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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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The best portable projectors of 2019: top mini projectors for work and play

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

Welcome to our list of the best portable projectors money can buy in 2019. These top picks allow you to easily carry around a projector so you can quickly set it up and use it while you're travelling.

The best portable projectors are perfect for professionals who are often travelling for work, as it means you can conduct presentations quickly and easily using your own equipment – rather than having to fiddle around with cables in front of an audience.

They can also be used for entertainment as well, giving you an impressively large screen to watch movies or play games on.… Read the full article

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FiiO Q1 Mark II Portable DAC Review & Test

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the FiiO Q1 MkII Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

I had been planning to review the FiiO Q1 portable DAC and headphone amplifier, but before quite getting to it, the Chinese firm launched a successor. The FiiO Q1 Mark II is a huge upgrade over the original model. The old unit was a PCM-only device, limited to USB Audio Class 1.0 compatibility. That means it topped out at 24 bit, 96kHz sampling.… Read the full article

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Astell&Kern A&norma SR15 portable music player REVIEW

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

New angles

Astell&Kern’s latest high-res portable brings the brand into competition with cheaper rivals. So what have they left out?

It looks like Astell&Kern is going affordable. Well, a little bit anyway. Rather than a portable media player priced at $5000+, this Astell&Kern SR15 is available in Australia for $999. Its full name is the ‘A&norma SR15’, presumably to contrast it more completely with the more expensive A&futura SE100.

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The A&norma SR15 is a smallish (10cm long) high-resolution music player.… Read the full article

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The best power banks of 2019: portable chargers to keep your gadgets going

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

Whether you want a pocket-size battery to top off your devices or a large power bank to juice up your laptop, power banks are very useful additions to your day-to-day kit. 

All of the power banks below can charge a plethora of devices, but we all know their primary function: to be ready when your smartphone battery dies at the end of the day. It's a lifesaver for your 21st-century routine.

As portable chargers have become commonplace, of course, they run into the opposite problem: there are a lot to choose from.… Read the full article

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Astell&Kern Wins Three 2019 iF Design Awards for Portable High-Resolution Player Line

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Irvine, CA – Astell&Kern, a global leader in portable high-resolution audio products, has won three iF Design Discipline Awards for the newest line of portable high-resolution audio players.  A fourth award was won by IRIVER and Astell&Kern brand ACTIVO for their CT10 high-resolution portable audio player.

The A&ultima SP1000M, A&futura SE100 and A&norma SR15 were recently named 2019 iF Design Discipline Award Winners.  The ACTIVO CT10, powered by the Astell&Kern TERATON sound module, was also named a Discipline Award Winner.  The iF International Forum Design in Hannover is the world’s oldest independent design organization and is awarding the iF design awards for outstanding design results annually.… Read the full article

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The best portable laptop battery chargers and power banks in 2019

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you’re looking for an effective way to charge the best laptops on the go, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered up the best portable laptop battery chargers and power banks, looking at the easy and portable ways to charge your laptop right now.

When you go out shopping for a battery charger, it’s important to find one that stores enough power to top up – or even recharge – your laptop’s battery when its running low. The best laptop battery charger should mean you’ll never have to frantically search for a power socket when working while traveling – even if you are using that stylish Ultrabook with the tiny battery.… Read the full article

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Best portable SSD of 2019: top external solid state drives

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Welcome to our pick of the best portable SSDs of 2019. In this guide we look at the most dependable portable SSDs that combine speed, storage space and portability to ensure that you can safely keep all of your important files with you on your travels.

The best portable SSD for your needs will come with bags of capacity, so you won't run out when storing your important files, such as photographs, while also making use of the inherent speed benefits of using solid state disks.… Read the full article

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Elite Unveils Two-Sided Portable Projection Screen

By | January 28th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Elite Screens is looking ahead to spring with a new outdoor projection screen intended to replace those saggy old bedsheets people use for backyard movie nights.
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