Ready for a punishing weekend? Good – the release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the latest game out of the FromSoftware studio (they of Dark Souls and Bloodborne fame) is almost here. And with it comes the first wave of critic review scores.
Thankfully, it looks like it's another brutal-but-fair blinder, masterfully weaving the live-die-repeat formula of the 'Soulsborne' games with a new aggressive combat system and a world which channels some of the spirit of Tenchu, a similarly ninja-themed adventure from the developer's back catalogue.… Read the full article
It Even Makes Julienne Fries
It was a golden age for Television, or perhaps commercials in the 1960s. The Ronco Veg-O-Matic hit the market, promising to ease the life homemakers everywhere. This food slicer did it all; its catch-phrase, “It slices! It dices! It even makes julienne fries!” became the go-to reference for multi-function devices for years. The real catch, however, is that the Veg-O-Matic did all of its functions well. Modern devices are not much different than the Veg-O-Matic.… Read the full article
For our US readers in Pensylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey — mark your calendars.
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Doug White, of The Voice That Is, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Area Audio Group and the New Jersey Audio Society, will host a vinyl event featuring Vertere Acoustics and Touraj Moghaddam, Designer.
The topics of discussion will be analog reproduction, turntable and tonearm design. A short listening session will follow.
Touraj Moghaddam made his name in hi-fi circles as one of the two founders of the UK’s Roksan Audio, which began making turntables just when LPs were facing decline following the arrival of the CD in the mid-1980s.
Just a few days after writing my first book review ever–for Brian Jabas Smith’s moving Tucson Salvage–here comes the second: Joris Teepe‘s In the Spirit of Rashied Ali. Well, this isn’t exactly a book as much as an extended set of liner notes, covering bassist Joris Teepe’s years with legendary jazz drummer Ali just before he passed away suddenly of a heart attack in 2009 at the age of 76. But these recollections and interviews of Ali’s bandmates and fellow musicians are delivered in a handsome 66-page hardcover volume with plenty of color photographs and a CD containing many of the tunes Teepe played while he was a member of the Rashied Ali Quintet.… Read the full article
In the above photo, we see Frank Schröder, a Berlin-based tonearm manufacturer of over twenty years, sitting on my couch (in Mitte) and not on his own, 6 km away in Charlottenburg. He has just installed a Zu/Denon DL-103r to a Rega Planar 2 turntable — because if anyone in the world knows how to properly align a cartridge, it’s Schröder.
This Berliner made his first tonearm at 14 years old, sold his first tonearm at 17 years old and joined the world of high-end audio exhibitors in 1999 at the High-End event in Frankfurt (before it relocated to Munich).… Read the full article
Considering the rapid developments of technologies like virtual reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning, it should come as no surprise that the term ‘digital disruption’ is everywhere. But rather than just a buzzword with no real meaning to it, this innovative revolution is very real and foreshadows an intense— but manageable — shift in business logic everywhere.
With change being the only certainty in today’s digital era, it is often difficult for businesses to find the time to identify new customer trends to incorporate into their changing businesses models.… Read the full article
There was a time when full-frame DLSRs were a luxury item limited to professional photographers. A shift occurred when economies of scale kicked in and the costs of production began to fall, bringing lower priced models in to the market. This paved the way for amateurs and enthusiasts to have the same access to high end hardware.
Full frame DSLRs are known for having larger pixels on the sensor, thus delivering better light gathering capabilities, which in turn means better image quality.… Read the full article
Choosing a great gaming keyboard can be a tough task especially when there's are so many options in the market. You see, a good dedicated gaming keyboard coupled with a powerful desktop setup can make or break your gameplay experience. There's a reason behind the existence of dedicated keyboards to assist players during games which is why investing in one can help you win you that match.
Mechanical keyboards can drastically help you improvise in-game skills and even the reflexes.… Read the full article