After experiencing some issues with my current mesh wifi system, including one of the nodes going offline every few weeks or so, I decided to invest in something new. And I opted for the Linksys Velop AC6600.
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Remember the mix tape? I remember it fondly. It was a true artform that not just anyone was willing to take the time and care (or the knowledge) to make sound good. Today, it's very easy. Copy all the files you want and create a playlist. There is no artistry in the process anymore.
I've never won anything in my life. So imagine my surprise when I was notified via e-mail by Bob Rappaport of Essence Electrostatic that I won a pair of Acoustic Energy AE300 speakers.
In 2018, Roku introduced Roku Premiere, but what I'm most excited about is the addition of HDR support this year.
The first time I heard of Meze headphones, a Romanian brand, was when I went to my client's home and saw (and tried) his Meze 99 Classics. The earcups are made of wood with some gold trimmings - they're very European and remind me of the style of Tannoy Westminster speakers.
Earlier this year, JVC teamed up with Panasonic for a feature called HDR Optimizer that helped somewhat with the complexity in reproducing HDR in front projection systems. But it still relied on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs to have the accurate metadata to report average and peak brightness levels.
When I think Monitor Audio, the first thing that comes to mind is the company's infamous Platinum series and, of course, the gorgeous monolithic towers. However, thus far, even the "tiniest" offerings have stuck to a rather rectilinear form factor, kind of like the Volvo design of old. You can choose whatever size you want, but you'll get a boxy design.
A hands-on review of the Pioneer VSX-LX504 AV receiver, which boasts plenty of connectivty options, including wireless, onboard apps, IMAX Enhanced sound decoding, and more.
The Toronto audiofest kicked off on Friday, October 18 at the Westin Toronto Airport hotel. After arriving at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 19th, there was already a long line-up to pick-up badges. But once I got mine, I was off to check out the latest and greatest in hifi through several booths, demo rooms/suites, and hallway exhibits.
If you're looking for super lightweight earbuds (in my case, I always am), Cleer Ally wireless earbuds weigh just 6 grams and they're comfortable enough to wear all day. They have a sleek design that fits in your pocket. But most importantly, they deliver a flat sonic signature that's unlike most earbuds in the sub-$150 price range without being outrageously expensive.
A hands-on review of the Kanto TUK active speakers, which are great in a number of scenarios, including background, casual, serious listening and monitoring.