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Sonos Unveils First Portable Wireless Speaker

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Following months of speculation about what it would be and when it would be available, Sonos today unveiled its first battery-powered portable speaker along with a simplified version of its popular Sonos One smart speaker and a successor to the original Sonos Connect called Port that brings any receiver or stereo system into the Sonos wireless ecosystem.
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Sonos portable speaker release date, rumors, and everything we know so far

By | August 27th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Sonos is well known for its high-performing wireless speakers, but has never ventured outside the home – until now, that is. 

Rumors of a Sonos portable speaker have been circulating ever since details of a new Bluetooth device were registered with the FCC in early August; days later, the leak of several marketing images of the new portable speaker affirmed our suspicions. 

German publication WinFuture – which specializes in Microsoft leaks – obtained several images of what its says will be called the Sonos Move, giving us our first real look at the upcoming speaker, along with its rumored charging base.… Read the full article

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Details of Sonos’ first portable Bluetooth speaker leaked in marketing images

By | August 19th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We recently found out that Sonos had registered a new device with the FCC, and we even managed to get our first look at what could be the audio company’s first Bluetooth-enabled speaker via a single leaked image. At the time, though, all we knew was its model number (S17) and that it would boast a feature called Auto Trueplay.

A new leak over the weekend, however, has revealed a lot more about the new speaker, including its name. German publication WinFuture – which specializes in Microsoft leaks – has obtained several images of what will purportedly be called the Sonos Move.… Read the full article

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AudioQuest Introduces High-Performance Portable USB DAC: DragonFly Cobalt

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

AudioQuest Introduces High-Performance Portable USB DAC: DragonFly Cobalt

In 2012, the original AudioQuest DragonFly thoroughly disrupted the DAC market. For so many casual enthusiasts who had never previously considered the possibility of improving their digital-audio experience, DragonFly was nothing short of a revelation. Meanwhile, even the most experienced audiophiles were compelled to reexamine long-held notions of what a DAC could and should be. Stereophile’s Art Dudley enthusiastically summarized, “DragonFly is fun: It’s a thumb in the eye of those tea-pinky tyrants who would tell the rest of us what is and is not high end.… Read the full article

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AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

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

Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC (Total value $299.95) we are giving away.

According to the company:

In 2012, the original AudioQuest DragonFly thoroughly disrupted the DAC market. For so many casual enthusiasts who had never previously considered the possibility of improving their digital-audio experience, DragonFly was nothing short of a revelation. Meanwhile, even the most experienced audiophiles were compelled to reexamine long-held notions of what a DAC could and should be. Stereophile’s Art Dudley enthusiastically summarized, “DragonFly is fun: It’s a thumb in the eye of those tea-pinky tyrants who would tell the rest of us what is and is not high end.… Read the full article

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Audioengine 512 Portable Wireless Speaker

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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

Main System

LOUDSPEAKERS

Von Schweikert Audio VR-35 Export Deluxe,  REL Strata III Subwoofer       

ELECTRONICS

Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Stereo Amplifier, “Fugly F4” DIY First Watt F4 Impedance Converting Amplifier (Thanks DIY Audio!), Homebrew Basic  David Slagle AVC Autoformer passive volume control, First Watt F7 Power Amplifier, Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier

SOURCES

Analog: Music Hall MMF-9 Turntable with Project Carbon 9c Arm modified with with Cardas Litz phono wire and Expressimo Audio’s Half Moon Heavyweight Counterweight, Lyra Delos MC Cartridge,  Goldring Maestro MC Cartridge, George Wright WPP100C phono-stage and WP100 Sowter Step-up Transformer, Pass Labs XP-17 phono stage, Pass Labs XP-15 phono stage

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream Junior, Sony DVP-S7700ES DVD player.… Read the full article

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Fujifilm Makes 100 MP Affordable… And Portable

By | May 25th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

After making a development announcement at the 2018 Photokina, Fujifilm has launched its 100 megapixels GFX system digital medium format mirrorless camera. The GFX 100 is a very different design from the existing GFX 50S, with dual handgrips and dual batteries, but it retains a detachable EVF and a fully-weatherised magnesium alloy bodyshell. It’s quite a lot bigger than the 50 MP cameras, but still comparatively compact for a digital medium format camera and is certainly a lot more portable that its direct competition, Phase One’s XF with the 100 megapixels IQ4 Trichromatic capture back.… Read the full article

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Peak Design unveils ‘world’s most portable and easy to set up tripod’

By | May 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Peak Design is best known for its camera bags, straps and innovative clips that simplify carrying your kit, but the company has now decided to take on a less specialized accessory category: tripods.

The Peak Design Travel Tripod has been four years in development, and is described by its maker as the product of a complete reexamination of traditional tripod design. The idea was to eliminate the dead space within the typical tripod, and the result is billed as the "world's most portable, packable, and easy to set up tripod".… Read the full article

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5 reasons why the iPhone is a poor choice for portable audio

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pragmatism vs. Idealism? I practice the former to show the latter the door. In the laptop world, that means Apple: a Macbook (Standard/Air/Pro) has been my primary work tool for the past 13 years. I tried switching back to Windows in 2018 with the Microsoft Surface Book 2. The hardware is terrific (coil whine aside) but the operating system (still) makes me twitch. Back to the Mac…

When it comes to smartphones, I’m not in love with Google’s Android operating system; that hardware providers and telcos are permitted to install their own software layer and/or apps spoils any UX consistency.… Read the full article

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Audioengine Brags On its New Portable Speaker

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Audioengine, the Austin-based company specializing in powered desktop speaker systems, has stepped out of its comfort zone with a battery-powered wireless model it describes as “not just another portable speaker.”
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