally posted:

79 year old Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, unknown to most in the audience, puts on a fiery, funky and fierce standing ovation hour-long performance on the first night of Chad Kassem’s “Blues at the Crossroads” Blues Festival Friday October 26th.

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Review: Final Audio B Series

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The new Final Audio B series from Final Audio Design is the feature of today. Let’s take a close look!

Disclaimer: Final Audio B series’ samples were sent to me free of charge for this review. The market prices are 299$ for B2, 499$ for B3 and 599$ for B1. Prices can differ with discounts and locations. 

Intro

I’ve never done a triple IEM review before. But since I didn’t see it possible to separate these IEMs from each other, I decided to write it this way.… Read the full article

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SVS Announces Five-City “Night of Sonic Thrills” Event Series

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Free events feature immersive home theater and HiFi audio demos, massive prize giveaways, SVS president Gary Yacoubian sharing insights on audio, and more.

Youngstown, OH – October 9, 2019 – SVS is bringing immersive, heart-pounding sound to five U.S. cities as part of a new event series billed Speakers and Subwoofers Unleashed: A Night of Sonic Thrills with SVS. Each event will be hosted by an SVS dealer and feature breathtaking home theater and HiFi system demos, valuable prize giveaways, SVS President Gary Yacoubian sharing insights about audio, and more.… Read the full article

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Google says Stadia will be ‘faster and more responsive’ than local hardware

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

In a new interview, Google’s top executive in charge of engineering says that games played on Stadia could run faster and be more responsive than they do on local hardware – e.g. game consoles like the Xbox One and PS4 or a gaming PC. 

While this sounds a little outlandish, Google plans on employing a number of techniques to help combat latency caused by connection speeds. 

“Ultimately, we think in a year or two we’ll have games that are running faster and feel more responsive in the cloud than they do locally,” said Stadia’s VP of engineering Madj Bakar, “regardless of how powerful the local machine is.”

It's also important to note that Bakar isn't saying that Stadia will be better out of the box – he's noting that the service will likely get to that point in the future, after Google's team has some time to work through any issues.… Read the full article

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Acapella Apollon speakers here at Audio Federation

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

s We just swapped  the Acapella Campanile [means ‘bell tower’] speakers for the larger Acapella Apollon speakers [who knew all those games of magic squares – now called sliding tile puzzles – we played as kids were training us for things like this?]. Hallway is chock full of boxes of Campanile top and bottom bass units. Campanile horns fill the dining room. And the garage? Every time we do ANYTHING it seems like half of the crates are out in the driveway making room for the other half of the crates.… Read the full article

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Why is Apple selling Xbox One controllers? Apple Arcade

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple has just delivered Apple Arcade across the range of its devices from iPhones to MacBooks running iOS 13 or macOS 10.15 Catalina. Apple TVs and iPads running the latest operating systems are also supported. And, to offer an improved gaming experience Apple has started selling a wireless controller directly on its website, but it just so happens that it is none other than Microsoft's Xbox One Wireless controller.

This cross-over between Apple and Microsoft is a curious blurring of lines between two companies that are often battling to put out the best products.… Read the full article

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Dealer Spotlight: Quebec Acoustique

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

 By Bruno de Lorimier

Quebec Acoustique’s history goes back to 2001 when the owner, Richard Carpentier, an audio enthusiast with a computer programming background, asked himself, ‘’Why not turn my main hobby into my everyday job?’’ So, with that in mind, out of his own home in Blainville (just north of Montreal), Quebec Acoustique was founded. At the beginning, Richard’s business focus was mainly on Home Theater. He was one of the first to develop an online business selling projectors, AV receivers, speakers, and projector screens across Canada.… Read the full article

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2019 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

Magico S7 Loudspeaker $58,000 I’ve been using the Magico S7 as a reference for some years now, and the only nitpick I can make that it may be too revealing. It does a superb job of providing every bit of musical detail throughout the entire frequency spectrum at every level of dynamics from the lowest passages to loudness levels far beyond what I want to hear. It does so with as detailed and musical a soundstage as any speaker around. Its only problem is that you do hear the entire recording with no forgiving colorations—and you also hear the virtues …… Read the full article

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What’s the Difference Between These Two Mini-Rollers? (Actually More Than I Thought!!!!!!)

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

The one on the right is part of a set of 4 rollers Audio Desk sells for $99.95. In reality, it’s a readily available microfiber mini-paint roller into which someone has drilled a tiny hole that fits into a peg on the machine’s spinning mechanism. The one on the left is a 1/4″ nap microfiber mini-paint roller purchased at Home Despot. BUT THERE IS ONE KEY DIFFERENCE!

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What’s the Difference Between These Two Mini-Rollers?

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

The one on the right is part of a set of 4 rollers Audio Desk sells for $99.95. In reality, it’s a readily available microfiber mini-paint roller into which someone has drilled a tiny hole that fits into a peg on the machine’s spinning mechanism. The one on the left is a 1/4″ nap microfiber mini-paint roller purchased at Home Despot.

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