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With the SL-1500C Technics Cuts the Price But Not the Sound Quality

By | December 1st, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Technics follows up on its successful re-entry into the turntable business (SL-1200 series, SP10R, SL1000R) with the SL1500C, a lower cost ($1199) direct drive turntable that features a version of the sophisticated coreless, single rotor direct drive motor used on its more costly turntables.

Opeth: The Gory And The Grandiose

By | December 1st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

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

Album #13 sees metal titans Opeth take an extravagant leap forward. 

Words by Matt Doria.


According to fretboard warrior Fredrik Åkesson, the impetus behind Opeth’s titanic 13th album – the bold and barbarous In Cauda Venenum (Latin for ‘Poison In The Tail’, FYI) – was to make the Swedish death metal titans’ most epic album yet. And spanning over an hour of some of the band’s most bloodcurdling, yet melodic and cerebral material, it only takes one playthrough to see how well they’ve pulled it off. … Read the full article

Advancing Audio Streaming, Part 2: Bit-Perfect Playback

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

[This article is co-authored by David Blumenstein]

Bit-Perfect Playback…and why you should care

David Snyder: By the time you read this, the new Amazon Music HD streaming service, promising “High Definition” audio to the masses, will have been available in the US and several other markets for a month or two. The initial subscription offering hits the wallet $5 to $10/month lighter than comparable services from TIDAL and Qobuz.

But is Amazon’s offering really comparable? A library that’s 50 million tracks strong is impressive, but what concerns me is the quality of delivery via available platforms.

Read the full article

Warsaw Audio Video Show 2019 Days Two and Three Coverage

By | December 1st, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

This video was originally blocked worldwide because one of these artists had a problem with a 10 second piano break that could be heard in the background in a hotel room at this show. Can you guess which?

Was it: Roger Waters, Donald Fagen, Eva Cassidy, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straights), Bebe, Leonard Cohen, Metallica, Patricia Barber, Michael Jackson, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds or Peter Gabriel?

Dali iO-4 Wireless Headphones

By | December 1st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Famous Danish loudspeaker manufacturer Dali has introduced the iO-4 Bluetooth headphones, a lower-cost version of its top-line iO-6 model, with the cost-saving achieved by omitting Active Noise Cancellation circuitry. [Click on image to enlarge]

The Bluetooth 5.0 aptX technology inside the Dali iO-4 includes CVC (Clear Voice Communication) which is designed to ensure anyone you’re talking to using your mobile can hear you clearly, under all noise situations. Dali claims 60-hours of wireless operation before the batteries require re-charging, but the headphones can also be used without any power at all, via a wired connection.… Read the full article

Cholita Sound – Ayahuasca Anaconda

By | December 1st, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

Bolivuin techno priestess Cholita Sound released another video recently. 
Ayahuasca Anaconda
If you aren’t familiar with Cholita Sound she is a Bolvian Techno artist. I think she is fun. Here are two other clips..
Choquechinchay El Jaguar
Radio Cuma

Act fast! This Philips 4K TV and soundbar is 40% off at Amazon for today only

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

There's been no shortage of great Philips TVs deals for Black Friday, but this TV and soundbar bundle – available today only – is one of the best we've seen.

For just £699, you can now buy a truly massive 70-inch television at Amazon – with over £300 off the original RRP. Not in the UK? Check out some other TV deals at the bottom of this article.

For that money you'll get 4K resolution, HDR support for both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, as well as a Bluetooth soundbar to expand the soundstage beyond the TV's meagre built-in speakers.… Read the full article

Don’t miss out on this exceptional Google Pixel 4 deal and free gift that ends tonight

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

When we began the big countdown to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, one thing we felt sure we wouldn't be seeing was a all-singing, all-dancing Google Pixel 4 deal – it only came out in October! And yet here we are now, with an offer almost too good to refuse.

Pulling the monthly bills down to £29, the upfront cost to a comforting £9.99 and kicking the data cap up to 20GB, this offer from Mobiles.co.uk came along to top any Pixel deal before it.… Read the full article

You can still pick up this limited edition Death Stranding PS4 Pro bundle for £330

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

Still haven't picked up Death Stranding yet? Well, the best way to play Kojima's epic is  on a PS4 Pro – the game is optimized to run at 4K and with HDR support, after all. Not got one of those either? Then you're in luck. Game is offering £50 off this limited edition Death Stranding PS4 Pro bundle, taking the price down from £379 to £329. (Not in the UK? Scroll down for the best Death Stranding prices in your region.)

This limited edition bundle includes a Death Stranding themed 1TB PS4 Pro, a physical edition of Death Stranding and a translucent, urine-coloured Death Stranding PS4 controller – but there's no B.B.… Read the full article

Xbox One S is just $149 in this Cyber Monday deal – but there’s a better choice

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

Want to play some of the best games around right now? An Xbox One S will allow you to do that, and it has dropped to a fantastic price in the Cyber Monday deals with the console hitting $149.

It's an All-Digital Edition console with three games but, if you're not after the cheapest deal and you'd like a 1TB version of the console that can play discs, you'll like another deal we've found more.

Walmart is currently offering the largest storage version of the Xbox One S with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – a game that only came out in November – for $199.… Read the full article