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AV RoomService CVP-ECs: Cable Vibration Protection for a Lower Noise Floor

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Primary System: Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Edition (stereo pair), Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Bookshelf (single speaker for center channel and mono playback), REL T1 powered subwoofer, Definitive Technologies Powerfield 1500 subwoofer.

Secondary System: Magneplanar MMGs modded with custom-built stands and Peter Gunn’s (of Audio Asylum notoriety) custom outboard crossover mods (the crossovers cost more to build than the speakers cost second hand!), Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine A5+ Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker.… Read the full article

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The Audio Equipment I Regret Not Having Bought, Way Back When (Part 1)

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Audio friend and brother John Marks, he who writes The Tannhauser Gate, takes us along on a remembrance of audio things past. His list is very interesting, and includes a favorite or two of mine, as well.

Enjoy the ride!

Dr. David W. Robinson, Ye Olde Editor

darTZeel NHB-108 model one stereo power amplifier

Regrets, I have a few… even about reviewer-loan audio equipment I now wish I had bought, way back when.

The first audio magazine I wrote for was Wayne Green’s Digital Audio magazine.… Read the full article

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Airbourne: Shaking It Up

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #135Subscribe to our print edition here!

On the aptly titled Boneshaker, hard-rock hellions Airbourne kick the energy up a notch by stripping it all back.

Words by Sarah Comey.


Pizza toppings. Conservatives in parliament. Babies crying. There are many things in life to which the classic adage “less is more” applies. Rock ‘n’ roll, however, is typically not one of them. The lashings of distortion that make our speakers look like they’re having a seizure; the avalanche of drums you just can’t help but thrash your hair around to; the rush of adrenaline that pumps through your veins when a ripping solo kicks in.… Read the full article

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The best Chromebooks

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The best Chromebooks are a somewhat new addition to the laptop conversation but they are a wise choice for anyone looking for a new device or one solely for work.

Why is that? The best chromebooks can hold a charge that will last you through the day with their excellent battery life, and are very capable of multitasking, even if it may not seem like it with the lightweight components most come with. And they’re getting more powerful every year, growing by leaps and bounds over previous generations.… Read the full article

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The best TVs

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The age-old question: when you're on the market for a new television, what really is the best TV out there?  With so many sets appearing every year, each building on the improvements of its predecessors, even the best TVs are always under threat by new releases – and as high-resolution screens and advanced picture processing becomes the norm, it's harder than ever to suss out which sets really do have the upper hand.

That's good news for you: there are plenty of options for a high-performing television, and when you get to the very best of the best, it's hard to go wrong with choosing one over the other.… Read the full article

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Dell launches Dell Technologies on Demand

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Dell has unveiled its new consumption-based and as-a-service offering called Dell Technologies on Demand to provide its customers with more choice, flexibility and consistency in the consumption and delivery of modern IT infrastructure.

The new offering delivers IT with the agility of the cloud while also providing customers with the control, performance and predictability of on-premises infrastructure.

Dell has also expanded its extensive flexible consumption portfolio to support Dell EMC PowerEdge servers as well as the all new Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure system.… Read the full article

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Qobuz Lowers Pricing, Other Streaming Services Respond

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

New York, NY. On November 8, at the very small New York Audio Show, Paris-based music streaming service Qobuz announced that it has streamlined its subscription plans, lowered prices, and discontinued MP3 streaming. At a press event, Dan Mackta, Managing Director of Qobuz USA, said that Qobuz now offers “Studio Premier” subscriptions for $14.99/month or $149.99 for a full year. Studio Premier grants subscribers unlimited access to Qobuz’s catalog of more than 50 million CD-quality tracks and millions of hi-rez tracks up to 24/192.… Read the full article

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The best student laptops

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

What makes the best laptops for students different than the best laptops for most other people? Computers can skyrocket in price when looking at upgrades and features and the best laptops for students are those that are able to walk that tightrope between performance and price. They should be able to handle any coursework a student has without bankrupting them.

College students are already trying to save as much money as possible, whether it’s for college loans or housing, as evidenced by their constant consumption of instant ramen.… Read the full article

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The all-new Facebook Portal is on sale with a massive $110 price cut

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Facebook just recently announced its line of video chat devices, which includes the highly anticipated Portal. The Alexa-enabled Portal is a smart home display that allows you to make video calls and much more completely hands-free, and just ahead of Black Friday, the social network is offering a fantastic discount. Starting now through November 12, you can apply the coupon code PORTAL110 at checkout to save a whopping $110 on the Portal device.

The 10.1-inch smart home display is part of Facebook's mission to improve video calling by making it completely hands and distraction-free.… Read the full article

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The best phones for work

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Having the best smartphone that isn't just great to look at, but also great to work on is an absolute essential for many workers these days.

With phone makers offering  ideal for employees of all levels, we’ve updated this guide to give you the very latest buying advice to help you choose the best smartphones for business use. 

Although some of these selections may overlap with the best phones for casual use, we've identified how these picks will help your business too.… Read the full article

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