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AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt USB D/A-headphone amplifier

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Unlike the world of recorded music, where streaming has decimated sales of physical products, book publishing is seeing the reverse trend: sales of eBooks are declining while those of both hardback and paperback books are recovering. I have been a book junkie all my life—the two long walls of my listening room are lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and I have many boxes of books in storage—but these days almost all my book reading is with the Kindle app on my iPad mini.… Read the full article

Best portable monitor 2019: the top USB-connected screens

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Computers find more uses every single day, and that means you'll have a ton of applications in use at any time. This is true whether you're at work or play. 

No matter if you're writing, doing graphic design work, coding or working as a call center assistant, having a secondary monitor can let your desktop have some breathing room, spreading apps out in a more natural way. 

Now, getting an extra monitor is easy if you're sitting at home or in an office, but what about when you're trying to get work done in your local coffee shop?… Read the full article

Don’t use public USB charging ports

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

In a recent security alert, the Los Angeles District Attorney has warned travelers to avoid charging their smartphones and other devices using public USB power charging stations as they may contain dangerous malware.

USB was designed to transfer both power and data and security researchers as well as cybercriminals have learned how to use USB connections to deliver malicious payloads to users who thought they were merely charging their devices.

Over the past few years, several proofs of concepts were created with the most notorious being Mactans, which was unveiled at the Black Hat security conference back in 2013.… Read the full article

Kimber Kable's Carbon 8 Interconnects, Carbon 18 XL Speaker Cables, Ascent Power Cables, and Select Copper USB Cable

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Review By Tom Lyle

With this article, Positive Feedback continues its content-sharing relationship with Enjoy the Music. Tom Lyle shares his thoughts about Kimber Kable’s Carbon 8 Interconnects, Carbon 18 XL Speaker Cables, Ascent Power Cables, and Select Copper USB Cable.

Dr. David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief

I’ve often said that the best way to test audio cable is to rewire one’s entire system with that brand or model. This way one will be able to hear the difference in sound quality without any influence from other types of cable, and truly hear its affects.… Read the full article

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Canada’s debut of the new Innuos PhoenixUSB Reclocker at the Toronto Audiofest 2019

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Take  the USB signal from any source and completely regenerate it to an extremely high-precision signal into your DAC, allowing it to perform at its best.

The PhoenixUSB offers in one unit the equivalent of 3 separate components: A USB regenerator, a linear power supply and an external master clock with its own linear power supply.

Innuos applied 3 main design approaches learning from their experience with the Innuos flagship music server, the STATEMENT:

  • The USB chip regenerating the signal contains no switching All 3 independent voltages to the chip originate from an independent linear power supply with further regulation provided by 3 sets of LT3045 regulators.
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Google launches USB-C Titan security key

By | October 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After making its Titan security keys available for purchase last August, Google has announced that it will add a new USB-C key to the product line which will be soon be available on its store for $40.

The company's Titan security keys provide users with an ultra secure method of two-factor authentication for a number of online services over USB-A, NFC or Bluetooth.

Google's new USB-C key features similar functionality to its existing USB-A and Bluetooth keys and the device is also built to comply with the FIDO standard.… Read the full article

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Advancing Audio Streaming, Part 1: Raspberry Pi 4 as USB Network Audio Transport

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Rewind a bit…if your reaction to the title of this article was, “English, please,” then I should take some time to explain. The rest of you can head on down to the section, “This thing is hot!”

If you’re still with me, I’ll discuss the title from right to left, starting with “Transport.” For many of us, the Compact Disc was our first exposure to digital audio in the home. CD playback started with single-chassis CD players; however, it was not long before folks discovered that better sound was possible by splitting things up.

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Innuos Zenith Mk3 and Statement music servers and PhoenixUSB reclocker, Boulder 1161 amplifier, Ayre Acoustics QX5 pre/DAC, YG Acoustics Vantage loudspeakers, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling, and SGR Audio Hi-Fi rack

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Innuos Zenith Mk3 and Statement music servers and PhoenixUSB reclocker, Boulder 1161 amplifier, Ayre Acoustics QX5 pre/DAC, YG Acoustics Vantage loudspeakers, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling, and SGR Audio Hi-Fi rack | Stereophile.com


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Chord Company Epic USB Cable

By | September 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Chord Company has released its hand-built Epic USB cable, which uses shielded, silver-plated copper conductors terminated by UK-made ultra-low-resistance silver-plated copper Ohmic connectors. [Pictured above, click image to enlarge.]

Based in Wiltshire in Great Britain, Chord Company has been hand-building A/V cables since 1984. ‘Chord Company created the new Epic USB based on lessons its learned from its recently developed Signature Super Aray USB,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Chord Company cables in Australia, ‘so its sonic performance is, in fact, only fractionally behind that of the original Signature USB.’

In Australia, Epic USB cables are priced at $800 for a one metre length, and come with a lifetime warranty.… Read the full article

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USB4: everything you need to know

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

USB4 is a new standard of connectivity, which at the time of writing has just had its specification officially confirmed by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the tech standards non-profit which is guardian and cheerleader of all things USB (Universal Serial Bus).

So what are the specs, how fast is USB4, what else does it do, and what will it really mean for you going forward? In this article, we’re going to cover all the essentials you need to know about this latest USB standard.… Read the full article

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