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Astell&Kern Activo CT10 Portable Digital Audio Player

By | November 4th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Astell&Kern Activo CT10 Portable Digital Audio Player

When my review of the Astell&Kern Futura SE100 appeared on The Absolute Sound website, the first comment posted was, “Yet another DAP from A&K? Whoopee.” Snide, but I get it. Astell&Kern portable players have never been exactly pocket-book-friendly. But with its Activo line, Astell&Kern looks to change that. The Activo CT10 ($299) has impressive specifications. It’s based around a quad-core CPU, and was designed jointly by Groovers Japan and iRIVER. It also debuts Astell&Kern’s Teraton TM200 module, which combines a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC, analog amplifier, independent power unit, and clock on a single chip.… Read the full article

Sonos Move Portable Wireless Speaker Review

By | October 29th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $399


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Fabulous sound quality
Replaceable battery
Supports Alexa and Google Assistant
Convenient charging base

Minus

Mono playback
Audio input limited to wireless
No phone capability


THE VERDICT

The waterproof/dustproof Move is one of the best-sounding and full-featured portables available. It may just be my new favorite speaker.


Sonos is no stranger to compact speakers that play without wires, but the new Move ($399) is the first truly portable, battery powered model to come from the company.

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Astell&Kern SA700 Portable Hi-Res Audio Player

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Astell&Kern’s new SA700 portable high-resolution player is modelled after the company’s original AK120, which debuted in 2013 and was the the first portable player in the world to feature Dual DACs.

The SA700 also features dual DACs but, like everything else inside this new player, are new designs, in this case the latest AKM AK4492ECBs which will replay all PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and include native support for DSD256 playback.

Although the exterior of the SA700 pays homage to the old AK120, the seemingly familiar volume wheel on the SA700 has a LED surround ring whose visual output varies depending on the bit depth and volume of the song currently being played, with colours ranging from red, green, blue, and purple, and with the colour brightness and saturation also varying.… Read the full article

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Micron enters portable SSD market with Crucial X8

By | October 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Micron's global memory and storage brand, Crucial has announced the availability of its new Crucial X8 portable SSD which marks the company's first entry into the portable SSD market.

The Crucial X8 delivers impressive performance in a sleek case built with a durable unibody core that is drop-proof at up to 7.5 feet, extreme temperature-proof, shock-proof and vibration-proof.

The new portable SSD features read speeds of up to 1,050MB/s and the drive performs 1.8 times faster than similar devices in the same price category and up to 7.5 times faster than portable hard drives.… Read the full article

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Epson just launched the world’s most portable printer

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Epson has introduced a highly portable printer which is the smallest in the world.

This ultra-light device weighs 1.59kg and can fit into your hand luggage or briefcase, and be taken on your travels so you can print wherever you may roam.

The WorkForce WF-110 has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery which can be charged via USB or mains power. Epson promises long-lasting battery life, with the possibility to add an optional external battery for extra longevity on the go (bringing the weight up to 2.04kg for the printer and additional battery).… Read the full article

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Woo Audio WA11 Topaz Portable Amp/DAC

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Woo Audio WA11 Topaz Portable Amp/DAC

In the iconic martial arts film Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee critiques the performance of a pupil who is practicing a combination of punches. The young man’s performance appears technically sound enough, yet something is missing. The missing ingredient, Lee’s character explains, is “emotional content.” This simple observation applies equally well to audio component design, and it neatly explains the appeal of Woo Audio’s $1399 WA11 Topaz portable headphone amplifier/DAC. Conceptually, WA11 Topaz was born out of Woo’s successful, though larger and more expensive, tube-powered WA8 Eclipse ($1799).… Read the full article

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This portable monitor allows your phone to game on a bigger screen with one cable

By | September 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The TBao T15 is not your bog standard monitor; it is has a holder case that doubles as a stand and can be powered by USB Type-C. At 15.6-inches with a full HD resolution, it represents a balanced alternative to smaller smartphones should you want to do screen mirroring for, say, a presentation.

You can now boost your on-the-road productivity and make your eyes last longer thanks to this USB type-C display; no drivers required.… Read the full article

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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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