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VPI Vanquish Turntable, DS Audio Cartridge, Meitner Phono EQ, EMM Labs Streamer, DAC, Preamplifier and Amplifiers, Credo Audio Ltd. Loudspeakers, Kimber Cable

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

It’s easy to get lost at this hi-fi party. Do I follow my carefully chosen itinerary or my ears, leading me down seemingly endless hallways where music emanates from every corner and cranny?

One such adventure of the latter kind led me to John McGurk’s AudioShield room, where Credo Audio Switzerland, in conjunction with Meitner, EMM Labs and VPI, presented a system with a big, immersive soundstage.

As explained by Amadeus Meitner, the system included the DS Audio W2 optical cartridge ($4500), brand new VPI Vanquish Magnetic Direct Drive Turntable (prototype), EMM Labs DS EQ1 optical phono equalizer (prototype), EMM Labs NS1 Network Streamer ($4500, described by Jason Victor Serinus in his Munich show report), EMM Labs DV2 Integrated DAC ($30,000), EMM Labs Reference PRE Stereo Preamplifier ($25,000), and MTRX2 1KW Class A/B Mono Amplifiers ($85,000/pair) powering the Credo Audio, Cinema LTM loudspeakers ($170,000/pair).… Read the full article

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Reign of the Mini-Monitors II: Paradigm Premier 200B

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

My first encounter with Paradigm was in 1992, about ten years after the company made its start just outside of Toronto, Canada. I wanted an inexpensive but decent sounding pair of bookshelf speakers for a second system that would go in a bonus room office above the garage. So I did what audiophiles usually did in the previous century, I got in my car and drove down to my local audio shop. Sam and Ed of Audio Solutions were always ready to greet me when I walked through the doors.

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Satya Nadella says avoiding politics helped Microsoft win the Pentagon cloud contract

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

Microsoft was recently awarded a contract to supply cloud computing services to the Pentagon and this has left some critics wondering whether politics played a role.

For quite some time, Amazon was seen as the frontrunner for the $10bn, 10-year Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project. The company's chances appeared to be so good that Oracle went so far as to file a lawsuit arguing that the JEDI contract’s bidding process favors a single cloud vendor.

However, President Trump, who has publicly criticized Amazon as well as the company's CEO Jeff Bezos, got involved and ordered a review of the Pentagon's procurement process.… Read the full article

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Rooms Vs. Vinyl

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

“Herb, did you see all that vinyl?”

I had woken up not long before, fallen out of bed, and descended the hotel stairs to the Atrium—to the sight of what appeared to be many tens of thousands of vinyl records. I had dragged myself away and met Herb Reichert for breakfast, where we made plans for Stereophile’s coverage of Capital AudioFest 2019. But the vinyl kept drawing me back.

Herb’s response: “Ken, there’s over 80 rooms!”

Held for the 4th year at the Hilton Hotel in Rockville, Maryland by organizer and founder Gary Gill, this year’s CAF has increased its vendor count from 65 to 83, “plus a huge increase in Atrium marketplace vendors,” stated Christina Yuin, CAF’s director of sales and one of the friendliest faces in high-end audio.… Read the full article

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Microsoft cloud services may be hitting their limit in some regions

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

Some Azure customers recently began reporting that they had hit virtual machine (VM) limits in Microsoft's cloud in the US East regions which has sparked concerns that the company's cloud service could be at or close to capacity in some regions.

Affected users have said that the company does not have enough of the server types required to spin up certain types of VMs in the East US2 region.

However, all cloud vendors set limits on the types of services they can provide for customers which could be the case here.… Read the full article

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Best 15-inch laptop 2019: top picks with 15-inch displays

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

The best 15-inch laptops are, in essence, the Goldilocks of notebooks. They’re not too big yet not too small; instead, they are just the right size, which is also why they’re the most common portables on the market. They sit between the large 17-inch or larger notebooks, and the more compact 11 to 13-inch portables.

That means that the best 15-inch laptops offer just enough display area for productivity tasks, are portable enough to be carried anywhere, as most of them are slim and lightweight, and have a decent amount of space for the more powerful components – from high-end processors to top graphics good enough for gaming and video editing..… Read the full article

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Heroes assemble: Overwatch 2 makes its official debut at Blizzcon

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

After ESPN broke the news of its imminent arrival, Overwatch 2 has made its official debut at Blizzcon 2019. 

The game was unveiled by the series’ creative director Jeff Kaplan who brought an emotion-filled trailer starring the game’s heroes in our first look of the sequel.

As you’d expect, the game will feature new PVP modes with Push being the staple of competitive play, as well as new maps, cosmetic items and characters, including Sojourn, who was unveiled at the keynote.… Read the full article

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Coming This Winter: an EL84 DIY Amplifier Build

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bored yet, Miss K?

Or, “Solder Slingin’ Steve Rides Again”

By Steve Graham

Can success breed success?  Like the efficacious DIY Phono Stage from 2018I’m going have another go at a DIY project. This time it will be an EL84 push-pull integrated/power amplifier.  

The build will start with the Simple Push Pull board available from Tubelab.com. Of course, buying a board is the easy part.  A chassis, tubes, transformers, jacks, speaker terminals, resistors, capacitors and all the other bits are needed.Read the full article

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands looks like the darkest expansion to date

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

There's a brand new World of Warcraft expansion coming next year – and it's darker than its predecessors. 

Officially announced at Blizzcon 2019, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands releases in 2020. The announcement was accompanied by a cinematic trailer which sees Sylvanas, the banshee queen, visiting Icecrown – the home of the Lich King. The fearless queen then has a showdown with the Lich King, which she ultimately wins, claiming his crown – before breaking it.

Check out the video below:

Shadowy secrets

The trailer didn't give a whole lot away but we expect Sylvanas is going to be Shadowlands' main villain.… Read the full article

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At the Linear Tube Audio Headphone Lounge

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

I have been beating the headphone drum at Stereophile since I started in 2014. By 2016, when I reviewed Linear Tube Audio’s inaugural product, the microZOTL2.0 line-stage/headphone amplifier, I was falling asleep with AKG K812s on my head. (Now I’m falling asleep with HiFiMan Susvara and RAAL-requisite SR1a ribbon headphones.) To me, headphone listening is the gateway to audio’s newest wonderland.

Therefore, naturally, I had to start my Friday morning CAF adventure at Linear Tube Audio’s Headphone Lounge, which featured the full array of LTA’s handsome amplification featuring casework designed and executed by Fern & Roby.… Read the full article

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