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Vintage DIY Safety Precautions

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

LG knows when to hold ’em, won’t be folding its smartphones this year

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Despite being responsible for the world's first rollable OLED television display, LG is playing the 'wait and see' game with regards to foldable smartphones, according to the company's TV division boss, Brian Kwon.

Kwon, who was handed the reins to LG's struggling phone business late last year, told reporters at a press conference in Seoul on Friday that the company has "reviewed releasing the foldable smartphone when launching [its] 5G smartphone but decided not to produce it,” as reported by The Korea Times.… Read the full article

Next Coherent Audio Meet is Mar.3 in Hamilton

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Coherent Audio and Corby’s Audio are inviting all the locals to come out to the Hamilton & Area Audio Meet on March 3. It will again be held at 33 Bowen Restaurant in Hamilton. The hours are from noon until 5pm. Food will be provided throughout the afternoon, a cash bar will be available.

This presentation will feature the Coherent Reference 15 speakers, Allnic electronics and cables, and an Acoustic Signature analog front end with Charisma cartridge.

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Financial interest disclosure: Although I have no part or role in this Meet, I have also recently  become a Coherent dealer (since 1-Nov-2018).… Read the full article

Marantz SR8012 AV receiver with HEOS REVIEW

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|


Those who watch the annual refresh of AV receivers will know how incremental the changes can be — a new format here, improved calibration there. But the last few years have seen the increasing acceptance of immersive sound formats, and that has brought the need for more amplifier channels able to handle the new height channels. In the Denon review this issue we mention the AVR-X8500H which offers 13 channels, while here we have no lesser brand than Marantz delivering a full 11 channels, so able to provide all you need for 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos or DTS:X sound from a single box.… Read the full article

ISP Technologies Deci-Mate

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Buck Waller, a pioneer in noise reduction, unveils his latest high-tech, low-profile buzz battler. Words by Peter Hodgson.

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #131Subscribe to our print edition here!

ISP Technologies was founded by Buck Waller, who previously revolutionised the things we don’t hear about the guitar when he created the HUSH system for Rocktron.

Noise types and requirements have changed a lot over the last few decades, and the ISP Decimator broke new ground a few years ago with its unprecedented tracking and sound quality.Read the full article

Vitus Audio RI-101 Integrated Amplifier Review & Test

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the Vitus Audio RI-101Krix Esoterix Altum Loudspeakers by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

Eight years is a long time in the high-end audio business. But that’s how long Vitus Audio had its RI-100 integrated in its amplifier line-up, so you’d have to assume that the company’s founder and head designer Hans Ole Vitus was so happy with it that he didn’t see any need for an update… until now, that is, since he’s replaced it with the RI-101.… Read the full article

Daytona 500 2019 live stream: how to watch the NASCAR race from anywhere

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Unlike most other sports, NASCAR begins each season with its biggest event of the year, the Daytona 500. After 14 days of preliminary racing events as part of Daytona International Speedway’s 2019 Speedweeks event, 40 NASCAR drivers compete in the Daytona 500 – the Great American Race. Got you excited? We don't blame you. So here's all the information you need to get a Daytona 500 live stream.

The Daytona 500 – now synonymous with the Presidents' Day weekend – is held on a 2.5-mile long track so the drivers need to complete 200 laps around the oval-shaped course to reach a total of 500 miles first in order to take home the $1million purse.… Read the full article

TCL is planning its own foldable devices, including a wearable

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We're expecting a rush of foldable phones and other devices with bending screens to appear this year, and another big name in the industry just had its plans leaked: Chinese tech giants TCL has a family of foldable devices in the pipeline, CNET reports, and one of them works as an all-screen smartwatch.

CNET obtained patent applications and renders from inside the company – which is best known for its budget televisions – but emphasizes that these folding devices are still in the early stages of development.… Read the full article

Florida 2019: The Audio Company, Von Schweikert, VAC, Esoteric, Airtight, Kronos, Critical Mass, Clearaudio, and Masterbuilt

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


They’ve done it again! The Audio Company of Marietta, Georgia USA is without a doubt, one of the premier exhibitors of Von Schweikert, VAC, Esoteric, Airtight, Kronos, Critical Mass, Clearaudio, and Masterbuilt products. Jim, Gordon, and Keith take the Florida Audio Expo by “sonic-storm”, and leave many a show-going jaw dropped.

Holding court in the largest exhibit room within the Embassy Suites main hotel, The Audio Company set out to eliminate all the competition by assembling one of the more beautiful looking and sounding exhibits I’ve encountered.… Read the full article

DarkMatter Group launches the world’s first ultra secure smartphone for extreme field conditions

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

DarkMatter Group today unveiled the KATIM R01, the world’s first ultra-secure smartphone designed to withstand extreme field conditions. Vetted and tested by DarkMatter’s engineers in the UAE, Finland and Canada, the KATIM R01 certainly looks like it could take on anything you threw at it.

“We combined our expertise in secure communications with everything the mobile market expects in a handset, including a great user experience. Then we challenged the brightest minds in the industry to create a rugged design to withstand extreme field conditions experienced by defence, emergency services, and the construction, mining, transport, energy, oil and gas industries,” said Karim Sabbagh, CEO of DarkMatter Group.… Read the full article