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Android Auto to merge with Google Assistant

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Android Auto to merge with Google Assistant 

Google is overhauling the Android experience behind the wheel, building driving-friendly features directly into the talkative Google Assistant rather than relying on the standalone Android Auto smartphone app.

In addition to the new look (see above), the tech giant is extending Android Auto compatibility to more car infotainment systems, via both wired and wireless smartphone connections, as well ramping up its Android Automotive OS program which runs a full version of Google’s mobile operating system on the car itself.… Read the full article

HIGH END 2019: Audio Physic Classic 35 Launch

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Audio Physic released its long-awaited Classic 35 at HIGH END 2019 (pictured above in situ in Room F125, Atrium 4.1… but no sign of the equally long-awaited Classic 32…

The Audio Physic Classic 35 is the successor to the legendary Classic 30, and is a three-way, four-driver floor-standing design with dual bass drivers, a single midrange driver and a dome tweeter. The midrange driver uses Audio Physic’s newly developed HHCM-III (Hyper Holographic Cone Midrange—3rd Generation) ‘dual basket’ design that was first used on its flagship Structure.… Read the full article

HIGH END 2019: EAT Prelude Turntable

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

EAT has released what it calls a ‘budget’ turntable, the EAT Prelude, but this case, ‘budget’ means only that it’s less expensive than any other of EAT’s turntables. (Click on image above for larger version.)

The EAT Prelude is a belt-driven turntable using a high-tolerance polished stainless-steel bearing in a soft bronze bushing. The plinth is made from MDF coated with eight layers of lacquer. Although the d.c. drive motor with its two stage pulley appears to be located on the plinth, it’s actually a free-standing unit that pokes through a hole cut into the plinth.… Read the full article

HIGH END 2019: dCS Launches Mosaic

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

dCS (Data Conversion Systems Ltd) launched Mosaic, a new music streaming platform for dCS streamers at the HIGH END 2019 show in Munich, which opened today and runs until Sunday.

Streaming audio has been a core technology of dCS products since the release of Vivaldi, but Mosaic represents a leap forward in terms of functionality, performance, and user experience,’ said David Steven, of dCS. ‘It’s a bespoke collection of hardware and software modules which, when combined, provide listeners easy and intuitive access to their digital music.Read the full article

Klipsch Gets Google Assistant

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

The Klipsch Heritage Wireless table-top speaker ‘The Three’ is now available for sale in Australia, and it has Google Assistant built in. (Click on image to enlarge.)

Klipsch’s ‘The Three’ blends nostalgic mid-century design, modern award-winning acoustics and connectivity plus adds a bit of the future thanks to the presence of Google Assistant. ‘The advantage of having Google assistant built in is that it makes regular daily tasks faster and easier,’ says Ralph Grundl, of QualiFi, which distributes Klipsch in Australia.… Read the full article

Audio Research Reference CD9SE

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Audio Research has released its Reference CD9SE CD Player/DAC which, as with all ARC’s reference products, uses valves… in this case in its analogue output stages as well as in its power supply. (Click on image above for larger version.)

The output stage of the Audio Research Reference CD9SE uses four 6H30 dual-triodes, while a 6550WE and a 6H30 are used in the power supply. The digital section features quad 24-bit DACs running in mono mode, with dual master oscillators; one for 44.1/88.2/176.4 sample rates, and the other for 48/96/192kHz sample rates.… Read the full article

Bryston Adds Qobuz Streaming

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Bryston has announced a firmware update for its BDP Series that enables native support for the Qobuz streaming music service.

Qobuz says it’s the world’s first high-resolution (24-bit/up to 192 kHz) streaming service and that anyone subscribed to its service can stream more than 40 million uncompressed tracks of music from a library that it claims contains ‘every imaginable style of music’.

Until now, Bryston BDP users needed to have their personal high-resolution libraries connected directly to enjoy high-resolution music,’ said Gary Dayton, VP of Sales & Marketing at Bryston.… Read the full article

Audio Research CD6SE CD Player/DAC

By | May 5th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Audio Research has released an updated version of its CD6 CD Player/DAC… the Audio Research CD6SE. (Pictured above and below, click on images for larger version).

The new CD6SE’s faceplate closely matches that of Audio Research’s Foundation and Reference-series components to enable a uniform look across the latest 2019 model platforms. However the new CD6SE also has the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices. This feature allows full streaming capability from products such as Aurender and Roon’s Nucleus.… Read the full article

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Julia Jacklin: Freshly Crushed

By | May 5th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

It’s a simple title, but Crushing does an exemplary job of summing up the new record by indie-folk luminary Julia Jacklin. Words by Matt Doria.

It’s a common trope that sophomore efforts are always seeped in years of tumult, but Julia Jacklin was determined to rebel against that. The indie-folk Sydneysider didn’t feel any pressure to one-up her acclaimed debut – 2016’s heady and hardhearted Don’t Let The Kids Win (henceforth Kids) – when she was writing its follow-up.… Read the full article

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Schiit Audio Aegir

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The world’s only scatalogically named company, Schiit Audio, has released a new 20-watt per channel amplifier which it says uses ‘constant-transconductance topology’ circuitry. (A transconductance amplifier is one whose output current is proportional to the voltage at its input, rather than the output voltage being proportional to the input voltage.) [Click image above for a larger view.]

Called the Aegir, this new amplifier from Schiit Audio uses a completely discrete, fully complementary, current-feedback, linear power supply and an ‘intelligent’ microprocessor management system that means that there need be no coupling capacitors or d.c.… Read the full article

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