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MBL DAC-CD Player, Integrated Amplifier, and Loudspeakers, Plus Wireworld Cables

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

Gobsmacked is a word I never use, but I will in this report. That’s because I’m at a loss to find a better term to convey how I felt when I heard the system MBL had set up in their room—which, by MBL standards, was small (other qualities that came to mind about the system’s look were tidy, clean, and really, really white). The all-MBL system consisted of a total of three components: The three-way omnidirectional Radialstrahler 120 speakers with integral stands ($CAD30,150/pair), the 300Wpc C51 integrated amp ($CAD14,600), and the C31 DAC-CD player ($CAD12,000), with Wireworld cabling throughout.… Read the full article

Nikon Z6 vs Nikon Z50: 10 key differences you need to know

By | October 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

With Nikon introducing a brand new APS-C (DX format) Z series camera into the mix, it begs the question: do you need to buy the more expensive full-frame Z6 mirrorless camera?

Both are designed to be great all-rounders, but that extra real estate for the Z6 image sensor sees an asking price of more than double that of the Z50’s. If you’re a travel photographer, there’s also the fact that the Z6 is bigger, heavier and bulkier too. 

In this comparison we’ll discover the key differences between the two cameras to help you decide whether you should splash the cash or save the pennies. 

Nikon Z50 vs Nikon Z6: Sensor and resolution 

Of course, the biggest difference between these two cameras is the sensor size.… Read the full article

Flickr ups display resolution of images to 6K for pro accounts

By | October 20th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Stills- and video-hosting site Flickr is doing everything it can to make its paying users get their money's worth, with the platform now giving Pro users the option of displaying their images at a maximum resolution of 6K.

If you happen to be a Flickr Pro member uploading high-resolution images to the site, the longer side of your image can now measure 6,144px, as opposed to the older 2K resolution where the longest side measured 2,048px. 

According to the announcement on the Flickr forum, the higher display resolution "should show your photos off in all their pixel perfect glory", particularly on the latest high-resolution monitors that should be able to bring out "every single detail perfectly".… Read the full article

Review: qdc Fusion – Unexpected

By | October 20th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

In this review we’re taking a closer look at the qdc Fusion. The company’s first hybrid monitor. It offers a unique proposal in the market of hybrids. Let’s check it out!

Disclaimer: qdc provided the Fusion at no cost. I only had to pay to import the final product. qdc is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity.

About qdc:

The parent company of qdc, Shenzhen Qili Industrial Co Ltd, has been around since 2005.… Read the full article

How to watch Watchmen online: stream the new HBO show from anywhere

By | October 20th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The much anticipated original HBO series has finally arrived. Based on the groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen, Damon Lindelof has remixed the plot with a fresh vision to create the Watchmen series. 

The teaser trailer promises the audience a legendary series jam-packed with action, superheroes, controversy and the return of Dr Manhattan. Don't want to miss what is set to be another incredible HBO show? Keep reading to find out how to watch Watchmen online – no matter where on Earth you are.… Read the full article

A Lifetime Achievement Award for Robert Deutsch

By | October 20th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Last night, at cocktail hour here at the Toronto Audiofest, the organizers presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to Stereophile contributing editor and longtime Stereophile contributor Robert Deutsch.

Audiofest organizer Michel Plante invited Jim Austin, Stereophile‘s new editor, onto the stage to present the award.

“Tonight I have an honor that I haven’t earned,” Jim said. “I’ve been Stereophile‘s editor for only eight months, and I get to present a lifetime achievement award.”

Jim then told the audience that he had asked John Atkinson, a longtime colleague of Robert Deutsch, to prepare some remarks, which he—Jim—read at the event:

Robert Deutsch first appeared in the pages of Stereophile three decades ago as the author of a letter that complained about the English usages that had been introduced by the magazine’s then-new editor, the very English John Atkinson.

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Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, Audia Flyte Electronics, Melco server, Lindemann DAC, Swiss Cables, Quadraspire Racks

By | October 20th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to Scottish audio in 2016. I do know that new owners at first threatened to move production to China but ended up opening a new factory in Scotland instead.

That would seem to be a positive outcome, but along the way, a group of employees separated from the company, including Paul Mills, Tannoy’s longtime product development head, some other engineers, and key production staff. Those former Tannoy employees soon formed a new company: Fyne Audio.… Read the full article

World Premiere of Zesto Audio's Leto Ultra Preamp

By | October 20th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

World Premiere of Zesto Audio’s Leto Ultra Preamp

Thousand Oaks, CA, October 14, 2019 – Zesto Audio is pleased to announce the world premiere of their newest product, the Leto Ultra Preamplifier. This product will debut at the annual Toronto Audio Fest in Toronto, ON, Canada, October 18-20, 2019 in exhibit room 219 at the Westin Toronto Airport.

George Counnas, President and design engineer of Zesto Audio describes the perfect Line amp as, “I look at the preamp as the unsung hero of your system.… Read the full article

Mastering Engineer Bob Ludwig Recipient of dCS’s First Legends Award

By | October 20th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

At a ceremony in New York City during the 147th AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention, mastering legend Bob Ludwig was given the first dCS Legends Awards. The company, best know for its line of SACD player/DACs and streaming audio DACs, has already announced upcoming recipients, many of whom were at the event to congratulate Ludwig.

Frank Ocean Drops Two Limited Edition 7” Singles of New Music

By | October 20th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Following a year of selective magazine interviews and the recent opening of a VIP 80s retro nightclub, musical genius Frank Ocean is finally back with new music. In addition to returning today to his Beats1 Blonded radio show to premiere a new song “DHL,” Frank also posted preorders on his website for two 7” singles of new music.